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Written answers

Monday, 13 October 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Vehicles: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the comprehensiveness of coverage of London of charging points for electric cars.

    • Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech of 15 August 2011 calling for a family test to be applied to all domestic policy, which policies of his...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much (a) his Department and (b) local highways authorities have spent on consultants for cycling programmes, activities or projects in each year...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received on the applicability of road safety regulations to metric mixers.

      East Anglia Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the value is of the support provided by his Department to the Norwich in 90 campaign; and what proportion of such support has been spent on (a)...

      Directly Operated Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2014, Official Report, column 402W, on directly operated railways, what the mobilisation costs incurred by...

      East Anglia Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many level crossings there are on the London to Norwich rail route; what assessment has been made of the number of level crossings that could be...

      East Anglia Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has held with freight operating companies on the transfer of freight services from the Great Eastern Main Line to the...

      Buses: Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which British and European tyre manufacturing experts have contributed to his Department's research into tyre ageing on buses and coaches since...

      A47

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 4 September 2014, to Question 207751, on repairs and maintenance, how many problems were identified at Stage 1 of the...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the (a) cost-benefit ratio and (b) Transport Analysis Guidance (WebTAG) appraisal summary table of all current Highways Agency...

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department and its agencies spent on refreshments in each year since 2010.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the data protection implications of the new DVLA online vehicle check service.

      First Transpennine Express

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the figures for overcrowding are on the First Transpennine Express routes between (a) Manchester Airport and Sheffield, (b) Sheffield and...

      Transport: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimates he has made of the cost of (a) adding a third lane on the A1(M) north from Scotch Corner to Edinburgh, (b) dualling of the A66 on all...

  • Home Office

    • Police: St Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2014, Official Report, column 397W, on police: St Helena and the Answer of 1 September 2014 to the...

    • Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in which local authorities people have been referred to the Channel programme in each of the last five years.

      Licensing: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to introduce full cost recovery for (a) firearms and (b) alcohol licences.

      Borders: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) capital and (b) revenue costs are of operating a body scanning machine at a single point of entry over a 24-hour period.

      National Police Air Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the financial sustainability of the National Police Air Service in the event that the...

      Entry Clearances: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many business visitor visas were granted to (a) Indian and (b) Chinese nationals in each of the last three years for which figures are...

      Entry Clearances: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many business visitor visas were granted in 2013.

      Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were handed over to UK authorities from each EU state as a result of the successful execution of a European Arrest Warrant...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of (a) Israelis and (b) Israeli children who have been killed as a result...

    • North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has requested the EU to implement targeted sanctions against people and organisations named in the UN...

      Females: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what future plans he has to continue engaging with non-governmental organisations concerned with gender equality and women's...

      Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his French and German counterparts about assistance to the Kurdistan regional government.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security threat to Israel from Hamas.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Israeli authorities on the entry to Gaza of construction materials.

      Iraq and Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure all UN member states commit not to take military action in Iraq or Syria without either the...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Israeli government on an end to the blockade of Gaza.

      Females: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to monitor the effectiveness of the commitments given by his Department during the Girls Summit 2014.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps the Government has taken to help to end the blockade of Gaza.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the role of international observers in monitoring ceasefire arrangements in Gaza and...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the government of Israel on implementation of the findings of the Turkel...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contribution his Department made to the Egyptian-mediated negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians on achieving a...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government is giving to the efforts of the Palestinian National Unity Government to reconnect Gaza and the...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has met representatives of the Women's League of Burma to discuss rape and sexual violence in that country.

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to protect the health of UK diplomatic staff and their dependents in West African nations affected by...

      Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to assist persecuted Christians around the world; and if he will make a statement.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of compliance by Israel with the human rights provisions of the EU-Israel Agreement; and if he will...

      Forced Marriage: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the average cost is of repatriating a victim of forced marriage stranded outside the UK; and who is responsible for paying...

      Forced Marriage: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many habitual British residents, British dual nationals and British nationals have been rescued by British consular staff...

      Papua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to raise the arrest of two French journalists in West Papua for breach of immigration rules...

      Papua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he or officials in his Department have had with the Indonesian authorities on securing greater access to Papua...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of whether the actions and policies of the government of Burma are consistent with the...

      UN Resolutions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure women from caste communities are taken into account in the Preventing Sexual Violence...

      Conflict Resolution: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how his Department implemented at the Newport NATO Summit its responsibility under the UK National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 to...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Special EU Programmes Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of how the Special EU Programmes Body is meeting its UNSCR 1325 and CEDAW obligations.

    • Special EU Programmes Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the performance of the Special EU Programmes Body in administering the PEACE 111 Programme.

  • Attorney General

    • Slavery

      To ask the Attorney General, on how many occasions in each region the Crown Prosecution Service has issued a charging authority denied decision against a police request to charge under section 4...

    • Slavery

      To ask the Attorney General, on how many occasions in each region the Crown Prosecution Service has issued a charging authority denied decision against a police request to charge under sections...

      Homicide

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 1 September 2014, Official Report, column 32W, on Crown Courts, what the reasons were for the (a) Crown Prosecution Service offering no...

      Homicide

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2014, Official Report, column 678W, on Crown Courts, how many defendants included in the figures for each of the years from 2008 to...

      Families

      To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech of 15 August 2011 calling for a family test to be applied to all domestic policy, which policies of the Law Officers'...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Attorney General, how many referrals were made to the Crown Prosecution Service by the police regarding child sexual offences in each of the last five years; and in how many such cases...

      Travellers: Offences against Children

      To ask the Attorney General, how many cases of child sexual exploitation have been prosecuted in each of the last five years, involving members of the Traveller, Gypsy and Roma communities.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the total value is of all bids made in each region to each round of the Regional Growth Fund including the Exceptional...

    • London School of Science and Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether any official in his Department amended, or caused to be amended, the report of the Internal Audit Investigation Team...

      Education: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will bring forward proposals to prioritise funding for second qualifications for those with the lowest levels of work...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when his Department will publish an assessment of the effect on disabled people of the proposed changes to disabled students'...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department will carry out a public consultation on proposed changes to disabled students' allowances.

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to publish draft regulations for the proposed changes to disabled students allowance; and for how long a...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which sectors of the economy he estimates to have the lowest compliance with national minimum wage legislation.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of those estimated not to be in receipt of the national minimum wage call the the Pay and Rights Helpline.

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department has taken to implement the Tomlinson report.

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to publicise the Pay and Rights Helpline.

      Individual Voluntary Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the integrity of the marketing of IVA products; and what steps his Department is taking to...

      Portsmouth Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he last met (a) officials and (b) trades union representatives from Portsmouth International Port.

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to tackle non-payment of the national minimum wage in the home care sector; and what assessment he has...

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of (a) the profitability of the home care sector of the economy and (b) the proportion of...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received on national minimum wage and travel time; and if he will take steps to publicise guidance...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent representations he has received on the independence and impartiality of the Institute of Chartered Accountants as...

      Agriculture: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make it his policy to establish an agricultural technology catapult centre.

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make representations to her counterpart in the Israeli government to allow building materials to enter Gaza for the...

    • Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the increase in UK aid to Gaza (a) directly and (b) through contributions to UK non-governmental organisations and to...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to the Israeli government on reparations for the damage caused by Operation Protective Edge to UN...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects funded by her Department in Gaza have been (a) damaged and (b) destroyed as a result of Israeli military action during...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contribution her Department will offer at the donors' conference on the reconstruction of Gaza.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the importance to a sustainable economy in Gaza of the re-opening of (a) Gaza airport and (b) the sea-port.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on projects solely for the benefit of (a) males and (b) females in each of the last five years.

      Developing Countries: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of her Department’s funding is spent on providing adequate housing; and how much such funding is available to be...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2014, UIN 206962, on Afghanistan, what memoranda of understanding have been signed between her...

      Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost to the public purse was of the Girl Effect Art Installation in her Departmental offices.

      Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech of 15 August 2011 calling for a family test to be applied to all domestic policy, which...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will require staff in her Department to report on (a) consultations with disabled people and their organisations, (b) measure...

  • Department for Education

    • Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech of 15 August 2011 calling for a family test to be applied to all domestic policy, which policies of her...

    • Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many safeguarding concerns Ofsted has identified in early years settings in the last year; and in what proportion of inspections have such...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of early years settings have not been assessed by Ofsted within the 47 month limit.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many early years settings have not been inspected by Ofsted in the last (a) four years, (b) five years and (c) six years.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of inspected settings of early years providers were judged (a) outstanding, (b) good, (c) requires improvement and (d)...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to her Department's press release dated 14 June 2014, entitled New freedoms to help local areas to support vulnerable children, when...

      Serious Case Review Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish the minutes of all the meetings of the Serious Case Review Panel.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she will publish her Department's response to the consultation, Improving Permanence for Looked After Children; and if she will introduce an...

      Travel: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will bring forward proposals to extend the statutory entitlement for free transport for young people in education and training beyond the...

      Further Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of the further education free schools' meal allowance.

      Further Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the ability of all further education institutions to provide free meals to qualifying 16 to 18 year old...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what multi-agency safeguarding boards are operated by each local authority.

      Young Offenders: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of children held in secure children's homes who have not been convicted of any crime in each of the last five...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of students aged between 16 to 18 unable to participate in education, jobs or training because...

      Kings Free Schools and Academies Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will call an independent public inquiry into events at Kings Free Schools and Academies Trust.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the cost of advertising for initial teaching training courses in each year since 2010.

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the proportion of young people aged (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18 who have been recorded as being in jobs without...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the value is of duplicate supplier payments identified by his Department since 2010; and what proportion of such payments have since been recovered...

    • Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of states party to the European Convention on Human Rights whose prisons breach any term of that convention.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average proportion of (a) male and (b) female prisoners held in (i) open, (ii) closed and (iii) resettlement prisons was in each of the last...

      Fines: Surcharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much in victim surcharge has been (a) imposed and (b) collected on all Crown Court sentences (i) since 1 October 2012 and (ii) for the equivalent...

      Crown Courts: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases were transferred from magistrates' courts to Crown courts in each magistrates' courts bench area in North Wales in the last five years...

      Prisons: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to keep local elected representatives informed of progress in the construction of a prison in North Wales.

      Magistrates' Courts: Wrexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what consultation has taken place between his Department and interested parties on custody facilities at Wrexham Police Station currently used by...

      Magistrates' Courts: Wrexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the future availability of custody facilities at Wrexham Magistrates' Court in the next three years.

      Wardship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what legal aid his Department makes available for cases involving wardship.

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2014, Official Report, column 398W, on electronic tagging, what progress he has made on involving police and crime...

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to announce a new preferred bidder for the national contract for electronic offender-monitoring technology.

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the value is of the contract awarded to Capita for the continuation of electronic monitoring contracts on an interim basis.

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 31 March 2014, to the hon. Member for Barnsley Central, Official Report, column 528W, on electronic tagging, whether the...

      Parole Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the contribution by the Minister for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims of 9 September 2014, Official Report, column 748, on victims of...

      Prisons: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he signed the contract with Lend Lease to construct a prison in North Wales.

      Prisons: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to engage with training providers in North Wales in connection with the construction of the new prison in North Wales.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) women and (b) men have been unable to pay employment tribunal fees in the last year.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) women and (b) men have pursued discrimination cases against their employers in employment tribunals in each of the last five years.

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many jury inquests were carried out in each of the last 10 years.

      Victim Personal Statement Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of victims who have made personal statements at criminal trials in each of the last 10 years.

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will establish a fund to enable longer-term support for people who were abused as children.

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions he has had on ensuring that victims of crime are adequately compensated.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average (a) individual payout and (b) individual financial settlement under the Armed Forces Pension Scheme has been in each year since 2010.

    • War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average average (a) individual payout and (b) individual financial settlement under the War Pension Scheme has been in each year since 2010.

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) soldiers in Scottish regiments and (b) Scottish soldiers in other regiments were (i) killed and (ii) injured on duty in Northern Ireland...

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, within what timeframe the UK could deploy aircraft capable of delivering airstrikes on Islamic State.

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) new recruits and (b) former regulars entered the Army Reserve in each year between 2010-11 and 2013-14.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) NATO Readiness Action Plan, (b) Alliance's Review of the Arrangements for NATO Interim Ballistic...

      HMS Daring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much (a) his Department and (b) BAE Systems have paid for work on HMS Daring since she was handed over to the Royal Navy.

      World War II: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many former service personnel have received the Arctic Star medal.

      HMS Prince of Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether funds have been allocated for the purchase of new F-35s for the aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Reserve Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average time between completing online application forms and successful applicants starting training is for each of the reserve forces.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make representations to his counterpart in the federal government in Iraq on allowing inspections of aid and arms shipments to be made by...

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Chief of the General Staff was informed of the decision to reduce the size of the Army from 94,000 to 82,000; and if he will make a statement.

      Veterans: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of veterans who were homeless in each year since May 2010.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the value of financial assistance to the government of Ukraine for the improvement of its command, control and communication capabilities was in...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers made redundant as a result of Army 2020 have been evicted from army barracks; and how much notice those soldiers were given before...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money fraudulently claimed by Ms Janet Curtis has been recovered.

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new beneficiaries of the Access to Work scheme had (a) mental health conditions, (b) physical impairments and (c) sensory impairments...

      Welfare State: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of (a) capital cost and (b) maintenance and upgrading costs of a new IT system which would be required...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost of assessing the eligibility of (a) people with learning disabilities, (b) deaf people, (c) blind...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were allocated a National Insurance number in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14.

      Disadvantaged: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the Government is using the money it has drawn down from the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived; whether the Government is drawing...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what has been the median age of people (a) entering the Work Programme, (b) securing six months of employment through that programme and (c)...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent on job outcome payments for Work Programme participants aged (a) 18 to 24, (b) 25 to 34, (c) 35 to 44, (d)...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent on job outcome payments for each Work Programme Payment Group since June 2011.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of employment and support allowance claimants was in the (a) Support group and (b) Work Related Activity group in each quarter...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to process financial assistance claims for specialist equipment through the Access to Work scheme was in each year...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate he has made of the number of parents (a) in receipt of child maintenance paid via the Child Support Agency (CSA) who will...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) parents with care commitments and (b) non-resident parents have (i) registered with the Child Maintenance Service since 30 June...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of children in poverty affected by the changes to the child maintenance system introduced from 30 June 2014;...

      Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech of 15 August 2011 calling for a family test applied to all domestic policy, which policies of...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average weekly child maintenance payment received via the Child Support Agency was for parents with care commitments in 2013-14.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many parents with (a) care commitments and (b) children were in receipt of child maintenance paid via the Child Support Agency on 29 June 2014.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance the Health and Safety Executive has issued on the use of e-cigarettes in the workplace.

      Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2014, Official Report, column 583W, on domestic visits, what domestic visits he has made since January 2013;...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average waiting time is for an Atos medical assessment in (a) Cornwall and (b) the UK.

      Unemployed People: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether Workplace Mental Health Support Service funding reflects demand from people with mental health problems who are out of work; and...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department has given to the Child Maintenance Service and Child Support Agency about parents who repeatedly report changes...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the Child Maintenance Service and Child Support Agency of repeated changes of...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what income the (a) Child Maintenance Service and (b) Child Support Agency received from telephone calls to its hotlines in each year since 2010.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of cases involving parents who did not give the right information to the Child Maintenance Service or Child Support Agency...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases the Child Maintenance Service or Child Support Agency has dealt with of either parent changing their circumstances more than 10...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to increase the number of people with mental health problems who are supported by the Access to Work scheme.

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will implement the increase in the Pension Protection Fund compensation cap.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to improve the Access to Work scheme for people with mental health problems (a) overall and (b) for work...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individual change of circumstances the Child Maintenance Service or Child Support Agency has processed in each year since 2010.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the letter dated 15 July 2014 from the then Minister of State for Disabled People to the hon. Member for Stockton North,...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many appeals have been made against the application of the shared accommodation rate; and how many of those appeals have been successful.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to reply to the letter of 8 September 2014 from the hon. Member for Harrow West about Mr Ashok Pandya of Harrow.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) male and (b) female claimants of each cohort have had the shared accommodation rate rule applied to their claim since its...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants who have had the shared accommodation rate applied to their claim have subsequently moved home; and whether his Department...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received on the effect of the shared accommodation rate on (a) pregnant women, (b) those fleeing domestic...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to process new claims for (a) employment support allowance and (b) personal independent payment has been since the...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of local housing allowance claimants receive discretionary housing payments; what proportion of such claimants on...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to reduce processing times for employment and support allowance.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will provide longer-term discretionary housing payments to those affected by the extension of the shared accommodation rate...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many of the Macdonald Review's recommendations for regulation reduction have been implemented to date.

    • Mangoes: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions her Department has had with EU institutions on the ban on the import of mangoes from India.

      Mangoes: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps her Department has taken to help UK businesses adversely affected by the ban on the import of mangoes from...

      Mangoes: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps her Department has taken to reverse the EU ban on import of mangoes from India.

      Rivers: Phosphates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance her Department provides on the determination of allowable increases in phosphate pollution levels in English...

      Incinerators: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the likelihood of nations to which the UK exports for incineration introducing similar...

      Fish Products: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of Russia's ban on EU fish products on the pelagic industry in Northern...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will seek a derogation from the proposed prohibition on driftnet fisheries, amending Council Regulations (EC) No....

      Rabbits: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the incidence of myxomatosis in Britain; what change there has been in such levels in...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the second year of the pilot badger culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset is intended to test the safety, humaneness...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what data her Department holds on the number of areas in the US in which it has been confirmed that water supplies have been...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the time period for the badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset will be extended if the minimum number of...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of badgers in Somerset and Gloucester for the second year of the culls; and when...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to ensure that the second year of the cull will achieve the aims of Government policy on bovine TB.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which statutory authority has responsibility for ensuring public safety during the badger culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

      Wildlife: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress her Department has made on implementing the agreed action from the London Summit on International Wildlife.

      Fisheries: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason seafood manufacturers are precluded from applying for regional structural aid; and for what alternative...

      Incinerators: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the Dutch government about its planned incineration tax.

      Horse Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government plans to publish the report of the inquiry into the wrongful selling of horsemeat; and what the reasons...

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has for implementation of the EU ban on fish discards; and what representations she has received on the sale...

      Agriculture: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department spent on agricultural research in each year from 1997-98 to 2009-10.

      Ash Dieback Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the (a) geographical spread and (b) effect of ash dieback disease.

      Ash Dieback Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of how many and what proportion of ash trees are likely to die from ash dieback disease.

      Animals and Plants: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish Sir Mark Walport's study on the UK's future needs for capability in animal and plant health.

      Ash Dieback Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the ecological effect of ash dieback disease on the countryside.

      Ash Dieback Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress her Department has made in identifying ash trees with resistance to ash dieback disease; and if she will make...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • EU Law

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

    • Community Relations: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his contribution of 8 September 2014, Official Report, column 649, which groups funded by his Department are...

      Private Rented Housing: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 10 July 2014, Official Report, column 407W, on housing, what plans his Department has to disseminate...

      Private Rented Housing: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 10 July 2014, Official Report, column 407W, on housing, whether his Department asked the industry to...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues about naming social care providers who do not pay their employees...

  • HM Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HM Revenue and Customs staff in each (a) grade and (b) pay band were loaned to the UK Border Agency on 10 July 2014 to cover staffing shortfalls.

    • Financial Action Task Force

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government supported the recent invitation from the Financial Action Task Force for Israel to become a member of that body.

      Families

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech of 15 August 2011 calling for a family test to be applied to all domestic policy, which policies of his...

      Infrastructure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of Gross Domestic Product the Government spent on nationally significant infrastructure projects in each year since 1997.

      Public Sector Debt: UN Resolutions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the Government voted against United Nations General Assembly UN Resolution A/68/L.57/Rev.1 Towards the establishment of a multilateral...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will give guidance to public bodies on the pay of chief executives.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when all Equitable Life policyholders and annuitants will be compensated for their full relative loss.

      Money Laundering

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that the list of regulated markets subject to specified disclosure obligations in the Joint Money Laundering Steering...

      Multinational Companies: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what requirement there is for EU member states to exchange information on tax agreements between them and international companies.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps HM Revenue and Customs has taken to improve online customer service in the last 12 months.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Pay

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

    • Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effects of solar farms on nearby wildlife.

      Fossil Fuels: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much oil and gas the UK purchased from the Russian Federation in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of (a) the implication for his Department's policies of the paper Quantifying the Consensus on...

      Energy: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Enterprise, Trade and Investment in Northern Ireland about licence...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether a Minister from his Department will be representing the Government at the UN Climate Summit 2014.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps the Government is taking to ensure progress on international climate change negotiations is made at the Lima conference of...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent discussions he has had with the Foreign Secretary on progress towards securing a global legally-binding treaty on carbon...

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent estimate he has made of the cost of the Renewables Obligation Scheme to energy consumers since 2002.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much subsidy has been given to (a) power generation by biomass in the UK and (b) domestic combustion of biomass in the UK in the...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the tonnage of carbon dioxide emitted by (a) the production processes, including drying, of biomass...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will introduce a scheme aimed at bring every house in England up to a national minimum standard for energy efficiency.

      Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech of 15 August 2011 calling for a family test to be applied to all domestic policy, which...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what his proposals are for maximising North Sea resources within the Infrastructure Bill.

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the ability of the UK fabrication industry to deliver UK Continental Shelf projects; and what capacity...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the effect of EU competition regulations on the ability of the Government to actively support UK...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the feasibility of applying the alliance contracting concept to (a) the UK fabrication sector and (b)...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he plans to take to ensure UK Continental Shelf tendering processes are open, transparent and accountable.

      UK Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State in his Department of 4 September 2014, Official Report, column 425, what recent...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to his contribution of 4 September 2014, Official Report, column 411, on energy security, what the evidential basis is for...

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proposals he plans to make at the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) second session sixth part...

      Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the budget is for the Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil for each of the years 2014-15 to 2017-18.

      Hydroelectric Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many (a) large scale, (b) small scale and (c) micro-scale hydroelectric schemes are in operation in (i) the High Peak, (ii)...

      Hydroelectric Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of the UK's (a) total and (b) renewable energy generating capacity is provided by hydroelectric power stations.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to make it easier for small businesses to access the tendering process for government contracts.

    • Self-employed: Ashfield

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people were self-employed in Ashfield constituency in each year since 2010.

      Official Secrets

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether all requests for information on files covered by the Official Secrets Act 1989 receive a standard response or are considered on a case by case...

      Average Earnings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average weekly earnings were for the (a) richest and (b) poorest five per cent of earners in each of the last five years (i) in real terms and...

      Average Earnings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the average earnings of people aged (a) 16 to 18 and (b) 19 to 24 in each year since 2010.

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many senior civil servants appointed to positions in his private office were previously (a) political appointees in the Cabinet Office and (b)...

      Military Medals Review

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he intends to publish the findings of his Department's defence medal review.

      Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, about how many charities which were the subject of regulatory cases the Charities Commission has not published statements in each quarter of (a) 2011,...

      Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, into how many charities the Charity Commission has opened an inquiry in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014 to date; and in how many of...

      Nesta

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings his special advisers had with NESTA from 2010 to 2012.

      Big Society Network

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Minister in his Department authorised the Society Network Foundation to move the unspent Social Action Fund grant into general funds.

      Alcoholic Drinks: North West

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many alcohol related deaths there were in (a) Preston and (b) other local authority areas in Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Cheshire...

      Low Birthweight Babies: North West

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many children were born underweight in (a) Preston and (b) other local authority areas in Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Cheshire in...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech of 15 August 2011 calling for a family test to be applied to all domestic policy, which...

    • Sports: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much lottery funding has been allocated to the Deaflympics programme in each year since 1997.

      Sports: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total investment was for each podium place won by the GB (a) Olympic Team, (b) Paralympic Team and (c) Deaflympics Team in the...

      Sports: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to raise the profile of deaf sport.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Palace of Westminster

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, when is it intended that the front exterior of St Stephen's Entrance will be...

    • Clerk of the House

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, whether Mr Speaker interviewed any (a) internal and (b) external candidates engaged...

      Clerk of the House

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, whether House of Commons human resource officers provided advice on the content of...

      Clerk of the House

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, in respect of the selection process for the Clerk of the House and Chief Executive,...

      Clerk of the House

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, whether selection panel members were aware that Mr Speaker was writing to the Prime...

      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 10 September 2014 to Question 207921, which panel members...

      Clerk of the House

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, what communication the House has received from Mr David Natzler regarding the...

  • Department of Health

    • Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what additional funding is being allocated to local authorities for their commissioning responsibility for the Healthy Child Programme from October 2015;...

    • Out-Patients: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will investigate the best methods to minimise the number of patients who do not arrive for (a) hospital and (b) GP appointments; and what the cost...

      Intersex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many individuals have been diagnosed with disorders of sexual development when they were aged (a) up to two, (b) two to five, (c) five to 11, (d) 11...

      Intersex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department provides to obstetricians, gynaecologists, midwives, paediatricians and other medical professionals on disorders of sexual...

      Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department provides to the Great Western Hospital NHS Trust for the building of a new radiotherapy centre.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the quality and extent of postnatal care available during the first six to eight weeks after birth; and if he will...

      Intersex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the number of people who have received physiological or psychological treatment as a result of previous surgical...

      Intersex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of whether NHS clinical guidance on gender assignment surgery on infants conforms with Yogyakarta Principles on human...

      Cancer: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of suspected cancer patients received first treatment within 62 days of GP referral at (a) Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust and (b)...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of patients waited more than four hours at accident and emergency wards at (a) Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust and (b) Nottingham...

      Cancer: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of suspected cancer patients were seen by a consultant within 14 days of GP referral at (a) Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust and (b)...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that all pregnant women have easy access to a midwife as a first point of professional contact.

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on plans to develop a new prevalence survey for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

      Intersex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings Ministers or officials in his Department have had with individuals or groups representing intersex people about NHS services for and the...

      Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of carpal tunnel syndrome (a) to the NHS and (b) in terms of employee days lost.

      Gout

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with gout in each of the last five years.

      Sports: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have suffered sporting injuries that have led to cartilage problems in each of the last five years.

      Stem Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the NHS has to introduce stem-cell treatment as a substitute for hip and knee replacements.

      Gout

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of drug treatments for gout in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS spent on interpreters in England and Wales in the last three years.

      Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in each of the last three years.

      Children: Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reasons are for the time taken to publish the Veritas report into the Leeds Children Heart Surgery Unit.

      Antenatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to promote the value of antenatal education to expecting mothers, expecting fathers and newborn babies.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the time taken between a mental health patient being referred for counselling and their first appointment with a...

      Mental Health Services: Out of Area Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mental health patients in England have been sent for out of area treatment more than 30 miles from their trust in each year since May 2010.

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to secure earlier diagnosis of brain tumours in children; and if he will make a statement.

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Skin report on sunbed regulation, published in May 2014; when he plans to...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will support the Dementia Friendly Parliament initiative.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many permanent director of public health posts there were in England (a) in 2010 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Hereditary Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Government response to the consultation on draft regulations to permit the use of new treatment techniques to prevent the...

      Digestive System: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many flexible-sigmoidoscopy tests were commissioned by GPs in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14.

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department offers to people who were abused as children.

      Endoscopy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many endoscopists there were in the NHS in each financial year from 2009-10 to 2013-14.

      Endoscopy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many endoscopy rooms there were in the NHS in each financial year from 2009-10 to 2013-14.

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 3 September 2014, to Question 206600, in which clinical commissioning group each of the 617 incidents between 20 March 2014 and...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Families

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech of 15 August 2011 calling for a family test applied to all domestic policy, which policies of the...

    • Castes: Discrimination

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, when she expects the Government's programme of research into caste discrimination to be completed.

      Castes: Discrimination

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what discussions the Government has had with the Equalities and Human Rights Commission on research into caste discrimination.

  • House of Lords

    • McKinsey and Company

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what fees have been paid to McKinsey and Company during the Smart Procurement review; and what were the deliverables to the Ministry of Defence.

    • Offences against Children: Rotherham

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the proportion of perpetrators in the Rotherham sex abuse scandal who were Muslim.

      Asylum: Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that confidential information about Sudanese citizens gathered in the context of asylum claims is not provided to the...

      Asylum: Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have in place to ensure the safety of those Sudanese who have claimed asylum in the United Kingdom but who are returned to Sudan.

      Asylum: Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the appropriateness of the use of the Detained Fast Track process in Sudanese asylum cases.

      Autism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years, they plan to extend the duty for the National Health...

      Basketball

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to implement any of the recommendations of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Basketball's report published in July 2014.

      Battle of Waterloo

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage country-wide celebrations of the two hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

      Cameroon

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that Boko Haram has targeted Northern Cameroon and that there has been an increase in attacks by Boko Haram on...

      Cameroon

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that Christian groups in northern Cameroon have been particularly targeted by Boko Haram.

      Claims Management Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many claims management companies were struck off in each year since 2005.

      Courts Martial

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many courts-martial there were in HM Armed Forces in the last year for which records are available; how many of those were judged by commanding officers;...

      Debts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 11 August (HL1638), whether they, or the Financial Conduct Authority, have made an assessment of the...

      Developing Countries: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will outline a timetable under which the Department for International Development will work towards achieving the recommendation by the House of...

      Developing Countries: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures to improve reporting and accountability on the inclusion of disabled people will be part of the strengthened systems that the Department for...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Egypt about (1) delays in bringing imprisoned suspects to trial, and (2) allegations of torture,...

      Gambling Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria the Gambling Commission will use (1) to establish whether it is appropriate to share information with other statutory bodies in the United...

      General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many general practitioners’ surgeries are owned by the doctor or doctors concerned; for how many of those the National Health Service funds part or...

      Grammar Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking any steps to investigate any correlation between prior attainment and OFSTED grades in respect of selective grammar schools in England.

      Hospitals: Staffordshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a “double lock” system is in operation with regard to the transfer of services from Stafford Hospital, whereby management from both that...

      Hospitals: Staffordshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why maternity and paediatric services at Stafford Hospital are to be transferred to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire within the next few months...

      Hospitals: Staffordshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assurances they have sought from the University Hospital of North Staffordshire that it will have sufficient capacity in its accident and emergency...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much compensation has been paid by the Treasury Solicitor in response to claims on behalf of victims of trafficking in each of the last five years.

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as part of the child trafficking advocate pilot scheme, they have agreed specific arrangements on who will provide legal advice to (1)...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure the long-term provision of humanitarian assistance for internally displaced people in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are providing to the authorities in Iraq to ensure that newly born children of those displaced from northern Iraq are issued with birth...

      Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the statement by the Foreign Secretary on 10 September (HC Deb, col 915) reporting that, in the areas of Iraq and Syria controlled by...

      Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimates have been made of the quantities of western-manufactured weapons currently held by ISIL; and when and how they were obtained.

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they (1) have made, and (2) intend to make, to the government of Israel about the full lifting of the blockade on Gaza.

      Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish Sir John Jenkins’ report on the Muslim Brotherhood.

      NHS: Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have figures to support the statement made by the Chief Executive of NHS England in July that the National Health Service needs to tackle...

      NHS: Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to National Health Service publication Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives: one year on, whether there are any internal surveys on obesity among National...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the receptiveness of the public to health advice from medical staff whom they believe to be unhealthy; and on what evidence...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report by Dr Steven Boorman NHS Health and well-being, which concluded that there was a relationship between employee...

      Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports regarding the burning of churches, forced religious conversion of Christian women and occupation of a number of...

      Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report by Sarah E. Jackson et al. published by University College London Perceived Weight Discrimination and Changes in...

      Parking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risks to (1) blind and partially sighted people, (2) wheelchair users, and (3) parents with pushchairs, from cars...

      Patrol Craft: Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any United Kingdom firms were bidders for the building of new Iraqi naval patrol craft.

      Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the output per worker in the United Kingdom in comparison with that in other G7 countries.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, according to the latest figures, what is the difference between the average public expenditure per head in Scotland and in England; and whether that figure...

      Reading Station

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the provision of information to passengers at Reading Station following its redevelopment by Network Rail and, in...

      Reading Station

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the suitability of protection from the elements afforded to passengers on platforms at Reading Station following its...

      Sanctions: Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they and the European Union are taking to avoid adverse effects from sanctions against Russia on farms and small businesses in the Baltic states.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have been held between the Ministry of Defence and the Department for International Development about the situation in Sierra Leone caused...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are engaged in or supporting any action to help protect women at risk of sexual violence as a result of the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage women to participate in the peace process in South Sudan, and to ensure that women from all sections of society are...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the recent announcement by the government of South Sudan that all foreign workers must leave that country;...

      Sports: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the World Anti-Doping Agency on the length of bans imposed on athletes who test positive for performance-enhancing...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the performance pathways for all British Olympic and Paralympic sports are fully funded to deliver UK Sport’s projection that Team GB will win...

      Sportsgrounds: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they have introduced in 2014 to improve disabled access to sporting venues in line with the Guidelines of the International Paralympic Committee.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to submit the despatches from the United Kingdom defence attaché in Colombo for the period June 2008 to June 2009 inclusive as...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to investigate alleged intimidation and monitoring of the Sudanese diaspora in the United Kingdom by the Sudanese Embassy and...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements the British Embassy in Khartoum has in place to collect information on the treatment of Sudanese returnees from the United Kingdom; and how...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all sides of the Syrian conflict adhere to the provisions of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2165...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the £600 million they have committed to the situation in Syria has been assigned to long-term civil society projects.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to reconsider joining the UNHCR resettlement programme for Syrian refugees.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which moderate rebel forces they are supporting in Syria; and whether they will set out the criteria by which those groups have been selected for support.

      Typhoid: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider there to be adequate supplies of typhoid vaccine; and, if not, what are the reasons for any shortage and when they expect adequate...

      University Hospital of North Staffordshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the most recent statistics for the performance of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire against the target of accident and emergency...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what permissions and licences are required to operate drones for commercial or leisure use.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Watchkeeper drones they have ordered from Elbit Systems; and when they expect the order to be completed.

      Veterans UK

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to increase staffing numbers for Veterans UK in order to assist in processing the claims by ex-service personnel under the Armed...

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