Written answers

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what support the Government will provide to promote National Voter Registration Day in 2015.

    • Northern Futures Board

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons Liverpool has not been represented on the Northern Futures Board.

  • Scotland

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his Department's policy is on alcohol consumption on the premises (a) in general and (b) during parties in his Private Office.

  • Attorney-General

    • Armed Forces: Bullying and Suicide

      To ask the Attorney-General what discussions he had with the Director of the Services Prosecution Authority on steps to prevent (a) bullying and (b) suicide in the armed forces.

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General in what proportion of cases in the (a) Crown court and (b) magistrates court the Crown Prosecution Service complied with its disclosure obligations (i) on time, (ii)...

      Ict

      To ask the Attorney-General how many mobile telephones, BlackBerrys and laptops were lost by the Law Officers' Departments in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date.

      James Ibori

      To ask the Attorney-General on what grounds the Serious Fraud Office declined to investigate reports referred to it by the Department for International Development that UK aid may have been...

      Training

      To ask the Attorney-General how much has been spent on what (a) media training and (b) social media training for (i) him and (ii) Ministers in the Law Officers' Departments since May 2010.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Pay

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, how many officials in the Church Commissioners, of each grade, have remained at that grade since 2010 but received...

    • Procurement

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, how much and what proportion of the Commissioners' budget was spent on activities which were contracted out in (a)...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adrian Beecroft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on what dates (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department had meetings with Adrian Beecroft...

    • Brain: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what recent assessment he has made of the work of the Human Brain project; and if he will make a statement; (2) what the...

      Disabled Students’ Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2014, Official Report, column 128W, on disabled students' allowances, (1) for what reason the...

      Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how his Department is supporting manufacturers to improve their performance on the recall of electrical appliances.

      Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will review the guidance his Department issues on electrical appliance recalls to reflect the consequences of recent...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish the names of people who have taken multiple cases against different employers to an employment tribunal.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many young people who had been in receipt of free school meals applied to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge in 2010-11.

      Ict

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

      Ministers: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many journeys Ministers of his Department have made using the Government Car Service; and how many such journeys were for the...

      Money Lenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many investigations of illegal money lenders have been carried out by illegal lending units in England, Scotland and Wales in...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which organisations collect subscriptions through the employers’ payroll service in their Department and its agencies.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials in his Department, of each grade, have remained at that grade since 2010 but received a pay rise; and how much...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much and what proportion of his Department's budget was spent on activities which were contracted out in (a) 2009-10, (b)...

      Vetting: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the practice of blacklisting in public sector procurement...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Marriage

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities what the fee will be to convert civil partnerships to marriage; and on what basis that fee was calculated.

    • Marriage

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities when the Government will issue guidance to local authorities on the procedure for converting civil partnerships to marriage.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Ministers: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many journeys Ministers of her Department have made using the Government Car Service; and how many such journeys were for the transportation...

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much and what proportion of her Department's budget was spent on activities which were contracted out in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c)...

  • Justice

    • Confiscation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what value of outstanding confiscation orders were written off in each year since 2010.

    • Courts: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a detailed list of construction projects in courts that have been cancelled since May 2010, including contract details...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prison officer entry level training places NOMS are planning to fill in each of the next 12 months; and what the start date is for each...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of (a) staff morale, (b) sickness rates, (c) turnover and (d) training in prisons; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners' Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners have been transferred to open conditions following a decision made only by the Ministry of Justice Public Protection Unit in...

      Prisons: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions the disciplinary punishment of additional days was imposed on prisoners in each of the last 10 years.

      Secure Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether secure colleges will contain segregation units.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of individual sentencing guidelines do not include the maximum sentence available to the court in the most serious offence...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer from Kevin Sadler to question 147 from the Work and Pensions Committee on 7 May 2014, (1) what the predicted cost was of...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate the Government has made of the number of victims and survivors of Northern Ireland-related acts of terrorism in Great Britain where...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Beavers: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2014, Official Report, column 330W, on beavers: Devon, (1) for what reasons he plans to...

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the future prospects for farmlands and the pressures posed by a growing population and...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Morecambe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding will be allocated to the Lune Valley in Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency as part of the recently announced...

      Countryside: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the inclusion of Upper Lune Valley in the (a) Cumbrian National Park and (b) Trough of Bowland area of...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to support the fishing industry.

      Fishing Gear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which organisations, groups and industry bodies his Department has met since 2010 to discuss lost commercial fishing...

      Hill Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make an assessment of the financial effect on hill farmers of recent changes to the CAP which takes into account...

      Morecambe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will estimate how much money his Department has spent in Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency since May 2010.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much and what proportion of his Department's budget was spent on activities which were contracted out in (a) 2009-10, (b)...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many awaydays his Department has held for officials in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date; and what the cost was of each such...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps he has taken to promote community rights under the Localism Act 2011.

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to reduce the threshold for council tax increases needed to trigger a local referendum; and...

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to assist local authorities in acquiring necessary skills, partnerships and capacity to...

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in which instances the Planning Inspectorate has (a) removed and (b) amended to weaken (i) the code for sustainable homes and...

      Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what visits each of the Ministers in his Department have made since January 2013; and what the purpose of each such visit was.

      Sussex Safer Roads Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what (a) financial, (b) staffing and (c) capacity-building support and assistance his Department has given to Sussex Safer...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Ict

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many mobile telephones, BlackBerrys and laptops were lost by his Department in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date.; (2) how many mobile...

    • Immigration: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many international migrants have entered Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Ministers: Official Cars

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many journeys Ministers of his Department have made using the Government Car Service; and how many such journeys were for the transportation of a...

      Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many contracts (a) let since 2010 and (b) about to be let by his Department and its agencies are worth (i) between £1 million and £3...

      Self-Employed

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which construction occupations will be classified as prescribed for the purposes of the general duties of self-employed persons in the Deregulation Bill.

      Social Enterprises: EU Action

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how (a) the UK Government and (b) Northern Ireland is represented on the EU Consultative Multi-stakeholder Group on Social Business.

      Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much money his Department has spent on each course of (a) media training and (b) social media training for (i) him and (ii) Ministers in his...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many air accidents in the UK in the last five years arose from (a) pilot error and (b) mechanical breakdown.

    • Driving: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of drivers who accumulated over 12 points on their licence were disqualified in each of the last five years.

      Driving: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers have accumulated more than 12 points in each year from 2010.

      First TransPennine Express

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress he has made in securing rolling-stock to serve cross-Pennine routes post-electrification; and whether he plans to use new rolling stock...

      Fuels: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of the European Fuel Quality Directive Article 7a (a) on petrol prices and (b) generally.

      Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require service stations to advertise their fuel prices so that they are visible from the highway so...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the PricewaterhouseCoopers' report on the HS2 property bond scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the change in value of properties within 500 metres of the proposed route of High Speed 2 through Rixton and Culcheth;...

      Public Transport: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of assaults on (a) staff and (b) customers on public transport in the last three years.

      Railways: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on which rail lines and services broadband improvements will be financed from the £53.1 million fine imposed on Network Rail by the Office of Rail...

      Roads: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the total value of compensation paid out of the public purse for damage to cars by poorly conditioned local roads in (a) 2008-09...

  • Treasury

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many apprentices have been employed by contractors and sub-contractors to his Department in each year since 2010-11; and what proportion of the total...

    • Business: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will request UK Financial Investments Ltd to investigate the reasons why banks in receipt of financial support from the public purse have used...

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with (a) UK Financial Investments and (b) the Financial Conduct Authority on circumstances in which banks in receipt of support...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of whether changes made to child benefit legislation since May 2010 have resulted in unfair tax burdens falling on people who...

      Credit: Licensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what reduction in consumer credit licences for short-term loans he expects when the authorisation process under the new Financial Conduct Authority regime...

      Financial Markets: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the current regulatory regime for dark pool trading in the UK; (2) what steps he has taken to...

      House Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when he last met representatives of the insurance industry to discuss basic insurance products for low-income households in the private and social...

      Ict

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many mobile telephones, BlackBerrys and laptops were lost by his Department in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) the UK and (b) East Yorkshire constituency no longer pay income tax as a result of changes in the personal income tax threshold...

      Mortgages: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many applications have been submitted from Northern Ireland for the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme since January 2014.

      Nationwide Building Society: Cheshire Building Society

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential merger or amalgamation of Nationwide and Cheshire Building Society; and what effect such a move will have on...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what land HM Revenue and Customs owns; and what land HM Revenue and Customs plans to sell in the next year.

      Revenue and Customs: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to address the concerns of the employees of HM Revenue and Customs in Northern Ireland who have recently taken part in industrial action.

      Senior Civil Servants

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

      Standard of Living

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent fiscal steps he has taken to encourage an improvement in living standards; and if he will make a statement.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2013, what steps his Department has taken to improve the sharing of service facilities with...

    • Devonport Dockyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department plans to release land at South Yard as agreed under Plymouth's City Deal.

      Military Bases: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in providing accommodation for HQ1 Division in York what assumption his Department has made about how long the Divisional HQ will remain at Imphal Barracks.

      Ministers: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many journeys Ministers of his Department have made using the Government Car Service; and how many such journeys were for the transportation of a red box.

      Radioactive Waste: Fife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he expects to publish the consultation document on remediation work at Dalgety Bay, Fife; (2) if he will allocate funding for the removal of...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on advertising for recruitment to the Reserves in the (a) Royal Navy, (b) Army and (c) Royal Air Force in each year since 2010.

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the guidelines for classifying Tornado collision risk are the same as those set out by Haddon-Cave BP 1201 and the Civil Aviation Authority.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the report of the independent review of the BBC's coverage of rural affairs commissioned by the BBC Trust and...

    • Commonwealth Games 2014

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the benefits to (a) tourism and (b) the economy following the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

      Commonwealth Games 2014

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to ensure that the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games will provide lasting benefits to the area.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how his Department is monitoring the roll-out of 4G telephone coverage; and who is conducting that monitoring.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of the progress of the Mobile Infrastructure Project.

      Mobile Phones: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what spot data Ofcom holds for Cambridgeshire.

      Mobile Phones: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of mobile telephone coverage in Cambridgeshire.

      Public Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received from local authorities regarding the barriers to removing telephone boxes; and if he will take...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Government will publish its response to the Law Commission's recommendations for reform of the Electronic Communications Code.

      Tour de France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate his Department has been made of the financial benefit of the Tour de France to Yorkshire and the South-East.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 17 June 2014, Official Report, column 538W, on academies, if he will disaggregate the data to identify payments under the...

    • Academies: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many proposed transactions relating to land sold by academy trusts he has (a) approved and (b) declined since 2010.

      Academies: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what value of land has been sold by academy trusts since 2010.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many meetings the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Childcare and Early Years has had with parents of disabled children about improving access,...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department has issued for teachers on identifying girls at risk of female genital mutilation; and if he will make a statement.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the first tier tribunal decision notice of 2 July 2014, reference EA/2013/0270*, if he will take steps so that personal information...

      Ict

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

  • Home Department

    • DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests for information held on the National DNA Database were received by her Department from other countries in each of the last...

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 30 April 2014, Official Report, column 717W, on human trafficking, (1) how her Department gathers...

      Police: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes there have been in the numbers of (a) police officers, (b) special constables, (c) police community support officers and (d)...

      Road Traffic Offences: Sussex Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of the number of online reports made to Sussex Police in respect of the Operation Crackdown online mechanism...

      Senior Civil Servants

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

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff in the UK Border Agency were assigned to implementing the tackling tobacco smuggling strategy in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13;...

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to her Department of salaries for staff allocated to the tackling tobacco smuggling strategy for those...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Air Travel

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

    • Balkans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to strengthen trading relations between the UK and (a) Albania and (b) Montenegro.

      Conflict Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the eligibility criteria are for projects requiring Conflict Pool funding.

      Conflict Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent from the Conflict Pool in each country in each year since its launch.

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the status is of the monthly flight logs of flights which have passed through Diego Garcia from January 2002 to January 2009.

      Diplomatic Service: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much each (a) HM embassy and (b) UK high commission spend on hosting a party to mark the official birthday of HM Queen...

      Ict

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

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what condolences the UK has offered to Israel following the discovery of the bodies of the three murdered teenagers, Naftali...

      Ivory Coast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the efficacy of EU restrictive measures against Côte d'Ivoire.

      Niger

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department is providing to the Government of Niger to assist it to tackle terrorism and organised crime.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department plans to offer to Nigeria in tackling the threat of Boko Haram.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have had with leading members of the Nigerian opposition...

      Nigeria and Cameroon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will commission an inquiry into the international support network for Boko Haram in Nigeria and Cameroon; and if he will...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much and what proportion of his Department’s budget was spent on activities which were contracted out in (a) 2009-10,...

      Seas and Oceans: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what policy statements were announced by the Government at the Our Ocean conference held on 16 and 17 June 2014; and what steps...

      South Pacific

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2014, Official Report, column 735W, on the South Pacific, what his Department is projected to...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made relations with the government of Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Prisoners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit to people in prison in the last period for which figures are available.

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) male and (b) female benefit claimants in (i) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency, (ii) Scotland and (iii) the UK have been...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the contribution of 5 September 2013, Official Report, column 471, (1) when he expects that jobseeker's allowance and tax...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department first submitted the Universal Credit Strategic Outline Business Case to HM Treasury.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what processes his Department has agreed to enable housing associations to be informed when tenants migrate to universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what forecast his Department made of total IT spending in (a) the full business case for universal credit currently being considered by HM...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding his Department has committed to the Local Support Services Framework for (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16 and (c) 2016-17.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the capacity of local authorities to co-ordinate local agencies to deliver the aims of the Local Support...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the UK plays a leading role in tackling violence against women and girls in the most...

    • Ict

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

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons Board of Management

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether members of the House of Commons Management Board require authorisation from...

    • House of Commons Board of Management

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether members of the Management Board must seek authorisation for the contents of...

      House of Commons Board of Management

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, on how many occasions each member of the Management Board has undertaken an...

      Ict

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many mobile telephones, BlackBerrys and laptops were lost by the House of...

      Welsh Affairs Select Committee

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the House of Commons Commission will make available to the Welsh Affairs...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration he has given to supporting the micro combined heat and power fuel cell industry; and if he will make a statement.

      Electricity Interconnectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the amount of electricity that passed through interconnections from (a) England to Scotland and (b)...

      Energy Company Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to ensure the delivery in rural areas of the 15 per cent proportion of the carbon saving community...

      Energy Company Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2014, Official Report, column 66W, on fuel poverty, when his Department intends to publish its...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many companies registered outside the UK generate (a) coal, (b) gas, (c) nuclear and (d) renewable energy in the UK; and what...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department spent on legal fees in cases relating to the release of information requested under the Freedom of Information...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of how many low income households in each constituency in Nottinghamshire will not have home...

      Members: Correspondence

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

      Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people have been employed full-time by the Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil in each month since June 2010.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to fill the position of chair of the Energy Efficiency Deployment Office.

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many off gas-grid properties have had renewable heating measures installed under the Renewables Heat Incentive.

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what further reviews of the non-domestic scheme of the Renewable Heat Incentive tariff rates are planned before April 2016.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what professional development courses are made available to staff of his Department; and what the cost to the public purse is of each...

      Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what forecast he has made of the price of uranium between 2023 and 2058.

      Utilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what proportion of (a) water, (b) electricity and (c) gas companies is owned by (i) private equity and (ii) hedge funds; (2) how...

  • Health

    • Organ Donation: Presumed Consent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with Ministers of the Welsh Government on the operation of the new Welsh law on presumed consent for organ donation for...

    • Statutory Regulation: Healthcare Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to act on the recommendations made by the Health and Care Professions Council to extend statutory regulation to new...

      Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each local authority with public health responsibilities in England spent on (a) drug treatment, (b) alcohol treatment and (c) in total in each...

      Better Care Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure the exercise of local discretion in the use of the Better Care Fund.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of recent research findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association which indicate that adding...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department’s strategy is to ensure that GPs can detect cancer and refer cancer patients for treatment quicker.

      Cerebral Palsy: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice and training his Department provides to health visitors for supporting parents with children diagnosed with cerebral palsy; and if he will...

      Depressive Illnesses: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps his Department has taken to raise awareness of charities set up to help people suffering from depression.

      Donors: Organs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will encourage the organisers of the British Transplant Games to hold the games each year in Organ Transplant Week.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2014, Official Report, column 704W, on general practitioners, what estimate he has made of the effect of projected...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a GP surgery on an Alternative Provider Medical Services contract can transfer onto a General Medical Services contract without a tendering exercise.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP surgeries in (a) England, (b) Lancashire and (c) Hyndburn constituency are on (i) an Alternative Provider Medical Services contract and (ii)...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP surgeries in (a) England, (b) Lancashire and (c) Hyndburn constituency have transferred from an Alternative Provider Medical Services contract...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners (a) excluding retainers and registrars, (b) including retainers but excluding registrars there were in (i) 2009-10 and (ii)...

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment his Department has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) value for money of independent sector treatment centres.

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued to clinical commissioning groups on the provision of hearing aids free at the point of delivery for patients with...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve the medical care for patients suffering from heart disease.

      Ibuprofen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of recent research findings published by Newcastle University which indicate that use of ibuprofen may retard...

      Ict

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

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2014, Official Report, column 281W, on medical treatments, what the most plausible cost per quality adjusted life-year...

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he next plans to meet representatives of NHS foundation trusts plans to discuss measures to address deficits.

      Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients received hospital transport in each of the last five years; (2) how much money has been spent on hospital transport in each of...

      Primodos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on allegations that the Government was warned about the dangers of the pregnancy testing drug Primodos in 1967 but...

      Primodos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will instigate a public inquiry into the issuing of prescriptions for Primodos to pregnant women through the NHS before 1978.

      Prisoner Escapes: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many offenders who absconded from mental health units in each of the last 10 years remain at large; (2) how many offenders of each offence type...

      Prisoners: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment has been made of the number of prisoners who have previously served in the armed forces; and how many such people have been...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department has spent on anti-smoking awareness campaigns in each of the last four years.

      Stafford Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many young people have been admitted as day cases at Stafford Hospital in each year since 2009-10.

      Stafford Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children and young people have been seen as outpatients at Stafford Hospital in each of the years (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d)...

      Stafford Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people attended the accident and emergency department at Stafford Hospital in each of the years (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d)...

      Stafford Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many young people attending the paediatrics assessment unit were not transferred from the accident and emergency department at Stafford hospital in...

      Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the net cost of supported living in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the UK; (2) what estimate...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ask NHS England to establish a Clinical Reference Group for Robotic Assisted Surgery to consider the use of technology across the full range of...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ask NHS England to amend Specialised Services Circular 1407 to allow NHS trusts to continue to train surgeons on the use of robotic assisted...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that a final policy announcement on the standardised packaging of tobacco will be made on the floor of the House.

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will conduct a separate consultation into the intellectual property implications of standardised tobacco packaging and its potential...

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on providing translation and interpretation services in each year since 2010.

      Whooping Cough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the NHS has taken to address recent increases in the incidence of whooping cough in the UK.

  • House of Lords

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when their forthcoming review of Access to Work will be completed; and what its purpose is.

    • Borders: Personal Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the total cumulative cost to public funds to date of the introduction of the e-borders system in the United Kingdom; and when they expect the...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many separate contractors were employed in (1) Somerset, and (2) Gloucestershire in the recent badger culls; and how many people were actively engaged in...

      Doctors: Tax Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why tax relief is not available for essential professional expenses such as registration, defence fees and continued professional development incurred, or...

      Ferries: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Sewol ferry disaster in South Korea, whether they will reconsider plans to scrap a number of maritime safety regulations applying to...

      Homosexuality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 25 June (WA 160–61) concerning reparative or conversion therapy on homosexual men and women, whether...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many organisations they invited to tender for the human trafficking hotline to be launched later this month by the NSPCC. To ask Her Majesty’s...

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the report of the Chilcot inquiry is likely to be published before the next General Election.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Israeli government concerning the destruction of homes in the West Bank belonging to people who have no connection...

      Land

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the latest estimate of the proportion of land in England designated as (1) green belt, (2) areas of outstanding natural beauty, (3) National Parks,...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of reductions in funding to legal aid and advice, what steps they are taking to review the number of cases now being conducted by litigants in...

      Modern Slavery Stakeholders Forum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many public officials are invited to attend meetings of the Modern Slavery Stakeholders Forum. To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many advisers or...

      Nato

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the NATO Baltic air policing mission, what future British armed forces deployments are planned to reaffirm the United Kingdom's commitment...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Trident Commission’s concluding report on United Kingdom nuclear weapons policy.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to introduce routine electronic scanning of passports of passengers departing the United Kingdom; and when they expect to have this system...

      Pension Funds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total value of United Kingdom pension funds.

      Self-harm

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to support those, in particular teenagers, who are self-harming or at risk of self-harming.

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support a delay to the operative date of the implementation of measures to reduce sulphur emissions to allow the shipping industry to...

      Steria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps were taken by the Ministry of Justice to check with other departments what programmes for staffing, procurement and payroll services were already...

      Vulnerable Adults: Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the risk of ill-treatment or neglect of vulnerable people by volunteers in the care sector.

      Waste Disposal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the new waste and recycling targets proposed by the European Union and their impact on the United Kingdom; and whether they...

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