Written answers

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

  • Attorney-General

    • Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Serious Fraud Office's incorrect reclamation of VAT on fees it paid to barristers and other...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of apprenticeship starts by size of workplace in each year since 2010.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships have been taken up by (a) men and (b) women (i) aged up to 21 years, (ii) aged 22 to 24 years and (iii)...

      British Library Business and IP Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the British Library's Business & IP Centre national network.

      British Library Business and IP Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the contribution to the economy of the British Library's Business & IP Centre...

      British Library Business and IP Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the number of jobs created in partnership with the British Library's Business & IP...

      Business: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support and protection the Government provides to UK businesses experiencing cyber attacks.

      Civil Servants: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) internal and (b) external complaints have been received by his Department about alleged breaches of the Civil...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage foreign direct investment from member states of the Commonwealth.

      Higher Education: Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps he has taken to improve transparency in the procurement processes of university libraries.

      Individual Voluntary Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the value of publishing the average total debt of individuals subject to individual voluntary...

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to improve the protection of intellectual property in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Intellectual Property: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to encourage the development of intellectual property in (a) Brighton, Kemptown and (b) Brighton and...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of manufacturing activity in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England in each of the last...

      New Businesses: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage technology-based start-ups to develop in towns and cities outside London.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Administration of Justice

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will discuss with (a) the Secretary of State for Justice and (b) the Secretary of State for the Home Department the implications for his policies...

    • Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many civil servants employed through the analytical graduate fast track schemes between June 2004 and June 2014 were educated at (a) private...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 30 April 2014, Official Report, column 811, on cybercrime, whether the £860 million includes the £650 million...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance he gives to Departments on the publication of business cases for major projects.

      Government Digital Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of GDS technical employees are female.

      Security: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance his Department provides to officials in the Northern Ireland Executive on personal security.

      Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what professional development courses are made available to staff of his Department; and what the cost to the public purse is of each such course.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Private Rented Housing: Smoke Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of the respondents to his Department's Review of Property conditions in the Private Rented Sector...

    • Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what contact his officials have had with the European Parliament Working Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief in the last 12...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Apprentices

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

    • European Union: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding the UK has contributed to the European Parliament's House of European History Project to date.

      Mass Media: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which media organisations in the UK have received funding from the European Parliament to promote coverage of EU-level decision-making...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans his Department has to increase the number of replies sent electronically to letters from hon. Members.

      Mobile Phones: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the decision not to proceed with a mast at Fownhope, if he will include the lack of mobile network coverage in that...

      Tourist Attractions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assistance his Department gives to community groups who wish to take over the running of museums and tourist attractions.

  • Defence

    • Clyde Naval Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Minister for International Security Strategy approved the proposals to limit contractor...

    • Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the £72.3 billion allocated in the Defence and Equipment Plan 2013 supporting existing in-service equipment, how much of that...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • A14: Kettering

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to encourage the funding for and implementation of the strategic economic plans submitted by the Northamptonshire LEP and the South East...

    • Elections: Fraud

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what checks are in place to ensure that multiple property owners do not vote twice in European or general elections on the same date as local or council...

  • Education

    • 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, how many schools in (a) England and (b) Birmingham...

    • Teachers: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average pay for teachers was in York unitary authority area in 2008-09 and in each year since.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of young people not in employment, education or training in each of the last five years were women.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many and what proportion of people were deleted from the electoral register...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, which local authorities have failed standard 3 door-to-door canvassing more than...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the postal vote matching rates were during the data matching dry run in each...

      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 conduct research into the use of data matching of...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what number and percentage of electors were added to the electoral register as a...

      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 make it their policy to gather information on...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what estimate the Electoral Commission makes of how many registered electors move...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what estimate the Electoral Commission has made of the number of local authorities...

      Polling Stations: Schools

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if the Electoral Commission will take steps to ensure that schools are only used as...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Apprentices

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

    • Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households (a) in fuel poverty, (b) not in fuel poverty and (c) in total have received measures under the energy company...

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when his Department's plans to publish its response to the consultation on the future of the energy company obligation.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2014, Official Report, column 595W, on energy: prices, at which meetings with (a) EDF, (b) E-on,...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when his Department will publish its fuel poverty strategy.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2014, Official Report, column 1252, on energy markets (competition), what estimate he has made of the...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many households are forecast to be lifted from fuel poverty under the energy company obligation in each year between 2013 and...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of fuel poverty in (a) Coventry, (b) Coventry North East constituency and (c) England.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding has been (a) allocated and (b) spent on the Green Deal cashback incentive scheme to date.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many households have received free green deal assessments to date; (2) what estimate his Department has made of the average...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what financial support his Department has planned to allocate to (a) the Green Deal and (b) other domestic energy efficiency programmes...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what financial support his Department allocated to (a) the Green Deal and (b) other domestic energy efficiency programmes in (i)...

      Members: Correspondence

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

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer of 17 June 2013, Official Report, column 461W, on renewable energy, UIN 159722, if he will place in the...

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what ex-ante assessment and evaluations his Department made of the effectiveness of the Renewables Obligation Certificates scheme...

      Wind Power: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many onshore wind turbines there were in North Yorkshire in each year since 2008-09.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many apprentices have been employed by contractors and sub-contractors to his Department in each year since 2010-11; and...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the role of outdoor-reared pigs in transmission of bovine TB; and if he will make a statement.

      Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many senior civil servants appointed to positions in his Department since 2010 were previously (a) political appointees...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • EU Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to his Department's announcement of 20 February 2014, on funding for the International Organization for Migration...

    • Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many civil servants employed through his Department's graduate fast track scheme between 1 June 2004 and 1 June 2014 were...

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to prevent violence against women in the conflict-affected states of South Sudan.

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the report of the Stimson Task Force on US drone policy, published on 28 June 2014;...

  • Health

    • Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of how much arthritis has cost the UK economy in each year since 2010.

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to improve the diagnostic pathway for adults with autism in the autism statutory guidance.

      Children: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate how many autistic children there were in the most recent five year period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when his Department last conducted a review of evidence concerning the long-term health effects of emergency hormonal contraception; what evidence...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what change there has been in the level of funding for diabetes research since 1 January 2012.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diabetics have missed routine health checks since 1 January 2014.

      General Dental Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of plans by the General Dental Council to increase the Annual Retention Fee by 64 per cent on the ability of the...

      Health Professions: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) GPs, (b) nurses, (c) other clinical staff and (d) staff in total were employed in GP surgeries in the City of York in 1996-97 and in each...

      Health: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to request reports from those signed up to the Responsibility Deal for Public Health who have yet to submit reports.

      Members: Correspondence

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

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of adults (a) on the Care Programme Approach receiving secondary mental health services and (b) receiving secondary mental...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England and Wales have been treated for a mental health problem in each of the...

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department has put in place to ensure that people with ovarian cancer and their families are aware of the right to request BRCA1/2...

      Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) non-patient egg donors and (b) egg-share donors were admitted to hospital for ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome in each year since 2009.

      Skin: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adults and (b) children in (i) the North West, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) East Lancashire contacted their GP because of a skin condition in...

      Winterborne View Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which facilities patients of Winterborne View were transferred on that hospital's closure; and in which facilities those patients are now.

  • Home Department

    • Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what occasions each Minister within her Department has taken domestic flights on official business since May 2010.

    • Apprentices

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

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cannabis factories have been discovered and abolished in the last three years.

      Entry Clearances: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether requests from Syria for visitor visas are dealt with on merit on a case-by-case basis; and if she will make a statement.

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to bring forward proposals for reform of the firearms licensing fees system.

      Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what statistics her Department holds on the use of fixed penalty notices in each local authority area.

      HM Passport Office: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passport applications have been processed by the passport office in Belfast in each year since 2010.

      Knives: Clacton

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex on incidents involving knives in Clacton and the potential...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 27 May 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regards to Mr M Nissar.

      Nazi War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people since 1984 have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of being a member of the SS in the Second World War.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passport renewals for residents in (a) Airdrie and Shotts constituency, (b) Lanarkshire, (c) Scotland and (d) the UK have been...

      Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what monetary value her Department assigns to the Value of Preventing a Fatality calculation during the process of policy appraisal and...

      Riot Control Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to make a decision on the request to authorise water cannon for use by the police in England and Wales; and if she will...

      Valuation of Life and Health Inter-departmental Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what measures of the value of life and health were included in the evidence submitted as part of her Department's work with the...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department has spent specifically to reduce the number of malnourished children in the developing world; and which 10...

    • Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which 10 countries will receive the highest amount of UK aid in the post-2015 development framework; and how much each such country...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how UK aid money to India was allocated in (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014.

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to ensure fair and efficient distribution of international aid in South Sudan.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the aid given by the UK to Yemen is spent on (a) food, (b) education, (c) housing, (d) healthcare and (e) employment.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid the UK has given to Yemen since 1 January 2012; and what comparative assessment she has made of the level of such spending...

  • Justice

    • Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people were found guilty in a magistrates' court, consequent upon non-payment or contesting of a fixed penalty notice, for failure to...

    • Members: Correspondence

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

      Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cautions have been issued for offences of (a) murder, (b) rape, (c) sexual assault, (d) robbery and (e) burglary in (i) each year between 2010...

      Prison Accommodation: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of levels of occupancy in prisons in Wales.

      Prisons: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times prison officers confiscated illegally brewed alcohol in each prison in England and Wales in each month in 2013.

      Racially Aggravated Offences: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for each type of racially-aggravated offence under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 were prosecuted at each magistrates' and crown...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many officials in his Department are currently employed to work on the sentence calculation helplines.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison places in each prison in England and Wales are designated as available to hold offenders aged 18 to 21 years.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civil servants employed through the Northern Ireland graduate fast track scheme between 1 June 2004 and 1 June 2014 were educated at...

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) with reference to the answer of 1 May 2014, Official Report, column 762W, on terrorism, if the exercise of the Royal Prerogative of Mercy...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will list the people who are known to have received the Royal Prerogative of Mercy by Letters Patent or under any other authority, in the...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what records are kept of the concentrations of identified toxic chemicals in a fume event in each of the principal classes of civil aviation...

    • Aviation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to support regional air links with Northern Ireland.

      Driving Instruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans his Department has to make the Fleet Driver Trainer register mandatory for paid vocational driver training; (2) what plans his...

      First Transpennine Express and Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether rolling stock to be delivered to Northern Rail and TransPennine Express over the next six years will be configured to allow the option of...

      Members: Correspondence

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

      Police: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the extent to which chief officers of territorial police forces have used the Marine Navigation Act 2013 to permit port...

      Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport at what level his Department values the reduction of risk of death per fatal casualty prevented; and if he will give an example of policy intervention...

      Railways: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has considered funding in the 2019 to 2024 spending review for the Brighton Mainline 2; and if he will make a statement.

      Rescue Services: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre at Belfast was staffed at below risk-assessed levels in June 2014.

      Rescue Services: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre at Liverpool was staffed at below risk-assessed levels in June 2014.

      Rescue Services: Stornoway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre at Stornoway was staffed at below risk-assessed levels in June 2014.

      Rescue Services: Stornoway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, Stornoway has permanent radio access to the radio network covering the Clyde, Arran and the Ayrshire coast.

      Roads: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the three most recent (a) traffic counts, (b) speed measurements and (c) weight-of-vehicles measurements are from the B3006 Selborne Road between...

      Shipping: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many contraventions of the regulations under Part 5 of the Equality Act 2010 preventing differential pay rates for seafarers from countries...

      Shipping: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what awareness activities the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has undertaken among (a) UK shipowners, (b) owners of UK flagged vessels and (c) the...

      Shipping: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the number of vessels that have de-flagged from the Red Ensign Group where the shipowner cited the regulations...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with his French counterpart on the effect of the EU Sulphur Directive on (a) the shipping industry, (b) jobs and (c) the...

  • Treasury

    • Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will publish a list of each application for the change of control of a bank made in the last four years; (2) when his Department last conducted...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to ensure that parents use their tax-free childcare accounts to pay for childcare; and what additional costs such checks will...

      Consumers: Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) consumers and (b) endorsement of consumer protection law of the hand-over of investigations from the Office...

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the level of growth in the UK economy in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015; and what change in the level of public sector employment...

      Financial Institutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the role of private equity in providing capital to the (a) banking sector and (b) insurance sector.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans his Department has to increase the number of replies sent electronically to letters from hon. Members.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to bring forward proposals to help the insurance industry to reduce the cost of car insurance for newly qualified drivers.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse was of the Building Our Future workshops held for all HM Revenue and Customs staff.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of flexible resourcing within HM Revenue and Customs in terms of lost yield from staff being moved away from their...

      Revenue and Customs: Irvine

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the tax yield generated by compliance officers working in Irvine tax office in 2013-14; (2) what the (a) total operating cost and...

  • Wales

    • NATO Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of the 2014 NATO summit to Wales.

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on legal fees in cases relating to the release of information requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in each of...

      Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many senior civil servants appointed to positions in his Department since 2010 were previously (a) political appointees within that Department and (b)...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities how many apprentices the Department has accepted as part of the Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme; and how many were (a) women and (b)...

    • Mental Health Services: LGBT People

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities what discussions the Government Equalities Office has had with LGBT mental health service providers in the last year.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities what proportion of named day written questions were answered within the prescribed period in each year since 2010.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Civil Servants: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) internal and (b) external complaints have been received by his Department about alleged breaches of the Civil Service Code of...

    • Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the proposed funding model for residential training colleges will be announced.

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who received the new enterprise allowance have since reclaimed (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) income support as a lone parent...

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what targets there are on increasing the number of women receiving the new enterprise allowance; and what progress has been made on these...

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the recipients of the new enterprise allowance who previously claimed (a) access to work benefits, (b) disability living allowance...

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) women's and (b) men's business plans which were approved received a weekly allowance for 26 weeks of a total of £1,274 as...

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) women and (b) men are recipients of the new enterprise allowance.

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many single parents have set up businesses using the new enterprise allowance scheme; and of these, what proportion are female.

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) women and (b) men have applied for the new enterprise allowance.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people whose main disability is cystic fibrosis are in receipt of the mobility award for personal independence payment at the...

      Procurement

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

      Universal Credit: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the risk of a link between the introduction of universal credit and levels of domestic violence.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the independent evaluation of the Work programme to be published.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to improve the performance of the Work programme for people over 50 years of age; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Andrew Mitchell

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Metropolitan Police Service expect to complete their investigation into the incident at the Downing Street gates on 19 September 2012 involving the...

    • Coastal Areas: Flood Control

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what sea defences have been built in north-west England during the last 10 years, and where.

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to reports in the Cypriot media that the President of the Republic of Cyprus or his Foreign Minister have rebuked countries whose ambassadors have...

      Deportation: Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they deported Ms Afusat Salin back to Nigeria.

      Driving under Influence: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the defence of the normal use of prescribed drugs in protecting innocent patients from prosecution for...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 11 February (WA 114), what representations they have made and received regarding the seven-year jail...

      EU Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Verma on 25 June (WS 118–19) concerning the European Union Energy Council, whether they will publish...

      Fracking: Somerset

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when hydraulic fracturing for natural gas begins in the north Somerset coal-field and the Mendip Hills; what safeguards will be enforced to prevent...

      General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many full-time equivalent general practitioners have been employed by the National Health Service in each of the last five years.

      Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people treated by the National Health Service were considered to have (1) a serious condition, and (2) a non-serious condition, in the last year for...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to promote housebuilding.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the safety of embryos created using the DNA of three individuals.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support the inclusion of Iran among the Friends of Syria.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Israel about military operations in the West Bank, including Areas A and B, following the...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contribution is made by Israel to NATO and NATO exercises.

      Languages: Qualifications

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many students take GCSEs and A-levels in Mandarin Chinese; and whether they plan to increase that number.

      Mental Illness: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will assess the level of care provided by Public Health England and local charities to help those suffering from addiction to, and withdrawal from,...

      Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 17 December 2013 (WA 189), what was the text of the Somali nationality law which required in the...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for identifying Class 3 Mobility Scooters, which currently have to display a nil value disc, once the paper Vehicle Access Duty tax disc...

      Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to reduce the levels of obesity.

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have offered any assistance to the government of Israel in finding the three youths who were recently kidnapped.

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to achieve a cross-party consensus in the United Kingdom on the case for recognition of the state of Palestine.

      Parades Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the process used in the recent appointment of the Chairman and Members of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission.

      Parades Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who assessed the qualifications of the applicants to the recently appointed Northern Ireland Parades Commission; and what qualifications were sought for the...

      Parades Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether presentation and media skills were a requirement for applicants for the post of Chairman of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission; and if not, why not.

      Parkinson’s Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group received about the routine use of Duodopa for advanced Parkinson's disease.

      Parkinson’s Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how individual funding requests relating to the prescription of Duodopa for patients with advanced Parkinsonism are handled in the National Health Service.

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much rebate they have so far received from pharmaceutical companies under the new Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme agreement. To ask Her...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many secondary school pupils who were (1) permanently excluded, or (2) excluded for one or more fixed periods since 2000, subsequently passed a GCSE in...

      Road Works

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve co-ordination of roadworks between different statutory bodies.

      Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of having school children face each other in small groups, rather than facing the teacher, on (1) attentiveness,...

      Schools: Discipline

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the need for parents to take responsibility for children's behaviour in schools.

      Science: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to increase the number of students studying science, technology, engineering and maths subjects, in particular female students.

      Shipping: Oil

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times since the permitting of ship to ship oil transfers off the coast of Southwold, Suffolk, in 2011, Maritime and Coastguard Agency surveyors, or...

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to encourage the devolved administrations of Wales and Northern Ireland to consider the effect on them of an affirmative vote in the...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Bodu Bala Sena “Buddhist Power Force” in Sri Lanka.

      Sugar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to reduce sugar intake in children.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to lead a concerted international effort to help the governments of Jordan and Lebanon and international humanitarian agencies to cope...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current state of their discussions on possible compensation for victims of terrorism in Northern Ireland where such victimhood can be attributed...

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the government of the United States to deny certain Ugandan officials entry into the United States...

      Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the appropriateness of the current number of female officers employed by Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. To...

      Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Ms Rashida Manjoo, was not allowed access to Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre...

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