Written answers

Thursday, 10 July 2014

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise at the UN the Amendment to the Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights adopted...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to support an independent, international inquiry, with Burmese participation, into alleged war...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps he is taking to urge the Government of Burma to end torture, investigate reports of continuing use of torture,...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost of work undertaken by his Department relating to nuclear disarmament was in 2013-14; and if he will make it his...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British nationals have required emergency consular assistance in Somalia in each of the last four years.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2014, Official Report, column 183W, on Yemen, if she will make an assessment of the effects on...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what methodology is used by his Department to assess the comparative costs and benefits of the Access to Work scheme.

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled people entered the Access to Work scheme in each year since 2004.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to the public purse of all employment and support allowance appeals has been since May 2010; and what the cost of all such...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect on learning disability outcomes of the closure of the Independent Living Fund.

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with learning disability charities on the closure of the Independent Living Fund.

      National Employment Savings Trust Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency who are...

      Poverty: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Warrington Borough and (b) Warrington North constituency were in (i) relative and (ii) absolute poverty in 1997-98 and...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to work with Remploy factory workers since the factory closure programme began; how many former Remploy...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit claimants from (a) England, (b) London and (c) Bethnal Green and Bow constituency were sanctioned in the last 12 months.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received in support of maintaining the local welfare provision grant to local authorities; and if he will make a...

      Social Security Benefits: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit claimants from Bethnal Green and Bow constituency had benefit sanctions overturned in the last 12 months.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Warrington and (b) Warrington North constituency received winter fuel payments in the last year for which figures are...

  • Attorney-General

    • Young Offenders

      To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of all defendants of charges of (a) rape, (b) sexual offences other than rape and (c) domestic violence have been aged (i) 18 to 24 and (ii) 14 to 17...

    • Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Attorney-General what steps the Crown Prosecution Service is taking to prosecute payday money lenders under the Fraud Act 2006.

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of unsuccessful Crown Prosecution Service prosecutions have been because of victim issues in each of the last seven financial years.

      Rape: Convictions

      To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of all unsuccessful outcomes in rape cases have been because of victim issues in each of the last seven financial years.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2014, Official Report, column 221W, on Combined Cadet Force, if he will make an assessment of the effect of recruitment...

    • Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the findings of Chavasse Report, published in spring 2014, what steps he is taking to ensure that injured soldiers receive the...

      Armed Forces: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on redundancy payments to (a) Royal Navy, (b) Army and (c) Royal Air Force personnel in each financial year since 2010-11.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to incorporate discussion of torture, sexual violence and other war crimes, crimes against humanity and other human rights...

      C17 Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of the extension of the C-17 Globemaster III sustainment package contract; and for how long that contract will run.

      Civil Servants: Codes of Practice

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

      Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the document D/DDOR3(AIR)(IFF)12 dated 31 October 1994.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions the Military Aviation Authority has recommended that the F-35B be (a) grounded and (b) restricted in operations; what the reason...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Military Aviation Authority recommended that F-35B BK-3 should not transit the Atlantic Ocean in time for the Royal International Air Tattoo.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on a collision warning system for fast jets during the Technical Demonstration Programme between 1991 and 1998.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department has made in implementing the requirement set out in the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, for 50 attack...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it will be possible for his Department to acquire any modernised, Block III Apache helicopters before the end of 2019, unless a decision is made...

      Military Bases: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which military units and agencies are currently based at Imphal Barracks; how many square metres of accommodation they each occupy; whether his...

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) sets of accounts will be audited and (b) value for money studies will be completed this calendar year by the International Board of Auditors...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the titles of all reports on the risks of the transport of nuclear warheads (a) within the UK and (b) from or to the UK from abroad...

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that those members of the armed forces who are entitled to vote in the Scottish independence referendum but will...

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration was given to purchasing the RAIDS Collision Warning System software options after difficulties were encountered with the bespoke...

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the implementation of the tested bespoke Collision Warning System proposed by the Director of Operations Requirements (Air) in August...

      Tritium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what quantity of tritium has been imported from the US for use by his Department in H1616 shipping packages since May 2010.

      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 the US-UK Foreign Military Sales agreement...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2014, Official Report, column 239, on unmanned air vehicles, whether the amendment of Joint Services Publication 398 on...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2014, Official Report, column 99W, on unmanned air vehicles, what assessment he has made of the degree to which Reaper...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Air Travel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on what occasions (a) each Minister within his Department and (b) the Prime Minister has taken domestic flights on official business since May 2010.

    • Civil Servants: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) internal and (b) external complaints have been received by his Department about alleged breaches of the Civil Service Code of Conduct since...

      Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which Government Departments administer their own departmental civil service payrolls; and which Government departments' payrolls are administered by...

      Debts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the aggregate household debt was in the final quarter of the 2013-14 financial year.

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what steps his Department is taking to tackle copycat websites which are charging for free Government services; (2) what recent meetings he has...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how much the Prime Minister's Office spent on legal fees in cases relating to the release of information requested under the Freedom of...

      Recruitment: Northern Ireland Office

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what discussions officials from his Department have held with their counterparts in the Northern Ireland Office about that Department accepting...

      Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many senior civil servants appointed to positions in (a) his Department and (b) the Prime Minister's Office since 2010 were previously (i) political...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what he estimates the lifetime earning premium of those with (a) L3 apprenticeships and (b) L4+ apprenticeships will be compared...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of apprenticeships commenced in the last 12 months were with (a) small and medium-sized enterprises, (b) larger...

      British Business Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many small and medium-sized business in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England and Wales have (i)...

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assistance his Department provides to help small rural businesses to export; and if he will make a statement.

      Exports: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what additional support he is providing to encourage businesses in Brighton, Kemptown to export to overseas markets; and if he...

      Healthcare UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether public sector organisations from the devolved administrations have been invited to participate in Healthcare UK's...

      New Businesses: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to increase business formation in (a) Brighton, Kemptown and (b) Lewes District; and if he will make a...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the causes of trends in the number of abortions which were performed on women who had already had an abortion...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2014, Official Report, column 611W, on abortion, what estimate he has made of the number of HSA4 forms returned to the...

      Aphasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve support for people with aphasia.

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis received an annual review in each of the last five years.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with Public Health England on progress made by the BeClear Campaign to improve the detection of rare cancers over...

      Christie NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on allegations that tissue samples were sold by the Christie NHS Foundation Trust to pharmaceutical companies...

      Christie NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will direct Monitor to publish its strategy for engaging with whistleblowers in its fact-finding investigation into alleged wrongdoing at the...

      Christie NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that whistleblowers willing to give evidence on allegations of wrongdoing at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust will not be...

      Christie NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether a compromise agreement has been reached, or is in the process of being reached, with the currently suspended chief executive of the Christie...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people over the age of 75 years were diagnosed with dementia after being admitted to hospital as an emergency inpatient in England in each year...

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many ambulance calls were responded to by (a) the police and (b) the fire service in (i) England, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) Hyndburn...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP practices have closed since May 2010.

      Health: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of companies who have only signed up to pledges set out in the Responsibility Deal as they refer to...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is for all (a) NHS patients classified as urgent and (b) NHS cancer patients classified as urgent.

      Housing: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effect of living in damp homes on the health of (a) children in general and (b) asthmatic children; and if...

      Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were admitted to hospital with a (a) primary and (b) secondary diagnosis of liver disease in each year since 2010.

      Lung Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to address regional inequalities in health outcomes for interstitial lung disease in the last year; and if he will make a statement.

      Lung Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the National Institute for Health Research has reported to his Department the results of the research commissioned on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of (a) NHS expenditure and (b) other expenditure for which his Department is responsible has been for the (i) treatment and (ii) prevention...

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of NHS trusts offer a screening programme of osteoporosis to reduce falls and fractures.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the Care Act 2014 and the care and support statutory guidance, (1) whether self-funders and those with personalised care budgets are...

      Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2014, Official Report, column 520W, on telemedicine, when NHS England will publish a set of consistent measures for...

      Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2014, Official Report, column 520W, on telemedicine, how many telehealth, telecare and telecoaching connections there...

      Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2014, Official Report, column 520W, on telemedicine, when NHS England will issue the first in its regular surveys on the...

  • Justice

    • Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the maximum share of the total contract value for community rehabilitation companies any one successful bidder will be able to be awarded; (2)...

    • Court of Appeal: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many minutes in total of Court of Appeal hearings have been televised since cameras were first allowed in court; (2) how many Court of Appeal...

      Courts: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will introduce mandatory training for lawyers dealing with children.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for compensation were rejected by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e)...

      Drugs: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire have been arrested for possession of (i) Class A drugs, (ii) Class B drugs and (iii)...

      Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what statistics his Department holds on the use of fixed penalty notices in each local authority area and in each category.

      Legal Profession: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will review existing trade descriptions legislation and its effect on regulating companies that describe themselves or hold themselves to be acting...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign nationals of each nationality were deported from jails in London to complete their sentences in their home countries in (a) 2010, (b)...

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners committed suicide in each of the last 10 years.

      Probation: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in Ashfield constituency have been on probation in each of the last five years.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people who (a) were given a non-custodial sentence and (b) were given their first custodial sentence in each year from 2004 had previously had...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with the Bar Standards Board on requiring advocates who handle sexual abuse cases to undertake appropriate specialist...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders aged 18 to 21 years were held in each prison establishment in England and Wales on the latest date for which data is available.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what occasions each Minister within his Department has taken domestic flights on official business since May 2010.

    • Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what statistics his Department holds on the use of fixed penalty notices in each local authority area.

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will introduce legislative proposals to enshrine the concept of a listed landscape.

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with his French counterpart on the effects of the EU Sulphur Directive on (a) the shipping...

  • Treasury

    • Civil Servants: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) internal and (b) external complaints have been received by his Department about alleged breaches of the Civil Service Code of Conduct since...

    • Corporation Tax: Kent

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid in corporation tax by businesses registered in Dover and Deal in each of the last five years; and what proportion of such taxation was...

      Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with banks about the consequences for a mortgage application of taking out a payday loan.

      Derelict Land: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to introduce a derelict land tax.

      Mapeley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the (a) compliance and (b) performance of Mapeley STEPS Contractor Limited following HM Revenue and Custom's last audit...

      Minimum Wage: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 10 April 2013, Official Report, column 1177W, on minimum wage: Scotland, how many staff were in the national minimum wage team...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that sharing of customer information collected by HM Revenue and Customs is subject to appropriate safeguards.

  • Home Department

    • Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many mobile telephones, BlackBerrys and laptops were lost by her Department in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date.

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government has taken to prevent UK citizens from joining terrorist movements in Egypt and Syria.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when the sponsor capacity funds awarded by his Department to the Third Millennium Education Trust were returned to his Department.

    • Basic Skills: South East

      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)...

      Education: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much (a) revenue and (b) capital funding was provided to each pupil in state (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in Warrington in (A) cash terms...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of secondary school students in Gloucestershire qualify for the pupil premium.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment the Government has made of the impact on school budgets in 2016-17 of planned changes in pension and national insurance contributions.

      Schools: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education under what circumstances schools are permitted to require religious headcoverings or other religious items as part of compulsory uniform; and if he...

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the level of funding for each pupil aged 16 to 18 years old in each academic year until 2020.

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the effect of an increase in the numbers of young people at school age on funding for provision for 16 to...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance the Minister of State for Cities and Constitution has given to local enterprise partnerships on informing (a) district councils and (b) hon. Members...

  • Scotland

    • Civil Servants: Codes of Practice

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

    • Commonwealth Games 2014

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what contribution his Department is making to the preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

      Domestic Visits

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

  • Leader of the House

    • Ministers: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Leader of the House what recent guidance he has given to his ministerial colleagues on making statements to the House before they are made to the media.

    • Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House what recent discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues about Private Members' Bills.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Elections: Fraud

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if the Electoral Commission will produce a list of significant cases of electoral...

    • Elections: Fraud

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many successful prosecutions for (a) postal, not proxy, vote fraud and (b)...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many electors have registered online since the introduction of online...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, (1) what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of public awareness of the...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, for what reason the Electoral Commission first decided to undertake research into...

      Electoral Register

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

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2014, Official Report, column 613W, on electoral...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2014, Official Report, column 613W, on electoral...

      Voting Behaviour

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what role the Electoral Commission has in promoting political engagement; and what...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Accommodation Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in which month the redress arrangements concerning letting and managing agents will commence. [R]

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many apprentices aged (a) 16 to 18, (b) 19 to 24 and (c) 25 years or over are employed in (i) his Department and (ii) each...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what guidance his Department has issued on whether the landlord or tenant is responsible for the payment of council tax...

      Emergency Services: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to better protect emergency services from attacks by youths.

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate he has made of the number of vacant residential properties (a) awaiting occupation, (b) that are derelict,...

      Energy

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

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to make formal proposals to end the ongoing dispute on firefighters' pensions based on the alternative costed...

      Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what statistics his Department holds on the use of fixed penalty notices in each local authority area.

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 4 June 2014, Official Report, columns 151-2W, on Bellwin Scheme, which local authorities have made...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) individuals, (b) couples and (c) families are registered in the UK as seeking accommodation.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if his Department will publish a code of practice for the management of residential property. [R]

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will (a) review and (b) amend or provide an exemption to the five-year housing land availability test for councils who...

      Local Government: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library correspondence between his Department and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets relating to the...

      Parking Offences: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what proportion of organisations responding to his consultation on local authority parking agreed with the Government's...

      Policy

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

  • Women and Equalities

    • Domestic Visits

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2014, Official Report, column 677W, on official visits, what domestic visits each of the Ministers in the...

    • Economic Situation: Females

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities what assessment she has made of the contribution of women to the economy; and if she will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services: LGBT People

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities on what dates she has met Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender mental health service providers.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Healthcare UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions she has had with the Chief Executive of Healthcare UK to ensure that business, academia, health and public sector...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when she intends to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Bury South constituency of 12 June 2014 on a youth summit on building a shared...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make an assessment of the implications for environmental safety in the UK hydraulic fracturing programme of studies...

    • Natural Gas

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

      Oil: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) if he will publish all (a) minutes, (b) memoranda and (c) correspondence held by his Department about contact with (i) the...

      Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the written statement of 3 July 2014, OfficialReport, column 61WS, on management of overseas owned plutonium in the UK,...

      Senior Civil Servants

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what occasions each Minister within his Department has taken domestic flights on official business since May 2010.

    • Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2014, Official Report, column 665W, on official visits, what domestic visits each of the Ministers of...

      Football: Sportsgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will discuss with the Football Association the development of safe standing areas in Premiership Club grounds.

      Lotteries: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will estimate how much money will be raised from society lotteries in (a) Brighton, Kemptown and (b) Brighton and Hove in the next...

      National Lottery: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will estimate the total amount of money awarded to good causes by the National Lottery in (a) Brighton, Kemptown constituency and...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment Ofcom has made of the reasons for disputes between service providers and Openreach over (a) the provision of telephone...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2014, Official Report, columns 181-2W, on Afghanistan, if she will place in the Library all official...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation of displaced Rohingya Muslims in Burma.

      Conflict Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department has spent from the Conflict Pool in each country in each year since its launch.

      Developing Countries: Fraud and Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many reports of fraud or corrupt practices her Department has received (a) in writing and (b) through the development tracker...

      Disaster Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department has spent from the Rapid Response Facility in each country in each year since its launch.

      Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2014, Official Report, column 681W, on official visits, what domestic visits each of the Ministers of...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether decisions to award funding under the Global Poverty Action Fund were made by the Civil Society Department, Policy and Research...

      Triple Line Consulting

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been paid to Triple Line Consulting Ltd for the management and running of the Global Poverty Action Fund in each year...

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what additional support she is providing to authorities in West Africa to help them with the recent ebola outbreak.

  • Transport

    • Airports: Economic and Social Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the economic and social contribution of airports to (a) the Exchequer and (b) the local communities they serve; and if...

    • Airports: Economic and Social Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the economic and social contribution of airports to (a) the public purse and (b) local communities.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many public inquiries into bus performance were undertaken by each traffic commissioner in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it a condition of the Bus Service Operators Grant incentive for real time information equipment that the performance data generated...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many local transport authorities achieve the bus punctuality targets set by the Senior Traffic Commissioners.

      Bus Services: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding has been allocated to support rural bus routes in Cornwall in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was paid to PwC for its report, Analysis and advisory work on a potential property bond scheme for property owners affected by plans for HS2...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when discussions were held between PwC and the Law Society, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Council for Mortgages Lenders, National Association...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many blight notices have been (a) served on HS2 Ltd and (b) accepted in each affected postcode and constituency.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many early access agreements have been issued in the High Speed 2 (Phase 1) process in each affected postcode and constituency since February 2014.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many requests for additional land have been served in each affected postcode and constituency by HS2 Ltd which require additional provision to the...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what agricultural land in each affected postcode area and constituency has been purchased by HS2 Ltd in safeguarded areas on the route of Phase 1 or...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) Ministers in his Department and (b) representatives of High Speed 2 have had with the World Health Organisation on noise and High...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the High Speed 2 Select Committee will have sight of the Major Project Authority's reports on High Speed 2 before it begins to hear petitions.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Government plans to respond further to the recommendations of the 138th Report of the Environmental Audit Committee, Session 2012-13, HC...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the development plans for Euston in the High Speed 2 (Phase 1) Hybrid Bill will be announced; and when the environmental statement consultation...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress his Department has made on the pilot of a new enforcement process for foreign-registered vehicles that have overstayed.

      Railway Stations: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received from Somerset county council on the reopening of railway stations in Somerset.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Bradford will be included in any future northern high speed rail line across the Pennines.

      Railways: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received from groups supporting the development of the Brighton Mainline 2; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what improvements to Coastway East and the Brighton-Ashford Line have been proposed in the TSGN franchise to improve services between Brighton and...

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans the Government has for further high-speed rail developments.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if it is his policy to retain the capping of rail fares at the rate of RPI + 1, beyond 2015; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of Britain's rail track mileage is capable of accommodating full-sized lorry trailers on trains.

      Railways: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress his Department has made on a second railway line to connect Plymouth with London and the Midlands.

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to relieve congestion on roads.

      Road Traffic Control: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to relieve congestion on roads in Hampshire.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of recent trends in reported road casualties.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of recent trends in road safety statistics.

      Transport: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the contribution of High Speed 2 to transport connectivity between communities in the East Midlands.

      Transport: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much transport grant was given to Warrington Borough Council in each year since 2008-09.

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many additional seats his Department expects will be created on the west coast main line by the conversion of one first class carriage to standard...

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the additional capacity created by Virgin Trains converting one first class carriage to standard class on West Coast Mainline was factored into...

  • House of Lords

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

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the review being conducted by Lady Justice Hallett into the “on the runs” administrative scheme will be published in full without any...

    • Bangladesh

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ask the government of Bangladesh to investigate reports of an attack on a vehicle carrying members of the International Chittagong...

      Banks: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the eventual cost to HM Treasury of the European Union's proposed bonus caps should it be enforced in the United Kingdom.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why it was a requirement that there should be access to only 70 per cent of the land area of the badger culling pilots; and whether that percentage was...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to share the revenues from the sale of the domain name .io with the people of the Chagos Archipelago including the descendants of those...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what if at all is the funding shortfall for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Burma; and what additional funding the Department for...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider assisting the international community in its fight against international trafficking originating from the Central African...

      Corporation Tax: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when a decision on the devolution of corporation tax-setting powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly will be made.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the counter-terrorism budget for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was in each year since 2010; and how much they are budgeting for the current year.

      Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the inclusion of a sustainable development goal to reduce inequality within and among countries by 2030 on the list of proposals...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the preliminary assessment of the European Union's election observation mission to Egypt on 29 May, which claimed that the...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the European Union's support for partnership, reforms and inclusive growth and the impact that it is having in...

      European Union

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 30 June (WA 213), whether they will respond to Lord Stoddart of Swindon's question about ever-closer union.

      Financial Services: EU Action

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the eventual cost to HM Treasury of the European Union's proposed Alternative Investment Fund Managers' Directive should it...

      Financial Services: EU Action

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the eventual cost to HM Treasury of the European Union's proposed Prospectus Directive should it be enforced in the United...

      Financial Services: EU Action

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the eventual cost to HM Treasury of the European Union's proposed ban on short selling should it be enforced in the United...

      Financial Services: EU Action

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the eventual cost to HM Treasury of the European Union's proposed restriction of euroclearing to eurozone clearing houses...

      Financial Services: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the eventual cost to HM Treasury of the European Union's proposed financial transaction tax should it be enforced in the...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that adequate funds are allocated to further education colleges.

      Honours

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of those in each of the six-monthly honours lists who have been awarded Knighthoods over the last five years were styled Professor.

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when officials from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq last visited Camp Liberty in Iraq;...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the progress of the government of Israel in its investigation into the reported shooting of the Palestinian teenager...

      Legal Aid: Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many mandatory custodial sentences have been imposed under the provisions of section 142 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

      Money Laundering

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 17 June (WA 42), whether the current industry guidance, which has been approved by Treasury Ministers, has...

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to re-examine the proposals of the Consultative Group on the Past in the light of current circumstances in Northern Ireland.

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of Palestinian children (a) killed and (b) injured this year in the West Bank and Gaza.

      Patrick Finucane

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent representations they have received in relation to an inquiry into the death of Patrick Finucane in 1989 and from whom such representations were...

      Powers of Entry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 29 January 2013 (WA 321), whether they have provided the final report to Parliament which was...

      Prerogative of Mercy: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what searches have been undertaken to find the missing files on pre-1998 Northern Ireland royal prerogative of mercy cases; how many are absent; where the...

      Prerogative of Mercy: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Randerson on 17 June (WA 49) about the royal prerogative of mercy, how they reconcile that answer with the Written...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any representations to the government of Sri Lanka regarding the murder of Muslims and the destruction of commercial property in Colombo.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the future environmental risk of the arrangements to neutralise Syria's chemical weapons at sea.

      Syria and Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are proposing in the United Nations to alleviate the situations in Syria and Iraq; and what assessment they have made of the likelihood of...

      Territorial Waters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 18 June (WA 38), on how many occasions since 2010 there have been unlawful incursions by naval or other...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many suspects of terrorist-related offences have been given assurances by letter that they will not be subject to investigation.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 24 June (WA 153–4), stating that “this Government is clear that membership of a reformed...

      UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the priority markets for the UK Trade & Investment Defence and Security Organisation in 2014–15; and how they differ from those in each of...

      UN Peacebuilding Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose that the United Nations Peace Building Commission's mandate be enlarged to include conflict prevention and that its resources be...

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