Written answers

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the mortality rate from cancer has been in (a) Pendle constituency, (b) East Lancashire and (c) the North West in each of the last 15 years;...

    • Civil Servants: Absenteeism

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many days of employee absence there were in each Government Department in each of the last 10 years.

      Government Departments: Publications

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many publications by Government departments have included the term long-term economic plan in the last 12 months; and how much those...

      Ministers: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what mechanisms are in place to allow an investigation into an allegation that an individual Minister may have breached the Ministerial Code of Conduct...

      Ovarian Cancer: Pendle

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of women in Pendle constituency were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in each of the last five years.

      Public Sector: Complaints

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what recent assessment he has made of the ease of use for the public of the complaints systems across public services; and if he will make a...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much (a) his Department and (b) the Joint Nature Conservation Committee spent on biodiversity research in (i) the...

    • Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria will be used to determine whether a property owner is eligible to access building insurance policies within...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of research carried out by the British Insurance Brokers Association into the difficulties that...

      Sewers: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government expect to implement all the measures contained in Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Welfare Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the effect of the Government’s welfare reform policies in Northern Ireland.

    • Marching Season

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps she has taken to ensure that the Police Service of Northern Ireland has adequate resources to ensure a peaceful marching season.

      Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans she has to reappoint the Parliamentary Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many freedom of information requests to her Department remain unanswered after (a) 20 and (b) 90 days on 1 April 2014; and which freedom of...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to monitor the delivery of the Mobile Infrastructure Project and to bring adequate mobile telephone coverage to...

    • Cathedrals: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which cathedrals will receive funding from the new grant scheme for cathedral repairs announced in Budget 2014.

      Direct Selling: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many complaints of (a) unsolicited marketing calls and (b) silent or abandoned calls were made by people in Pendle in each of the...

      Embassies: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will provide a detailed itemised inventory of what works of art from Government collections were on loan to the British Embassy...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the Flood Relief Fund for Sport announced to restore damaged pitches, sport centres and facilities has been (a) allocated to...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the Tourism Industry Fund for businesses in flood-affected parts of England has been (a) allocated to local authorities and...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what use his Department has made of the National Wellbeing Index introduced by the Office for National Statistics in formulating policy...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his policy is on allowing internet service providers to restructure charging arrangements for faster network access.

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 1 May 2014, Official Report, columns 809-10W, on Arts Council England, how much the Museums, Libraries...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in Warrington North constituency are currently in receipt of a free television licence.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to work with counterparts in other EU member states to encourage tourism to the UK from Europe.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations his Department has received from UNESCO on the proposed Navitus Bay Wind Farm development.

  • Scotland

    • Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many tenants in Scotland arranged mutually exchanges to elsewhere in the UK through HomeSwap Direct in each of the last three years for which...

    • Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish the (a) scope, (b) date and (c) cost of contracts for public relations services commissioned by his Department from (i) Engine...

      Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent steps the Government have taken to persuade the Scottish people that they would have a better future within the UK.

  • Attorney-General

    • Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Attorney-General for how many acts of violence in prisons the Crown Prosecution Service decided to (a) bring or (b) not bring a prosecution for each type of offence in each of the last...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities if he will make it his policy that the Government adopt when designing domestic policy the same gender equality provisions as contained in the...

  • Defence

    • Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what current RAF airfields have (a) standard airfield concrete runways and (b) asphaltic concrete runways.

    • Fuels: Gosport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 14 May 2014, Official Report, column 610W, on fuels: Gosport, when he expects the work to establish the preferred options...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many high-temperature concrete vertical landing pads will be constructed to accommodate the Joint Strike Fighter; where they will be located; and...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the unit production cost of the Joint Strike Fighter.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the major factors that could change the unit production cost of the Joint Strike Fighter.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total amount is of the financial risk provision within the Joint Strike Fighter programme budget.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Joint Strike Fighter B procured by the RAF will have Block 3i software.

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on a Tornado Collision Warning System since 1991.

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the progress on the trial installation and testing of the Tornado Collision Warning System at BAE Systems, Warton.

  • Education

    • Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the answer of 12 May 2014, Official Report, columns 366-7W, on children: databases, what his Department's policy is on sharing...

    • Disabled Students’ Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the proposed changes to Disabled Students'...

      Newspaper Press: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his Department's policy is on the easy visibility and access for children to overly sexualised and graphic magazines and periodicals in retail stores.

      Schools: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department gives local authorities on the suspension of school staff.

      Sexualisation of Young People Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the review Sexualisation of Young People by Dr. Linda Papadopoulos.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the written statement by the Minister for Universities and Science of 7 April 2014, Official Report, columns 1-2WS, on Higher...

      Swimming: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to improve access to swimming lessons for schoolchildren.

      Teachers: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) headteachers, (b) deputy headteachers and (c) teachers in Bolton Local Education Authority took early retirement on the grounds of...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will allow universities offering Initial Teacher Training programmes to apply for additional places when they fill their annual allocation.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will establish an ombudsman to cover complaints on the use of overly sexualised content on images and displays on high...

    • Bellwin Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 18 March 2014, Official Report, columns 527-8W, on the Bellwin scheme, how much has been (a)...

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will publish the costed potential changes to firefighter pensions.

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much of the Severe Weather Recovery Scheme awarded to local authorities for costs incurred during the recent floods has been...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much of the Government's Council Tax Relief Fund for people whose homes have been flooded has been (a) allocated to local...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what change there was in the number of homelessness acceptances arising from the end of a private sector tenancy in (a) Bury St...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of homes in (a) Ebbsfleet and (b) other planned garden cities will be (i) wheelchair accessible and (ii) built...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average price has been for houses sold under (a) the Help to Buy: Mortgage Guarantee and (b) the Help to Buy: Equity...

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost was of translation and interpreter services used by each borough and county council in England and Wales in each...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority to publish their review on removing barriers to entry and expansion in...

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Payments System Regulator on its market study into the ownership of payments systems by the largest banks.

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Prudential Regulatory Authority will report on details of new bank authorisations.

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people were members of a credit union in each (a) region of England and (b) each borough of London in (i) 2011-12, (ii) 2012-13 and (iii)...

      Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the provision of debt advice for carers in a) Glasgow North West, b) Glasgow, c) Scotland and d) the UK.

      Financial Services: Social Networking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had on the development of guidance on the use of social media for promotion of financial services.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people having difficulty making mortgage repayments have requested help from the Financial Ombudsman Service in each of the last three years.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will extend the Help to Buy Scheme to housing built with local affordable conditions attached.

      Mortgages: North West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantees and (b) Help to Buy: Equity Loans have been taken out in (i) the North West, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) Pendle...

      Mortgages: West Midlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many homes in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Birmingham have been bought under the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme to date.

      Natural Resources

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal steps he has taken to promote the circular economy and sustainable use of resources.

      North Sea Oil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much funding for the extraction of North Sea oil has come from (a) the Government, (b) the Scottish Executive and (c) the private sector in each of the...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the minutes of the meetings of the HM Revenue and Customs' Board and associated sub-committees for (a) 2013 and (b) 2014.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what issues the HM Revenue and Customs' Scrutiny Committee has addressed since its establishment in 2013.

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that Natwest and other subsidiaries of RBS remain as competitive as possible in the banking sector.

      Venture Capital

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will commission an assessment of the amount of investment in small and medium-sized enterprises from peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding platforms.

  • Home Department

    • Boston College

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions the Prime Minister has had with the US President and others on the release of the files held by Boston College relating to...

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of victims of human trafficking through the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of measures adopted following the Kinsella Review of anti-knife crime projects, published...

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what Government funding has been provided for tackling teenage knife crime in each year since publication of the Kinsella Review in February 2011.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of working time police officers in each police force spent on frontline policing duties in England and Wales in each of the...

      Surveillance: Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the potential need for a separate national policy on the collection, use and retention of data...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has made an assessment of the advice of Jemima Stratford QC to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drones; and if she...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Dungeness B Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information has been provided to his Department by (a) EDF Energy and (b) the Office for Nuclear Regulation on the application by...

    • Energy: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with (a) electricity generators and (b) representatives of small and medium-sized enterprises and...

      Energy: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will list the energy companies which have agreed to (a) introduce arrangements before the end of 2014 to limit bad bills to...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer of 10 April 2013, Official Report, column 1119W, on energy prices, what estimate his Department has made...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer of 10 April 2013, Official Report, column 1119W, on energy prices, what estimate his Department has made...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans his Department has to provide assistance to people with cold-related health conditions who are struggling to pay their...

      Energy: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of export of refuse-derived fuel and solid recovered fuel for use in energy from waste plants...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on support for people in fuel poverty who suffer from...

      Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the potential need for additional gas storage capacity in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to reassess the need for additional gas storage capacity in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Wind Power: Electrical Substations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of potential health risks arising from (a) above-ground and (b) underground electricity cables...

      Wind Power: Electrical Substations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department makes funding available for onshore windfarm operators to place cables underground between the windfarm and the...

      Wind Power: Electrical Substations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many onshore wind farms have been connected to sub-stations in each of the last five years.

      Wind Power: Electrical Substations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to ensure that onshore wind farm developers take into account the costs of (a) overground cables and (b)...

      Wind Power: Electrical Substations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what the average distance is between an onshore wind farm and its connecting sub-station; (2) what length of cables between...

      Wind Power: Electrical Substations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on how many occasions and relating to which locations proposals for overground cables between onshore wind farms and the connecting...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will amend the Access to Work scheme to enable deaf people to employ a full-time salaried support worker.

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the evidential basis was for the decision to change the Access to Work scheme in regards to deaf people having to employ a full-time...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK have received support through the Access to Work scheme in each of the last three years.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding has been provided to disabled people in Scotland and the UK through the Access to Work scheme in each of the last three years.

      Access to Work Programme: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to promote the Access to Work scheme to disabled people in Scotland.

      Carers' Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the effects on carers of (a) each change and (b) all changes to the benefits system since 2010; (2) if he...

      Carers: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the real-terms income of carers in each of the years from 2010 to 2014; and what estimate he has made of the...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rutherglen and Hamilton West (Tom Greatrex) of 21 March 2012, Official Report, column 705W...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Community Work Placement providers schemes (a) were operating by 28 April 2014, (b) were operating no later than 2 June 2014 and (c)...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance he has issued to local authorities on the abolition of the Independent Living Fund; what discussions he has held with his...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many cases funded by legal aid against his Department where public interest lawyers have represented clients were won by his...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether Capita will incur penalties for delays in carrying out personal independence payments assessments; (2) whether Capita have been...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the change category of spending in his Department's quarterly summary of spending data.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effects of removing dedicated funding for local welfare assistance; and if he will review the...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what impairment type or main disabling condition is experienced by people on (a) employment and support allowance and (b) job seeker's...

      Unemployment: Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of people who are currently unemployed who have repeat episode depressions; and what discussions he...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to include an automated system for cross-checking data within the universal credit system.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues about the risk of fraud in the universal credit system.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people he expects to be claiming universal credit by the end of (a) 2014, (b) 2015, (c) 2016, (d) 2017 and (e) 2018.

      Vacancies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of vacancies on Universal Jobsmatch classified as employer confidential; and what checks...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have successfully appealed refusals of employment and support allowance as part of (a) the periodic reassessment of existing...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many workplace capability assessments have been passed from his Department to Atos for processing in each of the last three years;...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) with reference to the answer of 7 May 2014, Official Report, column 228W, on social security benefits: disability, if he will take steps...

  • Prime Minister

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will attend the global leaders Climate Summit in September 2014 in New York; and if he will make a statement.

    • Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) on what date and which Minister signed off the decision to give permission to the Chilcot inquiry to disclose quotations or gists of the content of notes from Tony...

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what recent representations (a) he, (b) other Ministers and (c) officials of (i) 10 Downing Street and (ii) the Cabinet Office have made to the (A) Chairman and...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use in Northern Ireland of prize draws to increase voter registration.

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether monies collected from fixed penalty notices issued for failure to register on the electoral register will be retained by the local authority which issues...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) when electoral registration officers will be able to impose fixed penalty notices for non-registration; (2) what training has been given to electoral...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with reference to the answer of 28 January 2014, Official Report, columns 509-10W, on electoral registration, whether his Department provides funding to Bite the...

      Local Government: Brighton

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate the potential economic benefits of the City Deal for the Greater Brighton area to that region over the next five years; and if he will make a...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress the Cabinet Secretary's review into the provision of assistance for unemployed young people has made.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the findings of the Cabinet Secretary's review into the provision of assistance for unemployed young people will be published.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will publish a list of all consultancy groups and sub-contractors used by her Department on the Bost Agri-Business and airfield...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what official agreements were made between her Department and the Afghan Investment Support Agency for any work relating to the (a)...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer of 5 September 2013, Official Report, column 461W, on Afghanistan, what works at the Bost Agri Park and...

      Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer of 8 May 2014, Official Report, column 279W, on developing countries: family planning, how much of her...

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer of 10 April 2014, Official Report, column 381W, on development aid, if she will publish the agreement (a)...

      International Climate Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will place in the Library a list of all projects supported by the International Climate Fund.

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she has taken to (a) improve the security of humanitarian aid goods and workers and (b) speed up customs processes for...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the effect of lethal operations in Yemen on (a) the civilian population and (b) security in...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 7 May 2014, Official Report, column 230W, on abortion, whether his Department has formed a view as to when the Royal...

    • Bone Diseases: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to maintain and improve specialist services for children suffering from brittle bone disease.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the adequacy of the sentences available under the Cancer Act 1939 for people convicted of fraudulently advertising offers to treat cancer.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that there is no age discrimination in NHS treatment of breast, prostate and bowel cancer.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the amount of research undertaken into ways to detect the origin of primary cancer in those suffering from cancer of...

      College of Emergency Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to meet the Chair of the College of Emergency Medicine.

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust's report entitled Hope for More: Improving access to lung transplantation and care for people with cystic...

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the trends in the incidence of dental caries among school children (a) in Bolton and (b) nationally since 2010.

      Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of trends in issuing of NHS prescriptions for (a) anti-depressants and (b) mindfulness-based interventions for the...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects that artificial pancreases for treatment of diabetes will be available through the NHS.

      Eyesight: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the costs of a patient who presents with eye conditions as a first point of call (a) a GP, (b) a hospital eye service, (c) an...

      General Practitioners: Business Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many funding applications were made by GPs for new premises in 2013; and how many of such applications have been approved by NHS England; (2)...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that food labels include details of any genetically modified ingredients used in a product's manufacture; and if he will...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the time taken to prescribe drugs for heart disease.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital beds per head of population there were in (a) Bury St Edmunds, (b) Suffolk and (c) England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS has spent on treating (a) anal cancer, (b) penile cancer, (c) cervical cancer, (d) vaginal cancer, (e) vulval cancer, (f) oropharyngeal...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people with mental health problems in each of the last five years; (2) if he will take steps to make the...

      Out of Area Treatment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients resident in England have requested that their treatment be delivered in Wales in the last three years; (2) how many patients...

      Prescribed Specialised Services Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how often the Prescribed Specialised Services Advisory Group meets per year; and if he will request that it will consider new specialised service...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure that patients with prostate cancer receive the highest quality treatment.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations he has received from (a) research bodies and academics, (b) non-governmental organisations and (c) people at high risk for...

  • Justice

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted of failure to return a completed abortion notification form in each of the last five years.

    • Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he obtained clearance from the European Commission for his Department to retain a golden share in each community rehabilitation company.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will place a limit on the number of the community rehabilitation companies that a single external provider may control; and if he will make a...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) males and (b) females of what age group and in which police force area found guilty of an offence under section 14(3) of the Road Traffic...

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many instances of car insurance fraud in Yorkshire and the Humber have been reported in each of the last five years.

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many instances of car insurance fraud have been reported in each of the last five years.

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases of car insurance fraud have been reported, by region, in each of the last five years.

      Driving under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to receive the Sentencing Council's review of sentencing guidelines for death by drink-driving; and what discussions he has had with that...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what use his Department has made of the National Wellbeing Index introduced by the Office for National Statistics in formulating policy since the...

      Judges: Conflict of Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents of a judge recusing themselves there were in each of the last four years; and what the reasons were for each recusal.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much public interest lawyers have received in legal aid for cases against the Department for Work and Pensions in each of the last 10 years;...

      Prerogative of Mercy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will list the people who have received the Royal Prerogative of Mercy by Letters Patent in the last 20 years; and if he will make a...

      Prison Sentences: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many custodial sentences were handed down at (a) York Magistrates Court and (b) York Crown Court in each year since 2008.

      Prisoners: Romania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Romanian-born prisoners are being held in British prisons.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many private and third sector bidders for privatised probation work employ ex-offenders; and of these how many employ ex-prisoners.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what his policy is on the role of local authorities in the commissioning of probation services within their areas; and if he will make a statement;...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the Transforming Rehabilitation programme risk register.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many probation officers his Department plans to recruit in the next 12 months; in which countries those posts will be advertised; and what his...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many unfilled vacancies there were in (a) the National Probation Service and (b) each community rehabilitation company on 1 May 2014.

      Probation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when he intends to formally abolish probation trusts; (2) what recent assessment he has made of morale within the National Offender Management...

      Surrey and Sussex Probation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the level of sickness absence was at the Surrey and Sussex Probation Trust in (a) April 2014 and (b) May 2014; (2) what the level of sickness...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persistent young offenders were registered in (a) Bury St Edmunds, (b) Suffolk and (c) England and Wales in each of the last five years; and how...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to ensure that the outcome of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict reflects the wide...

    • Balkans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to support people affected by recent flooding in the Balkans

      Balkans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what aid the Government have provided for the relief of flooding and landslides in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on allegations that some Turkish Cypriots were denied the right to vote in the recent European...

      Horn of Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the efficacy of EUCAP Nestor in tackling insecurity in the Horn of Africa.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will make representations to the new Indian Government to reopen investigations on the events in 1984 at the Golden...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss sexual violence against women in India with his Indian counterpart.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much (a) military and (b) humanitarian aid the UK provided to the Libyan Government in (A) 2011, (B) 2012 and (C) 2013.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to promote human rights in North Korea.

      Property: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to European governments to secure as quickly as possible restitution for British citizens who...

      Raoul Wallenberg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how he plans to mark the 70th anniversary of Raoul Wallenberg's arrival in Hungary; what recent discussions he has had with the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to raise the plight of persecuted Christians abroad; and what steps he is taking to raise the case of...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK has taken to support UN Security Council resolution 2139 regarding humanitarian access in Syria.

      Transcaucasus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in the south Caucasus.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress he has made in working with the Commonwealth Secretary-General to review LGBT rights in Uganda.

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) with reference to the advice provided by Jemima Stratford QC to the all-party parliamentary group on drones, if he will...

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the outbreak of the ebola virus in western Africa.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeship starts relate to (a) existing employees of the organisation concerned and (b) new employees in the...

    • Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many bankruptcies were registered in (a) York, (b) Yorkshire and (c) England in each year since 2005.

      Construction: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what benefits he expects to accrue to the UK economy from the agreement signed in China on 26 May 2014 between the Building...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what impact assessments he carried out on proposals to change disabled students' allowances.

      Exports: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many standard individual export licences were finalised in 2013; and what proportion of those licences were finalised within...

      Exports: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of export licence appeals were finalised within (a) 20 and (b) 60 working days in 2013.

      Exports: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in Yorkshire and the Humber were exporting to (a) the EU and (b) all countries in each year since 2008.

      Foreign Investment in UK: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much foreign investment in Yorkshire and the Humber there has been in each year since 2008; and what estimate he has made of...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many undergraduate students were resident in (a) Bury St Edmunds, (b) Suffolk and (c) England and Wales in each of the last...

      Higher Education: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding is currently allocated to higher education institutions to assist them in fulfilling their responsibilities to...

      Higher Education: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much capital funding the Government allocated to (a) York College, (b) Askham Bryan College, (c) the University of York and...

      Higher Education: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UK-domiciled (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate students enrolled at the (i) University of York and (ii) University...

      Higher Education: Zoos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support the Government are providing for community projects being conducted by UK zoos in collaboration with universities.

      Higher Education: Zoos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that the forthcoming single pot funding and new round of European Regional Development Funding...

      Holiday Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answer of 6 May 2014, Official Report, column 87W, on holiday leave, what assessment his Department has...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the future of the Land Registry; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in Yorkshire and the Humber received how much funding from Local Enterprise Partnerships in each year since...

      Manufacturing Industries: Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to increase the manufacture of electronic components in the UK.

      National Apprenticeship Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answer of 24 March 2014, Official Report, column 140W, on the national apprenticeship service, how many...

      New Businesses: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many business start-ups there were in City of York local authority area in each year since 2008.

      Overseas Trade: Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will instruct UK Trade and Investment to issue a statement cautioning UK businesses against trade and investment in...

      Regional Development Agencies: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in Yorkshire and the Humber received how much funding from the Yorkshire Regional Development Agency in each...

      Regional Growth Fund: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in Yorkshire and the Humber received how much funding from the Regional Growth Fund in each year since 2011-12.

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to improve job security for people employed indefinitely on temporary or fixed-term contracts.

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will provide a breakdown of the Employer Ownership Pilot funding for the unified communications sector.

  • House of Lords

    • Independent Living Fund: Autism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people with autism spectrum disorder currently receive support under the Independent Living Fund.

    • India

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent hangings in India; and what steps they will take to ensure that the values set out in the Commonwealth Charter...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the present arrangements for the protection of patients' private medical information by general practitioners.

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the rules relating to the release of patients' private medical information to insurance companies by general practitioners.

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take to ensure that the rights in international law of both Israel and Palestine become the starting point for any renewal of...

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the government of Israel concerning reports of two Palestinian youths killed by live fire, and one critically injured,...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent assessment they have made of the human rights situation in Sri Lanka; and what recent discussions they have had with the United Nations High...

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