Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will visit the Black Cat roundabout in Bedfordshire to make an assessment of the extent of the improvement works being carried out and the...

    • Tyres: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effect on (a) consumers and (b) retailers of the inclusion of tyres in the transposition of Article 2(h) of EU...

      A595

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many representations his Department has received on the quality of the A595 in each of the last 10 years.

      M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when road improvements started on the M1 southbound carriageway near Wakefield; when he expects those roadworks to be completed; from what time in the...

      Southern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will review the compensation payable to ticket holders experiencing serious delays on Southern Rail.

      Midland Main Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will require East Midlands Trains to reinstate half hourly off-peak rail services northwards from Kettering.

      Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in other EU Member States on encouraging the European Aviation Safety Agency to investigate the...

      Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ensure that public health facilities and resources are made available for the testing of pilots for genetic conditions which might make...

      Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Civil Aviation Authority on the feasibility of making the monitoring of toxins inside aeroplanes mandatory on UK...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been raised in revenue by the HGV road user levy since its introduction.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what financial assistance he is providing to local authorities to repair potholes.

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has for electrification of railway lines in the North West.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to build new and upgrade existing trunk roads.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the benefit cost ratio of the High Speed 2 Wigan spur.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to introduce new rolling stock on the rail network.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria his Department uses to allocate subsidies and premiums to train companies for the operation of rail franchise agreements.

      Railways: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of recent trends in the number of rail passenger journeys.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what financial assistance he is providing to local authorities to repair potholes.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Monuments: Woolwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with the Royal Borough of Greenwich on a memorial to Drummer Lee Rigby.

    • Homelessness: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) statutory and (b) non-statutory homeless people there were in each constituency in Wales in each of the last 10 years.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people have been fined for non-payment of rent and services in social housing in each year since 2011.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions officials in his Department have had with their counterparts in Bahrain on (a) democratic participation in...

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he and Ministers in his Department have made to their counterparts in Bahrain on the use of torture...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support cultural exchanges between artists and educators in the UK and their counterparts in Gaza.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help Libya move towards peace in the short and medium term.

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to end rape and sexual assault in South Sudan as part of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative; and...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Cyprus about the decision to allow the Russian military to use port...

      Mexico

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the monitoring of human rights in Mexico; and if he will make a statement.

      Mexico

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he had on human rights in Mexico with President Peña Nieto during his visit to London in March 2015.

      Mexico

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise the issue of human rights in Mexico at the current session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

  • Leader of the House

    • Out of Area Treatment

      To ask the Leader of the House, what plans the Government has to facilitate Wales and England cross-border health policy debate after his proposals for English votes for English laws have been...

    • Backbenchers

      To ask the Leader of the House, what steps he has taken to enhance the role of backbenchers.

  • Attorney General

    • Crime: Victims

      To ask the Attorney General, in how many cases since the introduction of the Victims' Right to Review Scheme have the Crown Prosecution Service changed a decision following a victim's request for...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Environment Protection: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to encourage innovation in low carbon technology in the South West of England; and if he...

    • Small Businesses: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of support provided by each Business Bank programme was from a non-major bank in each month since those...

      Business: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many growth vouchers have been (a) issued and (b) redeemed to date; how many businesses have made enquiries on the growth...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he expects to publish the findings of the Government's employment review to improve the clarity and status of the...

      Property Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what financial support his Department will provide to local authorities for centralising the local land charges registers.

      Property Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the cost of centralisation of local land charges registers.

      Property Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how CON29 search data will be allocated when LLC1 data has been centralised.

      Property Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to implement the changes to local land charges registers resulting from the Infrastructure Act 2015.

      Property Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what alternatives he considered to centralising local land charges in the Land Registry; and what assessment he made of the...

      New Businesses: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many new business start-ups there have been in (a) Bradford East constituency and (b) Bradford (i) since 2010 and (ii) from...

  • Department for International Development

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the numbers of internally displaced Sunni former residents of Iraqi cities taken over by ISIL.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to help the Iraqi government support the return of former residents of cities previously occupied...

      Developing Countries: Tax Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support the development of tax collection capacity in developing countries.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the performance of the UK Aid Transparency Guarantee.

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that environmental sustainability features within every part of the post-2015 Millennium...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what organisations were awarded UK Aid Match funds in 2014; and how many have received their year 1 tranche of funds.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2015 to Question 221047, whether the application of the OECD's Statistical Reporting Directives...

  • Department for Education

    • GCE A-level: GCE AS-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the cost of decoupling the AS-level qualification from the A-level qualification.

    • Primary Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many primary school teachers in each parliamentary constituency in England have a science degree.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of Teach First participants who remain in (a) their original position and (b) teaching after their...

      Free School Meals: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which schools in which parliamentary constituencies in Birmingham applied for additional funding for universal infant free school meals; and which...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Mediation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to promote mediation in the resolution of family and other legal disputes; and if he will make a statement.

    • Domestic Violence: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2015 to Question 224736, how many domestic violence court sittings took place in each magistrates court in...

      Burial and Cremation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to review burial and cremation law.

      Victim Personal Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in what proportion of relevant cases were victim impact statements submitted to Crown courts in criminal proceedings in each of the last five years.

      Young Offenders: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of children that have been exposed to asbestos while serving a custodial sentence in the last five years.

  • Prime Minister

    • Nuclear Power: EU Action

      To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions on nuclear power policy he had with his Austrian counterpart and other representatives of the Austrian government during the European Council meeting...

    • Russia

      To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to his oral evidence to the Liaison Committee on 24 February 2015, what assessment he has made of the military threat posed by Russia in the Baltic states.

  • Scotland Office

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the total value of contracts his Department has with private sector providers was in each of the last five years for which records are available.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, 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.

    • Natural Gas: Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to bring forward proposals to amend Regulation 36 of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 to...

      Social Security Benefits: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the scoring system in his Department's new guidelines for claimants with mental health issues to decide eligibility for support groups...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2014 to Question 214129 on Libyan personnel on Bassingbourn base, for what reasons 16 Libyan General Purpose Force...

    • Awe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the expected operational dates are for Project Pegasus and Project Mensa at the Atomic Weapons Establishment.

      Awe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the expected out-turn expenditure is on (a) Project Pegasus and (b) Project Mensa at the Atomic Weapons Establishment.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what total value of new Phase 2 Small Business Research Initiative contracts were awarded by his Department in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will launch an inquiry into the conduct of the war in Afghanistan.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many recruits have enlisted in (a) the Regular Army and (b) the Reserve Forces in each region of the UK since Capita was awarded the contract for...

      Rolls-Royce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he or officials of his Department have had with representatives of Rolls-Royce in the last six months on supply to his Department.

      Rolls-Royce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations his Department has received from (a) Rolls-Royce and (b) Rolls-Royce employees on relocation of operations.

      Rolls-Royce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what financial support his Department (a) provides and (b) plans to provide to Rolls-Royce.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) children and (b) instructors in the cadet forces that have been exposed to asbestos while utilising his...

  • Home Office

    • Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passengers have travelled to the UK on routes connected to the Semaphore system since 2009.

    • Human Trafficking: Albania

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the 449 potential victims of trafficking from Albania referred to in the National Crime Agency's National Referral Mechanism...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to ensure that international students and graduates are exempted from targets to reduce net migration.

      Free Movement of People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to restrict rights of nationals of states acceding to the EU to enter and work in the UK.

      Overseas Students: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign students at schools and colleges that have lost their right to sponsor such students were removed from the UK in each of...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many referrals her Department's Counter-Terrorism Referrals Unit has made to (a) Facebook, (b) Twitter, (c) Google and Youtube and (d)...

      Foreign Nationals: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many nationals of the United States are domiciled in the UK; and how many of those nationals have received visas to work (a) in the...

      Overseas Students: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many schools and colleges that have had their right to sponsor overseas students removed have been subject to criminal proceedings in...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-EU students who were given visas to study in the UK failed to leave the UK after their studies had ended in each of the last...

      Criminal Proceedings: Diplomatic Immunity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many criminal cases were abandoned between January 2014 and January 2015 as a result of diplomatic immunity.

      Police: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers of what rank retired from each police force in the North West in each year from 2009-10 to 2013-14.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are detained in prison for immigration control purposes under the service level agreement between her Department and the...

      Domestic Violence: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Destitution Domestic Violence (DDV) concessions were granted to individuals on a UK partner visa whose relationship has broken down...

      British Nationals Abroad: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of British nationals who have travelled to fight in Iraq and Syria who have been subjects of...

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that police officers have information on the amount of pension they would receive under a new pension...

      Religious Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to (a) help to promote awareness of Tell MAMA and (b) encourage reporting of anti-Muslim incidents.

      Police: Wrexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of police officers employed in Wrexham constituency for frontline duties in each of the last five years.

      Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the extent of the presence of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research her Department has conducted into coercive control in domestic violence complaints.

  • HM Treasury

    • Bank of Credit and Commerce International

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which parties have been given access by his Department to the Sandstorm Report associated with the closure of The Bank of Credit and Commerce International.

    • Apprentices

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many apprentices employed by (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are aged (i) 16 to 18, (ii) 19 to 24 and (iii) 25...

      Banks: Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to require RBS and Lloyds to disclose the activities of their subsidiary companies located in tax havens.

      Government Departments: Land

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will update his Department's guidance on Managing Public Money, published in July 2013, to include consideration of social, economic and environmental...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward proposals to introduce a system of grant funding for the training of professional freight drivers.

      HSBC

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what dates he has met which representatives of HSBC bank since taking office.

      Tax Avoidance: Self-employed

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people subject to an IR35 review have been deemed to be a business entity in each of the last five years.

      Tax Avoidance: Self-employed

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in each of the last five years HM Revenue and Customs reviewed under IR35 who have subsequently been deemed outside IR35 or in the low risk...

      Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals for tax relief for orchestras and high-end TV tax relief before April 2015.

      River Thames: Bridges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what funding he plans to provide to the Garden Bridge.

      Tate Galleries

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Tate Art Galleries on government support for their costs.

      Income Tax: Bradford

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in (a) Bradford East constituency and (b) Bradford paid income tax in (i) 2010 and (ii) the last year for which figures are available.

      Public Private Partnerships

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value is of off-balance sheet public-private partnerships.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many apprentices employed by (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are aged (i) 16 to 18, (ii)...

    • Nuclear Power: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs his Department supports (a) directly and (b) indirectly in the nuclear supply chain in...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2015 to Question 223250, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions his Department had with (a) Network Rail and (b) the Department for Transport on the costs to electricity network...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2015 to Question 222829, what categories of support and overhead spending have increased over...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps his Department is taking to prevent groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many and what proportion of (a) electricity and (b) gas customers used home prepayment meters in (i) the UK, (ii) Scotland, (iii)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he plans to take to ensure that the Public Procurement Contract Regulations 2015 deliver an increase in not-for-profit delivery of public...

    • Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what representations he has received in favour of inclusion in the Public Contract Regulations 2015 of provisions to mandate that social, employment...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in each parliamentary constituency have been employed on zero-hours contracts in each month since May 2010.

      UK Statistics Authority

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Written Statement HCWS319 of 27 February 2015, what the urgent cash requirement on services was that made an advance of £15...

      Employment: Bradford

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what change there has been in the number of jobs in (a) Bradford East constituency and (b) Bradford (i) since 2010 and (ii) between 2005 and 2010.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the consequences for his Department's policies of the conclusions of Enriching Britain: Culture,...

    • Ecorys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 February 2015 to Question 223127, whether the ECORYS review will be published before 10 May 2015.

      Broadband: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2015 to Question 223017, if he will publish his Department's analysis of the geographic location...

      Leisure: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2015 to Question 223128, which of his Department's programmes fund early intervention in...

      US President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies of the work of the US President's Committee on the Arts...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2015 to Question 223187, whether he plans to publish the response to the consultation before 10...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2015 to Question 223055, whether he plans to open the consultation exercise on the reform of the...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2015 to Question 223055 on telecommunications, what the pay grades were of the 6.6 full time...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2015 to Question 223055, from whom he received stakeholder representations; on what dates he...

      Leisure: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2015 to Question 223183, what music and cultural education programmes his Department funded.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2015 to Question 223047, whether his Department has recommended the contingency planning...

      Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the tweet More arts funding announced today of 26 January 2015 on his Department's Twitter account, what funding of...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2015 to Question 225228, what criteria his Department uses to decide on which regional commercial...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2015 to Question 223689, when he expects to announce in which month 90 per cent of UK premises...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2015 to Question 223687, whether the (a) County Durham, (b) Oxfordshire, (c) Hampshire, (d)...

      Churches: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support the maintenance of churches.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Meat: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many seizures of illegally imported meat have been made at (a) airports and (b) seaports in each of the last 10 years.

    • River Ribble

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2015 to Question 224693, what the date, location and nature has been of the...

      Insects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the non-financial regulatory constraints are on research on the potential of insects as a sustainable source of...

      Seas and Oceans: Electric Cables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Marine Management Organisation has taken to safeguard the marine environment from damage by cable laying...

      Seas and Oceans: Electric Cables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many licences have been granted by the Marine Management Organisation for the laying of cables on the seabed involving...

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average age is of workers in the agricultural industry.

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the cost to UK agriculture of weeds, disease and pests.

      Farmers: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the net farm income per worker was in each of the last 15 years.

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to improve knowledge transfer in the agricultural sector; and if she will make a statement.

      Agriculture: EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what benefits for UK agriculture she anticipates from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership; and if she will...

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people were employed in the agricultural sector in each year since 1995.

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the consultancy reports he has commissioned into the challenged local health economy of (a) Staffordshire, (b) Eastern Cheshire, (c) South West...

    • Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on tax revenues of the introduction of standard packaging of tobacco.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to prevent discrimination against former carers.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress Health Education England has made in developing training programmes for health and care employers to ensure that all staff have an...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2015 to Question 221764, which representatives of the pharmaceutical industry were consulted to establish that the...

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of domiciliary sight tests for the diagnosis of (a) visual impairment and (b) eye health conditions in...

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will take steps to improve the uptake of sight tests by children with disabilities.

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have received NHS eye tests in (a) Kent, (b) Medway and (c) Gillingham and Rainham constituency in each of the last five years.

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of people undergoing regular eye tests.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the cost effectiveness modelling for the HPV vaccine and adolescent boys will take account of (a) the costs of paying welfare benefits to men and...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the cost effectiveness modelling for the HPV vaccine and adolescent boys will take into account the costs of treating (a) genital warts, (b) anal...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assumptions have been made in the cost effectiveness modelling for offering HPV vaccinations to men who have sex with men (MSM) in respect of how...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the average cost to the NHS of treating each case of (a) cervical, (b) vaginal, (c) vulval, (d) penile, (e) anal, (f) oropharyngeal,...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the cost effectiveness modelling for the HPV vaccine and adolescent boys will take account of the number of men who are likely to have sex with...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to implement the meningitis B vaccine in 2015.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many influenza vaccinations for elderly and disabled people were administered in (a) the West Midlands region and (b) Birmingham in the 2014-15...

      Gastrointestinal Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of taking Regorafenib off the Cancer Drugs Fund list on the health outcomes of gastrointestinal stromal tumour...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many influenza vaccinations for elderly and disabled people were allotted for (a) the West Midlands region and (b) Birmingham for the 2014-15 winter...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the cost effectiveness modelling for the HPV vaccine and adolescent boys will take into account the increased risk of HIV infection in men and...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the need for a medical exemption certificate has been effectively communicated to sufferers of diabetes by the NHS...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Impact Assessment for the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products Regulations 2015, which derives key valuables in its cost...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will delay implementation of standardised tobacco packaging until data on its effects on smoking prevalence in Australia is available.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support and guidance his Department and NHS England have made available to clinical commissioning groups to enable them to effectively commission...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the working group to examine the commissioning and provision of psychological therapies will be established.

      Kidneys: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of overall health research funding was invested in renal research in each year from 2008; and what plans he has to increase funding for...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what additional opportunities there will be for volunatary sector providers to undertake government-funded HIV prevention activities in 2015-16 outside...

      General Practitioners: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent GPs there were per head of population in (a) Cumbria, (b) Copeland and (c) Allerdale in each of the last 10 years.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in receipt of Continuing Healthcare funding have been diagnosed with cancer.

      Dental Services: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients attended A&E because they were unable to access a dentist in Cumbria in each of the last five 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 of England and (c) Cumbria Clincial Commissioning Group.

      Dental Services: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent dental surgeons there were per head of population in (a) Cumbria, (b) Copeland and (c) Allerdale in each of the last 10 years.

      Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the (a) business plan and (b) grant agreement to provide funding for the organisation Action on Smoking and Health under section 64 of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the situation in Gaza of issues relating to the control of Gaza’s off-shore gas; and whether it is...

    • Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to prevent the Israeli demolition of the Arab village of Hiran in the Negev in order to replace it with an Israeli settler village.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the destruction by Israeli forces of a pipeline in the northern Jordan valley...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they and other European Union governments plan to discuss Mr Blair’s call for a "radical change of approach" from Israel in respect of Gaza;...

      War Memorials

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 23 February (HL4962), what maintenance has been done on the Royal Naval Division memorial;...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the listing by the government of Israel of Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem for demolition.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the disqualification of Hanin Zoabi as a candidate in the forthcoming elections in Israel.

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reported wounding of Palestinian photo-journalists by the Israeli Defence Force.

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about breaches of civil and human rights in Egypt.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel and what response they have received concerning the second update by UNICEF issued in...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reported use in Israel of solitary confinement for children held in military detention.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reported methods of transportation used in Israel for children held in military detention.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports by UNICEF that children in military detention in Israel have been made to sign untranslated written confessions in...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of the closure of the Rafah crossing by the government of Egypt on the reconstruction programme in Gaza.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the P5+1 nuclear talks on Iran.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of reports about the Supreme Leader of Iran's nine-point plan for the destruction of Israel.

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain about Dr Masaud Jahromi.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Randerson on 24 February (HL4954) concerning the Northern Ireland Office, what are the responsibilities of each of...

  • Wales Office

    • European Union

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Randerson on 23 February (HL4848), what they estimate to have been the total cost to the Wales Office and its...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Secure Colleges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on which dates the bidding process for the contract to manage the proposed Secure College will be launched; and by which dates bids must be received.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • European Union

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 23 February (HL4837), what they estimate to have been the total cost to the Department for Work and Pensions...

  • Home Office

    • Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the agreement between the Metropolitan Police Service and the Independent Police Complaints Commission and others regarding the investigation of...

    • Driving Offences: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with police forces in England about the priority given to the enforcement of traffic speed in 30 mph and 20 mph areas.

      Driving Offences: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many fixed penalty fines have been issued, and how many prosecutions have been initiated, for exceeding 30 mph or 20 mph speed limits in each of the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint disclosed an interest in, and knowledge about, HSBC before he was appointed as a member of HM Treasury’s Banking...

  • Department of Health

    • Genetics: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures NHS England is putting in place to ensure the development of a national policy for molecular diagnostic testing before existing legacy...

    • Chemicals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Mr George Freeman, on 14 January (HC220047),...

      Care Homes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the application of the "triple lock" policy used in regard to state retirement pensions to the Personal Allowance element from...

      Care Homes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish figures as to how many local authorities have used their discretion in permitting a higher level of Personal Allowance than that...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 13 February (HL4626), which patient organisations were consulted in October 2014 on proposed changes to the...

      Health Services and Public Health Act 1968

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations, in each of the last five years, have received funding under section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968; and whether...

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