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Written answers

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • Motorcycles: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of injuries to motorcyclists caused by wire rope barriers in the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

    • A334: Eastleigh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide funding for the Botley bypass on the A334.

      Public Transport: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that public transport ticket price increases are kept to a minimum.

      Government Car Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2014 to Question 211251, which reviews (a) have been completed and (b) have yet to be completed by his Department...

  • Home Office

    • Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she met the Mayor of Calais during her visit to Westminster on 28 October 2014.

    • Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has spent on translation of non-European languages since January 2011.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will undertake a public inquiry into the response of state agencies to victims of domestic violence.

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to page 5 of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority Annual Report and Accounts 2013-14, how the figure of £30 million,...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many contracts signed by her Department with suppliers of services or consultants include a clause providing that if the contract is...

      Gangmasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many gangmasters have been prosecuted for offences created by the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004 in 2014 to date; and what the results...

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what total amount her Department spent on ministerial travel by (a) the Government Car and Despatch Agency and (b) other car hire in (i)...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how often her Department reviews its processes regarding the logging of emails, letters and other correspondence received; and if she will...

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many buildings her Department sold in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • UN Human Rights Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that religious persecution is on the agenda for the next session of the Human Rights Council.

    • Tunisia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government is providing to the Tunisian government to encourage continued progress towards stability and...

      Qatar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Qatar on human rights abuses in that country.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to review its consular and embassy arrangements in Libya.

      Tunisia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the Tunisian election results on the prosperity and security of that...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of reports of bomb attacks against Fatah officials in the Gaza strip.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on attacks by the Israeli Ground Force and Navy on farmers and fishermen in Gaza in October 2014;...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government is making to the Burmese government on ensuring that elections in that country in 2015 are...

      Tunisia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the UK Government is providing to the Tunisian government in advance of the presidential elections in that country...

      Egypt

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

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made on the decision by Egypt to suspend talks between Israel and the Palestinians in Cairo.

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Egyptian authorities' efforts to tackle terrorist activity in the Sinai...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likelihood of the deadline for a comprehensive Iranian nuclear deal being met.

      UN Convention on the Law of the Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the US administration with a view to encouraging that country to ratify the UN...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many contracts signed by his Department with suppliers of services or consultants include a clause providing that if the...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on IDF incursions into the West Bank and East Jerusalem and violence by settlers; and what...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise with his Israeli counterpart the death of Bahaa Samir Badir in Beit Liqiya on 16 October 2014.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how often his Department reviews its processes regarding the logging of emails, letters and other correspondence received; and...

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what total amount his Department spent on ministerial travel by (a) the Government Car and Despatch Agency and (b) other car...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he takes to emphasise the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iran during discussions with...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on tackling the persecution of Christians in the Middle East; and if he will make a statement.

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) technical and (b) financial assistance the UK plans to provide to the Central African Republic for disarmament,...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on Behnam Irani.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on Abdolreza Ali Haghnejad and Silas Rabbani, sentenced to...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on Farshid Fathi, Homayoun Shokouhi, Alireza Seyyedian and...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on (a) Vahid Hakkani, (b) Mojtaba Seyyed Alaedin Hossein and...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on 6 November...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the issues of human rights and religious liberty in Iran were raised by Ministers and officials of his Department in...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Nigerian government on reports of homophobic vigilantism in Kebbi State.

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department provides to ensure Hamas does not acquire construction materials for terror purposes.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many buildings his Department sold in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how often her Department reviews its processes regarding the logging of emails, letters and other correspondence received; and if she will make...

  • Attorney General

    • Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps he has taken to ensure that the Serious Fraud Office is perceived as a fully independent body in investigations of foreign bribery cases.

    • Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Attorney General, if the Crown Prosecution Service will take steps to ensure that all assaults against prison officers are prosecuted.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he intends to publish for consultation the draft Statutory Instruments for the implementation of section 74 of the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Green Climate Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department's budget plans include provisions for the UK's contribution to the Green Climate Fund.

  • Department for Education

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many buildings her Department sold in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014.

    • Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what total amount her Department spent on ministerial travel by (a) the Government Car and Despatch Agency and (b) other car hire in (i) 2007-08, (ii)...

      Schools: Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in England have a specifically designated library for use by pupils as a proportion of the total number...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how often her Department reviews its processes regarding the logging of emails, letters and other correspondence received; and if she will make a...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Drake Hall Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many packages of books delivered to HM Prison Drake Hall were found to contain drugs in each of the last five years.

    • Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officer grade staff were employed in each private sector prison in (a) March and (b) June 2014.

      Prisons: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of incidents of bullying in adult prisons in each year since May 2010.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national prisoners are serving sentences in prisons for offences committed outside the UK.

      Wills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to encourage more people to make a will.

      Brixton Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners held in HMP Brixton for what offences were (a) over 70, (b) in a wheelchair, (c) using a walking frame and (d) recorded as having...

      Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Witness Care staff were employed at each Crown court in England and Wales in each year since 2010.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many freedom of information requests received by his Department were (a) responded and (b) not responded to within the statutory period in each year...

      Courts: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of confiscation of (a) knives, (b) firearms and (c) other weapons in (i) magistrates and (ii) Crown courts there were in each year...

      Prisons: Ministers of Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison chaplains there are of each faith.

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many officials in his Department of what (a) gender, (b) ethnicity and (c) age received the Civil Service Employment Policy Performance Management...

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many successful prosecutions there have been for the illicit sale of tobacco in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the current national population is of (a) HM prisons and (b) privately-run prisons.

      Private Finance Initiative

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

      Prisons: Wrexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what financial penalties would be incurred by the cancellation of the contract with Lend Lease for the construction of HM Prison Wrexham.

      Grandparents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to create a statutory right for grandparents to have access to their grandchildren in the case of family...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been under section 71 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 in each of the last five years; and...

      Torbay

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

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many referrals have been made to Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements Approved Hostels and Interventions, including Programmes in each month...

      Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases (a) magistrates' courts and (b) the Crown courts received in each year since 2010.

      Prisons: Ministers of Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison service investigations there were into prison imams in each year since 2010; and what were the reasons for those investigations and the...

      Criminal Proceedings: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times officials conducting his Department's review of veterans in the criminal justice system have formally consulted the review's Advisory...

      Crime: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convictions there were for offences under wildlife protection legislation in (a) Bury St Edmunds constituency, (b) Suffolk and (c) England and...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been claimed in reimbursable expenses by special advisers in his Department in each year since 2010.

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the need to provide access to his Department's services in Welsh.

      Magistrates' Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the change in the number of people employed at magistrates' courts has been in each year since 2010.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many detached duty staff were working in each prison in each month since June 2014.

      Courts: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2014 to Question 209523, when he plans to write to the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South with the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of enabling all armed forces' widows to retain their pension in the event of later cohabiting or remarrying.

    • Veterans: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of veterans who have left the armed forces with visual impairment injuries in each of the last 10 years.

      Radar: Hebrides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what area of (a) sea and (b) land in square miles is covered by the defence radars on Uist.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the remaining UK Reapers in Afghanistan will be redeployed to support the coalition mission against the Islamic State of Iraq and ISIL.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department is continuing to implement a zero casualty policy in support of the airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and ISIL.

      Fire Services: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received on the retirement age of his Department's firefighters; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many missions the RAF has flown in 2014 to date in Iraq.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many F-35 Lightning II aircraft are intended to operate on each of the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is on basing (a) UK Reapers and (b) other remotely piloted aircraft on the Queen Elizabeth-class carriers.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many buildings his Department sold in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many contracts signed by his Department with suppliers of services or consultants include a clause providing that if the contract is abrogated by...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2014 to Quesiton 211231, how many applications received under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payments scheme...

    • Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with disabilities have moved home since becoming subject to the under-occupancy penalty; and what proportion such people are...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many contracts signed by his Department with suppliers of services or consultants include a clause providing that if the contract is...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many Instant Rewards of what value were given to his Department's officials in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date.

    • Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many hon. Members have written to him to express concerns about the future funding of local welfare assistance schemes.

      Devolution: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with the Mayor of London and members of the Greater London Assembly on the devolution of his...

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many buildings owned by his Department have been sold in each year since 2010.

      Piers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many pier companies created by local acts of parliament in the 19th century are still in existence.

      Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of building regulations and planning controls to regulate the construction of...

      Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to encourage more people to stand as councillors.

  • Scotland Office

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many contracts signed by his Department with suppliers of services or consultants include a clause providing that if the contract is abrogated by...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how often his Department reviews its processes regarding the logging of emails, letters and other correspondence received; and if he will make a statement.

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what total amount his Department spent on ministerial travel by (a) the Government Car and Despatch Agency and (b) other car hire in (i) 2007-08, (ii)...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether (a) all staff in his Department's offices in London and Edinburgh and (b) contractors who provide services in his Departments properties are...

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many buildings his Department sold in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014.

  • HM Treasury

    • Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he last met the National Association of Estate Agents and similar groups to discuss the effect of stamp duty land tax on the housing market; and for...

    • Bank Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent on bank transfer transactions for tax credits and tax refunds in the last financial year.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how revenue raised by the Climate Change Levy was spent in the last year.

      Public Sector: Employment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of reductions in public sector spending on (a) employment rates and (b) household spending power in areas of the...

      Burges Salmon Solicitors

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the 2009 inquiry by the Financial Services Authority into Burges Salmon.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what total amount his Department spent on ministerial travel by (a) the Government Car and Despatch Agency and (b) other car hire in...

    • Energy: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of changes in competitiveness in the gas and electricity market for consumers in (a) Pendle constituency,...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Procurement: EU Law

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will implement those parts of the 2014 EU Procurement Directives that would introduce reserved contracts for mutuals.

    • Health

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what role the new Chief Executive of the Civil Service will have in advising the Government on public health policy.

      Government Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which department has oversight of the cumulative effects of closures and relocations of departmental premises on local economies; and what assessment...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Mobile Phones: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to his Department's announcement of 3 December 2013, on putting an end to shock mobile telephone bills, what progress...

    • Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department has taken to implement the conclusions and recommendations of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee's...

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations his Department has received on extending the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red poppy installation at the Tower of...

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to disseminate information on the Royal British Legion Every Man Remembered database and encourage further...

      Direct Mail: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to tackle the sending of unsolicited SMS messages which seek to advance illegal money-making scams; and if he...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how often his Department reviews its processes regarding the logging of emails, letters and other correspondence received; and if he...

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what total amount his Department spent on ministerial travel by (a) the Government Car and Despatch Agency and (b) other car hire in...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, how many staff employed in the House of Commons Service on 1 January 2014 earned as...

  • Department of Health

    • Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patient safety alerts have occurred in each month since May 2010.

    • Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients who were discharged from acute mental health services received a seven-day follow-up in each of the last three years.

      Pregnancy: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when NHS England plans to introduce the new perinatal mental health pathway.

      Pregnancy: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will direct the Chief Medical Officer to include a review of perinatal mental health in her forthcoming report on women's health.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission research on the potential implications for his Department's policy and resources of the comparative effect on (a) mental and (b)...

      Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the uptake of the Sign up to Safety campaign in each (a) region and (b) clinical commissioning group area.

      Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patient safety incidents have occurred in England in each year since 2000.

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to tackle late diagnosis for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were diagnosed in accident and emergency settings in each of the last five years.

      Health Services and Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the recent report by Healthwatch England entitled, Suffering in Silence, published in October 2014; and if he will make a...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for completion and release of the hepatitis C improvement framework.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the level of childhood obesity is in (a) each constituency in London, (b) England, (c) Scotland, (d) Wales and (e) Northern Ireland.

      Self-harm: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children and adolescents were admitted to hospital as a result of intentional self-harm in the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children and adolescents were admitted to hospital for injuries or illnesses caused by drinking alcohol in the last 10 years; and if he will...

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of his Department’s guidance on charging for residential accommodation on the financial independence of...

      Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress is being made on the development and publication of a service specification for patients suffering from neuroendocrine tumours.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with (a) NHS England and (b) clinical commissioning groups on hospital trusts using action plans to improve their National...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to develop and support the cancer screening programme.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to support the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative.

  • House of Lords

    • Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what meetings took place between the Department of Health and Action on Smoking and Health in each of the last three years; and, for each meeting, who were...

    • Africa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the use of European Union funding to promote science, technology and innovation in Africa in partnership with African...

      Armed Forces: Credit Unions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when servicemen and servicewomen will be able to access credit union facilities through payroll deduction.

      Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for refugee status are outstanding from Syrian and Iraqi nationals; what is their estimate of the number of outstanding applications...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been on support under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 for a period in excess of (1) six months, (2) one year and (3)...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people for whom return is not possible have been in receipt of support under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 for longer than six months.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total amount of unspent credit which has been removed from Azure card users as a result of the card's £5 carry-over limit.

      Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make it compulsory for internet service providers to publish, as prominently as “up to” broadband speeds, a guaranteed...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has spent on communicating to the public the future risks, opportunities and impacts of...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Minister has lead responsibility for communicating to the public the future risks, opportunities and...

      Conflict Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect the National Security Council to shift the focus of the Building Stability Overseas Strategy from promoting longer-term peace and...

      Conflict Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many countries are now being considered by the National Security Council for possible interventions under the Building Stability Overseas Strategy; how...

      Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to ratify the Istanbul Convention now that the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill 2014 has received Royal Assent.

      Cycling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to make cycling road rules more enforceable; and if not, why not.

      Cycling: Helmets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to make it a legal requirement for cyclists to wear helmets; and if not, why not.

      Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 23 October (HL2026), why students without grade C maths and English whose school leaving age was raised in...

      Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers local authorities possess to improve the accuracy of the register of electors in their own locality. To ask Her Majesty’s Government how...

      EU Immigration: North Africa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support, if any, they are offering to North African governments to help tackle the criminal gangs trafficking people across the Mediterranean into...

      Government Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many employees are currently on sick leave from the Northern Ireland Office for stress; and how that compares with the same period last year.

      Government Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many employees are currently on long-term sick leave from the Northern Ireland Office; and how that compares with the same period last year.

      Illegal Immigrants: France

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the request from the French Interior Minister for British Police to be posted to Calais to assist with dissuading people from...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a full copy of the correspondence between the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the...

      International Organization for Migration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their annual payment to the International Office for Migration.

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the ability of refugees and displaced people in Iraq to survive the coming winter; and what additional international efforts are...

      Malawi

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for visas, broken down by month, were received from citizens of Malawi in (1) 2013, and (2) 2014 to date; and how many of those...

      Malawi

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of wealth or assets a citizen of Malawi has to have in order to be granted a visa to visit the United Kingdom.

      Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider making the payment of dowries by brides' families unlawful. To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to consider...

      Mediterranean Sea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had or plan to have with the governments of Egypt and Tunisia regarding methods of preventing unseaworthy vessels carrying...

      Mediterranean Sea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking to ensure that the withdrawal of search and rescue services for migrants in the Mediterranean is well publicised and well understood.

      Mediterranean Sea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what evidence they base their assessment that removal of support for rescue operations in the Mediterranean will deter or reduce the number of migrants...

      Military Decorations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will award the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal retrospectively to retired members of the armed forces who served for 15 years or more.

      Oral Questions

      to ask the Leader of the House whether she will propose to the Procedure Committee a review of the system for tabling oral questions in the House of Lords in respect of the requirement for...

      Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, Jane Ellison, on 12 September (HC Deb, col 750W), what...

      Parliament Square

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the fence around Parliament Square to be removed.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom passports have been removed during the last 12 months from British citizens thought to be involved in the support of ISIL and other...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conditions must obtain before a person’s passport can be confiscated or revoked.

      Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which of the proposals contained in the section “Political Reform” of The Coalition: our programme for government have been fully implemented,...

      Prerogative of Mercy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times the royal prerogative of mercy has been exercised in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively in the past five years; and of...

      Refuges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 31 October (HL2419), why they do not centrally record the number or location of refuges in...

      Rights of Accused

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to investigate allegations that the security services or other government agencies have accessed client-lawyer communications, in breach...

      River Mersey: Wrecks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which shipwrecks are known to exist in the River Mersey and its estuary taking in the beaches of Formby, Ainsdale, Birkdale and Southport.

      Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have taken place between the relevant government departments concerning the recent cuts in scientific research at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to accelerate the Teach First programme so that all teachers are recruited by that method by 2020.

      Tobacco

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the legal status in United Kingdom law of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Protocol and the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control.

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the assessment undertaken by HM Revenue and Customs during the recent consultation of the...

      Welfare State: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Randerson on 11 November (HL2678), whether they intend to legislate to provide for welfare reform in Northern Ireland.

      West Africa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial contributions or pledges of financial contributions have been made by the European Union to assist with the fight against the ebola outbreak...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 5 November (HL2193), about planning applications for land-based wind turbines, how many planning...

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