Written answers

Monday, 15 December 2014

  • HM Treasury

    • Oil: Prices

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the recent fall in global oil prices on the UK economy.

    • Directors

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many members of his Department's executive board are (a) white British and (b) from any other ethnic background.

      Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of (a) his Department's staff and (b) staff working for companies contracted by his Department are paid less than the Living Wage.

      Directors

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many members of his Department's executive board are (a) male and (b) female.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: East Sussex

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many properties sold in (a) Brighton, Kemptown constituency, (b) Brighton and Hove and (c) East Sussex County Council area attracted stamp duty land tax...

      Listed Buildings: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the annual cost to the Exchequer would be of reducing the rate of VAT on repairs to, and maintenance of, listed buildings from 20 per cent to five per cent.

      Co-operative Bank

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 160W on Celtic Football Club, whether the investigation into events at the...

      In Work Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value was of in-work tax credits claimed in the (a) UK and (b) Vale of Clwyd in each year since 2008.

      Gaming Machines: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to ringfence revenue from the levy on fixed odds betting terminals to fund treatment for problem gamblers.

      Orchestras: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 2.96 of Autumn Statement 2014, how and when the Government plans to consult on an orchestra tax relief.

      Television: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 2.94 in Autumn Statement 2014, how and when the Government plans to explore with industry whether to change high-end TV tax relief.

      Air Passenger Duty: Children

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.214 of the Autumn Statement 2014, what estimate he has made of the annual number of families that will be affected by the...

      Derelict Land

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of reducing VAT on costs incurred in the redevelopment of brownfield sites.

      Public Expenditure: Females

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on women of the measures in budgets and spending reviews since May 2010.

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the (a) fuel and (b) energy industry on the price of domestic fuel following falls in global oil prices.

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that domestic fuel prices are adjusted following falls in the global oil price.

      Hospices: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the announcement in the Autumn Statement of the removal of VAT for hospice charities, whether the exemption will apply to capital as well...

  • Prime Minister

    • Alexandra Wilson

      To ask the Prime Minister, what steps he took following representations by the hon. Member for North Down to secure the release of Alexandra Wilson from Bangor in County Down from a women's...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people engaged on community work placements have received a sanction in each month since the programme started.

    • Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people referred to the Work Programme at the latest date for which figures are available were identified as...

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many members of his Department's executive board are (a) male and (b) female.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people who have been subject to the under-occupancy penalty at the latest date for which figures are available...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to letters sent by district managers of Jobcentre Plus to hon. Members on 30 September 2014, how many such letters were sent;...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of (a) his Department's staff and (b) staff working for companies contracted by his Department are paid less than...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people affected by the under-occupancy penalty in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) the UK.

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many businesses have applied to take on staff under the Youth Contract in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley Local Authority,...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Clwyd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been in receipt of employment and support allowance payments for more than one year in Clwyd South constituency.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Clwyd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been in receipt of jobseeker's allowance payments for more than one year in Clwyd South constituency.

      Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people working in his Department are over 65 years old; and if he will make a statement.

      Disabled Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with a disability work in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobseeker's allowance claimants have received an (a) second, (b) third and (c) fourth sanction in each quarter since January 2010.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that women who have less than the 10 years' National Insurance Contributions required to...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by what means and indicators his Department measures the success of performance measurement review officers.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2014 to Question 216814, whether he plans to implement a further IT solution to ensure that local...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria he used to determine that the threshold at which a change in income can lead to an adjustment in child maintenance payments...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training is given to staff in his Department in order for them to qualify as performance measurement review officers.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what locations performance measurement review officers are being deployed.

  • Home Office

    • Armed Forces: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department took to vet the Libyan personnel before their training at Bassingbourn Barracks; and if she will make a statement.

    • Borders: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2014 to Question 213850, what estimate she has made of the total number of vehicles entering the UK...

      Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that a person's criminal record as used by the police and the courts includes convictions made under any...

      Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to protect synagogues from terrorist attacks.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 13 December 2013, Official Report, column 384W, on counter-terrorism and pursuant to the Answer of 27...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the professions of non-EU migrants who have entered the UK in the last five years.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what sanctions her Department has available to take against a Constabulary which takes over 90 working days to process a Disclosure and...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her officials last met officials from the Department for Health to consider the effect of late Disclosure and Barring clearances on the...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were employed by her Department as asylum claim caseworkers in each year since 2010.

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many members of her Department's executive board are (a) male and (b) female.

      HM Passport Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2014 to Question 216273, on HM Passport Offices, what estimate she has made of the average cost to her...

      Radicalism: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to counter the use of the internet as a means of radicalisation.

      Firearms: Clwyd

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many firearms certificates were issued in Clwyd South constituency in the last five years.

      Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many desks are in her Department's main building; how many such desks are (a) owned and (b) leased by her Department; and what the cost...

      Drugs: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the comments by US Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield on 9 October 2014, on the UN drug control conventions,...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of the minimum earnings threshold needed for a spouse to apply for indefinite leave to remain in...

      Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what reports she has received of the police response when called out to an alleged assault at Campsfield House immigration centre on 29...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2014 to Question 215259, for what reason that Answer did not refer to the actual average waiting time...

      Homophobia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many homophobic hate crimes were committed against people of Asian ethnicity in each year since May 2010.

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average cost of transferring a person between immigration removal centres is.

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the results were of the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme review.

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total cost has been of all Police and Crime Commissioner elections to date.

      Food: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received on changes in the level of theft of food from shops; and what discussions she has had with...

      Construction: Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the appropriateness of the use by the construction industry of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme...

      Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken with Sussex Police and Brighton and Hove City Council to end violence against women and girls; and if...

      Entry Clearances: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for UK visas have been made by applicants in (a) Delhi, (b) Chandigarh, (c) Jalandhar, (d) Mumbai, (e) Pune, (f)...

      Entry Clearances: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visas were granted to applicants from India in 2013.

      Food: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of food theft occurred in each police force area in England and Wales in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e)...

      Sexual Offences: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to encourage public confidence in the willingness of police forces to respond sympathetically and proactively to...

      Entry Clearances: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visa applications from India were processed using the (a) normal, (b) priority and (c) super priority visa service in 2013.

      Entry Clearances: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what controls are in place to prevent personation by people sitting English language tests in connection with visa applications for travel...

      National Border Targeting Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times the National Border Targeting Centre has telephoned carriers to deny authority to carry in each year since 2010.

      Police: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of policing each airport in the East of England in each year since 2010.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what proportion of (a) her Department's staff and (b) staff working for companies contracted by her Department who are paid less...

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what proportion of (a) her Department's staff and (b) staff working for companies contracted by her Department who are paid less...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what proportion of (a) her Department's staff and (b) staff working for companies contracted by her Department are paid less than...

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many members of her Department's executive board are (a) male and (b) female.

      Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many desks are in her Department's main building; how many such desks are (a) owned and (b) leased by her Department; and what the cost is...

      Disabled Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people with a disability work in her Department; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department of Health

    • Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of funding allocated to improving GPs' surgeries in the Autumn Statement will be allocated to improvements in diabetes care.

    • Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting times were for (a) heart and (b) cancer operations in (i) Barnsley East constituency, (ii) Barnsley local authority area, (iii)...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve the quality of BMI tests used to test obesity in children.

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2014 to Question 215440, if he will direct his officials to undertake research to obtain the information requested...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve the quality and accessibility of information available on diabetes in GPs' surgeries and pharmacies.

      Diabetes: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of the reported links between diabetes and dementia among at-risk demographics.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve diabetes education for (a) students and (b) young people.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of (a) his Department's staff and (b) staff working for companies contracted by his Department are paid less than the Living...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) the UK have received an influenza vaccination in each of the last four years.

      Drinks: Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce stricter measures to prohibit the advertisement to children in supermarkets of drink products...

      Multiple Births

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of multiple pregnancies result in one or more babies developing (a) cerebral palsy and (b) another long-term disability.

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many members of his Department's executive board are (a) male and (b) female.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department plans to take to use the Care Act 2014 to promote the provision of low-level support to people with autism.

      Multiple Births

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence clinical guidance for...

      Multiple Births

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the (a) number of cases and (b) total cost of settling the claims dealt with by the NHS Litigation Authority involving the...

      Multiple Births

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patient safety cases involving a multiple pregnancy were reported to the (a) National Patient Safety Agency and (b) NHS Commissioning Board...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists are operating under (a) general dental services contracts and (b) personal dental services agreements in (i) Suffolk, (ii)...

      Multiple Births

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the average cost to the NHS of caring for a multiple pregnancy from conception through to the discharge home of mother and...

      Health Services: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust and (b) Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust spent on salaries and wages for (i) general and senior managers, (ii)...

      Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many desks are in his Department's main building; how many such desks are (a) owned and (b) leased by his Department; and what the cost is per desk...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the annual registration fee for dentists to the General Dental Council was in each year since 1984 in which that fee was levied.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women were referred onwards to other care pathways after it was determined that they were being coerced into seeking an abortion in the last...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abortions were refused on the grounds on coercion in the last year for which records are available.

      Congenital Abnormalities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's most recent policy framework is concerning the entitlement of women undergoing screening and diagnosis testing for foetal anomaly...

      NHS: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost to the NHS of (a) a 12 minute GP consultation and (b) a walk-in accident and emergency visit without treatment was in the last...

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to ensure that the revenue needs of acute hospital foundation trusts are met when a trust removes or reduces parking charges.

      Social Services: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which national body is responsible for national oversight of social care complaints data.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of 16 to 59 year olds in England are not exempt from the prescription charge.

      NHS: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spent on complaints advocacy in (a) adult social care and (b) the NHS in each local authority in each of the last three years.

      NHS: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the quality of Patient Advice and Liaison Service and NHS Complaints Advocacy arrangements.

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many members of senior management at each London (a) clinical commissioning group and (b) NHS Trust have resigned in each month since the creation of...

      Bladder Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to promote awareness of bladder cancer to people under the age of 55.

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that people with motor neurone disease have appropriate access to support and equipment in order for their...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the change in total public expenditure on the NHS was in each year between January 2004 and January 2014.

      Parkinson's Disease: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2014 to Question 216992, how many incidents of medication errors involving hospital patients with Parkinson's...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the outcome was of the external investigation commissioned by NHS England into NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group and other financially...

      Mental Illness: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the NHS is taking to ensure appropriate safeguards are in place to deal with the side effects of (a) haloperidol and (b) other antipsychotic drugs.

      Bladder Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have had delays in treatment for cancer of the bladder as a result of shortages of the drug OncoTICE in each of the last two years.

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to publish the Action Plan on Hearing Loss.

      Cervical Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will request that the Advisory Committee on Cervical Cancer Screening will hold a further review of the evidence relating to risks and benefits of...

      Muscular Dystrophy: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the NHS will make a decision on the funding for Translarna; if he will make funding available to ensure that the people who may benefit from...

      Huntington's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people suffering from Huntington's Disease have access to appropriate care and support from healthcare...

      Health Professions: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on how many chairs of healthcare regulators have been drawn from outside the healthcare profession.

      Nurses: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Nursing and Midwifery Council prevents nurses who do not have requisite skills in speaking, listening to,...

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on events for departing staff since May 2010.

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many contract staff work for his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies; and what is the longest length of time any contractor...

      Thyroid Gland: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission research on the potential effectiveness of liothyronine (T3) and natural desiccated thyroid for patients with hypothyroidism.

      World Health Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff from his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies attended the World Health Assembly in Geneva in each year since 2010.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister on 2 December 2014, on a £150 million investment to transform treatment for eating...

      NHS: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of public relations staff employed in the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2014 to Question 204136, from the hon. Member for Washington and Sunderland West, if he will estimate the likely cost...

      Anaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of improved diagnosis and management of anaemia to reductions in avoidable admission to...

      Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department's plans to develop a measure to record levels of loneliness will help services to establish whether more work is required to tackle...

      Anaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission research on the potential for cost savings and reductions in hospital admissions from improved diagnosis and management of anaemia.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with bodies that represent pharmacists, GPs and other stakeholders on prescription direction; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many treatments on the Cancer Drugs Fund list scored points for addressing unmet need when appraised by the decision making panel.

      Pancreatic Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that NHS England acknowledges unmet need when re-evaluating treatments for pancreatic cancer on the Cancer Drugs Fund list.

      Hospitals: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the robustness of the methodology used in the Care Quality Commission's Intelligent monitoring process and of the quality...

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that care home residents can obtain information and advice before they agree to pay a top-up fee for care home...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much has been (a) committed to and (b) spent in each parliamentary constituency in England through the Regional Growth Fund...

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many and what proportion of (a) his Department's staff and (b) staff working for companies contracted by his Department who...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to increase participation in apprenticeships by young people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of apprenticeship starters in England were from each ethnic group.

      Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many desks are in his Department's main building; how many such desks are (a) owned and (b) leased by his Department; and...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what funding for research and development his Department has allocated to each industry sector; and what the (a) total tax...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that employers are able to support continued learning by apprentices that they employ.

      Adult Education: Medway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people in (a) Medway and (b) Gillingham and Rainham constituency are enrolled in adult skills sessions.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much his Department has spent on (a) consultants, (b) temporary staff and (c) contingent labour in each of the last five...

      Holiday Leave: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to his Department's announcement of 4 November 2014, on establishing a taskforce to assess the possible impact of...

      Holiday Leave: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2014 to Question 216899, what terms of reference have been set for the taskforce; and if he...

      South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate how much his Department has spent in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in each year since 2007-08.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the total income lost each year to employees who are entitled to but are not paid the National Minimum Wage.

      Direct Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to tackle unsolicited mail.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff are employed in his Department's headquarter buildings.

      Apprentices: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether he plans to offer different rates of apprentice national minimum wage for apprentices of different ages and levels of...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many employers have successfully appealed against being named and shamed for non-payment of the national minimum wage under...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Veterans: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken since the Government response to the Second Report of Session 2012-13 from the Welsh Affairs Select Committee,...

    • Armed Forces: Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Armed Forces personnel have reported exposure to what types of chemicals in what situations in each year since 2003.

      Nuclear Weapons: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports his Department's Nuclear Accident and Response Organisation has produced on accidents involving the (a) road transport, (b) air transport...

      Defence Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) regular and (b) reserve personnel made up Defence Medical Services in each of the last five years; what targets have been set for the...

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of his Department's executive board are disabled.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of (a) his Department's staff and (b) staff working for companies contracted by his Department are paid less than the...

      Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of providing (a) sharp shooting and (b) first aid training to Kurdish forces; which regiment...

      Logistic Commodities and Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will announce the winner of the LCS(T) contract; and what the reasons are for the time taken to announce this decision.

      Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many desks are in his Department's main building; how many such desks are (a) owned and (b) leased by his Department; and what the cost is per desk...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the outcomes were of the 10th regional security summit held in Manama, Bahrain from 5 to 7 December 2014.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2014 to Question 906180, what the outcome was of his meeting with the King and Crown Prince of Bahrain to discuss...

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2014 to Question 906180, what the outcome was of his meeting with the US Defence Secretary to discuss future steps...

      Clyde Naval Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the ability of the armed forces to screen the entry and egress of submarines from HMNB Clyde.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which NATO member states have sent maritime patrol aircraft to (a) RAF Lossiemouth and (b) RAF Leuchars since 15 November 2014; which aircraft were so...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent requests have been made to NATO countries to provide Maritime Patrol Aircraft to locate submarines within UK territorial waters.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the supply of spares for Tornado aircraft used for airstrikes on Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Tornado aircraft are available for airstrikes on Iraq from RAF Akrotiri; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the availability of aircrew for Tornados used for airstrikes in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the first Typhoons will be combat ready following their upgrade.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role the Government expects the RAF to play in Afghanistan after 2014.

      South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate how much his Department spent has spent in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in each year since 2007-08.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to develop inclusive practices and community cohesion guidance with respect to Gypsy, Roma and...

    • Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of people in private rented accommodation are (a) white British and (b) from any other ethnic group.

      Change of Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the amount of office space, in square metres, converted to residential property since the...

      Change of Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the proposal in the Government's Technical Consultation on Planning to grant permitted development rights to...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he expects to publish the provisional local government finance settlement for England, 2015 to 2016.

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when his Department will respond to the consultation on the Review of Property Conditions in the Private Rented Sector launched...

      Local Government Finance: Harrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much the London Borough of Harrow receives annually in Government grants; and if he will make a statement.

      Private Rented Housing: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of domestic fires in the private rented sector caused by electricity;...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2014 to Question 208443 and to the Procedure Committee memorandum, Written parliamentary...

      Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what resources his Department has allocated to local authorities to meet their obligations under the Armed Forces Covenant.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2014 to Question 208443 and to the Procedure Committee memorandum, Written parliamentary...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2014 to Question 208443 and to the Procedure Committee memorandum, Written parliamentary...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2014 to Question 208443 and to the Procedure Committee memorandum, Written parliamentary...

      Homelessness and Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of (a) homelessness and (b) rough sleeping.

      Housing: Morecambe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an estimate of the council tax forgone as a result of houses being purchased by Lancaster City Council for the...

      Housing: Morecambe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what annual budget Lancaster City Council is provided by his Department for the maintenance and security of properties in the...

      Business Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what actions set out in his Department's business plans since June 2010 have been classified as over-due in (a) starting and...

      Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to support coastal communities.

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to make it easier to (a) prevent and (b) remove illegal traveller encampments.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of small firms and shops in (a) England and (b) Thurrock which will have a reduction in...

  • Scotland Office

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many and what proportion of (a) his Department's staff and (b) staff working for companies contracted by his Department who are paid less than the...

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many and what proportion of (a) his Department's staff and (b) staff working for companies contracted by his Department who are paid less than the...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many and what proportion of (a) his Department's staff and (b) staff working for companies contracted by his Department are paid less than the...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department has spent on (a) consultants, (b) temporary staff and (c) contingent labour in each of the last five years; how many people...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the implementation of the provisions of the Scotland Act 2012 which relate to the...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Directors

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many members of the Government Equalities Office's executive board are (a) white British and (b) from any other ethnic background.

    • Directors

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many members of the Government Equalities Office executive board are (a) male and (b) female.

      Directors

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many members of the Government Equalities Office's executive board are disabled.

      Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many and what proportion of (a) the Government Equalities Office staff and (b) staff working for companies contracted by the Government...

      Gender Recognition

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what progress she has made on implementing the conclusions of her Department's report, Advancing transgender equality: a plan for action, published...

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government has taken to ensure that public and private service providers are complying with their duty under the Equality Act 2010 to...

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Autumn Statement 2014, what estimate he has made of the potential increase in the carbon emissions impact of the (a)...

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of (a) his Department's staff and (b) staff working for companies contracted by his Department are paid less than the...

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many members of his Department's executive board are disabled.

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many members of his Department's executive board are (a) white British and (b) from any other ethnic background.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of (a) his Department's staff and (b) staff working for companies contracted by his Department who are paid less than the...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of (a) his Department's staff and (b) staff working for companies contracted by his Department who are paid less than the...

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many members of his Department's executive board are (a) male and (b) female.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of penalty charge notices likely to be issued for failing to pay the charge at the Dartford River Crossing in...

      A14: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road traffic (a) accidents and (b) fatalities there have been on the A14 in Suffolk involving drivers aged under 21 years in each year since 2005.

      Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many desks are in his Department's main building; how many such desks are (a) owned and (b) leased by his Department; and what the cost is per...

      Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the pacer trains on the Calder Valley line will be replaced.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre at Belfast was staffed at below risk-assessed levels in (a) October and (b) November 2014.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Stornoway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre at Stornoway was staffed at below risk-assessed levels in (a) October and (b) November 2014.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to bring forward proposals to amend the law relating to the unauthorised use of unmanned drones in the airspace over the UK; and if...

      Roads: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been invested in road infrastructure in (a) Kent, (b) Medway and (c) Gillingham and Rainham constituency in each year since 2010.

      Road Traffic: Shipley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2014 to Question 216679, on traffic counts, in which location in Shipley each such count took place.

      Disabled Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people with a disability work in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      First Hull Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent meetings he has had with representatives of First Hull Trains on the extension of their track-access arrangements beyond December 2016.

      East Anglia Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much investment has there been in the Chelmsford to London Liverpool Street rail line by (a) project and (b) type of investment in each of the...

      East Anglia Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times and when rail services on the Chelmsford to London Liverpool Street line have been disrupted as a result of overrunning engineering...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the annual operational cost of the new Dartford-Thurrock River free flow toll system.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the projected income from toll charges on the Dartford River Crossing in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015.

      East Anglia Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on proposed investment in the Chelmsford to London Liverpool Street rail line in each of the next 10 years; and...

      Roads: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's Road Investment Strategy, published on 1 December 2014, what years are covered by the first road period and next...

      Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people working in his Department are over 65 years old; and if he will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of establishing the My Licence service; and what estimate he has made of the annual administrative costs of that...

      A1: A421

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the expected (a) start date and (b) end date is of the recently announced improvement to the Black Cat roundabout.

      A47: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding the Highways Agency has allocated for improvement works to be carried out at the Broad End Road junction; and what criteria the Agency...

      A47: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the safety works at Broad End Road junction, scheduled for completion before Christmas 2014, to be completed.

      London-Weymouth Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to consider options for creating a new fast train service between London Waterloo and Weymouth.

      Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Autumn Statement 2014, if he will make it a requirement of the new Northern Rail and Trans-Pennine rail franchises that Pacer...

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff in ministerial offices in his Department were appointed from (a) the Civil Service and (b) external bodies (i) between May 2005 and May...

      Cycling: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will discuss with Coventry City Council steps to make Coventry more accessible to cyclists.

      Cycling: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to make cities more accessible to cyclists.

      East Anglia Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish punctuality figures for the Greater Anglia service between Chelmsford and London Liverpool Street for each of the last three years.

      British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to change the application criteria to be a special constable within the British Transport Police.

      British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Scottish Government on the implications for the future of British Transport Police of the...

      Railways: East Riding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect the commitment to tender new trains on the TransPennine and Northern Rail franchises might have on...

      Transport: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what financial provision he has made for possible travel disruption caused by winter weather.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many members of his Department's executive board are (a) male and (b) female.

    • Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many members of his Department's executive board are disabled.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what proportion of (a) his Department's staff and (b) staff working for companies contracted by his Department are...

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many members of his Department's executive board are (a) white British and (b) from any other ethnic background.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2014 to Question 216865, what estimate he has made of the cost of obtaining the...

      Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to improve relations with the Taipei Representative Office in the UK; and what discussions...

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations (a) to the government of Tanzania and (b) in international fora about the proposed eviction of...

      Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the UK's relationship with Taiwan; and what plans he has to strengthen ties between the...

      Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the role of the Taipei Representative Office in the UK in promoting closer links between the UK...

      Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many desks are in his Department's main building; how many such desks are (a) owned and (b) leased by his Department; and...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last raised the inclusion and representation of Assyrians in the (a) Iraqi army and (b) Kurdish peshmerga with the (i)...

      Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people working in his Department are over 65 years old; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the effect of the appointment of Haider al-Abadi as Prime Minister of Iraq on (a) the...

      Disabled Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people with a disability work in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to answer Question 205687, tabled on 14 July 2014.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of Yazidis still trapped on Mount Sinai in Iraq; and what steps the Government is...

      Private Military and Security Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many contracts his Department has held with private security companies in each year since 2008; what the cost of those...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help LGBT people under threat from ISIS in Northern Iraq and Syria.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met Prince Nasser bin Hamad; and what areas of bilateral cooperation were discussed at that meeting.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans there are for visits to the UK by representatives of the Bahrain government.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans there are for Ministers to visit Bahrain.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the conduct of the general election in Bahrain in November.

      Gambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Commonwealth Secretary-General about Gambia's return to the Commonwealth; and if he will...

  • Department for International Development

    • Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many members of her Department's executive board are disabled.

    • Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many members of her Department's executive board are (a) white British and (b) from any other ethnic background.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what direct support her Department has provided for the drafting of a new constitution in Yemen.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what direct support her Department is providing to the government of Yemen on making economic reform plans.

      Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what direct support her Department is providing to the government of Yemen on the formation and implementation of elections policy.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many and what proportion of (a) her Department's staff and (b) staff working for companies contracted by her Department are paid...

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many members of her Department's executive board are (a) male and (b) female.

      Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many desks are in her Department's main building; how many such desks are (a) owned and (b) leased by her Department; and what the...

      Developing Countries: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many teams of staff from UK accountancy institutions have been deployed to developing countries under the Investment Facility for...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of her Department's Official Development Assistance contribution in 2013 was a result of funding being used or allocated from...

      Arab States

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's news release of 25 June 2013, what progress has been made by the task force of legal experts...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the extent of the misuse of UK aid to India; and what steps her Department takes to ensure that UK aid...

      Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the UK is taking to encourage other donors to help GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance reach its replenishment target of $7.5 billion.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department's standard terms of contract with suppliers.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which Afghan civil society organisations attended the London Conference on Afghanistan and associated events.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department is providing for internally displaced persons in Kachin State.

      West Africa: Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many UK (a) military and (b) civilian personnel are currently in West Africa assisting with the Ebola epidemic; and what steps...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department's Debt Relief budget is for the (a) current and (b) next financial year.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department has provided for (a) disaster relief, (b) schemes which provide clean water and (c) vaccinations and...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of water and sanitation at the Kerry Town hospital in Sierra Leone.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which companies received allocations of what value from her Department's 2013-14 evaluation budget.

      Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to improve access to clean water worldwide; and if she will make a statement.

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, for how long each group of NHS healthcare staff being deployed to Ebola affected regions will be deployed.

      Private Military and Security Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many contracts her Department has held with private security companies in each year since 2008; what the cost of those contracts...

      Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2014 to Question 216932, how many (a) Direct Roadshows and (b) other events have been organised...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what comparative estimate she has made of the average cost of (a) resettling a refugee from Syria in the UK and (b) providing...

      Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2014 to Question 216932, how many officials of each grade were involved in delivering her...

  • Department for Education

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of (a) her Department's staff and (b) staff working for companies contracted by her Department are paid less than the...

    • Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to increase the attainment of children and young people who identify as (a) Gypsy, Roma or Travellers and (b)...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to reduce the exclusion rate of children and young people who identify as (a) Gypsy, Roma or Travellers and (b)...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of those teaching in state-funded schools at the latest date for which such figures are available were identified as (a)...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to increase representation of ethnic minorities in the early years workforce.

      Non-teaching Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of those in support roles in state-funded schools at the latest date for which such figures are available were identified...

      Schools: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to increase representation of ethnic minorities in the schools workforce.

      Schools: Leadership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of those in leadership positions in state-funded schools at the latest date for which such figures are available were...

      Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many desks are in her Department's main building; how many such desks are (a) owned and (b) leased by her Department; and what the cost is per...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the reasons for changes in the looked after children rate in (a) Newcastle upon Tyne and (b) the UK since 2009-10.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, (a) how many and (b) which children's centres in each local authority area are run by (i) local authorities, (ii) schools, (iii) voluntary sector...

      Young Offender Institutions: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average number of hours of education provided per week was for a young offender in young offender institutions in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14.

      South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will estimate how much her Department has spent in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in each year since 2007-08.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) broiler chickens, (b) laying hens, (c) cattle, (d) sheep, (e) pigs and (f) other farmed animals died prior to...

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to oblige farms to put in place contingency and evacuation plans to minimise...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of (a) her Department's staff and (b) staff working for companies contracted by her Department...

      Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many desks are in her Department's main building; how many such desks are (a) owned and (b) leased by her Department;...

      Rivers: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2014 to Question 216087, which flora and fauna found in the the rivers Beane and Mimram...

      Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the global environmental significance of chalk rivers; and if she will make a...

      Wildlife: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to monitor the use of the internet for wildlife-related criminal activity.

      Crime: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the consultation documents for the review of the Control of Trade in Endangered Species (Enforcement) Regulations will...

      Flood Control: Humber Estuary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the damage to property and infrastructure that potentially could be prevented by (a) the...

      Disabled Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people with a disability work in her Department; and if she will make a statement.

      Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress she has made on improving the cleanliness of Britain's chalk rivers.

      Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people working in her Department are over 65 years old; and if she will make a statement.

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with fishing organisations on quota arrangements to be agreed in a meeting in Brussels this month.

      Rivers: North Tyneside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to expedite the licence application made by North Tyneside Council to the Marine Management...

      Dolphins: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make representations to the government of Japan about the killing of wild dolphins in Taiji.

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff in ministerial offices in her Department were appointed from (a) the Civil Service and (b) other bodies (i)...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the capacity of offshore wind projects likely to bid for Contracts for Difference awarded by his...

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many and what proportion of (a) his Department's staff and (b) staff working for companies contracted by his Department are paid...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will discuss with his counterparts in the devolved administrations the effect of the number of energy suppliers on the consumer...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much his Department has spent on (a) consultants, (b) temporary staff and (c) contingent labour in each of the last five years;...

      Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many people working in his Department are over 65 years old; and if he will make a statement.

      Disabled Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many people with a disability work in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the press release published by his Department on 8 January 2014, customer communications at heart of review into...

      Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the press release published by his Department on 8 January 2014, customer communications at heart of review into...

      Fossil Fuelled Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much of the plant which has qualified for the first auction of the capacity market is fossil-fuel burning plant of less than 20MW...

      Electricity: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate his Department has made of the additional cost to electricity suppliers in the capacity market of carrying the liability...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will estimate the expenditure made to date by the developers of offshore wind projects which have received consent under section...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to ensure that students are registered to vote.

  • Attorney General

    • Directors

      To ask the Attorney General, how many members of the Law Officers' Departments' executive board are (a) male and (b) female.

    • Pay

      To ask the Attorney General, how many and what proportion of (a) the Law Officers' Departments' staff and (b) staff working for companies contracted by the Law Officers' Departments are paid less...

      Religious Hatred

      To ask the Attorney General, how many people were charged with inciting religious hatred in each of the last five years.

      Older Workers

      To ask the Attorney General, how many people worked in his Department after their 65th birthday in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Attorney General, how much has been paid by the Treasury Solicitor's Department in legal costs relating to the case of the Public Law Project v. The Secretary of State for Justice...

      Furniture

      To ask the Attorney General, how many desks are in the Law Officers' Departments' main building; how many such desks are (a) owned and (b) leased by the Law Officers' Departments; and what the...

      Disabled Staff

      To ask the Attorney General, how many people with a disability work in the Law Officers' Departments; and if he will make a statement.

      Shoplifting: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many prosecutions there have been for shoplifting in each of the last five years.

  • Wales Office

    • Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many members of his Department's executive board are (a) male and (b) female.

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many and what proportion of (a) his Department's staff and (b) staff working for companies contracted by his Department are paid less than the Living Wage.

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what investment the Government has made in infrastructure in Wales since May 2010; and what estimate he has made of the level of that investment in the...

      Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many desks are in his Department's main building; how many such desks are (a) owned and (b) leased by his Department; and what the cost is per desk of...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent on legal aid for Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs) suspects in each of the last four years; and how much his...

    • Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many employment tribunal cases have been brought against companies signed up to the Government's Think, Act, Report scheme since the launch of that...

      Judiciary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of members of the judiciary are (a) men and (b) women.

      Judiciary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of members of the judiciary are identified as (a) white British and (b) from any other ethnic minority group.

      Religious Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were convicted of inciting religious hatred in each of the last five years.

      Courts: Security Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2014 to Question 213482, what changes there have been in the number of security staff at (a) Crown courts and (b)...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 3 December 2014 to Question 214194, what the names are of the barristers referred to in that Answer.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department will begin a review of employment tribunal fees and the effect of such fees on the employment tribunal system.

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the contribution of the Secretary of State for Justice on 1 December 2014, Official Report, column 73, on how many occasions in the last two...

      Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people convicted of shoplifting were first-time offenders in each of the last five years.

      Altcourse Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take HM Prison Altcourse back into public ownership.

      Altcourse Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the contract with G4S to manage HM Prison Altcourse.

      Altcourse Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff vacancies there are at HM Prison Altcourse; and for how long each position has been vacant.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Directors

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many members of his Department's executive board are (a) male and (b) female.

    • Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of (a) his Department's staff and (b) staff working for companies contracted by his Department are paid less than the...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government takes to support UK companies in protecting their intellectual property from cyber-attacks.

      Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether all payments of pensions payable to retired civil servants resident overseas are up to date; and whether the MyCSP mutual venture system and...

      Government Departments: Fraud and Administration

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost was of (a) fraud and (b) error across government in the last year.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of Government contracts of what value were allocated to small and medium-sized enterprises based in each region and constituent part of...

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the infant mortality rate was in England in the last year for which figures are available; and what the infant mortality rate for the Gypsy and...

      Cervical Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many women under the age of 25 were diagnosed with cervical cancer in the (a) borough of Barnsley and (b) UK in (i) 2013 and (ii) 2014.

      Crown Commercial Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what performance data Crown Commercial Services (a) collects or (b) recommends be collected from public sector contractors.

      Food Banks

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he has visited a foodbank.

      Personal Savings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the average level of (a) household and (b) personal savings for each (i) gender, (ii) age and (iii) income bracket.

      Debts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of people with debt, excluding student loans, of (a) up to £5,000, (b) between £5,000 and...

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has had discussions with Sir John Chilcot on whether the report of the Iraq Inquiry will be published before the next General Election; what...

      Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff are employed in his Department's headquarter buildings.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many members of his Department's executive board are (a) white British and (b) from any other ethnic background.

    • Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the amount of time it would take to implement a successful system of national roaming.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which other countries have introduced a system of domestic national roaming; and whether any analysis has been made of the effect such...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to respond to the Law Commission's recommendations on a revised Electronic Communications Code (Law Commission Report No....

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of regulatory changes, other than national roaming, that could speed up the...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish the Government's response to the recent consultation on Tackling Partial Not-Spots in Mobile Telephone Coverage.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of (a) the type and quantity of data to be shared under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and...

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many members of his Department's executive board are disabled.

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many members of his Department's executive board are (a) male and (b) female.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many times since 1 October 2011 Ministers or officials in his Department met (a) the FA, (b) the Premier League, (c) the Football...

      Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 29 October 2014 to Question 211606, whether he has met the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and...

      Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many times he has visited (a) the theatre, (b) the opera, (c) a live concert, (d) an exhibition and (e) a sporting event in an...

      Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many desks are in his Department's main building; how many such desks are (a) owned and (b) leased by his Department; and what the...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many libraries have faced the prospect of closure or being run by volunteer groups in the period (a) 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what level of underspend he expects in his Department in the current financial year.

      Creative Industries Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 6 September 2013, Official Report, column 563W, on Creative Industries Council, whether the meeting of...

      Creative Industries Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 6 September 2013, Official Report, column 563W, on Creative Industries Council, what the names are of...

      Broadband: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reasons the connection vouchers super-connected cities on web page lists two cities as not super-connected.

      Broadband: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many super-connected cities there are.

      Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what newspapers and magazines are circulated to the private offices of each of his Department's Ministers.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Publications

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will make an assessment of the availability of books by women in the House of...

  • House of Lords

    • A303

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their recently published road investment strategy, when the work on the A303 will start; and how long it will take.

    • Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will next publish a report on progress in implementing the commitments agreed and announced by United Kingdom Ministers at the Global Summit to End...

      Asylum: Homosexuality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will now take in the light of the judgment of the European Court of Justice on 2 December that refugees who claim asylum on the ground that...

      Autism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure (1) that the particular needs of older people with autism are met by the final statutory guidance implementing the...

      BBC Media Action

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the result of the latest annual review into the grant of £90 million by the Department for International Development to BBC Media Action;...

      British Transport Police: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to Recommendation 67 of the Smith Commission Report and its implications for the British Transport Police.

      Business: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Deighton on 26 November (WS 37) concerning the meeting of ECOFIN on 7 November, what will be the effect of the...

      Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to increase screening for cancers.

      College Green

      To ask the Chairman of Committees how much income is received per year for permissions to the media for temporary structures on College Green.

      Colombia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conversations they have held with the Colombian authorities regarding the case of human rights defenders and land claimants Yomaira Mendoza and Enrique...

      Community Amateur Sports Clubs Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Deighton on 25 November 2013 (WS 76–8), whether they consider that the new draft regulations on registration...

      Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking with international partners to close down cybercrime networks.

      Dementia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure adequate care for dementia sufferers.

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of the calculations used by the European Commission as a basis for the recent demand of £1.7 billion; and, if so, what is their...

      European Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 20 November (HL2790) concerning candidates nominated by member states of the European Union...

      European Union

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which of the 28 member states of the European Union are required to hold a referendum before they approve either a new treaty or an amendment to an existing...

      European Union Crime Prevention Network

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have decided to leave the European Union Crime Prevention Network.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in securing convictions for female genital mutilation.

      Females: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will next publish a report on progress in implementing the commitments agreed and announced by United Kingdom Ministers at the Girl Summit held in...

      Financial Services: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Deighton on 26 November (WS 37) concerning the meeting of ECOFIN on 7 November, whether they plan to continue their...

      Freedom of Expression

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent comments by the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police on the role of the police in defining what counts...

      Future of the Home Care Workforce Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the finding of the Burstow Commission on the future of the home care workforce that home care requires better oversight.

      George Cross

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a George Cross has recently been awarded but not yet gazetted; and if so, when it will be gazetted.

      Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive on United Kingdom-wide strategies for tackling diabetes, obesity, and heart and rare diseases.

      Health: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the eligible population have had an appointment under the NHS Health Check Scheme in each year since the scheme began. To ask Her...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the Inter99 review of evidence relating to the effectiveness of mass screening and lifestyle coaching on ischaemic heart disease.

      HIV Infection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking to reduce the risk of HIV and to improve early diagnosis of the infection of people who sleep rough.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to deal with net immigration; and whether they intend to revise their targets.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 20 November (HL2506), in each of the last four years how many people have been found to have failed to...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 1 December (HL3088), what was the overall incidence of stillbirths from in vitro fertilisation...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 17 November (HL2642) and on 2 December (HL2905), whether they consider that mutations affecting DNA...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 2 December (HL2905), what was the empirical evidence upon which the Human Fertilisation and Embryology...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any resources have been directed to the Turkmen community in Iraq, many of whom have been displaced from their home, as well as the Christian and...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what fees have been paid (including management, performance and trading costs) by all the managers of funds in the Local Government Pension scheme.

      M6

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to invest in improving the M6.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the availability of beds for mental health patients; and whether they have any plans to tackle any shortage.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding has been provided for child and adolescent mental health services each year since 2010.

      Mental Illness: Police Custody

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take further action to prevent the detention of mentally ill people in police cells caused by the shortage of relevant National Health...

      Military Decorations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many gallantry medals have been awarded but not gazetted.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will update the list of Special Advisers in post, in respect of the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister, published by the Cabinet...

      Nationality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how quickly a foreign national can gain British citizenship; what are the time spans involved in France, Italy, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands; and what...

      Nurses: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many nurses did not enter the nursing profession following graduation in each of the past three years.

      Nurses: Resignations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the attrition rate for registered nurses in each of the first three years following their qualification as a registered nurse.

      Outdoor Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ofsted inspection framework contains explicit references to learning outside the classroom.

      Outdoor Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the pupil premium has enabled more children from very low income households to take part in activities such as residential fieldwork courses and...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the humanitarian situation in Gaza following the recent floods; and what discussions they have had with the government of...

      Parcels

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action are they taking to ensure people are aware of their rights when they receive poor service from parcel delivery firms.

      Roads: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timeframe for their planned road improvement works announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 1 December.

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to incorporate careers education into the national curriculum.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the performance of the ebola medical facility at Kerry Town in Sierra Leone. To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will achieve the targets set by the World Health Organisation to reduce the incidence of ebola in Sierra Leone.

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the decision to grant a referendum on independence to the Scottish people and the terms of that referendum were agreed by the Cabinet.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the European Union decision in 2010 to remove trade concessions from Sri Lanka pending the government of that country improving...

      St Helena

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the construction of the St Helena airport; what is the estimated date that the first aircraft could land; and whether the...

      Succession to the Crown Act 2013

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Wallace of Tankerness on 26 February (HL Deb, col 922) and the Written Answer on 23 June (HL224), when they now expect all the...

      Summertime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the 1968–71 experiment of continuous British Summer Time (GMT+1) will be repeated to obtain updated statistics in order to select the best...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the annual tax summaries sent to taxpayers show income tax as the amount which is 20 per cent of income and does not take account of allowances which...

      UN Human Rights Council

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the report by the United Nations Association-UK The UK’s role on the UN Human Rights Council: Priorities for the UK’s...

      Vat

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Deighton on 26 November (WS 37) concerning the meeting of ECOFIN on 7 November, whether they will give details of...

      World War I

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to grant official recognition to Captain Bruce Bairnsfather for the contribution of his cartoons to the morale of the men on the fighting...

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