Written answers

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

  • HM Treasury

    • Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value was of the average claim for tax credit made by people who were (a) out of work, (b) self-employed and (c) employed in each of the last five...

    • Working Tax Credit: Bolton

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been paid through working tax credits to people in Bolton North East constituency in each of the last three years.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total value was of tax credits paid to claimants who were (a) out of work, (b) self-employed and (c) employed in each of the last five years.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Self-employed

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many self-employed people claimed (a) child tax credits and (b) working tax credits in each of the last 10 years.

      Welfare Tax Credits: York

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families in (a) York Central constituency and (b) York Unitary Authority area received child and working tax credits in 2009 and in each year since.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what average value of tax credits were paid to claimants who were (a) out of work, (b) self-employed and (c) employed in each of the last 10 years.

      Vat

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue is protected by applying the EU VAT place of supply rules to micro businesses and sole traders which operate under the UK VAT threshold.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 17 February 2015 to Question 223222, how many staff were employed at HM Revenue and Customs offices in (a) Belfast, (b) Edinburgh...

      Child Benefit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the saving to the public purse of restricting child benefit to three children in the next financial year.

      Private Rented Housing: Blackpool

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the median weekly rent in the private rented sector in Blackpool South constituency was in (a) May 2010 and (b) February 2015.

      Slavery

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2015 to Question 221881, whether he expects to publish the Action Plan on Modern Slavery before the Dissolution of...

      Fiscal Policy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) total and (b) staff cost to his Department was of producing the document, An alternative fiscal path beyond 2016-17, published on 19 March 2015.

      Transport: Freight

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effects of changes in oil prices since August 2014 on the cost of moving freight by (a) rail, (b) road and (c) sea.

      Vat

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations his Department has received on the level of VAT applicable to small tourist businesses.

      Football: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Revenue and Customs has made special arrangements with English Premier League clubs about their tax affairs.

      Car Washes

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of car wash businesses in the UK; and what estimate he has made of the tax paid by such businesses in the last year.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department had on alcohol duty with representatives of (i) the Wine and Spirits Trade Association, (ii)...

      Severn River Crossing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much additional revenue accrued to the public purse from the Severn Crossings as a result of the abolition of the Industrial Buildings Allowance in (a)...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings Ministers and officials in his Department had with alcohol companies and their representative organisations on alcohol duty between 1 November...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.108 of Budget 2015, whether people will be able to opt out of the digital tax accounts.

  • Prime Minister

    • Ict: Vat

      To ask the Prime Minister, if, during the discussions of the effect on UK micro-businesses of EU digital VAT legislation since its implementation on 1 January 2015 at the March 2015 European...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which approved new applications staff in his Department are authorised to download and use on their phones and tablets.

    • Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people who have committed benefit fraud whose cases were not prosecuted in court (a) have repaid, (b) are repaying, (c) are...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people receiving employment and support allowance in the support group are aged (a) 50 and over and (b) 55 and over.

      Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending compensation to children who have been exposed to asbestos as a result of...

      Work Programme: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disabled people have entered employment following participation in the Work Programme in (a) Pendle, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North...

      Bank Services: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people in Pendle who do not have a bank account.

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the progress and effectiveness of the Disability Confident campaign in Lancashire.

      Social Security Benefits: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the benefit cap on rates of employment in (a) Pendle, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West.

      Employment Schemes: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have found employment through (a) the Work Programme, (b) the Youth Contract and (c) an apprenticeship in Pendle in each year...

      Work Programme: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been assessed by the Work Programme in (a) Pendle, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West to date.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Jobcentre Plus staff were put on a performance improvement plan as a result of making (a) too few and (b) too many sanction referrals...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been claimed in (a) short-term benefit advances and (b) hardship payments in each of the last 12 months.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications have been made for (a) short-term benefit advances and (b) hardship payments in each of the last 12 months.

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress he has made in implementing the recommendations of (a) the review to Government by Liz Sayce titled Getting in, staying in and...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average hourly pay is for employees at each grade within his Department identified as (a) White or White British and (b) from a...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Child Support Agency (CSA) cases have been closed as part of the phased three-year CSA case closure programme.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Child Support Agency cases are being dealt with by the legal enforcement section of that Agency.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many calls the Child Maintenance Options Service has received in each month from September 2014 to date.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the support by Work Programme providers for participants seeking to become self-employed.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many six months' notice warning letters of case closure have been sent to Child Support Agency customers in each month since December 2014.

      Social Security Benefits: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2015 to Question 227137, how many applications have been made by police forces to his Department for...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many reminder letters giving one month's warning of case closure have been sent to Child Support Agency customers in each of the last 12...

      Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2015 to Question 226586, whether his Department's review of complex cases where claimants died has...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the change has been in the amount of (a) employment and support allowance and (b) other incapacity benefit paid in each month since May 2013.

      Personal Independence Payment: Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Halton constituency waited more than (a) one month, (b) three and (c) six months for a decision on their personal...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to introduce text or email notifications for claimants of the employment and support allowance required to attend a medical...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate he has made of the average time between a claim being made for employment and support allowance and the claimant...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average hourly pay is of employees in his Department identified as (a) white or white British and (b) from a black, Asian or other...

      Hazel McRae

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many items of correspondence his Department or its agencies have sent to Ms Hazel McRae.

  • Home Office

    • Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were deported from each constituent part of the UK in 2013 and 2014.

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress her Department has made in reducing the number of asylum cases dating to before 2007.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will ensure that a full and substantive reply is given to the hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed to his letter of 6 January 2015...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2015 to Question 225163, on asylum, how many further submissions were made in (a) East Midlands, (b)...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2015 to Question 225191, on asylum, how many grants on (a) protection and (b) non-protection grounds her...

      Asylum: Bedford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum legacy cases are outstanding in the MK40, MK41 and MK42 postcode areas.

      Immigrants: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to end the immigration detention of pregnant women.

      Overseas Students: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations she has received from universities on the reduction in the number of English language test centres for...

      Overseas Students: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of the reduction in the number of English Language Test Centres on international students...

      Overseas Students: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of the reduction in the number of English Language Test Centres for international students on...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential economic effect of (a) reducing and (b) increasing the number of international students...

      Stop and Search: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children under the age of 16 have been stopped and searched by the police in each year since 2010 in each police force.

      Rape: Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to implement the recommendations in the report, Rape as torture in the DRC, published by Freedom from...

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding her Department provided in police pension top-up grants to each police force in England and Wales in each year since 2006-07.

      Merseyside Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time police officers have been in the employ of Merseyside Police in each of the last five years.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what account her Department took of the effects of and reasons for the removal of embarkation procedures in 1996 when making the decision to...

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what expenditure UK Border Force has incurred in operating x-ray scanners to tackle tobacco smuggling in each year since 2010-11.

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to the public purse was of the salaries of officials working in the Border Force employed in tackling tobacco smuggling in...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of powers under the Immigration Act 2014 to stop criminals using family life...

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to expand the size of the immigration detention estate.

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have (a) applied and (b) successfully resettled in the UK under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme (i) in total and...

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time equivalent Border Force staff worked on implementing the Government's Tackling Tobacco Smuggling strategy in each year...

      Detention Centres: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to ensure that people held in immigration removal centres have access to the websites of organisations that provide...

      Religiously Aggravated Offences: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of anti-Muslim hate crime were reported to the police in (a) Pendle and (b) Lancashire in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii)...

      Robert Nairac

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons Terence McCormick and Patrick Maguire have not been extradited from the US to face questioning in relation to the murder of...

      Crime: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department sets targets for reductions in rural crime; and if she will make a statement.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff were employed by her Department to process passport applications of any kind in each year since 2010.

      Police: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much each police force in the North West charged to each football club in their area for policing of football matches in 2014; and how...

      Asylum: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that women are informed about all of their specific rights and entitlements within the asylum process.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what proportion of employees in her Department identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British, (c) Black or...

  • Department of Health

    • Drugs: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) men, (b) women and (c) children were admitted to hospital for drug poisoning, showing ICD10 codes T36-T50 separately, at a four character...

    • Tranquillisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the General Practice Research Database includes data on the prescribing of tranquillisers; and if he will use this database to calculate the...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to undertake an equality impact assessment of the HPV vaccination programme before making a decision on vaccinating...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, to what extent clinical commissioning groups must comply with (a) the specialised service specifications and (b) the clinical commissioning policies...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what allocation per capita was made by his Department in respect of clinical commissioning group (CCG) services in (a) each CCG in York and North...

      Mental Health Services: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS (a) beds and (b) full-time equivalent staff there were for mental health services provided within the City of York Council area in 2010 and...

      General Practitioners: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the average waiting time to see a GP in (a) York Central constituency, (b) City of York Council area and (c) England in 2010...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much per resident on average was spent by NHS England on centrally-procured NHS services in each clinical commissioning group (CCG) area in England...

      York Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time for treatment in the A&E department at York Hospital was in 2009-10 and each subsequent year.

      York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many in-patient discharges from beds in York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust were delayed because of the unavailability of step-down care beds...

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which news applications staff in his Department are authorised to download and use on their work-provided phones and tablets.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions NHS England has had with manufacturers on alternative commissioning arrangements for treatments that have been removed from the Cancer...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of employees in his Department identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British, (c) Black or Black...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is his policy to support nationally set standards, policies and specifications for specialised services.

      Gastrointestinal Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST) patients of the delisting of the drug regorafenib by the Cancer Drugs...

      Prostate Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact on prostate cancer patients of the delisting of the drug cabazitaxel by the Cancer Drugs Fund; what steps NHS...

      Neuromuscular Disorders: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when NHS England plans to publish its audit of unplanned emergency admissions of patients with neuromuscular conditions in the north east of England.

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that the meningitis B vaccine, Bexsero, is included in the 2015 childhood immunisation programme; and if he will make a...

      Neuromuscular Disorders: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to provide specialist clinical psychology support to patients with neuromuscular conditions attending neuromuscular...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2015 to Question 226346, when he expects negotiations with GlaxoSmithKline on the meningitis B vaccine to be concluded.

      Health Services: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much in total has been spent on NHS services for people living within the Vale of York clinical commissioning group (CCG) area in each year since the...

      York Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people presenting at the A&E department at York Hospital waited more than four hours from arrival to discharge, admission or transfer in...

      Cataracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of variation across clinical commissioning groups in visual acuity restrictions for patients requiring cataract surgery.

      Eyes: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a National Clinical Director for eye health.

      Cataracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many self-funded non-insurance cataract operations were conducted in NHS hospitals in 2013-14.

      Cataracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to decrease waiting times for people requiring cataract surgery.

      Pneumococcal Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of cases of (a) pneumonia and (b) invasive pneumococcal disease there have been in each of the last five years;...

      Pneumococcal Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) A&E attendances and (b) hospital admissions were related to (i) pneumonia and (ii) pneumococcal disease in the last 12 months.

      Neuromuscular Disorders: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the five neuroscience tertiary centres in the north west of England have committed to funding a neuromuscular clinical network for the region.

      Neuromuscular Disorders: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps NHS England has taken to meet the Neurosciences: Specialised Neurology (Adult) service specification in Lancashire and Southern Cumbria for...

      Nurses: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has had from his counterpart in (a) Spain, (b) Italy, (c) the Philippines, (d) Italy and (e) the Republic of Ireland on...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2015 to the hon. Member for Pudsey to Question 222863, by what date he plans for the negotiations about the supply...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the longest wait was on 19 March 2015 for a patient awaiting NHS treatment.

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 17 March 2015 to Question 227433, for what reasons NICE has scheduled development of the clinical guidelines to begin in 2016...

      Social Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress his Department has made in working with the Royal British Legion to assess how the disregard for payments under the War Pensions Scheme may...

      Buildings

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

      Nurses: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of nurses registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council were from overseas in each of the last five years.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the change in prescription charges has been in real terms in each year since 2009-10.

      Patients: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of patients attending A&E departments arrive by car.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the financial position of the NHS trust and foundation trust sector at the end of the current financial year; and if he...

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the progress update to recommendation 97 in the supporting annex to his Department's report, Culture change in the NHS, published in...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of GP surgeries in England offer extended opening hours.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of cancer patients in England have received radiotherapy treatment in each of the last five years.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) child and (b) adult patients with a diagnosis of psychiatric conditions waited longer that four hours in A&E to be seen in (i) each...

      NHS: Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on NHS patient services of income accrued by foundation trusts from private patients.

      Quality of Care and Treatment Provided by 14 Hospital Trusts in England Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department plans to publish the remaining stages of the Keogh Review into hospital mortality rates.

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of safeguarding concerns responded to by the Care Quality Commission were responded to within the target time frame in each year since...

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many finished hospital admission episodes with a primary diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease there were in each year since 2009-10.

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS England will remain the sole budget-holder for prescribed specialised services in 2016-17.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the senior national clinical lead for mental health to coordinate education, training and workforce development.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the funding allocated to clinical commissioning group's for expanding the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme has been...

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the spending per in-patient in England on NHS meals was per (a) hospital stay and (b) day in each year since 2009-10.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the economy of alcohol-related harm in the last year.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 4.6 of the Government's mandate to Health Education England: April 2014 to March 2015, when the e-learning package to support...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have had a stroke or a transient ischemic attack in each clinical commissioning group area since April 2012.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people attended at hospital A&E departments in the Blackpool NHS Trust area in each year from 2010 to 2015.

      General Practitioners: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in the Blackpool NHS Trust had to wait longer than 48 hours for a GP appointment in (a) 2010 and (b) 2015.

      Cancer: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Blackpool NHS Trust area had to wait longer than 62 days to start cancer treatment after being referred by their GP in (a) 2010 and...

      Health Professions: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) GPs and (b) nurses were employed in the Blackpool NHS Trust in (i) 2010 and (ii) 2015.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government has announced that the Cancer Drugs Fund will continue beyond April 2016.

      Innovative Medicines and Medical Technology Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress the Government is making in implementing the recommendations in his Department's Innovative Medicines Review.

      Health Services: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were on the waiting list for NHS treatment in Blackpool NHS Trust area on (a) 1 March 2015 and (b) 1 March 2010.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Government has to publish a new dementia strategy.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many bids by local enterprise partnerships to (a) the Regional Growth Fund and (b) the Exceptional and Regional Growth Fund...

    • Business: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which businesses are providing advice and support through the Growth Voucher scheme; and how many businesses have received such...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many valid Growth Vouchers have been issued that have not yet been redeemed.

      Business: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which York-based companies received financial support from (a) Yorkshire Forward in each of its last five years of operation,...

      Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many cases were referred to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for each higher education institution by students of...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many and what proportion of employees in his Department identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British,...

      Easter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will bring into force the provision contained in the Easter Act 1928 to fix the date of Easter; and if he will make a...

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which news applications staff in his Department are authorised to download and use on their work-provided phones and tablets.

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much his Department has invested in start-up accelerators and incubators in each of the last five years.

      Arms Trade: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Government's response to the First Joint Report of the Committees on Arms Export Controls, Cm 935,...

      Trade Promotion: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department plans to take to further develop UK trade with Turkey over the next five years.

      ICT: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what contribution his Department plans to make to the EU consultation on the Digital Single Market.

      New Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many start-up loans have been awarded since the introduction of that scheme in (a) Rutherglen and Hamilton West...

      Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government has taken to tackle the movement of counterfeit clothing into the UK.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to minimise the risk of a breach of UK territorial waters.

    • Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what amount his Department and its agencies spent on research and development in each year since 2010-11; and what proportion such spending was of total...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what technologies are being developed with support from his Department's Small Business Research Initiative programme; and what assessment he has made...

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2015 to Question 223160, how the armed forces communicate the requirements of recruiters in respect of briefing...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many companies received financial payments when reserve employees were called up for duty in each year since 2013; and what the total amount was of...

      Health Services: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many NHS staff have joined the reserves in each service in each year since 2010.

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the progress on recruitment of Army reservists against his Department's target of 30,000 by 2019.

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies spent on legal fees in each year since 2010; and if he will publish a...

      Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish a list of equipment gifted by his Department in each year since 2010.

      Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the transportation costs were for equipment gifted by his Department in each year since 2010; and what equipment that has been gifted by his...

      Veterans: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people have found (a) full-time, (b) part-time and (c) casual employment within six months of leaving service with the help of the Career...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Right to Buy Scheme: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much from Right to Buy sales has been returned to the Treasury by each London borough in each of the last five years.

    • Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of (a) disabled and (b) all other staff in his Department reported experiencing bullying or harassment at work...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many staff in his Department and its executive agencies and associated bodies were engaged off-payroll in each of the last...

      Housing: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many new residential properties have been constructed in (a) the London Borough of Barnet and (b) Hendon constituency since...

      Local Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to assist local residents to produce a local plan in areas where no such plan has been produced by the...

      Rented Housing: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average housing rent was for (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and larger bedroom homes and (d) all homes in the (i) private...

      Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in funding to local authorities on their ability to support Armed Forces...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many neighbourhood forums have been established under the Localism Act 2011.

      Parking Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to prevent illegal parking on private property and land.

  • Scotland Office

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the average hourly pay is for employees at each grade within his Department identified as (a) White or White British and (b) from a Black, Asian...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Ict

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, which approved news applications staff in the Government Equalities Office are authorised to download and use on their work-provided phones and tablets.

  • Department for Transport

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of employees in his Department identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British, (c) Black or Black...

    • Driving: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to reduce the length of time a person who has had a seizure while asleep must surrender their driving...

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which news applications staff in his Department are authorised to download and use on their work-provided phones and tablets.

      Shared Spaces: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received on shared space schemes and the difficulties they cause to blind and partially-sighted people.

      Ports: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an estimate of the number of freight containers that will be moved from (a) Felixstowe and (b) Tilbury port by (i) rail and (ii) road...

      Severn River Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Severn Bridges cost to run and maintain in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2012-13.

      Ports: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of anticipated levels of rail freight activity at (a) Felixstowe and (b) Tilbury port in the...

      London Bridge Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers have been compensated for the recent disruption to rail services at London Bridge; and what the average such payment has been.

      London Bridge Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will review compensation for passengers affected by the recent disruption to rail services at London Bridge.

      London Bridge Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for how long he expects the disruption to rail services at London Bridge to continue.

      London Bridge Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he next plans to meet (a) Network Rail and (b) Southern Railway to discuss the recent disruption to rail services at London Bridge station.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • European Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on the cost of the European Parliament having a base in both Strasbourg and Brussels.

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken in response to the Burmese government's refusal to investigate possible violations of international law...

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which news applications staff in his Department are authorised to download and use on their work-provided phones and tablets.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Cypriot counterpart on military co-operation between Cyprus and Russia; and if he will...

      Shaker Aamer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of Shaker Aamer's continued detention in Guantanamo in light of the Government's on...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to implement the recommendations of the report Rape as torture in the DRC, published by...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the Houthi rebellion in Yemen on stability in the Middle East.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the operational capability of Al Qaeda in Yemen.

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department has spent on (a) cancelled and (b) missed transport in each year since 2010.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions Ministers in his Department have had with their Israeli counterparts since the Israeli elections on 17 March...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which five political risk consultancies have received the largest total amount from (a) his Department and (b) his Department's...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been paid to political risk consultancies by (a) his Department and (b) his Department's executive agencies and...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff from his Department have been seconded to external organisations in each year since 2010; to which external...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Burmese counterpart on allowing international observers to monitor a future...

      South China Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on China's artificial island expansion in disputed waters in the South China Sea.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the communication to Bahrain by the UN Chair-Rapporteur...

  • Department for International Development

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many ethnic Rohingya in camps in Rakhine State, Burma, have died in the last year; and what the main causes of deaths in those...

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many and what proportion of employees in her Department identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British, (c)...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of humanitarian conditions in eastern Sudan.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support the Nigerian general elections on 28 March 2015.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take in respect of (i) funding the Plant for Peace pomegranate cultivation...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which 10 consultancies have received the largest amount from herDepartment since 2010; and how much her Department paid each such...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department has lost as a result of the financial collapse of (a) an NGO, (b) a financial lender and (c) other...

      Developing Countries: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which countries her Department has supported to train, recruit and retain health workers since May 2010.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much has been paid to consultancies for (a) programme delivery and (b) monitoring and evaluation by her Department in each year...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding from her Department is currently held by Microking in Zimbabwe; and what steps her Department is taking to recover...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the demolition by Israeli authorities in October 2014 of a latrine unit, constructed using funding from her...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the demolition by Israeli authorities in October 2014 of a latrine unit, constructed using funding from her...

      Thailand Burma Border Consortium

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of funding to the Thailand Burma Border Consortium was provided by her Department in each of the last five years; and...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department provided to support refugees from Burma living in refugee camps in Thailand in each of the last five...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the demolition by Israeli authorities in October 2014 of a latrine unit, constructed using funding from her...

  • Department for Education

    • Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which news applications staff in her Department are authorised to download and use on their work-provided phones and tablets.

    • Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students studied A-level Polish between 2003 and 2013.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of employees in her Department identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British, (c) Black or Black...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she plans to take to enable teachers in primary schools to participate in subject-specific continuing professional development to maintain...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she plans to take to enable teachers of STEM subjects in secondary schools to participate in continuing professional development to...

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2015 to Question 226295, what assessment her Department has made of the appropriateness of decisions taken by...

      Mathematics: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, by what date she plans for schools to be sent sample assessment materials for the new GCSE mathematics examination; and if she will make a statement.

      Primary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2015 to Question 226581, what support her Department provides to primary schools to ensure that the free school...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2015 to Question 221701, how many teenage mothers became pregnant while in residential care in each year since 2010.

      Drugs: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2015 to Question 222185, how many times a court has overruled a young person's decision to refuse treatment for...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2015 to Question 221702, whether local authorities have a statutory obligation to notify her Department when a...

      Teachers: Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support her Department provides to teaching professionals affected by work-related stress.

      Teachers: Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of teachers who have taken leave from work because of stress in each year since May 2010.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2015 to Question 227136, for what reasons the names of schools which applied for but were not allocated funding...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effects on school milk provision in the UK of the announcement by...

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average hourly pay is of employees at each grade within her Department identified as (a) White or White British and...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2014 to the hon. Member for Washington and Sunderland West to Question 217417, how...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if it is her policy to begin the badger cull scheduled for 2015 in June; and if she will make a statement.

      Waste Disposal: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many fires were recorded at regulated and unregulated recycling or waste sites in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many households in fuel poverty in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d) Wales and (e) Northern Ireland used prepayment...

    • Microgeneration: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many homes in (a) York Central constituency and (b) City of York local authority area were microgeneration energy producers using...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of the domestic retail electricity and gas market was captured by the six largest energy firms in (a) 2000, (b) 2010...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the change in levels of fuel usage in the last 10 years due to greater household energy efficiency.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will make a comparative assessment of the total systems cost of meeting the 2020 target for emissions reduction from electricity...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the (a) scope and (b) findings were of research commissioned by his Department into unintended consequences of energy efficiency...

      Longannet Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the oral Answer of 19 March 2015 from the Minister of State for Energy, when he plans to publish the advice he has...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the average hourly pay is of employees at each grade within his Department identified as (a) White or White British and (b) from...

      Schools: Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on installing solar technology in schools.

      Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate has Department has made of the UK's tidal energy resource.

      Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of what proportion of Europe's tidal energy production is represented by the UK's tidal energy resource...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the Government's objectives are for the December 2015 UN Climate Change Conference.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the extent of inequalities in the distribution of the electorate between constituencies; and if he will make a statement.

    • Disadvantaged

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent reports he has received on levels of inequality in the UK.

      Devolution: Rural Areas

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to devolve further powers to rural areas.

      Politics and Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which of the political and constitutional reform proposals in the Coalition Agreement remain unimplemented.

      Regional Planning and Development: Shropshire

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of Shropshire's Growth Deal.

      Politics and Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the mechanisms for co-ordination of policy in the coalition.

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what progress he has made on implementing local growth deals.

      Voting Methods

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the Government's policy is on online voting.

  • Attorney General

    • GlaxoSmithKline

      To ask the Attorney General, whether there is a point of contact for members of the public who wish to help the Serious Fraud Office investigation into GlaxoSmithKline.

    • Abortion

      To ask the Attorney General, for what reasons the Crown Prosecution Service made the decision that it would not be in the public interest to pursue a private prosecution on gender abortion...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent discussions he has had with cabinet colleagues on implementation of the UK's domestic and international legal obligations on human rights.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what types of indictable-only offence a caution was issued in each year since 2009; and how many cautions were issued for each type of offence in...

    • Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many appeals by claimants against decisions on non-entitlement to employment and support allowance in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c)...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will review the cross examination of witnesses in child abuse prosecutions.

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which news applications staff in his Department are authorised to download and use on their work-provided phones and tablets.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reason the Government decided to award no salary increase to the majority of prison officers in the 2015-16 pay award.

      Cremation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy to appoint a National Crematorium Inspector after the amendment of cremation regulations and death certification reforms.

      Child Abuse in North Wales Judicial Inquiry Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made on the Macur Review.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of employees in his Department identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British, (c) Black or Black...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how frequently prison recall data for the licence period and the new supervision period will be published; and whether such data will be recorded and...

      King Richard III

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, who will represent the Government at the service at Leicester Cathedral for the reburial of King Richard III.

      Offenders: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what best practice his Department has learnt from leading the EU-funded Serious Offending by Mobile European Criminals project.

      Evidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance his Department publishes on assisting young and vulnerable victims and witnesses to give evidence in court.

      Internet Service Providers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent representations his Department has received from rights holders on safe harbour provisions.

      Prisoners' Release: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the number of licence recalls activated during the (a) licence and (b) supervision period for the Community Rehabilitation Company...

      Offences against Children: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been convicted of cruelty to persons under 16 under the provisions of Section 1(1) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 at...

      Truancy: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been convicted under the provisions of section (a) 444(1) and (b) 444(1A) of the Education Act 1966 each magistrates' and Crown...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the first drug scanner will be installed in a prison in England or Wales.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Ict

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which news applications staff in his Department are authorised to download and use on their work-provided phones and tablets.

    • Low Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the workforce was paid at least the living wage in (a) Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency, (b) South Lanarkshire, (c)...

      Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average hourly pay is of employees at each grade in the Prime Minister's Office identified as (a) White or White British and (b) from a black,...

      Third Sector: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress has been made on introducing the £40 million local sustainability fund for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.

      Emergencies: Planning

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent progress he has made on civil contingencies planning.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Writers: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the consequences for the Public Lending Right scheme of the conclusion of the report What...

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what proportion of employees in his Department identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British, (c)...

      Public Lending Right

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the changes to (a) EU and (b) UK copyright law that would be necessary to enable the Public...

      Mobile Phones: Torridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to address poor mobile network coverage in rural communities in Torridge and West Devon.

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which news applications staff in his Department are authorised to download and use on their work-provided phones and tablets.

      Public Lending Right

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people received the maximum amount under the Public Lending Right scheme in the last 12 months.

      Public Lending Right

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been distributed through the Public Lending Right scheme in the last 12 months.

      Public Lending Right

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people have been awarded funds through the Public Lending Right scheme in the last 12 months.

      Public Libraries: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of ensuring that every local authority library in England and Wales can install wifi...

      Wind Power: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer of 17 March 2015 to Question 227432, if he will place in the Library a copy of his letter to the Planning...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to support internet service providers and ensure they remain a facilitator for the online industry.

      Arts: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of people employed in the (a) acting and (b) singing professions from lower income families in...

      Internet Service Providers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations his Department has received from internet service providers on safe harbour provisions.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Ict

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2015 to Question 227500, what consideration was...

    • Ict

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2015 to Question 227498, to which budget the...

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving under Influence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many deaths in the United Kingdom have resulted from drink driving in each year since 2010.

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House what discussions she has had with HM Treasury in the light of 12 of the 15 Written Questions awaiting answer on 11 March for more than the target 10 working days...

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Leader of the House what guidance she issues to Departments in respect of their providing full answers to questions for written answer, particularly when failure to answer has been...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Poland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Poland on behalf of British citizens with claims concerning restitution of property seized during...

    • Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contingency plans they have to evacuate United Kingdom nationals from Ukraine; and when any such plans were last updated.

      Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the sanctions in which the United Kingdom is participating against Russia in connection with events in Ukraine.

      Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the cost to the United Kingdom of participation in European Union and other sanctions against Russia in connection with...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they and their allies will take action to prevent the use of barrel bombs, in particular against civilians, by the Assad administration in Syria.

      Nato

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which of the 28 member states of the European Union are not members of NATO; and whether they intend to encourage those member states to join NATO.

      Lord's Resistance Army

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in bringing Joseph Kony and the leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army to justice.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo about the reported imprisonment of members of the Congolese...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo about the imprisonment of the Congolese opposition leaders Vano...

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 9 March (HL5328) concerning the supply of 75 armoured vehicles to Ukraine, for what purpose...

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the comment by German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen in an interview with Deutschlandfunk that a European army is...

      Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the prospects for a free and fair Presidential election in Nigeria in 2015, and (2) progress made by the Nigerian...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning its recent demolition of a European Union-funded shelter for displaced people on...

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have has made to the government of Israel concerning deaths and injuries in Gaza since August 2014 from explosive remnants of war...

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the government of Israel concerning the Palestinian children killed by live ammunition in 2014; and how many of the...

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Israeli Peace Initiative; and what action, if any, they will take to promote it.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Israel's nuclear submarine capability.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what encouragement they will give to Israel to become a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the freedom and safety of Christians to practise their religion in Pakistan; and when they next intend to raise this issue...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they give to United Kingdom citizens intending to visit Pakistan concerning freedom of worship, and whether it is safe to visit places of worship...

      Tajikistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of relations between the United Kingdom and Tajikistan.

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the refusal to allow delegations of British parliamentarians to enter Gaza from Israel...

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 13 March (HL5374), what steps they are taking to alert Gazan citizens of the need to vacate...

  • Attorney General

    • Terrorism: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Attorney General will ask HM Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service to carry out an inquiry into the decision not to prosecute for the...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Gripen Aircraft: Brazil

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what requests for export licences they have received in respect of United Kingdom technology for Gripen aircraft being sold to or built in Brazil.

    • Overseas Trade: Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom has (1) separate trade agreements with Iceland, or (2) trade agreements with Iceland negotiated by the European Union.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new (1) state primary, and (2) state secondary, schools were established in England during each of the years from 1997 to 2014 inclusive, excluding...

    • Gcse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the finding by the Open Public Services Network that pupils in some parts of England are not offered certain GCSEs, and the...

      Asylum: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of education received by children of asylum seekers in the United Kingdom.

      Academies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who owns any profits accrued from academy schools and chains investing their cash reserves.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they or the Pensions Regulator have received about the operation of the Pensions Regulator internet portal for the registration of...

    • Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of the expected deaths from mesothelioma over the next 25 years.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Supreme Court judgment of 1 March regarding the benefits cap.

  • Home Office

    • Use of Immigration Detention Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to implement the recommendations of the Report of the Inquiry into the Use of Immigration Detention in the United Kingdom.

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the cost was of assessing applications under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 in each of the last three years.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for (1) entry, and (2) asylum, the United Kingdom has granted on grounds of religious persecution in each of the last five years.

      Mediterranean Sea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many vessels, aircraft and drones are available for Operation Triton; and what assessment they have made of their adequacy to cope with current flows of...

      Mediterranean Sea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to discuss with UNICEF the content of its recent statement on the risks to children who attempt to cross the Mediterranean in order to...

      Entry Clearances: Married People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to announce the result of their reconsideration of the application of Mrs Kiran to join her husband in the United Kingdom as directed by...

      Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken to ensure that the new Home Office guidance issued in February, Asylum Policy Instruction: Sexual identity issues in the asylum...

      Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken to ensure that statistical data concerning asylum claims made on grounds of sexual identity are accurately recorded, as...

      Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people detained in immigration detention centres are pursuing asylum claims based upon their sexual identity; and how many such claims were (1)...

      Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps will be taken to tackle bullying, harassment and abuse of LGBTI people in immigration detention centres, including Harmondsworth and Yarl’s...

      Eurostar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 16 March (HL5635), whether their support for Eurostar's plans for new services means that the concerns...

      Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps will be taken to implement the Supreme Court’s recent judgment in R (JB (Jamaica)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] UKSC...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Fracking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the advance payment of £100,000 to local communities for every site fracked during exploratory fracking is voluntary or whether it is a...

    • Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the locations of sea-based wind turbines in the United Kingdom; and how many turbines there are at each location.

      Energy Community

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Verma on 18 March (HL5568 to HL5572), whether, in view of the Energy Community's aims in respect of enhancing...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Honours

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to strip honours received from individuals who are implicated in the recent child exploitation cases.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Olympic Games: Brazil

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are on target to meet the aspirations of UK Sport and the British Olympic Association for Team GB to be the first team from a host Olympic...

    • Sports: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial support Olympic and Paralympic sports received from lottery funding and the public from the years 2010 to 2014, and what are the budgeted...

      Sports: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether London 2012 led to increased sponsorship investment and media profile for disability sport in 2013 and 2014; and whether projections for 2015...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which Olympic and Paralympic sports there has been a reduction in real terms in funding support from UK Sport since 2012.

      Olympic Games: Brazil

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been involved in discussions to field a women's football team at the 2016 Olympic Games; and whether they have the support of the British...

  • Department of Health

    • Ebola

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the containment of the ebola epidemic in West Africa, they intend to review the ebola screening arrangements at Heathrow.

    • Heathrow Airport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the results of their consultation with Public Health England on how the refurbishment plans for short-term holding facilities at Heathrow might be...

      Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the level of non-medical support available to cancer patients; and what steps they are taking to increase such levels.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Earl Howe on 24 February (HL Deb, col 1622) and the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 9 March (HL5132), for how many years the Human...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent Council Directive 93/42 EEC of 14 June 1993 concerning medical devices and Directive 98/79 EEC of the European Parliament and of the Council...

      Embryos

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Earl Howe on 24 November 2010 (WS 101–2) and the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 10 March (HL5228), what are the...

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