Written answers

Thursday, 23 October 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the relationship between additional airport capacity in the South East and the economies of other regions...

    • Emergencies: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the recent National Contingency Plan exercise in Conwy Morfa.

      Large Goods Vehicles: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he plans to make to his EU counterparts about attempts to delay the revised designs of HGVs in the revision of EU Directive 96/53...

      Motorcycles: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward measures to deal with excessive exhaust noise from motorcycles through the MOT test.

      River Thames: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on proposals for new East London river crossings and the effect of such crossings on the Dartford...

      Railways: Woking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to reduce overcrowding on trains from Woking to London Waterloo; and if he will make a statement.

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of new jobs in the rail industry that will be created (a) directly and (b) indirectly as a result...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the £4,408 million allocated to the Highways Agency renewals programme for 2015 to 2020-21 will come out of the budget for (a) strategic...

      M20

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2014 to Question 210740, what estimate the Highways Authority has made of the date at which the surface of the...

      River Thames: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential impact on traffic flows along Thurrock's local road network of option A and option C for the Lower Thames...

      River Thames: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the additional investment which would be required at junction 30 of the M25 for the Lower Thames crossing options A and C.

      River Thames: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the consequences for air quality in Thurrock of options A and C for the Lower Thames crossing.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent changes there have been to fares and rolling stock on the Northern and TransPennine franchises.

  • Home Office

    • Illegal Immigrants: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department has issued as part of Operation Skybreaker on effective engagement with community groups, faith leaders, local...

    • Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money her Department has generated through immigration control in each of the last five years; and what proportion of such money...

      Kidnapping: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have been abducted by a member of their family in the last five years; how many such children were returned to their...

      Kidnapping: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children abducted by a member of their family were taken overseas in the last five years.

      Prisoners: Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are being held in prisons solely under immigration powers.

      Organised Crime: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of whether the UK may be obliged to provide sensitive security or law enforcement information to EU evaluation...

      Passports: Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for passports for those found living illegally in the UK without documentation from (a) India, (b) Bangladesh, (c)...

      Offences Against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2 September 2014 to Question 207065, in which rulings the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) or its predecessor...

      Schengen Agreement: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of whether Framework Decision 2002/465/JHA would permit national legislation that required the relevant...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what allegations of child abuse, including investigations into such allegations, were brought to her Department's attention in 1998 and 1999.

      Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of police staff in each police area in England and Wales have received training in sections 2A and 4A of the Protection from...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any meetings took place in her Department between 1980 and 1985 to discuss the alleged involvement of hon. Members in child abuse;...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether files relating to investigations by her Department of hon. Members and allegations of child abuse between 1980 and 1985 have been...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any files were taken from the journalist Don Hale, editor of the Bury Messenger in the 1980s; who authorised the seizure of such...

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she last met the (a) Chief Constable of Cheshire and (b) the Police and Crime Commissioner to discuss HM Inspector of Constabulary's...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of the detention of Nabeel Rajab in Bahrain.

    • Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has instructed HM Ambassador in Rabat to investigate the matter of the mistreatment of the UK citizen, Joanna Allen.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of the case of Asia Bibi and the death sentence she has received in Pakistan for an alleged...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Pakistan authorities on the case of Asia Bibi.

      Himalayas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guidelines his Department offers to UK nationals who climb and trek in the Himalayas.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will hold discussions with African authorities on ensuring there is no further kidnapping by Boko Haram in Nigeria.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the North Korean Ambassador to the UK on the North Korean government's acceptance of the...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that UK manufacturing products are not used as components in North Korean produced weapons.

      Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons the UK has not applied sanctions to all individuals on the US and UN sanction lists.

  • Attorney General

    • Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Attorney General, how many requests for pre-charge decisions the Crown Prosecution Service received from the police with regard to cases of downloading indecent images of children in...

    • Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent discussions there have been between the Director of Public Prosecutions and the head of the National Crime Agency about the capacity of both agencies to...

      Protection from Harassment Act 1997

      To ask the Attorney General, in respect of how many alleged offences under section 4A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 proceedings are currently active in magistrates' and Crown courts...

      Protection from Harassment Act 1997

      To ask the Attorney General, how many Crown Prosecution lawyers have been trained to deal with offences of stalking under sections 2A and 4A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 in each...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many complaints about the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme his Department has received in each year since the inception...

    • Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many applications to the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme have been (a) submitted, (b) approved and (c) terminated...

      Working Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that companies are held responsible for labour conditions throughout their...

      Internet: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential for online personal information and big data to be used for discriminatory...

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of including the National Health Service in the negative list of...

      Apprentices: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to persuade more businesses to offer apprenticeships to 16 to 18 year olds.

  • Department for International Development

    • South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps are being taken to ensure better capacity building programmes in South Sudan to help address the food crisis in that country.

    • South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will discuss food security, health and nutrition in South Sudan with the government of that country.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Development Tracker; and if she will make a statement.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of her Department's (a) direct and (b) indirect spending on procurement was with companies defined as micro businesses...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department has offered Syrian Kurds in exile in Turkey.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what figures her Department holds on pupil intake changes of schools founded before 2010 ranked by those which have experienced the most rapid growth...

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she expects Ofsted to report on the role of inspection in monitoring specialist education support services for children with special educational...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Driving Instruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what offences were committed by each offender who took car driving lessons or tests while in prisons in 2013.

    • Judicial Review: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has spent on legal fees in unsuccessful attempts to avoid judicial reviews in cases concerning (a) residence tests, (b)...

      Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of time between a crime being committed and the trial being completed was in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date in (i) magistrates'...

      Courts: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many full time equivalent staff (a) in total and (b) by category of staff were employed in (i) magistrates' courts and (ii) Crown courts on 1...

      Prisoners: Self-Harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that staff members in prisons and youth offenders institutions have sufficient information to allow...

      Domestic Violence: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful applications for legal aid have been made by victims of domestic violence in each of the last 10 years.

      Secure Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2014 to Question 210593, by what date his Department plans to finalise the criteria for awarding the operational...

      Judges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Crown court trials have been adjourned due to no judge being available in each of the last five years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) highest and (b) lowest full-time equivalent salary paid by (i) his Department and (ii) its public bodies was in (A) 2010-11, (B) 2011-12,...

    • Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's communication to industry of its future requirements.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports he has received that holes in the rear section of Typhoon aircraft were not de-burred properly; what assessment he has made on the effect...

      Navy: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what companies bid for a proportion of the Maritime Support and Delivery Framework.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government has planned for incidents of Ebola infection amongst the 750 troops to be deployed in Sierra Leone.

      Minesweepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the crew complement by (a) rank and (b) specialisation is of Sandown class minehunters.

      Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the crew complement by (a) rank and (b) specialisation is of River class patrol vessels.

      Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the crew complement by (a) rank and (b) specialisation is of Archer class patrol vessels.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the crew complement by (a) rank and (b) specialisation is of (i) HMS Echo, (ii) HMS Enterprise, (iii) HMS Scott, (iv) HMSML Gleaner, (v) HMS...

      Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the crew complement by (a) rank and (b) specialisation is of Scimitar class patrol vessels.

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the crew complement by (a) rank and (b) specialisation is of Astute class submarines.

      Trafalgar Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the crew complement by (a) rank and (b) specialisation is of Trafalgar class submarines.

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the crew complement by (a) rank and (b) specialisation is of Vanguard class submarines.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's civilian manpower (a) establishment and (b) current strength is, broken down by top-level budget holder.

      DMRC Headley Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on the future of Headley Court after 2018.

      Sentinel Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department intends to sign the contract for the upgrade of the maritime-capable software on Sentinel aircraft.

      Sentinel Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department intends to sign the contract for the installation of a DMR radar onto the Sentinel aircraft.

      DMRC Headley Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many jobs he forecasts will be affected by the closure of Headley Court Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has had with the government of Colombia on Colombian internal security in the last 12 months.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have received compensation payments from his Department for delays to assessment and decisions for personal independence...

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether an impact assessment was carried out before contributions-based employment and support allowance claims were time limited.

      Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information will be published by his Department on take-up of the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment scheme; and at what frequency such data...

      Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims made under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment scheme have been (a) submitted, (b) accepted, (c) concluded, (d) remain...

      Housing Benefit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much discretionary housing payment award he plans to give to each local authority in Scotland in 2014-15.

      Housing Benefit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much discretionary housing payment award was made to each local authority in Scotland in 2013-14.

      Personal Independence Payment: Haemophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) haemophiliacs, (b) haemophiliacs with hepatitis C, (c) haemophiliacs with HIV and (d) haemophiliacs with both HIV and hepatitis C...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Haemophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) haemophiliacs, (b) haemophiliacs with hepatitis C, (c) haemophiliacs with HIV and (d) haemophiliacs with both HIV and hepatitis C...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2014 to Question 209722, how many work programme participants he expects to be surveyed in the evaluation...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Motherwell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Motherwell and Wishaw constituency have been in receipt of employment and support allowance payments for more than one year.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants rejected for eligibility for employment and support allowance and who were declared fit for work by a private assessment...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the level of funding needs for marine protected areas (MPAs) in British waters in respect of...

    • Special Areas of Conservation: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects the condition report on the Plymouth Sound Special Area of Conversation to be completed; and what guidance...

      Weed Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of Schedule 9 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 in controlling the...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the pilot badger culls in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) Somerset have been evaluated as being safe, humane and effective.

      Housing Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking with water companies to produce cost guidelines for those involved in the process of...

      Poultry: Eggs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on Crown Chicken Ltd's...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how long after the start of the badger culls in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) Somerset cage trapping was adopted as a method...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many badgers had been shot in the (a) Gloucestershire pilot area and (b) Somerset pilot area by the end of the licensed...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she expects an extension to the period within which year two of the pilot badger culls in (a) Gloucestershire and...

      Biofuels: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 May 2014, if she will make an estimate of social costs caused by (a) large particulates (PM10),...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of restricting farm subsidy payments for land fitted with solar panels through...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the conclusions of the recent report by the NFU, National Solar Centre and Solar Trade...

      Rhinoceros: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will hold discussions at an international level on urgent action to prevent the extinction of northern white rhinos.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which bids in each region have been (a) accepted and (b) rejected under the European Regional Development Fund since May 2010.

    • New Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many expressions of interest were (a) received and (b) considered by his Department in response to the locally-led Garden...

      Vacant Land: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many planning applications to develop urban green space have been approved in each of the last five years.

      Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment his Department has made of the suitability of local commissioning for specialist domestic violence refuges.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what criteria his Department used to calculate recent changes in funding levels for local authorities.

      Planning Permission: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if his Department will consult with Natural England on plans set out in the Birmingham City Council Development Plan and in...

  • HM Treasury

    • Torbay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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 each such visit...

    • Construction: Industry

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to help businesses in the construction sector outside London.

      Income Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people in employment in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16 who will not earn enough to pay any income tax in...

      Financial Services: Islam

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to extend Sharia financing within the UK banking system.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the investigation by HM Revenue and Customs against the five firms named and shamed for breach of the National Minimum Wage by the Department for...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many wind turbines were erected in each of the last five years; and how many of those turbines have had to be repaired.

    • Biofuels: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information his Department holds on investments by British companies (a) handling facilities for imports of biomass destined for...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to his Department’s bioenergy emissions calculator, what progress his Department has made on ensuring that (a)...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, which bioenergy installations (a) have and (b) have not achieved greenhouse gas savings of at least 70 per cent compared to the fossil...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Business: South East

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many small and medium-sized enterprises have premises in (a) Woking constituency, (b) Surrey and (c) the South East.

    • Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his policy is on mutualising Jobcentre Plus.

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which social enterprise incubators outside London his Department supports.

      Hereditary Diseases

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many infant deaths were caused by MCAD deficiency in (a) East Lancashire, (b) the North West and (c) England in each of the last three years.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many meetings his Department has had with football supporters' groups or organisations since July 2011; and if he will make a statement.

    • Football Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many meetings his Department has had with the Football Association since July 2011; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department of Health

    • Immigration Controls: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions officials in his Department have had with their counterparts in the Home Department about steps to identify and segregate travellers...

    • Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spends on (a) bariatric surgery for obesity and (b) lifestyle intervention programmes.

      Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to commission a prevalence study of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder and foetal alcohol syndrome in England.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the final independent market survey on compliance with the Government's Responsibility Deal pledge on alcohol labelling to be published.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the National Peer Review Programme for Cancer has been suspended.

      Dementia: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Ashfield constituency have been diagnosed with dementia in each of the last 10 years.

      Obesity: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) men and (b) women in Ashfield constituency were classed as (i) overweight and (ii) obese in each of the last 10 years.

      Obesity: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children in Ashfield constituency were classed as (a) overweight and (b) obese in each of the last 10 years.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps his Department has taken to support people living with dementia in the (a) community and (b) care system.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost would be of awarding all NHS staff the annual increment plus a one per cent pay rise; and what the actual cost is of the Government's...

      Older People: Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to tackle loneliness in elderly people and the adverse health effects of chronic isolation.

      Older People: Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had on tackling loneliness and social isolation in elderly people with (i) charities, (ii)...

      Pregnancy: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women experiencing perinatal mental illness have been accommodated on adult psychiatric wards in each of the last four years.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people in England who received NHS continuing healthcare through the fast-track route in (a) 2012...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will commission a review of the innovation, evaluation and adoption of new medicines in the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department will publish a response to the consultation Updating our care and support system: draft regulations and guidance, published on 6 June...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for treatment by adult mental health services for people who have suffered sexual abuse.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much non-NHS providers of NHS funded services have paid to the Treasury towards the cost of the previous training of clinical staff whom they employ...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his future policy towards the National Cancer Peer Review programme is.

      General Dental Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations his Department has received on the General Dental Council's annual retention fee.

      Hearing Impairment: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken in respect of paediatric audiology services which do not meet the standards set out in the quality assurance newborn hearing...

      Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spent on medicines for hepatitis C treatment in each of the last three financial years.

      Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with (a) Public Health England and (b) NHS England on the development of a liver strategy or...

      Pregnancy: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women in the perinatal period have (a) attempted suicide and (b) taken their own lives in each of the last four years.

      Dialysis Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons his Department has proposed a reduction in tariffs for kidney dialysis.

      Fibromyalgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve support for people with fibromyalgia; and what plans he has to educate the public about that condition.

      Hearing Impairment: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking in respect of audiology services that have not been accredited to provide paediatric audiology services under the...

  • House of Lords

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Access to Work advisers have received (1) awareness training in the implications for a particular disability, and (2) training to enable them to...

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are currently engaging in dialogue with organisations, employers and individuals to guarantee best practice throughout the Access to Work scheme. To...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government where rice supplied by the Department for International Development for internally displaced people in Kachin State, Burma, is purchased; and which companies...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which states and regions of Burma the Myanmar Education Consortium will operate.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the emergency component of the Myanmar Education Initiative will reach internally displaced children in areas under the control of the Kachin...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 26 September (HL1855), whether they will list those Members of the House who have benefited from their...

      Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to enable schools to determine their own curriculum.

      Directors: Equal Opportunities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with achieving diversity on corporate boards; and what percentages of (1) women, (2) disabled people, and (3) black and minority...

      Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether sufficient attention is being paid to enhancing the skills of students over the age of 16 in English and maths for...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the outcomes of the round-table discussions convened by Ofgem over the summer with suppliers, consumer representatives, parliamentarians and the...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had through the chargé d’affaires of the recently reopened Iranian embassy regarding the imprisonment of Pastor Behnam...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions the Prime Minister had with President Rouhani regarding freedom of religion and belief in Iran during their meeting at the United Nations...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of a report by Human Rights Watch that Islamic State is detaining Yezidi men, women and children from Iraq in Iraq and Syria;...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any extreme flight safety hazards from the F35B making shipborne rolling vertical landings on Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers by...

      Lebanon

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are making representations to the government of Lebanon about the death of Ahmad Dorra, a Syrian refugee, following his detention by the...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the last ministerial visit to Libya took place; and what plans they have for future visits.

      North Africa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will help to set up systems, for example using satellites or drones, in order to prevent migrants attempting to cross the Sahara from dying from...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about (1) the demolition of homes in the E–1 area and the bulldozing of walls,...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much financial assistance they pledged at the recent Cairo conference to the rebuilding of Gaza; whether such resources will be passed to the Palestinian...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contact they have had with the government of Israel about ensuring the smooth flow of rebuilding materials into Gaza; and what assurances they have been...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role of Hamas representatives in decision-making by the Palestinian Authority on the use of rebuilding materials in Gaza.

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with any European Union partners on the development of (1) an international port, and (2) an international airport, in Gaza;...

      Unemployed People: Travel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial assistance is given to help young people on benefits with the travel costs associated with attending job interviews.

      Young Offenders: Restraint Techniques

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the techniques described in section 6 of volume 5 of the Minimising and Managing Physical Restraint training manual, dealing with the restraint of...

      Young Offenders: Restraint Techniques

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of staff authorised to use the minimising and managing physical restraint system have been trained in managing medical emergencies which...

      Young Offenders: Restraint Techniques

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have obtained legal advice about whether the use of pain induction techniques in the minimising and managing physical restraint system is...

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