Written answers

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the progress made by local authorities in increasing the provision of audio visual next stop and final...

    • Ports: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Government's policy is on the EU Port Services Regulations; and what discussions he has had on those regulations with the UK Major Ports Group.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the cost-benefit ratio of all current Highways Agency minor schemes under development and the applicable Transport Analysis...

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the report published by Living Streets and Transport Research Laboratory entitled, A Review of Pedestrian Walking Times and Time...

      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 for all Highways Agency major...

      Civil Aviation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many employees of the Civil Aviation Authority have been subject to formal disciplinary action in each of the last five years.

      Civil Aviation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what structures are in place within the Civil Aviation Authority to hold employees to account for (a) incompetence, (b) issuing erroneous advice and...

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many overseas visits Ministers and officials in his Department have made in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014 to date; and what the (i) total cost and (ii)...

      Civil Aviation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, to whom the Civil Aviation Authority is accountable.

      Portsmouth Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on ferry companies operating from Portsmouth International Port of (a) port and (b) local transport...

      Condor Ferries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have had with representatives of Condor Ferries Ltd since 1 May 2010.

      Condor Ferries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what correspondence there has been between (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department with Condor Ferries Ltd since 1 May 2010; and what the...

      Portsmouth Port

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

      A12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve road safety on the A12 from Junction 28 of the M25 to Ipswich.

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with particular reference to autism, what information his Department holds on the changes to Blue Badge criteria in Scotland and Wales; and whether he...

      A12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road traffic accidents there were on the A12 from Junction 28 of the M25 to Ipswich in each of the last three years.

      Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research his Department has undertaken on driverless cars and their effect on the HS2 Business Case.

      A12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) deaths and (b) injuries occurred as a result of road traffic accidents on the A12 from Junction 28 of the M25 to Ipswich in each of the...

      Winckworth Sherwood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has paid to Winckworth Sherwood to date in relation to High Speed 2; and what budget his Department has set for fees to that firm.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which contractor his Department used to write the High Speed 2 Information Papers; and what fee his Department paid for that work.

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received on the adequacy of the current Highway Code lane restrictions on heavy goods vehicles on motorways with...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Exceptional Hardship Scheme applications in each constituency (a) were approved, (b) were rejected and (c) are still under consideration in...

      Shipping: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what organisations or individuals were specifically invited to respond to his Department's consultation on changing merchant shipping regulations:...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research his Department is undertaking on the road safety effects of advanced driver assistance systems; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June 2014, Official Report, columns 661-2W, on official visits, what domestic visits he has made since January 2013; and...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the EY Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council decision to adopt a general approach, what provisions of the draft directive...

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total cost was of relocating HS2 Ltd from Eland House, Bressenden Place to 1 Canada Square.

  • Home Office

    • Police: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which UK police forces have (a) provided and (b) received training from Israeli police or security services in each of the last five years;...

    • Corruption: Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the extent of official corruption in Brazil; what the implications of such corruption are for the...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of money spent by her Department on victim support is spent on direct theraupeutic counselling to victims of abuse.

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department spends annually to fund victim support.

      101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints have been received on the charge for using the 101 non-emergency police number in the last three years.

      101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of the 101 non-emergency police number on the number of non-essential 999 calls.

      Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June 2014, Official Report, column 667W, on official visits, what domestic visits she has made since January...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the money spent by her Department on direct therapeutic counselling of victims of abuse is spent on people now adults and...

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken to reduce the administration associated with police stop and search procedures.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who has been appointed to the role of Designate Anti-Slavery Commissioner, advertised in August 2014; and on the basis of what job...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will raise with her Somali counterpart allegations of sexual exploitation and rape including against young children by...

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to (a) provide and (b) facilitate (i) military and (ii) other training to law enforcement...

      NATO: Newport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will propose at the next NATO Leaders Summit extending that alliance's support for the principles of weapons ban...

      International Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of increased ties between North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, the People's Republic of...

      Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assurances about the death penalty the Government sought from the authorities in (a) California, (b) Dubai and (c) Japan...

      Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the UK's relations with (a) Cuba, (b) North Korea, (c) Venezuela, (d) Russia and (e)...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Israeli government following the announcement of further settlement...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he had with EU counterparts following the Israeli government's announcement of further settlement building on...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from the government of Ukraine on membership of the EU; and if he will make a statement.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts on defence of the eastern borders of the Alliance; and if he will...

      Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received on human rights in Belarus; and if he will make a statement.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Uzbekistan on reports of human rights abuses.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress he has made in bringing to justice those responsible for the destruction of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 on 17...

      Tamils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will review the decision to move the BBC Tamil Service from London to Delhi; and if he will make a statement.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the government of Israel about potential breaches of international law by...

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what personnel and frontline fighter aircraft from Middle Eastern States will participate in the coalition against ISIL.

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he had with the Bangladeshi Prime Minister on (a) international recognition of her recent election, (b)...

      Moldova

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking with his counterparts in the EU to ensure that the upcoming parliamentary elections in Moldova are free...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on the arrest and trial of Ali Shamlawi, Mohammed Kleib, Mohammed Suleiman, Ammar Souf,...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make enquiries with the Israeli government about the current status, treatment and trial of five Palestinian boys...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Israeli government on allegations of torture of five Palestinian boys from Hares...

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Angolan counterpart on food supply in that country.

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Development on the food supply crisis in Angola.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what restrictions are in place on trade with, and exports to, Iran; what changes there have been in such restrictions in the...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assurances were sought from priority investors ahead of the privatisation of Royal Mail on long-term holding of shares by...

    • Business: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what guidance he has issued on how the amended Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 should comply with Directive 2011/7/EU in...

      Arms Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what export licences for defence and strategic equipment to Israel (a) were applied for, (b) were granted and (c) are still...

      Arms Trade: Trade Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2014 to Question 206108, whether UK law and export control regulations place any...

      British Business Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many small and medium-sized businesses in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England and Wales have...

      Postal Services: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the current pricing structure of cross-border mail between the UK and Ireland.

      Postal Services: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the total volume was of mail (a) dispatched to and (b) received from the Republic of Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of people earning less than the national minimum wage in the care sector in each year...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many employers in the care sector who failed to comply with the national minimum wage have been named to date.

      Post Boxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether he was consulted on the decision to restrict the last collection time at Royal Mail post boxes to 9 am; and how many...

      EU External Trade: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the Government's representative at the meeting of the EU Trade Policy Committee on 12 September 2014 supported the...

      Apprentices: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure that ethnic minority applicants for an apprenticeship are fairly treated; and if he will make...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many (a) female, (b) disabled, (c) black and minority ethnic and (d) other people have started on a traineeship in the last...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure that companies providing homecare services pay at least the minimum wage.

      Electronic Commerce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to encourage the uptake of (a) e-commerce and (b) other online tools among (i) businesses and (ii) consumers.

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his Department has spent on adult skills in each year since 2010.

      Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department maintains the (a) Home Accidents Deaths Database, (b) Home Accident Surveillance System and (c) Leisure...

  • Wales Office

    • Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many copies of his Department's report, Building a more prosperous Wales: Infrastructure for a modern economy, were distributed; and what feedback he...

    • Families

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

      Block Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the real term change in the Welsh Government's block grant has been since the start of the current Parliament.

      Performance Appraisal

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

  • Department for Education

    • Kings Free Schools and Academies Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, who the Chairs of Kings Free Schools and Academies Trust have been since its establishment; and on what dates each such Chair took took up and...

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) direct employees, (b) outsourced workers and (c) workers in agencies which report to her Department are paid less than the Living Wage as...

      Academies: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what organisations she has approved to be potential sponsors of future sponsored academies in Sheffield.

      Free Schools: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department received an application from the Kings Free Schools and Academies Trust to establish a new free school in Milner Fields in Bradford.

      Vaughan Primary School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason the planned local completion site visit to Vaughan School in the hon. Member for Harrow West's constituency by the Education Funding...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to expand prevention services in relation to child maltreatment; and if she will make a statement.

      Local Safeguarding Children Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the ability of safeguarding children boards to adequately monitor and hold to account children's safeguarding services...

      Children: Neurofibromatosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department gives to schools on the relative risk of pupils with neurofibromatosis 1 also having autism or attention deficit disorder.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many multi-academy trusts do not have at least two parent directors; and under what circumstances such an arrangement is permitted.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether every four-year-old in England is entitled to full-time education.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the ratio of prison officers to inmates in prisons in England and Wales was, by category of prison, in each of the last five years.

    • Prisoners: Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on the wearing of the (a) niqab and (b) burka during interaction with (i) probation and (ii) prison officers.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for remissions relating to fees for employment tribunal proceedings have been (a) made and (b) awarded in each month since July...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what support his Department gives to private citizens who take legal action against electoral registration officers who do not conduct door-to-door...

      Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many summary convictions there were for misuse of class (a) A, (b) B and (c) C drugs under sections 4(2&3), 5(2&3), 6(2), 8, 9, 9(A), 11(2),...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of (a) men and (b) women convicted of sexual activity with a child received a prison sentence in each of the last five...

      Prisons: Wales

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

      Prisons: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how he plans to monitor and assess the benefit to North Wales of the construction of a prison in North Wales.

      Prisoners: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many marriages have taken place in which one of the couple was in prison in each year since 2010.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2014 to Question 202937, when he expects to provide the information requested.

      Prisons: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent National Offender Management Service report on homicides in prisons.

      Courts: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officers in his Department received on the court reform programme.

      Courts: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what criteria his Department's court reform programme uses to determine the case for court rebuilding works; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Privacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department last reviewed the laws protecting children from press intrusion; and if he will commission such a review before the end of the...

      Courts: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of violence were recorded in (a) magistrates' courts and (b) Crown courts in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and (iv) 2013.

      Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of trial outcomes were (a) effective, (b) ineffective and (c) cracked in each year from 2010.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many companies have been successfully taken to tribunal by employees for not complying with minimum wage legislation in each of the last nine years.

      Children: Privacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what meetings he has had with children's privacy campaigners in the last 12 months.

      Legal Aid Scheme: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have received legal aid in each constituency in South Yorkshire in each of the last five years.

      Performance Appraisal

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

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Families

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

    • Armed Forces Covenant: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which organisations in the South West received funding from the Veterans Accommodation Fund in 2014.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many former members of the (a) Sea Cadets, (b) Army Cadet Force, (c) Air Training Corps and (d) Combined Cadet Force subsequently joined the armed...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2014, Official Report, column 687W, on Afghanistan, what proportion of battle damage assessments are carried out from...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the Scout vehicles built under contract by General Dynamics will be built in that company's (a) UK factories and (b) Spanish...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 9 April 2014 to Question 194985, whether the Government has had any discussions with the government of Afghanistan about...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 14 January 2013, Official Report, column 601W, on Trident, how much his Department has spent to date on studies of...

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of posts at the Ministry of Defence Police complement at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Burghfield, are currently vacant.

      Marchwood Military Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the organisations interested in leasing the Sea Monitoring Centre site at Marchwood in New Forest East constituency have been issued with...

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was to his Department of Operation Patwin, by (a) humanitarian supplies delivered by ship, (b) non-physical humanitarian support and (c)...

      Public Records

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

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how often the medical criteria used for recruitment into the Armed Forces is reviewed.

      Pirtek

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent representations he has received on equipment supplied to his Department by Pirtek UK Ltd; what investigation his Department is undertaking...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants have taken part in the mandatory attendance centre pilot announced in October 2013.

    • Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 3 September 2014 to Question 207491, whether second attachment fees will be paid for people transferred from...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of applicants for employment and support allowance in (a) England and Wales, (b) South Yorkshire, (c)...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people referred to the Help to Work scheme are (a) on a community work placement, (b) attending the jobcentre every day and...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's policy is on sanctioning employment and support allowance claimants who have a mental health condition or learning...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether jobseeker's allowance claimants who are required to attend the jobcentre daily will be provided with help for their travel expenses.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2014 to Question 207549, if his Department will publish the number of employment and support allowance...

      Pay

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

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many work capability assessments for employment and support allowance have been cancelled with (a) one week's and (b) two weeks' notice in...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of applicants for employment and support allowance who have had their benefit stopped for failing to...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish a breakdown of how the £15 million extension to Access to Work funding announced in 2012 to help Remploy factory...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many former Remploy factory workers laid off since 2012 are (a) in full-time employment, (b) in part-time employment, (c) retired, (d)...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average age is of people in receipt of employment and support allowance entering (a) the Work Programme and (b) employment through...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) men and (b) women aged 65 (i) receive and (ii) do not receive additional state pension after a contracted-out deduction is applied.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the proposed evaluation of the Work Programme will address its performance in respect of ethnic minority groups.

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claimants leaving unemployment to obtain a job return to claim out-of-work benefits within (a) 13 weeks and...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the statement in his Department's press release of 9 December 2013 that hundreds of people would benefit from the extension...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of employment and support allowance referred to the Work Programme since June 2011 have had (a) a mental and...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people in work aged (a) 18, (b) 19, (c) 20, (d) 21, (e) 22, (f) 23 and (g) 24 who will be eligible...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, under what circumstances a person under 25 on an apprenticeship will be eligible for Universal Credit.

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress his Department has made on the Work Experience scheme.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to contribute to the European Commission's review of health and safety policy; and if he will make a statement.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of cases in which disability living allowance payments have ceased before personal independence...

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the value of help for funeral costs is calculated; what factors those calculations take into account; and what account is taken in such...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when universal credit will begin accepting claims for families.

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have met the (i) First or Deputy First Minister for Northern Ireland or...

      Social Security Benefits: Brent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in the London Borough of Brent have been subject to the household benefit cap for (a) less than one month, (b) between one...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment cases are in payment; and how many applications for such payments have been made.

      Independent Living Fund: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in each Welsh parliamentary constituency will no longer receive the Independent Living Fund from 30 June 2015.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff were dedicated to food authenticity in (a) the Food Standards Agency and (b) her Department in each year from...

    • White Fish: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to preserve stocks of sea bass in UK waters.

      Agriculture: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much (a) her Department, (b) the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and (c) other public bodies...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of changes to the best practice guidelines for shooting badgers made between 2013...

      Performance Appraisal

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

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many officials in her Department of each (a) gender, (b) ethnicity and (c) age received the Civil Service Employment...

      Game: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 1 September 2014 to Question 206013, what the reasons are for the delay in publication of the...

      Nature Conservation: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office publication, Overseas Territories, Security, Success and...

      White Fish: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will designate sea bass as a species which can only be fished during recreational angling.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Parish Councils: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many town and parish councils have breached their statutory responsibility to publish minutes in the last three years.

    • Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what compensation payments have been made to senior executives of Rotherham Borough Council leaving their posts since 2012.

      Ports: East Cowes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether there will be a consultation by the Homes and Communities Agency over plans for the Venture Quays building in East Cowes.

      Ports: East Cowes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what basis the Homes and Communities Agency determined the market value of the Venture Quays site in East Cowes.

      Ports: East Cowes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate the Homes and Communities Agency has made of the (a) value to the Isle of Wight economy of and (b) number of jobs...

      Local Development Frameworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities have had their local development framework rejected by his Department in 2014.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what housing target has been set under the regional spatial strategy for each local authority in (a) the East Midlands and (b)...

  • Scotland Office

    • Families

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

  • HM Treasury

    • Tourism: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received from the tourism industry on the level of VAT applicable to leisure attractions in the UK; and if he will make a...

    • Public Sector Debt: UN Resolutions

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

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many claimants of (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit reported a change of circumstances in 2013-14; in how many such cases payments were...

      Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) direct employees, (b) outsourced workers and (c) workers in agencies which report to his Department are paid less than the Living Wage as...

      Tourism

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he has taken to attract inward investment and create jobs in the tourism sector.

      Tourism

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he has taken to support tourism in the devolved administrations.

      Child Benefit: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what changes there have been in the number of households in each constituency in Northern Ireland in receipt of child benefit between January 2009 and...

      Home Care Services: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of homecare workers in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Warrington who are being paid less than the minimum...

  • Department for International Development

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many infrastructure projects worth more than £1 million funded by her Department were undertaken by (a) UK and (b) US...

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many of the tenders issued by her Department for infrastructure projects were awarded to UK companies in each of the last four years.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many tenders her Department has issued for infrastructure projects worth more than £1 million in each of the last four years.

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many dedicated air bridges her Department has established for the movement of personnel and equipment for the Ebola crisis within...

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of isolation centres with sustained support to deal with the Ebola outbreak...

      Developing Countries: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she plans to announce future programme partnership funding from her Department from 2015-16 onwards.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans her Department has to (a) increase humanitarian aid and (b) provide development assistance for state building in Iraq; and...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the implications of UK military action in Iraq for UK humanitarian aid to the victims of the conflict...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what new initiatives her Department plans to take in partnership with the governments of countries in Africa and Asia to combat...

      CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will review CDC investment policy to determine if the requirement that investee companies have non-discrimination policies in...

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many people were assisted by Operation Patwin; what costs were incurred by her Department in supporting Operation Patwin, by...

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to prevent famine in South Sudan.

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of EU aid to Angola is spent on improving the food supply.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether the Renewables Obligation for sub-5mW solar will be reviewed or consulted on before May 2015.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Families

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, 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...

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of people in Wales working (a) for the minimum wage and (b) below the living wage.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) England and Wales were paid the minimum wage in each year since...

      Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions in (a) 2011, (b) 2012, (c) 2013 and (d) 2014 to date the Charity Commission (i) opened and (ii) did not open an inquiry into a...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will arrange for a substantive reply to be sent to the hon. Member for Edinburgh East in response to her letter of 26 March 2014 to Richard...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Children: Privacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with children's privacy campaigners.

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much of the Super Connected Cities Programme budget has been spent to date.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much of the budget for the Mobile Infrastructure Project has been spent to date; how many sites have been built under that project;...

      Broadband: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 July 2014 to Question 205697, whether the target of delivering superfast broadband to one million premises...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 July 2014 to Question 205697, what proportion of premises in each county now have access to superfast...

      Broadband: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 July 2014 to Question 205697, when he expects 100 per cent of properties in Copeland constituency to have...

      Music: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment his Department has made of changes in the level of threat facing music venues and cultural centres as a result...

      Television: Licensing

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

  • Department of Health

    • General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2014, Official Report, column 382W, on General Practitioners, for what reason the figure for financial year 2009-10...

    • Folic Acid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations the UK has made to the EU on the potential effects of the Regulation on Nutrition and Health Claims on the use of folic acid in the...

      Families

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

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2014, Official Report, column 391W, on radiotherapy, when hospitals with contractual arrangements with NHS England...

      Bone Marrow Disorders: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to inform people aged 16 and over about joining the bone marrow donor register.

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of people have attended an NHS Health Check in (a) Gillingham and Rainham constituency, (b) Medway, (c) Kent, (d) the South...

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the NHS Health Check.

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consideration his Department has given to the involvement of pharmacies in the NHS Health Check scheme.

      Community Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the conclusion on page 24 of the Queen's Nursing Institute Report, 2020 Vision: 5...

      Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of trends in the prescribing of anti-depressants during the recent recession.

      Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his assessment is of the prevalence of self-harm amongst minors.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish a new children and young people mental health prevalence survey.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with (a) credit reference agencies and (b) supermarkets about the use of loyalty cards to analyse food...

      Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of debt on levels of wellbeing.

      Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of levels of debt on levels of clinical depression.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with representatives of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on the Guideline Development Group working on...

      Antidepressants: Harlow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions were issued for antidepressant medication in Harlow constituency in each of the last 10 years.

      Vaccination: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of section 39 of the Immigration Act 2014 on the level of immunisations amongst children against the infectious...

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to enhance preparedness to isolate and contain instances of Ebola in England.

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) young people under 18 and (b) children under five have been admitted to hospital after ingesting methadone or buprenorphine in the last five...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had in the last six months with NHS England's Executive Team on the review of specialised commissioning.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what monitoring is undertaken to ensure that prescribers carry out adequate safeguarding of children living in families in which someone is undergoing...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer on homecare workers...

      Heating: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the effect of charging VAT on the installation, repair or replacement of heating...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether any changes proposed as a result of the current review of the commissioning of specialised services will be subject to public consulation.

      Death Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many death certificates HIV has been mentioned in each year since 1985.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the development of a patient experience survey for HIV has been considered as part of NHS England's review of patient experience.

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the effect of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence's three-month end-of-life threshold on the number of treatments for...

      Fast Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to address the problem of obesity arising from the over-concentration of hot-food outlets.

      Fast Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to address the problem of fast food takeaways near schools having a damaging effect on the health of children.

      Sexually Transmitted Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 June 2014 to Questions 201000, 201001 and 201002, what progress has been made on the Healthcare Quality Improvement...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library data on the change in the number of patients with HIV living in England since 1985.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on how many fatalities have been reported in other countries arising from the use of (a) nicotine replacement...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many drugs were approved by the Cancer Drugs Fund and subsequently rejected by NICE in the last 12 months.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of progress by the British Standards Institute towards the creation of a publicly available specification for e-cigarettes.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to reply to the letter of the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland dated 26 August 2014.

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission a review of the application process for Parkinson's disease Duodopa treatment, with a view to simplifying and speeding up applications.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding his Department has committed to dementia research in each of the next five years.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps he has taken to tackle dementia.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects NHS England to publish the list of clinical commissioning groups taking part in the care.data pathfinder stage; and if he will make a...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission an assessment of the ability of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to provide appropriate counselling and support for...

      Mental Health Services: Rochdale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of people in Rochdale who are seeking talking therapy treatment have to wait for over three months to find out whether they will receive...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for talking therapies in (a) Rochdale and (b) nationwide.

      Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) isolation units and beds within those units, (b) infectious disease units and beds within those units and (c) infectious disease consultants...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of people who accessed mental health crisis care in the last year had not accessed a mental health service before.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when updated guidance for commissioners, GPs and providers on patients' choice in mental healthcare will be published.

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what new guidance has been issued to NHS staff on (a) how to identify the symptoms of Ebola and (b) what to do when someone presents with symptoms; and...

  • House of Lords

    • Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Iraqi naval officers are still being trained at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth; and how many have trained there to date.

    • Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Royal Navy ceased mentoring the Iraqi navy at Umm Qasr; and for how many years they undertook that role.

      Mediterranean Sea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what naval or air-sea rescue contribution they will make to prevent refugees and migrants drowning in the Mediterranean.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 26 September (HL1820), how many ex-Nimrod aircrews are still serving in maritime patrol aircraft...

      Probation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many contracts they have entered into on the same or similar basis as the proposed contracts with private sector providers of the probation service,...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Kramer on 15 September (HL1794 and HL1795), since 1 June 2014 how many meetings have been held between (1) the...

      Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on local authorities, families, charities and vulnerable individuals of ending local welfare assistance in April...

      Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the terms of reference of the review into the impact of the abolition of funding for local welfare assistance schemes.

      West Africa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an assessment of the economic effects of the Ebola outbreak on Sierra Leone and Liberia.

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