Written answers

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of how many drivers of overseas-registered vehicles will not pay the Dartford Crossing toll following changes to the payment...

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the capacity of his Departmental buildings for the micro-generation of renewable energy; and if he will make a statement.

      M1: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason variable speed limits of 60 mph were in force on the M1 motorway at 3.30 pm on 27 November 2014 when traffic flows northbound were...

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what procedures are in force at the Highways Agency to ensure that no one person can impose a variable speed limit that is too low for the traffic...

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the average cost incurred or earnings lost by road users whose vehicles are incapacitated following sideswipe...

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of incidents in which heavy goods vehicles have sideswiped vehicles which are (a) stationary and...

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what interim assessment he has made of the incidence of collisions involving vehicles participating in the Longer HGV Semi-Trailer Trial.

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the guidance in respect of (a) lane discipline and (b) related testing requirements for heavy goods vehicles was last revised.

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he made to his EU counterparts on delays in the introduction of the revised EU Directive 96/53 on vehicle cab design.

      M27

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on making the stretch of motorway between junctions 4 and 11 of the M27 a smart motorway.

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that all new buses across the UK are installed with audio-visual announcements; and what assessment he...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve capacity utilisation on the East Coast and West Coast main lines in order to allow more open access...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the future role of open access operators on the rail network.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department has issued to the Office of Rail Regulation on supporting more competition between franchised rail operators and open...

      Energy

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

      Campaign for Better Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, the hon. Member for Scarborough and Whitby, has responded to the letter of 28...

      Transport: Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve transport links between the UK and Indonesia; and if he will make a statement.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the income from toll charges in (a) 2015 and (b) 2014.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that foreign-registered vehicles pay the charge for the Dartford River Crossing.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department made of the cost of setting up the tolling system for the Dartford River Crossing; and what estimate he has made of the...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the benefit cost ratios are of each of the major road projects proposed in the Autumn Statement.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many of the responses to his Department's consultation on Local Welfare Provision 2015 to 2019 expressed a preference for...

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to insulate his departmental estate in order to improve energy efficiency; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of how local authorities have spent funding allocated for Local Welfare Assistance; and...

      Private Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes have been completed as a result of the private renting component of the Housing Bond Guarantee Scheme.

      Housing Bond Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many bids for funding the Government has received for the private renting component of the Housing Bond Guarantee Scheme.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Ukrainian government since that country's recent parliamentary elections.

    • Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to support the Nigerian government in tackling acts of terrorism by Boko Haram.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department has supplied to the British embassy in Moscow to enable people involved in the (a) arrest,...

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 15 September 2008 to Question 218988 and pursuant to the Answer of 27 November 2014 to Question...

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the relaxation of the EU's political position on Cuba.

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission on that body's policy towards Cuba.

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on Cuba.

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost to date has been of the Draft Feasibility Study for the Resettlement of the British Indian Ocean Territory...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of protests against the election of a Christian as Governor of Jakarta; and what steps he is...

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2014 to Question 213991, whether the Hong Kong Police are continuing the process of...

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the authorities in Vietnam about human rights and the protection of minorities.

      Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he had made of the effect in Lebanon of the continued fighting in Syria and the influx of refugees.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Burma on tackling sexual violence in that country.

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take to encourage the cessation of restrictions on freedom of religion and speech in Bangladesh.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Colombian government on the protection of politicians and peace activists who have been...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of when negotiations on the future of Iran's nuclear programme, including enrichment capacity, will...

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2014 to Question 213991, what process was followed for determining whether arms transfer...

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2014 to Question 213991, for what reasons it was decided that following the use of tear...

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2014 to Question 213991, what discussions the Government has had with Hong Kong police to...

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2014 to Question 213991, what independent verification would be considered adequate to...

      Pitcairn Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress his Department has made on implementation of the recommendations of the third Pitcairn Child Safety Review.

  • Wales Office

    • Iron and Steel: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on the use of public procurement to support the steel industry in Wales.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he has taken to insulate his departmental estate in order to improve energy efficiency; and if he will make a statement.

    • Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he last met representatives of (a) the Campaign for Real Ale, (b) the British Beer and Pub Association, (c) Punch Taverns,...

      Takeovers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a public interest test with regards to corporate takeovers; and for what...

      Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what support his Department provides to research into finding new vaccines for antibiotic resistant strains of TB; and if he...

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what support his Department provides to research into finding a cure for Ebola; and if he will make a statement.

      HIV Infection: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what support his Department provides to research into finding a vaccine for HIV; and if he will make a statement.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to Annex 1 of his Department's grant letter to the Higher Education Funding Council for England for 2014-15,...

      Groceries Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he expects to bring forward delegated legislation to set the level of fine available to the Groceries Code Adjudicator.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many (a) white and (b) Black and minority ethnic applicants started, (i) apprenticeships and (ii) traineeships in the last...

  • Department for International Development

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the capacity of her Departmental buildings for the micro-generation of renewable energy; and if she...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects her Department has which involve working with women in Afghanistan; and what the 2014-15 budget is for each such project.

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to consult women's rights organisations and women in developing programming for its strategic...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department has provided to support women's organisations in Burma who document the sexual violence by the Burmese...

  • Department for Education

    • Armed Forces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of children from families serving in the armed forces in each local authority area who will be eligible for...

    • Energy

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

      Languages: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to ensure that the resources on the Primary Language Training Zone website continue to be available following the decision to...

      Teachers: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will respond to the National Union of Teachers' eight-step action programme to tackle excessive teacher workloads.

      Schools: East Ham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 3 December 2014 to Question 216369, how many new school projects are currently being considered as alternative options for...

      Schools: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to increase representation of ethnic minorities in leadership positions in schools.

      Schools: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to improve the career structures and pension of school support staff.

      Carers: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of young carers in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) England.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Sexting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prohibit an adult in England and Wales sending a message with sexual content to a child.

    • Local Criminal Justice Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the collection rate is for (a) fines, (b) prosecution costs, (c) compensation and (d) victims surcharge levied by each Local Criminal Justice Board...

      Prisons: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison (a) riots and (b) acts of concerted indiscipline there were in each year since 2010.

      Prisons: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the average number of hours per week offenders in (a) youth custody institutions and (b) adult prisons were physically...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people in each age group have been admitted to prison in each year since 2011.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) adults and (b) juveniles in each local criminal justice board area were convicted of (i) violence against the person, (ii) sexual offences,...

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many and what proportion of electors in each UK parliamentary constituency were...

    • Electoral Registration Officers

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, on how many occasions Electoral Registration Officers did not meet the Electoral...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Flexible Working

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

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions the United States Air Force has used a Royal Air Force Reaper Remotely Piloted Air System in Afghanistan in each year; how many...

      Awe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the closing date will be for the review into the costs and construction timetable of Project Pegasus.

      Armed Forces: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that women soldiers are trained for front-line service.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to insulate his departmental estate in order to improve energy efficiency; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on deploying Puma HC.2 helicopters to Afghanistan.

      Torpedoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to announce the award of a contract for the Spearfish Torpedo upgrades.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many F-35B aircraft need to be aboard a Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier before it reaches its initial operating capability; and whether the...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the regular Army annual recruitment target is for each year from 2014-15 to 2020-21.

      Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people left the Armed Forces in each month from September 2013 to July 2014.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions his Department has had on the effect of the seven day waiting period for jobseeker's allowance on those undertaking...

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions he has had with employers on the creation of collective defined contribution pension schemes.

      New Enterprise Allowance: Stafford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Stafford constituency are in receipt of the new enterprise allowance.

      Employment: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to support people over 50 seeking employment.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many performance measurement review officers his Department has employed.

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Government has spent on legal fees on court proceedings relating to disabled people and the (a) under-occupancy penalty and (b)...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with MS have been awarded (a) personal independence payment and (b) the enhanced mobility award of personal independence...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to protect sensitive information from being shared by performance measurement review officers when...

      Vacancies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints his Department has received about the universal jobmatch service since November 2012.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish the number of jobseeker's allowance and employment and support allowance claimants who have been subject to mandatory...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal assistants are employed under the Independent Living Fund.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the closure of the Independent Living Fund on demand for the Access to Work scheme.

      Housing Benefit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has provided to each local authority in Scotland for the administration of housing benefit for (a) 2010-11, (b)...

      Housing Benefit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how his Department has determined the cost of housing benefit administration to local authorities in Scotland since 2010.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Farms: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues about (a) reducing avian influenza farm checks and (b)...

    • Newts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the average change in (a) costs and (b) completion time of construction projects as a result...

      Newts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many great crested newt licences have been (a) applied for and (b) granted in each year since 2007.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2014 to Question 211130, how many people monitored the badger cull in (a)...

      Newts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of great crested newts in England in each year since 2007.

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential for contour tree planting in areas with arable farming and the farming of...

      Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of river effluent on bathing water quality on coastal beaches which are located...

      Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of hobby dog breeders active in England in each of the last five years.

      Dogs: Local Government Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of local authorities have an on-call dog warden service available out-of-hours and at weekends.

      Game: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects a timescale for the peer review of the study on the scientific evidence for cage-based breeding for...

      Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dogs have been born in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Crops: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has she made of the implications for her Department's policies of the findings of the recent European Union...

  • Home Office

    • Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he plans to take to address the threat of IS to the UK.

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of claims for asylum were successful in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answers of 17 November 2014 to Question 213402 and of 11 November 2014 to Question 213405, how many of the Libyan service...

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on current investigations by the National Audit Office into the work of Serco at Yarl's Wood detention...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes relating to overseas students her Department has made to the points-based immigration system since May 2010.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to have introduced exit checks in the UK.

      Travel Restrictions: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department takes account of the US travel ban list in determining whether to grant visa applications.

      Paragon Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints her Department and the police have received relating to Paragon Properties PLC.

      Counter-terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she had with the Northern Ireland Executive before introducing the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill.

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Syrian refugees have arrived in the UK following the decision to allow the resettlement of such refugees in the UK.

      Overseas Students: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU students came to study in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.

      Overseas Students: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-EU students came to study in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.

  • Scotland Office

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the capacity of his Departmental buildings for the micro-generation of renewable energy; and if he will make a statement.

    • Energy

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

  • HM Treasury

    • Public Opinion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent on (a) focus groups and (b) surveys in (i) 2013 and (ii) 2014 to date.

    • Islamic State

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to prevent the laundering of ISIL funds through Hawala brokers and similar informal money transfer systems; and if he will make a...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the capacity of his Department's buildings for the micro-generation of renewable energy; and if he will make a statement.

      Bank Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of the level of unauthorised overdraft fees charged by banks in the UK.

      Infrastructure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the value of investment in infrastructure in (a) London and (b) England in the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Average Earnings

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to address squeezed real wages; and if he will make a statement.

      Broadband: Business

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to box 10.A of the National Infrastructure Plan published in December 2014, whether the £40 million referred to is in addition to the...

      Energy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to insulate his Departmental estate in order to improve energy efficiency; and if he will make a statement.

      National Insurance: Young People

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ensure that HM Revenue and Customs includes information on joining the Anthony Nolan bone marrow donor register in every letter sent to young...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the implications for public expenditure control of the conclusions of the NHS Five Year Forward View published in...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to reduce tax avoidance in the UK.

      Income Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of how much the reduction in the additional rate of income tax to 45 per cent is worth for a person earning £1 million...

      Infrastructure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to encourage investment in infrastructure.

      Economic Policy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made on his long-term economic plan.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the capacity of his Department's buildings for the micro-generation of renewable energy; and if he will...

    • Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of tidal impoundment schemes to (a) local economies and (b) the UK economy.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Honours: Commonwealth

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many British honours were awarded to Commonwealth nations in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

    • Honours

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have received the British Empire Medal since 2012; and if he will make a statement.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) the UK have been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in the last...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of those aged 16 to 24 claiming jobseeker's allowance for 12 months or more were (a) white British and (b) any other...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Tickets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which non-executive directors in his Department have been involved in discussions on policy relating to the secondary ticketing market;...

    • Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department takes to avoid conflicts of interest among its non-executive directors; and if he will make a statement.

      Tickets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what sport governing bodies he has met to discuss the secondary ticketing market; and if he will make a statement.

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when his Department's non-executive directors met ministers or officials in his Department in the last two years; what the agenda of...

      Tickets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills about the secondary ticketing market; and...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people who have registered to vote online were already registered.

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many voters have fallen off the electoral register since the last Household Survey in 2013.

  • Department of Health

    • Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of qualified nurses of working age who are no longer working as nurses in the NHS.

    • General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GPs have retired at the age of 65 in each year since 2010.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his contribution of 1 December 2014, Official Report, column 61, on NHS (Five Year Forward View), how many full-time equivalent GPs were in...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his contribution of 1 December 2014, Official Report, column 61, on NHS (Five Year Forward View), what the cost is of funding the 20,000...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to oblige NHS-registered dentists to undertake root canal work in accordance with NHS Band 2 charges.

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will request a meeting with the German Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth to discuss possible compensation from...

      Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with patient groups on Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with NHS England regarding the 21 individual Breast Network Site Specific Groups who did not complete their most...

      General Practitioners: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of graduating medical students opted for general practice in each year since 2010.

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of mental health service users also have co-morbid alcohol and drug dependence.

      Multiple Sclerosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the availability of sativex through the NHS with the classification of cannabis as a Schedule One...

      Radiotherapy: Letchworth Garden City

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the accessibility of radiotherapy for cancer patients in Letchworth Garden City.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to provide satellite radiotherapy centres for patients who live in places which are inaccessible for existing radiotherapy...

      Mount Vernon Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the journey time by car from Letchworth Garden City to Mount Vernon Hospital in Hillingdon.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department and NHS England are taking to ensure that local autism diagnostic pathways are improving outcomes for adults with autism locally.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide financial incentives to GP surgeries to identify and refer carers to local councils for support.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the separation of commissioning of mental health and addiction services has led to an increase in use of crisis services among the co-morbid...

      Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that people with (a) musculoskeletal disorders and (b) other long-term conditions are supported by (i) the NHS and (ii)...

      HIV Infection: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of women patients were diagnosed with HIV in each of the last four years.

      Carers: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of carers on zero-hours contracts.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will provide additional financial support to carers.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Castes: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, on what date she plans to issue the public consultation as outlined in the Government's timetable for implementing caste discrimination legislation...

    • Castes: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2014 to Question 209041, when the final consultation on caste discrimination will be published.

  • House of Lords

    • 16-19 Bursary Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much government funding has been made available for the Education Maintenance Allowance and its replacement Bursary Fund each year since 2010.

    • 16-19 Bursary Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are evaluating the impact and take-up of the 16 to 19 education Bursary Fund.

      Banks: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what data they collect or intend to collect on the sale of contingent convertible bonds by banks regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority.

      Children: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that children are taught the skills to use and to critique digital technologies in order to use the internet safely and...

      Crime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level and effectiveness of the United Kingdom's co-operation with the Irish Republic in tackling cross-border serious...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the annual profits to be made by the successful bidders for the East Coast rail franchise.

      Embassies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many embassies or consulates they have closed in each year since 2010.

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 17 November (HL2610), what are the gross contributions during the same periods.

      Financial Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the fund management industry in the light of the finding by the Financial Services Consumer Panel that it has...

      Financial Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take in respect of “active managers” following an index despite charging for stock picking expertise; and whether they...

      Financial Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to introduce legislation obliging financial companies to protect against cyberbreaches, money laundering and fraud.

      Free Movement of People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British citizens are resident in each European Union country; and how many citizens of each of those countries have immigrated to the United Kingdom.

      Free School Meals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Welsh Government’s initiative on free breakfasts in primary schools; and what steps they will take to ensure that...

      Gibraltar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide a summary of the range of regulatory and other measures which have been taken by the government of Gibraltar to counter money...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the most recent visit of the European Union Monitoring Commission to the Gibraltarian border with Spain concerning the flow of...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in improving the flow of traffic across the border between Spain and Gibraltar in the last six months.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether proposed ad hoc talks involving them and the governments of Spain and Gibraltar are to take place; and if so, at what level and with what agenda.

      Gifted Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to replace the Gifted and Talented programme.

      Insurance Bill (HL) Special Public Bill Committee (HL)

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what will be the remuneration of the specialist adviser to the Special Public Bill Committee on the Insurance Bill.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Kramer on 1 December (WS 65), what is the evidence that “actual average speeds are unlikely to...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of any increase in road accidents resulting from the heavy goods vehicle national speed limits on dual carriageway roads...

      Leasehold

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take following the Competition and Markets Authority market study into the residential property management service sector in...

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the economic benefits to Israel of operation Protective Edge; and to what extent the United Kingdom has benefited from the...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the International Democrat Union ?on the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea issued on 24 November.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are measuring compensation levels in the investment management industry and any changes due to auto-enrolment.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British passports have been issued to previously non-British citizens in each of the last 10 years. To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many...

      Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of France about the pending delivery of the Vladivostok to the Russian Navy; and what response they...

      Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new (1) academies or free schools that are part of a chain, (2) stand-alone academies or free schools, (3) voluntary aided schools, and (4)...

      Slovenia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the International Democrat Union on Slovenia issued on 24 November.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in how many localities, and at what cost, they have contracted with bus companies or public transport bodies to display advertisements on buses calling on...

      Students: Sponsorship

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase the sponsorship of students by employers.

      Sudan and South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the violence suffered by civilians since the referendum in both Sudan and South Sudan.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 20 November (HL2705), whether they have taken, or will take, any action in relation to any...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will clarify what constitutes tax evasion and tax avoidance.

      Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the International Democrat Union on Trade issued on 24 November.

      Transport: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of existing transport initiatives with regard to facilitating youth mobility in rural areas.

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of recent allegations that abductions, murders, illegal arrests and searches, and judicial repression have been carried out against...

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 25 November (HL Deb, col 840), whether they supported the European Union’s attempts to bring...

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the UAE authorities regarding their conviction of Osama al-Najjar.

      World War I: Debts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any countries owe money to the United Kingdom as a result of the First World War; and if so, which and how much in each case. To ask Her...

      Youth Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the quality of youth services; and what measures they plan to maintain the quality of youth workers.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the political situation in Zimbabwe regarding the relationship between Zanu-PF and the Movement for Democratic Change.

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