Written answers

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many previous convictions at the time of sentence each offender sentenced to immediate custody for a single offence of possession of (a) class A,...

  • HM Treasury

    • National Savings Bonds: Pensioners

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average waiting time was for calls to the pensioner bond application telephone service in each year for which figures are available.

    • Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average time taken to process changes in household circumstances for existing tax credit claims was in 2014.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many members of HM Revenue and Customs were employed to tackle the issue of inheritance tax avoidance in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d)...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many disclosure of tax avoidance schemes notifications HM Revenue and Customs has received in each of the last five years up to the most recent period...

      Social Services: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints HM Revenue and Customs have received on non-payment of the national minimum wage by all care providers in (a) 2011, (b) 2012, (c) 2013...

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what steps are being taken to ensure that people who omitted their National...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2015 to Question 223458, what the current (a) employment protections and (b) collective...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Small Businesses: Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the productivity of small businesses.

    • Higher Education: Freedom of Expression

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to encourage student unions fully to support freedom of expression on university campuses.

      Further Education: Degrees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the increase in the number of young people choosing to study for degrees at further education colleges as opposed to...

      Regional Planning and Development: North East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made (1) to the North East Local Enterprise Partnership over its lack of a chief executive since April last year, and (2) to...

      Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 23 January (HL4065), what grant applications were made to the Medical Research Council over the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Malawi

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent floods in Malawi and the impact on the population both immediately and in relation to the damage to public...

    • Malawi

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial support they have provided to the government of Malawi, international institutions or non-governmental organisations in response to the recent...

      Malawi

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further support they will provide to international institutions, non-governmental organisations or the government of Malawi in order to prevent the...

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage more qualified teachers to pursue training in special needs education in order to teach at special schools.

    • Social Services: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the August 2014 Ofsted inspection report which found Buckinghamshire County Council's children's services (particularly in relation to the...

      European Union

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost of the Review of the Balance of Competences between the United Kingdom and the European Union to the Department for Education and its...

      Teachers: Professional Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action has been taken to ensure that the proposed Royal College of Teaching does not alienate some teachers with expensive annual membership fees.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Floods: Somerset

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the Somerset floods of 2014, what payments have been made to date to farmers who lodged claims; and what proportion of those payments have been...

  • Home Office

    • Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bates on 19 December (HL3453, HL3455 and HL3456), whether the multi-agency guidelines to support better co-ordination...

    • Asylum: Eritrea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when asylum is granted to Eritrean nationals, it is done after consideration of the human rights situation in that country.

  • HM Treasury

    • Tourism: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to reduce VAT for tourism.

    • Economic Situation: Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what their role has been, or will be, in financial negotiations with the government of Ukraine, through both the European Union and the International...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether HM Treasury will publish the dates, agendas and minutes of any meetings that ministers and officials in that department have had regarding alcohol...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Population

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the population increase is attributed to immigration under the most recent United Kingdom population projection under the high migration...

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