Written answers

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve the efficiency of the rail network; and if he will make a statement.

    • Air Routes: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect of a takeover of Aer Lingus by IAG on slots at Heathrow Airport for flights to Northern Ireland.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the amount (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on procurement was paid to small and...

      Railways: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will make an assessment of the feasibility of reopening the branch rail line passing through Dudley town centre.

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of undisputed invoices his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid within five days in the last period for...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what requirements his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies place on suppliers in respect of their payment terms to...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of suppliers to his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are signatories to the Prompt Payment Code.

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of suppliers to his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid subcontractors within 30 days in the last period...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve road safety for elderly pedestrians.

      Cycleways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his oral contribution of 5 March 2015, Official Report, column 1064, on cycling and walking, for what reasons those provisions to cycle...

      Aviation: West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with British Airways on the resumption of direct flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost to (a) individual drivers and (b) the road haulage sector of complying with EU Directive 2003/59/EC.

  • Home Office

    • Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people departing the UK did so with a matching API data record in each year since 2010.

    • Mediterranean Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of migrants who have drowned in the Mediterranean since the end of Operation Mare...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the amount (a) her Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on procurement was paid to...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been dispersed to each region in each of the last six months.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional funding has been provided to local authorities, schools and the NHS to fund costs relating to asylum seekers in the last 12...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of suppliers to her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid subcontractors within 30 days in the...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of suppliers to her Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are signatories to the Prompt Payment Code.

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what requirements her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies place on suppliers in respect of their payment terms to...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of undisputed invoices her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid within five days in the last...

      Mark Jenner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the decision to send Mark Jenner of the Special Demonstration Squad into a covert long-term surveillance operation in the 1990s was...

      Terrorism: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of UK nationals who have travelled to participate in terrorist activity in (a) Iraq, (b) Syria, (c)...

      UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the UK will oppose restrictions on the availability of ketamine at the meeting of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs from 9 to 17 March 2015.

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans that the independent panel inquiry into child sexual abuse will assume statutory status.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers in each force area were assigned to response in each of the last five years.

      Police: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to commemorate the centenary of the first recruitment of women police officers in 1915.

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department's planned consultation on the Gangmasters' Licensing Authority (GLA) will consider (a) extension of the remit of the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken since 2010 to increase British influence around the world.

    • Robert Mugabe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role the UK played in the recent EU decision to ease travel restrictions on Robert Mugabe.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received on restricting the supply of arms to the Israeli government from UK weapons...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Iraq about the destruction by extremists of cultural and historical sites in...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what financial support the UK is providing for the election in Sudan (a) bilaterally and (b) multilaterally.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to (a) encourage stability in Libya and (b) allow compensation to be paid to victims of terrorist acts...

      Terrorism: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to pursue international justice and compensation for UK nationals affected by terrorist acts supported...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likelihood of a credible, free and fair election in Sudan.

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of suppliers to his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid subcontractors within...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of Iran's compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on whether Iranian forces have established a military presence in the Golan Heights region of Syria.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the falling cost of oil on the economy of Iran.

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of suppliers to his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are signatories to the...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Swedish counterpart on that country's decision to recognise Palestine as a state.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on (a) real name registration on online platforms such as Weibo and...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the return of Famagusta in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions 550(1984) and...

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on (a) how many sets of accounts for expenditure in 2013 by NATO and its agencies have...

      Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the German government urging it to make appropriate financial contributions to British...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Trade Missions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many overseas trade missions which were attended or led by a government minister have been completed in the last twelve...

    • Economic and Social Research Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of Economic and Social Research Council research funding is spent on (a) social enterprise and (b) economics.

      Lifelong Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to encourage requalification and life-long learning; and if he will make a statement.

      Lord Heseltine Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which recommendations of the report No Stone Unturned, published in October 2012 by the right Hon. the Lord Heseltine, have been...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of the amount (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on procurement...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of undisputed invoices his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid within five days in...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of suppliers to his Department, its agencies and its non-departmental public bodies are signatories to the...

      Money Lenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many convictions for illegal money lending resulted from prosecutions brought by the Illegal Money Lending Units of (a)...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what requirements his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies place on suppliers in respect of their...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of suppliers to his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid subcontractors within 30...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many firms have (a) approached by and (b) directly received support from Reshore UK in each month since it began operation.

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what total value of business has been won as a result of UK Trade & Investment Support for Exports programmes in 2014-15 to date.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what key performance indicators have been set for the Government's contribution to the Future Fifty programme.

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on how many occasions and on what dates his Department's board has met in the last 12 months; and who was in attendance at each...

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many business mentors in each region are currently available through the Government's national network of mentors and the...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department has taken to reduce mental health stigma and discrimination as a result of signing up to the Time to...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Syringes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to promote the use of smart syringes through the UK's aid programmes.

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the amount (a) her Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on procurement was paid...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of undisputed invoices her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid within five days in the...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what requirements her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies place on suppliers in respect of their payment terms...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of suppliers to her Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are signatories to the Prompt...

      Pay

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

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of suppliers to her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid subcontractors within 30 days in...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate her Department has made of the number of Rohingya people from Burma who have fled to Bangladesh since 2012; and what...

  • Department for Education

    • Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to improve guidance on child sexual exploitation.

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the Permanent Secretary of her Department plans to respond to the letter from the Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts of 12 February 2015.

      Schools: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 10.42 of the Prevent Review, published in 2011, what steps her Department took between 2011 and 2014 to improve training...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2015 to Question 225665, what work her Department undertook between 2011 and 2014 to implement the review of the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of the amount (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on procurement was paid to small and...

    • Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken to prevent sensitive data relating to a victim of (a) domestic violence and (b) other crimes being disclosed during...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what funding the Government provides for victims' support organisations in England and Wales.

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of undisputed invoices his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid within five days in the last period for...

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations he has received on whistleblowers who have been dismissed from their employment and are unable to afford employment tribunal fees.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to review the effect of the introduction of fees for employment tribunals.

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Employment

      To ask the Leader of the House, what his policy is on hon. Members' having second jobs.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's training budget was in each of the last three financial years.

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what total value of new Phase 1 Small Business Research Initiative contracts were awarded by his Department in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what total value of new Phase 1 Small Business Research Initiative contracts were awarded by his Department in 2014-15 to date; and for how...

      Military Aircraft: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much fuel was dumped from each type of airborne RAF aircraft in each of the last two years; and what estimate he has made of the cost of that dumping.

      Clyde Naval Base and Clyde Submarine Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many accidents were reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 at (a) HM Naval Base Clyde and (b)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions have taken place between UK armed forces and the armed forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran on co-ordinating military action in Iraq.

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of undisputed invoices his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid within five days in the last period for...

      Reserve Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what overseas training is planned for reserve forces in 2015; and where that training will take place.

      Marchwood Military Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Written Statement of 3 March 2015, HCWS330, on Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre (Preferred Bidder), what assessment he has made of the...

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken to investigate whether the unauthorised work to excavate the wreck site of HMS Victory 1744 represents a breach of...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has made in payments to employers of reservists for each employee or partner mobilised since changes in the Defence Reform Act...

      Marchwood Military Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Written Statement of 3 March 2015, HCWS330, on Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre (Preferred Bidder), what estimate he has made of the annual...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken to reduce mental health stigma and discrimination as a result of signing up to the Time to Change Pledge.

      RAF Croughton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2015 to Question 222466, what requests for (a) authorities and (b) consultations have been made to his Department...

      Navy: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the Royal Navy spent per day per head on food for (a) officers and (b) serving ratings in the last period for which figures are available.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has made to remove the avenues of acacia trees which have been planted on his Department's land.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of the amount (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on procurement was paid to...

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the suitability of employment and support allowance for people with mild to moderate mental health issues.

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what requirements his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies place on suppliers in respect of their payment terms to...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of suppliers to his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are signatories to the Prompt Payment Code.

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of undisputed invoices his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid within five days in the last...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of suppliers to his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid subcontractors within 30 days in the last...

      Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what meetings Ministers of his Department had with (a) disability representative groups and (b) private sector organisations between July 2013...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to reduce mental health stigma and discrimination as a result of signing up to the Time to Change Pledge.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the likely proportion of parents with care with child maintenance arrears whose CSA cases will be...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the amounts not paid by his Department for each benefit as a result of detection of benefit fraud in each area of...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the arrears validation element of the Child Support Agency case closure programme, by what processes will the Agency review...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what arrangements are in place to ensure that parents with care responsibilities whose Child Support Agency (CSA) cases are subject to case...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many unemployed 16 to 24 year olds accessed jobcentre plus services in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants have been refused hardship payments in each month since October 2012.

      Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on (a) television, (b) print, (c) online and (d) billboard advertising mentioning the word pension in the last...

      Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what amount his Department spent on (a) television, (b) print, (c) online and (d) billboard advertising in each of the last five years.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit claimants who had been referred for sanction were not sanctioned following provision of a recognised good reason for not...

      Unemployed People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the average proportion of jobseekers' time accounted for by (a) compliance activity and (b) employment support...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he intends to reply to the letter to him of 22 January 2015, from the right hon. Member for Manchester Gorton with regards to Mr S Law.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of undisputed invoices her Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid within five...

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what requirements her Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies place on suppliers in respect of their...

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the lifting of a cannon from the wreck site of HMS Victory 1744 by Odyssey Marine Exploration formed a part of the...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to reduce mental health stigma and discrimination as a result of signing up to the Time...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the proportion of dairy production which involves intensive indoor methods.

      Forest of Dean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether there are any plans in place for the Public Forest Estate land at the Cinderford Northern Quarter site in the...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much additional revenue was raised by rises in council tax, including precepts by Lancaster District Council in (a) 2013-14...

    • INTERREG Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the value for money to the public purse of the EU's INTERREG programme; and if he will make a...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what restrictions apply to people who were recently employed as local planning officers working in the private sector on...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2015 to Question 218656, what the reason was for the time taken to answer that question.

      Young People: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) London and (b) each London borough who are under the age of 35 and...

      Green Belt: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to protect green belt and green open spaces in North Hertfordshire local authority area.

      Housing: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much (a) North Hertfordshire District Council and (b) East Hertfordshire District Council received in New Homes Bonus in...

  • HM Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether (a) his Department and (b) HM Revenue and Customs has asked the (i) Panorama programme or (ii) Guardian for the documents reporting on the use by UK...

    • State Retirement Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of raising the basic state pension by (a) 10, (b) 15 and (c) 20 per cent.

      Private Rented Housing: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many voluntary disclosures of untaxed income by private landlords have HM Revenue and Customs received in each of the last five years; and what the...

      Infrastructure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the performance of the Pensions Infrastructure Platform; and if he will make a statement.

      Small Businesses: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the tax yield was from Section 660a legislation in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d) Wales and (e) Northern Ireland in each of the last five...

      Small Businesses: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many enforcement actions in respect of Section 660a legislation there have been in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d) Wales and (e) Northern...

      Welfare State: Reform

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish an analysis of the effect of welfare reforms since 2010 (a) on welfare recipients, (b) on people with disabilities, (c) by geographical...

      Income Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people earn between £10,500 and £13,500; what forecast his Department has made of the average amount of income tax such people will pay...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2015 to Question 220917 and to the Answer of 26 January 2015 to Question 221596, what the surcharge is for payment by...

      Private Rented Housing: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the tax gap was for taxation of income from private rental properties in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d) Wales and (e) Northern Ireland in...

      Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the extent of independent advice from the (a) private, (b) public and (c) voluntary sector on the pensions reforms that will...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 17 February 2015 to Question 223222, how much funding was allocated to specialist inheritance tax compliance teams in each of the...

      Tax Avoidance

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

      Islamic State

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to prevent British financial institutions facilitating the sale of (a) oil and (b) historic artefacts by ISIL.

      Economic Growth

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of growth in the economy.

      Housing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the housing market on the economy.

      Income Tax: Hereford

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the number of people in Hereford and South Herefordshire constituency who will no longer pay income tax as a result of the increased...

      Economic Policy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent progress he has made on his long-term economic plan.

      LIBOR: Fines

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent progress has been made on the allocation of Libor fines.

      Average Earnings

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the growth in average earnings compared to the rate of inflation since May 2010.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

  • Cabinet Office

    • Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the amount (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on procurement was paid to small and...

    • Consultants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2015 to Question 225345, how much his Department spent on consultancy in each year since May 2010.

      Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of undisputed invoices his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid within five days in the most recent...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department has taken to reduce mental health stigma and discrimination as a result of signing up to the Time to Change Pledge.

      Policy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason each policy contained in the 2010 Coalition Agreement which has not yet been implemented has not been implemented.

      Locality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much funding his Department has allocated to the Locality for the Community Organising programme.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the amount (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on procurement was paid...

    • Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the consultation on reform of the Electronic Communications Code will begin; and how long that consultation will last.

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of undisputed invoices his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid within five days in the...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of suppliers to his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are signatories to the Prompt...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what requirements his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies place on suppliers in respect of their payment...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of suppliers to his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid subcontractors within 30 days...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department has taken to reduce mental health stigma and discrimination as a result of signing up to the Time to Change...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2015 to Question 225610 on mobile telephones, whether he plans to publish that response before 7 May...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the social risks associated with fixed odds betting terminals; and if he will bring forward...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will work with the Department for Education to take further steps to open schools sports facilities to the wider community.

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether social media news feeds are considered by Ofcom in their assessment of media plurality.

  • Department of Health

    • Social Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to reform the social care system so that veterans injured before 6 April 2005 do not have the cost of...

    • Hereditary Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2015 to Question 225464, if he will estimate the annual cost to the NHS of the implications of genetic inheritance...

      Derriford Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to assist Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust to deal with increased patient numbers at Derriford Hospital.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the amount (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on procurement was paid to small and...

      Neuromuscular Disorders: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress his Department has made on developing a neuromuscular managed clinical network for the North West region.

      NHS: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on the NHS; and what conversations he...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what requirements his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies place on suppliers in respect of their payment terms to...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of suppliers to his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are signatories to the Prompt Payment Code.

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Prime Minister's announcement on 21 February 2015 of £300 million funding for research and medical innovations to tackle...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of suppliers to his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid subcontractors within 30 days in the last period...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the implications for the risk of hepatitis A entering Britain in imported frozen food of the recent hepatitis A outbreak...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) acute, elderly and general nurses and (b) other qualified nurses have been employed in each NHS region in each Agenda for Change band in...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultation his Department carried out with mental health trusts on the 4 March 2015 deadline for decisions on payment tariff options; and what...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical commissioning groups have announced their funding allocation to mental health services for 2015-16.

      Health Services: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what analysis of financial risk to the (a) Greater Manchester councils, (b) Greater Manchester Hospital trusts and (c) Greater Manchester clinical...

      Obesity: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) women, (b) men and (c) children were (i) overweight and (ii) obese in Birmingham, Northfield constituency (A) in total and (B) in each ward.

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether any photographs of religious leaders are displayed in the offices of ministers in his Department.

      Greater Manchester Strategic Health and Social Care Partnership Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Greater Manchester Strategic Health and Social Care Partnership Board will be accountable to (a) the Secretary of State for Health and (b)...

  • Department for Transport

    • Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 13 February (HL4676), what is the difference in the total volume of luggage space in an InterCity...

    • Railways

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the progress on resignalling the Cardiff Area Signalling Renewal, the Great Western Route Modernisation, and the Oxford-Didcot...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contingency plans they have in place for ensuring sufficient diesel-powered passenger rolling stock in areas where electrification and modernised...

  • Home Office

    • Slavery

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to address concerns that the Modern Slavery Bill in its current form does not provide compensation for victims of modern slavery.

    • Mohammed Emwazi

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the abolition of control orders and Mohammed Emwazi's evasion of British security services and departure from...

      Thailand

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they sought assurances from the government of Thailand that a death sentence would not be imposed upon the men accused of the murder of Hannah...

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to review their resettlement policy for Syrian refugees in the light of the number who are continuing to seek refuge.

      Ketamine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what negotiating position they are adopting at the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs on imminent proposals to restrict the supply and use of ketamine.

      Developing Countries: Ketamine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of restrictions on the supply and use of ketamine on people living in the most rural areas of developing...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • 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 Business,...

    • Consumer Goods

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 26 February (HL4989), what are the terms of reference for the review of unsafe product recall;...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Libraries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is (1) the average number of visits, and (2) the average length of visits, by prisoners to libraries, in each prison establishment in England and wales,...

    • Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the pilot projects in five regions in England on the use of polygraph tests on sex offenders who are being managed in the community.

      Secure Colleges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed Secure College is to be classified as a place of safety for children under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 23 February (HL4781), how many of the other armoured vehicles, totalling over 1,500, have been in...

    • Type 26 Frigates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the planned build rate for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the unit price of each of the F35B aircraft so far purchased by the United Kingdom.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the forthcoming Strategic Defence Review will be strategy or resource led.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the main purposes for which the new aircraft carriers will be used.

      Army Reserve

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest monthly figures for recruitment to the Army Reserve; and how they compare with recruitment targets.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether and where they have deployed military unmanned aerial vehicles in the last six months.

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the deployment of Armed Forces personnel as trainers to Ukraine will cost.

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British military trainers and Armed Forces personnel are currently deployed to Iraq (including Kurdistan) to counter ISIL; and at what cost.

      Unidentified Flying Objects

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the 18 Ministry of Defence unexplained flying object files that have yet to be released to the public have been passed from the Ministry of Defence...

      Veterans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 2 March (HL Deb, col 6), when the programme of preparing servicemen and servicewomen to leave the...

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in fitting the co-operative engagement capability to Type 45 destroyers.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth has had to have an extra steel covering because Sea Lightning jet efflux has proven more powerful than predicted.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Jobseeker's Allowance Sanctions Independent Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which of the recommendations of the independent review by Matthew Oakley in July 2014 of the operation of Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions validated by...

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will undertake an independent review of the operation of Employment and Support Allowance sanctions, with particular emphasis on their impact on...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure benefits claimants facing hardship difficulties are provided with appropriate welfare advice by front-line Jobcentre...

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many National Insurance numbers were (1) created, and (2) deleted due to death, in each of the last 10 years; and what was the total number of valid...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • National Parks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have given to National Park Authorities on (1) the disposal of land and in particular on publicising and allowing consultation on proposals...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support and champion England’s traditional counties.

    • Sefton Park

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had any discussion with Liverpool City Council about the sale of Liverpool Sefton Park Meadows land.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Solar Power

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of solar panels in the United Kingdom include technologies incorporating (1) cadmium, and (2) cadmium telluride.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Religion: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of public sensitivity caused by Marks and Spencer's refusal to acknowledge and use the words "Jesus Christ" in a greeting attached to a...

  • Department of Health

    • Naloxone

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve access to Naloxone in England.

    • Embryos

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 24 February (HL4885), whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is required to maintain records...

      Embryos

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 24 February (HL4885), whether the reference to reconciliation work performed on the data by the Human...

      Human-animal Hybrid Embryos

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they now have to repeal those provisions of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 which permit the creation of animal-human hybrid embryos.

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