Written answers

Thursday, 15 January 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Transport: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress his Department has made on increasing the use of renewable energy in transport in Greater Manchester.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how residents affected by the plans for High Speed 2 will be informed of the appointment of a residents commissioner.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when communities will be informed about (a) the likely start date for construction works for High Speed 2 (Phase 1) in their area and (b) the length...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what disruption there will be to services on the West Coast Mainline during the construction of High Speed 2; and how long such disruption is expected...

      Shipping: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which organisations and individuals were invited to make a submission to the consultation, Changing merchant shipping regulations: weighing of goods...

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) employees and (b) secondees have been appointed by HS2 Ltd since October 2014; and what the pay grade and salary scale of each such person is.

      Crossrail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average per metre bored tunnel cost is of the Crossrail tunnels.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who will sit on the Need to Sell panel; and whether any of that panel will be employees or secondees of HS2 Ltd.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent on High Speed 2 during the period 1 January to 31 December 2013; and what budgeted spend was under each cost heading for (a) 2013...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many petition response documents have been issued to those who have submitted petitions on High Speed 2.

      Crossrail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average tunnel boring machine advance rate is for the Crossrail tunnels.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the High Speed 2 Wigan (Golborne) spur will be reconsidered; and when he will announce a decision on this matter.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list (a) the contracts, (b) the value of those contracts and (c) payments made between (i) his Department and (ii) HS2 Ltd and (A) Alstom,...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether a High Speed 2 Residents' Commissioner has now been appointed; and when the Residents' Charter will be in operation.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his latest estimate is of the number of existing platforms at Euston station which will have to be taken out of use to permit construction of a...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when HS2 Ltd will start consultation on new design proposals for Euston station to comply with the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department will announce revised plans for Euston station to accommodate High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the results of the Old Oak Common consultation will be published.

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) employees and (b) secondees have been appointed by HS2 Ltd since October 2014.

      Wrecks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Marine Accident Investigation Branch is taking to investigate the sinking of the cargo vessel, Cemfjord, in the Pentland Firth.

      Wrecks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on the recovery of bodies from the sunken cargo vessel, Cemfjord, in the Pentland Firth.

      Wrecks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the length of time taken by the emergency towing vessel to respond to the foundering of the Cemfjord in...

      Driving Tests: Western Isles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when driving or motorcycle tests in Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency have been postponed in the last 12 months; what the reason was for each such...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which datasets her Department draws upon in checking if asylum seekers have criminal records; what improvements she is requiring in those...

    • Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many equality impact assessments her Department produced in each year since 2006.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the top 10 nationalities granted study visas, other than student visitors, were in each year since 2009.

      Travel Restrictions: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will revoke the entry ban into the UK on the US broadcaster Michael Alan Weiner, also known as Michael Savage.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the effect of revoking the visa sponsorship licence granted to Youth With A Mission on that organisation.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which directorate of her Department provides the budget for the electronic visa waiver scheme.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the costs and benefits of the electronic visa waiver scheme.

      Probabtion: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign nationals who have been convicted of a crime outside the UK and who currently live in the UK are being supervised by email...

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to allow more refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria to enter the UK.

      Pupils: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2015 to Question 219411, if she will discuss with the Secretary of State for Education the reasons for...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the additional costs incurred by her Department in connection with policing Black Friday.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that UN Security Council Resolutions 2098 and 2147 are implemented in full and that effective...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of the Republic of Congo as to the safety and protection of the British...

      Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts about press freedom.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Russian government on the human rights implications of the decision to ban transgender...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Palestinian Authority on its accession to the International Criminal Court.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department recognises Morocco as the administering power in the non-self-governing territory of Western Sahara.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of progress by Burma towards establishing democracy; and if he will make a statement.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to support the Middle East peace process.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Palestinian Authority on recent reports of violations of the ceasefire agreement.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations Ministers in his Department have made to the Saudi Arabian government on (a) freedom of the press,...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to improve UK-Burmese diplomatic relations; and if he will make a statement.

      Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterparts in the Lebanese government on the removal of restrictions placed on...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Palestinian Authority counterparts on the closure of the administrative checkpoint at the...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Palestinian Authority counterparts on the smuggling of weapons and other contraband into Gaza.

      EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2014 to Question 217644, on Ukraine, what criteria were used to establish EU policy...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will apply the same criteria for industries which qualify for relief under the Climate Change Agreement to the industries...

    • Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will take steps to allow the British Business Bank to provide bonds for companies in the offshore wind supply chain for...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which local enterprise partnerships (a) his Department and (b) the Offshore Wind Industry Council are working with to develop...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking in conjunction with (a) the Offshore Wind Industry Council and (b) individual companies...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to (a) identify and (b) implement a common system for supplier registration in the offshore...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will extend the scope of the Green Investment Bank's objects to include investments in supply chain companies in the...

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many equality impact assessments his Department produced in each year since 2006.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2014 to Question 207136, to the hon. Member for Brighton, Kemptown, what recent progress has...

  • Department for Education

    • Studio Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether construction budgets for studio schools include the cost of specialist teaching equipment related to the school's specialism.

    • Grammar Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of children (a) in receipt of free school meals, (b) with a statement of special educational needs, (c) from a BME community and (d)...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to reduce disparities between local authorities in meeting the six-week regulation for visits of children within...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to encourage schools to (a) report and (b) support victims of child abuse.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many primary school children have received funding through the pupil premium in (a) Bradford East constituency and (b) Bradford.

      Primary Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to increase the number of primary school teachers who have one or more science A-Levels.

      Education Funding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to provide telephone helplines for schools to use to contact the Education Funding Agency.

      Duke of York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which overseas visits undertaken by HRH The Duke of York since 2011 were carried out partly or wholly on behalf of her Department; which countries...

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2014 to Question 219636, whether she expects to provide an update on the management of asbestos in schools before...

      Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much of her Department's budget was allocated to (a) Wirral and (b) Birkenhead constituency in 2013-14.

      Nurseries: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many nursery school places have been created in (a) Bradford East constituency and (b) Bradford since 2008.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2014 to Question 906346, what live data health services and local authorities are permitted to share with...

      Pupils: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many secondary school children in (a) Bradford East constituency and (b) Bradford have received funding through the pupil premium.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and which children's centres there were in the 10 per cent most deprived wards in England in (a) 2010 and (b) 2014.

      Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of children in (a) care and (b) need who have parents who misuse alcohol or drugs.

      Education: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to improve educational standards and opportunities at non-local education authority schools in (a) Tameside and (b) Stockport.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times a sentence has been altered under section 155 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 in the last five years; and what the...

    • Driving Offences: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) convictions and (b) fixed penalty notices there have been in respect of people arrested for speeding offences in Suffolk (i) in total and...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his Department's press release of 6 May 2014, Justice for victims of banned drivers, when he plans to publish the new review of...

      Feltham Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many punishments of removal from wing were given to children at HM Young Offender Institution Feltham in each month in 2014; and how many children...

      Feltham Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers were employed at the children's site at HM Young Offender Institution Feltham in each month in 2014.

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people convicted of driving while disqualified were subsequently convicted of (a) committing further road offences, (b) causing serious injury...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 8 January 2015 to Question 219263, what substances are covered by the heading Other in the table placed in the Library.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what new additional capacity in the adult prison estate is (a) planned or (b) under construction; which prisons are so affected; how many additional...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the expected capacity of the adult (a) male and (b) female prison system will be in (i) June 2015, (ii) January 2016, (iii) June 2016, (iv) January...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what cultural, recreational, heritage and military sites were visited by Libyan trainees from Bassingbourn camp; what the date of each such visit was;...

    • Anniversaries: World War II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans the Government has to commemorate the anniversaries of VJ and VE Days in 2015.

      United Nations: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2015 to Question 219981, what arrangements were put in place to inform qualifying servicemen and women of their...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many equality impact assessments his Department produced in each year since 2006.

    • Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to page 28 of his Department's Work Programme Evaluation published in December 2014, what guidance his Department gives Work...

      Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much of his Department's budget was allocated to (a) Wirral and (b) Birkenhead constituency in 2013-14.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria are employed to assess applicants for personal independent payments (PIPs); and what steps are being taken to ensure that those...

      Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has issued guidance on the evaluation of Innovation Fund projects to support separated families.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who in the past (a) had nil assessments and (b) were in the first tranche of old case closures would be eligible for payments...

      Personal Independence Payment: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for a personal independence payment are still awaiting determination in (a) Warrington and (b) Warrington North constituency.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2014 to Question 906491, when he will publish data on how many victims of domestic violence are using the...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average cost per case is under the new child maintenance system.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the £2,000 tax free childcare allowance is available to those on universal credit.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will meet the Chairman and Board of First Milk to discuss the effect of that body's recent announcements on milk...

    • Cane Sugar: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that cane sugar importation from African and Caribbean countries is protected...

      Bass: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to protect bass fish stocks during spawning in January 2015 since meetings with EU officials on 16...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to support British dairy industry producers whose payments by First Milk have been delayed.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish by 16 January 2015 the Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts report; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Councillors: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library correspondence he has received from Essex County Council and Brentwood Council on changes to...

    • Devolution: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with local authorities in the West Midlands on the devolution of his Department's powers to...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding his Department (a) spends directly on and (b) allocates to local authorities for integration work.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of people on the waiting list for social housing at the latest date for which figures are...

      Local Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 7.42 of the National Infrastructure Plan published in December 2013, what the outcome was of the...

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) actual and (b) percentage change in expenditure on young people's services (i) in total and (ii) per head of,...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many staff are employed on zero-hours contracts in the office of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in his...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many unpaid (a) interns and (b) other staff work in the office of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in his...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many care homes have been visited by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in his Department, the hon. Member for...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many community pubs have been visited in an official capacity by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in his...

      Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the area in square metres is of the Ministerial office of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in his Department,...

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homeless shelters have been visited by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in his Department, the hon. Member...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the Government Procurement Card total spend contribution has been from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in his...

      Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many visits in the UK as part of his official duties have been carried out by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at...

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many overseas visits in an official capacity have been carried out by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in his...

      Gifts and Endowments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what gifts have been received by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in his Department, the hon. Member for Keighley,...

      Gifts and Endowments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what gifts have been received by staff in the office of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in his Department, the hon....

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2015 to the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion, to Question 218133, to which policies he...

      Mortgages: Lewisham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people in (a) Lewisham, Deptford constituency and (b) the Borough of Lewisham have been assisted by the (i) Help to...

  • HM Treasury

    • Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been paid to (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in the Barnett consequentials in each of the last five years.

    • Small Businesses: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on recent changes to the VAT regulation on (a) digital and (b) other small and micro businesses which fall below the...

      Listed Buildings: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue has (a) accrued and (b) he expects will accrue as a result of the measures taken in 2012 to extend VAT to alterations to listed buildings.

      Local Government: Recruitment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to limit the use by local authorities of personal service limited companies for hiring personnel.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will arrange for the Chief Executive of HM Revenue and Customs to provide a substantive response to the letter of 13 November 2014 from the hon....

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether any resources or staff of his Department were used in the drafting of or analysis for the document A Cost Analysis of Labour Party Policy, published...

      Trade Unions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2015 to Question 203110, what the total cost of administering his Department's employee check-off service is; and which...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public purse is of exempting intra-company transfer workers from overseas from paying national insurance contributions.

      Home Care Services: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to grant tax relief to those who fund their own social care costs and are not entitled to any direct financial assistance from...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • International Climate Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, to which countries and for what purpose his Department's contribution to the International Climate Fund has been spent; and what...

    • Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of links between air temperatures and the level of payments under the non-domestic Renewable Heat...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the average heat output was for (a) all and (b) biomass systems operating under the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the average subsidy payment per site of (a) all installed non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and (b) biomass systems...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the likely level of any extra funds the Date Communications Company may request before May 2015...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to page 99 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts for 2013-14, what the purpose and function is of spending...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to page 99 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts for 2013-14, what the reasons are for the change in spending...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will estimate how many properties which are at risk of flooding have mineral fibre or polystyrene bead cavity wall insulation.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the timetable is for the forthcoming Comprehensive Review of solar feed-in-tariffs consultation; and if he will make a statement.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2014, Official Report, column 524W, on Supply Estimates, which elements of the roll out of smart...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2014, Official Report, column 524W, on Supply Estimates, what proportion of the total cost of the...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when his Department will publish its response to its consultation on transferability of rooftop solar photovoltaic which was launched...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when his Department plans to publish its response to its consultation on the transferability of rooftop solar photovoltaic...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions she has had with the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions she has had with Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive on securing adequate resources for the Police Service of...

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the UK Government Financial Package to Northern Ireland under the Stormont House Agreement, how much of the up to £500...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what amount the Government has budgeted for the current media campaign on superfast broadband; and whether that campaign was discussed...

    • Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to support culture and the arts.

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the contribution of creative industries to the economy.

      Sport: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to increase women's participation in sport and physical activity.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the effect of proposed changes to identity checks on applicants to register as voters on people with the protected characteristic...

  • Department of Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures his Department has in place to ensure that independent-sector providers of abortion services comply with the requirements of the Procedures...

    • Dental Services: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has for the future funding of dental services in Mid Sussex.

      Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding his Department allocated to projects aimed at increasing walking between (a) 2005 and 2010 and (b) 2010 and 2014.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department collects separate figures on the numbers of locum, temporary, part-time and agency GPs hired on the latest GP contracts.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the current GP contract allows a GP who is classified as a part-time GP with an FTE of less than 1.0 to be employed also as a locum or agency doctor.

      Obesity: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the proposed NHS England National Obesity Plan will include specific measures relating to diabetes.

      Drugs: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place for engagement and joint working between NICE and the Scottish Medicines Consortium for (a) sharing best practice in the...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the devolved administrations on increases in attendances at A&E departments.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether any of the new marginal tariff payments proposed by NHS England for specialised services activity will be zero.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complex social discharges there were in each of the last four years for which figures are available.

      General Practitioners: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of private health companies which have taken on contracts to run GP practices have left the contract before completing it in (a) England...

      NHS: Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what legal costs the NHS has incurred relating to admissions to the NHS from private hospitals in the last five years for which information is available.

      Social Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pensioners gave up their right to the state pension to enter social care in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) England in...

      Kidney Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of kidney disease.

      Health Visitors: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health visitors were employed in Warrington in each year since 2009.

      Community Nurses: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many district or community nurses were employed in Warrington in each year since 2009.

      Kidney Diseases: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's strategy is for addressing the disproportionally higher incidence of kidney disease from BAME communities.

      Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of his Department's budget was allocated to (a) Wirral and (b) Birkenhead in 2013-14.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken in the last two months to reduce instances of delayed discharge at NHS healthcare providers in England.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the adequacy of the number of escalation beds available to NHS healthcare providers in winter 2014-15.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the adequacy of the capacity of A&E services in the West Midlands.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received from NHS healthcare providers on the number of elective operations cancelled in the last two months.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received from NHS healthcare providers on instances of delayed discharge at hospitals in England in the last month.

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2014 to the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion, to Question 218766, by what date he plans to make a decision on...

      NHS: Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Government's response to the Health Select Committee's Fifth Report of 2008-09 on the use of management consultants in the NHS and...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of people from BAME backgrounds in (a) Liverpool, Wavertree constituency and (b) the North West have registered on the organ donation...

      Kidney Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department has provided to Kidney Research UK's Peer Education Programme.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Homophobia

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to tackle homophobic bullying.

  • House of Lords

    • Al-Sweady Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement made by the Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon MP, on 17 December 2014 (HC Deb, cols 1407–9), whether they will...

    • Armed Forces: Credit Unions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in enabling credit unions to offer services to members of Her Majesty's Forces and their families.

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 16 December 2014 (HL3617), what are the names and sentences of those imprisoned in Bahrain.

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the 29 December 2014 statement by the Greek Cypriot Archbishop Chrysostomos II in respect of civil and human rights for...

      Developing Countries: Family Planning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will advocate proposals for a 10 per cent of Official Development Assistance to be allocated to Population Assistance at the forthcoming...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether under the new arrangements for the design of the United Kingdom's driving licence the Union flag will appear on all driving licences.

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt on behalf of Mohammed Hegazy.

      Employment: Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the financial implications for employers of the ruling by the European Court of Justice that under certain circumstances...

      Employment: Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on small and medium-sized enterprises of the recent decision of the European Court of Justice in Fag og Arbejde...

      Entry Clearances: Nepal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bates on 8 December 2014 (HL3326) and 18 December 2014 (HL3645), how many applications from Nepal were received in...

      Eritrea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the outcomes of the visit to Eritrea by Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Home Office representatives in December 2014.

      EU Immigration: Horn of Africa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what programme of research they are undertaking on the drivers of migration to support the European Union–Horn of Africa Migration Route Initiative.

      European Central Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support a policy of quantitative easing by the European Central Bank; and if so, what would be the implications for the United Kingdom if such a...

      European Union

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 16 December 2014 (HL3536), whether recent statements by the Prime Minister stating that...

      Financial Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to protect consumers from continuous payment authority abuses.

      Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reconsider the attitudes, capabilities and experience required for senior posts in regulation in the light of the outcome of the...

      Firearms: Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the requirement under European Union Directive 2008/51/EC that all member states have a computerised system to record all firearms by 31...

      Firearms: Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the status of Firearms Dealers Computerised Registers as originally required by the Home Office and agreed with the Gun Trade Association in July...

      Gatwick Airport: Immigration Controls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the maximum immigration control queue waiting time at each of London Gatwick’s terminals on Sunday 4 January; and why the immigration control...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the position taken by the government of Spain that Gibraltar should be excluded from the proposed European Union legislation...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether non-British passport holders are eligible for employment by the Home Office on duties connected with immigration control and the security of United...

      Honours

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 18 January 2012 (HL14630), 30 January 2012 (HL14978), 10 July 2014 (HL828) and 28 July 2014...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what ground an individual can be detained for immigration purpose for periods in excess of 30 days.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to place time limits on detention for immigration purposes.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have yet to respond to the application submitted on 25 October 2013 by the person whose Home Office reference is A1342128 for indefinite leave to...

      Japanese Knotweed

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they are giving to each local authority in relation to (1) the desirability of carrying out a survey of the incidence of Japanese Knotweed...

      Japanese Knotweed

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made with the pilot schemes for control of Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) using the psyllid Aphalara itadora; and what...

      Mediterranean Sea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have changed their position on supporting search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the boy killed and 24 children injured in the West Bank last week as reported by...

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel concerning (1) the removal of two military bases in the West Bank in order to allow for the...

      National Security Council

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many countries of concern have been identified by the National Security Council, and how many countries have been prioritised for activity under the...

      National Security Council

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Security Council will have a strategy for each of its priority countries, and, if so, what those strategies will include.

      NATO: Newport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people comprised the United Kingdom delegation at the NATO summit in Wales in September; and of those how many were women.

      NATO: Newport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people comprised the Afghanistan delegation attending the NATO Summit in Wales in September; and of those how many were women.

      NATO: Newport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many delegates in total attended the NATO Summit in Wales in September; and of those how many were women.

      NATO: Newport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many delegates from fragile and conflict-affected states attended the NATO Summit in Wales in September; and of those how many were women.

      Natural Gas: Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the United Kingdom's gas supply comes through Ukraine; and whether they are satisfied about the security of this supply.

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the talks leading to the Stormont House Agreement included any discussion of the undertakings given by the government of the Republic of Ireland as...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Egypt about full reopening of the Rafah Crossing, in particular for urgent medical cases, students,...

      Parades: Belfast

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they decided not to establish a panel to examine issues around parading in North Belfast.

      Police: Car Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the police are paid 65 pence per mile for the use of private cars on official business; and whether they are required to pay tax on the surplus they...

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people committed suicide in prison in England in 2014; and of those (1) how many received mental health assessments prior to their deaths, and (2)...

      Privy Council

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total size of the Privy Council on (1) 1 May 1997, (2) 1 May 2010, and (3) 1 January 2015.

      Prostitution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 17 December 2014 (HL3283), what plans they have to introduce legislation to criminalise the purchase of sex.

      Public Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how, for the purposes of official statistics, they define (1) the annual budget deficit, (2) the structural deficit, and (3) the cyclical deficit.

      Railway Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the way Network Rail manages station rebuilding projects.

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review their policy of right to buy in the light of the continued shortages of social housing to rent.

      Scottish Parliament

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to change the status of the Scottish Parliament.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was (1) the total council-owned housing stock, and (2) the stock of other social housing, in each local housing authority in England for each year since...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government for each local housing authority in England, and for England as a whole, how many units of housing were sold under Right to Buy and Right to Acquire...

      Somerset Rivers Authority

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what legal basis the newly created Somerset Rivers Authority will have; how it will interact with the county council and other local authorities; and how it...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 9 December 2014 (HL3168), what steps they are taking to ensure that legislation is properly drafted such...

      Transport: Capital Investment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 17 December (HL3391), what proportion of the appraisal of a typical road and a rail investment proposal is...

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