Written answers

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

  • Wales

    • EU Membership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the net benefits to people in Wales of the UK’s membership of the EU.

    • Trade: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the level of trade undertaken by businesses in Wales with countries in the EU.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the ranked order of spending per person on electoral registration by local...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, which local authorities have initiated proceedings for failure to complete and...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, which local authority had the biggest percentage (a) increase and (b) decrease in...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if the Electoral Commission will make a copy of its recommended registration form...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, with reference to the answer of 13 June 2011, Official Report, column 586W, on...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, with reference to the answer of 5 July 2011, Official Report, column 1103W, on...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, with reference to the answer of 13 June 2011, Official Report, columns 584-5W, on...

      Electoral Registration Officers

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, which electoral registration officers identified themselves as below standard at...

      Electoral Registration Officers

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the main reasons given by electoral registration officers were for not...

      Electoral Registration Officers

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if the Electoral Commission will write to all hon. Members to inform them whether or...

      Electoral Registration Officers

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many and what proportion of electoral registration officers conducted data...

      Electoral Registration Officers

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what steps have been taken by the Electoral Commission to inform hon. Members of the...

      Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what consultation there has been with charities in Northern Ireland on the Electoral...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what comparative assessment he has made of the estimates made by (a) Experian and (b) the Electoral Commission of the number of unregistered voters in the UK.

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with reference to the answer of 8 November 2011, Official Report, column 283W, on the electoral register, if he will make it his policy to collect information on...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use in Northern Ireland of prize draws to increase voter registration.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with (a) church and community leaders from black and minority ethnic communities and (b) Operation Black Vote on increasing...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether monies collected from fixed penalty notices issued for failure to register on the electoral register will be retained by the local authority which issues...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when electoral registration officers will be able to impose fixed penalty notices for non-registration.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what training has been given to electoral registration officers in the implementation of fixed penalty notices for non-registration.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to disseminate the lessons learned from the data mining pilots for the introduction of individual electoral registrations; and if he will...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will bring forward legislative proposals to provide that the freeze dates for population size for boundary reviews and the census be in the same year.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of people eligible to be on the (a) most recent census and (b) most recent electoral register who were not...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2014, Official Report, column 387W, on the electoral register, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2014, Official Report, column 971W, on the Electoral Administration Act 2013, whether non-individual electoral registration...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with reference to the answer of 23 April 2012, Official Report, column 623W, on the electoral register, what steps he has taken to improve student registration in...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with reference to the answer of 24 January 2012, Official Report, column 203W, on the electoral register, what assessment he has made of his Department's...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2014, Official Report, columns 509-10W, on electoral registration, whether his Department provides funding to Bite the Ballot...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what lessons he has learned from the Northern Irish experience of introducing individual electoral registration.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 20 May 2013, Official Report, column 443W, on the electoral register, what the results were of his Department's cooperation with private...

      Electoral Register: Armed Forces

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of armed services personnel were registered to vote in each of the last thirty years.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much Local Growth Fund finance has been requested within all local enterprise partnerships' strategic economic plans; what estimate he has made of private...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Castes

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities when the Government plans to introduce regulations under the Equalities Act to prevent discrimination by caste and descent.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many meetings she has had with the (a) Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, (b) Northern Ireland Parades Commission and (c) Equality...

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of her Department's policies to combat the glorification of terrorism in Northern Ireland.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 1 May 2014, Official Report, column 762W, on terrorism, (1) in what circumstances the information pertaining to...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the government subsidy for power generation by (a) biomass and (b) heat generation by biomass in each of...

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the government subsidy for biomass power generation was in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will reconsider the proposal to introduce contract for difference auctioning three years earlier than planned.

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of (a) the readiness of markets for a Contract for Difference (CfD) competitive bidding process and (b) the...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the impact on independent generators of introduction of Contract for Difference auctioning before the...

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reason his Department's consultation on the energy company obligation does not include a return to its originally announced level.

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make it his policy to return the energy company obligation to its originally announced level.

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has for the energy company obligation; and if he will make a statement.

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of the UK's energy requirement that will be generated by (a) onshore wind, (b) offshore...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will assess the effect of bringing forward by three years the contract for defence auctions on independent generators wishing to...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will provide additional support to assist independent renewable energy generators to know PPA terms from suppliers in their...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he intends that the Offtaker of Last Resort will have fostered the creation of a bankable offtake PPA market for independent...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of whether proceeding with Contract for Difference auctions prior to the introduction of the Offtaker of...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of proceeding with contract for difference auctions prior to the introduction of the Offtaker...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment his Department has made of the competitiveness of green deal finance loans.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average value is of (a) new, (b) pending and (c) live green deal plans.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the nuclear sites at (a) Bradwell, (b) Hartlepool and (c) Heysham to be made available to new nuclear power station...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the effect of contracts for difference auctioning on small and medium-sized enterprises in...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 April 2014, Official Report, column 805W, on renewable energy, what the standard period is for stakeholders...

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the total expenditure was on Renewables Obligation support in 2013; and what proportion of such support was given to solar power.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the proposed reduction in solar farm support under the...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much solar PV was installed under the 50kW to 5MW feed-in tariff bands in (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014 to date.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much solar PV was installed under the 250 kW to 5 MW feed-in tariff band in (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014 to date.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many jobs in his Department are based in (a) London and (b) Aberdeen as part of the Licensing Exploration and Development Unit.

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will take steps to encourage all UK clothing companies which use suppliers in Bangladesh to join the Accord on Fire and Building...

    • International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to improve the transparency of bilateral and multilateral aid spending.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department is offering to Nigeria for the promotion of education for women and girls in a safe environment.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what visits he has made to Australia in the last year; what the primary purpose was of any such visits; and who accompanied him...

    • Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people have been declared bankrupt in (a) Bury St Edmunds constituency, (b) Suffolk, (c) East of England and (d) England...

      Conditions of Employment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning in Scotland on the use of...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the written statement of 7 April 2014, Official Report, column 1WS, on higher education (student support), what...

      Hydraulic Equipment: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on illegal pump imports into the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Manufacturing Industries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps the Government is taking to encourage more women to pursue a career in advanced manufacturing.

      Vocational Guidance: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the performance of plotr; and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken to ensure that funding is made available to maintain bus services in rural areas of Lancashire.

    • Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of introducing a refund and vehicle excise duty system based on the day a vehicle is bought and...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what comparative assessment he has made of superfast broadband coverage in (a) Hampshire and (b) other counties in the UK.

    • Electronic Publishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of growth in the UK market for eBooks on authors, publishers and readers; (2) if he...

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans the Government has to hold events in Northern Ireland to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of the work done on the Kajaki Dam project in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what economic benefit has accrued to the Afghan people from work on the Kajaki Dam project to date.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force personnel of each rank have been in breach of their harmony guidelines in each year...

      Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many administrative actions under AGAI67 have been considered to have been illegal punishments in each year since 2008 in each branch of the armed...

      Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to apply in all circumstances the Defence Infrastructure Organisation's principles that local councils should have first...

      Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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.

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how levels of human control are defined in use of the ballistic sensor-fused munition and other similar systems which can operate in automatic mode.

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what safeguards are deployed to prevent a sensor-fused munition operating in automatic mode from confusing a military target with a civilian target.

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the objectives are of Britain's Defence and Security Strategy.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when the contract for the (a) Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank and (b) BR90 Capability Sustainment Life Extension Programme will be awarded; what...

      Fuels: Gosport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the replacement of the fuel tanks at the oil fuel depot in Gosport is scheduled to take place.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many journeys in the UK using (a) domestic helicopter services and (b) military helicopters were made by (i) the Chief of Defence Materiel and (ii)...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to extend the Duty Holder Concept Regulations to apply to (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department.

      Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications strategy officers and (e)...

      Military Aid: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what operational contingency plans he has made for future capability requirements in the event of further flooding.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assets have been assigned to (a) Standing NATO Maritime Group 1, (b) Standing NATO Maritime Group 2, (c) Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the role is of UK military personnel in Nigeria in connection with the mass abduction of schoolgirls.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of his Department's force structure cost model.

      RAF Kirton in Lindsey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that North Lincolnshire Council has first refusal for the acquisition of the Kirtin in Lindsey base.

      War Graves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to transfer the maintenance of graves of military personnel who have died since 1945 from his Department to the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of property level protection measures on flood insurance premiums.

    • Insects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government will publish the National Pollinator Strategy: for bees and other pollinators in England.

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much organic waste went into landfill in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013.

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will review the policy of allowing organic waste to go to landfill.

      London Zoo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will discuss with London Zoo the (a) size of the lion enclosure and (b) general animal welfare standards at that zoo.

      Mangoes: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if his Department has undertaken any assessment into the European Commission's ban on the import of Indian mangoes and the...

      Melissococcus Plutonius

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evidence there is of contamination of the bacterial pathogen, Melissoccocus plutonius, from countries within the EU.

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Environment Agency classifies as a watercourse; if he will ensure that insurance companies can differentiate between...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether Atos staff have been offered any additional retention or performance-related payments since the decision to terminate the contract to...

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people with ME or chronic fatigue syndrome and their healthcare professionals are (a)...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to ensure that specialist training on (a) ME or chronic fatigue syndrome and (b) other fluctuating...

      Enterprise Allowance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) targets have been set and (b) rates have been achieved for take up of the enterprise allowance in each Jobcentre district and...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of the under occupancy penalty on households where children have been removed by children's services...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what procedures his Department has put in place to ensure that mail received by recorded delivery at jobcentres is logged and dealt with...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many temporary national insurance numbers were issued in (a) Bury St Edmunds constituency, (b) Suffolk (c) the East of England and (d)...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many contracted staff there are carrying out functions for his Department who are paid less than the Living Wage by (a) occupation, (b)...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress he has made towards achieving his Department's aim of processing 97 per cent of assessments for personal independence payments...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many applications for personal independence payments remained outstanding in each month since April 2013 in (a) Leicester West...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of (a) incapacity benefit and employment support allowance, (b) disability living allowance and (c) severe disablement...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many work capability assessment reassessments were undertaken by Atos in each of the last 12 months; (2) how many work capability...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has issued guidance to Atos on how to prioritise work capability assessments between reassessments and new claimants for...

  • Home Department

    • Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate how many fugitives each year would not be returned to the UK if the UK does not opt into the European Arrest Warrant.

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the immigration status is of Tareque Rahman, Vice Chairman of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many exit checks were performed on passengers leaving the UK in each year since 2010.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will introduce exit checks to apply to non-scheduled international travel by air, sea and rail services.

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces in England have signed local protocols for those detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what payments her Department makers to destination countries for visas allowing entry to people being deported from the UK to those countries.

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed removals of foreign national offenders there were in each year since 2010.

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deportation orders were issued to foreign national offenders in each year since 2010.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the report from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, Everyone's Business: Improving the police response to domestic...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward legislative proposals to criminalise psychological abuse and coercive control in domestic violence situations.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a new offence whereby a prosecution can be brought on the basis of a course of...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will revise guidelines for the Metropolitan Police on whether domestic violence cases should be referred to the Crown Prosecution...

      Educational Testing Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will publish the proposed (a) terms of reference, (b) method and (c) timescale of her Department’s investigation into...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2014, Official Report, columns 526-27, on student visas, if she will publish details of the successful...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the foreword to the Draft Modern Slavery Bill, when she plans to start the review of the operation and effectiveness of the...

      Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to the answers of 30 April 2014, Official Report, column 717W and of 14 January 2014, Official Report, column 481W, on human...

      Immigration Controls: Commonwealth Games 2014

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she has made an assessment of the UK Border Force's ability to process passengers at Glasgow Airport for the forthcoming Glasgow 2014...

      Immigration Controls: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which sites were affected by the failure of UK Border Agency computers at passport control on 30 April 2014; what steps she is taking to...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many immigration appeal hearings lost by the Government her Department failed to send a presenting officer in each of the last four years.

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to how many immigration appeal hearings the Home Office failed to send a presenting officer in each of the last four years.

      Marriage of Convenience

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many incidents of immigration marriage fraud through bigamy have been reported to her Department in each year since 2004; (2) if...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 17 March 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Asif Rafiq.

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which body has been provided with copies of the section 94 directions issued by her in order to provide oversight since May 2010.

      Police: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of translation and interpreter services used by each police force in England and Wales has been in each of the last five years.

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 April 2014, Official Report, columns 615-6W, on proceeds of crime, what UK law enforcement agencies do with money...

      Sequestration of Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place a copy of the Beloff review on UK asset recovery in the Library.

      Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 17 September 2012, Official Report, column 512W, on torture, what the result of the audit was; if she will...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average annual revenue budget was for an (a) primary school academy and (b) secondary school academy in England and Wales in financial year...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the number of registered childcare places was in (a) London and (b) each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress he has made on making the process for school leaving local education authority control to become free schools easier.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assistance his Department provides for small independent schools making applications for free school status; and if he will take steps to increase...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to reform faith-based admissions to free schools.

      Free Schools: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools in North Herefordshire have unsuccessfully applied for free school status.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 10 April 2014, Official Report, column 414W, on pre-school education, who the 43 early years providers are who have been...

      Schools: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2014, Official Report, column 63W, on schools: land, what his policy is on requiring school land which has been...

      Sixth Form Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what advance estimate he made of the number of students enrolled in (a) school sixth forms, (b) academy sixth forms and (c) 16 to 19 years free...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much special educational needs funding has been allocated per pupil in special schools in (a) Staffordshire, (b) Birmingham, (c) Wolverhampton and...

      Young People: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure more employers offer apprenticeships to 16 to 18 year-olds.

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of young people aged (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18 were not in full-time education or training in (i) Bury St Edmunds...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average proportion of market rent of all affordable housing is in each London borough.

    • Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many applications to dispose of statutory allotments have been (a) submitted, (b) approved and (c) rejected in each...

      Allotments: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate he has made of the average length of time a person has been on a waiting list for an allotment in each year...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households in England received a weekly general, all-purpose, rubbish collection service in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c)...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homeless households were accepted as being owed a duty of accommodation by their local authority in each year since...

      Roads: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library research he has commissioned on the effect that turning off street lighting and relying on...

      Social Rented Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on the average satisfaction rating given by tenants relating to maintenance service in...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to answer question 196308, tabled on 10 April 2014 for answer on 28 April 2014.

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Staff

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many staff were employed by the Independent Parliamentary...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Digital Technology

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he plans to take to improve digital skills within the Government.

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the electoral registration rates were in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) the rest of the UK in each of the three years after the introduction of...

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office in what areas of policy the governments of the British Overseas Territories have been consulted ahead of negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and...

      Graduates

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what recent assessment he has made of levels of unemployment amongst recent university graduates in the North East; (2) how many university...

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the West Midlands Ambulance Service's system's indicators performance in 2012-13; and what assessment he has made of the...

    • Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department has allocated for antibiotic related research in each of the last five years.

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve the early intervention in and treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much funding has been allocated by each of the 12 strategic clinical networks for the running of a breast network site specific group in...

      Breast Cancer: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department has made available in Lancashire to improve the early diagnosis of breast cancer.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent staff were employed to work on cancer policy in his Department in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2013-14.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what (a) pharmacological treatments and (b) associated indications the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recommended for cancer...

      Chiropody: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the quality of foot care provided in primary care to patients with diabetes; (2) who is responsible for auditing...

      College of Emergency Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he last met the Chair of the College of Emergency Medicine; what subjects were discussed at that meeting; and if he will make a statement.

      Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what scrutiny arrangements the Care Quality Commission applies to (a) abortion and (b) other counselling.

      Defibrillators: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many publicly accessible defibrillators there are in (a) Hampshire and (b) Southampton; and whether there is a register or map showing where such...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent work his Department has undertaken to raise awareness of the effects of diabetes on people with that condition; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: Fareham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent per capita in each general practice area in Fareham constituency in the last year for which information is available.

      Health Services: Herefordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new members of (a) staff and (b) nursing staff have been taken on by the NHS in North Herefordshire in the last 12 months.

      Health Services: Recreation Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the beneficial effects on patient well-being and rate of recovery of hospital beds overlooking green spaces; (2)...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that his Department, NHS England, Public Health England, clinical commissioning groups and local authorities co-ordinate...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the feasibility of effectively eliminating hepatitis C in the UK in the next 15 to 20 years.

      Injuries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have been treated in hospital for (a) burns from hair straighteners and (b) injuries from trampolines in each year since 2010.

      James Cook University Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect on demand for accident and emergency services at James Cook university hospital of the proposed closure of minor...

      Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of deaths from (a) liver disease and (b) viral hepatitis which were preventable in the last year for which...

      Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what response his Department plans to make to the findings and recommendations of the All-Party Parliamentary Hepatology Group's recent report into...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much and what proportion of the maternity tariff is spent on insurance.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of NHS trusts have conducted a review their maternity workforce needs in each year since 2010.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what technology he plans to use to restrict the sharing of NHS patient data extracted under care.data to countries inside the European Economic Area.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2014, Official Report, column 355W, on medical records databases, for what reason NHS England did not finalise the...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that a proportion of any future underspend within the NHS is allocated to nurses' pay.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to increase the required contributions to NHS pensions before the introduction of the new pension scheme in 2015.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by each of the 28 cancer networks in England in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; (2) how...

      NHS: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of translation and interpreter services used by each individual NHS trust in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Older People: Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to tackle the impact of loneliness on the quality of life of elderly people.

      Permanent Injury Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have had their permanent injury benefit reduced because of the change from sickness benefit to employment and support allowance.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department takes to prevent to over-prescribing of psychotropic drugs in hospitals; (2) which protocols are used in hospitals for...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether data on prescriptions dispensed in hospitals is collected centrally.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 May 2014, Official Report, column 244W, on prescriptions: fees and charges, what the cost of administering the exemption...

      Prisoners: Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to prevent over-prescribing or mis-prescribing of psychotropic drugs to prisoners; (2) what data his Department...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many officials in his Department are on the Connecting programme; and how many and what proportion of those officials have spent time working in...

      Transvaginal Mesh Implants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of healthcare professionals who (a) are aware of and (b) use the databases of the British Society of...

      Viruses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether his Department has received reports of UK nationals having contracted the MERS virus; (2) what discussions he has had with the World Health...

      Viruses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made on the potential effect of MERS virus in the UK.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reduction he expects in the Cayman Islands government budget and on the Cayman Islands government provision of funds this...

    • Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received the World Society for the Protection of Animals' recent report The Cayman Turtle Farm: A Continued Case...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of UK nationals living or working in Nigeria; and whether his Department has...

      Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response the UK has made to the application of the Marshall Islands to the International Court of Justice in respect of...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what level of representation the UK will have at the humanitarian effects of nuclear weapons war conference being hosted by the...

      Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the total market value of his Department's properties in each country.

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate by country of residence of the child he has made of the number of migrants residing in the UK who claimed benefits on behalf of children...

    • Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the size, in square metres, of the offices assigned to each of his Department's Ministers is; and how many officials, at what grade, work in the...

      Money Lenders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many reports the Illegal Money Lending Team in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) England, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) the UK received in each of the last...

      Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many and what proportion of (a) directly employed staff and (b) contracted staff in HM Revenue and Customs are paid less than the Living Wage as...

      Pensions: Teachers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish estimates produced by the Government Actuary's Department for his Department of any additional monies received from extra contributions...

      Premium Bonds: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contingency plans are in place for the future administration of Premium Bonds currently administered in Scotland and held by residents in England,...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to increase value for money for the Exchequer from private finance initiative arrangements.

      Regeneration: Brent

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had on the regeneration of the Brent Cross area with (a) Brent Council and (b) resident groups in Brent.

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse was of tax evasion cases brought on behalf of HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last three years for which figures are...

      VAT: Electronic Publishing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of VAT at 20 per cent on eBooks on reading and literacy levels of young and teenage readers; (2) what...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many single people have had sanctions placed on their tax credits on the ground that someone else was also resident at the property in the last three...

  • Justice

    • Advisory Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the annual cost is of the (a) administration of advisory committees, (b) HM Courts and Tribunals Service staff servicing such committees and (c)...

    • Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people have been convicted of an offence contrary to section 54 of the Criminal Law Act 1977 in each of the last four years; (2) how many...

      Coroners: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has spent in each of the last four years on counsel fees related to inquests into the deaths of those in custody.

      Courts: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was of translation and interpreter services used by (a) the courts system, (b) Crown courts and (c) magistrates courts in (i) Bury St...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme took over (a) six months and (b) 12 months before an initial...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been paid to Jadu Ltd for its work on the employment tribunal fees and remission database to date.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in what proportion of cases costs have been awarded to an employer following an unsuccessful claim being brought against them at each stage of the...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the highest compensation payment ordered in employment tribunal cases relating to discrimination on the grounds of (a) sex, (b) disability,...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average compensation payment to people of each gender was ordered in employment tribunal cases relating to claims of discrimination on the...

      Harassment: Northumberland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in Northumberland received prison sentences for harassment or stalking in the last two years.

      High Down Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many assaults against prison staff there have been in HM Prison High Down in each month since September 2013; (2) how many acts of prisoner on...

      High Down Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when HM Prison High Down has had to (a) close wings, (b) close workshops and (c) restrict family visits due to staff shortages since September 2013.

      High Down Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when HM Prison High Down has been (a) a recipient of and (b) a contributor to the detached duty programme in each month since September 2013.

      Legal Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what public funds were spent on the consultation process and publication of the Government Response to Call for Evidence on the Legal Services Regulatory...

      Life Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many offenders have been released from one life sentence before being given another life sentence in each of the last 30 years; and in each...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many magistrates sat more than 70 half days in the last year.

      Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many magistrates were recruited in each of the last three years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to answer question number 191341, submitted by the hon. Member for Hyndburn on 10 March 2014 for Answer on 13 March 2014.

      Northumberland Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many full-time equivalent staff of each grade were employed at HM Prison Northumberland on 1 April (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and...

      Northumberland Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice at what time the disturbance at HM Prison Northumberland on 29 March 2014 began; when it ceased; how many prisoners were involved in that disturbance;...

      Offenders: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign nationals from (a) the EU and (b) countries outside the EU have been defendants in the (i) magistrates courts and (ii) Crown courts in...

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions his Department's working group on the implementation of reforms to reduce the cost of personal injury compensation has met; whether...

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which police station cells were used to keep prisoners in overnight in February and March 2014; and on how many occasions.

      Prison Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison governors were in post in England and Wales of each (a) gender, (b) religion or faith, (c) ethnicity and (d) grade on 1 March in each of...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many of (a) all people in prison and (b) all people in prison who self-identified as Muslims on 1 January 2014 had (i) no previous custodial...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which prisons were (a) receivers and (b) suppliers of detached duty staff in each month since December 2013.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which prisons were operating below the (a) benchmark and (b) baseline staffing level in (i) December 2013, (ii) January, (iii) February and (iv) March 2014.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many sexual assaults on prison staff there were in each prison in each of the last four years.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many members of staff in each prison in England and Wales were serving on detached duty in (a) January, (b) February and (c) March 2014.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers were serving on detached duty in each month from January 2011 to January 2014.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent by his Department on travel and accommodation costs for prison officers serving on detached duty in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many vulnerable prisoners are currently held in prisons in England and Wales; (2) how many vulnerable prisoners are held in dedicated...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women in prison for committing an offence involving violence against the person where the...

      Prisoners' Home Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of eligible (a) male and (b) female offenders were recalled on a fixed term recall instead of a standard recall (i) in 2008, (ii) in...

      Prisoners: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) of what crimes UK citizens returned from abroad to complete their custodial sentences in prisons in England and Wales had been convicted in each of...

      Prisoners: Driving Instruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many serving prisoners received driving lessons in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Prisoners: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the maximum is a prisoner can earn per (a) week, (b) month and (c) year from working while serving a custodial sentence.

      Prisoners: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what mechanisms are in place for (a) prisoners and (b) prison officers and staff to raise concerns about the radicalisation of prisoners; (2) on...

      Prisoners: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many self-harm incidents there were (a) in total and (b) per 1,000 prisoners in each prison in each of the last four years.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to implement the recommendations of the Prison and Probation Ombudsman's (PPO) report on Learning from PPO...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what additional staffing requirements will arise in HM Prison Hull and HM Prison Chelmsford from the re-opening of closed wings; what the cost of...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much in total his Department expects to have spent on mothballing the closed wings at HM Prison Hull and HM Prison Chelmsford by the time they re-open.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) assault incidents, (b) serious assaults and (c) assault incidents per 1,000 prisoners there were in each prison in each of the last four years.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) assaults and (b) serious assaults on staff per 1,000 prisoners there were in each prison in each of the last four years.

      Prisons: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions the Prison Service Gold Command has been opened in each of the last 36 months; and what the nature was of each incident that caused...

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what items prisoners are barred from purchasing with earned income.

      Prisons: Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which prisons have libraries; and which organisations (a) run and (b) fund each such library; (2) what the budget was for prison libraries (a) in...

      Prisons: Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what books are banned from being kept in prison libraries.

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many times the offence of possession of mobile telephones within a prison has been proceeded upon; and how many days were added to the offender's...

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) on which occasions performance points were accrued by private prisons in 2013-14; for what reason the points were accrued; and what financial...

      Private Sector

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

      Public Defender Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has further plans to expand the Public Defender Service beyond the first phase of recruits.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2014, Official Report, column 641W, on reoffenders, what (a) offence type and (b) sentence length each offender with...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the highest number of previous convictions for burglary for an individual convicted of an offence of burglary without being sent to prison was in...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people with 15 or more previous convictions were not sent to prison on conviction for (a) burglary and (b) violence against the person in the...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the proven re-offending rate was of (a) those released from prison and (b) those released from prison who self-identified as Muslim in each year...

      Secure Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received from Ofsted on his plans to introduce secure colleges.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people who (a) were given a non-custodial sentence and (b) were given their first custodial sentence in each year from 2004 had previously had...

      Sexual Assault Referral Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Sexual Assault Referral Centres in supporting victims of crime.

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice at how many tribunal hearings on appeals over benefit claims in each of the last four years the relevant Department failed to send a presenting officer;...

      Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) court possession orders and (b) interim possession orders in relation to squatting in non-residential buildings have been made since the...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in England and Wales per 10,000 of the population were prosecuted for non-payment of the television licence fee in each of the last three...

      Thameside Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many grievances on the grounds of race discrimination have been made in HM Prison Thameside in the last three years; what the nature was of...

      Thameside Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any (a) internal and (b) external reports were commissioned by Serco in relation to any steps taken by HM Prison Thameside to eliminate race...

      Trade Unions

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

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans his Department has to increase the average hours a week of contracted education provided for 15 to 17-year-olds in custody.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the unit cost per offender in a (a) secure children's home, (b) young offender institution, (c) secure training centre and (d) the adult secure...

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many days were lost due to sick leave among teaching staff in (a) secure training centres and (b) young offender institutions in each of the last...

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many teaching staff in young offender institutions and secure training centres in 2013 had a formal teaching qualification; (2) how many full...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many decision makers were employed for work in each region by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority on 31 March (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013.

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners were transferred to secure detention in their home country under (a) compulsory and (b) voluntary prisoner transfer...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to issue guidance to doctors regarding the permissibility of granting an abortion by means of amending form HSA1 issued under the...

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the incidence of sex-selective abortion in (1) China, and (2) India; and whether there is any evidence of that practice amongst...

      Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will define the challenges referred to in the Department of Health's April 2014 publication Living Well for Longer that they have laid before...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they changed their contracting model for the provision of accommodation for asylum seekers in danger of destitution.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Home Office plans to re-examine its savings forecasts in the light of the additional costs incurred in the transition between contractors...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for asylum were received from children arriving unaccompanied into the United Kingdom for each of the last three years for which...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will assess the research in progress in the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford on communicable diseases among refugees and displaced people.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they decide which retailers can be accessed using the Azure prepayment card given to asylum seekers.

      Botswana

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the terms of Botswana’s independence agreed by the United Kingdom in 1966, they will discuss with the government of Botswana its...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to commit troops to the European Union mission to the Central African Republic.

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the crisis in the Central African Republic on the Building Stability Overseas Strategy.

      Children: Disabled Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the removal of ring-fenced funding for short breaks for disabled children under the Aiming High programme;...

      Children: Domestic Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse's Second National Policy Report, In plain sight: effective help for children...

      Courts: Health and Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking, and within what timescales, to ensure that custody trials can be listed at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court, in the light of...

      Disabled People: Toilets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that accessible toilets for disabled people in buildings other than private dwellings comply with published national...

      Education: Education, Health and Care Plan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of people likely to qualify for an education, health and care plan; and how that number will compare to the...

      Elections: Freepost

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many days it has taken to receive Royal Mail approval of contents of freepost election addresses in each of the European Parliament constituencies.

      Electoral Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stowell of Beeston on 9 April (WA 304), whether the range of services to which they refer includes electoral...

      Employment: Disabled People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to close the employment gap for disabled people since the ending of the quota system in 1995; and how progress is being monitored.

      Energy: Electricity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish drafts of the several orders and regulations implementing the electricity market reforms under the Energy Act 2013; when they...

      Environment: Coastal Defences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what sea defences are currently in place in East Sussex; and what defences in that region are at present in the planning stages.

      Environment: Coastal Defences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the status of the application for funding for extending sea berms and defences in Fairlight, East Sussex.

      Environment: Coastal Erosion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any current or planned assessments of coastal erosion following recent cliff falls near residential areas in East Sussex.

      EU: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why European Union solidarity funding was not sought to assist with damage caused in the recent floods and cliff falls.

      EU: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to persuade the European Union to revoke the ban on the import from India of alphonso mangoes.

      Eugenics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 8 April (WA 206–7), what is their working definition of a human eugenic practice. To ask Her...

      Fair Trade Day

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they have promoted Fair Trade Day.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what training is available for general practitioners in identifying cases of female genital mutilation.

      Former Prime Ministers: Public Duty Cost Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 7 April (WA 238–9), which specific amounts of Public Duty Cost Allowance funding each...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take, other than increasing the aid budget, to reduce food insecurity and unemployment in the Gaza Strip.

      Global Partnership for Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to encourage other donor governments and developing country partner governments to pledge support at the Global Partnership for Education...

      Global Partnership for Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Ministers will attend the Global Partnership for Education replenishment conference in June.

      Global Partnership for Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are collaborating with the Global Partnership for Education to ensure that more children with disabilities can access quality basic education.

      Global Partnership for Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to work with the Global Partnership for Education to ensure that an ambitious goal and targets are agreed for education for all...

      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 Cabinet Office.

      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 Business, Innovation and Skills.

      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 Education.

      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 of Energy and Climate Change.

      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 Environment, Food and Rural...

      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 Home Office.

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 6 May (WA 365), whether they will now answer the question which was put.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 6 May (WA 368–70), what was the breakdown of departmental private office spending on Government...

      Government: Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much property in London is owned by central government; and how much of it is not in use.

      Government: Growth Council

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the members of the Prime Minister's Growth Council; and how many times it has met since its creation.

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the nature of the “urgent consideration” they are giving to improve the attainment outcomes of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils noted in...

      Health and Work Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in the implementation of the Health and Work Service; and whether that implementation is being taken in stages.

      Health: Lyme Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in response to the predicted increase in tick-transmitted diseases such as Lyme disease.

      Health: Neurofibromatosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to review special educational needs assessments to ensure that the needs of neurofibromatosis sufferers are taken fully into account by...

      Health: Neurofibromatosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they provide to schools, colleges and universities about taking into account the additional difficulties that neurofibromatosis sufferers...

      Health: Opiates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any evidence that the prescription of opioid medication to relieve chronic pain has led to fatal overdoses in patients in the United...

      Health: Polio

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prevent the worldwide spread of polio.

      Helen Ukpabio

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will acknowledge receipt of the letter sent on 12 April by the Bar Human Rights Committee to the Home Secretary with regard to Helen...

      Helen Ukpabio

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the concerns set out in the letter sent on 12 April by the Bar Human Rights Committee to the Home Secretary; and what course of...

      Higher Education: Student Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is (1) the total sum, and (2) the percentage, of student loans that have been written off as bad debt.

      Housing: Letting Agents and Landlord Accreditation Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they offer to local authorities on the outline and content of local letting agent and landlord accreditation schemes. To ask Her...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many meetings have taken place in 2014 between British and French authorities to discuss homeless people living in the Calais area who seek unlawfully to...

      Immigration: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what analysis they have made of the report Cedars: two years on by Barnardo’s; and what plans they have to implement the recommendations made in that...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provisions exist to safeguard monies identified by the Independent Living Fund (ILF) as needed to meet the critical and substantial need of recipients;...

      Industrial Strategy Council

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what dates the Industrial Strategy Council has held meetings since it was set up; and, for each meeting, (1) who attended, and (2) what was the agenda.

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take to secure compensation for the European Union-funded humanitarian housing shelters close to Ma’ale Adumim, which were...

      NHS: Ambulance Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Care Quality Commission report on the East Midlands Ambulance Service published on 9 April; and when Mr Brian Britten will...

      NHS: Data

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether persons whose National Health Service data has been compromised are informed of that fact; and, if so, what remedy or compensation is available to them.

      NHS: Drugs and Medicines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to using the purchasing power of the National Health Service as a major customer of AstraZeneca and Pfizer to ensure that...

      Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what briefings they have received from the United Kingdom Ambassador to Nigeria with regard to the incitement by certain individuals to treat some children...

      Northern Ireland: On-the-runs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Randerson on 26 March (WA 124) and 3 April (WA 226), and by Lord Bates on 6 May (WA 410–11), whether they...

      Northern Ireland: On-the-runs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Randerson on 26 March (WA 124) and 3 April (WA 226), and by Lord Bates on 6 May (WA 410–11), in the light...

      Prisoners: Parcels

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions in the last two years parcels sent to prisoners have been found to contain drugs, extremist materials, mobile phones, SIM cards or...

      Prisoners: Repeat Offenders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many repeat offenders serving prison sentences of less than one year have been provided with a resettlement package to facilitate their return to the...

      Prisoners: Temporary Licence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the release of prisoners on temporary licence.

      Prisoners: Women

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many women prisoners had GCSE C-grade or equivalent in English and maths on being imprisoned in (1) 2010, (2) 2011, and (3) 2012; and how many had such...

      Prisoners: Women

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of current women prisoners were convicted of violent crime.

      Prisoners: Women

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of current women prisoners were in employment before being jailed. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of current women...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 23 April (HL 6672), for each £100 of identifiable public expenditure per capita in England, for each...

      Public Sector: Equality Duty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what training is provided on disability awareness to staff in Jobcentre Plus offices as part of the public sector equality duty; and what steps are being...

      Public Sector: Private Contractors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are ensuring (1) that adequate plans are in place for private contractors managing new public sector contracts, and (2) that any such plans include...

      Schools: Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are testing air quality in schools.

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why data on the presence of asbestos were not covered in the Property Data Survey Programme in United Kingdom schools; and what are their plans for removing...

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking in relation to asbestos in schools.

      Schools: Disruptive Behaviour

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many teachers have resigned from their posts in each of the past 10 years, citing disruptive behaviour as a factor in their resignation.

      Schools: Disruptive Behaviour

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to help teachers, (1) to increase and maintain the respect in which they are held, and (2) to reduce unacceptable behaviour...

      Schools: Exclusions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pupils were excluded from (1) primary, and (2) secondary, schools in 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010 and during the latest year for which figures are available.

      Sharia Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that Brunei’s proposal to introduce Sharia law executions violates the human rights principles of the Commonwealth Charter; and...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports of the threat of a military campaign by Malian Jihadists in Chad; and of military action in Jebel Marra and Abyei...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the displacement of people from the Syrian town of Kessab.

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people currently complete a tax return; what is the average cost per case to HM Revenue and Customs of dealing with such tax returns; and whether...

      Thames Tideway Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what time period of asset use they have assumed in calculating the cost benefit of the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what meetings have taken place between Ministers or officials of the Department of Health with representatives of Action on Smoking and Health and other...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the conformity of the introduction of standardised packaging for tobacco with the better regulation principles; and how...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the impact on United Kingdom gross value added and gross domestic product, and on the numbers of jobs, of the introduction of...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from organisations opposed to standardised tobacco packaging.

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House all risk assessments undertaken by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills into standardised...

      Transforming Rehabilitation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effects and impact of the Transforming Rehabilitation Strategy 2013 to date; and how many repeat offenders are not in...

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Permanent Council of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe is considering Ukraine at is weekly meetings; and what...

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe will next meet; and whether Ukraine will be on its agenda.

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recommendations the Chairperson-in-Office and the Secretary General of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe have made to the member...

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect that an Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe Summit meeting will discuss Ukraine and crisis management there in the...

      Violence Against Women

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 9 April (WA 305), what engagement will take place between the Home Office and the devolved...

      Waste Management: Fly-tipping

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the provision in the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 on stop, search and seizure of vehicles suspected of involvement in fly-tipping...

      Water Management

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a requirement in the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive to treat surface rainwater runoff.

      Water Management: Sewage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government for how many spills a year the Environment Agency has licensed the upgraded Mogden sewage works; and how many were achieved in the first year of operation.

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