Written answers

Thursday, 30 October 2014

  • Public Accounts Commission

    • National Audit Office

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission, if the Commission will take steps to reduce expenditure by the National Audit Office.

  • HM Treasury

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 15 September 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Reverend Ian Hamilton.

    • Financial Services: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received from (a) business organisations and (b) trades unions about (i) economic integration within the EU and (ii) the...

      Revenue and Customs: Wales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made on the proposed closures of each HM Revenue and Customs office in North Wales; how many (a) forced and (b) voluntary...

      Tax Allowances: Business

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential costs and benefits of removing the cap on entrepreneurs' tax relief.

      Money Laundering: EU Law

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed revision of EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive on individuals and companies in the UK.

      Financial Services: Islam

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made on the benefit to UK companies of an increase in the capacity of the UK's Islamic finance market.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many private finance initiative projects his Department contracted for in each year from 1997 to 2010.

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Identity Cards

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2014 to Question 206672, what discussions the...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, in which year electoral registration officers were placed under an obligation to...

      Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2014 to Question 208311, what the most...

  • Prime Minister

    • Visits Abroad

      To ask the Prime Minister, who has represented him at official overseas events in each year since 2010; at what event in each case; and if he will provide details.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the approved July 2011 business case for universal credit referred to on page 32 of his Department's publication, Universal Credit at...

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will initiate a review of the operation of the shared accommodation rate.

      Personal Independence Payment: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individual personal independent payments have been awarded in the London Borough of Southwark since April 2013.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) pensioner households and (b) disabled people are in receipt of local housing allowance in (i) the UK, (ii) each region and (iii)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans that universal credit will be available to (a) couples and (b) households with children throughout the UK.

      Personal Independence Payment: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has awarded in personal independent payments in the London Borough of Southwark since April 2013.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were waiting in each parliamentary constituency for (a) a work capability assessment and (b) a decision for a personal...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what funding was provided to disabled people in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK through the Access to Work scheme in 2013-14.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK received support through the Access to Work scheme in 2013-14.

  • Home Office

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 13 January 2014 to Question 181067, how many identified victims of trafficking who (a) participated and (b)...

    • Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions her Department has used the provisions of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 to access communications...

      Violent and Sex Offender Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to expand the sex offenders register to include serial stalkers and domestic violence perpetrators.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will publish the terms of reference and full membership of the panel into the inquiry into child sexual abuse.

      Offences against Children: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that victims of child sexual abuse have access to adequate support and counselling services.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of changes in the rates of (a) alcohol-related crime and (b) binge drinking since the introduction...

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints of stalking were recorded by the police in England and Wales in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14.

      Religious Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of (a) anti-semitism and (b) Islamophobia in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes have been made to the process of recording notifiable recorded crime categories since 2010.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish the report of the Wanless Review.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will place in the Library the report of the Wanless Review.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department last met members of the Photo Marketing Association to discuss plans to allow digital pictures to be used in passport...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department plans to take to secure professional photographic industry support and agreement for any proposals to collect...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to improve security measures for ID photographs for passport applications.

      Immigration: Ilford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the representations of the hon. Member for Ilford South of 6 October 2014 on a constituency case, for what reason the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance she has issued to officials in her Department on dealing with correspondence from hon. Members to Ministers when the...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the national fraud indicator statistics for 2013 will be published.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of cybercrimes reported to Action Fraud have been referred to regional police forces for investigation in each year since 2009.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many successful prosecutions were made for cybercrimes reported to Action Fraud in each year since 2009.

      National Fraud Intelligence Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many permanent members of staff were employed by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14.

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance she has issued to her Department's press office on answering queries from student journalists.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Smithwick Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with the Irish government on the findings of the Smithwick Tribunal.

  • Department of Health

    • Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the (a) uptake and (b) effectiveness of the influenza immunisation vaccine campaign.

    • Pregnancy: Folic Acid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of the use of folic acid prior to conception as a preventative measure for neural tube defects.

      Abortion: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Irish nationals had (a) one and (b) more than one abortion via NHS England in 2013.

      Disability Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the next annual report on Research and Development Work Relating to Assistive Technology.

      Osteoporosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on prescriptions for the treatment of osteoporosis in each of the last five years.

      Neurology: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent specialist nurses for a neurological condition were employed in each region of England in each of the last five years.

      Motor Neurone Disease: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on the prescription of drugs for the treatment of motor neurone disease in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that NHS staff performing the same role in different parts of the country are placed in the same pay bands.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical commissioning groups in England provide some form of falls service.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 16 September 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms S Whyatt.

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on campaigns intended to raise public awareness of osteoporosis and its symptoms in each of the last five years.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2014 to Question 210389, which groups who previously accessed free inoculations now no longer do so.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the number and value was of clinical negligence payments made by the NHS as a result of negligence committed by private healthcare providers in the...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the number and value has been of clinical negligence payments made by the NHS as a result of negligence committed by Vanguard Healthcare.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to revise the pay bands introduced in the NHS Agenda for Change programme.

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department made to international counterparts during the conference of the parties to the World Health Organisation Framework...

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department received urging them to boycott the conference of the parties to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention...

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spent on attendance at the conference of the parties to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2014 to Question 207051, whether a price for the meningitis B vaccine has been agreed with the manufacturer.

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the decision by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to tighten infection control guidance for US healthcare settings, what...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the potential saving from extending free prescriptions to all asthma patients arising from reductions in accident and emergency...

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of post-arrival monitoring of travellers whose travel originated from countries affected by the Ebola...

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what staff have been designated to carry out the screening of passengers travelling from Ebola-affected countries; and what specific training such staff...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the final sign-off date is for two cyclotron-based proton beam radiotherapy machines at (a) University College Hospital, London and (b) the Christie...

      Dementia: Brigg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Brigg and Goole constituency have been diagnossed with dementia in each of the last 10 years.

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued on whether people displaying symptoms associated with the Ebola virus should attend accident and emergency...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Erasmus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure that graduates work in the UK following participation in the Erasmus overseas study programme.

    • Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of the EU Precautionary Principle on the scale of scientific innovation in the UK.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2014 to Question 207349, what the licence type, summary, value, end use and nature of...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when the deadline was for submitting evidence for the equality analysis of proposed changes to disabled student's allowance; and...

      Oil: Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received on consultations held with the Saharawi regarding proposed drilling for oil by Cairn Energy...

      Students: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the support offered to potential university students with a disability to ensure that...

      Students: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the capacity of the Higher Education Funding Council for England to (a) support and...

      Students: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will bring forward proposals to give disabled pupils a right of appeal against higher education institutions at a special...

      Airports: Ghana

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessments were made of Mourne Ltd's payment of taxes in the UK and Ghana before UK Export Finance agreed to guarantee...

      Post Offices: Rhyl

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what progress has been made on the proposed relocation or closure of Rhyl Post Office.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of people who completed apprenticeships went on to get (a) full-time and (b) part-time employment in the latest...

      Acorn Agricultural Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2014 to Question 209889, how many complaints his Department received about Acorn...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff in his Department (a) are currently on a personal improvement plan, (b) have been on a persoanl improvement plan...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff in his Department are responsible for mentoring staff on personal improvement plans.

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many teams in his Department currently have more than one member of staff on personal improvement plans.

      Job Evaluation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the procedure is in his Department for assessing grade boundaries and job roles; and how often such assessments take place.

      Deloitte

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment the Insolvency Service has made of the performance of Deloitte as an appointed administrator in collective...

      British Business Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what research he has commissioned on the number of black and ethnic minority-owned businesses from each ethnic group which have...

      Exports: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the timetable is for the implementation of the transparency initiative for open export licences.

      Goldcrest Finance and Hertford Solutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received about (a) Gold Crest Finance and (b) Hertford Solutions LLP.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Sentinel Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what costs for the re-fit of the Sentinel aircraft fleet have accrued under each cost heading in each year of the programme.

    • Armed Forces: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress he has made on encouraging access to credit unions for members of the armed forces and their families; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many allegations of (a) sexual assault, (b) exposure, (c) voyeurism, (d) sexual activity in a public lavatory, (e) rape and (f) other forms of...

      Armed Forces: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made in assessing the systems used by (a) his Department, (b) the Army, (c) the Navy and (d) the RAF for recording...

      Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many reports of allegations of (a) sexual assault, (b) exposure, (c) voyeurism, (d) sexual activity in a public lavatory and (e) other forms of...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress he has made on the adaptation of the Brimstone Launch missile system onto the Typhoon fleet of aircraft.

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on teaching English in each year since 2010.

      Armed Forces: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many applications there have been to the Armed Forces' Help to Buy scheme since it was launched in April 2014; and how many applicants to that...

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the number of veterans in the UK.

      Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what income has accrued to his Department from the sale of surplus defence equipment in countries with Ministry of Defence bases; and what the details...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many single servicemen and servicewomen based at or near Catterick, North Yorkshire, are currently accommodated in (a) single living accommodation...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of dwellings with planning permission that are classified as (a) progressing towards a...

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2014, Official Report, column 531W, on housing: construction, what estimate he has made of...

      Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the full-year expenditure in each identified category of the Ring-fenced Public Health Grant was for (a) each local...

      Torbay

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

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether, in delivery of the Zero Carbon Homes policy, house builders can contract with a third party to deliver the carbon...

      Refuges: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding his Department provides to women's refuges.

  • Scotland Office

    • Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many private finance initiative projects his Department contracted for in each year from 1997 to 2010.

  • Department for Transport

    • Gatwick Airport Consultative Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will state the names and the organisations represented by the current members of the Gatwick Airport Consultative Committee.

    • A64

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide funding for road improvements and a dual carriageway for the A64 between York and Scarborough; and if he will make a statement.

      Aviation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department issues to the Civil Aviation Authority on the amount of time that body should take to process applications for licences.

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effects on (a) regional air routes to Northern Ireland and (b) other regional UK routes of the sale of...

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will review the decision to postpone the implementation of the driver training elements of EU regulation No. 181/2011 for up to four years.

      Roads: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department plans to spend on improving the road network (a) in Devon and Cornwall and (b) within a 30 mile radius of the centre of...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information (a) his Department and (b) HS2 Ltd has provided to the High Speed Rail (London to West Midlands) Bill Select Committee on matters...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations (a) his Department and (b) HS2 Ltd have received from individuals about errors and omissions in information provided to the High...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to promote the training of HGV drivers; and what steps he is taking to encourage young people to enter the logistics industry...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent on language training in each year since 2010.

    • Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2014, to Question 209580, whether he and his EU counterparts gave specific consideration...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Iranian government about the persecution of Christians, Bahá'ís and...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Iranian government about the case of the imprisoned Christian pastor, Farshid Fathi.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent of persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iran under the Rouhani...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what priority the Government gives to the human rights situation in Iran as a factor in the development of bilateral relations...

      Financial Services: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings Ministers in his Department have had on UK Islamic finance initiatives since 15 July 2014.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of allegations of state-sponsored violence in Colombia.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the timetable is for the reopening of (a) HM Embassy in Tehran and (b) the Iranian Embassy in London.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of an increase of religious persecution in Iran; and what recent representations on this...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to meet President Santos of Colombia in London in November.

  • Department for International Development

    • West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the contribution by the Minister of State for the Armed Forces on 20 October 2014, Official Report, column 66, on troop...

    • Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to increase the production of promising Ebola drugs and vaccines and to negotiate the prices of...

  • Department for Education

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average annual cost for a looked after child was in each local authority in the most recent year for which figures are available.

    • Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the actual and percentage change in pay for school support staff has been in each of the last 15 years.

      Armed Forces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many service children have been recorded in the UK in each year since 2010.

      Boarding Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many state boarding schools in England are (a) co-educational, (b) all boys and (c) all girls.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has made contact with the 100 free schools which failed to respond to her Department's questionnaire for the research report,...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding schools in Brigg and Goole constituency received under the pupil premium in 2013-14; and what estimate she has made of how much...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many looked-after children in England also have a sibling in care; and how many looked-after children in England are (a) living with at least one...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of solar farms in the UK that include livestock grazing; and if she will make a...

    • Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the prospects of the Government seeking a more advantageous arrangement for cane sugar...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps she has taken to promote flood defences.

      Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of stormwater drainage in residential areas.

      Agriculture: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress she is making in reducing the burden of regulation on farmers.

      Food: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many British food and drink products have protected status.

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to protect plants and wildlife in the UK.

      Flood Control: Humber Estuary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the merits of recent proposals to strengthen flood defences in the Humber Estuary.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what modelling has been conducted to estimate the effect on UK employment levels of movements upwards and downwards in energy prices.

    • Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many staff in his Department (a) are currently on a persoanl improvement plan, (b) have been on a personal improvement plan for...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many teams in his Department have more than one member of staff on personal improvement plans.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if his Department will estimate the potential change in annual household energy bills arising from government subsidies to Drax for...

      Nuclear Power: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps his Department has taken to develop a cross-government concept of operations in emergency response plans to deal with a...

      Nuclear Power: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent lessons his Department has learned from Japan on how to implement a nuclear emergency action plan.

      Energy: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he has taken to help businesses and individuals to switch their gas and electricity suppliers more quickly.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when the last time was that he met the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to discuss the implementation of zero...

  • Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, on what criteria additional staff allowances other than for...

    • Members' Staff

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what comparative estimate the Speaker's Committee for the...

      Members' Staff

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many responses were received to IPSA's public consultation...

  • Wales Office

    • Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many private finance initiative projects his Department contracted for in each year from 1997 to 2010.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 17 September 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs M Lawson.

    • Courts: Clwyd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made on the closure of courts in the Vale of Clwyd; and what assessment he has made of the effect of such closures on staff...

      Disability Living Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many appeals against disability living allowance there have been since 2010; and how many such appeals resulted in a reversal of the original decision.

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will review the guidelines for sentencing of people convicted of stalking.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2014 to Question 208447, how many people convicted of (a) class A, (b) class B and (c) class C drug offences under...

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the date of closure was of each court building which closed but was not disposed of between May 2010 and 30 June 2014.

      Prisoners: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much the Prisons Service spent on taxis to transport prisoners in 2013-14.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason his Department's consultation on transposition of the EU public procurement directive was limited to four weeks.

    • Passports

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what liaison is taking place between his Department and the Home Office on the (a) design of, (b) structure of and (c) security for the new digital...

      Minimum Wage: Brigg

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time employees in Brigg and Goole constituency were paid the minimum wage in the last year for which figures are...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage infrastructure-based competition across the market for high-speed broadband...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department will co-operate with the Department for Communities and Local Government over potential actions to reduce the costs...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department will hold discussions with local authorities to encourage uptake of narrow trenching techniques in order to lower...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Law Commission's report on the Electronic Communications Code, published on 27 February 2013, what his response...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many private finance initiative projects his Department contracted for in each year from 1997 to 2010.

      Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reasons his Department's Annual Report and Accounts for 2013-14 has not yet been published; and when that report is due to be...

  • House of Lords

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children under the age of five were taken by their parents to accident and emergency departments for treatment in 2012 and 2013.

    • Asylum: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what access young asylum seekers have to health provision, once they reach the age of 18.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made to the conclusions and recommendations of the 54th report of 2013–14 of the Public Accounts Committee: COMPASS: Provision...

      Children in Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to help young care leavers who are not able to stay in foster care to make a successful transition to independence.

      Class Sizes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current pupil to teacher ratio in (1) primary, and (2) post-primary, schools broken down by sector; and how that figure compares with 2011.

      Defamation: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Law Commission has set a date for the publication of its report on the law of defamation in Northern Ireland; and, if not,...

      Dementia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to help care for dementia patients in the community.

      Doctors’ List of Patients

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) what is the average length of a general practitioner practice list; (2) what has been the level of net immigration since 2000; and (3) what is the number...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual average income earned by each seat on the East Coast rail service in (1) standard class, and (2) first class.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the list of electricity generating plants that has pre-qualified to bid in to this year’s planned capacity auction, how many gigawatts of existing...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the list of electricity generating plants that have pre-qualified to bid in to this year’s planned capacity auction, of the plants eligible for 15...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the rules governing capacity market auctions, what measures have been included to guard against undue market dominance by any of the companies bidding in...

      Email: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of individuals falling victim to e-mail and internet phishing each year; and what is their estimate of the total...

      Email: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of phishing have been reported to the police in each of the last five years.

      Email: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to support victims of phishing.

      Floods: Somerset

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of (1) the feasibility of constructing a permanent flood defence barrage to protect the village of Westonzoyland in the Somerset...

      Fracking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many objections to fracking they have received in 2014.

      General Practitioners: Dismissal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many general practitioners have been dismissed by primary care trusts, or by the Care Quality Commission, in each year since 2005.

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current stage in decision-making on European Parliament and United Kingdom regulations about permitting genetically modified organisms to be used...

      Health Services and Social Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have given to the Care Quality Commission’s annual State of Care report.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent on immigration security at United Kingdom airports since January 2013.

      Local Government: Lighting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which local authorities have applied for funding for LED lighting under the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s Salix project. To ask Her...

      Missing Persons: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children remain missing of those reported missing since 1 July 2007.

      NHS: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the “Nicholson Challenge” still operates within the National Health Service; if so, what efficiency savings have been identified to date;...

      Nursing and Midwifery Council

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that the Nursing and Midwifery Council reduces the number of cases that have been awaiting investigation for more than...

      Overseas Trade: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of jobs in the Republic of Ireland associated with direct trade with the United Kingdom.

      Police: Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to introduce fitness tests for all operational police officers, with different attainment levels for officers over 40 years of age.

      Primary Education: Sports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase support for head teachers and school leaders in directing the Primary Physical Education and Sports Premium to combat...

      Railways: North West

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for improving inter-regional rail links in the North West of England, particularly between East Lancashire and...

      Railways: North West

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve rail links between East Lancashire and Manchester; and what factors were considered when making judgements about which...

      Railways: North West

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many representations have been made to Ministers at the Department for Transport by Members of Parliament about regional rail link improvements from...

      Respiratory System: Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to raise awareness of bronchiolitis among parents with very young children.

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered naming two of the new Type 26 global combat ships after the cities of Plymouth and Portsmouth.

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