Written answers

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

  • Scotland

    • Postal Services: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the effect on postal services in Scotland of competition between providers.

    • Passport Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will take steps to provide compensation for people in Scotland who have lost out financially as a result of delayed passport applications.

      Passport Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will take steps to provide compensation for people in Scotland who have lost out financially as a result of delayed passport applications.

      General Election Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will bring forward legislative proposals to provide that, in the event of a vote for Scottish independence in the forthcoming referendum,...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Cemeteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations he has received on the establishment of a national cemetery; and if he will make a statement.

    • Golf: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to promote golfing holidays in the (a) North West and (b) UK.

      Lotteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department's proposed constitution on society lotteries, which was first announced in December 2012, will consider ways to...

      Lotteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what information his Department holds on how much society lotteries have generated for good causes in each of the last six years.

      Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 125W, on the Press, when he expects a date for meeting victims of press...

      War Memorials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department has allocated to the maintenance of war memorials in each of the next three years; what steps it takes to...

      War Memorials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what information his Department holds on the (a) number and (b) location of memorials to commemorate the war dead in the (i) first world...

      War Memorials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department has (a) taken in each of the last three years and (b) plans to take in the next two years to ensure that war...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when she last met the (a) CEO and (b) chair of the British Business Bank to discuss how that organisation can more effectively support Northern...

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when she last discussed the potential devolution of corporation tax to Northern Ireland with the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what role she will play in the forthcoming talks between party leaders in Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will commission an independent assessment of the effect of changes to funding levels of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are in prisons in Northern Ireland for terrorist-related offences; what the age profile is of those prisoners; what assessment...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many grades there are in the civil service; (2) if he will take steps to reduce the number of grades in the civil service.

    • Crime: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of crime in (a) Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency, (b) North Yorkshire and (c)...

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what digital-by-default Government services will be available by next year; and what support he plans to make available to older people and those who...

      Employment: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) which organisations funded by his Department restrict employment to members of particular faiths; (2) what his Department's policy is on funding...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people currently claiming jobseeker's allowance are aged (a) 16, (b) 17, (c) 18, (d) 19, (e) 20, (f) 21, (g) 22, (h) 23, (i) 24 and (j) 25 years.

      Pearson VUE

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which Government Departments use (a) Pearson VUE and (b) Pearson Professional Centres for delivering tests; and if he will provide details of each such use.

      Private Sector: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many private sector employees aged over 21 and under the state pension age have gross earnings between £111 and £192 per week in each...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what estimate he has made of the duration in days that airports in the south east of England would be able to run at full...

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to publish its Fifth Assessment Report.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer of 14 May 2014, Official Report, column 595W, on electricity, what assessment he has made of whether the...

      Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what mechanisms his Department has put in place to monitor the amount of available capacity in the UKOP, GPSS and MLP UK pipeline systems.

      Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department has taken to ensure equality of access to the UKOP, GPSS and MLP UK pipeline systems.

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will provide information on the performance of those heat pumps which have been installed in domestic premises on a trial basis.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons he decided against change following his review into his Department's check-off system for employees' trade union...

  • 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 Abdulaziz al-Abbar.

    • Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Indonesia on human rights in West Papua.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK Embassy in Saudi Arabia provides support and protection to human rights activists in that country.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise the case of Fowzan al-Harbi with the Saudi Arabian Government.

      St Lucia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that the Gloria Greenwood murder and trial of the suspects is discussed during any future visit...

      Tajikistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise respect for human rights, the rule of law and the case of Mr Alexander Sodiqov with Tajik Foreign Minister...

      Tony Blair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by what process Tony Blair was appointed to the post of Middle East peace envoy; and who approved that appointment.

  • Transport

    • First TransPennine Express and Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the potential increase in passenger numbers on (a) the TransPennine Express and (b) Northern Rail lines during the life of...

    • First TransPennine Express and Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what role (a) his Department and (b) local authorities will have in (i) specifying and (ii) managing the new franchises for rail passenger services on...

      First TransPennine Express and Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the franchise specifications for rail passenger services on the (a) TransPennine and (b) Northern lines contained in his Department's...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the performance of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency during the search for the Water Rail between 20 and 22 May 2014.

      Rescue Services: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre at Belfast was staffed at below risk-assessed levels in (a) April 2014 and (b) May 2014.

      Rescue Services: Stornoway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre at Stornoway was staffed at below risk-assessed levels in (a) April 2014 and (b) May 2014.

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Virgin Trains on ensuring that its proposed train service from Blackpool to Euston will stop at Kirkham Station.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has had discussions with his counterparts in the devolved Administrations on the proposed National Pollinator...

    • Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress he has made on provision for the kennelling and seizure of suspected dangerous dogs; and what changes he...

      Dredging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many marine dredging applications have been dealt with by the Marine Management Organisation using the online marine...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of his Department's consumption in kWh of (a) gas and (b) electricity in each month since June...

      Organic Farming: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much land in Yorkshire was given over to organic farming in each year since 2008-09.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Construction: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to improve skill levels in the construction industry.

    • Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will place in the Library copies of the K-Matrix UK Security Sectors reports for each year from 2008 to 2013.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of his Department's consumption in kWh of (a) gas and (b) electricity in each month since June 2010;...

      Enterprise Zones: Coleraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans UK Trade & Investment has to promote the new Enterprise Zone in Coleraine as a location for potential...

      Environment Protection: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in how many green infrastructure projects the Green Investment Bank has invested in Scotland.

      Medicine: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effect on funding for medical research of Scottish independence.

      Science: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on increasing the research budget for science to 0.7% of gross domestic product.

      Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department has spent on funding for trade union representatives studying Trade Union Congress (TUC) learning aims in...

  • Treasury

    • Mapeley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2014, Official Report, column 675W, on Mapeley, how many years the Private Finance Initiative contract between HM Revenue...

    • Personal Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will meet representatives of financial institutions to discuss how those institutions can assist customers to get the best return on their savings.

      Reserve Forces: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of reserve servicemen who have been allocated the wrong tax code by HM Revenue and Customs as a result of their...

      Tax Avoidance: British Virgin Islands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has held with his counterpart in the British Virgin Islands on tax evasion and avoidance in that country; and if he will make a...

      Tax Collection

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes have been made to the methodology for assessing compliance yield for tax collection in the last 10 years.

      Welfare Tax Credits: York

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in (a) York Central constituency and (b) York Unitary Authority area received child and working tax credits in 2009 and in each year since.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much revenue has been raised by his Department from employment and support allowance claimants telephoning 0843 515 8650 in (a) 2013 and...

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employment and support allowance claimants telephoned 0843 515 8650 in the first quarter of 2014; what the average cost of such calls...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for employment and support allowance submitted by people in Preston in 2013 have yet to be determined.

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what budget was set for the Youth Contract in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15.

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on the Youth Contract in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of his Department’s consumption in kWh of (a) gas and (b) electricity in each month since June 2010; and what...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many councils in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland funded discretionary housing payments beyond the funds allocated to them by his...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department is gathering from local authorities on the number of disabled people who are currently supported to live in...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how his Department plans to monitor the effect of changes in the Independent Living Fund on individual recipients; and if he will make a statement.

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect on disabled people in work of the closure of the Independent Living Fund.

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department holds on the employment status of Independent Living Fund recipients; and if he will make a statement.

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to address the current geographical imbalance in Independent Living Fund (ILF) use by local authorities in...

      Pension Credit: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in (a) York Central constituency and (b) York Unitary Authority area received pension credit in the last year for which...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps are being taken to better identify those personal independence payment claimants who could be assessed solely on the basis of...

      Personal Independence Payment: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for personal independence payments submitted by people in Preston in 2013 have yet to be determined.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when and where his Department plans to next introduce universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the risk register for the universal credit programme.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many universal credit claimants have been sanctioned in each month since October 2013.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many universal credit claimants have become ineligible for the benefit as a consequence of increased income since October 2013.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department is currently pursuing plans for jam jar bank accounts under the universal credit programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Valuation of Life and Health Interdepartmental Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the Health and Safety Executive's submission to the Interdepartmental Group for the Valuation of Life...

      Valuation of Life and Health Interdepartmental Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the explicit monetary value per quality-adjusted life was in the context of workplace accidents and regulation, as quoted as part of the...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to reduce the backlog of work capability assessments.

  • Education

    • Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education on how many occasions ministerial authorisation has been granted for expenditure which exceeded his Department's internal efficiency control thresholds...

    • Schools: Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance he has given education authorities, free schools and academies on maternity pay for staff transferring schools during pregnancy.

  • Home Department

    • DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of DNA profiles on the DNA database which had been previously removed.

    • DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many DNA profiles of current prisoners have not been added to the DNA database.

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many successful matches there have been between DNA profiles taken from crime scenes and those stored on the national DNA database in...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the TecSOS system for high-risk victims of domestic abuse; and what plans she has to...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of her Department's consumption in kWh of (a) gas and (b) electricity in each month since June 2010; and what the...

      HM Passport Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department from which other Departments temporary additional staff at the Passport Office have been deployed; and what training costs have arisen from...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 25 April 2014, Official Report, column 717W, on human trafficking, what tailored support is given to victims...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 25 April 2014, Official Report, column 717W, on human trafficking, what information her Department holds on...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 25 April 2014, Official Report, column 717W, on human trafficking, what tailored support is given to victims...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will ensure that the regulations governing the new contract for the specialist support providers allow bids to provide ongoing care...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department further to the answer of 25 June 2014, Official Report, column 210W, on human trafficking, how many calls in each of the years from 2011 to...

      Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on how many UK-based registered users of the paedophile file-sharing network website boylover.net have...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which organisations collect subscriptions through the employers' payroll service in her Department and its agencies.

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of police hunts for all prisoners who have absconded or escaped from prisons in...

      Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward legislative changes to ensure deaths are registered within five to 10 days of the death occurring without it being...

      Standford Hill Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of the police hunt for Michael Wheatley, who absconded from HM Prison Standford...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contract or temporary employees were employed in (a) the Case Resolution Directorate and (b) the Case Assurance and Audit Unit in...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time employees were employed in (a) the case resolution directorate and (b) the case assurance and audit unit in each year of...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of renaming (a) the Case Resolution Directorate in 2011 and (b) the Case Assurance and Audit Unit in 2013.

      UK Visas and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contract or temporary employees are employed in the older live cases unit; and what proportion of the overall staff count are...

      UK Visas and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time staff are employed in the older live cases unit.

      Verne Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brent Central of 16 June 2014, Official Report, column 445W, on HMP Verne, in which prison...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which 10 primary care areas in England had the (a) highest and (b) lowest abortion rates per 1,000 women aged between 15 and 44 years in 2013.

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) evaluated since May 2010 on the number of women who died following complications from a...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to support calorific labelling on alcoholic drinks.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adults with autism in England receive support having previously been identified by a local authority as being at risk of abuse or neglect.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to reduce the number of avoidable deaths from breast cancer.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans (a) his Department and (b) NHS England have to capture the experiences of cancer patients outside hospital settings; (2) what plans NHS...

      Care Act 2014

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the Care Act 2014 part 1 regulations to be laid before the House.

      Care Homes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions his Department has had with providers of residential care for people with physical impairments and learning difficulties on...

      Care Homes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many places in residential care homes were available for people with (a) physical impairments and (b) learning difficulties or complex needs in each...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make available additional funding to improve care for people with dementia.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Ministers from the devolved Administrations were invited to attend the Global Dementia Legacy Event in London in June 2014.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with its counterparts in Northern Ireland ahead of the Global Dementia Legacy event in London on 19 June 2014.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings he has had with patient groups to discuss the difficulties patients face in booking appointments with their GP.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will promote the roll-out of the values and behaviours of the 6 Cs beyond nursing, midwifery and care staff.

      Mental Health Services: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will assess the effectiveness of the implementation of the conclusions of Delivering Race Equality in mental health care: An action plan for...

      NHS: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS health trusts have (a) recruited and (b) advertised for staff outside the UK since 1 January 2013.

      Obesity: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of potential links between alcohol and obesity.

      Out-patients: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what measures are currently in place to record the number of missed GP appointments; (2) what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the NHS of...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government have spent on prostate cancer research in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Respiratory System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps so that Public Health England introduces a case-finding spirometry test component as part of the NHS Health Check for people aged...

      Respiratory System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding will be designated for basic and applied research into respiratory disease in 2014-15; and if he will make a statement.

      Respiratory System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce premature mortality from respiratory disease in Peterborough constituency.

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reasons his Department’s Outcomes Strategy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases and Asthma in England, published in 2011, does...

      Social Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the availability of a range of housing and care options for people with physical disabilities and learning...

      Social Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adults with (a) autism and (b) learning disabilities accessed care and support under the Fair Access to Care Services eligibility criteria in (i)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of extending entitlement to Healthy Start vouchers and vitamins to all claimants of universal credit once...

      Valuation of Life and Health Interdepartmental Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what monetary thresholds were applied to the cost per quality-adjusted life year quoted in the evidence submitted as part of the Health Protection...

      Whyndyke Farm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what amount has been spent on building the psychiatric facility at Whyndyke Farm to date; and when that facility will become fully operational.

  • Justice

    • Civil Partnerships Dissolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy that civil partnerships can be dissolved at any county court.

    • Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representation he has received from magistrates and the judiciary since 1 June 2014 on service delivery; and if he will seek feedback as part of...

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will publish the list of preferred bidders for the Tier 1 Community Rehabilitation Company contracts; (2) when the preferred bidders under...

      Courts: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the NSPCC's Order In Court campaign seeking changes to the way the criminal justice...

      Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many remote sites for giving evidence in court are open in each region of England and Wales.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many claims for compensation have been submitted by residents of Preston constituency to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority that have not...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Justice what discussions she has had with the Lord Chancellor on the introduction of section 77 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 in relation...

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to increase the penalties for uninsured drivers.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether his Department’s employment tribunal statistics are independently assessed for accuracy; (2) for what reasons the quarterly...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy to regularly provide details on private sector bodies who collaborate with public sector bodies on projects which are...

      Mediation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of cases in which compulsory mediation and information meetings would have been appropriate in 2013-14; and what...

      Powers of Attorney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if his Department will strengthen levels of protection of elderly and vulnerable people by allowing the Office of the Public Guardian to...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many hours per week prisoners in HM Prison Whitemoor spent (a) in cells and (b) working in each of the last three years; and what proportion of...

      Prisoners: Driving Instruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the (a) security category and (b) sentence type was of each prisoner recorded as taking car driving lessons and tests in 2013; (2) how many...

      Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of active registered intermediaries that would be required to allow all vulnerable witnesses to have access to...

  • Defence

    • Awe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons a review of the scope of Project Pegasus is being undertaken at the Atomic Weapons Establishment; and what changes he expects to be made...

    • Awe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 22 November 2011, Official Report, column 272W, on AWE, what his most recent estimate is of the (a) anticipated out-turn...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost is of each Lightning II his Department has ordered to date.

      RAF Leuchars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the (a) Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, (b) 2 Close Support Battalion REME and (c) 110 Provost Company RMP are scheduled to move to Leuchars; how many...

      RAF Leuchars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what items of infrastructure have been (a) commissioned for installation and (b) installed at RAF Leuchars in preparation for the arrival of Army units...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) each English region have joined the (i) Army Reserves, (ii) Royal Naval Reserves...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information his Department holds on the use of drones originating at (a) USAF Croughton, (b) RAF Marham, (c) NSA Menwith Hill and (d) RAF...

      War Graves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many graves are maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, by (a) cemetery and (b) country; (2) which cemeteries are maintained by...

      Second World War: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much funding has been allocated for commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war; and if he will make a statement;...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many repeat abortions were performed in 2013 on women aged (1) under 16, (2) 16 to 17, (3) 18 to 19, (4) 20 to 29, (5) 30 to 34, and (6) 35 and over, in...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 10 June (WA 7), why the number of scientific procedures on animals has increased from 2,652,673...

      Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support reparations for victims of conflict-related sexual violence in the six focus countries identified in their National...

      Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their plans to stop the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war announced in June 2014 will cover caste-based sexual violence, rape and so-called...

      Arms Trade: Treaties

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what pressure is being exerted on countries that have not ratified the Arms Trade Treaty.

      Care Act 2014

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why staying safe from abuse or neglect has been omitted from the list of specified care outcomes in the new draft eligibility criteria for the Care Act 2014...

      Domestic Service: Conditions of Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to end the abuse and exploitation of domestic workers in the United Kingdom, especially those from overseas; what means they will...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the allegations of torture and mistreatment of prisoners at the Azouli prison reported in the Guardian on 23 June; and...

      Eritrea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the situation of Eritrean refugees in Sudan and in Egypt; and whether they are discussing the matter with the United...

      EU Enlargement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 17 June (WA 37), which third countries envisage joining the European Union; and what assessment they have...

      Food Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to monitor the scale and causes of food poverty in the United Kingdom; and what steps they plan to take.

      Food Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will develop and implement a cross-departmental strategy for tackling food poverty in the United Kingdom.

      Food Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent report by Church Action on Poverty, Oxfam GB and The Trussell Trust Below the Breadline: The relentless rise of food...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to combat misleading labelling of food.

      Football

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what responses they have had to their approach to Premier League and Football League clubs about the provision of access for disabled people to their...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the incidence of physical, sexual and emotional abuse experienced by transgender individuals placed in mixed-sex...

      Iraq Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with other European countries concerning a role for the International Criminal Court in investigating the legality of the war...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of any change in the treatment of young people arrested in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since the publication of the...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the use of the phrase "cleaning the stables" by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and others in relation to...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many 18 to 21 year-olds claim Jobseeker's Allowance in England; and what proportion of those (1) do not have a Level 3 qualification, and (2) live in...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with representatives of the haulage industry about improving the safety of cyclists and other vulnerable road users.

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that patient data held by the National Health Service are not sold improperly.

      Meriam Ibrahim

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the re-arrest of Meriam Ibrahim and the detention of her husband and children by the Sudanese National State Security at...

      Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to complete their inquiry into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood; and whether they intend to publish their complete findings.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of passengers (1) departing from, and (2) arriving in the United Kingdom by (a) air, (b) rail, and (c) sea, have their passports scanned...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government for how long records are retained from the electronic scanning of passports of persons (1) arriving in, and (2) departing from, the United Kingdom.

      Postal Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to protect the universal postal service in the light of declining use of the service.

      Postal Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering a review of the direct delivery market in the light of postal service providers other than Royal Mail being able to serve...

      Postal Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering any regulatory changes to protect the universal postal service in the light of postal service providers other than Royal Mail...

      Postal Services: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have conducted research to review whether end-to-end competition in the postal sector is more likely to affect the universal service than in...

      Postal Services: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of postal services was delivered through access contracts in each year since access competition was introduced in 2004.

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Category A prisoners have escaped in each of the last 10 years; and how long after the escape each was recaptured or how long each such uncaptured...

      Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to combat radicalisation in Britain.

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any assessment has been made of the officer retention rate in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, particularly of engineer officers. To ask Her...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of secondary and primary schools currently experience a shortage of capacity in regard to school places; and how many schools have been...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are offering members of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development to stop small arms entering South Sudan.

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the impartiality of any protection force deployed to South Sudan by the countries of the Intergovernmental Authority on...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the United Nations Mission in South Sudan has sufficient logistical support to respond to the new protection needs...

      Special Constables

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent award to Kent Police Special Constabulary of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, whether there are any steps being taken...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to ban the leader of the Bodu Bala Sena, Mr Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, from entering the United Kingdom.

      UK Border Force

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the criteria for applicants to the UK Border Force.

      UK Border Force

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how frequently the performance of members of the UK Border Force is reviewed.

      Usa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 17 June (WA 36), whether the figure for United States intelligence flights includes all intelligence...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the policy of withdrawing Employment and Support Allowance payments during mandatory reconsideration of decisions being appealed from the Work...

      World War I

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many bodies of those killed in the First World War are currently unburied; and what are their plans for their interment.

      World War II: Anniversaries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 18 June (WA 84), what plans they have to recognise the contribution of women in auxiliary, emergency...

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