Written answers

Monday, 16 June 2014

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the request for local growth funding by the Coast to Capital LEP; and if he will make a statement.

    • Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what proportion of staff within his Office who have been subject to formal disciplinary proceedings in each of the last five financial years classed...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what support his Department makes available to encourage electoral registration for those who are not able to register online.

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what consideration his Office gives to the diversity policies and records of businesses or other organisations when considering their bid for commercial contracts...

  • Leader of the House

    • Official Visits

      To ask the Leader of the House what visits each of the Ministers in his Office have made since January 2013; and what the purpose of each such visit was.

  • Prime Minister

    • G7

      To ask the Prime Minister for what reasons the G7 Summit Declaration does not mention Iraq; what discussions took place at that summit on (a) the rise of al Qaeda-linked organisations in western...

    • Ministers: Conduct

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many members of staff of his Office worked on the review by the Cabinet Secretary of the release of correspondence between Ministers relating to prevention of...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Coal: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to secure the future of coal mining at Thoresby Colliery in Nottinghamshire.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many hon. Members wrote to his Department on behalf of constituents about (a) steps taken to alleviate fuel poverty in the private...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) written, (b) email and (c) telephone representations he has received on (i) his plans to alleviate fuel poverty in the...

      Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of staff within his Department who have been subject to formal disciplinary proceedings in each of the last five...

      Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of staff within his Department who have been dismissed following formal disciplinary proceedings in each of the last...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate (a) the number of households which were on social tariffs for their energy supplies before such tariffs were...

      Energy: Profits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the average profit made by energy companies on the energy bills of households in each constituency in the UK.

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what targets his Department has for increasing diversity; and what progress has been made on meeting those targets in the last year.

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration his Department gives to the diversity policies and records of businesses or other organisations when considering...

      Fracking: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has had any discussions with his counterpart in the United States Department of Energy as to any change in the estimated...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of changes to the time taken to review applications for deaf people during the three month suspension of the 30-hour...

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what impact assessment he made before introducing the 30-hour rule in the criteria for the Access to Work grant; and what impact assessment is...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support will be available for deaf people whose support was reduced as a result of the 30- hour rule in the Access to Work grant.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to expand the PAYE reporting in real time to Child Support Agency claims.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the revised plans for the roll-out of universal credit announced on 5 December 2013, what estimate he has made of the number...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of welfare reforms since May 2010 on levels of child poverty.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of children in poverty in (a) Glasgow North West constituency, (b) Glasgow, (c) Scotland and (d) the UK...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many claimants in the employment and support allowance work related activity group are currently on the Work programme; and how many...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answers of 1 April 2014, Official Report, column 603W, column 604W and column 605W on employment and support allowance,...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the freedom of information request made by Frank Zola to his Department on 28 April 2014, on community work placements, when...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many local authorities in (a) Wales and (b) the UK returned unused discretionary housing payment to his Department in 2013-14.

      Housing Benefit: Brent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in the London borough of Brent are affected by the household benefit cap; what the composition of the households is; and...

      Housing Benefit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much each local authority in (a) Wales and (b) the UK returned to his Department in unused discretionary housing payment funding in 2013-14.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) computers, (b) job-search stations and (c) telephones were available for jobseekers to use in Jobcentre Plus offices in the United...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the availability of telephones and computers for jobseekers to use in Jobcentre Plus offices; and what plans he...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people from each EU state are currently in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance in Preston constituency.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to the hon. Member for Harrow West's letter of 2 June 2014 regarding Mr Abdi Kadir Mumin of Harrow; and if he will make a...

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have received the New Enterprise Allowance since its commencement; and how many such people have subsequently (a) returned to...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress is being made in ensuring that all eligible employees have been offered automatic enrolment into a workplace pension scheme with...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have made claims for personal independence payment following a stroke in the UK since April 2013; and how many have received a...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what volumetric models have been used to identify where backlogs of personal independence payments might develop in his Department’s...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people waiting for a personal independence payment decision are doing so because (a) the claimant has made the initial telephone claim...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what review his Department has carried out of operating assumptions and how in practice the speed and quality of personal independence payments...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how his Department has assessed whether the new personal independence payment claims, assessment and decision-making process meets obligations...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what provisions are made for assessing people with aphasia following stroke when claiming personal independence payments (PIP); what the...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the current average waiting time is for personal independence payment assessments to be completed and a decision made in (a) England and...

      Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which Ministers in his Department have visited Preston since June 2010; on what date each such visit took place; what the purpose was of each...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on correspondence with recipients of (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) employment and support allowance in (i)...

      Social Security Benefits: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many residents of (a) Wythenshawe and Sale East constituency and (b) Manchester have had their benefits sanctioned in each year since...

      Social Security Benefits: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of each type of benefit were sanctioned and for what period by Warrington Jobcentre in each year since 2010.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the risk of fraud in (a) the pathfinders for universal credit and (b) the roll out of the universal credit system.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on legal costs incurred appealing against decisions by the Information Commissioner requiring the release of...

      Wood: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the health dangers of wood dust.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training (a) Atos staff and (b) staff of his Department are given in mental health for the purposes of assessing whether claimants are fit...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people referred to the Work Programme who fail to participate in mandated activity.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will hold discussions with Ministers in the Welsh Government on the possible implementation in Wales of a ban on the...

    • Ash Dieback Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the state of health of the UK tree population following the recent Ash Dieback epidemic.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department received from the European Commission for projects relating to bees in 2013-14.

      Dogs: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dogs were injured as a result of (a) dog fighting, (b) dog baiting and (c) unprovoked attacks by other dogs in each...

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration his Department gives to the diversity policies and records of businesses or other organisations when...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his Department's Sustainable Consumption Report, published in July 2013, what progress has been made on...

      Pigs: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts about the threat to pig health in the UK arising from (a) African swine...

      Rural Areas: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) rural festivals and (b) country sports events have been held in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Water Charges: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether agreement has been reached to extend to 2020 the reduction to household water bills for South West Water customers.

  • Defence

    • Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) rank and (b) length of service was of each RAF engineer (aerosystems) officer who left the service in each of the last five years for which...

    • Air Force: Leukaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Air Force armourers have died from leukaemia in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people have applied to join the Royal Navy cadet force in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what annual percentage increases in starting rates of pay (a) lieutenant colonels, (b) majors, (c) captains, (d) lieutenants, (e) sergeants, (f)...

      Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend schedule 2 of the Armed Forces Act 2006 to make the referral to the Service Police of sexual...

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made in preparing a cost-benefit analysis of the recruitment and training of minors; and when he expects to publish a report on that...

      Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are employed in the arms industry in the UK.

      Army: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many black and minority ethnic personnel have served in each regiment of the Army in each of the last 10 years.

      Army: Length of Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 3 April 2014, Official Report, column 809W, on Army: length of service, on how many soldiers in each regiment or corps...

      HMS Illustrious

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when HMS Illustrious will return from its current deployment.

      HMS Sultan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he or officials in his Department have had with counterparts in the Royal Canadian navy or the US navy on personnel of those navies...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to confirm the decision to allow a process change to enable the Rivet Joint signal intelligence aircraft to be certificated under...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the reason was for the time taken to produce the Defence Air Safety Annual Report July 2012 to August 2013, published on 3 April 2014; and if he...

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many commissions he has extended for Royal Navy officers at or between level QF2 to QF4, who were officers before 1999, to address a lack of suitably...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of how long is needed to bring the Army Reserves to full strength as set out in Army 2020.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support his Department provides to reserve military personnel forced to leave military service as a result of injury sustained in the course of duty.

      Shipbuilding: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the BAE shipyard in Portsmouth is planned to close.

      Shipbuilding: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the capacity of English, Welsh and Northern Ireland shipyards to build surface warships following the closure of the BAE...

      Shipbuilding: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of proposals to utilise the current BAE shipyard in Portsmouth subsequent to its planned closure.

      Shipbuilding: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to ensure that specialised manufacturing and engineering equipment located at the BAE shipyard, Portsmouth, will be made...

      Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has plans to introduce maritime remotely-piloted air systems; and if he will make a statement.

      Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicle; and how much his Department has spent on the assessment process to date.

      Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where his Department plans to base the Watchkeeper remotely piloted air systems following completion of training at Salisbury Plain and West Wales Airport.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Algeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Algerian Government to ensure the safety of UK oil and gas workers in the country; and...

    • Armed Conflict: Minerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the US Securities and Exchange Commission's conflict minerals disclosure rule.

      Armed Conflict: Minerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of 13 May...

      Arms Trade: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that the remaining states that have not yet ratified the Arms Trade Treaty do so.

      Balkans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that the European Commission provides support to the victims of recent flooding in the...

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the security situation in Burundi.

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to help ensure free, fair and credible elections in Burundi in 2015.

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the contribution of 13 May 2014, Official Report, column 203WH, what steps he is taking to support human rights in...

      Central Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to integrate the preventing sexual violence in conflict initiative throughout the Great Lakes region.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of allegations of repressive measures taken towards civil society activists in China related to...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress in the development of governance in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when a Minister from his Department will meet representatives of Egypt’s new President.

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Egyptian counterpart on the likely date for parliamentary elections in Egypt.

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the new Egyptian President about freedom of religion.

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Egypt; and if he will make a statement.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that the provisions of EU law in relation to the freedom to provide services apply to the...

      Indian Subcontinent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) India and (b) Pakistan on sexual violence against women in those...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on extending the deadline for agreeing a P5+1 comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likelihood of reaching a comprehensive agreement between the P5+1 and Iran on its nuclear...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government expect the International Atomic Energy Agency's inquiry into the military dimension of the Iranian...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the position of (a) the Christian community and (b) other religious minorities in Mosul,...

      Jerusalem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the UK position is on the future status of Jerusalem.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the progress made by the Libyan Government on drafting a new constitution.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role he sees for the EU in helping to facilitate Libyan parliamentary elections in July 2014.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the approach of the new Palestinian Government to the peace process with Israel.

      Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what reports he has received of changes in the number of human rights violations committed by the Moroccan Security Forces...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent UK companies profiting from North Korean labour; and what steps he is...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to implement the recommendations on supporting the broadcasting of accessible information into the...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the UN on the report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to increase the flow of impartial information into the Democratic People's Republic of Korea following...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the practice of Palestinian youths being tried by military courts and sentenced to prison for...

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to help ensure that the Government of Sudan facilitate the full deployment of UNMISS troops and equipment.

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that UNMISS protects civilians by (a) regular patrols and consultation with communities and...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 10 April 2014, Official Report, column 377W, on Sri Lanka, what assessment he has made of the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the president of Sudan regarding the death sentence given to Meriam Yehya Ibrahim.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Sudanese counterpart on the case of Meriam Ibrahim and the persecution of Christians in...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he considers the existing mandate of the UN Special Envoy to Syria is sufficient.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent presidential elections in Syria on the prospects for future political...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 10 April 2014, Official Report, column 3778W, on Syria, what assessment his Department has made...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the prospects of achieving a UN Security Council resolution referring Syria to the...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Government have had with other countries in the (a) EU and (b) UN about a potential candidate to replace...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on plans to carry out a fact-finding...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to investigate what the source of the chemical weapons attack in Kafr Zita on 11 April 2014 was.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on progress on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the newly-elected Ukranian President about the support the UK can offer to stabilise the...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the recent presidential elections in Ukraine on the political situation in...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of violations of (a) human rights, (b) civil rights and (c) property rights in Venezuela;...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise at the United Nations the issue of violations of (a) human rights, (b) civil rights and (c) property rights in...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his sources of advice are on security and terrorism in the part of Western Sahara not occupied by Morocco.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what grants his Department has made to Muslim organisations to support integration and community cohesion, by organisation, in...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy to apply the referendum provisions regarding council tax rises to parish and town councils; and if...

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate his Department has made of the annual cost of maintaining existing pension provisions for firefighters (a) who...

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will publish details of alternative proposals for fire fighter pensions which have been considered by his Department.

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much of the Government's business rates relief fund for flooded businesses has been (a) allocated to local authorities and...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on the proportion of new homes planned for construction in 2014-15 that will be (a)...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total (a) amount of funding from the public purse for new housing developments and (b) number of dwellings built using...

      Housing: Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which (a) unitary and (b) district councils in England (i) remove rats and mice from domestic properties free of charge, (ii)...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of local authorities have had their core strategy approved to date; and how many such strategies were approved...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 23 April 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard...

      Non-domestic Rates: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many businesses in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire have qualified for the full £1,000 business rates...

      Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding from the public purse was provided to support high streets (a) in total and (b) by local authority area in each...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what consideration her Department gives to the diversity policies and records of businesses or other organisations when considering their bid...

  • Scotland

    • Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish the (a) scope, (b) date of commissioning, (c) date of polling and (d) cost of polling commissioned by his Department on attitudes in...

    • Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish the findings of all market research on attitudes in Scotland towards Scottish independence and related matters commissioned by his...

      Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans his Department has to commission polling on attitudes in Scotland towards Scottish independence and related matters before 18 September 2014;...

  • Wales

    • UK Trade & Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent assessment he has made of the success of UK Trade & Investment in relation to Welsh exports; and if he will make a statement.

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many parliamentary questions tabled to his Department in the last parliamentary Session did not receive a substantive answer by the time of the 2014...

  • Attorney-General

    • Homicide: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many homicide prosecutions the Crown Prosecution Service undertook in 2013 where there were (a) three defendants, (b) four defendants, (c) five defendants and (d)...

    • Legal Profession

      To ask the Attorney General what the cost to the public purse was of external lawyers employed by (a) the Serious Fraud Office and (b) the Crown Prosecution Service in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii)...

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General if he will deposit in the Library data gathered by Crown Prosecution Service Business Area of prosecutions and convictions for (a) rape-flagged offences, (b) domestic...

      Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney-General how many cases of unduly lenient sentences were (a) referred to his Department, (b) taken up by him and (c) upheld in court since 2010 where the offender whose...

      Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney-General how many times an appeal made against an unduly lenient sentence in the last five years has led to someone being returned to prison who had already been released.

      Stalking

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) how many people have been (a) charged and (b) prosecuted under sections 2A and 4A of the Protection from Harrassment Act 1997; (2) how many people have been...

      Stalking

      To ask the Attorney General (1) in respect of how many alleged offences under section 2A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 proceedings are active in magistrates courts in England and...

      Treasury Solicitor's Department

      To ask the Attorney-General how many lawyers were employed in the Treasury Solicitor's Department in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014 to date.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many parliamentary questions tabled to the Law Officers' Departments in the last parliamentary Session did not receive a substantive answer by the time of the 2014...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what plans she has to enable civil partnerships to be amended to marriage without recourse to a separate legal process.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • General Election 2010

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what the postal vote turnout was as a proportion of all votes cast in each UK...

  • Treasury

    • A120

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will add to the National Infrastructure Plan a scheme to upgrade and improve the A120 between Braintree and Marks Tey.

    • Child Benefit: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households in each constituency in Northern Ireland were in receipt of child benefit during 2013.

      Income Tax: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire paid the top rate of income tax in each of the last five years.

      Insurance Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses (a) applied for and (b) were granted authorisation as insurers in each of the last five years.

      Mapeley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the profitability and financial position of Mapeley Steps Contractor Limited in its role of managing the HM Revenue and...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the merits of introducing tax-rate floors to contracts involving private finance initiative arrangements.

      Property: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total number of properties (a) in the UK and (b) in the Greater London region affected by a levy on a property's value of...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to promote discussions between HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and Network Rail on the construction of new parking facilities for Dover...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects HM Revenue and Customs to respond to Mapeley Estates, agents for the Custom House site, on the development of the new parking facilities at...

      Self-employed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) mean and (b) median age was of people who were registered as self-employed in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and (iv) 2013.

      Self-employed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were registered with HM Revenue and Customs as self-employed in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013; and how many of them reported net...

      Shipping: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what resources will be available for targeted enforcement of the national minimum wage amongst employers in the maritime sector in the next two...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a statutory definition of a personal service company to enable HM Revenue and Customs to make a...

      Taxation: Offshore Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many internal reports, briefings or analysis papers HM Revenue and Customs has produced on the taxation arrangements for bareboat charters in the oil...

      Tourism: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken through taxation to encourage the tourism industry in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much VAT was received in respect of domestic building works for the remediation of unsafe levels of radon gas in each of the last five years.

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many self-employed people claimed working families tax credit in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many people who were classified as...

  • Transport

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what statistics his Department collects on the travel-to-work patterns of staff of airports and airlines; and if he will make a statement.

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2014, Official Report, column 6W, on cycling, if he will publish the (a) membership and (b) agendas, minutes and...

      Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects his Department’s review of unpublished datasets to be completed.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the case officers allocated by HS2 Ltd to assist residents affected by High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the HS2 Ltd property specialists who are available for private meetings with residents who are affected by High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the properties that have been purchased to date by HS2 Ltd; what the total purchase price was in each case; whether they have been...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the public consultation will begin on the home owner payment for properties in rural areas 120 to 300 metres from High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list all personnel employed by HS2 Ltd by grade, their salary scale and their immediate previous employer.

      London Midland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the potential effect on gateline staffing levels at (a) Birmingham New Street, (b) Coventry and (c) all stations on the London...

      London Midland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the potential effect on levels of passenger ticket revenue of London Midland’s proposal to reduce the number of revenue...

      London Midland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the potential effects on (a) industrial relations, (b) rail passenger services and (c) rail franchising policy of London...

      London Midland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with representatives from Govia on its plan to reduce the number of revenue protection staff working on the London Midland...

      London Midland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the existing contractual obligations to share ticket revenue with other train operating companies through the...

      London Midland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to monitor London Midland's (a) budgeting and (b) contractual relationship with Siemens for maintenance work on the Desiro EMU...

      London Midland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of London Midland's current rolling stock is within the scope of the company's fleet maintenance contract with Siemens.

      London Midland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the value of London Midland's rolling stock contract with Angel Trains after the direct award of the franchise for the...

      London Midland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the value of London Midland's rolling stock maintenance contract with Siemens after the direct award of the franchise for...

      Motor Vehicles: Glass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles have been found to be in breach of rules about tinted windows in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Lancashire in each of the...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will commission an assessment of the Australian compulsory third party Insurance system, through which premiums are paid as part of vehicle...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for how many vehicles registered in another country applications were made to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority to register them in the UK in...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fixed penalty notices were issued to drivers of vehicles registered in another country that should have been but were not registered in the UK...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to improve the reliability of tracking methodologies for foreign (a) registered and (b) unregistered vehicles in the UK.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) on how many occasions in each of the last five years Network Rail has faced financial penalties as a consequence of poor performance disrupting...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what fuding from the public purse was provided to support (a) infrastructure on each rail route and (b) each rail franchise in each of the last 10 years.

      Roads: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what public funds were spent on infrastructure improvement works on each road in the strategic road network in each of the last 10 years.

      Roads: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department has provided to each local authority for highways in each of the last 10 years.

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the (a) number and (b) gross tonnage was of (i) non-UK owned and (ii) non-UK registered offshore supply vessels operating on the UK...

      Transport: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to ensure central Government funding for local authority transport projects is properly spent by those authorities.

  • Education

    • Two-tier School System: Bedford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on funding for the transition to a two-tier school system in Bedford borough.

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to support children with special educational needs.

      School Exclusions: Children with Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on the number of children with autism informally excluded from school.

      Arts: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many GCSE entries there were in (a) music, (b) drama and (c) art and design in England in (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2014-15.

      Design: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what account he plans to take of (a) design and (b) technical knowledge in the review of the GCSE/GCE examination course in design and technology.

      Design: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the status and importance of design and technology at Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and post-16; and if he will make a statement.

      Design: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the review of design and technology GCSE/GCE examination specifications will bring those examinations in line with the revised national...

      Design: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools have (a) merged design and technology with art and design and (b) removed design and technology from their curriculum since 2010.

      Design: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what continued professional development assistance is provided to design and technology teachers.

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of pupils in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the UK attended faith schools in the latest year for which figures...

      Free School Meals: North-east

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much capacity funding for universal infant free school meals has been (a) requested by and (b) disbursed to schools in (i) Washington and...

      Local Education Authorities: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to ensure that local education authorities have proper procedures in place to protect whistleblowers.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2014 Official Report, column 74W, on Members: Correspondence, when he expects to send a substantive reply to the...

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assistance his Department makes available to schools to survey for and remove asbestos.

      Schools: Extra-curricular Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what additional funding his Department makes available to schools to commission extra-curricular activities and projects.

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education within what time period Ofsted is required to provide feedback to a school after it has reported to his Department.

      Schools: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the work of local authority-based Prevent co-ordinators in tackling extremism in...

      Schools: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to his statement of 9 June 2014, Official Report, column 269, on Birmingham schools, when Ministers of his Department were first made aware of...

      Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect of progress 8 performance measures since their introduction in secondary schools.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress his Department has made in reducing the number of young people not in education, employment or training since May 2010.

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer of 14 May 2014, Official Report, column 600W, on Bangladesh, if she will bring forward legislative...

    • Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Burundi.

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the emergency response fund for the Central African Republic has so far been dispersed; and which international agencies...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with her US counterpart on conditionality of future US development aid to the Democratic Republic of Congo...

      Developing Countries: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with Kellogg’s about its working relationships with small-scale farmers.

      Developing Countries: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with (a) UK-based companies and (b) companies selling products in the UK about the effect of their...

      Developing Countries: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will request UK-based companies to make publicly available impact studies on how their sourcing practices affect small-scale...

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make it her policy to support the proposed target to build resilience and adaptive capacity to climate induced hazards in...

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make it her policy to support the proposed target to hold the increase in global average temperature to a specified...

      Developing Countries: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make it her policy to support the proposed target to end HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases by...

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make it her policy to support the proposed target to ensure that all schools and other educational institutions provide...

      Developing Countries: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make it her policy to support the proposed target to promote formalisation of informal sector and employment in the...

      Developing Countries: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to tackle female genital mutilation overseas; and if she will make a statement.

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with (a) UK-based companies and (b) companies selling products in the UK about (i) how they are...

      Developing Countries: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid funding the UK has disbursed to support the construction of prisons in each country and in each year since 2008.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Syria.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support his Department is giving to local authorities to implement changes to apprenticeship funding.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with training providers on changes to apprenticeship funding.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reason the option of maintaining the current provider-funded model was dropped in his Department's second consultation...

      Business: Ethics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to publish the Government's framework for action on corporate responsibility.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which schemes have provided support for small and medium-sized from central government funds in each of the last 10 years; what...

      Directors: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of his policy on binding votes for remuneration committees.

      Disabled Students' Allowances: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many recipients of disabled students' allowance there are in (a) Nottingham South, (b) Nottingham and (c) the East Midlands.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) whether a Minister will be responsible for preparing the Department's response to the Belgian Government's request for...

      Higher Education: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people in Warrington North constituency (a) applied for and (b) started a degree course in each year since 2010.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the extent to which there is a gender imbalance in the composition of local enterprise partnership...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answer of 14 May 2013, Official Report, column 130W, on minimum wage, if he will take steps to provide (a)...

      Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to raise awareness of the importance of transparency in the extractive industries.

      National Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) women and (b) men aged 24 and above applied for financial assistance for NVQ levels 3 and 4 in the first and second...

      New Businesses: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many approved partners of the Start Up Loans programme there are in each region.

      New Businesses: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many Start-up loan applications have been supported by each approved provider of Start-up loan mentoring services in each...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which organisations (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department met to discuss regulation of pub companies in (i) 2013 and...

      Sector Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much (a) public and (b) private funding has been provided to each sector skills council (i) on average and (ii) in the East...

      Shipbuilding: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the availability of training in manufacturing and engineering skills in Hampshire subsequent to...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the current eligibility criteria for higher education maintenance loans.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of student loans that have been issued in the last five years that are expected to be...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of average household earnings in 2014-15.

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what adjusted change there has been in average gross weekly earnings of (a) full-time workers, (b) men working full-time and (c) women working full-time...

      Average Earnings: Ashfield

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average salary was for a (a) man and (b) woman of (i) white ethnic origin and (ii) black and minority ethnic origin and who was (A) disabled...

      Business: Peterborough

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many businesses there were in Peterborough in each year since 2001.

      Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the principal cause of preventable premature mortality, measured in preventable years of life lost, in people up to the...

      Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what proportion of staff within his Department who have been subject to formal disciplinary proceedings in each of the last five financial years...

      Employment: Cannock Chase

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of women in Cannock Chase constituency were in work in each of the last five years.

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what targets No. 10 Downing Street has for increasing diversity; and what progress has been made on meeting those targets in the last year; (2)...

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what consideration his Department gives to the diversity policies and records of businesses or other organisations when considering their bid for...

      Migration

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the accuracy of the International Passenger Survey for estimating migration flows; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Medals Review

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) if he will place in the Library the terms of reference of the independent medal review by Sir John Holmes; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has to publish a White Paper in advance of the next strategic defence and security review.

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions her Department has had with B&K Universal Ltd, Yorkshire Evergreen or their associates about their planning application...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 11 November 2013, Official Report, columns 419-20W, on animals: experiments, when the Animals in Science...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the potential benefit of introducing a compulsory retirement programme for animals used in laboratories and...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) dogs, (b) cats and (c) horses were released from laboratories, returned and re-homed under the European Directive 2010/63/EU in...

      Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been extradited to the UK for tax offences under a European Arrest Warrant in each of the last 10 years.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent from the public purse on accommodating asylum seekers in (a) hotels and (b) bed and breakfasts, hostels and other...

      Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of staff within her Department who have been subject to formal disciplinary proceedings in each of the last five...

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on the number of cases of vehicle insurance fraud in each of the last five years.

      Drugs: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to ensure that convictions are brought for possession of large quantities of illegal drugs.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the prevalence and effect of the sale of so-called legal highs (a) online and (b) in shops.

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets her Department has for increasing diversity; and what progress has been made on meeting those targets in the last year.

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration her Department gives to the diversity policies and records of businesses or other organisations when considering their bid...

      Human Trafficking: Albania

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department from what region of Albania the women referred to the victim support scheme operated by the Salvation Army in (a) February 2014 and (b) April...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are currently being held in prisons solely under immigration powers.

      Immigration Act 2014

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to commence each section of the Immigration Act 2014.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigration officers are deployed at each UK airport.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many full-time equivalent police officers were employed by Cheshire police in each year since 2010; and how many such officers were...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department issues to police forces on marking cases as requiring No Further Action.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number and proportion of cases that police have marked as requiring No Further Action in each of the last...

      Police: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she has issued to police forces on ensuring constituency and flexibility in policing of parades and demonstrations ensuring the...

      Police: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what change there has been in police dog numbers in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the UK in the last five years.

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of police staff in each police area in England and Wales have received training in sections 2A and 4A of the Protection from...

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the police record complaints and offences of stalking.

      Telecommunications: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 28 April 2014, Official Report, column 437W, on telecommunications: databases, whether she has yet completed...

      Telecommunications: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether her Department has provided any advice to public communications providers on the consequences of the decision of the European...

      Verne Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are currently detained for immigration purposes at HM Prison The Verne.

      Verne Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the suitability of HM Prison The Verne for detaining individuals for immigration purposes.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what recent meetings he has had with educational organisations to discuss arts, music and culture in schools; (2) what recent...

    • Arts: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of primary pupils of each ethnic background and in total have engaged with (a) theatre activities, (b) music activities,...

      BBC Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when he last met the BBC Trust; what matters were discussed at that meeting; and if he will make a statement; (2) when he last...

      Commonwealth Games 2014

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what financial assistance his Department has provided to shooting organisations to help them prepare for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

      Sports: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of how many adults in (a) Pendle constituency, (b) East Lancashire and (c) the North West have taken part in...

      Sports: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on grassroots sport in (a) Pendle, (b) East Lancashire and (c) the North West in each of the last five...

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public money from the Heritage Lottery Fund has been awarded to each local authority area for activities to commemorate the...

  • Justice

    • Contracts: HM Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what financial penalties have been incurred by G4S in relation to its contract to run HM Prison Birmingham since 13 April 2012; (2) what financial...

    • Contracts: Prisoner Escort

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what financial penalties have been incurred by GEO/Amey in relation to its contract for the provision of prisoner escort and custody since 29...

      Contracts: Secure Training Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what financial penalties have been incurred by G4S in relation to its contract to run the Medway Secure Training Centre since May 2010; (2) what...

      Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to enable vulnerable witnesses to be able to give evidence remotely.

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consideration his Department gives to the diversity policies and records of businesses or other organisations when considering their bid for...

      Glen Parva Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which company designed the 2009 plans for a young offender institute at Glen Parva; and how much such plans cost.

      Glen Parva Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which company designed and what the cost to the public purse was of production in 2009 of the plans for a young offender institute at Glen Parva.

      High Down Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what rights prisoners in HM Prison High Down Sutton have to association and exercise; and whether he has received representations that prisoners at that...

      Michael Wheatley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether approval was sought from any Minister for the decision to release Michael Wheatley on temporary licence; (2) on what grounds Michael...

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners serving custodial sentences for serious violent and sexual assaults were held in open prisons on 1 May (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012,...

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were held in open prisons on 1 May (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014.

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners in open prisons have previously absconded or escaped from prison; (2) how many prisoners in an open prison have previously...

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those held in open prisons in each month in 2010 to 2013 had previously (a) absconded, (b) attempted to abscond, (c) escaped and (d)...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many hours of (a) initial and (b) on-the-job training is provided to prison (i) governors and (ii) staff on (A) diversity and equality and (B)...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on which occasions Ministers in his Department have taken decisions on (a) moving prisoners into open conditions and (b) releasing prisoners on temporary...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether ministerial approval is required for decisions to grant release on temporary licence for (a) all prisoners and (b) those that committed the most...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were released on temporary licence in each of the last four years (a) on compassionate grounds or to receive medical treatment, (b) to...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners who breached their temporary licence conditions in each of the last three years were granted further release on temporary licence.

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with which countries the UK is currently negotiating prisoner transfer agreements.

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Ministerial visits to foreign countries during which prisoner transfer agreements were discussed took place (a) between May 1997 and May 2010...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many full-time equivalent staff of his Department were working on prisoner transfer agreements on 1 April (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with which countries and on what dates the UK has (a) signed and (b) ratified prisoner transfer agreements (i) between May 1997 and May 2010 and (ii)...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether EU nationals sentenced before 5 December 2011 are eligible for repatriation under the EU Prisoner Transfer Agreement.

      Prisoners: Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many risk assessments on prisoners were carried out by (a) fully-qualified forensic psychologists and (b) trainee psychologists in each of the last...

      Prisoners: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many non-consensual sexual acts, of what type, there were in prisons in England and Wales in each of the last four years.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many reported incidents of assault by Kevin Thakrar on (a) prison officers and (b) other prisoners there were in each of the last four years; how...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many reported incidents of violence inside prisons resulted in (a) an arrest and (b) a charge, by type of offence, in each of the last four years.

      Prisons: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents of each type were recorded on the Incident Reporting System in (a) privately and (b) publicly run prisons in each month since 1...

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many jobs have been created by One3One Solutions (a) in England and Wales and (b) in each Prison Service region in each of the last four years;...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many chief executives of probation services have formed a mutual; how many of those mutuals have passed the pre-qualification questionnaire in the...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many unfilled vacancies there were on 1 June 2014 in (a) each community rehabilitation company and (b) the National Probation Service.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 28 April 2014, Official Report, column 623W, on procurement, what contracts his Department holds with (a) G4S, (b) Sodexo...

      Secure Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have received on the use of constraint in secure colleges.

      Secure Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what equality impact assessments his Department has carried out on the proposed introduction of a secure college.

      Secure Colleges: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many firms other than Wates submitted bids for the construction contract for a secure college.

      Secure Colleges: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the differences are between the current design for the secure college in Leicestershire and the plans for a young offender institute at Glen Parva...

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what financial penalties have been incurred by Serco in relation to its contract to deliver the NOMS/European Social Fund project aimed at improving...

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what financial penalties have been incurred by Serco in relation to its contract to run Community Payback Services in London since 31 October 2012.

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what total amount his Department has paid in payment by results-related bonuses to Serco in relation to its contract to run HM Prison Doncaster since the...

      Sexual Offences: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners undertook the (a) Core Sex Offender Treatment Programme, (b) Extended Sex Offender Treatment Programme, (c) Healthy Sex Programme, (d)...

      Sexual Offences: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average waiting time for a sex offender treatment programme is (a) across the whole prison estate and (b) in those prisons holding sex offenders.

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of time is for appeals for those who have had their benefits sanctioned.

      Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many trials were stayed in each of the last four years.

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to ensure that funds devolved to the budgets of police and crime commissioners for victims' services are allocated according to...

      Victim Support Schemes: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much core grant was provided to fund Victim Support services in the (a) Crown Court Witness Service and (b) Magistrates Court Witness Service in...

  • Health

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 8 April 2014, Official Report, column 178W, from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, on air pollution,...

    • Ambulance Services: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average ambulance response times in (a) Doncaster, (b) Barnsley, (c) Rotherham and (d) Sheffield was in each year since May 2010; and what the...

      Armed Forces: In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the policy of NHS England on the number of cycles of IVF it provides to armed forces personnel is to provide fewer than the number...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with Public Health England over a possible nationwide roll-out of the recent Be Clear on Cancer pilot study for...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the National Clinical Director for Cancer on the performance of the NHS against the waiting time targets for cancer treatment.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group takes account of evidence from (a) patients, (b) clinicians and...

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review prescription charges for adults with cystic fibrosis.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings have taken place with the (a) OECD, (b) WHO and (c) European Commission following the G8 Dementia summit; and what the outcome of these...

      Dental Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children have been seen by a dentist in (a) Pendle constituency and (b) the North West in each of the last five years; (2) how many people...

      Exercise: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of how many adults in (a) East Lancashire, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West exercised for at least 30 minutes a week during...

      Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people had eye tinnitus in the latest period figures are available.

      Fertility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the forthcoming National Institute for Health and Care Excellence quality standard on fertility will be considered for a CCG outcome indicator.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health at the end of the process what assessment he has made of how many practices in (a) Tower Hamlets and (b) England will (i) lose and (ii) gain financially...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training places for general practice were (a) commissioned and (b) filled in each of the last five years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which GP practices have been identified by NHS England as potentially losing more than £3 per patient in 2014-15 following the withdrawal of the...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of being able to access a GP appointment within 48 hours on levels of patient satisfaction.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Suffolk Coastal of 8 January 2014, Official Report, column 265W, on general practitioners: Suffolk,...

      Health Centres: Burntwood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons NHS England has refused to proceed with the proposed new health centre for Burntwood in Staffordshire; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will meet the hon. Member for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland to discuss the proposed closure of (a) minor injuries units at Guisborough and...

      Health Services: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the quality of provision of primary care in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.

      Health: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of companies who have signed up to one or more pledges set out in the Responsibility Deal; and what...

      Health: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the performance of Public Health England in reducing inequalities of health outcomes by making improvements in (a) housing...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many keyhole surgery operations for heart surgery were carried out in (a) East Lancashire and (b) Airedale in each of the last three years.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to include a specific hepatitis C indicator in the public health outcomes framework.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that people who are homeless are (a) able to access hepatitis C services and (b) supported in completing treatment...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that hepatitis C services are prioritised at local level.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what incentives are in place to improve the uptake of hepatitis C treatment nationally.

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that high-cost drugs are delivered to cystic fibrosis patients on time; (2) what recent assessment he has made of...

      Human Papillomavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) women and (b) men have cancers caused by the human papillomavirus.

      Human Papillomavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost in each year since 2010 of treating cancers caused by the human papillomavirus.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the money allocated by his Department to improve birthing environments was spent in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with NHS England about ensuring that all trusts provide the necessary facilities and support to ensure that...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what savings are planned for neonatal care under the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention Initiative for 2014-15; (2) how the Quality,...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children spent (a) up to two weeks, (b) two to four weeks, (c) four to six weeks and (d) more than six weeks in hospital immediately after being...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the statement on the What About Youth? website, that approval has been received to use young people's contact details from NHS...

      Melanotan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the (a) prevalence and (b) effect of the sale of the unlicensed drug Melanotan (i) online and (ii) in shops.

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on procuring the vaccine for Meningitis B as part of the primary infant immunisation schedule; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the answer of 18 March 2014, Official Report, column 572W, on mental health services: children, when he expects NHS England's review of...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much NHS trusts have spent (a) on agency and contract staff and (b) on all staff in each financial year since 2009-10; (2) how much NHS trusts...

      Organs: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people in (a) Pendle constituency, (b) East Lancashire and (c) the North West are registered organ donors.

      Out of Area Treatment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that pregnant women living in England but registered with GPs in Wales have the option of a nuchal translucency scan as...

      Out of Area Treatment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that people living in England but registered with GPs in Wales have full access to services provided by NHS England.

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to prevent unnecessary delays in the prescription of Duodopa for people with Parkinson’s; (2) what steps...

      Prisoners: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of HIV were reported in prisons in England and Wales in each of the last four years.

      Prisoners: Sexually Transmitted Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidences of sexually transmitted diseases were reported in prisons in England and Wales in each of the last four years.

      Radioactive Waste: Fife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reason is for the time taken for his Department to publish COMPARE’s report on radium contamination at Dalgety Bay.

      Respite Care: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve respite care provisions in Pendle constituency.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many roles exist within the Economic Regulation Unit in his Department; what the job title is of each such role; and what the salary level is of each...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date he plans to publish the consultation referred to by the Minister of State for Health in his Department's announcement entitled...

      Tomography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision is made for the use of non-NHS facilities for MRI scans where the patient's weight precludes the use of an NHS-standard scanner.

  • House of Lords

    • Alzheimer’s Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much public money is spent annually on research into Alzheimer’s disease; and what is their estimate of the amount spent on such research by...

    • British Overseas Territories: Environment Protection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the World Society for the Protection of Animals’ report “Cayman Turtle Farm: A Continued Case for Change”; and...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposals for value-based assessments published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the number of refugees in the Central African Republic. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the...

      Dentistry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in preventing a shortfall of dental foundation training places from occurring in 2014 and in ensuring that positions will be...

      Dentistry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact that the proposed reduction in the salaries of dental foundation trainees will have on the financial...

      Dyspraxia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve support for children and adults with dyspraxia, a form of developmental co-ordination disorder.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the first Contracts for Difference auction to take place; when they expect the Offtaker of Last Resort to be operational; whether those...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the different financing structures of independent generators as compared to the large vertically integrated utilities...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have that “PPAs [Power Purchase Agreements] could be signed on a conditional basis before a strike price needs to be submitted,...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the consultation on the proposal to introduce Contracts for Difference auctioning was published; when the European Commission adopted the final state...

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure that financial education is taught, to a high standard, in non-state-maintained secondary schools.

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what commitments they have made to provide adequate funding for the training that secondary mathematics and citizenship teachers will need to meet the new...

      Football: World Cup

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are making any representations concerning the choice of Qatar as the host of the World Cup in 2022 in the light of recent allegations of corruption.

      General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there exists a standard contract for general practitioners working within the National Health Service; and if so, whether they will place a copy of...

      Government Departments: Legal Opinion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent in each financial year since 2011 by each government department on external legal advice.

      Leigh’s Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why funding for the selective dorsal rhizotomy procedure was withdrawn by NHS England in the case of Jake Foster who suffers from Leigh's disease.

      Medals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any gallantry awards other than the Victoria Cross and the George Cross can be awarded posthumously.

      Migration Advisory Committee

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current membership and remit of the Migration Advisory Committee; on what criteria they appoint its members; and whether they have plans to...

      Minor Injuries Units: Cannock Chase

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in respect of the proposed reduction in service at the Cannock Chase Minor Injuries Unit. To ask Her Majesty’s Government...

      Overseas Students: Entry Clearances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many non-European Union students came to the United Kingdom (1) in the last year, and (2) in the previous year; what are the numbers for the top 20...

      Parkinson’s Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that clinicians making Individual Funding Requests for the prescription of Duodopa to people with Parkinson’s are...

      Parkinson’s Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that recommendations by the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group on the prescription of Duodopa for people with...

      Police: Defamation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether public funds are used by the Police Federation to support defamation litigation.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of the latest two years for which figures are available, how many of the pupils excluded from academies were admitted to local authority schools.

      Railways

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the European Union Fourth Railway Package is likely to preclude nationalisation or re-nationalisation of national railways as a...

      Schools: Discipline

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have observed any correlation between bad behaviour in schools and the absence of a specified dress code for (1) pupils, and (2) teachers.

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have called in the approval of planning permission for a site for Travellers in Brighton, granted by the South Downs National Park; and if so,...

      War Memorials

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that war memorials around the United Kingdom are kept in good condition.

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