Written answers

Monday, 8 June 2015

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what regulations apply to asbestos in buildings; when such regulations are laid; and for what duration those regulations are in force.

    • Oil Rigs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training standards are required for workers on North Sea oil rigs prior to their deployment on these oil rigs.

      Social Security Benefits: Hidradenitis Suppurativa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training is provided to people who carry out assessments for employment and support allowance or personal independence payment on...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what targets he has set for the time taken to process new applications for personal independence payment.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people claiming disability living allowance who will cease to receive disability benefits after...

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost was of housing benefit for 18 to 21 year olds who were (a) employed, (b) unemployed and (c) inactive in (i) 2012-13, (ii)...

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average duration was of housing benefit claims by 18 to 21 year olds who were (a) employed, (b) unemployed and (c) inactive in (i)...

      Social Security Benefits: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many combined employment and support allowance and personal independence payment claimants with mental ill health have had their...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate he has made of the number of children living in poverty in each ward of Warrington North constituency.

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many 18-21 year olds who (a) are care leavers, (b) have young children and (c) are in employment he has estimated would no longer receive...

      Unemployment Benefits: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many 18-21 year olds he has estimated would be affected by plans to replace out-of-work benefits for that age group with a youth allowance.

      Housing Benefit: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in the London Borough of Southwark are currently receiving discretionary housing payment.

      Housing Benefit: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households are currently claiming housing benefit in the London Borough of Southwark.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 24 March 2015 to Question 228133, how much has been claimed in hardship payments in each of the last 12 months.

      Social Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will announce details of how his Department will reduce spending on social security by £12 billion by 2017-18.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the effect on the number of families living in temporary accommodation of reducing the benefit cap from...

      Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of changes in employment retention levels since changes to the percentage threshold scheme for...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to continue the Targeted Affordability Fund beyond financial year 2015-16.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is his policy that the proposed legislation requiring young people to earn or learn will extend to existing claimants of employment...

  • Home Office

    • Detention Centres: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have left the employment of immigration centres in Scotland in each year since 2006; and for what reasons those people have...

    • Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been detained in immigration removal centres in Scotland in each year since 2006; and what the capacity of such centres...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detainees in immigration removal centres in Scotland have taken their own life since 2006.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received on reinstatement of the Tier 1 visa route.

      Drugs: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to raise awareness of the dangers of legal highs amongst young people.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to being forward legislation to ban the sale of so-called legal highs; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department of Health

    • Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many non-UK nationals accessed NHS services in England in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14; how many such nationals were charged for those services in...

    • Lung Diseases: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to improve the matching of donated lungs with people waiting for lung transplants.

      Brain Tumours: Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospitals in England have used stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) to treat both benign and malignant tumours of the brain; which of those hospitals...

      Health Professions: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on allowing physician associates to independently prescribe in the NHS.

      Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the number of physician associates employed in the NHS in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) England.

      Health Professions: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the statutory regulation of physician associates; and if he will make a statement.

      Paediatrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve the diagnosis process and reduce the time taken of children going through paediatric care pathways.

      Radiation: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will undertake research into medical conditions in young people arising from radiation emitted by wi-fi units, mobile phones and other...

      General Practitioners: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the daily cost of a (a) locum and (b) family GP.

      Skin: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa cost the NHS in England in (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014.

      Patients: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the most recent findings from the Care Quality Commission Inpatient Survey.

      Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital was in each year since 2010.

      Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of accident and emergency services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

      Mental Health Services: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to review mental health provision in the West Midlands; and if he will make a statement.

      Infectious Diseases: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to make additional funding available to tackle drug-resistant infections over the next five years.

      Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of drug-resistant infections (a) in the West Midlands and (b) nationally in the next five years.

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what preparations his Department is making for the commencement of the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products Regulations 2015 on 20 May 2016.

      Motor Vehicles: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what preparations his Department is making for the commencement of the Smoke-free (Private Vehicles) Regulations 2015 on 1 October 2015.

      Cervical Cancer: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health of 1 May 2014, Official Report, column 1052, on cervical...

      Hidradenitis Suppurativa: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of hidradenitis suppurativa.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Employment Tribunals Service: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many financial penalties have been imposed on respondent employers under section 16 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many retail and commercial enterprise apprenticeships were completed at (a) intermediate, (b) advanced and (c) higher level...

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of research commissioned by the European Commission into the economic effect of the...

      ICT: Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students at further education colleges in the UK are studying (a) computer science and (b) video game courses.

      ICT: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students at UK universities are studying (a) computer science degrees, (b) computer science masters degrees, (c) video...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Arms Control: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports have been prepared in the last 12 months on joint US-UK technical co-operation on nuclear arms control; and what circulation has been...

    • Arms Control: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information the Atomic Weapons Establishment has received from Brookhaven National Laboratory under the 1958 US-UK Mutual Defense Agreement on...

      Submarines: Irish Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has held with NATO and the EU on the effect of submarine activity on fishing in the Irish Sea in April 2015.

      Minesweepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Autonomous Minesweeping Capability will achieve (a) initial and (b) full operational capability; what the total cost of the programme is; and...

      Minesweepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the proportion of the value of the UK Ministry of Defence Autonomous Minesweeping Capability contract that will go to (a) Atlas...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 10 December 2015 to Question 217095, what progress his Department has made on deciding on the sourcing of the remaining...

      Russia: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports he has received of flights by Russian military aircraft over Lancashire; and if he will make a statement.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of support provided by his Department to the Army Cadet Force.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that small and medium-sized manufacturers benefit from his Department's procurement of defence equipment.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to invest in new equipment for the armed forces.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the safety of the reactors in the SSBN fleet.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of projected local government finance settlement spending for each of the next five years...

    • Local Government Boundary Commission for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will allow public representations or petitions to be received directly by the Local Government Boundary Commission.

      Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people in each parliamentary constituency have benefitted from the Help to Buy scheme in each year since the launch of...

      Housing: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has a mechanism in place to monitor whether foreign buyers of UK property are occupants, landlords, UK...

      Temporary Accommodation: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) single-headed households, (b) households with children, (c) households with pensioners, (d) households where one...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what analysis his Department has undertaken of the financial consequences for local authorities of the measures announced in...

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the determination of 15 May 2015 of the Pensions Ombudsman with respect to the complaint by Mr W Milne...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the ability of housing associations to absorb the loss of rental income as a result...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what legal advice his Department has received about the compulsory sale of housing association properties; and if he will place...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average value is of local authority properties which are among the most expensive third of all properties of that type...

  • HM Treasury

    • Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to tackle tax avoidance and tax evasion.

    • Treasury: Communication

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the annual cost of his Department's communications budget was in each year since 2010; and what such spending will be in 2015-16.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax inspectors were employed by his Department in each year since 2010.

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the efficiency of call-handling by HM Revenue and Customs.

      Revenue and Customs: Wales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 23 March 2015 to Question 228104, what his Department's current plans are for reorganisation of HM Revenue and Customs in Wales.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will commission an independent audit of the economic costs and benefits of UK membership of the EU.

      Working Tax Credit: Overpayments

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consideration HM Revenue and Customs gave to the reputational risk of contracting to companies which are alleged to use aggressive debt collection...

      Prince of Wales: Income Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to subject to income tax the income HRH The Prince of Wales receives from the Duchy of Cornwall.

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the time taken by HM Revenue and Customs to answer telephone calls from members of the public; and if he will make a...

      Transport for London: Contracts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Treasury has sought assurances from Transport for London that the invitation to tender for Bridge Design Consultancy Services (ITT reference:...

      Edith Cavell: Commemorative Coins

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that the Edith Cavell commemorative coin recently issued by the Royal Mint can be purchased by members of the public at an...

      Child Benefit: Warrington North

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Warrington North constituency are in receipt of child benefit for three or more children.

      FIFA: Money Laundering

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of (a) HSBC, (b) Barclays and (c) Standard Chartered about allegations that their banks have been...

      Royal Family: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons (a) certain members of the Royal Family and (b) corporations owned by those members are not subject to income or corporation tax as a...

      Kids Company: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the children's charity Kids Company about the provision of long-term Government funding to that charity.

      Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to conduct research into the use of savers make of money withdrawn under the new pensions freedoms.

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 1 June 2015 to Question 4, what steps he is taking to increase the proportion of calls handled by HM Revenue and Customs' Contact...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Clergy: Females

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, how many members of the clergy in each of the last 10 years have been women.

    • Clergy: LGBT People

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what statistics the Church Commissioners collect on the number of LGBT men and women in the clergy.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Castes: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she plans to bring forward legislative proposals in relation to caste discrimination in the UK.

  • Department for Transport

    • Large Goods Vehicle Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of qualified heavy goods vehicle drivers; and if he will make a statement.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the Government's response to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee's First Report of Session 2014-15, The Economics...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has recently received a revised draft of the National Rail Conditions of Carriage from the Association of Train Operating Companies for his...

      Network Rail: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to make a decision on whether to appoint a Special Director to Network Rail's Board.

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish HS2 Ltd's jobs and skills strategy.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which projects the Department has committed to include in the Control Period 6 High Level Output Statement.

      Gospel Oak-Barking Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of electrifying the Gospel Oak to Barking railway line; and what contribution his Department plans to make to...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 June 2015 to Question 161, what estimate his Department has made of the efficient cost of those Control Period 5 projects...

      Level Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Level Crossing Reform Action Plan.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Burma: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the government of Burma regarding implementation of the Declaration on Preventing...

    • Egypt: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the workings and processes of the Egyptian government's judicial process.

      Islamic State: Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure ISIL does not have access to chemical weapons.

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Pakistan on the issue of religious freedom (a) in relation to the...

      Tony Blair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish details of each (a) meeting and (b) overnight stay by Tony Blair in each UK embassy in each year between...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the threat to the security of Israel from the cross-border tunnel system and the rocket arsenal...

      EU Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role he plans to play in the UK's renegotiations on reforming the EU.

  • Department for International Development

    • New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent reports she has received on the work of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition; what steps she is taking to...

    • Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support anti-FGM measures.

      Nigeria: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she plans to take to support the implementation of the ban on female genital mutilation in Nigeria.

  • Department for Education

    • Food Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to promote in primary and secondary schools (a) participation in home economics by and (b) the catering industry as a career...

    • Schools: WiFi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has discussed or plans to discuss with her French counterpart the banning of wi-fi signals in nursery and primary schools in France; and...

      School Choice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will revise the guidance offered to LEAs regarding the choices available to parents who seek a place for their child at both grammar and LEA...

      Academies: Lewisham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what advice the Regional Schools Commissioner for the South East and South London gave to the Head Teacher Board on the statutory requirements on...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to make additional mental health provision available through the education system to those aged under 18.

      Modern Greek Language: GCE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to ensure that Modern Greek continues to be available to students to study as A and AS-levels after 2017.

      Education and Adoption Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish draft regulations defining coasting before the Second Reading of the Education and Adoption Bill.

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Wales

      To ask the Leader of the House, what consultation he has carried out in Wales on the Government's proposal to change the role of hon. Members representing constituencies in Wales in the scrutiny...

    • House of Commons: Standing Orders

      To ask the Leader of the House, if he will bring forward proposals to amend the standing orders of the House to allow hon. Members to read out the names of fallen soldiers on the floor of the House.

      Speaker: Elections

      To ask the Leader of the House, whether he plans to bring forward proposals to change the rules for the election of the Speaker.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress her Department has made on commencing field trials for a cattle vaccine for bovine TB.

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the most recent update of the tentative timeline for possible use of a vaccine against bovine TB in the...

      Seals: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will review the effectiveness and adequacy of current legislation on the protection and conservation of seals.

      Seals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of seals killed by the British fishing industry in the last 12 months.

      Seals: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to encourage the use of non-lethal seal deterrents on the coast.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many badgers have been culled; and what the cost to the public purse is of the badger cull.

      World Milk Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department took to celebrate World Milk Day on 1 June 2015.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many deaths and injuries have been caused by prohibited animals which are (a) not on and (b) on the Index of Exempted...

      Dogs: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what preparations her Department is making to ensure that mandatory microchipping of dogs comes into effect in April 2016.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Renewable Energy: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many UK supply chain (a) jobs and (b) apprenticeships were created in the renewable energy sector in each year from 2009 to 2014.

    • Wind Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to remove onshore wind turbine subsidies.

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of OFGEM's plans to re-examine the current gas mains replacement programme on...

      Renewable Energy: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans her Department has to sponsor alternative green energy projects in Wales in the next 12 months.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the number of pre-pay gas and electricity meters installed in England, Wales and Scotland without the...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will take steps to reduce the subsidies available to the promotion and construction of on-shore wind farms; and if she will...

  • Attorney General

    • FIFA: Corruption

      To ask the Attorney General, what discussions (a) Ministers in his Department and (b) the Serious Fraud Office have had with (i) the Swiss authorities and (ii) the US Justice Department about the...

  • Wales Office

    • Roads: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when (a) he and (b) his Department have made (i) oral and (ii) written representations to the Secretary of State for Transport on the time taken of work...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Northumberland Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 18 March 2015 to Question 227319, for what reasons Sodexo has increased the number of mainstream prisoners housed with...

    • Community Rehabilitation Companies: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what funding his Department allocated for enhanced redundancy schemes for community rehabilitation companies following the privatisation of probation...

      Sodexo: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much of the funding his Department allocated for enhanced redundancy schemes following the privatisation of probation services was allocated to Sodexo.

      Probation: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department took to ensure that the funding allocated for enhanced redundancy schemes following the privatisation of probation services...

      Probation: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much of the funding allocated by his Department for enhanced redundancy schemes following the privatisation of probation services was allocated to...

      Probation: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to reclaim any of the funding allocated by his Department for enhanced redundancy schemes following the privatisation of probation...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on the introduction of a Bill of Rights to replace the Human Rights Act 1998.

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to publish legislative proposals to increase the rights of victims of crime.

      Youth Offending Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to publish his Department's stocktake on the work of youth offending teams.

      Essex Community Rehabilitation Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers of his Department and (c) officials of his Department have had with the Chief Executive of the Essex...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Think Tanks

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require think tanks to disclose their sources of funding.

    • Cannabis: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have died from the effects of consuming skunk cannabis in the UK in each of the last five years.

      General Election 2015: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the Government was of the inquiry into the leaking of a memorandum relating to the First Minister of Scotland during the General...

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what date he expects the report of the Chilcot inquiry to be published.

      Asthma: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 3 March 2015 to Question 225989, how many people (a) under the age of 18 and (b) aged 18 or over died as a result of...

      Unfair Dismissal

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on the number of people who have been dismissed after 12 and 24 months' continuous service since the qualifying...

      Cabinet Office: Families

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prime Minister's press release of 18 August 2014, what steps he is taking to assess the impact of his Department's policies on...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to promote tourism and develop the tourism industry in England.

    • FIFA: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had discussions with the Attorney General regarding allegations of corruption at FIFA.

      ICT: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with content creators about the European Commission's Digital Single Market proposals.

      Tickets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that tickets for the Rugby World Cup and Ashes cricket tests are sold at face value in the secondary...

      Tickets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to monitor the effect of the secondary ticketing market on the cost of attending major sporting events.

      ICT: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent representations his Department has made to the European Commission on its Digital Single Market proposals.

      Aerials: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many masts have been built by the Mobile Infrastructure Project; and how much his Department has spent on that project.

      FIFA: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to investigate whether any bribery related to the FIFA allegations took place within the UK's jurisdiction.

      National Lottery

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

      Broadband: Business Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of premises (a) has access to and (b) is using superfast broadband; what the total number of premises is; and what...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members: Travel

      To ask the hon. Member for Mole Valley representing the House of Commons Commission, what proportion of hon. Members travel from their constituency address to the House in (a) less than one hour,...

  • Department for Transport

    • A1: Nottinghamshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost of the current road works incorporating a new bridge on the A1 road close to Gamston Airfield near Retford; what was the original time...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Social Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many social housing units there are in (1) England and (2) the Borough of Pendle; in each case, how many of these units were occupied by tenants who were...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Clothing: Fire Hazards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to regulate the sale of flammable fancy dress clothing.

    • Mature Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total amount of funding paid out under the 24+ Advanced Learning Loans programme in (1) 2013–14, and (2) the first six months of 2014–15.

      Stem Cells

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Drayson on 19 May 2009 (WA 290), Baroness Wilcox on 3 October 2011 (WA 114–5), Baroness Garden of Frognal on 5...

      Stem Cells

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Drayson on 19 May 2009 (WA 290), to what extent the stated aim to "develop a reproducible method of generating human...

  • Department for Education

    • Sue Berelowitz

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Office of the Children's Commissioner about the case for cancelling the contract with Sue Berelowitz to lead an...

    • Education: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce inequality between those who are educated privately and those who are state-educated.

      Community Relations: Waltham Forest

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the appropriateness of the Waltham Forest Council pilot scheme asking children under the age of nine questions about whether they...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Criminal Proceedings: Legal Representation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current estimate of the proportion of defendants in criminal cases appearing without legal representation; whether that proportion has...

    • Judiciary

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many lay magistrates there were, and how many criminal cases lay magistrates presided over, in England and Wales in 2009; what are their current...

      Human Rights Act 1998

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Wales concerning the implications for the National Assembly for Wales of any changes to the Human...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Veterans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, as a percentage of the total population in each area, how many former United Kingdom soldiers live in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern...

    • Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, since it began, how much armed forces covenant funding has been allocated to projects in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define "full employment", as used in the Gracious Speech.

    • Welfare State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish details of the proposal in the Conservative party's manifesto to reduce the welfare budget by £12 billion by the 2017–18...

  • Home Office

    • Borders: Personal Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each port, airport and Channel Tunnel service, and for each mode of transport where passengers leave the United Kingdom, what proportion of passengers...

    • Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure cross-government policy coherence regarding child exploitation and neglect.

      Asylum Support (Amendment) Regulations 2015

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to re-lay the Asylum Support (Amendment) Regulations 2015, which have been revoked.

      Police: Horses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the role played by horses in the policing of England and Wales.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the report by the British Election Study, Financial Literacy and Attitudes Towards Immigration, that found that few people...

      Refugees: North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for Immigration, James Brokenshire, on 26 March (HC228701), and in the light of the ongoing practice...

      Airbus SAS

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether any of the alleged industrial espionage in relation to Airbus by the United States and German intelligence services...

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