Written answers

Thursday, 19 June 2014

  • Transport

    • A14: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if his Department will work with the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Cabinet Office, the Northamptonshire and South East Midlands...

    • Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the merits of including alcohol awareness training in the driving test assessment; and if he will make a statement.

      Official Visits

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

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals he has to further devolve responsibility for railways to the Scottish and Welsh governments and the English regions.

      Railways: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with train operating companies on changes in staffing for revenue protection functions.

      Railways: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the terms and conditions of the agreement reached between the Welsh and UK Governments in 2012 on the funding of the electrification...

      Schools: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce a concessionary bus fare scheme for 16 to 18-year-olds to allow them to pay child fare for their school bus passes.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he intends to respond to the Law Commission's final report and draft Bill on Taxis and Private Hire Services, published on 23 May 2014.

      Written Questions

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the roundtables on nuisance calls and texts met; and when the next roundtable will meet.

    • Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when his Department plans to publish draft legislation to amend the legal threshold from substantial damage and distress to nuisance,...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what estimate he has made of the number of adult gambling addicts in Britain; and what proportion of total funding on addressing...

      Mass Media: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what advice or guidance his Department provides to employers in the media industry on equality monitoring; (2) what assessment he...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on redundancy payments for special advisers since May 2010.

      Official Visits

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

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many parliamentary questions tabled to his Department in the last parliamentary Session did not receive a substantive answer by the...

  • Home Department

    • Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent progress she has made in introducing universal exit checks; and if she will make a statement.

    • Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 29 April 2014, Official Report, column 662W, on immigration, how many casework outcomes on immigration...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 28 April 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Tanvir...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of redundancy payments for special advisers in her Department has been since May 2010.

      Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests in the UK have resulted from Operation Rescue; how many charges were brought following those arrests; how many open...

      Official Visits

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

      UK Visas and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will arrange for the hon. Member for Walsall North to receive a reply to her letter to the Director General, UK Visas and Immigration,...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Sovereignty

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what estimate he has made of the charges made by external (a) public affairs consultants, (b) creative agencies and (c) printing, logistics and delivery...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the UK's security of energy supply.

    • Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much of mean electricity generation in the UK will be represented by the proposed development at Navitus Bay over its lifetime.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) in determining the reduction in UK carbon dioxide emissions arising from Navitus Bay, what allowance his Department for UK carbon...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the payment of £97,000 made by his Department to the Third Millennium Education Trust on 29 November 2012 was a grant secured through the...

    • Education: Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department has taken to ensure a high standard of teaching in numeracy and literacy.

      Polling Stations: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect of school closure for local elections on parents and children.

      Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what assessments he has made of the successes and failures of the differing primary school starting age in other countries such as Finland and...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the current status is of schools placed in special measures in (a) Copeland and (b) Cumbria; and if he will make a statement.

      Sixth Form Education: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on funding sixth forms in rural schools.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) when his Department plans to publish the terms of reference for its review of the resolution of disagreements for people with education, health...

      Written Questions

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

  • Treasury

    • Bilderberg Group

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in what capacity he and the Secretary of State for International Development attended the recent Bilderberg Conference in Copenhagen; and whether the visits...

    • Business: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the next dataset of bank lending by postcode from the major UK banks will be released; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average annual cost of childcare in the UK for a child aged (a) two and under, (b) three to four and (c) five and over in...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many (a) HM Revenue and Customs and (b) National Savings and Investments staff will be employed administering tax-free childcare in (i) 2015-16,...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of the report entitled, Evaluating alternative market models for Tax-Free Childcare vouchers, prepared by Economic Insight for his...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what support his Department will give child care providers on the introduction of tax-free child care.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish any cost benefit analysis of awarding the contract for the tax-free child care scheme to National Savings & Investments undertaken...

      Mapeley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date the private finance initiative contract between HM Revenue and Customs and Mapeley Steps Contractor Limited was entered into.

      Mortgages: Glasgow

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Glasgow North constituency have used the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme to date.

      Official Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what visits each of the Ministers in his Department have made since January 2013; and what the purpose of each such visit was.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Animal Experiments: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions his Department has had with B&K Universal Ltd, Yorkshire Evergreen or their associates about their planning...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the revenue that would be generated from additional council tax bands on higher value homes,...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Official Visits

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities what visits each of the Ministers in the Government Equalities Office have made since January 2013; and what the purpose of each such visit was.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • General Election 2010

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission (1) in which 100 wards in which constituency in the UK turnout for voting at the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Conditions of Employment: Bolton

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people employed on zero-hour contracts in Bolton North East constituency.

    • Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department has spent on redundancy payments for special advisers since May 2010.

      Pay: Bolton

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people who are paid at a rate below the living wage as defined by the Living Wage Foundation in Bolton North...

      Temporary Employment: Warrington

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people from in Warrington North constituency were employed on temporary or fixed term contracts in each year since 2010.

      Unemployment: Older Workers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of people over 50 had been out of work for over a year in each year since 1994.

  • International Development

    • Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many meetings she has had with her Department's Chief Scientific Adviser in the last 12 months.

    • Official Visits

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

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research her Department has undertaken into the humanitarian effects of the occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many parliamentary questions tabled to her Department in the last parliamentary Session did not receive a substantive answer by the...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the £70 million which her Department offered to Yemen in 2013 for emergency food assistance, shelter, clean water and...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many meetings she has had with world leaders to discuss the humanitarian situation in Yemen since 1 January 2013.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the budgeted spend is for humanitarian aid for Yemen for the next two years.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will review the level of the debt threshold for a creditor bankruptcy petition.

    • Disabled Students’ Allowances: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people in Birmingham, Selly Oak constituency are eligible for disabled students allowance (DSA); and how many such...

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many and what proportion of foundation degrees have been delivered by (a) further education colleges and (b)...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (a) how many higher national diplomas and (b) higher national certificates have been completed in each of the last 10 years.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when his Department's review of debt relief orders will be launched.

      New Businesses: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many start-up loans have been granted to businesses in (a) Gillingham and Rainham constituency, (b) Medway and (c) Kent to date.

      New Businesses: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many company formations were recorded in (a) Gillingham and Rainham, (b) Medway and (c) Kent in the last year.

      Official Visits

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

      Overseas Trade: Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps are being taken to promote UK trade with Latin America in connection with the 2014 Football World Cup taking place in...

      Regional Growth Fund: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in Warrington North constituency received funding from the Regional Growth Fund in each year since 2011-12;...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when the Offshore Wind Industry Council last met; and what meetings of the council have taken place since 16 May 2013.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many parliamentary questions tabled to his Department in the last parliamentary Session did not receive a substantive answer...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the planned further research into the use of carbon monoxide as a potential method of culling badgers will include...

    • Farms: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure the effective implementation of regulations (a) relating to storage of slurry and (b) in...

      Housing: Formaldehyde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the efficacy of the published acceptable limits for formaldehyde in the air within a...

      Timber: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government is taking to prevent illegally-harvested timber and endangered hardwoods being imported into the UK.

      Timber: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department issues on types of timber it discourages from being imported to the UK.

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times ambulance response times in (a) the North West and (b) each ambulance service trust in England have exceeded (i) 15, (ii) 20, (iii) 30 and...

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answers given to the Rt hon. Member for Chelmsford of 4 March 2014, Official Report, columns 768-9W, on cancer: drugs, and to the...

      Cancer: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients who were referred by GPs for tests for suspected cancers at (a) Lewisham Hospital, (b) Queen Elizabeth Hospital Woolwich, (c) Guys and...

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what future plans he has for community hospitals in the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 8 May 2014, Official Report, column 288W, on Parkinson's Disease, over what timeframe NHS England will improve its...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of how many non-clinical dementia specialist professionals are currently working across the health and care sector.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the prevalence and effect of unlicensed performance enhancing drugs (a) online and (b) in shops.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he has had with (a) NHS England and (b) Public Health England on improving treatment for gambling addicts; (2) what training is...

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he has made on the integrated sexual health tariff.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of sexual health services delivered by private providers.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the sexual health commissioning toolkit will be published.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish an update to A Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England first published in March 2013.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were working in his Department on sexual health matters in each year since 2010; and how many people have worked in (a) his Department and...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the out-of-hospital survival rates are for patients who suffer a heart attack in each year since 1984 for which information is available; (2)...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of using mobile telephone apps to use GPS to locate trained resuscitators and atrial fibrillation...

      Heart Diseases: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable for the new congenital heart disease review is.

      Heart Diseases: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that children's heart surgery units receive equal and sufficient levels of scrutiny across the country.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of reports that scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created a life-threatening virus that closely...

      Leeds General Infirmary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to release the second stage of the review into the closure of surgery at Leeds Children's Heart Unit; and if he will make a statement.

      Medway NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 10 June 2014, Official Report, column 896W, on hospitals, what progress his Department has made at Medway NHS Trust since...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what comparative assessment he has made of the rates of mental ill health caused by (a) working long hours and (b) being unemployed; (2) what...

      NHS: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many redundancy payments have been recovered from NHS staff who have been made redundant and subsequently re-employed by an NHS organisation in each...

      Obesity: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to reduce child obesity in Barnsley.

      Official Visits

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

      Public Health England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many financial bonuses of what amount have been paid to employees of Public Health England since April 2013; and on what criteria such bonuses were...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what restrictions apply to the discretion of clinical commissioning groups to commission immunisation services.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether precursors of genocide exist in Burma for the Rohingya; and if he will make a statement.

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the issue of rape and sexual violence by the Burmese Army was raised with the Burmese colonel who received training in...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in China.

      Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what direct steps the Government has taken to ensure the safety of Christians in countries where they are being persecuted for...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of (a) Farshid Fathi, (b) Behnam Irani, (c) Silas Rabbani, (d) Amin Khaki, (e) Saeed Abedini and...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the UK has made to Israel following the Israeli parliament's consideration of legislation to allow...

      Italy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent correspondence his Department has received from UK citizens living in Italy on delays in passport renewal; whether...

      Lithuania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Lithuanian Government to secure restitution for British citizens who had assets seized...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on redundancy payments for special advisers since May 2010.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to his Israeli counterpart in favour of the removal of demolition orders from all structures at...

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts and other senior figures in the United Nations and the EU on human...

  • Justice

    • Aarhus Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many Aarhus claims in England and Wales have been successful for the claimant since 1 April 2013; (2) how many Aarhus claims in England and...

    • Official Visits

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

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners serving sentences in open conditions have previously absconded for their current or previous establishments (a) once, (b) twice, (c)...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many hours per week were spent in cells by prisoners by (a) per week day and (b) per weekend day by security category of prisoner, in each of the...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what average time was left to be served on a sentence for prisoners serving (a) determinate, (b) indeterminate, (c) life and (d) all sentences moved from...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many assaults on prison officers were committed by inmates in UK prisons in the last five years; and how many working days were lost as a result of...

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of prisoners in each prison in England and Wales are willing and able to work but cannot do so as a result of a lack of available...

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average number was of hours per week spent working by prisoners in each prison in England and Wales in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14.

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of prisoners are classed as unemployed in each prison in England and Wales.

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 13 May 2014, Official Report, column 494W, on prisons: mobile telephones, when data on mobile telephones seized in...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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

    • Rape

      To ask the Attorney-General what recent steps his Department has taken to increase the number of rape convictions.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many meetings he has had with his Department's Chief Scientific Adviser in the last 12 months.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to publicise information on changes to child maintenance.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will create an independent panel to review and assess the effectiveness of the employment and support allowance and work capability...

      Employment Schemes: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps his Department taks to investigate allegations from a whistleblower of impropriety in a Work Choice contract; (2) what steps...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many youth contract wage incentives he estimates will be taken up by April 2015.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that jobseekers whose jobseeker's allowance claim is cancelled are informed with greater clarity that their...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on whether jobseekers whose jobseeker's allowance claim is cancelled because they experience three periods of illness in one...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will provide additional support to jobseekers whose jobseeker's allowance is sanctioned because they experience a series of short illnesses.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance he gives to jobcentre staff on informing jobseekers of cancellation of their jobseeker's allowance claim.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of jobseekers excluded from the claimant count because their benefit has been sanctioned; and if he...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) York Central constituency and (b) City of York local authority area were claiming jobseeker's allowance per Jobcentre...

      Official Visits

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

      Personal Independence Payment: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Warrington and (b) Warrington North constituency who have submitted a claim for personal independence payment have been...

      Social Security Benefits: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit sanctions for (a) not actively seeking employment, (b) refusal of employment, (c) failure to attend a mandatory interview, (d)...

      Unemployment Benefits: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people for each jobcentre plus vacancy were claiming out-of-work benefits in Warrington North constituency in each year since 2007.

      Work Programme: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to improve support for people over 50 provided through the Work Programme.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether she plans to attend the International Festival for Business in Liverpool.

    • Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps her Department has taken to ensure further opportunities for Northern Ireland's film industry are secured.

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when she last met the chief executive of UK Trade & Investment to discuss that organisation's role in attracting inward investment to...

      Northern Ireland Executive Department for Social Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what topics were discussed at her meeting with the Northern Ireland Minister for Social Development on 8 May 2014.

      Northern Ireland Executive Department for Social Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland where and for what purpose she held her meeting with the Northern Ireland Minister for Social Development on 8 May 2014; and what the duration...

      Official Visits

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

      Staff

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

  • 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) whether the next Clerk of the House and Chief Executive will be subject to...

    • Magna Carta: Anniversaries

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will incorporate into commemorations of the 800th Anniversary of...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Covenant: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which charitable projects in Scotland have received funding from the Armed Forces Covenant (LIBOR) Fund to date.

    • Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of 2014DIN05-011 Claims and insurance provisions for the use of Ministry of Defence vehicles in the UK and...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the National Audit Office report, Army 2020, HC 263, published on 11 June 2014, page 17, if he will provide details of the eight...

      Chemical and Biological Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of 2014DIN03-007 Notification of a change in CBRN policy.

      Conflict Resolution: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 26 March 2014, Official Report, column 318W, on conflict resolution: females, if he will publish in the Library the...

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of 2014DIN03-010 Impact to outputs of defence electronic warfare centre due to five yearly electrical testing.

      Filton Airfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department owns any of the Filton Airfield site; and whether his Department will be entitled to any share of the site's sale.

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of 2014DIN04-053 Declaration of obsolete-medical, central and veterinary equipments.

      Sea King Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of 2014DIN04-056 Sea King Helicopter drawdown and disposal.

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 14 May (WA 499), what is their assessment of whether issuing guidance by amending the wording of form HSA1...

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the availability of beds for accident and emergency patients.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the ambulance service 999 response rates have been over the past two years. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the reason for, and what...

      Antibiotics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the total antibiotic use for (1) human medicine in general practice, (2) human medicine in hospitals, and (3) veterinary medicine, for each...

      Bangladesh

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek discussions with the government of Bangladesh on that government’s proposed Foreign Donations (Voluntary Activities) Act 2014...

      Botswana

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they are providing to the government of Botswana about combatting the effects of the recent drought there.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the conduct of the recent census in Burma.

      CDC

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider investment by the Commonwealth Development Corporation in luxury construction projects is consistent with the Department for...

      Children in Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take to reduce the number of children and young people who currently disappear from public care.

      Courts: Interpreters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to review the arrangements for providing court interpreters in the light of recent criticism by the President of the Family Division.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they spent in each of the last three years on the prevention and control of HIV infection in the developing world through (1) multilateral bodies,...

      Domestic Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the proportion of accident and emergency attendances caused by accidents in the home.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 13 May (WA 492), what is the annual charge used to calculate the net present value of £2.7 billion...

      Elections: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take to tackle election malpractices.

      Estate Agents Act 1979

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many estate agents since 1 April 2014 (1) have been, or (2) are being, considered for (a) a warning notice, and (b) a prohibition order, under the Estate...

      European General Court

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will be publishing a response to proposals from the European Court of Justice for new rules of procedure that would permit the General Court to...

      Genetics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 14 May (WA 511), and in the light of the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 8 April (WA 267) stating that they do...

      Independent Living Fund: Autism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 11 June (WA 7), how many people in receipt of Independent Living Fund payments have autism as their main...

      Infrastructure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much is being invested in national infrastructure in 2014, and how much planned over the next five years, as a percentage share of gross domestic...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will answer the question asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool on 11 June (HL Deb, col 418) about what action is being taken to ensure the safety of...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether personality disorder services remain a priority commitment for the National Health Service; and if so, what guidance is provided to NHS England to...

      National Crime Agency: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent progress has been made in establishing the National Crime Agency in Northern Ireland.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which countries currently receive United Kingdom international aid; and how much was paid to each of those countries in (1) 1995, (2) 2000, (3) 2005, (4)...

      Physiotherapy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent assessment they have made of the adequacy of National Health Service community physiotherapy services for patients who have had (1) knee, and (2)...

      Population

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the future population level of each English region, in the light of the Office for National Statistics’ mid-year...

      Pregnancy: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any plans to implement a system to ensure that female patients prescribed valproate or any other anti-convulsant medication are given...

      Pregnancy: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what practical steps are being taken to ensure that the experiences and interests of children with fetal valproate syndrome and their families are...

      Pregnancy: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans are being made to improve the collection of information about children and adults affected by anti-convulsant drugs during pregnancy.

      Public Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what appointments to public bodies the Department of Transport has made in the last 12 months.

      Public Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what appointments to public bodies the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has made in the last 12 months.

      Railways: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken, in co-operation with the franchise holder, to improve the frequency of train services in South-East London.

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many employees earning in excess of £100,000 per annum have left Royal Bank of Scotland in each of the last five years. To ask Her Majesty’s...

      Schools: Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by Lord Nash on 9 June (HL Deb, col 167), whether the investigation by the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Education into...

      Secure Colleges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received, and from whom, about the proposal to establish a secure college for young offenders.

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that long-term development projects can continue in South Sudan in areas not affected by the conflict.

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in South Sudan to prevent famine, to prevent the spread of cholera, and to promote humanitarian access.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Sudan about policies involving the death sentence for women who change their religion.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many displaced people they estimate to be in Darfur, Sudan; how many visits Department for International Development staff have paid to Darfur in the...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they and their allies are able to promote local truces in Syria and to help such truces to become more permanent.

      Thailand

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of reports in The Guardian newspaper on 11 June, they intend to make representations to the government of Thailand about the...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they and the European Union have made to the government of Turkey concerning (1) attacks on and imprisonment of journalists, including...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the European Union's balance of trade with the United Kingdom of any United Kingdom withdrawal from the...

      Welfare State: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and if so how much, money they have withheld from the Northern Ireland Executive because of its failure to implement welfare reform in Northern Ireland.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the decision by Atos Healthcare to end its contract early, whether that contract will now be made public.

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