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Written answers

Monday, 3 November 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the energy requirement figures for the plans of HS2 (Phase 2) are.

    • Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of vessels licensed to operate in the UK ferry industry are fitted with exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS); and what registration...

      Private Finance Initiative

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

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to enable local authorities to retain information on sex offenders to inform the granting of licences to taxi drivers.

      Railways: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential saving to the public purse arising from placing collision protection beams at bridges which have a high...

      Railways: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many collisions involving a vehicle hitting a bridge resulted in a delay to train services on the King's Cross to King's Lynn line in each of the...

  • Home Office

    • Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants without passports from (a) India, (b) Bangladesh, (c) Pakistan and (d) China have been re-documented in each of...

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many confiscation orders were imposed by the CPS on individuals convicted of offences related to human trafficking in each of the last...

      Offences Against Children: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will decide whether she will include Kincora Boys Home in East Belfast in the scope of the child sex abuse inquiry led by Fiona Woolf.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what change there was in the number of passengers refused entry at port and subsequently deported from 2009 to 2010; and what assessment she...

      Private Finance Initiative

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

      Mediterranean Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to support countries of origin and transit in North Africa to assist them to prevent migrants from attempting...

      Mediterranean Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support she is providing to countries of origin and transit in North Africa to tackle smugglers and criminal gangs who transport...

      Terrorism: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people (a) suspected of and (b) charged with terrorism offences have been surrendered by the Republic of Ireland to the UK in each...

      Police ICT Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made on the development of the Police ICT Company.

      Crime: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her speech of 23 October 2014 in Central Hall, Westminster, entitled Home Secretary at the Policing and Mental Health...

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to increase public awareness of police and crime commissioners; and if she will make a statement.

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons her Department has transferred responsibility for the procurement of HOLMES 3 to police and crime commissioners; and what...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment her Department has made of the level of female genital mutilation in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2014 to Question 200545, from the hon. Member for Liverpool, Wavertree, when she plans to publish her...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to ensure that the terror threat level in the UK is lowered.

      Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department spent on (a) focus groups and (b) surveys in (i) 2013 and (ii) 2014 to date.

      Arrest Warrants: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many European Arrest Warrants issued by the UK to the Republic of Ireland for terrorism-related offences remain outstanding.

      Deportation: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many students of have been deported from UK universities and colleges as a result of investigations into Educational Testing Service...

      Deportation: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the country of origin was of each student deported as a result of the BBC Panorama investigation broadcast in February 2014; and to...

      Police Stations: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will issue guidance to operators of police forces that they should implement a replacement programme to introduce LED lighting in all...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations the Government has made to the Government of Pakistan about security threats and terrorism in the...

    • Private Finance Initiative

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

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Bahrain on that government's recent decision to revoke the nationality of...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received about allegations of a reduction in protection afforded to (a) Senator Ivan Cepeda and (b) other...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he took with his international counterparts to ensure that the recent parliamentary elections in Ukraine were free...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Colombian government about the killing on 7 October 2014 of Norman Ortiz.

      Trans-Dniestr

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote dialogue between the Moldovan government and Transnistria; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how his Department plans to respond to Iraq's statement at the First Assembly of the UN General Assembly, requesting help from...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to use the UK's membership of the UN Human Rights Council to introduce a resolution condemning human...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on China's future plans for its submarine fleet; and if...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent meetings he has had with Bahraini human rights advocates.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings he has had with Prince Nasser bin Hamad of Bahrain since 2010.

      Taiwan

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

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on furthering US support for British sovereignty over the Falkland...

      Multinational Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what records his Department keeps of UK companies' compliance with OECD guidelines for multinational companies; and what steps...

      Multinational Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guidance on OECD guidelines the UK Government gives to UK companies operating abroad.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Bahraini government on its (a) human rights record and (b) allegations of torture...

      Norfolk Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on Norfolk Island in the last 12 months.

      Pitcairn Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the sustainability of the Pitcairn Islands.

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the UK is providing to the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure MONUSCO peace-keepers are implementing their mandate.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the reasons were for the time taken by his Department to reply to correspondence from the hon. Member for West Lancashire...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Iranian authorities on the imprisonment of Maryam Naghash Zargaran.

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking in collaboration with Deputy Special Representative of MINUSCA, Diane Corner, to ensure...

      Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on the conviction against Anwar Ibrahim, Leader of the Opposition of Malaysia; if he will...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Nigerian counterpart on alleged human rights abuses by the Nigerian military;...

      Boko Haram

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking with his international counterparts to co-ordinate the rescue of girls and women kidnapped by Boko...

      Guinea-Bissau

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Guinea-Bissau on dealing with Ebola.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made on her Department's review of the exemption to the publication of party political donations in Northern Ireland.

    • Private Finance Initiative

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

      Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will take steps to ensure that the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland holds additional registration clinics before March 2015 in...

  • Attorney General

    • Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Attorney General, how many private finance initiative projects the Law Officers' Departments contracted for in each year from 1997 to 2010.

    • Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent assessment he has made of the usefulness of the European Arrest Warrant as a prosecutorial tool.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • UKTI Defence and Security Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff worked for the UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation (UKTI DSO) on 1 April 2014; and what the...

    • Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of HM Revenue and Customs launching pro-active investigations into the...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the cost of paying a one-off payment to the staff of his Department in lieu of their entitlement to annual increments was.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the payback period is in relation to the one-off payment to staff in his Department who have opted to forego their...

      Private Finance Initiative

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

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many post offices will be affected by the Network Transformation Programme in each region and constituent part of the UK;...

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2014 to Question 211397, what plans the Government has to increase the proportion of...

      Farepak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, in which publications the Insolvency Service has placed advertisements about Farepak unclaimed funds.

      Farepak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much the Insolvency Service has spent on advertising relating to Farepak unclaimed funds to date.

      Farepak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many advertisements the Insolvency Service has placed about Farepak unclaimed funds in (a) newspapers, (b) magazines, (c)...

      Mobile Phones: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will take steps to ensure that mobile telephone operators and other companies display the total cost of consumer contracts...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to encourage employer best practice in relation to employee wellbeing.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of potential relationships between employee wellbeing, productivity and levels of absenteeism.

      UK Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many full-time equivalent officials of what grade in his Department have been assigned to assist UK Coal in the drafting of...

  • Department for International Development

    • Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to encourage long-term measures to bring about systemic changes required to better cope with...

    • Private Finance Initiative

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

      Developing Countries: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department gives to (a) the European and Devoloping Countries Clinical Trials Partnership, (b) other innovative...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance is being provided to the government of Nigeria with regard to the continued abduction and maltreatment of women and...

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the UK has (a) pledged for and (b) deposited in the UN Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund; and how much such funds...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what reports she received of the use of UN humanitarian helicopters to transport military personnel in the eastern Democratic Republic...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what practical support her Department has provided to help women who were kidnapped and subsequently escaped from or were released by...

  • Department for Education

    • First Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will take steps to ensure that more young people are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

    • Schools: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to improve access to mindfulness programmes in schools.

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will reinstate references to child wellbeing in the Ofsted inspection framework.

      Young People: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of the core target group of 16 to 19-year olds have (a) applied for and (b) been accepted onto a traineeship to date in...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment (a) her Department and (b) Ofsted have made of the consistency with which free schools are operating in accordance with the School...

      Children: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that the education system gives due consideration to the promotion of child wellbeing.

      16-19 Bursary Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when considering a payment through the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund, whether the personal circumstances of a student undergoing financial hardship should be...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the merits of extending the Pupil Premium to all children educated at home.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will extend the Pupil Premium to children who are educated at home and have (a) foetal alcohol spectrum disorder and (b) other special needs.

      Schools: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Ofsted inspections were carried out in Suffolk local education authority area in (a) primary, (b) secondary, (c) straight-through, (d)...

      Teachers: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics there were in UK secondary schools in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14.

      Private Finance Initiative

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

      Schools: Fareham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many new places at (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have been created in Fareham constituency in the last 12 months.

      Secondary Education: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the requirement for secondary school places amongst religious denominations in the London Borough of Barnet...

      Secondary Education: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the requirement for secondary school places in the London Borough of Barnet over the next five years.

      Teachers: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many black and minority ethnic teachers there are in state (a) primary and (b) secondary schools; and if she will make a statement.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many academies provide boarding places for paying overseas students.

      Teachers: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people without a recognised teaching qualification are employed as teachers in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) the north west...

      Teachers: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers retired (a) due to age, (b) due to health problems and (c) prematurely from publicly-funded schools in 2012-13.

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of how many additional teachers will be needed in each year to 2020.

      Teachers: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time teachers retired from publicly-funded schools in 2012-13.

      Teachers: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers are no longer in service in the English publicly-funded schools sector and did not receive a pension in 2012-13.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which free schools opened in September 2014; and how many children were enrolled at each such school at the time they opened.

      Young Offender Institutions: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many hours per week of education juvenile boys in Hindley and Cookham Wood young offender institutions had in each week in June 2014.

      Digital Technology: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to increase digital engagement by local education authorities.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what sentences were handed down to each employee of the Prison Service found guilty of criminal activity in the workplace in 2013.

    • Domestic Violence: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spends each year on legal aid to support women suffering from domestic abuse.

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what further training is planned for (a) the probation service, (b) magistrates and (c) judges on the new stalking laws.

      Pornography: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with internet service providers about bringing forward legislative proposals to tackle revenge porn websites.

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many magistrates in England and Wales have been given training on the new laws on stalking to date.

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many judges in England and Wales have been given training on the new laws on stalking to date.

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been convicted under the provisions of section 4a of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997; and how many such people received a...

      Private Finance Initiative

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

      Prisons: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many books his Department received from supporters of the Books for Prisoners campaign.

      Prisons: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in which prisons were women who (a) gave a North Wales address and (b) were sentenced by a North Wales court were held in each year since 2010.

      Crown Courts: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many witness care staff were employed at each Crown court in each year since 2010.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he sought the approval of the European Commission for pension proposals in the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms.

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners are serving custodial sentences in open prisons, broken down by the most serious offence for which they were imprisoned, in the most...

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been paid in forfeiture because of the Prison Service's use of barbed and razor wire in each of the last four years.

      Prisons: Locks and Keys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of lost keys have required the relocking of prisons since May 2010; and at what cost.

      Prisons: Locks and Keys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of lost keys there have been in prisons in each year since May 2010.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June 2014 to Question 200960, when he plans to write to the hon. Member for Coventry South to provide the information he...

  • Prime Minister

    • European Union

      To ask the Prime Minister, what political content has been removed from the version of his January 2013 speech on the future of the European Union hosted on the gov.uk website.

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Prime Minister, if he will bring forward proposals to enable an early date for the referendum on membership of the EU.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many nuclear safety events there were at HMNB Clyde and RNAD Coulport involving (a) Class A and (b) Class B incidents involving (i) nuclear...

    • Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps have been taken by the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies to implement recommendations arising from the 2011 Exercise Senator on...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how his Department has implemented the recommendations from Exercise Senator in 2011 on nuclear accident emergencies.

      Defence Cultural Specialist Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many weeks of cultural and historical training the average graduate of the Defence Cultural Specialist Unit course receives in addition to their...

      Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people in the armed forces are in receipt of a Level (a) 3 and (b) 4 language allowance in Pashto.

      Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people in the armed forces are in receipt of a Level (a) 3 and (b) 4 language allowance.

      Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people in the armed forces are in receipt of a Level (a) 3 and (b) 4 language allowance in Dari.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Private Finance Initiative

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

    • Employment: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 1 September 2014 to Question 206874, if his Department will make an assessment of the effectiveness of Men's Sheds...

      Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department makes available to ensure that people with (a) Parkinson's and (b) other progressive conditions are able to...

      Universal Credit: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Barrow and Furness constituency he expects to have transferred to universal credit by 1 January 2015.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people whose primary medical condition was classified as difficulty in hearing received an award for (a) communication support at...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who had no prior pension savings have been enrolled under automatic enrolment into workplace pension schemes.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people whose primary medical condition was classified as difficulty in hearing sought reconsideration of their case from (a) a...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people enrolled under automatic workplace pension schemes have chosen to opt out after (a) six, (b) nine and (c) 12 months.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many users of the Access to Work scheme with each primary medical condition received reductions to their support package after a review of...

      Access to Work Programme: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disabled people in (a) Bury St Edmunds constituency and (b) Suffolk have received new support from the Access to Work scheme to...

      Unemployment Benefits: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have made at least one claim for out-of-work benefits in (a) Bury St. Edmunds constituency, (b) Suffolk and (c) the East of...

      Employment Services: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps are being taken in (a) Bury St Edmunds constituency and (b) Suffolk to support older jobseekers in using online recruitment processes.

      Disability Living Allowance: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) maximum and (b) average length of time was for processing a new claim for disability living allowance for children in (i) 2009...

      Access to Work Programme: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disabled people are using Access to Work support for a (a) work trial, (b) work experience opportunity under the Youth Contract, (c)...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the level of income disregard threshold for employment and support allowance will be reviewed prior to the Autumn Statement 2014.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, who the decision maker is in the case of a DLA review; and what the assessment process is.

      Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take further steps to provide support to people who wish to work beyond pension age.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2014 to Question 211684, whether the planned exemption from the three month residency test for people...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of households claiming (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) universal credit, (c) income support, (d) the work-related activity...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent progress he has made on rectifying benefit sanctions found to have been wrongly applied.

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to inform residential training colleges for disabled people whether their funding will be extended beyond August 2015.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many front line job centre advisers will take part in user acceptance testing of the IT systems developed to facilitate the delivery of...

      Social Security Benefits: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a conclusion has been reached on infringement proceedings generated by the European Commission against the Government of the United...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the programme management of universal credit made use of the Prince2 methodology.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what metrics will be used to determine whether the IT systems that have been developed to facilitate the delivery of universal credit roll out...

      Housing Benefit: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many housing benefit claimants there are in each constituency in Northern Ireland.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people subject to the under-occupancy penalty who have moved into a smaller home since the...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have received Access to Work support in the last 12 months.

      Employment: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent progress his Department has made on supporting people with mental health conditions in the workplace.

      Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps his Department has taken to support older workers.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of recent employment trends.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff employed by contractors working for her Department are paid below the Living Wage as defined by the Living...

    • Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will bring forward legislative proposals to ban puppy farming.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many private finance initiative projects her Department contracted for in each year from 1997 to 2010.

      White Fish: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take unilateral steps to manage bass stocks in UK waters until EU agreement is reached; and if she will make a...

      Environmental Protection: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information her Department holds on which EU member states are leading on the EU Make It Work initiative; which...

      Japanese Knotweed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to assess and mitigate the effect of Japanese knotweed.

      Peat Bogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will have discussions with the National Gamekeepers Association, the Countryside Alliance and the Land Access and...

      Solar Power: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to her Department's press release of 19 October 2014 entitled Subsidies for solar farms to be cut to help...

      Agriculture: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she next plans to meet farming organisations in Northern Ireland.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what criteria his Department used to determine which councils received an (a) increase and (b) decrease in funding in 2014-15.

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on changes in spending on local government since May 2010 on (a) staff...

      Fires: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in providing (a) adequate...

      Local Government: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) full-time, (b) part-time, (c) self-employed, (d) casual, (e) fixed-term or contract, (f) apprenticeship and (g)...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the take-up of the Help to Buy has been in (a) England and (b) Crawley constituency.

      Society Network Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the value was of contracts awarded by his Department to the Society Network Foundation since 2010.

      Local Government: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Depatment's press release of 3 July 2013, entitled Government removes volunteering tax on councillors,...

      Tenancy Deposit Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who audits My Deposits; and whether that audit is submitted to his Department.

      Tenancy Deposit Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how often checking and monitoring of (a) the Deposit Protection Service, (b) the Tenancy Deposit Scheme and (c) My Deposits...

      Radioactive Materials: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how his Department has implemented the relevant recommendations from Exercise Senator in 2011 on nuclear accident emergencies.

      Right to Buy Scheme: Brigg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many council home tenants in Brigg and Goole constituency have bought their property under the right to buy scheme in each...

      Councillors' Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the declaration of interests requirements for people on parish councils on the...

      Planning: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that the planning systems helps to promote physical activity, including cycling and walking;...

      Refuges: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what housing tenure was held by women upon entering refuge accommodation in England and Wales in each year since 2010-11.

  • Wales Office

    • Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department spent on (a) focus groups and (b) surveys in (i) 2013 and (ii) 2014 to date.

  • HM Treasury

    • Islamic State

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) people and (b) entities believed to be connected to ISIL are currently on the financial sanctions list; and how many of these were added in the...

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2014 to Question 209683 to the hon. Member for Stourbridge, what assessment he has made of the factors that resulted in...

      Home Care Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2014 to Question 209191, for what reason fewer HM Revenue and Customs investigations into the home-care sector were...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to reduce waiting times experienced by (a) people on a low income and (b) other people using the HM Revenue and Customs tax credits...

      Home Care Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the benefits and disbenefits of HM Revenue and Customs launching pro-active investigations into the home care...

      Taxation: Overseas Residence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to announce his response to the consultation on removing the personal allowance for people living abroad.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue in the form of Class 1 National Insurance contributions was collected from people earning less than the threshold for income tax in the...

      Bitcoin

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance he has issued to vendors accepting digital currencies as payment for goods and services.

      Community Amateur Sports Clubs Scheme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish draft regulations for community amateur sports clubs; and what his policy is on when those regulations will come into force.

      Income Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employment and support allowance recipients received a payment for income tax for 2012-13.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of households claiming (a) tax credits and (b) child benefit are (i) in work and (ii) have dependent children.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what date (a) new and (b) existing claims to tax credits will end.

      Pool Reinsurance Company

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the current size is of the Pool Re reserves.

      Tourism: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the research conducted by the Nevin Economic Research Institute in Ireland on the rate...

      Pool Reinsurance Company

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the Pool Reinsurance reserves in the event of a terrorist incident.

      Employment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the recommendation of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics that stable and secure employment for all...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Oil: Refineries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many former refineries have been converted to import and distribution terminals.

    • Green Deal Scheme: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many households in (a) Newport East constituency and (b) Wales have received Green Deal funding.

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the performance of the domestic renewable heat incentive scheme.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will take steps to ensure that no child living in poverty grows up in a cold home.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Health

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that all departments make use of relevant wellbeing evidence to inform policy.

    • Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many private finance initiative projects his Department contracted for in each year from 1997 to 2010.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Brigg

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many alcohol-related deaths there were in Brigg and Goole constituency in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013.

      Ebola

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has carried out a risk assessment of the threat posed to the UK by the Ebola epidemic.

      Pneumococcal Disease

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how often (a) pneumococcal disease and (b) pneumococcal community-acquired pneumonia was mentioned on death certificates in England and Wales in each...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to facilitate the deployment of fixed and mobile broadband networks; and when he plans to bring forward...

    • Video Games: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the Government's estimate is of the proportion of video games sector employees who are women.

      Mobile Phones: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with Ofcom on mobile telephones and mid-contract price increases.

      Football: Homophobia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to tackle homophobic abuse in football stadiums.

      Mobile phones: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department has made in improving 3G and 4G mobile telephone signals (a) nationally and (b) in Cumbria since 2011.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what change there has been in the number of households in Northern Ireland holding a black and white television licence between 2003...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answers of 11 September 2014 to Questions 208200 and 208199, which local authorities have informed his Department that the capability of their...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2014 to Question 208273, what (a) guidance and (b) sanctions (i) his Department and (ii) the Electoral Commission provides...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment his Department has made of the appropriateness of the key success measure for completeness of the electoral register contained in the Electoral...

  • Department of Health

    • Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has made an assessment of or received evidence on the effect on care standards of non-payment of the national minimum wage in the...

    • Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to introduce a screening programme for people who have previously had treatment for skin cancer.

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the effect of recent changes to the nursery milk scheme on the ability of schools to fulfil the requirements of the...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding his Department allocated to the Health Reform Evaluation Programme for 2014-15; and how much was allocated in each of the five previous...

      Orphan Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS spent on orphan medicines in each of the last three years; and what proportion of total medicines expenditure that represented in each year.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of Health Education England's third round of recruitment for general practice training posts.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve access to NICE-recommended mindfulness-based therapies on the NHS.

      Blood: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to promote the use of blood bikes for the transportation of blood to hospital trusts.

      Blood: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide figures showing how much money has been saved by the NHS by the use of blood bikes for the transportation of blood (a) nationally and...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the potential benefits of training doctors and nurses in mindfulness.

      Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to ensure more effective regulation of providers of cosmetic laser treatments; and whether it is his policy to introdude a register...

      Queen Alexandra Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) mean and (b) median waiting time for treatment in Queen Alexandra Hospital's accident and emergency department was in each year from 2009-10.

      NHS: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of compulsory redundancy payments for staff of all NHS employers in England was in each year from 2009-10 to 2013-14.

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effects of changes to the nursery milk scheme on the supply of milk.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of adults in (a) Fareham constituency, (b) Hampshire and (c) England have been diagnosed with dementia in each of the last 10 years.

      Health: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 1 September 2014 to Question 206875, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential of Men's Sheds movement to...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of (a) children and (b) adults in (i) Fareham constituency, (ii) Hampshire and (iii) England were classed as (A) overweight and (B) obese...

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has held with disability campaigners on securing compensation from Grünenthal for people affected by thalidomide; and if...

      Out of Area Treatment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements are in place to ensure that the costs of treating in England patients resident in Wales are recovered from NHS Wales.

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence's health technology appraisals on pancreatic cancer...

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2014, to Question 209177, which reporting organisations reported each of the 617 incidents; and which reporting...

      Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether health technology appraisal committees can apply the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence's end-of-life criteria flexibly when...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cancer drugs approved by the Cancer Drugs Fund have subsequently been (a) approved and (b) rejected by the National Institute for Health and...

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2014 to Question 210807, what the anticipated payments were in respect of England in 2014-15; whether the...

      Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence advises that end-of-life criteria should only apply to medicines that extend life...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 23 October 2014 to the Urgent Question on Five Year Forward View, Official Report, column 1044, if he will ensure that...

      Mental Health Services: Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department issues on minimum standards of care in situations where patients who have been engaged in prostitution have been referred by...

      Heart Diseases: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to provide (a) further funding for and (b) expanded provision of paediatric cardiac surgery services in Gloucestershire; and if he will...

      Mental Health Services: Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients who have been engaged in prostitution were referred by the NHS for counselling or therapeutic services in each year since 2010-11.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual public health budget is for (a) Birmingham City Council, (b) Manchester City Council, (c) Leeds City Council, (d) Newcastle City Council,...

      Prisoners' Release: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the opioid-related deaths which occurred in Wales in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 occurred in people who had been released from prison in the four...

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that payments made by the pharmaceutical industry under the current Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme are used to...

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase his Department's budget for research and development.

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support and screening facilities his Department has provided for health service volunteers assisting with the Ebola virus crisis in West Africa.

      Ambulance Services: North West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the active time of the North West Ambulance Service ambulances stationed in South Lakeland District is spent outside that district.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) process and (b) timelines followed by the NHS to determine a specialised clinical commissioning policy are; and what the roles and...

      Mental Health Services: Haltemprice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for talking therapies in (a) Haltemprice and Howden constituency and (b) nationally.

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to ensure that the payments made by the pharmaceutical industry under the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme will be...

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to use the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme to make the UK (a) a global leader in providing patients access to the...

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his oral contribution of 23 October 2014, Official Report, columns 1044-5, on Five Year Forward View, if he will ensure that any...

  • House of Lords

    • Academies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the terms of the Academies Financial Handbook allow an academy chain to outsource all non-teaching staff to a profit-making provider.

    • Altcourse Prison

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with G4S Custodial and Detention Services about the findings of the report of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons on HM Prison...

      Altcourse Prison

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with G4S Custodial and Detention Services about the findings of the report of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons on HM Prison...

      BBC Media Action

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in each of the last ten years, what resources have been made available to BBC Media Action for the training in journalism and media skills of human rights...

      BBC Media Action: Asia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of BBC Media Action’s work in Asia; whether they consider it has increased government...

      BBC Media Action: North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to funding BBC Media Action to co-produce programmes with North Korean escapees (1) to enable them to broadcast via...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current commitment, bilaterally and multilaterally, to the United Nations Level 3 Emergency Situation in Central African Republic.

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will review the level of humanitarian aid given bilaterally to the Central African Republic.

      Civil Servants: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many diplomatic staff and civil servants from each department or government agency have received or are receiving language training at the Foreign and...

      Class Sizes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest calculation of the number of infant classes of over 30 pupils in schools in England.

      Climate Change: Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the presence of climate change analysis in schools’ science curricula.

      Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the effect on the carbon intensity of electricity generated measured in gCO2/kwh of the fitting of emissions abatement technology at West...

      Council of Europe

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will be represented at the forthcoming Council of Europe conference in Baku, Azerbaijan; and what representations they will make regarding the...

      Ebola

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the introduction of enhanced screening arrangements for ebola at the United Kingdom’s main ports of entry for people travelling from the...

      Ebola

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what military personnel they are providing to contain the spread of ebola; and how many staffed and equipped field hospitals they have, if any.

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Egyptian authorities regarding Yara Sallam.

      EU Enlargement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the process of accession of further countries from the former Yugoslavia to the European Union, any steps are being taken to ensure that British...

      EU External Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what date it is anticipated that all the stages of ratification of the Association Agreements between each of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia and the...

      European Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the commitment made by Lord Hill of Oareford to the European Parliament that he would put the interests of the European Union...

      European Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what articles in the Treaties of the European Union the European Parliament has the power to reject the candidatures of European Commissioners...

      European Union

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that when they wish to repatriate powers from the European Union they can do so without contravening European law. To...

      Financial Services: Advisory Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the provision of money management, budgeting and debt advice by local authorities and social sector landlords is being monitored.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Iranian authorities regarding Ghoncheh Ghavami.

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what practical assistance and support they are providing to the government of Iraq in taking forward a credible programme of political reform and...

      Languages: Primary Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what overall assessment will be made of the quality of foreign language teaching in primary schools following such teaching becoming compulsory in September 2014.

      Languages: Primary Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to provide additional training and resources to support primary school teachers teaching foreign languages.

      Liver Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reverse the rise in liver deaths in England between 2001 and 2012 shown by Public Health England’s report Liver Disease...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they use when distributing grants to groups offering mental health support to young people.

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conditions concerning human rights they have imposed on trade with Middle East states.

      National Identity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of comments by the Secretary of State for Education, what they mean by “British values”.

      New Businesses: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for the Start Up Loans scheme have been received from Northern Ireland; and what is the total value of such loans provided for new...

      NHS

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Secretary of State for Health has discharged his duty to report on the treatment of National Health Service health care providers as specified in...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of imports to North Korea of luxury goods in 2013; what assessment they have made of the impact of such imports...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the authorities in Pakistan arising from the decision of the Lahore High Court to reject the appeal of Asia Bibi, and...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what projects they fund within the educational services in Pakistan that promote religious tolerance.

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further steps they are taking to recognise Palestine as a state after the recent debate in the House of Commons.

      Pre-School Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to reduce attainment gaps in literacy and numeracy between boys and girls in pre-school education in the short and long term.

      Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how output per hour worked in the United Kingdom compares with output per hour worked in each of the other G7 countries for each year or part year since 1997...

      Refuges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the research conducted by Women’s Aid on the number of women’s refuge spaces for victims of domestic violence;...

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions in the last three years they have sought the approval of the Duchy of Cornwall before a road traffic regulation has been implemented.

      Secondary Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the teaching of philosophical and critical thinking in secondary schools at a (1) pre-GCSE, and (2) post-GCSE level.

      Self-employed: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were (1) the average annual gross earnings, and (2) the average gross hourly rate of pay, in the United Kingdom, both in nominal terms and adjusted for...

      Sports: Primary Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the commitments made after the Olympic Games, what plans they have to increase the time allocated and resources spent per pupil on sport in all...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they notified the European Commission of the draft regulations for possible standardised packaging for tobacco products without waiting for the results...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish a revised impact assessment on standardised packaging of tobacco products following the comments of the Regulatory Policy Committee.

      UK Trade With EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the risk of the Eurozone returning to recession and the statement by the Chancellor of Exchequer that Britain could not be immune...

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Kramer on 15 October (WS33–35), whether the interim report concerning the crash of Malaysian Airways...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the growth of the use of military, commercial, and private drones, what plans, if any, they have to license or control their use, especially...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the situation for women in Zimbabwe.

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