Written answers

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what legislative vehicles the Government plan to use to implement the proposals to streamline regulatory and competition appeals.

    • AstraZeneca: Pfizer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions either orally or in writing he or his Ministers or officials in his Department have had with (a) Pfizer and (b)...

      Business: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage more women to franchise their businesses.

      New Businesses: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the performance of the Start Up Loan scheme in Wales to date; what the take-up has been under this...

  • Defence

    • Air Force: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many suitably qualified and experienced RAF personnel his Department has required for aircraft maintenance in each location in each of the last three...

    • Al-Sweady Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who all the core participants in the Al-Sweady Inquiry were; and what the name and firm was of each of those participants' legal representatives.

      Armed Forces: Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many individuals have been awarded a war disablement pension for mesothelioma since 1994; what estimate he has made of the number of former members...

      Baha Mousa and Al-Sweady Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the costs of the (a) Baha Mousa inquiry and (b) Al-Sweady inquiry are classified by his Department as being operational and reclaimable from the...

      Consultants

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

      Marines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many berths are assigned to Royal Marines on board the (a) Queen Elizabeth Carriers, (b) Type 45 and (c) Type 26.

      Puma Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the long-term future of the Puma helicopter; and if he will make a statement.

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the use of Bay Class Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships; and if he will make a statement.

      Satellites: West Freugh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what satellites currently use facilities at West Freugh for data transmission.

      Satellites: West Freugh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Skynet 5 satellites can use facilities at West Freugh for data transmission.

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration his Department gave to procuring the Rangeless Airborne Instrumented Debriefing System with Collision Warning software for...

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by whom the decision was taken not to proceed from the Technology Demonstrator Phase of the EASAMS collision warning system to Full Development and...

      Trade Unions

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

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when each Type 45 Destroyer will be installed with the ECPINS-W Subs software; and what estimate he has made of the total cost of that installation.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the potential utility of the MQ-4C Triton drone; and whether his Department plans to procure any of those aircraft.

  • Education

    • Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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.

    • Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reasons the ContactPoint database was discontinued.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many child care places for disadvantaged two year olds have been created since September 2013.

      Culture: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many and what proportion of schools in England provide the minimum level of cultural education proposed in Appendix A of Cultural Education:...

      History: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of history lessons were taught by non-subject specialists in each of the last five years.

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of local authorities in England and Wales have plans in place for tackling potential child sexual exploitation.

      Reading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to implement the recommendations on support for the reading skills of oral deaf children in the Reading, Dyslexia and Oral Deaf...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average cost of a primary school meal was in 2013.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of additional catering staff needed in schools to deliver the extension of free school meals to all pupils in...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 7 April 2014, Official Report, columns 707-8W, on school meals, how many academies (a) were invited to respond and (b)...

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to ensure that governors are disqualified when a school governing body is found guilty of disability discrimination.

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what advice his Department provides to local authorities when a school governing body is found guilty of disability discrimination.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions Ministers of his Department have had with representatives of sixth form colleges on the effects of reductions in education funding for...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effects of reductions in education funding for 18-year-olds on students with severe or complex disabilities and who...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools which cater for students with severe or complex disabilities have indicated to his Department that they plan to reduce provision for...

      World War II: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of secondary school students who studied the Second World War as part of their (a) GCSE and (b)...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Employment Schemes: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will take steps to ensure the negotiations between her Department and Praxis result in the continuation of the Secret Garden Service...

    • Praxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions she has met with representatives of Praxis Care in the last 12 months; when she last visited a Praxis residential...

  • Prime Minister

    • AstraZeneca: Pfizer

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what criteria he used to select those who he has instructed to review any bid for AstraZeneca; (2) what discussions either orally or in writing he or his...

  • Transport

    • Oxford-Hereford Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will provide an estimate of the costs of redoubling the section of the North Cotswold line between (a) Charlbury to Wolvercote Junction and (b)...

    • Roads: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the cost of urgent repairs to roads managed by the Highways Agency in (a) Huddersfield constituency, (b)...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many meetings he has had with each private hire vehicle operator since 2010.

  • Scotland

    • Employment Figures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of recent trends in employment figures in Scotland.

    • Consular Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Scottish Government on consular support for Scottish citizens overseas in the event of Scottish...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress the Government have made on implementation of the Scottish rate of income tax; and if he will make a statement.

      Highlands and Islands: Economic Potential

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent assessment he has made of the economic potential of the Scottish Highlands and Islands; and if he will make a statement.

      English-Scottish Border Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the potential implications of Scottish independence for the regions on either side of the English-Scottish border.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the number of jobs in Scotland that depend on the UK's membership of the EU.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on NHS Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the number of homeless (a) single people and (b) families in Scotland.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average time taken to process applications for redundancy payment is through My Civil Service Pension; and what steps he is taking to reduce...

    • Conditions of Employment: Warrington

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people who are (a) employed on zero-hours contracts and (b) paid at a rate below that defined by the Living...

      Employment: East Midlands

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the total number of (a) private, (b) public and (c) third sector jobs in (A) Ashfield constituency, (ii) Nottinghamshire...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Business Improvement Districts: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2014, Official Report, column 488W, on Business Improvement Districts: Birmingham, for what...

    • Children: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of children aged under 16 years living in supported housing.

      Companies: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to announce the allocation of additional support to local authorities in England to support corporate...

      Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the 100 most deprived wards as measured by the index of multiple deprivation are.

      Environmental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many environmental health officers are currently employed by each local authority.

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether he has (a) discussed with and (b) received any representations from the Fire Brigades Union regarding the adoption...

      Housing: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints have been received by the Housing Ombudsman service in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Insects

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

      Landlords: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many landlords have been prosecuted in England for (a) illegal evictions and (b) harassment in the latest three years for...

      Non-domestic Rates: Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect on the viability of public houses of the method by which business rates are currently...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households are housed by local authorities in the private rented sector on (a) two-year long contracts, (b) three-year...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) improvement notices in accordance with section 11, (b) prohibition orders in accordance with section 20, (c) hazard...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households in the private rented sector were evicted under section 8 of the Housing Act 2004 in the last year for which...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many tenancy relations officers are currently employed by each local authority.

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department gives local authorities on considering the potential flooding risks to land in neighbouring local...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 3 April 2014, Official Report, column 998, (1) with which other countries his Department is working on...

    • Electricity: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his oral contribution of 2 April 2014, Official Report, column 908, on energy price freeze, what the evidential basis is...

      Electricity: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his oral contribution of 2 April 2014, Official Report, column 908, on energy price freeze, what the evidential basis is...

      Electricity: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his oral contribution of 2 April 2014, Official Report, column 908, on energy price freeze, how much investment there was...

      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 990, on energy bills, how many households are forecast to receive...

      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 990, on energy bills, what the evidential basis is for the...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the future of the feed-in-tariff scheme in Scotland in the event of a...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of levels of public support for solar photovoltaic; and if he will make it his policy that there...

      Solar Power: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the total value is of renewable obligation certificates issued to generators for (a) roof- and (b) ground-mounted solar schemes...

      Solar Power: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many acres of land are covered by solar farms in (a) Carmarthenshire, (b) Llanelli constituency, (c) each constituency in Wales and...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Colombia

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the oral answer of 6 February 2014, Official Report, column 348W, on Colombia, (1) what discussions he held with (a) business, (b) Government and...

    • Colombia

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2014, Official Report, column 692W, on Colombia, which representatives of non-governmental organisations accompanied him on...

      Colombia

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2014, Official Report, column 692W, on Colombia, which individuals accompanied him in an official capacity during his visit...

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister who would lead on negotiations with the Scottish Government in the event of a yes vote in the Scottish referendum.

      Voting Rights: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the Government plan to increase the 15 year out-of-country voting limit for British expatriates.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of China on the persecution of Christians in (a) Zhejiang Province and (b)...

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to achieve agreement at the UN climate summit in September 2014 on the amount of finance that will be...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to his Egyptian counterpart about the mass trial of and death sentences on members of the Muslim...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2014, Official Report, column 413W, on Falkland Islands, if he will discuss the correct use...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Iraq on its proposal to legalise the marriage of girls from nine years of age.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the current whereabouts of the children recently kidnapped from Chibok, Nigeria.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Nigerian counterpart on the recent kidnapping of schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what requests for assistance the Government have received in connection with the recent kidnappings from Chibok, Nigeria.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to (a) the UN and (b) any UN agency on the abduction of schoolgirls from Chibok in...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with UN Women about the abduction of schoolgirls from Chibok in north-eastern Nigeria on 14 April...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the situation in North Korea.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights about the implementation of the UN Human...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Venezuela.

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on anti-democratic violence in Venezuela.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to press for the inclusion of language in the Resolution extending MINURSO's mandate for Western...

  • Treasury

    • Crown Estate Commissioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many Crown Estate houses the Crown Estate plans to sell; (2) what discussions his Department has had with the Crown Estate on selling houses; (3)...

    • Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have declared income on their income tax returns from (a) rent from a residential property, (b) rent from a furnished holiday letting, (c)...

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent staff work in his Department’s Major Infrastructure Tracking Unit.

      Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of (a) permanent, (b) temporary and (c) contract staff in his Department as paid the living wage or above.

      Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion and value of his Department's contracts have been let (a) under the restricted procedure, (b) by the open procedure, (c) via framework...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 29 April 2014, Official Report, column 677W, on VAT, (1) how many VAT431C claims have been submitted in each of the (a) last...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the business case for the outsourcing of compliance checks on tax credits claims; (2) what assessment he...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many officials in his Department are employed on zero-hours contracts.

    • Culture: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what proportion of pupils in each age group participate in the Cultural Passport scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many complaints the Advertising Standards Authority has received about letting agencies failing to advertise their fees since...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what expenditure his Department incurred on the (a) Broadband Delivery Programme, (b) Mobile Infrastructure Project, (c) Spectrum...

  • Justice

    • Approved Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate is of the average cost of housing an individual in (a) a probation hostel and (b) approved premises for 12 months.

    • Baha Mousa Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the Baha Mousa Inquiry Lessons Learned Paper.

      Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of an offence contrary to section 5 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 in each of the last four years.

      Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of an offence contrary to sections 1, 2 and 6 of the Child Abduction Act 1984 in each of the last four years.

      Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people have been convicted of an offence of murder, kidnapping or infanticide contrary to the common law of England and Wales in each of...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many coroner's inquests (a) with and (b) without a jury were held in the last five years for which figures are available.

      Driving Offences: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many motorists were prosecuted for speeding offences in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) Ashfield constituency in each of the last five years for which...

      High Down Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prisoners and (b) young adult prisoners were on suicide watch in HM Prison High Down on (i) 1 September 2013 and (ii) 1 April 2014.

      Police: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if she will introduce legislative proposals to protect police dogs by recognising them as an extension of their handler as a police officer.

      Prisoners: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the average (a) net and (b) gross earnings were of each prisoner in each month in each of the last four years; (2) what the highest amount...

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners were employed in work in jails on 1 April in each of the last four years; (2) how many prisoners were employed in work in the...

      Prisons: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have requested chemical castration in each of the last five years.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether (a) his Department and (b) the Probation Service has experienced problems in accessing the Risk of Serious Recidivism Predictor Tool to date.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of the 50 initial preferred bidders for probation services remain in the competition.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many legal proceedings involving the licensing of taxi and private hire vehicles, operators and drivers have been dealt with in the court system in...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to ensure that her Department gives full consideration to the increasing impact and challenges that ageing...

    • Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress the Global Fund has made in reducing instances of AIDS, malaria and TB in the last two years.

      Green Climate Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what international progress has been made towards establishing the Green Climate Fund ahead of the UN's climate summit in Lima; and...

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to ensure that there is a renewed focus on the millennium development goals which have not yet been attained.

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to ensure that the millennium development goals and sustainable development goals are coherent with and...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of UK aid to Syria has been written off as nugatory expenditure.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of teaching provision available to Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Jordan; and...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will discuss with the devolved legislatures how to ensure best practice is adopted in implementing single farm payments...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to publish in full all monitoring data collected on the second year of the pilot badger culls...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take to ensure that he receives independent scientific advice on the safety, effectiveness and...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements he plans to put in place to ensure that monitoring data collected on the second year of the pilot badger...

      Churngold Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Environment Agency expects to conclude its investigation into Churngold Recycling Ltd.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will review the effectiveness of current legislation on banned breeds of dog.

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list the Government Departments and public authorities to which borough councils for areas where there is no...

      Fly-grazing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of current legislation against fly-grazing; (2) if he will...

      Gulls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to reduce the number of black-backed gulls.

      Hill Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether any restrictions exist in (a) Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) Northern Ireland on upland farms contaminated by...

      Medical Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who is responsible for the collection and disposal of clinical waste from patients' homes.

      Rural Areas: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2014, Official Report, column 37W, on rural areas: broadband, what the latest figures are...

      Sites of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list, by individual site of special scientific interest (SSSI), all the cases of permanent loss of land within...

  • Home Department

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the results were of the Metropolitan Police investigation into the death of an unnamed woman in Slough on 21 January 2012 following an...

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will make it her policy to ensure that pregnant women and nursing mothers in receipt of section 4 support under the Immigration...

      Asylum: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to ensure the viability of the financial position of the North East Refugee Service; and for what reasons her...

      Asylum: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many pregnant women in Scotland were granted section 4 support under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 for reasons including that...

      Crime: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will set targets for the reduction of rural crime.

      Crime: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on the levels of rural crime; and if she will make a statement.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps her Department has taken to tackle domestic abuse.

      Entry Clearances: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) meetings she or Ministers in her Department have had with and (b) representations she has received from Kalayaan on tied domestic...

      Hillsborough Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces failed to meet her Department's deadline of 4 April 2014 for handing over to the Independent Police Complaints Commission...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that assets of human traffickers are frozen within 48 hours of their arrest; and if he will make a statement.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-UK citizens attempting to enter the UK illegally or clandestinely were apprehended by UK border control agencies at the ports of...

      Illegal Immigrants: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants are estimated to have entered the UK from Calais in each year since 1999.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) amount her Department spent and (b) fee income it has received in connection with (i) the asylum system, (ii) immigration control at...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many absconders there were at each UK airport in each year since 2010; and how many and what proportion of such absconders were...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will reply to correspondence from the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed of 2 December 2013 and 27 March 2014 on a...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason each foreign national in prison awaiting deportation who is beyond the end of their sentence is yet to be deported.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many travel documents were (a) applied for and (b) issued in each year since 1 January 2009.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many travel document applications arising from each country were being processed as of 1 April 2014.

      Teachers: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is mandatory for a police force to include details of the last school where a teacher was employed when notifying the National...

      UK Visas and Immigration Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total yearly salary of each grade of the UK Visa and Immigration Directorate senior staff was on 1 April 2014.

      Verne Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on converting HM Prison The Verne for use as an immigration removal centre to date.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Budgeting Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much in budgeting loans was spent in each region of the UK in each of the last six years.

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received from the (a) Local Government Association, (b) Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and (c) Welsh...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the level of TUPE contract protection available to fraud staff currently employed by local authorities who will...

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what average extra costs are incurred by disabled people as a result of their disability.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of those classified disabled were seeking work in each of the last four years.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people classified as disabled left work as a result of their disability; and how many such people entered new work in each of the last...

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on (a) press, (b) marketing, (c) advertising and (d) other aspects of communications relating to the Youth Contract in...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 10 April 2014, Official Report, column 318W, on housing benefit: social rented housing, how many housing benefit...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims to the independent living fund of what total value were made in each parliamentary constituency in the last year.

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of recipients of the independent living fund (a) are in employment and (b) were in employment at the date of application.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many formal client complaints were brought against Jobcentre Plus staff in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) West Lothian local authority area...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the number of applicants who seek a national insurance number and claim welfare benefits within six...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the average UK saver of delaying the pensions charge cap from April 2014 to April 2015.

      Occupational Pensions: Brigg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of businesses in Brigg and Goole constituency that will be issued with staging dates for automatic...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people made requests of the pension tracing service to find lost pension pots in each year since May 2010; and how many of these were...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of (a) employment and support allowance and (b) disability living allowance have died during the process of (i) assessment...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the average waiting times for (a) personal independence payments assessments and (b) work capability...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit claimants were sanctioned in each month since August 2013; and how many such claimants continued to sign on during the period...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect on the public funds available to local authorities of the creation of a Single Fraud Investigation...

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were sanctioned at the (a) higher level, (b) intermediate level and (c) lower level in (i) the UK, (ii) Scotland, (iii) North...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by the universal credit project on (a) staff travel and (b) overnight accommodation and allowances in each month of 2014 to date.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he takes to monitor whether Work Programme prime providers fulfil their minimum service standards; and if he will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he gives on ensuring that all women seeking an abortion are given accurate, complete, balanced and up-to-date information regarding the...

    • Abortion: Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the meta-analysis by Huang Y et al. published in the journal Cancer Causes Control in November 2013,...

      Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are employed full-time solely on accident prevention in (a) his Department and (b) Public Health England.

      Air Pollution: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of deaths in (a) Portsmouth, (b) Hampshire and (c) the South East attributed to air pollution in each of the last...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make representations to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence regarding its technology appraisal of ipilimumab.

      Children: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to extend Pulse Oximetry screening for children.

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many whole-time equivalent podiatrists were employed in the NHS in each of the last 10 years.

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department made of the prevalence of grade down-banding of podiatrists employed within the NHS.

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on trends over the last five years in the number of employees at (a) bands 5 and 6 and (b) bands 7 and 8 employed as...

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what correspondence he has received relating to reductions in the number of podiatrists employed in each of the regions of England in each of the last...

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to promote best practice in NHS podiatry services in (a) NHS England, (b) health and wellbeing boards and (c) clinical...

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the standard of podiatry services in the NHS.

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the relationship between the availability of podiatry services and the rate of lower limb amputations.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of seeing a dentist was in England in each year for which data are available.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to tackle the increase of type 2 diabetes; and what work is being done to identify best practice and share knowledge throughout the UK.

      Dietary Supplements: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps officials of the UK Permanent Representation to the EU are taking to ensure that the Government's objectives are met for the setting of...

      Domestic Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of patients presenting at accident and emergency departments because of an accident in the...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health from what date the statutory duty of candour will be implemented; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the percentage change in the number of NHS beds in England was in each year since 2010.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 April 2014, Official Report, column 42W, on In vitro fertilisation, (a) what the evidential basis is for his statement that no...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidelines cover preoperative pregnancy checks in (a) the NHS and (b) private medical institutions; (2) what assessment he has made of whether...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the level of mental illness in (a) the West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group area, (b) the Medway Clinical Commissioning...

      NHS: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff are employed in (a) his Department, (b) NHS England and (c) Monitor to undertake work on or relating to competition issues; and what the...

      NHS: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints have been received about the NHS in England and Wales in each of the last three years; and on what grounds such complaints have been made.

      NHS: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each NHS trust and foundation trust spent on legal costs on individual employment cases in each of the last 10 years.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nursing staff were in post in each year since 1999.

      Nurses: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training posts for nurses were commissioned in England in each of the last five years. [Official Report, 14 October 2014, Vol. 586, c. 1-2MC.]

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of children in (a) Chatham and Aylesford constituency, (b) Kent and (c) England were diagnosed as overweight in each year since 2005.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the palliative care service ratings for England were in the most recent period for which information is available.

      Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the level of support available for sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the case for abolishing prescription charges in England.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account his Department takes of previous performance on Government contracts when assessing bids for new contracts.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to section 3 of the guidance issued by Monitor on the Commissioning of Radiosurgery Services on 4 April 2014, (1) if he will require NHS...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce a maximum charge for homecare and other non-residential social services.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) NHS England are working on the transition to a new system following the implementation of the Health and...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on making the term surgeon a protected title.

      Tobacco: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the introduction of plain packaging of tobacco products on the work of Trading Standards' officers...

      Transvaginal Mesh Implants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to address patient concerns regarding the use of transvaginal mesh implants.

  • House of Lords

    • Royal Mail: Flotation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was paid to each of the financial advisers on the flotation of Royal Mail; whether that amount included a performance bonus; and if so, what was the...

    • Channel Islands

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 3 February (WA 17), whether court orders handed down in the United Kingdom are enforceable in...

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