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Written answers

Monday, 7 July 2014

  • Prime Minister

    • Abortion

      To ask the Prime Minister whether it is the Government's policy that decisions in Parliament relating to abortion should be subject to a free vote; and if he will instruct that the Department for...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many apprentices have been employed by contractors and sub-contractors to his Department in each year since 2010-11; and what proportion such...

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the median gross weekly wage of employees in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry, (c) the West Midlands...

      Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many places are available annually on the Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme; (2) which Government Departments do not participate...

      Civil Servants: Vetting

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the difference is between standard security checks and developed vetting carried out in respect of officials employed in the civil service; how...

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many people have been employed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each of the last 12...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of ministerial replies sent to hon. Members in electronic form only; (2) if he will...

      Older Workers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many people over 50-years-old are employed in each region and constituent part of the UK; and what proportion of people aged over 50-years-old...

      Part-time Employment: Ashfield

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what changes there have been in the number of (a) female and (b) male part time workers in Ashfield constituency in each year since May 2010.

      Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which organisations collect subscriptions through the employers' payroll service in his Department and its agencies.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make it his policy to bar (a) G4S, (b) Serco and (c) any company under investigation for serious fraud from bidding for government contracts...

      Social Security Benefits: Ashfield

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what changes there have been in the claimant count for women in Ashfield constituency aged 25 and over claiming for over 24 months since May 2010;...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many teenage pregnancies there have been in each ward in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities with reference to the answer of 29 January 2014, Official Report, column 575W, on the Equality and Human Rights Commission, when she plans to place...

    • Gender: Equality

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities how much the Government has spent on the Think, Act, Report initiative.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2014, Official Report, columns 51-52W, on the Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry, what the amount was of the...

    • Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when she plans to publish the annual update on implementation of the Government's economic pact with the Northern Ireland Executive, Building a...

      Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the effect of introducing the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme in Northern Ireland.

      Prerogative of Mercy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 13 May 2014, Official Report, column 521W, on Prerogative of Mercy, what progress has been made on the review of...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Architecture and the Built Environment Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when his Department plans to publish its response to the findings of the Farrell review of architecture and the built environment. [R]

    • Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the regional distribution is of Arts Council England's Catalyst funds.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will take steps to ensure that superfast broadband is available for temporary construction sites as well as completed dwellings.

      Commonwealth Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will hold discussions with the Sports Ministers of the devolved Administrations to ensure that following the 2014 Glasgow...

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to limit the number of nuisance telephone calls being received by members of the public.

      Facebook

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) whether he has sought legal advice on Facebook's experiment on users' emotions in 2012; (2) what estimate he has made of the...

      Film: Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the amount of foreign direct investment into the UK film industry in each year from 1997 to 2009.

      Football: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding the Football Foundation has provided to amateur clubs in York in each year since 2000.

      Football: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding the Football Youth Development Programme has provided to York City FC to date.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make it his policy that no mobile infrastructure projects will be undertaken without first fully investigating the notspot...

      Mobile Phones: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 125W, on mobile phones: Herefordshire, what tests Ofcom carried out and...

      Mobile Phones: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 125W, on mobile phones: Herefordshire, for what reason it was decided to...

      Mobile Phones: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 125W, on mobile phones: Herefordshire, if he will take steps to review...

      Mobile Phones: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 124W, on mobile phones, whether any other proposed masts in...

      Mobile Phones: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 125W, on mobile phones: Herefordshire, what the strength is of the...

      Mobile Phones: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 125W, on mobile phones: Herefordshire, which mobile network operators...

      Mobile Phones: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 125W, on mobile phones: Herefordshire, when the notspot data held by...

      National Railway Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many visits there were to the National Railway Museum in each year since 2008-09.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which organisations collect subscriptions through the employers' payroll service in his Department and its agencies.

      Sports: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on sport in (a) the Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) the City of York local authority area in each year...

      Sports: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) Government spending and (b) lottery funding has been spent on sport in (A) the Yorkshire and the Humber and (B) York...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he plans to review the terms of the requirements to purchase a television licence to better account for changes in viewing habits.

      Tourism: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how the level of funding for the GREAT Britain campaign has changed over the past 10 years.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received requesting the Government to intervene to require the British Pregnancy Advisory Service to remove advice on...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the British Medical Association’s press release of 27 May 2014 entitled Abortion guidance ignores gender complexity;...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many admissions there were for alcohol-related illnesses in (a) York, (b) north Yorkshire and York primary care trust area and (c) England in 2008-09...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many adults with autism accessed care and support under the Fair Access to Care Standards eligibility criteria in Cambridge constituency in each...

      Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS England hospitals offer free breast pumps to enable mothers to express breast milk for babies in neonatal care.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the proposals by Scope, HST and the Guinness Partnership to close residential care homes that serve people with...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what services currently commissioned by NHS England will be commissioned by clinical commissioning groups following the implementation of the...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding per capita NHS England has allocated to each clinical commissioning group in Yorkshire and the Humber for 2014-15.

      Coeliac Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people of each gender, age bracket and household income bracket had diagnosed coeliac disease in England in the most recent year for which...

      Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Monitor spent on working with and supporting the Competition and Markets Authority on competition-related issues in 2013-14; and how much it...

      Consent to Medical Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his policy is on signatories of medical consent forms having access to the carbon copy of the form; (2) what his policy is on medical consent...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients there are on orthodontic treatment waiting lists in each primary care trust area in England.

      Dental Services: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on NHS general dental services in North Yorkshire in 2008-09 and in each year since.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people being prescribed methadone or other opioid substitutes had their prescription reduced in 2013-14.

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have received eye tests on the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Family Nurse Partnership Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Family Nurse Partnership places there were in each year since 2010; and what progress the Government has made on its target of doubling the...

      Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 151W, on family planning, what definition his Department uses for (a) contraceptive and (b)...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training places for general practice in each region were (a) commissioned and (b) filled in each of the last five years.

      Health Foods: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate his Department has made of the potential cost savings to the NHS of pharmacy-led gluten-free prescribing schemes; and if his...

      Health Professions: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent NHS (a) hospital doctors, (b) GPs, (c) dentists, (d) nurses and midwives, (e) other clinical staff and (f) staff in total...

      Health Professions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual basic pay per full-time employee for qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff in (a) England, (b) the former North Yorkshire...

      Health Professions: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed by Warrington and Halton NHS Foundation Trust and by its predecessors in each year since 1995-96.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make it his policy that there should be equality of access to treatment for patients in England with specialised conditions; (2) when he...

      Health Services: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people from (a) Spain, (b) Portugal and (c) Italy have used the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Health Services: Lancaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to Lancaster City Council’s Local Plan for Lancaster District 2011-2031: Strategic Options for Land Allocations, what assessment his...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2014, Official Report, column 279W, on heart diseases, how the budget of £16.9 million for Commissioning through...

      Hospitals: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any specialist trust hospitals currently have a deficit.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 7 May 2014, Official Report, column 238W, on invitro fertilisation, whether his Department considers there to be genomic...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will discuss a public health campaign with Transport for London to educate passengers on reducing the spread of influenza on public transport.

      Jeena International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to respond to the letter sent to his Department by Jeena International on 27 May 2014 on the misrepresentation of its organisation in a...

      Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the taking of minutes in meetings conducted by his departmental officials with representatives of (a) other Government Departments...

      Mosquitoes: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will discuss with the Mayor of London and the chief executives of the London Boroughs possible steps to reduce the spread of mosquitoes in London.

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average gross earnings of a full-time equivalent NHS nurse were in (a) cash and (b) real terms in (i) England and (ii) York in 1996-97 and in...

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the starting salary of a full-time equivalent NHS nurse in York was in (a) cash and (b) real terms in 1996-97 and in each year since.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many organ donations have been received in Yorkshire and the Humber in 2008-09 and in each year since.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to maximise the use of donated organs.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of lungs retrieved from donors are transplanted into recipients; (2) what proportion of kidneys retrieved from donors are...

      Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, columns 156-57W, on ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, what assessment he has made of the reasons...

      Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, columns 156-57W, on ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, in how many licensable treatment cycles at...

      Parkinson’s Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what direct funding his Department has made available for research into Parkinson's disease.

      Pay

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

      Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what explicit monetary value his Department assigns to the value of preventing a fatality calculation during the process of policy appraisal and...

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to ensure the efficient and timely transfer of prisoners to hospitals under the Mental Health Act 1983; (2) what estimate...

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that prisoners in England receive adequate mental health treatment and support; (2) if he will commission a...

      Spectacles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the new Symfony Lens to be available on the NHS as an alternative to glasses.

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will request that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence examines the use of Sativex or other appropriate cannabis derivatives for...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will institute a campaign to raise public awareness of the symptoms of a transient ischaemic attack and the need for urgent treatment; and if he...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has commissioned into the effect of ensuring that patients receive urgent treatment following a transient ischaemic attack on (a)...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that examples of good practice and better care pathways for the treatment of transient ischaemic attacks are...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of cases of TB in (a) London and (b) England.

      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 National Institute...

      York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients had been waiting for (a) over six months and (b) three months for in-patient admission at York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust...

      York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were waiting for elective admission at York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on 1 April in 1996 and in each year since.

      York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mean and median waiting time was for treatment at accident and emergency in York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2007-08 and in each...

      York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were waiting for a first out-patient appointment at York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on 1 April and 1 October in 2004 and on the same...

      York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes there were at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in each year since 2008-09 and in each year since.

  • Home Department

    • Cyber-attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the preparedness of the police to respond to a cyber-attack.

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward legislative proposals to make the homing of cats, dogs and other animals no longer required for experimentation a...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, Inspection of the UK Border Agency's handling of...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, Inspection into the Handling of Asylum...

      Commonwealth Games 2014

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to ensure that participants in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 are prevented from staying in the UK illegally...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made by the Cyber Crime Reduction Partnership over the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.

      Educational Testing Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at which main institutions the student immigrants who were found to have either invalid or questionable English language test results by the...

      Educational Testing Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the main nationalities were of the student immigrants who were found to have either invalid or questionable English language test...

      HM Passport Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people employed by HM Passport Office were specifically tasked with processing passport applications on 1 January, (a) 2011, (b)...

      HM Passport Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people employed by HM Passport Office were specifically tasked with processing passport applications on (a) 1 January, (b) 1...

      HM Passport Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the savings generated by closing passport offices in the last five years; and what estimate she has made of the...

      HM Passport Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the information given to passport applicants through the 0300 passport helpline is current...

      Human Trafficking: Albania

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to her answer of 16 June 2014, Official Report, column 441W, on human trafficking: Albania, how many female victims of trafficking...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward legislative proposals to recognise child trafficking as a separate offence to adult trafficking.

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Attorney General on her policy in relation to the prosecution of child victims of trafficking who are...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the total number of ministerial replies from her Department to hon. Members in a parliamentary session; and what...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans her Department has to increase the number of replies sent electronically to letters from hon. Members.

      Nazi War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many investigations have been carried out by Scotland Yard since 1984 on suspected individuals involved in crimes by the SS in the Second...

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of serious and organised crime on communities.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the average waiting time for people (a) applying for a passport renewal and (b) waiting for a call back from...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the Passport Office about the updating of advice on timescales during busy periods for (a) the...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent reports she has received of changes in the backlog for processing (a) new passport applications and (b) passport renewals.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to compensate people who have paid for an upgrade in their passport application as a result of delays in...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of applicants who have upgraded to a premium service following contact with the Passport Office in...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received from the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on the processing of passport...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to reimburse people who have had to pay to upgrade to the premium one-day service to secure a (a) new or (b)...

      Passports: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people resident in Scotland were issued with passports for (a) collection and (b) interviews at offices outside of Scotland in each...

      Passports: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to ensure that Welsh language service provisions are maintained whilst her Department clears the passport applications backlog.

      Raytheon

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what financial provision her Department has made to cover the (a) ongoing legal costs of and (b) costs of a potential settlement resulting...

      Raytheon

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress her Department has made on reaching a settlement with Raytheon Systems Ltd on the e-Borders programme; and when the arbitration...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of running (a) the Case Resolution Directorate, (b) the Case Assurance and Audit Unit and (c) the Older Live Cases Unit in...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, Investigation into the Establishment of the...

      Valuation of Life and Health Interdepartmental Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the explicit monetary value per quality-adjusted life was in the context of homicide and crime categories of wounding, sexual...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions his Department has had with bodies in Northern Ireland on addressing climate change.

    • Dungeness B Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the application by EDF Energy to relax safety limits at Dungeness nuclear power station.

      Electricity

      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, on which process he calculated that there has...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the evidential basis is for the statement in paragraph 2.1 of his departmental annual report 2013-14, HC9, published on 26 June...

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the average saving on energy bills for households that have received measures under the Energy...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to reduce consumer energy prices in-line with changes in the wholesale market prices.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of households who will receive assistance under (a) affordable warmth, (b)...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2014, Official Report, column 1247, on energy efficiency, what the evidential basis is for the...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the number of households that have paid for a Green Deal assessment to date.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent on free Green Deal assessments for households to date.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the average annual saving to a household's energy bill from a (a) condensing gas boiler, (b)...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consumer research his Department has commissioned on (a) the Green Deal and (b) the Energy Company Obligation since 2013.

      Nuclear Power: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish all documentation relating to the nuclear power investment signed with the Prime Minister of China covering Chinese...

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer of 3 February 2014, Official Report, columns 133-34W, on renewable energy: heating, when he expects to...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been paid in constraint payments to wind reproducers in each of the last three years.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will estimate the effect on farmers in England of capping direct payments to farmers and initiating a 15%...

    • Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times each circus licensed under the Welfare of Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (England) Regulations 2012 was...

      Environment Protection: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take to implement the recommendations in the Global Ocean Commission's report, From Decline to...

      Flood Control: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to Lancaster city council's Local Plan for Lancaster District 2011-2031: Strategic Options for Land...

      Food Supply Networks Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's response is to the recommendations of the Elliott Review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food...

      Food: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many officials in his Department are currently working on food authenticity.

      Gamekeepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many people have become gamekeepers in each of the last three years; and what the age group and gender is of all...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which organisations collect subscriptions through the employers' payroll service in his Department and its agencies.

      Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what explicit monetary value his Department assigns to the value of preventing a fatality calculation during the process of...

      Valuation of Life and Health Inter-departmental Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what monetary thresholds were applied to the cost-per-quality adjusted life year quoted in the evidence submitted as...

      Valuation of Life and Health Inter-departmental Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what measures of the value of life and health were included in the evidence submitted as part of the Environment...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what guidance he has produced on how his Department, OFWAT and water companies should monitor and assess affordability...

      Wildlife: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department gives UK nationals on purchasing or acquiring (a) abalone, (b) coral, (c) conch, (d) shark fin,...

      Wind Power: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy is on protecting migratory birds from the effects of offshore wind turbines; and if he will make...

  • Justice

    • Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when community rehabilitation companies are planned to begin providing post-release supervision to offenders serving sentences of under 12 months in prison.

    • Courts: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the NSPCC's Order in Court Campaign seeking changes to the way the criminal justice...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance he gives to the courts on the disqualification of drivers who have accumulated over 12 points on their driving licence.

      Educational Testing Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what current contracts (a) his Department and (b) each of his Department's executive agencies or non-departmental public bodies hold with the Educational...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted for providing courts with false information on means forms in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013.

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for legal aid were made in cases relating to homicide in each of the last three years; and how many of those applications were...

      Homicide: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which peer support groups were included in the successful bid by Victim Support to deliver the National Homicide Service from 1 October 2014; and what...

      Jimmy Savile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will revise his decision to redact documents relating to Jimmy Savile in the PREM 19/878 file in the National Archives.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the residence test for civil legal aid with article 16 of the 1954 Convention on the Status of...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people resident in (a) Coventry, (b) the west midlands and (c) England received an award of legal aid in each of the last five years.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the savings from a residence test for claimants of legal aid.

      Mediation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the Government is taking to reverse the fall in take-up of family mediation for separating and divorcing couples.

      New Roads and Street Works Act 1991

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been in relation to offences under section 57 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people are currently employed in prisons to calculate the release date of prisoners.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the ratio of prison officers to prisoners was in (a) HM Prison Swansea, (b) HM Prison Lincoln, (c) HM Prison Preston, (d) HM Prison Leicester, (e)...

      Prisoners: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 28 February 2014, Official Report, column 548W, on prisoners: females, what programmes and interventions are provided to...

      Prisoners: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the marginal cost was of one extra prisoner being accommodated in each prison in England and Wales when each prison is functioning at its...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what was the average number of assaults on prison staff recorded in prisons in England and Wales was in each year from 2010 to 2013.

      Prisons: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many incidents were recorded of knives or other weapons being confiscated by staff in each prison in England and Wales in each year between...

      Prisons: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what training prison officers receive to enable them to detect incidents of sexual assault inside prison.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many coroners’ inquests have been held into the death of a child below the age of four as a result of being a passenger in a road traffic...

      Sexual Offences: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offences with code (a) 21, (b) 22, (c) 23, (d) 71, (e) 72, (f) 73, (g) 74, (h) 17Z, (i) 17B, (j) 19C, (k) 19D, (l) 19E, (m) 19H, (o) 20A, (p)...

      Wills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the Decision Notice of 14 May 2013 on the extension of the reserved legal activities, (1) what steps he is taking to educate...

      Witnesses: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2014, Official Report, column 580W, on evidence in court, for what reason HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) does...

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how he will enforce his lights out policy for young offenders currently accommodated in adult prisons.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what time will be set in his lights out policy for young offenders; and what evidence was used to select that time.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has received about the imprisonment of the Bahrain 13; (2) what reports he has received about the...

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the governance of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received expressing concern about the governance of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make an assessment of the implementation of the Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Constitution Order 2009...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make an assessment of recent trends in (a) the cost of living and (b) living standards in Saint Helena, Ascension and...

      Bulgaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on recent difficulties facing Bulgarian banks.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has raised the jailing of journalist Zaw Pe with the Government of Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what projects his Department is supporting to promote free media in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of recent trends in the level of use of forced labour in Chin state, Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the imprisonment of ethnic Rohingya people for getting married.

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 201W, on the Central African Republic, how much funding the UK...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2014, Official Report, column 256W, on counter-terrorism, which activities have ceased as a...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2014, Official Report, column 256W, on counter-terrorism, by how much the Counter-Terrorism...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to ensure that businesses choosing to operate in Gibraltar are able to do so as easily as possible.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Chief Minister of Gibraltar in relation to a change in law enabling British citizens to...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on the current official position of the UN on Spain's claim to Gibraltar; and what steps...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to assist the government of Iraq in tackling the threat posed by Isis.

      Lesotho

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the current political situation in Lesotho.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department has offered to the Nigerian authorities in tackling the threat of Boko Haram.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will bring the conclusions relating to the genocidal extermination of Christianity in the report commissioned...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government supports recommendation 1224 of the UN Human Rights Council's Report of the detailed findings of the...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals the UK has put to the Permanent Five members of the UN Security Council (P5) on collective participation in the...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to assist the Government of Pakistan in tackling the threat posed by the Taliban.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the motivation of Hamas in kidnapping three Israeli teenagers on 12 June 2014. [R]

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department took to help secure the release of Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Frankel, who were abducted in...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which organisations collect subscriptions through the employers' payroll service in his Department and its agencies.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking to improve the situation of Christian people in Saudi Arabia who face difficulties as a...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the UK contribution to establishing democracy in Syria.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Ukrainian counterpart on immediate threats to Ukraine from Russia.

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First Battle of the Marne between 5 and 12 September 2014.

  • Attorney-General

    • Corruption: Tanzania

      To ask the Attorney-General what reports he has received of bribery of foreign officials in Tanzania by African Barrack Gold plc; and whether the SFO plans to investigate those reports.

    • Wonga

      To ask the Attorney-General what discussions have taken place between the Financial Conduct Authority and the Serious Fraud Office on the recent finding by that regulator that Wonga sent letters...

      Wonga

      To ask the Attorney-General what consideration the Serious Fraud Office has given to investigating Wonga, for fraud by false representation under section 2 of the Fraud Act 2006.

      Wonga

      To ask the Attorney-General whether the Crown Prosecution Service has been contacted for investigative advice by any police force in England and Wales with regard to the possible criminal...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many apprenticeships his Department and its agencies employed in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014; and how many he...

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in his Department are working on claims for attendance allowance for older people; and how many staff were employed in each of...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, columns 171W, on children: maintenance, on how many occasions where contingency...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will bring into force section 40 of the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the written evidence from his Department to the Work and Pensions Committee of 20 October 2013 on child maintenance reform,...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether debt accrued by non-resident parents transfers automatically to the Child Maintenance Service for enforcement when the Child Support...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children in Yorkshire were in (a) relative and (b) absolute poverty in 1997-98 and in each year since.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost incurred by his Department was of appeals against employment and support allowance decisions in 2010 and in each year since.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people wait more than (a) three, (b) six, (c) nine and (d) 12 months to receive a tribunal appeal decision following an employment and...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time is that people wait to receive employment and support allowance following a successful tribunal appeal.

      Employment Schemes: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to help people with autism find appropriate work.

      Employment: Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of how many people are signed off work as a result of depression.

      European Social Fund: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made on Cornwall's additional European social funding.

      Gas Masks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 25 November 2013, Official Report, column 126W, on gas masks, what progress he has made on preventing the...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects of the introduction of the under-occupancy penalty on (a) the total housing benefit bill, (b)...

      Jobcentre Plus: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what conclusions he has drawn from his small scale test bed at Wolverhampton Jobcentre for the Supervised Pilot Scheme.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to publish Matthew Oakley's independent review of jobseeker's allowance sanctions.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 30 June 2014, Official Report, column 431W, on jobseeker’s allowance, how many jobseekers aged (a) between 18...

      Pay

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

      Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to enable elderly people to claim their benefits manually without requiring an online application.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to demonstrate transparency and accountability with specific regard to the level of service provided to...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the data on clearance time for personal independent payments are robust enough to be...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what specific steps the Department took to reduce the delays to personal independence payment (PIP) claimants using special rules; and when PIP...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department’s target time is for people to receive an accurate decision for claiming the personal independence payment.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to better identify personal independence payment claimants who could be assessed solely on the basis of...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has conducted an impact assessment of the effects of the time taken to resolve claims for personal independence payments...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department took to reduce delays to personal independence payment (PIP) special rules claims; how long it took to resolve those...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what forecast his Department has made of the length of time each part of the claims process for personal independence payment (PIP) up to...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether disabled people who go into debt because of long delays in processing their personal independence payment claims will be able to...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of (a) children, (b) pensioners and (c) households fell below 60 per cent of contemporary median equivalised...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of his Department's contracts were awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises in (a) direct procurement spend and (b)...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how of his Department’s contracts were awarded to small and medium sized enterprises in (a) direct procurement spend and (b) indirect...

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to monitor the standards of asbestos management in schools (a) under and (b) outside of local authority control.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what average time was taken between an application being made and benefit paid for (a) attendance allowance, (b) bereavement benefits, (c)...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new claims were paid in April 2014 for (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) employment and support allowance, (c) income support, (d)...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people receive over-80 pensions; what estimate he has made of how many people are entitled to claim such pensions; and what steps he...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons his Department does not distinguish between those in paid and those in unpaid work when assessing their eligibility for...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will provide an estimate of how many people were in receipt of universal credit on 1 June 2014.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the universal credit system will accept claims from those who are self-employed.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2014, Official Report, column 282W, on universal credit, how much his Department spent on IT development and...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what date he plans to publish the revised impact assessment for universal credit.

      Valuation of Life and Health Inter-departmental Group

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

      Widowed Parent's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants (a) received an overpayment of widowed parent's allowance and (b) were prosecuted for benefit fraud in respect of that...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken to process a mandatory reconsideration of a work capability assessment is; and what steps the Government is taking...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many decisions based on work capability assessments were overturned during the completion of the mandatory reconsideration period in (a)...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department gives on the weight to be given to areas of outstanding natural beauty when calculating housing...

    • Betting Shops: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects his Department to publish a consultation document on withdrawing permitted development rights for bookmakers;...

      Care Act 2014

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the potential effect of the Care Act 2014 on local...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Homes and Communities Agency is required by its own objectives for the allocation of economic assets to consider (a)...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many housing starts there were in 2013-14; and what recent forecast he has made of the likely number of housing starts in...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many house purchases have been funded through the Help to Buy scheme in (a) Ribble Valley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the UK.

      Parish Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the accountability of parish councils and their administration of burial plots.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which organisations collect subscriptions through the employers' payroll service in his Department and its agencies.

      Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what explicit monetary value his Department assigns to the value of preventing a fatality calculation during the process of...

      Valuation of Life and Health Inter-departmental Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures of the value of life and health were included in the evidence submitted as part of his Department's work with the...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward legislative proposals to lower air passenger duty.

    • Consumers: Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to the decision of the Supreme Court in the case of Durkin v DSG Retail Limited and another and its effect on existing...

      Corporation Tax: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much corporation tax was raised by HM Treasury in Northern Ireland in the last full financial year.

      Development Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much Official Development Assistance was spent by each Government department in 2009-10 and in each year since (a) in cash terms, (b) at current prices...

      Dover Priory Station

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 9 April 2014, Official Report, column 225W, on Revenue and Customs, for what reasons HM Revenue and Customs has not made an...

      Financial Services: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what modelling (a) his Department and (b) the Office for Budget Responsibility has made of the financial effect of a tax levied on financial transactions.

      Gold: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 29W, on gold: prices, and to the Financial Conduct Authority's decision to fine...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) the UK, (b) the Thames Valley and (c) Windsor constituency no longer pay income tax due to changes in the level of personal allowance...

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will amend treatment of ISAs in respect of spouse-to-spouse transfers after death of either person to bring such transactions into line with other...

      Tax Avoidance: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he has made in reducing levels of tax avoidance in the UK's Overseas Territories.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps are being taken in response to EU Council Regulation 692/2014 to (a) identify goods originating in Crimea or Sevastopol and exclude them from...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department approved the Universal Credit Strategic Outline Business Case.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what average value of tax credits were paid to claimants who were (a) out of work, (b) self-employed and (c) employed in each of the last 10 years.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many new claims were paid in April 2014 for (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit.

      Working Tax Credits: Self-employed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people in Warrington North constituency were self-employed and in receipt of working tax credit in each year since 2010-11; (2) how many...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprentices there are in his Department.

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department provides any guidance specifically for the creative industries.

      Business: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of online business registration on registration rates; and if he will make a statement.

      Comet Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects the report from the Insolvency Service into the collapse of Comet to be published.

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the statement of 7 April 2014, Official Report, columns 1-2WS, on higher education (student support), what new...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding available through the disabled student's allowance was spent on non-medical help in the last year.

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many current students in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Cumbria and (d) South Lakeland have been awarded disabled students...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the number of current students who have been awarded disabled student's allowance (DSA) who would fail to be...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost of introducing, maintaining and updating a register of providers of disabled students'...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2014, Official Report, column 649W, on disabled students’ allowances, if he will publish...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to conclude his Department's consultation on the proposed changes to the disabled students' allowance; and when...

      Disabled Students' Allowances: Lewisham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people in (a) the London borough of Lewisham and (b) Lewisham East constituency are in receipt of disabled student's...

      Disabled Students' Allowances: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people in (a) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, (b) Middlesbrough, (c) Stockton North, (d) Stockton South, (e)...

      Government Office for Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) women and (b) men are employed in the Government Office for Science.

      Higher Education: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UCAS applications there were to (a) the university of York and (b) university of York St John in 2008-09 and in each...

      National Careers Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff are currently employed in the National Careers Service; and how many staff he expects to be employed after the new...

      National Careers Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what quality criteria will be included in contracts for provision of the National Careers Service; and how performance against...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the Government's policy is on whether holiday pay may be calculated without reference to bonus and overtime payment; and if...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department plans to intervene in the Neal v Freightliner proceedings in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in July.

      Prisons: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have completed university degrees inside prison in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost to the public purse was of that education.

      Shipbuilding: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions the Minister for Portsmouth has had with BAE Systems about the sale of the shipyard in Portsmouth; and if he...

      Shipbuilding: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions the Minister for Portsmouth has had with BAE Systems on the potential implication for Portsmouth of a yes vote...

      Street Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to (a) amend or repeal the Pedlars Acts 1871 and 1881 and (b) amend Schedule 4 to the Local Government...

      Students: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will provide additional financial support to disabled students following the removal of disabled students' allowance.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how often his Department calculates the RAB charge on student loans.

      Trade Unions

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

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what contractual requirements to provide face-to-face advice will be in the contracts of providers of the National Careers...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward plans to enable the Green Investment Bank to purchase equity in existing offshore projects to enable...

      Woolworths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 30 June 2014, Official Report, column 464W, on insolvency, how much the Insolvency Service’s...

  • International Development

    • AIDS: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development who will represent her Department at the upcoming International Aids Conference.

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which community-based women's organisations in Burma receive funding from her Department to assist victims of sexual violence by the...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects her Department is supporting in promoting free media in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to achieve universal healthcare in Burma.

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many children received schooling as a direct result of UK aid in (a) sub-Saharan Africa and (b) South Asia in the latest period for...

      Multilateral Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on how many boards of multilateral organisations representatives from her Department sit; and how many meetings of each board such...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which organisations collect subscriptions through the employers' payroll service in her Department and its non-departmental public body.

      St Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the progress on constructing the Saint Helena airport; and if he will make a statement.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 30 June 2014, Official Report, column 416W, on Uganda, to which human rights organisations her Department is...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) precision-guided munitions and (b) gravity bombs of each type have been dropped in Afghanistan by British (i) fixed-wing aircraft and (ii)...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Afghan interpreters have been granted asylum since he announced in 2013 that the resettlement package for Afghan interpreters would extend to...

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to centrally record all instances of verbal or physical abuse made towards members of the Armed Forces.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to change funding for existing Combined Cadet Force detachments and to communicate those changes to schools.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Statistical Bulletin 6.02 on Accommodation will be published by the end of July 2014.

      Armed Forces: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK (a) regular military and (b) civilian personnel were based in City of York in each year since 2008.

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many creditors had remained unpaid by his Department on 1 June 2014 for (a) 45, (b) 60, (c) 75 and (d) 76 days and over.

      Defence Vetting Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were employed by the Defence Vetting Agency in (a) York and (b) total on 1 April in each year since it was created.

      Marchwood Military Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy formally to consult the residents of Marchwood, Hampshire, about the sale of the lease of land and facilities at the site...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he intends to answer the letter sent to him by the Rt. hon. Member for Mid Sussex dated 14 March 2014, enclosing correspondence from his...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what account he has taken of (a) recent losses of aircraft and yachts at sea and (b) the deterioration in East-West relations resulting from events in...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how long it will take to (a) acquire aircraft and (b) reinstate skills following a decision to reacquire maritime patrol aircraft.

      Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the contracts to be signed for the three offshore patrol vessels to be built for the Royal Navy.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department issues guidance on protocols relating to former armed forces' personnel using their rank as a title after they have left service.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will answer Question 201291, tabled by the hon. Member for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland on 18 June 2014.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much has been paid to converter academies towards pre-opening costs since 2010.

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to reduce the time taken to adopt a child.

      Arts: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what proportion of primary pupils from each region have engaged with (a) theatre activities, (b) music activities, (c) dance and (d) other arts...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the answer of 19 October 2013, Official Report, column 235W, on billing, what the value was of duplicate supplier payments identified...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) primary, other than small primary and (b) secondary schools in each local authority area had more than three per cent of pupils in care in...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what assessment he has made of the additional costs to (a) parents and (b) childcare providers of providing childcare for disabled children; (2)...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the UK's child protection legislation; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2014, Official Report, column 78W, on children: social services, and with reference to clause 71 of the Deregulation...

      Education: Lancaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to Lancaster city council's Local Plan for Lancaster District 2011-2031: Strategic Options for Land Allocations, what assessment his...

      Education: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the revenue spending was for each (a) primary and (b) secondary pupil in York Unitary Authority area in each year since 2008-09 and in each year since.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in (a) York, (b) North Yorkshire, (c) Yorkshire and the Humber and (d) England received free school meals in 1995-96 and in each year...

      Free School Meals: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many secondary school pupils in Ashfield constituency received free school meals in each of the last five years.

      Free School Meals: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in (a) Warrington and (b) Warrington North constituency received free school meals in each year since 1995-96.

      Internet: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to tackle cyber-bullying.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if he will estimate the total number of ministerial replies from his Department to hon. Members in a parliamentary Session; and what proportion...

      Pay

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

      Pearson VUE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what representations he has received regarding Pearson VUE's delivery of QTS numeracy and skills tests.

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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...

      Pre-school Education: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many nursery places were available in (a) Warrington and (b) Warrington North constituency in each year since 1995-96.

      Pre-school Education: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many nursery places were available in City of York constituency in 1995-96 and in each year since.

      Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent estimate he has made of the number of children in England starting primary school in September 2014 who have received a place at their...

      Pupil Exclusions: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children were permanently excluded from (a) primary, (b) middle, (c) upper and (d) secondary schools in Staffordshire in each of the last...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children are involved in the Challenge the Gap scheme.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many primary schools in (a) England and (b) Birmingham are taking part in the Challenge the Gap scheme.

      Pupils: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of pupils who did not have a statement of special educational needs in each school achieved no qualifications by the end...

      Pupils: Speech and Language Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of pupils in (a) reception, (b) year 1 and (c) year 2 in each state-funded primary school had speech and language...

      Schools: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance he gives to schools on steps they should take to inform students of their right to wear or not to wear religious clothing.

      Schools: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what capital funding was allocated by his Department to schools in the City of York in 1995-96 and in each year since.

      Schools: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding was given to schools in York unitary authority area in each year in 2008-09 and in each year since.

      Schools: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much capital funding was given to schools in York unitary authority area in 2008-09 and in each year since.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of newly qualified teachers were still teaching three years after completing their qualifications in each of the last five years.

      Teachers: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) turnover and (b) wastage rate was for (i) full-time and (ii) part-time teachers in each school in the most recent year for which figures...

      Truancy: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many parents and guardians of children within the state school system were fined as a result of unauthorised absence by their children in 2013.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of extending entitlement to benefits from the pupil premium to all claimants of universal credit once...

      Young People: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of people aged (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18 years living in (i) York and (ii) Yorkshire and the Humber were in (A) full-time...

  • Transport

    • Airports: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of jobs (a) directly and (b) indirectly provided by UK airports; and if he will make a...

    • Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to incentivise the take-up of sustainable aviation fuels; what discussions his Department held with the Chancellor...

      Bristol Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the economic and social contribution of Bristol Airport to (a) the Exchequer and (b) local communities; and if he will...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving licences were withdrawn on the basis of alcohol abuse (a) following a road traffic accident and (b) at the request of a GP or medical...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of drivers who accumulate over 12 points on their licence are disqualified.

      Driving: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when his Department plans to publish the Green Paper on young drivers safety; (2) what steps his Department is taking to encourage the use of...

      Gas Masks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to prevent the postage by retailers of Second World War gas masks containing asbestos.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential of (a) Elon Musk's hyperloop trains and (b) Bombardier's double-deck trains as an alternative to High...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he or any minister approved or commented on decisions to challenge the locus standi of any petitioner against the Hybrid Bill for Phase 1 of...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish before the locus standi hearings the reasons for each challenge by HS2 Ltd.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish all the responses to the petition response documents to petitions on High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) which (a) Ministers in his Department, (b) officials in his Department and (c) HS2 Ltd personnel have attended meetings with the China...

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential cost to the Strategic Highways Company of carrying full public liability and professional indemnity...

      Level Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of deaths at railway level crossings.

      Level Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to educate the public about dangers arising from railway level crossings.

      London Midland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will discuss with London Midland Trains steps to improve (a) punctuality, (b) reliability, (c) greater notification of cancellations and (d)...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Fareham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 30 June 2014, Official Report, column 363W, on the Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Fareham, what discussions he has had in...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Fareham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of staff currently employed at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Maritime Operations Centre at Fareham have (a) received the amount of...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Fareham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what levels of staffing the Maritime and Coastguard Agency expects to be in place at Maritime and Coastguard Agency Maritime Operations Centre at...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Fareham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether levels of staffing and training at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Maritime Operations Centre at Fareham are in line with the targets in the...

      Motor Vehicles: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ensure that Northern Ireland drivers can still have access to six Counties, Belfast, and Londonderry specific registration numbers.

      New Roads and Street Works Act 1991

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what procedures his Department has put in place to ensure that statutory undertakers carrying out emergency works give notice to street authorities as...

      Pay

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

      Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what explicit monetary value his Department assigns to the value of preventing a fatality calculation during the process of policy appraisal and evaluation.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it mandatory for all new franchise agreements to provide free wi-fi on all trains.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will require all new franchise agreements to provide a minimum standard of mobile connectivity on trains.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to ensure that improvements in rail infrastructure in the South East are matched by improvements in the North West.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many coastguards have left the service since the Coastguard Reform programme began; and how many new entrants to the Coastguard service there have...

      Rescue Services: Aberdeen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether MRCC Aberdeen was staffed at below risk assessed levels on any shifts between 20 May and 22 May 2014.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many serious and fatal road accidents there were in York Unitary Authority in each year since 2008-09.

      Roads: Lancaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to Lancaster City Council's Local Plan for Lancaster District 2011-2031: Strategic Options for Land Allocations, what assessment his...

      Transport: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what transport grant was given to York Unitary Authority in each year since 2008-09.

      Travel: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on concessionary travel spending in York unitary authority in each year since 2008-09.

      Valuation of Life and Health Inter-departmental Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures of the value of life and health were included in the evidence submitted as part of his Department’s work with the...

  • House of Lords

    • Academies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that local authorities prevent free schools and academies from adopting unfair and arbitrary admissions procedures.

    • Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants) Act 2004

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times the Crown Prosecution Service has made a charging decision not to proceed on the use of sections 4(1), 4(2), and 4(3) of the Asylum and...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to report on the effect of the current badger culling trials on other wildlife and the general ecology in those areas.

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, alongside the current international intervention in the Central African Republic (CAR), they are ready to assist in the growth of economic activity...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will assist in the implementation of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme for diamonds coming from the Central African Republic.

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to deploy Stabilisation Unit experts to work as counterparts to the Central African Republic’s civil servants, to assist in...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to deploy the Stabilisation Unit to assist the G5 countries in providing capacity-building assistance to civil society...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to consider (1) supporting the European Union and United Nations Development Programme in creating an operational and democratic justice...

      Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 18 June (WA 75), what impact they consider that equality legislation has had on their policy of...

      Claims Management Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish their response to the consultation on the framework to enable complaints about claims management companies to be heard by the Legal...

      Coroners and Justice Act 2009

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times the Crown Prosecution Service has made a charging decision not to proceed on the use of section 71 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 in...

      Coroners and Justice Act 2009

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions have taken place under section 71 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 in each of the past five years.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of proposed cuts in counter-terrorism funding and personnel in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the government of Iraq has accepted their offer to send counter-terrorism officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to assist against the...

      Debts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the ratio of the aggregated value of sovereign, corporate and personal debt to gross domestic product is higher in the United Kingdom than in other...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the position of free media in Egypt.

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Deighton on 19 June (WA 95), whether the decision to opt into the justice and home affairs provisions will transfer...

      Fracking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on NATO–Russian relations of the comments attributed to Anders Fogh Rasmussen in The Guardian about...

      Grammar Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for grammar schools to change their admissions procedures to increase the uptake of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, under the exceptional hardship scheme for HS2 Phase One, how many applications to acquire properties have been (1) made, (2) refused, and (3) granted.

      Hong Kong

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of China regarding the Basic Law and democratic elections in Hong Kong.

      Human Trafficking: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions have been double flagged by the Crown Prosecution Service over the past three years using the flag for monitoring human trafficking and...

      Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much income tax was collected in the last financial year, broken down by sector.

      Inland Waterways

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards inland waterways and their contribution to tourism. To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many inland waterways are open to...

      Interest Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions the Chancellor of the Exchequer has had with the Governor of the Bank of England on possible increases in interest rates; and what was the...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning its reported recent authorisation of the use of force during interrogations.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in how many cases the Legal Aid Agency granted funding for legal representation (full legal aid certificates) in the discrimination category in each of the...

      Mass Media

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of any improvement in the balance and fairness of media reports of incidents of hate-motivated offences and of prejudice...

      Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place to ensure that the support being given to the Nigerian authorities for defence and security priorities is underpinned by human...

      Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Nigerian authorities about access for detainees to lawyers and to their families whilst they are in detention.

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve the availability of food in Gaza.

      Prisons: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to correct failings at HMP Winchester identified in reports from HM Inspectorate of Prisons. To ask Her Majesty’s Government...

      Probation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lords Faulks on 18 June (WA 71), how much of the 2014–15 probation budget has been allocated to the provision of...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of sexual violence in the conflict in South Sudan; whether they are planning to deploy suitable experts from...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support reparations for victims of conflict-related sexual violence in Sri Lanka.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to reports that the government of Sudan has reconstituted the Janjaweed militias and that they are operating under its command and control.

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many paramilitary prisoners were released on licence after the Belfast Agreement of 1998.

      Thames Tideway Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, under the exceptional hardship scheme for the Thames Tideway Tunnel, how many applications to acquire properties have been (1) made, (2) refused, and (3)...

      UK Border Force

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current numerical strength of the UK Border Force; and whether they consider that the present strength is sufficient to meet the demands placed...

      UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the financial and time costs of running an election campaign for a United Kingdom expert candidate to be elected to the Committee...

      UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current membership of the Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women; and which members...

      Usa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that any extension of the mutual defence agreement with the United States is designed to assist the fulfilment of the...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether concerns about the use of torture have been raised in Uzbekistan under the European Union Human Rights Dialogue; and if so, when.

      Veterans: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Astor of Hever on 23 June (HL Deb, col 1059), how many general practitioners they plan to train to respond to the physical...

      Veterans: Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to help war veterans with mental illness.

      Viral Haemorrhagic Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role they have in the programme to contain the spread of Ebola.

      War Memorials

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance is available to communities that seek to improve their First and Second World War memorials.

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