Written answers

Monday, 12 May 2014

  • Electoral Commission Committee

  • Northern Ireland

    • Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional and Political Reform of 11 October 2011,...

    • Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent estimate she has made of foreign direct investment in Northern Ireland.

      Giro d'Italia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what contribution her Department made towards the cost of the staging of the Giro d’Italia in Northern Ireland.

      Public Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate she has made of the cost of public enquiries relating to Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment she has made of the contribution of sports-related tourism to the economy of Northern Ireland.

      Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will review the effect of the operation of section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 on services available to assist victims in...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Anniversaries: World War II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE day in 2015.

    • Arts: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will take steps to implement the recommendations of the Arts on Prescription 2010-2012 report produced by the charity Arts & Minds.

      BBC: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make representations to the BBC Trust in support of publishing the salaries of all BBC staff earning more than £100,000...

      Internet: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies on voluntary restrictions by network providers of...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to improve cross-departmental working on promotion of the UK's arts and health sector in order to improve mental...

      VisitEngland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what nation branding work VisitEngland has commissioned from external consultants since its inception; with which consultancies the...

  • Women and Equalities

    • LGBT People

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities whether his Department will attend the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia Forum 2014 in Valletta.

    • Older Workers

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities what recent progress he has made on the appointment of a business champion for older workers.

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities which organisations have been awarded funding to conduct a review of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2014, Official Report, columns 474-75W, on air pollution, how much funding has been...

    • Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to relocate (a) staff and (b) offices of his Department to Brighton; and if he will make a...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress has been made on the review of partnership funding for flood defences; and when the results of this...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the time taken by insurance companies to compensate those affected by the current...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information his Department holds on the (a) level of world deforestation and (b) growth in world biomass power...

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effects of plastic bags on marine environments.

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to be able to announce his proposals for a single use plastic bag charge.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will commission an inquiry into the extent of problems arising from the use of motorised vehicles on unmetalled roads.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will collect data by constituency on apprenticeships in each industrial sector.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department has on the number of apprentices under 18 years who live at home.

      Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to relocate (a) staff and (b) offices of his Department to Brighton; and if he will make a...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps he has taken to ensure that zero-hours contracts are not used in an exploitative manner.

      Fairgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will introduce legislative proposals to clarify the obligations that fairground attractions meet when publishing the price...

      Holiday Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will introduce legislative proposals that employers be required to calculate holiday pay solely by reference to standard...

      Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of adults in (a) the UK and (b) the smallest geographical areas in the UK for which information is...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he intends to reply to the letter to the Minister for Skills and Enterprise dated 27 February 2014 from the right hon....

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many Regional Growth Fund bids were submitted by each local enterprise partnership area in the most recent bidding round; and...

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the announcement of 25 April 2014, entitled Chancellor puts UK at forefront of ocean research with new polar...

      Timber: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of levels of imports of wood for biomass combustion within the UK in the last three years for which...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to relocate (a) staff and (b) offices of his Department to Brighton; and if he will make a...

    • Business Premises: Change of Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many conversions of office premises to housing have been notified to him since the lifting of planning approval requirements...

      Combined Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will publish the guidance he has issued to combined authorities on good practice on the representation of opposition...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in his Department have been employed on zero-hours contracts in each of the last two years.

      Council Tax: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reason the empty home premium starts when a property first becomes empty rather than when a property is bought with the...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department paid Sir Ken Knight in (a) salary, (b) fees and (c) expenses for the independent review of efficiency...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the letter of 30 April 2014 from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) change and (b) percentage change was in the number of homelessness acceptances arising from the end of a private...

      Homelessness: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in Ashfield constituency were homeless in each of the last five years.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the spending power is for (a) Wokingham Council and (b) Newcastle upon Tyne City Council in (i) 2013-14, (ii) 2014-15 and...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to enable small businesses to claim a rates reduction to help them retain staff.

      Non-domestic Rates: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of how many small businesses in Chelmsford constituency will benefit from the extension of the small...

      Policy

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

      Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much financial support his Department provided to Hope not Hate in each of the last three years; and what steps he takes to...

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which organisations have received how much funding from his Department aimed at supporting access to short breaks and respite...

      Social Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding will be put in place to support local discretionary welfare provision after 2015.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations he has received on the decision to withdraw the local welfare provision grant in 2015-16; and what...

      Temporary Accommodation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many families were placed in temporary accommodation in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Temporary Accommodation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what change there has been in the number and proportion of homeless households in nightly booked temporary accommodation in...

      Temporary Accommodation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the actual and percentage change was in the number of households from each London local authority provided with...

      Temporary Accommodation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the actual and percentage change was in the number of homeless households in temporary accommodation in each London local...

      Temporary Accommodation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many homeless households have been placed in temporary accommodation in each London local authority by councils other...

      Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to promote the enhancement of urban (a) green infrastructure and (b) waterways.

      Urban Areas: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the recommendations in the report commissioned by the EU Committee of the Regions on Policy...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to answer Question 196666, tabled on 25 April 2014 for answer on 30 April 2014.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to reply to Question 191523, on homeless households, tabled by the hon. Member for Westminster North (Ms Buck)...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to reply to questions 191722, 191723, 191726, 191727, 191728, 191729, 191730 and 191731, on homeless households,...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how her Department plans to develop its existing work on violence against women in Afghanistan in its next operational plan.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether she plans to implement the Independent Commission for Aid Impact's recommendation that beneficiaries in Afghanistan should be...

      Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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.

      Developing Countries: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to ensure that her Department's vaccination programmes reach children with disabilities.

      Developing Countries: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to ensure that access to safe, affordable energy in rural areas is being treated as a specific high-priority...

      Developing Countries: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what consideration she has given to the case for having a stand-alone, specific goal on inequality in the Sustainable Development Goals.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many full-time members of staff in her Department have responsibility for issues relating to HIV/AIDS.

      Developing Countries: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many full time members of staff in her Department have responsibility for malaria programmes.

      Developing Countries: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) which nation-branding consultancies have been funded or part-funded by her Department to work in overseas states and territories...

      Developing Countries: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many full time members of staff in her Department have responsibility for tuberculosis.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department has provided to supporting security capacity building in Nigeria since 2010.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether any adjustments have been made to her Department's funding programmes or priorities in Nigeria in response to the mass...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what meetings she and Ministers in her Department have held with Nigerian (a) Ministers, (b) Government officials and (c) consular...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what meetings she and Ministers in her Department have held with programme partners regarding the safety of young women in...

      Pitcairn Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2014, Official Report, column 80W on the Pacific Islands, how much support and under what categories...

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will raise at the UN the prospects of severe famine in South Sudan.

  • Treasury

    • Debt Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the staffing levels at HM Revenue and Customs debt management collectors were in (a) debt management telephony centres, (b) field force, (c) debt...

    • Entry Clearances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with the Home Office on the economic effect of the Tier 1 (Investor) visa; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what methods of assessing liability for a levy on higher-value homes have been considered by his Department in the course of preparatory work on the...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total estimated number of higher rate taxpayers was in (a) the last financial year and (b) 2010.

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people who have utilised their full tax-free ISA allowance in each of the last three years in (a) the UK, (b)...

      International Monetary Fund: Ukraine

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contribution the UK will make towards the $17 billion IMF package for Ukraine.

      International Monetary Fund: Ukraine

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of the $3.2 billion released by the IMF to Ukraine's interim Government that will be spent on servicing debt to...

      Landfill Communities Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the value of Landfill Community Fund grants to projects in (a) Dudley North constituency, (b) Dudley borough, (c) the west...

      Minimum Wage: Shipping

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times failure to pay the minimum wage has been (a) reported, (b) prosecuted and (c) penalised in the maritime sector since the Equality Act 2010...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the number of staff required at HM Revenue and Customs in Cumbernauld following his Department's decision to award the mail...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consultation his Department had with HM Revenue and Customs staff prior to awarding the mail management contract to EDM Group.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the savings to the public purse provided by the recent award of the mail management contract to the EDM Group.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2014, Official Report, column 254W, on tax avoidance, what the (a) total number and (b) timescale involved was in the...

      Taxation: Self-employed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people paid their income tax via the use of personal service companies in 2012-13.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many single person tax credit claims have been sanctioned or stopped in each constituency in each of the last five years.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Self-employed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people registered as self-employed claimed tax credits in each of the last five years.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what funds the Crown Estate received from offshore wind farms in each coastal constituency in each of the last five years.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent planning assumption is for the last date on which new claims for working tax credit will be accepted.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to Question 193089, tabled on 20 March 2014 for answer on 25 March 2014.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of Child Support Agency cases subject to case closure which have child maintenance arrears...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how often powers in the Child Support Information Regulations 2008 to require suppliers of gas and electricity to (a) provide the Child Support...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from what date he plans that the refusal of a job on a zero-hours contract will be sanctionable by Jobcentre Plus advisers; and if he will...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to ensure that unemployed people who volunteer for the Help to Work scheme do not do the same work as offenders on...

      Employment Schemes: Hampshire

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

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how long tenants who move from direct payment of housing support to managed payment because they have eight weeks of rent arrears will be...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding will be provided to local authorities after June 2016 to support former Independent Living Fund users.

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of recipients of the Independent Living Fund who will move into residential care following closure of...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) North Lanarkshire and (d) Airdrie and Shotts constituency applied to the jobseeker's allowance...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the date on which the last new claims will be made for jobseeker's allowance.

      Jobseeker’s Allowance: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Portsmouth South constituency and (b) Hampshire who applied to the jobseeker's allowance hardship regime were (i)...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how armed forces veterans are identified when making an application for jobseeker's allowance; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensioners: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of what constitutes an adequate retirement income; what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) men and...

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which organisations have received how much funding from his Department aimed at supporting access to short breaks and respite provision for...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the highest amount is that a single household has been capped as a result of the benefit cap.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress he has made in implementing the Simple Payment initiative; how many people use it; and what steps he has taken to ensure its...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the creation of a single fraud investigation service on the level of fraud against local...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking and what budget he has allocated to help tackle youth unemployment in (a) Barnsley and (b) South Yorkshire.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how his Department plans to handle applications for universal credit from people with annual PAYE status.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support for the payment of mortgage interest will be available for universal credit recipients in low-paid work; and if he will make a...

      Vacancies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on the Universal Jobmatch programme between (a) April and September 2012, (b) October 2012 and March 2013, (c) April and...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department holds on (a) the ethnicity of people aged 24 years and under referred to the Work programme and (b) the number...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 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.

    • Floods: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2014, Official Report, columns 712-3W, on floods: Cumbria, when the results of his public...

      Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 1 May 2014, Official Report, column 791W, on fossil fuels: imports, how much in thousand tonnes of (a) oil...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make an assessment of the British Medical Journal editorial “Public Health England’s draft report on shale gas...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will discuss the potential health risks of fracking with (a) medical professionals and (b) the Secretary of State for Health; and...

      Renewable Energy

      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, (1) if he will place in the...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the total cost was of support under the feed-in-tariff for (a) solar, (b) wind, (c) anaerobic digestion, (d) hydro and (e) the...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to tariff levels and degression thresholds outlined in Phase 2B of the...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential effects of EU state aid rules on the UK feed-in tariff policy framework; and if he will...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the number of people employed in the UK solar PV sector in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d)...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the potential contribution of solar farms to the Government's 2020 renewable energy target; and if he will...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the amount of private sector investment committed to large-scale solar PV farm projects in (a) 2014-15 and...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to define and safeguard quality in solar farm developments.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of contracts for difference auctioning on the quality of solar farms.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of how much solar farm capacity (a) has been installed in the UK and (b) will be installed (i) in 2015-16 and...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department has taken to boost the mid-scale 50kW to 5MW solar PV roof sector since December 2013.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the solar PV permitted development rights consultation referred to in his Department's solar strategy to be published;...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what the total UK solar capacity is; and what proportion of that capacity is installed on rooftops in the 250kW to 5MW bands; (2)...

      Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on community engagement in tidal...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many turbines of capacity of sub-15kW were installed in (a) 2012 and (b) 2013.

      Wind Power: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many manufacturers of sub-15kW wind turbines are based in the UK; and what the value of exports from this sector was in 2013.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who will represent the Government at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja.

    • Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Australian counterpart on the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Bangladesh on locating the British national Mujibur Rahman Mujib after his...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what economic links there are with Burma; and what the value of (a) exports to and (b) imports from Burma was in the last year...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Chinese authorities regarding reports that Christian communities in and around the city...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on the...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution the UK will make towards the EU monitoring mission to Egypt in advance of presidential elections in May 2014.

      Honduras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the threat to human rights defenders and journalists in Honduras.

      Honduras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the President of Honduras about human rights abuses in Honduras.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Ministers had with the Iranian Government on the imprisonment of (a) Rasoul Abdollahi, (b) Saeed Abedini,...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had with the Iranian Government on the prosecution of people of the Baha’i faith.

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of the involvement of the Somali group al-Shabaab in attacks in Kenya.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance he has offered to the Nigerian authorities to resolve the continued abduction of girls from the north -east of...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to help find the 230 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram; and whether the UK will...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department, its executive agencies or non-departmental public bodies have funded or made a contribution towards...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which nation branding consultancies have been funded or part-funded by his Department to work in overseas states and territories...

      Qatar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the Government of Qatar about working conditions for those constructing FIFA...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has made to the Government of Saudi Arabia concerning reports of the confinement of Saudi Arabian...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Sri Lanka; what recent representations he has made to the...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the Government of Sri Lanka's decision to proscribe a number of Tamil groups and individuals...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Ukraine's interim Government about the $3.2 billion immediately released by the IMF as part of...

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department provides to non-governmental organisations working in Vietnam to combat child trafficking and to...

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Vietnamese counterpart on preventing child trafficking from that country to the UK.

  • Scotland

    • Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people of pensionable age there were in each parliamentary constituency in Scotland at the most recent date for which figures are available.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the main lessons were from the electoral registration dry run for registration levels under individual voter registration amongst (a) black and ethnic...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent assessment he has made of the merits of using vehicle registration databases held by the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Authority to increase levels of...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to collate information on the (a) amount spent by local authorities on electoral registration, (b) number of staff employed by local...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will consider the merits of ring-fencing funds allocated by his office to local government for the purpose of voter registration. [Official Report, 3 July...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use of the telephone to confirm continued entitlement to electoral registration; and which local...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what information he holds on how much (a) central and (b) local government spent on advertising to promote voter registration in each of the last 10 years for...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what comparative assessment he has made of the data-matching levels of those electoral registration officers who (a) did and (b) did not use local government data...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will extend the carry over of electors from household registration to individual registration from the general election 2015 to the freeze date for the next...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities that have failed one or more Electoral Commission performance indicators for electoral registration did not apply for the additional...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with reference to the answer of 6 September 2010, Official Report, column 302W, on electoral register, what additional research has been conducted into the...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with reference to the answer of 20 October 2011, Official Report, column 1099W, on electoral register, what proportion of pupils between the ages of 16 and 18 on...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with reference to the answer of 11 October 2011, Official Report, column 344W, on electoral register: standards, if he will make it his policy to collect...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with reference to the answer of 11 October 2011, Official Report, column 343W, on electoral register, what steps he has taken to ensure that aspects of good...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with reference to the answer of 20 October 2011, Official Report, column 1099W, on electoral register, what the results were of the pilot scheme data matching...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent assessment he has made of the effect of levels of expenditure of electoral registration measures on levels of registration.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with reference to the answer of 6 June 2011, Official Report, columns 625-6W, on the electoral register, what assessment he has made of the effect of the ending...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with reference to the answer of 14 June 2010, Official Report, column 324W, on the electoral register, who is responsible for assessing the performance of the...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was spent by the Government on encouraging people to register to vote in each year since 2010.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent assessment he has made of the compatibility of software used by local authorities for electoral registration and that used by (a) the Electoral...

      Electoral Register: Learning Disability

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate his Department has made of the proportion and number of voters with learning disabilities who (a) register to vote and (b) vote.

      Electoral Registration Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of electoral registration officers who have not fulfilled their statutory responsibilities in each of the last 10 years.

      Electoral Registration Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of how many and what proportion of electoral registration officers (EROs) conducted data-matching activities for the purpose of...

      Electoral Registration Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with reference to the answer of 20 July 2010, Official Report, column 298W, on electoral register, how many electoral registration officers have been convicted of...

      Electoral Registration Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) central Government and (b) local government databases electoral registration officers may use in undertaking their registration functions.

      Electorate

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps his Department has taken to improve registration rates and voter turnout of (a) visually impaired voters and (b) voters with learning difficulties.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what criteria he will use to assess local enterprise partnerships strategic economic plans for funding under the Local Growth Deal.

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent on hospitality by his office in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14.

      Opinion Polls

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was spent by his office on polling or public opinion research exercises in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14; and what the purpose of polling was in each such...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools had academy status in England and Wales at the latest date for which figures are available.

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many local authority schools have become academies since 2010.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how much his Department has paid in legal fees since 2010 on the transfer of title deeds of a local authority schools becoming academies; (2)...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information-sharing systems his Department recommends agencies to use in respect of sharing information regarding vulnerable children and children...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of the 20 per cent most disadvantaged two year olds who are currently taking up their...

      Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that fathers have appropriate access to or custody of their children following separation or divorce in cases where...

      Families: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 10 April 2014, Official Report, column 411W, on families: advisory services, how many couples were eligible for the...

      Financial Services: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he has taken to include financial capability education in the national curriculum; and what guidance his Department has issued on such education.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the average length of time between an application for free school status being made and a successful applicant school...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many applications for free school status from applicants which already have premises have been refused; (2) how many applications for free...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make it his policy to give free schools more flexibility on requirements relating to (a) the involvement of volunteers and (b) provision of...

      Local Safeguarding Children Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding his Department provides for Local Safeguarding Children Boards.

      Pupil Exclusions: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make it his Department's policy to record the number of pupils who are (a) suspended and (b) expelled for cyber-bullying.

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which organisations have received how much funding from his Department aimed at supporting access to short breaks and respite provision for children,...

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when his Department will publish guidance for sixth-form colleges that wish to convert to become 16 to 19 academies.

      Special Educational Needs: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the recent study by City University, London and the Nuffield Foundation of deaf children in the education system; and if...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Brighton

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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.

    • Carpets

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much was spent by the Department on purchasing or maintaining carpets in buildings owned by his Department in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14.

      Christmas

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much was spent by (a) his Department and (b) the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on Christmas decorations in (i) 2012-13 and (ii) 2013-14.

      Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on what basis the Government calculate entitlement to holiday pay for civil servants.

      Colorectal Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people (a) under 45, (b) between 45 and 60, (c) over 60 and (d) in total have been diagnosed with bowel cancer in each of the last five years.

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which Government Departments offer payroll deduction for staff wishing to save with a credit union.

      Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the biggest cause of preventable premature deaths in people up to the age of 60 years old.

      Death: Weather

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many people died from cold-related causes in the winter of (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14; (2) how many people died from heat-related causes in...

      Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many staff who were suspended remained on his Department’s payroll in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14; and on what date the official suspension...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the proportion of the (a) male and (b) female population who have experienced (i) all partner abuse and (ii) violent...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the electoral registration rate was in each year since 1997 in the 100 parliamentary constituencies which have had the largest decrease in the...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 7 June 2010, Official Report, columns 75-76W, on electoral register, what his most recent estimate is of the electoral...

      Health Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much (a) his Department and (b) the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister spent on a wellbeing strategy in (i) 2012-13 and (ii) 2013-14.

      Ict

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how much was spent on providing (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers, (c) senior civil servants and (d) all other officials in his Department with...

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment has been made of the effect of inequality on child mortality rates in the UK.

      Job Creation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many new jobs have been created in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013 in (i) Barnsley Central constituency, (ii) Yorkshire and the Humber and (iii) England.

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what legal fees have been paid by his Department in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14; and for what purpose payment was made in each case.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many quangos have been abolished since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much was spent by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on tea and biscuits in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14.

      Police: Public Opinion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the level of public satisfaction in relation to the police when dealing with reports of (a) burglaries, (b) theft, (c)...

      Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many away days his Department held in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14; and (i) what cost was incurred and (ii) who was in attendance at each such day.

      Visual Impairment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance his Department has given across Government on steps to improve communications with the visually impaired.

      Women’s Business Council

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many times Ministers have met the Women's Business Council flexible working champion John Timpson in the last three years.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he plans to answer question 196793, tabled on 25 April 2014 for answer on 29 April 2014.

  • Defence

    • Al-Sweady Public Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the potential cost to the public purse of the Al-Sweady public inquiry.

    • Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects on the defence and security of Scotland of being part of the UK.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funds from the defence budget are allocated for mental health care for veterans returning from Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to increase the number of Apache helicopter pilots for deployment in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the findings of the Armed Forces & Society survey produced by Lord...

      Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide details of the projects supported by the Armed Forces Covenant (LIBOR) fund since its inception; and how much funding has been given...

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel were in the Army Cadets in Northern Ireland on 1 January 2014.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel were in the Sea Cadets in Northern Ireland on 1 January 2014.

      Bomb Disposal: Shoeburyness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that East Beach in Shoeburyness is surveyed for any unexploded ordnance and that remedial works are carried out...

      Chief of Defence Materiel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the current contract for the post of Chief of Defence Materiel ends; and if he will make it his policy that the post of Chief Executive of Defence...

      Defence Equipment and Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to question 187339 of 11 February 2014, where each vacancy is located; and what the role of each position is.

      Employment Agencies

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

      Joint Forces Command

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current establishment is of Joint Forces Command.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who authorises the public release of photographs of aircraft that are intercepted during Quick Reaction Alert flights.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions (a) photographs have been taken of intercepted aircraft on Quick Reaction Alert flights and (b) such photographs have been released...

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he expects Ministers of his Department to visit Northern Ireland establishments between now and the General Election in 2015.

      Nuclear Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many nuclear-qualified suitably qualified and experienced personnel have been required by his Department in each of the last three years; and how...

      VE Day: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of VE Day in 2015.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many veterans (a) were and (b) were not contacted by the Veterans Information Service one year after their departure from the armed forces in (i)...

      Veterans: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many veterans have bought a house through the Forces Help to Buy Scheme since its establishment in April 2014.

      War Pensions: Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people have been awarded a war disablement pension for mesothelioma since 1996.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will answer question 188564 tabled on 13 February 2014 for answer on 24 February 2014, and question 188387 tabled on 12 February 2014 for answer...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints about abortion clinics were made to the Care Quality Commission in the last 12 months.

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answers of 12 March 2014, Official Report, column 238W, on abortion, and 7 April 2014, Official Report, column 31W, on abortion, if he...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by how much each ambulance trust in England underspent or overspent their budget in each year since 2010.

      Ambulance Services: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average ambulance response time for each category of call was in Warrington in each year since 2010.

      Ambulance Services: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what ambulance response times were in each local authority area in the Yorkshire and the Humber region in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Ankle Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people had NHS ankle replacements in each of the last five years.

      British Pregnancy Advisory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the British Pregnancy Advisory Service about its leaflet, Britain's Abortion Law: what it says and why.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve access to social care assessments for people with ME or chronic fatigue syndrome.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will bring forward proposals for regulations to ensure that ME and chronic fatigue syndrome are included in all pre- and post-registration...

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the future of community hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Professions: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the Law Commission's draft Bill on the regulation of health and social care professionals.

      Health Professions: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the inclusion of a Bill on modernisation of the regulation of nurses and midwives in the Queen's Speech.

      Health Services: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the savings to the NHS arising from arts-based interventions.

      Heart Diseases: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to raise awareness of the conditions that can lead to young sudden cardiac death and sudden death syndrome.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) overall deaths and (b) age-standardised deaths from viral hepatitis there have been in (i) England and (ii) each parliamentary constituency...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the implementation plan for the elimination of hepatitis C will be published.

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of the data on levels of child mortality in the UK published by the Institute of Health Metrics...

      Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) overall deaths and (b) age-standardised deaths from liver disease there have been in (i) England and (ii) each parliamentary constituency in...

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidents of Lyme disease have been diagnosed in humans in the last three years.

      Medical Treatments: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have received NHS laser treatment to remove scars and marks on their thighs and stomach in the last year.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that resources for mental health services meet the requirements of both adults and children.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2014, Official Report, column 364W, on mental health services, when the guidance and Choice Framework which he referred...

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that redundancies and constraints on spending in NHS England do not adversely affect the quality of services...

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will provide a breakdown of the transition costs in NHS England's January finance report.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the applicability of the end-of-life criteria to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence's appraisal...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what figures he holds on the life expectancy of men with metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when NHS England began its review into the future of stereotactic radiosurgery; and when it plans to complete the review; (2) with reference to...

      School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has allocated to the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme for the 2014-15 financial year.

      School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local authorities have withdrawn from the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme to date.

      Self-harm: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of levels of self-harm in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) the East Midlands in each of the last five years.

      South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will meet the hon. Member for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland to discuss recent developments in South Tees NHS Foundation Trust.

      Standardised Packaging for Tobacco Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2014, Official Report, column 471W, on Standardised Packaging for Tobacco Independent Review, (1) what fees were paid...

      Standardised Packaging for Tobacco Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish in full the economic analysis on price and illicit trade analysis conducted as part of the Standardised Packaging for Tobacco...

      Standardised Packaging for Tobacco Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the members were of Sir Cyril Chantler's Review team working as part of the Standardised Packaging for Tobacco Independent Review; and what the cost...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to raise public awareness of transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs) and of the need to seek immediate treatment for TIAs; and if he...

      Tobacco: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what cross-departmental Government scrutiny will take place of the forthcoming Implementing and Delegated Acts of the EU Tobacco Products Directive.

  • Home Department

    • A47

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date the speed camera at Thorney Toll on the A47 was re-activated; and how many motorists have been detected as travelling in excess...

    • Arrest Warrants: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in England and Wales have been arrested following the issue of a warrant by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each...

      Asylum: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brent Central of 31 March 2014, Official Report, column 411W on asylum, what the (a) gender and...

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) asylum seekers and (b) refugees from Syria have applied for leave to remain since the start of the Syrian conflict; and how many...

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what average length of time is taken for asylum seekers and refugees from Syria to have an initial interview.

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the total number of refugees and asylum seekers from Syria resident in the UK.

      Care Homes: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will discuss with hospital trusts and care home providers allowing family members to feed relatives who are being cared for in public...

      Demonstrations: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of policing demonstrations and parades in London.

      Local Safeguarding Children Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what financial contributions police services across England and Wales make to Local Safeguarding Children Boards.

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to increase trust in the Metropolitan police.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officers have been seconded to the Police Service of Northern Ireland from police forces in England and Wales in each year since 2010.

      Police: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) who owns data on police information notices issued by police services in England and Wales; (2) how many police information notices...

      Police: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is issued by (a) her Department, (b) ACPO and (c) the College of Policing to ensure consistency of practice in the issuing of...

      Prisoners: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of shame/violence intervention for violent prisoners.

      Riot Control Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will place in the Library a copy of the advice and business case she has received on the use of water cannon in mainland UK; (2)...

  • Justice

    • Cafcass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what advice he has received from the UK Statistics Authority on the required rate of return of Children and Families Court Advisory and Support...

    • Courts: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse was of interpretation services provided to the (a) magistrates courts and (b) Crown court in England and Wales in each...

      Courts: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 April 2014, Official Report, column 396W, on courts, how many calls were made to higher-rate telephone numbers for (a)...

      Crimes of Violence: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will invite the Sentencing Council to consult and report on the adequacy of current sentences available for killing with one punch.

      Dangerous Driving: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted of causing death by (a) careless and (b) dangerous driving in the last year for which figures are available; and what the...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will commission research on the effect of levels of functional illiteracy on electoral registration rates.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to his Department has been of establishing the new system for the remission of employment tribunal fees to date.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much has been received by HM Courts and Tribunals Service in payment of employment tribunal fees since 29 July 2013; (2) how many (a) single...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for employment tribunal fee remission have been (a) received, (b) granted and (c) refused since 29 July 2013.

      Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to improve the openness and transparency of the proceedings and accountability of Family Court decisions.

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to identify the amount of court costs (a) imposed and (b) collected from within the total imposition and collection of all court...

      Ford Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many absconders there were from Ford open prison in 2013-14.

      Judges: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2014, Official Report, columns 649-50W on judges: housing, when he expects the review of the spend on judges'...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the total number of sittings was by magistrates who sat more than 70 half days in the last year; (2) what the (a) mean and (b) median number...

      Offenders: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of defendants being held in custody pending trial are foreign nationals.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders were bailed under an electronic curfew and went on to receive a custodial sentence in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were on (a) entry, (b) basic, (c) standard and (d) enhanced status in each prison on 1 May 2014.

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners currently serving custodial sentences from EU member states are eligible for repatriation under the EU Prisoner Transfer Agreement

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to tackle illicit trade in prescription tranquilisers in prisons.

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what cap exists on the level of income a prisoner can earn inside jail.

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with mobile telephone operators on operators terminating accounts shown to be illegally active within the HM prison estate.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the unit cost per offender supervised by (a) youth offending teams and (b) the Probation Service was in each year since 2010.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any approved bidders for community rehabilitation companies have (a) been convicted of a criminal offence relating to the conduct of business and...

      Probation: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how long it took to merge the Avon and Somerset probation trusts.

      Public Defenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the decision was made to embark on an expansion of the Public Defender Service advocates.

      Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many births were registered later than 42 days in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Rspca

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answers of 18 March 2014, Official Report, column 638, on Freedom of Information Act, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to...

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answers of 28 February 2014, Official Report, columns 556-57W, on Serco, what liability his Department has for termination payments to...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Tooting of 3 April 2014, Official Report, column 754W, on sentencing, how many women were committed to...

  • Transport

    • Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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.

    • Cambrian Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects an hourly rail service to commence between Birmingham and Aberystwyth.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions officials in his Department have had with High Speed UK about alternatives to High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average speed of travel of a Pendolino train was on the west coast main line between (a) Euston and Birmingham, Curzon Street and (b) Euston...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance on the procurement process is available to companies wishing to bid for work on the High Speed 2 project; and if he will make a statement.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what civil service restrictions will be removed should the Highways Agency be moved to a GoCO.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has undertaken into (a) the safety effectiveness of voice warnings on freight vehicles reversing, (b) the extent of noise...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of the goods vehicle levy in Northern Ireland.

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria he used to select which stations would receive funding under the Access for All scheme from 2015 to 2019.

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which stations in each region (a) applied for and (b) received funding under the extension of the Access for All scheme from 2015 to 2019.

      River Thames: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what written correspondence he has had with (a) the Mayor of London and (b) officials from Transport for London within the last 24 months...

      Roads: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has undertaken on the relationship between levels of street lighting and (a) road traffic accidents and (b) injuries to...

      Roads: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Highways Agency in maintaining roads in (a) Huddersfield, (b) Kirklees and (c)...

      Roads: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much central Government have spent on road infrastructure in (a) Huddersfield, (b) Kirklees and (c) Yorkshire in each of the last three years.

  • House of Lords

    • Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the financial impact on people on low incomes of uprating most cash benefits and tax credits by one per cent from April...

    • British Library

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to mitigate any reduction in staffing provision, acquisitions, and essential services in the British Library resulting from reductions...

      Energy: Electricity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will act to reduce the unit price paid by those consumers who are able to purchase electricity only from a supplier because they are not on...

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which official, with what job title, is responsible and accountable for departmental management information in the Department for Communities and Local...

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which official, with what job title, is responsible and accountable for departmental management information in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether data on the provision of discretionary housing payments by local authorities are collected centrally.

      Internet: Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the progress of the roll-out of high speed broadband, and in particular of the impact on small and medium-sized enterprises in...

      NHS: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many contracts for National Health Service services were awarded between (1) October 2012 and March 2013, (2) April 2013 and September 2013, and (3)...

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the Forest of Dean’s protection from disposal by the Forestry Act 1967, they will (1) review plans by the Homes and...

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the lack of planned rail connection between HS1 and HS2 would mean that HS2 could not be designated as part of the TEN-T network.

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