Written answers

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Clacton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether central government funding has been made available to Clacton constituency for the repair of potholes.

    • Railways: Clacton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will direct Network Rail to limit the amount of weekend track improvement work on the London Liverpool Street to Clacton line.

      Humber Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for how long is half of the road carriageway area of the Humber Bridge to be cordoned off; and for what reason that cordoning has taken place.

      North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs his Department supports (a) directly and (b) indirectly in the supply chain in (i) the North West,...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the reason is for the changes planned to High Level Output Statement resource DEL expenditure classified under Other Railways in 2015-16.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average hourly pay is for employees at each grade within his Department identified as (a) White or White British and (b) from a Black, Asian...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to announce its decision on the route of Phase Two of High Speed 2 between Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse was of the Exceptional Hardship Scheme from its inception to its replacement by the Need to Sell scheme.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an estimate of the costs of operating a discretionary compensation scheme along the planned High Speed 2 Phase One route in the period...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate his Department has made of the cost of maintaining the High Speed 2 network over the 60 year appraisal period set out in his...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate his Department has made of the cost of construction of the proposed tunnel for High Speed 2 from Old Oak Common to Euston.

      Road Traffic Control: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to reduce traffic congestion in Lancashire since 2010.

      Transport: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to improve transport links between Pendle constituency and (a) Manchester and (b) London since 2010.

      Cycleways: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent on cycling improvements in Pendle constituency in each year since 2010.

      Cycling: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) accidents and (b) fatal accidents involving cyclists there have been in Pendle in each year since 2010.

      Honeybourne Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to instruct Network Rail to resolve the land ownership issues at Honeybourne railway station.

      Railway Stations: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times national rail stations were closed because of overcrowding in each year since 2010.

      Bus Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which organisation holds the franchise for each London bus route.

      First Great Western

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to announce the timetable for the Greater Western franchise before 30 March 2015.

      Transport: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has allocated to support the programme set out in the Report by Transport for the North entitled The Northern Powerhouse,...

      London Bridge Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will review compensation arrangements for passengers using Southern Railway's Metro line who have been affected by the recent disruption to rail...

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2015 to Question 227614, when the Counter Fraud Committee of the Highways Agency was created.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2015 to Question 227614, how frequently the Counter Fraud Committee submits reports to the Audit Committee of the...

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2015 to Question 227614, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the remit and powers of the Audit Committee...

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidelines he has set out for the Highways Agency on that body's process for completing grievance investigations.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2015 to Question 227614, if he will publish the Counter Fraud Committee's reports to the Audit Committee of the...

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many formal grievances were raised against each office of the Highways Agency's North of England management team in each year since 2006.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) average, (b) shortest and (c) longest time taken to conclude investigations of grievances made against the Highways Agency's North of...

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many investigations of grievances raised against the Highways Agency's North of England management team in each year since 2006 (a) were found in...

  • Home Office

    • Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of (a) disabled and (b) all other staff in her Department reported experiencing bullying or harassment at work in the most...

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress the Inter-Ministerial Group on Violence Against Women and Girls has made on implementing recommendation 11 of the HMIC report...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the performance of the Passport Office against its performance targets for new passport applications.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the date was of each meeting of the Sexual Violence Against Children and Vulnerable Adults National Task Force since it was set up; and...

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

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the National Centre for the 3Rs was offered additional funding for the next financial year; and whether that body accepted that funding.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many citizens of Islamic countries have been refused visas when attempting to enter the UK to attend academic conferences in each year...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of landlord immigration checks in the private rented sector on landlords' willingness...

      Police: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average response time to a 999 call was for police services in the Blackpool Constabulary area in each year from 2010 to 2015 to date.

      Crimes of Violence: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of reports of violent crime in the Blackpool Constabulary area led to a prosecution in each year from 2010 to...

      Police: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers served in the Blackpool Constabulary on (a) 1 March 2010 and (b) 1 March 2015; and how many such officers were...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Select Committees: ICT

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the Commission made an assessment of the risks of being locked into one...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of levels of political freedoms in eastern Sudan.

    • Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has taken a position on the viability of forthcoming elections in Sudan; and what discussions he has had...

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies has spent on legal fees in each year since...

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to leaders in South Sudan on the recent abduction of children from a school in Malakal.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which five recruitment agencies have received the largest amount of money from (a) his Department and (b) associated bodies...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Defence Attaché in post in the British Embassy in Ukraine was aware when the Government gave export licence...

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been paid to recruitment agencies by (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies in...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times the Minister for Europe has met with (a) the President of the European Commission, (b) Vice Presidents of the...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is providing to the UN for ongoing negotiations between political parties in Yemen.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contact his Department has with President Hadi of Yemen in his new residence in Aden.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the average hourly pay is of employees at each grade within his Department identified as (a) White or White British and...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to protect Christians and other minority groups across the Middle East.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of Bahrain concerning the cases of Nabeel Rajab and Hussain Jawad and other...

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on whether the recent KPMG report is the first independent study there has been on the...

      Saudi Arabia and Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to secure the release of Raif Badawi and Alaa Abdel Fattah.

      Passports: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many temporary passports were issued overseas to British nationals who had lost or had their passports stolen whilst abroad...

      Passports: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much revenue his Department has generated through the processing and issuing of temporary passports overseas to British...

      Passports: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many temporary passports were issued by the British authorities in Spain to British nationals who had lost or had their...

  • Attorney General

    • Staff

      To ask the Attorney General, how many and what proportion of employees in the Law Officers Departments identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British, (c) Black or Black...

    • Domestic Violence: North West

      To ask the Attorney General, how many dedicated staff there are to deal with domestic violence cases at each Crown Prosecution Service office in the North West.

      EU Countries

      To ask the Attorney General, when he last met one of his counterparts from an EU member state; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much funding had been drawn down by successful bidders to the Regional Growth Fund by 31 December 2014; and what proportion...

    • Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what total amount of funds has been allocated via intermediaries in each bidding round of the Regional Growth Fund; and what...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the total value is of all bids made in each region to each round of the Regional Growth Fund including the Exceptional...

      Economic Growth: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps his Department has taken to increase economic growth in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of regional growth fund monies allocated to local enterprise partnerships have been drawn down in each bidding...

      Adult Education: Hackney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Skills Funding Letter 2015 to 2016, if he will make an assessment of the potential effects of the change...

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many adults were enrolled on (a) Level 4, (b) Level 5 and (c) Level 6 courses in England in each of the last five years.

      Adult Education: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to address the adult skills gap in Pendle and East Lancashire.

  • Department for International Development

    • Vanuatu

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance the UK has provided to Vanuatu in dealing with the aftermath of the recent cyclone.

    • Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to implement the recommendations in the report, Rape as torture in the DRC, published by Freedom...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the average hourly pay is of employees at each grade within her Department identified as (a) White or White British and (b) from...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will take steps to encourage better dialogue between factory workers and management in Bangladesh's garment industry.

      Developing Countries: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made on encouraging companies to sign up to the Ethical Trading Initiative.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the value is of contracts her Department holds with (a) Adam Smith International, (b) PwC and (c) KPMG.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answers of 19 and 22 January 2015 to Questions 220652, 220623, 221273 and 221277, how much has been spent on the...

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how her Department is using international aid to tackle poverty in Rwanda.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how her Department is using international aid to increase the literacy rate amongst women in Nigeria.

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how her Department is using international aid to tackle the water shortage in Bangladesh.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what monitoring her Department undertakes of the content of UN Relief and Works Agency educational materials in Gaza and the West Bank.

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her policy is on the proposed Sustainable Development Goals and the Special Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2015.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2015 to Question 221760, what assessment she has made of the ability of Syria's neighbouring...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many free child care places there were in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average hourly pay is of employees in her Department identified as (a) White or White British and (b) from a Black, Asian or other minority...

      Tauheedul Education Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what (a) discussions, (b) meetings and (c) other communications she has had with the Tauheedul Education Trust since 13 February 2015 on the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his Department's press release on data management, published on 29 January 2015, whether his Department is taking disciplinary...

    • Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in what proportion of cases employment tribunals found in favour of the employee in the 12 months (a) before and (b) after the introduction of fees.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of women in prison have been victims of (a) domestic violence and (b) sexual abuse.

      Prisons: Wrexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department plans to take to assist local contractors in the tendering process for work at HM Prison Wrexham.

      Preston Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners there were in HM Prison Preston in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014.

      Contempt of Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the letter sent on 2 February 2015 to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley by HM Courts and Tribunals Service's Performance,...

      Contempt of Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the letter sent on 2 February 2015 to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley by HM Courts and Tribunals Service's Performance,...

      Contempt of Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the letter sent on 2 February 2015 to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley by HM Courts and Tribunals Service's Performance,...

      Contempt of Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the letter sent on 2 February 2015 to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley by HM Courts and Tribunals Service's Performance,...

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of GPS tagging on the efficacy of monitoring of offenders released on probation.

      Theft: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were convicted of theft in (a) Preston constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012, (iv) 2013...

      Property Rights: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions appeals involving adverse possession have been brought in the last six months.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average hourly pay is of employees at each grade within his Department identified as (a) White or White British and (b) from a Black, Asian or...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of (a) changes in the length of prison sentences received by paedophiles since 2010 and (b) the reasons for such...

      Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans his Department has to bring forward legislative proposals to prohibit the squatting of premises in the commercial property sector.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people in Preston constituency are currently appealing against refusal of employment and support allowance.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance his Department issues on the use of local contractors in tendering processes.

  • Prime Minister

    • York

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether he plans to visit York before 7 May 2015.

  • Scotland Office

    • Advertising

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

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, 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 Scotland, 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 Scotland, 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...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many improvement notices were issued to oil and gas companies operating in the North Sea by the Health and Safety Executive in the period...

    • Bank Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people in London, and in each London borough, who do not have a bank account.

      Farms: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to (a) reduce accidental deaths on farms and (b) improve safety in the vicinity of slurry pits.

      Diesel: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions he has had with the Health and Safety Executive on worker exposure to diesel fumes during roadworks.

      MAXMIMUS Health and Human Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the service level agreement with Maximus relating to work capability assessments; what penalties...

      Social Security Benefits: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobseeker's allowance claimants in Preston constituency are currently sanctioned.

      Social Security Benefits: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Preston constituency claiming (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) employment and support allowance currently have court...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that there is no gap in funding for refugees between the ending of Home Office support and the...

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the accessibility to his Department and its agencies to deaf people and people who use British Sign Language.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on providing employment and support allowance for claimants whose medical assessments are significantly delayed who are...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of spending on the development of the Universal Credit digital service in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15, (c) 2015-16, (d)...

      Employment Schemes: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times ministers or officials from his Department visited Wales since April 2012 to discuss the Jobs Growth Wales programme.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what liaison his Department has had with HM Revenue and Customs since June 2011 to ensure that companies accepting Work Programme participants...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people waited more than (a) one month, (b) two months and (c) three months for a decision on their employment and support allowance...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the value was of payments for each type of benefit not paid as a result of sanctions against individual claimants in each year since...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average housing benefit paid in (a) Islington, (b) Greater London and (c) England was for tenants of (i) council property, (ii)...

      Jobclubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2015 to Question 227535, how much his Department has spent on funding work clubs since April 2012.

      Trussell Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will meet the Chairman of the Trussell Trust before 7 May 2015.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, 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...

    • Ict

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

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps have been taken to eliminate uncommanded wing drop when manoeuvring the F-35B.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effects of buffeting and transonic roll-off on the ability of (a) the helmet-mounted display systems to display...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many production Joint Strike Fighter F-35B aircraft have been received by the UK armed forces; and how many of those aircraft have achieved...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the level of susceptibility of the Joint Strike Fighter F-35B to catching fire or exploding due to a lighting strike (a)...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, 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...

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been paid to recruitment agencies by (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies in each year since 2010.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which five recruitment agencies have received the largest total amount of money from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people have been made redundant from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies in each year since 2010.

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) military and (b) civilian staff in his Department are proficient in (i) Arabic, (ii) Persian, (iii) Turkish, (iv) Berber, (v) Kurdish, (vi)...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the affordable housing budget was in each of the last 15 years.

    • Private Sector: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what Government support (a) is available and (b) has been provided to secure private sector investment in the Thames Gateway...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2015 to Question 219487, what funding was provided in financial year 2010-11 for the...

      Local Government Finance: Derbyshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much (a) Derbyshire County, (b) South Derbyshire District and (c) Derby City Council received in total from government...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to incentivise local authorities to promote social tenants' Right to Buy.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of spending on adult social care in (a) Dorset, (b) Poole, (c) Bournemouth, (d) Hampshire, (e) Isle...

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's announcement, Government delivers on parking promises to help local shops, published on 6...

      Forced Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2015 to Question 221886, how many cases of forced labour have been found by local...

      Council Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many council houses have been sold in (a) London and (b) each London borough since 2010.

      York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to visit York before the General Election.

  • HM Treasury

    • Climate Change

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's domestic adaptation spend was in 2014-15.

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total advertising budget is for the campaign to promote the Employment Allowance; and how much has been spent on (a) television, (b) newspaper, (c)...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have been (a) under investigation and (b) taken to trial for tax evasion in (i) the UK, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales, (iv) Northern Ireland...

      Social Services: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 30 January 2015 to Question 220731, how many of the 94 investigations in the care sector have resulted in (a) prosecutions for...

      Private Rented Housing: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many landlords have made a voluntary disclosure to HM Revenue and Customs since the Let Property Campaign began; and how much previously undeclared...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the tax yield was from BN66 legislation in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d) Wales and (e) Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for...

      Financial Services: ICT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department has taken to boost the growth of the financial technology industry.

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have registered interest on the Pension Wise website in receiving (a) telephone or (b) face-to-face advice.

      Surveys

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of (a) disabled and (b) all other staff in his Department reported experiencing bullying or harassment at work in the most recent Civil...

      Energy: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will undertake to provide 12 months' notice to community energy societies of any tax changes that will affect them, in order to provide regulatory...

      Vat

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many VAT-registered property rental companies there were in each year since May 2010.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many estates notified for probate and valued up to £1 million paid no inheritance tax in each year since May 2010.

      National Savings Bonds: Pensioners

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons Pensioner Bonds are not included in the Tax Deduction Scheme for Interest.

      Marriage: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have registered their interest in the marriage allowance to date; and what proportion of those people (a) are over 65, (b) are men, (c) are...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many sales of property worth £1,000,000 or more there were in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d) Wales and (e) Northern Ireland in each of...

      Income Tax: Pendle

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

      Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.164 of Budget 2014, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have taken their pension pots as a lump sum as a...

      Electronic Government

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he will provide additional funding to enable Government Digital Service (GDS) to work with local government on digital services; to which bodies...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Preston

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have been contacted by (a) Sigma, (b) Rossendales and (c) other debt collection agencies instructed by HM Revenue and Customs to collect...

      Revenue and Customs: Swansea

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has for the future of HM Revenue and Customs' offices at Swansea; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, where he plans digital tax accounts will be held; how he plans to protect such accounts against cyber attacks; and what safeguards he plans to put in place...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2015 to Question 225793, for what reason the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency imposes a five per cent surcharge on...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the workforce was paid no more than the minimum wage in (a) Huddersfield, (b) Kirklees, (c) Yorkshire, (d) London, (e) England and...

    • Low Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the workforce was paid at least the living wage in (a) Huddersfield, (b) Kirklees, (c) Yorkshire, (d) London, (e) England and (f)...

      Shoplifting: North West

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many incidents of shoplifting and theft from shops were reported to police in (a) Preston constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West in...

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people died as a result of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in England in each year from 2009-10 to 2014-15.

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people had been diagnosed with a brain tumour, including all intercranial tumours, in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern...

      Government Departments: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has to promote opendata and data sharing; and whether he plans to conduct a review of data sharing.

      Government Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many prime-time television advertising slots the Government has purchased in each of the last 12 months; and what the cost was in each such case.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many full-time equivalent Civil Service jobs there were (a) in total and (b) in each government department and its agencies in (i) the City of...

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many providers took part in the GOV.UK Verify trial; and how many such providers will be in place when that scheme is rolled out across central...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with Ofcom on switching of mobile phone contracts by consumers from a losing provider-led process to a...

    • Broadband: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2015 to Question 225611, on broadband: urban area, how much funding from the SuperConnected Cities...

      Internet: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps he has taken to implement EU regulations on net neutrality.

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many Ofcom decisions were subject to (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful on the merits appeals in each year for which data is available.

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which Ofcom decisions have been subject to the most appeals in each year since 2003.

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on how many occasions each communication provider has asked for an on the merit review of an Ofcom decision in each year for which data...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to introduce arrangements for broadband and landline providers gaining a customer to lead the...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what information his Department holds on the number of customers who switched between mobile phone providers in each year for which...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) residential and (b) commercial properties that will be in complete mobile...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of the (a) major road network and (b) rail network that will be in complete...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions his Department has had with mobile network operators on complete not-spots in Great Britain not covered by the...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the roll-out of 4G to areas of Great Britain that are complete or partial not-spots since...

      Broadband: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to increase the availability of fibre-optic broadband to businesses in (a) Pendle constituency, (b) Lancashire...

      Local Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to safeguard the future of local newspapers.

      Natural History Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will request that the Natural History Museum stops its practice of gender-specific marketing of toys.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department has made on providing 95 per cent of rural areas with superfast broadband by 2017.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pigeons: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to reduce the incidence of trichomoniasis in pigeons.

    • School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions officials in her Department have had with their counterparts in EU member states and officials in the...

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to participate in the European School Milk Scheme in future years.

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of dairy farmers who have ceased trading in the last 12 months.

      Ivory: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with the Chinese government on whether it plans to expand its temporary ban on ivory...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many convictions there have been for offences concerning dangerous dogs under the Anti-Social, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the Rural Payments Agency claimed under the European School Milk Scheme in each year since 2005.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what independent veterinary evidence she has sought from outside her Department on the effects on badger cubs of moving the...

      Animal Products: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to ensure that animal products originating in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he intends to reply to the letter to him of 21 October 2014 from the hon. Member for Oxford East, reference TF/TAYL01013/01131611.

  • Department of Health

    • Dental Services: Clacton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of NHS dental services in Clacton constituency.

    • Ambulance Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the response time performance was of the East of England Ambulance Service in the last six months.

      NHS Protect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the real terms budget of NHS Protect was in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the average annual cost to the NHS of overpayments to suppliers caused by fraud or error.

      King's College Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to improve adult outreach services from King's College Hospital to the South East Coast region.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS beds per 100,000 people were provided for mental health patients in each of the last 10 years.

      Barts Health NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans Barts and the London NHS Trust has for neuromuscular care co-ordinator support to meet the neurosciences: specialised neurology (adult)...

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding there has been from the public purse for research into treatment of (a) Crohn's disease and (b) ulcerative colitis in the last five years.

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the ability of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) to access (a) a specialist IBD nurse, (b) specialist...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the number of incidents in which a pregnant mother was told that her baby was dead but it subsequently proved to...

      Fractures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the NHS to introduce titanium splints to stabilise rib fractures.

      Contraceptives: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges and the British Medical Association about possible links between use of the contraceptive pill and...

      Doctors: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors were employed by (a) Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and (b) Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012, (iv)...

      Nurses: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses were employed by (a) Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and (b) Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012, (iv)...

      University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with University Hospitals of Leicester Trust on steps to ensure that patients with complex respiratory issues have access to...

      Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department and NHS England are taking to accelerate the access of hepatitis C patient to interferon-free medicines; and what estimate he...

      Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will discuss with Nottingham University Hospital Trust steps to ensure that patients have access to specialist physiotherapy.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of Community First Responders supporting ambulance responses in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) East...

      Aspirin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges and the British Medical Association about steps to reduce excessive usage of aspirin leading to...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people in each age group who have suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which properties in the NHS estate his Department has identified as being surplus to requirements.

      Health and Social Care Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost has been of implementing the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department and each of its non-departmental public bodies has spent on vacant properties since May 2010.

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many non-NHS providers have registered with the Care Quality Commission in each year since 2010.

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new licences Monitor has granted to a non-NHS provider in each year since 2010.

      Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is subject to the general equality duty under the Equality Act 2010.

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staffing reviews of NHS foundation trusts Monitor has undertaken in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the cost savings from reductions in NHS management since 2010 have been part of his Department's QIPP savings programme.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of cancer patients received (a) intensity modulated and (b) stereotactic radiotherapy in the last month for which figures are available.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions since he has taken office he has spoken to Health Trust Chief Executives on (a) A&E performance, (b) referral to treatment...

      Vulnerable Adults: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is his policy that local authorities should be required to provide appropriate support where it is identified through an official safeguarding...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage the provision of dental treatment in domiciliary settings.

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average length of stay in hospital was for people with a primary diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in England in each year from...

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on the prescription of drugs to manage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the NHS in each year from 2009-10 to 2014-15.

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were recorded on a general practice register with a diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in England in each year from...

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage confectionery retailers to reduce the sugar content of their products.

      Colorectal Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to provide support and assistance for patients with bowel cancer.

      Nutrition: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Education on increasing the level of healthy-eating advertising within primary schools.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2015 to Question 223927, if he will review the range of data collected centrally within his Department and the...

      Nursing and Midwifery Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide funding to the Nursing and Midwifery Council to enable it to avoid increasing annual registration fees for registered nurses.

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of using artificial human organs in medical testing.

      NHS 111

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions 999 ambulance call handlers have been diverted to assist with 111 calls in (a) England and (b) the North East Ambulance Service...

      Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answers of 27 February 2015 to Questions 225235 and 225238, by what process NHS England is developing the interim commissioning policies...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many recorded episodes of births before admission there were in each year since 2009-10.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on introducing hourly ward rounds for nurses; how those rounds will be monitored and recorded; and what assessment he has...

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Government has allocated to development of new drugs and treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease each year from 2009-10 to 2014-15.

      Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether face-down physical restraint is included in the list of never ever events that must be reported to the Strategic Executive Information System.

      Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS trusts across the country have a youth advisory partnership group or similar engagement provision for young people using services.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and which police forces directly refer people with mental health problems into primary mental health services.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set a target date by which all GP-registered patients in England will be able to access a GP, 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the last deep clean of hospitals in the NHS took place.

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research reports his Department has commissioned from external bodies between September 2010 and December 2014 have not been published; when each...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Natural History Museum

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will hold discussions with the Natural History Museum on targeting boys and girls equally.

  • Department for Transport

    • Great Western Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in considering the provision of trains for non-electrified Great Western West of England services from 2018, what is their assessment of whether an...

    • Great Western Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the first Intercity Express Programme trains are scheduled to enter timetabled passenger service on the Great Western Main Line; and at what date the...

      Rolling Stock: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether rolling stock for the Northern and TransPennine rail services will be subject to the residual value scheme established for that franchise.

      Great Western Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 11 March (HL5330) concerning the electrification of Thames Valley railways, whether they will answer the...

      Driving Tests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to review the current driving test and the introduction of a graduated driving licence, in the light of changes to vehicle...

      A303

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current timetables for the development of the A303 from Stonehenge to Taunton, including making it a dual carriageway.

      Network Rail

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Network Rail over giving the company compulsory purchase powers outside its permitted development rights to enable it to...

      Roads: Litter

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they are aware of regarding whether rubbish on the sides of roads in England has increased or decreased over the current Parliament, and what...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent incident near the Hebrides in which a British trawler was reported to have caught its nets on an unidentified...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness: Tower Hamlets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 9 March (HL5059), whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of their...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to make a decision about the resettlement of Chagossians in the British Indian Ocean territory, in the light of the KPMG report Feasibility...

    • India

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of recent spending by the government of India on defence, and its impact on global peace and regional stability.

      Bangladesh

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the charges against the Bangladesh Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia announced by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the...

      Vietnam

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to pursue the recommendations of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Professor Heiner...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they have given to Scott Campbell, the Director of the United Nations joint human rights office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who was...

      Ukraine: Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek agreement to concerted European and United States action in the event of any Russian-inspired attack on or towards the city of...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the escalation of the conflict, including sexual violence targeted at women, in Darfur over the past 12 months; and what...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that fair or free elections can be held in the Republic of Sudan next month while people there are displaced or affected by violence;...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of (1) the number of newspapers closed in Sudan in the last five years, (2) the number of opposition leaders or human rights...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last discussed with the government of Turkey the freedom of United Kingdom visitors to practise their religion in that country, and with what result.

      Swaziland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support the case for the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group to examine the ability of political parties to operate freely in Swaziland...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken in the past year to raise concerns with the government of Zimbabwe about human rights violations, including threats, as well as...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the European Union policy decision on resuming bilateral aid to Zimbabwe and allowing President Mugabe to travel to European...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what priority they accord to developing foreign policy towards Zimbabwe, and what measures they have adopted in respect of Zimbabwe in the light of that...

      Usa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the United States authorities about the use of arms by police forces in that country against black citizens and the...

      Usa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the statement on St Patrick's Day by Joe Biden, United States Vice President, that "anyone wearing orange is not welcome here".

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Research

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase the United Kingdom’s research and development intensity above the 1.7 per cent reported by the Office for...

    • Gripen Aircraft: Argentina

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that United Kingdom technology incorporated in Gripen aircraft is not made available to Argentina.

      Cars

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new cars the United Kingdom registered in (1) 2013, and (2) 2014, by (a) country of destination, and (b) marque.

      Reports on Payments to Governments Regulations 2014

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will take against extractives industry companies which seek to subvert the intention behind the Reports on Payments to Governments...

      Reports on Payments to Governments Regulations 2014

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will take to ensure that United Kingdom extractives industry companies do not interpret the requirements of the Reports on Payments to...

      Reports on Payments to Governments Regulations 2014

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will endorse the United Kingdom extractives industry’s guidance on the Reports on Payments to Governments Regulations 2014 if that...

  • Department for International Development

    • West Africa: Ebola

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Save the Children report A Wake-up Call: Lessons from Ebola for the world's health systems which says that, whilst $4.3 billion...

    • Military Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which NATO countries reimburse costs from their overseas aid budget to their defence budget when their military are deployed internationally on humanitarian...

      Sudan: South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Northover on 4 March (HL Deb, col 215), what steps they are taking with their international partners to prevent the...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the number of (1) villages destroyed in Darfur in 2014, (2) people who were newly displaced that year, (3) displaced people in...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what long-term plans they have for health infrastructure developed as part of the response to ebola in Sierra Leone.

      Africa: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what amount, and proportion, of United Kingdom aid to the African continent has been spent enhancing the education of African children in each of the last 10...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the United Kingdom contributes to European Union bilateral aid to Zimbabwe.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 13 March (HL5305), whether they will publish the figures on United Kingdom expenditure on Official...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance has been provided by the Department for International Development to Egypt in each of the last five years; and what is planned for the...

  • Department for Education

    • Social Services: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve funding and support for child social care.

    • Children in Care: Boarding Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what encouragement and assistance they are providing to local authorities and charities to enable more children in care suited to a boarding education to...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy for school sport in 2013 and 2014.

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the proposal from Teach First that every school should have a trained careers leader.

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking steps to roll out the model of Careers Academies provided at Haverstock School to other schools.

      Sports: Primary Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) whether they will publish their analysis of the impact of the introduction of the Sport Premium on promotion of the provision of physical education in...

      Teachers: Stress

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of stress levels among teachers in England.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the speed of education reform does not compromise the assessment of school performance.

      Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have (1) to afford sixth form colleges the same funding protection as schools in any future spending allocation, and (2) to allow sixth form...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Driving Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been prosecuted or cautioned for using a mobile phone whilst driving in each year since 2010 in (1) Essex, (2) Kent, and (3) London.

    • Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people in each police authority were convicted of alcohol and drug offences in each of the last four years; and what are those figures as a...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the proportion of requests under freedom of information legislation which originate from journalists as opposed to members of...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Veterans: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether army veterans based in Northern Ireland will benefit from the £25 million healthcare fund for aged veterans announced in the Budget, and if so, how.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to increase the long-term employment of young ethnic minority people in the United Kingdom.

    • Employment: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase employment opportunities for young people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, in the light of research...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Thames Tideway Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the Thames Tideway Tunnel project provides value for money, in the light of the National Audit Office’s Report "The choice...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 12 March (HL5472), how many cases made on the basis of sexuality have been recorded on the Case Information...

  • Wales Office

    • Commission on Devolution in Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a table indicating, on the basis of the Secretary of State for Wales' St David's Day statement, which specific proposals of the...

  • HM Treasury

    • EU Grants and Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding they have committed to the European Fund for Strategic Investment; which other member states have so far committed funds; and, in each case,...

    • Companies: Ownership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had, or intend to have, with other European Union member states with regard to registers of beneficial ownership of companies...

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies to introduce public registers of beneficial ownership of companies...

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to other G7 and G20 countries to adopt in principle public registers of the beneficial ownership of companies within...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Households

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the increase in households between the 2001 census and the 2011 census came from households with (1) a foreign-born household reference...

    • Devolution: England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 10 March (HL5107) concerning England's traditional counties, whether, in the light of their...

      Armed Forces: General Election 2015

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent efforts they have made to ensure Armed Forces personnel posted overseas are able to vote in the General Election.

      Civil Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many civil partnerships have been registered since the commencement of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC Trust

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action the Department for Culture, Media and Sport takes to ensure that the trustees of the BBC Trust meet their time commitments and that they...

  • Department of Health

    • In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 10 February (HL4443) and 9 March (HL5132), to what extent miscarriages and stillbirths are considered by the...

    • Opiates: Misuse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of changes in the number of deaths from heroin and morphine abuse over the first full year since they placed a financial...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remark by Lord Newby on 5 February that for deferred payments, the "lump sum is income in the year taken" (HL Deb col 791), whether they will...

      Care Homes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that a shortage of care workers does not lead to the closures of private nursing homes.

      Health Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to raise awareness earlier in life of the increased risk of diabetes and heart disease resulting from prolonged watching of television.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of health tourists in England in each of the last three years; and how they define that category.

      Mental Capacity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action a family or carer can take in the event that a patient’s general practitioner refuses to undertake a mental capacity assessment for a Court...

      Community Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Winterbourne View—Time for Change report published in November 2014 and the Transforming Care for People with Learning...

      Health Services: Sign Language

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by NHS England in establishing a framework for workforce planning to increase the supply of British Sign Language interpreters...

      NHS: Empty Property

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the National Health Service estate is currently not in use; and what is the total cost to the taxpayer of maintaining unused NHS properties.

      Asthma: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent on research into the prevention and treatment of paediatric asthma in each of the last five years.

      Nuts: Allergies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to implement the findings of the Learning Early About Peanut study on peanut allergy.

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the total amount of profit made by private sector organisations providing NHS-funded services, in each of the last five years.

      Tuberous Sclerosis: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what policies NHS England has adopted for the funding of everolimus for patients with tuberous sclerosis.

      Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have asked NHS England whether it will rationalise the number of committees concerned with assessing the funding of treatments for patients with...

      Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the British Lung Foundation about progressing research into mesothelioma, and in particular taking research using adult...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the planned consultation highlighted in Monitor's publication "The new NHS provider licence", what plans they have to implement the risk...

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken and are planning to take to prevent service providers in the National Health Service from targeting (1) lower-cost patients, and...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the consultation on the NHS National Tariff Payment System 2015–16, what steps they have taken and are planning to take to ensure that...

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms are in place to prevent private sector providers making excess profits in contracts for NHS-funded services.

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms are in place to prevent providers who bid for contracts for NHS-funded services bidding at a loss in order to undercut other providers.

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average profit margin projected by private sector providers in contracts for NHS-funded services; and what is the average margin of profits...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many places of safety have been provided under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983; and what assessment they have made of the geographic spread of...

      Hereditary Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisation or body is responsible for assessing the needs of the local population for carrier screening for genetic disorders in at risk populations...

      Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that commissioning routes in respect of treatment for ultra-rare diseases are as quick and thorough as possible.

      Pharmacy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the position of patients, previously served by a dispensing doctor practice, who live within 1.6 km of a pharmacy that closes, but still retains...

      Orphan Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that any decision around ultra-orphan drugs will be referred to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence...

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