Written answers

Monday, 23 June 2014

  • Justice

    • Bronzefield Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether (a) the prison governor or (b) another official gave permission for the performance of Sister Act in HMP Bronzefield in February and March 2014....

    • Cemeteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of local authorities which have adopted powers under the London Local Authorities Act 2007 to...

      Chief Scientific Advisers

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

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether a criminal conviction is a disqualification for a Community Rehabilitation contract.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications were made to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority's hardship fund in 2013-14; and what proportion of such applications were...

      European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the Government's written submission to the European Court of Justice which was the subject of the hearing...

      Fraud: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many custodial sentences have been passed for convictions for fraud in the last five years for which figures are available; what the average length...

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) in what circumstances offenders can choose not to attend a parole board meeting when a victim reads a victim personal statement; (2) what estimate...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many refused claims for personal independence payment have (a) been appealed and (b) been successfully appealed to date.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what new prison accommodation is planned to come on stream and in which locations before May 2015.

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions the Royal Prerogative of Mercy has been granted in relation to offences occurring as a result and in the course of escaping from or...

      Prisoners: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to prevent the spread of Islamic extremism among the prison population.

      Prisoners: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the potential risks of imprisoned extremists returned from terrorist operations overseas (a) radicalising the...

      Prisoners: Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether a full range of sanitary products is provided free-of-charge to female prisoners.

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of prisoners were recorded as having had some involvement in purposeful activity; and how many were recorded as unemployed in each prison...

      Prisons: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which places of detention on the prison estate have (a) a member of staff assigned to the role of foreign national co-ordinator and (b) more than one...

      Probation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) chief executives, (b) deputy chief executives and (c) assistant chief officers of probation trusts have left their posts since 1 January 2014.

      Probation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many non-disclosure or compromise agreements have been included in the departure packages of former employees of probation trusts since 1...

      Probation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many former employees of probation trusts received payouts of (a) up to £5,000, (b) up to £10,0000, (c) up to £15,000, (d) up to...

      Secure Colleges: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2014, Official Report, column 469W, on Secure Colleges: Leicestershire, what steps have been taken to ensure the safety...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of appeals to the Tribunals Service from appellants in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England relating to (i)...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) appeals and (b) successful appeals against Atos assessments in (i) Nottingham and (ii) Ashfield constituency there were in each of the last...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many telephone lines with the prefix (a) 0845, (b) 0844 and (c) 0843 his Department (i) operates and (ii) sponsors; how many calls each such number...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the average travelling distance to a 24-hour accident and emergency department for people in (a) Bury St Edmunds...

    • Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that ambulance crews and dispatch staff are able to access meaningful supervision; and if he will assess the merits of...

      Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 19 January 2012, Official Report, columns 932-3W, how many companies hold licences for the manufacture or distribution of...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance he has given to clinical commissioning groups on the use of the NICE breast cancer quality standard when commissioning breast cancer...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received funding through the Cancer Drugs Fund in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry, (c) the West Midlands and (d)...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of albumin bound paclitaxel, bevacizumab and cabozantinib since the introduction of those...

      Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings he has had with his Department’s chief scientific adviser in the last 12 months.

      Chlamydia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to encourage the uptake of chlamydia screening.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of running and administering the (a) West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group and (b) East...

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) number and (b) proportion of adult cystic fibrosis centres in England have (i) reached and (ii) exceeded the maximum capacity of 250 patients...

      Equitable Life Independent Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive about the timetable for publication of the Penrose Inquiry.

      Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what definition his Department uses of an adequate amount of weekly physical activity.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what criteria his Department differentiates a food for special medical purposes and a food supplement; (2) if he will outline the process,...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2014, Official Report, column 281W, on food banks, whether (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department plan to...

      Food: Charitable Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 30 October 2012, Official Report, column 146W, on food: charitable donations, and 7 March 2013, Official Report, column...

      Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients are waiting for gender reassignment surgery; and what the average waiting time for such surgery was in each of the last four years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what correspondence he has received on concerns over the potential closure of GP surgeries in the last year.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure GPs are accessible to patients.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues on the ratio of GPs to patients; and what that ratio is in Tendring.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to train and recruit more GPs in (a) Linton and Walton and (b) nationally.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of patients who were able to see their preferred GP in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason callers to NHS England’s EHIC renewal line are assumed to agree to data-sharing if they do not hang up, whilst other Government...

      Health: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2014, Official Report, column 486W, on health: business, whether he plans to make an assessment of the overall (a)...

      Health: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2014, Official Report, column 486W, on health: business, what assessment his Department makes of the annual updates; and...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost per patient was of antiretroviral therapy for HIV in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Magnetic Resonance Imagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what records his Department holds on numbers of magnetic resonance imaging scans being undertaken on behalf of the NHS at zoological or veterinary premises.

      Medical Records: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure that patient data extracted under care.data shared with countries inside the European Economic Area cannot be shared...

      Monitor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether guidance issued by Monitor is mandatory for NHS England to follow.

      NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to ensure that hospitals do not discourage whistleblowing by staff; and if he will take steps to issue a UK NHS-wide...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds have been provided from his departmental expenditure limit to meet the costs of (a) clinical negligence and (b) NHS litigation in this...

      Nurses: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered nurses were made redundant by each NHS health trust in England in 2013.

      Nursing and Midwifery Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will bring forward proposals to financially assist nurses employed by the NHS to pay the increased fee for the Nursing and Midwifery Council...

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that clinicians making individual funding requests for Parkinson's disease medication are informed of...

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what payments his Department has made to the devolved administrations as a consequence of rebates paid to it under the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation...

      Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS-funded cosmetic surgeries have been performed in each of the last four years; and what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b)...

      Public Health England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) amount and (b) proportion of Public Health England's marketing budget has been allocated to each of the six big ambitions referred to in its...

      Public Health England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) amount and (b) proportion of Public Health England's total budget has been allocated to (i) tobacco, (ii) obesity, (iii) alcohol, (iv) TB, (v)...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to the answer of 24 March 2014, Official Report, column 132W, on radiotherapy, what reports he has received on the reasons NHS...

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent from its research and development budget over the last five years; and how much such spending is planned for (a) 2014-15...

      Sexually Transmitted Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress has been made on the development of the HIV/STI national clinical audit; and if he will make a statement; (2) what the current...

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2014, Official Report, column 293W, on sugar, what discussions he has had and what representations he has received on...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenues have been received under the bank levy in each year since its introduction.

    • Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings he has had with his Department's Chief Scientific Adviser in the last 12 months.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance and support (a) HM Revenue and Customs and (b) National Savings and Investment will provide for parents who encounter IT problems during the...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance he has given on the role of employers in supporting the uptake and delivery of employer-supported child-care.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government is taking to ensure that child-care providers receive payments from National Savings and Investments on time.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what additional burdens the impact assessment identified for childcare providers operating tax-free child-care scheme.

      Coinage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 1 April 2014, Official Report, column 625W, on coinage, whether he has fixed the dates for the public consultation on the...

      Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to mandate that APR figures be displayed in cash terms.

      Delegated Legislation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department takes to ensure that delegated legislation brought forward by his Department is consistent with EU directives.

      Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Dover Priory Station

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how long he expects discussions to be ongoing between Mapeley, Network Rail and HM Revenue and Customs on the sale of land on the western perimeter of the...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to increase the compensation paid to Equitable Life policyholders.

      Financial Markets

      To ask Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to improve regulation of the UK securities market.

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much funding of the Financial Ombudsman Service came directly from the levy on the Office of Fair Trading licences on consumer credit firms in (a) 2011,...

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps he is taking to improve regulation of the shadow banking sector; (2) what assessment he has made of the effects of the shadow banking...

      Income Tax: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what change there was in the numbers of taxpayers in Northern Ireland who had employment income in the last four years for which figures are available.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times HM Revenue and Customs has met with (a) the Ministry of Justice and (b) the Insolvency Service to discuss the Legal Aid, Sentencing and...

      Insurance: Unfair Practices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps the Government are taking with banks and credit card companies to ensure PPI repayments are made in full.

      Minimum Wage: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are employed in the HM Revenue and Customs national minimum wage enforcement team based in Belfast; and how many complaints have been...

      Minimum Wage: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps HM Revenue and Customs has taken to to tackle the problem of employees being paid below the minimum wage in Northern Ireland.

      Money Advice Service and Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the expected increase in the fees and levies on regulated consumer credit firms that will go towards the funding of the Money...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many applications for the Help to Buy scheme have been received in respect of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly from applicants who (a) reside in...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints have been made about HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last five years; and how many such complaints related to mistakes in...

      Revenue and Customs: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the last assessment was carried out of the perceived community background of HM Revenue and Customs staff recruited in Northern Ireland in the last 10...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy that public sector organisations should not be allowed to be associated with tax avoidance schemes.

      Tax Avoidance: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment HM Revenue and Customs has made of changes in the extent of (a) fuel smuggling and (b) other organised revenue avoidance schemes in Northern...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many prosecutions have been brought for tax offences in each year since 2008-09.

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many telephone lines with the prefix (a) 0845, (b) 0844 and (c) 0843 his Department (i) operates and (ii) sponsors; how many calls each such number has...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid under the Enterprise Initiative Scheme to members of each qualifying wind farm co-operative in each of the last three years.

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make it her policy to support the adoption of a target to introduce instruments and incentives for investments in...

    • Developing Countries: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make it her policy to support the adoption of a target to integrate climate adaptation and emissions reductions into...

      Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the post-2015 development framework includes a sustainable development goal on water...

      Girl Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether Ministers from the devolved Administrations have been invited to the Girl Summit co-hosted by the Prime Minister and UNICEF on...

      India and Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes and projects her Department funds which aim to promote trade and transit between India and Pakistan.

      Indian Subcontinent

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what recent discussions she has had with regional organisations in Pakistan and neighbouring countries about honour killings; (2)...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) unilateral, (b) bilateral and (c) multilateral projects her Department is sponsoring in Kashmir.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of Bahrain about the death of Syed Mahmood.

    • Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many meetings he has had with his Department's chief scientific adviser in the last 12 months.

      India and Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with their (i) Indian and (ii) Pakistani counterparts on...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made any representations to the Iranian Government on (a) the need to respect trade union rights and...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the progress made by the President of Iran towards granting greater civil rights to religious...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent offers of assistance his Department has made to the Government of Iraq.

      Italy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent complaints he has received on the handling of correspondence on passport delays by HM ambassador to Italy.

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which UN peacekeeping missions established since 1990 do not have a human rights mandate.

      South Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much funding his Department allocated to the Conflict Pool for South Asia in each of the last three years.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many parliamentary questions tabled to his Department in the last parliamentary Session did not receive a substantive answer...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to speed up claims by asylum seekers.

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions her Department has had with the National Farmers Union on the details of the injunction relating to protestor activities...

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who within her Department authorised the passing of information about forthcoming proscription orders to The Sun newspaper; and whether that...

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicles were seized by the police as a result of being driven without insurance in (a) Dartford constituency and (b) England and...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many family visas were granted (a) in each year since 2011 and (b) in the current year up to the latest available quarter for which...

      Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department has given to local authorities about churches and same sex marriage.

      Modern Slavery Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she expects to respond to the recommendations of the Report by the Joint Committee on the draft Modern Slavery Bill by the time of...

      Police Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers there were in (a) Coventry, (b) Coventry North East constituency, (c) the West Midlands and (d)...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department has provided to local authorities (a) to help understand the threat from extremism and (b) relating to statutory...

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any UK citizens would involuntarily lose resident citizenship as a result of Scottish independence.

  • 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, what the criteria were for the choice of members of the panel of selection to...

    • Committees

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many meetings of the Audit Committees has been held in each of the previous...

      Palace of Westminster

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost to date has been of the contract for the independent assessment of...

  • Attorney-General

    • Crime

      To ask the Attorney-General if he will place in the Library the numbers of cases of (a) rape, (b) domestic violence, (c) child abuse and (d) human trafficking referred by each police force in...

    • Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences

      To ask the Attorney-General what estimate he has made of the proportion of cases of domestic and sexual violence that were prosecuted in each of the last five years; and what steps he is taking...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether invoices for legal or other work carried out in connection with the Savile Inquiry have been submitted for payment since January 2013.

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she has had with her ministerial colleagues at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on how the UK's overseas posts may be used...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many telephone lines with the prefix (a) 0845, (b) 0844 and (c) 0843 her Department (i) operates and (ii) sponsors; how many calls each such...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 1 May 2014, Official Report, column 762W, on terrorism, what steps she is taking to recover information for the...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who the beneficiaries in Northern Ireland of the Royal Prerogative of Mercy granted by means of a Warrant under the Royal Sign Manual were in...

      World War I

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps she is taking to support the progress of the First World War legacy project in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.

  • Prime Minister

    • Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will attend (a) Ban Ki Moon's Climate Summit in September 2014 in New York and (b) the European Council meeting in October 2014 to finalise the EU's climate and...

  • Scotland

    • Official Visits

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

    • Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent estimate his Department has made of the potential effect of the adjusted funding arrangement in the Scotland Bill on per capita spending in...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent assessment he has made of the effects of membership of the EU on jobs in (a) Glasgow North West constituency, (b) Glasgow and (c) Scotland.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent estimate he has made of the level of investment in (a) Glasgow North West constituency, (b) Glasgow and (c) Scotland that resulted from EU...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the net benefit to people in Scotland of the UK's membership of the EU.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Business Premises: West Midlands

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many small and medium-sized enterprises have premises in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry and (c) the West Midlands.

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which sector of the economy made greatest use of employee contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours in (a) 2010 and (b) the most recent...

      Debts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what change there has been in the level of household (a) borrowing and (b) debt since May 2010.

      Employment: Dartford

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the number of people in Dartford constituency in employment in each of the last five years.

      Homeworking

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many employed people worked from home in each of the last five years.

      Self-employed: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of 16 to 24 year olds declared themselves self-employed in each year between 2008 and 2013.

      Shared Services Connected

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate he has made of potential savings to the public purse from the Shared Services Connected Ltd venture.

      Social Security Benefits: Females

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what changes there have been in the claimant count for women claiming for over 12 months since May 2010.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Beef: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much beef was imported into the UK from (a) the Republic of Ireland, (b) the rest of the EU and (c) non-EU countries in...

    • Beef: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received from environmental groups regarding beef consumption and the countries from which the UK...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms in Henley constituency have been subject to restrictions on cattle movements following a test proving the...

      Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many meetings he has had with his Department’s chief scientific adviser in the last 12 months.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the regulatory effect of recent changes to the common agricultural policy on farmers.

      Drinking Water: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer 196584 of 6 May 2014, Official Report, column 41W, on drinking water, what plans his Department...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether garages, boiler rooms and other non-habitable areas affected by flooding are eligible for the repair and renew grant.

      Floods: Christchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects work to all properties identified by the Environment Agency in Christchurch constituency as being suitable...

      Food: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with food suppliers to encourage them to reduce excess packaging; and if he will make a...

      Food: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much food waste was recycled by each district and metropolitan local authority in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013.

      Food: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to enforce the waste hierarchy in managing food waste and to prioritise prevention and redistribution...

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers the Forestry Commission has to (a) impose fines, (b) restore woodland and (c) take other enforcement action where...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department has made on placing the public forest estate on a sustainable footing; and if he will make a...

      Mangoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from which countries other than India the import of mangoes to the EU is banned.

      Mangoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether any phyto-sanitary and plant-disease expertise from the UK has been involved in helping to address the shortcomings...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made in rolling out Individual Electoral Registration across the country.

    • Local Government: Tees Valley

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of the Tees Valley City Deal.

      Polling Stations: Schools

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many schools in England and Wales were closed for the local and European elections on 22 May 2014.

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what costs have been incurred under each cost heading for the production and postage of anti-Scottish independence pamphlets to be sent to every home in...

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

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with charities on implementation of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 since...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with reference to the Cabinet Manual, paragraph 5.38, whether the convention that the House of Commons should have an advance opportunity to debate significant...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of homes in the UK served by fibre to the home broadband services.

    • Hundred Years’ War: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has put in place to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the Battles of Harfleur and Agincourt.

      National Lottery: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery funding and from which year is being committed to Arts Council England's national portfolio organisations and national...

      National Lottery: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which Arts Council England strategic programmes are designed specifically to address the national lottery directions issued in 2007.

      National Lottery: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what Arts Council England strategic funding programmes funded from the National Lottery are designed wholly or primarily to benefit...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how much was made available for purchasing public library items in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2013-14; (2) how...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many public libraries were open at least five hours per week outside 9am to 5pm on weekdays in each of the years (a) 2010-11,...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment has been made of the likely effects of the Government's proposed Deregulation Bill on jobs in tourism.

      Unesco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's response to the letter of 2 May 2014 from Mr Kishore Rao, the Director of the...

      World Heritage Sites: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Dorset and east Devon coast continues to enjoy World Heritage status and remains...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Natural Gas: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the potential reduction in gas imports from the roll-out of ground-source heat pumps.

    • Nuclear Power Stations: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the timetable is for the next periodic safety review of each of the UK's nuclear power stations; whether an environmental impact...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the radioactive forcing from the increase in carbon dioxide concentration will be over the lifetime of Navitus Bay (a) if the...

      Written Questions

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

  • Education

    • Academies: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what criteria were used to assess bids made under the 2014-15 Academies Capital Maintenance Fund; and if he will make a statement.

    • Academies: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the answer of 14 May 2014, Official Report, column 635W, on schools: land, in what circumstances he (a) would and (b) would not...

      Academies: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what his policy is on the question of who retains ownership of the land in cases where freehold interest in local authority land is granted to an...

      Academies: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) under what circumstances he can re-acquire freehold interest in land when an academy’s funding agreement is terminated early; (2) how many...

      Chief Scientific Advisers

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

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects to release funds to finance the extension of staying put for young people leaving care.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what research has been undertaken by or on behalf of his Department into the potential (a) benefits and (b) disbenefits to children of further...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to ensure that third party providers taking on children's social care functions under his Department's proposals adhere to...

      Dominic Cummings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when Dominic Cummings's security pass to the Department of Education was deactivated and withdrawn.

      Dominic Cummings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what requirements have been placed on Dominic Cummings, as part of his contractual terms, to obtain clearance for public statements or writings on...

      Dominic Cummings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether Dominic Cummings has had any e-mail contact with officials, Ministers or special advisers in his Department since he resigned his post as...

      First Aid: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the benefits of teaching emergency life-saving skills in schools.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which free schools have been approved in each local education authority area excluding London since 2010; and which such schools are (a)...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of the age cohort achieved a A* to C grade in GCSE (a) mathematics, (b) English and (c) English literature by the age of (i) 19, (ii)...

      Literature: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what role he has had in designing the new GCSE English literature curriculum; and on what dates he has had meetings about its design in the last 12 months.

      Magna Carta

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will estimate the cost of sending a copy of Magna Carta to every school.

      Pupils: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what training is given to teachers at maintained schools to (a) support the mental health of their students and (b) spot the early signs of emerging...

      Science: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he has taken to increase the proportion of girls taking separate science at GCSE.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether special educational needs co-ordinators are able to request funds from his Department for extra assistance with SEN students in maintained schools.

      Teachers: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teachers have had action taken against them under Teachers' Standards for (a) undermining fundamental British values, including democracy, the...

      Teachers: Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teachers took early retirement in (a) Bury St Edmunds constituency, (b) Suffolk and (c) England in each of the last five years.

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the (a) feasibility and (b) cost to the public purse of enabling supply teachers to contribute to the Teachers'...

      Teachers: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many members of the armed forces have been recruited into teacher roles under the Troops to Teachers initiative to date.

  • Defence

    • Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2014, Official Report, column 27W, on the Royal Air Force, whether any UK personnel other than Remotely Piloted Air...

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which personnel aboard Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers will need to wear active noise cancellation headsets; how many such headsets will be...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate (a) the savings generated by each branch of the armed forces having separate recruiting programmes and (b) the annual cost of each...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place a copy of 2014DIN07-081 on Physical Training Policy For Army Reserve And Full Time Reserve Service in the Library.

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide details of the current workforce model for the Army Reserve that his Department is using to assess how long it will take to recruit...

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2014, Official Report, column 364W, on reserve forces, what the current national recruitment rate to the Army Reserve is.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the (a) monthly and (b) total additional cost to date for paying Capita as if it was meeting quantity and quality standards for...

      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 12, what his Department's response is to the...

      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 8 (1) if he will provide a breakdown of the...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons his Department did not provide supporting ICT infrastructure for Capita's new recruitment software as required under its contractual...

      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 10, which Minister in his Department signed off on...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to rectify the (a) inconsistent understanding of Army staffing requirements, (b) limited use of management...

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) male and (b) female recruits who completed phase two training at Catterick Infantry Training Centre in each year since 2006 went on to join...

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the full out-turn cost of (a) building maintenance, (b) staffing, (c) training, (d) salaries for recruits and (e) other costs were at...

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) male and (b) female recruits dropped out of training at Catterick Infantry Training Centre after completing phase one but before completing...

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) male and (b) female recruits who commenced phase two training at Catterick Infantry Training Centre had undertaken phase one training at...

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) male and (b) female recruits dropped out of training at Catterick Infantry Training Centre before completing phase one in each year since...

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) male and (b) female recruits have commenced phase one training at Catterick Infantry Training Centre in each year since 2006; and if he will...

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recruits of each sex commenced phase one training at AFC Harrogate in each year since 2006; how many recruits of each sex enlisted in an...

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recruits of each sex dropped out of training at AFC Harrogate before completing phase one in each year since 2006; and if he will make a statement.

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recruits of each sex completed training at AFC Harrogate in each year since 2006; how many recruits of each sex commenced phase two training (a)...

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many recruits are expected to commence phase one training at AFC Harrogate in financial year 2014-15; and if he will make a statement; (2) how...

      Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assets his Department has sold and leased back over the last 12 months; what the sale price was of each asset so sold; and what estimate his...

      Awe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what facility rekit projects have taken place at the Atomic Weapons Establishment under the scope of the Nuclear Weapons Capability Sustainment...

      AWE Aldermaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the completion date is for refurbishment of existing hydrodynamics research facilities at the Atomic Weapons Establishment Aldermaston; what the...

      Clyde Naval Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide a skills breakdown of the civilian personnel employed at HMNB Clyde by (a) his Department, (b) Babcock, (c) Serco, (d) Rolls-Royce,...

      Clyde Naval Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilian personnel employed at HMNB Clyde are resident in (a) Argyll and Bute, (b) West Dunbartonshire, (c) other parts of Scotland and (d)...

      Clyde Naval Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilian personnel are employed at HMNB Clyde by (a) his Department, (b) Babcock, (c) ABL Alliance, (d) Serco, (e) Rolls Royce, (f) Thales and...

      Departmental Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place a copy of 2014DIN05-012 on JSP 441 - The Defence Records Management Policy and Procedures: Publication of Version 4:3 in the Library.

      France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of agreements with the French Government to (a) undertake joint research at the Atomic Weapons Establishment Orion...

      Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will restrict the use of fused multidisciplinary intelligence at the forthcoming Joint and Combined Geo-INT event held by the Defence Geospatial...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the loudest decibel levels are that are produced by JSF F-35B during operations aboard an aircraft carrier.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the value of purchasing AM-aluminium matting for landing pads for the JSF F-35B.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what risk assessment he has made of the safety of aircraft handlers and maintenance personnel due to the noise produced by the Joint Strike Fighter.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what deviations or exemptions from the Military Air Systems Certifications Process were made for the Airseeker aircraft; when those deviations or...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) actual and (b) simulated flight hours pilots need to adjust from a fast jet with a heads-up display to one with only a helmet-mounted display.

      Nuclear Weapons: Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of whether arrangements for defence nuclear co-operations which were agreed at the UK-France summit in January...

      Official Visits

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

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether bidders for the Next Generation Estate Contracts were invited to offer a blanket bid for all contracts.

      Shipbuilding: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with BAE Systems about delaying the closure of the Portsmouth shipyard until the results of the Scottish referendum are known.

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what event or risk involving a Tornado aircraft led to the approval of the Collision Warning System Technical Demonstrator Programme for that aircraft;...

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on ministerial travel by (a) Government Car Service, (b) private hire vehicles, (c) taxis, (d) rail, (e) aviation and (f)...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 10 February 2014, Official Report, column 474W, on unmanned air vehicles: guided weapons, if he will take steps to...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 12 September 2013, Official Report, column 798W, on unmanned aerial vehicles, whether changes to the Reaper agreement...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people started apprenticeships in (a) Swindon and (b) the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to give employers the choice of (a) having either a direct Government contract for...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2014, Official Report, column 213W, on apprenticeships, if he will make it his policy to...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answer of 3 March 2014, Official Report, column 599W, on apprenticeships, what steps he has taken to...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on steps to encourage more firms to offer apprenticeships for the long-term unemployed.

      Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what visits Ministers in his Department made to Australia in the last year; what the primary purpose was of those visits; and who...

      Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many meetings he has had with his Department's Chief Scientific Adviser in the last 12 months; (2) how many meetings...

      Consultation Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many consultation documents his Department issued which received fewer than 100 separate responses in each of the last four years.

      Disabled Students' Allowances: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people are in receipt of disabled students' allowance in (a) the North West, (b) Warrington and (c) Warrington North...

      Engineering: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress his Department has made on increasing the number of women in engineering roles.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many complaints the Government have received on the England and Wales personal insolvency regime in relation to (a)...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the budget for enforcement of the National Minimum Wage was in 2013-14; and what that budget will be in (a) 2014-15 and (b)...

      Money Lenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many telephone calls the Illegal Money Lending Unit helpline received from (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d)...

      Money Lenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answer of 14 May 2014, Official Report, column 678W, on money lenders, how many actionable reports led to a...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions his Department has had with Royal Mail regarding the redirection notices it provides to other postal operators.

      Science: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of levels of public expenditure on science on UK economic productivity figures.

      Shipbuilding: Overseas Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of former BAE staff at the Portsmouth shipyard who have been recruited by overseas...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the written statement of 16 June 2014, Official Report, columns 70-1WS, on student support in England, how many of...

      Sunday Trading Act 1994

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received from UK retailers on the effect of the Sunday Trading Act 1994 on their businesses.

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many premium rate type telephone lines were in use for members of the public to contact his Department in (a) June 2010 and...

      TNT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions his Department has had with Ofcom regarding the postal service standards provided by TNT.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Compulsory Purchase

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average length of time taken by his Department to issue a Compulsory Purchase Order to a local authority is.

    • Compulsory Purchase: Haringey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when he expects to reach a decision on whether Haringey Council will be issued with a Compulsory Purchase Order in...

      Equal Opportunities

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

      Housing: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure that newly built residential properties have access to telephone and internet services.

      Housing: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government of how many local authority plans arising from which authorities he has rejected the proposed local development framework and...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what representations his Department has received from (a) local authorities and (b) others on sanctions available to...

      Noise: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department provides to music venues facing potential closure from noise abatement notices as a result of...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average length of time taken by his Department to make a decision on a planning application referred to is.

      Regeneration: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will undertake an assessment of the effectiveness and progress of the Anfield regeneration project.

  • Transport

    • Chief Scientific Advisers

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

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of projected ticket prices for rail passengers using the High Speed 2 rail line.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he expects High Speed 2 will require a separate ticket pricing structure from regular rail services.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to publish information on ticket pricing for High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what form he expects the Chinese investment in High Speed 2 to take.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he expects Chinese workers to be employed in the construction of High Speed 2.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to provide training for drivers of heavy goods vehicles to increase awareness of the dangers...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many telephone lines with the prefix (a) 0845, (b) 0844 and (c) 0843 his Department (i) operates and (ii) sponsors; how many calls each such number...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Ministers for Women and for Equalities what recent discussions the Government Equalities Office has had with the Home Office about ending domestic abuse and violence against women.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid in consolatory payments for claimants in (a) Preston and (b) the rest of the UK in each of the last three years.

    • Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of employment opportunities resulting from the Commonwealth Games; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress his Department has made on improving the employment and support allowance appeals process.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many cases in Bradford are (a) pending and (b) being processed through his Department's mandatory reconsideration mechanism; (2) how...

      Employment and Support Allowance: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what additional resources his Department is making available to reduce the time taken to process requests for mandatory reconsideration of...

      Employment Schemes: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with Glasgow city council on the Glasgow Guarantee.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which jobcentres (a) do and (b) do not have wi-fi access for jobseekers to use.

      Jobcentre Plus: Middlesbrough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of changes in the number of interpreters available at Middlesbrough Jobcentre in the last 12 months.

      National Employment Savings Trust Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are enrolled in the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST); how many such people enrolled in NEST are making additional...

      National Employment Savings Trust Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much is paid out in tax relief each month for savers within the National Employment Savings Trust; and what the average amount paid out in...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for personal independence payment have been refused to date.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims have been submitted for personal independence payment in each month since its introduction.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time to process a personal independence payment claim has been in each month since it was introduced.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants for personal independence payment who require a home consultation have waited longer than (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d)...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what comparative assessment he has made of the average waiting time for claimants of the personal independence payment who require a home...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many applications for personal independence payment were made by individuals diagnosed with a terminal illness in each of the three...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the contracts for personal independence payment assessments were awarded to Atos and Capita; and how many applications they were forecast...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are claiming (a) disability living allowance and (b) personal independence payment following an adverse effect to a medical...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on ensuring that people claiming benefits receive medical treatment...

      Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's key performance indicators are for decisions that require mandatory reconsideration.

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on the freezing of state pensions for those living overseas.

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensions are paid to British citizens resident overseas.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he expects EU funding allocated to the Youth Guarantee to be drawn down in the UK.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the level of youth unemployment in (a) the UK and (b) Bournemouth East constituency; and if he will make a...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many officials have acted as Senior Responsible Officer for the universal credit project since 2010.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the business case for the universal credit programme.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people started to receive universal credit in March 2014.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2014, Official Report, column 176W, on work capability assessment, if he will make it his policy to set a...

  • House of Lords

    • Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of air pollution on the development of an irregular heartbeat and blood clots in the lung.

    • Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many apprenticeship starts there were in public sector employers in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively in total and for each apprenticeship...

      Armed Forces: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to explore the possibility of electronic voting in elections for members of the armed forces posted overseas.

      Armed Forces: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they use to determine when a member or former member of the armed forces is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and is entitled to...

      Bank Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken over the last year to move their accounts from foreign-owned to state-owned banks .

      Census

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to include, in their consideration of the future of the national census, the possibility of collecting data for electoral registration...

      Census

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that online completion of census data could be combined with online electoral registration.

      Charities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 13 May (WA 467), whether the annual gross income of charities included contributions from...

      Coalition Governments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to provide a response to the report of the Select Committee on the Constitution on the Constitutional implications of coalition government...

      Constituencies: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the event that Scottish voters opt for an independent Scotland, what plans they have in relation to the status of Scottish constituencies at the 2015...

      Co-operative Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any department, executive agency or non-departmental public body has a banking arrangement with the Co-operative Bank.

      Criminal Proceedings: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the data published in court proceeding tables associated with their criminal justice statistics quarterly report of December 2013, whether they...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for signing off Department for Work and Pensions training guidelines and manuals used by Atos and Capita.

      Deportation: Somalia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to continue enforced removals to Mogadishu, Somalia, pending the publication of an official decision on the country guidance case and an...

      Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the resources and support available to teachers to help equip students for adult life.

      Elections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage (1) attainers, and (2) all eligible voters, to apply to register to vote online; and, whether they have plans to combine...

      Elections: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the rates of (1) misuse of postal votes, and (2) voting fraud, in the light of the recent local elections and the European...

      Entry Clearances: Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current policy on granting visas for musical ensembles from Russia; why there was a delay in issuing visas recently for the Lyra Ensemble from...

      Estate Agents Act 1979

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many estate agents were subject to (1) a warning notice, and (2) a prohibition order, for each year since 1984 under the Estate Agents Act 1979.

      Eurostar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received any representations about the refusal of Eurostar to allow pets on board its trains using the Passports for Pets scheme.

      Financial Services: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the dismissal of the United Kingdom’s challenge to the proposed financial transaction tax at the European Court of Justice, whether they...

      Food Technology: Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that cookery is included in the curriculum as part of design and technology lessons.

      Free School Meals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are putting in place to encourage increased up-take of free school meals among eligible pupils.

      Further Education: Free School Meals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to allow colleges to provide free meals transactions on individual student smart cards.

      GCE AS-level

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with universities, and what research they have conducted, in relation to the impact that changes to the A/S level examinations...

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of sex education in schools for life in the 21st century.

      Helen Ukpabio

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 14 May (WA 519–20), whether they will place in the Library of the House the letter...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why HS2 Ltd, in acknowledging petitions deposited against the High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands) Bill, requires petitioners to set up an account...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the switch data encryption system proposed by HS2 Ltd for communication with petitioners against the High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands)...

      Higher Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the reported increase in complaints from university students about the educational services provided by universities.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hospital beds per head of the population there were in (1) England, (2) London and (3) Lewisham, in each year from 2008–09 to 2013–14.

      Housing Benefit (Habitual Residence) Amendment Regulations 2014

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Housing Benefit (Habitual Residence) Amendment Regulations 2014 on rates of homelessness and rough...

      Human Papillomavirus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the sub-committee of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation which is investigating extending the human papillomavirus immunisation...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 14 May (WA 522), why they do not intend to ring-fence monies identified by the Independent Living Fund as...

      International Conference on Population and Development

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they will take to help implement the Stockholm Statement of Commitment developed at the April 2014 International Conference on Population and...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with their European partners with regard to listing Israeli settler groups such as Hilltop Youth as terrorist groups,...

      Military Decorations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering the award of a United Kingdom national defence medal for Her Majesty's armed forces personnel who have served since the end of...

      Money Advice Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many calls per week on average were received by the Money Advice Service (1) before, and (2) after, the television advertising campaign; and how much has...

      National Identity: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to ensure that British values are taught in schools.

      Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 14 May (WA 525) on the issue of children accused of witchcraft in Nigeria, whether their policy includes...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been done to implement the recommendation of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations in North Korea (1225, h: p 371)...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take to promote the education of United Kingdom citizens about the events of 1948 in Palestine.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether British passport holders wanted by the police have their details routinely reported to Border Force.

      Peers: Correspondence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 8 May (HL Deb, col 1574), when will they respond to the email sent by Lord Wills to Roger Smethurst at the...

      Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest available figures on output (1) per worker, and (2) per hour worked, in the United Kingdom; and how those figures compare with the...

      Pupils: Holidays

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many parents have been imprisoned for non-payment of fines in respect of taking their school-age children on holiday during term time.

      Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to protect vulnerable people from radicalisation.

      Religion: GCE A-level

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of sixth form colleges in England offered Religious Studies at A-level in 2009 and 2013.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to bring their proposals to give HM Revenue and Customs power to remove money from bank accounts without prior judicial process for...

      School Meals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many schools will not have the facilities to provide hot meals in September.

      Succession to the Crown Act 2013

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Wallace of Tankerness on 26 February (HL Deb, col 921), whether they are now in a position to implement the Succession to the...

      Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to implement fully the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010, including the secondary legislation and a programme to ensure that the...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any estimate of the likely financial consequences for taxpayers over the official retirement age of any merger of income tax and...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money was repaid to taxpayers as a result of overcharging by HM Revenue and Customs in each of 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12 and...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the challenge made via the World Trade Organisation to the introduction of standardised tobacco packaging in Australia, in...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to continue with the introduction of restrictions on the display of tobacco in smaller shops from April 2015, in the light of their plans...

      Trident

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that any extension of the mutual defence agreement with the United States does not pre-empt decisions by Parliament on...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the bond document of the loan that they have guaranteed for the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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