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Written answers

Monday, 19 January 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, of what land and in what locations adjacent to the High Speed 2 route, HS2 Ltd has facilitated the acquisition; and from which third parties.

    • Radioactive Materials: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what reports he has received on the incident involving the nuclear materials transport ship Parida that ran into difficulties between Scrabster and...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2015 to Question 219323, how many hectares of land as mapped in the High Speed 2 Phase One environment statement...

      A63: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the A63 Castle Street Improvement Scheme.

      Wrecks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to contact the families of the seafarers serving on the bulk carrier Cemfjord; and if he will make a statement.

      Wrecks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with representatives of the (a) Cyprus ship registery, (b) ship management company and (c) ship owner on the sinking of...

      Wrecks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the Marine Accident Investigation Branch to produce initial findings from its investigation into the causes of the sinking of the bulk...

      Wrecks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how the (a) Northern Lighthouse Board and (b) Maritime and Coastguard Agency responded to the sinking of the Cemfjord in the Pentland Firth on 3...

      Radioactive Materials: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what arrangements are in place for the rescue of ships carrying nuclear materials from British ports that run into operational difficulties off the...

      Hazardous Substances: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the emergency tug provision in the UK for lending assistance to ships carrying hazardous cargoes...

      Driving: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what terms of reference have been set for his Department's research project on the effect of telematics on young drivers; and when he plans to publish...

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff of HS2 Ltd are employed on personal service contracts.

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff of HS2 Ltd on personal service contracts are paid more than £1,000 a day.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the cost of building the London terminus for High Speed 2 at Euston.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether any employers have indicated an intention to transfer activities from London to Birmingham after the opening of Phase 1 of High Speed 2.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he received from the general public and others in (a) Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) England before deciding to put the Union flag...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of (a) the initial extra and (b) the subsequent ongoing annual costs of putting the Welsh flag on the driving licence for...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the date by which all driving licences in Britain will carry the Union flag through the process of licence renewal.

      Roads: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the environmental effect of the Government's road investment strategy announced on 1 December 2014.

      Cycling: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to promote awareness among motorists of cyclist safety.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ensure that the needs of cyclists are considered when infrastructure contracts are awarded.

      Exeter-Plymouth Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to increase capacity on the railway between Exeter and Plymouth.

  • Home Office

    • Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much compensation her Department has paid for unlawfully detaining people under immigration powers in Scotland in each of the last five...

    • Marriage Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to allow the mothers of brides and grooms to be named on marriage certificates; and if...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of cross-government spending on tackling extremism since 2010.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to comments made by the director of Parents Against Sexual Exploitation on BBC Radio 4 on 31 December 2014, what assessment...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10 November 2014 to Question 213652, what progress her Department has made on developing proposals for a blanket...

      Merseyside

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

      Illegal Immigrants: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to prevent irregularities in illegal immigration to the UK across the land border with Northern Ireland.

      Drugs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to help the Northern Ireland Executive and the Police Service of Northern Ireland to tackle drug smuggling in...

      South Yorkshire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will request the Independent Police Complaints Commission announces when it plans to report on its investigations into the actions of...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the fifth bullet point of paragraph 301 of the Report of the Task Force on Tackling Radicalisation and Extremism,...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department takes into account reports produced or evidence submitted by non-governmental human rights organisations in deciding...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of registered sex offenders who travel abroad each year.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government took to ensure that the recent election in Sri Lanka was free and fair; and if he will make a statement.

    • Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take to encourage the consolidation of developments in religious freedom in Turkey.

      Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote freedom of religion internationally.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's obligations are as a guarantor of the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee in relation to Cyprus.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if in the Government's role as a guarantor of the 1960 Treaty in relation to Cyprus he will make representations to the UN...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what account he has made of the performance of the launch of MyCSP; what targets have been set for the delivery of this service; and whether they have...

    • Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much 10 Downing Street spent on (a) recruitment agency fees, (b) outplacement agency fees for displaced or redundant staff and (c) staff training...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received on the changes to the budget of the Tradeshow Access Programme by UK Trade & Investment...

    • Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what forecast he has made of the value of export sales for UK companies generated by attendance at overseas exhibitions through...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much tuition fee income was raised from students studying STEM subjects at UK universities in each of the last five years.

      Teachers: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the average response rate of initial teacher training students trained in universities to the National Student Survey was...

      Consumers: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the oral Answer of 8 January 2015, Official Report, columns 382-3, which organisations and businesses he consulted...

      Science: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students in England and Wales graduated in STEM subjects in each of the last five years.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to prevent poorly manufactured or dangerous e-cigarettes being imported into the UK.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the reduction in the student opportunity allocation on the ability of...

      New Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many and what proportion of start-up loans have been taken up by black and minority ethnic people in the last five years.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students started a level 4 apprenticeship in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2011-12 in each parliamentary constituency.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent representations he has received from creditors of companies which go into insolvency about the Insolvency Act 1986.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent representations he has received from creditors of companies which have gone into liquidation about the priority of...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will take steps to ensure that students undertaking a level 6 diploma in professional dance are consistently regarded as...

      Executives: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will bring forward proposals to curb excessive pay increases for senior executives; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the contribution of 13 January 2015 by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and...

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his policy is on investor-state dispute settlement in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much his Department spent on (a) recruitment agency fees, (b) outplacement agency fees for displaced or redundant staff and...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of successful applications to UK universities were made by British people from BME...

      City Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department is providing support to former employees of City Link to find new employment.

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether Ordnance Survey is conducting aerial photography of the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how often he reviews the cost effectiveness of corporate welfare schemes; and what the criteria are for such schemes to be continued.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to monitor the effectiveness of the International Development (Gender Equality) Act 2014 in...

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of the £1.8 billion allocated by her Department to economic development programmes has been spent to date.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much money her Department has allocated to each of the pillars of the strategic framework for economic development.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether all projects and spending from the funds earmarked in the strategic framework for economic development has been added to her...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much from her Department's budget planned for the strategic framework for economic development has been paid to commercial companies.

      Developing Countries: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many officials of her Department in (a) the UK and (b) each station worldwide deal with FGM as part of their remit.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will publish the data gathered through the Property Data Survey Programme before the end of February 2015.

    • Pupil Exclusions: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children were excluded from school for (a) possession and (b) supply of illegal drugs in each of the last five years.

      Schools: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that Bradford has enough school places.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many cluster academies there are in (a) Northamptonshire, (b) the Borough of Kettering and (c) England.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of all recalls to prison have been fixed term recalls in each year since their introduction.

    • Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of offenders who received a fixed term recall for reoffending during their licence period and were given a prison sentence...

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the contribution of the Secretary of State for Justice on 1 December 2014, Official Report, column 72, what the evidential basis was for his...

      Merseyside

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

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance his Department has issued on the treatment in the criminal treatment system of women experiencing domestic violence.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what practice directions are in place on the allocation of judges in civic and family courts to domestic violence cases; and how many judges on average...

      Courts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2015 to Question 217822, what was the value outstanding of impositions relating to (a) fines, (b) compensation...

      Courts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2015 to Question 217822, what the total value was of outstanding financial impositions in each local criminal...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, who bid for the contract arising from his Department's Compliance and Environment Services Project in response to the notice published in the Official...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to award a contract arising from his Department's Compliance and Enforcement Services Project.

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were convicted of selling alcohol to an intoxicated person in each of the last five years for which data are available.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff in ministerial offices in his Department were appointed from (a) the Civil Service and (b) other bodies (i) between May 2005 and May 2010...

    • Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) fraud and (b) financial error in (i) his Department, (ii) its executive agencies and (iii) its...

      Armed Forces Covenant: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress has been made on introducing the Armed Forces Covenant in Northern Ireland.

      Army: Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2014 to Question 217097, when he expects (a) the review of the results of that survey to be completed and (b) the...

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's data protection policy is on (a) surveillance footage and (b) monitoring of on-line networking sites of people who have served in...

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military compensation claimants have been subject to surveillance in each year since 2008; in what proportion of such compensation claim cases...

      Military Bases: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many children live on (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy, (c) Marines and (d) Royal Air Force bases (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether UK armed forces will be employed in training Iraqi and peshmerga brigades to fight against ISIS.

      Combined Cadet Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements are in place to fund the expansion of the Combined Cadet Force; and what the estimated total cost of that expansion is.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2015 to Question 219724, whether those Reapers have been relocated to the UK for maintenance, strategic or other...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to offer or provide personnel from Reaper Squadron 39 to the US Air Force as a gift of services in response to current...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims for personal independence payment his Department expects to receive in the present financial year and the next; and what...

    • Social Security Benefits: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effects of the benefits cap on reducing employment in Pendle constituency.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what average time is taken to resolve those benefit cases subject to mandatory discrimination which are not resolved in the first 30 days.

      Housing Benefit: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) pensioners, (b) people of working age in work, (c) unemployed people of working age, (d) social housing sector tenants and (e)...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the research finding reported in the evaluation of the Work Programme...

      Jobseeker's Allowance Sanctions Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff of his Department have been assigned to implementation of the recommendations of the independent review of the operation of...

      Jobseeker's Allowance Sanctions Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to recommendation 11 of the Government's response to the Independent review of the operation of jobseeker's allowance...

      Jobseeker's Allowance Sanctions Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Government's response to the Independent review of the operation of jobseeker's allowance sanctions, published in July...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what dates and in what locations the universal credit in work pilots are due to start.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost of applying in work conditionality once universal credit has been fully rolled out.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to pilot the application of universal credit in work conditionality by staff other than Jobcentre Plus advisers; and if he...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his strategy for testing approaches to universal credit in work conditionality includes testing of a requirement to leave one job and...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on (a) recruitment agency fees, (b) outplacement agency fees for displaced or redundant staff and (c) staff...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what circumstances disability living allowance is payable for a child who has dyslexia.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of disabled people referred to the Work Programme moved into employment between January and December 2014.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to encourage the use of green waste as compost.

    • Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of efforts to reintroduce the short-haired bumblebee Bombus subterraneus to the UK.

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on the Waste to Bioeconomy roadmap; and whether her Department plans to provide any assistance...

      Rivers: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent progress has been made in deregulating the consent process for river maintenance pilots; and what plans she has...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the 50 largest landowners in the UK received from the Single Farm Payment scheme in the last year for which data is...

      Floods: Lancaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what responsibilities and obligations were inherited by the Environment Agency from predecessor bodies for the maintenance...

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will extend the ban on the use of unenriched battery cages for laying hens, as set out in Schedule 3 to the Welfare...

      White Fish: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the process and timetable is for implementation of emergency EU measures to manage sea bass stocks.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effects of fracking on rural communities; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • High Rise Flats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what support is available to councils and housing associations to (a) modernise and (b) demolish tower blocks; and what...

    • Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what amount his Department spent on ministerial travel by (a) the Government Car and Despatch Agency and (b) other car hire in...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) actual and (b) percentage change in the number of homelessness applications was in each English local authority...

      Quarrying: Redbridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with the London Borough of Redbridge on gravel extraction in Aldborough Hatch.

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many times the beds in sheds taskforce has met since its inception; and on what dates.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average (a) output in number of units per annum and (b) annual turnover is of the firms that have been allocated funds...

      Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding his Department has provided for refuges for women fleeing domestic violence in each year since 2010.

  • HM Treasury

    • Travel

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the last five years.

    • Financial Conduct Authority

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce an appeals process against Financial Conduct Authority decisions.

      Monetary Policy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Bank of England on the continuation of quantitative easing.

      World Economic Forum

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government plans to provide (a) funding and (b) other support for a reception hosted by HRH The Duke of York at the World Economic Forum to be...

      Non-domestic Rates: Beckenham

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward proposals to reduce the level of business rates on small shopkeepers of Beckenham constituency.

      Home Care Services: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints were received by HM Revenue and Customs regarding non-payment of the national minimum wage by domiciliary care providers in (a) 2013 and...

      Mortgages

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has made to the Financial Policy Committee of the Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority on problems faced by mortgage...

      Social Security Benefits: Immigrants

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward proposals to prevent immigrants from claiming benefit for children living abroad.

      Bitcoin: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his Department's policy to seek to recover VAT on bitcoin transactions.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total funds provided by Government for (a) corporate welfare grants and support schemes and (b) tax forgone.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of people employed in the UK solar photovoltaic industry.

    • Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many solar CfD bids were received during the first auction; and what total NWp is represented by all bids.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the Written Statement HCWS183 of 13 January 2015, on Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, if he will appoint...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans he has to update the Electricity Market Reform Delivery Plan projection of 2.4-4GWp of large-scale solar photovoltaic...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to his written statement HCWS183 of 13 January 2015, on Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, what plans he has to involve...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Parades: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress she has made on establishing a separate mediation intervention group in relation to the Ardoyne parades issue.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps the Government has taken to tackle nuisance calls; and if he will make statement.

    • Direct Selling: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to identify and prosecute cold callers claiming to represent a Government debt service.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2015 to Question 219653, what the budget is for the advertising campaign to promote a greater...

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made by the taskforce reporting to his Department on tackling nuisance telephone calls.

  • Department of Health

    • Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme has been in each of the last five years.

    • Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on expanding the scope of the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme to include (a) primary care services and (b) visits of close relatives.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether any member of the governing body of the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has a financial interest in a private health provider.

      Electronic Cigarettes: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital admissions have occurred as a result of injuries caused by e-cigarettes in each of the last five years.

      Sciatica

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many diagnoses of sciatica were made in each of the last five years.

      Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with familial hypercholesterolaemia in (a) England and (b) each local commissioning organisation in the last year.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients with long-term medical conditions in (a) England, (b) Greater Manchester, (c) Tameside and Glossop and (d) Stockport visited A&E...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the number of patients admitting themselves to A&E for a pre-existing medical condition before they reach the top of a...

      Testicular Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is on screening for testicular cancer.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) professionally-qualified clinical staff other than locum doctors, (b) doctors other than locum doctors and qualified nursing, midwifery and...

      King's College Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will allocate additional funding to assist towards delivering the new cystic fibrosis ward at King's College Hospital; and if he will...

      Health Services: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the health entitlements within the NHS are of British national missionaries and aid workers who are not ordinarily resident in, but retain housing...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 2 January 2015 to Question 219648, who the members of the care.data Programme Board are; and (a) by whom and (b) by what...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 2 January 2015 to Question 219648, what criteria will be used by the National Data Guardian to evaluate whether it is right and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will request that Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, reply to the letter of 21 November 2014 from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Hodge...

      Health Services: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of recent changes to residency requirements for free access to the NHS on UK citizens working as missionaries...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were admitted to hospital for (a) alcohol-specific and (b) alcohol-related reasons in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were admitted to A&E departments for (a) alcohol-specific and (b) alcohol-related reasons in each of the last five years for which...

  • House of Lords

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: East Midlands

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average waiting time in the accident and emergency departments in Nottingham and Derby for every month in the last year.

    • British Transport Police

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to expand the role of the British Transport Police in providing supervision around transport interchanges.

      China

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 17 December 2014 (HL3529), what further attempts have been made to gain an explanation from...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the reaction of consular officials in Beijing to the detention of Alexandra Wilson by Chinese authorities was adequate. To ask Her...

      Criminal Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Faulks on 17 December 2014 (HL3232), how many new criminal offences were created from 1 January 2000 to 31 May 2014;...

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have actively sought to ameliorate the embargo on the Turkish Cypriot community in accordance with Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly...

      General Practitioners: East Midlands

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how long patients in Nottingham and Derby have had to wait to get a general practitioner appointment every month in the last year.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the apparent incursions by Spanish fishing vessels into British Gibraltar territorial water on 26 December 2014.

      Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance on the use of sofosbuvir in the treatment of hepatitis C has not been published nearly 11...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to assist the Kurdistan Regional Government to prevent sexual violence by Islamic State against Yazidi women and to provide...

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide a detailed breakdown of the costs of the Chilcot Inquiry to date.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority towards achieving access to the Noble Sanctuary in Jerusalem,...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 31 December (HL3732), what action they have taken to ensure that Israel has fulfilled its...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Livingston of Parkhead on 17 December (HL3408), what representations they have made to Israel concerning the 12...

      Israel: USA

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States regarding the United States–Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014.

      Level Crossings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect that the review of level crossing legislation will result in a legislative proposal being put before Parliament.

      Milk

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to strengthen United Kingdom food security through ensuring that the supply of liquid milk produced in the United Kingdom is...

      Ministry of Defence: Civil Proceedings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which law firms have received legal aid funding in relation to claims against the Ministry of Defence in the last five years; and in each case how much...

      Motor Vehicles: Litter

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have invited tenders for the scoping study to obtain the evidence on which to base regulations on littering from vehicles as required by the...

      Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to publish their recent review of the Muslim Brotherhood.

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland was involved in all parts of the talks leading to the Stormont House Agreement, contrary to the Belfast...

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any additional agreements were concluded further to the Stormont House Agreement; and, if so, when those will be published.

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any current discussions concerning Gaza's gas fields; and what assessment they have made of the ownership of those gas fields.

      Pensions and Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place administratively and legislatively to reduce public sector pensions and social security benefits in the event of the consumer...

      Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and if so, why, they have supported an informal paper calling for European Union member states' media regulators to censor Russian broadcasters and...

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