Written answers

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • Take-away Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has spent on take-away food for staff since May 2010.

    • Catering

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

      Ledbury Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to provide funding for disabled access at Ledbury station.

      Railways: Hereford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what investment Network Rail made in the infrastructure on the Hereford to Paddington line in (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014 to date.

      Railways: Hereford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the forecast number of passengers that will be carried on the Hereford to Paddington line in 2014.

      Railways: Hereford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers were carried on the Hereford to Paddington line in 2013.

      Railways: Beckenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to provide for easier access to London by train from stations in Beckenham.

      Railways: Halifax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the target date is for the electrification of the Calder Valley route through Halifax.

      Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when a decision will be made on the next Northern Rail Franchise.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list all petitioners against the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill who have reached a settlement with HS2 Ltd prior to their...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Fareham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2014 to Question 215590, what proportion of staff employed at the National Maritime Operations Centre in Fareham...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Lancaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people have (a) bought a home for the first time and (b) made mortgage applications in Lancaster district since 2010.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his priorities are for the extended negotiations on Iran's nuclear programme; and if he will make it his policy to...

    • Business: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how the Government plans to take forward the commitment to review access to justice set out in the Government's Business and...

      Business: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the timetable is for review of the Government's Business and Human Rights Action Plan.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Burmese government on allowing humanitarian access to Rohingya Muslims who are displaced...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Burmese government on granting citizenship to the Rohingya.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance his Department is providing to the internally displaced Rohingya.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of fighting in Kachin State and northern Shan State in Burma.

      Business: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take to review the Government's Business and Human Rights Action Plan.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance is being given by the UK to the effort to discover what happended to Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the new High Representative for the EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on Palestinian...

      Catering

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

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports his Department has received on the efforts of the Palestinian Authority to access water from the Eastern...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the Legal Memorandum: War Crimes and Crimes against...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on the visit of Prince Nasser bin Hamad to the UK.

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of the United Arab Emirates regarding the decision of that government to...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the Student Opportunity Allocation for 2015-16 will be maintained at the same level as in 2014-15.

    • Postgraduate Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his policy is on equality of access to postgraduate funding for full-time and part-time students.

      Postgraduate Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many postgraduate taught students commenced a course when they were aged over (a) 25, (b) 30 and (c) 40 in (i) 2011-12, (ii)...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information has been provided to his Department since May 2014 by the Royal Bank of Scotland in respect of the running of...

      Construction: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will have discussions with representatives of the construction industry on their use of umbrella companies; and if he will...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what consideration he has given to the impact the proposed changes to the Disabled Students Allowance, set out in the written...

  • Department for International Development

    • Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on catering and hospitality since May 2010.

    • Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on developing a co-ordinated response to demolition of donor-funded...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects funded by her Department in East Jerusalem or the West Bank of the Occupied Palestinian Territories have (a) outstanding...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid projects funded by her Department in Gaza were damaged or destroyed during the recent conflict; and what the value of UK...

      Take-away Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on take-away food for staff since May 2010.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department has had with its international partners and the Palestinian Authority on the proposed construction of...

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to the government of the United Arab Emirates regarding the decision of that government to include...

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many posts her Department has externally advertised in each year since 2010; and how much her Department paid in interview...

      Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which five country offices have had the highest turnover of staff from her Department in each year since 2010.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what has been the cost of workshops funded by her Department in each year since 2010.

  • Department for Education

    • Catering

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

    • Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that all teachers receive training in how to recognise and deal with bullying in schools; and if she will make a...

      Take-away Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department has spent on take-away food for staff since May 2010.

      Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average age was of people diagnosed with dyslexia in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Pendle constituency in each of the last three years.

      Schools: East Ham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what new school projects are currently being considered for the East Ham Police Station site which has recently been acquired by the Education Funding...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the retention rate is for secondary school teachers of each subject area.

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to enable the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on...

      Science: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of secondary school (a) chemistry teachers hold a chemistry degree, (b) physics teachers hold a physics degree and (c) maths teachers...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been paid to each of the 50 highest (a) barrister and (b) chambers beneficiaries of criminal legal aid payments in the latest period for...

    • Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of the prison population was in jail for (a) sex-related offences, (b) vehicle crime, (c) violent crime, (d) drug-related offences, (e)...

      Prisoners: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been jailed for sex-related offences in each year since 2005.

      Prisons: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average daily cost is of providing meals for each prisoner who is (a) on remand and (b) serving a criminal sentence.

      Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to bring legislative proposals to Parliament to allow the legal recognition of humanist marriages.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2014 to Question 211297, when he expects to write to the hon. Member for Tooting.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, How many (a) suspended sentences, (b) cautions and (c) custodial sentences were handed down in each year since 2010 for (i) burglary, (ii) sexual...

      Prisons: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times and to which prisons (a) Tornado Teams and (b) the National Tactical Response Group has been called out in each month since January 2014;...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions his Department has made appointments by exception since 2010; and who was appointed for each such post.

    • Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much ammunition was allocated to courses involving the training of artillery personnel and forward observation officers to call in fire in each year...

      Marchwood Military Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the specifications for the maximum (a) amount of land to be used and (b) quantity of munitions permitted to be stored in future at the Sea...

      Take-away Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on take-away food for staff since May 2010.

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will support the creation of a European Defence Agency common fund to support multi-nation research and capability projects.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what fires have taken place on UK (a) nuclear-powered and (b) nuclear-armed submarines since 3 July 2012; and how many such fires were aboard HMS Talent...

      Catering

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

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the oral Answer of the hon. Member for Canterbury on 24 November 2014, Official Report, column 633, on army reserve, how many people have...

      Single Source Regulations Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in establishing the Single Source Regulations Office; what budget has been set for the first year of operation of that...

      Armed Forces: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made in its review of rules regarding servicewomen being barred from close combat; and when this review will report its...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he discussed with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government the local welfare provision review, published by his...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the net present value of the universal credit project if claimant numbers in December 2019 were to be (a) 15 per...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will develop a contingency plan in the event that the digital approach to delivering universal credit is delayed; and if he will make a...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress his Department has made in its discussions with HM Revenue and Customs on plans to transfer tax credit debt to his Department;...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department has spent on catering and hospitality since May 2010.

    • Quagga Mussels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the risks to native wildlife and habitats from the arrival in the UK of Quagga mussels; and...

      Crayfish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the level of risk arising from the arrival of the red swamp crayfish to the wildlife and...

      Take-away Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department has spent on take-away food for staff since May 2010.

      Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential options for improved efficiency, burden reduction and information and...

  • Home Office

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of incidents marked as domestic violence incidents related to (a) male perpetrators against female partners and...

    • Art Works

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

      Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussion she has had with social media companies about anti-Semitic comments on social media forums.

      Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff have been employed by her Department's press office in each of the last five years; how many such staff were paid more than...

      Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what public awareness campaigns her Department has run in each of the last five years; how much each such campaign cost; and how much her...

      Police Custody: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with her counterpart in Northern Ireland on the implementation of the proposed change in the law to prevent 17...

      Catering

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

      Death Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on enabling public registrars to print the full postal address including postcodes on death certificates.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes involving fraud were recorded by Action Fraud but not passed on as part of intelligence packages to police forces for...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she intends to reply to the letter to the Immigration and Security Minister dated 22 September 2014 from the right hon. Member for...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the capacity of her Department's buildings for the micro-generation of renewable energy; and if she will...

  • Wales Office

    • Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the level of infrastructure investment in Wales since 2010.

  • HM Treasury

    • Income Tax: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people paid the (a) top rate, (b) higher rate and (c) basic rate of income tax in each Scottish parliamentary constituency in each of the last five...

    • Take-away Food

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent on take-away food for staff since May 2010.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Water

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

    • Timber: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the amount of wood waste in the UK which is suitable for incineration in biomass power stations.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Take-away Food

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department has spent on take-away food for staff since May 2010.

    • Government Departments: Statistics

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what data the Government collects at (a) lower layer super output area and (b) ward level.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which 100 wards had the highest (a) number and (b) rate of teenage pregnancy in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Lord Wei

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether Lord Wei possessed a security pass to No. 10 Downing Street while a Minister in his Department.

      Big Society Network

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes and a list of attendees of the meeting between the hon. Member for Northwood and Pinner and the...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Catering

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

    • Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the Law Commission's recommendations for reform of the Electronic Communications Code.

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the Government plans to publish its response to the Law Commission's recommendations for reform of the Electronic Communications Code.

      Take-away Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department has spent on take-away food for staff since May 2010.

      Local Government: Archaeology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish the Howell-Redesdale report on the future of local government archaeology services.

      Broadband: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the speed of the delivery of superfast broadband to urban areas and progress in resolving black...

  • Department of Health

    • Catering

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

    • Transvaginal Mesh Implants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress the working group on transvaginal mesh implants has made; and if he will make a statement.

      Dialysis Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the clinical rationale is for NHS England's proposal to decommission dialysis as a specialised service.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the Chemotherapy Intelligence Unit to publish its national audit of the Cancer Drugs Fund.

      Mental Health Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Minister of Health in Northern Ireland about support for people with mental illness.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in (a) each surgery in Corby constituency and (b) each clinical commissioning group area in England were unable to obtain a GP...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what comparative assessment he has made of rates of dementia diagnosis in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) the rest of the UK.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average daily cost is of providing meals for each in-patient in NHS hospitals.

      Ambulance Services: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps he has taken to improve the performance of the East Midlands Ambulance Service.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the advertising of e-cigarettes on television.

      Health Services: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with NHS England and regulatory bodies about the work of the NHS in Devon.

      NHS Walk-in Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of closure of NHS walk-in centres on accident and emergency departments and GP practices.

      Cancer: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing an indicator measuring mortality rates of over-75s from cancer in the NHS Outcomes...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2014 to Question 215005, if he will place in the Library the detailed data tables underpinning the bespoke analyses...

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has made to the German Government about the issue of responsibility for the victims of thalidomide damage in the UK; and...

      Take-away Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on take-away food for staff since May 2010.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2014 to Question 210749, if his Department will seek confirmation of the compliance of the British Pregnancy...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission an assessment of the implications for his policies of the full text and research of the study by John Zhang et al, published in...

      Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what definition of pregnancy is used by his Department for the purposes of sexual health policy.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he and officials in his Department have had with the Northern Ireland Department of Health to ensure that patients with rare...

      Cancer: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Minister of Health in the Northern Irish Executive on raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the devolved administrations on the future treatment and care of people with cancer.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been allocated to improving access to (a) intensity-modulated radiation therapy, (b) image-guided radiation therapy and (c) stereotactic...

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the German government about (a) that government's role in the criminal process relating to...

      Care Homes: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in England with learning disabilities of each (a) gender, (b) age group, (c) local authority and (d) type of disability were in...

      Hazardous Substances: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to ensure that sufficient assessment of modern hazardous waste sites has been undertaken by the Health Protection Agency to...

      Pancreatic Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to ensure that all treatments for advanced pancreatic cancer shown to be effective are made available to patients on the NHS.

      Pressure Sores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of pressure ulcers that are caused by poor continence care.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Procurement

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, how much the Government Equalities Office paid to (a) G4S, (b) Serco, (c) Sodexo, (d) GEOAmey, (e) Capita, (f) Atos, (g) Mitie, (h) Working Links,...

  • House of Lords

    • Acts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which are the oldest three Acts on the statute book; and what is the reason for their retention in each case.

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the Chief Medical Officer's review of safe drinking levels and their response to that review.

      Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to change the eligibility criteria for young people who wish to undertake apprenticeships, but have prior academic qualifications such...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reported deprivation of citizenship of former Bahraini nationals and of whether any of the persons concerned had access...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the arrest in November of women in Bahrain for establishing and organising a public referendum, inciting hatred against the...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the reported attack by Bahraini security forces on Youssif Baddah in the village of Sitra on 19 November.

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when was the last time they met with Al-Wefaq, the opposition party in Bahrain; what is the rationale for their policy in respect of meeting that...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the government of Bahrain about its postponement of the visit by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture.

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether positive results have come from their programmes to strengthen the judiciary and to reform the security services in Bahrain; and, if such results...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Bahrain about the practice of stripping citizens of their nationality; and whether they will ask...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any United Kingdom citizens are imprisoned in Bahrain.

      Campylobacter

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider further action to encourage supermarkets to provide more information to customers about the campylobacter contamination rates of...

      Care Homes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that there is sufficient distinction in the Care Quality Commission’s handling of major and minor non-compliance issues when...

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current assessment of whether there is duplication of activities by the Care Quality Commission and local authorities. To ask Her...

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made by the Care Quality Commission of proposals in the Deregulation Bill to create a statutory duty for the Commission to consider...

      Community Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to increase the extent of community healthcare coverage to conditions, such as frontotemporal dementia, which to date they have...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require the Care Quality Commission to publish specific ethnic data about detainees under the Mental Health Acts in its next Annual Report...

      Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to stop the sale of counterfeit goods online in the United Kingdom.

      Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to reduce amputation rates amongst the diabetic population. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what initiatives they have (1)...

      Directors: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the action they have taken on gender and race, what efforts they are making to improve the representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and...

      Disabled Students’ Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when assessing the Disabled Student’s Allowance, previously diagnosed lifetime conditions will be considered sufficient criteria for...

      Eggs and Poultry: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government from which countries (1) eggs, and (2) poultry, have been imported into the United Kingdom in each of the last four years; and what are the respective...

      European Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 20 November (HL2790), whether the Member State could insist on its candidate for membership...

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the planned clinical audit of sexual health and HIV services is planned to be commissioned; and how long it is expected to take.

      Guinea-Bissau

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have provided any humanitarian assistance to the people of Guinea Bissau in each of the last three years.

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to publish their National Action Plan on Hearing Loss before North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group makes its final decision on...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the implications of changes in available social care to support hospital patients ready for discharge but having no one to look after them at home.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 20 November (HL2762), whether the substantial discussions on human rights issues with the...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, George Freeman, on 11 September (HC Deb,...

      Indonesia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of Amnesty International's report Prosecuting Beliefs: Indonesia's blasphemy laws.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the ability of members of the Baha’i community in Iran to bury their dead in accordance with the rituals of their faith.

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the shooting of Saleh Samer Attiyeh Mahmoud with a sponge bullet on 14 November.

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the causes of recent violence in Jerusalem; and what action they plan to take to address those causes.

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose that the European Union makes adherence to the International Criminal Court a necessary condition for both Israel and Palestine in...

      Migration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the most recent figures for migration for each of the 12 months up to June 2014; how many were emigrants from the United Kingdom; how many were...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with Israeli ministers over the prosecution of settlers for acts of violence against Palestinians.

      Offences Against Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the meeting held with the NSPCC on 14 November to discuss the Serious Crime Bill.

      Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 18 November (HL2640 and HL2690), whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has taken the...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of British investment in infrastructure in warzones has subsequently been destroyed in (1) Palestine, and (2) Afghanistan, over the past five...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment have they made of reports of suppression and harassment of journalists in Gaza and the West Bank.

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Palestinian Authority through the Consulate General in Jerusalem in respect of the number of honour killings in...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent launch by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees of the campaign iBelong, which has the aim of ending statelessness...

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 17 November (HL2576), whether small companies were represented in the negotiations over the new Pharmaceutical...

      Planning Permission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether planning authorities are required to notify town or parish councils of planning applications relating to their towns or parishes.

      Prisoners: Death

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many serving prisoners have died (1) by suicide, and (2) from natural causes, in each year from 2010 to date.

      Secure Colleges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the secure colleges for under-18s will be providing education at the target rate of 30 hours per week in the new contract by the end of (1) 2015,...

      Sign Language: Interpreters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the market for British Sign Language interpreters to meet the needs of the deaf community. To ask Her...

      Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the pattern of suicides in each of the constituent parts of the United Kingdom broken down by reference to age and gender in each of the last five...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of reports that hospitals in northern Israel have spent $10 million treating wounded Syrians; and how many of these were combatants.

      Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the outcome of the advice of the Traveller Movement representative on the Department for Work and Pensions Ethnic Minority Adviser Group on...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the Birmingham Policy Commission’s report The Security Impact of Drones; and whether they will make a statement on a...

      Veterans: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the bids received by the veterans accommodation fund were from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively; and how many of the...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House what steps she takes to ensure the quality of answers to parliamentary questions; and what assessment she has made of the length of time taken to provide them.

      Young Offender Institutions: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the view of the fact that in 2013 young people in young offender institutions were experiencing on average only 12 hours a week of purposeful activity,...

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