Written answers

Thursday, 16 October 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents in England resulting in serious head injuries involved (a) cyclists and (b) cyclists under 16 in each of the last three years.

    • Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of motorists who will be unaware of changes to the requirement to display a tax disc in a vehicle after 1...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure motorists are aware of changes to the requirements to display a tax disc in a vehicle from 1 October 2014.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to the requirement to display a tax disc in a vehicle on (a) enforcement activities, (b) the...

      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...

      Southeastern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the all day public performance measure (PPM) of punctuality was for London and South East Railway Limited's franchised rail passenger services in...

      Southeastern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the levels of (a) total public subsidy, (b) premium payments to his Department from the train operator, (c) Network...

      Public Records

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

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on fatigue in long distance coach and lorry drivers.

      Driving Tests: Ayrshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will assess the merits of establishing a driving test centre at the site of the current HGV testing centre in Kilmarnock.

      Driving Tests: Ayrshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will assess the effects of the closure of the driving test centre in Kilmarnock on (a) costs incurred by driving instructors, (b) costs incurred...

      Driving Tests: Ayrshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of people who undertook driving tests at the test centre in (a) Irvine and (b) Cumnock since the closure of the Kilmarnock driving...

      Driving Tests: Ayrshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people normally resident in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency undertook driving tests in (a) Irvine and (b) Cumnock test centres in each...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2014 to Question 208875, on road safety regulations to metric mixers, what specific concerns are raised in the 14...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons retention bonuses have been paid to Network Rail executives; and what his policy is on the further payment of such bonuses.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effects of the Government's reforms of taxi and minicab licensing on the safety of women passengers.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the effects of the Special Events Order administrative...

    • Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many council home tenants in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England bought their council...

      Housing: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much land his Department has released for the purpose of building new homes in (a) Barnsley East constituency and (b) South...

      Social Rented Housing: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the average time taken to grant access for housing associations to properties to undertake...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of new houses completed in the last 12 months in England have been built on sites of (a) less than one ha, (b)...

      Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to change the Local Welfare Assistance scheme; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Wildlife: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the extent of the role of terrorist organisations in the illegal ivory and wildlife...

    • Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the Iranian government on its approach to lesbian, gay, bisexual and...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of UN sanctions in deterring Iran's nuclear programme; and if he will make a...

      North Korea and Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the nuclear weapons capability of (a) North Korea and (b) Iran.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the government of India about the trial of Mr Richard de Wit.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether staff from his Department have attended the trial of Mr Richard de Wit in Kashmir.

      China: Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote dialogue between the People's Republic of China and Taiwan; and if he will make a statement.

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received from groups representing the Tibetan people; and if he will make a statement.

      North Korea and Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the range of the ballistic missiles possessed by (a) North Korea and (b) Iran; and if he will make...

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received from pro-democracy groups in Hong Kong; and if he will make a statement.

      Senkaku Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has participated in discussions on resolving tensions between the People's Republic of China and Japan over the...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from groups in the People's Republic of China about human rights in that country; and if...

      Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the principles published in the Consolidated Guidance to Intelligence Officers and Service Personnel 2011 are applied...

      Pay

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

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will make recommendations to the UN Universal Periodic Review of the human rights record of Iran to encourage...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contribution the UK plans to make to the Universal Periodic Review of Iran's human rights record due to be considered by...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to raise the issue of forced repatriations to North Korea with the Chinese government.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with the Chinese government on upholding the religious freedom of...

      Performance Appraisal

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

      Performance Appraisal

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

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK nationals have been affected by the Cypriot government's decision to withdraw funds from bank accounts belonging to...

      Baltic States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has given assurances to the Baltic States about the UK's commitment to (a) the NATO alliance and (b) their...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received about discrimination faced by British Muslims on entering and exiting Israel.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on whether adequate preparations are being made in Nigeria for holding free, fair, timely and...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the detention of Gao Zhisheng in China; and what representations he has made to his Chinese...

  • Attorney General

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask the Attorney General, how many companies have been prosecuted for not paying minimum wage in each of the last nine years.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Open Business Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many times the Open Business Forum that he asked Sir Philip Green to set up in 2012 has met; and whether he plans that...

    • British Business Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what service the British Business Bank offers to the manufacturing sector.

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the budget of the employer ownership fund has been in each year since 2011; what proportion of that budget has been spent...

      Government Digital Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what progress has been made by his Department in 2014 on implementing and maintaining the Government Digital Services training...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has to change funding of the Apprenticeship scheme.

      Holiday Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether he plans to include both non-compulsory and non-guaranteed overtime in calculations of holiday pay; and if he will make...

  • Wales Office

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent representations he has made to his Cabinet colleagues about the cost of gas and electricity in Wales.

    • Performance Appraisal

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

      Performance Appraisal

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

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to prevent those banned from working with children or adults in Essex following the recent investigation by Essex...

    • Schools: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many new (a) primary and (b) secondary school places have been created in (i) Dartford constituency and (ii) Kent in the last 12 months.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Aiding and Abetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to bring forward proposals to reform joint enterprise legislation in the 2010-15 Parliament.

  • Scotland Office

    • Performance Appraisal

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

    • Performance Appraisal

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

      Public Records

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

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will meet the Scottish CBI to discuss the implications for business in Scotland of the outcome of the recent referendum; and if he will make a...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the total private finance initiative liabilities of his Department are for the next 20 years; and if he will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many cases of (a) rape, (b) sexual assault and (c) domestic violence were investigated by each branch of the Armed Forces Police where the alleged...

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any British military personnel have been deployed to (a) Northern Iraq, (b) Iraqi Kurdistan and (c) Northern Syria since June 2014.

      Home Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding his Department provides to support the charity Homestart in (a) Germany, (b) Cyprus, (c) elsewhere abroad and (d) the UK.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Chinook helicopters, (b) personnel and (c) other assets were involved in Operation Safe Haven; and when that operation finished.

      Torpedoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to make a decision on the Royal Navy's long-term heavyweight torpedo requirement.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list all Sea Cadets units.

      Air Training Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what Air Training Corps squadrons are in operation.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what Army Cadet Force detachments are in operation.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on (a) Sea Cadets, (b) Army Cadet Force, (c) Air Training Corps and (d) Combined Cadet Force in the financial years...

      Pay

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

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2014, Official Report, column 687W, on Afghanistan, whether his Department has undertaken any comparative research on...

      Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2014, Official Report, column 525W, on intelligence services, whether the principles published in the Consolidated...

      HMS Defender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current mission tasking is for HMS Defender; and how long she has been assigned to this task.

      Arctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the UK's role is in Arctic security; and if he will make a statement.

      AWE Burghfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2014, Official Report, column 222W, on the Atomic Weapons Establishment, what the conclusions and recommendations...

      Arctic

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

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Service Complaints have been made in the Royal Navy Reserve in the last three years; and how long it has taken to investigate each case.

      Defence Infrastructure Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation; and at what intervals the performance of that...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Government plans to take to minimise civilian casualties in air strikes on Iraq.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to encourage all other NATO member states to spend two per cent of their GDP on defence; and if he will make a statement.

      RFA Argus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Statement on 13 October 2014 by the Secretary of State for Health, from which departmental budget the costs associated with deploying...

      MOD St Athan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is his policy to encourage his Department to work with private companies based at MOD St Athan.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to monitor the average costs of funerals; and what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of...

    • Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason a benefit sanction was imposed on Mr David Clapson in June 2014; and if he will make a statement.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what limit his Department has set on waiting times for work capability assessments; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure this...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who will be claiming universal credit in April 2015.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Post Office card account holders there are in the UK (a) in total and (b) by age profile, broken down by (i) constituent part of the...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Post Office card account holders there are who also hold another bank account in the UK, broken down by (a) age profile, (b)...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the sum of withdrawals from Post Office card accounts has been in each of the last five years from (a) ATMs and (b) Post Office counters.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many balance checks for Post Office card accounts were undertaken in each of the last five years at (a) ATMs and (b) Post Office counters.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what research his Department has undertaken in the last 10 years to examine the needs of Post Office card account holders; and if he will make...

      Natural Gas: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has held with the Association of Gas Safety Managers about access to properties to undertake statutory gas safety checks.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the most recent average waiting time is for (a) an assessment and (b) a decision on applications for personal independence payments.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will arrange for the hon. Member for Walsall North to receive a reply to his email to Capita-PIP of 4 September 2014 and subsequent...

      Thomas Orchard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will discuss with the (a) Attorney General, (b) Crown Prosecution Service, (c) Secretary of State for the Home Department and (d)...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food and Environment Research Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which companies responded to the Food and Environment Research Agency market sounding exercise.

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) direct employees, (b) outsourced workers and (c) workers in agencies which report to her Department are paid...

      Nature Conservation: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many of the species in the UK's Overseas Territories have had their conservation status assessed.

      Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3 September 2014 to Question 193828, what steps she has taken to ensure the accuracy of data...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what timetable is in place for the phase-out of her Department's telephone lines with the prefix (a) 0845, (b) 0844 and (c) 0843.

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made so far by the agricultural sector towards meeting its Greenhouse Gas Action Plan; what...

  • Home Office

    • Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce new powers to close shops selling legal highs.

    • Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has any plans to introduce legislative proposals to criminalise the legal high known as gocaine.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the effect of the closure of the Post Study...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many sponsors of Tier 2 general visas in each region and constituent part of the UK have been issued with such visas in each year since 2009.

      Entry Clearances: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Tier 2 visas were granted to people who were previously students in the UK in each year since 2009.

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many British children were recorded as having been trafficked for sex and labour in each year since 2010.

      False Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Lancashire were wrongfully arrested in each of the last three years.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8 October 2014, Official Report, column 464W, on creative industries, how many employers in (a) advertising, (b)...

      Sexual Offences: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests for sexual offences have been made in Barnsley East constituency in each of the last five years.

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many widows of police officers ceased to be entitled to a continued dependant's pension following remarriage in each of the last 10...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason the New Psychoactive Substances review was not published on 25 September 2014 as scheduled; and when she expects to publish...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Chocolate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received from medical bodies about proposals to allow the sale of liqueur chocolates to children under the age...

      Police: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the full jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice on how the UK deals with...

      Thomas Orchard

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will discuss with the (a) Attorney General, (b) Crown Prosecution Service, (c) Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and (d)...

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department has had with the co-hosts of the Gaza donor conference.

    • Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid commitments her Department intends to make at the Gaza donor conference.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department's provision of humanitarian aid to Gaza is contingent on progress in the peace process between Israelis and the...

      Mining: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department is taking steps to ensure that extractive industry transparency is a key component of the forthcoming G20...

      Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information her Department holds on a proposed lending programme to Argentina from the World Bank.

      Pay

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

      Performance Appraisal

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

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she plans to begin providing foreign aid to Venezuela; and if she will make a statement.

      Public Records

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

      Performance Appraisal

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

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of persistent malnutrition on the population of the Democratic People's Republic of North...

      Conflict Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will place in the Library the annual reports of the Conflict Pool for 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14.

  • HM Treasury

    • Financial Services: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Government spent on bringing a legal challenge against the European Council on the decision to establish enhanced cooperation to implement a...

    • Corporation Tax: Barnsley

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was paid in corporation tax by businesses registered in Barnsley East constituency in each of the last five years; and what proportion of that tax...

      Income Tax: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what change there has been in the number of people paying income tax at the (a) basic and (b) higher rate in each constituency in Northern Ireland between...

      Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have met the First or Deputy First Minister for Northern Ireland or officials from their...

      Social Security Benefits: Immigrants

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the value of benefits claimed by migrants residing in the UK who claim benefits on behalf of children living in each other...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of revising the starting threshold for (a) basic-rate and (b) top-rate income taxpayers for each £500 the threshold is raised.

      Revenue and Customs: Irvine

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the compliance yield of HM Revenue and Customs' Irvine tax office was in each of the last four confirmed tax years.

      Rent a Room Scheme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to change the tax-free threshold for the Rent a Room scheme.

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the sale of illegal tobacco on the trade of legitimate tobacconists and newsagents.

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value is of sold RBS assets overseas; and how much of that value has been returned to his Department.

      Public Sector Debt: UN Resolutions

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

      RBS Capital Resolution

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total amount is of commercial loan values that have been transferred to RBS Capital Resolution since its inception.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total funds provided by Government for (a) corporate welfare grants and support schemes and (b) tax forgone.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Performance Appraisal

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

      Performance Appraisal

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

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many installations under the Rural Safeguard Scheme there have been to date; and what proportion such installations form of (a)...

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of households in rural areas have participated in Carbon Saving Communities Obligation measures; and what proportion...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Driving: Regulation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what representations have been made to his Department from local authorities on Clauses 8, 9 and 10 of the Deregulation Bill currently before Parliament.

    • Driving: Regulation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the safety of passengers in taxis and private hire vehicles of implementation of the...

      Electronic Government: Sign Language

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment the Government Digital Service has made of the viability of the British Sign Language interface for online services.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total private finance initiative liabilities of his Department are for the next 20 years; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress he has made on the Mobile Infrastructure Project.

    • Music: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effectiveness of an Agent of Change law to protect music venues and cultural...

      Arts: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received on funding for culture in the East Midlands.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to review the rules relating to non-payment of the TV licence fee.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Voting Rights: Young People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to extend the franchise to 16 and 17 year olds for the next UK General Election.

  • Department of Health

    • Parkinson's Disease: Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department provides for research into better diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis among people with Parkinson's.

    • Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of private equity owned firms which are commissioned by local authorities to provide social care...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Government has to align the NHS Outcomes Framework with the Public Health Outcomes Framework.

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all mothers who give birth to a premature baby receive the necessary psychological support.

      Parkinson's Disease: Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department issues about early diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis among people with Parkinson's disease.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce national standards for hepatitis C treatment.

      Social Workers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of professional social work placements required in 2013-14, excluding the Step Up programme, in order...

      Pay

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

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost-per-quality adjusted life year threshold used by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and its predecessor bodies to...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his Department's Child Protection Information Sharing project, what guidance will be given to NHS staff on sharing information with...

      Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidents have been recorded by the NHS of Citalopram leading to the deterioration of a patient's health in the last five years.

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to screen all visitors entering the UK from West Africa for Ebola.

      Leeds General Infirmary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the third stage review report into the closure of children's heart surgery at the Leeds General Infirmary in 2013 to be published.

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Statement of 13 October 2014 on Ebola, how long it takes for the results from blood tests administered by the Public Health England...

      Pregnancy: Sodium Valproate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the European Medicines Agency's review of valproate and related substances and their use by pregnant women to report; and if he will make...

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to bring forward delegated legislation under the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010; and what the reason is for the time taken to bring forward...

      Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2014 to Question 208590, how many local authorities have (a) submitted satisfactory, (b) submitted unsatisfactory...

      NHS: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department provides to public health directors on the Lobbying Act 2014.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department provides to clinical commissioning groups about commissioning services on treatments from hospitals (a) in Scotland and (b)...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the implications are for his policy of the statement by the Chief Medical Officer that e-cigarettes represent one of the three major health threats...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what requirements exist for genetically modified food to be labelled as such; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for a child and adolescent mental health services appointment for people who have experienced sexual abuse in (a)...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Human Rights: Females

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions she has had with her ministerial colleagues on protecting the rights of women and girls overseas.

  • House of Lords

    • Combined Cadet Force

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the impact that their funding changes will have on the number of school Combined Cadet Forces.

    • Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the principles in the Luxembourg Rail Protocol; and when they will ratify it.

      Copyright

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have assessed the effect of recent legislative and regulatory changes on contractual relationships between collecting societies in the visual...

      Defence Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the Defence Equipment Plan 2013, how much of the £4.7 billion contingency provision and the £8.4 billion headroom is allocated for (1)...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role played by mitochondria in the development of an organism; and what they consider to be the implications of that...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance was given by British armed forces in the training of Sunni fighters in Iraq during the so-called Sunni Awakening between 2005 and 2008.

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the new Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme on small and medium-sized biopharmaceutical enterprises. To...

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what future plans they have to support prison initiatives such as The Clink restaurants that provide a programme to increase the qualifications and...

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