Written answers

Thursday, 11 September 2014

  • Home Department

    • Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many German nationals have been extradited to the UK under a European Arrest Warrant in each of the last 10 years.

    • Civil Disorder: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the potential effect of reforms proposed by her Department to the Riot (Damages) Act 1986 on the level of...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total amount spent on the Prevent programme was in each of the last five years; and how much of that was allocated via local...

      Counter-terrorism: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the support given to the Cardiff Prevent priority area by the Office of Security and...

      Crime: Maps

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of including fraud data as notified to the National Intelligence Bureau in crime maps...

      Crime: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the role of crime agencies in caring for and supporting people with mental health problems.

      Cycling: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests and (b) cautions have been made in each of the last five years relating to cycling on pavements.

      Entry Clearances: Indian Subcontinent

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken was for a decision on a visa application in each category in (a) Mumbai and (b) Islamabad in the most recent...

      Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many men had convictions for offences related to consensual gay sex expunged from their criminal records in each year since 2012.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of her Department's expenditure on the (a) immigration system once associated fee income has been deducted and (b)...

      Interception Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to her Defence and Security lecture on 24 June 2014 and to the estimated 20 cases dropped by the National Crime Agency, how...

      Journalism: Telephone Tapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions in the last year powers under the Regulation of Investigators Powers Act 2000 have been used to access telephone...

      Pay

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

      Police and Crime Commissioners: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the process is for setting remuneration for police and crime commissioners; and if she will make a statement.

      Police Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the closure and hours reductions of public counters at police stations.

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what fitness criteria are set for recruits to the police service; and what measures are in place in the police service to assist police...

      Religious Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to tackle Islamophobia; and if she will make a statement.

      Stop and Search: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what she anticipates will be achieved by the trial of the new stop and search scheme by West Mercia police.

      Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) with reference to her speech of 24 June 2014 at the Mansion House, in how many of the 13 threat-to-life cases which had to be dropped...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people were estimated to be binge-drinkers in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Government's Public Health Responsibility Deal in reducing alcohol-related harms.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of tests on animals conducted in the UK using mitochondrial replacement techniques in each of the last five years;...

      Apprentices

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

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on cancer services per capita in (a) real terms and (b) cash terms in each of the last five years.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people over the age of 65 presented themselves to a clinician showing key symptoms of dementia in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of people over the age of 65 were diagnosed with dementia after being admitted to hospital as an emergency inpatient in England in...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on specialist assessment and diagnostic services for deaf British Sign Language users with dementia in each year since 2010.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on dementia assessment for diagnostic purposes in each year since 2010.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaf British Sign Language users over the age of 65 presented themselves to a clinician showing key symptoms of dementia in 2013-14.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on dementia training for NHS staff on services for deaf users of British Sign Language in the last year.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what policies his Department has implemented to improve the dementia diagnosis rates of deaf British Sign Language users since 2010; (2) what the...

      Diabetes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what change there has been in the number of children diagnosed with diabetes between 2005 and 2013.

      Drugs: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of young people hospitalised as a result of legal highs in each year since May 2010.

      Fertility: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on each method of fertility treatment in the last 12 months.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many local authorities have (a) submitted satisfactory Statements of Assurance, (b) submitted unsatisfactory Statements of Assurance and (c) failed to...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people waiting for a (a) hip replacement, (b) cataract operation and (c) knee replacement in May (i) 2010 and (ii) 2014 were on the incomplete...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the authorisation of mitochondrial transfer techniques on the incidence of ovarian hyper...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the increase in the number of donor eggs that is needed to make mitochondrial transfer techniques practicable.

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of recent trends in annual statistics on unexplained deaths in infancy; what steps his Department is taking to encourage...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the findings of the recent Royal College of Midwives report, Postnatal Care Planning; and what steps he is taking to...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to implement the recommendations of Midwives 2020: Delivering Expectations, published in September 2010; and if he...

      NHS: Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many privately-funded (a) knee replacement procedures, (b) hip replacement procedures and (c) cataract operations were conducted in NHS hospitals in...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many acute, elderly and general nurses were employed in (a) each NHS region and (b) each Agenda for Change band in (i) May 2010 and (ii) May...

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mental healthcare provision is available for prison inmates in England; what assessment he has made of the performance and adequacy of this...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) in which areas NHS England commissioned immunisation services from community pharmacies in the 2013-14 financial year; what estimate he has made of...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Apprentices

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

    • BBC Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport other than the members of the BBC Trust appointed to represent specific nations, how many of the existing Trust members have their main...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to promote competition in the provision of 4G services.

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps his Department has taken to provide protection to people suffering from nuisance telephone calls.

      Football: Homophobia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of homophobic incidents that have occurred in professional football in each year since 2010; and...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will bring forward proposals to enable people who are registered blind to receive a discount on their television licence in the...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will ensure that a single Minister in his Department is responsible for tourism.

  • Education

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps her Department has taken to support parents and children who were victims of forced adoptions in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether her Department's response to the consultation on Looked-after children: improving permanence, will include undertaking to strengthen...

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when she expects her Department to meet its target of all 16 year olds being in employment, education or training.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which free schools are currently open; and what the admission number of each school was planned for September 2014.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which Free Schools are pre-approved to open; and what the planned admission number is for each school in the first year of opening.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which Free Schools that had planned to open in September 2014 have had their opening delayed (a) since they were pre-approved and (b) since 1 March 2014.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which free schools that had planned to open in (a) September 2011, (b) September 2012, (c) September 2013 and (d) September 2014 have had their funding...

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the current provision for sex and relationship education in schools in England; if she will update her...

      Pay

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

      Pupils: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what sanctions are available to local authorities to encourage parents to ensure that children begin school on time each day.

      Schools: Homophobia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what targets the Government has set for tackling homophobia in schools; and what steps have been taken to achieve those targets in the last 12 months.

      Schools: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the significance is of the award of an ICT Mark to a school; and how many schools received such an award in 2013.

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how may teachers in state-funded schools did not hold a degree in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when the National College of Teaching and Learning will publish the final initial teacher training allocations for 2014-15.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the final number of trainee teachers recruited in each region was in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2013-14.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate her Department has made of the number of trainee teachers required through the School Direct programme in 2014-15.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate her Department has made of the number of trainee teachers required in each region in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13, (d) 2013-14...

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment she has made of the effect on young people in (a) Wirral, (b) Liverpool City Region and (c) England of devolving the duty to deliver...

      Written Questions

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

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate the number of local authorities that have held referendums on increasing council tax above the threshold set...

    • Energy

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

      Fast Food: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department issues on using the planning system to prevent concentrations of fast food outlets in deprived...

      Urban Areas: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to respond to the proposal submitted by Tenterden Town Council and Sevenoaks Town Council in February 2014 in...

      Vacant Land: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many developments on designated urban green space have been approved under the National Planning Policy Framework, for which...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Elections

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if the Electoral Commission will postpone its proposals on (a) photo identification...

    • Electoral Commission

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, which Electoral Commission reports have been (a) placed and (b) not placed in the...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, when hard copies of the Electoral Commission's report into the completeness and...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, which local authorities have contacted the European Commission on the capabilities...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if the Electoral Commission will publish its original timetable for research,...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, when the Electoral Commission will publish its report on the completeness and...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission (1) what recent assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the changes in...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how much and what proportion of the Electoral Commission's annual budget the...

      Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what estimate the Electoral Commission has made of the effect of a full canvass of...

      Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what recent estimate the Electoral Commission has made of the cost of Bite the Ballot.

      European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what proportion of votes was cast by postal ballot in each local authority area of...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what estimate the Electoral Commission has made of the cost including postage to (a)...

      Television

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how much the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission spent on televisions in...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Public Appointments: Equality

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities what assessment she has made of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's publication entitled Appointments to Boards and Equality Law, published in...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what support his Department gives to private citizens who take legal action against electoral registration officers who do not conduct door to door canvassing of...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities have (a) promoted online registration and (b) not promoted online registration since its introduction.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) which local authorities have contacted his Department on the capability of their computer system to deal with electoral registration; (2) which local...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if his Department will ensure the key indicators for the effectiveness of the Electoral Commission include the actual number and proportion of UK citizens...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many people have registered to vote online in each week since individual electoral registration was implemented; (2) how many and what proportion of...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the effectiveness in increasing the number of people registered to vote of the full canvass that took place in Northern...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of the trends in the number of unregistered voters between 2010 and 2014; and what targets his Department has to ensure...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to permit Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Deals to fund revenue as well as capital spending; and if he will make a statement.

  • Attorney-General

    • Bail: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney-General how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful appeals against bail were made by prosecutors in Crown courts since 3 December 2012.

    • Forced Labour: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General how many successful prosecutions for forced labour there were in each of the last three financial years.

      Gangmasters: Licensing

      To ask the Attorney-General how many times prosecutions have been brought against those who have had their licence revoked by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority in each of the last three years.

      Indecent Displays (Control) Act 1981

      To ask the Attorney General how many prosecutions of offences under the Indecent Displays (Control) Act 1981 there have been in each year between 2009-10 and 2013-14.

      Indecent Displays (Control) Act 1981

      To ask the Attorney General when the Crown Prosecution Service last (a) issued and (b) reviewed guidelines for prosecutions under the Indecent Displays (Control) Act 1981; and whether a further...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of (a) violent and (b) other crime was attributable to alcohol in the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will...

    • Big Society Network

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) with reference to the National Audit Office report, Investigation into grants from the Big Lottery Fund and the Cabinet Office to the Big Society...

      Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what estimate he has made of the number of charities registered in the UK primarily or substantially funded from Middle Eastern sources; and if he...

      Civil Servants: Work Experience

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what university each intern on the Summer Diversity Internship Programme attended in each year since that programme started; (2) how many interns...

      Government Departments: Apprentices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many apprentices each Department has accepted as part of the Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme; and how many such apprenticeships were...

      Government Departments: Cost-effectiveness

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent steps he has taken to reduce waste across Government.

      Marriage

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate his Department has made of the number of weddings conducted annually in (a) Hindu temples, (b) mosques, (c) synagogues, (d) unlicensed...

      Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) when he plans to respond to the report by Sir John Jenkins on the Muslim Brotherhood; (2) if he will publish the report by Sir John Jenkins on...

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance he issues to companies delivering publicly-funded projects on taking the national interest into account when awarding contracts and...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Budgeting Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to record and publish the reasons for applications for budgeting loans.

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people claiming employment and support allowance who were previously self employed.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the employment rate is for people (a) born with a disability and (b) disabled later in life.

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department provides to benefit offices on referrals to food banks.

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of funeral payment decisions were made within his Department's target time in each of the last three years.

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) average and (b) total cost was of processing claims for Social Fund Funeral Payments in the last year.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to the hon. Member for Walsall North's letters of 6 August 2014 and 20 August 2014 on behalf of a constituent.

      Pay

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

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average waiting time was for a personal independent payment assessment by Atos in (a) England, (b) the South West and (c) Gloucester...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications were made for short benefit advances in 2013-14; how many such applications were successful; what average amount was...

      Terminal Illnesses: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Scotland have had DWP form DS1500 signed by their doctor to confirm they are terminally ill in the latest period for which...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2014, by the Cabinet Secretary to Question 32 in oral evidence taken in the Committee of Public Accounts, when...

      Vacancies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which of the tools, processes and techniques used by Monster on its commercial job search website to protect users from fraudulent activity are...

  • Transport

    • Apprentices

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

    • Great Western Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the progress made in electrifying the Great Western Rail route.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the number of people likely to take up the alternative cash offer under the High Speed 2 compensation scheme.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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,...

      Pedestrians: Accidents

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

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to limit changes to rail fares for commuters in 2015; and if he will make a statement.

      South Wales Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether electrification of the South Wales Main Line will include electrification of the relief lines between Severn Tunnel Junction and Cardiff...

      Transport: Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps he has taken to improve transport connections between Windsor and Reading.

  • 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, pursuant to the answer of 5 September 2014 to Question 207883, if the Commission...

    • Library: Secondment

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, who authorised the secondment of a member of the House of Commons Library staff to...

  • Treasury

    • Energy

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

    • Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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)...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Administrative Scheme for the “On the Runs” Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the timetable is for the full implementation of the Hallett report’s recommendations; and if she will make a statement.

    • Administrative Scheme for the “On the Runs” Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which recommendations of the Hallett Report have already been implemented; and if she will make a statement.

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps she is taking in response to the breach of internal communications security in her Department relating to the leak of information to...

      Energy

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

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many international businesses she has met to discuss inward investment into Northern Ireland since her appointment as Secretary of State;...

      Pay

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

      Prerogative of Mercy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps she is taking to establish a procedure for recording on a central register the use of the Royal Prerogative of Mercy as recommended...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the terms of reference adopted by the Police Service of Northern Ireland to review on-the-run cases under...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the current security threat posed by the Real IRA and other dissident republicans; and if she will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to make military exports to Saudi Arabia contingent on human rights reform in that country.

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Bahraini counterpart on the detention of Abdulhadi Alkhawaja; and if he will make a...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Bahrain about the detention of Maryam Al-Khawaja at Bahrain...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Burmese Government on their treatment of the Rohingya.

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of progress with democratic reform in Egypt.

      Energy

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

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the sources of rockets supplied to Hamas operating in Gaza; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to end the persecution of Christians in Iraq by the Islamic State.

      Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to tackle religious persecution internationally.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the demobilisation and integration of former Beja Congress fighters into...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of recent developments in Sudan's National Dialogue process.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking with his international counterparts to stop the war in Syria; and if he will make a statement.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal (a) is intact and (b) has been destroyed to date; and if he will make a statement.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government recognises President Assad as the legitimate head of state of Syria.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will discuss with her counterparts in the devolved administrations the need for discussions with the European...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the effect of changes to safety requirements for the 2014 badger cull on the safety of...

      Energy

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

      Food Integrity and Food Crime Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the written statement of 4 September 2014, on Elliott Review, which Departments will be represented on that...

      Food: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on enabling the recording of food crime as...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) on what basis parts of the (a) body and (b) conclusions of the Rural Community Policy Unit report on Shale Gas Rural...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) highest and (b) lowest full-time equivalent salary paid by (i) her Department and (ii) its public bodies was in...

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Procurement

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how much and what proportion of the Independent Parliamentary...

  • Defence

    • Apprentices

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

    • Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2013, page 13, what progress has been made on the Partner Employment Project; and if he will...

      Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2013, page 7, what progress has been made on the introduction of pupil information profiles to...

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the strength of the Regular Army Section Reserve was in each year between 2010-11 and 2013-14; (2) what the strength of the Long Term Reserve...

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the strength of the Regular Army Reserve of officers was in each year between 2010-11 and 2013-14.

      Army: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) voluntary redundancies, (b) compulsory redundancies, (c) voluntary exits and (d) involuntary exits from the Army there were in each year...

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of Army (a) phase one and (b) phase two training was in each year between 2010-11 and 2013-14.

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the amount of military equipment supplied to Iraq by NATO states that has been appropriated by ISIS in 2014.

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the benefits of participation by the Royal Air Force in Exercise Red Flag; and if he will make a statement on the 2014...

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the merits of participation by the Royal Air Force in the Anatolian Eagle 2014 exercise; and if he will make a statement.

      North Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel are on active duty in North Africa.

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what commercial, project management and engineering role vacancies there were in his Department (a) in March 2014 and (b) on the latest date for which...

      War Graves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the Answer of 14 May 2014, Official Report, column 613W, on war graves, what further progress has been made on discussions with the...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the availability of finance for small firms and the level of lending by banks to small...

    • EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of potential GDP growth resulting from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what safeguards for (a) the NHS and (b) other UK public services the Government is seeking to secure within the Transatlantic...

      Exports: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many decisions on standard individual export licence applications for export to Israel were made between 8 July and 31 July...

      Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many and what proportion of recipients of (a) grants or (b) loans underwritten by the Government were female in the...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to widen access to higher education.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many employers have been issued with a Notice of Underpayment since 1 October 2013; and of those how many have been...

      Written Questions

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

  • Justice

    • Apprentices

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

    • Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2014, Official Report, column 256W, on courts: video conferencing, if he will publish a list of the remote sites for...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 Justice 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,...

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many days each of the offenders who absconded from open conditions in 2014 had served there before they absconded; (2) how many years left to...

      Prisoners’ Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners re-categorised as suitable for Category D who were over two years from their earliest release date were sent to open conditions in the...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the assessment of the Major Projects Authority on his plans for the Probation Service.

      Probation: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases are still unallocated to either the National Probation Service or to a community rehabilitation company in (a) the North West, (b)...

      Property Searches: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether he plans to make further financial payments to local authorities in respect of claims made against them by property search companies for...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy

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

    • Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what proportion of (a) owner-occupied, (b) private rented, (c) local authority and (d) housing association households have an...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will take steps to prioritise measures to improve the position of women and girls as part of her Department’s development...

    • Energy

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

      Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the UK’s priorities are for humanitarian policy at the September 2014 session of the UN General Assembly.

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department has spent on media monitoring in each of the last five years.

      Pay

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

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government is taking to help tackle the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Africa.

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