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Written answers

Friday, 17 October 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the annual savings to the public purse from the phasing out of the paper vehicle tax disc; and what estimate...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Government's latest projected cost is for the London to Birmingham stretch of High Speed 2, with contingency identified separately.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 5 September 2013 to Question 167787, whether the figure of 350Mw given in that Answer is still accurate; and what the...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will bring forward legislative proposals to tighten minimum safety requirements for HGVs by removing exceptions for construction...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on road safety through driver distraction of inbuilt, in-car infotainment systems; and what...

      M25

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average time taken was by drivers to travel (a) clockwise and (b) anti-clockwise between junction 29 and junction 2 of the M25.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations his Department has received on the safety and cost of road surface dressing.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Performance Appraisal

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

    • Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of audit trails in local government expenditure spending; and what estimate he...

      Refuges: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of specialist women's refuges since 2010; what steps the...

      Right to Acquire Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect on the availability of social housing of excluding properties in small rural...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what process is used to monitor the eventual destination of strategic equipment and arms sold to Saudi Arabia; and what recent...

    • UN Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the initiatives taken by the UK while holding the Chair of the UN Security Council; and which such initiatives...

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the current text of the 1958 UK-US Mutual Defence Agreement and its annexes, as...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the EU-Israel Association Agreement on the degree to which human rights are...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Nigerian government on the use of torture by the Nigerian police and military.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2014 to Question 208803, what further representations he has made to the Israeli...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representation he has made to his Pakistani counterpart on the proposed execution of Mohammad Asghar on blasphemy charges...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to his Department's Press Release of 3 October 2014, entitled UK deplores Israel government settlement decision,...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made to date on lifting the blockade of Gaza.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Israeli authorities on plans to transfer 12,500 Jahalin, Kaabneh and Rashaida...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take either unilaterally or with other EU states in response to the refusal of the Israeli government to...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in other states taking military action in Iraq and Syria on possible ISIS...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what response the Israeli government has made to (a) him and (b) his EU counterparts to their condemnations of the recent...

      Poland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Polish counterpart on UK support for Poland regarding that country's territorial...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to help protect Israeli citizens from rocket fire originating in Gaza; and if he will make a statement.

      Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will (a) discuss with the Moroccan Ambassador to the UK and (b) instruct HM Ambassador in Rabat to investigate the death...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will (a) discuss with the Moroccan ambassador to the UK and (b) instruct the HM ambassador in Rabat to investigate the...

      Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which borders of Morocco the EU officially acknowledges.

      GPT Special Project Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Attorney General and (b) the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO)...

      GPT Special Project Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department has discussed the Serious Fraud Office's investigation into GPT Special Project Management Ltd with the...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Public Records

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

  • Attorney General

    • Offences against Children

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

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney General, how many exit packages the CPS agreed in the last financial year that were of a value above £100,000; and what the total cost of such packages were to the public...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Attorney General, how many (a) pre-charge decisions, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions there were in child abuse cases in each year since 2006-07.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Arms Trade: Eastern Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what has been the value of UK arms sales to the government of (a) Ukraine and (b) Russia since February 2014.

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will publish all gender-specific data held by his Department on the effect of his Department's schemes to promote business...

      Agriculture: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much funding from the (a) research councils and (b) Technology Strategy Board was allocated to agricultural research in the...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2014 to Question 207177, who is responsible for drafting the text of the prudential...

      Business: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions his Department plans to have with representatives of the Chinese government about innovation, manufacturing or...

      Business: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Business Taskforce's publication Cut EU Red Tape, published in October 2013, what steps have been taken to...

      Adult and Community Learning Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of the Community Learning Fund supports digital inclusion projects or projects that equip learners with digital...

      Adult and Community Learning Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how the Community Learning Fund is distributed; and what projects that Fund currently supports.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprentices have been employed by companies in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England in...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of students who completed further education went on to (a) university, (b) a full-time job and (c) an...

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of safeguards and warnings on business loans when residential properties are...

      Riot Control Weapons: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment is carried out of the risk of tear gas being used for internal repression before an export licence is granted.

      Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans his Department has to support the aerospace industry following the announcement of 440 job losses at British Aerospace.

      Business: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to protect small businesses from vexatious claims by employees; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for International Development

    • International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of progress on meeting (a) the Millennium Development Goal of ensuring all children receive an...

  • HM Treasury

    • Home Care Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many home care providers were investigated by HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last four years; and what proportion of those providers was found...

    • Acorn Agricultural Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what licenses the Financial Conduct Authority has granted Acorn Agriculture Finance Ltd in each of the last five years.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what comparative assessment he has made of tax revenue received from stamp duty land tax in 2013-14 and the figures projected in this area by the OBR in...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to table 4.1 in HM Revenue and Customs report, The Exchequer effect of the 50 per cent additional rate of income tax, published in March...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost per child of providing childcare accounts for households in receipt of Tax Free Childcare will be; and how much funding the Government has set...

      Stewart Ford

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that Financial Conduct Authority disciplinary proceedings relating to Stewart Ford, formerly of Keydata Investment Services,...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Alcoholic Drinks: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many alcohol treatment orders were ordered in each local justice area in the North West in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013.

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for which written questions tabled by the hon. Member for Shipley in 2014 which were answered with a promise to place information in the Library that...

      Prisons: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2014 to Question 199480, on what occasions prisons have used detached duty staff from other establishments since 1...

      Performance Appraisal

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

      Probation: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many agency staff have been employed by the South Yorkshire Probation Service in each year since 2010.

      Probation: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent on consultancy staff by the South Yorkshire Probation Service in each year since 2010.

      Prisons: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what comparative assessment he has made of the incidence of bullying in prisons run by (a) HM Prison Service and (b) private sector bodies.

      Prisons: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what programmes are in place to help prisoners to become digitally literate.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy that any contracts signed with private sector companies until May 2015 for the provision of probation services do not...

      European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government plans to sign and ratify Protocol 16 to the European Convention on Human Rights.

      Secure Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the opening and closing dates are for the Government's consultation on Secure College rules; and when he expects that the Government's response to...

      Prisoners: Pay

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

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contingency planning has been undertaken by his Department for any potential UK military involvement to tackle Islamic State in (a) Iraq and (b)...

    • Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK military personnel have had official meetings with the Israeli Defence Force since 1 July 2014; and what the purpose of each such meeting was.

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Ministerial Working Group announced in the White Paper National Security Through Technology, Cmd...

      Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness of the arrangements and (b) capacity to provide international training by the UK armed forces to...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the new approach towards engagement with overseas-based defence suppliers set out in the White Paper...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who the heads are of the (a) Saudi Arabia National Guard Communications Project and (b) Ministry of Defence Saudi Armed Forces Project.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2014, Official Report, column 245W, on Afghanistan, whether UK personnel embedded at Creech airbase have flown US...

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what UK armed forces (a) assets and (b) personnel will be used in attacking ISIL targets in Iraq.

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the planned out-of-service date is for Tornado fast jets.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in how many training exercises HM Armed Forces have participated in (a) Norway, (b) Finland, (c) Sweden, (d) the US, (e) Canada, (f) Greenland, (g)...

      Defence Infrastructure Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support is available to tenants (a) with and (b) without dependents who are evicted by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation on renting in the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the current average waiting time is for personal independence payments from application to the date of award.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to ensure that work search and work availability requirements under universal credit are applied in a way that respects...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what pilot or feasibility studies were carried out by his Department on managing the change over from disability living allowance to personal...

      Entertainers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will introduce sector-specific guidance to his Department's decision-makers on work patterns and job searching in the entertainment industry.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants have had their employment and support allowance stopped due to delays in processing medical certificates in (a) Bishop...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to ensure that private sector job search providers delivering under universal credit are aware of the typical work...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many enquiry forms for assessment for personal independence payments have been sent to people in (a) Hemsworth constituency and (b) the...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Dartford constituency and (b) Kent have claimed jobseeker's allowance in each of the last five years; and if he will...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will extend the start-up period under universal credit for entertainers and other groups whose chosen profession has a large lead-in...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what comparative assessment he has made of the (a) demand and (b) waiting times for work capability assessments conducted by a (i) doctor and...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what average length of time is taken to process medical certificates of people in (a) Bishop Auckland constituency and (b) Spennymoor.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are currently waiting to see a doctor health care professional for the purposes of a work capability assessment in (a)...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what average time was taken between an employment and support allowance applicant undergoing a work capability assessment and advice being...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the causes of delays by his Department in providing paperwork to the HM Courts and Tribunal Service; and what...

      Universal Credit: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the timetable is for the implementation of universal credit in Brighton and Hove; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average wait for a mandatory reconsideration decision is in the (a) Bishop Auckland and (b) Spennymoor areas.

      Carers' Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what change there has been in the level of carers' benefits since May 2010.

      Housing Benefit: Brent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in the London Borough of Brent who have had their benefits capped under the household benefit cap have subsequently moved...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 July 2014 to Question 205882, what the full cost, including apportioned indirect costs, is of initiating payment...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to ensure that personal independence payments applications are not delayed to the extent that supporting medical...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish data on the average wait for an assessment for a personal independence payment.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who have applied for personal independence payments are waiting to receive a decision.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people stopped claiming employment and support allowance (ESA) in 2013 after gaining insufficient points in a Work Capability...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many scooters have been allocated under the mobility element of personal independence payments in the last year.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures he uses to assess the timeliness of payments in the benefits system.

      Universal Credit: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants in Warrington have been sanctioned for failure to attend a mandatory work placement after they have...

      Universal Credit: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken by Warrington Jobcentre Plus is to review the conditionality group of a universal credit claimant who reports a...

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times in the last three years Ministers in his Department have met executives from Motability.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the annual cost to his Department of the mobility element of personal independence payments.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department has conducted trials in gassing of badger sets to control the spread of tuberculosis in cattle.

    • White Fish: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of progress made by the European Commission on steps to sustainably manage bass stocks using...

      Water Industry Act 1991

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many contraventions of the Water Industry Act 1991 there have been in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Lancashire...

      Clean Air Act 1993

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to which local authorities penalties have been issued for breaches of the Clean Air Act 1993 since May 2010.

      Ozone: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how and to whom the pollution alert on ozone in Eastern England was distributed on 18 July 2014.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether any UK trawlers are fishing in the waters of Western Sahara under the new protocol to the EU-Morocco Fisheries...

      Smoke and Chimney Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which smoke control areas are currently designated in England and Wales.

      Dogs: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the statement of 6 February 2013, Official Report, column 15WS, on irresponsible dog ownership, what the...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) assessed on levels of resistance of crops to protective chemicals...

      Floods: Dartford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent on flood defences in Dartford in the last 12 months; and what future such spending is planned in the...

      Milk: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received on changes in the price of milk and its effect on milk producers.

      Floods: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the Environment Agency spent on flood defence measures in Shropshire in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013.

      Cats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the proportion of the cat population which has been neutered in each of the last five years.

      Tree Felling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions the Forestry Commission has brought for the illegal felling of trees in each of the last five years.

      White Fish: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to help bass recovery through (a) bass nursery areas, (b) a minimum landing size for bass, (c)...

      Hedges and Ditches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance her Department has issued on maintenance of hedges (a) during the summer months and (b) at other times of the year.

      Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of dogs born in the UK (a) within and (b) outside the scope of breeding licensing...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had on animal welfare issues with its counterparts in Wales, Scotland and Northern...

      Agriculture: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the financial return from her Department's investment in agricultural research and development...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to improve the welfare of animals during transportation.

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on reduction of the virtual footprint of UK water usage.

      Agriculture: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to reduce carbon dioxide release from agricultural practices while maintaining and...

      Timber: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to reduce the import of any hardwood timber from tropical forests.

  • Home Office

    • HM Passport Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff have been transferred to HM Passport Office from other Government departments and agencies in each of the last 12 months.

    • Illegal Immigrants: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) businesses, (b) registry offices and (c) housing services in (i) London and (ii) Greenwich have been targeted under Operation...

      Illegal Immigrants: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) businesses, (b) registry offices and (c) housing services have been raided in (i) total and (ii) Greenwich under Operation...

      Illegal Immigrants: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the performance of Operation Skybreaker; and if she will make a statement.

      Illegal Immigrants: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she had with (a) local hon. Members and (b) local councillors representing (i) Greenwich and (ii) other London boroughs...

      Illegal Immigrants: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the aim is of Operation Skybreaker; and if she will make a statement.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many immigration or asylum cases during the last 12 months where a person has claimed to be under the age of 18, that person has been...

      Refuges: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will discuss with the (a) Minister for Women and Equalities and (b) the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government the...

      Entry Clearances: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Graduate Entrepreneur Tier 1 visas have been issued for use by each UK higher education institution since April 2013.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with which countries the UK has readmission agreements for the return of nationals found illegally in the UK.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who entered the UK in 2014 and claimed to have been trafficked were subsequently found to have no leave to remain in the UK.

      Immigration Controls: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will establish dedicated entry gates for Commonwealth citizens at UK ports and airports.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many alleged victims of human trafficking have been deported since 1 May 2013.

      Asylum: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that asylum seekers receive face-to-face advice when making or following up a complaint.

      Private Finance Initiative

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

      HM Passport Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what overtime costs were incurred by HM Passport Office in (a) July, (b) August and (c) September 2014.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, further to the Answers to Questions 40890, on 15 February 2011 and 43770, on 8 March 2011, how many overseas students from each country were...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individual potential victims of trafficking the NSPCC Modern Slavery Helpline offered advice or information to during August 2014;...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what alternative support the Government has offered the Women's Aid SOS Campaign on countering domestic violence following funding reductions.

      Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visits were made by Ministers of her Department to Torbay constituency in the 12 months to 14 October 2014; whom the invitation for...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of data-tagging as a tool for protecting against data breaches.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued to people living in the London Borough of Havering in each year since 2011.

  • Scotland Office

    • Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, further to the Answer of 25 June 2014, Official Report, column 208W, on sovereignty, whether the figure provided in the Answer includes the cost of any...

    • Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many leaflets produced by his Department promoting the Government's policy on the Scottish independence referendum have had to be amended, altered...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Public Records

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

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information his Department holds on the extent of contributions to the UN Green Climate Fund made by other European countries to...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much energy was generated from renewable sources in (a) England, (b) Northern Ireland, (c) Scotland and (d) Wales in each of the...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2013 to Question 159990, how many Green Deal apprentices had (a) begun and (b) completed their...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps the Government has taken to unify carbon mitigation strategies between (a) the public and private sectors and (b) different...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the proposed ban on contractors applying for government contracts if they have committed certain specified offences applies to offences...

    • Pay

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

      Community Development: Barnsley

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Big Society community organisers living in Barnsley East constituency have been trained to date.

      Performance Appraisal

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

      Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, to which category of description of purpose, as defined in the Charities Act 2006, charities belong who were (a) investigated and (b) engaged in...

      Mortality Rates

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what average of mortality rates is due to (a) cardiovascular disease, (b) respiratory disease, (c) lung cancer and (d) breast cancer in (i) England and...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of births where one or both parents were born outside the UK there were in (a) London and (b) Greater London in 2013.

      Shared Services Connected

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2014, Official Report, column 253W, on Shared Services Connected Limited, if he will publish the impact assessment for...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what research her Department has commissioned on potential links between child abuse and maltreatment and increased mental health problems amongst...

    • Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local authorities in England spend more than £60,000 annually per child in total foster care costs.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the recommendations in Chapter 5 of the European Report on Preventing Child Maltreatment recently published...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what work her Department undertakes in partnership with the Home Department to tackle cases of British children being trafficked for sex and labour...

      Educational Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4 September 2014 to Question 207388, if she will make it her policy to collect information on waiting times for students...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many cases in the family courts resulted in removed children being returned to their parents in each of the last five years.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teaching schools bid for funds from the early years self-improvement fund; how many of each type of teaching school applied; how much was...

      Young People: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to implement a young person impact assessment for future policy proposals and funding changes.

      Igcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what consultation was carried out with serving teachers before the decision to remove iGCSEs from school league tables was taken.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that personal, social, health and economic matters are taught in schools; and if she will make a statement.

      Schools: Nuneaton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which primary schools and academies in Nuneaton constituency with a 10 per cent proportion of pupils on free school meals receive the PE and sport premium.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent on advertising or advertising agencies for the Super Connected Cities project; and whether that spending is in...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many junction boxes (a) have been and (b) will be installed under BT's Broadband Delivery UK rollout programme.

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to reform the Telephone Preference Service; and what plans his Department has to give better protection...

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to increase the size of fines the Information Commissioner's Office can give to companies and individuals...

      Tourism: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to support the tourist industry in North Devon.

  • Department of Health

    • Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has received any evidence on the effect of non-payment of the national minimum wage in the social care sector on care standards.

    • Malnutrition: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital admissions there were for malnutrition in (a) Preston and (b) other local authority areas in Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester...

      Ambulance Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings his Department has had with North West Ambulance service since June 2010; and in how many such meetings (a) lack of ambulance cover, (b)...

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many research licences were (a) granted and (b) refused by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority in each of the last 10 years.

      Human-Animal Hybrid Embryos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many treatments have resulted from research conducted upon animal-human admixed embryos in each year since 2009.

      Care Homes: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of workers in the care sector on zero hours contracts in each year since 2010-11; and what proportion of such...

      Mental Health Services: Harlow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many young poeple have been referred to specialist paediatric psychiatric services in Harlow in each of the last 10 years.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to improve awareness of dementia among (a) NHS staff, (b) GPs and (c) the public.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress his Department has made on implementing the recommendations of the Independent Palliative Care Funding Review, published on 1 July 2011.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve (a) the diagnosis of dementia and (b) treatment for people with dementia.

      Mental Health Services: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for people with mental health problems in Birmingham to access talking therapies after being referred by a doctor.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps (a) his Department and (b) the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is taking to ensure that patients have access to drugs and...

      Better Care Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which clinical commissioning groups and local authorities did not submit a compliant application to the Better Care Fund by the deadline of 19 September 2014.

      General Practitioners: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complaints he received about waiting times to see a GP in the Barnsley East primary care trust area in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

      Performance Appraisal

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

      Performance Appraisal

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

      Viral Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to raise awareness of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus.

      Public Records

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

      North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that the haematology department at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is retained and that vacancies at that...

      Haematology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of haematology specialists working in (a) England and (b) the North East; and how that number has changed since 2010.

      Haematology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of vacant and unfilled posts for haematology specialists working in (a) England and (b) the North East.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will change the entitlement to NHS services to include people who normally reside outside the UK but have paid at least seven years' worth of...

      Dementia: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Barnsley have been diagnosed with dementia in each of the last 10 years.

      Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department plans to take to promote and partake in Rare Disease Day 2015.

      Huntington's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what changes have been made to the level of support available for patients with Huntingdon's disease in the last year.

      Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the progress of the implementation of the UK Strategy for Rare Diseases.

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the availability of assistive communications equipment for people with motor neurone disease; and what...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether GPs have an obligation to provide evidence letters for patients who are making a claim for disability benefits.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have opted out of the care.data programme.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage the sharing of patient-related information by NHS organisations.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average salary is of (a) Chief Clinical Officers, (b) Chief Finance Officers and (c) Directors of Nursing of Clinical Commissioning Groups.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits to the NHS of increasing the extent to which patient-level data is shared between organisations;...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent progress has been made on the care.data project; and if he will make a statement.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish a list of all datasets containing (a) patient-identifiable and (b) pseudonymised information held by (i) his Department, (ii) Public...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) NHS organisations, (b) academic institutions, (c) private sector organisations and (d) non-academic...

      Ophthalmic Services: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to support behavioural optometry services; and whether behavioural optometry is available through the NHS to support...

      Prostate Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to make a decision on whether to consider an application for a patient access scheme for the Zytiga brand of the prostate cancer drug...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with which organisations the Health and Social Care Information Centre has shared data collected from NHS patients in the last 24 months; what data was...

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what budget is being allocated to local authorities in the next five years to embed health visitor services in local areas.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) mean and (b) median waiting time for talking therapies for patients with a mental health problem was in (i) each clinical commissioning...

      Viral Haemorrhagic Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contingency planning his Department is carrying out to prepare for cases of Ebola disease within the UK.

      Skin: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in England have been diagnosed with chronic spontaneous urticaria in each year since 2010.

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much each NHS trust and foundation trust has spent on advice and litigation relating to the tendering and allocation of contracts for NHS services in...

      Dental Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what area in the East of England is covered by each NHS dentistry contract commissioned between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014; what the start and finish...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what change there has been in the number of people requiring healthcare (a) at home and (b) in the community between May 2010 and May 2014.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what records have been kept by his Department indicating the number of (a) district nurses and (b) qualified nurses, excluding health visitors, working...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the number of (a) district nurses and (b) qualified nurses, excluding health visitors, working in community...

      Community Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set national recruitment targets for NHS community and district nurses.

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department plans to take to address the low uptake of the pancreatic cancer e-learning module among GPs.

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that homecare workers are paid for time spent travelling between clients; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase cancer screening rates in Liverpool; and how much he has spent on public health campaigns to increase cancer...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the public health budget is in each core city in England.

      Health Education: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase self-care education in public health campaigns in Liverpool.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that all local authorities include (a) arthritis and (b) other musculoskeletal conditions in their joint strategic...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the median time between arrival and departure from accident and emergency was in (a) London and (b) each London trust in each year since 2010.

      Fractures: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which clinical commissioning groups in the North West have a fracture liaison service linked to their local hospital.

      Leeds General Infirmary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reasons are for the time taken to publish the third stage of the review into the closure of surgery at Leeds children's heart unit.

      Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to prepare for the transfer of commissioning responsibilities for public health for 0 to five year olds to local...

      Anticoagulants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12 July 2014 to Question 206057, on anticoagulants, what plans the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has to...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the updated guidance for commissioners, GPs and providers on patients' choice in mental healthcare scheduled for release in September 2014 will be...

      General Practitioners: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the median waiting time for GP appointments was in (a) London and (b) each London trust in each year since 2010.

      Ambulance Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the median ambulance response time was for each category of call in (a) London and (b) each London trust in each year since 2010.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the statement from the Chief Executive of Public Health England that the number of cases of tuberculosis in Britain will...

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