Written answers

Monday, 20 October 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Brakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will create incentives to increase the take-up of cars equipped with autonomous emergency braking.

    • Motorcycles: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) accidents and (b) deaths there have been involving motorcyclists on roads treated with loose-gravel surface dressing in each of the last...

      Transport: Oxygen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when regulations governing transportation of oxygen cylinders in private vehicles were last reviewed; and what plans his Department has for future...

      Transport: Oxygen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance on health and safety and insurance his Department provides to people who need to transport oxygen cylinders in private vehicles for...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total private finance initiative liabilities of his Department are for the next 20 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Aviation: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on the economy of (a) Northern Ireland and (b) the UK of the cost of air fares to and from Northern...

      Travel: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide further details of his Department's spending on sustainable travel, as listed in section G of the Department's annual report and...

      M20

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has plans to include any noise reducing measures to the imminent resurfacing of the M20 between junctions eight and nine; and...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2014 to Question 208884, whether cost benefit ratios exist for all current Highways Agency minor schemes under...

      Traffic Lights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to give permission to (a) Transport for London and (b) any local authority to introduce adcance stop lines at temporary...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the increase in HGV speed limits on single and dual carriageways on (a) drivers' perceptions of speed and...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will conduct an impact assessment for increasing HGV speed limits on dual carriageway roads in the same format as the the impact...

  • Home Office

    • Animal Experiments: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to enable interested parties to have access to appropriately redacted Project Licence applications made under the...

    • Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people aged (a) under 18 and (b) 18 and over who have been detained in immigration removal centres (IRCs) in England and Wales are...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of (a) how many and (b) what proportion of Disclosure and Barring Service applications took longer than 60 days...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the time targets are for the return of Disclosure and Barring Service applications.

      Children: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to compel multi-national companies to take steps to prevent child slavery in their supply chains.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) pre-charge decisions, (b) out-of-court disposals, (c) prosecutions and (d) convictions there have been for each offence created...

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Syrian people have been resettled in the UK under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme since the launch of that scheme.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applicants were (a) granted refugee status, (b) granted Humanitarian Protection or Discretionary Leave and (c) refused...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she intends to reply to the letter of 9 September 2014 from the hon. Member for Edinburgh East.

      Asylum: Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many defined Christians entering the UK from Iraq and Syria have claimed asylum on the grounds of religious persecution in each year...

      Illegal Immigrants: Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure stowaway illegal immigrants entering UK ports are assessed for Ebola.

      Asylum: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers were registered as residing in the London Borough of Havering at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Crimes of Violence: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many violent assaults have been reported to police in the London Borough of Havering in each year since January 2011.

      Foreign Workers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of operation of the cap on recruitment of non-EU workers.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of reports that Tamils deported to Sri Lanka have been subjected to...

    • Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the total private finance initiative liabilities of his Department are for the next 20 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times he or Ministers in his Department have raised concerns about anti-Semitism with their counterparts in (a)...

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the proposals for the 2017 elections in Hong Kong will fulfil the aim of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an estimate of the number of EU migrants arriving in the UK for work since 1 January 2014.

    • Public Sector: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the change in proportion of the working age population employed by the public sector in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c)...

  • Attorney General

    • Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Attorney General, what the total private finance initiative liabilities of the Law Officers' Departments are for the next 20 years; and if he will make a statement.

    • Freezing Orders

      To ask the Attorney General, what value of asset freezing orders were applied for by the CPS in each of the last eight years.

      Protection from Harassment Act 1997

      To ask the Attorney General, what the conviction rates for offences under Section 2A and 4A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 were in 2013-14.

      Court Orders

      To ask the Attorney General, how much the CPS has spent on defending appeals against asset restraining orders in each of the last seven financial years.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of the total funds allocated via intermediaries as part of the Regional Growth Fund have been drawn down in each...

    • Higher Education: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students at schools in (a) Preston constituency and (b) each other constituency in Lancashire applied for higher...

      Graduates: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of students from each ethnic group were (a) working, (b) studying and (c) unemployed six months after leaving...

      Riot Control Weapons: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much tear gas was exported from the UK last year.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effects of the reduction in international student visas issued to students from Pakistan and...

      Intellectual Property: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what guidance his Department provides to public sector research establishments on exploiting intellectual property rights; and...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the total private finance initiative liabilities of his Department are for the next 20 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Childbirth: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if his Department will undertake research into the effects of having a baby prematurely born on a mother's labour market attachment.

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many adults enrolled on ESOL courses in further education colleges in each of the last five years.

  • Department for International Development

    • Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total private finance initiative liabilities of her Department are for the next 20 years; and if she will make a statement.

    • Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that UK aid provided to the Nigerian Government is allocated only to enact reforms to uphold...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2014 to Question 208787, what memoranda of understanding her Department has signed with other...

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contingency plans her Department has made for a British national contracting Ebola when carrying out humanitarian work in West Africa.

  • Department for Education

    • Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Barnsley East constituency, (ii) South Yorkshire and (iii) England had classes of (A) 31 to 35,...

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 1 September 2014 to Question 206928, if she will publish the number of places (a) required by the teacher supply model and...

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many local authority controlled (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the UK will receive new resources for informing and educating...

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how new resources for informing and educating schoolchildren and teachers about the work of the armed forces are distributed to schools; and if she...

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions her Department had with the teaching profession about new resources for informing and educating schoolchildren and teachers about the...

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many non-local authority controlled (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the UK will receive copies of the British Armed Forces Learning...

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what costs her Department will incurr for the (a) printing, (b) distribution and (c) promotion of the British Armed Forces Learning Resource 2014.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the total private finance initiative liabilities of her Department are for the next 20 years; and if she will make a statement.

      Igcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the cost of replacing textbooks and other course materials that schools need to buy as a result of the decision to...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to reduce sexting.

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the link between financial education in schools and sustainable and responsible investment practices.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department requires charities, non-charitable companies and individuals who control appointments to academy trusts to produce succession...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it is her policy to approve articles of association for academy trusts which provide for a single sponsor to appoint all company members other...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on how many academy trusts are all company members, other than those appointed by her, a single sponsor.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many academy trust articles of association provide for a quorum of one director to conduct business when there are only three directors in post.

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to collect information on the (a) number, (b) religion and (c) ethnicity of children being homeschooled in England.

      Teachers: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of teacher workloads.

      Priority School Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what criteria her Department has used to decide which schools will receive Priority School Building Programme funding.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department issues to kitchen staff in schools on steps to prevent food-related illnesses.

      Schools: Nuneaton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much schools in Nuneaton constituency received under the pupil premium in 2013-14; and how much such schools will receive in pupil premium in 2014-15.

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department plans to publish its detailed condition survey of schools in England.

      Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many visits were made by Ministers of her Department to Torbay constituency in the 12 months to 14 October 2014; whom the invitation for each such...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent progress she has made towards the introduction of a national funding formula for schools; and if she will make a statement.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2014 to Question 204028, how many requests for directions to admit a child to an academy the Education Funding Agency...

      Local Safeguarding Children Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, who is responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of local safeguarding children boards' child sexual exploitation action plans.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Mass Media: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what subscriptions to (a) magazines and (b) television channels his Department funds.

    • National Probation Service for England and Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) permanent full-time, (b) temporary full-time and (c) agency staff have been recruited by each National Probation Service Division since 1...

      Courts: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the court reform programme has considered the case for improvement work at Sunderland Court.

      Courts: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the capital building budget is for the court reform programme.

      Burges Salmon Solicitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 19 January 2010 to Question 311921, what recent reports he has received about the progress of the Solicitors Regulation...

      Guildford Four

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Defence on the embargo on Government-held files relating to...

      Powers of Attorney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what procedures are in place for power of attorney to be removed from a person who has abused that power; and what procedures there are for people to...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what average hourly rate is paid to (a) external solicitors and (b) Treasury Solicitor staff working on developing the residence test for legal aid.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the processing times are for an appeal where an individual is contesting a personal independence payment decision from the start of the appeal to...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many maintenance orders made in Spain for enforcement in the UK have not been enforced in the last five years; and for what periods such orders apply.

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners in each security category are missing, having absconded from each prison in England and Wales.

      Mass Media: Privacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department (a) has made or (b) plans to make any policy changes in response to the decisions in Weller vs. Associated News in 2014.

      Matrimonial Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans to provide an initial response to the Law Commission's report, Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements, published in March 2014.

      Secure Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what criteria will be used to award the education contract for the Secure College; and if he will publish those criteria.

      Office of the Public Guardian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Office of the Public Guardian.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much NOMS has spent on subsidising its retail canteen service contract in each year since 2010.

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners with determinate sentences with more than two years to serve until their earliest release date were moved to open prisons in (a)...

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to issue revised sentencing guidelines in respect of new stalking offences.

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to issue revised sentencing guidelines in respect of new offences of stalking.

      Nitrous Oxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convictions there have been for sales of nitrous oxide under the Intoxicating Substances (Supply) Act 1985 in the last three years.

      Bill of Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost to the public purse was of the Commission on a Bill of Rights.

      Licensing Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2014 to Question 209021, what the total amount was raised from fines levied following convictions under the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • War Widows: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Government will change regulations to provide a war widow's pension for life for those who were awarded war widows' pensions between 31 March...

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what UK armed forces assets and personnel are stationed in Iraq.

      Defence Infrastructure Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many applications for eviction notices have been made by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation in the last 12 months; and how many eviction...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to reintroduce the Territorial Decoration for Reserve Army officers.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total private finance initiative liabilities of his Department are for the next 20 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Navy: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much will be spent in each location under the Maritime Support and Delivery Framework with Babcock in each of the next six years.

      Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) manned aircraft and (b) unmanned aerial vehicles will be able to land and operate on the Batch 2 Offshore Patrol Vessels.

      Cardiff Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the aircraft landing system at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, is fully functioning.

      MOD St Athan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, during what hours MOD St Athan is available for use by private companies.

      Army Families Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he last met the Armies Families Federation; and what was discussed at that meeting.

      MOD St Athan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many complaints his Department has received about the use of facilities at MoD St Athan in the last 12 months.

      MOD St Athan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will meet Cardiff Aviation to discuss access to the landing facilities at MoD St Athan.

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the policy on keeping the documentation of failed citations for military honours was last changed; and what the reasons were for that change.

      Bomb Disposal: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions bomb disposal units have been deployed to an incident in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years where the incident was...

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what options his Department is considering in seeking agreement on the future delivery of controlled humidity environment capability and related...

      DSG Ashchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what cost for repairing his Department's site at Ashchurch was estimated in the report commissioned by Babcock International dated 3 February 2011.

      Navy: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will undertake a review of the medical criteria for applying for positions within the Royal Navy to prevent the exclusion of people with (a)...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Arts: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the application of the Minimum Income Floor or In-work Conditionality under...

    • Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to work with other government departments and local service providers to support better people at the end...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what change there has been in the number of people in (a) economic poverty and (b) fuel poverty in each of the last four years.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the current time being taken to award personal independence payments.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Post Office card accounts have been (a) opened and (b) closed in each of the last 10 years.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total private finance initiative liabilities of his Department are for the next 20 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Edinburgh East of 10 December 2012, Official Report, column 47W, on employment and support...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 July 2014 to Question 205883, what the full cost, including apportioned indirect costs, is of processing a new...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2014 to Question 209233 for what reason the information is not available.

      Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many visits were made by Ministers of his Department to Torbay constituency in the 12 months to 14 October 2014; whom the invitation for...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what change there has been in the proportion of children living in separated families who receive regular financial support from the...

      Welfare State: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will assess the cumulative effect of welfare policy reforms instituted since May 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Pension Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance the Government provides to pension fund trustees on the consideration of environmental, social and governance factors as part of...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been enrolled under automatic enrolment into workplace pensions scheme since the inception of that scheme.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people employed on a zero-hours contract have been sanctioned by Jobcentre Plus for failing to look for or secure extra work hours in...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the effect of a claimant becoming self-employed is on awards of housing benefit.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the time limit is for local authority decisions on determining reported changes of circumstances.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, under what circumstances local authorities are permitted to suspend housing benefit payments.

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what arrangements his Department makes for disabled people to contact his Department by email.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Greyhound Racing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department's review of the Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulation planned for 2015 will take place before the...

    • Rhinoceros Products and Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the UK upholds its international obligations to prevent the illegal trade...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total private finance initiative liabilities of her Department are for the next 20 years; and if she will make a...

      Chinese Mitten Crabs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many incidents there have been of intrusion in UK waters of Chinese mitten crabs in the last ten years; and what steps...

      Nature Conservation: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with (a) the EU and (b) UK bodies on reform of the Birds and Habitats Directive.

      Hedges and Ditches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many skilled hedge-layers there are in the UK.

      Floods: Stafford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what flood prevention measures have been undertaken in Stafford constituency in the last three years; and how many staff of...

      Sewage: Water Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2014 to Question 208678, what guidance her Department issues on the meaning of Best...

      Road Traffic: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of traffic noise on (a) physical and (b) mental health.

      Bees: Beetles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to prevent the spread of the beehive beetle through produce imported from Italy.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities have a policy requiring that some or all homes in their area should be built to Lifetime Homes...

    • Schools: Fast Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to address health considerations in planning policies in relation to schools and hot-food...

      Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of democratic oversight of local planning decisions when appealed; and if he will...

      Fast Food: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on using planning applications for further public health objectives...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many houses were given planning permission to be built in (a) Ribble Valley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the UK in the last 12...

  • Wales Office

    • Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the total private finance initiative liabilities of his Department are for the next 20 years; and if he will make a statement.

    • Honours Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make representations to Honours Student Loans on that company's lack of bilingual services for students in Wales.

      British Sky Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will meet Sky Sports to discuss the use of Welsh language subtitles in their programming.

  • HM Treasury

    • Football: Gifts and Endowments

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what gifts of what value have been declared to HM Revenue and Customs by members of the English Football Association and the FIFA vice-president in the last...

    • Bank Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that access to savings accounts is not unreasonably restricted.

      Repossession Orders

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's policy is on the introduction of restrictions on the ability of banks and other mortgage lenders to repossess a home where that would...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what research his Department has undertaken or commissioned into the effects of changes in the level of Stamp Duty Land Tax on the number of property...

      Economic Situation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Governor of the Bank of England in his role as Chairman of the Financial Stability Board has recently raised with him risks to the financial...

      Tourism: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will assess the effect on the economy in Northern Ireland of the Irish government's decision to retain a reduced rate of sales tax for the tourism...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Offshore Industry: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, which companies have been granted field allowances for oil and gas production in the North Sea in the last 12 months; and what...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State of 2 September 2014 in the Second Delegated Legislation Committee on the Draft...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of likely changes in the number of 50kW and over rooftop solar installations deployed in each year from...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the amount of large-scale solar PV that will be deployed in 2015-16 under Contracts for Difference; and...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the total private finance initiative liabilities of his Department are for the next 20 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what compensation mechanisms are in place for EDF in the event that the Government closes Hinkley Point C for reasons other than...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total private finance initiative liabilities of her Department are for the next 20 years; and if she will make a statement.

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of the Northern Ireland political talks due to start in the week commencing 13...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress she has made on the Government's plan to devolve corporation tax to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

      Parades: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what further steps she plans to take to resolve the parade dispute at Twaddell Avenue.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he last met representatives of the entertainment trade unions.

    • Local Broadcasting: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 July 2014 to Question 206245, if he will meet representatives from BLTV Ltd to discuss its progress on...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total private finance initiative liabilities of his Department are for the next 20 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Advisory Council On Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the consultation on the proposed abolition of the Advisory Council on Libraries cost the public purse.

      Music: Video Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason he is piloting age ratings only for music video by artists signed to British music labels.

      Broadband: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many super-fast broadband not-spots have been identified in (a) the London boroughs and (b) Finchley and Golders Green constituency.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, with reference to the contracts entered into on 9 January 2014 by the Cabinet Office Devolution Team with Engine Partners LLP, if he will place in the Library...

    • Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to allow local authorities to keep a part of the funding they receive from issuing fixed penalty notices for non-registration in...

  • Department of Health

    • Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cost to the NHS of treating obesity and its related diseases in (a) Harlow constituency, (b) Essex and (c) England in each of the...

    • Bone Marrow Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to inform young people aged 16 and over about joining the bone marrow donor register.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of the illegal use of controlled substances in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire and Humber, (c) South...

      Haematology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the level of demand for haematology services in (a) England and (b) the North East of England; and what steps he is...

      General Practitioners: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding has been allocated by NHS England to piloting seven-day GP services in the North of England.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to implement in full the recommendations of the Pay Review Body for all NHS staff; and if he will make a statement.

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce measures to reduce the sugar content of food modelled on those introduced to replace the salt content of food between 2003 and 2011.

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce sugar intake by the public.

      Obesity and Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, to what extent responsibility for preventing the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes (a) has been devolved to Public Health England and (b)...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which data sources he intends to capture through (a) the National Cancer Registration Service and (b) care.data.

      Tobacco: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the threat to public safety of counterfeit tobacco products.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of patients have waited for more than four hours at accident and emergency wards at Barnsley NHS Foundation Trust in (a) each week since...

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hip replacement operations were conducted in (a) Devon and Cornwall and (b) England in (i) 2013 and (ii) 2014.

      Community Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of (a) staffing numbers in NHS community and district nursing and (b) the ability of such staff to cope with changes in the...

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimates he has made of the variation in survival rates for pancreatic cancer patients between (a) UK regions and (b) the UK and other European...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP practices are currently operating services for patients from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.

      NHS: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2014 to Question 204839, whether NHS England will publish the Innovation Health and Wealth refresh review before (a) 31...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with NHS England on assessment of dispensing appliance contractor licences on a national basis.

      NHS: Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many items of intellectual property have been protected against exploitation; and what assessment he has made of the (a) financial and (b) other...

      NHS: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 26 March 2013 to Question 149577, where the minutes of his regular formal accountability meetings with the Chair of the...

      NHS: Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the new Academic Health Science Networks contract with NHS England includes responsibility for identification, protection and exploitation of...

      NHS: Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2014 to Question 204182, what the reason is for the time taken to publish the intellectual property review.

      NHS: Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2014 to Question 204180, on the basis of what information NHS England and his Department established that local...

      NHS: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, puruant to the Answer of 14 July 2014 to Question 204249, what the reason is for the time taken to publish the sunset review of innovation and...

      NHS Accelerator Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2014 to Question 204192, for what reason the NHS Accelerator Fund is NHS branded without the involvement of his...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average retirement age is of (a) male and (b) female GPs employed by the NHS.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GPs working in the NHS aged (a) 25 to 35, (b) 35 to 45, (c) 45 to 55 and (d) 55 to 65 years old are (i) male and (ii) female.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies for the position of GP there are in each (a) local authority area and (b) health authority area; and what such figures represent per...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of GP surgeries opened at (a) evenings and (b) weekends in each of the last 10 years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average number of hours worked by a GP was in each of the last 10 years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many UK-born and trained GPs now work outside the UK; and what the five most common destination countries for such GPs are.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average pension was of a retired GP in each of the last 10 years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) full time, (b) part time and (c) full time equivalent GPs were employed in the NHS in each of the last 10 years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many students were training to be GPs in each of the last ten years.

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many UK-trained doctors resident in the UK and below retirement age are not employed in the NHS.

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that surgeons do not work excessive hours.

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hip replacements there were in each of the last five years.

      Knee Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many knee replacements there were in each of the last five years.

      Shoulder Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many shoulder replacements there were in each of the last five years.

      Dental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to improve dental health through (a) education and (b) improvement to dental materials.

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure the continuing effectiveness of antibiotics.

      Contact Lenses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people with eye infections caused by sub-standard contact lenses.

      Norovirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidents of norovirus there were in the last six months.

      Wombs: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women had womb transplants in the UK in the last five years.

      Metachromatic Leukodystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people there are with metachromatic leukodystrophy in the UK, by age group.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to address the cost to hospitals of providing snacks, television, internet, books and magazines.

      Children: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of children with milk allergies; and what steps he is taking to reduce that number.

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps he has taken to reduce the number of still births.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department issues on reducing obesity through diets.

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department issues on measures to prevent patients regaining consciousness during surgical operations.

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women aged over (a) 40 and (b) 50 gave birth naturally in each of the last five years.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women aged over (a) 40 and (b) 50 received IVF in each of the last five years.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce alcohol consumption by women.

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges about detection of lung cancer by breath examination.

      Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges on addressing depression through diet and alternative medication.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps he has taken to publicise the harm to unborn children caused by binge drinking by pregnant women.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps he has taken to ensure the continuing availability of cancer drugs.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to increase the number of people registered as organ donors for cornea transplant.

      Titanium Implants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had about the use of titanium implants to enable people who are paralysed by injury to regain their mobility.

      Carers UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent meetings he has had with Carers UK.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP practices with 10-year contracts with NHS England have had those contracts (a) terminated and (b) renegotiated after five years of operation.

      NHS Walk-in Centres: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment NHS England has made of the effect on the 8am to 8pm seven-day-a-week service operated by the Barkantine Health Centre of the decision by...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Warrington waited more than 18 weeks for treatment in each year from 2010.

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the value is of the rebate payments made by industry under the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme to date; and what proportion of that rebate...

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many quarantined hospital beds the UK has capacity to provide for Ebola treatment.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the cancer drugs fund has been spent in Liverpool since its inception.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the total number of alcohol-related (a) GP and (b) hospital admissions in each English region.

      Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the population in the city of (a) Birmingham, (b) Manchester, (c) Leeds, (d) Newcastle, (e) Bristol, (f) Southampton and (g)...

      NHS: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS hospitals used contract and agency staff in each of the past five years; and how many contract and agency staff have been employed by NHS...

      Midwives: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many registered midwives were employed in (a) Warrington hospital and (b) the North West in each year from 2010 to 2014.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department is providing funding to the International Centre for Drug Policy to produce a National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths to...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to publish the number of deaths caused by volatile substance abuse in England and Wales in (a) 2013-14 and (b) future years.

  • House of Lords

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in how many cases customer complaints regarding the application and assessment process of the Access to Work scheme have led to reconsideration of the...

    • Corporation Tax: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to announce the outcome of their consultation exercise on the devolution of corporation tax rate setting powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

      Driving: Disqualification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to bring into force section 137 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.

      Glen Parva Young Offender Institution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with NHS England regarding the design of the proposed secure college at HM Young Offender Institution Glen Parva, and with...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) permanent, and (2) non-permanent, members of staff have been employed by the Northern Ireland Office since 1 January 2014.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risks of clinical trials of mitochondrial replacement therapy; and what safeguards will be put in place in such trials.

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made so far by the International Humanitarian Partnership with establishing the proposed three camps, each to house 15,000 persons,...

      Maryam Rajavi

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the United States removal of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) from the list of foreign terrorist organisations and a...

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of Palestinian civilians killed as a result of Israeli military action during the period of the most recent peace...

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on any future two-state negotiations of Israel’s recent designation as state land of land at Gvaot outside...

      Nationality: Somalia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 9 July (HL396), whether the new Somali constitution drafted in 2012 is now in force; and, if so,...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance the European Union is providing to the Palestinian Authority to help to remove rubble in Gaza.

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that where buildings are reconstructed in Gaza following Israeli military action they are better protected in the event...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made since the ceasefire of 26 August towards securing full access to Gaza for medical, relief and reconstruction supplies; and...

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) women, and (2) black and minority ethnic people, have been appointed to advertised posts for direct entry to senior ranks of the police service.

      Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the role of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as a World Heritage Site.

      Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the role of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as (1) a scientific centre, and (2) an educational and outreach centre.

      Sanctions: Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Society for Worldwide Financial Telecommunications regarding possible sanctions against Russia.

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Romanians and Bulgarians have sought social security benefits that were inaccessible before 1 January 2014; and how many such nationals are...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that the recommendations of the Oxfam Report From Crisis to Catastrophe, food security in South Sudan, published on 6 October, are...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made in South Sudan to ensure that all parties to the conflict and all armed groups (1) end violence and respect all agreements signed...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they and their allies are taking to protect the Kurds of northern Syria from destruction by terrorist forces; and in particular, what is being...

      Viral Haemorrhagic Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the incidence of exposure to and infection by ebola among women.

      West Africa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an assessment of the impact of cuts in the United Kingdom’s aid to Sierra Leone and Liberia on the healthcare systems of those...

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