Written answers

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

  • HM Treasury

    • Financial Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to monitor practices in the banking sector.

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts about measures to reduce tax avoidance; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his officials had with the Office for National Statistics between January and October 2014 on provision for backdating of payments of...

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the progress of arrangements to secure compliance with the requirements of ESA 2010 with respect to future calculation of the...

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of the European Statistics Agency's calculation of UK's contribution liability in respect of the...

      Lighting

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to implement a replacement programme to introduce LED lighting throughout his Department's buildings and sites; if he will...

      Currencies

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2014, to the hon. Member for Vale of Glamorgan, Official Report, column 26W, on Bitcoin, what his policy is on the...

      Currencies

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his speech of 6 August 2014 on FinTech, what progress his Department has made on its programme of work exploring the potential of virtual...

      Currencies

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the ability of businesses using digital currencies to open a UK bank account.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what forecasts he has made of the long-term trends in house-building in each region and constituent part of the UK.

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the Electoral Commission's policy is on referral to the police of electoral...

  • Prime Minister

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance: Northern Ireland

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

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2014 to Question 203682, whether the Government has met its expectation that no-one is waiting longer than 26...

      Social Security Benefits: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what provisions are in place to protect whistleblowers in (a) Jobcentre Plus and (b) Work Programme providers.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the Minister for Pensions plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Angus dated 1 September 2014 and emails dated 24 and 30...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will raise the carer's allowance.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people spending fewer than 35 hours a week caring for someone with substantial caring needs.

  • Home Office

    • Entry Clearances: West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what visa arrangements are being made for citizens of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea whose visas are expiring or expired and whose return...

    • Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign national prisoners released without consideration of deportation since 2010 have been (a) subsequently convicted of a crime...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to deport illegal migrants to their home country.

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2014 to Question 210553, how many of the people granted humanitarian protection under the Syrian...

      UK Border Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the budget was for Border Force (a) total and (b) operations expenditure in 2013-14.

      Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from each country were (a) added to and (b) removed from the travel exclusion list in each of the last 10 years.

      Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions visa bans have been used to prevent people from each country of origin considered to be involved in corruption or...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many clandestine entrants were identified within the UK after passing through one of the UK's points of entry in each of the last 10 years.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support his Department provides to British lorry drivers to prevent people seeking to enter the UK illegally accessing their vehicles...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on excluding foreign university students from net immigration targets.

      Entry Clearances: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions visa bans have been used to prevent people considered to be involved in corruption or organised crime from travelling...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance she has issued to the Referred Casework Unit on how to process compassionate compelling cases; and if she will make a statement.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2014, to Question 210147, if she will (a) list which agencies are classified as frontline agencies, (b)...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she intends to secure professional photo industry accreditation, sanction and support for plans to allow digital images to be used...

      Entry Clearances: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason she has revoked the multi-entry visa of Amr Darrag, the former Egyptian Minister for International Co-operation.

      Mediterranean Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contributions the Government made to the Mare Nostrum rescue program before the decision to no longer support it.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2014 to Question 207807, whether a date has been set for commencement of section 65 of the Immigration...

      Gangmasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of exploitation have been identified by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority in sectors other than the agriculture sector in...

      Asylum: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of returning failed asylum seekers to Sri Lanka on the ability of the Office of the UN High...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department spent on (a) the Telegraph Modern Slavery in Britain site, (b) the Modern Slavery advertising campaign and (c) the...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to address the increase in male victims of trafficking; and if she will make a statement.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to prevent agency workers becoming victims of trafficking for labour exploitation.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will provide details of the methodology used to develop the annual National Crime Agency Strategic Assessment of the Nature and Scale...

      Organised Crime: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the level and effectiveness of the UK's co-operation with the Irish Republic in tackling cross-border...

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people had their vehicle stopped and searched under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in each of the last five years; and how...

      Asylum: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Sri Lankan asylum seekers who claimed asylum in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011, (d) 2012, (e) 2013 and (f) 2014, have been found to...

      Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to prevent people performing citizens' arrests being prosecuted.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has consulted non-governmental organisations in the preparation of the Modern Slavery Action Plan; and when she will publish the...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to increase co-ordination and coherence in intelligence gathering techniques used in police investigations on human...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were moved between different immigration removal centres in each of the last six months.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 24 September 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many roadside checks for (a) speed, (b) use of seat belts and child restraints, (c) vehicle safety and roadworthiness and (d) driving...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Public Opinion

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

    • Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make it her policy to implement a replacement programme to introduce LED lighting throughout her Department's buildings and sites;...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much her Department spent on iPhones in each year since 2010.

  • Department of Health

    • Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reports he has received from Health and Wellbeing Boards on improvements in raising diabetes awareness.

    • Drugs: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness and merits of (a) the recently announced New Medicines Fund in Scotland and (b) other funding models...

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contingency plans the Government is making for quarantine procedures for people entering the UK from countries where the Ebola virus is present in...

      Domestic Violence: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety in the Northern Ireland Executive on the 24 Hour...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been removed from GPs' lists in each of the last three years.

      Radiography: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many radiologists are due to finish their training in the next 12 months.

      NHS Trusts: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many increases to the annual salaries of Chairs of NHS Trusts that were over the limit set by him have been authorised by the NHS Trust Development...

      Surgery: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) obese patients and (b) smokers have been denied routine operations in each of the last three years.

      General Practitioners: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP practices have not been able to replace doctors who have retired in each of the last three years.

      Mental Health Services: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of mindfulness-based (a) cognitive therapy teachers and (b) stress reduction teachers in England.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will include in the new NHS patient, visitor and staff car parking principles reduced fees for families of long-term hospital patients.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the devolved administrations about the availability of free diabetes tests.

      Radiography: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultant radiologist posts in NHS trusts are (a) vacant and (b) covered by locums.

      NHS: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of mindfulness-based interventions on NHS staff in terms of (a) wellbeing levels, (b) stress...

      Depression: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what change there has been in the average age of the onset of depression in young people over the last 30 years.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of charging for NHS services required because of injuries caused by alcohol or drug misuse.

      NHS: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding NHS England makes available for promoting staff wellbeing.

      Public Opinion

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

      NHS: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many interpreters have been employed by or for the NHS in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what the cost of such interpreters...

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to introduce further measures at airports to prevent the spread of Ebola to the UK.

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reasons are for the time taken to conclude negotiations for a price for including the vaccine for meningitis B in the national immunisation...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2014 to Question 211725, on mental health services: young people, in which areas there is anecdotal evidence of...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Tata Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Urgent Question on 16 October 2014, Official Report, column 445, on Tata Steel, what meetings (a) he and...

    • Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department has taken to take account of the omission of (a) some workers paid below the lower earnings limit and...

      Social Enterprises: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many social enterprises there were in (a) Brighton and Hove, (b) East Sussex and (c) the South East in the most recent...

      Public Opinion

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

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprentices in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland were paid the apprentice rate of the national minimum...

      Society Network Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much his Department awarded in (a) grants and (b) contracts to the Society Network Foundation between 2010 and 2014.

      Big Society Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much his Department awarded in (a) grants and (b) contracts to the Big Society Network between 2010 and 2014.

      Big Society Network and Society Network Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many civil servants or special advisers his Department seconded to (a) the Big Society Network and (b) the Society Network...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current service life in flight hours is of Typhoon aircraft.

    • Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the order of battle is for the Fleet.

      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 Arabic.

      Armed Forces: Life Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether regular service personnel who take out the standard Pax Policy life insurance are covered in the event of death in non-war fighting operations.

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much annual revenue his Department generates from the commercial or civil use of RAF Northolt.

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether all items of cultural material from the HMS Victory 1744 wreck site will be acquired by the Maritime Heritage Foundation for deposition in one...

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he had with Lord Lingfield, then Sir Robert Balchin, regarding the formation of a company or charity to take on management of the wreck...

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether completion bonds or other financial arrangements will be put in place before granting the Maritime Heritage Foundation permission to recover at...

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which museum will be taking the accessioned collection of material from HMS Victory 1744.

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what sanctions are available to his Department if the Maritime Heritage Foundation or the Odyssey Marine Exploration attempt to sell any material of any...

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has been subject to any prospect of legal action by the Maritime Heritage Foundation or the Odyssey Marine Exploration, regarding...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the total private finance initiative liabilities of his Department are for the next 20 years; and if he will make a statement.

    • Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many small firms and shops have benefited from reductions in business rates in (a) England and (b) Crawley constituency.

      Private Finance Initiative

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

      Private Rented Housing: Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many section 21 notices were served in each of the last (a) 12 months and (b) five years.

  • Scotland Office

    • Public Opinion

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

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department has spent on legal fees over prevention of release of information requested by Freedom of Information requests since 2010.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many Freedom of Information requests his Department has declined to answer in full since 2010.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on iPhones in each year since 2010.

  • Department for Transport

    • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many prosecutions have been brought against operators of unmanned aircraft in (a) England and Wales and (b) Northern Ireland in the last 12...

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to tackle wrongful use of unmanned aircraft operating within the airspace over Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the economic benefit of High Speed 3 to the North West.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the announcement in HM Treasury's paper, Cm 8669, Investing in Britain's Future, page 13, that £15,145 million will be...

      Road Traffic: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of acoustic fencing on reducing traffic noise levels.

      Road Traffic: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of trees and vegetation in reducing traffic noise levels.

      Road Traffic: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of different types of road surfaces on traffic noise levels.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to address the situation of religious minorities in India following the recent elections.

    • Montenegro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts about offering a Membership Action Plan for Montenegro; and if he...

      Macedonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Macedonian counterpart about the possibility of the Former Yugoslav Republic of...

      Georgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with NATO counterparts about offering a Membership Action Plan for Georgia; and if he will...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the short term objectives are of the Indian Diaspora Champion.

      Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to appoint a diaspora champion for (a) Pakistan and (b) other countries.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Indian Diaspora Champion is taking to implement the Government's goal of stronger ties with India.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the purpose is of domestic visits by the Indian Diaspora Champion.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many candidates there were for the role of Indian Diaspora Champion; and how that Champion was selected.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visits the Indian Diaspora Champion has made.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost is of the Indian Diaspora Champion.

      Public Opinion

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

      Bosnia and Herzegovina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts on the possibility of offering a Membership Action Plan for Bosnia and...

      Macedonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts on the possibility of offering a Membership Action Plan for the Former...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to end sexual violence against women in Somalia.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of human rights in Nepal.

      Paraguay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on deforestation of uncontacted Indians' land in the Chaco region of Paraguay; and if he will make...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Iranian government on the imprisonment of (a) Ebrahim Firouzi, (b) Shahin...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the draft religious conversion law proposed by the government of Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Burmese counterparts on ratification of the International Convention on Civil...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Sudanese government about lessons to be learnt from the case of Meriam...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he is making to his Israeli counterpart on access to, and sovereignty over, the Al Aqsa mosque in East...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Sweden on recognition of the state of Palestine; and if he will make...

  • Department for International Development

    • Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many British military and NHS personnel are in Sierra Leone to deal with Ebola; and what plans the Government has to increase...

    • New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department has given to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in each of the last three years.

      New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition on the effect of their policy on seed law on...

      Public Opinion

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

      Jordan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what refugee relief work her Department is undertaking in Jordan.

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to encourage other developed nations to support efforts to tackle the Ebola virus in West Africa.

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to seek international consensus on post-2015 education goals and targets.

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help refugees from conflict in South Sudan.

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to put women and girls at the heart of the UK's development programmes.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the situation of refugees in Syria and Iraq.

  • Department for Education

    • Public Opinion

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

    • Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent progress she has made on improving financial education in schools.

      Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to implement a replacement programme to introduce LED lighting throughout her Department's buildings and sites; if she...

      Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will issue guidance to schools and sixth form colleges that they should implement a replacement programme to introduce LED lighting in their...

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's policy is on the use of umbrella companies for supply teachers.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of young people not in education, employment or training are BME.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to prevent degradation and deforestation of woodland.

    • Landfill: Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, under what statutory instruments the Government can regulate historic landfill sites if it is suspected that they could be...

      Slaughterhouses: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps alongside the food industry to institute a voluntary code for installing CCTVs in slaughter houses.

      Public Opinion

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

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dogs have been put down in each of the last five years under section 1 orders of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 by...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the mode of storage and containment of water that has been used for the hydraulic fracking...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what courses of action are available for people to raise concerns about suspected contamination of water as a result of fracking.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what chemical additives with a prospective use in hydraulic fracturing have been assessed for toxicological risk and other...

      Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to implement a replacement programme to introduce LED lighting throughout her Department's...

      Biofuels: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2014 to Question 211199, for what reason a decision was taken not to routinely assess...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the average time taken between a receipt of application and the granting of (a) groundwater...

      Agriculture: Wales

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

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Public Opinion

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

    • Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many employees of energy companies have been seconded to jobs in his Department since May 2010.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the respective remits are of his Department and the Prime Minister's Envoy on Climate Change; and what the relationship between...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the performance of local enterprise partnerships (LEPs); and which LEPs he has assessed as (a) highest and (b) lowest performing.

  • Attorney General

    • Fraud: Wales

      To ask the Attorney General, how many fraud prosecutions the Crown Prosecution Service has brought in Crown Courts in Wales in each of the last five calendar years.

    • Tesco

      To ask the Attorney General, what reports he has received on whether the Serious Fraud Office will apply for additional funding from HM Treasury to finance its investigation into Tesco.

      Public Opinion

      To ask the Attorney General, how much the Law Officers' Departments spent on (a) focus groups and (b) surveys in (i) 2013 and (ii) 2014 to date.

      Lighting

      To ask the Attorney General, if he will make it his policy to implement a replacement programme to introduce LED lighting throughout the Law Officers' Departments' buildings and sites; if he will...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Public Opinion

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

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he intends to answer Questions 210325, 210324 and 210323 due for answer on 17 October 2014; and what the reasons are for the time taken to reply.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officer vacancies at each grade there were in each prison in each month since January 2014.

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June 2014 to Question 200962, on mobile telephones, how many mobile telephones and SIM cards were found in each prison in...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Opinion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Office spent on (a) focus groups and (b) surveys in (i) 2013 and (ii) 2014 to date.

    • Nesta

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October to Question 209173, where on the provided URL the requested information can be found.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of those claiming jobseeker's allowance are BME.

      Unemployment: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of unemployed people are BME.

      Unemployment: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of those aged 16 to 24 who are unemployed are BME.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Public Opinion

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

    • Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that the system for registering new .uk domains with Nominet is accessible and straightforward.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will carry out an international comparative assessment of the ease of registering for the new .uk domains as a UK business.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received on Nominet's policy of first offering the new .uk domain names to the holder of the equivalent...

  • House of Lords

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to locate health visitors in accident and emergency departments.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the United Kingdom intends to ensure that at the London Conference on Afghanistan, due to take place on 24–25 November, Afghan women in attendance...

      Asylum: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Home Office asylum decisions were appealed against in 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2013; and what percentage of those appeals were successful. To ask Her...

      Azerbaijan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to send observers to the imminent trials in Azerbaijan of (1) Mr Arif and Ms Leyla Yunus of the Peace and Democracy Institute, (2) Mr...

      Bank Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment have they made of the level of unauthorised overdraft fees charged by banks in the United Kingdom.

      Broadband: Coastal Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment have they made of the provision of broadband services in coastal areas.

      Church Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the implementation of the Education (Independent School Standards) (England) (Amendment) 2014, requiring the active promotion of protected...

      Civil Servants: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which languages have been studied by civil servants and diplomatic staff at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Language School; and how many civil servants...

      Civil Servants: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect to see an increase in the numbers of United Kingdom civil servants capable of fulfilling the language requirements for applications to...

      Civil Servants: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how civil servants from all departments with the wish or the potential to benefit from a course at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Language School are...

      Coastal Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action are they taking to deal with the problems faced by coastal communities.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to compile reliable statistics on the extent of dowry violence in Britain.

      Ebola

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the research report by the Keenan Research Centre at St Michael's Hospital in Toronto which estimates that three ebola...

      Economic Situation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the latest revised forecast by the International Monetary Fund for the British economy, whether the Chancellor of the Exchequer still has...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, given the requirements of the Climate Change Act 2008, how they will ensure that all new and refurbished power generating capacity in the United Kingdom is...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications from outside the United Kingdom for entry clearance visas for work, using certificates of sponsorship from employers, were made in the...

      Eritrea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent events in Eritrea, and of the impact of those events on the number of refugees seeking refuge in Western Europe.

      Ethiopia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent events in Ethiopia, and of the impact of those events on the number of refugees seeking refuge in Western Europe.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which United Kingdom organisations have received European Union funding in the last year from structural, cohesion or other funds.

      General Practitioners: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the announcement by NHS England that general practitioners are to be paid an additional £55 for diagnosing dementia in patients, what other...

      Health and Social Care Act 2012

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 22 October (HL Deb, col 631), what has been the cost of the reforms introduced under the Health and Social Care Act...

      Honduras

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the authorities in Honduras regarding Dina Meza.

      Kashmir

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received reports about exchanges of fire on the Line of Control in Kashmir and on the working border between India and Pakistan; and...

      Kashmir

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to encourage the dialogue between Pakistan and India over the disputed region of Kashmir.

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any assessment of the efforts of the Pakistan security services in clearing the tribal areas of that country of Tehrik-e-Taliban in...

      Parole

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place to ensure reasonable adjustments for people with learning disabilities who are released from custody on licence so that the...

      Parole

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place to ensure that, when a person with learning disabilities is released from custody on licence, the person understands (1) the...

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans police and crime commissioners have to ensure that they have appropriately trained staff to support people with autism spectrum disorder.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to electrify the main and relief lines between Severn Tunnel Junction and Cardiff.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of electrifying the relief lines between Severn Tunnel Junction and Cardiff at a subsequent date to the electrification of the...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to propose to Parliament that the United Kingdom join the United States in air attacks on the Daesh besiegers of Kobani.

      Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 15 October (HL1906), whether they will place in the Library of the House the findings of their...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for planning permission for land-based wind turbines were refused by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in the...

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