Written answers

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

  • Work and Pensions

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he and Ministers in his Department have had with Ministers in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the...

    • Employment: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what guidance his Department issues on the funding and allocation of support for deaf people in work; (2) what financial support his...

      Flexible Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on the Flexible Support Fund in each region of the UK in each year since it was introduced.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the recorded primary medical condition of incapacity benefits reassessment claimants, where the outcome of the assessment was Fit for...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to retain the Independent Living Fund and continue access for new claimants.

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the performance of the Independent Living Fund.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the security of staff at Jobcentre Plus offices.

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many businesses have been created with help from the New Enterprise Allowance; and how many of those businesses have sustained operations...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when a decision will be made on the application made in November 2013 by Mrs Staltmeier of Christchurch for a personal independence payment.

      Poverty Truth Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions his Department has had with the Poverty Truth Commission.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the current level of the benefit cap; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Security Benefits: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit sanctions on the grounds of (a) not actively seeking employment, (b) refusal of employment, (c) failure to attend a mandatory...

      Telecommunications: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to ensure that it communicates with deafblind people in accessible ways, including information about...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent per head on training staff of his Department in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2013-14.

      Welfare State: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions his Department has had discussions with the Social Development Department in Northern Ireland on the implementation of...

      Welfare State: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made in the implementation of his overall welfare reforms in the last six months; and what progress he expects to be...

      Work Capability Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what process is in place for the transition from Atos to another provider for work capability assessments; how will this be communicated to...

  • Treasury

    • Business: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many small and medium-sized businesses have been subject to an HM Revenue and Customs tax review in each of the last three years; and in how many cases...

    • Business: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs tax reviews of large companies have revealed instances of significant evasion in each of the last three years.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the saving to the public purse will be from the removal of child benefit for households where one parent earns £50,000; and what estimate he has...

      Listed Buildings: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the money accrued to the public purse through VAT paid on the repair and maintenance of protected buildings.

      Listed Buildings: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the money accrued to the public purse through VAT paid on approved alterations to protected buildings in each of...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the statement by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, reported in The Sunday Times on 31 August 2014, what provision will be made in the...

      National Savings and Investments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people are employed in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) each Scottish parliamentary constituency by sub-contractors or agencies working on...

      Objects in Lieu of Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value of works of art accepted in lieu of inheritance tax was in each of the last five years.

      Oil: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much has been disbursed to oil supply companies for the repayment of duty on petrol subject to vapour recovery since January 2013; (2) how many...

      Thames Tideway Tunnel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the full burden of (a) demand, (b) construction and (c) availability risk for the Thames Tideway Tunnel project has been transferred from the...

  • Health

    • Aspirin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with professional medical bodies on the implications for the NHS of research on the effects of taking aspirin on the...

    • Dialysis Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect that proposed changes to tariffs for Renal Dialysis in Monitor's 2015/16 National Tariff Payments System:...

      Dialysis Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with patients' groups on changes to tariffs for Renal Dialysis in Monitor's 2015/16 National Tariff Payments System:...

      Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that the decrease in incidence of (a) HIV, (b) tuberculosis and (c) malaria continues.

      Food: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written statement of 4 September 2014, on the Elliott Review, when the Food Crime Unit will be operational.

      Food: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written statement of 4 September 2014, on the Elliott Review, how many staff at each grade will be (a) recruited and (b) seconded to the...

      Food: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written statement of 4 September 2014, on Elliott Review, how many police officers will work in the Food Crime Unit.

      Food: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written statement of 4 September 2014, on Elliott Review, what budget the Food Crime Unit will be allocated for (a) setting up and (b)...

      General Dental Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 September 2014, Official Report, on the General Dental Council, if (a) his Department and (b) the Professional Standards...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP practices (a) closed and (b) opened in (i) England, (ii) Greater London and (iii) Enfield in each of the last five years; and if he will make...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients (a) were invited to participate in and (b) responded to the recent GP patient survey.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department will publish the results of the GP patient survey conducted on behalf of NHS England by Ipsos MORI.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the efficacy of Return to Practice courses by healthcare providers to address workforce supply needs and...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to make stakeholders aware of its 2015/16 National Tariff Payments System: Engagement on national prices consultation.

      Health Services: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the reconfiguration of health services in Worcestershire and its effects on Alexandra Hospital, Redditch.

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the policy of the NHS is on providing hearing aids for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged over 50 were on NHS hospital waiting lists for in-patient treatment on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will adopt the latest Inflammatory Bowel Disease Standards Group standards for the care of patients with the condition.

      Irritable Bowel Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will fund the provision of a minimum of 1.5 specialist irritable bowel syndrome nurses per 250,000 people.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate (a) his Department and (b) the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have made of the savings to the NHS which have...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the number of places for medical students to undertake training in GP practices.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will arrange for a reply to be sent to the letter concerning a constituent sent by the hon. Member for Walsall North to the Walsall Clinical...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Eddisbury of 8 July 2014, Official Report, column 237W, on medical treatments, which appraisals conducted by...

      Radiography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the challenges experienced by NHS hospitals in recruiting consultant radiologists.

      Radiography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of radiologists in training.

      Smoke and Chimney Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the quantum of premature death in the UK caused by the emission of wood smoke; and whether he plans to publish...

      Varicose Veins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged (a) 30 to 40, (b) 41 to 60 and (c) over 60 have been diagnosed with varicose veins in each of the last three years.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what proportion of (a) directors or senior managers and (b) trustees of the National portfolio organisations for 2015-18...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he has any plans to increase the number of replies within his Department’s working day standard; and if he will make a...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many times the UK has lost EU infraction proceedings since May 2010 which relate to matters that fall within his Department’s...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to improve supporter involvement with football clubs.

      Football: Qatar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he met the Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy; and what plans he has for future meetings.

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what proportion of (a) directors or senior managers and (b) trustees of the Major Partner Museums 2015-18 are women.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) highest and (b) lowest full-time equivalent salary paid by (i) his Department and (ii) its public bodies was in (A)...

      Viral Haemorrhagic Disease: West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will have discussions with UEFA and FIFA on the Ebola infection risk arising from the decision to stage the Ivory Coast versus...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2014, Official Report, column 618W, on official visits, what domestic visits he and his predecessor...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 28 July 2014 to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Climate...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the contribution of 4 September 2014 by the Minister for Business and Enterprise, on sustainable energy, what the...

      Television

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

  • Attorney-General

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Attorney-General when he passed the letter from the hon. Member for Christchurch about Mrs Kirkhope of Ferndown to the Chief Constable for Hampshire; and what steps has been taken as a...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department holds on the level of biomass power generation in the UK located in (a) urban areas and (b)...

    • Cetaceans: Faroe Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions her Department has had with the government of Denmark about hunting cetaceans in the Faroe Islands.

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions there have been in England and Wales in the last five years for failure to comply with the collar and...

      Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2014, Official Report, columns 626-7W, on official visits, what domestic visits she and her...

      Food: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her written statement of 4 September 2014, on the Elliott Review, what extra resources (a) her Department and (b)...

      Horse Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she intends to publish the official report examining the causes of the 2013 horse meat scandal; and what the reason is...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many quadcopters or similar remote controlled devices her Department has purchased; for what purpose such quadcopters...

  • Transport

    • A65

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if there are any plans to widen the A65 which connects Cumbria and North Lancashire to Yorkshire.

    • Crewe-Derby Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the need for extra capacity on the Crewe-Derby rail line.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints his Department has received from people in Northern Ireland about the DVLA since July 2014.

      East Croydon Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to increase capacity at East Croydon station; and if he will make a statement.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to reduce energy costs in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Level Crossings: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were killed on unmanned rail track crossings in each year since 2011.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to sell Network Rail to the train operating companies following the failure of the signalling system on the Great Western...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the National Rail framework agreement published on 1 September 2014, when the National Audit Office will have access to Network...

      Railway Stations: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were injured as a result of staff negligence at railway stations in each year since January 2010.

      Railways: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of whether the new Northern Franchise will take account of increased connectivity to Reddish South and Denton arising from...

      Railways: Kingsnorth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to provide a new rail halt at Kingsnorth in Ashford, Kent; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken to ensure safety on Northern Rail and TransPennine Express trains running driver-only operations.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pedestrians who are (a) male, (b) female, (c) children and (d) aged over 65 suffered (i) fatal and (ii) serious injuries in each of the last...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of named day written questions were answered by his Department within the prescribed period in the (a) 2012-13 Session, (b) 2013-14...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Carol Mills

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the selection panel for the new Clerk of the House and Chief Executive was...

    • Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many (a) direct, (b) outsourced and (c) agency employees on the Parliamentary...

      Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the total cost has been of the Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy; and...

      Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, who authorises expenditure for the Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy; and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what role the National Security Adviser has in relation to cyber-security.

    • Immigrants: Russia

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of Russian citizens resident in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the (a) highest and (b) lowest full-time equivalent salary paid by his Office was in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12, (iii) 2012-13, (iv) 2013-14...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of named day written questions were answered by his Department within the prescribed period in the (a) 2012-13 session, (b) 2013-14...

  • Prime Minister

    • National Security Council

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the National Security Council has reviewed the collective strategic impact of policy changes since its creation in 2010.

    • Radicalism: Wales

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister of Wales on tackling extremism; and whether he plans to discuss the issue of tackling extremism at his next...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Biofuels: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information he holds on the proportion of wood pellets imported from North America that were derived from roundwood in the...

    • Biofuels: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information he holds on the level of wood pellet imports from (a) the USA and (b) Canada in each of the last three years for...

      Business: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the effect of late payments on small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs); and whether his...

      Construction

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

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the recent trends in the number of university applications from students from disadvantaged or...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reasons the new Anglia LEP has received an extension on its loan facility but the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the (a) highest and (b) lowest full-time equivalent salary paid by (i) his Department and (ii) its public bodies was in (A)...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when his Department plans to make a decision about future funding of students and recognition of courses at the 23 private...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what guidance his Department has issued to the 23 private colleges which it suspended from recruiting further students in...

      Textiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which projects have received how much funding under the Textile Growth Programme to date.

      Textiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the key objectives are of the Textile Growth Programme.

      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...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment his Department has made of the proportion of affordable homes delivered through section 106 agreements on sites...

    • Affordable Housing: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of removing section 106 planning obligations from sites of fewer...

      Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will issue guidance to the Planning Inspectorate on decisions where the location of a planning appeal is within an Area of...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the cost to local authorities of holding council tax referendums.

      Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) with reference to the answer of 27 February 2014, Official Report, column 442W, on council tax benefits, when he expects...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate the Government spend per head of population on fire and rescue services in (a) Nottinghamshire, (b) the East...

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will provide additional funds to Essex fire and rescue service to cover the cost of payments to the firefighters injury...

      Piers: Eastbourne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government under what cost heading Eastbourne pier has been granted money to help in its reconstruction.

      Piers: Eastbourne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the money allocated by his Department to Eastbourne pier is covered in full or in part by insurance.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of village or neighbourhood plans; and how many such plan have been lodged and...

      Right to Buy Scheme: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many tenants exercised the right to buy in each local authority in Northumberland, Durham and Tyne and Wear in each of the...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications were made for solar energy generation on farmland in each of the last three years.

  • International Development

    • West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action her Department is taking to help tackle the ebola epidemic in West Africa; and if she will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date section 65 of the Immigration Act 2014 will be brought into force.

    • Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of extraditions of British nationals from the UK under the European arrest warrant that would not...

      Extradition: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 14 May 2014, Official Report, column 620W, on arrest warrants, in addition to Slovakia, Latvia, Belgium and...

      Extradition: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the possibility of the UK concluding a bilateral treaty with the EU on extradition instead of remaining bound...

      Human Trafficking

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

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have been granted limited leave to remain with no recourse to public funds in each year since 2003.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter to her dated 14 July 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regards to Dr M. Naz.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter to her dated 22 July 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regards to Mr Kenny...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter to her dated 12 June 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regards to Mr E. M....

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the cyber skills of police forces; and what steps she is taking to improve those skills.

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many organisations have received funding from her Department to deliver the Channel programme in each of the last five years; and what...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many quadcopters or similar remote controlled devices her Department has purchased; for what purpose such quadcopters were so purchased;...

  • Wales

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he is taking to reduce energy costs in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

    • NATO: Newport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the benefits to the Welsh economy of holding the NATO summit in Newport.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the (a) highest and (b) lowest full-time equivalent salary paid by his Department in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12, (iii) 2012-13, (iv) 2013-14 and (v)...

      Television

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

  • Defence

    • Challenger Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department will spend in each year under the Challenger II Life Extension programme.

    • Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made towards meeting the assumed savings in the (a) Complex Weapons Programme and (b) Submarine Enterprise Performance programme;...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to let the contracts for the managed service providers (MSP) before the end of September 2014; and if he will place relationship with...

      Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what domestic visits he and his predecessor have made since January 2013; and what the purpose of each such visit was.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he was made aware by his US counterpart of the suspension of F35 engine deliveries as a result of subgrade titanium.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) civilian staff of his Department based in the UK, (b) military personnel based in the UK, (c) civilian staff of his Department based in...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what process the Royal Navy uses when deciding the names of new vessels; and whether names of UK cities can be used for the Type 26.

  • Education

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment she has made of the role of schools in encouraging pupils to consider apprenticeships post-16.

    • Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2014, Official Report, column 621W, on official visits, what domestic visits she and her predecessor have made since...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps she is taking to reduce energy costs in her Department; and if she will make a statement.

      Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps she is taking to broaden the number of foreign language subjects available to state school students in secondary education.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2014, Official Report, column 551W, on pupils: disadvantaged, whether her Department holds records on how much of the...

  • Justice

    • Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of recent changes to legal aid.

    • Prison Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice What forecasts the Government has made of future trends in the prison population.

      Prison Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to ensure that there will be sufficient prison places available for those offenders given custodial sentences over...

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of his plans for youth custody on (a) young children and (b) girls.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the Government's strategy is on the future of the probation service.

      Magistrates: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the National Annual Report of Magistrate Training mentioned in the Quarter 3 performance report of the Judicial...

      Sexual Offences: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what studies his Department has commissioned on the relative efficacy of prison-based treatment as against treatment in the community for sex offenders...

      Sexual Offences: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the reoffending rate is of sex offenders who have undergone (a) the sex offender treatment programme at HMP Northumberland (formerly...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to protect staff working in HM embassies from security threats.

    • Estonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the strength of business relations between the UK and Estonia.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to support the Israeli government in its campaign against Hamas.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his European counterparts on further sanctions against Russia.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Saudi Arabian government over its financial and logistical support for Islamic State...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take through the Commonwealth and UN to secure Sri Lanka's compliance with the UN Human Rights...

      Ukraine: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contingency plans are in place for the eventuality that Russia continues to place troops in Ukraine.

      Ukraine: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether the actions of the Russian Federation in relation to Ukraine are compliant with the...

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