Written answers

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the potential savings in each control period to 2019 if Network Rail borrowed to invest from the Government rather than...

    • Commuters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of long-term trends in the length of commuting times.

      Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the availability of websites which provide information about accessible journeys for disabled passengers after the...

      Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the accessibility of travel information and journey planning websites suggested as alternatives after the closure of...

      Southeastern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average increase was in (a) regulated and (b) unregulated passenger rail fares for (i) peak and (ii) off peak rail services provided under...

      GoVia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the written Statement of 11 September 2014, by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Official Report, column 42WS, on...

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the availability of safe, affordable areas for heavy goods vehicle drivers to park and rest at night...

      Southeastern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average (a) regulated and (b) unregulated passenger rail fare was for (i) peak and (ii) off peak rail services provided under franchise by...

      Southeastern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the negotiations between his Department and London and South East Railway Limited for the...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many officials in his Department of what (a) gender, (b) ethnicity and (c) age received the Civil Service Employment Policy Performance Management...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many officials in his Department completed the Civil Service Employment Policy Performance Management System in 2013-14; how many and what...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many officials in his Department who received the (a) exceeded, (b) met and (c) must improve performance mark under the Civil Service Employment...

  • Home Office

    • Domestic Violence: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many domestic violence arrests were made in Barnsley East constituency in each of the last five years.

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in Barnsley East constituency were prosecuted for breaches of anti-social behaviour orders in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011,...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the UK's compliance with its international obligations on stateless individuals.

      UK Visas and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of correspondence from hon. Members to each UK Visas and Immigration regional account management team was responded to...

      Immigration Controls: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has put in place to ensure that UK Border staff identify and segregate travellers suspected of entering the UK whilst...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officials in her Department of what (a) gender, (b) ethnicity and (c) age received the Civil Service Employment Policy Performance...

      Public Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what targets have been set for the release of her Department's material to the National Archives; what progress has been made in meeting...

      Drugs: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in (a) Barnsley East constituency and (b) South Yorkshire have been arrested for possession of (i) Class A, (ii) Class B and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Burkina Faso

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what presence his Department has in Burkina Faso; and what steps his Department is taking to support a peaceful transition of...

    • Burkina Faso

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effects of political instability in Burkina Faso on (a) the Sahelian region and (b) the...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 17 March 2014 to Question 191665, if his Department will respond in writing to the final report...

      Pitcairn Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues as part of the process of approval of marine protection for the Pitcairn...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports his Department has received on the situation of the kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria; and if he will make a...

      Arctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many officials in his Department work exclusively on Arctic issues; and what the (a) title of position and (b) grade is of...

      Arctic Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the goals of the UK are, as an Arctic Council observer state, for the Canadian chairmanship of the Arctic Council from...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Pay: Barnsley

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what change there has been in median gross weekly pay for (a) men and (b) women in Barnsley East constituency in each year since 2010.

    • Housing: Owner Occupation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people owned their own home in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) England and Wales in each of the last five...

      Polygamy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of couples who have polygamous marriages in (a) England and (b) Wales where one partner is married...

      Public Records

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what targets have been set for the release of his Department's material to the National Archives; what progress has been made in meeting those targets;...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many 16 year olds are currently in receipt of jobseeker's allowance.

  • Attorney General

    • Crime: Victims

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that a victim of crime who is under 18 years of age and who has no legal guardian or person with parental responsibility...

    • Harassment

      To ask the Attorney General, how many stalking and harassment cases were recorded in each year since 2011.

      Pay

      To ask the Attorney General, how many (a) direct employees, (b) outsourced workers and (c) workers in agencies which report to the Law Officers' Departments are paid less than the Living Wage as...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Attorney General, how many officials in the Law Officers' Departments of each (a) gender, (b) ethnicity and (c) age received the Civil Service Employment Policy Performance Management...

      Public Records

      To ask the Attorney General, what targets have been set for the release of The Law Officers' Departments' material to the National Archives; what progress has been made in meeting those targets;...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Attorney General, how many officials in the Law Officers' Departments who received the (a) exceeded, (b) met and (c) must improve performance mark under the Civil Service Employment...

      Social Security Benefits: Havering

      To ask the Attorney General, how many recipients of benefits resident in the London Borough of Havering have been prosecuted as a result of fraudulent claims in each year since January 2011.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney General, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Crown Prosecution Service complaints procedure; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Exports: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of UK Export Finance went to companies in the North East in each year since 2010.

    • Arms Trade: Trade Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the letter he received in February 2014 from the law firm Hodge Jones and Allen setting out...

      Arms Trade: Trade Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2014, Official Report, column 348W, on arms trade: trade fairs, what consideration his...

      Arms Trade: Eastern Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many extant arms export licences there are for the government of (a) Ukraine and (b) Russia.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2014 to Question 207177, whether the text of the prudential carve-out will be published...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2014 to Question 207177, how the text of the prudential carve-out in the Trade in Services...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the proposed changes to the disabled students' allowance on...

      Regional Growth Fund: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many projects in Barnsley East constituency have (a) applied for funding, (b) been selected to receive funding and (c)...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprenticeship starts there were in each academic year in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley local authority...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what consultation his Department undertook with universities, providers of support and students prior to the announcement of 7...

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2014, Official Report, column 730W, on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many officials in his Department of each (a) gender, (b) ethnicity and (c) age received the Civil Service Employment Policy...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many officials in his Department who received the (a) exceeded, (b) met and (c) must improve performance mark under the...

      Public Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what targets have been set for the release of his Department's material to the National Archives; what progress has been made in...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many officials in his Department completed the Civil Service Employment Policy Performance Management System in 2013-14; how...

      Foreign Investment: Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he has taken to ensure that the forthcoming UK-Colombia bilateral investment treaty includes adequate protection for...

  • Department for International Development

    • India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department provides to ethnic Chin refugees in India who are victims of sexual violence.

    • Developing Countries: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether education will be a priority sector for her Department's disability framework; and whether her Department's country offices...

      South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with the South African government about the integration of black and minority ethnic groups into...

      South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to increase the availability of contraceptives to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS as part of her Department's...

      Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the success of her Department's efforts to combat HIV/AIDS in Africa through the aid progamme; and if...

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in what country the fund managers for the CP3 Asia Fund will be based.

  • Department for Education

    • Children's Centres: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Sure Start centres there were in South Yorkshire in (a) May 2010 and (b) September 2014.

    • Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department's policies of the recommendation of the World Health Organisations' European...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what total amount her Department spent on all measures aimed at tackling child abuse and neglect in each of the last five financial years.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on extending ring-fencing of the five to 16 years schools budget to include funding for young people aged 16 to 18.

      Education: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the average cost to a family of supporting a young person aged 16 to 18 in full-time education or training.

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many officials in her Department completed the Civil Service Employment Policy Performance Management System in 2013-14; how many and what...

      Schools: Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to encourage schools to instal solar panels; and whether she plans to allow schools to borrow money to finance the...

      Schools: Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to help schools invest in solar panels.

      Social Workers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department made of the effect of the Step Up and Frontline social work training programmes on the availability of social work...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many officials in her Department of each (a) gender, (b) ethnicity and (c) age received the Civil Service Employment Policy Performance Management...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) primary school and (b) infant school pupils in (i) Barnsley East constituency, (ii) South Yorkshire, (iii) Yorkshire and the Humber and...

      Public Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what targets have been set for the release of her Department's material to the National Archives; what progress has been made in meeting those...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Homophobia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were (a) charged and (b) convicted of homophobic hate crimes in the UK in each of the last five years.

    • Julian Assange

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will list (a) how much and (b) what proportion of the surety offered by each individual to secure bail for Julian Assange has been collected.

      Magistrates' Courts: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the sale price was of magistrates' court buildings sold in 2014; and how long each was not used for court business before it was sold.

      Licensing Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were convicted of an offence under sections 136, 137, 156 and 157 of the Licensing Act 2003 in each of the last four years; how many of...

      Magistrates' Courts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 21 July 2014, Official Report, column 844W, on courts: fines, what offences were committed by those who were fined the maximum...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of offenders convicted of a single offence of possession of class A drugs received (a) a discharge, (b) a fine, (c) a...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what grounds offenders who received the maximum prison sentences for the possession of (a) class A and (b) class B drugs received those sentences in 2012.

      Belmarsh Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners held in HMP Belmarsh for what offences were first time offenders from 23 December 2013 to 9 January 2014.

      Electoral Registration Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department will consider using powers under Section 5 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the purpose of ensuring that Electoral...

      Young Offenders: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of young offenders released in the last 12 months are not in education, employment or training.

      Prisons: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the contract to build a prison in North Wales includes a requirement to (a) employ local workers and (b) employ and train apprentices.

      Wardship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many court cases involving wardship there were in each of the last five years.

      Families

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

      Sentencing Guidelines Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what meetings officials in his Department have had with the Sentencing Guidelines Council since June 2010; and (a) who was present and (b) what was...

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people convicted of driving without insurance in each local justice area in the North West were fined under £200 plus costs and victim...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many freedom of information requests his Department received in each month since January 2013.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many responses to freedom of information requests have been subject to an internal review in each year since 2010; and how many such requests...

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of changes in collection rates of fines set by the criminal courts since HM Revenue and Customs data relating to defaulters...

      Prisons: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many murders there have been in English prisons in each of the last three years.

      Courts: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much funding his Department has provided for the upkeep of and refurbishment of courts that are over 100 years old in the latest period for which...

      Public Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what targets have been set for the release of his Department's material to the National Archives; what progress has been made in meeting those targets;...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Food Banks: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, how many food banks are supported by the Church of England in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) South Yorkshire...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the new Type 26 frigates will be named after cities; and when he plans to announce the names of the frigates.

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 10 July 2014, Official Report, column 359W, on unmanned air vehicles, whether there is a designated UK officer at Creech...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 10 July 2014, Official Report, column 359W, on unmanned air vehicles, whether an endorsed Rules of Engagement profile has been...

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the maximum daily sortie rate is for six Tornado fast jets configured for ground attack missions.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether targeting intelligence gathered by (a) Rivet Joint and (b) ISTAR assets has been provided to allies for targets within Syria.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Work Programme: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Barnsley East constituency have found employment lasting more than six months through the Work Programme since its...

    • New Enterprise Allowance: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Barnsley East constituency have received the new enterprise allowance; how many such people have since claimed (i)...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) South Yorkshire, (c) Yorkshire and the Humber and (d) the UK received council tax...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many requests for a departure direction were made in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many were granted.

      Pensioners: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of British state pensioners live outside the UK.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many unresolved Child Support Agency, Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission and Child Maintenance Service cases have been closed or...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of Child Support Agency, Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission and Child Maintenance Service cases involving...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of Child Support Agency, Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission and Child Maintenance Service cases involve...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proof of self-employed earnings is required for child support cases; and whether he is satisfied with those requirements.

      Public Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what targets have been set for the release of his Department's material to the National Archives; what progress has been made in meeting those...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will commission a review and recalculation of the shared accommodation rate to ensure that it reflects the real cost of rooms in shared...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many officials in his Department of what (a) gender, (b) ethnicity and (c) age received the Civil Service Employment Policy Performance...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disabled former employees of Remploy have moved into residential care following the closure of Remploy factories; and what assessment...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disabled former Remploy factory workers laid off since 2012 are in receipt of Access to Work support in alternative employment.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what future plans his Department has for the Remploy pension fund.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the £8 million support package for disabled Remploy factory workers announced in 2012 has been allocated; how many personal budgets...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what performance benchmarks his Department has put in place for disposal and decision-making following a request for mandatory reconsideration...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of mandatory reconsideration decisions for employment and support allowance taken since 28 October 2013 have been made within...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to ensure that people in part-time work who are still claiming jobseeker's allowance are able to have flexibility in...

      Employment Schemes: Asperger's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to assist people with Asperger's syndrome to find appropriate work.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of jobseeker's allowance (JSA) resident in the London Borough of Havering have found full-time work and subsequently had...

      Social Security Benefits: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of benefits resident in the London Borough of Havering have been convicted and subsequently sentenced to a term of...

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much language translation services within his Department have cost in each year since January 2011.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of how many recipients of jobseeker's allowance possess a poor understanding of spoken and written English.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many current recipients of jobseeker's allowance have declared that they have a Phd qualification.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that people in receipt of jobseeker's allowance receive adequate CV-building skills.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will investigate the reasons for the level of sanctioning of jobseeker's allowance in the Greater Manchester area being more than a...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will begin to publish the quarterly surveys carried out by the Child Maintenance Options Service on the child maintenance outcomes for...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Field Sports: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with Ministers in the Scottish Government on the future of the country sports industry...

    • Land: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with Ministers of the Scottish Government on land reform in Scotland after 2014.

      Stray Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many stray dogs were put down in each of the last three years.

      Dogs: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to reduce the incidence of paroxysms in puppies.

      Stray Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of stray dogs in each of the last three years.

      Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech of 15 August 2011 calling for a family test to be applied to all domestic...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Private Rented Housing: Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 24 March 2014, Official Report, column 50W, on smoke alarms, when he expects to publish the...

    • Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the Welsh Government on tackling extremism; and whether he has any plans...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will wait until the Government publishes its response to the Review of Property Conditions in the Private Rented Sector...

      Change of Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the proposed minimum space standards for adoption can be applied by local authorities to prior approval requests for...

      Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many affordable homes have been built in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley local authority area, (c) South...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of completed new houses were built on brownfield land in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) direct employees, (b) outsourced workers and (c) workers in agencies which report to his Department are paid less...

      Public Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what targets have been set for the release of his Department's material to the National Archives; what progress has been made...

      Local Government: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will participate in a conference with the Local Government Association and others on the issues raised in the Third...

  • HM Treasury

    • Social Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to National Minimum Wage Compliance in the Social Care Sector published by HM Revenue and Customs in November 2013, what steps he has taken...

    • Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley local authority, (c) South Yorkshire and (d) England have completed the purchase of a house...

      Personal Income: Barnsley

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of changes in median household real income before housing costs in Barnsley East constituency since May 2010.

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many officials in his Department of each (a) gender, (b) ethnicity and (c) age received the Civil Service Employment Policy Performance Management...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many officials in his Department completed the Civil Service Employment Policy Performance Management System in 2013-14; how many and what proportion of...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many officials in his Department who received the (a) exceeded, (b) met and (c) must improve performance mark under the Civil Service Employment Policy...

      Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the tax gap was in each of the last nine years; and what estimate he has made of the tax gap that was due to tax evasion in each of the last nine years.

      Tax Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much HM Revenue and Customs spent on dealing with tax evasion in each of the last nine years.

      Public Records

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what targets have been set for the release of his Department's material to the National Archives; what progress has been made in meeting those targets; and...

      Tourism: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the report by Nevin Associates Ltd, entitled The fiscal impact of lower VAT rates on visitor accommodation and attractions in the United...

      Financial Services: Cayman Islands

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of the incidence of financial crime in the Cayman Islands.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Green Deal Scheme: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many people in Barnsley East constituency have received Green Deal funding.

    • Electric Cables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what criteria are applied by his Department to determine whether new electricity transmission cables should be laid below or above ground.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether customers who refuse to have a smart meter will be expected to pay for manual meter readings.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many smart meters have been installed.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many of the smart meters installed are SMETS 2 compliant.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many (a) direct employees, (b) outsourced workers and (c) workers in agencies which report to his Department are paid less than...

      Schools: Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps his Department has taken to encourage schools to install solar panels since 2010.

      Electricity Interconnectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, under what timetable electrical interconnectors will be allowed to participate in the capacity market auctions on an equal basis with...

      Electricity Interconnectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions officials in his Department have had with the European Commission on the principle of electrical interconnectors...

  • Northern Ireland Office

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

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answers of 4 September 2014, to UIN numbers 207794, 207797 and 207798, who the individual members of the On-The-Runs Policy...

    • Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of potential direct consequences for the Northern Ireland economy of a Scottish vote in favour of independence.

      Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, 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...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many officials in her Department who received the (a) exceeded, (b) met and (c) must improve performance mark under the Civil Service...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many officials in her Department completed the Civil Service Employment Policy Performance Management System in 2013-14; how many and what...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many officials in her Department of what (a) gender, (b) ethnicity and (c) age received the Civil Service Employment Policy Performance...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Written Questions

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

    • Telecommunications: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps Ofcom is taking to encourage new entrants in the market for mobile and fixed wireless services in the London area.

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many households in (a) England and Wales, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) Barnsley East constituency do not have access to (i) a fibre...

      Arts Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the Arts Council has spent per head of population in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England and...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many officials in his Department who received the (a) exceeded, (b) met and (c) must improve performance mark under the Civil...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many officials in his Department completed the Civil Service Employment Policy Performance Management System in 2013-14; how many...

      Public Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what targets have been set for the release of his Department's material to the National Archives; what progress has been made in...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many officials in his Department of each (a) gender, (b) ethnicity and (c) age received the Civil Service Employment Policy...

      Children: Privacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that newspapers only publish photographs of children when they have parental consent...

  • Department of Health

    • General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many training places for general practice were (a) commissioned and (b) filled in each of the last five years.

    • Dna

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the role of mitrochondrial DNA in addition to energy-related functions.

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve conditions for prisoners with mental health problems in prisons in England; and if he will make a...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the additional 10,000 primary and community health and care professionals which his Department plans to make available by 2020 will be...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which clinical commissioning groups have awarded contracts to provide community services to non-NHS providers or consortia that include non-NHS...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what annual funding per head of population was provided to the South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group in each of the last five years; and what...

      Stem Cells: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve awareness of stem cell donation among 16 and 17 year olds.

      Community Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve recruitment and retention in NHS community and district nursing.

      Community Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure adequate staffing levels and skill mix within NHS community nursing teams.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS has paid out for wrongful birth claims in each year between 2003 and 2013; how many successful claims for wrongful birth were made in...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, how many officials in the Government Equalities Office who received the (a) exceeded, (b) met and (c) must improve performance mark under the Civil...

    • Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, how many officials in the Government Equalities Office completed the Civil Service Employment Policy Performance Management System in 2013-14; how...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, how many officials in the Government Equalities Office of what (a) gender, (b) ethnicity and (c) age received the Civil Service Employment Policy...

  • House of Lords

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will respond in writing to the final report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism which was published on 28 February.

    • Diego Garcia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 21 July (HL849), whether the answer remains the same with the word “intelligence” removed.

      Email: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking (1) to protect the public against phishing emails requesting a transfer of funds and (2) to identify the perpetrators; and what...

      Email: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the total number of phishing emails requesting a transfer of funds received by United Kingdom citizens each year.

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which local authorities bid for additional borrowing headroom under the Local Growth Fund Housing Revenue Account Borrowing Programme 2015–17; what...

      Housing Revenue Accounts: Tower Hamlets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they rejected two of the bids made by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets for additional borrowing headroom under the Local Growth Fund Housing Revenue...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the differences between the child trafficking advocate pilot being operated by Barnardo’s and the scheme operated by the comparator group; and...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as part of the child trafficking advocate pilot scheme, they have agreed with Barnardo’s who will adjudicate in the case of a dispute over the...

      National Security Council

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the ministerial membership of the National Security Council; what are the criteria for membership; and what is the process for appointments. To ask...

      Network Rail

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Kramer on 15 September (HL1794 and HL1795), with reference to the Framework Agreement between Network Rail and...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are employed in the British Embassy in Pyongyang.

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their foreign policy priorities in respect of North Korea.

      Private Rented Sector Taskforce

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stowell of Beeston on 25 June (HL334), whether the Private Rented Sector Task Force has met representatives of...

      Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the British nationals estimated to have travelled abroad to fight in Syria and Iraq for extremist groups have since sought to return to the...

      Water Supply

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the amount of water in the United Kingdom that is lost through leakage between source and consumer; and what steps are being...

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