Written answers

Friday, 12 September 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Blue Badges were issued in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the UK in each of the last 10 years.

    • Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many foreign HGV lorries entered the UK in the last period for which figures are available; and how much revenue has been raised through the HGV...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Voluntary Work: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will publish an assessment of the performance of his Department's A Year of Service scheme in 2012.

    • Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to promote community cohesion following the recent anti-Semitic incidents; and if he will make a statement.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the representations he has received on his proposal to end check-off for trade union subscriptions for staff...

      Roads: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will discuss with (a) the Royal Association for the Deaf and (b) the Royal National Institute for the Blind the...

      Fast Food: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department gives to planning authorities on applications for fast-food restaurants (a) near schools and (b)...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will have discussions with religious groups on reintroducing a National Day of Prayer to reflect on the terrorist threats...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the UK's priorities are for the meeting of regional foreign ministers in Abuja in September 2014.

    • Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department is taking steps to effect swift and safe passage back to the UK for British nationals in Nigeria as a...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the threat to the stability of the Nigerian government currently posed by extremist activity in...

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with which states he has discussed the future of US tactical nuclear weapons in Europe since the Chicago NATO Summit.

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date the renewal of the US-UK Mutual Defence Agreement was agreed.

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role the implementation of Article VI of the Non-Proliferation Treaty has had in any negotiation on the renewal of the...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received an invitation to attend the third conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons in...

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress he has made on improving the quality and transparency of management information across frontline services within...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made following the recent reports of further illegal settlement building by the government of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what savings the Efficiency and Reform Group has identified in each year since 2010.

    • Birth Rate

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of births that will take place in England in each of the next 10 years.

  • Department for International Development

    • Written Questions

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

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance is given by her Department to (a) maintained schools and (b) independent schools on what action to take when a student attempts suicide...

    • Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress she has made on increasing the use of digital engagement in the development and implementation of policy.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many mutuals have indicated to him that they will bid for work under the Transforming Rehabilitation programme; and how many such organisations have...

    • Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he plans to take to enforce the payment of costs awarded against off-shore hedge funds by the courts in civil cases decided in the UK.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether an impact assessment has been carried out on the amount of reduced income that creditors will receive as a result of the proposed end of the...

      Prisoners: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was paid in unemployment pay to offenders in each prison in England and Wales under paragraph 2.2.1 of Prison Service Order 4460 in the last...

      Youth Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the national youth justice budget was in each of the last three years.

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Ict

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many mobile telephones, BlackBerrys and laptops were lost by the Electoral...

    • Absent Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, which wards, by town, county and parliamentary constituency had a postal vote...

      Voting Behaviour

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the 100 local authority wards with the lowest turnout for voting at polling...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2014, Official Report, column 299W, on electoral...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2014, Official Report, column 301W, on the...

      Electoral Commission

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, with reference to the key success measures on page 14 of the Commission's Corporate...

      Electoral Commission

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, which Electoral Commission regulation campaigns were deemed (a) appropriate and (b)...

  • Scotland Office

    • Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 23 June 2014, Official Report, column 53W, on official visits, what domestic visits he and his predecessor have made since...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Mass Media: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual cost is of each subscription to (a) magazines and (b) television channels held by his Department.

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) management, (b) maintenance and (c) lost income costs of empty service accommodation were in each of the last five years; and what (i) size...

      Written Questions

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

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many suitably qualified and experienced personnel staff are currently required and how many such positions are vacant in (a) Astute, (b) Vanguard...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to increase military aid being sent to Kurdish fighters in Iraq.

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2014, UIN 208084, on Army Reserve, what the current size of the Regular Army Reserve of Officers (RARO) is; if he...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to release work programme provider performance data according to the age of participant.

    • Older People: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to support older jobseekers in going through online recruitment processes.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to allow early entry to the work programme for unemployed older people.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the costs of administering and providing personal independence payment decisions are monitored and value for money reviewed for improvement.

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many full-time Health and Safety Executive officers were employed to monitor asbestos removal in each month since May 2010.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the average cost of a personal independence payment decision, including assessment costs and departmental...

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what records his Department holds on the number of occasions on which Health and Safety Executive asbestos removal inspectors have undertaken...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disabled people are using Access to Work support for a (a) work trial, (b) work experience opportunity under the Youth contract, (c)...

      Age: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to help Jobcentre Plus, Work Programme and voluntary providers to tackle age discrimination.

      Disadvantaged: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the UK has drawn down from the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived to date.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the contribution of 5 September 2014 by the Minister of State for Disabled People, of 5 September 2014, Official Report, columns...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a claimant refused Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) by a decision maker on the grounds that their health had improved by the...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have made at least one claim for out of work benefits in each region and constituent part of the UK since May 2010.

      Flexible Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Flexible Support Fund in supporting older jobseekers.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of local authority involvement in the Work Programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what comparative assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Youth Contract Wage Incentive scheme in the 20 Hotspot areas and in other...

  • Department of Health

    • In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will revise his definition of genetic modification to include manipulations of mitochondrial DNA.

    • Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many babies who were born before 24 weeks gestation survived in each of the last five years.

      Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, columns 156-7W, on ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), if he will make it his policy that...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will direct the General Medical Council to release papers relating to the pre-signing of abortion HSA1 certificates by doctors to the police for...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times his Department has received applications for (a) additional funding or (b) other support from the funds and trusts which provide support...

      Mental Health Services: Out of Area Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in which locations mental health patients have been sent for out-of-area treatments since May 2010.

      Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to address the shortage of junior doctors at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the national Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services' budget is for the present financial year.

  • Home Office

    • Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the longest time is for which a passport application has been waiting to be processed from receipt at the passport office to delivery...

    • Police Custody: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of children detained in police custody under the Mental Health Act 1983 in each year since May 2010.

      Entry Clearances: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward proposals to enable Chinese nationals to make a single application for a UK and a Schengen visa.

      Gangmasters: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many licences have been revoked by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority in each of the last three years.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what data her Department holds on the number, region and countries of origin of male and female victims of modern slavery and human...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, further to her Answers of 8 September 2014, Official Report, column 467W and 22 July 2014, Official Report, column 1105W, if she will make...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to her contribution of 8 July 2014, Official Report, column 168, on the Modern Slavery Bill, if she will publish the interim review...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers are deployed on Operation Fernbridge.

  • Wales Office

    • Written Questions

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

  • HM Treasury

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the sum was of unpaid wages involved in each of the cases where employers have been prosecuted for non-payment of the minimum wage since 1999.

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many non-criminal financial penalties were issued by HM Revenue and Customs to employers for underpayment of the minimum wage in each of the last six...

      Written Questions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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 session...

      Fuel Oil: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to reduce the level of VAT on kerosene home heating oil; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy that HM Revenue and Customs collect detailed statistics on tax avoidance separately from data on general compliance.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce a threshold for the maximum proportion of a person’s assets HM Revenue and Customs should seek as advance payment on tax...

      Offshore Industry: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the forecast cost is of tax relief arising from the (a) petroleum revenue tax oil allowance, (b) petroleum revenue tax tariff receipts allowance and...

      Offshore Industry: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the forecast cost is of tax relief arising from Decommissioning Relief Deeds provided to companies operating in the UK and UK Continental Shelf in each...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the total staff cost has been of (a) the Office of Unconventional Oil and Gas, (b) the Office of Carbon Capture and Storage, (c)...

    • 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.

      EU Law

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

      Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what further steps he plans to take to encourage the upgrade of boilers in off gas grid areas.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the proportion of Green Deal Home Improvement funding that has been allocated to deprived areas.

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions he has had with (a) the Health and Safety Executive, (b) offshore trade unions and (c) Oil and Gas UK on...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the statement by the Minister of State at his Department on 2 September 2014 in the Second Delegated Legislation...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Donal Donnelly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the exercise of the Royal Prerogative of Mercy in relation to Mr Donal Donnelly in 1985 was published in the Belfast and London...

    • Written Questions

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

      Administrative Scheme for the "On the Runs" Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reason she has declined to disclose the number of recipients of On-The-Run comfort letters who have fled the jurisdiction of the UK...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • British Telecom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions (a) he and (b) Ofcom have had with BT on increases in charges for line rental and broadband products.

    • Energy

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

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what targets the Government has set for tackling homophobia in sports; and what steps have been taken to achieve those targets in the...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent in each region and constituent part of the UK in each year as part of the Olympic legacy.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was invested in each region or constituent part of the UK as a result of London hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

      Sports: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the sports participation figures in each sport in each region and constituent part of the UK were in the (a) two years before and...

      Employment: Homophobia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what targets the Government has set for tackling homophobia in the workplace; and what steps have been taken to achieve those targets...

      UN Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will allocate funding to support the work of UN Women UK.

      Olympic Games 2012: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his most recent estimate is for tourist (a) numbers and (b) spend delivered as a result of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will bring forward proposals to ensure that licence holders not local authorities pay costs arising from fires at...

    • Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to institute infraction proceedings where Water Framework Directive river quality standards are not met.

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance her Department provides on (a) the future funding of catchment management partnerships and (b) the role of...

      Sewage: Water Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance her Department provides on the level of phosphate discharge allowable from sewage treatment works under the...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether case trapping is being used in the (a) Gloucestershire and (b) Somerset badger cull.

      Sewage: Water Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to ensure that the best available technology is used to reduce phosphate discharges into rivers at...

  • Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

    • Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many employees of the Independent Parliamentary Standards...

    • Television

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

  • Women and Equalities

    • Crime Prevention

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what discussions the Government Equalities Office has had with hate crime prevention groups in the last 12 months.

    • Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the effect on organisational capacity and productivity of moving the Government Equalities Office between parent...

      Gender Recognition

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, if she will make an assessment of the extent to which government policy on gender identity conforms to the Yogyakarta Principles on human rights law...

      Intersex

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what meetings (a) she, (b) Ministers in her Department and (c) officials in her Department have had with individuals or groups representing intersex...

      Domestic Visits

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 10 July 2014, Official Report, column 409W, on domestic visits, what domestic visits (a) she and (b) her predecessors have...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Birth Rate

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of births that will take place in England in each of the next 10 years.

    • Government Departments: Cost-effectiveness

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what savings the Efficiency and Reform Group has identified in each year since 2010.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Written Questions

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Olympic Games 2012: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his most recent estimate is for tourist (a) numbers and (b) spend delivered as a result of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Absent Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, which wards, by town, county and parliamentary constituency had a postal vote...

    • Electoral Commission

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, (1) which Electoral Commission regulation campaigns were deemed (a) appropriate...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2014, Official Report, column 299W, on electoral...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2014, Official Report, column 301W, on the...

      Ict

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many mobile telephones, BlackBerrys and laptops were lost by the Electoral...

      Voting Behaviour

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the 100 local authority wards with the lowest turnout for voting at polling...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether case trapping is being used in the (a) Gloucestershire and (b) Somerset badger cull.

    • Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to institute infraction proceedings where water framework directive river quality standards are not met.

      Sewage: Water Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance her Department provides on the level of phosphate discharge allowable from sewage treatment works under the...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will direct the General Medical Council to release papers relating to the pre-signing of abortion HSA1 certificates by doctors to the police for...

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times his Department has received applications for (a) additional funding or (b) other support from the funds and trusts which provide support to...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many babies who were born before 24 weeks gestation survived in each of the last five years.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will revise his definition of genetic modification to include manipulations of mitochondrial DNA.

      Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, columns 156-7W, on ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), if he will make it his policy that...

  • Home Department

    • Ashya King

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the name and job title was of the official who signed the European arrest warrant for the parents of Ashya King; (2) what...

    • Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been deported to other European countries in each of the last four years.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the statement by the Prime Minister of 1 September 2014, Official Report, column 24, on EU Council Security and Middle East, and...

      Counter-terrorism: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of (a) the All Wales Prevent Board and (b) the Wales CONTEST Board.

      Entry Clearances: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Chinese nationals visited the UK on tourist visas in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013.

      Illegal Immigrants: Channel Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she last met Eurotunnel Group representatives to discuss illegal immigration into the UK through the Channel Tunnel.

      Illegal Immigrants: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with (a) the French Government, (b) local government in Calais and (c) ferry operators regarding illegal...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time spent in detention for the purposes of immigration control by (a) women and (b) men in each category of detainee was in...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employers in the UK motorsport industries hold a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will arrange for the hon. Member for Walsall North to receive a reply to his letter to the Director General, UK Visas and Immigration...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the longest time is for which a passport application has been waiting to be processed from receipt at the passport office to delivery to...

      Stansted Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the UK Border Force is taking to reduce queuing and improve the passenger experience at Stansted airport.

  • Justice

    • Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether an impact assessment has been carried out on the amount of reduced income that creditors will receive as a result of the proposed end of...

    • Youth Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the national youth justice budget was in each of the last three years.

  • Northern Ireland

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

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reason she has declined to disclose the number of recipients of On-The-Run comfort letters who have fled the jurisdiction of the UK...

    • Donal Donnelly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the exercise of the Royal Prerogative of Mercy in relation to Mr Donal Donnelly in 1985 was published in the Belfast and LondonGazettes;...

      Written Questions

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

  • Transport

    • Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Blue Badges were issued in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the UK in each of the last 10 years.

    • Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many foreign HGV lorries entered the UK in the last period for which figures are available; and how much revenue has been raised through the HGV...

  • Treasury

    • Fuel Oil: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to reduce the level of VAT on kerosene home heating oil; and if he will make a statement.

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the sum was of unpaid wages involved in each of the cases where employers have been prosecuted for non-payment of the minimum wage since 1999.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many non-criminal financial penalties were issued by HM Revenue and Customs to employers for underpayment of the minimum wage in each of the last...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy that HM Revenue and Customs collect detailed statistics on tax avoidance separately from data on general compliance.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce a threshold for the maximum proportion of a person’s assets HM Revenue and Customs should seek as advance payment on tax...

  • Wales

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 session...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the contribution of 5 September 2014 by the Minister of State for Disabled People, of 5 September 2014, Official Report, columns...

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many full-time Health and Safety Executive officers were employed to monitor asbestos removal in each month since May 2010.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average cost of a personal independence payment decision, including assessment costs and departmental...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the costs of administering and providing personal independence payment decisions are monitored and value for money reviewed for improvement.

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