Written answers

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Rochester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the reduction in journey time from Rochester to London that will result from the new station in Rochester and the...

    • Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will commission work to compare the cost and success of hard shoulder running on smart motorways with the Siemens eHighway.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will commission trials of the Siemens eHighway in the UK similar to those conducted in California.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Non-domestic Rates: Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to his letter of 24 October 2014 to the chief finance officers of English billing authorities, which local...

    • Local Government: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assistance has been (a) requested from or (b) offered by his Department to South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse...

      Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many community-led developments have completed as a result of the Community Right to Build.

      Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many community groups have exercised the Community Right to Build.

      Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many community referendums there have been as a result of the Community Right to Build.

      Rabbits: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many applications there were to set up rabbit farms in England in each of the last five years for which information is...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage an end to clashes between Indian and Pakistani troops in Kashmir.

    • North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions the Government has had with the South Korean authorities about (a) North Korean progress towards viable...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take to encourage better protection of religious minorities in Egypt.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Spanish counterpart on (a) the position of that country in relation to the...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is offering to the Nigerian government in response to the recent killings by Boko Haram in Nigeria.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to tackle the persecution of Christians in Somalia.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic, humanitarian or consular assistance his Department has provided to Ms Maud Kells, the missionary from County...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the P5 nuclear weapon states will next meet in London; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether there will be a joint P5 statement on the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Russian government about (a) human rights in general and (b) LGBT rights in that...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Saudi Arabian government about freedom of speech in that country.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of human rights in North Korea; and if he will make a statement.

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Egyptian government on freedom of religion in that country for (a) atheists and...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take in response to the conclusions of the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear...

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the military capability of Hamas.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the extent of persecution of Christian communities in the Middle East.

      Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to tackle the persecution of Christians overseas.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.

      France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the French government on joint counter-terrorism and surveillance activities.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he next plans to discuss co-operation on security issues with his counterpart in the Pakistan government; and if he will...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether it remains her policy that the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry chaired by Sir Anthony Hart is the most appropriate place where...

    • Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will include Kincora Boys' Home in the independent inquiry into historical child sex abuse, established by the Home Office, in order to...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Music: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make it his policy to support the establishment of a music licensing and collections agency.

    • Science: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students are studying STEM subjects at UK universities in the 2014-15 academic year; and if he will estimate the number...

      Duke of York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which overseas visits undertaken by HRH The Duke of York since 2011 were carried out partly or wholly on behalf of his...

      Insolvency Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Insolvency Service provides value for money for creditors of liquidated companies.

      Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 1 October 2014 to Question 206270, what (a) inquiries have been made and (b) investigations have been...

      Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 1 October 2014 to Question 206270, what discussions and meetings (a) Ministers in his Department, (b)...

      Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 1 October 2014 to Question 206270, what the operational responsibilities of lenders under the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Nigerian authorities about the promotion of (a) reintegration into society of and (b) other...

    • CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what budget her Department allocated to the CDC Group in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13, (e) 2013-14, (f) 2014-15...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the £1.8 billion allocated by her Department for economic development programmes is expected to be non-fiscal...

      Developing Countries: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much has been returned of the amount her Department invested into projects with predicted returns in the last five years.

      Developing Countries: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, by how much her Department has reduced public sector net borrowing as a result of its increased use of returnable funds.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much public expenditure was allocated from her Department to Unilever in each financial year from 2009-10; and how much public...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what budget was allocated by her Department to the Samridhi Fund in each financial year from 2009-10; and what budget is allocated to...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what budget was allocated by her Department to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in each financial year from 2009-10;...

      Developing Countries: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in which returnable capital funds her Department has invested since 2010.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress her Department has made on making defibrillators available to all schools at a reduced price.

    • Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much was spent on the pupil premium in each local authority ward in Kingswood constituency in each of the last 5 years.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Terrorism: Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners convicted of terrorist-related offences have been released on temporary licence in each of the last five years.

    • Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many mandatory drug tests have been performed in each prison in each quarter since 2006.

      Prisons: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent on professional interpretation services by each prison in England and Wales in 2012; and on how many occasions such interpretation...

      Prisons: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent on professional interpretation services by each prison in England and Wales in 2012; and on how many occasions such interpretation...

      Prisons: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent on professional interpretation services in each prison in England and Wales in 2012; and on how many occasions each such...

      Prisons: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent on professional interpretation services in each prison in England and Wales in 2012; and on how many occasions such interpretation...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convictions for racially or religiously aggravated offences there were in each of the last 10 years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to invest in the upgrade of the A400M aircraft for use in special operations; what lessons his Department learned from the...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to make a formal public acknowledgement of the sacrifice made by British troops deployed to Afghanistan in recent years.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support his Department is offering to Nigeria to help combat Boko Haram.

      West Africa: Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to ensure members of the armed forces helping with the Ebola outbreak have adequate protection against the disease.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Chief of the Air Staff on transferring responsibility for the risk of Typhoon mid air collision to that role.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 7 of Director General, Military Aviation Authority, Air Safety Annual Report, August 2013-August 2014, published in January...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which posts have held responsibility and for how long for the risk of mid-air collisions on each fast jet type in each of the last five years; and what...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when responsibility for the risk of Typhoon mid-air collision was passed from Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group to the Chief of the Air Staff; and for...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to ensure that shops secure the physical safety of their customers during future Black Friday promotions; and if he will...

    • Delivery Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to provide retraining opportunities for (a) former employees of City Link and (b) others who have been...

      Funerals: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2014 to Question 216270, whether the average payment made by the Social Fund Funeral Payment scheme is...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy that people on benefits who undertake temporary work placements can have their benefits reinstated immediately...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the value of hardship payments issued to sanctioned jobseekers' allowance claimants was in each of the last 12 months for which figures...

      Work Programme: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people (a) were eligible for and (b) participated in the Work Programme in Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East constituency...

      Funerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 5 January 2015 to Question 219706, what estimate he has made of the number of people who went into debt in order to...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to page 32 of Work Programme Evaluation: Operation of the commissioning model, finance and programme delivery, published by his...

      State Retirement Pensions: Kilmarnock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency who will reach the state pension age within 12 months...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what conclusions about effective approaches to universal credit in work conditionality he has drawn from the labour market trials which...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to publish evaluations of the universal credit in work conditionality pilots.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what changes he has made to his Department's policies or procedures in response to those representations about the adequacy of his...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what resources from the UK's allocatons of EU Structural Funds have been used to support food banks.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average number of job searches required of jobseeker's allowance claimants is in (a) each English region and (b) each age group.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cats: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to reduce the number of fatal shootings of cats; and if she will make a statement.

    • Game: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with landowners concerning measures to improve the habitat of the grey partridge.

      Livestock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to publish figures for pre-slaughter mortality of animals in the food industry.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take account of the shortage of vets in Devon and Cornwall when considering enforcement of fines for a failure...

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will consult representatives from the compostable plastic bags industry as part of her Department's review of...

      Rural Areas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the loss of state funding by the ACRE Network on that organisation's...

      Rabbits: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will bring forward species-specific legislative proposals to (a) prohibit the use of barren cages for new rabbit farm...

      Rabbits: Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in which countries rabbit meat sold in the UK in each of the five most recent years for which data is available was produced.

      Rabbits: Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to ensure that consumers are fully informed of the manner in which rabbit meat on sale in England was...

  • Home Office

    • Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many investigations into modern slavery have been made in each police force area in 2014.

    • Immigration: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people not holding UK passports of what (a) nationality and (b) age entered Northern Ireland through the land border with the...

      Firearms: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many firearms were confiscated in each police force area in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e)...

  • HM Treasury

    • Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what payments the Government has made to (a) Capgemini and (b) Fujitsu for work decommissioning tax credits.

    • Tax Avoidance: Luxembourg

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he plans to make to the President of the EU Commission on tax deals given by Luxemburg to corporations trading in the UK.

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce a commemorative coin for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015.

      Corporation Tax: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to devolve corporation tax to the Northern Ireland Executive.

      Monetary Policy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria his Department uses to assess the effectiveness of quantitative easing.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if the Government will launch an inquiry into the price of fuel to identify the reasons for the disparity between global oil prices...

    • Dungeness B Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the future operating life of Dungeness B nuclear power station; and if he will make a statement.

      Coal: Mid Glamorgan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what tonnage of coal was extracted from Parc Slip Opencast site in Mid-Glamorgan in each year since 1985; what levy was imposed in...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Radicalism

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to paragraph 2.3 of the report of the Prime Minister's Task Force on Tackling Radicalisation and Extremism, published in December 2013,...

    • Cervical Cancer: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many women under the age of 25 were diagnosed with cervical cancer in (a) the borough of Barnsley and (b) the UK in 2013 and 2014.

      Civil Servants: Flexible Working

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of civil servants is employed on flexible working arrangements.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Portable Antiquities Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

  • Department of Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many inspections of approved independent places for the termination of pregnancy have been carried out to ensure compliance with the revised...

    • Pancreatic Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the Cancer Drugs Fund was spent on pancreatic cancer drugs in each year since 2010.

      Dental Services: Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many antibiotics were prescribed by out-of-hours dentists in each quarter of the last three years.

      Circle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will remove Circle UK from his list of preferred partners to run NHS trusts.

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent progress he has made in preventing the Ebola virus spreading in the UK.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will have discussions with NICE on the future availability in the NHS of the cancer drugs (a) Eribulin, (b) Avastin, (c) Kadcyla, (d) Afinitor, (e)...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that there is adequate public consultation and discussion before a decision is taken by Parliament on permitting...

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, persuant to the Answer of 5 January 2015 to Question 218547, if he will adapt the Early Access to Medicines Scheme to better accommodate off-patent...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the Government's approach to negotiating a cost-effective price for the meningococcal B vaccine Bexsero takes account of fluctuations in disease...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which post in his Department is responsible for leading negotiations on setting a cost-effective price for the meningococcal B vaccine Bexsero; and when...

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that doctors and surgeons are not working excessive hours.

      Health Services: Kingswood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding was allocated for the NHS in Kingswood constituency in (a) 2010 and (b) 2015.

      Cancer: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in Easington constituency have accessed the Cancer Drugs Fund in each year since 2010.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had about extending the remit of the Cancer Drugs Fund to include access to other cancer treatments such as advanced stereotactic...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacant A&E consultant posts there were in the NHS excluding London (a) on the most recent date for which figures are available and (b) in...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacant A&E consultant posts there are in (a) London and (b) England; and how many such vacant posts there are in each category in each of...

      NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much Simon Holden, Chief Executive of NHS Property Services, has been paid for home to office travel expenses since taking up the post; for what...

      NHS: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect the four per cent year-in-year efficiency savings requirement has had on (a) staffing levels, (b) patient care...

      Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect that the recently announced reductions in staffing levels at the Dudley Group of Hospitals will have...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of additional demand for NHS counselling services resulting from survivors of historic child sexual abuse recently coming...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of 111 referrals to A&E departments in NHS hospitals in Sussex over the Christmas and New Year period in (a)...

      Social Services: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that recipients of social care are able to access complaints advocacy, equivalent to the...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 16 December 2014 (HL Deb, cols 101–2), whether they sought the endorsement of (1) the British Medical...

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the answer by Earl Howe on 16 December 2014 (HL Deb, cols 101–2), what status the Guidance in Relation to the Requirements of the Abortion...

      Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what lessons were learnt from Exercises Crusader in 1980 and Lionheart in 1984 with regard to using civilian ports not normally used for particular types of...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the nature and purpose of the new agreement with Bahrain in relation to the naval base at Mina Salman.

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the new defence co-operation arrangements with Bahrain differ from the previous arrangements.

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether defence arrangements with Bahrain extend to any areas other than Mina Salman.

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the defence co-operation arrangements with Bahrain differ from defence arrangements with other countries in the Gulf or elsewhere.

      City Link

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will examine the financial support undertakings given to City Link by its owner; and whether they have estimated the cost to the taxpayer of the...

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 2 December 2014 (HL3199), who issued and on what authority the invitations to the 270 guests who...

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to continue to abide by the NATO principle urging all member states to spend two per cent of gross domestic product on defence.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the infrastructure of the East Coast Main Line has sufficient capacity to enable the Virgin/Stagecoach consortium to deliver both faster and more...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, in the light of the demand for track access exceeding the availability of train paths on the East Coast Main Line, open access operators are paying...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on total passenger capacity of the East Coast Main Line of the use of 280-seat trains on 17 per cent of the long...

      Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional funding (1) has been, and (2) is being, made available in the current Parliament to (a) Electoral Registration Officers, and (b) democracy...

      English Language: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the attention paid to vocabulary building within literacy syllabuses in the national curriculum from pre-school onwards.

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 15 December 2014 (HL3255), why the repayment conditions were not agreed in advance of the European...

      Forests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the acreage of land in England that was wooded at the beginning of 2015; and what they expect the acreage to be at the beginning...

      General Election 2015

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whom they have appointed to carry out the review of the operation of Part 6 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 in relation to the...

      HIV Infection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether funding for the national HIV prevention programme will be reduced from April 2015, and if so, by how much. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what...

      Holiday Accommodation: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the regulations in relation to Clause 33 of the Deregulation Bill will be available in print; and whether this will be before consideration of the...

      Honours

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish the results of their inquiry into the premature disclosure of certain honours included in the New Year’s honours list;...

      ICT: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage the teaching of computer coding in schools.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 30 October 2013 (WA 259), 26 November 2013 (WA 263), 3 December 2013 (WA 36), 3 December 2014 (HL3158), 16...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, Jane Ellison, on 17 December 2014 (HC Deb, cols...

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when “Maxwellisation” letters were sent to witnesses to the Chilcot inquiry.

      Magistrates’ Courts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) district, and (2) deputy district judges, are currently serving in magistrates’ courts; and how many such judges they estimate will be...

      Military Decorations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 15 December 2014 (HL3258), whether any gallantry medals have been awarded but not gazetted in the...

      Ministers’ Private Offices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Government Ministers routinely inform all members of Parliament of the names, phone numbers and email addresses of their private offices; and if not,...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to speed up payment of the sums pledged in Cairo for the reconstruction of Gaza; and whether they will ask Israel to contribute.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to promote (1) increased competition, and (2) the levying of fair fees and commissions, in the private pensions industry.

      Pensions: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the charges, fees and commissions paid by consumers in relation to private pensions are transparent.

      Public Interest Lawyers

      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...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans the Department for Education have to increase funding for summer schools.

      Redundancy Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list all the payments made by the Redundancy Payments Office, their value, and the companies in respect of which each was made, in each...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when regulations will be introduced to implement plain paper packaging for cigarettes.

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