Written answers

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which high-speed rail projects are planned to commence in 2015.

    • Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many fatal road traffic accidents were caused by drivers falling asleep at the wheel in each of the last three years.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to improve signalling on the railway between (a) Exeter and Plymouth and (b) Reading and Exeter; and what assessment he...

      Transport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what limits are in place in relation to noise from (a) aircraft and (b) motor vehicles.

      Motor Vehicles: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what examples his Department holds of best practice in respect of work carried out to reduce traffic noise for residents living alongside main roads.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had on the ring-fencing of slots for domestic air services to Heathrow Airport in the event of a third runway being opened at...

      Railways: Woking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many seats are available on trains from Woking to London Waterloo during morning weekday peak hours.

      South West Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was paid by Network Rail to South West Trains because of delays to train services of (a) 15 to 30, (b) 30 to 60 and (c) 60 minutes or more in...

      South West Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will require South West Trains to offer compensation to passengers delayed by more than 30 minutes whilst travelling on its trains.

      South Western Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many bridges are located over the Wessex Route rail line between (a) Basingstoke and Woking and (b) Woking and London Waterloo; and how many of...

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of rail passengers are able to claim compensation for delays to rail journeys of 30 to 60 minutes.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many planning appeals relating to development on green belt land have been recovered for a decision by the Secretary of...

    • Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, from which local authorities planning appeals were recovered in 2014.

      Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many planning appeals have been recovered from local authorities which have no local plan or whose plan (a) dates from...

      Religious Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent steps the Government has taken to tackle Islamophobia.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Written Statement of 13 March 2014, Official Report, columns 32-4WS, on building regulations, whether local...

      Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many injunctions against unauthorised developments were pursued by local authorities in each year since 2005.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on reports made to the UN by Morocco as required of an administering power of Western Sahara.

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to government officials in Bahrain on the stripping of Bahraini nationality from Bahrainis who...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with government officials in Bahrain about a future visit by the UN Special Rapporteur...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) financial and (b) other assistance his Department is providing to the Bahraini government for (i) security sector and...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations have been or will be made to relevant Bahraini government officials about the arrest and detention of the...

      Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to reduce religious persecution across the world.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the flogging of Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia.

      Corporal Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the use of corporal punishment for penal purposes.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote freedom of speech in the Middle East.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to promote freedom of speech in Saudi Arabia.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the case of Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia.

      Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the sale of arms by UK companies to countries with governments which consistently violate the human...

      Greece

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Greek counterpart on elections in that country in January 2015; and if he will make...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political rights of and economic opportunities for Tamils in Sri Lanka.

      EU Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts about reforming the European Union.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent progress has been made on negotiations on the future of Iran's nuclear programme.

      Ukraine: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Russian government about its annexation of Crimea.

      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 speech in that country.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has summoned the Saudi Ambassador in London in order to make representations over the public flogging of...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the compliance with international law of the conviction and sentencing of Raif Badawi.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on a likely release date for Billy Irving and his 34 colleagues from the anti-piracy ship held in...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the (a) number of resettlement places that EU member states are...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees following the introduction of visa...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress the Government has made on its work to provide justice for the victims of the 1976 Kingsmill Massacre.

  • Attorney General

    • Stalking

      To ask the Attorney General, what the sex was of the (a) complainant and (b) defendant in each of the cases of stalking brought since the implementation of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012;...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • City Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2015 to Question 219632, whether his Department received any direct or indirect information...

    • 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) safeguards and (b) monitoring processes and producers are...

      Engineering: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 9 January 2015 to Question 219396, on the Employee Ownership Fund, what estimate he has made of the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to work with partners in the region to ensure that sufficient aid for reconstruction reaches Gaza...

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the long-term health care needs of victims of Operation Protective Edge; what funding and other...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what account she takes of promoting freedom of speech when deciding on allocations of overseas aid.

      Public Expenditure

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

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government plans to take to support newly-qualified teachers in seeking employment.

    • Pupils: Kingswood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the per pupil funding for (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils in Kingswood constituency was in (i) 2010 and (ii) 2015.

      Sixth Form Colleges: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy that VAT should be applied to sixth form colleges in the same terms as mainstream schools with sixth forms.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what financial rewards her Department makes available to kinship carers.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential for misuse of the kinship carer system.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of cases in which two or more babies born to the same mother were put into kinship care.

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many independent careers advisers were employed by schools in academic years (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13 and (e) 2013-14.

      Headteachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people started the National Professional Qualification for Headship in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.

      Headteachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people (a) applied for and (b) completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship in financial years (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11,...

      Headteachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people applied for the National Professional Qualification for Headship in the first half of financial year 2014-15.

      Mathematics: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of secondary school mathematics teachers hold a mathematics degree in each local authority in England.

      Physics: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of secondary school physics teachers hold a physics degree in each local authority in England.

      Chemistry: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of secondary school chemistry teachers hold a chemistry degree in each local authority in England.

      Teachers: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many primary school teachers in each parliamentary constituency in the East of England have a science degree.

      Headteachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people started the National Professional Qualification for Headship in the financial year (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.

      Headteachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people (a) applied for and (b) completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship in the financial year (i) 2009-10, (ii)...

      Headteachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people applied for the National Professional Qualification for Headship in the first half of financial year 2014-15.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has spent on (a) consultants, (b) temporary staff and (c) contingent labour in each of the last five years; how many people have...

    • Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, to which companies Capita are sub-contracting under its electronic monitoring contract with his Department.

      Courts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to improve the recovery of court fines; and if he will make a statement.

      Distress Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of distress warrants that were passed to private debt collection agencies were returned to his Department as uncollected in each of the...

      Courts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of staff of his Department having access to HM Revenue and Customs information on individuals who have...

  • Scotland Office

    • Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with (a) the Scottish Government and (b) his ministerial colleagues on the sustainability of employment and exploration...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many hardship payments were made to sanctioned jobseeker's allowance claimants in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.

    • 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 employer involvement in the...

      Employment: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will assess the implications for his policies of the recommendations in the report by MIND entitled We've got work to do, published in...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claimants of personal independence payments waited more than 16 weeks for a face-to-face assessment by each provider since...

      Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to pilot different approaches to the use of sanctions in in work conditionality for universal credit.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received from the Trussell Trust about the adequacy of his Department's hardship payments scheme since 2010.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to pilot approaches to in work conditionality in which the conditionality will be applied by staff other than Jobcentre Plus...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects in work conditionality to be applied to all appropriate claimants of universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 7.12 of the Explanatory Memorandum to the Universal Credit (Work-Related Requirements) In Work Pilot Scheme...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the shared accommodation rate reflects the real cost of renting shared accommodation.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many letters giving one month's notice of case closure have been sent to Child Support Agency clients.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many six months' notice warning letters of case closure have been sent to Child Support Agency customers in each month since 30 June 2014.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 5.3 of the Government response to the 17th Report of the Public Accounts Committee, Cm 8988, what steps his...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the 390 child maintenance service cases noted in Figure 5 of the Report by the National Audit Office on Child Maintenance...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Shellfish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to stop the spread of Pacific oysters; and what discussions she has had with the (a) Northern...

    • Squirrels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to protect red squirrels in the UK.

      White Fish: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with representatives of French recreational sea bass anglers on the management of sea...

      White Fish: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her French counterparts on that country's policy on management of sea bass stocks.

      White Fish: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2015 to Question 219112, how the review of domestic management measures for bass will...

      White Fish: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea since the EU Agriculture and...

      Rabbits: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many rabbit farms are operating in England.

      Pets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received from animal enforcement bodies and charities on the Pet Animals Act 1951.

  • Home Office

    • HM Passport Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many new staff her Department is planning to recruit for employment in the Passport Office between August 2014 and August 2015.

    • Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of cross-government expenditure on tackling extremism was spent (a) domestically and (b) internationally in each of the last...

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to encourage local authorities to participate in the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme.

      Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress her Department has made on implementation of the violence against women and girls action plan.

      Immigrants: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions her Department has used police cells to hold immigrants in each police force area in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire,...

      Deportation: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people under the age of 18 have been returned to (a) their country of nationality and (b) a third country by her Department in the...

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will re-assess the procedures established to review the numbers of Syrians offered resettlement places in the UK as part of the...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2015 to Question 220654, what indirect costs were incurred by her Department in connection with...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support her Department makes available to service families experiencing, or at risk of, domestic violence.

    • Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to provide care and support for members of the armed forces who have a mental illness.

      Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many community grant applications have been received from HQ 38 (Irish) Brigade in Northern Ireland; how many such applications were successful; and...

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Written Answer of 12 January 2015 to Question 219725, which UK officials will attend the MQ-9 Users Group meeting.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 November 2014 to Question 213733, if he will seek the agreement of the US administration to release a copy of the current...

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects his Department to respond to the recommendations of the 2014 report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Gurkha Welfare.

      Veterans: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans suffer from industrial deafness.

  • HM Treasury

    • European Space Agency

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills regarding UK financial commitments to the European Space...

    • Financial Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on removing the compensation limit set by the Financial Services Ombudsman.

      Financial Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses were instructed by the Financial Services Ombudsman to award consumers the maximum compensation of £150,000 in (a) 2012, (b) 2013...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) UK total managed expenditure in nominal sterling, (b) gross domestic product in nominal sterling and (c) percentage total managed expenditure...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total amount of non-fiscal spending in each year from 2009-10 to 2014-15 is (a) in real terms and (b) as a proportion of total government spending.

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his policy completely to abolish air passenger duty.

      Investment Income: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was raised from taxes on dividend income in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d) Wales and (e) Northern Ireland in each year from 2010.

      Self-employed: Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many IR35 status enquiries HM Revenue and Customs has made in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d) Wales and (e) Northern Ireland in each of the...

      Offshore Industry: PAYE

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received on the PAYE status of (a) divers and (b) diving supervisors working in the offshore energy industry.

      Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what involvement his Department has in monitoring the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • 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, what estimate he has made of...

    • Staff

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

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to page 45 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts for 2012-13, what proportion of the Nuclear Decommissioning...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's budget he expects to be spent on decommissioning and cleaning up nuclear...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's Site Licence Companies spent on support and overhead costs in (a) 2010-11, (b)...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's Site Licence Companies plan to spend on support and overhead costs in (a) 2014-15 and...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's Site Licence Companies were awarded in efficiency fees and support and overhead cost...

      Fracking: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether his Department has received any expression of interest in pursuing shale gas development and exploration in (a)...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what reports he has received of abuses of the non-domestic renewable heat incentive scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many overpayments have been made under the non-domestic renewable heat incentive scheme; and how many overpayments have been recovered.

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the value is of (a) overpayments made, (b) overpayments recovered and (c) outstanding payments under the non-domestic renewable...

  • Cabinet Office

    • General Election 2015

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the period of purdah prior to the 2015 General Election will begin.

    • Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many individuals or small and medium-sized enterprises contracting with, or providing consultancy services to, Government departments have been...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance he has issued to (a) businesses, (b) organisations and (c) individuals on methods of encryption to protect against malicious...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Big Society Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 November 2014 to Question 212813, what the cost to the public purse was of his Department's provision of...

    • Sports: Surrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of adults in (a) Woking constituency and (b) Surrey who have taken part in at least one...

      Broadband: Surrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the proportion of households with access to high speed broadband in (a) Woking constituency and (b) Surrey...

  • Wales Office

    • Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps he is taking to improve transport links between Wales and England.

    • Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on improving transport links to Wales.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the progress of the roll-out of superfast broadband in Wales.

  • Department of Health

    • Pregnancy: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the oral Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health of 13 January 2015, Official Report, HC Deb column 703, on mental...

    • Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients with diseases relating to malnutrition were treated in the NHS in each year since 2005.

      Children: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on preventing unhealthy eating among children of primary school age.

      Sleep Apnoea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of waiting times between diagnosis and treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea for people who drive for a living.

      Respiratory System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport constituency have been diagnosed with chest infections in 2014.

      Radiotherapy: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in Easington constituency have received treatment using advanced stereotactic radiotherapy in each year since 2010.

      Radiotherapy: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had on improving access to advanced stereotactic radiotherapy for patients in the North East of England.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans NHS England has to respond to patient groups and charities who are concerned about the removal of clinically effective drugs from the Cancer...

      Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much each surplus building and piece of land owned by his Department is worth; where each such building and piece of land is located; and which such...

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the success and cost-effectiveness of the (a) Healthy Child Programme and (b) Healthy Start Programme.

      NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much NHS Property Services spent on (a) redundancy payments to staff, (b) temporary staff and (c) external consultants in each year since it was...

      NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much NHS Property Services has paid Jo Stones and Vince Lammas for consultancy services; and how their services were procured.

      Family Nurse Partnership Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many families have received assistance from the Family Nurse Partnership in each year since the inception of the scheme; and what plans he has to...

      NHS: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department issues to NHS trusts on the sharing with children's centres (a) the names and addresses of new parents and (b) other live...

  • House of Lords

    • Children: Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many girls under the legal age of marriage but who had been married abroad were brought back to the United Kingdom in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

    • Congenital Abnormalities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 31 December 2014 (HL3793), to what factors they attribute the rising trend in terminated pregnancies due to...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they use for assessing the effectiveness of the Prevent and Channel counter-terrorism programmes; what targets have been set for any aspects of...

      Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve food labelling to assist diabetes sufferers.

      Duke of York

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what journeys costing over £10,000, and funded as part of the Royal travel programme in connection with Foreign and Commonwealth Office business, have...

      Eritrea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the government of Italy’s proposal that the time has come for a “new start” on relations with Eritrea and...

      Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date in the first quarter of 2015 Public Health England expect to publish the results of the blood folate analysis carried out by the Centre for...

      Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in setting up a laboratory in the United Kingdom able to conduct blood folate status analysis.

      Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect that new treatments for Hepatitis C with cure rates in excess of 90 per cent will be made available on the National Health Service. To ask...

      HIV Infection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the reasons for their decision to reduce funding for the national HIV prevention programme in England by half for the year commencing in April...

      Holiday Accommodation: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 7 January (HL3614, HL3615, and HL3616), whether they will now answer question HL3615.

      House of Lords: Work Experience

      To ask the Chairman of Committees how many internships are offered by the House of Lords Administration.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new homes in the owner-occupied, private rented and social rented sector have been constructed in each of the last 20 years.

      Housing: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the trend rate of real house price growth over the past 20 years.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money they allocate to tackling people trafficking each year; and how many people have been convicted of such crimes in the last year.

      Internet

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to legislation to ban all forms of anonymity online.

      Internet: Bullying

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the establishment of cyber-abuse and internet trolling research, either independent of, or in concert with, existing...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have studied the report by Amnesty International detailing the extent of sexual violence by Islamic State on Yazidi women in Iraq; and whether...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of investment in mental health services through the Better Care Fund on pressures in the healthcare system, and...

      Milk

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the long term sustainability of milk production in the United Kingdom.

      Milk

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking with supermarkets, processors and dairy farmers to ensure that the price paid for milk reflects the costs of production.

      Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the threat posed by Islamist military action in Nigeria.

      Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the human rights situation in Nigeria; and whether they have offered any assistance to the government of Nigeria in connection...

      Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the additional costs over the next five years of converting existing or purchasing new ambulances in order to convey patients...

      Office of Rail Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the Office of Rail Regulation.

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any representations to the government of Pakistan about the proposed resumption of the use of the death penalty in Pakistan; and what...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is current practice to stamp passports of British and foreign nationals on departure and arrival at airports; and, if not, whether that practice...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will respond to Let's make the difference: A manifesto to end homelessness by Homeless Link in advance of the general election. To ask Her...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Baroness Northover on 13 January, whether they will list by country how many Syrian refugees have been accepted by each of the...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Baroness Northover on 13 January, what action is being taken to respond to UNICEF’s report published on 11 January that UNICEF...

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any representations to the government of Ukraine about the humanitarian situation in Eastern Ukraine and the role of pro-Kiev...

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