Written answers

Friday, 5 December 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of planned spending on (a) cycling, (b) walking, (c) public transport and (d) roads contained in local growth...

    • Government Car Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2014 to Question 214347, what deadline he has set for HM Revenue and Customs' submission to the government fleet...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency plans to respond to the letter of appeal from Mrs T. Slater of Christchurch of 14 November 2014.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Fareham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Coastguard officials, of what grades are employed at the National Maritime Operation Centre in Fareham; and what the (a) inflow and (b)...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Fareham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2014 to Question 216240, on how many occasions the number of staff working the night shift at the National...

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to introduce further toll roads.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Falmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many coastguard officials of which grades are employed at Falmouth Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre; and what the (a) inflow and (b) outflow...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Fareham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre stations are available to act as emergency cover in the event of an emergency at the Maritime Operations...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Falmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many officers of what rank were on watch during the night shift at Falmouth Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre on the night of 1 December 2014.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department took to vet Libyan personnel prior to their commencing military training at Bassingbourn barracks;...

    • Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the revenue available to the ISIL derived from the territory it controls; and if he...

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish a list of all operators who obtained commercial fishing licences from the Ascension Island government...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports or assessments have been commissioned by the UK Government on child protection proceedings in the British Overseas...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on what occasions have (a) EU companies seeking to trade in the US and (b) US companies seeking to trade in the EU claimed to...

    • Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what support he is giving to UK-registered businesses to encourage reporting on an integrated reporting basis; and if he will...

      Post Offices: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many sub-post office branches have closed in each local authority area in the East of England in each year since 2005.

      Holiday Leave: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations the Government has received on the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal of 4 November 2014 in Bear...

      Holiday Leave: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what response the Government plans to make to the Employment Appeal Tribunal decision of 4 November 2014 in Bear Scotland and...

      Groceries Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of whether to give the Groceries Code Adjudicator the power to impose fines.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprenticeships were (a) commenced and (b) completed in each year since 2009-10; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress she has made in scaling up her Department's commercial legal programme LASER; and what funding has been allocated to LASER.

    • International Climate Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to intervention statement for the Climate Public Private Partnership (CP3) Platform, for what reason the UK's...

      Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which stand-alone goals and targets the Government hopes to achieve in the forthcoming inter-governmental negotiations on the...

      Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress the Government has made in negotiating specific targets for the delivery of peace, jobs and justice in the sustainable...

      Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on its DfID Direct roadshows.

      Arab States

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many women in business in the Arab world have received mentoring and expert advice from counterparts in the UK and other G8...

      Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to encourage the wider roll-out across Africa of recently trialled tests for Ebola used in Guinea.

      Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, at what intervals her Department plans to fund Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance between 2016 and 2020; what threshold will have to be met by...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department expects to publish the data gathered through the Property Data Survey Programme.

    • Headteachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many participants there were in each recent intake of the National Professional Qualification for Headship programme; and what guidance is issued...

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to publish the report on her Department's review of asbestos policy in schools.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local authorities have signed up to the online free school meal eligibility checking service.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department gives to secondary schools near grammar schools about setting realistic attainment targets for pupils; and what steps she...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the (a) financial cost and (b) cost of the effect on pupils' learning of replacing a teacher who leaves a school.

      Teachers: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has made to increase the number of high-quality secondary school teachers, other than the role of financial incentives.

      A Level Content Advisory Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding her Department provided to the A-level Content Advisory Board in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools have received the pupil premium to date; and what assessment her Department has made of the results and performance of that policy.

      Teachers: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many service leavers have (a) applied to and (b) been accepted onto the Troops to Teachers programme to date.

      Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the amount of funding available for a sixth form pupil at a grammar school in (a) 2010, (b) 2005 and (c) the latest date...

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much was spent on supply teachers in England in the academic years (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has had discussions with the Crown Dependencies on the establishment of beneficial ownership registers for those companies...

    • Harassment: Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent people who have been convicted for online harassment or hate crime accessing any other social...

      Courts: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance his Department has issued to courts on their obligation to provide interpreter services.

      Shoplifting: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of shoplifting in each parliamentary constituency in the East of England have led to a conviction resulting in (a) probation and (b)...

      Administration of Estates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to enable the executors of an estate to access the funds held in an executor's bank account prior to obtaining grant of probate...

      Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has determined the technology and security specifications required for new remote video links to ensure they are compatible with...

      Prisoners: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Muslim prisoners there are in England and Wales.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel are currently billeted with the US Marine Corps at (a) MAG-26, (b) VMFAT-101, (c) MAG-39 and (d) MAWTS-1; and what are their...

    • Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2014 to Question 213404, what assessment his Department has made of the likelihood of success in the negotiations...

      Armed Forces: Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2012 to Question 92634, whether any of the bodies of deceased working military animals have entered the food chain...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the date was of (a) initial gate, (b) main gate and (c) contract signature was for the (i) A400M Training Service, (ii) Airseeker, (iii) Brimstone...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many locally-employed Afghan interpreters who worked alongside the British Army have resettled to the UK under his Department's resettlement package.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many locally-employed Afghan patrol interpreters who worked alongside the British Army between November 2013 and October 2014 have applied for...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many locally-employed Afghan patrol interpreters who worked alongside the British Army between November 2013 and October 2014 are eligible to apply...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department is on schedule to introduce the advanced IT system developed in partnership with Capita to manage the recruitment of regular and...

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many security breaches have been recorded by the Ministry of Defence in each year since 2010; and what action has been taken following each such breach.

      NATO Response Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the written Answer of 17 November 2014 to Question 213740, whether the NATO MQ9 Users Group will be available for use as part of the NATO...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any personnel from Reaper Squadron 39 have been deployed to (a) Al Udeid air base, Qatar, (b) Al Minhad airbase, United Arab Emirates and (c) Al...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Written Statement of 21 October 2014, Official Report, column 63WS, whether laser designators on UK Reapers carrying out...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of IT systems used in the national security vetting process.

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which blocks of the Type 26 Frigate of what value will be built in Portsmouth.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department issues to jobcentres on their obligation to provide interpreter services.

    • Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department gives to a Work Programme sub-contractor to which a prime provider has refused to make a contractual payment; and...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps he has taken to reduce the length of time it takes for a decision to be reached on eligibility for personal independence...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Government's commitment in its response to the Oakley Review, Cm 8904, to implement an IT solution so that local...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many families claiming jobseeker's allowance with dependent children have been sanctioned since October 2012; and how many such people...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many families claiming employment and support allowance with dependent children have been sanctioned since December 2012; and how many...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 25 March 2013 to Question 149822 and pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2014 to Question 215974, how much...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Bootle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employment and support allowance applicants are awaiting for a medical assessment at Bootle Assessment Centre.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time has been that employment and support allowance applicants waited for a medical assessment by a doctor since the...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether there is a contractual timeframe for carrying out medical assessments after receipt of an employment and support allowance application.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Avian Influenza: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent reports she has received on the outbreak of H5N8 avian flu in Yorkshire.

    • Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to tackle the bee disease foulbrood.

      Farms: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that green waste disposed on farmland does not contain plastic bags and other...

  • Home Office

    • Travel Restrictions: Malawi

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

    • Travel Restrictions: Ethiopia

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

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many human trafficking investigations have been commenced by the National Crime Agency in each of the last five years.

      UK Border Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many seasonal staff in the Border Force are employed on zero hour contracts.

      Marriage of Convenience

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to reduce the number of sham marriages in the UK.

      HM Passport Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Passport Office staff who were previously made redundant are permitted to apply for existing or forthcoming vacancies.

      Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the crime detection rate was in (a) Bury St Edmunds constituency, (b) Suffolk and (c) England and Wales in each year since 2010.

      Proceeds of Crime: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the monetary value was of assets (a) seized and (b) frozen under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in each police force area in the East...

      Asylum: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has paid to each local authority in the East of England in asylum seeker support in each year since 1997.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2014 to Question 214623, what the five most common reasons were for an appeal being granted in each of...

      Entry Clearances: Kuwait

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the costs of extending the electronic visa waiver scheme to Kuwait.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to receive the report from the investigation by the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation into Investigatory Powers.

      Immigration Controls: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions since 1 July 2014 border gates at Heathrow Terminals 1 to 5, other than e gates, have been closed to EU passport holders.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress her Department has made on working with internet companies to restrict access to terrorist material which is hosted overseas...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress her Department has made with the internet industry on improving the process for members of the public to report extremist...

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that police and crime commissioners are accountable to the public.

      Direct Selling: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle fraud perpetrated by telephone cold callers.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to insulate her Departmental estate in order to improve energy efficiency; and if she will make a statement.

  • Scotland Office

    • Income Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 11 November 2014 to Question 213288, what the name and job title is of each member of the programme board.

  • HM Treasury

    • Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the difference in the average proportion of income paid in tax annually by claimants of (a) employment and support allowance,...

    • Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of cases where applications for tax credits were (a) refused or (b) suspended because the applicant had failed to provide...

      EU Budget

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to encourage the European Commission to publish greater details on how much revenue it receives and how that revenue is spent.

      VAT: EU Action

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to protect UK businesses from additional paperwork arising from measures by the European Commission to standardise VAT returns.

      D-Day Landings

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made on making funding available for D-Day veterans to visit the Normandy beaches; and when such a scheme will commence.

      Income Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much income tax revenue has been received from taxpayers in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Public Bodies: Annual Reports

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he is taking to encourage public bodies to report on an integrated reporting basis; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Northern Ireland will receive as a result of Barnett consequentials for the additional transport spending announced for England.

      Money Laundering

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many company formation agencies have been shut down by HM Revenue and Customs for involvement in money laundering in the last (a) 12 months, (b) five...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Society Network

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will place in the Library (a) a copy of the minutes and (b) a list of attendees of the meeting between the Minister for Civil Society and the Big...

    • Big Lottery Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will place in the Library copies of all correspondence between the Prime Minister and the Big Lottery Fund.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Mobile Phones: Wrexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will carry out an assessment of the adequacy of mobile telephone coverage in Wrexham town centre.

  • Department of Health

    • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that NHS staff are able to diagnose Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

    • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has commissioned on Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

      Dupuytren's Contracture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will implement the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence's latest guidance against the use of collagenase injections for...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the NHS takes to encourage people receiving long-term treatment for a mental illness to continue to receive such treatment.

      NHS: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department issues to the NHS on its obligation to provide interpreter services.

      Alcoholic Drinks: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many admissions to hospital through accident and emergency departments with an alcohol-related diagnosis there were in (a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk and...

      Hospital Beds: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital beds per head of population there were in the (a) East of England Strategic Health Authority area and (b) Suffolk Primary Care Trust...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the average travelling distance to a 24-hour accident and emergency department in the East of England in the...

      Dental Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of practising dentists in each county in the East of England are taking on new NHS patients.

      Pancreatic Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with NHS England on the need to recognise levels of unmet need in pancreatic cancer when re-evaluating treatments on the...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for mental health.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on shortages of mental health beds in NHS England.

      Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Independent Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to publish a progress report on the Government's implementation of the recommendations in Hard Truths: The Journey to...

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the contribution by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health on the Off-patent Drugs Bill of 7 November 2014, columns 1114-1118,...

      Terrence Higgins Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2014, Official Report, columns 1107-19HL, by how much the funding for the Terrence Higgins Trust will be reduced.

      fpa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding the Family Planning Association has received from the Government in each of the last four years; and what funding will be made available...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, at what cost to his Department senior management of each London NHS clinical commissioning group and trust have been sent on trips abroad in each year...

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what work Health Education England undertakes with local authorities in the area of sexual health; and how much of Health Education England's budget is...

      Dialysis Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 27 November to Question 215754, what main concerns have been raised by stakeholders in renal services at the recent meeting...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of mental health patients also have drug and alcohol dependencies.

      Nalmefene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department issues on whether local authorities or clinical commissioning groups should fund the cost of the drug Nalmefene.

      Dialysis Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 27 November 2014 to Question 215754, what consideration the new Task and Finish group will give to the commissioning of kidney...

      Speech Therapy: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many qualified speech and language therapists have been employed by the NHS in Warrington in each year since 2009-10.

      Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) elective and (b) non-elective operations were carried out in the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in each year since...

      Mental Health Services: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many qualified (a) psychologists and (b) psychiatrists have been employed by the NHS in Warrington in each year since 2009-10.

      Zolpidem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received on the prescription of zolpidem.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to help GPs diagnose cancer at an early stage.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that donated organs are suitable for transplant.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that community care assessments of people with autism are being carried out by professionals with...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2014 to Question 210908, whether the evaluation process of the Access to the Electoral Office Fund will involve...

    • Castes: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether the Government plans to proceed with the first of the two consultations before the end of autumn 2014 to add caste as an aspect of race into...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she plans to Answer Question 205841, tabled on 15 July 2014.

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure greater accuracy in gathering gender-correlated abortion statistics.

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what protection they are offering to vulnerable women who feel under pressure to have a sex-selective abortion for fear of injury to their physical or mental...

      Ambulance Services: City of Westminster

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current London Ambulance Service response times to life-threatening incidents (category A calls) within the City of Westminster.

      EU External Trade: Tunisia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether duties on goods from Tunisia entering the European Union have been eliminated; and if not, to what extent they will be reduced in the coming year.

      Financial Services: ICT

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the financial services industry to ensure that the information technology infrastructure is fit for purpose.

      Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the rules governing short selling.

      Floods: Somerset

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to construct the River Parrett Barrier near Bridgewater to help protect the Somerset Levels from further flooding.

      Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that petrol stations are located at sufficiently regular points along United Kingdom roads.

      Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what authorisation is necessary before a petrol station can be closed.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the number and cost, in both absolute terms and as a percentage of the total departmental workforce, of non-payroll staff in the Home Office for each...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what calculations they have made of the fiscal impact of immigration into the United Kingdom.

      Medical Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether clinical commissioning groups, general practitioner surgeries or any other National Health Service bodies have the legal right to provide insurance...

      Mental Health Services: Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many mental health nurses were employed in (1) community services, and (2) in-patient services, in the National Health Service in each of the last five years.

      Multiple Births

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 8 April 2010 (HL3233 and HL3235) and by Earl Howe on 17 November (HL2643), what assessment...

      National Income: South West

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

      Network Rail

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of Network Rail's ability to deliver infrastructure projects.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they place a limit on the daily payment of doctors, nurses and other professionally qualified staff hired by the National Health Service from the...

      Pancreatic Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the proposed re-evaluation of treatments on the Cancer Drugs Fund list, what assurances they can provide to patients with pancreatic cancer...

      Pancreatic Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that all treatments for advanced pancreatic cancer shown to be effective are made available to patients on the National...

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