Written answers

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the roadworks on the M1 between junctions 15 and 19 will be completed.

    • M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse is of the roadworks taking place on the M1 between junctions 15 and 19.

      A483

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he last discussed the progress of the A483 upgrade with Highways England; and what the outcome of that discussion was.

      A55: A483

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from local (a) authorities and (b) businesses on delays to the A55/A483 upgrade project.

      A55: A483

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an estimate of the cost of the delays to the A55/A483 upgrade project to (a) the public purse and (b) businesses within 10 miles of...

      A55: A483

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had about the economic effect of the delays to the A55/A483 upgrade project on the area with (a) the Chancellor of the...

      A55: A483

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is satisfied with the quality of the information that his Department has given to motorists during the A55/A483 upgrade project.

      A483

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 25 February 2015 to Question 225319, for what reasons the A483 upgrade project missed its extended deadline.

      First Transpennine Express

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on electrification of the TransPennine rail line; and what the likely completion date is.

      Woodhead Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the condition of the Woodhead Tunnels and their suitability for potential transport use in future; and if he...

      Oil Rigs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents have been reported during the transportation of workers to North Sea oil rigs in each of the last five years.

      Trains: Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many incidences of criminal damage have been reported on trains in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to introduce HGV overtaking restrictions on two-lane motorways and on some A-roads to reduce light vehicle journey...

      Rolling Stock: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's policy is on replacing pacer trains on rail services in the north of England.

      Roads: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what investment in road infrastructure there has been in (a) Workington constituency and (b) Allerdale district in each year since 2005.

      Bus Services: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve the provision of local bus services in Cumbria.

      Roads: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road accidents occurred on the (a) A66 between Workington and Keswick, (b) A595 and (c) A596 in each of the last 10 years; and how many of...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage more rail freight through the Port of Workington.

      Railway Stations: Workington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on the reopening of Workington North station.

      Rotherham Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether, when approving the request from Northern Rail to reduce the opening hours of the ticket office at Rotherham Central Station (a) he took into...

      Department for Transport: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the statement by HM Treasury of 4 June 2015, if he will publish a map of the land to be sold in the vicinity of King's Cross...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2015 to Question 395, what the maximum permitted line speed of the bi-modal IEP train in regular service will be when...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of whether (a) delivering the Leeds to Sheffield section of High Speed 2's eastern leg earlier than currently planned...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Agriculture: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward plans to strengthen the protection of best and most versatile agricultural land in national planning...

    • Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the value of council homes in the most expensive third of all properties of their type in their area is by number of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Mexico: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of human rights in Mexico.

    • Mexico: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the government of Mexico on drug trafficking.

      South Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the bombing of a church, school compound and priests' compound in Kauda, South Sudan, on 25 May...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take to strengthen economic and political ties with the Falkland Islands.

      Burma: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to encourage reform of the Prisoners of Conscience Affairs Committee in Burma; and if he will seek the...

      Burma: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of whether human rights violations against the Rohingya in Burma meet the international legal...

      North Korea: EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what human rights conditions are required of the government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea for European-funded...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what monitoring mechanisms there were of the effect on the people of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea of engagement...

      North Korea: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to his Department's report, Democratic People's Republic of Korea - Country of Concern, published on 12 March...

      Gaza and Hong Kong: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of whether hon. Members and Peers will be allowed to visit (a) Gaza and (b) Hong Kong; and...

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Attorney General

    • FIFA: Corruption

      To ask the Attorney General, what assessment he has made of the recent report by the US Department of Justice containing indictments against several senior football officials for corruption,...

  • 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 an assessment of the working paper by Jeronim Capaldo on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership,...

    • Apprentices: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the number of apprenticeship starts in Coventry for people aged (a) 16 to 24 and (b)...

      Apprentices: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of total apprenticeship starts in Coventry begun by women in each of the...

      Scottish Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will begin an investigation into the liability of ScottishPower and the alleged mis-selling of cashback warranties.

      Mature Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much was borrowed by adults in (a) Sheffield, Heeley constituency and (b) England in 24+ advanced learning loans in the last...

      Mature Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the proportion of money borrowed under 24+ advanced learning loans that will be repaid to the Exchequer.

      Mature Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of 24+ advanced learning loans on participation levels in further education.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will take steps to promote the completion of full and detailed references by employers for their former employees.

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received on changes in availability of adult further education courses in the last 12 months.

      Acas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the ACAS early conciliation process.

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what programmes her Department is operating (a) in Yemen and (b) to address the implications of the conflict in that country.

    • Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the number of refugees (a) within and (b) outside Yemen as a result of the ongoing conflict in that country.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid her Department provided to the (a) health sector, (b) education sector and (c) other sectors (i) globally and (ii) in...

      India: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information she holds on whether any aid offered from the UK is being used to assist people suffering in Andhra Pradesh and...

      Developing Countries: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid she is providing to help countries end violence against women and children as part of new country operational plans; and if...

      Developing Countries: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department takes to ensure that UK aid is not provided to coercive family-planning schemes or to organisations that are...

      China: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 1 June 2015 to Question 20, whether any UK funding is provided to multinational organisations that assist...

      Abortion: Gender Selection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 1 June 2015 to Question 20, what the evidential basis is for the statement that sex selection is not caused...

      Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department provides to religious organisations in Burma for education programmes; and what conditions her Department...

      Burma: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department has provided to the government of Burma on the drafting of legislative proposals in that country on...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional funding she has provided to schools for the removal of asbestos in the last three years.

    • Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of the allocation of the education maintenance allowance on participation rates in post-16 education.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what definition her Department uses of coasting schools.

      Academies: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations she has received on the amount of notice given by academies of their closure.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how she plans to increase the supply of childcare.

      Kids Company: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with the children's charity Kids Company on the provision of long-term Government funding to that charity.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will consult on a British Bill of Rights before its introduction; if he will publish the terms of reference for such a consultation; and if he...

    • HM Courts and Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he expects HM Courts and Tribunals Service to send to the Department for Work and Pensions the Statement of Reasons in respect of the recent...

  • Prime Minister

    • Honours

      To ask the Prime Minister, what his policy is on reform of the political honours system.

    • Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2015 to Question 556 on the Chilcot inquiry, whether he has received any information or updates (a) regarding the inquiry since his...

      Scotland Office: Junior Ministers

      To ask the Prime Minister, what criteria he used to select Andrew Dunlop for appointment to the post of Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army Reserve: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many trained Army Reserve personnel were recruited in each year since May 2010.

    • Arms Control: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK-US authentication workshops have been held since 2000 in the (a) UK and (b) US under the auspices of the 1958 US-UK Mutual Defense Agreement...

      Arms Control: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the purposes, progress and funding of the joint UK-US Portal to Monitor Arms Control.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish details of the programme to install a Collision Warning System in the Typhoon aircraft.

      Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 June 2015 to Question 157, on the right of armed forces personnel to make a complaint following their illegal punishment...

      Special Air Service: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to prevent deaths of SAS personnel during training exercises.

      Armed Forces Covenant: Wirral South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what organisations in Wirral South constituency have received funding from the Libor fund; and how much each such organisation has received.

      VJ Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are for commemoration and celebration by the armed forces of the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day.

      Ministry of Defence: Families

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

      Iraq: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the increase will be in armed forces personnel deployed to Iraq to train local forces; and when they will be deployed.

      Iraq: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Peshmerga personnel have received training and support from UK forces personnel in Iraq.

      Air Force: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the target strength of the Royal Air Force is for each of the next five years.

      Army: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the target strength of the Army is for each of the next five years.

      Ministry of Defence: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for (a) withdrawal of capabilities, (b) cancellation of programmes, (c) reduction of personnel and (d) other measures as a result of...

      Warships: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to reduce the number of crew on Royal Navy warships.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what systems and procedures exist between the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) and the Child Support Agency (CSA) to ensure that where,...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in how many cases the Child Maintenance Service opened a new case in error before a case subject to the Child Support Agency case closure...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2015 to Question 223811, what progress has been made in completing the new Data Warehouse required by his...

      National Employment Savings Trust Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons the National Employment Savings Trust is exempt from the requirements for improved governance of workplace pensions schemes...

      National Employment Savings Trust Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the National Employment Savings Trust plans to complete (a) the independent assurance audit and (b) the other constituent parts of the...

      National Employment Savings Trust Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what forecast he has made of when his Department's loan to meet the scheme implementation costs for the National Employment Savings Trust will...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what period of time parents who were formerly in receipt of Child Support Agency maintenance via that agency's collection service will...

      National Employment Savings Trust Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the £1.2 million spent on research by National Employment Savings Trust in fiscal year 2013-14.

      Social Security Benefits: Rutherglen and Hamilton West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit recipients have been sanctioned in Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency in the last 12 months.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will commission an independent review of the sanctions regime.

      Employment: Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of jobseekers required to spend a certain number of hours per week on the Government's online jobs...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of difficulties caused by the two week waiting period for a hardship payment.

      Social Security Benefits: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's policy is on sanctioning (a) families with children and (b) people suffering from mental health problems.

      Work Capability Assessment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason personal independence payment claimants resident in North Wales who require a Capita assessment are given the option of...

      Housing Benefit: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total number of households claiming housing benefit in the London Borough of Southwark was in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13,...

      Housing Benefit: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in the London Borough of Southwark received Discretionary Housing Payment in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15.

      Housing Benefit: Camberwell and Peckham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in Camberwell and Peckham constituency received Discretionary Housing Payment in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people were (a) proceeded against and (b) convicted of an offence under section 3(1) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991...

    • Game: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of red grouse in the UK; and what estimate she has made of the value of red grouse...

      Norway: Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will discuss with her Norwegian counterpart the decision of the Norwegian parliament to repeal that country's lead...

      Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on repeal of the Hunting Act.

      Pets: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions were brought forward for (a) the illegal import of pets under the Trade in Animals and Related...

      Wetlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many wetland sites there are in the UK; what area those sites cover; what statutory protections have applied to each...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people were (a) proceeded against and (b) convicted of offences under section 3(1) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on the technical difficulties over online access for applications to the Basic Payment Scheme;...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the statement made by the Minister of State for Farming, Food and the Marine Environment to the Western...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to start the third phase of badger cull pilots in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

      Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received supporting repeal of the Hunting Act 2004 since 7 May 2015.

      Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to repeal the Hunting Act 2004 in this parliamentary Session.

      Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department plans to bring forward legislative proposals on the use of wild animals in circuses.

      Timber: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to reach common agreement with other EU member states on amending the EU Timber Regulation so it...

      Seas and Oceans: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures her Department plans to implement to meet the requirements of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

      Dairy Farming: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Welsh Government on efforts to help the dairy industry.

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government takes to help dairy farmers affected by reductions in the price of milk.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many UK farmers have had to resubmit their Basic Payment scheme application because of data being lost when submitted...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of Basic Payment Scheme applications will be registered by 15 June 2015; and whether she expects to seek a...

  • Home Office

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of people that have been trafficked to the UK to have their organs harvested in each of the last...

    • Police: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking improve the fitness levels of police officers.

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the determination of 15 May 2015 of the Pensions Ombudsman with respect to the complaint by Mr W Milne against the...

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to allow widows and widowers of police officers who died as serving officers to keep their full pension...

      EU Nationals: British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU citizens from each EU member state have taken British citizenship in each of the last 10 years.

      EU Nationals: British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the qualifying requirements are for an EU citizen to take British citizenship.

      Home Office: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Prime Minister's press release of August 2014, what steps she is taking to assess the impact of her Department's...

      Home Office: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the implications for her Department's policies are of the decision of the Pension Ombudsman in the case of Mr Milne on 15 May 2015; and...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what factors she took into account when deciding funding reductions for each police force in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement.

  • Wales Office

    • Police: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what representations he has received from Ministers in the Welsh Government about the (a) Dyfed Powys Police Helicopter and (b) National Police Air Service.

  • HM Treasury

    • Working Tax Credit: Overpayments

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what quality standards HM Revenue and Customs applies when deciding to which external debt collection agencies the collection of working tax credit...

    • Working Tax Credit: Overpayments

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what impact assessment was made of the decision by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to outsource the collection of working tax credit overpayments to external...

      Working Tax Credit: Overpayments

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons HM Revenue and Customs decided to outsource the collection of working tax credit overpayments to external debt collection agencies.

      Working Tax Credit: Overpayments

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, who signed off the decision that HM Revenue and Customs would outsource the collection of working tax credit overpayments to external debt collection...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people working in the retail sector are in receipt of tax credits.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in each parliamentary constituency who earn less than the living wage are in receipt of (a) working families tax credit and (b) child tax credit.

      Business: Stocks and Shares

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to protect viable businesses from distressed securities funds.

      Landlords: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total annual contribution in taxes arising from residential landlords which are unincorporated.

      Landlords: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the contribution that private-sector residential landlords make to the economy.

      Treasury: Families

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

      Child Benefit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many two parent families with a combined income above £50,000 claim child benefit.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she has taken to revoke payments made to unlawful developments under Renewable Obligation certificates or feed-in tariffs.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his policy is on the abolition of the annual canvass undertaken by Electoral Registration Officers, as provided for in the Electoral Registration...

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to alter the procedure by which the recommendations of the Boundary Commissions...

      Electoral Register: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people registered to vote or attempted to register to vote online after 20 April 2015.

      Cabinet Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the breakdown is of the £17 million savings to his Department's budget.

      Constituencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to enact the reduction in the number of seats in this House from 650 to 600.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of changes to the number of people on the electoral register since the introduction of individual electoral registration; and...

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his Department's responsibilities are on digital government and wider digital and technology policy; and which Minister in his Department has...

      Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how the work of the Conflict, Security and Stability Fund is co-ordinated at ministerial level; and if he will make a statement.

      Kids Company: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds about the number of children the charity Kids Company supports in (a) the London Borough of Southwark and (b) all...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Gaming Machines: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to bring forward proposals to alter the restrictions on the premises which can be licensed to have fixed-odds betting...

    • Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to bring forward proposals to decriminalise non-payment of the television licence fee.

      BBC: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he proposes to continue top-slicing in the next television licence fee settlement.

      Football: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure the Premier League meets its commitment to fund grassroots sport.

      Mobile Phones: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the (a) major road network and (b) rail network that is a complete not-spot.

      Leisure: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on local authority funding for...

      Non-domestic Rates: Local Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to consult on business rate relief for local newspapers.

      Mobile Phones: Business Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many premises are in complete not-spots.

      Gun Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to promote the economic and environmental benefits of shooting sports in the UK.

      Tickets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the fairness of the operation of the secondary ticketing market; and if he will make a statement.

      Digital Infrastructure and Inclusion Implementation Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how often he plans that the Digital Infrastructure and Inclusion Ministerial implementation taskforce he chairs will meet; and how...

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, why responsibilities for digital economy have been moved to his Department; whether his Department is responsible for digital...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament: Asbestos

      To ask the hon. Member for Mole Valley representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent progress has been made on the operation of Parliament's Asbestos Management Plan; and if he will...

  • Department of Health

    • Health Services: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to publish the report Distressed Health Communities in East Cheshire NHS Trust.

    • East Cheshire NHS Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the financial viability of East Cheshire NHS Trust.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment NHS England has made of the potential effect of three private proton therapy centres becoming operational in England in 2016 on...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when NHS England will publish the results of its review of stereotactic radiosurgery; and for what reasons NHS England is not publishing all submissions...

      Health Services: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to ensure that the Care Quality Commission publishes more of its inspection reports on time.

      NHS: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans NHS England has to reduce the cost of agency staff to the NHS in England.

      Diabetes: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether school nurses will have a role in the National Diabetes Prevention Programme.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been assessed by the NHS Health Check in the last 12 months.

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many gastric band operations the NHS has carried out in each of the last five years; what the cost to the public purse was of such operations in each...

      Cannabis: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been hospitalised from the effects of consuming skunk cannabis in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in each age group were diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in each of the last five years.

      Poultry Meat: Salmonella

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the prevalence of salmonella in chicken sold in shops and restaurants in the UK.

      Food Poisoning: Bacterial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of food poisoning have been reported from salads containing (a) salmonella and (b) bacteria in the last 12 months.

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with (a) the BMA and (b) other medical bodies on recent developments in treating cancer with platinum-based therapy.

      Obesity: Caesarean Sections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with (a) the BMA and (b) other medical bodies on the links between caesarean section births and obesity.

      Diabetes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS spent on (a) the treatment of and (b) research on Type 1 diabetes in each of the last five years.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in each age group have been diagnosed with dementia in each of the last five years in the UK.

      Genito-urinary Medicine: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with (a) Cheshire West & Chester Council, (b) Cheshire East Council and (c) East Cheshire NHS Trust on the...

      Southend University Hospital: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will request a report from the Chair of the Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on how much Southend University Hospital received...

      Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Locums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by Southend University Hospital on employing locums in each (a) ward and (b) position in each month since January 2014.

      Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complaints about Southend University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been received by his Department in each week since January 2014; what...

      Southend University Hospital: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) recent discussions he has had and (b) discussions he plans to have with Southend University Hospital about its policy towards car parking...

      Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) recent discussions he has had and (b) discussions he plans to have with Southend University Hospital about its policy on the payment of bonuses...

      Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) recent discussions he has had and (b) discussions he plans to have with Southend University Hospital about its policy on away days for senior...

      Health Services: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contingency plans his Department has to respond to a (a) heatwave and (b) cold snap in (i) London North West Healthcare NHS Trust area and (ii) the...

      Childbirth: Ealing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to manage an increase in the birth rate in Ealing Local Authority Area.

      Ambulance Services: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many ambulance vehicles there were in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Viral Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what comparative research his Department has made on the incidence of Hepatitis B and HIV infection in the population of (a) men who have sex with men...

      Abortion: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of NHS abortion services from May 2010 to April 2015.

      Muscular Dystrophy: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the devolved assemblies on (a) future decisions on the availability and (b) consistency of provision...

      Southend University Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent (a) discussions he has held and (b) representations he has received concerning Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust's...

      Cancer: Radiotherapy

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

      Mesothelioma: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the finance for research into mesothelioma; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Middle East and North Africa: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are actively discussing with international partners the creation of safe havens in North Africa and in the Middle East to provide refugees with...

    • Middle East and North Africa: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many migrants from the Middle East or North Africa are thought to have died in the past 12 months; how many are being held within the European Union;...

      Armed Conflict: Interpreters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to table a Resolution at the United Nations Security Council on the protection of interpreters and translators working in conflict...

      Pakistan: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan following the attacks on 24 May on a church and the homes of Christians in the Sandya...

      United Arab Emirates: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United Arab Emirates regarding that country's refusal to allow entry to James Lynch, a British...

      Football: Qatar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Qatar and FIFA about the health and safety of construction workers building stadiums for the World...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken in the light of their "serious concern" at the imminent destruction of the village of Susiya.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the government of Israel concerning the recent economic monitoring report by the World Bank regarding the economy of...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the 74 Palestinians injured during the week ending 25 May, in particular an...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the circumstances of the more than 230 Assyrian Christian hostages taken by Da'esh in the north of Syria in February;...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the successful removal of Da'esh from the 35 villages along the Khabur river that had previously been captured, what steps they are taking...

      Africa: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps the European Union has taken to ensure that its strategic partners in Africa (1) warn their citizens of the dangers of making trans-Saharan and...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Universities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Higher Education Academy recommending that United Kingdom universities should adopt the grade point...

  • Department for International Development

    • Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of President Carter’s failed attempt to enter Gaza, what support they will give to United Kingdom Ministers who wish to assess the...

    • Nepal: Earthquakes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they have given to the government of Nepal following the earthquake there on 25 April.

      Palestinians: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government steps they are taking to support Palestinian refugees from Syria living in Lebanon following the suspension of cash assistance from the UN Relief and Works...

  • Department for Education

    • Church Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Freud on 3 June (HL Deb, col 508), what form the engagement with the church will take, and whether it will take place before...

    • Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review the 50 per cent cap on faith-based admissions to free schools.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Trident Submarines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the planned build time for the first and second replacement Trident submarines.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make a statement on the adequacy of existing levels of Discretionary Housing Payments, and if so, when.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much brownfield land they have identified as being suitable for house building, and in particular for building social housing; and what proportion of the...

  • HM Treasury

    • Debts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to address United Kingdom household debt and to make domestic finances more sustainable.

    • Northern Ireland Executive: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the failure by the Northern Ireland Assembly to pass the Welfare Reform Bill, whether they will continue to make additional finance...

      Borrowing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the respective borrowing limits for the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland Assembly.

      Block Grant

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their latest estimates of the block grant amounts transferred to (1) Wales, (2) Scotland, and (3) Northern Ireland in each of the three most recent...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Nuclear Power

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any reasons why marine nuclear propulsion engines such as the A1B could not be used on land to generate nuclear power if connected in...

  • Cabinet Office

    • General Election 2015: Absent Voting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, prior to the general election, what were the total and percentage figures for (1) the number of postal voters registered in (a) the United Kingdom, (b)...

    • Emergencies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current equivalent of the Cabinet Office’s Central Government War Book of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, if any.

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Chairman of the Chilcot Inquiry regarding the early publication of the final report.

      National Income

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest figures for gross value added per capita for (1) England, (2) Northern Ireland, (3) Scotland and (4) Wales.

  • Department of Health

    • Health Services: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent on emergency and urgent care for children and young people as a proportion of the total 2013–14 budget for emergency and urgent care.

    • Health Professions and Social Workers: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to bring forward the draft Law Commission bill on medical regulation for parliamentary consideration.

      Giant Cell Arteritis and Polymyalgia Rheumatica

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to monitor the adoption across England of the pilot fast-track clinical pathway for polymyalgia rheumatica and giant-cell arteritis...

      Mesothelioma: Research

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the United Kingdom’s capacity to conduct research into mesothelioma and associated diseases.

      Health Services: Staffordshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the Staffordshire Distressed Health Economy report by KPMG into the long-term affordability of the Staffordshire local health economy.

      Health Services: Staffordshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the assessment of the Staffordshire Distressed Health Economy report by KPMG into the Staffordshire local health economy that the...

      Health Services: Staffordshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure the viability of comprehensive patient services in the Staffordshire local health economy.

      Community Hospitals: Staffordshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation made by KPMG in the Staffordshire Distressed Health Economy report that beds in community hospitals in...

      Palliative Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to enable the highest possible proportion of terminally ill patients to die at home, or in a hospice.

      NHS: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each NHS Trust in London, how much of the deficit from 2014–15 was carried forward into 2015–16.

      Health and Wellbeing Boards: Staffordshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the two Health and Wellbeing Boards in Staffordshire have created a single executive group to oversee the implementation of the recommendations of...

      Health Services: Staffordshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Staffordshire Distressed Health Economy report by KPMG, what is their assessment of the ability of the Clinical Commissioning Groups to...

      Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust: Dermatology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the independent investigation into the loss of dermatology specialist services at the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

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