Written answers

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

  • Health

    • Calciphylaxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of trends in the number of cases of calciphylaxis.

    • Young Adult Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to support young adult carers.

      Independent Reconfiguration Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has given the Independent Reconfiguration Panel on the length of time that body should take to make a decision once a referral has been...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2014, Official Report, columns 650-51W, on abortion, when the issue with extracting data from the HSA4 form first...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government is taking to tackle neknomination.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to provide ambulance crews with additional specialised equipment to allow them to deal safely with moving larger patients.

      Asbestos: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has specialist expertise on the asbestos risks to children.

      Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what NHS England's budget for neonatal services will be in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Office for National Statistics about providing data on breast cancer incidence and survival by clinical commissioning...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the amount spent on research to develop drugs to treat cancer in children in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on introducing a cap on care costs.

      Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to improve the management of patients with long-term conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes; and if he will...

      Clinical Priorities Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps NHS England has taken to ensure the transparency and public accountability of its Clinical Priorities Advisory Group (CPAG); and whether CPAG...

      Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of patients with depression were given mindfulness-based therapies in each primary care trust area in England in the last...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been allocated by Health and Wellbeing Boards towards (a) primary and secondary care for type-2 diabetes and (b) prevention of type-2 diabetes.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths have been recorded from volatile substance abuse in (a) North Staffordshire and (b) the UK in each of the last five years; and what steps...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2014, Official Report, column 606, if he will assess the effects of e-cigarettes on passive smokers in cars; and...

      Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made by his Department in implementing the commitments contained in the Government’s action plan for transgender equality;...

      Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what amount his Department has allocated to provision of habilitation services for blind and partially-sighted children and young people under the...

      Health: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change about the effects of cold homes on (a) individual health and...

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what requirements his Department places on local authorities to record or declare the number of visits cancelled or unattended by carers to clients...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discretion GPs will have not to make patients records automatically available to NHS schemes.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2014, Official Report, column 589W, on medical records: databases, whether there would be grounds to take legal...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Copeland, of 11 February 2014, Official Report, column 616W, on medical records: database, whether the full...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to ensure that people with a visual impairment or a learning disability are aware of and understand the care.data scheme.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to ensure that psychiatric inpatients who are not living at home are aware of the effects of the care.data scheme on...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons he decided not to publish the findings of the review carried out by the Health and Social Care Information Centre at the request of NHS...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of levels of access to mindfulness-based therapy.

      Nursing and Midwifery Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will hold discussions with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on that body reversing the increase in its compulsory annual fee.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been allocated by Health and Wellbeing Boards towards lifestyle weight management programmes.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the recommendations made by the 2011 National Radiotherapy Implementation Group report into stereotactic radiotherapy remain the standard by which...

      Royal Sussex County Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will update the House on the proposed timescale for the release of funding for the 3Ts redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

      Self-harm: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will commission research to develop treatment guidelines to be followed across the prison estate for males and females who self-harm; and if...

      Specialised Services Patient and Public Engagement Steering Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the minutes of all meetings of NHS England's Patient and Public Engagement Steering Group to date.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of staff recruited to his Department since 5 May 2010 identified their ethnicity as (a) white British and (b) from a minority ethnic...

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his future plans are for introducing Enriched Culture Medium testing for Group B Strep.

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence has been submitted to the Chantler Review of standardised packaging of tobacco which is considered to be outside the remit of that Review;...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many abortions funded by her Department were (a) procured in jurisdictions other than the UK and (b) provided in cases of...

    • Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she has put in place to ensure value for money in the provision of overseas aid to abortion providers; and if she will make...

      Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many abortions funded by her Department were procured in jurisdictions other than the UK in each of the last 10 years; (2)...

      Developing Countries: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much financial support was provided to (a) Marie Stopes International, (b) the International Planned Parenthood Federation and (c)...

      Developing Countries: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much financial support the Government provided to (a) Marie Stopes International, (b) the International Planned Parenthood...

      Disaster Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to monitor its expenditure on disaster risk reduction.

  • Scotland

    • Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the (a) total departmental expenditure, (b) number and (c) cost of people employed for the purpose of promoting equality and diversity was for each...

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of staff recruited to his Department since 5 May 2010 identified their ethnicity as (a) white British and (b) from a minority ethnic...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the size, in square metres, of the offices assigned to each of his Department's Ministers is; and how many officials, at...

  • Defence

    • Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps were taken in respect of recommendation 95 in the Tornado Airworthiness Review Team Report Table of Recommendations, Action Officers and...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Foreign Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total investment of British banks in the national debt for (a) Greece, (b) Spain, (c) Italy and (d) Ireland.

    • Business: West Midlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many small businesses in (a) the West Midlands, (b) Worcestershire and (c) Redditch have benfited from the Funding for Lending Scheme.

      Equality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) total departmental expenditure, (b) number and (c) cost of people employed for the purpose of promoting equality and diversity was for each of...

      Equity Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to the use of tax breaks to encourage companies to use equity finance.

      Gender Recognition

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what progress has been made by his Department in implementing the commitment contained in the Government's action plan for transgender equality to...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent on advertising and marketing the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme to date.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the cost to the public purse of continuing the triple lock policy of uprating the basic state pension for each...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of fraudulent websites mimicking HM Revenue and Customs tax return services; and whether HM Revenue and Customs has...

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed by HM Revenue and Customs to work in the Large Business Service in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2013-14 to date.

      Taxation: Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many charities using the online portal have been fined for late return of an annual return in each year since 2010; (2) what the average cost has...

      VAT: Local Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many local authorities were selected by HM Revenue and Customs for checks specific to their VAT returns; and how long such checks took in each case.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of the Department for Transport of 11 February 2014, Official Report, columns 525-6W, on Government...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of staff recruited to her Department since 5 May 2010 identified their ethnicity as (a) white British and (b) from a...

    • Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the potential benefit to consumers in the communications sector of the Government's proposals to...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her timetable is for reform of the regulatory and competition appeals processes in the communications sector.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made by his Department in implementing the commitments contained in the Government’s action plan...

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment he has made of the Consumer Code for Homebuilders; (2) what his policy is on the introduction of a...

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the size, in square metres, of the offices assigned to each of his Department's Ministers is; and how many officials, at...

  • Education

    • Independent Schools Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether the parental complaints he has received connected with the termination of inspectors working for the Independent Schools Inspectorate...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department plans to publish revised guidance on procedures for dispersing and accommodating pregnant women who seek asylum in the UK.

    • British Nationality: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for British citizenship have been made by foreign and Commonwealth personnel (a) currently or (b) recently serving in...

      Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what progress her Department has made on implementing the commitments contained in the Government’s action plan for transgender...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to increase pre-entry medical screening for those wishing to reside in the UK for more than six months.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of the UK Border Force in safeguarding public health.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of the Department for Transport of 11 February 2014, Official Report, columns 525-6W, on Government Departments:...

  • Wales

    • Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the (a) total departmental expenditure, (b) number and (c) cost of people employed for the purpose of promoting equality and diversity was for each of...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State of 4 February 2014, Official Report, column 237, whether his Department has made...

    • Nuclear Installations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff work in his Department's Nuclear Resilience and Assurance directorate; how many such staff work on nuclear security...

      Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the (a) name, (b) location, (c) floor space, (d) tenure status and (e) value is of properties (i) owned and (ii) occupied by (A)...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) which paid public appointment contracts he has (a) renewed and (b) not renewed since May 2010; and how many posts were held by...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of staff recruited to his Department since 5 May 2010 identified their ethnicity as (a) white British and (b) from a...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) total departmental expenditure, (b) number and (c) cost of people employed for the purpose of promoting equality and diversity was...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for the Vale of Glamorgan on 11 December 2013, Official Report, column 224, in which Government Department each...

    • Civil Servants: Career Development

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the average career progression of fast stream civil servants who identify as (a) white British and (b) any other minority ethnic background...

  • Justice

    • Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will provide a breakdown by ethnic background, age cohort and gender of lay magistrates in each panel for each year from 2010.

    • Prisons: Wrexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when the contract for construction of the new prison in Wrexham will be signed; (2) when construction will (a) begin and (b) be completed on the...

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork in young offender institutions; (2)...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on advertising in each newspaper in the latest year for which figures are available.

    • Asbestos: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Health and Safety Executive has specialist expertise on the risks of asbestos to children.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on which buildings occupied by his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies will the lease be due for renewal in the next four...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to increase the number of decision assurance calls to employment and support allowance applicants; and what assessment...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will allow employment and support allowance decision makers greater access to evidence held in his Department than those managing other...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to publish data on Atos quality and performance for employment and support allowance assessments.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2014, Official Report, column 378W, on internet, how many users of the Stat-Xplore website have...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will change the eligibility criteria for pensions credit for people who have come to the UK from abroad and reached the qualifying age...

      Photographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on official photographs of its Ministers since May 2010.

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what procedures his Department uses to ensure equal opportunities in relation to staff secondments to the Department.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applicants in the last year for which figures are available were assigned to the Support Group under Regulations 29 and 35 of the...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the efficiency of Atos in undertaking face-to-face assessments on the Isle of Wight.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of staff recruited to his Department since 5 May 2010 identified their ethnicity as (a) white British and (b) from a minority...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Absent Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2014, Official Report, column 411W, on absent...

    • Absent Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2014, Official Report, column 411W, on absent...

      Absent Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the (a) role of postal ballots...

      Absent Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what number and proportion of (a) allegations of postal ballot fraud and (b)...

      Absent Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if the Electoral Commission will delay changes to restrictions on the handling of...

      Absent Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what steps the Electoral Commission has taken to improve security of voting by post;...

      Absent Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if the Electoral Commission will publish all correspondence it holds on postal...

      Absent Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what research the Electoral Commission has conducted into the effect of an...

      Absent Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, on what date the Electoral Commission decided to consider restrictions to the...

      Absent Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether the consultations with hon. Members concerning restrictions on the handling...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the introduction of individual...

      Electoral Register: Clwyd

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what recent discussions the Electoral Commission has had with the Electoral...

      Electoral Register: Fraud

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what steps the Electoral Commission is taking to correct misconceptions held by the...

      Electoral Register: Fraud

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the accuracy and fairness of...

      Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2014, Official Report, columns 391-2W, on...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the creation of new research institutions; and if he will make a statement.

    • Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding is allocated to (a) the Student Opportunity Fund and (b) the Access to Learning Fund in 2014-15.

  • Transport

    • Cycling: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2014, Official Report, column 525W, on cycling, if he will publish a breakdown of the source of funding for...

    • Driving: Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the feasibility of issuing non-gender specific driving licences to people who do not identify as a particular gender.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average time for processing a driving licence application by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency was in each of the years from 2010.

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average time was for issuing vehicle registration marks by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in each year from 2010.

      Parking: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of applications made to the appeals service for parking on private land have related to parking charge notices in hospital car parks;...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will require new replacement 313 rolling stock for the current Great Northern route as a condition of the new Greater Thameslink franchise;...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from First Capital Connect on compensation from Network Rail in the event of delay as a result of Network Rail...

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funds for rail resilience work in the South West will come from (a) his Department’s existing budget and (b) other sources.

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the timetable is for his Department's review of all rail infrastructure west of Exeter.

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new posts have been created in his Department since May 2010; and what the cost of recruitment to those posts was.

      Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2014, Official Report, column 2MC, on re-employment, what the job title and salary is of each of the 10 posts...

      Roads: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Highways Agency takes to minimise litter on the highways.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of staff recruited to his Department since 5 May 2010 identified their ethnicity as (a) white British and (b) from a minority ethnic...

      Tachographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average time was for registering and issuing tachograph cards by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in each year from 2010.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Females: Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what targets she has set for the representation of women on Government departmental boards.

    • Staff

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what proportion of staff recruited to the Government Equalities Office since 5 May 2010 identified their ethnicity as (a) white British and (b) from a...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Floods

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what work the Church Commissioners are undertaking to support flooded communities and farmers.

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 12 February on sex-selective abortions, whether they will examine the ratio of male to female births in a...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of asylum applications that were undecided after 12 months, on the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Compensation: Personal Injury

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect to implement any revisions to the personal injury discount rate as a result of the research on that subject published in September 2013;...

      Crime: Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to reduce the number of young people carrying weapons.

      Education: Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which individuals and bodies are charged with powers and responsibilities for (1) education, and (2) young people, in (a) Wales, (b) Scotland and (c)...

      Education: Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers and responsibilities the Secretary of State for Education is charged with in relation to (1) Welsh, (2) Scottish and (3) Northern Irish matters.

      Embryology: Animal Testing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 5 February (WA 58), what are the known sources of suffering experienced by non-human primates...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 5 February concerning energy prices (WA 60), whether they have any plans to reconsider their policy on...

      Environment: Land Management Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the current work by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Natural England on preparing the New...

      Environment: Land Management Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the New Environmental Land Management Scheme will be targeted towards maintaining and strengthening landscape...

      Environment: Land Management Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure equity of access by farmers in all areas of the countryside to the New Environmental Land Management Scheme.

      Environment: Land Management Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that within the operation of the New Environmental Land Management Scheme sufficient funding is available for managing and restoring...

      Environment: Village Greens

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to protect the status of village greens in England and Wales.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to revise the law on female genital mutilation in order to increase the number of prosecutions.

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered making an application to the European Union Solidarity Fund in the light of the flooding in the Somerset Levels.

      Government Departments: Payroll Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations the Ministry of Justice allows to receive payments by the use of payroll deduction facilities.

      Health: Patient Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what legal basis general medical practitioners can provide patients’ personal and confidential medical records to a central authority without...

      Health: Patient Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what legal basis general medical practitioners may be struck off for failing to provide patients’ personal and confidential medical records to a...

      Health: Patient Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the annual capital and revenue costs of establishing and maintaining an organisation to collect, manage and consider dispersal and strategic...

      Health: Patient Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the removal of patients’ names from their personal and confidential medical records while retaining their postcodes is considered to be an adequate...

      Health: Patient Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and if so how, they have reconciled the centralisation of patients’ personal and confidential medical records with existing university and...

      Health: Patient Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much new funding they intend to give existing university and medical research institutions as a result of centralisation of patients’ personal and...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek representations from the “Shine A Light on Trafficking Humans” group at Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College in...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the statement on the UK Border Agency website regarding the financial requirement applying to a person wishing to come to, or stay in, the...

      Immigration Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Home Office consulted the Department for Education and the Charity Commission about the impact of the Immigration Bill on charities; and if not,...

      Intelligence and Security Committee

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Intelligence and Security Committee has made arrangements to visit any United States base in the United Kingdom in the past 24 months.

      Law: Jurisdiction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances the taking up of arms abroad by a British subject does or does not expose that person to prosecution under United Kingdom law.

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of legal aid funding for legal representation of individuals is spent in respect of individuals who do not hold any previous convictions.

      National Probation Service: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether probation staff have been consulted, and their agreement sought, regarding decisions to allocate them to the National Probation Service or a...

      NHS: Black and Minority Ethnic Managers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many black and minority ethnic managers are employed in each of the three top grades of NHS England and on the Board at executive or non-executive level...

      NHS: Black and Minority Ethnic Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 10 February (HL Deb, col 406), when the strategy on the career progression of black and minority ethnic nurses will be...

      Offenders: Re-offending

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how long they estimate an assessment of an offender will take when the Risk of Serious Recidivism calculator is used. To ask Her Majesty’s Government...

      Offenders: Re-offending

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish any research relied upon in the decision to introduce the Risk of Serious Recidivism calculator to probation work. To ask Her...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they, or any pension schemes underwritten or directed by trustees appointed by them, including the National Employment Savings Trust, have...

      Police: Private Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 11 February (HL 5237), indicating that information is not held centrally about whether any of...

      Prisons: HMP Norwich

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes they have made to HMP Norwich in the light of the conclusions of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons on 29 January that A Wing was not safe and that...

      Quangos and Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 7 February (WA 90) regarding the proportion of chairpersons of quangos and non-governmental...

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 3 February (WA 7), whether they will now answer the question.

      Scotland: Block Grants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total amount of the latest block grant transferred by HM Treasury to Scotland; and what consideration they have given to whether that block...

      Sellafield

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to use the international benchmark to identify best practice and wider commercial expertise that will augment the current...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many taxpayers were in each tax band above the basic rate of income tax in each of the past five financial years; and what was the corresponding tax rate...

      Thames Tideway Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what communications they have had with the European Commission on the need for state aid clearance for the contracts for the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

      Transforming Rehabilitation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the public sector equality duty will apply to the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda.

      Violence Against Women and Girls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve information for migrants and practitioners so that victims of violence against women and girls, including those subjected to...

      Violence Against Women and Girls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will adjust minimum income requirements for persons settled in the United Kingdom to sponsor family members to enter or remain in the United...

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