Written answers

Thursday, 5 February 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to encourage local authorities to make greater use of part-time 20mph zones that are in force during times of greater need and...

    • M62

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the M62 between East Yorkshire and Leeds to be subject to no roadworks, lane closures and temporary speed restrictions; and if he will...

      Roads: Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of amending contracts with Highways Agency's contractors to include (a) the compulsory scanning...

      Rescue Services: Whitehaven

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the criteria were for the relocation of Whitehaven Coastguard headquarters to the inland Sneckyeat Industrial Estate.

  • Home Office

    • Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal firearms were confiscated by police forces in each of the last five years.

    • Safety Deposit Boxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of safety deposit boxes across the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which Minister in her Department has lead responsibility for overseeing the changes to the Prevent programme announced in November 2014.

      Primates: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-human primates, of what species and from what country of origin, were imported into the UK for the purposes of scientific...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Indonesian counterpart on the use of the death penalty for EU citizens convicted of...

    • Advertising

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

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who, other than Ministers of the Crown and members of the Diplomatic Service, has been sent from the UK to represent the...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) UK and (b) locally-engaged personnel are working for the UK Government in Yemen.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of British passport holders in Yemen.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to seek lifting the travel ban on Samar Badawi, the wife of Saudi activist Waleed Abulkhair.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the government of Saudi Arabia in support of the release of Waleed Abulkhair...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2015, Official Report, column 79, whether he met the Saudi Arabia Deputy Foreign Minister;...

      British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to note 19 on page 106 of the British Council's Annual Report, 2013-14, what the reasons were for the losses and...

      Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department has allocated to the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Wormwood Scrubs Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the budget of the education department for HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs was in each year from 2010.

    • Citizens' Advice Bureaux

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

      Citizens Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on the number of Citizens Advice Bureaux field offices which have (a) opened and (b)...

      Citizens Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much funding the Government has allocated to Citizens Advice in each of the last 10 years.

      Citizens' Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on the number of people who have used Citizens Advice Bureaux in (a) the UK, (b) England,...

      Citizens' Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of Citizens Advice Bureaux on their users' capability to repay debts.

      Delivery Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure consumers are aware of their rights when they receive poor service from parcel delivery firms.

  • Department for International Development

    • Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has allocated to the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to improve levels of child literacy in low-income families; and if she will make a statement.

    • Free Schools: Luton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the decision was taken to withdraw approval for Luton Girls' Academy.

      Free Schools: Luton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many first choice school admissions applications were submitted to Luton Girls' Academy for entry in September 2014.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of pupils attended schools that were rated (a) inadequate and (b) requires improvement in each local authority area in...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children under the age of one (a) started an episode of need, (b) were referred to children's social care services,...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will issue guidelines to local authorities on implementing the Children and Families Act 2014 which relate to funding arrangements for children...

      Supply Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will introduce legislative proposals to make it compulsory that supply teachers have access to pension rights on an equal basis to other teachers.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Glen Parva Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reasons his Department did not appeal Leicester City Council's refusal of planning permission for a road adjacent to Glen Parva young offenders...

    • Communication

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

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many drug-related confiscation orders were issued for (a) £0 to £1,000, (b) £1,001 to £5,000, (c) £5,001 to £10,000,...

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to tackle insurance fraud known as crash for cash.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the speech by the Minister of State for Justice and Civil Liberties of 24 September 2014 at the Family Mediation Association Annual...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many children received (a) social welfare, (b) family, (c) immigration and (d) prison legal aid in each of the last four years.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people released from prison did not attend the first scheduled meeting with their probation officer in the most recent year for which figures...

  • Prime Minister

    • India

      To ask the Prime Minister, what (a) private meetings and (b) other engagements he has had with representatives of (i) the Indian government and (ii) Indian private companies since taking up office.

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions have taken place in the National Security Council of measures to protect (a) nuclear facilities and (b) other strategic national infrastructure from...

  • Ministry of Defence

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people affected by the under-occupancy penalty in (a) Copeland Borough Council area and (b)...

    • Incapacity Benefit: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Leeds and (b) Leeds Central constituency are claiming incapacity benefit because of a mental health problem.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will produce overarching guidance to ensure that Universal Credit data sharing between his Department and local support providers is...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 26 January 2015 to Question 221544, what the unrounded forecast agreed with OBR is for the number of claimants of...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of ATOS's use of cognitive behavioural therapy for people suffering from Myalgic Encephalopathy...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the oral Answer of 29 January 2015, Official Report, column 996, what steps her Department took to ensure that...

    • Dogs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the report of the Dogs Trust entitled, The Puppy Smuggling Scandal, published on 16 November 2014, what...

      Dogs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to tackle the illegal importation of puppies to the UK from Eastern Europe.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the reasons are for the time her Department's tendering process has taken for testing cattle for tuberculosis.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent timetable her Department has set for the tendering process for testing cattle for tuberculosis.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the total amount of uncollected council tax was in (a) Warrington and (b) the North West in each financial year since 2009-10.

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken to maximise the use of Build Now, Pay Later models on surplus public land; and how many...

      Building Inspectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward proposals to amend the Building Approved Inspectors Regulations 2000 to ensure that building...

      Race Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to promote tolerance of different minorities.

      Building Inspectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Building Approved Inspectors Regulations 2000 in providing independent...

      Building Inspectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many complaints he has received about a conflict of interest in assessments conducted by the National House Building...

      Building Inspectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the independence of building approved inspectors.

      Devolution: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what requirement there will be for public consultation as part of the evaluation of the Greater Manchester devolution agreement.

      Local Government Services: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to ensure that local authorities trading under the general power of competence granted by the Localism...

      Building Inspectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to ensure that approved building inspectors are (a) independent and (b) not subject to conflicts of...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations other than from the National Housebuilding Council he has received on section 6 of Approved Document M of...

      Building Inspectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations other than from the National Housebuilding Council he has received on the Building (Approved Inspectors...

      Housing: Blaydon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will delay proposals to build on the green belt in Blaydon constituency until after the publication of Household...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2015, to the hon. Member for Wolverhampton North East to Question 220713, what recent...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether planning guidance provides for a specific approach to planning for hydraulic fracturing in a) national parks, (b) the...

      Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received about the decision to withdraw funding for the Local Welfare Assistance scheme.

      Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he plans to take to deregulate housing associations.

      Birmingham City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cost is of recent appointments to the Independent Improvement Panel to Birmingham City Council; and what body is...

      Mayors: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, under what circumstances the interim mayor of Greater Manchester city-region will be appointed for a further term.

      Mayors: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether public scrutiny arrangements will be established before devolution of budgets to the eleventh leader of Greater...

      Mayors: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he took to ensure that the identities and needs of local communities were reflected in the proposal to amend the...

      Mayors: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consultations his Department had with local communities on the proposal to amend the constitution of Greater Manchester...

  • HM Treasury

    • Funerals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to protect bereaved families if their funeral plan provider goes out of business; and if he will review the...

    • Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much tax relief on private pension contributions was paid to (a) additional rate and (b) higher-rate taxpayers in each of the last five years for which...

      Capital Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the CBI's People and Prosperity Report, published in September 2014, if he will increase the UK's capital allowances regime in line with...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many breaches of the minimum wage were reported in each year since 2010 for which records are available in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d)...

      Ict: Vat

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect on the market for Cloud services of refunding VAT for contracted-out services but not for Cloud...

      Regional Planning and Development: Stratford

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.133 in the Autumn Statement 2014, how the £141 million allocated to the Olympicopolis project will be spent; and from...

      Advertising

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what amount his Department has allocated for advertising in each financial year since 2010-11.

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the viability of proposals for the creation of a Citizens' Wealth Fund.

      Small Businesses: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will make an assessment of the effect that accelerated payment notices have had on small and medium-sized businesses.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information his Department holds about the arrangements by which hydraulic fracturing companies publish evidence of how their...

    • Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the effect of depth limits for hydraulic fracturing on (a) fugitive emissions and (b) safety.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what criteria must be met for a person to be eligible to perform the role of independent well examiner for a hydraulic fracturing...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on carbon and renewables targets.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he is taking to help households improve their energy efficiency.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Unemployment: Older People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of people aged 50 and over were unemployed for longer than (a) 12 months and (b) two years in each of the last 10 years.

    • Crime: Ealing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of recent trends in the level of (a) violent crime and (b) theft in Ealing, Southall constituency.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the compliance of the current Deputy Chair of Ofcom with the provisions of the Ofcom Board Members' Code...

    • Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what due diligence processes he followed when appointing the current Deputy Chair of the Ofcom Board.

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to honour in London the contribution of Indian troops to the First World War.

  • Department of Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures apply to independent sector places when there has been a failure to comply with the requirements of the revised Procedures for the...

    • Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that patients do not allow the extraction of their data under care.data in order to avoid exclusions from bowel...

      Christie NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many legal cases have been initiated that involve treatment for trigeminal neuralgia given to patients at the Salford radiotherapy satellite of the...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS trusts have reported patient incidents involving stereotactic radiosurgery or stereotactic radiotherapy; what the nature was of each such...

      NHS: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has paid in debt repayments in respect of NHS PFI projects in the last three years.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff are employed by each NHS England regional headquarters.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with the Food Standards Agency on implementing the recommendations in the efficiency review carried out by the...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish in full the financial interests of Tim Kelsey, senior responsible owner of the care.data programme which relate to health data.

      Diabetes: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission or conduct research on the links between diabetes and early dementia.

      Diabetes: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide additional funding to increase the availability of prescription drugs for diabetes.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many outpatient and inpatient appointments were (a) emergency and (b) elective with a (i) primary and (ii) secondary diagnosis of HIV in (A) England...

      Alliance Boots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many contracts Public Health England has awarded to Alliance-Boots in each of the last four years; what each such contract was for; and what the...

      Alliance Boots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many contracts NHS bodies entered into with Alliance-Boots in each of the last five years; what services were provided for in each such contract; and...

      Alliance Boots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many contracts NHS England has awarded to Alliance-Boots in each of the last four years; what each such contract was for; and what the total value...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that the Meningitis B vaccine is added to the childhood immunisation programme in 2015.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of potential changes to the number of organ donations from a move to an opt-out system for organ donations; and what steps his...

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what requirements to participate in clinical trials without charging there are in contracts issued to private healthcare providers.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with diabetes in (a) Lancashire and (b) England in each of the last five years.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many diabetes specialist nurses were employed in (a) Lancashire and (b) England in each of the last five years.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the annual cost of providing insulin to people diagnosed with diabetes.

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will meet bodies representing cancer sufferers to discuss the evaluation of the Be Clear on Cancer regional pilot for ovarian cancer.

      NHS: Reprography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS spent on the lease of photocopier machines in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to dispose of the assets of the NHS no longer in use; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how he plans to ensure that NHS England area teams follow Monitor's guidelines on local pricing for mental health services; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason NHS England has not published information on payments made over £25,000 since June 2014.

      Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) social workers and (d) psychiatrists (i) trained or (ii) graduated with specialist skills in elderly care since 2005.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department next plans to publish data derived from the HIV and AIDS reporting system (HARS); what data from HARS will be made available publicly...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress his Department has made on price negotiations for the meningitis B vaccine.

  • Home Office

    • Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evaluation, if any, they have made of the Exit counter radicalisation programmes in Norway, Sweden and Germany addressing white supremacism and neo-Nazism.

    • Asylum: Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Baroness Northover on 13 January (HL Deb, col 652) and the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 21 January (HL4111) what is the...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 20 November 2014 (HL Deb, cols 545–610), what extra information on how Azure Card users can...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 20 November 2014 (HL Deb, cols 545–610), how many retailers they have (1) approached, and...

      Police: Autism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in considering whether police marker systems used to identify those with mental health and learning difficulties can be extended...

      Police: Autism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Faulks on 22 January (HL Deb, col 1442), how many police officers are expected to participate in training in recognising...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the status of immigrants from (1) Bulgaria, and (2) Romania, who arrived in the United Kingdom illegally before January 2014; and what is the total...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place to accommodate immigrants arriving in the United Kingdom from Bulgaria and Romania who have no financial resources and nowhere...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on human rights and religious liberties of Burma’s new Religious Conversion Bill and of other new bills in...

    • European Union

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost of the Review of the Balance of Competences between the United Kingdom and the European Union, broken down by (1) staff time, (2)...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current assessment of the situation in South Sudan; and what actions they are taking to work with religious leaders to promote reconciliation...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that it is in the interest of the United Kingdom to remain a member of the European Union.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of the Republic of Ireland about the risks to health posed by the by products of illegally laundered fuel...

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many letters of comfort they gave to Mr Gerry Kelly to be delivered to IRA/Sinn Fein "on the runs".

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by Baroness Randerson on 27 January (HL Deb, cols 127–31), whether they will confirm that no blank letters were given to Sinn...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by Baroness Randerson on 27 January that the "on-the-runs" scheme had been closed down in an orderly manner (HL Deb, col 130), what...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how, and by whom, letters were dispatched to those individuals deemed to be "on the run" informing them that there were not currently being sought by police.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Higher Education: Freedom of Expression

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take to safeguard the principle of free speech in university campuses in the United Kingdom.

    • Equal Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the imbalance of pay by gender for graduate students in the United Kingdom.

      Government Research Establishments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what have been the costs or income to the Exchequer, and the changes to the public availability of research, over the past five years resulting from the...

      ICT: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the TechNorth project; and what action they are taking to support its implementation.

      Usa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the government of the United States about the lawsuit brought by Hershey's against import of Cadbury's chocolate...

      Usa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take any steps against any Hershey's products manufactured in the United Kingdom while that company pursues its action in the United...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Non-native Species

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to control and eradicate invasive species in and around watercourses such as Himalayan balsam, non-native crayfish, American mink...

    • Milk: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord De Mauley on 22 January (HL4173), how they assess the success of French milk co-operatives in sustaining prices for...

      Chocolate: EU Action

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to make representations at European Union level in respect of the use of the word "chocolate" to describe products containing...

      Meat: Ritual Slaughter

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the ritual manner of slaughtering animals for kosher and halal meat is in accordance with European Union regulations on animal...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes to housing policy they have introduced since 2010; and how any such changes have been evaluated.

  • HM Treasury

    • Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons have been prosecuted for illegal fuel smuggling in Northern Ireland in the last five years for which figures are available.

    • Money Lenders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what protections are in place to protect people from unscrupulous practices in the pawnbroking industry.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Natural Gas: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which areas they define as the poorest quarter of rural areas for the purposes of eligibility for assistance with the provision of gas.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what initiatives they will put in place to support the findings of the "What works?" report by the What Works Network.

    • Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the rules for Maxwellisation were last reviewed; by whom they were prepared; where they can be seen; and what the consequences would be if the Chilcot...

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the daily fees paid to the chair and members of the Chilcot inquiry; and on what terms are they paid.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why HM Passport Office and the National Fraud Authority were not included in the List of Ministerial Responsibilities published by the Cabinet Office in...

      National Security Council

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Security Council country objectives are consistent with those of the Department for International Development; and what steps they will...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether updates will be made to their current tourism policy in the light of the growth of that industry.

    • World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the centenary commemoration in (1) Turkey, and (2) the United Kingdom, of the Gallipoli landings.

      War Memorials

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Monument to the Women of World War II.

      Government Departments: Flags

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria determine when flags on Government buildings are flown at half mast; and for what reason it was done on Wednesday 21 January.

  • Department of Health

    • In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 20 January (HL3893), why the regulatory process for case by case approval is not already specified in the...

    • In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 6 January (HL3839), whether they can provide any extant examples of a "gene therapy" that does not modify any...

      Human Embryo Experiments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 24 February 2014 (WA 174–5), how many human embryos have been destroyed or experimented upon in the...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 22 January (HL4042), whether step 1 must always be performed before step 2 in the different processes...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that accident and emergency units in England have a sufficient complement of doctors; and if not, what they consider to be the reasons...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to reduce excessive waiting times for accident and emergency patients.

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