Written answers

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency on the medical rules on driving with diabetes treated with...

    • Railways: Reigate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to require train companies operating services from Reigate to Redhill stations to compensate passengers in instances of a...

  • Home Office

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps she has taken to reduce levels of domestic violence.

    • Asylum: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugees have settled in Scotland in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Scottish Refugee Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she last met the Scottish Refugee Council; and when the next meeting is planned.

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints about Yarl's Wood Detention Centre her Department has received regarding (a) access to healthcare and (b) mental health...

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many female officers were employed by Serco at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre in each year from 2010 to 2014 to date.

      Overseas Students: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-European Economic Area students were granted visa extensions under the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland route in each year...

      Overseas Students: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-European Economic Area students were granted visa extensions under the International Graduates Scheme in each year since 2007.

      Entry Clearances: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many graduate entrepreneur visa holders switched to a skilled workers visa under the new rules announced by her Department on 6...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions (a) she, (b) the Minister for Crime Prevention, the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green and (c) the previous...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations she has received from campaign groups on reducing violence against women and young girls; and if she will make a...

      Immigration Controls: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedure is used to audit and check the UK funding allocated to improve port security in Calais.

      Immigration: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy that foreign citizens married to a member of the armed forces can include within their qualifying period for...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what compensation is available to people who are instructed to book a return ticket before they apply for a visitor's visa to come into the...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers who have been granted permission to work, where the claimant has waited more than 12 months for an initial decision...

      British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applicants for (a) indefinite leave to remain in the UK and (b) naturalisation as a British citizen have passed the Life in the UK...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is necessary for applicants for a visa to visit the UK to show that they have booked a return air ticket when they apply for the visa.

      Wildlife: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress the National Crime Agency is making on preventing illegal wildlife trade over the internet.

      Armed Forces: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to her oral Answer of 24 November 2014, Official Report, column 628, on Bilateral training programmes (Libya), of the five Libyan...

      Offenders: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment her Department has made of the progress made by crime agencies in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many referrals her Department's counter-terrorism referral units have received from internet companies in each of the last five years.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2014 to Question 215331, what her Department's total headcount has been in each of the last five...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2014 to Question 215386, how many of the suspicious activity reports submitted to the National Crime...

      HM Passport Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what methodology her Department decides staffing levels at the Passport Office.

      Illegal Immigrants: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Written Statement of 3 September 2014, Official Report, column 21WS, on Immigration Act 2014: implementation, how her...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her speech on counter-terrorism at the Royal United Services Institute on 24 November 2014, on what dates in the last 12...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull North of 20 October 2014 to Question 210663, whether any of the budget for...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull North of 20 October 2014 to Question 210663, how the budget for raising...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Crimes against Humanity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the UK's responsibilities are in international law to identify, prevent, suppress and punish acts of genocide and crimes...

    • Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Russian Federation on that country's increased patrols near NATO airspace; and if he...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to reduce water (a) usage and (b) bills in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Bahraini counterpart on the recent arrest, detention and alleged torture of a group of...

      Armed Conflict: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the role played by women in peace-building in (a) Afghanistan and (b) other countries entering a...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help bring Israeli and Palestinian leaders back to peace talks.

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights position in Tibet.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the prospects of achieving a comprehensive deal with Iran on nuclear issues.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Pakistan on protection of Christians in that country.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of international support for the Nigerian authorities in tackling Boko Haram.

      Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps the Government has taken to promote trade within the Commonwealth.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the prospects of achieving a comprehensive deal with Iran on nuclear issues.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of changes in real weekly earnings for (a) all workers, (b) male workers, (c) female workers, (d) part-time workers, (e)...

    • Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November 2014 to Question 212539, if he will publish the guidance to local authorities on the effect of the 2014 EU...

      Water

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to reduce water (a) usage and (b) bills in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      National Security Council

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff work for the National Security Council; and where those staff are based.

      Suicide

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many suicides there have been of (a) women and (b) men in each region and constituent part of the UK in each year since 2010.

      Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will place in the Library a full list of attendees from charities invited to No. 10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister in May 2010.

      Impact Assessments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether it is Government policy to produce impact assessments in respect of legislation introduced in Parliament.

  • Attorney General

    • Water

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps he is taking to reduce water (a) usage and (b) bills in the Law Officers' Departments; and if he will make a statement.

    • Eleanor De Freitas

      To ask the Attorney General, what discussions he has had with the Director of Public Prosecutions on the review into the death of Eleanor de Freitas.

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Attorney General, how many prosecutions have been brought in relation to fraud in English language tests at universities revealed in the BBC's Panorama investigation broadcast in...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Students: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of students in Suffolk local education authority area applied for student (a) loans and (b) grants in the (i)...

    • Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to reduce water (a) usage and (b) bills in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Higher Education: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will discuss with the Leader of Shropshire Council the technical and financial assistance that would be required to...

      Social Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will publish the timetable within which the Government's consideration of how further targeted enforcement in the care...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many and what proportion of undergraduates studying in universities are of each social grade.

      Flexible Working: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) women and (b) men in (i) Scotland and (ii) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency...

      Groceries Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on how many occasions the Grocery Code Adjudicator has (a) launched an investigation, (b) recommended enforcement measures and...

      Groceries Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information he holds on the average time taken by the office of the Groceries Code Adjudicator to deal with correspondence...

      Groceries Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff are employed by the Grocery Code Adjudicator.

      Copyright: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure that European Commission proposals for reform of the European Copyright Framework do not...

      Construction: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department plans to take to facilitate sustainable recovery in the construction industry.

  • Department for International Development

    • Water

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

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the minimum requirements are for an initial Local Offer.

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of how far local authorities are complying with their statutory duties on local offers.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the cost to local authorities of implementing Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what modelling her Department has undertaken of the impact of recent changes in (a) pay levels, (b) pension contributions and (c) national insurance...

      Special Guardianship Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many special guardianship orders have been granted in each year since their inception.

      Special Guardianship Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what research she has commissioned into the efficacy of special guardianship orders; what findings she has made about who are using these orders; and...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many new foster carers have been recruited in each local authority area in each of the last five years; and what measures her Department takes to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent estimate he has made of the number of prisoners declaring themselves to be lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered.

    • Prisons: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will ensure that as much of the construction and fitting-out work as possible at the new North Wales prison is carried out by locally-based...

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners serving what sentence length are being held in open prisons.

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether transmission x-rays are likely to be used in normal search procedures in prisons in the next 12 months.

      Altcourse Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to increase prisoner safety at HM Prison Altcourse.

      Prisons: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of savings to the public purse which will accrue from the closure of prisons in the UK in the next three years.

      Prisons: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of savings to the public purse arising from the closure of prisons since 2010.

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the statement of 13 October 2014, Official Report, columns 13-14WS on 'Our Commitment to Victims', what the reasons are for guaranteeing...

      Feltham Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of self-harm have been undertaken by children in the segregation unit at HM Young Offenders Institution Feltham in each of the last...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 commanding officers have requested legal advice following allegations of (i) sexual assault, (ii)...

    • English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on teaching English in each year since 2010.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent meetings he has had with Bahraini human rights advocates.

      Pay

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

      Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the Swedish government about the possible sale of Gripen fighters to Argentina.

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Written Statement of 24 October 2014, whether English Heritage agreed with (a) his decision to allow the Maritime Heritage Foundation to...

      Lord Lingfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what meetings he has had with Lord Lingfield since July 2014; who was present at each of those meetings; where each of those meetings was held; and what...

      Lord Lingfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will provide a list of the meetings the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Lord Astor of Hever, has had with Lord Lingfield since May 2010;...

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department included a provision for oversight when it transferred the deed of gift for HMS Victory.

      Odyssey Marine Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations his Department has received from or on behalf of Odyssey Maritime Exploration about regulations pertaining to the management of...

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the announcement of 2 September 2014 on armed forces learning, what the cost was to (a) the public purse and (b) 10 Downing Street of...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the potential cost of procuring (a) 12, (b) 32 and (c) 48 Trident II D5 missile tubes for the Successor submarines.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers made redundant under the Army 2020 programme have been evicted from family quarters.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what targets his Department sets for the time taken to make housing adaptations for wounded service personnel.

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what airfields are owned by his Department; and how many flights took off from each such airfield in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2013-14 and (d)...

      Water

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

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many new Ministry of Defence HQ contracts were for under £1 million in 2013-14.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many new Ministry of Defence HQ contracts were placed in 2013-14; what the value of those contracts was; how many on the bid basis were (a)...

      Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on each type of fuel in 2013-14; and who the suppliers were.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2014 to Question 209332, by what mechanisms his Department assesses the effectiveness of its communications to...

      Katrice Lee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress has been made in respect of Operation BUTE, the Royal Military Police inquiry into the disappearance of Katrice Lee in 1981.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Marriage Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps his Department has taken to support husbands and wives with relationship problems to enable families to stay together.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when non-UK citizens in pathfinder areas will be able to claim universal credit.

      Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent on catering and hospitality since May 2010.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will set out his plans for the transfer onto universal credit of those people not expected to be on universal credit by 2019.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 13 of the summary of the National Audit Office report, Universal credit: progress update, published on 26 November...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 1.12 of the National Audit Office report, Universal credit: progress update, published on 26 November 2014, in...

      Funerals: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of pauper's funerals in each of the last three years; and what steps his Department is taking to...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Water

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

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much of the Business Rates Relief Fund for flooded businesses has been (a) allocated to local authorities and (b) received...

    • Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much of the Council Tax Relief Fund for people whose homes have been flooded has been (a) allocated to local authorities...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of the funding provided to local government by central government was ring-fenced in each of the last three years.

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to reduce water (a) usage and (b) bills in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will discuss with his Ministerial colleagues measures to ensure that, where practical, analysis submitted by other...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many responses were submitted to his Department's consultation on local welfare provision in 2015-16 (a) in total and (b)...

      Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the performance of local welfare assistance schemes on preventing and reducing...

      Landlords: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department has provided to Cornwall Council to help tackle rogue landlords since 2010.

  • HM Treasury

    • Government Securities

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Annex to the communiqué published following the G20 Summit in Brisbane in November 2014, what steps the Government is taking to...

    • Legal Costs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent on external legal fees relating to the case at the European Court of Justice on the cap on bankers' bonuses.

      Water

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to reduce water (a) usage and (b) bills in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of standardised packaging of tobacco products on the illicit trade in tobacco.

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the trade in illicit tobacco of the forthcoming ban on menthol cigarettes and 10-packs of cigarettes.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the average total processing time of applications for tax credits where the assessing officer has issued a request for...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance is provided to officials processing applications for tax credits on the documentation necessary to verify an applicant's single status, where...

      Venture Capital

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of funding invested in small and medium-sized enterprises through venture capital trusts in (a) Northern Ireland and...

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of air passenger duty on tourism in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) the rest of the UK.

      Business: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to increase access to bank lending for businesses in Northern Ireland.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will respond to the letter of 17 November 2014 from the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton.

      Tax Avoidance and Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the public purse of tax avoidance and tax evasion.

      Foreign Exchange

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of changing the criminal law to allow sanctions for the misconduct of financial traders identified as...

      Annuities

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the Financial Conduct Authority to publish its thematic review of the annuity market.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he intends to answer Question 215333 tabled for answer on 24 November 2014; and what the reasons are for the time taken to answer.

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps HM revenue and Customs is taking to tackle the tobacco tax gap.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Electronic Government

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

    • Parades: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when she last met the Parades Commission to discuss the situation at Twaddell Avenue, Belfast.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent assessment she has made of the terrorist threat from dissident republicans.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to reduce water (a) usage and (b) bills in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

    • Flying Scotsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will place in the Library a copy of the full report by First Class Partnerships on restoration of the Flying Scotsman conducted...

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to meet the (a) chairman and (b) chief executive of Sianel 4 Cymru before 31 March 2015.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to promote competition in the provision of superfast broadband.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the UK population has taken-up super-fast broadband, excluding cable.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the UK population has taken-up super-fast broadband that has been funded or partially funded by BDUK or a local...

      Mobile Phones: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will have discussions with mobile telephone companies on measures to prevent victims of mobile telephone theft having to pay...

      Telecommunications: Kilmarnock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of households in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency are covered by (a) mobile telephone signal and (b) broadband.

      Broadband: Kilmarnock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will discuss with the Scottish Government steps to increase progress on the roll out of superfast broadband in Kilmarnock and...

      Battle of Waterloo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on plans to hold events in Scotland to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo.

  • Department of Health

    • Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of clinical commissioning group budgets is allocated to diabetes research, awareness and prevention in 2014-15.

    • Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve public knowledge of mental health conditions.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the average waiting time for treatments for mental health conditions.

      Dupuytren's Contracture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he and officials in his Department will meet with members of the British Dupuytrens Society to discuss treatments for that condition currently not...

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on financial support for victims of thalidomide.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage the uptake of the influenza vaccine by people with learning disabilities.

      Social Services: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complaints per 100,000 people were received by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) from (a) members of the public and (b) staff about CQC-...

      Mental Health Services: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to tackle inequalities in mental health services in the black and minority ethnic community.

      Social Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will include in the Social Care Commitment, a statement about employer compliance with minimum wage legislation.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on adjudication of disputes over who is responsible for the care of an individual.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital admissions for (a) hypoglycaemia and (b) diabetic ketoacidosis there were in each local commissioning area of people aged (i) 17 and...

      Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which of his Department's capital investment programmes have involved expenditure in Blackpool North and Cleveleys constituency since 2010.

      Drinks: Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the levels of sugar in children's drinks.

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have had to have implants replaced within five years in each of the last five years.

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve counselling services in the NHS for people under the age of 25 who have a mental illness.

      Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the findings of the friends and family test are being used to improve patient safety in the NHS.

      Meningitis: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of meningitis in children there have been in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the NHS provides fair access for all to life-extending drugs; and if he will make a statement.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications of recent research on the effect of pre-exposure prophylaxis for reducing the spread of HIV.

      Mental Health Strategy Ministerial Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times the Ministerial Advisory Group on Mental Health has met to date.

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve care for lung cancer patients diagnosed through emergency routes.

      Dialysis Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential cost to the NHS of devolving the commissioning of dialysis from a single nationally-prescribed service to...

      Medway Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reason was for the time taken for the Quality Care Commission to publish the report of its August inspection of Medway Hospital's accident and...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment his Department has made of the progress made by health agencies in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England to sign up...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to permit civil partnerships by opposite sex couples.

  • House of Lords

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 20 November (HL Deb, col GC 231), which and how many businesses lobbied them to repeal restrictions on...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the arguments advanced by industry interests for the repeal of restrictions on the sale of liqueur confectionary to children under the age of 16;...

      Children in Care: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps those responsible for Gypsy, Traveller or Roma children in care take to keep those children in touch with their culture and their community.

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who carried out the annual wreath-laying at Wayne’s Keep on the Cyprus Green Line on Armistice Sunday this year; how many attended the event; whether...

      Defence: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ring-fence defence spending in future budget settlements.

      Electronic Surveillance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Acts of Parliament prohibit the use of international mobile subscriber identity catchers to monitor and jam mobile devices in a locality.

      Faith Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to encourage local authorities to assess the teaching of religion in faith schools.

      Genetics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of developments in genomic medicine and the case for communicating accurately and sensitively the significance of genomic data to patients,...

      Health Services: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 21 October (HL2052), what proportion of spending on HIV, tuberculosis and malaria can be qualified as...

      Health: Weather

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have taken place internally within the Department of Health regarding the impact of cold homes on the health of older people.

      Health: Weather

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the financial impact on the National Health Service of poor health caused by cold homes.

      Hearing Aids: Staffordshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will advise the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to prioritise the Quality Standard on hearing loss (adult onset), in the light...

      Homophobia: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the number of recorded homophobic crimes in each of the last five years in England and Wales.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any assessment of the extent of bed blocking in the National Health Service, its impact on the ability of hospitals to make essential...

      Housing Benefit (Habitual Residence) Amendment Regulations 2014

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made following the conclusions of the Social Security Advisory Committee that the Housing Benefit (Habitual Residence) Amendment...

      Immigration: Poland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 20 November (HL2693), whether the Department for Work and Pensions has made an assessment of the contribution...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 17 November (HL2643), whether the records held by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority on foetal...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 17 November (HL2642), whether they consider that any of the mitochondrial diseases listed in Annex D of the...

      James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many nurses the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has employed in each of the last five years.

      James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average waiting time in the accident and emergency department at James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was in each of the last...

      James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been prosecuted for attacks on staff at James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in each of the last five years.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of their income local authorities in England raised themselves in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Malaria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and the Advisory Committee for Malaria Prevention have made of the United States Food...

      Malaria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the unit cost is of (1) Lariam (mefloquine), and (2) malarone.

      Malaria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions the Advisory Committee for Malaria Prevention has met in the last two years.

      Malawi

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the end-of-year spending totals by programme for Official Development Assistance to Malawi in the financial years 2010–11, 2011–12,...

      National Income: South West

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much revenue (1) the South West of England, and (2) Bristol, has been responsible for in real terms as a percentage of the United Kingdom’s gross...

      Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 3 December 2010 (WA 492–3) and 17 November (HL2641), to what extent the collection of eggs only at...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Scottish Government, Welsh Government or Northern Ireland Executive have been permitted to convert financial resources allocated to them for...

      Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will agree the final financial allocations to the Northern Ireland Executive for 2015–16; and when access will be granted to the Departmental...

      Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will allow the Northern Ireland Executive to use financial resources, allocated to it for Capital Departmental Expenditure Limit purposes, as...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact assessment they have made of further planned benefit freezes, including the impact on in-work poverty.

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 17 November (HL2586), whether they will make available the customer research into the way data on public...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total trade deficit or surplus with the European Union in goods and services between 2010 and 2013; and what is their estimate of any deficit in...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have incorporated a policy regarding use of lethal drones in British Defence Doctrine.

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