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Written answers

Thursday, 27 November 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • Ports: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has been made of the potential effect on (a) employment, (b) maritime freight volumes and (c) passenger numbers at UK ports on the (i)...

    • Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many occasions each maritime rescue co-ordination centre (MRCC) has called on other MRCCs to provide mutual support under established pairing...

      Railways: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the funding made available to improve rail resilience to flooding has been (a) allocated to Network Rail and (b) spent to date.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department provides the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency on sharing citizens' data with (a) insurance companies and (b) other...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how each new grade on which new entrants to the Coastguard Service are employed compares with the mainstream, non-maritime Civil Service equivalents.

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to help prevent drivers with type 2 diabetes losing their licence as a result of hypoglycaemia.

      East-West Rail Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what route options have been considered for the new railway between Bedford and Cambridge.

      Rescue Services: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what reports he has received of operational difficulties arising from the Belfast Coastguard's expanded area of coverage.

      A14

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what traffic flow data his Department holds for each section of the A14 in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicles have failed MOT tests because of the removal of diesel particulate filters in each of the last three years.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much additional revenue was raised by rises in council tax, including precepts by Lancashire County Council in (a) 2013-14...

    • Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he informed local authorities that dedicated funding for local welfare assistance schemes would no longer be available...

      Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to announce the Government's response to the consultation on the future of local welfare assistance schemes; and...

      Land Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the role of his Department is in overseeing the compliance of local authorities with rules governing fair competition when...

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the gender pay gap for employees of local authorities in (a) Stoke Newington and...

      Private Rented Housing: Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will estimate the number of households in the private rented sector which have been evicted by their landlords in...

      Private Rented Housing: Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to protect renters in the private rented sector from being evicted in retaliation for...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received of theft of metal and other valuable items from HMS Repulse and HMS Prince of Wales...

    • Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of British ambassadors and high commissioners were educated at (a) private school, (b) state school, (c) the...

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of how many members of his Department's advisory board on the appointment of ambassadors and...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the extent of Iran's financial and material support for Hamas.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to implement its objective of improving human rights in North Korea in addition to talks...

      GPT Special Project Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2014 to Question 210318, on what date the Embassy informed the Saudi government of the...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made in the last 12 months to the government of the People's Republic of China on organ harvesting...

      Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking with the Malaysia authorities with the aim of preventing inappropriate activity on the...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Palestinian counterparts on levels of incitement to violence against Israel.

      Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had (a) with his counterparts from Belgium, France and the Netherlands and (b) in EU fora about the...

      Mexico

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Mexican government on the disappearance of students from their college in Guerrero on...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Indian and Pakistani counterparts on a resolution to the situation in Kashmir.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the statements by the government of Iran that that country's nuclear activities are for...

  • Attorney General

    • Corruption

      To ask the Attorney General, how many Suspicious Activity Report intelligence packs relating to corruption in which countries the Serious Fraud Office has received from the National Crime Agency...

    • Corruption

      To ask the Attorney General, how many requests the Serious Fraud Office has received for mutual legal assistance in relation to corruption from which countries in each of the last four years.

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, on how many occasions the prosecuting authorities have offered a company the opportunity to enter into Deferred Prosecution Agreement negotiations in the last five years.

      Corruption

      To ask the Attorney General, how many self-reports from companies relating to bribery the Serious Fraud Office has received since its submission to the OECD Phase 3 Report on Implementing the...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect on financial redress for creditors from April 2015 of changes to funding of insolvency...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps he has taken to encourage people from ethnic minorities to apply for apprenticeships.

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the NHS of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment...

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to ensure its services are available online; and if he will make a statement.

      Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department last discussed with the European Commission dumping in the steel industry.

  • Department for International Development

    • Africa: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department is doing to help end the practice of breast-ironing in Western, Eastern and Central African countries.

    • Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is providing to the government of Yemen.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to provide further support to the government of Yemen.

      Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on transporting, installing and removing works of art from the Government Art Collection for the...

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 11 November 2014 to Question 213558, when her Department's guidance on the impact of the 2014 EU Procurement Directives on...

    • Employment: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to encourage increased female representation in (a) science and technology and (b) other traditionally...

      Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department has spent on transporting, installing and removing works of art from the Government Art Collection for the display of artwork...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that funding calculations for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools track demand and pupil numbers closely.

      Schools: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to prevent and reduce Islamophobia in primary and secondary schools.

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department took to ensure that primary and secondary schools in England marked anti-bullying week; and what steps her Department is...

      Sixth Form Colleges: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of not returning VAT costs of sixth form colleges on competition in the market for education provision for...

      ICT: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps she has taken to encourage schools to provide students with hands-on programming experience.

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure its services are available online; and if she will make a statement.

      Adoption: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children were adopted in Brighton and Hove over the last five years for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what measures his Department has put in place to protect prisoners declaring themselves to be lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered from homophobic...

    • Belmarsh Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) sentenced and (b) remand prisoners were held in HMP Belmarsh for the offence of criminal damage on 31 December 2013.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners held in open prisons have previously breached a licence condition whilst released on temporary licence on more than one occasion.

      Hewell Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the findings of the recent report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons on HMP Hewell.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans to carry out an equality impact assessment on the effect of the new scheme for recall adjudicators proposed in the Criminal...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the economic effect on small businesses of reforms to funding of insolvency litigation implemented by the Legal Act,...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2014 to Question 215057, if he will make an estimate of the Exchequer effect of the change in the number of...

      Employment: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of whether the level of tribunal fees acts as a disincentive to women bringing a sex discrimination claim.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent on transporting, installing and removing works of art from the Government Art Collection for the display of...

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what evaluation his Department has made of the Job Services Australia model for classifying jobseekers; and what consideration he has given to...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he responded to the observation of the former EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion in a lecture at Greenwich...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is Department's policy that Jobcentre Plus officials should liaise with Health and Social Service agencies when benefit sanctions...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November 2014 to Question 212396, what the mean number is of front line work coaches involved in testing in each...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department has spent on reducing nitrogen dioxide and improving air quality in each year since 2010-11.

    • Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department plans to spend on capital investment to improve flood defences in each year from 2015-16 to 2020-21.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which Ministers in her Department have received media or communication training paid for by her Department.

      Fisheries: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much of the Support for Fisherman Fund to replace lost and damaged fishing gear has been received by fishermen and...

      Floods: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much of the Farming Recovery Fund to cover the cost of restoration of agricultural land following the winter floods has...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department spent on the implementation of badger culls for bovine TB control, and the costs to police forces of...

      Livestock: Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the use of antibiotics in farm animals is strictly for therapeutic purposes.

      Marine Management Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will review Marine Management Organisation policy on unannounced visits and inspections.

      Food and Environment Research Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what bids her Department has received from the private sector to be a joint venture partner for the Food and Environment...

      Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals to repeal the Hunting Act 2004 this session.

      Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will meet representatives of the Woodland Trust and Country Living magazine to discuss a register of England's most...

      Pigs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the size of the pig stock in the (a) Yorkshire and Humber region and (b) UK in each of the...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the size of the dairy herd in the (a) Yorkshire and Humber region and (b) UK in each of the...

      Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department has spent on transporting, installing and removing works of art from the Government Art Collection...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to encourage supermarkets to better support the UK dairy industry.

      Mammals: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what species of non-domestic mammals have been imported to the UK from (a) within and (b) outside the EU in...

      Animals: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to collect information on whether animals imported from (a) inside and (b) outside the EU...

  • Home Office

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer Question 199498, tabled by the hon. Member for Leeds Central on 6 June 2014.

    • Armed Forces: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for (a) Defence and (b) Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on the return of the...

      Electoral Register: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy that passport offices should publicise the Electoral Commission's campaign to increase the number of UK...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what projects her Department is sponsoring to tackle radicalisation leading to violent extremism in (a) Crawley and (b) nationally.

      Armed Forces: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions her Department has had with the (a) Ministry of Defence and (b) Foreign and Commonwealth Office on constraining and...

      Entry Clearances: South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the size of the current UK visa application backlog in the regional processing hub in Pretoria, South Africa.

      Entry Clearances: Kuwait

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will place in the Library a copy of the business case for extending the electronic visa waiver scheme to Kuwait.

      Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what organisations in the UK have an affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer Question 214026, tabled by the hon. Member for Newport West on 10 November 2014.

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure its services are available online; and if she will make a statement.

      Entry Clearances: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that British nationals living abroad are aware of visa requirements for foreign national...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2014 to Question 210147, what agencies received grants made by central government bodies under the...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce water (a) usage and (b) bills in her Department; and if she will make a statement.

  • Wales Office

    • Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the operation of cross-border rail services.

    • Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent assessment he has made of the case for electrification on the North Wales coast mainline.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have held (i) orally and (ii) in writing with the Welsh Government about the electrification...

  • HM Treasury

    • Vulture Funds: Argentina

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 17 November 2014, Official Report, column 49, what workarounds the Government is proposing so that Argentina can avoid...

    • Flexible Working

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of (a) women and (b) men have made a statutory application to request flexible working in his Department; and how many of those...

      Money Laundering

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many investigations into money laundering have been initiated by the Financial Conduct Authority in each of the last five years; and how many such...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) maximum and (b) average number of call options a customer can choose from when making a telephone call to HM Revenue and Customs' customer...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average holding time has been for calls made to HM Revenue and Customs' customer service helpline in each year since 2010.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many operators were employed to answer calls made to HM Revenue and Customs' customer service helpline in each year since 2010.

      Housing: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations his Department has received on reducing the rate of VAT charged on the refurbishment of domestic dwellings; and if he will make...

      Electronic Government

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure its services are available online; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many households had reductions in (a) working tax and (b) child tax credits as a result of an apprentice aged under 18 being resident in the household...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 6 November 2014, Official Report, column 949, on energy security, what the evidential basis was for the...

    • Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he has taken to (a) protect Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) funding to March 2017 and (b) ensure that the funding...

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of energy production came from micro-generation in each of the last three years.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Low Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will estimate how many (a) men and (b) women in (i) full-time and (ii) part-time employment in each parliamentary constituency earned less than...

    • Low Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of (a) men and (b) women in (i) full-time and (ii) part-time work in each (A) local authority...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the value was of Government procurement with small and medium-sized enterprises in each financial year from 2010-11.

      Low Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will estimate, based on the annual survey of hours and earnings published on 19 November 2014, the number and proportion of (a) people, (b) men...

      Older Workers: Kilmarnock

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of people in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency in employment who are (a) 50 to 59, (b) 60 to 69 and (c) over 70.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the contribution to the UK economy of the UK music industry in each of the last 10 years.

    • Sports: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much of the Flood Relief for Sport has been (a) allocated to local authorities and (b) received by sports facilities.

      Premiership Rugby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to meet the Chief Executive of Premiership Rugby; and if he will make a statement.

      Mobile Phones: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of mobile phone coverage in rural areas.

      Horse Racing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will commission a review of the management and financial structures of British horse racing.

      Sports: Qatar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Development on allegations of abuse of migrant workers...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of when there will be universal broadband coverage in the UK.

  • Department of Health

    • Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that off-patent bisphosphonate drugs are made routinely available for the new indication of preventing breast cancer...

    • Social Workers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the number of professional social work placements, excluding the Step-Up and Frontline programmes, required in...

      King's College Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the forecast of a £29 million deficit for Kings College Hospital; and what steps he is taking to protect health...

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what dates since 2 July 2014 he has discussed with charities the use of off-patent drugs for new indications; and what the content of these...

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice or research his Department has commissioned from external bodies on the potential effects on the NHS of the Transatlantic Trade and...

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the gender pay gap for employees of NHS England in (a) Stoke Newington and Hackney North constituency, (b)...

      E. Coli

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will issue guidance to hospitals so that a case of E.coli bacteria triggers the procedures that would be followed if a case of MRSA were discovered.

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many contracts of what value were signed by NHS commissioners with non-NHS providers in 2009-10.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of NHS staff are eligible for incremental pay awards; and how many of those will receive at least (a) one per cent and (b) three per cent...

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency about the prescription of oral medications for type 2 diabetes that...

      Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Care Quality Commission's risk register relating to primary care, when primary care practices were informed of their ratings; when...

      Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the use of patient experience surveys in the NHS to inform patient safety initiatives; and if he will make a statement.

      Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the relationship between cost savings to the NHS and improved patient safety; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which patient groups and patient representative organisations his Department consulted before publication of Personalised Health and Care 2020: a...

      Pneumococcal Disease: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11 November 2014 to Question 213785, what the terms of reference are for the Pneumococcal sub-committee's review; if he will...

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase investment in pancreatic cancer research in the UK.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve awareness of hypoglycaemia among patients with type 2 diabetes.

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of physician associate students who go into employment within the NHS after completing their degree.

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason bursary and student loan arrangements are different for science graduates who pursue a further degree in medicine and science graduates...

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve communication support for people with motor neurone disease.

      Dialysis Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what quality and outcome measures NHS England plans to use to ensure maintenance of clinical quality and quality of service in the proposed transition...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding his Department has provided to enable access to chemoprevention drugs in the last 12 months.

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission an independent inquiry into the performance of acute hospital services in North West London in response to the closure of...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2014 to Question 215281, how many financial sanctions have been imposed for failure to achieve 95 per cent...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of unfilled posts in the mental health workforce in the NHS.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Business: Females

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what steps her Department has taken to promote the use of role models for women in business.

    • Human Rights: Females

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions she has had with her international counterparts on protecting the rights of women and girls overseas.

  • House of Lords

    • Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons benefited from the International Organisation for Migration's Gateway Programme in 2011; whether that programme has continued since then;...

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have conducted any assessment of relative value for money to the Exchequer of cash-based, voucher-based, or Azure Card support systems for...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria are used by the Home Office in approving accommodation for failed asylum seekers.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there have been any instances where accommodation provided for refused asylum seekers has been deemed unfit for habitation.

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what date they expect to fulfil their undertaking to accept 500 refugees from Syria.

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Bates on 11 November (HL Deb, col 122), how many people have been resettled under the Syrian resettlement programme; and what...

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons, including children, have so far been accepted from Syria by the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme; how long they expect the scheme to...

      Bail: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many individuals were placed on police bail by the Metropolitan Police Service in each year between 1997 and 2013.

      Care Homes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the future wellbeing of severely disabled adults living in care homes that are due to be closed.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they do not record the numbers of people who are diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis, given that current estimates are...

      Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that a maintained school teaching young earth creationism or intelligent design as scientifically valid is breaching the requirement in...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the details of all current and former non-executive board members of the Executive Board of the Department for Culture, Media and...

      Developing Countries: Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking in respect of the recommendations of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development report Trade and Environment Review...

      Diego Garcia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 28 July (HL1063) whether Mr Belhaj was the subject of the discussion with the government of the United...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many claimants for Employment Support Allowance who have degenerative conditions for which there is no possibility of improvement have been placed in the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why detailed estimates of the impacts of energy and climate policies on the retail prices (pounds per megawatt hour) of gas and electricity are omitted from...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the outcomes of the round-table event convened by Ofgem on 29 October on price differences between various payment methods for domestic consumers...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 11 August (HL1352), what steps are in place to prevent citizens of countries from which a visa...

      Free School Meals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the nutritional requirements of the universal infant free school meals provided from September 2014.

      Free School Meals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is a requirement of the universal infant free school meals provisions that a hot meal should be provided for certain infant pupils.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people over the age of (1) 65, (2) 75, and (3) 85, in the United Kingdom they estimate to be living in fuel poverty.

      Gangmasters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average fine levied by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority in each of the last five years in (1) the United Kingdom, and (2) each region of the...

      Green Climate Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how it is intended that the proposed £650 million United Kingdom contribution to a global green climate fund will be spent; and what role the United...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect the Hinkley Point C nuclear reactor to be built as planned, and on time.

      Honours

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 18 January 2012 (WA 140), 30 January 2012 (WA 298–300), 10 July (HL828) and 28 July...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect that all homes in the United Kingdom will reach energy efficiency level Band C.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the government of Israel concerning its intention to raise the maximum penalty for stone throwing to 20 years imprisonment.

      Malawi

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes to actual programmes funded by Official Development Assistance have taken place since the suspension of budget support in Malawi in 2011.

      Mental Illness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new initiatives have been launched to promote increased funding for research into mental health.

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office-funded project “Inside Out: Working in North Korea to connect its journalists to the...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the findings of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on the use of radio broadcasting as a source of information for ordinary...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the statement of Mr Marzuki Darusman, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in North Korea, that the United Kingdom should...

      Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to encourage foreign students to enrol in United Kingdom universities.

      Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether students attending United Kingdom universities are included in the immigration statistics; and if so, why.

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of reports of incitement to violence in Palestinian Authority school textbooks and media.

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to encourage the government of Israel to contribute to the rebuilding of Gaza after the damage caused in the recent conflict; and if not,...

      Pupils: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to train teachers to identify and intervene in cases of mental health issues affecting school pupils.

      Qatar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reported cases of abuse against North Korean workers in Lusail City, Qatar; and what steps they are taking to ensure that...

      Schools: Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase pupil access to psychological therapies in schools.

      Somerset

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether further ministerial visits are intended to the Somerset Levels.

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage greater and co-ordinated regional political pressure being put on all parties to the conflict in South Sudan to cease...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to seeking a United Nations Security Council-backed arms and ammunition embargo on South Sudan.

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and other interested parties to include in peace talks in South Sudan...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the mandate of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan remains focused on protecting civilians,...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Clinical Commissioning Groups have put in place joint commissioning arrangements with local authorities concerning the education, health and special...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Department for Education is monitoring the local transition arrangements set out in the Children and Families Act 2014. To ask Her Majesty’s...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the ability of the United Nations Mission in Darfur to conduct a thorough investigation of reported mass rapes in Tabit...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to which rebel groups in Syria they have offered financial or military assistance; and by which groups such assistance has been accepted.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Turkey about the future status of the Kurds in Northern Syria.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to support the development of a new tuberculosis treatment regimen.

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent decision by the government of the United Arab Emirates to designate as terrorists organisations including United...

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations, if any, they have made to the government of the United Arab Emirates in respect of the inclusion of Islamic Relief on its recent list...

      Vietnam

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of freedom of religion in Vietnam; and whether the British Ambassador to Vietnam has raised the matter with the...

      West Africa: Ebola

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which United Kingdom non-governmental organisations the Department for International Development has supported in response to the ebola epidemic; and how...

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