Written answers

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department will be attending the high-level Ministerial Dialogue on the Durban Platform...

  • Treasury

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the contribution by the Deputy Leader of the House, Official Report, columns 841-2, on new clause 1 of the Deregulation Bill, how the...

    • Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value was of the average claim for tax credit made by people who were (a) out of work, (b) self-employed and (c) employed in each of the last five...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of tax credit claimants were (a) out of work, (b) self-employed and (c) employed in each of the last five years.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Academic Year

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment his Department has made of the economic effects of deregulating school holidays on (a) tourism-related jobs in...

    • Academic Year

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions his Ministers or officials in his Department have had with colleagues in the Department for Education on the effect of...

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 1 May 2014, Official Report, columns 809-10W, on Arts Council England, how much Arts Council England...

      Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to meet victims of press abuse and their representatives.

  • Justice

    • Courts: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many calls were made on higher-rate telephone numbers to (a) magistrates' courts, (b) county courts and county court money claims centres in England...

    • Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much has been spent on (a) civil and (b) criminal legal aid in (i) cash and (ii) real terms in (A) England and (B) York in each year since...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons legal aid funding in relation to the case of the constituent of the hon. Member for Workington, Gary Tomlinson, Claim Number OWH0080,...

      Mortgages: Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many mortgage possession claims were approved by the courts in each (a) region of England and (b) London borough in (i) 2011-12, (ii) 2012-13 and...

      Surveillance: Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what role the Information Commissioner's Office has in (a) the trial of the Aeroyn Skyranger drone around Gatwick airport and (b) any other use of other...

      Verne Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the ability for individuals detained for immigration purposes at HM Prison The Verne to access (a) legal and (b) health...

  • Transport

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish a breakdown by firm of expenditure by his Department on (a) consultants and (b) consultancy firms in each of the last four years.

    • Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cases of uninsured drivers have been reported, by region, in each of the last five years.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of rail freight access and path allocation over the Welwyn Viaduct beyond January 2018; and what discussions he held with...

      Greenfield Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers used Greenfield station in Greater Manchester in each year since 2010.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the costs to date has been of the preparation work for the connection of High Speed 2 to High Speed 1.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made by his Department's Justice for Vulnerable Road Users Working Group.

      Rolling Stock: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with train operating companies in Greater Manchester on last minute reductions in train configurations.

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people working in (a) HS2 Ltd and (b) his Department are (i) on secondment, (ii) on loan and (iii) paid for by another company; and in each...

  • Education

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all schools can provide free school meals for infant children by September 2014.

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of schools which will be unable to provide universal free school meals for infant children from September 2014.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education in how many schools no pupils were entered for GCSEs in (a) history and (b) biology, chemistry and physics in the latest period for which figures are...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many pupils have applied to be assessed for a GCSE grade on the basis of coursework under the 50 per cent rule in each of the last five...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what use his Department has made of the National Wellbeing Index introduced by the Office for National Statistics in formulating policy since the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North dated 30 April 2014, ref 2014/0036207, on behalf of a constituent.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent Central received by his office on 29 May 2014, relating to the recent...

      Park View Educational Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what reports on the management, financial conduct and teaching standards at the Park View Education Trust he has requested since the school...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many free early years education places were provided in (a) Bury St Edmunds, (b) Suffolk and (c) England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to his Department's School Admissions Code, published in February 2012, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the consistent and...

      Pupils: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much in pupil premium has been paid to (a) first, (b) middle and (c) upper schools in (i) Hexham, (ii) Northumberland and (iii) the North East to date.

      Schools: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will introduce the teaching of the dangers of pornography into the school syllabus.

      Schools: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish his correspondence with the Secretary of State for the Home Department relating to extremism in schools.

      Schools: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education on what dates he has met the Secretary of State for the Home Department to discuss extremism in schools since May 2010.

      Schools: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he was first informed about concerns relating to extremism in schools.

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what scientific purposes she has licensed procedures on animals that were likely to cause severe suffering since 2010; and what steps the...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will measure changes in the number of animals used in scientific procedures in the UK following publication of “Working to...

      Animal Experiments: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) cats, (b) dogs and (c) horses were retired and rehomed under European Union Directive 2010/63/EU in 2013.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 6 May 2014, Official Report, column 66W, on asylum: children, which local authorities have been granted extra...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers were accommodated in (a) hotels and (b) bed and breakfasts, hostels and other establishments that provide lodging...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to ensure oversight and scrutiny of private contractors responsible for the accommodation of asylum seekers.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she has taken to ensure proper support and welfare is available to asylum seekers accommodated in hotels and other establishments...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for citizenship were made in each year since 2009 from males recruited into the armed forces from Belize; and if she...

      Crime Prevention: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps officials in her Department have taken with their Northern Ireland counterparts to ensure that best practice on the prevention of...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were arrested and charged with possession of class (a) A, (b) B and (c) C drugs in (i) Bury St Edmunds, (ii) Suffolk and...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Fire Arms Certificate (a) applications and (b) renewals were made in (i) 2011, (ii) 2012 and (iii) 2013.

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the EU on firearms' control and the European Firearms' Pass.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what use in formulating policy her Department has made of the National Wellbeing Index introduced by the Office for National Statistics since...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department gives on appropriate action to be taken by border staff dealing with a parent with a British passport entering...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions British passport holders were questioned on return to the UK in regard to problems with their child's name on...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 7 April 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to the Energy...

      North Yorkshire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much revenue funding her Department has allocated to the North Yorkshire Police Authority in (a) cash and (b) real terms in each year...

      North Yorkshire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many full-time equivalent police officers of each rank and grade were employed by North Yorkshire police on (a) 31 March and (b) 30...

      North Yorkshire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the crime detection rate was for North Yorkshire police force in each year since 2004-05.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional support she is providing to the Passport Office to ensure it continues to meet the deadlines for applications to be processed...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many passport renewals have been completed within the advertised three week turnaround time from receipt in the last period for...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 7 May 2014, Official Report, column 222W, on teachers: guidance, if she will place in the Library a copy of...

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to her statement of 30 April 2014, Official Report, column 831, on Stop-and-Search, which police forces have signed up to the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Armed Conflict: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department is giving to the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict for the campaign to...

    • Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of living conditions and labour standards on commercial vessels long-lining in the...

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he took to ensure that the foreign commercial vessels fishing in the waters of Ascension Island from 2010 to 2013 did...

      Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Brazil on the issue of the recent increase in the number of...

      Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what extra consular assistance his Department will provide for British citizens in Brazil attending the World Cup.

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the conflict in Central African Republic as described in UN OCHA Central African Republic...

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that reparations will be paid to HM Treasury as a result of damage caused by...

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress his Department is making on ensuring that a British-led team of experts carries out a scientific assessment of...

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the findings from the US Senate Intelligence Committee, what information his Department holds on the number of...

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise the release of political prisoners in Eritrea with his Eritrean counterpart.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications for the Middle East peace process of recent reports that Hamas leader Khaled...

      Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether the new protocol to the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement will benefit the...

      Nigeria

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

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made by UK forces in the search for the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the killing of two Palestinian teenagers at Ofer on 15 May 2014;...

      Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what co-operation programmes between the UK and Thailand there are; and what steps he has taken to review that co-operation.

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on human rights abuses in Tibet.

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received from (a) the Tibetan Government in exile and (b) human rights charities on human...

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to reduce human rights abuses in Tibet and to offer support for victims of such abuses.

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on Tibetan independence.

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with his counterparts in the United Arab Emirates on the alleged torture of UK citizens in UAE prisons.

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the government of the United Arab Emirates to ensure that Ahmad Zeidan is given his full...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on how the ongoing conflict in Western Sahara affects the ability of terrorist and criminal gangs...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2014, Official Report, column 515W, on Western Sahara, if the Minister for the Middle East...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of how the ongoing conflict in Western Sahara affects the ability of al-Qaeda to recruit disaffected...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contacts and discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with the African National Congress...

  • Health

    • A and E Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the number of patients visiting A and E departments after having been unable to make an appointment with their GP.

    • Primary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to improve access to and standards of primary care.

      Health Allocation Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had on improving the fairness of the health allocation formula.

      Drug Dispensing Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect on patient safety of prescription drug dispensing regulations.

      Failing Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress his Department has made in turning around failing hospitals.

      Healthier Together Review: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the conclusions of the Healthier Together review of health and care in Greater Manchester.

      Maternity and Early-years Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress his Department has made in improving maternity and early-years care.

      Small Rural Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support his Department provides to small rural hospitals in England to ensure that health services are available as close to the public as possible.

      Mental Health Care: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average length of time between diagnosis of a mental health condition and the commencement of talking therapies in the...

      Academic Health Science Networks

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

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve ambulance services.

      Back Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with NHS England on the potential for exercise to reduce the need for patients to have back surgery.

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are taken to verify the competence of (a) doctors and nurses and (b) staff of pharmaceutical companies involved in the conduct of clinical trials.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what use his Department has made of the National Wellbeing Index introduced by the Office for National Statistics in formulating policy since the...

      Health Services: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to raise awareness among service users of how to navigate the complaints systems in health and social care; (2) what steps...

      Health Services: Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of aligning health services in regulatory bodies and ombudsman services; (2) what steps he is...

      Hospitals: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent meetings he has had with NHS England on the contracting of provision of television services in hospitals.

      Human Papillomavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the potential cost of extending the human papilloma virus vaccination programme to include all boys aged 12 and 13 years.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the oral answer of 1 April 2014, Official Report, column 714, on physical and mental health (parity of esteem), in what ways he plans to...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 21 November 2012, Official Report, columns 511-2W, on death, what the prevalence of adults living in private households in...

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people diagnosed with motor neurone disease there have been in the UK in each of the last five years; (2) how many people with motor...

      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of people in the UK with a diagnosis of obsessive compulsive disorder in each of the last five years.

      Pregnant Women: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Government's assessment is of the effectiveness of warning labels on alcoholic beverages regarding drinking during pregnancy; and what assessment...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the changes in the level of access to prostate cancer treatments since 2010; (2) what treatments for prostate cancer...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the annual cost to the public purse is of processing applications for free social care in England; (2) how many applications for free social...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many appeals were made by applicants for social care at the end of their life in the last two years; how many such appeals were successful; and...

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government plans to respond to the recommendations set out in the report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin on sunbed regulation...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • British Irish Council

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he last attended a meeting of the British-Irish Council summit.

    • Elections: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the Electoral Commission's efforts to improve the conduct of elections in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

      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...

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what meetings he has had with (a) the First Minister, (b) the Deputy First Minister and (c) both the First and Deputy First Ministers of Northern Ireland in the...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • 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 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 19W, on...

    • Electoral Register: North West

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the electoral registration figures were in each ward in the recent conformation...

      European Parliament Elections

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, what (a) number and (b) proportion of voters voted (i) at a polling station...

      Police and Crime Commissioners: Elections

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, what (a) number and (b) proportion of voters voted (i) at a polling station...

      Written Questions

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, what guidance the Electoral Commission follows in determining whether...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) cats, (b) dogs and (c) horses were rehomed after their release from laboratories following research in 2012.

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what specialist one-to-one study skills support will be available for students with specific learning difficulties following the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of (a) staff and (b) senior staff in her Department are female.

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) permanent and (b) non-permanent staff were employed in her Department on 1 January 2014.

  • Defence

    • BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the disposal cost for BAE System's Woodford site.

    • Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which companies have registered an interest in the contract for the JAMES requirement.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times aircraft have been intercepted by Quick Reaction Alert flights by (a) intercepted aircraft type and (b) location in each of the last three...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what analysis has been carried out by the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston into the effects on (a) human beings, (b) other animals and (c) the...

      Radioactive Waste: Fife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will visit Dalgety Bay to discuss the time taken to clean up radiation contamination there; (2) when he was first made aware of health risks...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions a foreign-requested aircraft has provided search and rescue assistance over UK territorial waters in each of the last three years;...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times his Department has provided top-cover fixed-wing search and rescue assets for a search and rescue mission in each of the last two years;...

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the UK armed forces would lose their jobs as a result of Scottish independence.

      Surveillance: Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many surveillance aircraft with capacity to intercept telephone or other electronic telecommunications his Department operates.

  • Leader of the House

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Leader of the House how many questions to each Department did not receive a substantive answer by the time of prorogation; and how long each question had been waiting for an answer.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on the use of wild animals in circuses.

    • Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of song birds in the UK.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 25 November 2013, Official Report, column 20W, on Bovine Tuberculosis, and to answer 3 of his...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the Support for Fishermen Fund to replace lost and damaged fishing gear has been received by fishermen and...

      Glyphosate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance he has issued on the use of glyphosate to (a) national park authorities and (b) managers of public parks in...

      Glyphosate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer given in the House of Lords of 28 October 2013, Official Report, column 208W, on Agriculture:...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what use his Department has made of the National Wellbeing Index introduced by the Office for National Statistics in...

      Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he or officials of his Department have had on the effects of digestion of sycamore tree seeds on...

      Merlins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of merlins in the UK; and what steps his Department is taking to maintain...

      Poultry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy is on beak trimming of chickens; and if he will make a statement.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress his Department has made on (a) the Cabinet Office capabilities plan published in April 2013 and (b) the key area specified in that plan on...

    • Crime: York

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many offences of (a) crime related to vehicles, (b) burglary of a dwelling, (c) other burglary, (d) criminal damage, (e) theft, (f) violence...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths there were from (a) drug poisoning and (b) drug misuse in (i) York local authority area, (ii) North Yorkshire and York Primary Care...

      Employment: York

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate the UK Statistics Authority has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women who were employed (i) full-time and (ii) part-time in York...

      Ict

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department are working on G Cloud.

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 23 January 2014, Official Report, column 316W, on museums and galleries, what the financial contribution required from...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many men have been diagnosed with prostate cancer in each of the last five years.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people died from prostate cancer in (a) Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport constituency and (b) England in each of the last five years.

      Public Sector: Mutual Societies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the mutuals which provide public services.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many full-time equivalent staff (a) were employed by, (b) left and (c) joined the Government Procurement Services Commissioning Academy in each...

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of people on (a) temporary and (b) fixed-term contracts in each of the last four years.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Disadvantaged: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of a Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived on deprived communities in the UK.

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on housing benefit in (a) Bury St Edmunds, (b) Suffolk and (c) England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the useful life of IT assets listed in his Department’s annual report and accounts; and whether these...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many claimants who received a benefits sanction are eligible for the 80 per cent hardship payment of their jobseeker's allowance...

      Pension Credit: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in (a) Bolton North East constituency and (b) Bolton have received pension credit since 2010.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions have been held with HM Treasury about changes in costs of administering the personal independence payment assessment process;...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the review of personal independence payment operational systems and problems recommended by the National Audit Office in February 2014...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of current performance towards achieving the target of assessing all current disability living allowance...

      Separated People: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding has been paid from the Help and Support for Separated Families (HSSF) Innovation Fund to each of the HSSF projects which signed...

      Separated People: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many organisations hold the Help and Support for Separated Families Mark; and what the total cost to his Department has been of developing,...

      Separated People: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the cost to his Department has been of implementing and evaluating the Help and Support for Separated Families Co-ordinated...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) net and (b) gross administration charges for the national insurance pension scheme were in each of the last 10 years.

      Unemployed People: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review his Department's policy on issuing travel warrants to rural residents for (a) fortnightly signing-on and (b) other interviews...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value of universal credit assets is; and what changes there were to this value.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many couple claims have been made for universal credit.

      Universal Credit: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Warrington North constituency received universal credit at any time since the start of the Warrington pilot; and how many...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people gaining work through the Work programme have entered self-employment since the inception of that programme.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Business: Females

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities pursuant to the Government Equalities Office press release of 13 May 2014 entitled £1 million to help women start or grow their own business,...

  • Prime Minister

    • British Irish Council

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last attended a British-Irish Council summit; and how many such summits he has attended since becoming Prime Minister.

  • Attorney-General

    • Offences Against Children

      To ask the Attorney-General how many reported cases of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl aged 13 to 16 under section 6 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956 were not prosecuted because of the 12...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Accommodation Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate he has made of the costs to local authorities of proposals to extend fines on letting agents who fail to...

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account he takes of local referendums on the desirability of specific sites being allocated to new housing.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if his Department will provide incentives to developers to ensure that new homes planned for construction in 2014-15 will be (a)...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many houses built in each of the last five years are (a) wheelchair accessible and (b) built to lifetime homes standards.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the demand for (a) homes built to lifetime home standards and (b) wheelchair accessible homes.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans his Department has to ensure accessible housing, meeting internationally recognised visitability standards, for...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many houses not compliant with Part M building regulations were built (a) in the last two years and (b) since 2010.

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average house price was in (a) Liverpool, (b) the North West and (c) England in each year since 1994.

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria his Department uses to assess the saleability of new houses when determining the potential for five-year housing...

      Housing: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average rent is for (a) privately rented homes and (b) new homes built under the Affordable Homes Programme in (i)...

      Tenancy Deposit Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding each tenancy deposit protection scheme has received from the Government in each of the last 10 years.

  • House of Lords

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many experiments were carried out on animals in the United Kingdom each year from 1997 to 2014.

    • Credit Unions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the progress of the Credit Union Expansion Project.

      Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are considering with the United States authorities and other countries to counter cyber virus crime and extortion.

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the proportion of Muslims in senior positions in British diplomatic missions abroad.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 6 May (WA 359), whether they intend to make it an offence for a British subject to be taken from...

      Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the cost of the special administration process in relation to Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust.

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent stonings in Pakistan; and what steps they will take to ensure that the values set out in the Commonwealth...

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have held talks with the Parades Commission for Northern Ireland, the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Northern...

      Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the resources for projects under the Human Rights and Democracy Programme were allocated to the area of freedom of religion and belief in...

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