Written answers

Monday, 26 January 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Woking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of likely passenger numbers on trains from Woking to London Waterloo in (a) 2019 to 2024 and (b) 2025 to 2043.

    • Railways: Woking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the average daily number of passengers using morning peak weekday rail services from Woking to London Waterloo.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 168 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2013-14, HC 12, what items constitute the other costs category of programme...

      Biofuels: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the proportion of biofuel added to road fuel which is sourced from overseas.

      Railways: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 65 of the report of the Smith Commission, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to give the Scottish Government...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the Highways Agency Digital Enforcement Camera System 3 cameras are not painted yellow in accordance with policy elsewhere; and if he...

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what advice his Department gives to local Highways Authorities on how to decide which speed limits are appropriate in local areas.

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will consider the issue of pavement parking as a barrier to safe walking within his Department's Cycling and Walking Delivery Plan; and if he...

      Roads: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page six of his Department's policy brief, How increased Connectivity is Boosting Prospects of Rural Areas, published in December...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Government has provided to Surrey County Council to tackle potholes in each financial year since 2009-10.

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the terms and conditions for the newly-appointed HS2 Ltd Residents Commissioner.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the causes of train delays on the Northern Rail and TransPennine Express franchises that are caused as a...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what meetings he has had with Network Rail since Christmas 2014 to discuss the quality of rail services in South London (a) in general and (b)...

      Transport for London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has had discussions with Transport for London in the last 12 months on that body taking a greater role in the operation of...

      Southern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Southern rail is complying with the terms of its franchise; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Dartford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when and for what reasons the decision was made to remove Thameslink trains to Dartford via Lewisham from the timetable following the completion of...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research his Department holds on the performance of (a) the Southern rail franchise, (b) the Southeastern rail franchise and (c) services on the...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what meetings he has had in the last 12 months with representatives of rail franchises operating in South London.

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of alterations to the rail lines to enable Wimbledon trains from Brighton to pass through Blackfriars Station to Bedford and St Pancras...

      Railways: Dartford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consultation was held before the decision was made to remove Thameslink trains to Dartford via Lewisham from the timetable following the...

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many train services were discontinued as a consequence of the decision to enable Wimbledon trains from Brighton to pass through Blackfriars...

      Thameslink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Thameslink trains will be formed of 12 carriages following the completion of improvements at London Bridge on services via (a) Wimbledon and...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of changes to revenue protection and collection on the Northern Rail and TransPennine Express franchises in the last five years.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of changes in levels of anti-social behaviour and crime on the Northern Rail and TransPennine Express franchises in the last...

      Shipping: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the (a) number of women employed in the Merchant Navy and (b) positions they hold.

      Motor Vehicles: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the use of interrupter devices to falsify driving records.

      Freight: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assistance the Government provides for freight operators who want to adapt their operations to low emissions restrictions.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what instructions he has given to HS2 Ltd on minimising transport disruption in Buckinghamshire during the construction of High Speed 2 (a) affecting...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on revenue protection and collection of the introduction of driver-only operation on the Northern Rail and...

  • Home Office

    • Illegal Immigrants: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were apprehended when illegally entering the UK in Northern Ireland at the border with the Republic of Ireland in each of...

    • Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of illegal firearms in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) acknowledgement and (b) information about action taken a victim receives following a report to Action Fraud.

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to exercise a block opt-out from the 131 pre-Lisbon EU policing and criminal justice laws.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to seek the release of Raif Badawi.

    • Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on expansion of the sanctions regime on Russia.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of prospects for bilateral ceasefires in the Colombian peace process.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent representations he has received from universities about the future viability of Initial Teacher Training courses and...

    • Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his latest estimate is of the RAB charges on (a) fees and (b) maintenance loans to students at UK universities studying...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent estimate he has made of the average unit costs of (a) the face value of student loans, (b) the resource costs of...

      Higher Education: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to promote the engagement of higher education colleges with the agri-foods sector.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what factors the Insolvency Service takes into account when reviewing the fees it charges.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how regularly the Insolvency Service reviews its fees.

      Employment: Huddersfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to create jobs in Huddersfield.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on what basis the Insolvency Service calculates the fees charged in cases of liquidation.

      Post Offices: Rhyl

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what forecast his Department has made of the saving to the public purse from the relocation of the Crown Post Office in Rhyl.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will direct the Insolvency Service to reduce its fees in cases of insolvency.

  • Department for International Development

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions officials in her Department have had with the governments of African states receiving aid from the UK on policy...

  • Department for Education

    • Behaviour Disorders: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Incredible Years programme pilot in improving disruptive behaviour; and what plans she has to...

    • Behaviour Disorders: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the difference is in (a) attainment levels and (b) classroom behaviour in a child who has conduct disorder and has (i) been treated and (ii) not...

      Teachers: North West

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

      Behaviour Disorders: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what graded interventions are available to treat children with disruptive behaviour.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the estimated per-pupil cost was of GCSE re-sits in state schools for the latest period for which figures are available.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will list the top 20 local authority areas by proportion of pupils from maintained schools gaining admission to Russell Group universities,...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will list all local authority areas in the (a) North West, (b) North East, (c) Yorkshire and the Humber, (d) West Midlands and (e) East...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Non-molestation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the contribution by the hon. Member for North West Cambridgeshire of 18 March 2014, Official Report, column 625, what progress has...

    • Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what amount his Department has paid to Jadu Ltd for (a) establishing and (b) maintaining IT systems to support the processing of employment tribunal...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether it remains the policy of his Department not to fund Christmas parties for staff.

      Courts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total value of fines was (a) issued by the courts and (b) collected in 2013-14 in each local criminal justice board area.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the recidivism rate was of prisoners who were released from prisons in the (a) West Midlands and (b) UK in the last year.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to limit prisoners' access to (a) legal drugs and (b) other psychoactive substances.

      Court of Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to review the powers of the Court of Protection; and if he will make a statement.

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Councillors: Young People

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what guidance his Department provides to Returning Officers on the eligibility of 18...

  • Prime Minister

    • Energy: Finance

      To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to his oral evidence to the Liaison Committee of 16 December 2014, what criteria he used to classify energy sources as (a) highly subsidised and (b)...

    • Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister, what provision was made in the arrangements for the Iraq Inquiry to deal with a situation arising from the incapacity of a member of the inquiry panel.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Joint Prioritised Effects List includes targets in Pakistan.

    • Veterans: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to support veterans with industrial deafness.

      Army: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many early service leavers from the Infantry enlisted (a) under and (b) over the age of 18 in each of the last five years.

      Military Corrective Training Centre Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it remains his policy to detain minors at the Military Correctional Training Centre (Colchester).

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research his Department has (a) commissioned, (b) funded and (c) undertaken on the mental health needs of service personnel and veterans since...

      Armed Forces: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to provide support to female service personnel with mental health problems; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library the most recent version of the Defence Nuclear Executive Board's Risk Register for the Nuclear Programme.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what cross-departmental work his Department is undertaking on veterans' welfare.

      Armed Forces Covenant: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many organisations in Scotland have signed the Corporate Covenant relating to reservists, veterans and families of service personnel.

      Veterans: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what response he has made to the recommendation in the Veterans Transition Review, published on 11 February 2014, that security-vetted armed forces...

      Armed Forces Covenant Reference Group: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the appointment of a representative from Northern Ireland to the Armed...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech in Nottingham on 12 January 2015, what assessment he has made of the implications for the defence...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to make surplus Ministry of Defence housing in Lisburn available for sale to housing associations.

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made on preparations for the next Strategic Defence and Security Review; and what recent discussions he has had with...

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what meetings he has had with stakeholders on the next (a) National Security Strategy and (b) Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made on preparations for the next National Security Strategy; and what discussions he has had with stakeholders in that...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the timetable is for inclusion of each of the wards in North Staffordshire in the next tranche of conversion to universal credit.

    • Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people on incapacity benefits suffer from mental health conditions; and what proportion of those people have undergone...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will guarantee a place on an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies course for people on incapacity benefit suffering from poor...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who have been sanctioned since January 2012 have received hardship payments in each year since then; and what the average...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many peer reviews his Department has carried out following the death of benefit claimants; how many such reviews involved the sanctioning...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of expenditure on unemployment-related benefits to people aged (a) 18 to 24 and (b) 24 to 29 in (i) the UK, (ii)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether any people claiming universal credit are subject to in-work conditionality.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in which areas of the UK personal independence payments natural reassessment has not yet been rolled-out.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the statement in his Department's strategy for the publication of information about the 2012 scheme administered by the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it remains his estimate that the number of claimants of universal credit will reach 100,000 by May 2015, as forecast on page 30 of his...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2015 to Question 220893, which aspects of the new closer working between jobcentres and Work Programme...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of trends in youth unemployment.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent progress he has made on tackling fraud and error.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's social security sanctions policy.

      Housing Benefit: Shared Housing

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

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to protect farmers in the dairy industry from the economic consequences of the recent decision by...

    • Greyhounds: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with her counterpart in Ireland on the enforcement of the Balai Directive for racing greyhounds...

      White Fish: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department plans to announce emergency conservation measures to protect sea bass stocks.

      Pine Martens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to control the pine marten population.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of waste collected has been recycled in each year since 2009-10.

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received from nature bodies about the introduction of a Nature and Well-Being Bill.

      Argiculture: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to support farmers in the Yorkshire and Humberside region.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to page six of her Department's policy brief, How increased Connectivity is Boosting Prospects of Rural...

      Food: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to page seven of her Department's policy brief, How increased Connectivity is Boosting Prospects of Rural...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 15 December 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to promote religious and ethnic tolerance and understanding.

    • Mayors: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether an equality impact assessment has been made of plans for a directly elected city-region Mayor for Greater Manchester.

      Apprentices: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he expects to agree the share of the Apprenticeship Grant for employers for Greater Manchester as part of the Greater...

      Devolution: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to bring forward amendments to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Order 2011 to create an eleventh leader...

      Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes were adapted for disabled tenants using the Disabled Facilities Grant in each year from 2009-10 to 2013-14.

  • Scotland Office

    • Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps the Government is taking to protect the economies of Scottish cities linked to the North Sea oil and gas industry.

  • HM Treasury

    • EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral evidence to the Liaison Committee of 16 December 2014, HC 887, Question 4, whether the Government endorses the current...

    • Revenue and Customs: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that due weight is given to the position of Northern Ireland in respect of its (a) land border with the Republic of Ireland...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the combined financial effect on (a) small and (b) all businesses of government policy on business rates (i) in cash terms...

      Fuels: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will reduce fuel duty and VAT on road fuel; and if he will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy that motorists pay the same rate of vehicle tax whether or not they pay by direct debit in instalments.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Passports: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will discuss with the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes would be needed to ensure that Northern Ireland citizens...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Cultural Heritage: Folkestone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support the Heritage Lottery Fund has given to organisations in Folkestone and Hythe constituency since 2010.

    • Arts: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to improve access to the arts for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2015 to Question 221061, what the annual cost to the public purse is of his Department's office...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how funding will be allocated to encourage students to register to vote before the General Election.

  • Department of Health

    • Family Nurse Partnership Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Government's Nurse-Family Partnership pilot schemes.

    • Hyperactivity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the comparative recovery rates of children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and have received (a) drug...

      NHS: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will direct his Department to collect information on (a) how many agency staff were employed and (b) what proportion of the total medical staff...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2015 to Question 219628, what penalties his Department can impose on pharmaceutical companies that fail to...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people scheduled to have a hip or knee replacement as a result of a musculoskeletal condition had their operation cancelled for non-clinical...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to provide employment advisers for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies clients; and what steps his Department is...

      X-rays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the average age of x-ray machines in use in hospitals.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been admitted to hospital after taking legal highs in (a) England and (b) each hospital in Kent in the last five years.

      Behaviour Disorders: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost is of treating a child with conduct disorder.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received on the effect on patients and NHS Trusts and foundation trusts of the 3.8 per cent efficiency factor...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government about the effect...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on quality and access to care of failure by NHS providers and commissioners to achieve the 3.8 per...

      Hospital Beds: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many delayed discharges there were from (a) St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals Trust and (b) Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in...

      Nurses: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses have left the NHS before normal retirement age in each year since 2010.

      NHS: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS paid translators in the last financial year.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS staff earn less than the living wage.

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the medical questionnaire completed by Pauline Cafferkey on her return to the UK from Sierra Leone asked whether aspirin, paracetamol or...

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether Ministers or officials in his Department has identified cause to refer for investigation the conduct of any UK medical staff returning from West...

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on whether Pauline Cafferkey told any member of the medical team on the returning aeroplane from Sierra Leone that...

  • Home Office

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many public bodies as defined in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill do not meet the provisions of the Prevent duty guidance consultation document,...

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in implementing the changes to the Azure Card they announced during the debate of 20 November 2014 (HL Deb, cols 545–67).

      Police: Firearms

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of recent events in Paris, they are reconsidering the range of weapons issued to armed police units in this country.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Saudi Arabia and Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia about the public flogging of a citizen who professed his atheism, and to the government...

    • Saudi Arabia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia concerning the right to freedom of expression and the weekly public flogging of Raif Bedawi.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia on behalf of Raif Bedawi.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of the successful mesothelioma research grant applications made to either the National Institute for Health Research or the Medical Research...

    • Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many sectors of the United Kingdom economy are covered by regulatory agencies; how many agencies there are per sector; and how the pattern for...

      Vocational Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what future plans they have to increase the provisions for free training linked to the Employer Skills Fund to eligible small and medium-sized businesses.

      EU External Trade: East Africa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the trade agreement brokered by the European Union with East Africa, and in particular of the difference between that agreement...

  • Department for International Development

    • Asylum: EU Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union regional development and protection programmes have so far provided worthwhile protection or employment for refugees outside their...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Faulks on 3 December (HL2986), what is their assessment of the amount per annum spent on reducing self-inflicted...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the functionality, reliability and resilience to cyber-attack of the Autonomic Logistics Information System for the F35...

    • HMS Queen Elizabeth

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 16 December 2014 (WA 291), how many F35B aircraft will be in the squadron available at Initial...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many recipients of the Winter Fuel Payment are higher rate taxpayers.

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 15 January (HL Deb, col 893), in which he stated that the current backlog of claims for personal...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Japanese Knotweed

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment have they made of the rate and extent of the spread of Japanese Knotweed in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world where it is not...

    • Ash Dieback Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the incidence of ash dieback in the United Kingdom in the last year as compared with earlier years.

      Trees: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are investigating the possibility of establishing a statutory quarantine system for all trees imported into the United Kingdom.

      Trees: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking steps to insist on the implementation of audit trails for all trees imported into the United Kingdom to enable them to be easily...

      Waste Disposal: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Environment Agency intends to publish a Waste Crime Report for 2013–14; and if so, when that report will be published.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the demand for housing in the United Kingdom over the next 10 years compared to expected levels of supply.

  • HM Treasury

    • Government Departments: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 6 January (HL3478) concerning the Government Employee Pensions liability, whether the £1,171.6...

    • Housing: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the financial effect of abolishing stamp duty on house purchases and replacing it with a form of Schedule A tax on owner-occupied houses; and...

      Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many companies went into administration or receivership where they were unable to recoup all the VAT and PAYE tax due in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and...

      Private Equity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received any representations to change the tax advantages for the private equity industry on the treatment of "carry" as a capital gain;...

      Financial Services: Fines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list by year and by incident the fines levied by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Financial Services Authority.

      Financial Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the European Commission over the conclusion of the Financial Services User Group Report on the €10 trillion...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the practice in the life assurance and reassurance markets of pension buyouts and longevity swaps, what is their assessment of the expected...

      Fuels: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated loss of tax and VAT respectively from the sale of diesel and petrol for every 10 pence reduction in the prices of those fuels; what is...

      Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered any scheme to provide inheritance tax relief on bequests which are specifically and solely in respect of paying off student...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Peers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many nominations for peerages by each political party have been blocked by the House of Lords Appointments Commission in each of the Parliaments since...

    • Devolution: England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 16 January (HL3924) concerning an English parliament, why Scottish and Welsh people were...

      Shaker Aamer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Prime Minister spoke personally to President Obama during his visit to Washington in January 2015 to seek the release of British resident Shaker...

  • Department of Health

    • In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 18 November 2014 (HL2644), whether they will place in the Library of the House a full copy of the...

    • In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 12 November 2013 (WA 113) and by Earl Howe on 22 January 2014 (WA 129), whether the...

      Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that patients in England have access to cancer-related molecular testing.

      Antibiotics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 31 December (HL3763) concerning antimicrobial resistance, how they will consult industry and recruit the group...

      Pregnancy: Sodium Valproate

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the findings of the European Medicines Agency review of Valproate in pregnancy, and the past issue of the availability of information to patients,...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 24 October 2014 (HL2125 and HL2126) and 1 July 2013 (WA 191–2), why the review of medical and dental...

      General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 24 October 2014 (HL2125 and HL2126), what plans they have to address the current shortage of general...

      Lyme Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the rate and extent of the spread of Lyme disease in (1) the United Kingdom, (2) other parts of the European Union, and (3)...

      Lyme Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the recorded number of occurrences of Lyme disease in the United Kingdom in each of the past 10 years; whether they have estimated the extent of...

      Lyme Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the quality and availability of tests for Lyme disease and related diseases in (1) the United Kingdom, (2) the rest of the...

      Chiropody

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that the National Health Service is able to meet any increased need for podiatry services, in the light of the numbers of...

      Opiates: Misuse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the 32 per cent rise in the number of deaths from heroin or morphine abuse between 2012 and 2013; and how...

      Hospitals: Lancashire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patients presented themselves to the Accident and Emergency and Urgent Care Units at the Royal Blackburn Hospital and Burnley General Hospital...

      Social Services: National Vocational Qualifications

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered whether it is appropriate that the requirement for an NVQ1 Care Qualification would prevent an experienced teacher with special...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 12 November 2013 (WA 113–4), by Earl Howe on 30 October 2013 (WA 259) and 22 January...

      Sexual Assault Referral Centres

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding they have provided towards the costs of Sexual Assault Referral Centres, and what funding will be provided in 2015–16.

      Ambulance Services: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of calls relating to an immediately life threatening situation received an emergency response from the London Ambulance Service within eight...

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