Written answers

Thursday, 17 July 2014

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Affordable Warmth Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of measures to compensate householders who suffer faulty work under the Affordable...

    • Affordable Warmth Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the number of households in fuel poverty that are eligible for assistance under the affordable...

      Climate Change: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent engagement the Committee on Climate Change has carried out with organisations and individuals in Northern Ireland to...

      Climate Change: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of climate change on global sea levels.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the status is of the useful indication of 2.4-4 GWp large-scale solar PV range set out in the electricity market reform delivery...

      Energy Company Obligation: Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the Energy Company Obligation on (a) the numbers of households in fuel...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the average annual energy bill for a property in EPC (a) Band E, (b) Band F and (c) Band G.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people have received vouchers under the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment the Committee on Climate Change has made of the economic costs and benefits of mitigating emissions in Northern...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of carbon dioxide emissions accounted for by households.

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many low income households have received home insulation support in Ashfield constituency in each of the last five years.

      Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he has taken to prevent contractors offering insulation under the Affordable Warmth Obligation presenting this as a...

      Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much land his Department has released for the purpose of building new homes since May 2010.

      Mass Media: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what subscriptions to (a) magazines and (b) television channels his Department funds.

      Ministers: Government Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many journeys Ministers of his Department have made using the Government Car Service; and how many such journeys were for the...

      Morecambe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate how much money his Department has spent in Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency since May 2010.

      Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what criteria were used to appoint members to the Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board; what annual budget is allocated to...

      Nuclear Innovation and Research Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the annual budget is of his Department's new Nuclear Innovation and Research Office (NIRO); how many staff work full-time at NIRO;...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which organisations collect subscriptions through the employers’ payroll service in their Department and its agencies.

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reason a Renewable Obligation Certificate banding review for cuts to the large-scale PV Renewable Obligation band in 2015 and...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations he has received from the solar industry and project investors about the commercial impact of the 13 May grace...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the Levy Control Framework saving per year delivered by closing the Renewables Obligation to large-scale...

      Wind Power: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many wind turbines are planned for development in each constituency in Nottinghamshire.

  • Justice

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent on refurbishing (a) gym and leisure facilities, (b) cafeteria and (c) interior decoration within (i) his Department and (ii)...

    • Burial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many new burial plots have been provided by each local authority in England in each of the last five years; how many burials have been carried out by...

      Civil Disorder: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those released from prison for offences committed during the riots in London in 2011 have been returned to prison following a further offence.

      Courts: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 8 July 2014, Official Report, column 255W, on courts: children, what elements are involved in the specialist training available...

      Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in how many court proceedings in England and Wales in each year since May 2010 video recording was taken to be (a) an available and (b) a not available...

      Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 8 July 2014, Official Report, columns 256-60W, on courts: video conferencing, (1) which of the enlisted external video end...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the course materials used to train magistrates in relation to domestic violence.

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which companies have been awarded contracts for electronic tagging in respect of the next nine years; how much each such company will be paid; what...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2014, Official Report, column 689W, on the Employment Tribunal Service, what the nature was of the complaint in the...

      Ict

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

      Judges: Conflict of Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints were received by his Department of judges having undeclared (a) financial, (b) family or (c) political interests in particular trials...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many new matter starts were awarded in mental health in Blackpool North and Cleveleys constituency for (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13,...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of new matter starts are held back from being awarded at the outset of the contract; and on what grounds they are so held back.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consultations he has undertaken with representatives of the legal profession regarding changes to legal aid; and if he will make a statement.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people received legal aid in each constituency in Nottinghamshire in each of the last five years.

      Missing Persons: Guardianship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to launch his consultation on guardianship for missing people.

      Pay

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

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners have been returned to each country where the UK has invested in prisons in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisons: Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average spending per head on prison libraries was for (a) male and (b) female prisoners in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Prisons: Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2014, Official Report, column 714W, on prison libraries, what the spending was by category of expenditure for HM Prison...

      Public Defender Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish the agreement recently reached with the Criminal Bar on the future role of the Public Defender Service.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what research his Department has commissioned on the effect of the gender of (a) the judge and (b) the defendant on sentencing outcomes in Crown courts.

      Sentencing: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 13 May 2014, Official Report, columns 506-8W, on sentencing: West Yorkshire, what proportion of offenders in each offence...

      Squatting: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people have been convicted of the offence of squatting in a residential building under section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners convicted of terrorist-related offences are held in open prisons.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many away days his Department has held for officials in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date; and what the cost was of each such event.

  • Wales

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much has been spent on refurbishing (a) gymnasium and leisure facilities, (b) cafeteria and (c) interior decoration in (i) his Department and (ii)...

    • Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much land his Department has released for the purpose of building new homes since May 2010.

      Mass Media: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what subscriptions to (a) magazines and (b) television channels his Department funds.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much and what proportion of his Department's budget was spent on activities which were contracted out in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d)...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 event.

  • Health

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of a potential link between nuclear power and the prevalence of cancer; and what estimate he has made of proportion of the NHS...

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps (a) his Department and (b) NHS England are taking to reduce the proportion of people with cancer who are diagnosed via an emergency...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his Department's publication, Improving Outcomes: a Strategy for Cancer, what steps (a) his Department, (b) NHS England and (c) clinical...

      Cancer: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Brighton Kemptown constituency, (b) Brighton and Hove and (c) Sussex have gained access to cancer drugs through the Cancer Drugs...

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with NHS England on the role of community hospitals.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many families are awaiting a decision for continuing health care funding where it is claimed that the application applies to an unassessed period of...

      Health Professions: Wakefield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) staff to patient ratio and (b) nurse to bed ratio is in all hospitals serving Wakefield.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what form the engagement announced by NHS England on 9 May 2014 at the launch of its specialised commissioning taskforce will take.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether officials from his Department consulted their counterparts in the devolved Administrations on the contents of the recent publication: Visitor and...

      Health Services: Wakefield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) GPs and (b) accident and emergency departments serving Wakefield have closed since 2010.

      Hospitals: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients from Scotland have been admitted for (a) emergency and (b) planned procedures in England in each of the last 10 years.

      Infant Foods: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions officials in his Department have had with their counterparts in Northern Ireland on how best to ensure that babies in Northern Ireland...

      Mental Health Services: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support provisions are in place for children and adolescents with mental health problems in Yorkshire; what the average time in Yorkshire is from...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the report by the King's Fund of May 2014, entitled The NHS Productivity Challenge and its estimate of a £30 billion...

      Nurses: Wakefield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were employed in Wakefield in (a) 2010 and (b) the latest date for which data is available.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to reduce obesity; and if he will make a statement.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in achieving a sustained downward trend in excess weight in children by 2020.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much and what proportion of his Department's budget was spent on activities which were contracted out in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d)...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Hemsworth constituency are currently being treated for prostate cancer, what the average waiting time for treatment of such people is;...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rural Cost of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to reduce the cost of living in rural communities.

    • EU Discard Ban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she has made in implementing the EU discard ban.

      Food Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of changes in food prices on household budgets.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to reduce levels of air pollution.

      Japanese Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs What steps she is taking following the International Court of Justice's ruling that Japan's Antarctic whaling activity was...

      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, whether she considers the population of wild beavers in...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his answer of 3 July 2014, Official Report, column 727W, on Bovine Tuberculosis, whether planned further research...

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent on refurbishing (a) gymnasium and leisure facilities, (b) cafeteria and (c) interior decoration in...

      Food Supply Networks Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 July 2014, Official Report, column 178W, on food supply networks review, and with reference to...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the future of the public forest estate and on ways of putting this on a sustainable footing for the...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the number of water treatment facilities in the UK capable of processing waste water from...

      Ground Water: Methane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the concentration of methane in groundwater in mg/l in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England,...

      Mass Media: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what subscriptions to (a) magazines and (b) television channels her Department funds.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many contracts (a) her Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies (i) have let and (ii) plan to...

      Rodents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on increased numbers of infestations of rats in a domestic setting; and if she...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent on what (a) media training and (b) social media training for (i) her and (ii) Ministers in her...

  • Home Department

    • Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to reduce the number of cannabis factories across the UK.

    • Civil Servants: Codes of Practice

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

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many serious crimes were solved by communications data since 2010; what the classification of those crimes was; and how many serious...

      HM Passport Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to increase the consistency of information issued by HM Passport Office staff.

      HM Passport Office: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional support she is providing to the passport office in Belfast.

      Immigrants: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were arrested following the recently uncovered English language test fraud; and how many of these people have been (a) held...

      Invalid Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the efficacy of scooter safety schemes run by police forces for mobile scooter users.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to the Immigration and Security Minister dated 4 June 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester,...

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Metropolitan police officers were deployed on the streets in each year since 2010; and if she will make a statement.

      Morecambe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate how much money her Department has spent in Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency since May 2010.

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sexual abuse cases involving children there have been in (a) Bolton, (b) Lancashire, (c) England, (d) Scotland and (e) Wales in each...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many applications for (a) passport renewal and (b) new passports were received by the Passport Office in each month between (i) 1...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the causes of delays in issuing passports; and if she will make a statement.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to her contribution of 12 June 2014, Official Report, column 693, which countries have agreed to accept the one year extension...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports have been issued under the Government's new passport fast-tracked free policy since that policy came into effect.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications by overseas-based British citizens for the extension of an existing passport for one year have been received by the...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for emergency travel documents for children have been received by the Passport Office since 16 June 2014.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the accuracy of the forecast of an increase of 350,000 additional applications in 2014 in the Identity...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of customers using the passport check and send service had their passport application rejected due to (a) completing the...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passport applications were defined as work in progress on 7 July 2014.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will make it her policy that appropriate information about parents is included on children's passports and collected to reduce...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether people who urgently need to travel within seven days are charged for upgrading their passport application.

      Passports: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect on people in Northern Ireland of delays in handling passport applications.

      Passports: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passport renewals for people in (a) Warrington borough and (b) Warrington North constituency were completed within three weeks of...

      Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make an assessment of the extent to which requests made by local authorities under part I, chapter II of the Regulation of...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what professional development courses are made available to staff of her Department; and what the cost to the public purse is of each such course.

      UK Border Agency: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency staff are based at (a) its Belfast public enquiry office, (b) Belfast City Airport, (c) Belfast International...

      UK Border Agency: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency staff employed in Northern Ireland (a) are recruited locally and (b) reside in Northern Ireland; and if she will...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities what recent meetings she has had with ministerial colleagues on the gender pay gap.

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities what the average salary was of (a) male and (b) female employees of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (i) of each ethnicity and (ii) at each...

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities how many non-permanent staff of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission are paid a daily sum of (a) £1,000 or more, (b) between £750 and...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities (1) what steps she has taken to encourage flexible working in the Government Equalities Office; (2) how many women have made a statutory...

  • Transport

    • British Transport Police Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to publish the Part 2 report of the Triennial Review of the British Transport Police Authority.

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much and what proportion of his Department's budget was spent on activities which were contracted out in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d)...

      Railways: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much Network Rail has paid to First Bus, its subsidiaries or companies where First Bus has an ownership stake for the provision of rail...

      Railways: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans his Department has to introduce driver-only operation on trains on the Cumbrian Coast railway line in the new Northern franchise; (2)...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the projected passenger numbers are for the Northern and TransPennine franchises for (a) 2014 and (b) each of the next five years.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to introduce smart ticketing for rail services in the North of England.

      Rescue Services: Sky Lanterns and Helium Balloons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with representatives of the Maritime Coastguard Agency about the effect of sky lanterns on the Coastguard’s operations.

      Rescue Services: Sky Lanterns and Helium Balloons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the definition of ‘incidents’ on page 18 of the report Sky lanterns and helium balloons, published by his Department in...

      Rescue Services: Sky Lanterns and Helium Balloons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the definition of ‘incidents’ on page 18 of the report Sky lanterns and helium balloons, published by his Department in...

      Rescue Services: Sky Lanterns and Helium Balloons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the implications for the Coastguard service of the conclusions in the report Sky lanterns and helium balloons,...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department gives to local authorities on (a) the number of times grass verges should be cut and (b) the quality of the cut; and if he...

      Shipping: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which oil transfer licences applied for under the Merchant Shipping (Ship-to-Ship Transfers) Regulations 2010 have required determination under...

      Shipping: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which oil transfer licences have been (a) applied for and (b) consented under the Merchant Shipping (Ship-to-Ship Transfers) Regulations 2010 as...

      Shipping: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what role is played by (a) Ministers in the Scottish Government, (b) Scottish Natural Heritage and (c) the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency in...

      Shipping: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what role the Scottish Government plays in ensuring compliance with the International Convention for the Control of Ships' Ballast Water; (2)...

      Transport: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to assist the Northern Ireland Executive to encourage investment through both regional and international routes to...

      Travel: Concessions

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

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people without a bank account in (a) Hounslow, (b) London and (c) the UK in each of the last five years.

    • Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to allow child tax credit awards to continue for children over the age of 19 where their school education has been delayed by...

      Income Tax: Westmorland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency have paid less in income tax since the changes to the income tax threshold since 2010.

      Mapeley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when HM Revenue and Customs last issued revised non-binding estates strategies to Mapeley STEPS Contractor Limited under 10.14 of the private finance...

      Mapeley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when HM Revenue and Customs will next carry out period monitoring and spot checks of Mapeley STEPS Contractor Limited in respect of Mapeley STEPS...

      Organised Crime: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what change there has been in the level of fuel laundering and organised crime in border areas of Northern Ireland over the last five years..

      Remittances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many UK non-domiciles were paying the remittance charge in each of the last five years.

      Tourism: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the effects of VAT at 20 per cent on visitor accommodation and attractions on the cost of an average family holiday in the UK; what...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Bullying and Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps he has taken to prevent (a) bullying and (b) suicide in the armed forces.

    • Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current trained strength is of the Army Reserve.

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the NATO definition of defence expenditure.

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of his Department’s returns to the annual United Nations Report on Military Expenditure in each of the last...

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of his Department’s returns to the annual NATO defence expenditure survey for each of the last 15 years.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the Prime Minister's announcement on 14 July 2014 of £1.1 billion investment in the armed forces, what proportion of that...

      HMS Protector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) for how long HMS Protector was leased; and what the cost was of that lease; (2) where HMS Protector was built; and what the cost was of her purchase.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much and what proportion of his Department's budget was spent on activities which were contracted out in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d)...

      Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints of sexual harassment have been (a) formally reported and (b) upheld in each service and his Department's civil service in each year...

      War Graves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much his Department (a) has given in each of the last 10 years and (b) plans to give in the next three years to the Commonwealth War Graves...

  • Education

    • Children: Daycare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2014, Official Report, columns 757-8W, on children: daycare, (1) who the five providers are who have registered with...

    • Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when her Department will publish the experimental data for the 16 to 19 2012-13 performance tables.

      Pre-school Education: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many nursery places were available in (a) Brighton and Hove and (b) Brighton, Kemptown constituency in each year since 2010.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when she plans to confirm the level of extra funding for 2015-16 that will be allocated as a consequence of her consultation on fairer school funding...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what figures her Department holds on total local authority spending on school travel in each of the last five years, including the amount spent on (a)...

      University Academy Birkenhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when she expects to decide on the new sponsorship for University Academy Birkenhead.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Banking and Access to Finance Joint Ministerial Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many times the Joint Ministerial Task Force on Banking and Access to Finance has met since its formation in 2013; and what actions this body...

    • Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) permanent and (b) non-permanent staff were employed at the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission on 1 July 2014.

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) permanent and (b) non-permanent staff were employed by the Parades Commission on 1 July 2014.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Ict

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, how many mobile telephones, BlackBerrys and laptops were lost by the Church Commissioners in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2014, Official Report, column 118W, on housing construction, whether he anticipates that...

    • Estate Agents: Outdoor Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities currently operate restrictions on the display of to-let boards in all or part of their areas; how...

      Estate Agents: Outdoor Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to announce a final decision on the Regulation 7 application by Newcastle City Council for the removal of deemed...

      Fires: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance is given by his Department on safety of havans in Hindu community, cultural and religious events and the...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the cost to a local authority of processing an environmental impact assessment for unconventional...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of new dwellings in England were built on previously developed land in each year since 2008.

      Local Government Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times the Community Right to Challenge has been used since it came into force on 27 June 2012; how many such challenges...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many house purchases have been funded through the Help to Buy scheme in (a) Brighton, Kemptown constituency, (b) Sussex and...

      Parking Offences: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 July 2014, Official Report, column 408W, on parking offences: CCTV, what proportion of (a)...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many dwellings with approved planning applications remain to be developed.

      Private Rented Housing: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints have been made to his Department in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2013-14 against landlords...

      Public Works Loan Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what support his Department provides to local authorities which cannot repay their loans to the Public Works Loan Board; and if...

      Shared Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to identify the barriers which prevent tenants in shared-ownership properties from...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to assist Peterborough City Council and others in preventing incursion by travellers onto public land...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department has spent on refurbishing its entrance hall in the last year.

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many contracts (a) let since 2010 and (b) about to be let by his Department and its agencies are worth (i) between £1...

      Property Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of centralising local land charges registers on small and medium-sized enterprises and...

      Property Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received on the effect of changes to be made in the Infrastructure Bill [Lords] on improving...

      Property Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on completion times for LLC1 local searches as a result of centralising the local land...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Computer Software

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission what assessment the Commission has made of the effectiveness to date of the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his Department’s policy is on alcohol consumption on the premises (a) in general and (b) during parties being held in his Private Office.

    • Government Departments: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the Government offers non-executive directors of government-owned companies or arm’s-length bodies independent legal advice if they...

      Mass Media: Subscriptions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost is of each subscription to (a) magazines and (b) television channels his Department funds.

      Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how much No. 10 Downing street paid to (a) G4S, (b) Serco, (c) Sodexo, (d) GEOAmey, (e) Capita, (f) Atos, (g) Mitie, (h) Working Links, (i) A4E,...

      Procurement: EU Law

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what cross-governmental guidance his Department has issued on new European procurement directives.

      Social Networking

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many Twitter accounts are run by his Department; how much his Department spends annually on (a) Twitter accounts and (b) all social media; and how...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) who has received funding for organising the 2014 Big Society Awards; and if he will make a statement; (2) when he expects to hold the 2014 Big...

      Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many away days his Department has held for its officials in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date; and what the cost of each such event has been.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress his Department has made in upgrading fibre-optic broadband infrastructure in (a) Copeland and (b) other rural areas.

    • Broadband: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when Superfast West Yorkshire will be (a) finished and (b) ready to use by businesses in Green Lane Industrial Estate, in Featherstone;...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will estimate the total number of books currently held in public libraries.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what evaluation his Department has conducted of effects of changes made to the Access to Work scheme since 2010.

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on refurbishing (a) gymnasium and leisure facilities, (b) cafeteria and (c) interior decoration in (i) his Department...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of kinship carers who are (a) affected by the under-occupancy penalty and (b) in receipt of...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that kinship carers with children aged under 18 are exempted from conditionality requirements; and if he will...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of kinship carers in receipt of employment support allowance; (2) what estimate he has made of...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 2 April 2014, Official Report, column 722W, on conditions of employment, whether current guidelines allow...

      Domestic Visits: Wrexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the purpose was of his visit to Wrexham Benefit Centre on 7 July 2014.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to move vulnerable people without the capability for work from jobseeker's allowance onto a more permanent form...

      Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much land his Department has released for the purpose of building new homes since May 2010.

      Mass Media: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what subscriptions to (a) magazines and (b) television channels his Department funds.

      Pension Credit: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Warrington and (b) Warrington North constituency were in receipt of pension credit in each year from 2008-09.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for personal independence payments submitted by individuals in Hemsworth in 2013 are still yet to be determined; and what steps...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for independence payments submitted by people in (a) England, (b) South Yorkshire, (c) Barnsley and (d) Barnsley East...

      Procurement

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

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many contracts (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies (i) have let and (ii) plan to let that are worth...

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he or his ministerial colleagues have had with the Department for Education about the prevalence of asbestos in schools.

      Social Security Benefits: Ayr

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock constituency have had their benefit sanctioned in each of the last 12 months.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the most recent information on the amount of time taken by (a) Atos and (b) Capita to process claims for disability benefits...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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 event.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many 16 to 24 years olds were referred by Jobcentre Plus to the Movement to Work initiative in 2013.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of universal claimants who will be self-employed once universal credit is fully rolled out.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Work Programme for young black men.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has for officials to canvass customer feedback from Work programme participants; and if he will make a statement.

  • Leader of the House

    • Pay

      To ask the Leader of the House how many officials employed by his Office, of each grade, have remained at that grade since 2010 but received a pay rise; and how much of a rise each such person at...

  • Attorney-General

    • Confiscation Orders

      To ask the Attorney-General what the value is of outstanding debt under confiscation orders obtained by the Crown Prosecution Service; and what recent estimate he has made of how much such debt...

    • Convictions

      To ask the Attorney-General what the conviction rates were in the magistrates' courts for cases prosecuted by (a) Crown prosecutors and (b) paralegals in each of the last five years.

      CPS Direct

      To ask the Attorney-General in how many and what proportion of CPS Direct-charged cases the charge was subsequently (a) varied, (b) dropped pre-trial, (c) subject to a prosecution decision to...

      Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of cases were charged by (a) the police, (b) the Crown Prosecution Service and (c) another agency in (i) 2013-14 and (ii) each of the previous three...

      Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of police-charged cases in each of the last three financial years were subsequently subject to a (a) decision by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Attorney-General how much the (a) Serious Fraud Office and (b) Crown Prosecution Service spent on (i) travel, (ii) furniture and fittings and (iii) any dilapidation claims arising from...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on the consumption of alcohol during social occasions held in his private office.

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the human rights situation in Bahrain.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Burmese government on a ceasefire in conflict zones and the withdrawal of military forces.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise with the Burmese authorities the arrest and sentencing to 10 years hard labour of journalists in that country.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of recent changes in the Burmese authorities' attitude to freedom of expression.

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in the Central African Republic.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to decrease violence between Israel and Palestine.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy of the report by the UN Office for the Co-ordination of...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the number of Palestinian civilian casualties during the recent Israeli military operation in Gaza.

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost was of his Department's Black and Minority Ethnic campaign.

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff of his Department have been seconded to (a) other Ministries of Foreign Affairs and (b) international...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many secondees from which other Ministries of Foreign Affairs his Department has received in each year since 2010.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many individuals in his Department have participated in (a) disability awareness and (b) lesbian, gay, bisexual and...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what professional courses civil servants in his Department have attended since 2010; and how many officials attended each such...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2014, Official Report, column 181W, on Afghanistan, for what reason her Department did not engage...

    • Alcoholic Drinks

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

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been spent on refurbishing (a) gymnasium and leisure facilities, (b) cafeteria and (c) interior decoration within (i) her...

      Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will takes steps to adapt her Department’s budget to favour Commonwealth countries.

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will support the inclusion in the Sustainable Development Goals of a standalone goal on climate change, in addition to targets...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will support the inclusion of universal health coverage in the goal on health in the Sustainable Development Goals.

      Developing Countries: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will support the inclusion in the Sustainable Development Goals of a target on reducing the number of people living on less than...

      Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the report of the High Level panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, what steps she is taking...

      Mass Media: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what subscriptions to (a) magazines and (b) television channels her Department funds; and what the annual cost is of each of those...

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her Department's policy is on the consumption of alcohol during social occasions held in her private office.

      Procurement

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

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many away days her Department has held for its officials in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date; and what the cost of each such event has...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department has spent on (a) media training and (b) social media training for (i) her and (ii) other Ministers in her...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been spent on what (a) media training and (b) social media training for (i) her and (ii) Ministers in her Department since...

  • House of Lords

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have taken place between government departments on the promotion of Access to Work, including the Mental Health Support Service, to...

    • Bangladesh

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to provide financial resources and support through the Department for International Development’s programmes in Bangladesh to...

      BBC Media Action

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding has been provided to BBC Media Action by the Department for International Development; whether the criteria for funding allocation include...

      Birds of Prey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will respond to the recent licensing of the drug diclofenac in two Member States of the European Union; and what assessment they have made of its...

      Broadcasting Programmes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what regulation exists of television programmes seeking to depict sexual violence against women as entertainment. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 30 June (WA 209), what representations they have made to the World Health Organisation regarding the...

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are addressing (1) the impact of HIV/AIDS on women in developing countries; and (2) barriers to women accessing safe sexual choices and healthcare.

      Developing Countries: Infectious Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support research and development into prevention methods for infectious diseases that predominantly affect developing...

      Disability Aids

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the cost of producing internally at the Department of Health the report required under section 22 of the Chronically Sick and...

      Education Act 1996

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions there have been under section 444(1A) of the Education Act 1996 in the last twelve months for which information is available.

      Electronic Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answers by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 21 November 2013 (HL Deb, cols 1061–3), what progress they have made in clamping down on copycat...

      European Union

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission, what plans they have to monitor proposals from the...

      Film

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that film makers take into account the potential psychological effect of filming rape scenes on female actors.

      Financial Services: Fines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total sum of fines levied on companies in the financial services sector in each year from 2005 onwards.

      Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to consult industry to make both fortified and unfortified flour with appropriate labelling available before introducing the...

      Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact and application of a place of consumption tax on the online gambling market, and the ability of the...

      Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the conclusions of the HM Revenue and Customs report undertaken by Frontier Economics Ltd on the United Kingdom betting and gaming industry and...

      Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what work they have undertaken to quantify the costs of following the regulatory process for businesses applying for a United Kingdom gambling licence; and...

      Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated average number of licence applications that a single operator of a sports book, online casino, poker room or gambling software provider...

      Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 3 July (WA 281), on what grounds they believe that the Horserace Betting Levy, as a state aid...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 28 January 2013 (WA 269), what conclusions were reached by the Human Fertilisation and...

      International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding the Department for International Development has contributed to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative in (1) the period before 2008, and...

      Mass Media: Ownership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the results of their consultation “Media ownership and plurality”, launched in July 2013.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total National Insurance Contribution receipts paid to the National Health Service in each of the last five years to April 2014; and what...

      Neurofibromatosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what if any financial support they are giving to the Neuro Foundation.

      NHS: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the survey by the Nuffield Trust suggesting that almost half of National Health Service managers believe that patients will be...

      Offenders: Mental Illness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the deadline for full roll-out of liaison and diversion services for offenders with mental health needs or learning disabilities has been extended from...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total United Kingdom expenditure on bilateral aid for Pakistan in the last year for which figures are available; what was the United Kingdom's...

      Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications there have been to date, and in the last three months, for the Secretary of State to disregard a conviction under the terms of section...

      Sugar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when a minister last met with representatives of supermarkets in respect of their encouraging suppliers to increase the number of sugar free, sugar reduced...

      Sugar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the proportion of foods available on supermarket shelves which are labelled (1) sugar free, (2) sugar reduced, and (3) no sugar added.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to take action to ensure that essential medical and relief supplies reach people in the autonomous Kurdish cantons of north and east Syria.

      Torture

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further action they plan to take to prevent torture globally; to which countries they are giving priority; and what steps they envisage for bringing to...

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