Written answers

Thursday, 12 February 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the minutes of his Department's Executive Committee meetings since November 2012.

    • Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road deaths there have been in (a) Lancashire and (b) the UK in each year since 2010.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the effect on the delivery of affordable housing of his Department's policy on section 106...

    • Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to ensure that the planning system applies equally to (a) Gypsies and Travellers and (b) the settled...

      Planning Obligations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department undertook an impact assessment of the introduction of the financial credit for vacant buildings.

      Roads: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the total cost incurred in the disposal of rural road sweepings in England in the latest period...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the cost of the environmental impact assessments required for hydraulic fracturing developments in...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that non-governmental public bodies which are allocated funds by his Department are subject...

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many hectares of greenbelt land there are in the UK.

      Community Relations: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what projects in the City of Bristol have been supported by the Near Neighbours fund in each year since that fund was...

      Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance he has issued to local authorities about the use of (a) Twitter and (b) other social media to communicate with...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many first time buyers have been assisted by the Help to Buy scheme in (a) Lancashire and (b) the UK.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2015 to Question 218966, whether he plans to publish financial data on national...

      Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department has published to ensure local authorities fulfil their duty to consider economic, social and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Australian counterpart on climate change.

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on climate change.

      Mexico

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Mexican counterpart on climate change.

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Philippines counterpart on climate change.

      Seas and Oceans: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts overseas on the dumping of plastics in the world's oceans.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the start of the military operations against the Democratic Republic Forces for...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo on the planned...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Bahrainian counterpart on climate change.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart on climate change.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to tackle human rights abuse in Yemen.

      UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the role of the UN Mission for the Referendum in...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation of the Saharawi population in Western Sahara; and what...

      Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of Morocco's compliance with the (a) International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, (b)...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British nationals are under sentence of death in Pakistan; and what assistance his Department is providing to each...

      Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department takes to monitor compliance with the Consolidated Guidance to Intelligence Officers and Service...

      Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what training his Department has provided to service and other personnel on the Consolidated Guidance to Intelligence Officers...

      Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Consolidated Guidance to Intelligence Officers and Service Personnel applicable...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of British citizens who have travelled to Syria and Iraq to support forces opposed to...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Pakistan in support of resuming the moratorium on the death penalty in...

      Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will give a direction under section 59A of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 that the Intelligence Services...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department or other Ministers in her Department on the...

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that employees working for companies with which his Department has contracted are...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many complaints the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate has received about umbrella payroll companies in each of the...

      Postgraduate Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to remove financial barriers to postgraduate education.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent support he has provided to small businesses.

      Job Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if his Department will make an assessment of the main causes of insecurity in the workplace.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will take steps to increase apprenticeship places and support small businesses through greater use of government procurement.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of apprenticeships.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will take steps to ensure that employees working on zero-hours contracts, who are in practice working regular hours over...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to support the manufacturing sector.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to widen access to higher education.

  • Department for International Development

    • South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how the UK will support the call from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for donors to provide US$600 million...

    • Private Infrastructure Development Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, by what date she expects the Private Infrustructure Development Group to have implemented International Aid Transparency Initiative...

      Developing Countries: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in which countries her Department is undertaking work to strengthen tax systems; and how much funding her Department has allocated to...

      Center for Health Market Innovations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department has allocated to the Center for Health Market Innovations in each financial year from 2011-12.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of her Department's budget was allocated to least developed countries in 2014-15.

      Developing Countries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her strategy is for the protection of children in countries receiving UK aid.

      Developing Countries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department has allocated to the protection of children in emergencies in each of the last 10 years.

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2015 to Question 220355, what steps she is taking to monitor the commitments made at the Girl Summit.

  • Department for Education

    • Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that teaching staff receive training on how to recognise and deal with bullying from when it begins.

    • Teachers: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many unqualified teachers were teaching at each school in Preston constituency in (a) April 2010 and (b) December 2014.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to her Answer of 2 February 2015 to Question 222135, for what reason her Department did not publish successful free school applications from...

      Teachers: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers in schools in (a) Preston, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West left the profession in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012, (iv) 2013...

      Teachers: Working Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government plans to take to reduce teacher workload.

      Academies: Walsall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason officials in her Department told the hon. Member for Walsall North that she would not be accompanied by a prospective parliamentary...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Asylum: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many appeals against decisions (a) not to award and (b) to stop support provided under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 there have...

    • Contempt of Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the letter sent on 2 February 2015 to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley by HM Courts and Tribunals Service's Performance,...

      Asylum: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people who are currently waiting for appeals relating to asylum applications have been waiting over (a) one year and (b) two years.

      Court Orders: Grandparents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for Court Orders there have been from grandparents wishing to see grandchildren after the divorce of the parents of those children...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has saved as a result of the implementation of each of the legal aid provisions in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been paid in severance and redundancy packages to prison officers in each month since May 2014.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for legal aid in domestic violence cases were (a) granted and (b) refused in (i) the last full financial year before the...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the eligibility criteria for legal aid are for those seeking Female Genital Mutilation protection orders.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers were recruited to the Army Reserve between 2011 and 2015.

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on television advertising in each of the last three years.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2014 to Question 210574, what assessment his Department has undertaken to ensure that the Colombian army units...

      NHS: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse has been of training members of the armed forces to provide support for the NHS in each of the last three years.

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the extent to which it is implementing Priority 5 of the UK's National Strategy for Maritime Security; and...

      Teachers: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the advertising budget is for the Troops for Teachers campaign; and how much his Department has spent on (a) television, (b) newspaper, (c) online,...

      Defence Discount Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the advertising budget is for the Defence Discount Service campaign; and how much his Department has spent on (a) television, (b) newspaper, (c)...

      D-day Landings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2014 to Question 216388, if he will permit Normandy Veterans to apply for funding for independent travel to...

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many recipients of war disablement pensions there are in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland.

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people serving in the Army Reserve left in each year since 2010.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit sanctions were applied to claimants resident in (a) Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency, (b) South Lanarkshire, (c)...

    • Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) the UK and (b) Bradford West constituency have had jobseeker's allowance removed since June 2011.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will commission research on the effects of removing benefits from people and undertake to report the outcome of such work to the House.

      Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which chemicals authorised for use in pest control are detrimental to human health.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many persons in the Support Group for Employment and Support Allowance have been called in each month since January 2013, for further...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 35099 of his Department's hardship payment guidance, if he will review that guidance.

      Flexible Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was allocated by Jobcentre Plus district managers to local partnerships through the Flexible Support Fund in each year since 2011.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects that the new Data Warehouse intended to facilitate strategic management information reporting on the 2012 Child Maintenance...

      Flexible Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent from the Flexible Support Fund on supporting jobseekers to travel to job interviews in (a) 2011, (b) 2012, (c) 2013 and (d)...

      Flexible Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the Flexible Support Fund will operate under universal credit.

      Flexible Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent by the Flexible Support Fund on training for jobseekers in (a) 2011, (b) 2012, (c) 2013 and (d) 2014.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fish: Poaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of whether the maximum penalties available for poaching fish in English and Welsh rivers are...

    • Sheep: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of sheep movement returns have been made (a) electronically and (b) on paper in each month since online...

      Sheep: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people and organisations have registered online for the sheep electronic identification database.

      Sheep: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many sheep farmers in the UK have the ability to read sheep electronic identification tags.

      Meat: Ritual Slaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the labelling requirements are for the sale of halal meat.

      Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to enforce humane standards in slaughterhouses; and if she will make a statement.

      Crans Montana Forum: Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has received an invitation to the Crans Montana Forum in Dakhla, occupied Western Sahara; and whether she plans...

  • Home Office

    • Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the last five years.

    • Immigration: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unresolved (a) asylum and (b) immigration cases there were in each (i) parliamentary constituency and (ii) local authority area in...

      Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether central government funding for telephone helplines tackling violence against women and girls will be renewed before May 2015.

      Dorset Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the performance of Dorset Police in meeting the standards required by its service level agreement with the...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applicants receiving support under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 have been receiving that support for...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2015 to Questions 221902, how many of the asylum claimants referred to in the Answer were granted leave...

      Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to appoint the next Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people granted discretionary leave to remain in the last three years have subsequently been (a) granted and (b) refused a further...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of how many (a) pleasure, (b) class XII and (c) other small vessels enter UK ports of entry each year without (i)...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will ensure that the gender of the (a) perpetrator and (b) victim of incidents marked as domestic violence cases are recorded along...

      Business: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to strengthen police action against business fraud.

      British Nationality: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the current average waiting time is for her Department to process applications for people who are seeking British nationality.

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people seeking British nationality have been waiting more than (a) nine months and (b) one year for their application to be...

      Drugs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which department has lead responsibility for international counter-narcotics policy.

      Police Federation for Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she last met representatives of the Police Federation of Northern Ireland.

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which licensing authorities have introduced a late night levy in each of the last four years; and how much she estimates the levy has raised...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to ensure that police forces (a) have a strategy and (b) are properly trained to respond to cybercrime; and if she...

      Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many investigations into online child abuse have been delayed for 12 months or longer after being reported to the National Crime Agency;...

      Lancashire Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were in front-line service with the Lancashire Constabulary (a) in 2010 and (b) at the latest date for which...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people applied for British passports through the passport section of the British Embassy in Dublin between 2011 and 2014.

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she last met the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to discuss the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the UK; and if she will make a...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour injunctions have been issued in each quarter of the last two years for which figures are available.

      Primates: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2015 to Question 222873, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that UK users who acquire...

      Dog Fighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to encourage police forces to allocate adequate resources towards reducing the incidence of dog fighting.

  • HM Treasury

    • Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of removing VAT on womens sanitary products.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Coal Gasification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussion his Department has had with HM Treasury on the viability of the development and operation of deep offshore underground...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has for the National Citizen Service in Beckenham constituency.

    • Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many retired civil servants are awaiting a pension estimate from myCSP.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to protect organisations and businesses in the UK from cybercrime and large-scale cyber-attack.

      Civil Servants: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to paragraph 2.2 of the report The Performance of the Cabinet Office 2013-14, published by the National Audit Office in November 2014,...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the nature and the extent of voluntary work undertaken as part of the National Citizen Service in England.

      Local Government: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of commissioners from local government have attended the Commissioning Academy; and by which local authorities those...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish his response to the Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy consultation, published on 6 August 2014.

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Fiftieth Report of Session 2013-14 from the Committee of Public Accounts, the rural broadband programme, HC 834,...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the first two phases of the rural broadband project on BT's position on the wholesale...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Fiftieth Report of Session 2013-14 from the Committee of Public Accounts, the rural broadband programme, HC 834,...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Black Country and South Yorkshire Project Areas have been signed to non-disclosure agreements regarding BT's costs on Phase...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with the National Audit Office on implementing the recommendations of the Public Accounts...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to his Department's webpage entitled Broadband Delivery UK, by what specific dates he plans to provide basic broadband...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to issue a response to the National Audit Office update of 28 January 2015 on rural broadband.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to roll out superfast broadband in rural areas.

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to inform older people about the implications of digital radio switchover.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Buildings

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, how much is being spent on works between Canon Row and Norman Shaw North; and what...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what government guidance has been issued to local authorities on the removal of foreign nationals and duplicate entries from the electoral register in response...

  • Department of Health

    • Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the introduction of standardised tobacco products.

    • Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will implement the recommendations of the Royal College of Physicians National Review of Asthma Deaths published in May 2014.

      Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2015 to Question 222919, how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) social workers and (d) psychiatrists with specialist...

      General Practitioners: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in each local authority in Lancashire are waiting to be placed on a GP surgery list.

      Dental Services: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in each local authority area in Lancashire are waiting for a place with a NHS dentist.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many admissions to hospital with a (a) primary and (b) secondary diagnosis of coronary heart disease per head of population there were in (i) each...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the outcomes to NHS England arising from his Department's £3.5 billion investment in the life sciences industry,...

      Hospitals: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients received delayed transfers of care in Lancashire NHS Trust hospitals in (a) 2014, (b) 2013, (c) 2012, (d) 2011 and (e) 2010.

      NHS Walk-in Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department issues to clinical commissioning groups on consulting local people before taking the decision to close walk-in centres.

      Hospitals: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cancelled operations the Lancashire NHS Teaching Trust recorded in (a) 2014, (b) 2013, (c) 2012, (d) 2011 and (e) 2010.

      NHS Walk-in Centres: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS walk-in centres have been closed in (a) Preston, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West since 2010.

      NHS 111: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Preston called the NHS 111 helpline in 2014.

      Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many speech and language therapists were employed in England and Wales by (a) the NHS and (b) all providers in each year since 2005.

      NHS Walk-in Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS walk-in centres there were in (a) May 2010 and (b) the latest month for which figures are available.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many type one A&E departments there were in (a) May 2010 and (b) the latest month for which figures are available.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many training places for (a) midwives, (b) adult nurses, (c) children's nurses, (d) learning disabilities nurses and (e) mental health nurses were...

      Speech and Language Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research evidence the NHS uses to indicate how to select the most appropriate treatment approach for an individual parent or child in stammer cases.

      Speech and Language Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what studies of long term outcomes for children who stammer his Department has conducted or commissioned through a long-term national cohort study of...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will increase spending on stroke research to the same level as the spending on cancer and coronary heart disease research.

      Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans NHS England has to support patients with cirrhosis to access treatment for hepatitis C after the waiver for the implementation period of...

      North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses in North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust have had their pay downgraded as a consequence of national consultations; and if he...

      Rampton Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has for the Peaks Unit at Rampton Hospital.

      Social Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of fully exempting war disablement pensions from means tests for social care in (a)...

      Social Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many recipients of war disablement pensions access local authority support for non-residential care in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d)...

      Social Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason war disablement pensions are not fully exempted from local authority means tests for social care while Armed Forces Compensation Scheme...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses, excluding midwives and health visitors per one million population there were in (a) England and (b) each Health Education England region...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GPs (a) excluding retainers and registrars and (b) including retainers but excluding registrars per one million population there were in (i)...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department plans to take to monitor the long-term health and wellbeing of (a) people born following mitochondrial donation who have passed...

      Hereditary Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) treatments for mitochondrial disease involving mitochondrial donation and (b) treatments...

      Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many breast reconstruction operations were carried out by the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in the most recent year for which...

      Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for research into mesothelioma.

      Breast Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2015 to Question 222671, what recommended alternatives to (a) eribulin, (b) lapatinib and (c) everolimus are...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2015 to Question 222670, on what grounds the removal of cancer drugs from the national Cancer Drugs Fund list can be...

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November 2015 to Question 219495, how much the NHS plans to spend on commissioning independent providers (a) in total and (b)...

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November 2015 to Question 219495, how much the NHS spent on commissioning for-profit providers in (a) each of the last five...

  • Department for Transport

    • Tolls: EU Action

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the plans of European Union Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc for a European Union-wide road toll scheme; and whether any...

    • East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the recently completed East Coast Main Line franchise competition, how much they have spent on (1) legal, and (2) financial, advice.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they have spent on HS2 and all its associated works to date.

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that non-English-speaking road users can read road signs.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Ukraine: Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Russia following the shelling of Mariupol in Ukraine on 26 January.

    • Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Egypt, following the release of Peter Greste, on behalf of Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the level of violence, civil unrest, and political tension in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

      Eritrea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the assurances given by the government of Eritrea to the Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials who visited...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about unarmed and non-violent civilians reportedly killed by police and the military in Egypt...

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Ukraine, bilaterally and through the European Union, since the latest breakdown of the Minsk peace...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which entity they recognise as the legitimate government of Syria.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contacts they maintain with opposition groups in Syria.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Randerson on 2 February (HL4532), why they still have not answered the original question; and whether they will...

  • Wales Office

    • 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 to the Wales Office and its associated...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Magna Carta

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Islamic countries have been invited to participate in the Global Law Summit marking 800 years since Magna Carta; and which Islamic countries will...

  • Home Office

    • Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bates on 18 December 2014 (HL3693) and by Lord Henley on 13 March 2013 (WA 73) and 10 January 2012 (WA37–8),...

    • Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the cost of the proposed inquiry by the independent panel into Child Sexual Abuses; and whether the cost will come from the Home...

      Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) Bulgarian, and (2) Romanian, passport holders are awaiting deportation from the United Kingdom.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the European Commission's plan to collect and store for five years the personal data of all passengers flying in and out of the...

      Police: Autism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 5 February (HL4542), whether there is a deadline for completing work to establish whether a separate marker,...

      Electronic Surveillance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recommendation from the Interception of Communications Commissioner that judicial authorisation is obtained in cases where...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Road Traffic Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many breaches of the law by foreign-registered heavy goods vehicles in 2013–14 resulted in either a fixed penalty notice or a court summons; and...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of families with children currently in debt to their energy companies.

    • Energy: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to prioritise support for families with children when they fall behind on their bills to energy companies.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of how many eligible 16–24 year old electors (1) are registered to vote, (2) are missing from the electoral registers, (3) (a)...

    • Government Departments: Work Experience

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to hold centrally the data on the details of internships within each Government Department.

      Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the number of electors registered in each constituency on the new electoral registers; what is the change compared with the registers as first...

  • Department of Health

    • Maternity Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve maternity and neonatal care in NHS hospitals.

    • In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether robust clinical trials are planned to take place for both pronuclear transfer and spindle-chromosomal complex transfer; and if not, why not.

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