Written answers

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Penalty Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to monitor the fairness with which rail companies issue penalty fares notices.

    • Road Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to make utility companies more accountable for traffic delays arising from their street works.

      Torbay

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

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support the Government is providing to the Police Service of Northern Ireland to reduce the number of deaths on Northern Ireland's roads.

      Pedestrians: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the change in the number of (a) road fatalities and (b) serious incidents resulting from collisions between vehicles and pedestrians was in each...

  • Home Office

    • Illegal Immigrants: Greenwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of her Department's officials have been deployed in (a) total and (b) Greenwich as part of Operation Skybreaker.

    • Sexual Offences Prevention Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many sexual offence prevention orders have been implemented in the last 12 months.

      Crime: Stafford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of crime in Stafford constituency in each of the last five years; and if she will make a...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many copies of her Department's publication Modern Slavery: how the UK is leading the fight have been printed to date; at what cost; and...

      Crime: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the consequences for police resources of trends in the level of crime in (a) Barnsley East constituency and...

      Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 4 February 2014 to Question 902388, how many victims of human trafficking received pre-trial therapy and...

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support her Department provides for adults who have gone missing and returned to prevent them going missing again.

      Nitrous Oxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many letters her Department sent to festival organisers regarding supply of nitrous oxide in 2014; and what response she received to...

      Nitrous Oxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the prevalence of the sale of nitrous oxide in catering products for the purpose of recreational inhalation.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) training and (b) financial assistance the Government has provided to local authorities to tackle human trafficking and modern...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures her Department has in place to ensure that reliable victim evidence can be gathered and presented in court during...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has spent on (a) raising greater public awareness of modern slavery, (b) providing detailed information on the...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who is invited to her Department's Modern Slavery Operation meetings; what the purpose of those meetings is; when the last such meeting was;...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure the independence of the planned Anti-Slavery Commissioner.

      National Crime Agency: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions she or Ministers in her Department have visited Northern Ireland in the last 12 months to discuss the full...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart about the protests in Hong Kong.

    • Conflict Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy for the Cabinet Office to publish annual reports and accounts for spending in the Conflict Pool.

      Conflict Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department plans to publish the latest review of the Conflict Pool.

      Conflict Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the budget for the Conflict Pool was in each of the last four years.

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent progress he has made on improving the quality and transparency of management information across front line services...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will hold discussions to ensure that British companies working in Colombia are not involved in land-grab from peasant...

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to adopt and promote the recommendations of the West Africa Commission on Drugs in its report,...

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his French counterpart on (a) drug and human trafficking and (b) terrorist groups in...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he or his officials have taken to request an update on the whereabouts and wellbeing of the group of 28 Christians...

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to promote religious tolerance and the safety of Christians in the Central African Republic.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to introduce human rights training for Colombian aid programmes.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that intelligence equipment sold to the Colombian navy and army is not used to carry out...

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his most recent assessment is of the relationship between increasing drug trafficking and the funding of terrorism in West...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the threat posed by al-Shabab to political stability in Somalia.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the threat posed by Islamic State to the town of Kobane.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent progress has been made on efforts to locate and release British abductees kidnapped by extremist groups in the...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect and effectiveness of existing EU sanctions on Russia.

      Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage respect for fundamental freedoms in Malaysia.

      GCHQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many US citizens (a) work full time and (b) are seconded to work at the Government Communications Headquarters.

      Central Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage religious equality and tolerance in central Europe.

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effects on political stability of the Ebola outbreak in countries having...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate has been made of numbers of Yazidi people displaced by Islamic State forces in Northern Iraq.

      Australia

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

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the UK is providing to rebels operating in Syria.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of Syrian rebels training on Turkish soil.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK nationals have been killed in Iraq since January 2014.

      Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions the Spanish Ambassador to the UK has been summoned to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2014.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Russian counterpart on Islamic extremism since the beginning of 2014.

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the political situation in Egypt.

      Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to improve economic relations with countries within the Commonwealth.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the policy of the European Commission is on border incursions into Gibraltarian water.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of UK nationals being held by Islamic State.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on Islamic State militants in Syria.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance he is providing to UK nationals in (a) Syria and (b) Iraq to ensure their safety against kidnapping.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on Russia of EU-led sanctions.

      Boko Haram: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of links between Boko Haram and Islamic State.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the stability of the al-Assad government in Syria.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which Syrian rebel groups have been identified as not being associated with Islamic fundamentalist beliefs.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Afghanistan on the threat posed by the Taliban in that country.

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Chinese government and (b) Hong Kong government on democracy and freedom of...

      Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he or officials of his Department have had with Rabbi David Saperstein in his capacity as US...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of access by ISIS to chemical weapons in Iraq; and what assistance his Department plans to give...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when (a) each Minister and (b) officials in his Department last met the Ambassador of China to the UK.

      Morocco

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

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to facilitate constructive dialogue between the Chinese government, the authorities in Hong Kong and...

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) there is no impunity for perpetrators of rape and abuse and (b) women...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department continues to take to support efforts to locate and secure the release of kidnapped schoolgirls in...

  • Attorney General

    • GPT Special Project Management

      To ask the Attorney General, when (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have met representatives of (i) Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials and (ii) the Ministry of Defence to discuss...

    • Harassment

      To ask the Attorney General, on how many occasions the CPS has prosecuted cases of racially or religiously aggravated harassment in each of the last seven years.

      Newspaper Press: Telephone Tapping

      To ask the Attorney General, whether costs from the convicted defendants in the phone-hacking trial that concluded on 25 June 2014 have been recovered.

      Freezing Orders

      To ask the Attorney General, how many asset freezing orders the CPS applied for in each of the last eight years; and how many such applications were successful.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney General, how many and what proportion of local authorities in England and Wales have adopted the new information-sharing protocol between the Crown Prosecution Service, police...

      Unfair Practices

      To ask the Attorney General, whether the police have contacted the Crown Prosecution Service in regards to whether the practice of payday lenders or others issuing legal demands through letters...

      Rape

      To ask the Attorney General, how many and what proportion of Crown Prosecution Service rape-flagged convictions were for (a) a rape charge, (b) another sexual offence, (c) an offence against the...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of pupils from each ethnic group were admitted to (a) the University of Oxford, (b) the University of Cambridge...

    • Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many visits were made by Ministers of his Department to Torbay constituency in the 12 months to 14 October 2014; whom the...

      Ferries: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make it his policy that the National Minimum Wage should apply to seafarers working on ferry services from (a)...

      Phones 4u

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the progress being made to offset job losses and the cost to the economy resulting from the...

      Business: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will take steps to ensure that a conscience clause is included within equality legislation affecting UK businesses.

      Publishing: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations his Department has received on large publishing firms coercing smaller publishing houses to sign contracts...

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress her Department has made in implementing the recommendations of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact report.

    • Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what humanitarian aid has been allocated to meet the needs of Syrian refugees on the Turkish border.

      Torbay

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

      Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the policy of the Government is on providing financial aid to Japan following Typhoon Vongfong.

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, for what reasons priorities on a digital approach have not been included in her Department's latest individual performance objectives...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what criteria her Department uses to determine whether a country should receive aid from the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make it her policy to continue to oppose loans to Argentina from international institutions including the World Bank and IDB.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent humanitarian assistance the UK has provided to communities affected by the monsoon floods in Western Nepal.

  • Department for Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many academies have articles of association which require the Academy Trust to consider any advice given by the principal of a school in the...

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on the appointment of a director who does not play an active role, otherwise known as a sleeping partner, to be a director of an...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many complaints she has received that an academy trust is not complying with its articles of association (a) following an Ofsted inspection, (b)...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many academy trusts have boards of directors with no more than three members.

      Schools: Nuneaton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many additional physical education teachers and sports specialists have been recruited by schools in Nuneaton constituency in the last 18 months.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress her Department is making on improving public accountability of services for children with special educational needs through published...

      Missing Persons: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to provide help to missing children.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of how many infant pupils (a) are eligible to receive pupil premium and (b) have been registered to receive...

      Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she plans to take to ensure greater consistency in educational outcomes (a) from each stage of provision and (b) across all regions.

      Local Safeguarding Children Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2014 to Question 209053, which seven local safeguarding children's boards inspected since November 2013 have been...

      Local Government: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many local authority designated officers work in each local authority.

      Priority School Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether factors additional to geography, commercial viability and condition need are assessed by her Department when selecting schools in the Priority...

      Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which primary schools in each local authority area have more than 600 pupils.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has spent on agency workers to cover clerical staff in each month since January 2014.

    • Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has spent on agency workers to cover uniformed operational support staff in each month since January 2014.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents were recorded of illegal substances being confiscated by staff in each prison in England and Wales in each year between 2011 and 2013.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many inmates in each prison in England and Wales have been found in possession of illegal substances in each year between 2011 and 2013.

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of prisoners in each prison in England and Wales were working in industrial activity in each year since 2010-11.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners sentenced for what offence have been released from prison in error while (a) being held on remand and (b) serving a custodial...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will place in the Library copies of all representations he has received on the consequences of excluding low risk offenders under community...

      Cremation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many unclaimed funeral urns containing human ashes there are at each council owned crematorium in England.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of confiscation of (a) mephedrone, (b) BZP, (c) spice and (d) ketamine there were in prisons in England and Wales in each year since 2010.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of confiscation of legal highs there were in prisons in England and Wales in each year since 2010.

      Pay

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

      Sentencing: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2014, Official Report, column 425, on sentencing: females, which offences were classed within the miscellaneous...

      Witnesses: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government has taken to investigate the feasibility of rolling-out the NSPCC Young Witness Service that was launched in Northern Ireland...

      Life Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners in UK prisons are serving life sentences with no possibility of parole.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many different organisations made applications to be approved as community rehabilitation companies to date.

      Judges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people served as district judges in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Magistrates: Gwent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that there are sufficient magistrates in the Gwent Police Authority area.

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will conduct a review of sentences given by courts for people convicted of stalking.

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has any plans to develop programmes for perpetrators of stalking in (a) the community and (b) custody.

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to review sentences handed down to people convicted of stalking.

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to develop programmes for perpetrators of stalking in (a) the community and (b) custody.

      Secure Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which secure children's homes the current Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the Minister for Prisons, Probation and Rehabilitation, has visited in...

      Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the decision by the High Court that the Government's proposals for legal aid involving mesothelioma proceedings were not lawfully...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the titles and objectives are of all enhanced collaborations under way under the auspices of the UK-US Mutual Defence Agreement.

    • Performance Appraisal

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

      Cardiff Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what restrictions there are on aircraft wanting to take off and land at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff.

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, from which companies each of the armed services have secured waterproof clothing requirement in the last four years.

      MOD St Athan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will assess his Department's relationship with private companies based at MOD St Athan.

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what communications (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with his US counterpart or US defense department officials in 2014 regarding the...

      Devonport Dockyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the effect of the Maritime Support Delivery Framework will be on employment levels at HMNB Devonport.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British personnel have been deployed to Colombia to participate in training assistance in the last six months.

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent steps he has taken to ensure close combat soldiers are given the highest quality clothing for their future activities.

      DSG Ashchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the housing targets within the Land Release Programme of not selling DSG Ashchurch under the...

      DSG Ashchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place a copy of all conditioning reports on the approximate costs of repairing Ashchurch subsequent to that commissioned from Babcock dated 3...

      DSG Ashchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place copies of all reviews carried out by his Department into the phased site closure of MoD Ashchurch in the Library; and if he will make a...

      Armed Forces: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 28 April 2014 to Question 195819, what progress he has made on resolving the unlawful action undertaken by his...

      Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much land his Department has released under the Land Release Programme; what sites have been so released; and how many homes his Department expects...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any sales of equipment to the Colombian armed forces by any British company resulted from the conference aboard HMS Richmond in Cartagena in...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, under what circumstances a deaf person can be provided with an interpreter under the Access to Work Scheme.

    • Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will commission survey research to make an estimate of the proportion of income support claimants who are aware of social tariffs...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are entitled to the mobility element of personal independence payments.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what changes have been made to the benefits sanctions regime since 2010.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people aged 18 to 21 claimed jobseekers allowance in Scotland; what total amount was claimed in each of the last three years; and...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to ensure that the gainful self-employment test under universal credit takes into account (a) the freelance status of...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with disability groups on replacing tax-free disability living allowance and incapacity benefit with taxable...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many unemployed people are (a) not in receipt of any of the benefits to which they are entitled and (b) not registered at job centres.

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department is spending in the Disability Confident campaign; and how the effect of such spending is being measured.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department gives to local authorities on ensuring that benefit claimants are not given conflicting appointments which carry...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people no longer eligible for contributions-based employment and support allowance (ESA) because of time-limiting to one...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he made of the effect of the introduction of contribution-based employment and support allowance on the income of people...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will provide support from the Access to Work scheme to people with mental health problems before (a) the offer of a job or...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether housing benefit claimants who have become self employed must use a self employment declaration form, as the means of reporting that...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, who is responsible for repaying an overpayment of housing benefit in cases where the local authority makes that payment direct to a landlord.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of cases awaiting individual assessments by Atos; what estimate he has made of the waiting time...

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost to the Financial Assistance Scheme of recalculating annual entitlement related to services after 1997...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to ensure that statistics which record mis-stunning of animals are accurate; and if she will make a...

    • Quagga Mussels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to ensure bio-security and monitoring protocols are in place to ensure that quagga mussels can be...

      Torbay

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

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the annual report on performance against Greening Government commitments will (a) for each department exclude (i)...

      Environment Agency and Natural England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to receive the progress report from the Environment Agency and Natural England on the action plan in...

      Natural Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department will respond to the State of Nature Capital report published by the Natural Capital Committee in March 2014.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes in each London Borough failed to meet the decent homes standard in each year since 2010.

    • Offences against Children: Rotherham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he plans to take to implement the recommendations made in the Independent Inquiry into child sexual exploitation in...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding is available for local authorities to support neighbourhood plans.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what advice is available to communities formulating neighbourhood plans.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many communities have produced neighbourhood development plans.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to encourage the provision of broadband in new homes.

      Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to eradicate the commercial and aesthetic effects of derelict and abandoned...

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authority employees are paid a salary higher than that of the Prime Minister.

  • HM Treasury

    • Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total stamp duty yield has been from sales of residential properties of a value between £250,000 and £500,000 in (a) Esher and Walton...

    • Russia

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of sanctions against the Russian Federation on the UK economy; and if he will make a statement.

      Venture Capital

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to promote investment in venture capital trusts.

      Russia

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Russian nationals have had assets frozen by the UK in the last five years.

      School Milk

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the potential monetary gain to the UK of claiming available subsidies under the EU School Milk Scheme.

      Financial Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department plans to take to encourage long-term and sustainable growth in the finance sector.

      Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total household debt was in the UK on 1 April 2014.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to permit parents to leave more of their own money to their children.

      Self-employed

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of self employed people are earning less than the personal allowance of £10,000.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what reports he has received of problems experienced by hon. Members using the dedicated MP tax credit hotline; and if he will make a statement.

      Income Tax: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Pensions Technical Group and Income Tax Technical Group established to examine issues arising from the introduction of a Scottish rate of income...

      Taxation: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many requests the Scottish Government has made using the powers of Part 3 of the Scotland Act 2012 for the addition of new devolved taxes.

      Income Tax: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many officials in his Department are working on the Scottish rate of income tax project.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what progress he has made on development and use of carbon capture and storage systems since 2010; and when he expects the first use...

    • Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the Government's policy is on stranded assets in the fossil fuel sector; and if he will make a statement.

      Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the proportion of existing global fossil fuel reserves that can be burned in order to achieve...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the title is of each document provided to the European Commission on the Application for State Aid provisions for the Hinkley...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if his Department will update the report entitled Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 - one year on to reflect progress since that publication.

    • Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with how many charities the Charity Commission has engaged on a regulatory issue in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014 to date; and in...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the rate of survival was for babies born prematurely in each of the last 10 years.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) men, (b) women, (c) people of an ethnic minority and (d) disabled candidates have been appointed to the boards of public bodies in each of...

      Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the mortality rate from cancer has been in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) the East Midlands in each of the last 15 years.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in Ealing, Southall constituency have been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in the last five years; and how many such people have...

      Housing: Older People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people aged over (a) 65, (b) 70, (c) 75 and (e) 80 are living alone in (i) England, (ii) the East of England and (iii) Peterborough constituency.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Museums and Galleries: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the cost to museums funded by his Department of pension responsibilities transfer to those museums; and...

    • Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many visits were made by Ministers of his Department to Torbay constituency in the 12 months to 14 October 2014; whom the...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the oral contribution from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport of 4 September 2014,...

      Hereford United Football Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the oral contribution from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport of 4 September 2014,...

  • Department of Health

    • Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the difficulties created by users of continence products by the practices from wholesalers and the introduction of off...

    • General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average pay for a GP working in the NHS was in each of the last 10 years.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS trusts (a) employ and (b) do not employ an Overseas Visitor Manager.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that those patients referred by a GP to a hospital for treatment who are not eligible for free secondary care are...

      NHS: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS has spent on agency (a) nurses, (b) midwives and (c) physiotherapists in 2014 to date.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children under the age of 16, were diagnosed as clinically obese in 2013.

      Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the population of (a) England and Wales and (b) Havering which is not getting the recommended amount of...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to promote awareness of the warning signs of mental illness.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department takes to ensure that patients receiving cancer care also have access to necessary mental health counselling.

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions has he had with his European counterparts on the threat of Ebola to Europe.

      Bone Marrow Disorders: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps he has taken to increase public awareness of bone marrow donation.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department takes to monitor the quality of food supplied at hospitals.

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the number of registered cases of Ebola within Europe.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what part his Department plays in the Government's No Health without Mental Health strategy.

      Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of current commissioning arrangements for treating foetal alcohol syndrome and foetal alcohol spectrum...

      Congenital Abnormalities: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women (a) accepted or (b) refused foetal anomaly screening in each of the last five years for which records are available.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve access to diagnosis and treatment for people with myalgic encephalomyelitis.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on reporting to the police for investigation evidence of incomplete abortion notification (HSA4) forms held by his Department; and...

      Mental Health Services: High Peak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in High Peak constituency have had to wait more than (a) 28 days, (b) three months and (c) six months for Improving Access to...

      Oesophageal Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to raise awareness of the symptoms of oesophageal cancer.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many registered midwives were employed per 1,000 births in (a) 1980, (b) 1990, (c) 2000, (d) 2010 and (e) the latest year for which figures are available.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department last changed its guidance on access to inoculation for influenza; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Walk-in Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase the number of walk-in centres.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps he has taken to reduce hospital accident and emergency waiting times.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to lay before the House regulations permitting mitochondrial replacement techniques.

      Torbay

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

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the introduction of a central contract for the Nursery Milk Scheme on the viability of the supply...

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to educate young people on sugar intake and moderating sugar consumption to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

      Cancer: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of cancer patients started treatment within 62 days in (a) London and (b) each London trust in each year since 2010.

      Who Framework Convention On Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the transparency and accountability of the Moscow Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place for claimants of support from the (a) Macfarlane and Eileen Trust, (b) Skipton Fund, (c) Macfarlane Trust, (d) Eileen Trust...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has allocated in grants to the (a) Macfarlane and Eileen Trust, (b) Skipton Fund, (c) Macfarlane Trust, (d) Eileen Trust and (e)...

      Skipton Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many appeals have been made to the Skipton Fund Appeals Panel in respect of decisions made by that fund; and how many such appeals were decided in...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people who contracted HIV following treatment with NHS-supplied blood products from the 1970s to the early 1990s have also contracted (a) Stage...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Government plans to publish the results of the consultations on regulations on (a) smoking in cars with children present and (b) standardised...

      Surgery: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cancelled operations there were in (a) London and (b) each London trust in each year since 2010.

      Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that regulations regarding invasive cosmetic procedures provide the same level of protection as...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what happened to the stocks of Tamiflu vaccine bulk-purchased by the NHS.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what National Institute for Health and Care Excellence-approved interventions are available through the NHS for the treatment of mental health conditions.

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidence his Department holds on the potential efficacy of shikimic acid in tackling the Ebola virus.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish the response to the public consultation on the NHS National Tariff Payment System 2015-16.

      Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Chief Medical Officer will report on the UK-wide review of all alcohol guidelines.

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to promote early intervention in improving child health.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on improving access to GPs.

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward proposals to facilitate the portability of home-based care packages between local authorities in different countries in the UK.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to promote patient choice.

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase early identification of ovarian cancer.

      Community Health Services: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will increase funding from the Better Care Fund to improve the transition of community services in Devon.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Public Appointments

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what public appointments her Department has made in each of the last five years; and what payments each person so appointed is entitled to claim.

    • Pay

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what information the Government Equalities Office holds on the number of sub-contracted staff servicing that Office who were not paid at or above...

  • House of Lords

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new chief executive of the civil service will have any role in advising them on alcohol pricing or any aspect of their alcohol strategy.

    • Armed Forces: Mass Media

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what instructions apply to members of the armed forces on having social contact with persons with known links to the media.

      Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many civil servants are paid over (1) £100,000, (2) £125,000, and (3) £150,000 per annum.

      Corruption

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to emulate the United States Justice Department’s "Kleptocracy Initiative" in which assets are seized from corrupt foreign officials...

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of any relationship between their support for Palestinians’ right to self-determination and their position in respect of...

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as a guarantor power under the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee, they are aware of the Akritis and Ifestos plans advocated by EOAK-B between 1963 and 1974;...

      Ebola

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the remarks of Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organisation, about the ebola outbreak; and what is their...

      Electoral Register: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding was offered and awarded to each local authority in Wales over the last five years to maximise voter registration.

      Email: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 14 October (HL1908), how many arrests and convictions of criminals who have extracted money from victims in...

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the implications for the National Health Service of a successful outcome to the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment...

      Health Services: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the World Health Organization Recommended Activities for tuberculosis and HIV integration are currently employed within (1) bilateral...

      Health Services: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department for International Development spent on the relief of (1) HIV, (2) tuberculosis, and (3) malaria, in 2013, including commitments to...

      Immigration: West Africa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to reduce the immigration restrictions on doctors from West Africa who currently work in the United Kingdom and who volunteer to...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, during his recent discussions with President Rouhani, the Prime Minister raised the issue of human rights in Iran and the imprisonment of Ghoncheh...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report by Human Rights Watch that Islamic State has removed Yezidi boys and made them convert to Islam and is holding...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the safety of Christian and Yezidi refugees in the Kurdish region in Iraq and the likelihood of an IS-led genocide against them.

      Languages: Primary Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what language qualifications primary school teachers will be expected to have in order to teach the new foreign language curriculum.

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to restore full British diplomatic activity in Libya.

      Mental Capacity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assist local authorities to address the consequences of the Supreme Court’s judgments in P v Cheshire West and Chester...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how schools have used Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services guidelines for responding to the mental health needs of...

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered relocating tented facilities from Afghanistan to the Kurdish regional area to house displaced refugees; and what discussions...

      National Crime Agency: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in their discussions with the Northern Ireland Executive in relation to extension of the full powers of the National Crime Agency...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to make the National Health Service more efficient and to reduce mistakes in practice.

      Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to halt the killing and displacement of people, and the destruction of churches, in the Nigerian states of Borno and Adamawa by...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the marine territory relating to Gaza to be that agreed in the Oslo Accords or some lesser distance from the shoreline; and which...

      Police: Inspections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria will be used in the annual inspections of police forces by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary to determine whether each force's officers and staff...

      Regional Schools Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the total set-up costs of the school commissioner network; and what are the total running costs.

      Rivers: Somerset

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord De Mauley on 26 September (HL1785), when the proposed Somerset Rivers Board will be (1) formed, and (2) functioning.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the oversight in place to monitor the application of school admissions policies at a local and national level.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that school intakes are reflective of their local communities.

      Secure Colleges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what healthcare provision is planned for secure colleges; and who will provide it.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the authenticity of leaked minutes published by Africa Confidential of a meeting on 31 August of Sudanese security and...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effect on Anglo–Turkish internet communications of the law passed on 10 September allowing the government of Turkey to...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 26 September (HL1788), whether it is their assessment that the freedom of worship of British...

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