Written answers

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide guidance to police authorities who close a road following a road traffic accident about the need to post diversion signs to...

    • Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 5 March 2015 to Question 225929, if he will discuss with the Civil Aviation Authority the feasibility of making the...

      Railway Stations: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve access for disabled people at National Rail stations.

      Taxis: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on taxis and private hire vehicles making additional charges for helping wheelchair users; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxis: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure taxi and private hire drivers undergo disability awareness training.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will require train operating companies to offer part-time season tickets as a condition of any future franchise awards.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to fulfil his Department's responsibilities for the promotion of community cohesion.

    • Regional Planning and Development: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to ensure that developments in the Thames Gateway area are sustainable, self-supporting and contribute to...

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Government spending on the Troubled Families Programme.

      Mayors: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the rationale was for the Government's decision to introduce a directly-elected mayor in Manchester; and what account was...

      Communities and Local Government: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the statement by HM Treasury of 4 June 2015, how he intends to achieve the £230 million savings expected...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the financial modelling and analysis carried out by his Department on the extension of the right to buy...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • North Korea: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK is able to identify those responsible for human rights violations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea;...

    • North Korea: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what human rights conditions are attached to the UK's cultural engagement projects inside the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

      British Overseas Territories: Money Laundering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what power the Government has to investigate private banks registered in British Overseas Territories for alleged money laundering.

      China: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Chinese government on the promotion of Christianity in China.

      Armed Conflict: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to raise at (a) the UN and (b) UNESCO (i) the threat of destruction to the city of Palmyra in Syria from ISIS...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Saudi Arabian government about the conflict in Yemen.

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received from the Welsh Government about votes at 16 and 17 in the proposed EU referendum.

      Korea: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Department is taking to tackle the persecution of Christians in North Korea.

      Burma: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Burmese counterpart seeking the release of Philip Blackwood, Tun Thurein and Htut Ko Ko...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Families

      To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the press release released by the Prime Minister on 18 August 2014, what steps he is taking to assess the impact of the Law Officers' Departments'...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received on the regulatory framework for the UK paper industry.

    • Department for Business Innovation and Skills: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Prime Minister's press release of 18 August 2014, what steps he is taking to assess the impact of his...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the (a) nature and (b) proportion of changes to (i) further and (ii) higher education spending will be as a result of...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether Royal Mail staff will be able to buy shares during the sale of the Government's holding.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, for what reason the public will not be able to buy shares in Royal Mail during the sale of the Government's holding; and if he...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether he has a target valuation for the sale of the Government's holding in Royal Mail.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the gross value added contribution to the economy of the onshore wind industry and its...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the community learning budget will be ring-fenced for the year 2016-17; and when his Department plans to publish details...

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Private Military and Security Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Answer of 15 December 2015 to Question 218242, in which country each of the contacts with private security...

    • Burma: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with which ministers and officials of the Burmese government she has spoken to about restrictions on humanitarian access in Rakhine...

      Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial assistance her Department is providing (a) directly and (b) indirectly to the government of Burma.

      Consultants: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the maximum daily rate of pay is for consultants (a) directly employed by and (b) employed by contractors working for her Department.

      Department for International Development: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many contractors (a) working directly for and (b) on projects funded by her Department were paid more than £400 a day in...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how the £1.8 billion earmarked for economic development will be allocated this financial year.

      International Labour Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to increase her Department's engagement with the International Labour Organisation.

      Burma: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is giving to the Rohingya people in Rakhine State.

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many STEM teachers remain in the teaching profession (a) two years and (b) five years after their initial qualification.

    • Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Teach First teachers remain in the teaching profession after (a) two years and (b) five years.

      School Support Staff Negotiating Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will reinstate the School Support Staff Negotiating Body.

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the number of teaching assistants who are performing a full teaching role in schools in England.

      Classroom Assistants: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average salary is for teaching assistants in (a) state maintained schools, (b) free schools and (c) academy schools.

      Classroom Assistants: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the number of hours outside contracted hours worked by teaching assistants in (a) Sheffield and (b) England...

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what records her Department keeps on the number of job applications for each advertised teaching position.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how her Department assesses demand for teachers in each subject area.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of levels of supply and demand for qualified teachers in STEM subjects.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many qualified STEM teachers there are per (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupil in each parliamentary constituency.

      Languages: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on the future of A-levels and GCSEs for (a) Turkish, (b) Greek, (c) Gujarati, (d) Modern Hebrew, (e) Panjabi, (f) Polish, (g)...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether adopters are assessed for their suitability as permanent guardians of a child after they take a child into their care.

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether all permanence options for children in public care receive the same level of post-placement support.

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what figures her Department holds on the break-down rate of (a) adoption arrangements, (b) fostering arrangements and (c) family-based arrangements in...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what criteria must be met for her to direct one or more local authorities to have their adoption service functions carried out by another authority or...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to assess the funding needs for the (a) measures relating to local authority adoption functions, (b) measures relating...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what figures her Department holds on the numbers of children in public care by permanence option.

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether foster parents are assessed for their suitability as permanent guardians of a child after they take a child into their care.

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether regional adoption agencies consider varied permanence options other than adoption when finding a solution for a child in public care.

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many unqualified teachers are teaching in England and Wales.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to maintain the number of sure start centres in England.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of using free school meal eligibility for the purposes of allocating Pupil Premium funding.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how the provisions of the Education and Adoption Bill will address the interests of children in fostering and other arrangements.

      Department for Education: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Prime Minister's press release of 18 August 2014, what steps she is taking to assess the impact of her Department's policies on...

      Free Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of free schools have been classified as inadequate in England since the introduction of the new inspection descriptors.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Onley Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of conditions and the performance of staff at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre.

    • Custodial Treatment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people and of what gender in each North Wales police force area committed an offence resulting in immediate custody in each year since 2011;...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) criteria and (b) conditions his Department has placed on the loan of weaponry from the armed forces to other countries in the last year.

    • Armed Forces: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2015 to Question 227404, if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) DCDS(MilCap)/14/01/10 dated 28 January 2014...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many successful shipborne rolling vertical landings have taken place using the F-35B with (a) an empty weapons load and (b) the maximum weight...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many successful night landings of the Joint Strike Fighter F-35B have been conducted by RAF pilots using night vision.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Joint Strike Fighter F-35s are allowed to use (a) night vision and (b) the distributed aperture system when landing on an aircraft carrier at night.

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the document D/VCDS&2ndPUS/8/1/4 PR11 Tornado CWS Further Work, identified in paragraph 1.4.6.606 of the...

      Ministry of Defence: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian grievance cases against his Department were initiated by contractors or manpower substitutes in each year since 2010; and how many...

      Clyde Naval Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Written Statement of 28 May 2015 on safety at HM Naval Base Clyde, if he will place in the Library the written report he received on the...

      Submarines: Irish Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports he has received of submarine activity in the Irish Sea on 15 April 2015; and if he will make a statement.

      RAF Boulmer: North East Air Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times RAF Boulmer has been called on to assist the North East Air Ambulance Service on emergency and search and rescue missions in each of the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many apprenticeship places were taken up by people (a) already in employment with the same employer, (b) already in employment with a new...

    • Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Neath constituency have been affected by the under-occupancy penalty in the last 12 months.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of how many (a) single-parent households, (b) households with dependent children, (c) households with a disabled...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of how many households in the London Borough of Southwark have downsized as a result of the under-occupancy penalty...

      Social Security Benefits: Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many citizens of other EU member states with Parkinson's disease receive disability living allowance or personal independence payments.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be affected by the under-occupancy penalty between 2015 and 2020.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many homeless households living in temporary accommodation will be affected by the reduction of the benefit cap.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will increase the discretionary housing payments budget when the reduced benefit cap is introduced.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Prime Minister's press release of 18 August 2014, what steps he is taking to assess the impact of his Department's...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average cost is of (a) a reconsideration of and (b) an appeal against a decision on a personal independence payment.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library an itemised breakdown of the saving of £105 million in his Department's budget in the current financial...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants are being served by the universal credit digital solution.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to promote the Access to Work scheme.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the additional £105 million in-year savings to be delivered by his Department in 2015-16 on...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) licensed dog breeders and (b) pet shops licensed to sell puppies there are in the UK.

    • Food: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on allergen requirements and restrictions for restaurants.

      Bats: Churches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information her Department holds on the application and interpretation of provisions in the Habitats Directive on bats...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Prime Minister's press release of 18 August 2014, what steps she is taking to assess the impact of her...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many UK farmers have had to resubmit their Basic Payment Scheme applications as a result of errors in the information...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of the funding for flood protection was provided through (a) her Department's standard partnership funding...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will compensate farmers who have already paid agents or third party suppliers to register their Basic Payments Scheme...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what underspends were incurred in (a) Capital DEL and (b) Resource DEL in the Rural Payments Agency at end year 2014-15.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Rural Payments Agency will cover the costs of any bridging finance from commercial banks for farmers suffering...

  • Home Office

    • Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the planned legislative proposals on tackling extremism and terrorism, what the Government's definition is of extremism.

    • Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time is for receiving a new passport following an application.

      Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the UK has not ratified the 2011 Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women and...

  • Scotland Office

    • General Election 2015: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make an assessment of the implications of the results in Scotland of the General Election for the mandate of the Government.

    • Postal Services: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the potential costs and benefits to Scotland of operating a separate postal network; and if he will make a statement.

      Universities: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what information his department holds on the number of undergraduates studying at Scottish universities from (a) Scotland (b) the rest of the UK and...

      Voting Rights: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the effect on democratic participation of the extension of the franchise in the Scottish independence referendum to 16...

      Welfare State: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of reductions in welfare spending on child poverty in Scotland.

  • HM Treasury

    • Working Tax Credit: Overpayments

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints HM Revenue and Customs has received about the decision to outsource the collection of working tax credit overpayments to external debt...

    • Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Royal Bank of Scotland on plans to close further branches; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to engage with the Climate Lobby in Westminster on 17 June 2015.

    • Department for Energy and Climate Change: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to Prime Minister's press release of 18 August 2014, what steps she is taking to assess the impact of her Department's...

      Wind Power: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions she has had with the Scottish Government on changes to UK-wide support mechanisms for onshore wind and the effect on...

      Energy: Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent estimate her Department has made of the proportion of people in the UK who support (a) onshore wind, (b) nuclear power and...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Telephone Numbering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to safeguard consumers who wish to keep their current telephone number when switching providers; and if he will...

    • Broadcasting: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if the Government will bring forward proposals to require broadcasters to provide subtitles and audio description for on-demand...

  • Department of Health

    • Diabetes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in which of the seven demonstrator sites the NHS National Diabetes Prevention Programme began operating.

    • Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been identified as possibly diabetic by the NHS Health Check in the last 12 months.

      Ovarian Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effects of the decision by the Cancer Drugs Fund not to fund olaparib for patients with BRCA-mutated...

      Ovarian Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to offer personalised medicines to women with BRCA-mutated ovarian cancer with limited treatment options.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that patients benefit from scientific research into personalised medicines.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on reviewing EU legislation on access to cancer drugs for children.

      General Practitioners: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were waiting to see a GP for more than one week in (a) Sheffield, Heeley constituency and (b) Sheffield in each year since 2010.

      Skin Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of recent research by the Institute of Cancer Research into the effect of a genetically created herpes-based...

      Pancreatic Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that the treatments for pancreatic cancer listed by the Cancer Drugs Fund will continue to be made available to patients...

      Specialised Commissioning Oversight Group: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether minutes exist for each meeting of the Specialised Commissioning Oversight Group undertaken to date; if he will publish the agendas for and...

      Clinical Priorities Advisory Group: Membership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the names and positions are of the members of NHS England's Clinical Priorities Advisory Group.

      Clinical Priorities Advisory Group: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 10 March 2015 to Question 227026, when he expects NHS England to publish the minutes of all meetings of the Clinical...

      Medical Equipment: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS England plans to establish reference prices for medical devices beyond those named in the Commissioning Intentions for 2015-16.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with which organisations his Department has discussed the responsibility deal since December 2014.

  • Women and Equalities

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Development Plans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Neighbourhood Development Plans have been subject to community referendums, and of these, how many were approved, what locations they cover, and...

    • Regional Planning and Development: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define "Northern powerhouse", as used in the Gracious Speech.

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they have had with the voluntary sector about extending the right-to-buy to housing association tenants; and what steps they plan to take...

      Derelict Land

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to provide the necessary funding to ensure that brownfield land released by government departments for housing purposes can be...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Philip Blackwood

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are providing Philip Blackwood, who is imprisoned in Burma.

    • North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the Six Party Talks on North Korea will resume, and of the likelihood of progress on the issue of nuclear weapons...

      Kuwait: Nationality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have yet received confirmation that the amendment submitted to the Kuwait National Assembly allowing Kuwaiti women to sponsor their husbands and...

      Belize: Homosexuality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Belize about the treatment of homosexual men and women in that country.

      Belize: HIV Infection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the possible link between the spread of HIV/AIDS in Belize and the criminalisation of homosexuality in that country.

      Belize: Homosexuality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when a government minister last visited Belize, and whether they discussed the treatment of homosexuals with representatives of the government of Belize...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase the exports and overseas licensing of technology designed to reduce the impact of climate change.

  • Department for International Development

    • Burma: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to encourage the reversal of rations cuts for refugees from Burma in camps on the border between Thailand and Burma; and what is...

  • Department for Education

    • Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage schools to raise awareness of the risk of forced marriage and honour-based abuse, and of the availability of...

    • Children's Centres

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prevent any further closures of Sure Start Children’s Centres.

      Children's Centres

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role Sure Start Children’s Centres will play in the implementation of their policy to double free childcare for working parents of three and four...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Criminal Proceedings: Legal Costs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of defendants in criminal cases who were required to pay some or all of their own legal costs and who have been acquitted, or whose charges...

    • G4S: Government Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the February 2015 Ofsted Report on Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre and the dismissal of six of its staff for misconduct, what steps they...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the increase in employment tribunal fees on the number of claims brought.

      Criminal Proceedings: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why fees in criminal proceedings are, on average, higher when a defendant pleads not guilty.

      Detainees: Death

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that the families of individuals who have died in custody or detention have access to justice.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • War Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether war pensions are part of the welfare budget; and if not, in which departmental budget they lie.

    • War Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether war pensions were included in the calculation of spending on defence in the years 2011–14.

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether spending on current operations is included in the calculation of the percentage of gross domestic product spent on defence; and if so, when it was...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Personal Independence Payments and Employment Support Allowance will be exempted from the proposed new benefit cap.

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to introduce flexibility into the benefit cap regime to take account of family size and regional housing costs.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Basic Payment Scheme was not rolled out online as originally announced: what was the additional cost to the taxpayer of returning to paper-based...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to the number of days elapsing between the end of financial support from the UK Border Agency for asylum seekers, and the first receipt of other...

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to the number of days elapsing between the end of housing support from the UK Border Agency, or their contractors, for asylum seekers, and the...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of how many Syrian refugees are displaced from their homes, both internally and abroad; and how many have been resettled in the...

      Graduates: Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Graduate Entrepreneur visas were granted in each of the last two years; and what are those results broken down by the higher education institutions...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that girls are not taken abroad for the purposes of forced marriage.

      Passports: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the written answer by Lord Bates on 2 March (HL5145), why draft revised guidance on obtaining passports for donor-conceived children has not yet...

      Immigrants: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to reimburse local authorities for the costs falling to them in caring for children from families with no recourse to public funds as they...

      UK Border Force

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assets Border Force uses at present to maintain surveillance of United Kingdom territorial seas and adjacent waters; and what plans they have, if any,...

  • Wales Office

    • Elections: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the leaders of the political parties in Wales regarding the implications of holding the referendum on the United...

  • HM Treasury

    • Loans: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much is outstanding of the loans provided to the government of the Republic of Ireland following the financial crisis of 2007 to 2008; and what are the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Muslims

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the percentages of the Muslim populations in (1) Birmingham, (2) Blackburn, (3) Bradford, (4) Leicester, (5) Luton, (6)...

    • Government Departments: Muslims

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether employment in government departments has been given to Muslims with links to Islamic extremist groups.

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