Written answers

Thursday, 12 March 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Motorways: Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that electronic signs on motorways provide information that is up-to-date.

    • Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department provides to Highways Agency patrol staff on time taken for the restoration of normal running on motorways following accidents.

      Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's advertising and communications expenditure was in each month since September 2014; and what that expenditure is forecast to be...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the contribution to the costs of the construction of High Speed 2 from (a) outside his Department and (b) his...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department will publish an updated economic case for High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what work has been undertaken by (a) his Department and (b) HS2 Ltd in the last two years on the effects on chalk aquifers of tunnelling activities...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the effect of High Speed 2 on (a) the Misbourne, Colne and Chess rivers, (b) chalk acquifers and (c)...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the average cost per mile of high speed rail construction for Phase 1 of High Speed 2 in (a) tunnelled and (b)...

      A1(M): Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to start the feasibility study into widening the A1(M) between junctions six and eight.

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what process his Department uses to externally review the Board of High Speed 2; and if he will place in the Library a copy of all reviews of their...

      Euston Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2015 to Question 220507 on plans for High Speed 2, whether a full-scale redevelopment of Euston Station has been...

      Tilbury Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the economic effect of the decision by Hapag-Llloyd and Hamburg Sud to transfer operations from the Port of Tilbury to...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department plans to provide to businesses adversely affected by the construction phase of High Speed 2 whose premises are not...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the future viability of the rail freight line between Felixstowe and Tilbury ports; and when he next plans to meet...

      Tilbury Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the decision by Hapag-Llloyd and Hamburg Sud to transfer operations from the Port of Tilbury to...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many barristers have been instructed by (a) his Department and (b) HS2 Ltd to work on the Phase 1 Hybrid Bill Committee; and what the (a)...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to publish his Department's joint report with the Scottish Government on extending High Speed 2 to Scotland.

      Bicycles: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether an e-bike that complies with EU pedelec regulations with a throttle used to provide a degree of assistance will be exempt from type approval;...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the provisions of the Civil Service Code apply to employees of HS2 Ltd.

      Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that toxic oil fumes from aircraft engines are prevented from entering cabins and cockpits and posing risks to...

      Railway Stations: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which railway stations his Department discussed with the Scottish Government during the process of approving Access for All funding from 2006 to 2014.

      Railway Stations: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department objected to Access for All funding being allocated to any of the Scottish Government's proposed recipient stations between 2006...

      Gospel Oak-Barking Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the electrification of the Barking to Gospel Oak line; what the expected date of completion of that work is; and if he...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have (a) applied and (b) successfully resettled in the UK under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme (i) in total and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on which countries have donated funds to Hamas.

    • Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in the government of the Republic of Cyprus on that country joining the...

      Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2015 to Question 224295, what progress his Department has made on securing a meeting...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions her Department has had with the Police Service of Northern Ireland on the potential effect of the planned relocation of...

    • Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what policies contained in the 2010 Coalition Agreement and falling under her Department's responsibilities have not yet been implemented; and...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Textiles: Exports

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

    • Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of whether foreign corporations will be able to sue the Government for damages and loss of profit...

      Macquarie Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what meetings his Department has held with Macquarie Bank since May 2010; and who was present at such meetings.

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on how many occasions rights have been registered on the Land Register through adverse possession in each of the last three...

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations his Department has received from further education colleges on the adult skills allocation from the Skills...

      Adult Education: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much the Government has made available in Adult Skills Funding in (a) York Central constituency, (b) City of York Council...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many officials in his Department are working on the review of the clarity and employment status of workers.

      Research Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of reasons for regional per capita disparities in the distribution of Research Councils' funding.

  • Department for International Development

    • Adam Smith International

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what non-core funding her Department has provided to Adam Smith International in each financial year from 2011-12.

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps her Department has taken to support the development of clean drinking water systems in Africa.

  • Department for Education

    • Primary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support her Department provides to primary schools to ensure that all infants take up the provision of free school meals.

    • Teachers: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many confidentiality agreements have been entered into with members of the teaching profession (a) without and (b) following an Ofsted inspection...

      Schools: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) headteachers, (b) deputy headteachers and (c) senior leaders have been suspended (i) without and (ii) following an Ofsted inspection in...

      Schools: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many suspended (a) headteachers, (b) deputy headteachers and (c) senior leaders have entered into confidentiality agreements in each of the last...

      Schools: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many suspended (a) headteachers, (b) deputy headteachers and (c) senior leaders have returned to their posts in each of the last five years.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2015 to Question 226007, for what reasons she will not publish the information requested.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 7 April 2014 to Question 190548, how much his Department has spent on first class (a) flight travel for Ministers and...

    • Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of comparative per capita levels of legal aid spending in England and Wales and other jurisdictions.

      Court Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many restraining orders issued by the courts were breached (a) once, (b) twice and (c) on more than three occasions in each of the last five years.

      Court Orders: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prohibited steps orders were (a) issued by the courts, (b) breached and (c) resulted in contempt proceedings or a sequestration order in each...

      Youth Custody: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Roma, Gypsy and Traveller young people were held in (a) young offenders' institutions, (b) secure training centres and (c) secure children's...

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his Written Statement of 18 December 2014, Official Report, columns 134-5WS, on transforming rehabilitation, whether any of the...

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he expects Section 28 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 to come into force.

      HM Inspectorate of Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, who the members are of the appointment panel for the new Chief Inspector of Prisons.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people leaving prison since 1 February 2015 after sentences of under 12 months have been supervised by a community rehabilitation company.

  • Leader of the House

    • West Lothian Question

      To ask the Leader of the House, what his planned timetable is for introducing English Votes for English Laws.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what total value of contracts was awarded under his Department's Small Business Research Initiative competitions advertised through the Innovate UK...

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2015 to Question 214595, what the roles were of those UK military personnel deployed to UNFICYP in 2014.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions the wrong transport aircraft was sent to retrieve an asset in the last 12 months; and what the asset and incorrect aircraft sent...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what gifts of (a) non-lethal and (b) lethal military equipment have been made to (i) Turkey, (ii) Egypt, (iii) Jordan, (iv) Iraq and (v) Saudi Arabia in...

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place document 2010217-CWS_DESB-1_Gp-R-V4 in the Library.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ships and submarines of each type are in service in each branch of the Armed Forces; and where each such ship or submarine is based.

      Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidance his Department has issued on windfarms in the vicinity of radar installations following the installation of TPS-77 radar systems; and if...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the area of land in Dhekelia Sovereign Base Area that has been planted with acacia trees in the last 10 years.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many days of staff absence there were in the Dhekelia Sovereign Base Area Police Anti-Poaching Unit in (a) September and (b) October 2014.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many clearance operations there were to remove equipment used in the illegal killing of birds from the Dhekelia Sovereign Base Area in (a) September...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what area of acacia trees has been removed from the Dhekelia Sovereign Base Area in 2015 to date.

      Armed Forces: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) permanent and (b) reservist members of the armed forces have been issued with the HM Armed Forces Railcard since that scheme was introduced.

      Armed Forces: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many HM Armed Forces Railcards have been issued in each year since that scheme was introduced.

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of spending on the regular army over the next five years.

      Armed Forces: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on the HM Armed Forces Railcard in each year since that scheme was introduced.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information his Department holds on how many redundancies or job losses have arisen in the private sector as a result of the award of the Next...

      Armed Forces: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) annual and (b) total cost has been of the contract between his Department and ATOC Ltd for the HM Armed Forces Railcard; and when this...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of reviews of entitlement to jobseeker's allowance in Scotland resulted in no sanction being applied to the...

    • Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of mandatory reconsiderations of employment and support allowance claims in Scotland have resulted in no sanction...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Thirsk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claimed employment and support allowance in Thirsk and Malton constituency in each of the last three years; and if he will...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people eligible for employment and support allowance have their benefits suspended while medical reviews are conducted; and...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much child maintenance arrears (a) is designated technically uncollectable and (b) his Department has already written-off as uncollectable...

      Older Workers: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to Fuller Working Lives: a framework for action, published in June 2014, what steps his Department has taken to implement the...

      Employment Schemes: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department is providing to people in Hertfordshire with mental health problems to return to work.

      Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the oral contribution of Chris Hayes to the Work and Pensions Committee on 4 February 2015, HC 814, Question 245, if he will...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the next release of statistics on personal independence payments (PIP) will include information on the impairment types of people...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many self-employed people have (a) applied for, (b) received, (c) been refused and (d) lost some or all of their Access to Work support...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what specific guidance his Department issues to staff working with Access to Work claimants and recipients; and whether greater numbers of...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in the London Borough of Southwark have claimed discretionary housing payments in relation to the under-occupancy penalty.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on the number of adverse employment and support allowance sanction decisions broken down by the Summary...

      Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the contribution of the Minister for Disabled People to the Work and Pensions Select Committee on 29 October 2014, how his...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been found guilty of wrongdoing by the Child Support Agency in the last 10 years; and how many and what proportion of...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are currently awaiting work capability assessments.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average (a) monthly and (b) yearly payment is by each household in the London Borough of Southwark affected by the under-occupancy...

      Widowed Parent's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect on claimants of widowed parent's allowance of the replacement of that allowance by bereavement...

      Housing Benefit: East Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average amount of annual housing benefit payments per applicant was in East Lothian constituency in each year since 2010.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's advertising and communications expenditure was in each month since September 2014; and what that...

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that planning decisions take into full consideration the UK's air quality...

      Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what policies contained in the 2010 Coalition Agreement and falling under her Department's responsibilities have not yet...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to protect the seas and fish stocks around England.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to strengthen resilience against flooding.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the devolved administrations on bovine TB.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many flood defence schemes are planned to be built under the Government's flood defence programme.

      Horticulture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to promote British horticulture.

      Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons her Department has not yet introduced a Bill based on the draft Wild Animals in Circuses Bill.

      Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with voluntary and third-sector organisations on the condition of UK rivers.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities he has written to about the frequency of their publications since entry into force of the Local Audit...

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of suppliers to his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are signatories to the...

      Starter Home Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2015 to Question 226133, whether any of the homes built under the proposed starter homes...

      Securitas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what dates Ministers in his Department have met Securitas since May 2010.

      Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that previously contaminated sewage works are adequately decontaminated when they...

  • HM Treasury

    • Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans for payments of tax credits to cease as a result of their inclusion in universal credit.

    • Natural Resources

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to integrate natural capital into the national infrastructure plan.

      National Income: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2015 to Question 222161, if he will make an assessment of the link between the further boost to UK GDP and wage rises;...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to reply to the letter of 4 February 2015 from the hon. Member for Walsall North on behalf of a constituent.

      Income Tax: Cambridge

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Cambridge constituency had their income tax reduced as a result of personal allowance increases since May 2010.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether he plans to implement proposals made by his Department's Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board in its recently...

    • Ofgem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the abolition of Ofgem.

      UK Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2015 to Question 220905, when he plans to announce his Department's decision on the provision of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Advertising

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his Department's advertising and communications expenditure was in each month since September 2014; and what that expenditure is forecast to be in...

    • Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the executive summary of the Government's Digital Inclusion Strategy, published in April 2014, what his latest estimate is of the...

      Art Works

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost was of removing existing artwork and installing new artwork from the Government Art Collection in the Office of the Chief Executive of...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what reports have been produced on High Speed 2 by the Major Projects Authority; and what the (a) rating level and (b) date of publication has been of...

      Interpreters

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the proposed Framework Agreement for language interpretation services (a) on British Sign...

      Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the largest annual percentage reduction in cancer mortality levels was for (a) men and (b) women between 2004 and 2014.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answers of 23 February 2015 to Questions 223627 and 223628, how many vacancies there are on posts for trustees and on...

    • Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what mechanisms are in place to represent the interests of consumers in relation to the extent of mobile telephone coverage and prices...

      Sports: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that 16 to 19 year olds have access to competitive sporting opportunities as (a) players and (b)...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Meat

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, what proportion of the meat served in Parliament's restaurants in the last year had...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Voting Rights: Young People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he plans to publish the Government's response to the Youth Select Committee's report on lowering the voting age to 16.

  • Department of Health

    • Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who his Department and NHS England have consulted on the implementation of a fast track interim policy for hepatitis C patients from April 2015.

    • Psychiatry: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department's Any Qualified Provider (AQP) programme guidance stipulates that before they are approved as AQPs by an NHS commissioning body,...

      Prisoners: Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the prison population affected by foetal alcohol syndrome or foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that rare and less common cancers are represented as part of the 100,000 Genomes Project.

      Air Pollution: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in London have died as a result of air pollution in each year since 2010; and if he will estimate the number of such deaths in the next...

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which directors of his Department who have left that role in the last 10 years went on to work for (a) one of his Department's executive non-departmental...

      Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent investment there has been in Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many finished admission episodes were carried out between May 2010 and the latest period for which figures are available; and how many such...

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2015 to Question 225086, how many employees of NHS England or people receiving financial reimbursement from NHS England...

      Cataracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many privately-funded cataract operations were conducted in NHS hospitals in England in 2013-14.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many linear accelerators for radiotherapy treatment in the NHS are older than (a) eight and (b) 10 years; and how old the oldest linear accelerators...

      Diabetes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of children diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in each of the last five years.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans NHS England has to consult on the use of the National Cancer Drugs Fund clinical Scoring Tool to inform what treatments are available on the...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of whether the funding tariff options recently announced for mental health providers meet the Government's objective of...

      Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on how many staff members employed by Arriva to deliver patient transport are paid less than the living wage.

      Commissioning Support Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much commissioning support units spent on consultancy services in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 to date.

      Soft Drinks: Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average sugar content in soft drinks was in (a) 2004 and (b) 2014.

      Knee Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department provides to knee replacement patients who have been waiting longer than 12 months for treatment.

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much public funding has been spent on research on the care of stroke patients in England and Wales in the last five years.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 3 March (HL5244), what steps they plan to take to ensure that information about people claiming asylum on...

    • Asylum: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of asylum seekers being detained under powers in the Immigration Acts, what access they have to statutory, free and independent forms of...

      Entry Clearances: Nepal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conditions a Nepalese man must meet to obtain a three-month tourist visa to visit the United Kingdom if he is married to a woman who is a British...

      Dna

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be the evidential consequences of the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights that DNA samples can only be retained for up to a...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Parental Leave

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received regarding the accuracy or otherwise of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills online tool to calculate...

  • Department for International Development

    • St Helena

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to announce details of air passenger services to St Helena.

    • St Helena

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to announce details of freight and passenger shipping services to replace those currently provided by the Royal Mail Ship St Helena.

      St Helena

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on increasing and improving facilities on St Helena for the anticipated increase in tourists once the new airport is completed.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Cycling: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cyclists have been (1) cautioned, and (2) convicted, for road traffic offences in the last 12 months in the Cities of London and Westminster.

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

    • House of Lords: Catering

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether the gratuities paid for food and drink by Members of the House of Lords on debit and credit card are directly paid to the service staff; and if so, how.

    • House of Lords: Postal Services

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what is the expected length of time between external mail arriving at the Parliamentary Estate and its delivery to Lords’ offices; and what is the average...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of each Sea Lightning will be built in the United Kingdom by BAE Systems and other British contractors.

    • Military Aircraft: Air Traffic Control

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to place a contract to implement Project Marshall.

      Usa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have published, or intend to publish, the Statement of Intent regarding Enhanced Co-operation on Carrier Operations and Maritime Power...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Lake District National Park

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had or plan to have with the Lake District National Park Authority about its programme of land sales and in particular its...

    • Solar Power

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord De Mauley on 25 February (HL Deb, cols 1648–9) concerning solar panels, whether they plan to extend the policy of not...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Veterans: Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 2 March (HL Deb, col 6), what is their assessment of the number of (1) veterans casually sleeping...

  • HM Treasury

    • Bank Services: Switzerland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which were the 10 jurisdictions into which closed bank accounts held in Switzerland by United Kingdom residents were transferred according to information...

    • HSBC

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what regulatory actions were taken in the United Kingdom in connection with HSBC as a consequence of the fines imposed in the United States in response to...

      HSBC

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint was made aware of the information forwarded to them by the government of France on alleged tax evasion made possible by HSBC.

      Banks: Tax Havens

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ban United Kingdom banks from operating branches or subsidiaries in offshore tax havens; and whether United Kingdom regulators have...

      HSBC

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish or place in the Library of the House the agreement under which HM Revenue and Customs received from its French equivalent details...

      Taxation: Domicil

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review present restrictions on non-domiciled persons remitting capital to the United Kingdom; and whether they will exempt or apply a lower...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the cost of raising the inheritance tax threshold to £1 million.

      Libor

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many announcements of donations to charities from the funds received in penalties for the manipulation of Libor have been made by ministers.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Food Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prevent people from having to use food banks.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Castes: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to seek advice from the Propriety and Ethics team in the Cabinet Office about launching the consultation on adding caste to the list of...

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to roll out superfast broadband to rural areas of the United Kingdom.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to fast-track those rural areas which have not received funding for superfast broadband.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the lack of superfast broadband on businesses, farming communities, households and the elderly, particularly...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will use Compton Bassett in Wiltshire as a pilot test case for installing superfast broadband in rural areas due to its special and unusual...

      Castes: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 4 August 2014 (HL1061), when they received the report of the feasibility study commissioned by the...

      Public Service Broadcasting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish a consultation concerning broadcast retransmission fees in relation to public sector broadcasters.

  • Department of Health

    • Autism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Earl Howe on 4 February (HL Deb, col 644), what audit procedures are in place to monitor the number of diagnoses for autism that...

    • Bone Marrow Disorders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 4 February (HL4498), when the clinical trial assessing the benefits of antibiotic prophylaxis on infections in...

      Bone Marrow Disorders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 4 February (HL4498), which commercial, third sector and other non-commercial organisations are involved in...

      Pregnancy: Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of midwives are trained to provide mothers with mental health support.

      Maternity Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the report by the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at Oxford University commissioned by the Department of Health will be published; and if so, when.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average waiting time in accident and emergency departments in each month of the last 12 months in (1) Manchester, (2) Newcastle, (3) Bristol, (4)...

      Passive Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of people who died as a result of passive smoking in each of the last five years.

      Off-licences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the volume of alcohol sold by off-licensed premises other than supermarkets in England and Wales in 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

      Off-licences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many off-licensed premises other than supermarkets in England are signed up as partners to the Public Health Responsibility Deal; and how many pledges...

      Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 2 February (HL4599), given the recent closure of Nottingham University Trust's acute dermatology service, what...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 24 February 2015 (HL4890 and HL4891), whether Professor Grifo was himself directly involved in performing the...

      Tobacco

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 25 February (HL 4956) concerning meetings with smoking organisations, whether they will now arrange to meet...

      Macular Degeneration: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to make the drug Avastin available to treat people with wet age-related macular degeneration.

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