Written answers

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Stornoway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre at Stornoway was staffed at below risk-assessed levels in January 2015.

    • Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department provides to its managers on how many days training should be made available to staff.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on training in each of the last three financial years.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's training budget was in each of the last three financial years.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average number of days training of full-time equivalent staff employed in his Department was in each of the last three financial years.

  • Home Office

    • Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken for the determination of applications for Tier 4 visas Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies certificates was...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Niger

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage respect for freedoms of religion, association and speech in Niger.

  • Attorney General

    • Fraud

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 3 September 2014 to Question 207315, whether a Shawcross exercise has been conducted in relation to Serious Fraud Office investigations...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which winning bidders have withdrawn from each bidding round of the Regional Growth Fund in each region; on what date each such...

    • Textiles: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has to support skills development in textile manufacturing.

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to (a) encourage firms to pay a fair wage to workers in their overseas supply chains and (b)...

      Prince of Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what briefing his Department provided on (a) the promotion and sale of arms and military equipment and (b) human rights to HRH...

      Social Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will introduce legislative proposals to ensure social care workers and home care providers are paid costs for travel to...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what definition the Government uses for classifying a zero hours contract.

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether it is his policy that the Ordnance Survey will remain the only official national mapping agency for the UK.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many passport applications and renewals were administered by post offices in each year since 1985.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many post offices in which public funds were invested to convert them to a (a) main or (b) local post office have (i)...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many external ATMs have been installed at (a) Crown, (b) main and (c) local post offices in each year for which data is...

      Sub Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he held with the National Federation of SubPostmasters on the abolition of road tax discs.

      Rio Tinto Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether any former officials his Department have taken employment with Rio Tinto plc in the last five years.

      Rio Tinto Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether any employees of Rio Tinto plc has been seconded to his Department in the last five years.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what guidance his Department provides to its managers on how many days training should be made available to staff.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the average number of days training of full-time equivalent staff employed in his Department was in each of the last three...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his Department's training budget was in each of the last three financial years.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much his Department spent on training in each of the last three financial years.

  • Department for International Development

    • Caribbean

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2015 to Question 220282, and with reference to page 234 of her Department's Annual Report and...

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's commitment to support a reduction in the average time taken for goods to cross international...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to develop its framework on health systems strengthening.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what humanitarian aid is being provided to civilians in Ukraine caught up in the conflict in that country.

  • Department for Education

    • Pedestrian Crossings: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much each unitary and county local authority in the North West spent on school crossing patrols in the 2013-14 financial year; and how many school...

    • Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to announce funding for music hubs in 2016-17.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people in each year since 2009 have received prison sentences for employing illegal immigrants.

    • Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the value is of fines (a) levied against and (b) collected from businesses prosecuted for employing illegal immigrants in each year since 2009.

      Civil Disorder: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders released from custody after serving a sentence handed down following the riots in London in 2011 have subsequently been convicted of...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many contracts his Department has awarded to private sector organisations in each of the last five years; and what the value of those...

    • Vaccination: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many vaccine damage payments have been awarded in each year since 2003.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cattle: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research her Department has commissioned or carried out into the welfare of intensively-farmed dairy cattle which spend...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2014, Official Report, column 618W, on official visits, what domestic visits he has made...

    • Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much his Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the...

      Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many bids there have been to the fund to assist community groups with the Community Right to Build; how many such bids were...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to answer Question 217181, tabled on 4 December 2014 by the hon. Member for Wolverhampton North East.

      Local Government Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many procurement processes have been triggered as a result of the Community Right to Challenge.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to provide a substantive answer to Question 220920, tabled on 15 January 2015 by the hon. Member for...

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2015 to Question 223119, how many times the Minister-led working group set up to identify...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes were purchased under Help to Buy in each local authority ward in each district and unitary council in Lancashire...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which organisations and individuals responded to his Department's recent consultation on the proposed zero carbon homes...

      Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what support he has given to commissioners in local government to attend the Commissioning Academy.

      Local Government: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to devolve greater responsibilities to democratically elected county councils and county unitary...

      Housing: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reason he decided to amend section 106 agreements in respect of small and medium sized builders and rural areas not...

      Housing: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the (a) social and (b) environmental impacts of the housing opportunities for inadequately...

      Housing: Blaydon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2015 to Question 222144, if he will take steps to prevent Gateshead Council from...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to better enforce building regulation inspections to ensure quality housing builds.

      Ministers' Quarterly Returns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons ministerial returns for his Department for quarters two and three of 2014 have not yet been published.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the reasons were for the change in his Department's performance in meeting deadlines for responding to Freedom of...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department provides to its managers on how many days training should be made available to staff.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much his Department spent on training in each of the last three financial years.

      Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of minor developments which will be built in the next five years; and what assessment...

  • Scotland Office

    • Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with (a) Ministers of the Scottish Government and (b) his ministerial colleagues on the sharing of Scottish NHS data with...

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many children in Scotland are living in (a) relative and (b) absolute poverty.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what guidance his Department provides to its managers on how many days training should be made available to staff.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the average number of days training of full-time equivalent staff employed in his Department was in each of the last three financial years.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his Department's training budget was in each of the last three financial years.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on training in each of the last three financial years.

  • HM Treasury

    • Social Services: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to comments by the Minister of State for Care and Support in the Daily Telegraph on 7 February 2015, on investigations into minimum wage...

    • Eurostar

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department holds on the number of employees at Eurostar International Limited who receive more than 50 days' paid holiday per year.

      Unpaid Taxes

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of debt owed to HM Revenue and Customs in unpaid taxes.

      Banks

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to permit publication of data by banks in the UK on the aggregate bank holdings of residents in other...

      Mining: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department provides tax relief to encourage multinational mining corporations to maintain their headquarters in the UK.

      Spirits: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of how much consumers of spirits paid in duty, tax and VAT in the latest period for which figures are avaiable.

      Spirits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the financial contribution of the spirits industry to the UK economy.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the capital value is of each PFI contract formed since the inception of that policy; and what amount the Government is contracted to repay in each such...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether monitoring of potential fugitive methane emissions will continue for 30 years after the exploration for fracking has finished.

    • Energy: Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the number of homes under multiple occupancy that are covered by the regulations fobidding landlords to...

      Fossil Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2015 to Question 221753, whether his Department's three fossil fuel price projections used in...

      Wind Power: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he is taking to bring the ETSU-R-97 assessment methodology for calculating the noise impact of wind turbine generators in...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many vouchers from the first round of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund have been cashed.

      Nuclear Management Partners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2015 to Question 220911, how much the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority expects to award Nuclear...

      Nuclear Management Partners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the cost to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority of termination of its contract with Nuclear Management...

      Nuclear Management Partners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2015 to Question 222816, what estimate he has made of (a) the total number of hours, (b)...

  • Department of Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of alcohol-related harm in each of the last 10 years.

    • Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for mental health talking therapies in (a) England, (b) the North West, (c) East Lancashire and (d) Hyndburn constituency.

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of delays in the delivery of continence and ostomy devices to patients resulting from a lack of access to...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the capacity of NHS trusts to provide breast radiology services.

      NHS: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to publish the results of the consultation for the NHS England Research and Development Strategy.

      Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to Patient Safety Alert: Improving medication error incident reporting and learning, published by NHS England on 20 March 2014, which NHS...

      Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to Patient Safety Alert: Improving medication error incident reporting and learning, published by NHS England on 20 March 2014, what...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the health data of people who have opted out of the care.data programme has been shared with non-NHS organisations.

      Hospitals: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in (a) Preston, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West waited on trolleys for more than 12 hours to be admitted to a hospital ward or were...

      Ambulance Services: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of ambulance A&E responses for red 1 patients in Preston have exceeded the mandatory response time of eight minutes in (a) 2010, (b)...

      Hospitals: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many instances of ambulances queuing were reported at Royal Preston Hospital and Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital in (a) 2010, (b)...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 29 January 2015 to Question 222677, what assessment he has made of whether the way in which patients are able to access, or are...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 29 January 2015 to Question 222677, what assessment he has made of whether the change in data paths under the care.data...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effects of the work of strategic clinical networks has had on (a) cancer outcomes and (b) quality of cancer services...

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of Care Quality Commission inspection reports have been published within the 50-day target period in the last 12 months.

      Hospitals: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many days of staff sickness absence there were in (a) Derriford Hospital and (b) Mount Gould Hospital in 2014.

      NHS: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of fresh produce supplied to the NHS through NHS supply chain contracts in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 was produced in the UK.

      General Practitioners: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were waiting to be placed on a GP list in Preston constituency on the last working day of (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014.

      General Practitioners: Clacton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what alternative provision his Department is offering to the users of the Epping Chase Surgery, Clacton for access to primary care in response to that...

      Mental Health Services: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for mental health talking therapies in (a) Hartlepool constituency and (b) the North East.

      Anaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 10 Febraury 2015 to Question 223094, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings by the...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS England will remain the sole budget-holder and accountable commissioner for all specialised services in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c)...

      Health Services and Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received on the proportion of Government funding which is allocated to health and social care.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of trends in levels of eligibility for social care set by councils between 2005 and 2010.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2014, Official Report, column 710W, on pharmacy, what progress his Department has made on the introduction of...

  • Department for Transport

    • 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 Department for Transport and its...

    • Roads: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been killed or seriously injured in road traffic incidents in Essex in each year since 2010.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance is given to overseas truck drivers regarding United Kingdom road traffic regulations.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Road Traffic Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many lorries registered overseas have been found to be (1) overloaded, (2) in an unsatisfactory mechanical condition, and (3) driven in breach of driver...

      Driving Offences: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have carried out any research into the effect of excessive traffic speed in 30mph areas on the quality of life of residents in those areas.

      Driving Offences: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to give the responsibility for traffic speed enforcement on roads with a 30mph limit to local authorities.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take following the recent report of Passenger Focus, "Ticket to Ride", about policies concerning passengers travelling without a valid...

      Low Emission Zones

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to define national standards for the creation of Low Emission Zones so that in future most vehicles are able to enter such zones.

      Railways: Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 9 February (HL4678), whether the rise in suicides on the railway has been analysed by area, age group,...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 10 February (HL4677), in the light of the change in franchisee and the expectation of more changes, what...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether road safety targets are at present set for local authorities; and, if not, whether they have considered reinstating them.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much revenue is raised through the O licences of goods vehicles.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the revenue raised through the O licences of good vehicles is spent by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency on enforcement activity.

  • Home 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 Home Office and its associated...

    • Road Traffic Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been stopped by the police resulting in action being taken for road traffic offences in each year since 2010.

      Illegal Immigrants: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been apprehended when illegally entering the United Kingdom in Northern Ireland at the border with the Republic of Ireland in each of...

      Mediterranean Sea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the ability of Operation Triton to save the lives of those at risk in the Mediterranean; and what proposals they will make...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to provide arms to government forces in Ukraine; and whether NATO intends to do so.

    • Libya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the progress made towards democracy in Libya as a result of the United Kingdom's military involvement in 2011.

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the use by combatants in Ukraine of internationally prohibited weapons, for example anti-personnel mines, cluster weapons,...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of North Korea uses forced and uncompensated labour, including school children, in the...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of comments by United Nations Special Rapporteur Marzuki Darusman that the human rights situation in North Korea can only...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they know that the information supplied to Sinn Fein concerns the correct person if the addresses of the "on the runs" are not known to the Northern...

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the "on the runs" scheme applied only to those to whom Sinn Fein wanted it to apply; and why it was not applied to those not linked to Sinn Fein.

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to work with the political parties in Northern Ireland on the implementation of the Stormont House Agreement.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many officials work in each section of the Northern Ireland Office.

      Human Rights: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Randerson on 10 February (HL4487), concerning the state of human rights in the Republic of Ireland, what steps...

  • Department for Education

    • Autism: Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the increase in the instances of parents of autistic children taking legal action against their local authorities claiming...

    • Schools: Transport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made in the last six months of Sustainable Mode of Travel to School strategies; how well they consider that they are being...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • 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 Ministry of Justice and its...

    • Driving Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been prosecuted or cautioned for using a mobile phone whilst driving in each year since 2010.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom military air sorties were carried out in Iraq over the last two years in January; and how many of those resulted in the firing of...

    • Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in the last month there have been any United Kingdom military air sorties against targets in Syria or any which have involved incursions into or...

      Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what continuing military assistance they are providing in Afghanistan; in what form; and where.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the comments by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Agriculture, Liz Truss MP, in the Daily Telegraph on 1 February, about...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the implementation of the new Common Agricultural Policy information technology system, farmers who are prevented from completing their...

      Hunting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the decision of the United Nations Human Rights Committee that a ban on subsistence hunting, where hunting is an "essential element in...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Homes and Communities Agency decided to exclude bids for Traveller sites within the Green Belt from consideration under their affordable homes...

  • HM Treasury

    • EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 2 February (HL4233), whether using the British rebate to offset some of the £1.7 billion bill from...

    • Employee Ownership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British companies have agreed share valuation with HM Revenue and Customs in connection with the award of shares to employees under Employee...

      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 HM Treasury and its associated...

      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 HM Revenue and Customs and its...

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to consider setting the inflation target over an extended period, rather than a single year, in order to allow some catch-up for an...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the call by the Prime Minister at the British Chambers of Commerce Conference on 10 February for salaries and wages in the private sector to be...

      Banks: China

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they still consider it appropriate to allow Chinese banks to open branches in the United Kingdom.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research is being undertaken by the Met Office and the Natural Environment Research Council on the effects on the global and Arctic climate, including...

    • Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, as a contribution to establishing future targets and implementation plans for the reduction of carbon emissions at the United Nations Climate Change...

  • Cabinet 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 Cabinet Office and its...

    • Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that young people whose 18th birthdays fall on or before the voter registration application deadline know that they can...

  • Department of Health

    • Embryos

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 8 January 2013 (WA 24–6), 24 February 2014 (WA 174–5) and 5 February 2015 (HL4367), whether the...

    • In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current understanding of the Warnock Committee’s recommendations on the level of respect to be afforded to human embryos; whether they...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 9 February (HL4411), how the draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 26 January (HL4063 and HL4228) and by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, Jane...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 18 November 2014 (HL2644) and on 26 January 2015 (HL4063 and HL4228), whether they will place in the Library...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the latest research shared on a confidential basis with the Expert Panel convened by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the amount of musculoskeletal training in the general practitioner curriculum, whether they will they publish a workforce development...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the rejection by National Health Service trusts of the financial tariff proposals drawn up by Monitor for 2015–16, whether they intend to...

      Patients: Surveys

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual cost to the National Health Service of the customer satisfaction surveys conducted by text message; and to what use the results of such...

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