Written answers

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

  • Cabinet Office

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) women and (b) men employed on zero-hours contracts in the UK.

    • Debts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the aggregate household debt in the UK was in the most recent quarter for which figures are available.

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the five most common causes of infant mortality have been over the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Policy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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...

      Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the Government's target is for the proportion of (a) women, (b) people from black and minority ethnic communities and (c) disabled people in senior...

      Stationery

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what levels of stock his Department holds of (a) stationery, (b) printer cartridges, (c) treasury tags and other fasteners and (d) other office...

      Youth Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what estimate has he made of the proportion of youth services commissioned by local authorities from (a) in-house bids from directly-funded...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many times she has visited Northern Ireland since 1 January 2014; and what the length was of each such visit.

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what discussions she has had with HM Treasury on additional financial support to implement the draft proposals put forward in the Haass...

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what meetings she has had with (a) the First Minister of Northern Ireland, (b) the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and (c) both the...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether west midlands police were contacted on the issuing of so-called comfort letters to anyone suspected of involvement in the Birmingham Pub...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will publish witness statements given to the Downey trial.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the families of all victims of crimes for which the beneficiaries of so-called comfort letters were convicted have yet been informed...

  • Prime Minister

    • Nuclear Power

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his oral answer of 30 April 2014, Official Report, column 824, what the evidential basis is for the statement that nuclear power is carbon-free.

    • Pakistan

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2014, Official Report, column 473W, on Pakistan, whether Pakistan's possession of nuclear weapons and the prospects of Pakistan...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • European Union: Citizenship

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking in support of Action 12 of the EU Citizenship Report 2013, com (2013) 269.

    • General Elections: Voting Rights

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make an assessment of the feasibility of granting people the right to vote in General Elections based on residency rather than nationality; and if he...

      Stationery

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

  • Attorney-General

    • Counterfeit Manufacturing: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Attorney-General how many people in the UK were prosecuted for the production or sale of counterfeit alcohol in each of the last five years.

    • Freezing Orders

      To ask the Attorney-General how many and what value of asset freezing orders have been enforced in the UK at the request of overseas jurisdictions in each year since 2008-09.

      Minimum Wage: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many cases of non-payment of the minimum wage were (a) referred to the Crown Prosecution Service from HM Revenue and Customs, (b) prosecuted and (c) prosecuted...

      Pornography: Internet

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 29 April 2014, Official Report, column 540W, on pornography: internet, how many prosecutions there have been under section 2 of the Obscene...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Attorney-General whether the Law Officers' Departments have any plans to end the employee trade union membership dues check-off system.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gender: Equality

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2014, Official Report, columns 578-9W, on equality, how many companies responded to the recent survey of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recovery actions in respect of child support arrears owed to the parent residing in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency were (a)...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much remains outstanding in child maintenance arrears by (a) UK parliamentary constituency area and (b) local authority area in each of the...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employment and support allowance claimants in the work-related activity group in (a) Scotland, (b) Airdrie and Shotts constituency,...

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of young people participating in the Youth Contract have been offered permanent employment by their employer once...

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people have benefited from Youth Contract wage incentives, by region, in each year since the Youth Contract was introduced; (2)...

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on consultants working on the Youth Contract in each year since its introduction.

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding is currently allocated to the Youth Contract; and what proportion of that funding is allocated for wage incentives.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps the Government are taking to ensure that workers report work-related stress to their employers; (2) what steps the Government...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require employers to undertake a systematic assessment of psychological risks in the workplace.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will commission an assessment of the causes of work-related stress.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department will publish guidance for employers on reducing the causes of work-related stress.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many representations he has received opposing the removal of customer access phones from Jobcentre Plus offices; which Jobcentre Plus...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many reported assaults there have been on members of staff in Jobcentre Plus in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) West Lothian local authority...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many days were lost due to illness among Jobcentre Plus staff in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) West Lothian local authority area and (d)...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria his Department uses to measure the performance of each Jobcentre Plus office.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many sanctions were applied to jobseeker's allowance claimants in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) Dundee in each of the last three years.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many decision makers within the jobseeker's allowance framework in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) North Lanarkshire and (d) Airdrie and...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research he has commissioned on the number of single parents on jobseeker's allowance who have been sanctioned; what the reasons are for...

      National Insurance Credits: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the letter dated 5 March 2014 from the Minister of State for Pensions to the hon. Member for Cardiff South and Penarth, (1)...

      Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will disaggregate the departmental operating costs in his Department's annual accounts to programme level for each financial year since...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department takes into account the differences in the positions of men and women in preparing for retirement when devising its...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what processes his Department has in place to monitor the welfare of personal independence payment applicants awaiting a decision on their claim.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what processes his Department has in place to evaluate the roll out of personal independence payments.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the performance of Capita in fulfilling its contract to administer personal independence payments.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of savings to the public purse arising from using Capita to administer personal independence payment assessments.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 8 April 2014, Official Report, columns 218-9W, on social security benefits, when he expects to make available the...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken was between an application being made and benefit paid for (a) attendance allowance, (b) bereavement benefits, (c)...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency whose incomes...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a code of practice on the circumstances in which recovery action will be taken for overpayments of universal...

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who have received a benefit sanction have appealed this decision and won sanction in (a) Scotland, (b) Airdrie and Shotts...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has any plans to end the employee trade union membership dues check-off system.

      Unemployed People: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what budget is allocated to each Jobcentre Plus office to reimburse jobseekers' travel expenses; and how each such budget is decided.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the effect on the number of people subject to improved incentives to work of the introduction of universal credit.

      Universal Credit: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of single people who will be claiming universal credit in the first year of the roll-out of universal...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many meetings (a) officials and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with (i) disability groups and charities and (ii) providers of the...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department uses a working assumption for the timescale for a work capability assessment report to be processed by Atos.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether all staff employed by Atos Healthcare to perform the company's contract with his Department for the conduct of work capability...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of staff members employed by contractors delivering the Work Programme are paid less than the living wage as...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on devolution of the Affordable Homes programme to (a) combined authorities and (b) local enterprise partnerships.

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what is the average (a) social rent and (b) Affordable Rent is for units funded under the Affordable Homes Programme in each...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average housing benefit award is for housing benefit claimants paying Affordable Rent under the Affordable Homes...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the grant per property was for new affordable housing under the National Affordable Housing Programme, by region, in each...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to amend regulations governing the change of use of residential homes to care homes to...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many summons for non-payment of council tax have been issued by each local authority in each of the last three years.

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what discussions he has had with local authorities on charges for property owners who purchase properties with the...

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2014, Official Report, column 56W, on families: disadvantaged, what criteria his Department...

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements are in place for the pension entitlement and employment status of firefighters under the new pension...

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has had discussions with the Fire Brigades Union on calculating pension entitlement for firefighters using length of...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much housing stock was held by (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations for (i) social rent, (ii) affordable rent,...

      Housing: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance he has given on whether (a) student housing need should be contained within local authority housing targets and...

      Insects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to ensure that measures to protect bees and other pollinators are fully reflected in planning practice...

      Local Government: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities publish magazines or newsletters more than four times a year.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to help local shops in (a) England and (b) Lancashire with the cost of business rates.

      Regional Planning and Development: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with Brighton and Hove city council on the finalisation of the city plan for the area; and if he...

      Right to Acquire Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received on the potential merits of extending the Right to Acquire to homes built before 1997.

      Social Rented Housing: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people (a) under 18 and (b) under 16 years of age have been given social housing in the last five years.

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in which parliamentary constituency each onshore wind planning application which he has received for determination during this...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the reasons are for the time taken to answer question 191956 tabled for answer on 8 April 2014; (2) when he plans to...

  • Justice

    • Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on ensuring that legal aid is targeted at people with a strong connection to the UK.

    • Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to bring forward proposals to expand the boundaries of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2014, Official Report, column 548W, on female prisoners, which domestic violence programmes and interventions will...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what rules his Department has in place on the (a) proven and (b) alleged criminal actions of potential bidders for the Transforming Rehabilitaiton programme.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions on climate change he has had with his counterpart in the Northern Ireland Executive.

    • Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 3 April 2014, Official Report, column 991, on energy supply, what the evidential basis is for the...

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 3 April 2014, Official Report, column 993, on energy efficiency, how many households in each (a)...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 3 April 2014, Official Report, column 994, on energy efficiency, how many of the 600,000 households that...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his oral contribution of 2 April 2014, Official Report, column 906, on energy price freeze, what the evidential basis is...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether hydraulic fracturing will be permitted to take place under property where the owner's consent has not been given.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has any plans to end the employee trade union membership dues check-off system.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 10 April 2014, Official Report, columns 307-08W, on children: day care, what the breakdown is for the...

    • Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many responses were received to his Department's consultation on extending civil partnerships to opposite sex couples; (2)...

      Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to extend civil partnerships to opposite sex couples.

      Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what steps he took to publicise the consultation on extending civil partnerships to opposite sex partners; (2) which hon. Members...

      Emergency Calls: West Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the adequacy of emergency telephone coverage in West Lothian local authority area.

      English Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Local Government Association and local authorities about the proposed remodelling of English Heritage.

      English Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what contingency plans his Department has in place should the proposed English Heritage charity annual revenues be affected by (a) poor...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if his Department will take steps to ensure that publicly-funded museums do not breach new rules regarding the commercial exploitation...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if his Department will take steps to ensure that revenue created by shops in publicly-funded museums and galleries will be safeguarded...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of the (a) 30-300MHz, (b) 300-3000MHz and (c) 3-30GHz bands of the radio spectrum is in the operation of the private sector.

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of the radio spectrum is earmarked for (a) military purposes, (b) radar purposes and (c) public service broadcasting.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department has any plans to end the employee trade union membership dues check-off system.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2014, Official Report, column 112W, on alcoholic drinks: counterfeit manufacturing, if he...

    • Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effects of puppy trafficking on the welfare of the UK dog population.

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Drinking Water Inspectorate has conducted any research into the level of psychotropic drugs in UK drinking water.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of trends in the level of fish stocks in the English Channel over the last 10 years; and if he...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to preserve and increase fish stocks in UK waters.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Environment Agency is taking to reduce the time taken to update its flooding maps after the completion of...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the continued exclusion of borough councils for areas where there is no unitary authority from the...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to make borough councils for areas where there is no unitary authority eligible to apply...

      Floods: River Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on the Lower Thames Scheme.

      Floods: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on flood defences in each county in the south west of England since 2010.

      Floods: Tonbridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will name the lead local flood authority or authorities for the area of the Tonbridge and Malling constituency.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what amount of new forest has been planted in each year since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Rural Development Programme for Forestry will announce its amount of funding and how it is to be used.

      Greyhounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the level of compliance with the Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulations 2010; and what...

      Insects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will provide funding as part of the National Pollinator Strategy to create a national insect monitoring scheme.

      Insects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the issuing of planning...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has assessed the comparative sustainability of sourced materials and manufacture of smart phones from...

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the changes in quarantine due to be implemented in December 2014 will help prevent commercial dealers fraudulently...

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy either that carrier bags containing a defined percentage of recycled plastics should be exempt...

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will estimate the number of jobs supported by the recycled plastics industry.

      Sewers: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with Thames Water plc on (a) the change in capacity of the sewerage system in London...

      Waste Disposal: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 April 2014, Official Report, column 211W, on waste disposal: fire, how many of the incidents of...

      Wildlife: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterparts in African countries about numbers of (a) elephants, (b) rhinoceroses and...

  • Transport

    • Birmingham New Street Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the reasons are for the changes to Network Rail's planned redevelopment of the western elevation of New Street Station, set out in planning...

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the document Annual Bus Statistics: Revenue, Costs and Government Support Great Britain 2012-13 will be published.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much in each (a) funding stream and (b) region his Department has provided in subsidy to each bus operator in each of the last four years.

      Driving: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the level of potential loss of trade to independent high street opticians following the Driver and Vehicle Licensing...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the final cost of the capital sum to be raised to finance High Speed 2 to (a) Birmingham and (b) Leeds and Manchester.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Written Statement of 17 March 2014, Official Report, columns 53-4WS, on the Higgins Review, (1) what progress has been made on the...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 237W, on large goods vehicles: speed limits, what progress has been made on the...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 7 April 2014, Official Report, column 107W, to question 194746, on large goods vehicles: taxation, how many HGVs 94% of UK...

      Malaysia Airlines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what level of assistance has been offered by UK personnel in efforts to locate the missing Malaysian airliner MH370.

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the responses to the Office of Low Emission Vehicles consultation from organisations that called for...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many foreign-registered vehicles were reported by the public to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for being untaxed in the last five years.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what total private investment in rail has been in each region of the UK in each year since 2005.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what data his Department collects on private investment in (a) rail infrastructure and (b) rolling stock in each region.

      River Thames: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 10 April 2014, Official Report, column 367W, on the River Thames: bridges, in what year or years the £30 million...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the total cost of the feasibility studies for the (a) A303, A30 and A358 corridor, (b) A1 north of Newcastle, (c) A1...

      Tractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2014, Official Report, column 242W, on tractors, if his Department will issue a response to the consultation on...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department takes to audit or monitor the outcomes of successful applications to the Armed Forces Covenant (LIBOR) Fund.

    • Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 31 March 2014, Official Report, column 443W, on armed forces: disciplinary proceedings, how many cautions are recorded on the...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether military training given to the Burmese Army by UK advisers advises soldiers to refuse orders that could result in human rights abuses.

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how his Department defines the necessary level of human control for the operation of systems such as the Phalanx system in automatic mode.

      Defence Equipment and Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes have been made to the contracts of personnel moved from DE&S to the Navy Command from 1 April 2014 as part of the Defence Transformation...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the future acquisition requirements for intelligence surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance systems.

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's recruitment targets are for its Joint Cyber Reserve Unit.

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with their NATO counterparts on the establishment of a NATO-wide cyber capability.

      Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made in re-basing those elements of the armed forces based in Germany; and what recent discussions he has had with German federal...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the stealth characteristics of the joint strike fighter against all digital very high frequency active electronically...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the dimensions will be of the cargo lifts on the (a) Queen Elizabeth Class carriers and (b) Type 26 Global Combat Ships.

  • Education

    • Academies: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which schools in Devon have (a) applied for and (b) received academy status since 2010.

    • Children in Care: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what responsibilities local authorities have to ensure that asylum seekers who are leaving care they entered as a child receive alternative support...

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what representations he has received on extending the powers provided to the National College for Teaching and Leadership for the investigation of...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 9 April 2014, Official Report, column 284W, on children: day care, how many survey packs were sent out to (a) childminders...

      Education: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has held with Education Ministers in the devolved legislatures on proposals for English baccalaureate certificates and...

      Free School Meals: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what financial provision he is making available to schools in Bournemouth for expansion of kitchens to provide free school meals for under sevens.

      GCSE: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the written statement of 9 April 2014, Official Report, column 1417WS, on qualifications reform, and the answer of 7 April 2014, Official...

      IES Breckland School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what reports his Department has published on IES Breckland Free School.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 24 March 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr M. Barnes.

      Private Education: Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) by what methods the National College for Teaching Leadership gathers information on the risk of sexual abuse at independent schools; (2) what...

      Pupils: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of the emails sent by his Department to schools on 3 April 2014 setting out guidance on keeping children safe have not...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department plans to take to monitor how many primary schools offer a hot meal option to all pupils in reception, year one and year two...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average cost was of a primary school meal in each local authority in (a) 2012 and (b) 2013.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much he has allocated to each local authority with responsibility for education to expand kitchens in order to provide free school meals for...

      Schools: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) managerial, (b) teaching and (c) clerical staff in schools in Enfield were paid more than (i) £42,000, (ii) £69,000 and (iii)...

      Schools: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on who is an appropriate person to hold title deeds for schools which are funded by the UK taxpayer; and whether those deeds can be...

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions Ministers in his Department have had with representatives of sixth form colleges on the effect of recent changes to sixth-form funding...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much special educational needs funding per head his Department allocated to pupils in (a) Staffordshire, (b) Birmingham, (c) Wolverhampton and (d)...

      Sure Start Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many properties that were purchased or built with Sure Start Local Programme funding are now owned by NHS Properties; (2) how many...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of teachers who have qualified in the last 10 years have left the teaching profession within (a) two, (b) five and (c) 10 years; and...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department issues on what criteria schools should use when deciding whether to employ an individual who does not possess a formal...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people were training for teaching qualifications in each year since 2003.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department has any plans to end the employee trade union membership dues check-off system.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of local authorities have higher than average not known rates for young people not in employment, education or training; and what steps...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 April 2014, Official Report, column 111W, on asylum: children, what funding her Department provides to local...

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 April 2014, Official Report, columns 352-3W, on asylum: children, if she will publish a breakdown by...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the National Audit Office Report, COMPASS contracts for the provision of accommodation for asylum seekers, published in...

      Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward proposals to relocate (a) staff and (b) offices of her Department to Brighton; and if she will make a statement.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on giving consideration in the asylum process to the risk of returning girls to countries where there is a high likelihood...

      Overseas Domestic Workers Steering Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many meetings of the Overseas Domestic Workers Steering Group have been held since 2010; (2) what the current membership is of the...

      Police: Remembrance Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will require local police forces to cover the costs of police presence at Remembrance Sunday events.

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the proposal set out in Baroness Newlove's report, Our Vision for Safe and Active Communities, for a Bling...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the introduction of plain packaging of tobacco products on the work of the (a) police...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations her Department has received from (a) police and crime commissioners and (b) the UK Border Force on the potential effect...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency staff in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) the UK were (i) on zero-hours contracts...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on developing international frameworks and forums to provide refugees from climate-induced...

    • Business: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the effect of his Department's Action Plan on Business and Human Rights since its launch in September 2013.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2012, Official Report, column 260W, on China: animal welfare, whether his Department has...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings he has had with (a) representatives of the Colombian Government, (b) Colombian civil society and (c) Colombian...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library an inventory of the property of the Government destroyed by rioters in HM Embassy in Tehran in 2011.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Islington of 2 September 2013, Official Report, columns 294-95W, on Israel, what...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the Israeli Government on extending to UK citizens of Palestinian origin visiting Israel...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with Israeli authorities on discrimination against UK citizens of Palestinian or Arab...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take in response to the withdrawal of the Israeli government from US-sponsored peace negotiations with...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many schoolgirls were abducted in Chibok in north-eastern Nigeria on 14 April 2014; and what reports he has received on...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss the abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok in north-eastern Nigeria on 14 April 2014 at the next European Union...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed with his Nigerian counterpart the recent abduction of schoolgirls in that country; and when he next...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the demolition on 2 and 3 April of EU-funded projects in Area C...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department gives alongside UK non-governmental organisations operating in the Occupied Palestinian Territories...

      St Lucia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the St Lucia Government on delays in the criminal justice system in homicide...

      St Lucia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he is making to encourage the Government of St Lucia to take steps to progress the trial of the defendants...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has any plans to end the employee trade union membership dues check-off system.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received advice on the legality of the removal from power of President Yanukovich, pursuant to Article 111 of the...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to establish a sustained, independent and impartial human rights monitoring mechanism, covering both the...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on how many UK citizens are not being paid those Zimbabwean Government pensions to which...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when officials of his Department in Harare last met the Zimbabwean government director of pensions to discuss distribution of...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date officials of his Department were informed that arrangements had failed for a commercial bank to facilitate payments...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the work undertaken by the Sustainable Harvest Group on assisting land husbandry and...

    • Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to (a) prevent forced displacement induced by climate change and (b) otherwise assist affected...

      Developing Countries: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to promote the rights of women with disabilities and to ensure such women are empowered and achieve gender...

      Developing Countries: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to emphasise the importance of education provisions and support for disabled children, their teachers and...

      Developing Countries: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what steps she is taking to ensure that people with one or more physical, sensory, intellectual or mental health impairments are...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department has provided to the Rema project to introduce sustainable solar lighting in Ethiopia.

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department allocated in support to Malawi in each of the last five years; and what proportion of this funding was intended...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to support the Nigerian Government in their efforts to protect schools in north-eastern Nigeria and...

      Overseas Aid: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department will take to engage with smaller (a) international non-government organisations and (b) non-governmental...

      Overseas Aid: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make accessibility and coverage of disability a core element of all her Department's funded programmes and monitor this...

      Overseas Aid: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many full-time equivalent staff in her Department have responsibility for disability policy.

      Pacific Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2014, Official Report, columns 568-9W, on Pacific Islands, to question 196375, how much support and...

      Peru

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research support her Department provides on the potential effect of climate change on sustainability of agriculture in the...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department has any plans to end the employee trade union membership dues check-off system.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which civil society organisations her Department supports in Uganda; and what policy each such organisation has towards the Ugandan...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria were used for targeting the Skills Funding Agency's reduction in funding for adult qualifications; and what account...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will undertake a comparative assessment of Government spending on apprenticeships in the UK and Germany.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what incentives his Department has made available to small and medium-sized businesses to take on apprentices.

      Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the monetary value to the wider economy of a bankruptcy restriction order or undertaking.

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when the Intellectual Property Office’s response to its call for evidence on the effect of the repeal of section 52 of the...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure a smooth and effective transitional period for the repeal of section 52 of the...

      Disabled Students’ Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his plans are for the future of the disabled students' allowance; and if he will make a statement.

      Disabled Students’ Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to disabled students' allowances on the number of disabled students...

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2014, Official Report, column 793W, on disclosure of information, when he expects the...

      Education: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many prisoners did not have (a) Key Stage 1, (b) Key Stage 2 and (c) Key Stage 3 qualifications in (i) English and (ii)...

      Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the default rate has been on each of the Government's export guarantee funds since May 2010.

      Exports: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses received support through the UK Guarantees Exports Refinancing Facility in 2013-14.

      Fire Prevention: Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effects of amending the Furniture and Furnishing (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 on...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that as economic recovery takes hold proportionately more inward investment will be directed to...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to put in place an inspection regime for the quality of education at private further education colleges.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the budget for further education was in 2005-06.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much the Government spent on full-time university education for undergraduates in 2013-14.

      Holiday Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the level of denial of paid statutory holiday entitlement in the workplace; and what steps he is...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much the Insolvency Service paid for fruitless payments in respect of individual and corporate insolvencies in each of the...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) official receivers and (b) all Insolvency Service officials who will receive...

      Local Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful bids from Local Enterprise...

      New Businesses: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to support business start-ups in (a) Coventry North East constituency and (b) Coventry.

      New Businesses: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps he has taken to support elderly first-time entrepreneurs.

      New Businesses: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many new businesses have been registered in Swindon since 2010.

      Official Receiver

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many directors of each Official Receiver’s office were disqualified in the year ending 31 March 2014.

      Official Receiver

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many statements of fact were submitted by each Official Receiver's office in the year ending 31 March 2014.

      Official Receiver

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the (a) location, (b) number of staff, including remote workers, and (c) number of full-time equivalent staff was of each...

      Official Receiver: Kingston Upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff in the Hull Official Receiver’s office have been offered voluntary redundancy terms.

      Official Receiver: Kingston Upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will (a) publish and (b) provide to the recognised trade unions a detailed cost analysis for the closure of Hull Official...

      Official Receiver: Kingston Upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what facilities his Department has identified to allow (a) company directors, (b) bankrupts and (c) others to be interviewed...

      Official Receiver: Kingston Upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the potential cost of buying out the lease for the Hull Official Receiver's office.

      Official Receiver: Kingston Upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on which date authority was given for the closure of the Hull Official Receiver's office; and who gave such authority.

      Official Receiver: Kingston Upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what negotiations took place with trade unions prior to the decision to close the Hull Official Receiver's office; and on what...

      Official Receiver: Kingston Upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to ensure that the Official Receiver's statutory duties are completed in Hull and the East Riding of...

      Official Receiver: Kingston Upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what review was undertaken of the Hull Official Receiver's office before his Department's decision to close that office; what the...

      Official Receiver: Kingston Upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what alternative office accommodation was sought in the Hull area to reduce the operating costs of the Hull Official Receiver's...

      Official Receiver: Kingston Upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much work from outside the Hull region was undertaken by staff in the Hull Official Receiver's office in the last 12 months.

      Official Receiver: Kingston Upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what bodies he consulted before the decision was made to close the Hull Official Receiver's office.

      Official Receiver: Kingston Upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what research he commissioned on the effects of the closure of the Hull Official Receiver's office before the decision to close...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he made of the total financial contribution made by non-EU students to the UK's higher education sector.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the potential financial effect on UK higher education institutions of the reduction in...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many foreign students from which countries applied to study in the UK in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14.

      Package Holidays: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received about the implications of the proposed EU Package Travel Directive on insolvency protection...

      Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in what circumstances he uses a calculation of the (a) value of preventing a fatality, (b) willingness to pay and (c)...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on increasing the range of services provided by the Post Office network.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on increasing the range of services provided by the Post...

      Post Offices: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure the retention of (a) rural post offices and (b) jobs in rural post offices.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to address the barriers to remanufacturing identified in the All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource...

      Research Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the cost was of the recent triennial review of the Research Councils.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 9 April 2014, Official Report, column 291W, on Royal Mail, for what reasons the underwriters'...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings or telephone calls have taken place between Ministers and officials in his Department with (a) the Abu Dhabi...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which priority investors in Royal Mail have subsequently sold all or part of their holdings of shares since the date of...

      Students: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to announce the final allocation of student number controls to alternative providers.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to page 204 of HM Treasury's Central Government and Supply Estimates 2013-14, February 2014, HC 1006, if he will...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to page 201 of HM Treasury’s central government supply estimates 2013-14, supplementary estimates and new...

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will undertake an assessment of the effects that pay between assignment contracts have on agency workers' pay.

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will support the introduction of legislation at EU level to ensure that pay between assignment contracts does not result in...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has any plans to end the employee trade union membership dues check-off system.

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what amount the Government spent on full-time students in technical colleges in 2013-14; (2) what amount his Department...

  • Treasury

    • Brighton

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to relocate (a) staff and (b) offices of his Department to Brighton; and if he will make a statement.

    • Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal measures he has taken to encourage small and medium-sized businesses in the UK since May 2010.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many 19-year-olds had applications for child benefit rejected because of a break in their education in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many 19-year-olds have been refused child tax credits because of a break in their education in each year since 2009-10.

      Children: Day Care

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

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of parents of children whose nursery costs are (a) £2,000, (b) £1,800, (c) £1,600, (d) £1,400,...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of families who will benefit from (a) £2,000, (b) £1,800, (c) £1,600, (d) £1,400, (e)...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average benefit which will be received by each family eligible to receive tax-free childcare.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in (a) London, (b) Hounslow borough and (c) Brentford and Isleworth constituency will benefit from the Government's tax-free childcare policy.

      Corporation Tax: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last discussed the possible devolution of corporation tax with the Northern Ireland Executive.

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what support the Government are giving to credit unions to help extend access to fair credit.

      Crown Estate Commissioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what occasions he has met representatives of the Crown Estate since May 2010.

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average commission paid across Government is of recovery of £1 of debt by private debt collection agencies.

      Energy: Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will next meet representatives of energy-intensive industries to discuss the EU Commission's draft Environmental and Energy State Aid Guidelines.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Equitable Life policyholders are expected to benefit from the compensation scheme.

      Ex-gratia Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has agreed to the Top Level Budget holder in the Ministry of Defence making ex-gratia payments to members of the armed forces wrongly disciplined...

      Financial Institutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which meetings or telephone calls have taken place between Ministers and officials in his Department and (a) the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, (b)...

      Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) laundering plants and (b) millions of litres of fuel were seized in the UK by HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last 10 years.

      Government Departments: Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an estimate of the value of backlog maintenance of central Government-owned assets.

      Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many months of imports the UK's reserves can cover; and if he will make a statement.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the potential cost to the public purse of raising the income tax personal allowance for 2015-16 from £10,500 to £12,300, with...

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to consolidate departmental funding streams into a single national infrastructure fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value is of guarantees made under the UK Guarantees scheme to date.

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value of guarantee was of his Department's largest 200 infrastructure projects in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2013-14.

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of building information modelling in reducing the total cost of ownership for complex infrastructure...

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the next 40 infrastructure projects are that the Government plan to undertake; and in what order the Government plan to undertake those projects.

      Insolvency: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of how much tax will be collected annually from insolvency litigation following reforms to insolvency litigation through the...

      Insolvency: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax has been collected from insolvency litigation (a) through the Specialist Investigation Unit and (b) in all other insolvency litigation cases...

      International Monetary Fund: Ukraine

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's latest assessment is of the likely timeframe within which International Monetary Fund funds will be released for the Ukraine.

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal steps he has taken to encourage manufacturing in the UK since May 2010.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) inspections, (b) findings of non-compliance, (c) prosecutions and (d) convictions have been handled by HM Revenue and Customs for non-payment...

      Minimum Wage: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in HM Revenue and Customs' national minimum wage team were monitoring Scotland in each year from 2010 to 2014.

      Money Lenders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate his Department has made of the level of unscrupulous money lending in (a) the UK, (b) East Midlands, (c) Nottinghamshire and (d)...

      Mortgages: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax relief was provided for mortgage interest payments by buy-to-let residential property investors at the (a) basic income tax marginal rate, (b)...

      Mortgages: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of each type of tax relief was provided to buy-to-let residential property investors at the (a) basic income tax marginal rate, (b) higher income...

      Mortgages: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax relief was provided to buy-to-let residential property investors at the (a) basic income tax marginal rate, (b) higher income tax marginal rate...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the potential cost to the public purse of raising the national insurance personal allowance for 2015-16 to (a) £10,000 and (b)...

      Office of Tax Simplification

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent progress has been made on implementing the recommendations of the Office of Tax Simplification.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the PCS Union on the future of HM Revenue and Customs Debt Management and Banking operations.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to privatise HM Revenue and Customs Debt Management and Banking operations; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people did not meet the 31 January 2014 deadline for making their tax return.

      Taxation: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether a risk assessment or cost-benefit analysis has been carried out on the proposal to sell UK tax records.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has any plans to end the employee trade union membership dues check-off system.

      VAT: Electronic Publishing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Treasury received in VAT charged on e-books in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to questions 192679, 192680 and 192681 on children: daycare, tabled on 18 March 2014 for answer on 24 March 2014.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many private abortion clinics are situated on the premises of NHS hospitals in England; and how many such clinics are run by (a) BPAS and (b) Marie...

    • Academic Health Science Networks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the running costs are for each of the academic health science networks.

      Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether funding allocated to Action on Smoking and Health may be used for campaigning purposes by that body under the terms on which it is allocated.

      Benzodiazepines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of potential correlation between relative deprivation and the prescribing rates of benzodiazepines at GP practices.

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the sufficiency of access to information about support and services for people diagnosed with a brain tumour;...

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress his Department has made on diagnosis rates of brain tumours in the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement; (2) what recent...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment his Department has made of the overall performance of cancer services against the National Institute for Health and Care...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that future iterations of the Cancer Patient Experience Survey enable the responses of patients with...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions his Department has had with NHS England on steps to ensure that future iterations of the Cancer Patient Experience Survey allow...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria his Department uses to decide whether to prescribe Kadcyla using funds from the Cancer Drugs Fund.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms his Department has in place to monitor standards in care homes for the elderly.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the use of CCTV in care homes.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are in place to allow families of patients in care homes to report concerns about standards of care.

      Cerebral Palsy: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure that health professionals are trained in the identification and notification of (a) all special educational needs and...

      Cervical Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who will have responsibility for cervical screening under the forthcoming Public Health England commissioning framework.

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward from 42 weeks the period for inducing labour in at-risk expectant mothers.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of dementia awareness training in the health and social care sector; and if he will make a statement.

      Dementia: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps are being taken in Lancashire to help provide greater care for people with dementia; (2) what funding has been made available in...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) meetings, (b) items of written correspondence, (c) phone calls, (d) consultation responses, (e) tenders and (f) other individual...

      Diabetes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adolescents were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2013-14.

      Drugs: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2013, Official Report, column 1667W, on drugs: poisoning, how many (a) men, (b) women and (c) children were admitted to...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his policy is on the licensing of e-cigarettes; (2) whether his Department has given consideration to licensing e-cigarettes as medicines.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will put restrictions in place to prevent the promotion of e-cigarettes to people under the age of 16 years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate his Department has made of the average annual change in income for GP practices in (a) England, (b) London and (c) Tower Hamlets...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the effects of the removal of the Minimum Practice Income Guarantee on (a) GP services and (b) the income of GPs; and if...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect on the (a) numbers of GP practices and (b) services offered by GP practices of removing performance indicators...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints against GPs have resulted in a GP being struck off by the General Medical Council in the last five years.

      General Practitioners: Isle of Wight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which GP surgeries on the Isle of Wight will open for extended hours as a result of the GP Access Fund.

      General Practitioners: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings have taken place between officials in his Department and officers of (a) the Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group and (b) the Regional...

      Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2014, Official Report, column 120W, on haemolytic uraemic syndrome, what discussions NHS England has had with the...

      Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2014, Official Report, column 120W, on haemolytic uraemic syndrome, for what reasons it was felt that further advice...

      Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effect that new public health structures are having on community obstetrics and gynaecology (a) workforce...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of his Department's agencies, non-departmental public bodies or sponsored bodies have developed their own global health strategies.

      Health Services: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses, (b) doctors and (c) surgeons have been employed at (i) Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and (ii) Nottingham University...

      Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many hospital attendances there were from each prison in each of the last four years; (2) how many hospital attendances there were from the (a)...

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had on affordability of hospital car parks.

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will consider creating the role of bereavement midwives to work exclusively with parents who have experienced the death of their baby shortly...

      Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what specific steps he will take to place the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust on a stable and secure long-term financial footing.

      Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the risk that meat not fit for human consumption could enter the human supply chain; and what steps his Department is...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what ways NHS patient data extracted under care.data can be retrieved.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what payment the Health and Social Care Information Centre received for allowing PA Consulting to use NHS data.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason no risk assessment was made of the care.data programme; and which Minister in his Department authorised not making such an assessment.

      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, to which new legislation under consideration by...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2014, Official Report, column 357W, on medical records: databases, if he will publish the Major Projects Authority's...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2014, Official Report, column 356W, on medical records: databases, whether all third parties to which identifiable NHS...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2014, Official Report, column 355W, on medical records: databases, what data sharing agreements have been made by the...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 13 March 2014, Official Report, column 358W, on medical records: databases, on what date the extraction requirement for...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what systems are in place for recording and publication of children's deaths in psychiatric hospitals who had been either forcefully detained or voluntary...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children of each (a) age and (b) gender have died while in-patients (i) at psychiatric hospitals in total as either forcefully detained or...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what systems and controls are in place for recording, monitoring and oversight of the use of force and restraint against children receiving psychiatric...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the increase in demand for child and adolescent mental health following the launch of the MindEd e-portal; and...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of places for children and adolescents receiving mental health services are publicly funded; and what proportion of such places are...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what criteria his Department use to define illness as mental as opposed to physical; (2) what proportion of NHS funding is allocated to (a) mental...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the benefits of all expectant mothers being assigned one specific midwife for the duration of their pregnancy in...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he is satisfied with the current levels of recruitment to midwifery; and what steps he is taking to encourage recruitment of midwives.

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2014, Official Report, column 460W, on NHS England, with reference to the people referred to in the answer who have...

      NHS: Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) NHS England, (b) Clinical Commissioning Groups, (c) Commissioning Support Units and (d) Monitor spent on consultancy workers in the last...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much NHS England spent on tendering for clinical services in 2013-14.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the online system for members of the public to compare hospitals on the basis of safety indicators will include information on cases in which...

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure NHS staff have the appropriate training to communicate effectively and compassionately with patients at difficult times...

      Ophthalmology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the waiting time is for new routine referrals to ophthalmology in each NHS hospital trust area; (2) what the waiting time is for a routine new...

      Paediatrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect on NHS service provision for seriously ill children and their families of the specialist senior nurses posts...

      Paediatrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that numbers of community children's nurses meet future demand; and if he will make a statement.

      Paediatrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children of what age have spent three months or more continuously in hospital in each local health authority in each of the last five years.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the data collected by the Palliative Care Funding Review Pilot sites; and whether enough data have been collected to...

      Parkinson’s Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the reduction of avoidable harm by better medicines reconciliation for hospital patients with Parkinson's; (2) what...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he has taken to increase public understanding of the services offered by independent pharmacies; (2) what assessment his Department has...

      Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in the last five years.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure the prescription of drugs by doctors is not influenced by financial payments from pharmaceutical companies.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions officials in his Department have had with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on the development of NICE's...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) assesses the cost-effectiveness of an intervention when the data available are uncertain;...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will discuss with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) ensuring that assessments of treatments by NICE conducted through (a)...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 31 March 2014, Official Report, column 491W, on medical treatments, what technology appraisals were conducted by the National...

      Psoriasis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what data requirements are necessary to precipitate the development of Clinical Commissioning Group Outcome Indicators based on quality statements 1...

      Public Health England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) purpose and (b) cost of international travel undertaken for official purposes by (i) directors of Public Health England and (ii) members of...

      Public Health England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Public Health England has spent on the development and implementation of its Global Health Strategy since its inception.

      Public Health England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Public Health England has spent on consultancy workers in 2013-14.

      Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the recent decision by the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare of the Royal College of Obstetricians and...

      Sickle Cell Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to raise awareness among clinicians of sickle cell disease and its incidence among those of non-African-Caribbean extraction.

      Smoking: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to bring forward regulations for the introduction of the ban on smoking in cars with children present.

      Social Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which Minister in his Department is responsible for social work work force planning.

      Stationery

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

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information patients are entitled to as to whether a medical operation will be undertaken by a fully surgically qualified member of staff.

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many surgical care practitioners have practised in the NHS in each year since 2005.

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the number of surgical care practitioners on the training of junior doctors in surgery.

      Tamiflu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what pharmaceutical companies supplied the Government's stockpile of Tamiflu.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of teenage pregnancy co-ordinators in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2013-14.

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to bring forward draft regulations for the introduction of standard packaging for tobacco products.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has any plans to end the employee trade union membership dues check-off system.

      Transvaginal Mesh Implants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what meetings his Department has had in which polypropylene transvaginal mesh implants were (a) discussed or (b) on the agenda; (2) what...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Earl Howe on 3 April (HL Deb, GC 291-4), whether the Secretary of State for Health, in the exercise of his powers conferred by...

    • Afghanistan: Women and Girls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 18 March (WA 16) on women’s rights in Afghanistan, what are the details of the funding already...

      Agriculture: Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the financial impact, in terms of percentage of United Kingdom food prices, of the United Kingdom’s participation in the...

      Agriculture: Laying Hens

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what regulations apply to smallholders with flocks of less than 50 laying hens if they (1) want to sell their eggs to the public, (2) want to sell products...

      Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in complying with the European Union Directive 2008/50/EC on air quality.

      Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes they expect in alcohol consumption from on-trade and off-trade purchases respectively over the next five financial years, following the changes...

      Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the industrially produced white cider marketed under the labels Frosty Jack’s, Diamond White, White Ace, White Star, White Strike, Three...

      Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether those involved in their public health responsibility deal on alcohol misuse have considered the consistency with the collective pledges of the use of...

      Annuities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average number of annuities purchased in each of the last five years for which data are available.

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of apprentices enter into employment with the company to which they were apprenticed after their apprenticeship scheme has finished.

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to creating a kitemark scheme for identifying good apprenticeship programmes.

      Argentina

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the announcement by the government of Argentina that their new 50 peso banknote will show the Falkland Islands as part of their...

      Armed Conflict: Child Soldiers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the use of children in armed conflict in the Central African Republic, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria and the Democratic...

      Armed Forces: Airfields

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 25 March (WA 105–6), how many non-operational airfields the Royal Air Force owns in (1)...

      Armed Forces: Food and Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the “entitled” and “non-entitled” rates of charges required to be paid by serving officers of HM Forces towards their food...

      Arts: Theatres

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in relation to the safety of theatres following the Apollo Theatre roof collapse.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of asylum applications were granted (1) in the first instance, and (2) after some form of appeal, in each year since 2010.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the judgment issued on 9 April by Mr Justice Popplewell in Refugee Action v Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether they have any...

      Azure Card Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which (1) food, and (2) non-food, outlets are part of the azure card scheme; and whether they have plans to expand that list.

      BBC: Black and Minority Ethnic Issues

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the BBC’s decision to withdraw one of its black and minority ethnic (BME) reporter posts and its BBC UK Black weekly Podcast, whether...

      Bees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to ensure the protection of bees.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, according to the latest data available, how many young people in England were claiming Jobseeker's Allowance at age (1) 18, (2) 19, (3) 20, (4) 21, (5) 22,...

      Benefits: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they ensure that claimants of benefits who are subject to sanctions know that they may apply for hardship payments; and what is the median time between...

      Bosnia-Herzegovina

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what current plans they have to enhance stability and democracy in Bosnia Herzegovina.

      Bosnia-Herzegovina

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Plenum movement within Bosnia Herzegovina in providing a constructive and peaceful catalyst towards constitutional reform.

      Bosnia-Herzegovina

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for international intervention or guidance to assist the efforts of the Plenum movement to reduce corruption and...

      Bosnia-Herzegovina

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to propose a European Union working-party to discuss and make proposals for assisting Bosnia-Herzegovina to draw up an appropriate...

      Botswana

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Botswana about the ban on hunting imposed on the Bushmen, in contravention of the terms of independence...

      Botswana

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed with the Government of Botswana its decision to allow only the 189 successful applicants in the Bushmen’s case against...

      Botswana

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed with the government of Botswana its decision to restrict water bore holes for the Bushmen, in view of that country’s court...

      Botswana

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed with the government of Botswana its decision in 2013 to ban Mr Gordon Bennett from entering that country following his pursuit of...

      British Nationality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British citizens have obtained their nationality by naturalisation. To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British citizens have obtained...

      British Nationality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British citizens have nationality by being born in Britain.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report Marching to Genocide in Burma; and what, if any, action they intend to take in response.

      Cabinet Office: Precedent Book

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards preparing the Cabinet Office's Precedent Book for declassification; and whether a target date can be set and announced...

      Cameroon: Boko Haram

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports of the kidnapping of two Italian priests and a Canadian nun by unidentified gunmen in the Maroua district of...

      Care Sector: Immigrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which disclosure and barring service checks are required in order for immigrant workers to be employed in the care sector.

      Caste Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their announcement in July 2013 that the consultation on caste legislation was expected in February or March 2014, why it has not yet been...

      Cats

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of cats deliberately poisoned by antifreeze products each year; and what action they are taking to combat such attacks.

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of recent reports that anti-balaka forces from the Central African Republic have attacked villages in Northern Cameroon.

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to issue a new Ministerial Statement on the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR); what plans the Minister for Africa has to...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the holding of elections in the Central African Republic on 15 February 2015 will support the development of good governance; what...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which sexual violence has been used by all parties to the conflict in the Central African Republic.

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to deploying experts from their Stabilisation Unit to the Central African Republic to enhance the capacity of institutions...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the call made by Ban Ki-Moon for funds to enable the United Nations to deploy peacekeepers to the Central African Republic.

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the cases made by the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Food Programme in respect of the establishment of a...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the level of aid funding available to the Central African Republic and of the need of food of the population of that country.

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the financial contributions made by each individual member state of the European Union to the crisis in the Central African Republic.

      Chad and the Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recruitment of child soldiers by the government of Chad; whether they have raised concerns about the presence of...

      Children: Mental and Emotional Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Action for Children’s proposed Cinderella neglect law.

      Children: Mental and Emotional Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to ensure that (1) social workers are prepared to identify and intervene in cases of mental or emotional abuse towards...

      Children’s Secure Estate: Risk-based Strip-searching

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which establishments in the children’s secure estate, including young offender institutions, secure training centres and secure children’s homes,...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to promote trade in China.

      China: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports of the removal of crosses from churches in the province of Zhejiang including the cities of Hangzhou and Zhoushan;...

      Citizenship Curriculum: Voter Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to include voter registration as part of the citizenship curriculum.

      Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to implement the changes set out in sections 45 and 46 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010.

      Contingent Liability: Nuclear Indemnity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Astor of Hever on 27 March (WS 49–50) regarding a contingent liability for nuclear indemnity, whether, in the...

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which local authorities have increased the minimum payment required under their local Council Tax Reduction Schemes following the withdrawal of transition...

      Courts and Tribunal Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in respect of right to manage requests, what is the average time between (1) the application for a hearing at the First Tier Tribunal and the actual hearing,...

      Deaf People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding they provide towards the diagnosis of dementia in deaf people and their treatment.

      Deaf People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding they make available to help with the provision of sign language services for the deaf.

      Debt Management Office

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have commissioned any investigation into, or received any report about, possible manipulation of auctions conducted by the Debt Management...

      Disclosure and Barring Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average waiting time for completion of disclosure and barring service checks in the (1) standard, (2) enhanced, and (3) enhanced with list...

      Doctors: Misconduct

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances the names of doctors in the medical profession accused of community offences under the law, and found guilty of breaches of...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to combat domestic violence.

      Dvla

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to address the issue of online third parties acting as middlemen between the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and driving...

      Economy: Deficit Reduction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Lord Deighton on 27 March to remarks by Lord Myners, Lord Higgins and Lord Flight (HL Deb, col. 676) and the Written Answer by Lord...

      Economy: Job Vacancies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of the number of job vacancies in the United Kingdom; and, of that figure, how many are (1) full-time, (2) part-time, and (3)...

      Education: Primary and 16-19 Assessment and Accountability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Nash on 27 March (WS 53–4) on primary and 16 to 18 assessment and accountability, how the progress which is...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the independence of the judiciary in Egypt.

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the number of death sentences handed down so far during 2014 in Egypt; and whether they have discussed the issue with the...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the date of the electoral register to be the basis of the 2018 review of United Kingdom parliamentary constituencies by the Boundary...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether 16 and 17 year olds registered to vote in Scotland for the referendum on the future of the United Kingdom will automatically be registered to vote in...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 1 April (WA 178), which entries in the MITOMAP database describe how muscular dystrophy can be caused by...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 2 April (WA 194), whether any previously published research on rodents was ever referenced by the Expert Panel...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 4 December 2013 (WA 48–9), 6 February (WA 76) and 1 April (WA 177–8), whether they will place in...

      Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the workforce deemed to be in employment is estimated to be on (1) full-time, (2) part-time, and (3) zero-hours, contracts.

      Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest available figures of the number of people in employment in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales respectively; and how they...

      Employment Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who paid for the circular letter sent from 10 Downing Street in April to businesses in the United Kingdom, advertising the Employment Allowance relating to...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what training on autism awareness is offered to career and employment advisers and to Jobcentre Plus staff; and what proportion of each have been trained.

      Employment: Disabled People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that young people with autism are accurately assessed and supported into work; and whether they plan to ensure...

      Energy: Biofuels

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what area was set aside for the growth of beet for biogas production in the United Kingdom, in each of the last three years. To ask Her Majesty’s...

      EU: Applications for Membership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any countries have outstanding applications for membership of the European Union and which they are; how many countries having applied are pending...

      EU: Definition of “Europe”

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 2 April (WA 195), whether either they, or the European Union, employ a formal definition of the word...

      EU: Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the timetable for the negotiations on the United Kingdom’s opt-in to the European Arrest Warrant and other European Union...

      Eurozone

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they envisage that the United Kingdom can maintain its influence in the European Union if it remains outside a reformed eurozone.

      Finance: High-frequency Trading

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they or the relevant regulators are examining the impact of high frequency trading on equity markets and financial stability.

      Finance: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance HM Treasury has given to the Bank of England, the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulatory Authority on the use of selective...

      Financial Advice: Mis-selling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new measures they will put in place to protect against the mis-selling of financial advice to people retiring under the new pension arrangements...

      Financial Conduct Authority

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the external law firm appointed by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to review its handling of its announcement on closed life funds is...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the perpetration of forced marriage becoming a criminal offence later in 2014, they have any plans to increase funding to United...

      Former Prime Ministers: Public Duty Cost Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 20 March (WA 52), how much each former Prime Minister received by way of public duty cost...

      Fracking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Michael Fallon MP, Minister of State for Energy, on 5 February (HC Deb, 263W), whether the £100,000 will go to the...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to take into account the Global Principles on National Security and the Right to Information in reviewing legislation and practice...

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 67 successful prosecutions brought by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority since the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004 are related to...

      Gateway and Identity Assurance Programme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there has been an evaluation into the impact on international trade and the United Kingdom economy resulting from changes to the Government Gateway...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the influence of Islamic Jihad in Gaza, and its impact on the region; and what action they plan to take to reverse that...

      Gibraltar and Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the reasons the government of Spain has given for sending warships and other state vessels into territorial waters around Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar and Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the circumstances of the incursion by a Spanish state research vessel accompanied by a Spanish Guardia Civil vessel into British Gibraltar...

      Gibraltar and Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to request European Union monitoring at the border between Gibraltar and Spain.

      Gibraltar and Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Spain through (1) the European Union, and (2) the United Nations, with regard to the speed of...

      Gibraltar and Spain

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

      Government Departments: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the percentage cost over-run established by the management board for any budget in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to merit...

      Government Departments: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the percentage cost over-run established by the management board for any budget in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to merit being tabled at the...

      Government Departments: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the percentage cost over-run established by the management board for any budget in the Department of Health to merit being tabled at the departmental...

      Government Departments: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the percentage cost over-run established by the management board for any budget in the Home Office to merit being tabled at the departmental...

      Government Departments: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the percentage cost over-run established by the management board for any budget in the Department for International Development to merit being tabled...

      Government Departments: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the percentage cost over-run established by the management board for any budget in the Ministry of Justice to merit being tabled at the departmental...

      Government Departments: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the percentage cost over-run established by the management board for any budget in the Northern Ireland Office to merit being tabled at the...

      Government Departments: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the percentage cost over-run established by the management board for any budget in the Department for Transport to merit being tabled at the...

      Government Departments: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the percentage cost over-run established by the management board for any budget in HM Treasury to merit being tabled at the departmental management...

      Government Departments: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the percentage cost over-run established by the management board for any budget in the Wales Office to merit being tabled at the departmental...

      Government Departments: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the percentage cost over-run established by the management board for any budget in the Department for Work and Pensions to merit being tabled at the...

      Government Departments: Catering, Hospitality and Refreshments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the breakdown of departmental spending in the Department for Communities and Local Government on catering, hospitality and refreshments in (1)...

      Government Departments: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 26 March ( WA 116 ), whether Capita has delivered departmental savings and asset realisations.

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Quarterly Data Summary for any department does not include data for the current period, for the year to date, and for the full year forecast. To...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the breakdown of departmental private office spending on Government Procurement Cards between 2005–06 and 2009–10.

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the recent medical evaluation by Dr Emily Keram of the British Guantánamo Bay detainee, Shaker Aamer, whether they will make further...

      Health: Anaemia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to whether any cost savings and reductions in patient admissions could result from increased testing for iron-deficiency...

      Health: Atrial Fibrillation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the National Health Service to support patients under anti-coagulation treatment for atrial fibrillation who would prefer to carry out...

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that patients in England can access innovative and effective orphan cancer medicines.

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the National Cancer Drugs Fund shortfall on patients’ access to rare cancer medicines.

      Health: Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patients with diabetes carry out their own blood tests at home; and what is the estimated cost saving to the National Health Service of that practice.

      Health: Diet

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote a healthy diet.

      Health: Hepatitis C

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of hepatitis C in the United Kingdom; and what action they will take to eradicate it.

      Health: HIV

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the sale and advertisement of self-testing kits for HIV becoming legal on 6 April and of the pilot study conducted by the Terrence Higgins...

      Health: Learning Disabilities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards establishing a national learning disability mortality review body. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they...

      Health: Liver Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what Public Health England are doing to ensure that rates of liver cancer do not increase.

      Health: Liver Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) overall, and (2) age-standardised, deaths from liver disease there have been in (a) England, and (b) each parliamentary constituency, each year...

      Health: Liver Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hepatology, what measures they will take to reduce rates of liver disease.

      Health: Liver Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the strategy for combating liver disease referred to in the Prime Minister’s message of support for World Hepatitis Day,...

      Health: Liver Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the rates of (1) total deaths from liver disease, and (2) age-standardised deaths from liver disease in (a) England, and...

      Health: Liver Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Secretary of State for Health has discussed liver disease with the Chief Medical Officer in the last twelve months; if so, on what dates; and...

      Health: Podiatry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in reducing the number of preventable lower limb amputations in England.

      Health: Podiatry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage the use of multi-disciplinary footcare teams as best practice in podiatry service provision; and whether they have made any...

      Health: Podiatry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take any actions to support the Diabetes UK and Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists’ Campaign Putting Feet First.

      Health: Podiatry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the impact on demand for NHS podiatry services resulting from England’s changing demography and health profile in (1)...

      Health: Prescription Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the cost to the National Health Service (1) of prescription drugs which are discarded when patients enter (a) hospitals, or (b)...

      Higher Education: Degree Courses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 7 April (WA 242), how many of the students enrolled in each of the last ten years on (1)...

      Higher Education: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to promote the uptake of science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses in higher education.

      Higher Education: Student Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 26 March (HL Deb, col. 528), what is the total current amount of student loans; what is the amount and...

      Hitachi

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 7 April (HL6246), whether any of the discussions with Hitachi touched upon the question of...

      HMRC: Gift Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether HM Revenue and Customs keeps records of the amount of Gift Aid claimed by, or paid to, attractions in respect of qualifying admission fees paid to...

      Homeless People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stowell of Beeston on 30 January (WA 253), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the terms...

      Homeless People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been recognised as homeless in each local authority area of England and Wales as a result of mental health problems in each of the last...

      Homosexuality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the extent of the use of reparative or conversion therapy on homosexual men and women; and what is their policy towards it.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what schemes they have introduced or modified since May 2010 to encourage residential home building or purchase; and what was the approximate number of new...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much income from capital receipts from sales under the Right to Buy scheme has been paid to HM Treasury by local authorities in each year since 2010-11.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to help young people buy their own homes.

      Housing: Flood Risk

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Nick Boles MP, Under Secretary of State for Planning, on 10 February (HC Deb, 418W–419W), whether the reference to...

      Housing: Help to Buy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have (1) applied for, and (2) been granted, help through (a) the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme, and (b) the Help to Buy equity loan...

      Housing: Private Rented Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stowell of Beeston on 18 March (WA 24), whether they decided against appointing a representative of private...

      Human Rights: Shell and Rio Tinto

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were their reasons for intervening in proceedings in the United States Supreme Court regarding alleged liability by Shell and Rio Tinto for abuses of...

      Immigration Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children they estimate will be affected by the provisions contained in Clause 18 of the Immigration Bill.

      Immigration Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have carried out an assessment of the number of children likely to be separated from their parents as a result of the provisions of the...

      Immigration Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have carried out an assessment of the impact of the Immigration Bill on children, as set out in the Cabinet Office guidelines.

      Immigration: Detention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, at the latest date, how many immigration detainees were being held in HM prisons; how many foreign national offenders, whose sentences had already expired...

      Imports and Exports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any guarantee that the current levels of service and functionality provided by the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight System are...

      Income: Household Averages

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average annual household income in each of the ten districts of Greater Manchester in each of the last ten years.

      Insurance Securities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will establish a formal investigation, independent of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), into the FCA’s handling of the announcement...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the number of death sentences handed down so far during 2014 in Iran; and whether they have discussed the issue with President...

      Islamist Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Islamist organisations they consider to present a threat to the United Kingdom.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with their European partners concerning whether Israeli security personnel convicted of violating human rights law in the West...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning the reported armed ambush and killing of Yusef a-Shawamreh in the West Bank in March.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning recent reports of violence and racist graffiti by settlers in the village of Kifl...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with Mahmoud Abbas on continuing the negotiations with Israel for a two-state solution.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning Palestinian deaths since the beginning of the peace negotiations between Israel...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take to protect the property rights and security of Palestinians if peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential of extended peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority to effect change in Israel’s...

      Justice: Immigration and Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans significantly to reduce the involvement of expert non-legal members in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber; if so, in the light of...

      Justice: IPP Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Imprisonment for Public Protection prisoners were imprisoned at the latest date available date; how many of those were beyond the tariff; and of...

      Kosovo

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of President Obama’s statement on 26 March that “Kosovo only left Serbia after a referendum was organised”.

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Lord Chancellor or any Minister in his Department last met the chief executive officer of the Legal Aid Agency; and whether they discussed (1) the...

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the functioning of the inquest system in the absence of publicly funded legal representation for the families of deceased...

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Lord Faulks on 27 March (WA 141), what steps they will take to ensure that legal aid resources are spent in the most...

      Listed Buildings: Energy-saving Measures

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have commissioned to determine the impact on energy waste of restricting insulation measures on listed buildings. To ask Her...

      Listed Buildings: Energy-saving Measures

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to amending the regulations governing alterations to existing listed buildings to permit the use and construction of...

      Living Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to address the situation in those parts of the United Kingdom where a high percentage of the workforce is paid less than the living wage....

      Living Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to encourage more employers to pay the living wage.

      Living Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the analysis published by the Trades Union Congress on 1 April regarding the proportion of workers receiving the living...

      Local Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stowell of Beeston on 13 March (WA 404), what stipulations, if any, they have placed upon (1) Liverpool City...

      Local Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , in the light of the recent comments by the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, regarding who should lead the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, what...

      NHS: “Better Services, Better Value” Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money has been spent on the “Better Services, Better Value” review for NHS health services across south-west London.

      NHS: “Better Services, Better Value” Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which individuals have been employed to conduct the “Better Services, Better Value” review for NHS health services across south-west London. To...

      NHS: Keogh Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action has been taken at Basildon and Thurrock NHS Foundation Trust since July 2013 to implement the findings of the Keogh Review.

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking in relation to tensions between North and South Korea following North Korea's artillery shelling and detonation near the border...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of North Korea’s launch of two mid-range missiles, its statement that it “would not rule out a new form of nuclear...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that officials in the North Korean Workers' Party who were associated with Jang Song-thaek have been sentenced to...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom Ambassador to North Korea has raised with the authorities there the terms of the United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the passage of Human Rights Council Resolution (A/HRC/25/L.17) on human rights violations in North Korea, what assessment they have made of the...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with the United States Special Envoy on North Korea, Ambassador Robert King, about ways to build international action to...

      Northern Ireland: On-the-runs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Randerson on 26 March (WA 124) and 3 April (WA 226), whether they had considered conferring on the review chaired...

      Northern Ireland: On-the-runs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Randerson on 26 March (WA 124) and 3 April (WA 226), what is their estimate of the cost of the review chaired by...

      Northern Ireland: On-the-runs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Randerson on 26 March (WA 124) and 3 April (WA 226), what assessment they have made of the benefits to the...

      Northern Ireland: On-the-runs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to widen the terms of reference of the independent review of the operation and extent of the administrative scheme for dealing with...

      Northern Ireland: On-the-runs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Randerson on 8 April (HL Deb, cols 1237–9), in the event that the police fail to provide the review led by Lady...

      Offenders: Ex-Service Personnel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ascertain the number of ex-service personnel receiving (1) custodial, and (2) non-custodial, sentences.

      Offenders: Ex-Service Personnel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will attempt to measure the re-offending rates of ex-service personnel convicted of criminal offences.

      Offenders: Special Needs Statements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether youth offending teams are given access to students’ special needs statements as of right.

      Ofsted

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report by Policy Exchange, Watching the Watchmen: the future of school inspections in England, what measures are being taken to ensure...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what methodology they use in co-ordinating with international partners the levels and distribution of international aid.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to aid to Ethiopia, whether they have liaised with the Government of the United States about the co-ordination of development assistance in the...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they co-ordinate the United Kingdom’s emergency aid efforts and expenditure with those of non-governmental organisations and bilateral donors to...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they take in concert with the United Nations and the European Union to ensure that international aid is fairly and efficiently distributed and...

      Overseas Aid: Product Development Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of product development partnerships as a means for improving healthcare delivery overseas. To ask Her Majesty’s...

      Pakistan: Religious Minorities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last made representations to the government of Pakistan about the personal security and protection needs of Christians, Hindus, Shias and Ismailis;...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to preserve Palestinians’ rights to worship at their own holy sites within Jerusalem.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to recognise passports issued by Russia to residents of Crimea following the annexation of that territory from Ukraine as valid travel...

      Peace Walls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many so-called peace walls currently exist in Belfast; what is their total size (meaning their height multiplied by their breadth); and what were the...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the average charge-out rate of pension advisers in calculating the quantity and quality of advice that will be available to...

      Pensions: Public Spending

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the impact on public spending as a result of the new pension arrangements announced in the 2014 Budget.

      Police: Ethnic Minority Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote ethnic minority recruitment to the police.

      Ports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 30 April 2012 (WA 420), what is their policy on grants and state aids for harbour dredging; under which...

      Prisoners: Books

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to the Howard League for Penal Reform’s request to the Ministry of Justice to reverse its ban on family and friends...

      Prisoners: Books

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their reasons for reducing the access to books of prisoners serving sentences in England and Wales.

      Prisoners: Books

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that library facilities in prisons, including the availability and ordering of books, are fit for purpose.

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the introduction of regulations to stop parcels being sent to prisoners, they have plans to improve prison libraries.

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the literacy figure for prisoners (1) across the prison estate, and (2) broken down into prison category.

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Ministry of Justice’s March 2013 report showing a link between employment and reduced re-offending, what plans they have to...

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Lord Chancellor considers that the rehabilitation and behaviour of prisoners will be encouraged by preventing them receiving books by post.

      Prisons: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current population in each of the United Kingdom’s (1) public prisons, and (2) private prisons; and what is the budget for each individual...

      Prisons: HMP Belmarsh

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to respond to the recommendation by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons in his recent report on HMP Belmarsh that the...

      Prisons: HMP Belmarsh

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the conclusion of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons in his recent report on HMP Belmarsh that there was no evidence...

      Prisons: HMP Pentonville

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the conclusion of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons in his report on HMP Pentonville that Home Office input on...

      Prisons: HMP The Verne

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Faulks on 7 April (WA 249), whether they have set a fixed date in September 2014 by which HM Prison The Verne will be...

      Prisons: HMP The Verne

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Faulks on 7 April (WA 249), in the light of HM Prison The Verne being used to take immigration detainees exclusively...

      Probation: Mental Health Community Treatment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were given a community sentence with a mental health community treatment order in each Probation Trust area in each of the last three years.

      Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many proceedings have been brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in each year since its enactment; what was the total amount pursued; and what has...

      Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions an action under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 has also been investigated by HM Revenue and Customs to ensure that tax has been paid by...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 2 April (WA 197–8), what are the areas covered by “identifiable public expenditure”;...

      Public Order Act 1986 and Crime and Disorder Act 1998

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Faulks on 2 April (WA 208–12), how many prosecutions have been brought in the last 10 years in connection with...

      Racial Equality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of why racial equality has not been achieved in higher-ranking jobs.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 3 April (WA 228), on railway franchises, whether they will now answer the original question.

      Royal Mail: Shares

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government at what date share transactions in Royal Mail following the partial privatisation became publicly available.

      Schools: Foreign Languages

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to support the teaching of foreign languages in schools.

      Scotland: Independence Referendum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implications for future elections and referendums to be held in the United Kingdom of the relative voting rights in the...

      Serbia: NATO Bombing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to instigate an inquiry into possible links between the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia and the incidence of leukaemia and cancer in that country.

      Sharia Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many legal cases were decided under Sharia law in the United Kingdom in 2012 and 2013.

      Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the average interest rate charged to small and medium-sized enterprises by United Kingdom banks.

      Sport: Circuit of Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support, if any, they are giving to the Circuit of Wales project.

      Sport: Circuit of Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received any representations from (1) Silverstone, (2) Brands Hatch, or (3) Formula One, in reaction to the Circuit of Wales project; and...

      Sport: Football

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to address concerns about football governance; and whether they intend to establish a working group, including representation from...

      Sport: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what transitional arrangements they will introduce to support athletes who will no longer receive world-class performance funding from UK Sport.

      Sport: Motor Racing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they provide to Formula One racing in the United Kingdom; and whether any such support benefits any race tracks.

      Sport: Motor Racing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they provide any assistance to (1) Silverstone motor racing circuit, or (2) Brands Hatch motor racing circuit; and, if so, what type of assistance.

      Sport: Racism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of the legal advice gained by the Metropolitan Police Service and Crown Prosecution Service which led to the policy of investigating the...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 7 April (WA 244), by what criteria they decided to promote a United Nations inquiry into events in Sri...

      St Helena

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect they expect that the recently announced St Helena hotel investment initiative by a British consortium will have on the Tourism Economic...

      Stephen Yaxley-Lennon

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to guarantee the safety of Mr Stephen Yaxley-Lennon if he is moved to another prison from HM Prison Winchester.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports of the recent arrival at Port Sudan of land cruisers, tanks and heavy artillery to be delivered via the Sudanese...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the government of Sudan following reports of population displacement by violence in Darfur since the beginning of...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of recent deaths in the Yarmouk section of Damascus, reported by Amnesty International in its report Squeezing the life out of...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in hosting Syrian refugees.

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have commissioned any studies to assess behavioural change consequent upon income and corporate tax changes since 2010. To ask Her...

      Taxation: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions for VAT carousel fraud have taken place in the United Kingdom over the last six years.

      Taxation: Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have conducted any research into the public perception of current income tax regulations and banding; and whether they consider that there is...

      Taxation: Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on staffing levels at HM Revenue and Customs of the adoption of a flat rate of income taxation.

      Taxation: Inheritance Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proportion of an individual savings account comprised of qualifying shares quoted on the alternative investment market and held for two years is...

      Taxation: Online Newspapers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to ensure that newspapers delivered to their readers directly to online tablets or computers are exempt from VAT in the same way...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the costs of undertaking and producing the Chantler report into standardised tobacco packaging.

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the Chantler report in respect of the merits and accuracy of the 2013 KPMG report on illicit tobacco in...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the economic impact of introducing standardised tobacco packaging (1) on a regional basis, (2) on the tobacco industry, and...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have consulted the Intellectual Property Office regarding the proposed introduction of standardised tobacco packaging; and whether they will...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the legal advice produced or received regarding the proposed introduction of standardised tobacco packaging.

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they had received on the likely economic impact of standardised tobacco packaging prior to the announcement by the Parliamentary...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of standardised tobacco packaging on illicit trade.

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with each of the devolved Administrations regarding the findings of the April 2014 Chantler report on standardised packaging...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the likely effects of the introduction of standardised packaging on tobacco consumption. To ask Her Majesty’s...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish any correspondence received by the Department of Health from any police constabulary, including the Association of Chief...

      Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Mr David Gauke MP, on 11 February (HC Deb, cols 212–4 WH), what steps are being...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement on 19 March by the President of Turkey that the internal peace process should be completed, by giving...

      Ukraine and Russia: Money-laundering

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to instruct the various investigative and regulatory authorities to give priority to suspect deposits, in particular laundered money...

      Ukraine and Russia: Money-laundering

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what amount of money, fraudulently, corruptly or criminally acquired and transferred to the United Kingdom from (1) Russia, and (2) Ukraine, has been frozen,...

      Ulster Defence Regiment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept claims for hearing loss from former members of the Ulster Defence Regiment.

      Ulster Defence Regiment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept claims for hearing loss from former members of the Ulster Defence Regiment who served before 1986; and if not, why not.

      Ulster Defence Regiment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many claims for hearing loss they have received from former members of the Ulster Defence Regiment. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the...

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will request that the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture visits the United Arab Emirates.

      Venezuela

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their evaluation of the situation in Venezuela as regards the rule of law, freedom of speech and the protection of human rights.

      Voting: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of young people registered to vote.

      Voting: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many 16 year-olds there are in the United Kingdom broken down by Parliamentary constituency; and how many 17 year-olds.

      Voting: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to promote voter registration in schools.

      Voting: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remark by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 5 February that “the last point is one that I will take back, as we are certainly considering how...

      Wildlife: Illegal Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , following the recent conference in London, what support they are providing to the government of Botswana in preparing for the follow-up conference in early...

      Wildlife: Illegal Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect they expect that the recently announced Elephant Protection Initiative will have on the illegal wildlife trade; and what support they are giving...

      Wildlife: Ivory Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking steps to encourage the governments of China and Vietnam to cease the trade in ivory.

      Women: Involvement in Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many meetings or round-tables with Ministers have been held, and how many organisations have been involved, in connection with the outreach programme...

      Women: Involvement in Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Ministers have undertaken outreach events in connection with the consultation response Strengthening women's voices in Government; in how many events...

      Women: Involvement in Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the priorities of the Women's Engagement outreach programme for 2014–15 in connection with the consultation response Strengthening women's...

      Women’s Engagement Newsletter

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many copies of the Women's Engagement newsletter have been produced since 2011; what was the reach and circulation; whether an evaluation has been made...

      Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their announcement on 11 June 2013 of plans to establish pilot schemes under section 28 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999...

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