Written answers

Thursday, 4 June 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that staff working at DVLA Swansea provide a good customer service since the closure of regional DVLA offices.

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons staff working at DVLA Swansea use a telephone answering system which gives a message and then cuts members of the public off without...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the expected availability of qualified maritime (a) surveyors and (b) inspectors over the next five years.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average age is of (a) inspectors and (b) surveyors employed in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency; and how many staff employed in each...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the new employment contract for maritime surveyors employed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the role of his Department was in the design of the new employment contract for maritime surveyors and inspectors employed by the Maritime and...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's (MCA) targets were for ship (a) survey and (b) inspection work in each of the last 10 years; and what the...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's ship (a) survey and (b) inspection work was completed by classification societies in each of...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Maritime and Coastguard Agency paid to classification societies in each of the last 10 years; and for what categories of work these...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the vacancy rate was for maritime (a) surveyors and (b) inspectors in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in (i) the most recent period for which...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many maritime (a) surveyors and (b) inspectors have (i) left and (ii) joined the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in each of the last 10 years.

      Gospel Oak-Barking Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding has been allocated to Network Rail for the electrification of the Barking to Gospel Oak line.

      Gospel Oak-Barking Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects work to (a) start and (b) be completed on the electrification of the Barking to Gospel Oak line.

  • Home Office

    • Offences against Children: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the £7 million Child Abuse Support Victims Fund dispersed in May 2015 has been allocated to non-statutory...

    • Police: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officers in the Metropolitan Police have travelled overseas at public expense to investigate crimes committed abroad in the last...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to include provisions in the planned legislative proposals on tackling extremism and terrorism to ensure that...

      Metropolitan Police: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the likely number of officers in the Metropolitan Police Service (a) overall and (b) in Redbridge in each of...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) arrested and (b) prosecuted for the possession of skunk cannabis in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with (a) health bodies, (b) youth organisations, (c) local government and (d) the devolved...

      Police: Long Service Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will introduce a Long Service Medal to recognise the contribution of long-serving police officers; and if she will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • South China Sea: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will discuss with his Chinese counterpart reducing regional tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

    • Counter-terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 7 July 2014 to Question 203493, what the Counter Terrorism Programme Fund budget was for 2014-15.

      FIFA: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the (a) US and (b) Swiss authorities about allegations of corruption in FIFA.

      Burma: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had on the situation of ethnic minorities in Burma.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made his Department's budget for each of the next five years.

      Israel: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effects of the proposed resettlement of Bedouin in Southern Israel on the...

      Sri Lanka: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on official discrimination against Tamils in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.

      Sri Lanka: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received from the government of Sri Lanka about allegations of war crimes in that country.

      Syria: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the latest position regarding training of the Syrian moderate opposition is; and if he will make a statement.

      West Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Israeli government about forced evictions and harassment of the inhabitants...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy before the proposed referendum takes place to publish a study of the implications of UK exit from...

      Armed Conflict: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will (a) sign the Safe Schools Declaration and (b) support implementation of that declaration in countries...

      Yemen: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Yemen on the safety of British citizens in that country.

      Referendums: Voting Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to page 60 of background briefing notes to the Queen's Speech 2015, what estimate he has made of the number of...

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will bring forward proposals to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in any referendum on EU membership.

  • Attorney General

    • Fifa

      To ask the Attorney General, whether criminal investigations are being carried out to determine whether UK financial institutions have been used to carry out illegal transactions related to FIFA.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make it his policy that the arbitration mechanism to be included in the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment...

    • Students: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the cost was of (a) partial and (b) full maintenance grants in (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his policy is on whether workplace regulations should form part of the UK's negotiations on future EU membership.

      York College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what funding from the public purse was allocated to York College in each of the last 10 years.

      York College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on the number of pupils at York College in each of the last 10 years.

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he expects the TTIP negotiations between the EU and the US to be concluded.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how her Department is supporting the removal of asbestos in schools.

    • Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to improve asbestos management in schools.

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the last assessment of levels of asbestos in schools in England and Wales was undertaken by her Department.

      Pupil Exclusions: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many expulsions were made by each school in (a) Sheffield, Heeley constituency and (b) Sheffield in each year since 2010.

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to support providers of education outside mainstream schooling.

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will assess the scope for closer co-operation between her Department and the Department of Health on raising awareness of adoption as an option...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the current level of unmet demand for adoption of children under the age of one in England and Wales.

      Teachers: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers have been recruited on the Troops to Teachers scheme; what the annual recruitment target for the scheme has been; and what the...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the Schools Direct recruitment target is for initial teacher training in all years for which figures are available.

      Teachers: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the total cost of the hiring of agency teachers by state-funded schools was in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2013-14.

      Pre-school Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on how many countries currently conduct testing of four year olds.

      Pre-school Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the evidential basis is of her Department's assessment that testing of four year olds is beneficial to a child's education and development.

      Academies: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the academy funding agreement was signed for (a) Millthorpe School, (b) Scarcroft Primary School and (c) Knavesmire Primary School in York.

      Department for Education: Mott MacDonald

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 26 March 2015 to Question 228859 on special educational needs, what criteria her Department used to select Mott McDonald.

      Educational Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 26 March 2015 to Question 228860, how many educational psychologists were employed in all local authorities in each year...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 26 March 2015 to Question 228386, what specific weaknesses were found in the timelines of visits to children who are...

      Priority School Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) school places and (b) schools have been created by the Priority School Building Programme to date.

      Priority School Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) school places and (b) schools will be created by the Priority School Building Programme by September (i) 2016, (ii) 2017 and (iii) 2018.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many of her Department's employees are working on the free school programme; and what the annual cost of such work is.

      Department for Education: Jon Wood and Quantum Securities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on what occasions and dates she has held meetings with (a) Jon Wood and (b) representatives of Quantum Securities Ltd; and which such meetings have...

      Private Education: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that all independent schools are abiding by the Independent Schools Regulations.

      Department for Education: Mott MacDonald

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on how many occasions her Department has hired Mott Macdonald in each year since 2010.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish the full list of capital investment on a school-by-school basis for each wave of the free school programme.

      Schools: St Ives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she expects to respond to the letter from Dorset County Council seeking to prevent St Ives School increasing its age range.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information is sought from the applicant for an Academy Order for a federated school to ensure that it complies with Regulation 46 of the School...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to reduce whiplash claim fraud; and what recent discussions he has had with the devolved administrations on this issue.

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Constituencies

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, which parliamentary constituencies have electorates more than 10 per cent (a)...

  • Prime Minister

    • Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister, if he will provide an update on the progress of the Chilcot inquiry; and when he expects the Maxwellisation process to be completed.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • HMS Vanguard: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the reported problems with the main hydraulic plant on HMS Vanguard; and whether each such reported defect has been resolved.

    • Trident Submarines: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what procedures exist to stop toilet rolls catching fire on Trident submarines; and what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of...

      Chief of Defence Materiel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people of each grade and payroll cost work for the Chief of Defence Materiel.

      Defence Reform Review: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to his Department was of the Defence Reform report, published in June 2011.

      Defence Reform Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the recommendations of the Defence Reform report, published in June 2011, have been successfully implemented.

      Clyde Naval Base: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment the Joint Terrorist Analysis Centre, Royal Navy Fleet Intelligence, MI5 and MDP special branch have made of threats to security at HMNB...

      Katrice Lee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what dates the Royal Military Police (a) made contact and (b) met with the German authorities in (i) 2014 and (ii) 2015 on the case of Katrice Lee.

      Clyde Naval Base: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many vessels transit by RNAD Coulport en route to Finnart Oil Terminal each year; and whether those vessels are boarded by Military Police during...

      Nuclear Submarines: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what collisions involving a nuclear-powered submarine and (a) another submarine, (b) another naval vessel, (c) a private vessel and (d) a merchant...

      Nuclear Submarines: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what fires have taken place on UK (a) nuclear-powered and (b) nuclear-armed submarines since 3 December 2014.

      Clyde Naval Base: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what access is given to civilian contractors at HMNB Clyde and RNAD Coulport aboard and alongside nuclear armed submarines; what vetting is required for...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to consult (a) the public, (b) the defence industry and (c) academics on the forthcoming Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      Ministry of Defence: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of his Department's budget for each of the next five years.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect on intelligence gathering as a result of the withdrawal of maritime patrol aircraft.

      HMS Bulwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to his Department is of HMS Bulwark rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made on developing the next Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the efficacy of the procurement of the A400M.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of recent figures from the Trussell Trust that one million...

    • Electric Cables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) children and young people and (b) the general public are aware of the danger of power lines.

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse was of housing benefit for 18 to 21 year olds who were (a) in employment, (b) unemployed and (c) inactive in...

      Welfare to Work: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what organisation his Department has awarded contracts or sub contracts to for the provision of welfare to work programmes in Scotland in each...

      Housing Benefit: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of the following households in the London Borough of Southwark with (a) dependent children, (b) a single person, (c) pensioners, (d)...

      British Steel: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions he has had with (a) ministerial colleagues and (b) representatives from the steel industry on Tata Steel's plans to...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the UK's ability to meet the Aichi global biodiversity targets by 2020; what steps...

    • Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers have (a) obtained Fair to Nature accreditation and (b) are working towards Fair to Nature accreditation; if...

      Owls: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will repeat the national barn owl surveys of 1982-85, 1995-97 and 2000-09; and if she will make a statement.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has held with other EU member states in which bovine TB occurs on establishing joint...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to develop the Help to Buy scheme to ensure it supports people in (a) Bermondsey and Old...

    • Urban Areas: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what (a) advice and (b) assistance he has recently provided to local authorities to help them promote trade in town centres;...

      Mayors: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what dates and occasions Ministers or other representatives of his Department met the Mayor of Liverpool in the last six months.

      Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the average cost of homes sold to first-time buyers under the Help to Buy scheme in (a) England,...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Kingston Upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many right to buy homes have been bought in Hull in each of the last 10 years.

  • HM Treasury

    • Tax Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much additional revenue HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will recoup from new measures to reduce tax evasion by 2020; and what additional resources he...

    • Public Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of progress in eliminating the deficit between 2010 and 2015.

      Child Benefit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on maintaining current levels of child benefit.

      Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the maximum amount is that a higher-rate taxpayer could save in the current financial year only utilising maximum tax reliefs in (a) a personal pension...

      Treasury: Communication

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, where the post of his Department's director of communications was advertised.

      Inflation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of negative inflation on the economy.

      Financial Conduct Authority

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review the effectiveness of the Financial Conduct Authority.

      Public Expenditure: Greater Manchester

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Exchequer's per annum and per capita revenue contribution, excluding welfare payments, to Greater Manchester City Region (a) was in each of the...

      Mortgages: First Time Buyers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the European Standardised Information Sheet on the availability of mortgages for...

      Mortgages: EU Action

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received on the EU Mortgage Credit Directive; and if he will make a statement.

      River Thames: Bridges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what process his Department undertook to scrutinise the business case for the proposed Garden Bridge project.

      River Thames: Bridges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential benefits of a new Thames pedestrian bridge at alternative locations to that of the proposed Garden...

      River Thames: Bridges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what dates he has met Joanna Lumley to discuss the proposed Garden Bridge project in each of the last three years.

      River Thames: Bridges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what dates officials in his Department have met Joanna Lumley to discuss the proposed Garden Bridge project in each of the last three years.

      Fifa

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to discover whether UK financial institutions have been used to carry out illegal transactions related to FIFA.

      Fifa

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Financial Services Authority was informed of the possibility of UK financial institutions being used to carry out illegal transactions related to...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • National Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what her Department's policy is on the potential sell-off by National Grid of its (a) gas distribution networks and (b) metering business.

    • National Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what meetings have taken place between representatives of her Department and National Grid about any sale of National Grid assets or...

      Energy: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what comparative assessment she has made of the benefits and disbenefits of (a) UK and (b) foreign ownership of energy infrastructure;...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many jobs will be created by investment in the planned Rampion wind farm; and what steps she is taking to ensure that UK supply...

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what level of investment her Department plans to make in the development of carbon capture and storage.

      Carbon Sequestration: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many (a) jobs and (b) apprenticeships were created in the development of carbon capture and storage in each of the last five years.

      Energy: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of coal used in UK energy generation is imported; and from which countries coal is imported.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the value of work accruing to UK manufacturing companies in each region from the development of the...

      Fuel Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many children live in households that are classed as being in fuel poverty in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c)...

      Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the merits of (a) the Prism reactor, (b) Areva Mox, (c) Canmox, and (d) immobilisation for the...

      Mozes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether her Department has received a report from Ray Noble relating to the Mozes community energy co-operative.

      Tidal Power: Swansea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the number of jobs created in the Swansea Bay region as a result of the construction of the proposed...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what progress has been made in relation to the construction of Hinckley C nuclear power station; and if she will make a statement.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she expects the Smartmeter rollout to be completed.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of people (a) entitled and (b) registered to vote in each parliamentary constituency at the May 2015 general...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment hehas made of the effect of the introduction of Individual Electoral Registration on (a) the incidence of electoral fraud and (b)...

      Electorate

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many UK citizens of voting age are currently living overseas; and how many citizens of EU countries of voting age excluding the UK, Ireland, Cyprus...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Written Statement of 5 July 2013, Official Report, column 71WS, what proportion of (a) the Targeted Canvassing Fund, (b) the ERO...

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 21 May 2012, Official Report, column 483W, on voter identification, whether the Government plans to bring forward...

      Honours: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many nominations for honours were made through the Northern Ireland Assembly in each year since its inception; and whether the nomination was...

      National Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress the Government has made on developing the next National Security Strategy; and when he expects that Strategy to be completed.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to improve access to high speed internet for people in (a) former dockyard areas and (b) rural communities.

    • Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to ensure that elderly people without sufficient means can block calls from call centres on PPI claims, accident...

      FIFA: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions the Sports Minister has had with FIFA on the recent FBI investigation.

      BBC: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to reform funding of the BBC.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the Statement of Commitment signed with the mobile network operators in December 2014.

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many libraries (a) closed and (b) switched to being run by volunteers between 2010 and 2015.

      Public Libraries: WiFi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many public libraries do not have free wifi; by what date he plans that all public libraries will have access to free wifi; and...

      Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the liquidation of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council will be complete.

      Internet: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to introduce age-restriction controls for websites.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the structure and governance of the Football League.

      Brass Bands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to promote and support brass bands.

      Arts: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on trends in the number of low-paid...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to make the allocation of National Lottery funding more open and transparent.

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of current legislation on fixed-odds betting terminals; and if he will bring forward...

  • Department of Health

    • Statins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges about the use of statins to treat heart disease.

    • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges about treatment using VEGF-C protein.

      Offences against Children: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of whether there are financial savings to the public purse from providing long-term counselling in local...

      Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children had scalded skin syndrome in each of the last five years.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in each age cohort suffered from epilepsy in each of the last five years.

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people suffered from Alzheimer's disease in the last year for which figures are available; and what the cost of their medication was.

      Menopause: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges about connections between plastics in the household and the onset of the menopause.

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people suffered from Lyme disease in each of the last five years; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of tests available for...

      NHS: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS has spent on temporary staff in each of the last three years.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on pay levels in the NHS.

      Pregnant Women: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of provision of information by NHS services about options for women facing unplanned pregnancies to...

      Abortion: Gender Selection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to section 84 of the Serious Crime Act 2015, what plans he has made for the assessment of the evidence of termination of pregnancy on the...

      General Practitioners: Herefordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ensure Kington in Herefordshire has sufficient full-time GPs.

      General Practitioners: Herefordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to maintain the level of out-of-hours GP cover in Herefordshire.

      General Practitioners: Locums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many locum GPs are available; and what the average daily rate is for a locum GP.

      General Practitioners: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the number of GPs employed full-time.

      Abortion: Maternal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of whether there is a correlation between access to abortion and maintaining a low maternal mortality rate; and...

      NHS: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking in response to the poisonings of patients at Stepping Hill Hospital; and what steps his Department is taking to...

      Defibrillators: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the process was by which reference prices for implantable defibrillators and cardiac resynchronisation defibrillators were determined.

      Defibrillators: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what categories of implantable defibrillators and cardiac resynchronisation defibrillators have been established for reference price purposes; and what...

      Defibrillators: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice his Department offers trusts on the use of reference prices for implantable defibrillators and cardiac resynchronisation defibrillators.

      Defibrillators: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many trusts have contributed the prices they have paid to the calculation of reference prices for implantable defibrillators and cardiac...

      Defibrillators: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of reference prices for implantable defibrillators and cardiac resynchronisation defibrillators on the ability...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of A&E departments likely to close in each region in each of the next five years.

      Maternity Services: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of maternity units likely to close in each region in each of the next five years.

      King George Hospital Redbridge: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what factors he took into account in deciding the timing of the announcement of the closure of accident and emergency services at King George Hospital.

      Department of Health: Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken pursuant to the meeting between the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary...

      Sugar: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the speech at the Hay Festival by the Minister for Life Sciences on 21 May 2015, what plans he has to introduce a sugar tax.

      Psychiatry: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the mental health budget has been spent on forensic psychiatry in each of the last five years.

      Heroin: Overdoses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital admissions were related to heroin overdoses in each of the last five years.

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the indirect cost to the NHS of the Care Quality Commission.

      NHS: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of how much the NHS spends on agency and contract staff.

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what checks they have carried out on the full-body scanners, built by L3 Communications Holdings, which are used at United Kingdom airports; when these...

    • Manchester-Burnley Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have regarding overcrowding on the new rail service between Manchester, Burnley and Accrington via the Todmorden curve, and what...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Ascension Island

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered declaring a Marine Protection Zone around Ascension Island and, if so, what factors they took into account.

    • Ascension Island

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government between 2010 and 2013, what criteria were used for granting fishing licences for the waters surrounding Ascension Island; and how licensing restrictions were...

      Ascension Island

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to prevent shark finning in the waters surrounding Ascension Island.

      Burma: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the circumstances faced by Rohingya refugees; what action they have taken to encourage the international community to...

      North Korea: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of recent reports of the execution of senior officials, and others, in North Korea; when they last raised human rights violations...

      Patagonia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representation they will have in the official celebrations in Liverpool on 30 May to mark the 150th anniversary of the sailing of the Mimosa carrying...

      Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they currently pass to United States military targeting teams operating in Iraq and Syria all intelligence information on locations where United...

      Syria: World Heritage Sites

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to prevent the destruction by ISIS of the ancient city of Palmyra.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Palestinian Authority in the light of the recent Amnesty International report on the conduct of Hamas in Gaza; and...

      Voting Rights: Gibraltar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the electors in Gibraltar can vote in (1) elections to the House of Commons, and (2) elections to the European Parliament; and, for the forthcoming...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are currently discussing with the European Commission and other European Union member states, with regards to renegotiation: (1) a United...

      United Nations: South Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed United Nations field office in South Korea will monitor human rights violations in North Korea; and what is their assessment of the...

      North Korea: Food Supply

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the United Nations World Food Programme's estimate that $69 million is required to ensure food security in North Korea, in...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Vocational Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how much training away from the workplace has been provided by employers over the last 20 years.

    • Mature Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what resource accounting and budgeting charge they are currently using to estimate the long-term cost of the 24+ Advanced Learning Loans programme.

  • Department for Education

    • Adoption

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the fall in the number of children being offered for adoption; and whether, in the light of this decrease,...

    • Polish Language: GCE A-level

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Polish remains available as an A-level subject.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regard the army's activities in Northern Ireland as overseas deployment; and if so, why.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pensions and Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 19 January (HL4116), which public sector pensions and social security benefits will be exempt from reduction...

    • Financial Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to introduce financial inclusion support into programmes to reduce unemployment and benefit dependency.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Coastal Areas: Access

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to continue the programme for the completion of coastal access in England.

  • Home Office

    • Terrorism: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom nationals returning from fighting for Islamic State have been (1) charged with an offence, and (2) not charged with an offence; what...

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 19 March 2015 (HL5545), why those listed as receiving support under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have received support under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 for more than (1) one year, (2) 5 years, and (3) 10 years.

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce the time asylum seekers wait to take up employment.

      Peers: Correspondence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will respond to the letter sent by Lord Wigley to the Home Secretary on 29 April concerning Lisa Hughes, an Argentine citizen of Welsh descent and...

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the report by David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of anti-terrorism legislation, on the Regulation of Investigatory...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Stormont House Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which strand talk sessions representatives of the government of the Republic of Ireland attended during the Stormont House talks; on what dates those...

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