Written answers

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Clerk of the House

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether each member of the appointment advisory panel for the Clerk and Chief...

    • Clerk of the House

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether expressions of interest were invited for persons to serve on the...

      Clerk of the House

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what fees were charged by Saxton Bampfylde for the recruitment of the position of...

      Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what (a) expenses and (b) salary is paid to members of the Speaker's Commission on...

  • Attorney-General

    • Energy

      To ask the Attorney-General what steps he is taking to reduce energy costs in the Law Officers' Departments; and if he will make a statement.

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of named day written questions were answered by the Law Officers' Departments within the prescribed period in the (a) 2012-13 session, (b) 2013-14...

  • Prime Minister

    • Northern Ireland

      To ask the Prime Minister how many official visits to Northern Ireland he has undertaken since May 2010; and if he will make a statement.

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Prime Minister how many meetings he has held at (a) Downing Street and (b) the House with elected representatives from Northern Ireland in 2014 to date; and if he will make a statement.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his Statement of 1 September 2014, Official Report, column 34, what the evidential basis is for his statement that the Saudi authorities have changed their...

  • Justice

    • Belmarsh Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners are held in HM Prison Belmarsh awaiting categorisation.

    • Belmarsh Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the waiting time is for a prisoner to be categorised at HM Prison Belmarsh.

      Belmarsh Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average number of days was that a prisoner was held in HM Prison Belmarsh after being categorised as Category D before being moved to another...

      Claims Management Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the regulation of claims management companies for insurance purposes; and if he will make a statement.

      Courts: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will seek to ensure that the courts' administrations when a defendant has been given a custodial sentence do not send confidential information to...

      Probation: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what increase there has been in the salary of (a) Mary Archer and (b) Alan Hubbard for posts connected with probation services in Essex over the last 12...

      Public Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure that departments meet targets for clearing public records for transfer to the National Archives.

      Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what discussions his Department had with the Health and Safety Executive before the introduction of the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism...

      Tobacco: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people were convicted of tobacco-related fraud in (a) Medway, (b) Kent and (c) England in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many people...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she and Ministers in her Department have had with Ministers in the Department for Business, Innovation and...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to exchange scientific research with the Department of Agriculture in Northern Ireland on...

      Marine Management Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will instruct the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to publish the report on the investigation into the potential...

      Marine Management Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many confidentiality agreements the Marine Management Organisation has sought in respect of third parties in (a) 2013-14...

      Science: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether (a) she and (b) her predecessor had discussions with representatives of the agricultural and horticultural sectors on...

      Tree Felling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the levels of fines and sanctions for the illegal felling of trees were last reviewed and updated; and what steps her...

      Tree Felling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many trees have been illegally felled in England and Wales; how many restocking orders have been issued by the Forestry...

      Tree Felling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance her Department issues on the time required to investigate cases where prosecution is being considered by the...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of named day written questions were answered by her Department within the prescribed period in the (a)...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many work clubs are being run from Jobcentre Plus offices.

    • Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education about ending the Youth Contract Wage Incentive scheme.

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2014, Official Report, column 639W, on employment schemes: young people, what estimate he has made of how much...

      Energy

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

      Growth and Enterprise Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 4 September 2014, Official Report, column 327W, on employment schemes: young people, who represents his Department on...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the median length of service of Jobcentre Plus staff was in each of the last five years.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the personal independence payment application process is accessible to deafblind people who...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 8 July 2014, Official Report, column 278W, on personal independence payment, what progress he has made since that...

      Television

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

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the latest performance rating assigned to universal credit by the Major Projects Authority is.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of named day written questions were answered by his Department within the prescribed period in the (a) 2012-13 session, (b)...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) Regular reservists and (b) Army Reservists were called up to support Operation Herrick in each financial year between 2002-03 and...

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many nationals of which countries other than the UK serve in each service of the armed forces; and what proportion of each such service such foreign...

      Armed Forces Covenant: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which organisations working with veterans in the South West have received money under the Armed Forces Covenant Fund to date.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total budget of the Armoured Vehicles Programme has been in each year since 2010; and what estimate he has made of the budget of this programme...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to procure a class of Future Rapid Effects System Utility vehicles as part of the Armoured Vehicles Programme.

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when a decision will be taken on the long-term future of Army Reserve bases which had originally been scheduled to be closed in 2016.

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Army Reserve recruits (a) passed and (b) failed (i) Phase One and (ii) Phase Two training in each year between 2010-11 and 2013-14.

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many army pensioners have been recalled to service under Section 52 of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 since 1997.

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Army Reserves were in training in each financial year between 2010-11 and 2013-14.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what targets for recruitment into the (a) Regular Army and (b) Army Reserve were set in each year between 2010-11 and 2013-14; (2) what the target...

      Defence Infrastructure Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the contract for the strategic business partnership between the Defence Infrastructure Organisation and Capita contains conditions on customer...

      Energy

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

      Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to improve its Information and Information Communication Technology capability.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Regular reservists and (b) Army Reservists were called up to support Operation Telic in each year between 2002-03 and 2011-12.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answers of 3 July 2014, Official Report, column 725W, on nuclear weapons and of 10 July 2014, Official Report, column 358W, on nuclear...

      Public Records: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what current assessment he has made of the relevance of unreleased historical documents relating to Northern Ireland held at Swadlincote to the work of...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the standard length was of deployment for service personnel aboard (a) frigates and (b) destroyers in 2012; and what the standard length of such...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the net benefit to UK defence exports as a result of the recent Farnborough Airshow.

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what end-of-use monitoring is in place to ensure that UK weapons supplied to Saudi Arabia are used for the purposes specified.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which organisations are the main occupants of his Department's properties at (a) Cannon House, Birmingham, (b) the NTI Building,...

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many firms have received assistance under the Direct Lending Scheme to date.

      Defence Equipment: Exhibitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether companies which have been previously ejected from the DSEI arms fair for selling equipment which could be used for...

      Energy

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

      EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what his policy is on the investor state dispute settlement mechanism in the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment...

      EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) if he will take steps to ensure that DG Trade in the European Commission meets more public interest groups from the UK to...

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether cross-border use of personal data is being discussed as part of the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership...

      Exports: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) standard individual export licenses and (b) open individual export licences permitting exports to Israel were...

      Higher Education: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Minister for Education in the Welsh Government on tackling extremism and...

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when the Government plans to respond to the report from the Law Commission entitled Patents, Trade Marks and Design Rights:...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) meetings and (b) discussions on the privatisation of Royal Mail took place between (i) Ministers, (ii) officials, (iii)...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether UK Export Finance monitors the use of booking centres as part of its anti-money laundering policy.

      Trade Fairs: Farnborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the net benefit to the UK export sector as a result of the recent Farnborough Airshow. [Official...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the engines used in the Israeli Defence Forces unmanned aerial vehicles have been developed or enhanced with the...

  • Scotland

    • Energy

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

    • Pay

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

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Pay

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities what the (a) highest and (b) lowest full-time equivalent salary paid by the Government Equalities Office was in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12, (iii)...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 May 2014, Official Report, column 231W, on abortion, when he expects the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to...

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he authorised the recent increase in the Cancer Drug Fund annual budget; and whether (a) the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group and the Direct...

      Food: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he has made towards the establishment of a Food Crime Unit.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on named GPs for NHS patients under the age of 75.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the next step is in the commissioning of a specialised service after a positive recommendation by the Prescribed Specialised Services Advisory Group...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will institute an awards scheme to recognise best practice among doctors who deliver training to medical students.

      Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions his Department has had with the insurance industry on the allocation of monies for research into the elimination of mesothelioma.

      Motor Vehicles: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress his Department has made on the banning of smoking in cars and other vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what information his Department holds on the number of NHS trusts that provide nursery facilities for staff and patients; (2) what information his...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to require NHS trusts to benchmark executive pay increases against salaries at similarly performing NHS trusts.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues on whether pay increases at NHS trusts should be linked to the performance of hospitals at those trusts.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Royal College of Nursing on ensuring that nurses trained in the UK are able to obtain nursing posts at UK hospitals.

      Patients: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have died in hospital in England from diseases contracted overseas since January 2011.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) highest and (b) lowest full-time equivalent salary paid by (i) his Department and (ii) its public bodies was in (A) 2010-11, (B) 2011-12, (C)...

      Pets: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to inform the public of the risk of contracting diseases from household pets.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the sources of supply to Islamic State militants of their weapons and training; and if he will...

    • Pay

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

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Russian diplomats are serving with so-called diplomatic immunity in the Russian embassy in London; and if he will make...

      Ukraine: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on a link between pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine and the Russian government.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of named day written questions were answered by his Department within the prescribed period in the (a) 2012-13...

  • International Development

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to encourage clothing retailers to interrogate their supply chains in China to assess the working conditions...

    • Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of the financial contribution to humanitarian aid and reconstruction in Gaza is spent on the purchase of goods and...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of humanitarian conditions in eastern Sudan.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate she has made of the level of UK aid in Ukraine since January 2014.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Rural Areas

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

    • Business Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how frequently the information on the current status of actions in his Department's business plan shown on...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times the UK has lost EU infraction proceedings since May 2010 which relate to matters that fall within his...

      Voluntary Work: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what activities were undertaken by participants in his Department's A Year in Service scheme in 2012.

      Voluntary Work: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what activities are undertaken by participants in his Department's Together in Service scheme.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress his Department has made on the Broadband Delivery UK programme; and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that foreign drivers are subject to the same penalties as British drivers upon failure to produce relevant CPC...

    • M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the roadworks on the M1 motorway north of junction 28 to be completed and the stretch of the M1 between that junction and the M18 to be...

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the Transport Research Laboratory review of pedestrian walking speeds and time needed to cross the road; and whether he...

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 6 March 2014, Official Report, column 942W, on road signs and markings, when he expects to publish his Department's...

  • Education

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to her Department’s report on Improving Permanence for Looked After Children, published in September 2013, what assessment she has...

    • Schools: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions she has had with the Welsh Government Minister for Education on tackling extremism and radicalisation in schools; and whether...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what guidance her Department issues to schools on what action to take when a student with special educational needs is physically attacked by...

  • Home Department

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she and Ministers in her Department have had with Ministers in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the...

    • Energy

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

      EU Law

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

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of named day written questions were answered by her Department within the prescribed period in the (a) 2012-13 session, (b)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Youth Services Provision

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to maintain the level of youth services provision.

    • National Citizen Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the summer 2014 National Citizen Service programmes.

      Social Action and Volunteering

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent steps the Government have taken to promote social action and volunteering.

      Civil Servants: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many full-time equivalent jobs with the Civil Service or government agencies there were in Yorkshire in May 2010; and how many such jobs there are now.

      Nesta

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many meetings he had with Nesta between 2010 and 2012.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people have participated in National Citizen Service schemes in (a) England and (b) North Swindon in each year since 2010.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of fuel poor households under the low-income high costs definition in (a)...

    • Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect on the UK economy of the supply of gas from Russia to Europe being cut off.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what studies his Department has made of the effects on the life expectancy and reliability of wind generators of using combined cycle...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of named day written questions were answered by his Department within the prescribed period in the (a) 2012-13 session,...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Administrative Scheme for the "On the Runs" Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the report of the Hallett Review, how in the absence of the lost records a beneficiary of the Royal Prerogative of Mercy prior...

    • Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will take steps to ensure Kincora Boys Home, formerly in Belfast, is included within the over-arching inquiry into the sexual abuse of...

      Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 14 July 2014, Official Report, columns 462-63W, on domestic visits, what domestic visits she has made since January...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what her most recent assessment is of the adequacy of the budget provision for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

      Parades: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) discussions and (b) correspondence she has had with the Parades Commission on summer parades in North Belfast since 11 July 2014.

      Royal Ulster Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will undertake a review of the condition of the RUC George Cross Association memorial at the National Memorial in Staffordshire; and if...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church of England: Land

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, whether the Church Commissioners have set criteria excluding some bidders from the purchase of its land currently...

    • Church of England: Land

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, for what reasons land owned by the Church near Bishop Auckland is for sale. [R]

      Church of England: Land

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, for what reasons the land for sale at Binchester has been divided into two lots.

      Church of England: Land

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps are being taken to ensure continued public access to Binchester Roman Fort.

      Television

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, how much the Church Commissioners spent on televisions in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date.

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