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Written answers

Monday, 23 March 2015

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2015 to Question 226915, on which dates in the last 12 months the Minister for Welfare Reform met officials...

    • Diesel Fuel: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce the health problems caused by exposure to diesel fumes at work.

      Radiation: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department has produced on the prevention of health problems caused by exposure to solar radiation at work.

      Carcinogens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the cost to the UK economy of carcinogen exposure at work.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average duration is to date spent claiming jobseeker's allowance by people who have returned to Jobcentre Plus after being on the...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will direct Jobcentre-plus districts to address the geographical variations in the distribution of jobseeker's allowance sanctions as...

      Work Programme: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of recipients of employment and support allowance referred to the Work Programme in (a) Blackpool South...

      Social Security Benefits: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobseeker's allowance (JSA) sanctions there were per 100 JSA claimants in each London borough in the latest period for which figures...

      Work Capability Assessment: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people appealed against a work capability assessment decision in (a) Blackpool South constituency and (b)...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy that trustees of defined benefit pension schemes are required to have a policy on stewardship.

      Unemployment: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what arrangements have been made to train Jobcentre staff to deal with the needs of claimants who have left the armed forces.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy, in respect of past interim maintenance assessments, that only that proportion of resultant child maintenance...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to review the ability of pensions schemes to indirectly invest in companies linked with the manufacture of...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will produce guidance to pensions schemes to assist those schemes in avoiding investment in companies linked with the manufacture of...

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on research into possible links between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and employment in heavy...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the consequences for his policies of the cost benefit analysis of the uprating of frozen pensions contained...

      Personal Independence Payment: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Blackpool South constituency and (b) Blackpool local authority area have applied for personal independence payments;...

      Work Programme: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) people in the Work Programme entered employment and (b) people in the Work Programme were subject to benefit sanctions in (i)...

      Social Security Benefits: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of jobseeker's allowance in (a) Blackpool South constituency and (b) Blackpool local authority area were sanctioned in (i)...

      Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when was the last time a Minister in his Department visited Scotland.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) financial and (b) equality impact assessment has been undertaken of the forthcoming changes to the Immigration Rules announced on...

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff in her Department and its executive agencies and associated bodies were engaged off-payroll in each of the last five years up...

      National Centre for Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding her Department has allocated to the National Centre for the 3Rs in the present financial year.

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of people resettled in the UK under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme were principal applicants.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the contribution by the Minister of State for Crime Prevention of 23 February 2015 in the Third Delegated Legislation Committee,...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Written Statement of 12 March 2015, HCWS385, on testing of household products on animals, what proportion of tests on...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will introduce legislative proposals to ban the sale of legal highs in March 2015.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of employees in her Department identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British, (c) Black or...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps her Department has taken to reduce, refine and replace the use of animals in research.

      Domestic Violence: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many dedicated staff there were at each rank dealing with domestic violence at each police station in Lancashire in (a) 2013, (b) 2014...

      Convention Concerning Forced or Compulsory Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2015 to Question 220089, what assessment her Department has made of the UK's compliance with the...

      Convention Concerning Forced or Compulsory Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2015 to Question 220089, whether the UK plans to ratify the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour...

      Police: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department provides to police forces on the effective use of ICT.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress she has made on bringing forward legislative proposals to allow the mothers of brides and grooms to be recorded on...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to protect the welfare of vulnerable people in custody.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential implications for her policies of the introduction of a 28-day time limit on immigration...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to identify and address the drivers of crime.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which news applications staff in her Department are authorised to download and use on their work-provided phones and tablets.

  • Department of Health

    • Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his most recent estimate is of the rebate which will be paid to the Exchequer in 2015-16 through the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme; what...

    • Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent progress his Department has made on the roll-out of the vaccine for meningitis B.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of people in England referred for talking therapies for treatment of depression and anxiety in the second quarter of 2014-15 started...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many representatives of patients and the public sit on the care.data Programme Board.

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the General Medical Council (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake any reviews of online prescribing of oral antibiotics.

      Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what correspondence his Department has had with NHS England in the last two months on the use of unlicensed treatments for age-related macular...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions NHS England officials have had with representatives of NICE on the commitment to a fast-track interim commissioning policy for...

      Defibrillators: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of automated defibrillators there were in (a) York Central constituency and (b) City of York Council area in 2010...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the new arrangements for collaboratively commissioning specialised services will be co-designed with patient organisations with an interest in...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that the forthcoming cancer strategy will include specific actions to improve early diagnosis in those with rare and less common cancers.

      Disability: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of loneliness on the overall wellbeing of disabled people of working age.

      Disability: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of loneliness on the overall wellbeing of disabled young people.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many community treatment orders were (a) made and (b) revoked in each year since 2009-10; and how many people were discharged from such orders in...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP practices there were in (a) July 2009, (b) May 2010 and (c) the latest month for which figures are available.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mental health trusts have signed up to pursuing a zero suicide ambition for mental health services.

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13 March 2015 to the Answer of 13 March 2015 to Question 226844, whether Dr Adrian Crellin, Chair of the Radiotherapy Clinical...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with asthma have a written asthma action plan; and if he will make a statement.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of how healthcare data and digital information could be used to help reduce variations in asthma care across the UK.

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2014 to Question 217890, whether the Action Plan on Hearing Loss will be published before the end of the present...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the number of midwives working in the NHS over the next five years.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by what mechanisms does his Department hold to account local agencies which have signed up to the Crisis Care Concordat for fulfilling its provisions;...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of local spending plans by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) on mental health; how many CCGs are...

      NHS: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many legal actions there have been between different NHS organisations in each year since 2009/10; and what the total cost to the public purse has...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the recommendations of the Boorman Review of NHS health and well-being services have been implemented; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children were admitted to adult inpatient mental health wards in each year since 2009-10.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the relationship between diabetes complications and unplanned hospital emergency admissions; and if he will make a statement.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the extent to which sudden unexpected death in epilepsy and epilepsy training is provided within medical school...

      Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Never events were investigated by NHS England in each year since 2012; how many and what proportion of those events related to mental health...

      Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many categories of a Never ever event there are which must be reported to the Strategic Executive Information System; and how many and what...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase levels of research into rare and less common cancers.

      Varian Medical Systems UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what declarations of interest in relation to Varian Medical Systems have been made by Radiotherapy Clinical Reference Group member, Carol Scott.

      Adrian Crellin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on which private health companies Dr Adrian Crellin, Chair of the Radiotherapy Clinical Reference Group, practices with.

      Pneumococcal Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce deaths from (a) pneumonia and (b) pneumococcal disease; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Deputy Prime Minister's press release of 18 March 2015, on children's mental health services, what the access and waiting time...

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Headsmart Campaign in raising awareness of child brain tumours; and what steps he is taking to ensure...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the local authorities that have signed up to the Crisis Care Concordat have produced an action plan for the implementation of the provisions...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to ensure that family carers for dementia patients receive the training they need to care appropriately for them.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients spent 12 hours from the decision to admit to admission in A&E in (a) 2013, (b) 2014 and (c) 2015.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his plans are for future funding of drugs for those with rare and less common cancers.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is his policy that specialised commissioning hubs will be able to deviate from national standards in their commissioning of specialised care.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on income earned from parking charges in each hospital in Lancashire in (a) 2011, (b) 2012, (c) 2013 and (d) 2014.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 27 November 2014 to Question 215787, whether NHS England plans to publish the independent review of the adequacy of capacity...

      Obesity: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the British Medical Association and the Royal Colleges on the implications for the NHS of links between obesity...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the table in Paragraph 123 of the Impact Assessment to the Government's 2011 Cancer Strategy, whether the projected increase in staff...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost to the NHS was of a (a) hip replacement, (b) knee replacement, (c) cataract operation and (d) hernia operation in England in 2014.

      Public Health England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 17 March 2015 to Question 227480, what campaigns were funded from the social marketing budget; and how much was allocated to...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the effect of recent social care budget changes on people with dementia.

      NHS: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much NHS trusts have spent on agency and contract staff in (a) each year since 2009-10 and (b) 2014-15 to date; and how much NHS trusts plans to so...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS and foundation trusts expect to be in deficit at the end of the 2014-15 financial year; and whether he expects the NHS trust sector as a...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if NHS England will publish specialised commissioning policies for the 2015-16 financial year alongside the response to the Investing in Specialised...

      NHS: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the annual cost of fraud in the NHS.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2015 to Question 227363, when he expects the system-wide solutions to address the financial problems within the local...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects his Department's planned mental health app to be available across the NHS.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) mean and (b) median time to (i) assessment, (ii) treatment and (iii) departure was in (A) type one and (B) all A&E departments in (1)...

      Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS trusts and foundation trusts have had action taken against them for not implementing guidance from patient safety alerts since May 2010; and...

      Health Services: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff are paid (a) above and (b) below the living wage by (i) Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and (ii) Lancashire Care NHS...

      Carers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support is available to help people who lack capacity and who fund their own care, to set up and manage their contributions to their carers'...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health of 31 October 2012, Official Report, column 93WH, what his...

      Care UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account his Department took of the findings of the Care Quality Commission on services provided by Care UK when reaching its decision to award a new...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS trusts have (a) responded to the request from NHS England and Monitor to choose between the Enhanced Tariff Option and the Default Tariff...

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in (a) Wansbeck constituency, (b) Northumberland, (c)...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Centre for Life

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the Centre for Life in Newcastle is eligible for funding from the Inspiring Science Capital Fund.

    • Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will ensure that all Level 4 and Level 5 qualifications are eligible for the same funding by moving HNDs and HNCs from...

      Adult Education: Hackney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effects of changes in adult skills funding since 2010 on (a) students and (b) colleges in...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his policy is on requiring internet search engines to incorporate trust marks and warnings to signify legal content in...

      Science: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether (a) the Centre for Life in Newcastle and (b) other service centres are eligible for funding from his Department's...

      Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps he has taken to encourage asset owners to do more to engage with investee companies as part of their...

      Adult Education: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what non-apprenticeship adult skills budget was allocated for Leeds City College in 2014-15; and what such allocation he plans...

      Ouija Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will bring forward legislative proposals for regulating the sale of ouija boards.

      Adult Education: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2015 to Question 226805, where in the weblinks provided the information requested can be...

      Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether he plans to increase the resources and staffing available to the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate; and if he...

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the total cost was of the GREAT campaign launch in Shanghai; what the cost was of each element of that launch; and if he...

      Offenders: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many literacy courses were enrolled on by offenders assessed as having a literacy need in each year since 2010.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what operations have involved the deployment of UK armed forces personnel since 2010.

    • Military Aid: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what training his Department provides to military personnel on responding to emergencies and natural disasters; and how many such emergencies and...

      Armed Forces: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many incidents of domestic violence were reported to the military police in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps were taken by the Service Complaints Commissioner to provide full and proper determination of a service complaint submitted by Lt Col...

      Air Displays: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is on RAF participation in and support for the Northern Ireland Airshow at Portrush in September 2015.

      Military Aircraft: Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what aircraft in use by UK armed forces operate a 270-volt electrical system.

      Gurkhas: War Memorials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of Gurkha soldiers who fought in the First and Second World Wars are commemorated on war memorials.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of staff in (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are former members of the armed forces.

      Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much LIBOR funding to date has been awarded to organisations or projects that benefit from the wider armed forces community (a) nationwide, (b) in...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many reserves have been called up for service since the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2010; where those reserves have served; and in what...

      Joint Cyber Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual targets are for recruitment to the Joint Cyber Reserve.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the (a) withdrawal from Afghanistan and (b) environmental clean-up in Afghanistan has cost to date; and how much has been spent on each element...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what Royal Navy ships are currently in extended readiness; and when those ships will be available for service.

      Commando Brigade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the Order of Battle of the Commando Brigade.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what Royal Navy ships are currently available for operational service.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of vehicles and equipment earmarked for return from Afghanistan (a) have been returned, (b) have been processed, (c) remain in transit...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many locally-employed Afghan interpreters who worked alongside the British Army have (a) applied for relocation to the UK and (b) been resettled in...

      Service Complaints Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential need for an increase to the budget of the Office of the Service Complaints Ombudsman arising from (a)...

      Military Bases: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military personnel, dependents and civilian staff from his Department are based in Germany.

      Military Bases: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent on the planned withdrawal from Germany under the Army Basing Plan to date; and what progress has been made on that withdrawal to...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were recruited to the regular army, navy and air force between 1 January 2015 and 15 March 2015; and what the targets were for such...

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many former regular soldiers joined the Army Reserve in each year since 2010; and how much has been paid to such individuals as an incentive to join...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) whole-time and (b) part-time firefighters there were in (i) Northamptonshire and (ii) England in each of the last...

    • Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which parliamentary constituencies he has visited in an official capacity in 2014.

      Leasehold: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the appropriateness of leaseholder repair charges levied by the London Borough of Tower...

      Empty Property: Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the length of time that vacant shops remain empty.

      Council Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many council homes have been constructed since 2010.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the powers available to local authorities to collect unpaid business rates.

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which news applications staff in his Department are authorised to download and use on their work-provided phones and tablets.

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2015, Official Report, column 7, on translation costs, what progress he has made in...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of employees in his Department identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British,...

      Social Services: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of spending on adult social care in (a) Portsmouth and (b) Southampton local authority areas in each...

      Local Government: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to allow City of York Council to join the West Yorkshire Combined Authority;...

      Better Care Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to ensure that the Better Care Fund helps councils provide services faster and with improved value for money.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the local economic benefits arising from the small business rate relief scheme.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken to explore the use of flat-pack housing as a means of tackling housing shortages.

      Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2015 to Question 221886, when he expects the updated guidance to local authorities on...

      Recycling: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much waste was recycled in (a) Pendle constituency and (b) Lancashire in 2009-10 and each subsequent year.

  • HM Treasury

    • Fuels: Prices

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of recent trends in the relationship between the global price of oil and the cost of petrol in the UK.

    • National Savings Bonds: Pensioners

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the issue of pensioner bonds in January 2015, what lessons his Department has learnt on the ability of online application systems and...

      Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has allocated to the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16.

      Tax Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individuals and companies have been prosecuted for tax evasion in each of the last five financial years.

      Self-employed: Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many IR35 cases brought to tribunal led to (a) prosecution and (b) acquittal in each of the last five years.

      Natural Resources

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce further incentives to encourage resource efficiency.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value is of HM Revenue and Customs' contract with Synnex-Concentrix UK; and whether the contract covers processing mandatory reconsideration of tax...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) shortest, (b) average and (c) longest time taken to process a mandatory reconsideration for a tax credit claim is; and how many such mandatory...

      Business: North West

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many small and medium-sized enterprises received money from the Funding for Lending Scheme in (a) Preston, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West in (i)...

      Cider: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many cider and perry producers are registered as exempt from paying duty in (a) Hereford and South Herefordshire constituency, (b) Herefordshire and (c)...

      Research

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what amount his Department and its agencies spent on research and development in each year since 2010-11; and what proportion such spending was of total...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff in his Department and its executive agencies and associated bodies were engaged off-payroll in each of the last five years up to the most...

      Remittances: Somalia

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the reasons are for the time taken to open the safe corridor pilot for UK-Somalia remittances.

      Football: Income Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information HM Revenue and Customs holds on the number of football players in the English Premier League who pay no tax in the UK from their earnings.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how the Government intends to promote take-up of the tax-free childcare scheme; and what budget he is allocating for that purpose.

      Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of employees in his Department identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British, (c) Black or Black British,...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much unpaid inheritance tax was outstanding from estates notified for probate valued up to £1 million in each year since May 2010.

      Mortgages: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many recipients there were of mortgage interest relief in each year since May 2010; and how much such relief was awarded in each year.

      Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many recipients there were of higher-rate pension tax relief in each year since May 2010; and how much such relief was awarded in each such year.

      Personal Income

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what change there has been in net annual income for a person earning £24,000 gross per annum as a result of changes to personal allowances and national...

      Tourism: South West

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he has taken to support tourism in the South West.

      Ict

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which news applications staff in his Department are authorised to download and use on their work-provided phones and tablets.

      Marriage: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HM Revenue and Customs staff he expects to dedicate to administering the transferable marriage tax allowance (a) in its first year of operation and...

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether staff recruited to provide (a) face-to-face and (b) telephone guidance through the Government's Pension Wise scheme will have any specific training...

      Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the economic effect of the tax incentives introduced since 2010; and what criteria the Government uses to assess the real...

      Revenue and Customs: Cardiff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take in relation to the future operation of the Cardiff tax office.

      Energy: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a response to the 38 Degrees petition calling for active Government support for community energy co-operatives.

      Cooperatives

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the Financial Conduct Authority does not use the definition agreed by the International Labour Organisation of a co-operative society.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions Ministers in his Department had with the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health on alcohol duty prior to the publication...

      Ict: Vat

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on UK micro businesses of EU digital VAT legislation since its implementation on 1 January 2015; what discussions...

      Parking: Fines

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether parking notices (a) constitute taxable supply and (b) are subject to VAT.

      Broadband

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraphs 1.103, 1.122 and 2.231 of Budget 2015, on the availability of ultrafast broadband, what the Government's definition is of...

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which contracts have been entered into by his Department or HS2 Ltd in relation to High Speed 2; what the timescales of those contracts are; and what...

    • London Bridge Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the Office of Rail Regulation to report its review of the circumstances that led to safety concerns for passengers using London Bridge...

      Roads: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will consider providing national funding for the North West Relief Road scheme in Shrewsbury.

      Roads: Torridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department is providing for the maintenance of rural roads in Torridge and West Devon.

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answers of 12 March 2015 to Questions 226857 and 226812, which 33 stations were nominated for Access to All funding; and which 25...

      Transport: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the value is per capita for people living in (a) London and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber of his Department's capital investment in (i) roads,...

      Railway Stations: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with officials from the Health and Safety Executive regarding worker exposure to diesel fumes at railway stations.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Israeli government to stop the demolition of Umm al-Hiran.

    • Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on plans to demolish Umm al-Hiran in the Negev.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department provides support to the civil rights organisation Adalah in Israel.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to encourage the Israeli government to provide essential services to unrecognised villages in the Negev.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff in his Department and its executive agencies and associated bodies were engaged off-payroll in each of the last...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2015 to Question 221023, what discussions (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government is giving to the training of police in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has discussed the Burmese government and the provision of aid to ethnic Rohingya in Burma with the UN Secretary General.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of Pakistan against death sentences for crimes committed by juveniles in that...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what proportion of employees in his Department identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British,...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Pakistan on the latest executions in that country; and if he will...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what review of his Department's co-operation with Burma's Home Affairs Ministry has been conducted.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of whether elections due in Burma will be credible, free and fair.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications of the recent crackdown on protesting students in Burma for the credibility of...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Colombian counterpart to request that the Colombian government investigates and ensures...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make further representations to the Colombian government on the security of (a) Senator Ivan Cepeda, (b) members of...

      Gambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help the Gambian government to improve that country's human rights record.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Government first became aware that Philip Blackwood, who is in custody in Burma, is a British citizen.

      Climate Change: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many official meetings representatives of the UK have attended in the run-up to the UN Framework Convention on Climate...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff in his Department have been seconded to which other Government departments, for what time periods and at what...

      Embassies: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of staff in each British (a) Embassy, (b) High Commission and (c) Consulate is classified as locally-engaged.

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, over what time period the £800 million committed by the Government in response to the conflict in Syria will be spent.

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff in her Department and its non-departmental public body were engaged off-payroll in each of the last five years up to...

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which news applications staff in her Department are authorised to download and use on their work-provided phones and tablets.

      South Sandwich Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department allocated to the South Sandwich Islands in (a) 2014-15 and (b) each of the previous four financial years.

      Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many experts on the protection of (a) women and (b) children in conflict her Department currently employs.

      International Citizen Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many people who have completed a placement under the International Citizen Service are (a) female and (b) BAME.

      International Citizen Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many people have (a) applied for and (b) completed a placement under the International Citizen Service in each year since 2012.

      International Citizen Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on advertising for the International Citizen Service in each year since 2012.

      Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the funding allocated by her Department to alleviate humanitarian disasters in each year since 2013 (a) remains...

  • Department for Education

    • University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Chemistry Technical Colleges have been approved since May 2010.

    • Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what changes have been made to the funding of school sixth forms since 2010; and if she will make a statement.

      Priority School Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, at how many schools on the Priority School Building Programme has construction work (a) started and (b) been completed.

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the original budget was for the Property Data Survey in July 2011; and what the final budget was for that survey after 8,000 additional surveys...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many state-funded schools in each local authority area as at 31 August 2010 had received a three or four judgement for pupil behaviour in their...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many state-funded schools in each local authority area are currently assessed by Ofsted to be inadequate or require improvement had been assessed...

      Children: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she has taken in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools to reduce the incidence of suicide.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2015 to Question 225406, what estimate she has made of the value of the VAT reimbursed to new (a) academies, (b)...

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding was provided to each local authority in 2014 to remove asbestos in schools.

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions her Department has had with the awarding organisations on the number of people needed to mark A Level examinations in summer 2015;...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much of the money disbursed from the budget for her Department's Children's Social Care Innovation Programme has been allocated to (a) practice...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the maximum number of cases in a supervisor's name is that may be allocated to a participant in the Frontline programme without a local authority...

      Teachers: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many participants in the Troops to Teachers programme have (a) not completed training and (b) dropped out on completion of training.

      Teachers: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) women and (b) BAME people there are in previous cohorts of the Troops to Teachers programme; and what proportion of people in each such...

      Teachers: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average number of months was that recruits in previous cohorts served in the Troops to Teachers programme.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of new fishing quotas agreed under the Common Fisheries Policy.

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

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy objectives were in introducing the Dangerous Dogs Exemption Schemes (England and Wales) Order 2015 (S.I.,...

      Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many pieces of legislation affect the control and welfare of dogs; and for how many of those laws her Department...

      Reptiles: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, according to TRACES, how many and what species of reptiles were imported into the UK from (a) within and (b) outside the EU...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate the proportion of local authority inspectors appointed under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 who deal with...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps have been taken to monitor current levels of air pollution from Central and Eastern Europe in the South and East...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received on difficulties in registering land on the Rural Payments Agency system for...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policy on self-regulation of the animal establishment licensing...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much onshore wind capacity (a) received planning approval and (b) was rejected in each month in 2014; and how many planning...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate his Department has made of how much cavity wall insulation has contributed to reduction of carbon dioxide emissions...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many and what proportion of staff (a) of his Department and (b) working for companies contracted by his Department in Scotland are...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many and what proportion of employees in his Department identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British, (c)...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the average output was of wind energy in the UK, expressed as a proportion of installed capacity, in the last three months.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the average cost is before subsidy or tax of producing UK electricity from (a) gas and (b) wind.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much new gas-based electricity production capacity has been authorised; and how much such capacity is in build.

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, which news applications staff in his Department are authorised to download and use on their work-provided phones and tablets.

      Wind Power: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what amount the National Grid is expected to spend on (a) preparatory, (b) consultancy, (c) construction and (d) all other costs for...

      Public Buildings: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of Display Energy Certificates in reducing the energy costs and improving...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • ICT: North of England

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he plans to publish the business plan for Tech North.

  • Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

    • Members: Travel

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what assessment the Independent Parliamentary Standards...

  • Attorney General

    • Ict

      To ask the Attorney General, which news applications staff in the Law Officers Departments are authorised to download and use on their work-provided phones and tablets.

  • Wales Office

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many staff in his Department were engaged off-payroll in each of the last five years up to the most recent period for which figures are available.

    • Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, which news applications staff in his Department are authorised to download and use on their work-provided phones and tablets.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many and what proportion of employees in his Department identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British, (c) Black or Black...

      Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department spent on (a) television advertising, (b) radio advertising, (c) national newspaper advertisements, (d) local newspaper...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, at which courts people with 15 or more previous convictions were not sent to prison on conviction for burglary in the latest period for which figures...

    • Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many drug seizures were made in each West Midlands prison in the last five years.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times a governor has granted sick absence excusal to staff in each of the last five years.

      First-tier Tribunal: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the time taken for appeals to be heard at First Tier Tribunals in the West Midlands in the last two years.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff in his Department and its executive agencies and associated bodies were engaged off-payroll in each of the last five years up to the most...

      Kingston Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was raised by his Department from the sale of the former Kingston Prison site in Portsmouth.

      Probation: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much the Probation Service has spent on agency staff in each month of the last five years.

      Probation: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance his Department issues on the use of agency staff by the Probation Service.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government has taken to protect children from a parent who has been convicted of child sexual abuse.

      Internet Service Providers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations his Department has received from internet service providers on safe harbour provisions.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2015 to Question 227352, if he will publish the data collected on protected characteristics for people making...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents there were of drugs being found in HM Prison (a) Belmarsh, (b) Feltham, (c) Isis, (d) Pentonville, (e) Thameside, (f) Wandsworth and...

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were tagged using GPS tagging technology on 1 March 2015.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many complaints relating to data protection breaches were upheld by the Information Commissioner in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many assaults by prisoners on other prisoners there were in each of the last five years.

      Fines: Surcharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the value was of the victims' surcharge (a) imposed, (b) collected, (c) cancelled and (d) outstanding for (i) adults, (ii) youths and (iii)...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national prisoners there are in UK prisons from each of the 10 countries with the largest number of nationals in UK prisons.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national prisoners (a) by nationality and (b) of no known country of origin were held in prisons in England and Wales on 31 December 2014.

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average cost is to the public purse of repatriating a foreign national prisoner; and how many such prisoners have been repatriated since 2010.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national prisoners there are in England and Wales by (a) country and (b) security category of each prison.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what offences the foreign nationals in prison in England and Wales were convicted on the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Prisoners: Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many babies were born to women in prison in each year since 2010.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2014 to Question 218376, if he will include digital or other technical skills in the Major Projects Academy...

    • Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, further to the Answer of 16 March 2015 to Question 227063, whether the Government Digital Service plans for the sixteen exemplars currently in beta...

      Public Sector: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people were employed in the public sector in (a) May 2010 and (b) December 2014.

      New Businesses: Pendle

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many new business start-ups by women there were in Pendle constituency in each of the last five years.

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what instructions and guidance his Department has given to other Government departments on the destruction of paper and electronic records potentially...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Gambling: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he last met representatives of the gambling industries to discuss the practice of offering free bets to young adults and the...

    • Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what timetable he has set for introducing the new horse race betting right; what assessment he has made of the potential benefits that...

      Local Press: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assistance he plans to provide through tax support to (a) local newspapers in general, (b) the York Press, Yorkshire Post and...

      Mobile Phones: Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the £600 million announced in Budget 2015 to support the delivery of the change of use of 700Mhz spectrum includes...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Recycling

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, when the Commission plans to introduce recycling for DVDs and CDs.

  • Department for Transport

    • Taxis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Baroness Kramer on 17 March (HL Deb, col 994), when they will complete their consideration of the Law Commission's review of taxi...

    • Channel Tunnel: Fires

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 16 March (HL5636) whether the likely cause of the fire in the Channel Tunnel in January was an aerial on...

  • Home Office

    • Borders: Personal Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 12 February (HL4630) concerning the proposed European Union Passenger Name Records Directive, whether the...

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people receive support under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 specifically because it is the Secretary of State’s opinion that...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are in receipt of support under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 because they have applied for a judicial review of their...

      Entry Clearances: Married People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Home Office presenting officer at the appeal of Mrs Kiran in the Birmingham First-Tier Tribunal hearing before Judge Ford on 5 January, Appeal Number...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to support access to Gaza by Scotland’s Minister for External Affairs and other United Kingdom Ministers.

    • Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of Cypriot President Anastasiades' recent visit to Moscow and his indication that Russian military basing facilities may be made available in...

      Venezuela

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Venezuela regarding human rights violations there, including the imprisonment of the opposition...

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom nationals are employed in Ukraine as part of the British Embassy.

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom nationals they have deployed on training and assistance projects in Ukraine.

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of United Kingdom nationals holidaying in Ukraine at any one time.

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of United Kingdom nationals working or living in Ukraine.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Students: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support universities to provide bursaries for students experiencing difficulty in meeting living expenses.

    • Further Education: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the reduction in public spending on adult further education in 2015–16 announced last month on people...

      Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government for the year 2013–14 how many young people aged 18, 19, 20 and 21 started apprenticeships; and for each age cohort how many did so at level 2, level 3,...

      Students: Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is being done to increase support for transgender students at universities.

  • Department for International Development

    • Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what decision they have taken in relation to providing funding for the forthcoming local, provincial and general elections in 2015 and 2016 in the Democratic...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding, and for which specific programmes, is proposed to be provided for civic education in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the lead-up to...

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what direct aid the United Kingdom has provided to Ukraine in each of the last three years.

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the United Kingdom's contributions to aid provided by the European Union to Ukraine in each of the last three years.

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 9 March (HL5115), what assessment they have made of reports that Hamas has diverted building...

      Military Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what payments have been made by the Department for International Development to the Ministry of Defence in each of the last five years in connection with any...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Sudanese people they assess to have been displaced or to have fled from Blue Nile or South Kordofan to Ethiopia or South Sudan.

  • Department for Education

    • Secure Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there are sufficient secure places in children's homes.

    • Academies: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many stand-alone academies have been placed by Ofsted into the requiring improvement or special measures categories.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when advice will be issued to schools and initial teacher training (ITT) providers about (1) new child safety requirements relating to childcare settings,...

      Gifted Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the call by the Sutton Trust for a national support programme for able pupils to replace the "gifted and talented" programme...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Cycling: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cyclists were (1) cautioned, and (2) convicted, for road traffic offences in each of the years 2010 to 2013 in the Cities of London and Westminster.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish, for the last five years for which figures are available, the costs to the United Kingdom defence budget of deploying military...

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many years the Head of Carrier Enabled Power Projection has spent serving on aircraft carriers.

      Unidentified Flying Objects

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 10 March (HL5350), why the timescale for the transfer of the 18 unidentified flying object files...

      Unidentified Flying Objects: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Provost and Security Services conducted an investigation into sightings of unidentified flying objects in West Wales during 1977.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cats

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to help reduce the breeding of cats for sale in order to tackle the increasing numbers of unwanted cats and kittens.

    • Cats

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote the benefits of microchipping cats as a safe and permanent method of identification.

      Cats

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what published research is available on the efficacy of the addition of bittering agents to antifreeze to deter cats from ingesting antifreeze.

      Dairy Farming

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of sanctions on the United Kingdom dairy industry in terms of the loss of exports and their value to the United...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are complying with the ruling of the High Court in the case of Moore and Coates [2015] EWHC 44 (Admin), which found that the practice of recovering...

    • Incinerators: Gloucestershire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any representations have been made either by or to Stroud District Council on the subject of the contract for the procurement and building of the...

  • HM Treasury

    • EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom's contribution to the European Union Budget and off-budget expenditure, including overseas aid administered by the European Union...

    • Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the likely consequences for the United Kingdom of the decision of the European Central Bank to apply one trillion euros of...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that all remote areas and islands, such as the Isles of Scilly, can take the same advantage as urban areas of energy...

    • Geothermal Power: Research

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 18 March (HL5377), what action they are taking to progress discussions with the government of...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Welfare State: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the financial implications for the Northern Ireland Executive will be if the Northern Ireland Assembly fails to pass the current Welfare Reform Bill.

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the efficacy of the use of water cannons by the Police Service of Northern Ireland and of the arrangements under which they...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Marks and Spencer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Garden of Frognal on 10 March (HL5444), whether the Equality and Human Rights Commission has intervened and...

    • Christianity: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Garden of Frognal on 10 March (HL5444), whether the guidance found within the document she has cited, and which...

      Gender: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the World Economic Forum survey of the global gender gap for 2014 in which the United Kingdom fell to 26th place, behind Rwanda and...

  • Department of Health

    • Drugs: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 5 March (HL5130), how practising physicians should satisfy themselves that any unlicensed medicinal product or...

    • Drugs: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 11 February (HL Deb, col 1243) and the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 5 March (HL5130), how the prior...

      Fertility: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, Jane Ellison, on 25 February (HC224623) and the Written...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 26 January (HL4228), why multiple letters submitted to the Mitochondria Review Policy Team at the Human...

      Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 25 February (HL4988), why they have not signed or ratified the Council of Europe's Convention on Human Rights...

      Chief Dental Officer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to announce the appointment of a new Chief Dental Officer.

      Hospitals: Translation Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce hospital translation costs.

      Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy in respect of smokers and obese people being given access to National Health Service treatments such as in vitro fertilisation, varicose...

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a person must have a National Insurance number to register with a National Health Service medical practice.

      Diabetes: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to encourage the NHS Clinical Commissioners to ensure that enough funding is available to allow research on a vaccine for Type 1 Diabetes.

      National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is promoting innovation in the provision of...

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