Written answers

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Noise: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department applies the World Health Organisation's night noise guidelines for Europe; and whether these guidelines have been broken since...

    • Invalid Vehicles: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people have been killed or seriously injured in accidents involving mobility scooters in each of the last five years; and how many of the...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Devolution: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who made the decision not to use the super-affirmative procedure for amending the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Order...

    • Devolution: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how he has publicised the consultation on the proposal to amend the constitution of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

      Mayors: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he has been consulted over the appointment of an interim mayor of Greater Manchester city-region.

      Devolution: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many responses he has had to the consultation on the proposal to amend the constitution of the Greater Manchester Combined...

      Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to improve the rights of leaseholders to hold building management companies to account.

      Religious Buildings: Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the definition his Department uses for 'place of worship' is for the purpose of exemption from Energy Performance Certificates.

  • HM Treasury

    • Financial Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps he has taken to encourage banks to offer their services to money service businesses.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consideration he has given to adopting a Welsh language policy for his Department.

    • Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Pakistani counterpart on the protection and maintenance of Jewish cemeteries in that country.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff in his Department have been employed through employment or recruitment agencies in each year since 2010-11.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2015 to Question 220624, what the powers vested in the three treaty Guarantor powers are...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2015 to Question 220624, what powers are available to the UN-facilitated settlement...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the US Commission on International...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Venezuelan counterpart on the human rights situation in that country; and if he...

      Ecuador

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met with his Ecuadorian counterpart; what the content of discussions at that meeting was; and if he will make a...

      Guyana

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met with his Guyanese counterpart; what the content of discussions at that meeting was; and if he will make a...

      Chile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met with his Chilean counterpart; what the content of discussions at that meeting was; and if he will make a statement.

      Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met with his Brazilian counterpart; what the content of discussions at that meeting was; and if he will make a...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Iranian counterpart in support of the American-Iranian pastor, Saeed Abedini, who is...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many staff in her Department have been employed through employment or recruitment agencies in each year since 2010-11.

    • Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what her Department's communications budget was in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

      Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what her Department's advertising budget was in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

  • Attorney General

    • Employment Agencies

      To ask the Attorney General, how many staff in the Law Officers' Departments have been recruited through employment or recruitment agencies in each year since 2010-11.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Arts: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the amount of Government support received by the creative industries through fiscal relief on...

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which trustees or directors of organisations which were subject to the closure of their banking facilities have subsequently...

      Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his Department's advertising budget was in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

      Citizens Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on the number of people who have volunteered to work for Citizens Advice Bureaux in each...

      Citizens Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on the number of paid staff working for Citizens Advice Bureaux in each of the last 10 years.

      Citizens Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what criteria his Department uses to assess the effectiveness of Citizens Advice Bureaux.

      Citizens Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to support Citizens Advice Bureaux in their recruitment of volunteers.

      Citizens' Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to support the Citizens Advice Bureaux in retaining their capability and capacity to offer appropriate...

      Citizens Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds about the number of Citizens Advice Bureaux field offices in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c)...

  • Department for International Development

    • Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Bekou Trust Fund to date; and whether she plans to contribute to it.

    • Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her assessment is of the implications of the current security situation in the Central African Republic for the delivery of...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make it her policy that Ministers continue to sign off large projects.

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department has provided to reform the security sector, the judiciary and the prison system and to upholding the...

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help refugees fleeing conflict in South Sudan.

      Cost-effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to monitor the cost-effectiveness of its spending.

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent progress has been made on negotiations to agree the Sustainable Development Goals.

      Green Climate Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the UK has contributed to the Green Climate Fund.

  • Department for Education

    • Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of the findings of research by the London School of Economics and Political...

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's advertising budget was in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

      Educational Psychology: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding her Department has allocated to the training of educational psychologists in each of the last five financial years.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2015 to Question 220175, for what reasons her Department has decided not to take any proactive steps to reduce...

      Social Services: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to broaden and escalate the Government’s intervention in Somerset County Council’s Children’s Services.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Ofsted and CQC report entitled Evaluation of local areas' readinness for the implementation of the disability and SEN reforms,...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many looked-after children in each local authority were in a foster care placement on 31 March (a) 2013 and (b) 2014; how many such children in...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Computer Misuse Act 1990

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 in each year since it entered into force.

    • Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff in his Department have been employed through employment or recruitment agencies in each year since 2010-11.

      Wormwood Scrubs Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the art, design and media department at HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs closed.

      Family Courts: Rhyl

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2015, to Question 221368, what estimate he has made of the potential savings to his Department arising from the...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were (a) cautioned and (b) prosecuted for child neglect in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2015 to Question 906848, what guidance his Department issues on when Government departments should seek to legislate...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, 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...

    • Shipbuilding: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to reach a decision on the future use of the shipbuilding sheds in Portsmouth which have been handed back to his Department by BAE Systems.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many recruitment and employment agencies his Department has used to source staff in each year since 2010-11.

      Veterans: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of military veterans in emergency accommodation.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how his Department defines what constitutes a veteran.

      War Graves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will discuss with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission measures to safeguard overseas war graves from desecration by Islamist extremists.

      Sahel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his French counterpart concerning the deployment of UK Reapers in support of Operation Barkhane.

      Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's communications budget was in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2015 to Question 220012, how many RAF personnel are deployed in Afghanistan; and what the (a) rank, (b) squadron...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 9 December 2013, Official Report, column 70W, and with reference to Regulatory Article 1600, published by the Military...

      RAF Croughton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the US sought permission from his Department for consolidation at RAF Croughton following that country's European Infrastructure Consolidated Review.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how his Department plans to inform the families of military personnel killed in Afghanistan of the decision to hold a memorial service at St Paul's...

      Golf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual maintenance and running costs are for each of the golf courses included in his Department's estate.

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he last met the (a) Home Secretary, (b) Foreign Secretary and (c) Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to discuss cyber security;...

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made on its work on a cyber-security model to be implemented in its contracts.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Airdrie and Shotts constituency, (b) North Lanarkshire, (c) Scotland, (d) the UK, (e) England, (f) Wales and (g)...

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's advertising budget was in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

      Social Security Benefits: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer from the Minister of State for Care and Support of 23 January 2015 to Question 221072, what estimate he has made of the...

      Social Security Benefits: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to increase cooperation between his Department and the Department of Health in using Improving Access to Psychological...

      Fracking: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment criteria the Health and Safety Executive plans to apply in deciding whether its inspections of hydraulic fracturing sites will...

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff in his Department have been employed through employment or recruitment agencies in each year since 2010-11.

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have received funeral payments in (a) England, (b) London and (c) Enfield in each of the last 10 years; how much those...

      Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's communications budget was in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

      Fracking: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the number of full-time equivalent staff required by the Health and Safety Executive in order for it to perform...

      Fracking: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is a requirement that the Health and Safety Executive assess all hydraulic fracturing sites during (a) the exploration phase and...

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the long-term sustainability of his plans for a digital service.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what ongoing support his Department offers a jobseeker's allowance claimant who has received a sanction.

      Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has held in 2015 to date with his ministerial colleagues at the Department for Communities and Local Government on the...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the jobseeker's allowance regime facilitates legitimate voluntary work that might boost a...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what criteria are used to determine whether a developer is required to undertake a habitats regulation assessment for a...

    • Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of (a) the comparative rate of food price inflation in (i) the UK, (ii) France and (iii)...

      Natural Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to implement the Natural Capital Committee's Third Report's (a) recommendations on a 25-year...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what fees her Department has proposed for veterinarians who bid successfully in the tendering process for testing for...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to keep veterinarians informed on the timetable of her Department's tendering process for testing...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum case work staff were employed in dealing with asylum claims in each year since 2010-11.

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been waiting for an initial decision on their claim for (a) six months or more and (b) one year or more.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the average length of time each police force has taken to return Disclosure and Barring Service...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on sharing intelligence information to counter terrorism in Europe.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Home Office enforcement visits were undertaken without notice to (a) employers, (b) colleges and (c) universities in each of the...

      Police: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many allegations of misconduct were made against the Police Service in each of the last five years; and how many police officers have...

      Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fixed penalty notices were issued for each type of offence in each of the last five years.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of child abuse the police recorded in each of the last five years; and how many people have been arrested on charges of...

      Offences against Children and Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable will be for the consultation on mandatory reporting of abuse of children and vulnerable adults.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2015 to Question 221638, how many reports of fraud have been received by Action Fraud in the 12 month...

      Asylum: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that asylum seekers resident in Scotland are able to submit evidence on their claim to offices in Scotland.

      Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many requests there have been to social media companies under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 in the last two years; and...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of its Border Security Assessment being conducted at the level of individual...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has considered the possibility of varying the terms and conditions attached to a visitor visa on a country-by-country...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent studies her Department has undertaken of the operation of the visa system in the US; and what assessment she has made of whether...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to implement in the UK the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 118/2014 of 30 January 2014 amending Regulation (EC) No...

      Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers are involved in the monitoring and investigation of child sex crimes online.

      Offences against Children and Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how she plans to incorporate the views of charities and children's services into the terms of reference of her Department's consultation on...

      Immigration Controls: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of illegal migration between the UK and the Republic of Ireland in either direction have been detected by Operation Gull in...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has plans to give financial support, as part of the Prevent programme, to organisations which work with school-aged...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proactive programmes her Department has put in place to make contact with potential extremists since 26 November 2014.

  • Wales Office

    • Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what his Department's communications budget was in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

    • Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many staff in his Department have been employed through employment or recruitment agencies in each year since 2010-11.

      Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what his Department's advertising budget was in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

  • Scotland Office

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his Department's advertising budget was in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

    • Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his Department's communications budget was in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many families with children in (a) Birmingham, Hall Green constituency, (b) Birmingham and (c) the UK are currently in debt to...

    • Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2015 to Question 219852, if he will provide a breakdown by category of his Department's...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Advertising

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his Department's advertising budget was in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any officials reporting to the Chief Executive of the Civil Service are working to implement or devise policies which could affect the...

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, by what process the Government quantifies the severity of cyber-attacks; and what criteria the Government employs to determine its response to such attacks.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff in his Department were recruited through employment or recruitment agencies in each year since 2010-11.

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his Department's advertising budget was in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people have received a fixed penalty notice for failing to register on the electoral register.

    • Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2015, Question 221159, if he will make an assessment of the number of 17 year old attainers who transferred from the...

  • Department of Health

    • General Practitioners: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of people in the Mansfield and Ashfield Clinical Commissioning Group area waited more than a week to see a GP in each year...

    • NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether decisions on whether to publish documents relating to the contracting of NHS services to private providers (a) may and (b) may not prioritise...

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the extent to which commercial insurance companies are capable of covering the risks associated with private health...

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place for the NHS to recover the costs of performing revision surgery when repairing the damage caused by failed surgery carried...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that UK aid workers who return from work abroad receive effective and accessible healthcare from their local GP.

      Tongue-tie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will issue guidance to NHS maternity services to check routinely for tongue-tie routinely in newborn babies.

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the effect on mortality rates of the provisions of off-patent drugs outside their licensed indications in cases where...

      Cervical Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with Public Health England on a national strategy for increasing public awareness of cervical cancer symptoms.

      Cervical Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will launch targeted campaigns on cervical screening in regions where cervical screening rates have fallen below the national average.

      Muscular Dystrophy: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group last met to discuss Translarna; when it will next meet to discuss that drug; and whether approval for its use...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what further discussions his Department has had with (a) NHS England and (b) the Health and Social Care Information Centre on the inclusion of...

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff in his Department have been employed through employment or recruitment agencies in each year since 2010-11.

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that people with hearing loss are able to access audiology service regardless of where they live.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with a musculoskeletal condition have a care plan.

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on the development of a clinical guideline and quality standard for hearing loss.

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which department or team within NHS England is responsible for the development and implementation of proposals for a national molecular diagnostic...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS England plans to publish full details of the decisions it makes during the prioritisation exercise for new specialised services to be...

      Stem Cells: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will work in partnership with charitable organisations to increase awareness of stem cell donation among young people.

      Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential for mindfulness to improve pain management.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2015 to Question 221072, if he will conduct a survey of the practice of clinical commissioning groups in respect of...

      Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's communications budget was in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

      Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's advertising budget was in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the effectiveness of the individual funding request process for cancer medicines.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) applications to the Cancer Drugs Fund and (b) individual funding requests for cancer medicines were approved in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12,...

      Liver Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of progress on reducing hepatitis C-related liver cancers and mortality since the 2004 Action Plan for hepatitis C.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2015 to Question 221072, if he will make it his policy to collect data on the number and proportion of patients who...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2015 to Question 221072, what recent assessment he has made of the ability of local authorities to reduce the...

      Opiates: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2015 to Question 221072, how many and what proportion of opiate users were receiving treatment in each year since...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2015 to Question 221072, if he will make it his policy to collect data (a) on the average time a GP spends with a...

      Mental Illness: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2015, to the hon. Member for Barnsley Central to Question 221804, when his Department plans to complete the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Duke of York

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 21 January (HL4053), what activities involving the pursuit of Foreign and Commonwealth...

    • Libya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the formation of an interim technocratic government in Libya to oversee a transition to a new constitutional and consensual...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Egypt regarding the criminalisation of all forms of violence against women and girls in that country by...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Egypt regarding the progress of investigations in that country conducted into alleged cases of sexual...

      Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the governments of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran regarding the containment and eventual defeat of ISIL.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the report of 16 December 2014 from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran; and what practical ways they...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in the past year in discussions with the government of Libya about compensation for people in Northern Ireland in respect of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many immigrants from (1) Bulgaria, and (2) Romania, arrived in the United Kingdom in each month during 2014.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Investment: Treaties

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of international investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms.

    • Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to make the export of arms contingent on countries' commitments to improve human rights.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Al-Sweady Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much legal aid has been paid to Public Interest Lawyers in respect of allegations made during the Al-Sweady inquiry; and what steps they plan to take to...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions there have been for alcohol sales to those under the age of 18 since the new maximum fine for the offence was introduced; how many such...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what have been the trends in the last five years of violent incidents in prisons (1) between inmates, and (2) between prison staff and inmates; and what...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made to implement the changes announced in December 2014 to provide more information about Short Term Benefit Advances online and in...

    • Occupational Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with the establishment of the Health at Work Assessment and Advisory Service.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • National Parks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to be able to respond to Natural England's proposals for an extension to the boundaries of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

  • Home Office

    • Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 9 January (HL3493), how many of the 1,302 cases identified for advice or support in 2013 were about British...

    • Drugs: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been prosecuted for (1) human trafficking offences, and (2) other offences, as a result of the Metropolitan Police's Operation Pibera...

  • HM Treasury

    • Financial Markets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risks and fairness of high speed trading.

    • Art Works

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment have they made of the case for regulation of the global art market in order to prevent crime.

      Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes have been made in the last five years to the rules on the distinctions for income tax purposes between employment and self-employment.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many letters of comfort were sent to Sinn Fein politicians for onward delivery to persons believed to be "on the run" within the United Kingdom and...

    • Corporation Tax: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Assembly has given its full agreement to the Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill; and, if not, on which parts of the Bill...

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further the Written Answers by Baroness Randerson on 27 January (HL4283) and 19 January (3949), why they have not answered the original question; and...

  • Department of Health

    • In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 23 January 2014 (WA 153–4) and by Earl Howe on 20 October 2014 (HL1962), how the...

    • Hospital Beds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current and planned trend for the reduction of (1) district nurses, (2) midwife services, and (3) meals on wheels to elderly and sick people in...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 22 January 2014 (WA 124–5), under what circumstances nuclear DNA removed and isolated from an egg or an...

      Dental Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish each NHS England local area team's commissioning guidelines and referral criteria for (1) orthognathic surgery, (2) dental implants...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which companies refused to make appropriate adjustment to their prices to allow their drugs to stay in the Cancer Drugs Fund.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Cancer Drugs Fund is to continue to fund any drugs where the appropriate company refused to make appropriate adjustment to their prices and where...

      Hospitals: Hygiene

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase the standard of hygiene in hospitals.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total level of spending incurred by the Cancer Drugs Fund on reimbursing the National Health Service for molecular diagnostics testing in the...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the Cancer Drugs Fund budget has been allocated for molecular diagnostic testing costs in 2015–16.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what processes have been put in place to ensure equitable access to molecular diagnostics across the National Health Service for medicines listed on the...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which National Health Service trusts have applied for reimbursement of molecular diagnostics for medicines listed on the Cancer Drugs Fund in the last year...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance is being provided to National Health Service trusts regarding the option to recoup the costs of molecular diagnostics for medicines listed on...

      Bone Marrow Disorders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research is currently being funded by the National Institute for Health Research for the treatment of systemic amyloidosis or multiple myeloma.

      Bone Marrow Disorders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any phase 2 or 3 clinical trials have been approved for the potential treatment of systemic amyloidosis or multiple myeloma.

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