Written answers

Monday, 8 September 2014

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to ban the use of snares across the UK.

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on the Rural Community Broadband Fund initiative; and if she will make a statement.

      Environmental Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy position was on each of the three main priorities agreed at the European Environment and Health...

      Exhaust Emissions: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department holds on (a) air quality and (b) pollution levels caused by vehicles in Hartlepool...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the proportion of the UK's food demand met by food grown in the UK; and what that figure...

      Nature Conservation: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward legislative proposals to increase the penalties available for people convicted of wildlife crime;...

      Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulations 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Greyhound Regulations 2010; and if she will make a statement.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Parking Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to prevent unfair parking enforcement practices.

    • Community Integration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to help encourage integration in local communities.

      Local Government Finance Settlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect of the local government finance settlement on communities with the highest levels of need.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in receipt of (a) war disablement pension, (b) war widows pension, (c) war widowers pension, (d) guaranteed...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department audits the annual reports submitted to it on operations of fire and rescue services; and if he will make...

      Housing: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate his Department has made of changes in the (a) number and (b) value of houses in (i) Greater Manchester, (ii) the...

      Private Rented Housing: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of (a) flats, (b) houses and (c) houses of multiple occupancy in the private rented...

  • Justice

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will review his departmental estate in order to reduce costs; and if he will make a statement.

    • Cafcass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many complaints have been made against the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in the last three years; and how many such...

      Contempt of Court: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were imprisoned for contempt of court before each division of the legal system in each month since May 2013.

      Courts: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of courtrooms do not have induction loops installed.

      Courts: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 10 October 2013, Official Report, column 377W, on courts: Sunderland, what progress has been made on plans to rebuild...

      Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many drivers charged with dangerous driving offences were made to surrender their licence as a condition of bail in the last year.

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when his Department will publish the review of all driving offences and penalties announced on 6 May 2014.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times the UK has lost EU infraction proceedings since May 2010 which relate to matters that fall within his Department's responsibility.

      Fines: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much in fines was levied by each magistrates' court in Greater Manchester in 2013-14; and what proportion of such fines were subsequently (a) written...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether an impact assessment will be made before the Statutory Instrument to end the temporary exemption for insolvency litigation under the Legal Aid,...

      Legal Aid Scheme: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information his Department holds on levels of spending on legal aid in each EU member state; what assessment he has made of where the UK ranks in...

      Magistrates Courts: Crawley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on building, refurbishment and maintenance in Crawley Magistrates' Court in each year since 2009-10.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the National Rail framework agreement published on 1 September 2014, when he plans to lay the draft regulations to make Network Rail...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the reasons are for the time taken to lay regulations to make Network Rail subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what types of indictable-only offence a caution was issued in each year since 2009; and how many cautions were issued for each type of offence in...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 (A)...

      Right of Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many joint search warrants have been applied for by the police and another applicant and issued by the courts in England and Wales in the last five...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when his Department's Review of Motoring Offences will be published.

      Sentencing: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many women aged 18 years and above from each ethnic group were sentenced to custody for a first offence, broken down by (a) offence type and (b)...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice under what timetable his Department plans to phase out use of telephone lines with the prefix (a) 0845, 0844 and 0843 in accordance with the Cabinet...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Claims Management Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Justice and the Minister of Justice in Northern Ireland on the regulation of claims...

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she had with US Senator Gary Hart when he visited Northern Ireland in the last week of August 2014; and what the subjects were...

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what recent discussions she has had with the First and Deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland; and what issues were discussed; (2)...

      Public Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Defence since 16 October 2013 regarding the release of documents relating to...

  • Leader of the House

    • Speaker: Elections

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will bring forward proposals to implement the recommendation of the Procedure Committee in its Fifth Report of 2010-12, 2010 Elections for Positions in the...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Carol Mills

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether (a) Mr Speaker and (b) other members of the panel were informed by the...

    • Data Protection

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what reassessment has been made of the security of files and emails containing...

      Speaker: Visits Abroad

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the (a) date, (b) location and (c) cost of all official overseas visits...

  • Attorney-General

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions of (a) cyber and (b) cyber-enabled crimes have been initiated in each the last five years; and how many such prosecutions were successful.

    • Domestic Visits

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 17 June 2014, Official Report, column 551W, on official visits, what domestic visits he and his predecessor have made since January 2013; and...

  • Transport

    • A14

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will publish the methodology behind the benefit-cost ratios calculated for each of the schemes funded in the £1.5 billion works...

    • Blackpool North Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions officials in his Department have had with Network Rail on the timetable for temporary closure of Blackpool North station in relation...

      Blackpool North Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions officials in his Department have had with Network Rail on the implications of the works at and around Blackpool North station for (a)...

      Cherished Number Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the transfer and retention of cherished vehicle numbers to be a transaction that is available to complete online.

      Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of (a) men, (b) women and (c) child cyclists suffered (i) fatal and (ii) serious injuries in each of the last 10 years.

      Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many former employees of (a) the Driver Standards Agency and (b) the Vehicle and Operator Service Agency have resigned since the organisations...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average waiting time for a driving test was in each year since 2010.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the discrepancy is between the number of driving examiners and the required number in the UK; and what it was in each year since 2010.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what average time was taken to process driving licence applications where medical investigations were needed in each year for which figures are available.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average time taken to process a standard application for a driving licence was in each year for which figures are available.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the Highways Agency has been subject to legal challenge by a local authority in each of the last 10 years.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) British and (b) foreign national drivers of HGVs were found to be breaking the drivers' hours regulations in each year since 1997; how...

      Lawn Mowers: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions the Government has had with EU institutions on the possibility of insurance cover being required for ride-on lawnmowers.

      M180

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the Highways Agency closed the M180 in August 2014; and if he will direct the Highways Agency to take steps to prevent a reoccurrence...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) land and (b) buildings of what value belonging to the Coastguard Service have been sold since May 2010.

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to ensure that private parking enforcement companies adhere to regulations pertaining to parking regulation and...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) direct employees, (b) outsourced workers and (c) agency workers in executive agencies which report to his Department are paid less than...

      Public Transport: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers using Transport for London-operated transport have been taken ill as a result of excessive heat since January 2013.

      Public Transport: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many penalty fares Transport for London has issued since 2010.

      Railways: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department gives to train operators on standards of air conditioning in their carriages.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to publish in full the public responses to the consultation on the future franchise proposals covering routes currently served by...

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the confidence of drivers in the information conveyed by dot matrix information signs on motorways and trunk roads.

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that motorway information signs convey information that is up-to-date and accurate.

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many roadside enforcement checks were completed by the Vehicle Operators Services Agency or the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency on (a) cars and...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were performed in each of the last two years; and how many took place in each week of gestation.

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures Public Health England is considering in developing a programme to reduce the deaths attributable to air pollution.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local authorities in England and Wales have (a) assessed air pollution in their latest Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and (b) prioritised action...

      Anorexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that psychological tests able to screen for anorexia are available through the NHS.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what dates since 1 July 2014 NHS England has discussed with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) reforming the way in which...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to the statement by Peter Clark of NHS England that cancer drugs on the list of treatments which are approved for funding must be...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the forecast level of expenditure on the Cancer Drugs Fund will be in the 2014-15 financial year.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what outturn expenditure on the Cancer Drugs Fund was in the 2013-14 financial year, for each treatment funded.

      Community Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many district nurses were employed in each local authority area in England in each of the last five years for which information is available.

      Cosmetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of regulation of the cosmetic industry; and whether he plans to propose further regulations...

      Doctors' List of Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average GP list size was in (a) England, (b) Greater London and (c) Enfield in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate potential savings to the NHS from more widespread use of e-cigarettes.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has assessed or commissioned on whether e-cigarette vapour carries health risks to bystanders.

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will veto the inclusion of NHS services in the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new EU directives and regulations have been transposed into UK law by his Department since May 2010.

      Headaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people in each age were diagnosed as suffering from migraine in each of the last three years; (2) what NHS support and treatment is...

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what health services have been privatised in Mid Yorkshire in the last 12 months; and what the cost was of tendering those services.

      Hearing Aids: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations his Department has made to North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group about its proposal to end the provision of NHS...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which providers are commissioned to deliver the human papillomavirus vaccine; whether each such provider is a GP practice, an NHS organisation or an...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is on categorising modification to genomic DNA in mitochondria through pronuclear transfer or maternal spindle transfer as...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which providers are involved in the pilot programmes to extend the seasonal influenza vaccination to school-age children; how each provider is...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to reduce premature deaths among people with learning disabilities; (2) what meetings he has had with external agencies on...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that the physical care of patients in mental health facilities is safeguarded.

      Neuroblastoma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve public awareness of neuroblastoma.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arguments his Department advanced in favour of the decision that its dispute with Fujitsu regarding the National Programme for IT was not to be heard...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress has been made in the dispute between his Department and Fujitsu over the National Programme for IT.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on legal costs in connection with its dispute with Fujitsu over the National Programme for IT.

      Obesity: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what NHS funding has been provided since 2010 for sending children under the age of 18 to weight loss camps.

      Organs: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people in (a) Denton and Reddish constituency, (b) Tameside local authority, (c) Stockport local authority and (d) the North West are...

      Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are employed by the NHS in determining whether plastic surgery will be funded by the NHS.

      Pregnancy: Folic Acid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pregnant women received folic acid through NHS prescription to prevent hydrocephalus in each of the last five years.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Northern Ireland Executive on ensuring availability of drugs to treat cancer and MS in all...

      Public Health England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress NHS England has made in undertaking the detailed stocktake of compliance with its section 7A agreement with Public Health England, as...

      Skin Cancer: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will take steps to ensure that the public are made aware of the dangers that may result from excessive exposure to the sun.

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what payments have been received in the 2014-15 financial year by GPs for the delivery of vaccines through each routine immunisation programme, broken...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has to update its guideline on reducing differences in the uptake of immunisation,...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress NHS England has made in establishing performance floors for the delivery of each routine immunisation programme; what performance floors are...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what immunisation programmes were offered by the NHS in the (a) 2013-14, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2011-12 financial year; to whom each vaccine was...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the outcomes were of each routine immunisation programme over the last 10 years; what steps he is taking to encourage greater levels of...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what roles (a) his Department, (b) Public Health England, (c) NHS England, (d) immunisation providers, (e) clinical commissioning groups and (f) local...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which routine immunisation programmes are in operation where the vaccines delivered through the programme are (a) centrally procured and (b) not centrally...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the Immform process works for the ordering of vaccine supplies; which vaccine supplies may be ordered through the Immform process; for what reasons...

      Viagra

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in each age group were prescribed Viagra through the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Viral Haemorrhagic Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to prepare contingency plans in the event of an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the UK.

      Waste Disposal: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the Health Protection Agency study on the health effects of emissions from municipal waste incinerators to be published.

  • Home Department

    • Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports her Department has commissioned into child abuse in the last 25 years; and what steps her Department took in response to the...

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she last discussed with the head of the UK Border Force the effectiveness of exit and entry checks in disrupting flows of those who are...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that all victims of domestic violence are given equal protection irrespective of...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Tier 1 post-study work visas were issued in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make an assessment of whether it would be cost-effective and secure to allow visa applicants within the UK the option of...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many small and medium-sized enterprises in each (a) district, (b) county and (c) unitary authority hold a Tier 2 general sponsor licence.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employers in the creative industries, as defined in the Government's 2001 Creative Industries Mapping Document, hold a Tier 2...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Tier 2 General Visas have been issued to international students since the withdrawal of the Tier 1 Post-Study Work Visa.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what analysis her Department has undertaken of the reasons for visa refusals arising from unconditional and conditional offers of student...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many University-sponsored Graduate Entrepreneur Tier 1 visas have been issued since 6 April 2013.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many grants of settlement were given to Tier 1 (Post Study Work) visa holders since 2009; and what the countries of origin were of those...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish the full Standard Occupational Code groups for all international students employed under the former Tier 1 Post Study...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish her Department’s assessment of the effect of the Tier-1 Post Study Work route on domestic graduate unemployment...

      Football: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether the UK could continue to provide information to other EU member states currently provided under Council Decision 2002/348/JHA...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the nationality and gender was of each suspected victim of trafficking referred to the Trafficking Victim Support Scheme operated by the...

      London Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Force personnel have been deployed at (a) Gatwick, (b) Heathrow, (c) Luton, (d) Stansted and (e) Southend airport in each...

      Mental Health Act 1983

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department will publish the review of the operation of sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in England and Wales.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) direct employees, (b) outsourced workers and (c) agency workers in executive agencies which report to her Department are paid...

      Police and Crime Commissioners: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner by-election held on 21 August 2014.

      Students: Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of rape on university campuses were reported to the police in each year since 2004; and how many reported cases led to...

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on the purchase of televisions in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date.

      UK Visas and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether staff answering calls to the UK Visas and Immigration MPs' Hotline who are not directly employed by the Home Office receive the same...

      UK Visas and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of staff answering enquiries to the UK Visas and Immigration MPs' Hotline have been directly employed by the Home Office in...

      UK Visas and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what private companies have been contracted to answer enquiries to the UK Visas and Immigration MPs' Hotline in the last six months.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total cost is of the current security contract with G4S in Afghanistan; what the tender for the next such contract is...

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the validity of reports that the so-called Bahrain 13 were tortured during 2011.

      Cameroon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consular assistance is available to British nationals in Cameroon.

      Cameroon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on recent Boko Haram attacks in Cameroon; and what assessment he has made of the implications of...

      Climate Change: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the effect of climate change on human rights in countries...

      Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much UK embassies have spent on hospitality in the last two years.

      Exports: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likelihood of use by Israeli forces of equipment containing UK components in breaches of...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the human rights situation in Iran; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking to help protect people living in ISIS-controlled areas of Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the safety of Christians in those parts of Iraq controlled by ISIL.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to international organisations on the protection of Christians in those parts of Iraq...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to protect Christians in northern Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the situation for Christians in northern Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the safety of Christians in those parts of Iraq currently controlled by ISIL.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to international bodies on the protection of Christians in those parts of Iraq currently...

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on ways to tackle Islamic State in Syria.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his European counterparts on preventing the spread of Islamic State to Europe.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures are being taken by the UK to support resistance to Islamic State militants in Northern Iraq.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consular assistance is available to UK nationals affected by Islamic State in Iraq.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what areas of Syria are controlled by Islamic State.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what areas of Iraq are controlled by Islamic State.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to protect the (a) Christian and (b) Yazidi population in Northern Iraq from Islamic State militants.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likelihood of Islamic State operating in Lebanon.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Iraqi counterpart on assisting the Iraqi Government to tackle Islamic State.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to support efforts to drive militants out from Islamic State-controlled areas of Syria.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to help reduce the threat of Islamic State in Iraq to security in that region.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to help reduce the threat of Islamic State in Syria to security in that region.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the sources of supply to Islamic State (IS) militants of their weapons and training; and if he...

      Kidnapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to provide support to other governments in tackling the threat of kidnapping by terrorist...

      Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Kurdistan Regional Government or its representatives in the UK on the situation in...

      Lesotho

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the situation in Lesotho; and what steps he is taking to support the reinstatement of democracy...

      LGBT Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps he is taking to promote LGBT rights in St Lucia; and if he will make a statement; (2) what steps he is taking...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking to secure the stockpiles of weaponry in Libya which are left over from the 2011 revolution,...

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in the Maldives; and if he will make representations to the...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the use of components for Paveway II bombs manufactured by Raytheon in Scotland by Israeli...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of whether recent Israeli military operations in Gaza are in breach of international law.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what meetings he or Ministers in his Department have had with civil society or religious groups based in the UK to discuss...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UN is taking to highlight the ongoing persecution of Christian communities in the Middle East and assist those so...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to secure the release of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in April 2014.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the declaration of a caliphate in areas of Nigeria.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of British nationals in Nigeria.

      North Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the potential threat of Boko Haram spreading across Northern Africa; (2) what estimate he...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether anyone from his Department will attend the third international Conference on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the political activities of MQM in Pakistan.

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the threat to the safety of British seafarers and others from piracy (a) in the Gulf of Guinea...

      Qatar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he met the Secretary-General of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy; and what plans he has for future...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Saudi government about the funding of ISIS by Saudi citizens since 2012.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on the UK's security of the Saudi government's promotion of intolerant religious...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the alleged torture of Waleed Abu al-Khair while imprisoned in Saudi Arabia.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Saudi counterpart on the imprisonment of Waleed Abu al-Khair.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Saudi Arabia on each of the executions by public beheading carried out in...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether chemical weapons have been used by the Syrian Government since August 2013; and if he will make a statement.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of each type of small arms in use by UK armed forces in Afghanistan were lost or otherwise unaccounted for in each year since the deployment of...

    • Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration she has given to the effects of pay-as-you-dine on levels of (a) hunger, (b) obesity and (c) malnutrition.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many service people were in receipt of housing benefit (a) in 2009 and (b) at the most recent date for which figures are available; and how...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2014, Official Report, column 722W, on the armed forces: training, how many personnel have passed (a) CYBP (b) CYIP and...

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many members the Regular Army Reserve of Officers has; (2) whether the Regular Army Reserve of Officers will play any role in his plans for an...

      C17 Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what weight of goods has been air-dropped by C-17 aircraft during (a) exercises and (b) operations in each location since those aircraft entered service.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on development of the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Captor-E radar; and if he will make a statement.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the merits of integrating MBDA Brimstone 2 air-to-ground precision weapon with the Typhoon aircraft to the UK's...

      Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to use the IRIS-T air-to-air guided missile in the UK's armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on development of the Storm Shadow stand-off weapon; what assessment he has made of its potential advantages to the UK's...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the current fast jet capability of the Royal Air Force and outline any future developments.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress has been made on development of the F-35 B aircraft.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many nuclear warheads have been (a) lost and (b) lost and not recovered by NATO in the last 30 years; (2) if he will provide details of each...

      Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on construction of the three offshore patrol vessels to be built for the Royal Navy; and if he will make a statement.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were recruited to the Reserve forces in the last 12 months; how this figure compares to his Department's target figures; and if he will...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with small and medium-sized enterprises on the planned changes to the funding of the...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications are made on average before (a) a white and (b) an ethnic minority applicant secures an apprenticeship.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to publish all the responses received to the Future of Apprenticeships in England: Funding Reform Technical...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress has been made in carrying out an equality analysis on proposals to change the disabled students' allowance.

      Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2014, Official Report, column 688W, on official visits, what domestic visits he has made since...

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department's priorities are in relation to the Digital Government Strategy in the individual performance objectives for...

      Exports: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Overseas Business Risk service is better shared with and promoted to...

      Jackson Square Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when conducting due diligence on Jackson Square Aviation and JSA International Holdings LP, whether UK Export Finance was aware...

      Music: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent assessment is of the impact on small businesses of the licensing enforcement regime for the use of music in...

      National Nuclear Laboratory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to support the National Nuclear Laboratory’s commercial opportunities abroad.

      Nuclear Power: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much was spent on developing skills through training programmes and apprenticeships in the nuclear industry in each region of...

      Nuclear Power: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what financial support is available from UK Trade & Investment to British companies under the Tradeshow Access Programme to...

      Patents: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many patents have been granted to businesses or individuals whose main residence or business address was in Northern Ireland...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) direct employees, (b) outsourced workers and (c) agency workers in executive agencies which report to his Department...

      Prosthetics: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the competitiveness of the prosthesis manufacturing industry.

      Spaceflight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps he has taken to encourage the growth of a space tourism industry in the UK.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what effect the introduction of 24 Plus Advanced Learning Loans has had on student participation levels.

      Sugar: EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had on (a) improving access to the EU sugar market for cane sugar suppliers and (b) removal of the...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether UK Export Finance (UKEF) has taken steps to ensure that companies operating from the UK which gain support from UKEF...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reasons the UK decided to take part in the negotiations relating to the Trade in Services Agreement.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reasons the text of the proposed Trade in Services Agreement treaty has not been made public.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on whether the proposed Trade in Services Agreement treaty is likely to contain provisions...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on whether the proposed Trade in Services Agreement treaty is likely to contain provisions...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on whether the proposed Trade in Services Agreement treaty is likely to contain provisions...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of UK participation in a Trade in Services Agreement treaty on...

  • International Development

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much humanitarian aid the UK is offering to support victims of Islamic State in Northern Iraq.

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the GDP is of each of the 10 countries receiving the most aid from the UK; and what the average GDP value is of all other aid...

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent support she has provided to countries in West Africa to help them with the recent ebola outbreak.

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will take steps to provide further support to West African countries to deal with the ebola outbreak.

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department's policies of the briefing given by Médecins Sans...

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with Médecins Sans Frontières on the recent ebola outbreak.

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department is giving to (a) Sierra Leone and (b) other countries in West Africa to them help counter the outbreak...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Telecommunications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce legislative proposals to require all retail banks to offer a secure automated messaging services for customers.

    • Consumers: Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2014, Official Report, column 355W, on consumers: protection, what assessment he has made of the effect on consumers of the...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent representations he has received on the level of the threshold for corporation tax exemption for charities and unincorporated associations;...

      Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate his Department has made of the share of the payday lending market covered by (a) Experian, (b) Equifax, (c) CallCredit (d) CoreLogic and...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will distribute any remaining funds in the Equitable Life Payment Scheme to Equitable Life victims at scheme closure.

      Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the fuel discount scheme for rural communities.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees HM Revenue and Customs had in each of the last five years.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's regional location strategy for HM Revenue and Customs offices is up to 2020.

      Revenue and Customs: South West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential effect of proposed closures of HM Revenue and Customs' enquiry centres on people in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

      Self-employed: National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which employers use self-employed staff to avoid paying national insurance contributions.

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many leaflets produced by his Department promoting the Government's policy on the Scottish independence referendum have had to be amended, altered or...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many tax avoidance cases HM Revenue and Customs has litigated in each of the last five years; and in how many of these it was successful.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he has made on tackling tax avoidance in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      VAT: Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made on the HMRC review into Simplified Import VAT Accounts.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carer’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the carer's allowance; and if he will make a statement.

    • Carer’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy that a person in receipt of carer's allowance may claim that allowance for each person cared for.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new EU directives and regulations have been transposed into UK law by his Department since May 2010.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the level of variation of health and safety regulations between local authorities and of the effect of such...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether it is his Department's policy to permit jobseeker's allownce claimants who follow their advisor's instructions to attend a jobcentre...

      Lead: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions have been brought against employers in respect of exposure of employees to lead in each of the last three years.

      Lead: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Government is taking to protect the health of painters and decorators at work in relation to lead paint.

      Unemployment: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the effects of the benefits cap on reducing unemployment in Brighton, Kemptown constituency; and if he will make a...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of universal credit claimants have a payment made directly to their landlord; (2) what the value is of payments made...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he will take to ensure that evaluations of the Work Programme look at its performance for ethnic minority jobseekers.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which recommendations made by the Work Programme Best Practice Group have been (a) fully implemented, (b) partially implemented and (c) not...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the demand for biomass for combustion in the UK is met by imports.

    • Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the effect of changes in energy bills on households and businesses in rural areas.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) with reference to the policy document entitled, Helping households to cut their energy bills, supporting pages on smart meters,...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) with reference to chart 4.6 of the Annual Fuel Poverty Statistics Report 2014, published by his Department on 12 June 2014, what...

  • Education

    • Academies: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many new academies and studio colleges have been closed by her Department on the basis of lack of student numbers within their first year of...

    • Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent progress she has made on the bursary scheme to set up cadet units in schools.

      Chemistry: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will extend the provision of post-ITT Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses for chemistry teachers.

      Chemistry: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will make it her policy to encourage more universities to provide chemistry subject knowledge enhancement courses which are 24 weeks or longer.

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps her Department is taking in response to research in the NSPCC's report, Returning home from care.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps she is taking to ensure that children who have been looked after because of abuse or neglect receive appropriate support and monitoring to...

      Children’s Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will review the adequacy of current statutory guidance on the sharing of live birth data with children’s centres.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many new EU directives and regulations have been transposed into UK law by her Department since May 2010.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will place in the Library all assessments her Department has conducted on the planning and implementation of providing free school meals to all...

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students enrolled to study A2 levels in September 2013 in (a) school sixth forms, (b) academy sixth forms, (c) sixth form colleges and (d) 16...

      GCE AS-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students enrolled to study AS levels in September 2012 in (a) school sixth forms, (b) academy sixth forms, (c) sixth form colleges and (d) 16...

      GCE AS-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of students who enrolled in September 2012 to study AS levels in a (a) school sixth form, (b) academy sixth form, (c)...

      Mandarin: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students in state schools secondary education obtained a GCSE in Mandarin Chinese in each year since January 2011.

      Science: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps she is taking to help schools provide subject-specific continuing professional development for science teachers.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2014, Official Report, column 551W, on disadvantaged pupils, what research her Department has commissioned into the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Society Network

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) under what criteria the Big Society Network was contracted to run the Giving summits; (2) how much the Big Society Network has received for...

    • Domestic Visits

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 10 July 2014, Official Report, column 359W, on domestic visits, what domestic visits he has made since January 2013; and what...

      Energy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to reduce energy costs in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Government Departments: Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the number of cyber-attacks on Government IT systems since January 2014.

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance the Government Digital Service issues to department on minimum requirements for IT systems reliability and availability.

      Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what work the Horizon Scanning Programme has undertaken on the implications for environmental security of (a) an accident at a nuclear facility...

      Unemployment: Older People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people over 50 years old in each region and constituent part of the UK have been unemployed for over 12 months.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Brass Bands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many requests for funding have been made to the Arts Council by brass bands in each of the last three years; and how many such...

    • Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 10 July 2014, Official Report, column 13W, on domestic visits, what domestic visits he and his predecessor has...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many new EU directives and regulations have been transposed into UK law by his Department since May 2010.

      National Anthems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will bring forward proposals for an English national anthem.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) direct employees, (b) outsourced workers and (c) agency workers in Executive agencies which report to his Department are...

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on the purchase of televisions in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date.

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