Written answers

Monday, 27 October 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had discussions with the (a) Welsh Assembly and (b) Scottish Government on the proposed transfer of the Highways Agency to a Government...

    • Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the wage restrictions and policies which apply to the Civil Service will apply to the Highways Agency following its transfer to a Government...

      Aviation: Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with charities and non-governmental organisations on the effects of removing the permit for direct flights from the UK to...

      Aviation: Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what reports he has received on the consequences of the decision to remove the permit for direct flights from the UK to Sierra Leone for humanitarian...

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, under what selection process his Department appointed Christine Emmett, Neil Massom and Baroness Jo Valentine as non-executive Directors of High Speed...

      Railways: Woking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the capacity utilisation on trains out of Woking between 6.30am and 9.00am on a weekday morning in the latest period...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many fines on foreign lorry drivers are unpaid.

      Midland Main Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, from where his Department plans to secure trains to run on the Midland mainline when electrification of that line is completed.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, where, when and how often the job of HS2 Resident's Commissioner will be advertised.

      Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to implement a replacement programme to introduce LED lights throughout his Department's buildings and sites; if he will...

  • Home Office

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2014 to Question 207956, how much of the funds given to local authorities under the Prevent programme...

    • Schengen Agreement: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of whether Chapter VIII of Council Decision 2007/533/JHA will place police and border control checks conducted...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK passports were revoked as a result of links to terrorist activity in each month since the beginning of 2014.

      Organised Crime: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2 September 2014 to Question 207073, whether the UK could take part, through membership of the relevant EU Council...

      Free Movement of People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to bring forward proposals to limit the free movement of people into the UK from other EU countries.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests have been made of suspects affiliated to ISIL in London during the last three months.

      Diplomatic Service: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what mechanisms are in place to progress visas for foreign diplomats.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the statement made by the then Prime Minister to the House on 2 March 1972 on the use of the five techniques relating to...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to improve the level of transparency in the Government's use of personal data.

      Illegal Immigrants: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many clandestine migrants have been identified at (a) the UK's seaport and (b) the Port of Tilbury in each year since 2000.

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the UK's vulnerability to cyber-terrorism.

      Frontex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any (a) request by the UK to participate in the activities of Frontex and (b) any offer by the UK to make its expertise and...

      Frontex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assistance the UK has provided to Frontex operations in each of the last five years.

      Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times digitally stored photographs seized by police forces in England and Wales investigating online child abuse were checked...

      101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the Scottish Government on the 101 non-emergency number.

      101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of calls to the 101 non-emergency number originate in Scotland.

      101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will review the cost to the caller for the 101 non-emergency number.

      101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received on the cost to callers of the 101 non-emergency number.

      Asylum: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals have been supported with accommodation under the auspices of the National Asylum Support Service in Peterborough...

      101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department's contract for provision of the 101 non-emergency number is due to be reviewed.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) name, (b) offence and (c) date of deportation was of the foreign national prisoners released without consideration of...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to make it possible for asylum seekers to make a complaint without it costing them money to call from their mobile...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to ensure complaints submitted by asylum seekers to G4S sub-contractors have been passed on to G4S by those...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to ensure compiance with Article 6 of the 1968 Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

    • Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of Question 209911 on Western Sahara, which borders of Morocco the UK recognises.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to ensure the findings and recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council Commission of...

      Honduras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the International Finance Corporation World Bank Loans to Honduran company DINANT.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's latest internal guidance for officials on the drafting of answers to...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the findings of the United Nations Panel of Experts that many of the component parts of the...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage the Sri Lankan government to cooperate with a UN investigation into alleged war crimes.

      Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has entered into any agreement with the company Level 3 to operate as an intercept partner to intercept...

      North Korea: South Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of relations between North and South Korea after clashes on the 38th parallel.

      Honduras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received linking the company DINANT to the murders of civilians in the Bajo Augán region of Honduras.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to address the number of executions by beheading in Saudi Arabia.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will consider implementing sanctions against individuals and entities suspected of perpetrating crimes...

      Hong Kong

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

      Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the UK's trading relationship with Taiwan.

      Senkaku Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu islands.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representation he has made to his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr; and what steps he is...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of ethnic discrimination by the Bahraini government against Bahraini Shia; and what steps he is...

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure a comprehensive arms and ammunition embargo is imposed on all parties in South Sudan.

      Intelligence Services Act 1994

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times activity has been authorised under section 7 of the Intelligence Services Act 1994 in each year since 2010.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy in the P5+1 talks is on Iran's capability to build a nuclear weapon.

      Foreign Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to secure greater separation of UK foreign policy from that of the US.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries sustained as a result of conflict in...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the use of chemical weapons by ISIS in Kobani on 21 October 2014.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Nigerian government about Nigerian schoolchildren abducted in April 2014; and if he...

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of international efforts to tackle the spread of the Ebola virus; and...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the (a) recent incidence of rocket attacks on Israel and (b) present level of threat of such...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Nigeria about the return of girls abducted by Boko Haram; and if he...

      Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Thailand in the last six months regarding the prosecution of Andy Hall.

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Chinese government on the recent demonstrations in Hong Kong.

      Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a comparative assessment of the criteria used to draw up the (a) UK, (b) US and (c) UN sanctions lists.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Business: North West

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many small and medium-sized enterprises have premises in (a) Pendle, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West.

    • Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the level of youth unemployment in Pendle constituency in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

  • Attorney General

    • Euthanasia

      To ask the Attorney General, what the policy is of the Crown Prosecution Service in prosecuting cases of encouraging or assisting suicide.

    • Harassment

      To ask the Attorney General, how many people have been charged to date under sections (a) 2A and (b) 4A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 who could not have been charged using sections...

      Stalking

      To ask the Attorney General, how many people have been charged under the provisions of section 4a of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 since 25 November 2012.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Riot Control Weapons: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, under what circumstances of internal repression or violation of international humanitarian law an export licence for tear gas...

    • Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many prosecutions the National Measurement Office have brought for offences relating to illegally felled timber in each of...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many overseas students were studying at each UK university in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014.

      Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if the Government will take steps to implement the recommendations made in the report entitled Management 2020 by the All Party...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's latest internal guidance for officials on the drafting of answers to...

      New Businesses: Surrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many start-up loans have been granted to businesses in (a) Woking constituency and (b) Surrey to date.

      Scottish Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he last reviewed the adequacy of prior investigations in connection with the nature of the warranties sold by Scottish...

      Scottish Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will reopen the enquiry into the nature of the warranties sold by Scottish Power to its customers between 1980 and 1999...

      Interest Rate Swap Transactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority on the interest rate swap redress scheme.

      Apprentices: Surrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprenticeship starts there were in each sector in (a) Woking constituency and (b) Surrey in the last 12 months.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps he has taken to ensure employer compliance with minimum wage legislation.

      UK Export Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of successful applicants to the UK Export Finance export insurance scheme have been small to medium sized...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to help workers on zero hours contracts who desire regular, contracted employment.

      Science: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to increase the participation of women in STEM fields.

  • Department for International Development

    • Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department has provided to Sierra Leone to combat malaria in each year since May 2010; and what assessment her...

    • Ghana

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what reports she has received of the potential effects of the Plant Breeders Bill in Ghana on small-scale farmers in that country.

      Internally Displaced People: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to assist displaced children under five.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many people have received assistance from the Back Pack Health Worker Team programme funded by her Department.

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to help end violence against girls in developing countries; and if she will make a statement.

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many isolation centres the Government is erecting in West Africa to help tackle the Ebola virus.

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many protection suits the Government plans to provide to West Africa to help tackle the Ebola virus.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure aid packages are dropped over and are received by the civilians most in need in northern...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure aid packages are not stolen by ISIS in northern Iraq and surrounding regions.

  • Department for Education

    • College of Social Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much central Government funding has been allocated to the College of Social Work from each Department in the 2014-15 financial year.

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the quality of specialist education support services for children in (a) England and (b) Plymouth with low incidence needs.

      Children's Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2014 to Question 210316, if she will publish the child rights impact assessments made in respect of the...

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will provide funding for schools and colleges providing education for young people under the age of 19 to meet the additional costs...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the World Health Organisation report, Investing in children: the European child maltreatment prevention action plans 2015 to 2020,...

      Special Educational Needs: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the reliability of the information provided to her Department by local authorities on implementation of special...

      Primary Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) male and (b) female teachers there are in state primary schools; and if she will take steps to increase the number of male teachers.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department issues on the circumstances in which trust members at academy trusts should be (a) elected and (b) selected; and what the...

      Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure sixth form colleges can attract able maths teachers.

      Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support her Department has given to primary schools to ensure that they can provide sufficient places.

      Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on future funding of sixth form colleges.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure there is an adequate number of school places; and if she will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spent on its contract for offender electronic monitoring in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14.

    • Domestic Violence: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will review UK domestic violence sentencing guidelines.

      Prison Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people failed to return to prison following release on temporary licence in each of the last three years; and how many and what proportion of...

      Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in respect of how many alleged offences under section 2A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 proceedings are currently active in magistrates'...

      Driving Offences: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to better secure the payment of speeding fines by offenders whose vehicles are registered overseas.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Unpaid Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to retrieve the outstanding balance of any unpaid fines incurred by foreign lorry drivers on UK roads.

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to prevent violence in young offenders institutions.

      Young Offenders: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to provide emotional support for inmates of young offenders institutions.

      Young Offenders: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to prevent young people with mental illnesses and depression from being sentenced to custody in young offenders...

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if the Electoral Commission will issue advice to hon. Members on the procedures for...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what estimate the Electoral Commission has made of the proportion of (a) male and...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any UK Reapers or personnel from the UK Reaper Force Squadron have moved from Afghanistan to Qatar or another location in the Gulf in the last year.

    • Israel Defence Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what military training the UK armed forces have (a) received from and (b) provided to the Israeli Defence Force in each of the last five years; and if...

      Torbay

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

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on the use of depleted uranium by UK armed forces operating in Iraq and Syria.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British forces have been deployed on the ground in northern Iraq since 26 September 2014.

      Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel were based in Northern Ireland in each year from 2010 to 2013.

      Joint Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) assets and (b) personnel are taking part in Exercise Noble Justification.

      Baha Mousa Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken in response to Recommendation 44 of the Gage Report into the death in custody of Baha Mousa.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his US counterparts about the use by other forces of depleted uranium in Iraq or Syria.

      Armed Forces: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of staff are expected to be employed by Stanford Hall Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre after 2018.

      DMRC Headley Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel have received treatment at Headley Court Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre in each year since 2001.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has for the tented camp used by HM Forces at Kandahar; and whether Agility and any other organisation involved in the disposal...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representatives of British armed forces and his Department travelled to Colombia during 2013 and 2014.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any projects contained in the Memorandum of Understanding between his Department and the Colombian Ministry of Defence signed in January 2014...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the rules of engagement are in the current Iraq conflict for (a) unmanned aerial vehicles and (b) manned aircraft involved in air strikes which...

      RAF Kirton in Lindsey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on consultants engaged on the disposal of the Kirton-in-Lindsey airbase.

      Eastern Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where his Department plans to station the four Typhoon jets assigned to Quick Reaction Alert in Eastern Europe.

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to recover the costs of his Department's contribution to programmes against Ebola from the UK's international aid budget.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how often his Department makes contact with former service personnel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and left the armed forces with life-changing...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether any savings an individual has accrued as a result of saving and investing lump-sum payments they have received from the Macfarlane and...

    • Affordable Homes Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the oral contribution by the Minister of State for Disabled People of 5 September 2014, Official Report, column 554, what the...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will review sanctions for employment and support allowance.

      Social Security Benefits: Automated Credit Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost is to the Government for each transaction for (a) pension payments and (b) benefit payments paid into a (i) Post Office card...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were refused income-based jobseekers' allowance in 2013-14 as a result of their having more than £16,000 in personal savings.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average wait for a decision on a social fund application was in each year since 2003.

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications were made to the Social Fund to cover the cost of funerals in each year since 2010; and how many of those applications...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff of her Department or its contractors who are responsible for drafting responses to Parliamentary Questions...

    • Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the number of animals exported (a) to the EU and (b) to countries outside the EU in each of...

      Water Industry Act 1991

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2014 to Question 209943, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that...

      Japanese Knotweed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what current legislative proposals there are for the better control of Japanese knotweed.

      Japanese Knotweed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the property and mortgage industries regarding the impact of Japanese knotweed on property...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she plans to extend badger culling beyond the pilots in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the area of land occupied by solar panel arrays that was arable land useable for economically...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to her Department's press release of 19 October 2014, on the reduction of subsidies for solar farms to...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Solar Power: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much his Department spent in legal fees during the judicial review brought against his Department on the solar farm at...

    • Waste Disposal: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the removal of recycling credits by Lancashire County Council on weekly waste...

      Local Government: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average debt level per capita is of local authorities in (a) England and (b) the North West; and what the level of...

      Parish Councils: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many complaints his Department has received in the last five years of town and parish councils breaching their statutory...

      Voluntary Work: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will publish an assessment of the progress of his Department's Together in Service scheme.

      Shared Ownership Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that part-owners do not face above-inflation increases to service charges under...

      Mortgages: Woking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) house buyers and (b) first-time buyers have been supported under the Government's Help to Buy scheme in Woking...

  • Wales Office

    • Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with Ofcom on partial not-spots and the use of passive infrastructure sharing in those areas.

  • HM Treasury

    • Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what HM Revenue and Customs' policy is on recovering tax on benefits in kind received by former employees of a corporation for whom legal fees have been met...

    • Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue loss has been prevented as a result of all initatives to reduce trade in and import of illicit tobacco since 2010-11; and what operational...

      Rent a Room Scheme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the annual cost was of providing the rent-a-room tax scheme for each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total accumulative tax relief claimed by each tax band was in each of the last five years.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps he has taken to simplify the rates of employees' National Insurance contributions.

      Income Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate how many people would not be paying income tax and national insurance contributions if the threshold for both were equalised at the...

      Highways Agency

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his policy that the Highways Agency, following its transfer from being a civil service agency to a government-owned company will be liable to...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the overall cost to the consumer in 2014 prices of the contract for difference for Hinkley Point C over...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Parades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made on the new Parading Panel; and when this panel will begin work.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to encourage competition in the rural broadband market.

    • Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to tackle nuisance telephone calls; and if he will make a statement.

      Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what oversight he has of the allocation of the Arts Council England's funding to other organisations.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with Ofcom on the merits of passive infrastructure sharing in partial not-spots; and what information he...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who he consulted about the membership of the expert working group on links between supporters and professional football clubs; and if...

      Rugby: World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) financial and (b) other assistance his Department is providing to support the hosting of the Rugby World Cup in 2015; and if...

      Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate he has made of the net annual financial benefit to British racing of extending the Horserace Betting Levy to...

      Overseas Visitors: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many Chinese nationals visited the UK on tourist visas in 2010.

      Overseas Visitors: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of Chinese overseas tourists visited the UK in each year since 2010.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he last met the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to discuss tourism.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons Commission

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, what funding was (a) allocated to the Commission in 2010 and (b) will be so...

  • Department of Health

    • Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the availability of augmentative and alternative communication aids for sufferers of motor neurone disease in (a) Surrey...

    • General Practitioners: Woking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase the availability of GP appointments in Woking constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Medical Equipment: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure the routine commissioning of cough assist machines in the West Midlands.

      Perinatal Mortality: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the rate of stillbirths in Surrey and Sussex; and if he will make a statement.

      Blood Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Haemophilia Society, (b) the Manor House Group, (c) Tainted Blood, (d) the Hepatitis C Trust and (e)...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's latest internal guidance for officials on the drafting of answers to parliamentary questions.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) first-stage payments and (b) second-stage payments have been made from the Skipton Fund to the estates of individuals who contracted...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether benefits an individual receives are taken into account when deciding an individual's eligibility for discretionary financial payments from the...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the basis is for the distinction between Stage 1 and Stage 2 of hepatitis C virus which determines the amount of support sufferers of the condition...

      Babies: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost would be of immediately screening all newborn babies for MCAD deficiency.

      Strokes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment (a) his Department and (b) the NHS has made of a potential connection between chicken pox and stroke in children.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that hospitals follow the updated guidelines on hospital car parking charges.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) first-stage payments and (b) second-stage payments have been made from the Skipton Fund to the estates of individuals who contracted...

      Blood Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress the Haemophilia Alliance has made in revising the National Service Specification for bleeding disorders.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to make provisions for counselling for those who contracted HIV and hepatitis C following treatment with NHS-supplied blood products...

      Haemophilia Society

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to continue payments of £100,000 annually to the Haemophilia Society beyond 2014-15.

      Blood Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the outcome was of the look-back exercise co-ordinated by the Haemophilia Alliance to identify patients with bleeding disorders previously...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reasons were for changes contained in the proposed new regulations for care homes before parliament to remove the provisions in the current...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, where the unpublished, confidential evidence referred to in the updated Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority report, Third scientific review of...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2012 to Question 129961, how many sufferers of bleeding disorders who received contaminated blood are in receipt of...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people who contracted HIV and hepatitis C following treatment with NHS-supplied blood products signed waivers renouncing their rights to press...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Government's benchmark waiting time is to see a General Practitioner for a routine appointment; and how that benchmark was set.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to simplify the provision and commissioning of secondary care; and if he will make a statement.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the signature authorising Individual Funding Requests made to NHS England for Gamma Knife treatment by University College Hospital London, Queen...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the effectiveness of National Health Service purchasing and promote procurement on a regional or national scale.

      Paralysis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to support University College London in its work to enable people who have been paralysed to regain the ability to walk.

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the NHS takes to assist mothers of stillborn children to come to terms with their grief.

      NHS: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that as many staff vacancies in the NHS as possible are filled by citizens of the UK.

      NHS: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the staff budgets of NHS trusts and foundation trusts consisted of expenditure on contract and agency staff in each of the last five...

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the recommendation in the World Health Organisation publication, Investing in children: the European child maltreatment prevention...

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to support research into new treatments for people with cystic fibrosis.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases relating to contaminated blood were brought against the NHS Litigation Authority in each of the last three years; and how many such cases...

      Hospital Wards: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the requirement to eliminate mixed sex accommodation in NHS trusts on perinatal mother and baby units.

      Liver Diseases: Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether any Commissioning for Quality and Innovation payments are currently in operation relating to (a) liver disease and (b) hepatitis C.

      Royal Bournemouth Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support NHS England is giving to the funding of robotic assisted surgical treatment for urology patients at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital; and if...

      Female Genital Mutilation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients treated at hospitals in South East London were known or suspected to have been subject to female genital mutilation in the last five...

      Hospitals: Mortuaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average length of time was a deceased body spent in the mortuary of an English hospital in each year since 2004.

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to (a) treat and (b) prevent depression in young offenders institutions.

  • House of Lords

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the impact since 2009 of the closure of accident and emergency departments on neighbouring hospitals.

    • Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new apprenticeships have been created in (1) the United Kingdom, (2) the South West of England, and (3) Bristol, in the last 12 months.

      Army Reserve

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many army reservists have been recruited in the last 12 months; and what was the target number of such recruits during the same period.

      Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum seekers have had their application refused but could not be returned to their country of origin in each of the last five years.

      Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance is offered to failed asylum seekers in order to help them return to their country of origin.

      Asylum: English Language

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance is given to successful asylum seekers who wish to learn English.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current rate of support provided to asylum seekers; and how many of those who receive such support they estimate to live below the poverty line.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to review the azure payment card for asylum seekers as a result of the new report by the British Red Cross on the humanitarian cost of...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum claimants are left without any state support, on reaching the age of 18.

      Charities: Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average time taken by the Charity Commission to approve a new charity for registration; what is the target time for the completion of charity...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, which suggests child poverty reduction targets will not be met, what...

      Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 22 October (HL2135), whether they will list the fraud and corruption legislation which, in...

      Currencies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what work is being undertaken by HM Treasury in respect of bitcoin and other digital currencies in the context of the speech by the Chancellor of the...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the East Coast Railway line; and in particular to increase speed between London and (1) Newcastle, and (2) Edinburgh.

      Email: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 7 October (HL1909), what success the police have had in identifying perpetrators of phishing emails; and what...

      EU Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make proposals for better sharing of the burdens now falling on Malta, Italy and Greece from the flow of refugees and migrants seeking to...

      EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many European Union migrants were deported or otherwise obliged to leave the United Kingdom in the last five years for (1) criminal behaviour, and (2)...

      Frontex

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the ability of Frontex and Frontex Plus to cope with the influx of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea, and in...

      GCE AS-level

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider the abolition of AS level qualifications in the light of the representations from the A-Level Content Advisory Board about the...

      General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the procurement process operated by NHS England in relation to general practitioner practices allows for the track record of the bidders sufficiently...

      Geothermal Power

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the context of Scottish devolution, deep geothermal heat is considered a form of renewable energy and therefore devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the scope and purpose of the deep alliance between the new Thameslink franchise and Network Rail.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to specify limits in the rules on the numbers of people who can be accommodated in each of the Heathrow short-term holding facilities;...

      Hunting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy with regard to the hunting of wild animals with dogs.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the report by the Legal Action Group, Chasing Status, on the experience of legal long-term resident migrants under new...

      Immigration Act 2014

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to set a commencement date for section 65 of the Immigration Act 2014.

      Mediterranean Sea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Amnesty International’s report Lives adrift: Refugees and migrants in peril in the Central Mediterranean.

      Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the letter from Lord Faulks to Lord Alton of Liverpool on 18 September and the High Court judgment on 2 October that the review under...

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with other European Union member states about scaling up the resettlement programme for refugees displaced by fighting in...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the World Wide Fund for Nature Living Planet Report 2014; what proposals they have to halt the destruction of species; and...

      Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which United Kingdom-based development and non-governmental organisations have received more than £1 million from the Department for International...

      Plants: EU Action

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what input they have had into the redrafting of the proposed European Union Plant Reproductive Material legislation.

      Plants: EU Action

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the current wording of the European Union Plant Reproductive Material legislation will enable them to protect home gardeners and...

      Police: Voluntary Work

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of volunteers working alongside the police in each of the last 10 years.

      Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the conditions that apply to the access to the DEL Reserve of up to £100 million by the Northern Ireland Executive. To ask Her...

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the security threat to Britain from current ISIL actions in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. To ask Her Majesty’s Government...

      UN Convention on Biological Diversity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization...

      Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulations 2010

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will bring forward the review of the Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulations 2010.

      Wills

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the Law Society about its practice note on Sharia-compliant wills.

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