Written answers

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to paragraph 18 of Investing in Britain's Future, Cm 8669, produced in June 2013, how he intends to spend the £250...

    • Cinemas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the total number of cinemas in operation in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland...

      Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the level of investment in British-produced films in each year since 2010 with budgets of (a) under and (b)...

  • Scotland

    • Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the total costs incurred (a) in his Department and (b) in the Government of the creation and production of the booklet,...

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many parliamentary questions tabled to his Department in the last parliamentary session did not receive a substantive answer by the time of the 2014...

  • Home Department

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to tackle cyber-crime.

    • Domestic Violence: Dartford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of (a) arrests and (b) convictions for domestic violence offences in Dartford constituency in each...

      HM Passport Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) services and (b) jobs within the Passport Office were transferred to the private sector in the last five years; and when those...

      HM Passport Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the current total remuneration package is for the Chief Executive of HM Passport Office.

      HM Passport Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been paid in overtime and other costs incurred in the last three weeks due to changes in HM Passport Office.

      HM Passport Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much overtime has been paid to Passport Office staff at the Newport Passport Office since 2011.

      HM Passport Office: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will urgently increase the number of personnel working in the Belfast Passport Office.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many calls the Metropolitan police human trafficking hotline received from victims of human trafficking in each of the last three years;...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to the Immigration and Security Minister dated 12 May 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester,...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 22 April 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regards to Mr A....

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 12 May 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regards to Mr Bhatti...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 12 May 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regards to Mr Sebti...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people applied to the UK embassy in Dublin for British passports between 2011 and 2014.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what compensation the Passport Office provides to British passport holders who have faced increases on the cost of their flights because they...

  • Justice

    • Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether staff working for community rehabilitation companies will be able to (a) recall offenders and (b) write parole reports without consulting...

    • Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether (a) Serco and (b) G4S will be permitted to bid for community rehabilitation company contracts.

      Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many sites for giving remote evidence are operational in England and Wales; (2) how many (a) children and (b) vulnerable adult witnesses gave...

      Health Professions: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure that attacks on health professionals are prioritised in the criminal justice system.

      Islam: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Muslim Institute, (b) the Muslim Council of Great Britain and (c) the Muslim Parliament of Great Britain...

      Islam: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to provide support for and protect the rights of Muslim women in unrecognised marriages in England and Wales.

      Prisons: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much in capital receipts has been generated by the disposal of each prison closed since May 2010.

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many hours per week of purposeful activity was undertaken by offenders in each security category in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14.

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of the prison population were in overcrowded accommodation on 1 April (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011, (d) 2012, (e) 2013 and (f)...

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were in overcrowded cells on 1 April (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011, (d) 2012, (e) 2013 and (f) 2014.

      Prisons: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the per capita spending on prison officers was in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many self-inflicted deaths there have been in each month since January 2014; (2) how many deaths in custody there have been in each month...

  • Transport

    • A14

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motor vehicle accidents occurred on the A14 in each of the last 12 months.

    • A14

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of how many motor vehicles have used the A14 in each of the last three years.

      A428

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of how many motor vehicles have used the A428 in each of the last three years.

      A428

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motor vehicles accidents have occurred on the A428 in each of the last 12 months.

      A5: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration he has given to reclassifying the A5 from Shrewsbury to the M54 so that the M54 runs to Shrewsbury.

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking with his European counterparts to encourage the reduction of fuel consumption by heavy-duty vehicles across the EU.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were prosecuted for failure to pay vehicle excise duty in (a) Dartford constituency and (b) England and Wales in each of the last five...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many average speed cameras are operating in each region and constituent part of the UK.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what statistics his Department has collected on the use of average speed cameras and their effectiveness in reducing (a) accidents and (b) fatal accidents.

      Valuation of Life and Health Interdepartmental Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department’s submission to the Inter-departmental Group for the Valuation of Life and Health review...

  • International Development

    • South Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding her Department allocated to the Conflict Pool for South Asia in each of the last three years.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to work with his international counterparts on ensuring that the Afghanistan Government continue to maintain security in sparsely...

    • Air Force: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the results were of the recent interoperability training between RAF 41 (reserve) Test and Evaluation Squadron training with Swedish Air Force and...

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what criteria he will use in deciding in which schools to establish a new Combined Cadet Force detachment; (2) what estimate he has made of the...

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Combined Cadet Force Association (CCFA) about the funding of school CCFs; (2) what plans he has to...

      Armed Forces: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases of (a) rape, (b) sexual assault and (c) domestic violence were (i) reported to the Royal Military Police, (ii) referred by the Royal...

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what planning data was used to devise his Department's recruitment target for the Army Reserve as part of its Army 2020 reforms.

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Army Reserve returned injured from operations in the last 10 years.

      Army: Length of Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2014, Official Report, column 363W, on army: length of service, if he will provide the full calculations used to...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department’s contract with Capita in relation to the Army Recruitment Partnering project.

      D-day Landings: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to hold further D-day commemorations.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the technical fault was with Typhoon aircraft T3 ZJ815 which forced it to land in Lajes Field; whether this fault has been rectified; and whether...

      France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the final investment approval for Project Teutates.

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will add a category of name of medal requested to the Certificate of Kinship Request for the Medals of a Deceased Ex-Serviceman/woman form.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on redundancy payments for special advisers since May 2010.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports covering the factors surrounding the use of nuclear weapons have been (a) prepared and (b) commissioned by his Department.

      South Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding his Department allocated to the Conflict Pool for South Asia in each of the last three years.

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the key stages of decision-making are in the procurement process of the Type 26 global combat ship.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many ships from the Royal Navy were present in the recent joint manoeuvres with the Ukrainian navy.

      Veterans: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to improve care for veterans suffering with psychological injuries after their service.

  • Education

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many creditors had remained unpaid by his Department on 1 June 2014 for (a) 45, (b) 60, (c) 75 and (d) 76 days and over.

    • Teachers: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the success of his Troops to Teachers initiative.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Procurement: SMEs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent steps he has taken to address barriers to small and medium-sized enterprises participating in Government procurement.

    • Public Sector Mutuals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress his Department has made on supporting public sector mutuals.

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress his Department has made on supporting social enterprises.

      Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many creditors had remained unpaid by his Department on 1 June 2014 for (a) 45, (b) 60, (c) 75 and (d) 76 days and over.

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many patients in the UK were diagnosed with secondary brain tumours in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011, (e) 2012 and (f) 2013; (2) how...

      Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when the review of the Muslim Brotherhood led by Sir John Jenkins will be published.

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many telephone lines with the prefix (a) 0845, (b) 0844 and (c) 0843 his Department (i) operates and (ii) sponsors; how many calls each such number...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department had discussions with the Welsh Government regarding the use of public funds by the Cabinet Office to produce and send an anti-Scottish...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the proposed beneficial ownership registry identifies the real controlling...

    • Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when the public register of beneficial ownership will be introduced.

      Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the budget for the Employment Agency Standards inspectorate is for 2014-15.

      Higher Education: Dartford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students at schools in Dartford applied for higher education places in each of the last five years.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many complaints about payment of the National Minimum Wage (a) were made, (b) were resolved within the required...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much the Government spent on national minimum wage enforcement in 2013-14.

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many telephone lines with the prefix (a) 0845, (b) 0844 and (c) 0843 his Department (i) operates and (ii) sponsors; how many...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Combined Authorities: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions his Department has had with local authorities in the Tees Valley on the creation of a combined authority.

    • Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to hold a further formal public consultation on firefighters' pensions.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether independent generators who sign a conditional power purchase agreement ahead of competing in a Contract for Difference auction...

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he expects independent low carbon generators to have secured conditional power purchase agreements prior to bidding in the...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of his Department's consumption of (a) gas and (b) electricity in KWH in each month since June 2010.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department spent on (a) gas and (b) electricity bills in each year since 2010.

      Energy: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what commitments to transparency were included in the bilateral co-operation agreements with China on Energy announced on 17 June 2014.

      Energy: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the cost has been of the visit of his Department’s officials ahead of the completion of the agreements on energy...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Scotland, (d) Wales and (e) Northern Ireland are off the mains gas grid.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many properties were connected to the gas distribution network in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014.

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households with a below-average income have received support for comprehensive insulation of their homes in the last year.

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of existing regulations on commercial propane gas providers.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the UK's energy supply he expects to be obtained from nuclear energy in each of the next five years.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department issues guidance about the protocol of former armed forces personnel using their rank as a title after they have...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make an assessment of the accuracy of the report of 9 May 2014 by the James Martin Center for Non-proliferation...

    • India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on sexual assault of ethnic Chin women and children from Burma in New Delhi, India; and if he will...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the situation in Kashmir; and what recent discussions he has had with his (a) Indian, (b)...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the recent destruction of fruit trees at the Tent of Nations farm...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of Sudan about the imprisonment of Meriam Ibrahim.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will press for the immediate release of Meriam Ibrahim and her two children who are imprisoned in Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken to call for the release of Meriam Ibrahim and her son from prison in Sudan and for her death...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what evidence his Department holds on whether the Syrian Government were responsible for the chemical weapons attack in Kafr Zita.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what regulatory oversight his Department will apply to 24 hour helplines provided by independent abortion clinics.

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many creditors had remained unpaid by his Department on 1 June 2014 for (a) 45, (b) 60, (c) 75 and (d) 76 days and over.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he has had with the Chief Executive of NHS Improving Quality on (a) preserving the legacy of the work of NHS Diabetes and (b)...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the incidence of opiate-related overdoses among people recently released from prison.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of take-home naloxone in reducing the number of opiate-related deaths across the UK in...

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask The Secretary of State for Health how many parents received Healthy Start vouchers in the latest year for which figures are available; and what the total cost to the Exchequer of such...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of patients waiting more than six weeks for diagnostic tests through NHS England; and if he will...

      In Vitro Fertilisation: Trafford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that Trafford Commissioning Group provides the full treatment for IVF as recommended by the National...

      Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of recent changes to safety checks in slaughterhouses on the risk of diseased meat entering the food chain...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if the Health and Safety Executive will create a register of qualified professionals to ensure that clinical research is carried out safely; (2) if...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to work with international counterparts to ensure the sharing of best practice to increase organ donation.

  • Treasury

    • Building Societies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to publish the results of the consultations on bail-in order for building societies; and if he will make a statement.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance his Department issues to employers on helping employees with the cost of childcare.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date each of the 25 firms named and shamed for breach of the national minimum wage by his Department on 8 June 2014 was issued with the relevant...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many applications for the Help to Buy scheme have been for (a) shared equity, (b) shared ownership, (c) mutual housing and (d) self-build properties...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to offer a stamp duty holiday to people who will be required to sell their property and purchase another as a result of...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish details of the Government's proposed legislation to provide for a controlled release of non-financial VAT registration data for specific...

      Venture Capital

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2014, Official Report, column 160W, on venture capital, what steps he has taken to support crowdfunding and peer-to-peer...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Disadvantaged: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much of the EU's Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived he has allocated to public bodies and non-governmental organisations in...

    • National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) new national insurance numbers registered and (b) new workers in (i) Bury St Edmunds...

      National Insurance Contributions Office: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason Newcastle was chosen as the National Insurance centre for residents of Middlesbrough; and what effect this choice is having on...

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of employment and support allowance have been admitted to the new enterprise allowance scheme in each year since that scheme...

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many start up loans have been approved by his Department for participants on the new enterprise allowance scheme in each year since that...

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on the new enterprise allowance in each year since the scheme began.

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to help its employees who use on-site nurseries to find alternative childcare when these close from...

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether employees of his Department’s Child Maintenance Group will be compensated for the loss of their childcare subsidy.

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what date he expects the Health and Work Service to start operations.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many personal independence payment applicants are awaiting an assessment centre appointment in (a) Airdrie and Shotts constituency, (b)...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what average time was taken between an application for personal independence payment being made and receipt of payment for claims made in...

      Social Security Benefits: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit claimants in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottingham, have been sanctioned in the last (i) six and (ii) 12 months.

      Social Security Benefits: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants in Preston constituency are being sanctioned for (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) employment and support allowance.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what sanctions his Department uses on universal credit claimants who refuse a zero hours contract.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the additional annual cost of introducing a taper on (a) an occupational pension and (b) other unearned income into...

  • House of Lords

    • Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their commitment to making better apprenticeship data available will involve publishing the retention rate of apprentices as employees by company and...

    • Aviation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 12 March (WA 375), in relation to the United Kingdom general aviation sector, what action has been taken...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any representations to the government of Burma regarding that country’s presidential elections; and if so, what representations.

      China

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what outcomes they anticipate from the visit of Premier Li Keqiang of China.

      Contraceptives

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in each year since 2010, what was the (1) total number of, and (2) net ingredient cost of, each type of contraceptive and contraceptive device dispensed in...

      Contraceptives

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in each year since 2010, how many prescriptions were written for (1) oral contraceptives, (2) intrauterine systems for the purpose of contraception, (3)...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what projects other than refuges for women who are the victims of sexual violence will be set up by the Home Office with the £28 million for the...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the £40 million ring-fenced funding for specialist domestic and sexual violence services will be allocated to the Department of Health, and...

      Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that people with diabetes are able to access innovative medicines.

      Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to address transgender patient discrimination in the National Health Service. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action...

      Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to tackle employment discrimination amongst transgender people.

      Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the feasibility of issuing non-gender-specific official documents to people who do not identify as a particular gender.

      Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stowell of Beeston on 6 May (WA 384), when they expect to receive the report of the review being carried out by...

      Homosexuality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 6 May (WA 358), whether they are considering introducing legislation to prevent the practice of reparative or...

      House of Lords: Access

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what are the arrangements for access to the House of Lords during weekends and other quiet periods; and whether there are any plans to change them.

      House of Lords: Security

      To ask the Chairman of Committees , further to the Written Answer by the Chairman of Committees on 18 June (WA 67), whether decisions to make new policing contract arrangements in 2015 arose from...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make representations to the government of Iran about the events in Evin Prison on 17 April; and, if so, when.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Iran for an independent international inquiry into the events at Evin Prison in Tehran on 17 April.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their principal aims in establishing closer diplomatic ties with Iran.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to G4S about the legal implications of its remaining involvement with the Israeli Prison Service until 2017, in the light...

      Meriam Ibrahim

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will answer the question asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool on 10 June (HL Deb, col 236), and on 11 June (HL Deb, col 418), about whether asylum in...

      National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to ensure that charities representing patients are consulted...

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of the Republic of Ireland on ways to encourage dialogue among Northern Ireland parties on the issues of...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the new President of Egypt concerning the opening of Rafah crossing to Gaza, in order to facilitate travel and the...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their most recent assessment of the level of medical supplies in Gazan hospitals.

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Palestinian Authority about the alleged kidnapping of Israeli teenagers on 12 June.

      Prerogative of Mercy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the reported loss of records of royal pardons granted between 1987 and 1997 applies to the whole of the United Kingdom.

      Private Members’ Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House what steps he will take to facilitate the passage of Private Members’ Bills through the House of Lords.

      Private Rented Sector Taskforce

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stowell of Beeston on 6 May (WA 392), with which organisations representing private tenants the Private Rented...

      Schools: Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Ministers, if any, were present at the presentation to the Department for Education on the threat of radicalisation in Birmingham schools given by head...

      Self-employed

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many self-employed workers the Office for National Statistics estimated there to be in each financial year since 2010–11.

      Sesar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 12 March (WA 375), in relation to the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR), how many work packages...

      Social Services: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make available to Parliament their assessment of the impact of the stronger regulatory powers available to the Care Quality Commission...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to commit to ensuring that diplomatic engagement with South Sudan continues beyond the signing of and re-commitment to a ceasefire, in...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Sri Lanka about the attacks on Muslims on 15 June by Buddhists in Aluthgama; and what information...

      Syria and Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek ways to contain and, if possible, eliminate the influence of al-Qaeda-affiliated and other jihadi groups in Syria and Iraq.

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