Written answers

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Public Transport: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that public transport operators reduce fares to pass onto passengers the benefit of falling petrol and diesel prices.

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the beneficial effects of the additional cycling activity generated as a result of the Cycle to Work scheme.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2015 to Question 220690, in how many of the accidents was the vehicle involved a large goods vehicle; and how...

      First Transpennine Express

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects electrification of TransPennine routes to be completed.

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to tackle cars parking dangerously against the flow of traffic.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the reason is for the changes planned to resource expenditure on community rail and research and freightliner lease in 2015-16.

      Rail Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the annual resource budget is of his Department's Rail Executive.

      Rail Delivery Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the value was of the support provided by his Department to the Rail Delivery Group in each year since 2011-12.

      Rail National Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the value was of the support provided by his Department to the Rail National Taskforce in each year since 2009-10.

      Roads: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to publish summaries of the individual feasibility studies conducted as part of the Road Investment Strategy process.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2015 to Question 222242, which projects comprise the 155 miles of electric spine including East West Rail; and...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will install air quality monitoring equipment in the areas where phase one of the High Speed 2 railway line is planned to be constructed.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to reduce homelessness in (a) the UK, (b) Yorkshire, (c) Kirklees and (d) Huddersfield.

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the formula grant allocation was in each local authority in each year since 2010-11; and what the planned such allocations...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what written representations his Department received on the introduction of a vacant building credit in 2014.

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Written Statement of 28 November 2014, HCWS50, whether any exemptions were considered in relation to the...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Written Statement of 28 November 2014, HCWS50, whether an impact assessment was carried out on the...

      Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he plans to take to ensure that parish councils will be fully compensated for effects arising from the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's communications budget was in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

    • Tony Blair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether Tony Blair has been provided with (a) transport and (b) accommodation in posts in (i) Azerbaijan, (ii) Kazakhstan,...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Turkish government on locating people missing as a result of violence in...

      Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Brazilian counterpart on climate change.

      Peru

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Peruvian counterpart on climate change.

  • Attorney General

    • Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Attorney General, what his Department's charging policy is on drug possession offences in relation to the quantity of each class of drug found to be in the offender's possession.

    • Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Attorney General, what proportion of criminal cases the Crown Prosecution Service instructed the independent Bar to prosecute in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that local small businesses will be part of the supply chain for the Hinkley Point...

    • Prisoners: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many prisoners completed AS and A level courses or their equivalents under the Offender Learning and Skills Service contract...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what types of learning beyond level 1 and 2 courses are available to prisoners.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the devolved institutions on ensuring that policy on, and the operation of,...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what responsibilities local authorities will have in relation to further education as part of the (a) Manchester and (b)...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment the Intellectual Property Office has made of the potential effect of the introduction of standardised tobacco...

      Apprentices: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprenticeships have been created in (a) Preston, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West in the last five years; and how...

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the value of the intellectual copyright held by Ordnance Survey.

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with whom he consulted and what representations he received before taking the decision that Ordnance Survey should become a...

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what timetable he has set for Ordnance Survey to become a government-owned company.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the total advertising budget is for the Get In. GO Far campaign; and how much has been spent on (a) television, (b)...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many meetings he has had on the Department of Health's Responsibility Deal; and whom he has met on that matter.

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the total advertising budget is for the GREAT Business campaign; and how much has been spent on (a) television, (b)...

  • Department for International Development

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance the Government gave to the Ministry of Education in Burma on that country's National Education Law.

    • Developing Countries: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the objectives are for the World Bank's Global Partnership for Social Accountability; what role her Department plays on that...

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much financial aid the UK plans to provide (a) the central government and (b) local authorities in South Sudan in 2014-15.

      CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much CDC Group funding the Department has invested using Emerging Capital Partners.

      CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much CDC Group funding the Department has invested using Ethos.

  • Department for Education

    • Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to page 128 of her Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2013-14, HC 745, what the reasons are for the increase in auditors'...

    • Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2015 to Question 222135 whether her Department consulted the police on the decision not to publish the successful...

      GCSE: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils took GCSEs in (a) dance, (b) art and crafts, (c) I.T. (d) art and design, (e) drama, (f) media, film and television and (g) music in...

      Arts: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what changes there have been in the level of participation in (a) dance, (b) music, (c) theatre and (d) arts and crafts in primary schools in Pendle...

      Sports: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will estimate how much of the PE and sport premium for primary schools has been spent on external providers since that scheme began.

      Carers: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2015 to Question 219294, what her estimate is of the cost to the Department of the research project on the number...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2015 to Question 219289, what the technical reasons were for the decision to delay the introduction of the...

      Free School Meals: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students who qualified for free school meals in schools in Blackpool South constituency received five GCSEs Grade A* to C including...

      GCSE: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students in schools under the control of Blackpool Education Authority in Blackpool South constituency received five GCSEs Grade A* to C...

      Nurseries: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many nurseries closed in each district and unitary local authority area in Lancashire in 2014.

      Carers: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many young carers are in receipt of free school meals in maintained schools.

      Family Rights Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2015 to Question 221698, if she will publish the feedback to local authorities on the findings of the Family...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what total amount his Department spent on ministerial travel by (a) the Government Car and Despatch Agency and (b) other car hire in (i) 2007-08, (ii)...

    • Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) charges, (b) prosecutions, (c) fines and (d) cautions there have been for breaches of the Hunting Act 2004 in each police force area in...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners were transferred from open conditions to closed conditions who had previously (a) absconded or escaped from prison and (b) breached a...

      Sexual Offences: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people under 16 have been convicted of a sexual offence in each police authority in the most recent year available.

      Take-away Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has spent on take-away food for staff since May 2010.

      Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has spent on catering and hospitality since May 2010.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison staff have been dismissed in each year since 2010; what the reasons were for each dismissal; and how many prison staff have received...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) current and (b) certified normal capacity is of the prison estate in each region; what estimate he has made of the prison estate's capacity...

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions for offences related to driving without insurance there were in each year since 2010; and what the average fine imposed for...

      Driving under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of drivers were disqualified from driving for drink-driving offences in each year since 2010; how many and what proportion...

      Driving under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions of (i) men and (ii) women in each Local Criminal Justice Board area for the offence of drink...

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to his contribution of 1 December 2014, Official Report, column 72, on the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, what estimate he has made of the...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2014 to Question 216156, what body independently assesses the NOMS extremism programme; and if he will publish the...

      Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) number of convictions, (b) conviction rate as a percentage of prosecutions brought and (c) rate of convictions as a percentage of crimes...

      Just Solutions International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which countries Just Solutions International (JSI) has worked with since it was established; what contracts it has with foreign companies; what visits...

      Prison Accommodation: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the future demand for prison places in the West Midlands; and what assessment he has made of the capacity of...

      Magistrates Courts: Lewes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what account he took of the fact that Killarney-Comércio Internacional, Lda is registered as an offshore company before deciding to proceed with...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the availability of drugs in prisons.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what criteria are applied to children and young people applying to the Exceptional Case Funding scheme.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will passport all (a) children and (b) young people aged from 18 to 24 through the Exceptional Case Funding scheme.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the religious belief was of each person convicted of terrorist-related offences in each of the last five years.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what terrorist-related offences were committed by which prisoners released from prison in 2013 and 2014; what the length of each sentence given to each...

      Crime: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the largest amounts were of each class of drug charged as a drugs possession only offence in the last year for which information is available.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners convicted of what terrorist-related offences have been released on temporary licence since 14 November 2014.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications from people aged (a) under 18 and (b) 18 to 24 to the Exceptional Case Funding scheme have been successful.

      Courts: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to reduce translation and interpretation costs in the courts.

      Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of whether the number of judges recruited in each year is sufficient to meet the needs of the Tribunal Service.

      HM Inspectorate of Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, who was involved in the (a) shortlisting and (b) final appointment of Mr Paul McDowell as Chief Inspector of Probation.

      Courts: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which holy books are available for defendants to swear on at each magistrates' court and Crown Court in Lancashire.

      Courts: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many redundancies there have been at each Crown Court and magistrates' court in Lancashire since January 2014; and how many such redundancies are...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department is conducting a review of children's access to legal aid.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when a Defence Minister last visited the Falkland Islands.

    • Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has allocated to the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16.

      RAF Waddington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what initial costs his Department incurred as a result of establishing the Air Battlespace Training Centre at RAF Waddington, other than the £33...

      RAF Waddington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual per unit cost is of training members of each of the armed forces at the Air Battlespace Training Centre at RAF Waddington.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual per unit cost is of training members of each of the Armed Forces.

      Qatar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many sorties the RC-135W ZZ664 flew from Al Udeid Air Base when it was stationed there; and what plans there are for another RC-135W aircraft to be...

      NHS: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the armed forces are on standby to provide support to the NHS in winter 2015.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to process new claims for jobseeker's allowance was in 2014.

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what efficiency audit his Department's National Partnership Team has undertaken of the effectiveness of measures established to ensure the...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what investigation he has carried out of the cancellation of the eligibility for benefits of the family of Tommi Miller from Cambridge after...

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received on the standard of service provided by the Health and Safety Executive when engaged in an intervention...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department still plans to publish average waiting times for personal independence payment assessments and decisions in March 2015.

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to reduce translation and interpretation costs in benefit offices.

      Social Security Benefits: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2015 to Question 222298, how much was paid to overseas recipients of (a) pension credit, (b) winter fuel...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost of the Access to Work scheme was in (a) Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency, (b) South Lanarkshire, (c) Scotland and (d)...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of his Department's advertising budget is allocated to the campaign to promote workplace pensions; and how much of that...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency, (b) South Lanarkshire, (c) Scotland and (d) the UK received support through...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what systems are in place to ensure that a previous finding of maladministration against the Child Support Agency does not occur again under...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, under what conditions the Child Support Agency is obliged to consider an applicant's lifestyle rather than evidence of earned income and...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individual decisions made by the Child Support Agency have been overturned by the First and Second Tier Tribunals in the last three years.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with referene to his contribution of 26 January 2015, Official Report, column 546, on the innovation fund for young people, what the...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that lone parents claiming jobseeker's allowance are made aware of the flexible arrangements available to...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that the flexible arrangements available to lone parents claiming jobseeker's allowance to enable them to...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many peopled claimed jobseeker's allowance Domestic Violence Easement in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to publicise the jobseeker's allowance Domestic Violence Easement.

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total advertising budget is for the campaign to promote the New Enterprise Allowance; and how much has been spent on (a) television,...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total advertising budget is for the Your Future Your Pension campaign; and how much has been spent on (a) television, (b) newspaper,...

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of housing benefit are 18 to 21 years old; and how much his Department spent in each of the last three years on housing...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people aged 18 to 24 years are subject to sanctions for (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) employment and support allowance in each...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total advertising budget is for the campaign to urge benefits claimants to report changes in their circumstances; and how much has...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who are affected by the benefit cap are in receipt of (a) bereavement allowance, (b) carer's allowance, (c) child benefit, (d)...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of people who are in receipt of benefits totalling between (a) £23,000 and £24,000, (b) £24,000...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department has assessed the feasibility of options to ensure the Border Inspection Post at Heathrow Airport...

    • Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the value is of flood investments that have been deferred from 2015-2021 to 2021-22 for the (a) Anglia Central, (b)...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her estimate is of additional financial contributions that will be required by the (a) Anglia Central, (b) Anglia...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the amount is of grant in aid (a) requested and (b) received by the (i) Anglia Central, (ii) Anglia Eastern, (iii)...

      Floods: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the publication Impact of 2014 Winter Floods on Agriculture in England, published on 4 June 2014, if her...

  • Home Office

    • Communications Data and Interception Powers Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timescale and process will be for public discussion of the Communications Data and Interception review conducted by David Anderson...

    • Human Trafficking: Medway

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle human trafficking in the Medway towns.

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) arrests were made and (b) prosecutions conducted for road traffic offences in each of the last five years.

      National Crime Agency: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the vote in the Northern Ireland Assembly on 3 Feburary 2015, on the National Crime Agency, when she expects that Agency...

      National Crime Agency: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what practical arrangements will be made for co-operation between the National Crime Agency and security services in the Irish Republic when...

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of whether the UK-based organisations on the list of terrorist organisations and groups published by the United...

      Crime: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many hate crimes were reported in (a) Preston, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012, (iv) 2013 and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2015 to Question 219468, whether her Department received further copies of the letter emailed on 5...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations from external organisations her Department has received on the effects of the introduction of standardised tobacco...

  • HM Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that staff in HM Revenue and Customs' new counter-avoidance directorate have received adequate training to deal with...

    • Lloyds Banking Group

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fees were paid to banks advising on the recent sale of Government shares in Lloyds Banking Group.

      Banks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many banks his Department requested to adopt the Code of Practice on Taxation for Banks; and how many such banks subsequently adopted the code.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been paid in compensation to Equitable Life policyholders since the establishment of the compensation scheme; and by what date the full...

      Compulsory Purchase

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his speech to the Royal Economic Society on 14 January 2015, what steps his Department will take to engage with (a) the Country Landowners...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether he has the power to overrule objections to hydraulic fracturing consents from (a) the Health and Safety Executive, (b) the...

    • Green Climate Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2015 to Question 219963, how many times the Green Climate Fund board has met during the last 12...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority spent in each of the last five years on (a) in-house research and development...

      Fossil Fuels: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of officiating the 13th onshore oil and gas licensing round; and how much his...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to his Department's report, Life cycle impacts of biomass electricity in 2020, what assessment he has made of the (a)...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what meetings he has had with stakeholders to discuss his Department's report, Life cycle impacts of biomass electricity in 2020; and...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to his Department's report Life Cycle Impacts of Biomass Electricity in 2020, what assessment he has made of the...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to his Department's report Life Cycle Impacts of Biomass Electricity in 2020, what assessment he has made of the...

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what limits he will impose on flaring of gas near to homes and businesses; and whether prevailing wind directions will be a...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the risks posed by wells abandoned after use for high volume hydraulic fracturing.

      Geothermal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many representations his Department has received from the geothermal industry suggesting or requesting changes to trespass laws;...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, over what period of time, at what time intervals, at which depths and for which substances he plans to monitor wells abandoned after...

      Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate his Department has made of the potential average reduction in household energy consumption from installing smart heating...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the employment implications for (a) UK seafarers working in the offshore supply sector and (b) the UK...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many households in Sheffield, Heeley constituency received the Warm Home Discount in each of the last three years.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Tony Blair

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether Tony Blair has carried out any work for the Government since he left office.

    • Meetings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what criteria his Department uses to decide whether to make an exception to the convention that Cabinet minutes are not published.

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the written statement of 4 February 2015, HCWS251, what the titles are of the four additional files that have been found; if he will place...

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 104 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2013-14, on how many occasions the National Information Infrastructure has...

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 23 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2013-14, what the 327 external applications using Government data published on...

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the 10 (a) most frequently accessed and (b) least frequently accessed datasets published on data.gov.uk are.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals for a British Sign Language Bill to promote the use of British Sign Language.

    • Arts: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what change in the level of participation there has been in (a) dance, (b) music, (c) theatre and (d) arts and crafts in primary...

      Arts: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what change in level of participation there has been in (a) dance, (b) arts and crafts and (c) cultural computer activities in...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many public libraries have (a) closed and (b) become volunteer-run since May 2010.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2014 to Question 209985, how much of the Super Connected Cities Programme budget has been spent to...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of progress on installation of satellite-accessed broadband in rural areas.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he received legal advice on whether an agreement to vary the licence fee of mobile telephone operators to provide coverage in...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to Box 3 on page 6 of the Green Book Appraisal and Valuation in Central Government, which of these possible outputs were...

      Culture: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Educational Endowment Foundation on cultural education.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much of the cost of each phase 2 broadband projects that have completed their procurements will be met by (a) BT, (b) BDUK and (c)...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what work his Department has done with each of the phase 2 broadband projects to identify, in relation to the broadband rollout, (a)...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has used randomised controlled trials to test the effectiveness of its policies; and whether such trials have...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what factors he took into account and consultations he had with external organisations on the proposals made during negotiations with...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what meetings the Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy has had on the reform of the Electronic Communications Code...

      UK City of Culture: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funds he has budgeted to support Hull as UK City of Culture 2017 in each financial year until 2017-18.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the proportion of broadband connections that are above 10 mbps.

      Non-departmental public bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to his letter of 3 July 2013 to the Chairman of VisitBritain, which organisations funded by his Department are required...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to improve broadband capacity in rural areas along the English-Welsh borders.

      Broadband: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with which interlocutors in the European Commission on subsidising urban broadband; whether he has...

      Nuisance Calls and Texts Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the members of the nuisance calls taskforce were black and minority ethnic; and whether any members of that task...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what definition of market failure he used in assessing the deal with the mobile network operators and the necessity of accepting a...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what contribution to the public purse is budgeted to be received from annual licence fees paid by mobile network operators in each of...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to his Department's announcement, Government secures landmark deal for UK mobile phone users, published on 18 December...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the economic and social benefits arising from increasing the number of mobile network operators in areas...

      Arts: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education about increasing participation in (a) music, (b) drama, (c) dance...

      Arts: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of primary school children participating in (a) music, (b) drama, (c) dance and (d) art in the...

      Arts: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of secondary school children participating in (a) music, (b) drama, (c) dance and (d) art in...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Voting Behaviour: Scotland

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what outcomes are expected from the Omnibus Polling Scotland project put out to tender on the 26 November 2014.

    • Devolution: Scotland

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, who the designated client MD and Strategy Director was, responsible for the contract for the provision of Communications - Creative and Delivery Services...

      Devolution: Scotland

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the market research conducted by Ipsos-Mori on attitudes in Scotland towards Scottish independence was shared with Engine Partners UK LLP as part of...

      Stephen Kerney

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether, in his official capacity, he has met Stephen Kearney.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent steps he has taken to support the Prime Minister in the full range of Government policy initiatives.

      Voting Rights: Young People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to give 16 and 17 year olds the vote.

      Voting Behaviour: Young People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the Government's policy is on increasing participation amongst young voters.

      Local Government: Urban Areas

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to devolve power to small cities.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership on devolving powers and responsibilities from Whitehall.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: South East

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with the South East Local Enterprise Partnership on devolving powers and responsibilities from Whitehall.

      Local Government: Powers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to bring forward proposals for further devolution for England.

  • Department of Health

    • Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the burden of unnecessary bureaucracy on agency care workers so as to maximise the time spent with those for whom they...

    • Anaemia: Vitamin B12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what evidence the standard time between prescribed injections of replacement vitamin B12 for pernicious anaemia sufferers was determined; and if he...

      Diabetes: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many diabetes specialist nurses were employed in East Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Diabetes: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with diabetes in East Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Diabetes: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of people in (a) Pendle constituency and (b) Lancashire who have been diagnosed with diabetes are receiving the nine basic monitoring tests.

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2014 to Question 222307, when his Department next plans to meet the manufacturers of the MenB vaccine; and by what...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, purusant to the Answer of 26 January 2015 to Question 221173, if he will make it his policy to require NHS England to (a) improve the collection of data...

      NHS: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS bodies are responsible for monitoring costs and performance of PFI contracts.

      NHS: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his assessment is of the effect on service providers of the proposed methodology for determining national prices for NHS services.

      NHS: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce translation and interpretation costs in the NHS.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the incurred but not reported provision for clinical negligence is in 2014-15.

      Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Strategic Executive Information System reports dating from before the Health and Social Care Act 2012 are waiting conclusion.

      Care Homes: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward proposals to amend the statutory guidance for the Care Act 2014 to ensure that local authorities take steps to discourage the...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the independent market study of alcohol labelling will be published.

      Cervical Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce (a) demographic and (b) geographic inequalities in (i) cervical screening uptake and (ii) HPV vaccination rates.

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the NHS budget is spent on prevention of ill health.

      Health and Social Care Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new organisations have been established following the coming into force of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his oral contribution of 28 January 2015, Official Report, column 872, on NHS major incidents, whether any Ministers or officials of his...

      General Practitioners: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people saw an out-of-hours GP at each general hospital in Lancashire in December 2014.

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Be Clear on Cancer regional pilot in ovarian cancer on (a) survival rates, (b) early diagnosis and (c)...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people ordinarily resident in the UK have a European Health Insurance Card.

      Sleep Apnoea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2015 to Question 220689, when he expects NICE to have developed a quality standard on sleep-disordered breathing.

      Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the value of surplus land held by his Department.

      Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what briefing his Department gave to the media ahead of his speech to the King's Fund on 13 November 2014 in relation to surplus land held by his Department.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children and young people were admitted to A&E because of mental illness in each year since 2010.

      Cancer: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2015 to Question 222049, whether his Department has funded any campaigns specifically to raise awareness of cancer...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what performance indicators relating to child and adolescent mental health that were collected before the implementation of the Health and Social Care...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport about gambling addiction since May 2010.

  • Department for Transport

    • Pedestrians: Mobile Phones

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to criminalise the obstruction of traffic by pedestrians using a mobile device.

    • Pedestrians: Mobile Phones

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many traffic accidents have been caused or partly caused by pedestrians using a mobile device.

      Air Routes: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the possible sale of Aer Lingus, what plans they have to protect and maintain regular and frequent air links between Northern Ireland and...

      Aviation: Security

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many electronic body scanners have been placed at airports of the United Kingdom and at what cost.

      Aviation: Security

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to place electronic body scanners at all airports of the United Kingdom.

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the train operating companies at present running InterCity Services will be closely involved in the fitting-out procedure for the carriages of the...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Kramer on 24 July 2014 (WS 137), in what way the raising of the heavy goods vehicle speed limit facilitates the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the remarks of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Burma, Yangjee Lee, on the "significant human rights concerns"...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Human Rights: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the government of the Republic of Ireland has completed all the actions in favour of human rights assigned to it in the Belfast...

    • Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce the number of people employed in the Northern Ireland Office during the next three years.

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which members of the House of Lords from Northern Ireland were invited and which members of the House of Lords from Northern Ireland were not invited to a...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they give to countries' human rights records when granting arms export licences.

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for differences in the number of free trade agreements which include services entered into by the European...

      EU External Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made, in the light of Singapore’s conclusion by 2005 of free trade agreements which include services with Japan, the United...

      Overseas Companies: Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of preparation of the recent report "Opportunities for British companies in Burma’s oil and gas sector".

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 27 January concerning the shortfall of school places by 2023 (HL4305), whether the Department for Education...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Criminal Proceedings: Vulnerable Adults

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that support is made available for vulnerable defendants by registered intermediaries in the criminal justice system, as...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent joint training in peace-keeping methods has taken place involving the armed forces of the United Kingdom and those of the Republic of Ireland.

    • Nuclear Submarines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report in the Scottish Daily Mail on 28 January, whether they have considered moving Britain's nuclear armed submarines from Scotland to...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Work Experience

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to promote equal access to intern opportunities for all; and how many disabled people have received help from the Access to Work...

    • State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to uprating the state pension of retired British citizens who have made full National Insurance contributions in the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fisheries: Navy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the reduction in the number of offshore patrol vessels available for fishing protection on their meeting...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Occupied Territories

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to encourage Jewish faith leaders in the United Kingdom publicly to condemn settlement building by Israel and to make clear their support...

    • Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 15 January concerning the Right to Buy scheme (HL4050), how many social housing units were lost...

  • HM Treasury

    • Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many tax credit recipients have received an administrative penalty relating to overpayments in each of the past four years.

    • Debts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 7 July 2014 (HL686), what is the aggregate value of the debt of the government, non-financial...

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total revenue to the Exchequer as a result of arms sales to Saudi Arabia in the last year.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Woodhead Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are considering the use of high voltage power cables in the Woodhead rail tunnel, when overhead transmission lines are used for the scenic part of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the electoral registration app for smart phones recently launched in Dundee; and what plans they have to encourage the use...

    • General Election 2015

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 20 January (HL3929), whom they have appointed to review the operation of Part 6 of the...

  • Department of Health

    • Fertility: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, Jane Ellison, on 14 July 2014 (HC Deb, col 448W), by Earl...

    • In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 26 January 2015 (HL4064), why the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) does not consider that...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 26 January 2015 (HL4063 and HL4228), how members of the Expert Panel convened by the Human Fertilisation and...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 21 January (HL4011) regarding the challenges facing the National Health Service of tackling obesity, what...

      Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in reducing the national diabetes-related amputation rate since their commitment to halve the rate two years ago.

      NHS: Employment Agencies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Baroness Jolly on 27 January, when they expect the annual cost of £2.5 billion for National Health Service agency staff...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the likely impact on the illicit tobacco market of their announcement to proceed with standardised packaging for tobacco...

      Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House all correspondence including emails between Ministers and officials of the Department of Health and...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential costs of compensation due to the loss of intellectual property arising from the introduction of standardised...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why patients and patient groups are not allowed to appeal decisions of NHS England to exclude certain drugs from the approved list in the Cancer Drugs Fund.

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