Written answers

Thursday, 3 July 2014

  • Scotland

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of extending entitlement to NHS prescriptions to all claimants of universal credit once universal...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects superfast broadband to be fully rolled out in (a) England and (b) Central Bedfordshire.

    • Broadband: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps his Department has taken to further the provision of high speed broadband in the Heart of the South West area.

      Culture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effects of the distribution of cultural funds and subsidies throughout the regions of the UK.

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will bring forward legislative proposals to increase the penalties available for repeat offenders against the law relating to...

      EU Education, Youth and Culture Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what input officials in his Department sought from their counterparts in the Northern Ireland Executive in preparation for the UK's...

      Tour de France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if his Department will estimate the level of financial benefit in (a) Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the importance of regional tourism in the UK; and what steps he has taken to support small, local...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to help the tourism industry retain its role as a key provider of skills and training for the UK workforce.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Great Britain Tourism Survey that domestic trips...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of extending entitlement to free (a) swimming and (b) other leisure services to all...

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what future foreign visits the Minister for Sport, Tourism and Equalities has planned in relation to her departmental duties; and if he...

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what the cost was of the Minister for Sport, Tourism and Equalities' recent visit to Brazil; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what additional central Government funding is available to electoral registration officers for the purpose of electoral registration in each of the last 10 years;...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with the (a) Prudential Regulation Authority and (b) Financial Conduct Authority about reports of UK banks paying...

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps he has taken to support businesses with five or fewer staff.

      Financial Conduct Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will review the scope of the consumer credit regulatory powers of the Financial Conduct Authority; (2) if he will bring forward legislative...

      Financial Markets: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the regulation of the practice of dark pool trading by...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of (a) disabled and (b) all other staff employed by his Department received each level of performance rating in their end of year...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that proposed accelerated payment notices are not applied retrospectively.

      UK Membership of EU: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the economic benefit to Northern Ireland of the UK's membership of the EU.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Self-employed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many self-employed people claimed (a) child tax credits and (b) working tax credits in each of the last 10 years.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) with reference to paragraph 1.20 of the Fire Statistics Great Britain 2012-13; what the reasons are for the difference in...

    • Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) with reference to the difference in the record of the number of primary fires in England attended by the Fire and Rescue...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will publish the research on the effect of age on aerobic capacity used by the Government in developing proposals...

      Fire Services: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if his Department will investigate the adequacy of the London Fire Brigade and other fire and rescue services' contingency...

      Fire Services: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure that fire and rescue services are providing adequate training to resilience crews to maintain...

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the granting of full pensions to firefighters over 55 years old who are forced to retire due to naturally...

      Housing: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a local planning authority which rejects a housing development application which is subsequently approved on appeal by...

      Tree Preservation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department has given to local authorities on dealing with trees that are subject to a preservation order.

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will amend paragraph 98 of the National Planning Policy Framework to require applicants for onshore wind energy...

  • Transport

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 the cost of...

    • 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...

      First TransPennine Express and Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the match between service levels and passenger demand on each section of the (a) TransPennine Express and (b)...

      First TransPennine Express and Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the value for money of current levels of service on each section of the (a) TransPennine Express and (b) Northern...

      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...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the hon. Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 29 May 2014 on behalf of a constituent.

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with Northern Rail on modernising stations on the South Fylde line.

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Network Rail on the introduction of a passing loop on the South Fylde Line.

      Rescue Services: Liverpool

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

      Valuation of Life and Health Interdepartmental Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what monetary thresholds were applied to the cost-per-quality adjusted life year quoted in the evidence submitted as part of his Department's work with...

  • Health

    • Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that national guidelines on asthma care are implemented; and what steps his Department is taking to improve the quality...

    • Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of mothers in England are breastfeeding their baby on discharge from neonatal care.

      Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to promote breastfeeding for mothers of babies in neonatal care.

      Chlamydia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to encourage postal tests and other alternative routes for Chlamydia screening; how many postal tests for Chlamydia were used in...

      Chlamydia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what routes other than postal screening, GP surgeries and sexual health clinics, are being encouraged for opportunistic Chlamydia screening.

      Commissioning Support Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much income commissioning support units earned from clinical commissioning groups in 2013-14; and what proportion of that income related to support...

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cystic fibrosis sufferers have died while being on the waiting list for a lung transplant in each of the last five years.

      East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the speech by Simon Stevens, CEO, NHS England on 4 June 2014, if he will call in and review the decision taken by the East Kent...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 the cost of such...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the effect of projected population growth on the demand for GP services over the next 10 years.

      Knee Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the current waiting times are for NHS knee replacement operation in England, by region.

      Knee Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of NHS knee replacement operations and subsequent revisions in England in the last three years.

      Knee Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many NHS knee replacement operations were carried out in England, by region, in the last three years; (2) how many knee replacement revisions...

      Lung Diseases: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the performance of the lung transplant allocation system; and what steps he is taking to ensure that as many lung...

      Lung Diseases: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of donated lungs are successfully transplanted.

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 16 December 2013, Official Report, column 524W, on NHS: public appointments, where the data showing the gender of people...

      NHS: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many requests for advice on competition related issues Monitor received from each (a) NHS trust and (b) foundation trust in 2013-14.

      NHS: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much Monitor (a) spent in 2013-14 and (b) plans to spend in 2014-15 on the enforcement of the NHS Provider Licence; (2) how much Monitor (a)...

      NHS: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Monitor spent in 2013-14 on supporting NHS trusts in relation to the competition aspects of mergers and acquisitions; how much Monitor intends to...

      NHS: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many requests for advice on competition-related issues the NHS Trust Development Authority received from each NHS trusts in 2013-14.

      NHS: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the NHS Trust Development Authority spent in 2013-14 on the enforcement of the licence conditions relating to choice and competition as set...

      NHS: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS Trust Development Authority spent in 2013-14 to support NHS trusts in relation to the competition aspects of mergers and acquisitions;...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to be able to introduce the sharing of patient data with community pharmacists in support of patient safety in England.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that the expertise of community pharmacists is fully utilised to reduce the burden on general practice.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure the same standard of care across the country for those diagnosed with prostate cancer.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will include prostate cancer in the next Be Clear on Cancer awareness campaign; and if he will make a statement.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of extending entitlement to (a) free prescriptions, (b) free eye tests and (c) free dental care to all...

      Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had on the financial position of Warrington and Halton NHS Foundation Trust; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what her Department's policy is on work experience placements; and how many such placement requests have been accepted in each year since 2010.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many of the six million people identified as missing on the electoral register...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the target was for each voter registration drive of the last five years of the...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, (1) how many times an electoral registration officer (ERO) has to fail Standard...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, on which dates the Electoral Commission will report to (a) Parliament and (b)...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, on what specific date the Electoral Commission plans to publish its estimate of the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Average Earnings: Warrington

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate the UK Statistics Authority has made of the gross weekly earnings of (a) men, (b) women and (c) all people employed (i) full-time and (ii)...

    • Civil Servants: Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to ensure gender equality in civil service salaries.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what Government spending was in reform of the process of procurement and across central Government in each year since May 2010.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Marriage Certificates

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities what progress she has made on modernising marriage certificates.

  • Home Department

    • Cheshire Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding has been allocated to Cheshire Police in (a) cash and (b) real terms in each year since 2005.

    • Domestic Violence: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many call-outs police in Preston attended in response to domestic violence in 2013.

      Educational Testing Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the statement of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 206, on student visas, what due diligence tests her Department undertook...

      Educational Testing Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the statement of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 206, on student visas, on what date her Department first became aware of...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the statement of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 206, on student visas, how many students wrongly awarded language...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the statement of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 209W, on student visas, what the projected cost in 2014-15 is of the...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward legislative proposals to establish a statutory system of guardianship to support victims of child trafficking.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the target time is for dealing with passport applications; (2) what proportion of passport applications have been dealt with...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Immigration and Passport Service on (a) the service's ability to meet the three-week timescale for...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of passport applications submitted in each month since June 2010; and how many such applications...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's definition of straightforward is in relation to passport applications.

      Passports: Kilmarnock

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for passports have been made by residents in Kilmarnock and Loudoun in each of the last 12 months.

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to encourage more rape victims to report that crime to the police and to ensure that they are treated appropriately...

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in each police force area have been (a) arrested and (b) prosecuted for cyber-stalking to date.

      Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to amend the Interception of Communications Code of Practice to include provisions for identifying and reporting...

      Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to improve the quality of statistics held by Government agencies relating to data communication interceptions.

      Surveillance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to bring section 67(9) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 into force.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place a copy of 2014DIN07-082 on 2014/2015 Defence Cyber Practitioner Courses in the Library.

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 the cost of such...

      HMS Severn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what Russian Navy ships HMS Severn intercepted in the English Channel on 25 June 2014; and whether HMS Severn was assigned to the Fleet Ready Escort role...

      Minesweepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Shallow Water Influence Minesweeping System was purchased; on what vessels it operated from; whether it is still operational; and what the total...

      Minesweepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on the Unmanned Sea Vehicle-based Mine Countermeasures Hydrographic Programme Sweep Demonstrator project.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the titles of all reports covering the effects of the use of a UK nuclear weapon produced by (a) his Department and (b) the Atomic...

      RAF Lossiemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost has been of transfer of all Typhoon Force mission-specific equipment and related removable fittings and fixtures from RAF Leuchars to RAF...

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements his Department has made with the US administration on control of the base at NSA Menwith Hill.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost is of the Weapon Handling and Launch System and Submerged Signal Ejector support contract.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Weapon Handling and Launch support contract includes an obligation on the contractor to provide waterfront support in the loading and...

  • International Development

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which policies of other countries he has assessed with regards to the gassing of badgers.

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion of 25 November 2013, Official Report, column...

      Dredging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the number of marine dredging applications that will be dealt with by the Marine...

      Dredging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the average length of time taken by the Marine Management Organisation to approve a...

      Fishing Gear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people have been prosecuted for setting intertidal nets in England in each of the last three years.

      Fishing Gear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many inshore fisheries and conservation authorities in England have bylaws to prohibit the setting of intertidal nets;...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent on biodiversity on the public forest estate in each year since 2004-05.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much Government spending there was on public forest estate in each year since 2008-09.

      Forests: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many hectares of Forestry Commission public forest estate there was in Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since...

      Natural England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will assess the level of public confidence in Natural England's appeals process.

      Recycling: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of waste collected in City of York has been recycled in each year since 2008-09; and what funding his...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will assign a focal point in all UK missions for human rights defenders, including women human rights defenders, to...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policy towards Burma of the recently published brief by the Chin Human...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential consequences of the proposed religious conversion bill in Burma and the situation...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Chinese counterparts on animal welfare issues in China.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has held with President Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo on a peaceful transition to a new...

      Energy

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

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on the initiative of which member states the wording of the draft Conclusions of the EU Presidency at the European Council...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the adherence of Hamas to the Quartet Principles. [R]

      South Pacific

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the value of the Senior Pacific Police Leadership Program; and (b) the effect of the level of...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer for 4 March 2014, Official Report, column 765W, on carbon emissions, to which other technologies that...

    • Climate Change: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to ensure the Government are represented at the highest level at the upcoming UN Conference on Climate Change in Lima.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assumptions underly the change set out in his Department's Impact Assessment for the Capacity Mechanism of June 2014 on the...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the Impact Assessment for the Capacity Market, IA No: DECC0151, what the reasons are for the change between October...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the Net Present Value to 2030 of the Capacity Market in a scenario in which the Value of Loss of Load is...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) which local authorities have received funding under the Core Cities Energy Efficiency programme; (2) which local authorities...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding has been allocated under the core cities energy efficiency programme.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with energy companies on retail and wholesale energy prices.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which local authorities have received funding under the Green Deal Communities programme.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding has been allocated under the Green Deal Communities programme to date.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding his Department has allocated under the pioneer places programme.

      Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that the recent reductions in wholesale gas prices available to energy companies are benefiting consumers.

      Private Rented Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the number of landlords who have upgraded the energy efficiency of their properties to EPC...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2014, Official Report, column 1249, on low-carbon electricity projects, (1) if he will place in the...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2014, Official Report, column 1258, on energy security, what the evidential basis is for his...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment and evaluation of the effectiveness of the feed-in tariff scheme have been completed and published during the period of...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on future public subsidies to onshore solar energy projects; and if he will make a statement.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of extending entitlement to WaterSure to all claimants of universal credit once...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Flexible Working Regulations 2014 on workers with zero hours contracts.

    • Copyright: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the legal proceedings recently instituted in other EU member states against...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had on proposed changes to the disabled students' allowance.

      Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to implement section 74 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 before the end of the current...

      Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the complaints received by the European Consumer Centres' Network against...

      Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department's planned timeline is for the implementation of section 74 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013;...

      Higher Education: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many young people from (a) Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency, (b) North Yorkshire and (c) Yorkshire and the Humber (i)...

      Manufacturing Industries: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many delegates from manufacturers based in Northern Ireland were invited to the BIS Manufacturing Summit 2014 held on 19 June...

      New Businesses: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applicants for the Start-Up Loans Scheme have been received from Northern Ireland; and what value of such loans have...

      Space Technology: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what work the National Space Agency is doing to support the development of a regional space small and medium-sized enterprise...

  • Justice

    • Islam: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to encourage mosques to register with the General Registry Office to perform civil marriages and partnerships.

    • Islam: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to raise awareness among Muslim couples that Islamic marriages without a legal component are not recognised in England and Wales.

      Life Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many life sentence prisoners were moved into open prisons in each month between January 2010 and December 2013.

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in open prisons were returned to closed prisons in each of the last three years by (a) reason for their return and (b) type of offence...

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2014, Official Report, column 458W, on open prisons, what data his Department holds on the number of (a) prisoners in...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of sentence was for (a) the total prison population and (b) foreign national prisoners, by type of offence, in 2012.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many agency staff were used at each prison establishment in England and Wales on 9 June 2014 to carry out operational support grade functions.

      Prisoners’ Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many indeterminate sentence prisoners have been considered and (a) approved and (b) rejected for release on temporary licence; and how many of these...

      Prisoners: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the average cost per (a) prison place and (b) prisoner in each category of prison was in the latest period for which figures are available;...

      Probation Trusts: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many safety officers are employed by probation trusts to help (a) female and (b) male victims of domestic violence.

      Recovery of Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice who is responsible for paying defendant costs orders; and which organisation receives payment if costs are awarded for a successful prosecution of a breach.

      Secure Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether his policy of an early bedtime for young offenders will apply in secure colleges; (2) whether the time set for an early bedtime for...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what average amount of child maintenance arrears is owed to parents with care.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many child support agency arrears cases are cases where there is no ongoing liability.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Child Support Agency has in place to review decisions taken to temporarily suspend action to recover child maintenance arrears...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, columns 171-2W, on children: maintenance, how much of the amount is written off in...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference the answer of 27 June 2012, Official Report, column 296, on children: maintenance, what proportion of Child Support Agency...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) with reference to the statement of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament's...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department plans to give the devolved Administrations and local authorities before 2015 on meeting the care and support needs...

      Refineries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps his Department has taken to ensure that former oil refineries being converted to bulk storage and distribution terminals meet...

      Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which official welfare-related engagements (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have attended in Scotland since May 2010.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households with a person aged 75 or over in (a) York Central constituency and (b) York Unitary Authority area were eligible for a free...

      UK Statistical Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to reduce the number of rebukes his Department receives from the UK Statistical Authority.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans Jobcentre Plus has to work with the organisation Movement to Work.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of extending entitlement to cold weather payments to all claimants of universal credit once...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of extending entitlement to funeral payments to all claimants of universal credit once...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with representatives from charitable and youth organisations on the effect of the new flat-rate housing cost...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the effect of universal credit on the...

  • Education

    • Academies: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many (a) leaseholds and (b) freeholds have been transferred to academy trusts from local authorities since 2010; (2) what value of land has...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how much local authorities have spent on external contractors employed to deliver childcare services, excluding fostering and adoption in (a)...

      Education: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children in state education in (a) York local authority area and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber region achieved (i) Level 2 or above...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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 the cost of...

      Internet: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to tackle cyber-bullying; and what resources his Department provides to charities which address this issue.

      Pearson VUE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make an assessment of the performance of Pearson VUE in delivering skills tests for prospective teachers on behalf of his Department.

      Pearson VUE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what Pearson VUE's process is for appealing test results and complaints procedure.

      Pearson VUE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which office in his Department or its arm’s length bodies has responsibility for the oversight of outsourcing QTS numeracy and skills tests to...

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make it his policy to record cases of bullying as reported by victims in schools by counts of cyber-bullying and similar sub-categories.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of retention rates of qualified teachers.

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the number of children who are taught by unqualified teachers.

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many trainee (a) English, (b) mathematics, (c) all sciences, (d) general science, (e) biology, (f) chemistry, (g) physics, (h) ICT, (i) design and...

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many trainee (a) English, (b) mathematics, (c) all sciences, (d) general science, (e) biology, (f) chemistry, (g) physics, (h) ICT, (i) design and...

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many trainee (a) English, (b) mathematics, (c) all sciences, (d) general science, (e) biology, (f) chemistry, (g) physics, (h) ICT, (i) design and...

      Teachers: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average retirement age was for teachers in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teacher training places were allocated in (a) English, (b) mathematics, (c) all sciences, (d) general science, (e) biology, (f) chemistry, (g)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of extending entitlement to school clothing grants via (a) vouchers and (b) cash or cheque to all...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of extending entitlement to free early education to all claimants of universal credit once universal...

  • House of Lords

    • Accommodation Agencies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will identify the redress schemes approved to accept complaints against letting agents, under the Redress Schemes for Letting Agency Work and...

    • Detention Centres

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they gave to (1) the death of detainee Christine Case, and (2) allegations of sexual assault, at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal...

      Former Prime Ministers: Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 18 June (WA 63), 14 May (WA 512), 6 May (WA 359), 7 April (WA 234) and 20 March (WA 52), on...

      Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total budget each year for free schools in academic years 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, and so far in 2013–14; what plans,...

      Higher Education: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to establish a nationwide appeals system for higher education students in the United Kingdom who wish to appeal on the basis of awarded...

      Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what grounds they consider that the Horseracing Betting Levy is compatible with articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

      Medals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 30 June 2014 (WA 218), whether civilian awards, not for gallantry, can be awarded posthumously.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have bought a house with the assistance of the Help to Buy scheme.

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual cost of the National Health Service. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the sources of National Health Service revenue; and in...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many non-clinical or managerial staff were working in the National Health Service on (1) 1 April 2010, and (2) 1 April 2014.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding they are providing to Sri Lanka in 2014 and what funding they will provide in the next five years; and from which sources.

      Vocational Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) what is the latest estimate of employer spending on training in England, and (2) how much employers spent on (a) trainee wages in general, and (b)...

      World War II: Anniversaries

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

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