Written answers

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to appoint the High Speed 2 Residents Commissioner; where that Commissioner will be based; to whom that Commissioner will be...

    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to publish the conclusions of its review of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's survey and inspection capability.

      Shipping: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many ships the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has detained following an inspection conducted in line with the MCA's port state control...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Exceptional Hardship Scheme applications in each parliamentary constituency (a) were approved, (b) were rejected and (c) are still under...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes in (a) Bethnal Green and Bow constituency, (b) the borough of Tower Hamlets, (c) London and (d) England failed...

    • Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent representations he has received on recording of council meetings in public.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Palestinian Authority about reconstruction in Gaza.

    • Arctic Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many officials there were in the UK delegation to the 2013 Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Kiruna, Sweden; and what...

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the authorities in South Sudan over the need for the NGO Bill in that country to ensure...

      Armed Conflict: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking with African Union governments to end the recruitment of children into the national armed forces of...

      US National Security Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the US has (a) sought permission from and (b) been granted permission by the UK for the National Security Agency to...

      North Korea: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of bilateral co-operation between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Islamic...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will support proposals in the EU to impose sanctions on the Israeli government if it goes ahead with tenders and...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will support proposals in the EU to apply sanctions on the Israeli government if it goes ahead with plans to relocate...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates about the progress made by the international...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Sri Lanka on the decision of the Sri Lankan Court of Appeals to halt the...

      Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK applies any form of status to detainees held outside the UK which place the detainee outside the scope of (a)...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will support proposals in the EU to take action against the Israeli government if it continues to expand the settlement...

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the volume of oil being sold from oilfields controlled by ISIL; and to whom such sales are...

      Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of anti-semitism in Europe; what recent discussions he has had on...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the progress of efforts to form an inclusive government in Iraq; and if he will make a...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of progress made by the international effort to support the reconstruction of areas damaged by...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Bahrain on its human rights record.

      Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take to encourage the authorities in Malaysia to prosecute effectively violations of fundamental...

      Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness and outcomes of the Building Stability Overseas Strategy.

      Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on the future of the Building Stability Overseas Strategy; and...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent on security and hostile environment training in each year since 2010.

      Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on (a) the transportation of detainees held by another state through UK territory, including UK...

      Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Malaysia on the trial of the leader of the opposition in that country, Anwar...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Torbay

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

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress she has made on cross-party talks in Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland Assembly: Speaker

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with (a) the Northern Ireland Assembly and (b) the Northern Ireland Executive on ways of ending the impasse on the...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Trade Fairs: Farnborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the net benefit to the UK export sector as a result of the recent Farnborough Airshow.

    • New Businesses: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many start-up loans have been granted to businesses in (a) Pendle constituency and (b) Lancashire to date.

      Tata Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Urgent Question on 16 October 2014, Official Report, column 445, on Tata Steel, what meetings and discussions...

      Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he next plans to visit local businesses in Bassetlaw.

      Scottish Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions he has held with stakeholders on the nature of the warranties sold by Scottish Power to its customers in...

  • Department for International Development

    • Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many (a) open and (b) closed cases are listed on her Department's fraud register; and to which countries each such case relates.

    • Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department spent on language training in each year since 2010.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department spent on security and hostile environment training in each year since 2010.

      Developing Countries: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the value of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership as a mechanism for...

      Developing Countries: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the UK has taken as Chair of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) General Assembly to...

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government has taken to promote strengthening of the health systems in those countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak.

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will support the inclusion of a reference to universal health coverage in the Health Goal in the Sustainable Development Goals.

      Developing Countries: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the value of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership as a mechanism for...

  • Department for Education

    • Further Education: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of students who completed further education in (a) Pendle, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West went on to (i) university, (ii) a...

    • Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, in light of the announcement that a new set of standards is to be established for teaching assistants in England, what discussions she has had with...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many new school applications have been processed by regional school commissioners; how many such applications were (a) approved and (b) refused;...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans his Department has to develop programmes for perpetrators of stalking (a) in the community and (b) in custody.

    • Stalking

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

      Internet: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with social media companies about bringing forward legislative proposals to tackle internet trolling.

      Prisons: Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to increase gang-related intelligence for prison officers prior to prisoner arrivals in order to prevent mixed gang wings.

      Prisons: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many control and restraint techniques have been used in prisons in each year since 2004.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to improve first night accommodation for prisoners in prisons.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to answer Question 202782, on prisoner escapes, tabled on 26 June 2014 for answer on 30 June 2014.

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the longest time is that any prisoner has been on the run in the last 30 years; for what offence that prisoner was sentenced; what the length of...

  • Prime Minister

    • Big Society Network

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether he or his advisers approached (a) NESTA and (b) Big Lottery Fund to request them to fund the Big Society Network or the Society Network Foundation.

    • Big Society Network

      To ask the Prime Minister, how many discussions he and his advisers had with (a) NESTA and (b) the Big Lottery Fund prior to those organisations awarding funds to the Big Society Network.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Qatar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what UK armed forces assets and personnel are currently based at al-Udeid.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any British nationals have been killed in airstrikes in his Department's operations in Iraq.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to close the Army Recruitment Centre, Rhyl; and what assessment he has made of the potential effect of that closure on opportunities for...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to link an increase of the earnings threshold for carer's allowance to the rise in the National Minimum Wage.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on short term benefit advances for claimants of universal credit in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 to date.

      Employment and Support Allowance: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people currently in receipt of employment and support allowance (ESA) in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley local authority...

      Jobseeker's Allowance Sanctions Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons the terms of reference for Matthew Oakley's review of jobseeker's allowance sanctions omitted sanctions for employment and...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of jobseeker's allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK who have...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claiming universal credit have accessed short term benefit advances to date.

      Employment and Support Allowance: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley local authority area and (c) South Yorkshire are waiting for an employment and...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employment and support allowance claimants in (a) the support group, (b) the work-related activity group and (c) overall in Barnsley...

      Social Security Benefits: Automated Credit Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on bank transfer transactions for each type of benefit and pension payment in the last financial year; and what...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training is required before a disability living allowance decision-maker can take up the role.

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff in his Department (a) are on a personal improvement plan, (b) have been on a personal improvement plan for over one year and...

      Social Security Benefits: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many veterans have claimed benefits in each year since 2010.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many local authorities in (a) Wales and (b) the UK returned unused discretionary housing payment to his Department in 2013-14.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much each local authority in (a) Wales and (b) the UK returned to his Department in unused discretionary housing payment funding in 2013-14.

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what payments were made in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14 in compensation for delays to claimants arising from the Atos assessment process (a)...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the support available for people with progressive conditions; and to what extent the assessment...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training his Department makes available to staff who assess people with progressive health conditions for employment and support...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2014 to Question 210464, what metrics are used to track and manage timeliness of payments within the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of universal credit access to childcare accounts equivalent to those proposed in the...

      Employment: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Mid-life Career Review Project.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to reduce delays in benefit payments; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Livestock: Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to prevent the overuse of antibiotics on farm animals.

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the comparability of the data used to assess the effectiveness from year 1 and year 2 of the...

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what account her Department's calculations of badgers per sett as a means of estimating badger populations took of (a) the...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to her Department's publication Setting the minimum and maximum numbers for year 2 of the badger culls,...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to her Department's publication Setting the minimum and maximum numbers for year 2 of the badger culls,...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many flights into private airfields were unchecked by immigration officers in each year since 2010.

    • Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign national offenders recommended by the courts for deportation in each of the last 10 years have not been deported; in which...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will arrange for the hon. Member for Walsall North to receive a reply to her letter to the Director General, UK Visas and Immigration...

      Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of online child abuse were referred from the National Crime Agency to individual police forces in each of the last four...

      Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times the National Crime Agency has made a request to internet services providers to link an identified IP address with a name and...

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to set a maximum time for which a person can be on police bail following arrest and prior to any charge.

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate she has made of the number of people in England and Wales who are on police bail but have not been charged.

      Police: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the change in the number of front-line police jobs in Wales since May 2010.

      Meat: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to prevent the illegal importation of bushmeat into the UK.

      Parliament Square: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received on the police response to the demonstration in Parliament Square on 21 October 2014; and if she will...

      Food: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department issues to the police on co-operation with the Food Standards Agency and the new Food Crime Unit; and if she...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason her Department has reclassified fraud as a notifiable recorded offence.

      Offences against Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on the future of the Childbase database of known online child abuse; how she envisages this database interacting with the...

      Offences against Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has spent on commissioning the Child Abuse Image Database; whether this database will include all image-data known...

      Law and Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the use of predictive analytics as a law enforcement tool.

  • HM Treasury

    • Rent a Room Scheme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the annual cost of providing the rent-a-room tax scheme if the threshold were raised (a) in line with rental inflation since 1997-98 and...

    • New Businesses: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will assess the potential effect of giving part-time entrepreneurs a fixed definition in the Tax Code.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has approved (a) the strategic outline business case and (b) the full business case for universal credit.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what forecast he has made of (a) the number of smart meters installed and (b) the cost on the consumer bill of the installation of...

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the total subsidy was to (a) power generation by biomass and (b) domestic combustion of biomass in the UK in the last three years...

      Nuclear Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the economic viability of small nuclear reactors.

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many staff in his Department are responsible for mentoring staff on personal improvement plans.

      Job Evaluation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the procedure is in his Department for assessing grade boundaries and job roles; and how often such assessments take place.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many private finance initiative projects his Department contracted for in each year from 1997 to 2010.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will take steps to ensure that statements by his Department on energy efficiency are made when the House is in session.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress his Department has made in tackling copycat websites which charge extra for government services.

    • Lord Wei

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials in his Department were assigned to work with Lord Wei when he was a government adviser.

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful registrations of identity there have been through the Gov.uk Verify programme.

      Asthma

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people (a) under and (b) over the age of 18 died as a result of asthma in each of the last five years.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have died as a result of (a) malignant melanoma and (b) other forms of skin cancer in England and Wales in the last five years.

      Cancer: Hampshire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what mortality rate from cancer was in (a) Fareham constituency and (b) Hampshire in each of the last 10 years.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Gambling Commission on financial transaction and IP blocking; and if he will make a statement.

    • Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress he has made on introducing a one stop shop for problem gamblers; and if he will make a statement.

      Gambling: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will review the regulations related to pre-watershed television advertising relating to gambling; and if he will make a statement.

      Tourism: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with Ministers of other departments on changing the level of VAT for the tourism and hospitality...

      Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many times he or officials in his Department have met the European Commission to discuss the introduction of a horse racing betting...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to introduce a £50 limit on fixed odds betting terminals; and if he will make a statement.

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects the Natcen research into the relationship between fixed odds betting terminals and problem gambling to be published;...

      Internet: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the timetable is for the extension of high-speed internet to the South Wales Valleys.

      Rugby Football Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding the Rugby Football Union received from (a) his Department and (b) its subsidiary bodies in each year since 2010; and...

      Tourism: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of deregulating school holidays on (a) tourism jobs in seaside areas...

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many responses his Department's press office has made to enquiries from student journalists in the last year.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the speed of the delivery of superfast broadband to rural areas.

  • Department of Health

    • Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answers of 30 March 2011, Official Report, column 399W, to the hon. Member for Colne Valley, and of 28 March 2011, Official Report,...

    • Motor Neurone Disease: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the availability of augmentative and alternative communication aids for sufferers of motor neurone disease...

      Dementia: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Pendle constituency have been diagnosed with dementia in each year since 2006-07.

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the NHS improves the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer.

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the NHS is meeting the communication needs of people with motor neurone disease.

      Obesity: Pendle

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

      Obesity: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children in Pendle constituency were classified as (a) overweight and (b) obese in each year since 2006-07.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2014 to Question 209199, what research his Department has (a) conducted and (b) considered on (i) the effect of...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the letter dated 7 March 2014 from the Minister for Public Health to the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull North (reference POC4...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that people with dementia receive an early diagnosis.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects his Department to publish its Action Plan on Hearing Loss.

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what clinical guidance local commissioners are expected to consider when making decisions about commissioning of hearing aids for mild to moderate...

      NHS: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on agency and locum staff in the NHS (a) in total, (b) for each job type and (c) in each year since May 2010.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many meetings officials of his Department have had with officials of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the naming and shaming of...

      Dietary Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations the Government has made to the European Commission on the future regulation of health food supplements.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of mandatory labelling on all alcoholic products on the incidence of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders; and if...

      Hospitals: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS hospital pharmacies there are.

      Cord Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions his Department has had with NHS Trusts on (a) increasing the number of hospitals that are able to collect umbilical cord blood...

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much from the public purse has been spent on research into motor neurone disease in each of the last five years.

      Asthma: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on the prescription of asthma drugs in the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of treating asthma in each of the last five years.

      Pregnancy: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2014 to Question 211152, which terms used to describe mental health conditions experienced by women during pregnancy...

      Pregnancy: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2014 to Question 211354, which official at NHS England has the lead responsibility for perinatal mental health services.

      Health: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the emphasis placed on tackling and preventing lifestyle-related diseases in the NHS Five Year Forward View, published in October 2014,...

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his contribution of 13 October 2014, Official Report, column 30, on bed capacity for dealing with potential Ebola patients, how many...

      Cervical Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the retention of cervical cancer indicators in the Quality and Outcomes Framework.

      Hospitals: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health has visited (a) Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, (b) Royal Brompton...

      Ipswich Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health has visited Ipswich Hospital in his ministerial capacity.

  • House of Lords

    • Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) 16 year-olds, (2) 17 year-olds, and (3) 18 year-olds started apprenticeships in the academic years 2012–13 and 2013–14 in England.

    • China

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any discussions have been held with the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China concerning the findings of the United Nations Commission...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have raised concerns with the People’s Republic of China concerning its compliance in the treatment of North Korean refugees within...

      Coalition Governments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 23 June (HL244), whether they will now set a definite date for the release of their written...

      Disabled Students’ Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of reforms of the disabled student allowance, there is a clear guide to the duties of higher education sectors towards disabled students.

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any provision comparable to that made by the United States towards the creation and retention of a service dedicated to cyber warfare...

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have undertaken an impact assessment of the potential impacts on the National Health Service of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment...

      General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many general practitioner practices in England have closed since June 2010; and how many have opened since January 2013.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns (HL1709), how many incursions by Spanish state vessels into British Gibraltar Territorial...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the latest Times Guide to Universities ranking all United Kingdom universities in terms of performance, what plans they have to cut or reduce...

      Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the findings of the recent research by Crisis into the treatment of single homeless people by local authorities in England.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 22 July 2008 (HL4926 and HL4927) and by Earl Howe on 9 July 2012 (HL1211), of how many cycles the...

      India

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Foreign and Commonwealth Office-sponsored officials from the Indian Prison Service were charged for a visit to HMP Grendon; and if so, how much, and...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to government of Israel concerning the banning of non-governmental organisations such as Amnesty International from...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect spending pre-emptions by NHS England have had on the ability of NHS England to ensure parity of esteem as required by the Health and Social Care...

      Morocco

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent representations they have made to the government of Morocco about its treatment of homosexual men and women.

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement by Mr Marzuki Darusman, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, that the United...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that the recommendations accepted by North Korea in the first cycle of the Universal Periodic Review have been...

      North Sea Oil

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total revenue they have received from the extraction and exploration of North Sea oil.

      Orthopaedics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in how many Clinical Commissioning Groups rates of (1) major, and (2) minor, amputations are more than 33 per cent above the national average; and how the...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the assassination of the Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan, and in particular, the recent assassination of Latif Aalam Butt.

      Pensions: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether and how the new Freedom and Choice for Pensioners arrangements will apply to Northern Ireland; and whether they have discussed the matter of a...

      Prisoners’ Transfers: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prison transfer applications from Great Britain to Northern Ireland have been (1) sent, (2) approved, and (3) rejected, in the past 12 months.

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of how many individuals in defined contribution funded public sector pension schemes will withdraw their entire accrued...

      Public Statues: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the area of London for which the Secretary of State is currently responsible under the Public Statues (Metropolis) Act 1854 for giving consent for...

      Public Statues: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Culture, Media and Sport holds an archive and register (including plans, drawings etc.) relating to consent given by the Secretary...

      Regional Schools Commissioners: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was their reason for dividing responsibility for London between three regional school commissioners.

      Regional Schools Commissioners: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the recommendation of the London Assembly Education Panel, in its report London learners, London lives published on 16...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to work with Syria’s religious communities, including the smallest minority communities and their political and civic...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to ensure that any assistance provided to opposition groups in Syria does not either directly or indirectly support any...

      Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their decision not to contest the judicial review of the decision to cease funding for Local Welfare Assistance, whether they will reinstate...

      Work Experience

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent proposal by the Child Poverty and Social Justice Commission that unpaid internships should be illegal.

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