Written answers

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Bahrain about the treatment of the democracy movement in that country;...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he considers that the recent census in Burma meets international standards.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what commitments the government of Burma has made to implement the declaration on preventing sexual violence in conflict.

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Government Department or Office keeps a list of flights which passed through Diego Garcia from January 2002 to January 2009.

      EU Working Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the value for public money of the European Commission Work Programme 2014.

      Iraq and Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the source of supply of the arms being used by Jihadi groups fighting in (a) Syria and (b) Iraq.

      Iraq: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Departtment has has with Iraqi Kurds on moves to give them autonomy.

      Iraq: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the reaction of the government of (a) Iran and (b) Turkey to the announcement of the...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK emergency travel documents have been issued to (a) British nationals, (b) non-British Commonwealth citizens and (c)...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss the coverage of the situation in eastern Ukraine by the BBC Russian Service with that Service; and if he will...

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2014, Official Report, column 641W, on the USA, if his Department will update the 1946 UK-USA...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons question 198304, tabled by the hon. Member for Chichester on 9 May 2014 was not answered by his Department.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 29 October 2013, Official Report, column 411W, on Zimbabwe: pension payments, what steps his...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadcasting: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with the BBC Trust on increasing coverage of life in Northern Ireland across the BBC national...

    • Broadcasting: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of BBC (a) television and (b) radio programming was made in Northern Ireland in each year since 2010.

      Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to reduce bureaucratic obstacles to the flying of flags in the UK.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will estimate the total number of ministerial replies from his Department to hon. Members in a parliamentary session; and what...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he plans to introduce proposals for regulations or guidance to reduce the cost of the use of British mobile telephones roaming...

  • Scotland

    • Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland with reference to the statement of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare...

    • Members: Correspondence

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

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Computer Software

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to his answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 134W, on computer...

    • Computer Software

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to his answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 134W, on computer...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many veterinary surgeons are qualified to undertake bovine tuberculosis testing in each NUTS-1 region of England.

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost of introducing annual testing for bovine tuberculosis.

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints his Department has received on the Dairy Code of Conduct.

      Food Supply Networks Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the Elliot Report on food crime to be published; and if he will make a statement.

      Forests: Christchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 137W, on forests: Christchurch, how many areas of woodland...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will estimate the total number of ministerial replies from his Department to hon. Members in a parliamentary...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on implementing a ban on pesticide neonictinoids; and if he will make a statement.

      Pets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints Trading Standards have received relating to the sale of unwell puppies in each of the last five years.

      Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at what level his Department values the reduction of the risk of death per fatal casualty prevented; and if he will give an...

  • Treasury

    • Business: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the level of bank lending to small and medium-sized businesses since May 2010.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of households who will be eligible for tax-free childcare who currently spend more than (a) £7,000, (b)...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many calls the pay and work rights helpline received in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the last four years.

      Dover Priory Station

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 8 April 2014, Official Report, column 225W, on Dover Priory Station, for what reasons HM Revenue and Customs has not made an...

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 June 2014, Official Report, column 598, on the Highways Agency, whether his Department is discussing the potential extension of...

      Hotels: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider reducing VAT on hotels to encourage tourism; and if he will make a statement.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many civil enforcement actions HM Revenue and Customs has taken against employers over non-payment of the minimum wage in the last five years.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria HM Revenue and Customs use to determine whether a case where an employer is paying one or more employees less than the minimum wage is pursued...

      National Insurance Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the income to the National Insurance Fund would be if all people over the state retirement age paid contributions.

      Pension Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the effect of allegations of illegal manipulation of the WM/Reuters benchmark currency rates on private pension funds in the UK.

      Public Sector: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps HM Revenue and Customs is taking to ensure that public sector bodies do not underpay VAT.

      Revenue and Customs: Irvine

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reasons are for the proposed closure of Irvine Tax Office.

  • Attorney-General

    • Sexual Offences: Armed Forces

      To ask the Attorney-General what recent discussions he has had with the director of the Services Prosecution Authority about its effectiveness in prosecuting rape and other sexual offences in the...

    • Children: Abuse

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of each item of correspondence between his Department and (a) the Home Office and (b) Lord Brittan of Spennithorne in...

      Consultants

      To ask the Attorney-General what the cost to the public purse was of external consultants employed by (a) the Serious Fraud Office and (b) the Crown Prosecution Service in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011,...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General what progress the Crown Prosecution Service has made in reducing costs.

      Forced Marriage: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General what steps the Crown Prosecution Service is taking to prosecute successfully the offence of forced marriage in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Absent Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, which wards, in which town, county and parliamentary constituency had a postal vote...

    • Electoral Commission

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what recent assessment the Committee has made of the adequacy of the budget of the...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, which 50 local authorities had the largest decrease in electoral registration...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, (1) if the Electoral Commission will publish the names of the 10 local authorities...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if the Electoral Commission will publish electoral registration rates for each...

      Voting Behaviour

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2014, Official Report, columns 267-68W, on general...

      Voting Behaviour

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, which 100 wards had the lowest turnout for voting (a) in person and (b) by postal...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many refugees have been recognised under each eligibility criterion in each of the last five years.

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost to the public purse of (a) officials' time and (b) legal fees was of defending Refugee Action vs the Home Department,...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers in receipt of section 95 support are (a) singe adults aged between 18 and 24, (b) single adults aged over 25, (c)...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long on average an asylum seeker stays on Section 95 support.

      Asylum: Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers have (a) been deported and (b) voluntarily returned to Somalia in each of the last 12 months; and if she will...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 4 March 2014, Official Report, column 730W, on British nationality, how many orders stripping people of...

      British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department makes reasonable adjustments to require the needs of individuals with learning difficulties who want to apply for...

      Entry Clearances: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of the minimum income threshold requirement on pensioners who wish to sponsor their partner's visa...

      HM Passport Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were employed by HM Passport Office on 1 January (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014.

      Illegal Immigrants: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants have been sent back from the UK to their country of origin in each calendar year since May 2010.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the request by Rupert Ogwuezor dated 13 June 2011 for reconsideration of his case (HO reference: 01085860/2) will be determined; and...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether all her Department's special advisers have undergone developed vetting.

      Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2014, Official Report, column 666W, on offences against children: internet, whether the intelligence...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) new passport applications and (b) passport renewal applications have been received by HM Passport Office since the beginning of...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints her Department has received regarding delays to the issuing of a passport in each of the last four years.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for (a) new passports and (b) passport renewals there have been in the last year; and what the annual change in such...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the recently employed additional staff in passport offices are estimated to cost.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of (a) adult and (b) child passport renewal applications were processed within the three-week service standard in each of the...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much HM Passport Office has paid in compensation for delays in customers receiving passports in each year since 2004.

      Recorded Crime: Thames Valley/Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of trends in recorded crime in (a) Thames Valley Police area and (b) Milton Keynes since 2010.

      Exit Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress her Department has made on the reintroduction of exit controls from the UK.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many members of staff have been employed on a full-time basis at the Office of Carbon Capture and Storage in each month since June 2010.

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much public funding is being provided in 2014-15 for research and development projects examining industrial carbon capture and storage.

      Dounreay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent changes the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has approved to the baseline decommissioning plan for the Dounreay site; and...

      Electricity: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will develop a strategy on electricity storage across the UK.

      Electricity: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the effect of effective electricity storage capacity on energy costs.

      Electricity: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what support his Department provides to encourage the production of electricity storage capacity in the UK.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his contribution of 18 June 2014, Official Report, column 1191, on energy prices, what the evidential basis is for his...

      Energy: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the extent to which the UK’s energy infrastructure was exposed to the recent Energetic Bear...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his contribution of 18 June 2014, Official Report, column 1193, on energy prices, what assessment his Department has made...

      Fracking: East Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether any fracking, or explorative work relating to fracking (a) is currently taking place and (b) has recently taken place in East...

      Nuclear Installations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer of 28 April 2014, Official Report, column 507W, on nuclear installation, what approval mechanisms he (a)...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) with reference to the application by EDF Energy to relax safety limits at Dungeness nuclear power station, what his Department's...

      Oil: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which (a) Government Departments and (b) external stakeholders were consulted in the determination of the 1981 licence application made...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his contribution of 18 June 2014, Official Report, column 1191, on energy prices, (1) if he will place in the Library a...

  • Transport

    • A14

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motor vehicle accidents occurred on the A14 in each month in 2013.

    • A428

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motor vehicle accidents occurred on the A428 in each month in 2013.

      Cycling: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2014, Official Report, column 295W, on cycling: children, what criteria his Department uses to measure whether a mode...

      Cycling: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to improve the road safety behaviour of pedal cyclists; what steps he is taking to make it more likely that those cyclists who...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints have been received from members of the public about employees of (a) HS2 Ltd, (b) his Department or (c) any member of staff...

      M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the gantry cameras on the M1 motorway in Nottinghamshire and Hertfordshire are only used to police the variable speed limit when operational in...

      Members: Correspondence

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

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Framework Agreement between his Department and Network Rail on the reclassification of Network Rail will ensure that the Freedom of...

      Railway Stations: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions his Department has had with Network Rail on the possible closure of Denton and Reddish South stations.

      Railways: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with Northern Rail on the future use of the Stockport-Stalybridge line.

      Railways: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with Network Rail on the future use of the Stockport-Stalybridge line.

      Railways: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any new Northern Franchise will take account of increased connectivity to Reddish South and Denton from the retention of the...

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will meet the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish to discuss the possible increase in the use of Denton and Reddish South stations from the...

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential increase in the use of Denton and Reddish South stations from the re-routing of existing services as a...

      Roads: Lancashire

      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...

      Sesar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to oppose the recent decision of the European Parliament to exclude Gibraltar from the Single European Sky project.

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what change there will be in the daily number of new standard class passenger seats on West Coast Main Line passenger services during the term of the...

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many operators' licence applications for new services on the West Coast Main Line have been submitted to the Office for Rail Regulation since May...

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which services on the West Coast Main Line will receive extra standard class seating as part of the new franchise agreement with West Coast Trains Ltd.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Member Recall

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on the recall of hon. Members.

    • Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions has he had with the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership on devolving powers and responsibilities from central Government.

      Business Growth: Newark

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what support the Government are giving to business growth opportunities in Newark.

      Business Growth: Medway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what support the Government are giving to business growth opportunities in Medway.

      Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the Leeds City Region local enterprise partnership on devolving powers and responsibilities from central Government.

      Devolution: Humber

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on further devolution of power from Westminster and Whitehall to the Humber region.

      City Deals

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent assessment he has made of how city deals are working.

      European Parliament Elections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what mechanisms are in place to ensure that UK citizens only vote in one EU state in European elections.

  • Leader of the House

    • Sinn Fein

      To ask the Leader of the House what his policy is on hon. Members of the Sinn Fein Party formally taking their seat in the House.

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Leader of the House what guidance he has given to his ministerial colleagues about providing substantive answers to written questions.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the proportion of development land required to meet current net additional demand for housing that...

    • Housing: Lancashire

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

      Local Government: Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reason the Local Government Transparency Code 2014 requires publication of the names of union representatives who spend...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will estimate the total number of ministerial replies from his Department to hon. Members in a parliamentary...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by what process planning decisions can be reversed at the discretion of a court.

      Planning Permission: Gateshead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons he reversed the appeal decision in Gateshead Borough, ref 2193211.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what the (a) average, (b) shortest and (c) longest time taken was to issue a direction to admit a child to an academy by the Education Funding...

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what support his Department is providing for school governors during their school’s transition to academy status; and if he will make a statement.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to allow academy trusts to raise capital finance based on the value of school title deeds.

      Apprentices

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

      Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of levels of literacy and numeracy in (a) primary school leavers and (b) secondary school leavers in (i)...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many young people who entered care at each age and who left care at 16 or older and who did not return to their birth parents had been taken into...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which overseas counterparts have complained to the Government about matters relating to adoption, care proceedings or other matters relating to child...

      Class Sizes: York

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

      Creationism and Evolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether an independent school (a) teaching creationism and (b) failing to teach evolution as an established scientific theory would lead to it...

      Education Funding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reason it is not possible for telephone callers to be put through to the Education Funding Agency.

      Free School Meals: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) primary school pupils and (b) infant school pupils in Ashfield constituency received free school meals in each of the last five years.

      Higher Education: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much mainstream grant funding was allocated by the Training and Development Agency for Schools to (a) the University of York and (b) York St John...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding each school received per pupil in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education under what circumstances gender segregation of boys and girls in the classroom is permitted in schools; and if he will issue revised guidance on this...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which schools offer all-through provision to pupils from reception to year 13.

      Schools: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teaching assistants administer medicine to children in local authority schools in England.

      Schools: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) teachers, (b) teaching assistants and (c) support staff there were in York unitary authority area in 2008-09 and in each year since.

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether all employees of his Department are required to return their departmental pass when they cease working for his Department.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2014, Official Report, column 83W, on special educational needs, (1) how many local authorities have provided extra...

      Teachers: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which secondary schools which were not girls' schools had fewer than 10 per cent of their qualified full-time teachers as males in the most recent year...

      Teachers: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many boys who were (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals attended a primary school at which there were (i) one, (ii) two and...

      Teachers: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2014, Official Report, column 227W, on teachers: veterans, how many people joined the Troops to Teachers programme...

      Teachers: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the gross average salary was of a full-time teacher in local authority schools in the City of York in (a) cash and (b) real terms in 1995-96 and...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that evidence of breaches of the Abortion Act 1967 arising from incomplete abortion notification HSA4 forms is...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) people, (b) people under 18, (c) people under 16 and (d) people under 12 (i) attended and (ii) were admitted via accident and emergency...

      Ambulance Services: Cotswold Hills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the ambulance response times in the Cotswolds were for (a) Red One, (b) Red Two, (c) Green One and (d) Green Two cases in the latest month for...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adults with autism accessed care and support under the Fair Access to Care Standards eligibility criteria in Middlesbrough in each year since 2010.

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions his Department has had with Public Health England and NHS England on measures to ensure early diagnosis of rare cancers in the last...

      Cardiovascular System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce the amount of statins prescribed through the NHS.

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it the policy of the Government to prevent nursing homes and residential rest homes charging lower fees for residents funded by local...

      Darent Valley Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department provided to Darent Valley Hospital in each of the last seven years.

      Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the UK have been diagnosed with (a) allergies, (b) asthma and (c) eczema in each of the last five years.

      Diversion of Individuals with Mental Health Problems from the Criminal Justice System and Prison Rev

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recommendations of the Bradley Report five years on, published in June 2014.

      Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the UK lost their eyesight in each of the last five years; and what the reasons were for each loss of sight.

      General Practitioners: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to enable surgeries to end contracts to use 0844 numbers early.

      Hepatitis: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children aged (a) under 10 and (b) 10 and over were admitted to hospital with a (i) primary and (ii) secondary diagnosis of viral hepatitis in...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England aged (a) under 11, (b) 11 to 16, (c) under 18 and (d) 18 years and over were admitted to each hospital with (i) symptoms of...

      Housing: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the housing needs of people who have mental health conditions who are (a) released from prison, (b) discharged from secure...

      Liver Diseases: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rate of obesity-related liver disease among adults was in the most recent period for which figures are available in each clinical commissioning...

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the application form for Section 251 support made by the Health and Social Care Information Centre to the...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2014, Official Report, column 281W, on Medical Treatments, if he will provide the data requested for the four years from...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the total number of ministerial replies from his Department to hon. Members in a parliamentary session; and what proportion of such...

      Motor Vehicles: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 30 June 2014, Official Report, column 504W, on tobacco packaging, whether he plans to publish draft regulations to outlaw...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) financial and (b) human resource his Department has made available to develop policies to tackle obesity in each year since 2010.

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts offer a screening programme for osteoporosis.

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the (a) British Medical Association and (b) Parkinson's Disease Society on possible links between Parkinson's...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make legislative proposals to amend the Care Act Part 1 regulations to ensure that the definition of assistance in the eligibility criteria for...

      Spectacles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged between (a) 1 and 16, (b) 17 and 30, (c) 31 and 50, (d) 51 and 65 and (e) over 65 years wore spectacles in each of the last five years.

      York Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full time equivalent (a) directly employed and (b) agency nurses there were at York Hospital on 1 April 2000 and each year since then.

      York Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the end of year (a) income and (b) expenditure of York Hospital in (i) cash terms and (ii) current prices in 1996-97 and each year since then.

      York Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were on waiting lists for in-patient or day surgery at York Hospital on 1 April 1997 and on the same date in each subsequent year; and...

      York Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were on waiting lists for in-patient or day surgery at York hospital (a) in total and (b) in each clinical speciality on 1 April 2000...

      York Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of patients attending the accident and emergency department at York Hospital waited longer than four hours before seeing a...

      York Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of patients referred to York Hospital for (a) elective surgery and (b) outpatient appointments waited longer than 18 weeks...

      York Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of patients at York Hospital were unable to get (a) an MRI scan, (b) a CT scan and (c) another diagnostic test carried out...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether UK aircraft have flown outside Afghan airspace in support of NATO International Security Assistance Force missions in Afghanistan.

    • Apprentices

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

      HMS Illustrious

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when HMS Illustrious will be deployed on Exercise Cougar 14; what estimate he has made of the cost of preparing that ship for the exercise; and when she...

      HMS Ocean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the contractor is financially liable for the delay in HMS Ocean returning to service from her refit; and what estimate he has made of the costs...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans his Department has to increase the number of replies sent electronically to letters from hon. Members; (2) if he will estimate the...

      Oil: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will publish all (a) reports, (b) studies and (c) impact assessments held by Ministers in the Department for Energy and prepared or...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what targets his Department had for the number of sponsored reserves in each year since 2010; (2) what total number of sponsored reserves were...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2014, Official Report, column 240W, on unmanned aerial vehicles, whether his Department maintains identical munitions...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2014, Official Report, column 598W, on unmanned aerial vehicles, whether any UK personnel other than RAF personnel...

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will bring forward proposals to amend the rules governing the War Pension Scheme to allow all war widows a pension for life.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to create synergies with the European Alliance for Apprenticeships in improving work...

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 30 June 2014, Official Report, column 461W, on asbestos, how often inspections for asbestos containing...

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 30 June 2014, Official Report, column 461W, on asbestos, what training does the responsible person as a...

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to his Department's answer of 30 June 2014, Official Report, column 460W, on asbestos, whether all staff in his...

      Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the (a) average total debt, secured and unsecured, in debtor petition bankruptcies, (b) average total debt, secured and...

      British Business Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 30 June 2014, Official Report, column 461W, on the British Business Bank, how many of the 44 people...

      Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average total debt was of individuals who filed for a debt relief order in each of the last five years.

      Discretionary Learner Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) men and (b) women in further education received funding for childcare through the Discretionary Learner Support...

      Higher Education: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of research and development contracts undertaken by publicly-funded universities for private companies are...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2014, Official Report, column 423W, on local enterprise partnerships, if he will make it his...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) if he will estimate the total number of ministerial replies from his Department to hon. Members in a parliamentary session;...

      Parents: Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people in further education or training in the last academic year were (a) parents and (b) single parents.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in light of the collapse of Comet and the recent industrial tribunal ruling on employee compensation, what plans he has to issue...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) men and (b) women have applied for Advanced Learner loans since the start of the scheme.

      Vocational Guidance: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to promote careers in the IT sector to young people.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what evidence he has of attempts by foreign intelligence services to instigate cyber attacks on UK companies; and if he will make a statement.

    • Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many people were employed on a full-time basis in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each of...

      Shared Services Connected

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will publish the impact assessment for the Shared Services Connected Limited venture.

  • Justice

    • Animal Welfare: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted of animal abuse in England and Wales in 2013.

    • Courts: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken to support adults with autism who are involved with the courts.

      Courts: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the proportion of (a) judges, (b) magistrates and (c) prosecutors currently working in courts who have undergone...

      Courts: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of child witnesses who had given evidence in court by video recording rather than by live video link in each of...

      Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2014, Official Report, column 671W, on courts: video conference, if he will publish a list of the remote sites for...

      Domestic Violence: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of variations in the degree to which perpetrators of domestic abuse who breach court orders or fail to engage or complete...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for employment tribunal fee remission were (a) received, (b) granted and (c) refused between 1 January and 31 March 2014; and how...

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of (a) murder, (b) manslaughter, (c) causing death by dangerous driving and (d) infanticide in each of the last 10...

      Homicide: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to review sentences given for (a) murder and (b) manslaughter where the offence was a one-punch killing.

      Magistrates: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many magistrates there are on Teesside; what the gender and ethnic composition of that bench is; and what recruitment there has been to that bench in...

      Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what steps he is taking to prevent people from publishing explicit photos online sent to them in trust by their former partners; (2) how many...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many ex-prison officers invited to express interest in joining HM Prison Service Reserve received a redundancy package from HM Prison Service...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers working in the prison estate in England and Wales have been made redundant or taken voluntary redundancy in each year from 2010...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many training and education sessions in each prison in England and Wales were cancelled due to staff shortages in each month in 2013.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much HM Prison Service spent on severance pay for staff at prison officer grades in each year from 2010 to 2013.

      Prisoners' Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons Michael Wheatley was transferred from HM Prison Standford Hill in December 2013.

      Prisoners' Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what role the Governor of HM Prison Standford Hill played in rescinding the decision of the parole board to send Michael Wheatley to that prison.

      Prisoners' Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice to which prison Michael Wheatley was transferred in December 2013.

      Prisoners: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners aged 75 and over there were in each type of prison in (a) 2010 and (b) the latest period for which figures are available.

      Remand in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 13 May 2014, Official Report, column 504W, on remand custody, how many defendants were proceeded against at magistrates...

      Road Traffic Offences: Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many pedal cyclists were prosecuted for road traffic offences in the last 12 months.

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appeals in social security tribunals in which the appellant was (a) represented and (b) not represented were successful in the most recent...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of staff employed (a) directly and (b) indirectly by his Department were employed on (i) short term and (ii) zero hours...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Administrative Scheme for the “On the Runs” Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reason the publication of the Hallett Report into the On-The-Runs Scheme has been delayed until 17 July 2014; and if she will make a...

    • Administrative Scheme for the “On the Runs” Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps she is taking to ensure that the families of the soldiers killed in the Hyde Park Bombing of 20 July 1982 will have early sight of...

      Belfast International Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what support her Department has given to secure the establishment of US immigration, customs and agricultural pre-clearance at Belfast...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which 100 wards in Northern Ireland had the (a) highest and (b) lowest electoral registration rate in the latest period for which figures are...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if she will estimate the total number of ministerial replies from her Department to hon. Members in a parliamentary session; and what...

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether her Department issues advice to officials on personal security; and when this advice was last updated.

  • Wales

    • Members: Correspondence

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

  • Work and Pensions

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how long on average claims for attendance allowance for older people took from application to reach a decision in each of the last five years.

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the current target turnaround time is from application to decision for attendance allowance for older people.

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time between claim and a decision on attendance allowance was in each of the last five years.

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time between claim and a decision on carer's allowance was in each of the last five years.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in respect of Child Support Agency child maintenance owed to parents with care, how many arrears-only cases there are (a) where money is...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress he has made in helping people with disabilities to access work through the employment and support allowance programme; and if he...

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department will review the rate for Social Fund funeral expenses payments.

      Housing Benefit: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on housing benefit in (a) Cannock Chase and (b) Staffordshire in each of the last five years.

      Members: Correspondence

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

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to deal with backlogs in personal independence payments.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects personal independence payment backlogs to be cleared.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will recruit additional staff to help clear personal independence payment backlogs.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what comparative assessment he has made of the methods used to assess personal independence payment claims with the methods used to assess...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his contribution of 30 June 2014, Official Report, column 642, on DWP: performance, what level of service his Department expects to...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his contribution of 30 June 2014, Official Report, column 647, on DWP: performance, how his Department will demonstrate that no...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the letter of 6 March 2014 from the Minister for Disabled People to Macmillan Cancer Support, for what reason his Department...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the contracts for personal independence payment assessment providers include performance related incentives or penalties; whether such...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the times taken to decide claims, measured by actual average clearance time, were for (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) employment and...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department has recorded as the main disabling condition of people under employment and support allowance and jobseekers' allowance...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time between claim and a decision on attendance disabled living allowance for parents of children aged under 16 years was in...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of extending entitlement to a jobcentre plus discount travel card to all claimants of...

  • International Development

    • Bilateral Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much bilateral aid in each country with a UK bilateral aid programme was spent (a) in cash terms, (b) at current prices, (c) as a...

    • Bilateral Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent in bilateral aid in each country with a UK bilateral aid programme (a) in cash and (b) at current prices in 2009-10...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of reports of a food crisis in Chin State, Burma; and what food support her Department is...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what role private health insurance plays in her Department's plans to promote healthcare in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether it is her policy to continue funding the official census in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) gender, (b) ethnicity and (c) religion are of the 160,000 children proposed to be helped by the Myanmar Education Consortium.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what checks and monitoring her Department has put in place to ensure that its funding for education in Burma is not being channelled...

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) in cash terms, (b) at current prices, (c) as a proportion of UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) and (d) as a...

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much Official Development Assistance (ODA) was spent (a) in cash terms, (b) at current prices, as proportion of total UK ODA in...

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much official development assistance was spent in 2009-10 and each year since then (a) in cash terms, (b) at current prices and (c)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if she will take steps to promote collaboration between UK companies and the government of Iraq on development of solar...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if she will estimate the total number of ministerial replies from her Department to hon. Members in a parliamentary session; and...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with the Israeli government on its plans to liaise with the new Palestinian government to bring...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much UK aid has been provided to Nigeria to stem the escalation of Islamic extremist terrorism in the last five years, (a) in the...

      Sub-Saharan Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) in cash terms, (b) at current prices, (c) as a proportion of UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) and (d) as a...

  • House of Lords

    • Advisory Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which advisory committees provide advice on chemicals, toxicology and endocrinology; how they are funded; and what each committee costs per annum.

    • Advisory Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what quality control and audit procedures are in place to ensure that their advisory committees perform to the highest standards, that they are using...

      Advisory Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their advisory committees, if they need to undertake a review for which they do not have the expertise, are permitted to commission organisations...

      Advisory Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how scientists are appointed to their advisory committees; how they ensure that an appropriate range of expertise and experience is represented on those...

      Advisory Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recourse is available to members of the public who wish to complain about the practice and outcome of scientific inquiries conducted by government...

      Advisory Committee on Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord De Mauley on 1 July (WA 231–2), with which other government advisory committees the Advisory Committee on...

      Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will protect apprentices by introducing an official body to police the terms and conditions of apprenticeships.

      Arab Partnership Economic Facility

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 26 June (WA 177), what were the exact amounts of money given by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the present British armed forces deployments to (1) Lithuania, (2) Estonia, and (3) Latvia, in support of NATO commitments; and also to Finland.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether future British armed forces deployments are planned to (1) Lithuania, (2) Estonia, and (3) Latvia, in support of NATO commitments; and also to Finland.

      Asylum: Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have conducted a review of the effectiveness of the UK Border Agency’s training manual “Gender Identity Issues in the Asylum...

      British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British citizens currently live abroad and in which countries.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how Chin and Karenni children are likely to be reached by the Myanmar Education Consortium in Myanmar.

      Community Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of any growing tension between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslim communities in the United Kingdom.

      Constitutions: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, with regard to an interim constitution for Scotland; and what was the...

      Criminal Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a full list of the criminal offences introduced between 1997 and 2013 in a form easily understood by the general public.

      Driving under Influence: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the development of a communications campaign to raise awareness amongst the adult population of the changes to drug driving...

      Driving under Influence: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration has been given to reviewing the drug limit for driving in relation to the normal therapeutic dosage range; and what assessment has been...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that the East Coast rail line will continue to connect directly the north-east of England with Edinburgh and Scotland,...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve the diagnosis of atrial fibrillation. To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the publication of the...

      Higher Education: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many ethnic minority students, broken down by ethnicity, attended universities in (1) 1990, (2) 2000, (3) 2010, and (4) the latest year for which figures...

      NHS: Empty Property

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the value of unoccupied property and unused land owned by the National Health Service.

      Orders and Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what factors they take into account when they propose use of negative, affirmative or super-affirmative resolution procedures for secondary legislation.

      Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of recent analysis from the International Union for Conservation of Nature Taskforce on Systemic Pesticides, which concluded that...

      Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in their consideration of the application by Syngenta to grant emergency permission for the production and use of neonicotinoid pesticides this...

      Political Parties

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will request that the Electoral Commission review the rules governing the names of political parties.

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the extent of worn-down and faint road markings, including zebra crossings; and what assessment they have made of the impact on...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the new Schools Challenges Cymru programme in Wales; and what measures they are taking to tackle underperformance in...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Elizabeth Truss MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare, that “our 15 year-olds are up to...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why independent special schools were removed from the official published league tables, and whether they will consider restoring them.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the definition of “full-time education” in relation to special educational needs at each stage of the education system.

      Trees: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many young trees were imported into the United Kingdom for the 2013–14 planting season; how this compares with the previous year; and what...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 23 June (WA 136), why they will not place in the Library of the House a document that is freely...

      UK Border Force

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 30 June (WA 230), why the information requested could not be released because the number was...

      Vocational Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of calls from Ofsted for employers to play a greater role in rating training providers.

      Voting Behaviour: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking to increase voter turnout amongst 18 to 25 year-olds.

      Warships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the annual savings arising from the Warship Support Modernisation Initiative introduced in 2005–06.

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