Written answers

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department offers to children who wish to walk, cycle or use a scooter to travel to school.

    • Transport: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether any additional costs to the public purse would arise from designating the route between Exeter and Plymouth as part of the strategic national...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how the EU vehicle eCall system will be implemented in the UK.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicle breakdowns there have been on smart motorways when the hard shoulder was in use as a running lane.

      Motorway Service Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) shortest and (b) longest distance is between refuelling stations on the UK motorway network.

      Traffic Lights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the feasibility of introducing a flashing amber sequence at certain traffic lights in off-peak hours.

      Railways: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has been made of the outcomes of his Department's South East Flexible Ticketing Programme.

      Uber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will conduct an investigation into the compliance of Uber with regulations for the operation of taxi firms and the licensing of individual taxi...

      London Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the future capacity of airports in London.

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer of 10 September 2014 to Question 208314, by what date he intends to complete consideration of whether to update existing...

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) make and model and (b) carbon dioxide output was of each car in the Government Care Service fleet in the last four years; and whether...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish reported road casualty figures by severity for each (a) local authority area and (b) parliamentary constituency for each year from...

  • Home Office

    • Armed Forces: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what role her Department had in formulating the walking out policy covering Libyan recruits being trained at Bassingbourn barracks; and what...

    • Offences against Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding her Department has provided for (a) the creation and maintenance of the National Hash Set Database and (b) the creation of...

      Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on the prevention of the admission of alleged and proven torturers to the UK.

      Asylum and Immigration Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) average and (b) target time taken between the completion of an immigration tribunal and the implementation of that tribunal's...

      Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many requests from broadcasters her Department has received to film (a) prisons and (b) immigration removal centres in the last five...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times she or Ministers in her Department have met their counterparts in the (a) Welsh Government, (b) Scottish Government and (c)...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff are employed in her Department's headquarter buildings.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to paragraph 4 of page 1 of her Department's publication, Changes to Family Migration Rules Impact Assessment, published on...

      Confiscation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what value of assets has been recovered from overseas confiscation orders in each of the last seven years.

      Email: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Government's approach to tackling online phishing scams.

      Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions her Department has had on drafting best practice guidelines on the presence of campaigning charities during police searches...

      Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with campaigning charities and organisations about the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and...

      Email: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money obtained unlawfully through phishing scams was recovered in (a) 2014 to date, (b) 2013, (c) 2012, (d) 2011 and (e) 2010.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will support proposals in the EU to take action against the Israeli government if it does not rescind the appropriation...

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of UN peacekeeping efforts in Africa; and if he will make a statement.

      Security Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent on private security companies in each year since 2010; and what the contractual arrangements were...

      Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to implement a replacement programme to introduce LED lighting throughout his Department's...

      Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Catalonia; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on Iran's nuclear enrichment activities.

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2014 to Question 214857, what estimate he has made of the number of political prisoners...

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart from South Sudan on that country's membership of the Commonwealth; and if he...

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government (a) made any requests to and (b) was approached by the US Senate Intelligence Committee or the US...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Bahrain about the treatment of the democracy movement in that country.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Bahrain on the release of political prisoners.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Bahrain on the release of Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace.

      Somaliland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote the reintegration of Somaliland into Somalia; and if he will make a statement.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with human rights groups on the decision to allow Prince Nasser bin Hamad access to the UK.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage democratic change in Bahrain; and if he will make a statement.

      Mauritania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the government of Mauritania on the detention of Mr Biram Dah Abeid and his...

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) detention and...

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish details of any complicity or involvement by the UK Government while Tony Blair was Prime Minister over...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Travel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the last five years.

    • Procurement: EU Law

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to publish the responses to the consultation on the transportation of 2014 EU Procurement Directives and training materials for...

      Serco

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what (a) correspondence and (b) discussions he has had with Serco on that company's review conducted by Lord Gold; whether he has received a copy of...

      Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) gender, (b) demographic, (c) age and (d) regional profile of people who do not (i) have access to...

  • Attorney General

    • Staff

      To ask the Attorney General, how many staff are employed in the Law Officers' Departments headquarter buildings.

    • Tickets: Fraud

      To ask the Attorney General, how many people were (a) investigated, (b) referred to the Crown Prosecution Service and (c) successfully prosecuted for crimes related to ticket fraud in the last...

      Fraud

      To ask the Attorney General, what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) fraud and (b) financial error in (i) the Law Officers' Departments, (ii) its executive agencies and (iii) its...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what investment in regeneration projects the Regeneration Investment Organisation has secured in the last six months.

    • Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he last met or spoke to representatives of the UK Certification Authority for Reinforcing Steels regarding the traceability...

      Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to improve productivity.

      Iron and Steel: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answers to Questions 58 and 86 in his oral evidence of 29 January 2014 to the Welsh Affairs Committee on...

      EU Trade: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many trade negotiations are being conducted by the EU on behalf of the UK.

      Business: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received from small and medium-sized businesses about companies that require a supplier company to...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) fraud and (b) financial error in (i) his Department, (ii) its executive agencies...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has to introduce a scheme for naming and shaming employers who fail to pay an employment tribunal award.

      Consumers: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received from (a) consumer organisations and (b) individuals on the effectiveness of Trustmark and...

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received from the Scottish Government on a possible exemption for the NHS in Scotland negotiations...

      Scottish Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he received reports from the MacDonald Partnership in relation to mis-sold Scottish Power Power Plan warranties; what the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has allocated to the CDC Impact Fund; and what assessment she has made of the financial performance of that Fund.

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department has allocated to evaluation of its Economic Development Strategy.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help children affected by the crisis in Syria.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department provides financial assistance to Al-Quds University in the West Bank.

      West Africa: Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent progress her Department has made on tackling Ebola in West Africa.

      South Sudan

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

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to support British businesses when awarding contracts for overseas projects.

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with her ministerial colleagues on the issue of climate change in the Sustainable Development Goals.

      Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with the Foreign Secretary on development in smaller African countries.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help children affected by the crisis in Syria.

  • Department for Education

    • Directors

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

    • Directors

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

      Directors

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

      Reading: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many state-funded primary schools whose phonics check results were below the national average have been judged (a) outstanding and (b) good in...

      Education: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she last met the Minister for Education in the Northern Ireland Executive.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many young people of what (a) age, (b) sex and (c) ethnicity were excluded from secondary school in (i) Hackney Local Authority area, (ii) London...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many staff are employed in her Department's headquarter buildings.

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the last five years.

      G4S and Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on how many occasions (a) Serco and (b) G4S have tendered for contracts let by her Department in each year since May 2010.

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on how many occasions Capita Group plc has tendered for contracts let by her Department in each year since May 2010.

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the NUT supply teacher survey 2014, what steps she plans to take to increase the pay of supply teachers employed through agencies.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • 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 71, what assessment he has made of when...

    • Altcourse Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he expects to receive the action plan produced by G4S on strategic weaknesses at HM Prison Altcourse.

      Durham Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what contraband and illegal substances of each type entered HM Prison Durham in each month since May 2010.

      Magistrates' Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent on the refurbishment of magistrates' court buildings in each of the last four years.

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much the Government spent on legal fees in the case The Public Law Project, R (On the Application of) v The Secretary of State for Justice the...

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much the Government spent in legal fees in the case Whitston (Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK), R (On the Application of) v Secretary of...

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much the Government spent on legal fees in the case London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association & Anor, R (On the Application of) v The Lord...

  • Scotland Office

    • Staff

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

    • Smith Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he expects to publish draft legislation arising from the recommendations of the Smith Commission.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether forward air controllers are directing airstrikes in Iraq.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent representations he has received from the Afghan government on the use of the Royal Air Force to provide close air support for the Afghan...

      Army: Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2014 to Question 215063, on Army: sexual harassment, whether he expects (a) the review of the results of that...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what continuing military support he plans to provide to Afghanistan.

      Defence Equipment and Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to his Department was of salaries of (a) civil servants and (b) military personnel in the Defence Equipment and Support section in each...

      Defence Equipment and Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to his Department is of basic training for a civil servant in the Defence Equipment and Support section.

      Special Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the budget for Special Forces is in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many regular service men and service women there are in each rank of the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) RAF.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel are based at (a) Army HQ, (b) Navy HQ, (c) RAF HQ, (d) Joint Forces HQ and (e) MoD Main Building.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of serving personnel in the Army, Navy and RAF in non-front line roles.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the docking capacity will be of the UK's new naval base in Bahrain.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for use of the UK's new aircraft carriers by US Navy and Marine Corps aircraft; and if he will make a statement.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Status of Forces Agreement between the UK and Bahrain has been amended as a result of the UK naval base in Bahrain.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Carer's Allowance: Moray

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Moray constituency are in receipt of carer's allowance.

    • Universal Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects Universal Credit to be fully rolled out in Scotland.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of each transaction for benefit payments paid into a Post Office card account in...

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to ensure that the Fit for Work service can be offered to people who are (a) on long-term sick leave and (b) otherwise...

      Staff

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

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households with dependent children claiming employment and support allowance have been sanctioned since December 2012; and how many...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in households with dependent children claiming jobseeker's allowance have been sanctioned since October 2012; and how many...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 8 December 2014 to Question 217129, in what circumstances universal credit claimants will be permitted to undertake...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason self-employed people are not eligible for Access to Work support.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in households with dependent children claiming jobseeker's allowance have been sanctioned in each year since October 2012; and...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken, since the debate in the House on legislation of the sale of puppies and kittens on 4...

    • Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she and Ministers in her Department have visited a foodbank.

      Gun Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish a consultation on a licensing scheme for commercial game shooting.

      Gun Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will (a) discuss with her counterpart in the Scottish Government the effect of the Wildlife and Natural Environment...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the value for money of payments to farmers under the Common Agricultural Policy.

      Water: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress her Department has made on increasing the number of areas where the requirements of the Water Framework...

      White Fish: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of (a) an increase of minimum landing size, (b) an end to...

      Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people were prosecuted under the Breeding and Sale of Dogs Acts in 2013; and if she will make a statement.

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to a letter sent from her Department, ref. MC355113/RGW, what proportion of overall catch of (a) the 12...

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to address river and flood defence asset maintenance in response to the report published...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to facilitate communities wishing to take over the maintenance and running of flood...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the cost of (a) fraud and (b) financial error in (i) her Department, (ii) its executive...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people in Barnsley East constituency were homeless in the latest period for which figures are available.

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many staff are employed in his Department's headquarter buildings.

      Disability Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to reclaim and re-use disability adaptations and equipment that are no...

  • Wales Office

    • Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he has visited a foodbank.

  • HM Treasury

    • Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has received any information from UK Financial Investments Ltd in respect of the (a) operation by RBS of its Global Restructuring Group (GRC) as...

    • Tax Avoidance: Construction

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the tax revenues lost from the use of umbrella companies in the construction industry; and if he will make a statement.

      Joint Exchequer Committee

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on which dates the Joint Exchequer Committee has met; which Ministers from the Government and the Scottish Government attended each such meeting; what the...

      Succession

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been received by the Sovereign in each of the last 30 years as a result of people (a) dying intestate and (b) making specific bequests in...

      National Debt: Gifts and Endowments

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library copies of the bank statements of the donations and bequests account held by the Commissioner for the Reduction of the...

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.219 of the Autumn Statement 2014, what will happen to any dividends or interest accruing from ISAs transferred between spouses...

      Disabled Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people with a disability work in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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 have...

      Older Workers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people working in his Department are over 65 years old; and if he will make a statement.

      London Legacy Development Corporation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 2.109 in Autumn Statement 2014, what estimate he has made of the cost of VAT refunds for the London Legacy Development...

      Taxation: Investment Income

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the amount raised in taxation from carried interest on financial assets in each of the last three years.

      Unpaid Taxes

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.5 of the HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) summary of responses to the consultation on Direct Recovery of Debts, what estimate he...

      Unpaid Taxes

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.5 of the HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) summary of responses to the consultation on Direct Recovery of Debts, how many HMRC...

      Derelict Land

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the Exchequer of exempting houses on brownfield sites from stamp duty land tax on their first sale.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the table on page 65 of the Autumn Statement 2014, what proportion of the revenue associated with the income tax: salary sacrifice and...

      Public Expenditure: Greater Manchester

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total amount of all government spending in Greater Manchester was in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014 to date.

      High Net Worth Unit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the staffing levels of the High Net Worth Unit in HM Revenue and Customs were in each of the last four years.

      Minimum Wage: Newham

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many notices of underpayment have been issued to businesses in the London Borough of Newham for non-payment of the National Minimum Wage in each of the...

      Income Tax: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications of the findings of the Audit Scotland report on preparations for the implementation of the Scotland Act...

      Bank Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential costs to the banking sector of changing the current seven-day period for switching bank accounts to a...

      Community Amateur Sports Clubs Scheme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the new community amateur sports club rules will be simple to understand and will not increase...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Written Questions

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what estimate he has made of the savings to the Church Commissioners from the Q&A system in the (a) 12 months...

    • Churches: Worcestershire

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what grants the Church Commissioners have given to churches in (a) Worcester and (b) Worcestershire from the...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 4 September 2014 to Question 207749, if he will estimate (a) how many households will be lifted from fuel...

    • Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what role is played by Ofgem in the calculation and recovery of the renewable obligation certificate from customers.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what open data requirements have been included in the implementation of smart meters.

      Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate his Department has made of the dispatch period required to increase capacity at (a) nuclear, (b) combined cycle gas...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the effect of recent changes in the global price of oil on domestic fuel prices.

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much his Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the last...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the (a) number of prepayment meter customers who self-disconnected at least once in each year since 2010...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate his Department has made of how many households in receipt of the warm home discount have requested to have it redeemed...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate his Department has made of how many households in receipt of the warm home discount have an electricity usage of less...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) fraud and (b) financial error in (i) his Department, (ii) its executive agencies and...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much her Department has spent in each of the last five years on investigations into past terrorist incidents in Northern Ireland.

    • Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost has been of the operation of the Parades Commission in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent representations she has received in regard to allegations of past collusion by representatives of the Irish government with...

      Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions she has had with the Irish government about (a) parades and protests in Northern Ireland, (b) policing in Northern...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with (a) former Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland and (b) former Prime Ministers about the On the Run...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many staff are employed in her Department's headquarter buildings.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made of the cost of (a) fraud and (b) financial error in (i) her Department and (ii) its non-departmental public bodies...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Staff

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

    • Gun Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with (a) the British Olympic Association and (b) the International Olympic Committee on alternatives to the...

      Broadband: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government has sought external legal advice on EU state aid in relation to Broadband Delivery UK and broadband rollout.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to improve (a) female and (b) BME participation in football at (i) player and (ii) management level.

      Nuisance Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Nuisance Calls Action Plan.

      Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total annual sum of payments made under the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme has been in each year since that scheme's...

      Senior Civil Servants: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of senior staff in his Department are female.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the average (a) download and (b) upload speed in (i) the UK, (ii) the Southeast, (iii) Medway and (iv) Gillingham and Rainham...

      Sports: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of adults in (a) Kent, (b) Medway and (c) Gillingham and Rainham constituency that have taken...

      BBC: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the future of the BBC and the future of the licence fee.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2014 to Question 215926, what the gap is between availability and actual take-up of superfast...

      European Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with the (a) Vice President of the European Commission for the Digital Single Market and (b)...

      Television: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the risk of channel loss to viewers on a temporary basis in international content markets that have a...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) fraud and (b) financial error in (i) his Department, (ii) its executive agencies and (iii)...

      Community Amateur Sports Clubs Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effects of proposed changes to rules on community amateur sports clubs on junior clubs.

  • Department of Health

    • Gun Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on human health of the use of lead ammunition for shooting.

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the average length of time for monthly payments from MFET Ltd to people who contracted HIV through their NHS...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2014 to Question 216134, if he will bring forward proposals to replace the National Education Programme on Health at...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to maximise the coverage of testing for (a) hepatitis C and (b) other blood-borne viruses in a range of healthcare...

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the NHS has for future support and care for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) external and (b) civil service appointees worked in ministerial offices in his Department (i) between May 2005 and May 2010 and (ii) since...

      Campylobacter: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Northern Ireland Executive regarding campylobacter in poultry.

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what detailed opinions have been submitted by organisations and corporate entities in response to the notification to the UK by the EU on proposals for...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 9 December 2014 to Question 216783, if he will make a comparative assessment of the cost effectiveness of (a) attracting...

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what building refurbishments have been carried out by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies since May 2010; what the cost was...

      Drinks: Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the physiological and social effects of consumption of high sugar energy drinks on children who are in full-time education.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ensure that everyone diagnosed with asthma has a written asthma action plan by 2015.

      Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on business class flights since May 2010.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many local authorities have an autism strategy.

      Bladder Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Anti-PD-L1 drug in treating bladder cancer.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many investigations have taken place into each type of alleged misuse of internet resources at his Department in (a) each year since 2010 and (b)...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the detailed responses from EU Member States to the UK's notification to the EU of proposed regulations for standardised...

      Breast Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to ensure the routine availability of raloxifene to reduce the risk of breast cancer developing in high-risk women.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has any plans to allow two Patient Access Schemes for one treatment; and if he will make a statement.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions maternity units at each (a) NHS trust and (b) NHS foundation trust were put on divert in the last 12 months.

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many breast cancer clinicians his Department met directly when developing its position on the Off-patent Drugs Bill.

      Autism: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether Health Education England monitors the quality of child autism awareness training in NHS hospital emergency departments; and if he will make a...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the staffing level was for each ambulance trust in (a) May 2010, (b) May 2014 and (c) the latest month for which figures are available.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions his Department has had with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence about that body conducting a technology...

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP-requested (a) chest x-ray, (b) non-obstetric ultrasound, (c) flexi-sigmoidoscopies, (d) colonoscopies and (e) brain MRIs took place in each...

      General Dental Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received on the Professional Standards Authority's 2014 report on the General Dental Council.

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place to prevent access to lawful abortions from being obstructed or impaired by intimidation or harassment.

    • Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of apprenticeship frameworks started in England in academic years 2012–13 and 2013–14 by young adults aged (1)...

      Apprentices: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about encouraging businesses to offer apprenticeships to young people.

      Arts: Liverpool

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received about Arts Council funding for the Liverpool Black-E project; and what plans they have to ensure its ability to continue.

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 3 December (HL3112), what specific measures to prevent torture and maltreatment of persons...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain about (1) individuals who have died in custody since 2011, in particular Mr Hassan Sheikh...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 2 December (HL3124), how many British citizens are imprisoned in Bahrain.

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which naval vessels are likely to use the new naval base in Bahrain and for what purposes.

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will undertake a review of the operation of the Blue Badge Scheme guidance for people with autism by (1) working alongside a sample of local...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of China on the detention for 21 days of British citizen Alexandra Wilson and her subsequent release...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they became aware of the detention by Chinese authorities of British citizen Alexandra Wilson.

      China

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what attempts were made to contact British citizen Alexandra Wilson during her detention in China; and by whom.

      China

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice the Foreign and Commonwealth Office make available to British citizens intending to visit China who have been granted a visa to travel.

      China

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they intend to make to the government of China following the release from detention of British citizen Alexandra Wilson; and whether...

      Community Assets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to review the protected period for Community Right to Bid powers.

      Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the standardisation of comprehensive and analysable data on violence against women.

      Criminal Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new criminal offences have been created between 2009 and 2013 inclusive; whether any have been rescinded; and whether there are periodic reviews to...

      Driving under Influence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to lower the legal blood-alcohol limit for driving from 80mg to 50mg in every 100ml of blood.

      Driving under Influence: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the research on the basis of which the Scottish Government has decided to lower the legal blood-alcohol limit for driving...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an assessment as to the benefits of delivering smart meter roll out and national home energy efficiency programmes together; and if...

      Entry Clearances: Married People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in considering visa applications from outside the European Union, they differentiate between applicants who are monogamous or polygamous wives of...

      Faith Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 26 November (HL3028), what action they advise local authorities to take to safeguard children who attend...

      Females: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Scottish Government concerning implementing the commitments agreed and announced by United Kingdom Ministers at the...

      Fly-tipping

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what co-operation there has been with the government of the Republic of Ireland on tackling cross-border illegal dumping.

      Freedom of Expression

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provisions they have put in place to safeguard the exercise of free speech in the United Kingdom.

      G4S

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether G4S was considered for the delivery of call centres dealing with enquiries associated with Universal Credit; if so, when such consideration ceased;...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of progress made by the government of Spain in response to the request from the European Commission to carry out works on the border...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the action taken by the government of Gibraltar to respond to the recommendation of the European Commission concerning changes at...

      House of Lords: Catering

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what is the policy of the House of Lords on the disposal of unwanted food from catering outlets. To ask the Chairman of Committees what was the monetary value of...

      Illegal Immigrants: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many illegal immigrants were deported in (1) August, (2) September, and (3) October.

      Internment: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the intention of the government of the Republic of Ireland to request that the European Court of Human Rights revise its...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will impose sanctions on Mr Mohamed Beheshtifar and ban him from entry into the United Kingdom, following his reported involvement in attacks on...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Livingston of Parkhead on 18 August (HL1576) on British military exports to Israel, whether they will clarify the uses...

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 4 December (HL3192), what is their assessment of the use of live fire for crowd control.

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning reports of Israeli Defence Force soldiers and jeeps entering a school in the West...

      Museums and Galleries: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to encourage more young people to visit museums, particularly those from disadvantaged families.

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider North Korean asylum seekers to hold South Korean nationality; and whether the possession of South Korean nationality disqualifies North...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 17 November (HL2757), whether they plan to encourage international prosecution of settlement...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose that the European Union freezes the assets of organisations supporting Israeli settlements, including Israeli banks providing...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with other European countries concerning the harvesting and ownership of Gaza’s gas fields.

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money they estimate could be saved from the aid budget during the next five years by making Israel bear the costs of occupation and reconstruction...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 1 December (HL2862), whether Palestinian farmers have received compensation for their loss of fruit...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the recent United Nations efforts to remove rubble in Gaza.

      Papua

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to make representations to the government of Indonesia to encourage it to establish an inquiry into the incident at Paniai, West Papua,...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the proportion of people whose defined contribution pension fund is in the ranges (1) £0 to £5,000, (2) £5,000 to...

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 3 December (HL2953), how they consider the removal of the existing taper to be of benefit to small companies,...

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the number of Police and Crime Commissioners who are facing or have faced investigation following complaints about their behaviour.

      Prescription Drugs: Misuse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what schemes and measures are currently in place to enable other agencies to work alongside police in combating prescription drug abuse.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners serving indeterminate sentences, other than sex offenders, have been waiting for courses for (1) more than two years, (2) more than one...

      Private Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of possible partnerships between state and private schools, and the possible implications for private schools already offering...

      Private Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Nash on 1 December (HL3032 and HL3033), whether they consider that independent schools are obliged to meet the...

      Prostitution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to criminalising the purchase of sex in order to protect vulnerable women.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to extending the measure of disadvantage for school pupils to include factors beyond eligibility for free school meals and...

      Remembrance Day

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Republic of Ireland participated in the Remembrance Day ceremony at Whitehall on 9 November; and whether they will give consideration to the...

      Reoffenders: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many foreign nationals convicted for criminal offences have re-offended over the last five years.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the annual budget of the THINK! campaign for each year from 2009/10.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take to ensure that local authorities in South Yorkshire are fulfilling their statutory duty to grit local roads in the light of the...

      Schengen Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Bates on 4 December, why they have refused the European Union Committee’s request of 26 November for an oral statement...

      Secure Colleges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what training for the world of work will be undertaken by young offenders sent to the new secure college that is due to open in 2017; and how that training...

      Slavery

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they are making, and with whom, for consultation on the guidance to support businesses in their preparation of the slavery and trafficking...

      Slavery

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to begin their consultations on the guidance to support businesses in their preparation of the slavery and trafficking statement to be...

      Slavery

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Scottish Government concerning the relationship between the Modern Slavery Bill and the Human Trafficking and...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on 8 December (HC Deb, col 633), what specific new steps they are taking to raise...

      Sports: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they have introduced to make sports more widely accessible for young people with disabilities.

      Sports: Tickets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the terms and conditions required by governing bodies of sport as the promoters of major events should be adhered to and take...

      Summertime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to devolve responsibility for time in order that the Scottish Parliament can select the best clock time for daylight saving during the...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that Daesh controls a border crossing between Turkey and Syria; and what representations they are making to the...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current state of discussions with the relevant authority in Syria concerning compensation for those in Northern Ireland who were injured as a...

      Transport: Capital Investment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether (1) they are satisfied that the system of appraising transport projects, as set out in the Treasury Green Book, takes sufficient account of the wider...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Livingston of Parkhead on 19 November (HL2689), what research they have conducted since 1992 to determine the benefits...

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have yet received clarification from the United Arab Emirates as to why they included at least three British charities in a list of...

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their careers Inspiration Vision Statement published in September 2013; and whether its implementation has...

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