Written answers

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of overseas visitors to (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d) Wales and (e) Northern Ireland arrive by air; and what proportion...

    • Bus Services: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library the progress report by KPMG of its review of bus market franchising when it is issued in early March 2015.

      A1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to improve traffic flow and safety on the A1 between London and the A46 at Newark.

      Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that adequate measures are in place to assess the toxicity of fumes entering aircraft cabins from aircraft engines;...

  • Home Office

    • Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints by victims of crime have been lodged against (a) the police and (b) the Crown Prosecution Service in each of the last...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what military equipment has been gifted to Ukraine in the last two years; and what estimate he has made of the value of that...

    • Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Nigerian government on the two recent suicide bombings in the north of that...

      Czech Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Czech government on the shooting of eight people in a restaurant in...

      EU Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the outcome of the Government's Balance of Competences Review on his Department's...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of the (a) vessels and (b) companies which have been sold licences to fish in the Falkland Islands in each of the last...

      Niger

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of Niger to press for further action to be taken against people perpetrating...

      Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Taiwanese government on labour conditions on board Taiwanese-flagged vessels...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department has provided to the Falkland Islands government to tackle modern slavery on foreign fishing vessels...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of foreign nationals who have been reported as missing from foreign-flagged...

      Embassies: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on the abuse of women in foreign embassies in the UK.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on the legality of Israeli...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 19 January 2015 from the Right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with...

  • Attorney General

    • Trials

      To ask the Attorney General, how many re-trials the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has pursued for each type of offence in each of the last 10 years; and what proportion of all prosecutions...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to raise consumers' awareness of their rights following poor service from fact-checking websites for...

    • Carers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that all care workers receive at least the living wage for every hour that they work.

      Fairtrade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he has taken to encourage retailers to stock more Fairtrade products and adopt Fairtrade principles.

      Foreign Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what policies his Department has in place to protect product standards in British companies when they are taken over by foreign...

      Business: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require companies and financial institutions to produce an annual integrated...

      Agriculture: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many agricultural apprenticeships were taken up in financial years (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14.

      Digital Technology: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which (a) film, (b) television, (c) music and (d) publishing companies his Department consulted on the contents of the...

      Digital Technology: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to UK vision for the EU's digital economy, published in January 2015, what steps the Government is taking to...

  • Department for International Development

    • Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what reports she has received on the situation between the government of Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwandan Hutu rebels.

    • Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to improve education in Commonwealth countries.

      Developing Countries: Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's report, The Impact of EU Sugar Policy Reform on Developing Countries, published in February 2012,...

      Developing Countries: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on helping each developing country increase its tax base since 2010.

      Caribbean

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2015 to Question 223530, and with reference to her Department's Annual Report and Accounts...

  • Department for Education

    • Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the total (a) capital and (b) revenue expenditure has been to date on free schools opened in districts which did not have a forecast need for...

    • Children: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether primary school staff receive compulsory training on assisting students with epilepsy; and if she will make a statement.

      Animal Welfare: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will include animal welfare in the school curriculum.

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps her Department has taken on the implementation of the commitments made in and monitoring of outcomes following the 2011 Prevent Strategy.

      Schools: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to help schools in Tower Hamlets tackle radicalisation.

      Schools: Fairtrade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she has taken to raise awareness of the Fairtrade movement in schools.

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2015 to Question 225258, how many 16 to 18 year olds studied for BTEC qualifications at each level in (a)...

      Culture: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to her Department's press release of 26 January 2015, whether the funding announced to support children's cultural education programmes...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Domestic Violence: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many domestic violence trials in each magistrates' and Crown court in Lancashire in 2014 (a) collapsed and (b) were postponed due to the complainant...

    • Prisoners: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national prisoners there are in the prison system in Kent; and how many such prisoners have completed their sentence and are awaiting...

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were (a) breathalysed and (b) convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in each of the last five years.

      Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many courtrooms there are in (a) the High Court at the Royal Courts of Justice, (b) the County Court in Birmingham, (c) the Family Court in...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that domestic abuse victims are informed of the release from prison of their abusers regardless of how long...

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Electoral Register: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Overseas Voter Day on 5 February...

  • Prime Minister

    • Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether he carried out due diligence before recommending the appointment of Lord Green to the House of Lords in September 2010.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Joint Cyber Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answers of 10 December 2014 to Questions 217147 and 217149, for what reasons providing the number of people recruited to the Cyber...

    • Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, at what rate Accelerated Incremental Progression payments have been made in each year since 2010.

      Armed Forces: Sikhs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date his Department expects to receive the recommendations of the Chief of the General Staff on whether the British Army should form a Sikh...

      Armed Forces: Information Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Reservists have been recruited to the 77th Brigade of the Army; and what target his Department has set for the proportion of that Brigade to be...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Squirrel HT1/HT2, (b) T67M-2 Firefly, (c) Grob 115 Tutor, (d) Viking, (e) Vigilant, (f) AW139, (g) A109 Power, (h) Sea King HAS6, (i) Sea...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Apache AH1, (b) Gazelle AH1, (c) AS365N3 Dauphin, (d) Bell 212, (e) Lynx Wildcat, (f) Squirrel HT1/HT2 and (g) Watchkeeper 450 are in (i)...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the target time is from the point of application for people with (a) cancer and (b) motor neurone disease to receive their benefit...

    • Jobseeker's Allowance: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people received jobseeker's allowance (a) within three weeks of applying and (b) three weeks or longer after applying in (i) Barnsley...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training is provided for frontline staff of his Department on working with people with mental health issues.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what value of interim payments have been made to people affected by sanctions or delays in benefit payments.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will review the procedures for notifying his Department of a change of circumstances in the event of hospitalisation when the claimant...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many first contact notice of closure letters have been sent to (a) Segment 1 and (b) Segment 2 CSA cases in (i) the UK, (ii) Scotland,...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions he has had with Work Programme providers on the development of their workforce.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training is offered to Jobcentre Plus staff to enable them to better work with (a) lone parents and (b) ethnic minority jobseekers.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent through the Work Programme on (a) attachment payments, (b) job outcome and (c) sustainment payments in Contract...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were referred to the Work Programme by Jobcentre Plus but not subsequently attached to the programme in each month since June 2011.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dangerous Dogs Exemptions Schemes (England and Wales) Order 2015

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons the Dangerous Dogs Exemptions Schemes (England and Wales) Order 2015 does not give full effect to the...

    • Ritual Slaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to prevent non-stun slaughter of animals.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the correspondence between the Committee on Climate Change and her Department on that Committee's second...

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the annual increase in total factor productivity in the agriculture sector was in each year since 1995.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding has been allocated for the building of affordable housing in London in each year from May 2010 to May 2019;...

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much his Department spent on (a) recruitment agency fees, (b) outplacement agency fees for displaced or redundant staff and...

      Employment Agencies

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

      Training

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

      Local Government Finance: Croydon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much the London Borough of Croydon received in total government grant in the last year; and if he will make a statement.

      Rural Areas: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to protect (a) green belt and (b) open green spaces in (i) Dudley, (ii) the Black Country...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's press release Pickles cuts stealth taxes on new homes and boosts small builders, published...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many serving firefighters have served in that capacity for over 40 years.

      Fire Services: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress his Department has made in discussion with the Honours and Decorations Committee and the Cabinet Office on...

      Property Development: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will investigate options for helping Portsmouth City Council to purchase the land at the St James' Hospital site in Milton.

  • Wales Office

    • *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Minister on promoting exports by Welsh businesses.

    • *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the effects on Wales of the Government's long-term economic plan.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of trends in the rate of child poverty in Wales since 2010.

  • HM Treasury

    • Sports: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times his Department has introduced special tax arrangements to support a major sporting event since May 2010.

    • HSBC

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether any Ministers in his Department discussed allegations of money laundering at HSBC with Lord Green during his time as Minister for Trade and Investment.

      Employee Ownership

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of participants in the Employee Shareholder Status scheme in (a) Glasgow South West constituency, (b)...

      Revenue and Customs: Preston

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff employed at the Tax Credit Office in Preston are currently paid (a) more and (b) less than the living wage.

      Air Passenger Duty: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward proposals to devolve air passenger duty to the Northern Ireland Executive; and if he will make a statement.

      Renewable Energy: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from community energy co-operatives on the decision to remove their entitlement to Enterprise Investment Scheme tax relief.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many mandatory reconsiderations have been requested for tax credit claims; how many of those requests have been successful; and how long on average it...

      Small Businesses: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many section 660a status enquiries HM Revenue and Customs has made in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d) Wales and (e) Northern Ireland in each...

      Scottish Fire and Rescue Service: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to make the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service eligible for VAT refunds.

      HSBC

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what dates special advisers in his Department have sent emails that refer to HSBC in the last five years.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employers were fined for not paying their employees the national minimum wage in 2013-14.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2015 to Questions 223142 and 223143, when he expects to publish the breakdown of the estimated numbers of deaths...

      Child Benefit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families were paid child benefit for (a) one child, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four children or more in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the projected number of years of active energy production available through the use of (a) nuclear power...

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2014 to Question 214542, if he will place a copy of research referred to in that Answer in the...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2014 to Question 214565, whether his Department has made an estimate of the proportion of...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of domestic customers who are on their supplier's standard tariff.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much funding has been allocated to the power to switch campaign.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, for how long the power to switch campaign will run.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the contribution by the hon. Member for Hastings and Rye of 14 January 2015, Official Report, column 932, on energy...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the contribution of 14 January 2015, Official Report, column 904, on energy prices, what the evidential basis is for the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the average domestic (a) electricity and (b) gas bill was in each quarter in (i) 2013, (ii) 2014 and (iii) in quarter 1, 2015.

      Fuel Poverty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many and what proportion of people in the Scottish Highlands and Islands are classed as living in fuel poverty; and if he will...

      Ofgem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many non-financial penalties Ofgem has imposed in each year since 2001; and what each such penalty was.

      Ofgem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many fines Ofgem has imposed in each year since 2001; and what the value was of each such fine.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the implications of his Department's report on the Life Cycle Impacts of Biomass Electricity published...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2015 to Question 223251, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment has been made of the potential contribution of biomass to meeting the 2020 targets of the Climate Change Act 2008; and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will delay implementation of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 to ensure that appropriate guidance on trading companies exemptions, reserved...

    • Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he took into account information in files relating to HSBC and tax evasion when appointing Lord Green Trade Minister in January 2011.

      Conditions of Employment: Wales

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of people in Wales working on zero hours contracts in February (a) 2014 and (b) 2015.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress the Government is making in implementating the EU Directive 2014/55/EU on invoicing in public sector procurement; what steps he has taken...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people (a) under and (b) over the age of 18 died of epilepsy in (i) England and (ii) the UK in each of the last five years.

      Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people earned an amount (a) in each bracket of £1,000 between £42,000 and £55,000 and (b) in each bracket of £10,000 over...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Sports: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to increase the participation of teenage girls in out-of-school sports clubs.

    • BuzzFeed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the costs were to his Department of (a) direct payments to BuzzFeed and (b) staff time for native advertising on BuzzFeed on (i)...

      Automation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2015 to Question 223018, if he will assess the potential effect of increasing automation on (a)...

      Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2015 to Question 223182, if he will assess the implications for his Department's policies of...

      Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2015 to Question 223180, what the most recent (a) arts, (b) sports and (c) tourism initiatives...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2015 to Question 223688, when and in what format his Department provided information to the...

      Arts: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2015 to Question 223736, which arts programmes his Department and arms length bodies fund that...

      Digital Technology: Dumfries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the conclusions in the publication Digital Participation in...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2015 to Question 222967, whether he plans to publish his response to the Digital Communications...

      Cinemas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the level of cinema attendance was in each year since 2009-10; what forecast he has made of cinema attendance in each year to...

      Public Libraries: WiFi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2015 to Question 223124 and the Answer of 14 January 2015 to Question 220293, if he will estimate...

  • Department of Health

    • Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many serious incident investigations have been undertaken by the NHS into incidents involving stillbirths in each year since 2010.

    • NHS: Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which mental health and acute NHS trusts in England provide nurseries for staff; how many nursery places each trust provides in each such case; and what...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps the Government has taken to reduce the level of childhood obesity.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects his Department to be in a position to make a decision on HPV vaccination for adolescent boys.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward the timeline for the review and recommendation in respect of the introduction of a universal HPV vaccination programme.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects a decision to be made on introducing HPV vaccinations for men who have sex with men.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason Public Health England is undertaking additional cost effectiveness modelling for the HPV vaccine and adolescent boys.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons Public Health England did not commence its cost effectiveness modelling for HPV vaccination for adolescent boys until 2015.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the HPV vaccination programme for men who have sex with men will commence; and whether a delivery partner has been secured for that programme.

      Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of people suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

      Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress Health Education England has made in ensuring that training is available so that there can be a specialist GP in every clinical...

      Pregnancy: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress Health Education England has made in ensuring that a module on perinatal mental health is included in core training for midwives.

      General Practitioners: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress Health Education England has made in developing a mutual health e-learning package to support continuing professional development for GPs...

      Alliance Medical

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what grounds a contract to run NHS PET-CT cancer scans was awarded to Alliance Medical.

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to ensure that Ministers with financial interests in private health companies do not (a) make a profit from and (b) have...

      Hospital Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to minimise disruption for patients at shift changeovers in hospital wards; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospital Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that hospital wards provide sufficient (a) personal and (b) nursing care to patients; and if he will make a statement.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many finished hospital episodes with a primary diagnosis of epilepsy there were among people aged (a) under and (b) over 18 in England in each of the...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much public money has been granted into research into epilepsy in each of the last five years.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with NHS England on improving the speed of diagnosis for people with an inflammatory musculoskeletal condition.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money has been spent on the prescription of drugs to manage epilepsy in the NHS in each of the last five years.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Japan Tobacco: Ballymena

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to support the designation of the JTI Gallaher factory site and surrounding area in Ballymena, County Antrim as an Enterprise Zone with...

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Randerson on 24 February (HL4928) concerning the "on the runs", on what date, how and by whom loyalists were...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date the report of the Hallett review into the "on the runs" scheme was made public; and on what date the scheme started.

  • Department for Education

    • Private Education: Vetting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they are making to ensure that independent schools are in a position to comply with their statutory responsibilities to check that staff...

    • Private Education: Vetting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that independent schools are not found to be in breach of statutory regulations as a result of the introduction of...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in relation to how many of the 441,900 Personal Independence Payment claims cleared by the Department of Work and Pensions between April 2013 and December...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Manure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the purposes of the European Union Directive on the nitrogen content of manure used in agriculture.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing Ombudsman Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many complaints the Housing Ombudsman Service has dealt with in each of the past four years; and how many of those were upheld or refused in each year.

    • Judaism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 10 February (HL4418), whether they intend to ask Jewish faith leaders in the United Kingdom to...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many businesses have received assistance through the small business rate relief scheme.

      Planning Permission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect to make betting shops and payday loan shops into a separate planning use class; and if so, when.

  • HM Treasury

    • Taxation: Domicil

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many taxpayers designated as non-domiciled in the United Kingdom owe that status to inheritance as a result of a parent or grandparent having been born...

    • Taxation: Domicil

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider allowing non-domicile tax status to pass through maternal inheritance rather than paternal inheritance alone or whether they will...

      Loans: Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 17 February (HL4697), whether United Kingdom government ministers have been involved in financial...

      Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they have given to the Bank of England in bringing forward curbs on leveraged lending.

      Banks: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government at what level the average leverage ratio becomes of concern to Ministers; and whether they use the 6.2 average in the first quarter of 2007 as a benchmark...

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect to issue the detailed guidance to parents and guardians concerning the transfer of Child Trust Fund Accounts to Junior ISAs.

      Budgets: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of current proposals for further devolution to Scotland, what parts of the budget statement they will regard as being exclusively of Scottish...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list all the exemptions from inheritance tax.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list all classes of assets which are subject to relief from inheritance tax.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the effect on receipts to the Exchequer of the abolition of inheritance tax and the taxing of recipients of inherited wealth...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis they consider that the provisions of the Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill comply with the terms of the European Convention on Human Rights, given...

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