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Written answers

Monday, 24 November 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Government's first anti-drink drive television advert.

    • Transport: Stafford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to (a) tackle traffic congestion and (b) improve public transport in Stafford.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of traffic accidents caused by horses and ponies straying onto the highway.

      Motor Vehicles: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many occasions the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has (a) written to or contacted and (b) initiated legal proceedings against...

      Motor Vehicles: Safety Belts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward proposals to revise the Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts) Regulations 1993 (S.I., 1993/76), as amended, in order to...

      Buses: Safety Belts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on the definition of (a) urban buses and (b) coaches in the Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts) Regulations...

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether UK domestic rail policy is being considered as part of the Government's negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions and with whom his Department has had on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership on UK rail policy.

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what predictions are made by the National Transport Model from 2015 onwards for the (a) average number of trips and stages made annually per person in...

      Ports: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with representatives of the European Commission on the prospects of the UK receiving an exemption for competitive domestic...

      Ports: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with (a) port operators and (b) relevant trade unions since the meeting of the Council of Ministers to discuss the...

      Ports: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what bilateral discussions he has had with his counterparts in other EU member states on the proposed European Port Services Regulations since the...

      Ports: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the possible scope of any exemption for UK competitive ports from the proposed European Port Services Regulations.

      Severn River Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the Severn bridges to return to public ownership.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what purposes his Department has funded travel by Eurostar in 2014 to date.

    • Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of how many small firms and shops in (a) England and (b) the Northumberland County Council area have...

      Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to increase the number of wheelchair-accessible properties in the UK; and whether it plans to...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will estimate the net effect of New Homes Bonus allocations on council budgets in the 50 (a) most and (b) least deprived...

      Local Government Finance: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the average change in spending power for (a) all councils and (b) local authorities in the North...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to council tax resource equalisation on areas with high deprivation and...

      Community Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what nominations he has received for assets of community value under the Localism Act 2011.

      Community Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assets have been accepted as of community value under the Localism Act 2011.

      Change of Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on the continued exemption of local authorities that have established an objectively-assessed need for more...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2014 to Question 198864, when he anticipates that his Department will be able to introduce...

      Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, under what criteria and procedures an hon. Member can seek reference to the Secretary of State of a planning application that...

      Housing: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information he holds on when Shropshire unitary authority will be in a position to bank an agreed five year land supply.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations his Department has received on the timing of the introduction of the carbon compliance element of the zero...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the evidence he has received on the practicality of introducing the carbon compliance element of the zero...

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of businesses that have relocated to enterprise zones since 2012.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Home Office on the decision to return 90 Libyan recruits from Bassingbourn;...

    • Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions Ministers and officials of his Department have had with their Belgian counterparts on developing a common...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) the recent report from the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran's stockpile of...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) recent reports that Iran has injected uranium hexafluoride into IR-5 centrifuges and (b)...

      Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the contribution of the Minister for Europe on 6 November 2014, Official Report, column 311WH, in which he stated...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which Iran is in fulfilment of its obligations under Article 18 of the UN...

      Christian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to co-operate with other countries to promote the safety of Christian aid workers across...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what communications there have been between UK Ministers or officials and (a) the Somali government and (b) Somali officials...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library the programmes of the Indian Diaspora Champion's visits to India.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who accompanied the Indian Diaspora Champion in her direct outreach visits in the UK.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the UN monitoring group's work into corruption in Somalia; and what plans he has for the future...

      Qatar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the efforts made by the Qatari authorities to comply with UN Security...

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of whether Hamas has misused humanitarian aid.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure women's rights are discussed at the London Conference on Afghanistan in December 2014; and...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2014 to Question 209872, and with reference to the Israeli government's recent...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has been able to choose where to implement its projects within North Korea; and if he will make a statement.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken in response to Turkey's intrusion into the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus in October...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to address the persecution of Christians in the Sudan region.

      Conflict Resolution: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to publish the implementation plan for the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the prospect of Iran neutralising its stockpile of 20 per cent enriched uranium.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received about Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's nine point plan for the destruction of Israel.

      West Africa: Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of how much his Department has spent on specific steps to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to...

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to Tanzania and Dubai to prevent the expropriation of traditional Masai land in Tanzania for a...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent progress he has made on reopening HM Embassy in Tehran.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make additional funds available to allow the Northern Ireland Executive to extend the Warm Home Discount Scheme to Northern...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Overseas Trade: North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of UK businesses (a) operating in and (b) contracting with the Democratic People's...

    • Science: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much has been spent on science and research and development through local enterprise partnerships in each region of England;...

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if the Government will support the creation of a UK space agency.

      Business: Stafford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many businesses the Manufacturing Advisory Service has assisted in Stafford constituency since May 2010.

      New Businesses: Windsor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government has taken to support disabled people in Windsor constituency who want to start their own business.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many new apprenticeships have begun in (a) England and (b) Brighton, Kemptown constituency in the last three years; and if...

      Coke: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if the Government will take steps to ensure a future for the Monckton coke plant in Barnsley.

      Coke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans the Government has to support the coke industry in the UK.

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of (a) male and (b) female offenders have (i) engaged and (ii) declined to engage in education in custody in the...

      Business: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many complaints his Department has received about (a) UK Acorn Finance, (b) Burges Salmon Solicitors and (c) Commercial...

      Sanctions: Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) Salama Fikira, (b) Solace Global Maritime and (c) representatives of...

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he has taken to encourage growth of the big data industry in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has to review the adequacy of regulations protecting employees who report concerns about child exploitation; and...

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what additional support he plans to give small and medium-sized businesses in the UK.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether any (a) external contractors and (b) consultancy companies engaged by his Department have charged more than the initial...

      Low Pay: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received from the Scottish Government on the living wage; and if he will place in the Library any...

      Exports: Qatar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will list all open individual export licences with Qatar in force in the last 12 months.

      Basic Skills: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to help young people develop pre-employment and basic skills to help them into work; and if...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many and what proportion of (a) women and (b) men have made a statutory application to request flexible working in his...

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in other EU member states on the proposed disputes procedure in the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department plans to give to the removal of unexploded remnants of war in civilian areas in Gaza.

    • Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what help her Department plans to give to children in Gaza requiring specialised psychosocial support as a result of recent conflict.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance she plans to provide for the reconstruction or repair of schools destroyed or badly damaged in the Gaza conflict.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans the Government has for aid in Sri Lanka in 2015-16.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department has had with its Belgian equivalents on developing a common European response to Israeli demolition of...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make it her policy to adopt the UN monitoring group on Somalia's calls for a moratorium on the new oil and gas deals until...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the UK's position will be on the future of its donor commitments and requirements at the conference on Somalia taking place in...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will place in the Library a copy of the needs assessment report on Government support for the Somalia extractives sector; what...

      Public Private Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial or other support is provided by her Department to the Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility; and if she will...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to the Indian government on the death and injury of workers in building collapses in India.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many development projects funded by the UK Government in East Jerusalem or the West Bank have been demolished or damaged by the...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether any (a) external contractors and (b) consultancy companies engaged by her Department have charged more than the initial price...

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on Ebola in (i) Sierra Leone, (ii) the UK and (iii) elsewhere in this...

  • Department for Education

    • Further Education: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will review the statutory guidance for local authorities on post-16 transport to education and training in order to take account of the...

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which (a) university technical colleges and (b) free schools for 16 to 19-year-olds she expects to open in September 2015.

      Children in Care: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in residential care are prescribed psychiatric drugs.

      Academies: Stafford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the (a) take-up of places in and (b) performance of academies in Stafford constituency.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average amount spent per pupil in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools is in each parliamentary constituency.

      Schools: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which organisations in Yorkshire and Humberside are currently not subject to any temporary or permanent withdrawal of approval for the sponsorship of...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether virtual schools for children in care can apply for her Department's summer school funding.

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many officials, civil servants or contracted workers in her Department are working on homeschooling policy and safeguarding issues relating to...

      Education: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of children missing from education in England and Wales.

      Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the number of tuition centres offering fee-paying education in excess of 19 hours a week for an individual child.

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of safeguarding risks to children who are homeschooled.

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many university technical colleges have (a) closed and (b) changed their intake from 14 to 18 year olds to 16 to 18 year olds since 2010.

      Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps her Department has taken to reduce variations in standards of education.

      Science: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps her Department has taken to encourage initiatives to promote science, engineering and maths in local primary schools.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether any (a) external contractors and (b) consultancy companies engaged by her Department have charged more than the initial price agreed for their...

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to ensure consistency between marking and remarking of A levels; and what recourse is available to students who...

      Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Childhood Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the cost to her Department was of the Bailey Review on the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood.

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of (a) women and (b) men have made a statutory application to request flexible working in her Department; and how many of...

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations she has received from (a) education, (b) religious and (c) children's charities or groups on children who are homeschooled.

      Grant Maintained Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations she has received on the payment of maintained school business managers on the senior leadership pay spine; and if she will make a...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of (a) male and (b) female offenders have been (i) engaged in and (ii) declined to engage in work programmes in custody in the latest...

    • Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills the introduction of a tailored curriculum offering a mix of life...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what sanctions there are for (a) male and (b) female prisoners for not engaging in education or work programmes.

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what support his Department offers to male prisoners who are reluctant to engage with education or work programmes.

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward proposals to make prisoners released on parole from life sentences ineligible for parole again if they reoffend.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what offences committed in prison will be subject to trial rather than be dealt with by the prison adjudicator; and what estimate he has made of the...

      Northumberland Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether homosexual prisoners taking part in the Sex Offender Treatment Programme delivered at HM Prison Northumberland are having additional weighting...

      Contempt of Court: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in how many cases of imprisonment for contempt of court in January 2014 there has been no published judgment on Bailii.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost of enabling vitims of human trafficking to access legal aid in each of the last three years.

      Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he next plans to visit (a) the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey and (b) other Crown Dependencies; and if he will make a statement.

      Elections: Sark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to send an observer to Sark for the Chief Pleas election on 10 December 2014.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 7 November 2014 to Question 213434, which individual ethnic groups made up the proportion of black, Asian and minority ethnic...

      Youth Offending Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many officials from his Department are working on the Youth Offending Team Stock Take announced by the Minister for Prisons, Probation and...

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 7 November 2014 to Question 213434, what the (a) average number and (b) proportion of Black and minority ethnic offenders in...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of the introduction of fees for employment tribunals.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of whether tribunal fees are deterring legitimate claims being made.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the change in the number of employment tribunal claims by women was between 2012 and 2013.

      Legal Aid Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which proceeding types are recorded on the Legal Aid Agency's IT systems for recording applications for civil legal aid.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Israeli Defence Force officers have visited UK defence establishments since 1 July 2014; and what the purpose of each such visit was.

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) service liability, (b) funded strength and (c) total paid service strength is for the (i) Royal Navy, (ii) Army and (iii) Royal Air Force.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many targets the Royal Air Force has hit in Iraq since 26 September 2014; how many casualties have occurred as a result; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on (a) focus groups and (b) surveys in (i) 2013 and (ii) 2014 to date.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the terms of engagement are of the deployment to Sierra Leone to tackle Ebola.

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which military assets are tasked with the defence of UK-owned maritime offshore installations.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any RAF pilots have operated US air force aircraft over Iraq or Syria.

      Armed Forces: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidance his Department gives on the prescribing of mefloquine to armed forces personnel; and if he will make a statement.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Army recruitment offices have been closed in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland in the last 12 months.

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there has been a change to the Government's policy that the type 26 frigates will be built in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many cases of suicide by serving armed forces personnel occurred between 1 October 2008 and 31 December 2012.

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what skills and background qualify an applicant for officer posts in the Army Reserve to be considered when that applicant is aged between 45 and 50.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average cost was of providing basic training to new regular recruits to (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force in each of...

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) medical, (b) security and (c) other administrative stages there are in the process of joining the Army Reserve; and what average length of time...

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people have signed up to join the Army Reserve prior to the completion of all their medical, security, and other administrative stages in each...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what costs his Department incurred for the Recruitment Partnering Project in each of the last three months.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 November 2014 to Question 213401, what specific terms and standards of conduct were breached by Libyan service personnel on...

      Armed Forces: Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) horses and (b) dogs were euthanised by his Department in each month in 2013 and 2014; and what the reasons were in each such case.

      Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of (a) armed forces personnel, (b) civilian staff, (c) equipment and (d) other British military assets have been withdrawn from Germany...

      Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on running its military base in Germany in each year since 2010.

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department had had with the Royal Marines on that corps' decision to procure waterproofs through NATO; and what conclusions he has...

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the supply chain is of his Department's current waterproof provider; and in what locations those garments are manufactured.

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what costs (a) have been and (b) will be incurred by his Department for the (i) design and (ii) editing of the British Armed Forces Learning Resource 2014.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to raise the recruitment age for members of the (a) Royal Navy Reserve, (b) Royal Air Force Reserve and (c) regular forces.

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, to whom honours for courage and gallantry have been posthumously awarded since 1984; and when (a) the incident to which each award relates occurred and...

      Qatar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list all meetings between Ministers in his Department and representatives of Qatari defence companies in each of the last four years.

      Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the quality of NHS care for veterans.

      Armed Forces: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to improve the Service complaints system.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether any (a) external contractors and (b) consultancy companies engaged by his Department have charged more than the initial price agreed...

    • Employment: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to help people who plan to work beyond pension age.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department's consultation, child maintenance: closing cases in Segments 3 and 4 simultaneously, published on 27 October...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department's consultation, child maintenance: closing cases in Segments 3 and 4 simultaneously, published on 27 October...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the rise in long-term unemployment for 18 to 24 year olds shown in the labour market statistics...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Jobcentre Plus staff were promoted to a higher grade in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13 and (e) 2013-14.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of Jobcentre Plus advisers was from a black and minority ethnic group in each of the last five years.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total amount of benefit withheld as a result of benefit sanctions was in each of the last 10 years.

      Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme, whether he plans to publish the proportion which the levy represents of the total...

      Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he intends to use his powers under section 13, sub-section 2(b) of the Mesothelioma Act 2014 to reduce the total amount of the first...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Landfill: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 November 2014 to Question 213275, how many of the seven landfill operators in the North East of...

    • Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on long-term commercial forestry.

      Dairy Farming: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has had discussions with representatives of the dairy industry in Northern Ireland on financial difficulties...

      Sites of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) are owned by (a) each government department, (b) each local authority in...

      Cattle: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the latest information is on cattle restrictions in the area north of Helmsley, North Yorkshire; and if she will make a...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether any (a) external contractors and (b) consultancy companies engaged by her Department have charged more than the...

      Fisheries: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to provide financial assistance to the North Devon fishing community affected by the recent Appledore...

  • Home Office

    • Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been prevented by UK Border Force officers from entering the UK illegally in the last year for which figures are...

    • SAFERjobs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding her Department has made available to SAFERjobs in each of the last four calendar years.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will review the case of Mr and Mrs Khanovych, application references Warsaw 208144 and 208145, to enable them to visit their daughter...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to collate statistics relating to the total number of crimes involving online fraud.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with police forces on steps to tackle cannabis cultivation across the UK.

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will halt any expansion of the immigration detention estate until the report from the inquiry by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on...

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the annual running costs of the immigration detention estate are.

      Travel Restrictions: Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Ethiopian nationals are on the UK travel exclusion list.

      Travel Restrictions: Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Malawi nationals are on the UK travel exclusion list.

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many suspicious activity reports received in the year ending September 2013 were filed by (a) solicitors, (b) accountants, (c) banks and...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the suspicious activity reports received in the year ending September 2013 relating to Politically Exposed Persons required...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the written evidence from the Crown Prosecution Service, Home Office and National Crime Agency to the Committee of Public...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many suspicious activity reports received in the year ending September 2013 that related to Politically Exposed Persons and required...

      National Crime Agency: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with hon. Members from Sinn Fein and the SDLP on the National Crime Agency in Northern Ireland.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by what process she plans that businesses will report exploitation in their supply chains as a result of the Modern Slavery Bill.

      British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the Life in the UK test reflects contemporary Britain.

  • Scotland Office

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether any (a) external contractors and (b) consultancy companies engaged by his Department have charged more than the initial price agreed for their...

  • HM Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance: Multinational Companies

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the Base Erosion and Profit Sharing process; and if he will make a statement.

    • Taxation: Developing Countries

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will pilot a scheme on automatic information exchange with a developing country.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was paid out in tax credits in 2013-14.

      Historic Buildings: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the annual cost of removing the cap on sideways loss relief for historic house businesses.

      Tax Avoidance: Luxembourg

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to investigate the offshoring by British based companies to registered addresses in Luxembourg for the purposes of reducing...

      Income Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have paid less tax as a result of the recent reduction in the top rate of tax.

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to encourage more foreign direct investment in UK companies.

      Foreign Exchange

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will takes steps to ensure that banks fined by the Financial Conduct Authority for improper trading on the FOREX exchange do not recover the fines...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 2.144 of the Budget report 2014, when he plans to consult on measures to strengthen the Government's response to tobacco...

      Wholesale Trade: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 2.140, page 75, of the Budget Report 2014, HC1104, what progress he has made on (a) introducing a registration scheme for...

      Charities: Bank Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will have discussions with representatives of the banking sector on the possibility of instituting a system whereby registered charities would be...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Disconnections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the number of domestic customers disconnected by their energy supplier in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014.

    • Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many households in each council tax band have had (a) new, (b) pending and (c) live Green Deal plans.

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Annual Energy Statement of 6 November 2014, Official Report, column 984, what the evidential basis was for the...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many households in each (a) parliamentary constituency, (b) local authority and (c) region have had (i) new, (ii) pending and...

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many households in each (a) parliamentary constituency, (b) local authority and (c) region have had measures installed under the...

      Renewable Energy: Cooperatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the effect of recent decisions by the Financial Conduct Authority on the registration of new renewable...

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the number of customers in debt to their energy supplier for (a) electricity and (b) gas in each of the...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many staff in his Department are working on electricity market reform; and how many such staff are chartered engineers.

      Engineers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many chartered engineers are employed by his Department.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether the forthcoming capacity auctions in December 2014 will seek to procure capacity suitable for providing balancing supply to...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many times the (a) start and (b) completion dates of the roll-out of smart meters have been changed.

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many households in each council tax band have had measures installed under the Energy Companies Obligation.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether his Department has made an estimate of the (a) number of energy suppliers which require an upfront payment in order to switch...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 6 November 2014, Official Report, column 946, on energy and climate policies, what the evidential basis...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether any (a) external contractors and (b) consultancy companies engaged by his Department have charged more than the initial price...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what limits he is setting on capacity market payments made through the Levy Control Framework.

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions he has had with (a) Saudi authorities and (b) EDF Energy on the possibility of Saudi Arabian investment in the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18 year olds likely to be resident in England in each of the next 10 years.

    • Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had on changes to local authority commissioning processes as a consequence of the UK's adoption of the 2014 EU Procurement...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what criteria the Government uses to determine whether public appointments should be regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

      Fire Services: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the recent strike by members of the FBU was discussed by COBRA; and if he will make a statement.

      Vandalism

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many instances of vandalism were reported in each police force area in England and Wales in each year since 2005.

      Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the rate of cancer survival in hospitals is in (a) Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and (b) England.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects superfast broadband to reach the coverage target of 95 per cent in North East Bedfordshire.

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many different companies tendered for the 47 contracts to deliver superfast broadband under phases one and two of the Superfast...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support his Department gives to grassroots football; and how much government investment there has been in football in Harlow...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether any (a) external contractors and (b) consultancy companies engaged by his Department have charged more than the initial price...

      Sports: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage local stakeholders to invest in sport.

      Broadband: Hertfordshire

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

      Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate he has made of the amount of arts funding per head spent in (a) London and (b) the North-West; and what...

      Tourism: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much of the Tourism Industry Fund for Businesses in flood affected parts of England has been (a) allocated to local authorities and...

  • Wales Office

    • EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what representations he has received from the Welsh Government on exemption of the Welsh National Health Service from negotiations on the proposed...

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether any (a) external contractors and (b) consultancy companies engaged by his Department have charged more than the initial price agreed for their...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Local Enterprise Partnerships: North East

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with North East Local Enterprise Partnership on the timing and size of the second phase of Local Growth Deals.

    • Electoral Register: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will investigate whether EU citizens are being wrongly recorded on the electoral roll as being able to vote in all elections in (a) Wellingborough, (b)...

      Electoral Register: EU Nationals

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many EU citizens are on the electoral roll and noted as not being able to vote in general elections in (a) Wellingborough, (b) Kettering, (c) Corby and (d)...

      Electoral Register: EU Nationals

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many EU citizens of voting age are living in (a) Wellingborough, (b) Kettering, (c) Corby and (d) England.

      Electoral Register: EU Nationals

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent estimate he has made of the number of EU citizens in (a) Wellingborough, (b) Kettering, (c) Corby and (d) England who are on the electoral roll but...

      Commission On the Consequences of Devolution for the House of Commons

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the Government plans to publish its response to the McKay Commission report; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department of Health

    • Health Services: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to minimise the cost of public sector innovation impact assessments related to the provision of healthcare services.

    • Pregnant Women: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are in place to ensure high uptake of foetal abnormality tests in the first trimester of pregnancy; and if he will make a statement.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how health and wellbeing boards monitor levels of diabetes awareness.

      Dementia: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support the NHS provides to people with dementia and their carers in the East of England.

      Pneumococcal Disease: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11 November 2014 to Question 213785, under what circumstances additional modelling would be required by the pneumococcal...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time in A&E departments has been (a) nationwide, (b) in the East of England and (c) in the Princess Alexandra Hospital in...

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking with NHS England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to help local drugs and therapeutics networks to...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many licences were sought for off-patent medicines in each of the last three years; and by whom each such licence was sought.

      Pregnant Women: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women (a) accepted and (b) refused biochemical serum screening in 2012.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department judges which steps to raise diabetes awareness have been most effective.

      Drinks: Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Government will take steps to ensure that supermarkets reduce sugar in drink products they sell to six teaspoons for every 200 ml glass, the...

      Pneumococcal Disease: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11 November 2014 to Question 213785, whether the cost effectiveness modelling of the PPV programme developed by Public Health...

      Drinks: Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Government will take steps to prevent drinks products with sugar content over the maximum adult daily intake recommended by the World Health...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure the routine availability of bisphosphonates to reduce the risk of breast cancer spreading to the bone in post-menopausal...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many admissions to hospital for cold-related illnesses of people aged (a) 0 to 14 years, (b) 15 to 19 years, (c) 20 to 64 years and (d) 65 and over...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on licensed drugs in each of the last four years.

      Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to (a) ensure that emerging treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy which receive conditional approval are available through the...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects NHS England to publish the second quarter figures for Cancer Drugs Fund notifications and individual Cancer Drugs Fund requests for...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to encourage flexibility in the licensing process for potential new treatments for rare conditions.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has had (a) discussions and (b) correspondence with the Medical Research Council on its level of funding for research on the...

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set targets and goals for speeding up the use of off-patent drugs outside their licensed indications, where evidence supports that use.

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has received any representations on problems encountered by users of continence products in obtaining such products due to...

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will discuss with NHS England the potential merits of dispensing appliance contractor licences on a national basis rather than through local health...

      Fractures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the overall cost of linking a Fracture Liaison Service to every hospital in England.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued to NHS England and clinical commissioning groups on ensuring that diabetes receives adequate prioritisation amongst other...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps he has taken to improve the support provided to carers; and if he will make a statement.

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the minutes of Clinical Priorities Advisory Group meetings relating to Duodopa.

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with (a) NHS England and (b) external stakeholders on access to Duodopa for people with Parkinson's disease.

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complaints NHS England received regarding individual funding requests for Parkinson's disease medication in the last 12 months.

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been screened for the Ebola virus in the UK following the recent implementation of screening procedures.

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, where screening for the Ebola virus is taking place in the UK.

      West Africa: Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures beyond initial screening exist to ensure that people entering the UK from West Africa are not carrying the Ebola virus.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations or reports his Department has received from the (a) Caxton Foundation, (b) Macfarlane Trust and (c) Eileen Trust or those...

      Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in training every GP and GP nurse in child physical and mental health.

      Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to introduce a named doctor or health professional for every child with a long-term condition.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many lump sum payments of £43,500 (a) have been made by MFET Ltd and (b) were made by MSPT1 and MSPT2 to the estates of people who contracted...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, before what date a person infected with HIV has to have received treatment with NHS blood products in order to qualify for registration with (a) MFET Ltd...

      Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will extend the patient survey of young people in inpatient settings to cover outpatient and community settings.

      Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will develop a Mortality Plan aimed at reducing the number of preventable child deaths in England.

      Clinical Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that a sufficient number of clinical psychologists is available to meet the needs of the NHS.

      Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) consultants, (b) registrars, (c) other doctors and (d) nurse practitioners were employed in accident and emergency roles by Hull and East...

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on tackling Ebola in (i) Sierra Leone, (ii) the UK and (iii) elsewhere in this financial year.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to Question 213815, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the proportion of eligible discharges which are not followed up...

      Health Professions: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which medical professionals are required to undergo re-certification or re-validation; and how often each such group of professionals are required to...

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in the debate on the Second Reading of the...

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultation with GPs he undertook when developing his position on the Off-patent Drugs Bill.

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS patients were prescribed off-patent drugs outside their licensed indications in (a) 2013, (b) 2012 and (c) 2011.

      Chemicals: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the safety of the anti-bacterial agent Tricolsan; if he will place in the Library copies of reports his Department has received on the...

      Pregnancy: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether guidance has been issued to NHS trusts on the provision of Doppler scans to all pregnant women; and how many NHS hospitals routinely provide...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Castes

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what representations she has received on the timetable for the amendment of the definition of race to include caste in the Equality Act 2010.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, at the planned London Development Conference there will be scheduled opportunities for Afghan women representatives to speak in the Conference itself.

    • Africa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the European Union on the promotion of scientific research in Africa (1) generally, and (2) in relation to infectious...

      Airports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to couple any expansion of airport capacity with the carbon pricing mechanism proposed by the Davies Commission which aims to ensure that...

      Antisemitism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the current law is sufficient to deal with hate messages against Jews on social media, including Twitter.

      British Nationals Abroad: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to prosecute jihadis who have fought with ISIS and return to the United Kingdom; and if not, why not.

      Civil Servants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 28 October (HL2121), whether they consider civil servants who believe in an Islamic State in...

      Co-operatives

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 15 September (HL1801), whether they are content with the regulatory protection afforded to members and...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of investment in (1) health system strengthening, and (2) public health, in the developing world.

      Developing Countries: Infectious Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for the promotion of scientific innovation in the developing world in combatting infectious life-threatening diseases.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the expected cost of fitting Brimstone missiles to the United Kingdom Typhoon Force and enabling them to be used.

      European Union

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 24 October (HL2132), whether there are any similar investment protection treaties between...

      Foreign Policy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact on policy coherence in countries such as Denmark and Norway as a result of development and foreign policy being...

      Harrier Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the savings accrued from the disposal of the United Kingdom Harrier Force after the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2010.

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much United Kingdom financial aid has been distributed to meet the needs of displaced Iraqis, broken down by ethnicity of beneficiary.

      Leasehold

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend that residential leases are to be considered consumer contracts and therefore covered by the Consumer Rights Bill.

      M1

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the M1 motorway is currently subject to roadworks reducing traffic speeds to 50 miles per hour; and how long any such roadworks will take...

      Mediterranean Sea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of statements by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Caritas Internationalis, Save the Children Fund and others...

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to seek compensation from the government of Israel for the damage to nine schools in Gaza, whose construction had been funded by the...

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to redeploy any ground troops returning from Afghanistan to Syria, Iraq or both.

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking to ensure that disabled people and women are regularly consulted about their specific needs and the needs of their children when...

      Overseas Trade: Cuba

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the level of trade between Cuba and the United Kingdom in each of the last 10 years.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when announcing new expenditure on grants to national and international organisations and programmes, they will state whether such expenditure is...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they yet have any concrete plans for the development of HS3.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government for how many years road safety audits are retained by the Highways Agency; and what is the minimum period that Transport for London and local highways...

      Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many close encounters between Russian and NATO aircraft and ships took place in (1) 2012, (b) 2013, and (3) 2014 to date.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the position of the government of the Republic of Ireland in respect of disregarding monies paid under its scheme to compensate sufferers of...

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reasons for their decision to extend the operational life of some GR4 Tornado aircraft.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures presently exist to control unmanned aerial vehicles.

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