Written answers

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments: Cats

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cats have been used in experiments in Britain in each of the last five years.

    • Animal Experiments: Cats

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason scientific experiments on cats are permitted.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 17 March 2014, Official Report, column 364W, on entry clearances, what options the policy and operational...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many female genital mutilation cases her Department has been made aware of in each year since 2012; and in how many such cases those...

      Immigration Officers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training immigration officials receive in relation to handling extremely sensitive and emotional situations; and if she will make a...

      Marriage of Convenience

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many marriages were reported to the Home Office as suspicious or sham in each year since 2009.

      Marriage of Convenience

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many marriages reported as suspicious or sham were (a) same sex marriages, (b) heterosexual marriages and (c) civil partnerships in each...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether officials of her Department have (a) met the Attorney-General of Nigeria since January 2012, (b) had any conversations about the sale...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice her Department gives to parents travelling with a child who has a different surname on ensuring they do not encounter delays at...

      Private Investigators

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 13 May 2014, Official Report, column 462W, on private investigation, on what date she expects the new...

      Racially Aggravated Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many racially aggravated attacks were recorded in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the statement in Vodafone’s 2013-14 Sustainability Report, that section 19 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Clerk of the House

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, (1) how much Saxton Bampfylde will be paid for its work on a successor to the...

    • Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what proportion of staff within the House of Commons Commission who have been...

  • Prime Minister

    • China

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he plans to discuss (a) the abolition of the death penalty, (b) freedom of expression and (c) freedom of religion or belief and (d) Tibet with the Chinese...

    • Ministers: Conduct

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will refer the matter of the release of correspondence between the Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Education on preventing extremism to the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has for the future of the UK Census; and if he will make a statement.

    • Conditions of Employment: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the ethnic breakdown of workers on zero-hours contracts.

      Employment: Kettering

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the level of unemployment in Kettering constituency was (a) in May 2010 and (b) is at present; and how many net new jobs have been created in the...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the HS4A abortion notification form to require registered medical practitioners to indicate...

    • Cancer

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

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cancer patients aged between 13 and 24 have (a) accessed treatments through the already approved Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) list, (b) applied for...

      Diabetes: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children began treatment for Type 1 diabetes in (a) Cannock Chase constituency and (b) Staffordshire in each of the last five years.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential merits of adaptive licensing or early access schemes (a) in the UK and (b) across the EU; and if he will make...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs there were in England per 100,000 population in each of the last five years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of a GP consultation was in each year since 1984 for which data are available.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost of GP visits was in each year since 1984 for which information is available.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the savings to the NHS from the use of mindfulness interventions to reduce the number of GP visits; (2) what...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the relationship of the length of time of GP patient consultation and successful diagnosis.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the benefits of nurse-led patient health checks immediately before GP consultations.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the relationship between the length of time of GP patient consultation and patient satisfaction.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much a GP practice is paid for each patient visit to a GP.

      Human Papillomavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2014, Official Report, column 101W, on the human papillomavirus, when the Joint Committee on Vaccination and...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have not received homecare medicines and products on time for treatment of (a) cystic fibrosis, (b) HIV and (c) rheumatoid arthritis in...

      Medical Treatments

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

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the review by the NHS on intellectual property, “Innovation, Health and Wealth”.

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department will reply to the report by the all party group on skin into sunbed regulation in England.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the proportion of the Demand Side Balancing Reserve that will comprise of active demand reduction rather...

    • Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what visits each of the Ministers in his Department have made since January 2013; and what the purpose of each such visit was.

      Opencast Mining: Ayrshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Scottish Government regarding environmental and economic effects of the...

      Opencast Mining: Ayrshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress he has made in providing funding to assist East Ayrshire council with the restoration of former opencast sites in East...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what proportion of the carbon dioxide emissions will be represented by UK electricity generation over the lifetime of the...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of UK carbon dioxide emissions that would otherwise have occurred will be prevented by the proposed wind farm at...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what fraction of global carbon dioxide emissions will be represented by UK carbon dioxide emissions over the lifetime of the proposed...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much in public subsidy he expects to allocate to the proposed wind farm at Navitus Bay.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the unit mitigation cost of Navitus Bay in sterling and in US dollars per Kelvin of global warming abated will be as a result of...

  • Education

    • Academic Year

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what economic assessment he has made on the effect on tourism jobs in seaside areas and seaside economies of deregulating school holidays.

    • Academies: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many applications his Department has received from academies seeking to change their admissions policies; and how many such applications his...

      Cancer: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to ensure that cancer awareness and awareness of cancer symptoms is covered in schools.

      Local Education Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many local education authorities currently operate a three-tier system; how many such authorities have sought to change to a two-tier system since...

      Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what visits each of the Ministers in his Department have made since January 2013; and what the purpose of each such visit was.

      Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect of the current starting age for children entering primary education on the wellbeing and attainment of those...

      Reading: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Phonic Screening Check; (2) when the Government plan to evaluate the...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many middle schools there are in England; and how many of those schools are academies.

      Science: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) objectives, (b) governance, (c) intended duration and (d) funding of the Your Life campaign are; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps her Department is taking to promote Northern Ireland's natural beauty to boost its tourism.

    • Film and Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps her Department is taking to ensure that local colleges train the people of Northern Ireland with the appropriate skills to enable...

  • Treasury

    • Atos Origin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of whether Atos is an appropriate body to conduct (a) the delivery of tax-free childcare and (b) other outsourced work on...

    • Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates have been made for the net financial benefit to the pub industry of the reduction in beer duty in the 2014 Budget.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the financial penalties for non-compliance with the minimum wage issued by HM Revenue and Customs in 2013-14 were for the then maximum sum of...

      National Savings and Investments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department had with representatives of National Savings and Investments in (i) August 2013, (ii)...

      National Savings and Investments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the decision was taken that National Savings and Investments would be responsible for the delivery of tax-free childcare; and if he will make a statement.

      Self-employed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many income tax payers were registered with HM Revenue and Customs as self-employed in (a) 2010-11 and (b) each succeeding year.

      Welfare Tax Credits

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

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on air quality of the escape of methane and other gases from disused mine workings...

    • Hill Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on support for moorland farmers; and if he will make a statement.

      Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what visits each of the Ministers in his Department have made since January 2013; and what the purpose of each such visit was.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Members: Conduct

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether recall powers for local elected representatives will be included in the Government’s Bill to enable recall of hon. Members.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled entrepreneurs have been able to access additional support funding through the Access to Work programme.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many parents are in arrears to the Child Support Agency in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the UK.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the recent report from Mind entitled Fulfilling Potential? ESA and the...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many 16-year-olds claimed employment and support allowance in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training is available on autism for jobcentre plus advisers.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many 16-year-olds claimed jobseeker's allowance in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many personal independence payments entitlement decisions on applications made by people not suffering with a terminal illness were...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for personal independence payments have been made by claimants whose disability living allowance payments have been...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure claimants experiencing delays in their personal independence payments assessments are kept better informed of...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what scope there is for amending an individual's claimant commitment after it has first been drawn up.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the waiting period will be before an individual qualifies for support through universal credit; and how long he expects it will take to...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress he has made in developing local support services for universal credit claimants; and if he will make a statement.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to collect data on work capability assessment outcomes for people diagnosed with fibromyalgia; and if he will...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what response he has given to the recommendation of the Welfare Reform Committee of the Scottish Parliament that (a) those living with...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what response he has given to the letter to him of 21 March 2014 from the Welfare Reform Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what scope there is for a Work Programme prime provider or sub-contractor to propose variations to the claimant commitment agreed with a...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Embassies: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2014, Official Report, column 142W, on embassies: Iran, what the estimated monetary value is of each...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of brownfield land in England is covered by a Local Development Order.

    • Roads: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance he has given local authorities on ensuring that road safety is not compromised by street lighting being switched...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many investigations of allegations of (a) rape, (b) sexual assault and (c) domestic violence where the alleged offending took place in the UK were...

    • Armed Forces: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many cases of alleged (a) rape, (b) sexual assault and (c) domestic violence where the alleged offending took place in the UK were prosecuted...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department will issue a formal response to the National Audit Office report, Army 2020, HC 263, published on 11 June 2014.

      Awe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which US establishments were visited by personnel from the Atomic Weapons Establishment under the terms of the US-UK Mutual Defence Agreement in 2013;...

      Defence Support Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what new buildings his Department plans to provide for the use of the private sector partner taking over the Defence Support Group; and what the...

      Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what proportion of staff within his Department who have been dismissed following formal disciplinary proceedings in each of the last five financial...

      Equal Opportunities

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

      HMS Ocean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when HMS Ocean will be declared fit to deploy; and when she will depart on Exercise Cougar 14.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases funded by legal aid against his Department where public interest lawyers have represented clients were won by his Department in each of...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in how many cases against his Department funded by legal aid public interest lawyers represented clients in each of the last 10 years.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for reviewing the conduct of and representation on local liaison committees for defence nuclear sites.

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff in his Department were in receipt of excess fare allowance in each year for which figures are available.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the potential costs and benefits of bringing forward legislative proposals similar to those in the US Servicemen’s...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Democratic Republic of Congo

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

    • Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what visits each of the Ministers in his Department have made since January 2013; and what the purpose of each such visit was.

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the meeting between President Salva Kir and Riek Machar in Addis Ababa on 10 June 2014.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason Sri Lanka has not been included as a priority country for the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make an assessment of prevalence of sexual violence in conflict in Sri Lanka.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on co-ordinating efforts to secure the release from...

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2014, Official Report, column 212W, on USA, whether either government places restrictions on...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many meetings he has had with world leaders to discuss the situation in Yemen since 1 January 2013.

  • Justice

    • Aarhus Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department collects data on the number and success rate of Aarhus claims made in England and Wales since 1 April 2013; and if he will make a...

    • Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what financial penalties have been incurred by Capita in relation to its contract for provision of language services since 31 October 2011.

      Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to address any growth of a compensation culture in the UK.

      Prisoners: Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which types and brands of sanitary products female prisoners may purchase from the National Product List; and at what cost.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisons operated on half regime during (a) January, (b) February, (c) March, (d) April and (e) May 2014.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have currently been waiting (a) up to one month, (b) one to two months, (c) two to three months, (d) three to four months, (e) four to...

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders under the age of 18 were held in the adult secure estate in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013.

  • International Development

    • Infrastructure Projects: Jordan Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will take steps to ensure that the funding of infrastructure projects in the Jordan valley is not dependent on approval from the...

    • Infrastructure Projects: Jordan Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will take steps to ensure that the funding of infrastructure projects in the Jordan valley is not dependent on approval from the...

      South Sudan

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

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the scale of the threat of rape faced by women in South Sudan; and what steps her Department...

      Overseas Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes her Department operates to improve the criminal justice system of countries in receipt of overseas development assistance.

      Post-2015 Development Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her health priorities are in discussions on the post-2015 development framework.

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes and activity her Department undertakes in Bangladesh.

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment her Department has made of the effect of illegal settlements on the economic development of Palestine.

      Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent progress her Department has made in promoting development relating to water sanitation and hygiene; and if she will make a...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she plans to increase the UK's humanitarian contribution to Iraq.

      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

    • Animal Experiments: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions his Department has had with B&K Universal Ltd, Yorkshire Evergreen or its associates relating to its...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what the average annual cost of training an apprentice aged 16 to 18 is; and what proportion of such costs is borne by (a)...

      Apprentices: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships commenced in each sector in (a) Cannock Chase constituency and (b) Staffordshire in the last 12 months.

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effects of Scottish independence on businesses in the North East and Cumbria.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he had on human rights during his recent visit to China.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills who has been invited to the UK-China business summit scheduled during the visit of the Chinese Premier, Li Keqian, to the UK.

      Disabled Students’ Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to his written statement of 7 April 2014, Official Report, column 1WS, on higher education, what public...

      Disabled Students’ Allowances: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people in Birmingham Northfield constituency qualify for the disabled students’ allowance (DSA); and how many such...

      Disabled Students’ Allowances: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many disabled students allowance recipients there are in (a) Birmingham, Hodge Hill constituency, (b) Birmingham and (c) the...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to his Department’s press release of 1 November 2013 entitled Government considering new powers to tackle...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the written statement of 11 June 2014, Official Report, column 47WS, on UK Green Investment Bank, what...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the written statement of 11 June 2014, Official Report, column 47WS, on UK Green Investment Bank, what estimate...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the written statement of 11 June 2014, Official Report, column 47WS, on UK Green Investment Bank, whether the...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the written statement of 11 June 2014, Official Report, column 47WS, on UK Green Investment Bank, when he...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the written statement of 11 June 2014, Official Report, column 47WS, on UK Green Investment Bank, whether funds...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish the externally audited copies of the last three years' accounts supplied by alternative learning providers who...

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what individual student number controls his Department has set for each provider which has been granted specific course...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many of the employers issued with a notice of underpayment of the minimum wage by HM Revenue and Customs since 1 October 2013...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether Ministers or officials of his Department have (a) met the Attorney General of Nigeria since January 2012 and (b) had any...

      Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people have begun learning British Sign Language in each of the last three years.

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the UK Space Agency in promoting the UK space industry; and if he will make a...

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the return on public investment in the UK Space Agency; and if he will make a statement.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the cash value of the student loan book in each year to 2050 (a) before and (b) after sales...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate his Department has made of the RAB charge for student loans issued after 2012.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what projections his Department has made of the future (a) face value and (b) carrying value of the student loan book.

      Unionlearn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what annual budget has been allocated to Unionlearn in each year since 2010.

      Unionlearn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish all forecasts held by his Department of the annual budget to be allocated to Unionlearn.

  • Transport

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the extent of compliance of operators with point 30 of the Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain...

    • Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 8 May 2014, Official Report, column 276W, on motor vehicles: exhaust emissions, if he will place the data from his...

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles built by Nissan are in the Government car pool.

      Railways: Kingston Upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects work on the electrification of the railway line between Hull and Selby to begin.

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the evidence cited in the article “An Increase in the Sex Ratio of Births to India-born Mothers in England and Wales:...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Newby on 6 May (WA 314), what is their estimate of the average additional weekly cost of food to United Kingdom...

      Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been budgeted for covering the cost of the June 2014 Summit which will meet to deliberate on sexual violence in conflict by (1) the Department...

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any assessment of the compliance of Atos Healthcare with the Human Rights Act 1998, particularly section 6, and the European...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the government of Bahrain concerning the number of children who have been arrested there since 2011.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to follow the Northern Ireland initiative of “test and vaccinate or remove” in relation to badgers carrying bovine tuberculosis...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total amount of international aid to Burma and what percentage is provided by them.

      Charities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 18 March (WS 50–52), how many trustees have been removed by the Charity Commission...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to reduce the number of children living in poverty.

      Crime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 11 June (WA 387), whether they will publish in the Official Report the increase or decrease in...

      Disabled Students’ Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on defining complex needs for the Disabled Students’ Allowance. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what definition of...

      Disabled Students’ Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how personal histories of recognised special educational needs will be taken into account when making assessments of eligibility for the Disabled...

      Disabled Students’ Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of cost is normally allowed for computers and software in one individual allocation of the Disabled Students’ Allowance.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what monitoring they are conducting on the effect of the increase in tribunal costs on cases being brought concerning harassment in the workplace.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposal to introduce contracts for difference auctioning has been reassessed following the European Commission's adoption of the final state aid...

      EU Institutions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total annual cost to the European Union institutions of (1) translating documents, speeches and other texts, and (2) simultaneous interpretation...

      EU Institutions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the European Commission regarding the interpretation of European Regulation 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 so as to...

      Euthanasia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of support for a change in the law on assisted dying for people with a terminal illness.

      Former Prime Ministers: Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 14 May (WA 512), where all past public duty cost allowance audit reports compiled by the...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why Royal Air Force aircraft flying to Gibraltar cannot fly over Spain; what cost that adds to the flight; and what representations they have made to the...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in talks with Spain to prevent excessive delays at its border with Gibraltar.

      Great Western Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 13 May (WA 492), what is their latest estimate of the net present value (NPV) of the contract with...

      Health Centres: Worcester

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking any action to prevent the closure of the Worcester Walk-In Health Centre; and if so, what. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what...

      Homicide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been killed in the United Kingdom since 1984 by persons previously convicted of homicide.

      House of Lords: Security

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether he will initiate a debate in the House of Lords before any decision is taken to privatise the security arrangements of the House.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much Discretionary Housing Payment funding made available to local authorities in 2013–14 was unspent and returned to the Department for Work and...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the Palestinian footballers, Adam and Johar Halabiya, who were reportedly arrested...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about its holding children detained in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in immediate solitary...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office-sponsored report, Children in Military Custody, on Israeli interrogation...

      Lobbying

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their total expenditure on financial support for organisations which lobby them on government policy.

      Medical Certificates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average time taken by general practitioners to complete the medical forms required by candidates for the Territorial Army and Army Reserve; and...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure there are sufficient beds in acute mental health services.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to enforce the National Minimum Wage, and in particular to protect the employees of agencies and those on zero-hours contracts...

      National Probation Service for England and Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the budgeted annual expenditure of the National Probation Service. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the National Probation...

      Older People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to support elderly people who live secluded lives.

      Patients: Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the pilot schemes on discharge from hospital of the homeless.

      Pregnancy: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Department of Health plans to cover the cost of the number of children requiring specialised healthcare due to the effects of fetal valproate syndrome.

      Pregnancy: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information is currently given to female patients concerning the potential problems of taking valproate in pregnancy; and how that information reflects...

      Prerogative of Mercy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to recover records of royal pardons granted between 1987 and 1997.

      Prerogative of Mercy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have sought assistance from the Royal Household in recovering records of royal pardons granted between 1987 and 1997.

      Probation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the event of a rise in the anticipated costs of community rehabilitation companies emerging from the bidding process, the Secretary of State will...

      Qatar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the delay by the British Embassy in Doha in issuing new passports to children born to United Kingdom parents in Qatar; and...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as part of the technical upgrades for Class 142 Pacer Trains, any provision is being made to update the passenger experience at the same time.

      Rspca

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord De Mauley on 11 March (WA 374), what offence would be committed by an RSPCA inspector making entry, or attempting to...

      Senior Civil Servants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the proportion of ethnic minorities in the senior civil service.

      St Helena

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in negotiations to provide air services to St Helena once the new airport is completed in February 2016; and what steps they are...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whom they consider to be the legitimate government of Syria.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Turkey to help prevent foreign fighters entering Syria.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the resignation of Mr Lakhdar Brahimi as United Nations mediator in Syria.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the offer of partial amnesties by President Assad of Syria.

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 13 May (WA 493), what is the amount of the annual charge used to calculate the net present value of the...

      Thromboembolism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the uptake of innovative anti-coagulant medicines in the management of venous thromboembolism in the National Health Service.

      Thromboembolism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure access to innovative medicines in order to improve the management of venous thromboembolism in the National Health Service.

      Transport: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what infrastructure spending on transport initiatives in London they expect to be commenced in (1) the next year, and (2) the next five years.

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people registered for unemployment benefit in each year from 2008–09 to 2013–14 in (1) the United Kingdom, (2) London as a whole, and...

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on reaching a decision over proposals to increase rent arrear deductions from 5 per cent to 40 per cent under Universal Credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what analysis has been made of the ability of Universal Credit recipients to meet other essential needs after rent arrears have been deducted at the proposed...

      Welfare to Work

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the final cost of terminating the welfare to work contracts made before May 2010.

      Western Sahara

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they are making in respect of Morocco's international human rights obligations in regard to the citizens of Western Sahara; and what steps they...

      World War II: Anniversaries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to recognise women’s contribution during the Second World War as part of the 70th anniversary commemorations marking the end of...

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