Written answers

Monday, 2 March 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many heavy rail vehicles built before 1999 have not been refurbished to comply with (a) RVAR 10 and (b) PRM TSI regulations.

    • Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from local authorities in support of using traffic regulation orders to enforce a prohibition on the footway.

      Railways: WiFi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's press release of 11 February 2015, Free wifi to help rail commuters stay connected, and the speech of the Minister...

      Hitachi Rail Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether any compensation is payable by his Department or Network Rail to Hitachi Rail Europe under the contracts between those bodies in the event of...

      Invalid Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the appropriateness of the current system for licensing sellers of mobility scooters.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what modelling work his Department has undertaken on road traffic flows and displaced traffic during the construction period of High Speed 2 Phase 1;...

      Invalid Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with representatives of the insurance industry on products that might be offered to drivers of mobility scooters and how...

      Seat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, further to the Answer of 8 January 2015 to Question 219781, for what reason action was not taken against SEAT UK for failing to submit a completed...

      Invalid Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will review the specificity of conditions for the eligibility to use mobility scooters.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people received criminal convictions for breaching a railway byelaw under Schedule 20 of the Transport Act 2000 in (a) 2014, (b) 2013 and (c)...

      Invalid Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of disabled people's charities on uptake of mobility scooters in the UK.

      Invalid Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the potential merits of making information about qualification for...

      A483 and A55

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) original and (b) revised timetable is for works carried out at the junction of the A483 and A55 roads in West Cheshire.

      A483 and A55

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will carry out an urgent assessment of the quality of the work carried out at the junction of the A483 and A55 supervised by the Highways Agency.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of road traffic incidents in which a vehicle was damaged and a pedestrian or cyclist was at fault...

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people were registered for the Blue Badge scheme in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 to date.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Virgin Trains and Stagecoach on the East Coast Rewards Scheme; and what representations he has received on this matter.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been referred to her Department by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for resettlement in the UK through...

    • Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-UK citizens attempting to enter the UK illegally were apprehended by UK border control agencies at the ports of (a) Dover and...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what locations non-UK citizens attempting to enter the UK illegally were apprehended in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the minimum income threshold of £18,600 set for migrants will apply to parts of the UK for which the average wage is below that...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations the Government has received on the practices of UK Services and Support Ltd in relation to charges for passport...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many further submissions under rule 353 of the Immigration Rules were made in each of the last seven years.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the arrangements to send out the status letter, biometric residence permit, National Insurance number and...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what proportion of people departing the UK was matching API data recorded in each year since 2010.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on renewing the visa concession for Syrian internationals studying at UK higher education institutions.

      Asylum: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation her Department carried out with Liverpool City Council in advance of the recent decision by her Department to make...

      British Nationals Abroad: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on in what locations British citizens are fighting conflicts abroad; and what estimate she has made of...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time is for people granted refugee status from discontinuation of S95 support to the start of mainstream benefits.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2015 to Question 222300, when she plans to announce the content of the inserts to be made by Member...

      Offenders: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the preventative and early intervention measures trialled in the foreign national offenders...

      Offenders: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what comparative assessment her Department has made of the costs of managing foreign national offenders in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK.

      Offenders: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to develop and standardise its approach to Foreign National Offenders casework since May 2010.

      Ministry of Defence Police: Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2015 to Question 222334, by what date the documents will be placed in the Library.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the performance of Serco in providing accommodation and transport services for asylum seekers under the...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many sexual harm prevention orders and sexual offences prevention orders were issued in each of the last five years; and how many such...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were for human trafficking offences in 2014; and how many such cases involved a victim...

      Sexual Risk Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are subject to sexual risk orders in each police force area.

      Meat: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Border Force sniffer dogs operate at (a) Heathrow Airport and (b) other airports and seaports in the UK to detect illegally...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the UK's policy will be on substantial changes to the international drugs control regime at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to page 107 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2013-14, HC17, what the value is of each piece of...

    • Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the situation in Ukraine; and if he will make a statement.

      Greece

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his German counterpart about Eurozone negotiations with the Greek government; and if he...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to seek the release of Alaa Abdel Fattah.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many apprentices employed by (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are aged (i) 16 to 18,...

      LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will appoint a special envoy with responsibility for promoting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2014 to Question 211346, what response the Colombian government provided to the Minister...

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in the Maldives.

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2015 to Question 223612, whether he plans to meet his counterpart in the Philippines to...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent to which Hamas is attempting to rebuild its terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.

  • Attorney General

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Attorney General, how many apprentices employed by (a) the Law Officers' Departments and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are aged (i) 16 to 18, (ii) 19 to 24 and (iii)...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the total value of contracts his Department has with private sector providers was in each of the last five years for which...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people aged 16 to 24 of each ethnic group applied for an apprenticeship in each employment sector in each of the last...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people aged 16 to 24 of each ethnic group started an apprenticeship in each of the last five years; and in what sector...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many (a) men and (b) women in further education received funding for childcare through the (i) Discretionary Learner Support...

      Utilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what guidance his Department issues to utility and energy companies on the supply of information of customers to credit...

      Bafta

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2015 to Question 224087, which of those documents on BAFTA funding provide guidance on...

      Working Mothers: Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a statutory right for mothers to take breaks for...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many employers were publicly named by the Government for non-compliance with the National Minimum Wage in each of the last...

  • Department for International Development

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many apprentices employed by (a) her Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are aged (i) 16 to 18, (ii)...

    • Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contributions her Department has made to rehabilitating former combatants in the civil war in Sierra Leone; and if she will make...

      West Africa: Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent reports she has received on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa; and if she will make a statement.

      Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to promote the achievements of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, Commonwealth of Learning and Commonwealth...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much support, and under what categories, her Department provided directly to British Overseas Territories in each of the last...

  • Department for Education

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the pilot allowing approved adopters to search the Adoption Register is now working.

    • Teachers: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average pay for teachers was in York unitary authority area in 2008-09 and in each year since 2008-09.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people have used employer-supported childcare in (a) the North West and (b) Merseyside in each year since 2010.

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the summary report of the Property Data Survey Programme, published in January 2015, what estimate she has made of the total cost of...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the summary report of the Property Data Survey Programme, published in January 2015, whether the cost of maintaining, repairing or...

      Schools: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding her Department has allocated for additional school places in (a) Crawley constituency and (b) West Sussex in (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15.

      Teachers: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many primary school teachers in each parliamentary constituency in the South East of England have a science degree.

      Schools: Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to use state schools to encourage social mobility.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the relative effectiveness of the different routes into teacher training.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent representations she has received on reforms to A and AS-levels.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what offence each of the prisoners held in open prisons on 31 May 2014 who had previously (a) absconded or escaped from prison and (b) breached a...

    • Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which regions ranked best and worst with regard to prison staff shortfalls in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many victims were granted compensation by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014.

      Courts: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the proposed increase in court fees for bringing money claims over the value of £10,000 on the...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many apprentices employed by (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are aged (i) 16 to 18, (ii) 19 to 24 and (iii)...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were under section 14 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 in 2014.

      Offenders: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary and the Foreign Secretary on the development of the foreign national offenders action plan.

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress he has made on implementation of a 24 hour coroners system.

      Magistrates' Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to reduce delays in magistrates courts between a defendant's first appearance and their trial.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was paid in fines for television licensing offences in the (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14 financial year.

  • Department of Health

    • Ealing Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on why information about the timetable for the closure of Ealing Hospital Maternity Unit was communicated to three...

    • Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what rules determine who must sign the statement of manufacture that accompanies a custom-made dental device in the UK at initial and final inspection.

      General Dental Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the practice of the General Dental Council in reporting possible breaches of the law by its registrants to the appropriate...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total (a) number and (b) value was of new Phase 3 Small Business Research Initiative contracts awarded by his Department in 2014-15 to date; and...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many apprentices employed by (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are aged (i) 16 to 18, (ii) 19 to 24 and (iii)...

      National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many statutory consultees to each technology appraisal conducted by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in each of the last three...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the ratio of midwives to patients in the NHS was in each year since 2010.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent by the NHS on obstetrics litigation in each year since 2010.

      NHS: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many sick days were taken by NHS (a) nurses, (b) midwives, (c) doctors and (d) ambulance staff in each of the last 12 months.

      Northampton Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many obstetrics litigation cases in each year since 2010 involving incidents at Northampton General Hospital are still pending.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made by (a) NICE, (b) Health Education England and (c) his Department of the additional number of full-time equivalent nurses...

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of NHS trusts that have implemented the car parking principles he published on 23 August 2014.

      Eyes: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will increase funding for eye care research to tackle eye-related health conditions.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce more specialised nursing staff for community hospitals to assist people with diabetes.

      Parkinson's Disease: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when Duodopa has been (a) routinely and (b) not routinely available for use on the NHS in England in each of the last five years.

      Parkinson's Disease: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the NHS Commissioning Board Special Health Authority first issued a public consultation on funding for Duodopa; what the outcome of that...

      Northampton Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the ratio of midwives to patients has been in the maternity unit of Northampton General Hospital in each year since 2010.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information NHS England collects on the status of individual funding requests for treatment.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what treatments are currently due for consideration through NHS England's specialised commissioning prioritisation process; what communications his...

      Clinical Priorities Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS England is continuing to consider whether to publish the minutes of meetings of the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group; what factors it is...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons NHS England has established screening groups to consider individual funding requests (IFRs) before a formal review by an IFR panel can...

      Parkinson's Disease: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what basis NHS England's Clinical Priorities Advisory Group has recommended that Duodopa should not be routinely commissioned by NHS England; what...

      Parkinson's Disease: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the existence of the draft NHS England commissioning policy on Duodopa for a cohort of patients with Parkinson's disease means that any...

      National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many attendees at each National Institute for Health and Care Excellence appraisal committee meeting convened in each of the last three years were...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will request that NHS England review its policy on individual funding requests.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advance warning was given to patients who were previously entitled to free prescriptions before 2002 when the NHS Business Services Authority...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many fines have been issued for claiming free prescriptions without a valid exemption certificate since the NHS Business Services Authority began...

      Heart Diseases: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the relationship between the allocation of funding for children's heart disease services and (a) current and (b) forecast...

      Autism: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) measures and (b) guidelines NHS England has in place to ensure quality care for children with autism in the hospital system; and when those...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to his Department has been of implementing the Friends and Family Test.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the patient experience of people with diabetes.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the workforce development strategy is for (a) GPs and (b) other healthcare professionals in the field of musculoskeletal disorders.

      Social Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to assist wounded veterans with their care expenses.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department plans to publish the review of the first year's operation of the framework for sexual health improvement in England.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2015 to Question 222678, how many claims for clinical negligence involving treatment for trigeminal neuralgia were...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2015 to Question 222680, which NHS trusts reported the patient incidents referred to in that Answer in 2013 and 2014.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria NHS England has to decide which non-commissioned hospitals providing stereotactic radiosurgery are permitted to treat NHS patients.

      Monosodium Glutamate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received on the long-term effects on health of monosodium glutamate in food.

      Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many contracts Arriva holds for patient transport services; and what area each such contract covers.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2014 to Question 211702, how many finished hospital admission episodes with a primary diagnosis of asthma there were...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2014 to Question 202551, how many residents of care homes had an emergency admission to a hospital in 2013-14.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he and officials in his Department have had with their counterparts in other Departments on a national gambling strategy.

      Muscular Dystrophy: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Minister for Life Sciences will hold a further meeting with families of people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy on the availability of the drug...

      Anticoagulants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the difference in the up-take of novel oral anticoagulants and the uptake projected by NICE.

      In Vitro Fertilisation: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of IVF cycle procedures that were carried out by each West Midlands NHS trust in the most recent year for which...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps NICE and NHS England take to ensure that (a) mandatory NICE health technology assessment guidance is fully implemented by clinical...

      Health Services and Social Services: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his plans to devolve health and social care provision and expenditure in Greater Manchester, if he will exclude decision-making on NHS...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps are taken to ensure that ammunition used on firing ranges is fully and properly accounted for; and what amount of ammunition has not been...

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many deployments of UK military personnel have been on the basis of a UN resolution in the last five years; what the cost of those deployments has...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what accommodation will be constructed at the UK's new naval base in Bahrain; and how much of this will be allocated to the families of service personnel.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish all correspondence and documentation held or produced by his Department on how the Government's Overseas Justice and Assistance Human...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's policy on the disclosure of information concerning lethal strikes in Iraq.

      Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's advertising budget was in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

      Military Aviation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library the letter with reference DG/03/01/MOD STRAT dated 8th February 2011 between the Director General of the Military...

      D-day Landings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2014 to Question 216388, if he will provide funding for Normandy Veterans to return to sites of Remembrance they...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people have been recruited to work for his Department as a result of television advertising in the last three years.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assets have been assigned to (a) Standing NATO Maritime Group 1, (b) Standing NATO Maritime Group 2, (c) Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what deviations or exemptions from the Military Air Systems Certifications Process were made for the Airseeker aircraft; when those deviations or...

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when it is planned that the Capability Decision Point will be reached for the Type 26 Frigate programme.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the total cost to his Department of operations in Iraq since 30 September 2014.

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to improve childcare infrastructure; and how much LIBOR funding has been used for that purpose.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assistance his Department is providing to the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan for ensuring security.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many apprentices employed by (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are aged (i) 16 to 18, (ii) 19 to 24 and (iii)...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what total value of new Phase 2 Small Business Research Initiative contracts have been awarded by his Department in 2014-15 to date; and...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what total budget his Department has allocated for Small Business Research Initiative competitions to be advertised through the Innovate UK website in...

      Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Republic of Ireland on defence collaboration signed on 15 January 2015.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2015 to Question 222053, by what date the documents will be placed in the Library.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit claimants with alcohol or drug addictions have been sanctioned in (a) Dudley, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England in each...

    • Social Security Benefits: Drugs and Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to support benefit claimants with alcohol or drug problems.

      Social Security Benefits: Drugs and Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department issues to jobcentre staff on dealing with benefit claimants suffering from drug or alcohol addictions.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of the child maintenance arrears owed in respect of Child Support Agency cases where a child could still benefit is owed by a...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of Child Support Agency cases with a child who could benefit are known to concern a non-resident parent who is self-employed...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in how many and what proportion of Child Support Agency arrears cases where there is a child who could still benefit was a contribution made...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much of the Child Support Agency arrears owed in respect of a child who could still benefit are regarded as (a) temporarily and (b)...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) number and (b) proportion of Child Support Agency cases are known to concern a non-resident parent who is (i) self-employed and (ii)...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what proportion of Child Support Agency arrears cases where there is a child who could still benefit are there arrears which have been (a)...

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people received hardship payments in Scotland in the last 12 months; and how many such payments were made as a result of a benefit...

      Social Security Benefits: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2015 to Question 222884, whether his Department plans to publish statistics on the number of hardship...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people on the Work Programme who have been subject to benefit sanctions have been identified as suffering from mental...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2015 to Question 223811, whether the next release of experimental statistics on the 2012 child...

      Social Security Benefits: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the value was of benefit sanctions applied to claimants in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley local authority area and (c)...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what comparative assessment he has made of job outcomes of those people transferred from incapacity benefit to the fit to work groups who have...

      Social Security Benefits: Middlesbrough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of benefit sanctions in Middlesbrough were overturned following a mandatory reconsideration in the last 12 months.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of how many working-age households are better off out of work than in work in each year since 2010.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department issues to jobcentres on food bank referral for families with disabled children whose benefit applications have...

      Social Security Benefits: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether contractual terms for the provision of benefit assessments have transferred directly from Atos to Maximus; and if he will make a statement.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent through the Work Programme on (a) attachment, (b) job outcome and (c) sustainment payments for people aged (i) up to...

      Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will promote the sharing of best practice in the administration of local welfare schemes.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the oral Answer of 8 December 2014, Official Report, column 638, what steps he has taken to raise awareness of interim payments...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many apprentices employed by (a) her Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are aged (i) 16 to...

    • Floods: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent by her Department on flood prevention in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley local authority...

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will distribute guidance on dog waste management for both onsite and offsite disposal to ensure puppy breeders manage...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what statistics his Department collates on the number of accidental dwelling fires (a) in the private rented sector, (b) in the...

    • Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons spending data for his Department for most months of 2014 has been published later than such data for the...

      Market Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to support market towns.

      Homelessness: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) statutory and (b) non-statutory homeless people there were in (i) Barnsley East constituency, (ii) Barnsley local...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many apprentices employed by (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are aged (i) 16 to 18,...

  • Wales Office

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many apprentices employed by (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are aged (i) 16 to 18, (ii) 19 to 24 and (iii) 25...

  • HM Treasury

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have used the childcare calculator since it was launched.

    • Wines

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the contribution of the English wine industry to the UK economy.

      Social Services: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the name is of each social care provider being investigated by HM Revenue and Customs for non-compliance with national minimum wage regulations.

      Whisky: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the average price of a 700ml bottle of whisky is constituted by tax; and if he will make a statement.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2015 to Question 224081, how many people have been assisted by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in pursuing national...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many investigations were commenced by HM Revenue and Customs National Minimum Wage compliance teams in each of the last five years; and how many such...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many Green Deal providers, assessors and installers have broken the Green Deal Code of Practice since the start of the Green Deal.

    • Energy: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that families with children which fall behind with their energy bills receive the Warm...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the cost to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority would have been of terminating its contract with Nuclear Management Partners at...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate his Department has made of the wholesale cost of (a) electricity and (b) gas in each year since 2001.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the oral contribution by the hon. Member for Hastings and Rye of 14 January 2015, Official Report, column 931, on energy...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme accepts a boiler that has met the emissions limits set for E class fuels according to the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2014 to Question 214542, in what circumstances each supplier identified by his Department...

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many and what proportion of households in (a) England and (b) the UK used (i) pre-payment, (ii) direct debit and (iii) standard...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much electricity was generated from each type of source in the most recent year for which figures are available.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Families

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of families in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Merseyside have one stay-at-home parent.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many apprentices employed by (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are aged (i) 16 to 18, (ii) 19 to 24 and (iii)...

      Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many pension payments to retired civil servants have been (a) missed and (b) delayed by MyCSP, in each month since September 2014.

      Youth Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will establish a universal youth service with ring-fenced funding from central government.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether there is a limit on the number of stations on a digital audio multiplex aimed at the same section of the listening audience.

    • Freeview Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the (a) representation of BME programming and channels available on Freeview and (b) the barriers to...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will seek information from contractors operating on the parliamentary estate...

  • Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, if the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority will...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many apprentices employed by (a) the Government Equalities Office and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are aged (i) 16 to 18,...

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many companies have been required to carry out equal pay audits after they have been found to be discriminating on the basis of gender since 1...

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycleways: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 22 September 2014 (HL1828), why the completion of the east-west cycle highway through St James's Park...

    • Regional Airports: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Civil Aviation Authority regulations require small airports owned by local authorities, such as St Mary’s in Scilly, to consult...

      Liverpool Airport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the by-laws currently in force that regulate the operation of Liverpool Airport.

      Aviation: Sierra Leone

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan urgently to consider the restoration of licences to fly direct to Sierra Leone.

      Transport: Security

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 27 January (HL4314), what they have done to integrate security arrangements with the creation of more...

      Railway Signals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that Network Rail has access to sufficient signalling engineers and technicians to undertake design, procurement, installation, testing...

  • Home Office

    • Entry Clearances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether representatives from the entertainment industry have been consulted on proposed changes to the rules and guidance relating to visitor visas to the...

    • Police: Biometrics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 9 February (HL4664), what urgent action or advice they have given to police forces about adding faces to the...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the Azure Card scheme, what assessment they have made of the possibility of introducing a time limit for support under section 4 of the...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps HM Passport Office intend to take to respond to a complaint made in January 2013 on behalf of the Donor Conception Network about misleading public...

      Mediterranean Sea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the statement by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees that a robust search and rescue operation is necessary in order to...

      Driving Offences: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which police forces are actively monitoring 20 mph speed limit compliance; and how many prosecutions were brought for speeding in 20 mph zones between 2010...

      Police: Stun Guns

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to review the use of Tasers by police officers and in particular their use against children and young people.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 19 February (HL4756) concerning the "on the run" system, whether the scheme was offered to...

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 19 February (HL4756) concerning the "on the run" system, what was the purpose of that policy;...

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 19 February (HL4953) concerning a briefing on Northern Ireland, why the list of peers supplied...

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 19 February (HL4953) concerning a briefing on Northern Ireland, whether such invitations will...

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 19 February (HL4953) concerning a briefing on Northern Ireland, how they can verify that all...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 19 February (HL4756), why the question was not answered in full.

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Randerson on 19 January (HL3949), in what way the involvement of the government of the Republic of Ireland was...

  • Department for Education

    • Science: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of schools offering triple science GCSEs; what steps they will take to support more state schools in all areas...

    • Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to draw up a central record containing a list of governors of all state-funded schools.

      Classics: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that changes to examination qualifications now under discussion do not set back the expansion of classics teaching in...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the power and propulsion systems of the Type 45 destroyer; what actions they plan to take and to what timescale in order to...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Somerset Rivers Authority

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure that the legislative process of making the Somerset Rivers Authority a precepting body progresses in order for it to be established...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Temporary Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many families have been in temporary accommodation in the United Kingdom in each year since 2010.

    • Separation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review their policies and resources which support relationships, in the light of recent research by Ipsos Mori on behalf of the...

  • HM Treasury

    • Large Goods Vehicles: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which government department receives the fines generated from the enforcement of O licences of goods vehicles.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Youth Engagement Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 14 August 2014 (HL1625), how many young people from the Gypsy and Traveller communities have...

    • Lobbying

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider adding Governmental Non-Executive Directors to the list of people with whom lobbyists have contact for disclosure in the Statutory...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Cultural Heritage: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who had ultimate responsibility for the granting of an export licence to the 1942 Alan Turing notebook to be auctioned in New York by Bonhams on 13 April;...

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