Written answers

Thursday, 8 May 2014

  • Prime Minister

    • Australia

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with his Australian counterpart on (a) climate change and (b) the agenda for the G20 Leaders' Summit to be held in Brisbane in...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Brighton

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities 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.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 3 April 2014, Official Report, column 766W, on electoral...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 10 April 2014, Official Report, columns 305-6W, on...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what advice the Electoral Commission has given to electoral registration officers on...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect on industry of delays in the implementation of the Government's proposals to streamline...

    • Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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.

      Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of whether to become a signatory to the UNESCO Convention on Underwater Cultural Heritage and...

      Electronic Programme Guides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the contribution by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries on 25...

      Freeview Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what discussions he has had with Freeview about reasons to extend full Freeview services to (a) Monmouth constituency and (b) all...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a cap on data charges which can be imposed by mobile telephone operators.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when his Department plans to publish its response to the consultation on Streamlining Regulatory and Competition Appeals launched...

    • European Space Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding the UK has given (a) directly and (b) indirectly to the European Space Agency in each of the last five years; what...

      Hospitals: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost of the Competition Commission's inquiry into the proposed merger between Royal Bournemouth...

      Motor Vehicles: Petrol Alternatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to encourage car manufacturers to manufacture cars powered by road fuel gases for the UK market.

      Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what audit he has made of the performance of the Student Loans Company.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Construction: Industry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were employed in the construction sector in (a) the UK, (b) the East Midlands, (c) Nottinghamshire and (d) Ashfield constituency in each...

  • Attorney-General

    • Abortion

      To ask the Attorney-General what discussions he has had with the Crown Prosecution Service about the pre-signing of abortion forms.

    • Abortion

      To ask the Attorney-General what discussions he has had with the Crown Prosecution Service about the 67 doctors who are accused of pre-signing abortion referral (HSA1) certificates.

      Consultants

      To ask the Attorney-General which 10 consultancy firms were paid the most by the Law Officers' Departments in the last financial year; and how much each of those firms was paid.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General how much the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has spent on staff overtime payments in each CPS area in each of the last five financial years.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Attorney-General which five companies were used most often to provide temporary workers for the Law Officers' Departments in the last financial year; and how much in agency fees was...

      Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation

      To ask the Attorney-General whether the Serious Fraud Office has applied to HM Treasury for additional funding for its investigation into the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation.

  • Justice

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2013, Official Report, column 93W, on conditions of employment, how many people in his Department were employed on...

    • Courts: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many court buildings which were not counted as closed had no cases listed in the preceding (a) three, (b) six and (c) 12 months at 31 March...

      High Down Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners in HM Prison High Down on 1 April 2014 there were (a) in total, (b) aged under 18, (c) aged 18 to 20 and (d) aged 21 or over;...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 Sherratt.

      Police Cautions: Brigg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many police cautions were issued in Brigg and Goole constituency in each of the last five years.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the ratio of prison officers to inmates by gender was in each (a) prison establishment and (b) category of prison in England and Wales in each of...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many days in total have been lost due to staff sickness in each prison in each of the last four years.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the staff turnover rate has been in (a) the prison estate and (b) HM Prison High Down in each month since September 2013.

      Prisons: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many illegal stills or other set ups for distilling or brewing alcohol have been found in each institution in the prison estate in England and Wales...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what steps he is taking to prevent offenders receiving compensation for assault which occurred during their incarceration; (2) what estimate he...

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what amount was generated by levies under the Prisoners' Earnings Act 1996 Levy in each of the last four years; (2) how many prisoners were...

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the level of illegal use of cellular devices in UK prisons; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to roll out mobile telephone blocking technology across HM prisons estate.

      Prisons: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted for receiving each type of illicit or unauthorised items into prison through the post...

      Prisons: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison staff were allocated to the handling, processing and checking of prisoners' post, in each prison, on 1 April in each of the last four years.

      Prisons: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the answer of 10 April 2014, Official Report, column 406W, on prisons: postal services, how many incidents of (a) drug-related or (b)...

      Prisons: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many packages containing books were received by prisoners in each of the last four years; and what proportion of such packages contained contraband.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions probation staff have taken cases to employment tribunals on grounds of discrimination in each of the last three years.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the implications of an increase in the need for court reports arising from his Transforming Rehabilitation agenda on the...

      Secure Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received from HM Chief Inspector of Prisons about his plans to introduce secure colleges.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Leasehold Advisory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will direct the Leasehold Advisory Service to cease carrying advertising for or links to the services of Benjamin...

    • Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to protect library services.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • 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: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to his oral contribution of 2 April 2014, Official Report, column 909, on energy price freeze, what the evidential basis is...

      Energy: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the oral answer of 3 April 2014, Official Report, column 982, on energy markets: competition, what measures his Department...

      Green Deal Scheme: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many companies are registered to provide Green Deal assessments in Wales.

      Green Deal Scheme: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many Green Deal assessments have been undertaken in (a) Llanelli constituency and (b) each constituency in Wales; and how many of...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biofuels: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the social costs caused by (a) large particulates (PM10), (b) small particulates (PM2.5) and (c)...

    • Biofuels: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what amount of (a) large particulates (PM10), (b) small particulates (PM2.5) and (c) nitrogen dioxide were emitted to air in...

      Biofuels: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the amount of (a) large particulates (PM10), (b) small particulates (PM2.5) and (c) nitrogen...

  • Education

    • School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to ensure that school lunches in academies and free schools meet the nutritional standards of those in the state sector; and if...

    • Schools: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the pupil premium is available for pre-school children from service families; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what arrangements are in place to ensure that the pupil premium for service children is used for its intended purposes.

  • Transport

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 1 May 2014, Official Report, column 785W, on conditions of employment, what estimate he has made of the number of indirect...

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to improve road safety for cyclists.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to encourage safer cycling.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether any increase in remuneration of senior managers in the Highways Agency will have to be agreed by him when the Agency is transformed into...

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much VAT the Highways Agency recovered in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information later than 2003 his Department has on the relative emissions from motor vehicles powered by road fuel gases.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the effect of Government policy on the level of car insurance premiums.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the effect of post-traumatic stress disorder on the ability of former services personnel to reintegrate into...

    • Coleshill Auxilliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to recognise the work undertaken by the Coleshill Auxiliaries during the Second World War.

  • International Development

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the potential contribution of sustainable lighting systems to development in Africa; and if her...

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if her Department will provide support to the Bright Green Energy Group for distributing solar energy systems to rural communities in...

      Developing Countries: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department has taken to ensure that the work carried out under the Girls' Education Challenge Fund is fully inclusive of...

      Developing Countries: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of the teachers it aims to train by 2015 will be trained in providing inclusive education to children with disabilities.

      Developing Countries: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the answer of 10 April 2014, Official Report, column 380W, on developing countries: family planning, how much of her...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate she has made of the additional costs resulting from Israeli border, access and planning controls to UK-funded development...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with the European Commission and her counterparts in EU member states on compensation requests to Israeli...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 25 March 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard...

    • Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what active steps his (a) Department has taken and plans to take to facilitate the convening of a conference on the...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that the cases of the 67 doctors who were found to have pre-signed abortion referral forms following investigations by...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that the quality and content of advice published by independent abortion providers accords with that of his Department...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many HSA4 forms submitted in each month since 2010 are pending completion.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the ability of non-registered medical professionals to gauge mental or physical health risks posed by a pregnancy for the...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors were referred to the police for investigation for crimes relating to the Abortion Act 1967 in each of the last 10 years; and how many...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women suffered health complications following abortion procedures in 2012.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with the General Medical Council about the pre-signing of abortion certificates since January 2012.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the prevalence of the pre-signing of abortion (HSA1) certificates since the conclusion of the Care Quality Commission's 2012...

      Analgesics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on whether the use of painkillers increases the risk of a stroke.

      Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with (a) the Royal Colleges and (b) pharmaceutical companies about the efficacy of anti-depressants.

      Autism: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support available to families with children with autism.

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to raise awareness among health professionals of the symptoms of brain tumours and their effects on children; and if he will make...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance NHS England has issued to strategic clinical networks on the role that breast network site-specific groups should play in the current...

      Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department will provide for NHS staff on whether to share the information on the Child Protection-Information Sharing project with...

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department publishes for pharmaceutical companies to ensure that the clinical trials they conduct are carried out ethically and safely.

      Dermatology: General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions his Department has had with (a) Health Education England and (b) the Royal College of GPs on compulsory dermatological training for...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) elective and (b) emergency admissions with a (i) primary and (ii) secondary diagnosis of diabetes there have been in (A) England and (B) each...

      Dietary Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on whether the use of shellfish supplements increases life expectancy.

      Doctors: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on reporting to the police suspected criminal acts committed by doctors that are discovered by his Department and NHS England.

      Eating Disorders: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned on diabulimia in teenagers and young adults.

      Exhaust Emissions: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of premature deaths per year attributable to air pollution from diesel-fuelled vehicles; and what...

      Health Professions: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take steps to ensure that the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists acts...

      Local Safeguarding Children Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department provides to clinical commissioning groups about engagement with Local Safeguarding Children Boards.

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish a dataset for pancreatic cancer NHS waiting times which is distinct from the current upper gastrointestinal cancer waiting times dataset.

      Parkinson’s Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many individual funding requests for the prescription of Duodopa to patients with Parkinson's disease were (a) made, (b) accepted, (c) accepted...

      Parkinson’s Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of potential geographical variations in the handling of individual funding requests for the prescription of...

      Patients: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential effects of regulatory changes allowing registered medical practitioners to form an opinion about the mental...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when NHS England will publish a tariff for stereotactic ablative radiotherapy.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients have been sent to hospitals in London for stereotactic radiosurgery treatment from (a) Oxfordshire, (b) Berkshire, (c)...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2014, Official Report, column 132W, on radiotherapy and with reference to section three of the guidance issued by...

      Social Services: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications have been made in Oxfordshire under the National Assistance Act 1948 by people without resources to meet their requirements or whose...

  • Home Department

    • Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost is of keeping a foreign national offender classified by her Department as individual non-compliant in detention for one day.

    • Female Genital Mutilation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking in Northern Ireland to raise awareness of female genital mutilation.

      Hillsborough Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces (a) handed over evidence relating to the Hillsborough disaster and (b) contacted the Independent Police Complaints...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department's Personal Advocate Pilot for trafficked children will start; how non-governmental organisations will participate in the...

      National Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her priorities are for extending the scope of the National Crime Agency in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) the UK.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the change has been in the number of passports which were (a) issued and (b) reported (i) lost and (ii) stolen between 2008 and 2013, by...

      Telecommunications Act 1984

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many directions under section 94 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 have been issued, amended or renewed in this Parliament.

      UK Visas and Immigration Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what budget is allocated to the UK Visa and Immigration Directorate.

  • Treasury

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of families that will directly benefit from the tax-free childcare scheme that will be (a) couples and (b) lone...

    • Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions he has had with (a) representatives or organisations offering free debt advice, (b) representatives of fee-charging debt management...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many appeals have been made to the Equitable Life Payment Scheme on the level of compensation offered since the scheme began making payments.

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2013, Official Report, column 914W, on financial services, what progress has been made on the continuation of money...

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Highways Agency will be able to recover VAT in the same way as it can as an Executive agency of his Department when it is transformed into a...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the applicability of VAT to vouchers for spectacles and other prescriptions under the voucher scheme; and if he will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what powers the Child Maintenance Service has to address non-compliance by employers with a notice of deduction of earnings; and how many cases...

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people on Work Choice are in receipt of (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) employment and support allowance.

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people on (a) employment and support allowance and (b) jobseeker's allowance have moved from the Work programme to Work Choice since...

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of those benefiting from the new enterprise allowance are (a) women and (b) men aged (i) up to 24 and (ii) over 25.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many universal credit budgeting advances were made between April 2013 and April 2014.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of sanction referrals made by Work programme providers to a decision maker in his Department have led to (a) a sanction being...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average period is between a sanction referral being made by a Work programme provider and a sanction being applied to the jobseeker.

  • House of Lords

    • 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 Scotland Office to merit being tabled at the departmental...

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