Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will take steps to ensure that Atos and its successor provide claimants with an immediate refund on the costs incurred when travelling to that assessment.
Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to opt in to the EU Internal Security Fund for the period 2014 to 2020.
Julian Huppert: Will the Minister give way?
Julian Huppert: I welcome the work of my right hon. Friend and others to support the Greater Cambridge city deal, which will make a huge difference for transport and housing needs in the Cambridge area, but does he accept that if we had more devolution of powers to Cambridge we could do better—not just for ourselves, but in terms of our contribution to the rest of economy? Will he look very carefully...
Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officer grade staff were employed in each private sector prison in (a) March and (b) June 2014.
Julian Huppert: The Minister spoke at the Home Affairs Committee seminar on international students, but at the sessions in which he did not speak, there was heavy criticism of his policies. Indeed, the director general of the Institute of Directors, Simon Walker, said: “When some politician in the House of Commons thinks it would be wonderful to say something [detrimental] about international students,...
Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to protect the rights of Ghoncheh Ghavami in Iran.
Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to establish a full independent inquiry into the circumstances behind the recent alleged sexual assaults and an alleged rape in Cambridge, including a series of attacks on 17 and 26 October.
Julian Huppert: Confidentiality is clearly very important. I pay tribute to the Secretary of State for coming to the House so promptly. That is a model for others to follow. May I press the Secretary of State on two specific points? He said in his statement that, since 2012, there has been a case “where an individual clearly identified on the system as an MP has had their...calls recorded and listened...
Julian Huppert: When we heard from Wanless and Whittam at the Home Affairs Committee this morning, they told us that their report had been submitted to the Home Secretary on 15 October. They also told us that they had wanted it to come out as quickly as possible and did not know why it had not been published until today. They said that the timing of its publication had been nothing to do with them. The Home...
Julian Huppert: indicated assent.
Julian Huppert: May I add my voice to those from both sides of the House urging my right hon. Friend to make progress on this issue? Humanist celebrations are not only successful in Scotland, as there are humanist ceremonies for births and deaths in England and Wales as well. He will be aware that there are already exceptions in marriage law for Jews and Quakers, so there is no real reason not to go ahead.
Julian Huppert: The rate of self-harm in women’s prisons is much higher than in men’s prisons. What steps are the Government taking to ensure that women in prison have access to mental health care so that they can tackle the problems they face?
Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a comparative assessment of the human rights protections afforded to British citizens visiting countries that (a) are and (b) are not parties to the European Convention on Human Rights.
Julian Huppert: I am pleased that we will, I hope, opt in to a range of these measures. As the Home Secretary says, this has taken a huge amount of time, effort and negotiations with Europe. How much benefit is there, given that most of the measures to which we are not opting in have expired?
Julian Huppert: The Home Secretary is being generous in giving way. She has made a strong argument for cross-border co-operation with our European partners, but one measure that she is not opting into is the internal security fund, which involves about £3 billion for measures across Europe to tackle cross-border crime. We are one of only two countries that have not opted into that; will she consider...
Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2014, Official Report, column 526, whether he has considered making changes to the level of employment and support allowance; how many recipients of that allowance are disabled; and how many recipients of that allowance are doing permitted work.
Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases are still being dealt with by Atos; and what transitional arrangements are in place to deal with cases previously dealt with by Atos.
Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times he has exercised his powers under the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Constitution and Functions) and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (Functions) Regulations 2013 to refer an unlicensed indication of a drug for a NICE technology appraisal.
Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with (a) charities and (b) clinicians who support the Off-patent Drugs Bill.