Written answers

Monday, 15 June 2015

  • Prime Minister

    • Communications Data and Interception Powers Review

      To ask the Prime Minister, when he plans to lay a copy of the report on investigatory powers by David Anderson QC, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, under section 7(5) of the...

    • Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister, what information he holds on work undertaken or progress made by the Chilcot Inquiry since January 2015; whether that inquiry (a) has received or (b) will receive...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect on long-term returns to the public purse of fossil fuel divestment by public sector pension funds.

    • Older People: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to tackle poverty among older people in the UK.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will commission an independent review of the benefit sanctions system.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to suspend benefit sanctions for families with children and for people suffering from mental ill health.

      Social Security Benefits: Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit claimants have been sanctioned in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency in each of the last 12 months.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason a person's National Insurance number is printed on a bank statement as a prefix to a monthly pension entry; and if he will...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answers of 8 June 2015 to Questions 767 and 768, what support will be given to those who lose eligibility for disability...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answers of 8 June 2015 to Questions 767 and 768, on personal independence payment, what arrangements are in place to deal with...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answers of 8 June 2015 to Questions 767 and 768, how many recipients of disability living allowance have been re-assessed for...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance has been given to staff in pilot job centres on the Claimant Commitment and the responsibility of individuals to increase their...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons his Department did not consult people in receipt of Access to Work awards and their employers before deciding to introduce a...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions his Department plans to have with people in receipt of Access to Work awards and their employers about the introduction of a...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he plans to take to ensure that employers make appropriate reasonable adjustments for employees before Access to Work awards are made.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the return on investment from Access to Work awards.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the proposed limit on Access to Work awards supports the Government's Fulfilling Potential disability strategy.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children were in poverty in (a) England, (b) London and (c) Enfield in (i) May 2010 and (ii) May 2015.

      Social Security Benefits: Airdrie and Shotts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Airdrie and Shotts constituency were given welfare sanctions in each year from 2009 to 2014; and what the average number of...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has made an assessment of the effect on rent arrears of requiring housing benefit claimants to pay 10 per cent towards the cost of...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department plans to publish an impact assessment of plans to reduce the household benefit cap to £23,000 per year.

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people aged 18 to 21 who will retain entitlement to housing benefit under proposals to remove...

      Social Security Benefits: Arab States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) number and (b) total amount of benefit payments have been received by people living in (i) Iraq and (ii) Syria in (A) 2012, (B) 2013,...

      Employment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on creating a duty to report on progress towards full employment.

      Unemployment Benefits: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many young people in Wales will be eligible for the Youth Allowance.

      Social Security Benefits: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of lowering the overall benefit cap to £23,000 on expenditure on temporary accommodation in (a)...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the findings of the New Policy Institute report, What happened to...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children were in poverty in (a) Scotland, (b) Glasgow and (c) Glasgow Central constituency in (i) 2005, (ii) 2010 and (iii) 2015.

      Social Security Benefits: Glasgow Central

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants living within Glasgow Central constituency were sanctioned in (a) May 2014, (b) June 2014, (c) July 2014, (d) August 2014,...

      Carer's Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were in receipt of carer's allowance in (a) Glasgow Central constituency, (b) Glasgow City and (c) Scotland in the latest...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the feasibility of paying winter fuel allowance payments directly to energy providers; and if he...

      Social Security Benefits: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who had previously been deported from the UK received benefit payments in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014.

      Social Security Benefits: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total value was of benefit payments made to people who had previously been deported from the UK in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d)...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total value was of (a) loans issued from the Social Fund and (b) successor arrangements made by local authorities in (i) 2010, (ii)...

  • Home Office

    • Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to end the practice of illegal migration in small boats; and if she will make a statement.

    • Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Syrian refugees have been relocated in the UK under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme; and what estimate she has made of the...

      Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the terms of the independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's appointment.

      Demonstrations: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will place a ban on the proposed rally by far right groups on 4 July 2015 in Golders Green.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have received financial support in each local authority area in England and Wales in 2015.

      Illegal Immigrants: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that letting agents are able to verify the immigration status of tenants who are subletters.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visa applications were refused and subsequently granted on appeal in (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014.

      UK Border Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many vehicle checks UK Border Force undertook at each UK port of entry in each year since 2010.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when Ministers in her Department (a) last met and (b) next plan to meet their counterparts in the Netherlands to discuss border enforcement...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Equal Pay: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps her Department is taking to tackle the gender pay gap in Northern Ireland.

    • UK Membership of EU: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with Invest NI on the potential implications of the European Union (Referendum) Bill on investment to Northern Ireland.

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of changes in technological skills and capacity of dissident republican groups and their potential effect on the...

      UK Membership of EU: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions she has held with the Irish government on the potential implications of the European Union (Referendum) Bill on...

  • Department of Health

    • Clinical Priorities Advisory Group: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when NHS England's Clinical Priorities Advisory Group will meet in (a) 2015 and (b) 2016.

    • Bladder Cancer: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to increase the supply of the BCG vaccine for the treatment of patients affected by bladder cancer; and if he will make a statement.

      Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will resume central funding of the Professional Standards Authority.

      Eating Disorders: Wirral South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an estimate of the cost to Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust of specialised eating disorder clinics occurring in...

      Veterans: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that injured military veterans do not have to pay for their social care costs out of their military compensation; and...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to improve the speed of detection of cervical cancer.

      NHS: Locums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many locum (a) doctors and (b) general practitioners were employed by the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Chase Farm Hospital: Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have arrived by ambulance at Chase Farm Hospital's urgent care centre in each of the last four quarters.

      Health Education England: Personnel Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of Health Education England's workforce planning.

      Cervical Cancer: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve cervical screening rates among people with learning disabilities.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to Personalised Health and Care 2020: Using Data and Technology to Transform Outcomes for Patients and Citizens, published in November...

      Mental Health Services: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many block contracts were in place for mental health services in England in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2014-15; with which mental...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to implement the recommendations of the report of the Children and Young People's Mental Health Taskforce, Future in Mind,...

      Cervical Cancer: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve cervical screening coverage for women over the age of 50.

      Wheelchairs: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in England were waiting for a wheelchair assessment in the most recent period for which figures are available; and how many people who...

      Health and Care Professions Council: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the reasons for the increase in the mandatory registration fee for membership of the Health and Care...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to expedite the provision through the NHS of immunotherapy treatments for cancer; and if he will make a statement.

      Obesity: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment NHS England has made of the accuracy and effectiveness of the traditional BMI test in determining levels of obesity in adults.

      Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of known conditions that meet NHS England's definition of an ultra-rare disease; and how many people in England...

      National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is standard practice for NICE to delay publication of draft guidance for technology appraisals as a result of pre-election purdah.

      Buxted Medical Centre: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will discuss with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust cancellations of intracranial surgical interventions at Buxted Medical Centre.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to HM Treasury's press release, Chancellor announces £4.5 billion of measures to bring down debt, published...

    • Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the number of jobs contributed by onshore wind to the UK economy in each year since 2010.

      Health: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to encourage UK-based pharmaceutical companies to increase their contribution to global...

      Further Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the reduction in the skills funding budget in financial year 2015-16 on...

      Small Businesses: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Government about creation of the Small Business Conciliation Service.

      Adult Education: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of reductions in the adult skills budget on learners in Liverpool.

      EU External Trade: Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in other EU member states on negotiating a trade deal between the EU and (a)...

      EU external Trade: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with the European Commission on dumping of steel products in EU markets by China and Turkey.

      Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what impact assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of reductions in the adult skills budget, due to take...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to consider expansion of the UK's airborne ISTAR capabilities as part of the SDSR.

    • Kenya: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will hold discussions with his Kenyan counterpart to ensure that Kenya can continue to be used as a location for training exercises by the UK military.

      Russia: Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many incidents involving fishing vessels and Russian submarines in British coastal waters were recorded in each of the last five years.

      USA: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with (a) the Foreign Secretary, (b) the US and (c) others on the possibility of US nuclear missiles being located in the UK;...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether France has requested the deployment in Africa of any UK Reapers or other unmanned aerial systems.

      Armed Forces: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the letter of 23 February 2010 from the Service Complaints Commissioner, reference 030/10, what steps the Service Complaints...

      Ministry of Defence: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the HM Treasury press release, Chancellor announces £4.5 billion of measures to bring down debt, published on 4 June 2015, what...

      Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who the most senior serving army officer is in Northern Ireland; and to whom he or she reports.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that UK submarines are not a danger to fishing boats.

      Russia: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many unauthorised incursions Russian (a) naval and (b) air forces made into (i) UK and (ii) NATO Allies' territory in each of the last 10 years.

      Armed Forces: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force personnel are deemed unfit for active service.

      Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2015 to Question 1248, which squadrons will be reduced in size as a result of the reduction in personnel planned...

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 3 June 2015 to Question 500, which units of the Royal Navy will be reduced in size as a result of the reduction in personnel...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Prime Minister's press release of August 2014, what steps he is taking to assess the impact of his...

    • Mobile Homes: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will undertake an immediate review of the effect of the 10 per cent commission charge on the sale of park home...

      Regional Planning and Development: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what provisions under the Northern Powerhouse policy will increase (a) economic growth and (b) employment in (i) Huddersfield...

      Regional Planning and Development: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received of the potential effect of the Northern Powerhouse policy on smaller towns and cities in...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department has issued to councils on providing residents with correction letters when incorrect information...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps have been taken to prevent (a) garden grabbing and (b) the inappropriate development of dwellings on residential gardens.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many affordable homes he expects will be (a) started and (b) completed in (i) Barnsley East constituency, (ii) Barnsley,...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of council-owned properties that will need to be sold to pay for discounts offered...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will include provisions in the forthcoming Housing Bill to allow councils to include a question asking for the details...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with mortgage lenders on the implications for lending of an extension of the right to buy to...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether funds raised from the sale of council houses under the extension of the right to buy for housing association tenants...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the right to buy for housing association tenants in each of the...

      Mayors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the key functions and responsibilities of metro mayors will be.

  • HM Treasury

    • Fuels: Rebates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how he plans to implement the rural fuel rebate scheme in the KW12 postcode area which contains no fuel stations.

    • Taxation: Wales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Wales paid tax at (a) basic, (b) higher and (c) additional tax bands in each of the last five years.

      Tax Avoidance: Self-employed

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of the use of personal service companies as a means of tax avoidance; and if he will make a statement.

      Income Tax: Self-employed

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people paid their income tax via the use of personal service companies in each of the last five years.

      Pensioners: Income Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners liable for income tax who are not sent tax forms by HM Revenue and Customs; and what steps he is...

      Working Tax Credit: Overpayments

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2015 to Question 576, whether HM Revenue and Customs (a) sold working tax credit debt to external debt collection agencies...

  • Department for Transport

    • Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had on the sale of the (a) telecoms and (b) power supply functions of Network Rail; and what plans he has to sell those functions.

    • Bypasses: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Botley Bypass, currently at feasibility design stage, will be included in near-future transport infrastructure plans.

      Pedestrian Areas: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Government has to offer financial support to people who want to drop their kerbs in order to help the blind and partially-sighted.

      Severn River Crossing: Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many journeys over the Severn Crossings were made by motorcycles in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Taxis: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that taxi and private hire drivers undergo disability awareness training.

      Taxis: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on (a) assistance for wheelchair users by taxis and private hire vehicles and (b) the charging of additional costs by taxi and hire...

      Cycling: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will lay before the House a commencement order to allow the publication of a funded Cycling and Investment Strategy under the Infrastructure Act...

      Railway Stations: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps are being taken to improve access for disabled people at National Rail stations.

      Integrated Transport Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the benefits of Integrated Transport Authorities.

      Integrated Transport Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what incentives his Department provides to encourage councils to create Integrated Transport Authorities.

      Integrated Transport Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on allowing a smaller group of local authorities in a region to create an Integrated Transport Authority if all of the local...

      Great Western Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the electrification of the Great Western Line between London and Swansea will be completed.

      Railways: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which sections of the Railways Pension Scheme are operating in deficit; and when he expects the next valuation of the Railways Pension Scheme to be...

      Network Rail: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of the 8 June to Question 881, whether the Stakeholder Executive's review recommended that a Special Director be appointed to...

      A1(M): Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the widening of the A1(M) in Hertfordshire.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Pakistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department took steps to review the Government's counter-narcotics support to Pakistan following the Pakistan...

    • Pakistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what funding the Government plans to contribute to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime's supply-reduction-focused...

      Pakistan: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2015 to Question 223790 on Pakistan, what information his Department holds on the reasons...

      Pakistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the risk that UK support for law-enforcement-led counter-narcotics activity in Pakistan could...

      Raif Badawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the government of Saudi Arabia on the sentence on Raif Badawi; and if he will...

      Shaker Aamer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Saudi Arabia on the transfer of Shaker Aamer to a country outside the US;...

      Shaker Aamer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the US government to have Shaker Aamer transferred to the UK after he is transferred to a...

      Shaker Aamer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visits British Consular staff have made to Shaker Aamer in each of the last 10 years.

      Yemen: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of British nationals in Yemen.

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise the human rights of the Baha'i community in Iran with his Iranian counterpart.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the humanitarian situation affecting the Rohingya people in Rakhine State;...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has received from the Burmese government on the humanitarian situation affecting the...

      Occupied Territories: Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Israel about the displacement of trees in Palestine under the Olive...

      Russia: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British diplomats have been withdrawn or expelled from Russia in each of the last 20 years; and what the explanation...

      Russia: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Russian diplomats have been expelled or withdrawn in each of the last 20 years; and for what reason each such...

      Nigeria: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) his Nigerian counterpart and (b) the President of Nigeria on suicide bomb attacks...

      Gibraltar: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to provide additional support to the next Governor of Gibraltar in protecting the interests of the people...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the proposal by Iran under a nuclear deal for a 24-day notification period for access to nuclear...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, by how much Iran's stockpile of low-enriched uranium has exceeded the amount permitted under the Joint Plan of Action.

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much enriched uranium Iran intends to export.

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of attempts by Iran to purchase enriched uranium from abroad.

      Somaliland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met representatives of the government of Somaliland.

      British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the number of British citizens in (a) Yemen, (b) Syria, (c) Libya, (d) Somalia and (e) Iraq.

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department and its international partners are taking to ensure humanitarian aid continues to be provided during the...

  • Department for Education

    • Science: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many initiatives her Department runs to encourage students to take up STEM subjects; and how much has been spent on each such initiative in each...

    • Science: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure children receive high quality mathematics, technology and science teaching.

      Schools: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many design and technology departments in (a) academies and (b) local authority maintained schools have closed in the last five years.

      Schools: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to encourage the teaching of design and technology in (a) academies and (b) local authority maintained schools.

      Department for Education: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the HM Treasury press release, Chancellor announces £4.5 billion of measures to bring down debt, published on 4 June 2015, what...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to reduce the budget for the education and training of 16 to 19-year olds to meet the £450 million savings to be found in her...

      Teachers: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many former troops requalified as teachers between 2010 and 2015; and how many such teachers she plans to train by 2020.

      Education and Adoption Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish draft regulations defining the term coasting before the committee stage of the Education and Adoption Bill in this House.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answers of 8 June 2015 to Questions 814 and 815, if she will take steps to ensure that all applications for Academy Orders from...

      Schools: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if the Government will take steps to maintain the schools budget and per-pupil spending in Hertfordshire.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the cost to her Department is of a school to academy conversion.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish a definition of coasting schools before the Second Reading of the Education and Adoption Bill.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the HM Treasury press release, Chancellor announces £4.5 billion of measures to bring down public debt, published on 4 June...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of whether schools and students are adequately prepared for forthcoming changes to A-levels.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether there will be reductions in education and training for 16 to 19-year-olds as a result of funding reductions announced for her Department on 4...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure there is an adequate number of school places; and if she will make a statement.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will allocate additional funding to local authorities which have a shortfall of nursery and school places to expand existing schools.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to ensure sixth form colleges are funded on the same basis as other post-16 providers.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to maintain current levels of the schools budget and per-pupil spending.

  • Leader of the House

    • Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Leader of the House, if he will bring forward proposals to establish a Joint Committee on Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster.

    • Devolution: England

      To ask the Leader of the House, if he will make it his policy that a select committee of this House considers any changes to Standing Orders to create English votes for English laws before a...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Squirrels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to extend the initiative to reduce grey squirrel numbers in Anglesey to the rest of the UK.

    • Beaches: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that beaches are cleaned and cleared of litter, rubbish, debris and discarded household items.

      Insecticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 8 July 2014, to Question 203903, what recent steps she has taken to implement the ban on...

      Seals: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to protect the seal population in British waters from illegal slaughter.

      Seals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many seals are slaughtered annually in British waters.

      Farms: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to prevent slurry being illegally dumped into rivers.

      Seals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to require fishermen to be licensed in order to slaughter seals that threaten their fishing stocks.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Listed Buildings: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will have discussions with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on changing planning guidance on listed...

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions she has had with the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment in the Northern Ireland Executive on (a) retention...

      Wind Power: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information her Department holds on the number of people employed in the wind power sector in (a) Barnsley, (b) South Yorkshire...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the findings of the (a) Office for Nuclear Regulation report,...

      Severn Estuary: Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what impact assessment the Government has made of proposals for further tidal lagoons in the Severn Estuary.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether she plans to attend the next meeting of her Department's nuclear stakeholder forum for non-governmental organisations.

      Tidal Power: Swansea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the proposed timetable is for the completion of the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon.

  • Attorney General

    • Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney General, how many cases were referred to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentences scheme in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Cremation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to appoint a National Inspectorate of Crematoriums in England.

    • Missing Persons: Guardianship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department will publish the legislation proposed in its response to its consultation on the Guardianship of the property and affairs of missing...

      Human Rights: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 3 June 2015 to Question 368, whether the proposed British Bill of Rights will extend to Northern Ireland.

      Prisoners: Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the findings were of the research commissioned by the equalities policy lead in his Department into the needs of male and female prisoners to...

      Probation: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2015 to Question 900, if he will specify the contract management arrangements in place to ensure that funds put aside...

      Youth Offending Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2015 to Question 1068, if he will publish the results of his Department's stock-take of youth offending teams.

  • Scotland Office

    • Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the transfer of further welfare powers to Scotland is accompanied by clear communication and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cervical Cancer: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many women under the age of 25 have contracted cervical cancer in each of the last five years.

    • Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the contribution of 12 March 2014 by the then Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, Official Report, column 307,...

      Cabinet Office: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the HM Treasury press release, Chancellor announces £4.5 billion of measures to bring down debt, published on 4 June 2015, what...

      Carers: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on the number of carers in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley and (c) South Yorkshire in each of the...

      EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many EU nationals aged over 16 lived in the UK in the most recent period for which figures are available; and how many of those have lived in the...

      Cancer: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many patients were diagnosed with (a) breast cancer, (b) lung cancer, (c) prostate cancer, (d) bowel cancer and (e) malignant melanoma in (i)...

      Business: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of businesses registered in (a) Leeds North West constituency, (b) Leeds and (c) West Yorkshire in each of the...

      New Businesses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many start-up businesses have been created in (a) England, (b) Denton and Reddish constituency, (c) Tameside local authority and (d) Stockport...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Gaming Machines: Money Laundering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of money is laundered through fixed odds betting terminals in each of the last...

    • Broadband: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who selected which towns and cities are eligible for Broadband Connection Vouchers.

      Local Broadcasting: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which projects in Wales have been (a) considered and (b) chosen for local television licences since 2010.

      Digital Broadcasting: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with television companies about the digital exclusion of people with sensory loss; and if he will...

      Mobile Phones: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department has taken to abolish roaming charges for mobile phone users (a) travelling to and (b) unintentionally...

      Internet: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the mobile and fixed broadband demands of internet advertising; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Tickets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2015 to Question 561, when the independent statutory review of the consumer protection measures in the...

      Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 4 June 2015, Official Report, column 739, when he plans to create a cultural protection fund; and what...

      Aerials: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2015 to Question 563, what the precise location is of each of the four masts; on what date and in...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the hon. Member for Mole Valley representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will consider what facilities can be made available to hon. Members and staff who are hard...

    • Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the hon. Member for Mole Valley representing the House of Commons Commission, how much has been spent on repair, renovation and restoration of the Palace of Westminster in each financial...

      Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the hon. Member for Mole Valley representing the House of Commons Commission, by what process the Commission procures repair and renovation work for the Palace of Westminster.

      Members: Travel

      To ask the hon. Member for Mole Valley representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2015 to Question 955, what information the Commission holds on the proportion...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Ireland on the possible implications for cross-border relations between the Irish Republic and Northern...

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps, if any, they are taking to ensure that no significant European Union policy changes will be agreed or implemented during the period of...

      Africa: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to (1) the African Union, and (2) the governments of African source and transit countries, regarding (a) strengthening...

      Turkey: Kurds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Turkey regarding the extent of progress in providing Kurdish-language education in state primary...

      USA: Electronic Surveillance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States regarding the temporary halt of a range of surveillance powers in that country; and...

      Poland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to raise with the newly-elected President of Poland the issue of restitution of property seized from Polish citizens during the Nazi and...

      Bahrain: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the arrest and imprisonment of Ms Zainab Al Khawaja whilst attempting to visit her father in prison in Bahrain; and whether...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Graduates: Numeracy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the 2015 Skills: Outlook report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development which reported that United...

    • EU Grants and Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the value for money obtained by the European Structural and Investment Funds in the light of the increase in the United...

      Dismissal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the difficulties faced by employees who are sacked in their first two years of employment, in the light of changes to...

  • Department for International Development

    • Burma: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of financial assistance that is being provided to Rohingya refugees in camps in Rakhine State, Burma and Bangladesh.

    • Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current availability of electricity, water, and sewerage to the people of Gaza.

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to recruit more good graduates into teaching and to improve the skills of current teachers.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in each of the last three calendar years, how many courses for (1) indeterminate sentence prisoners and (2) prisoners serving indeterminate sentences for...

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

    • House of Lords: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether there has been consultation with Historic Royal Palaces during the development of plans concerning the refurbishment of the House of Lords.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Trident Submarines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the decision to proceed with the building of four replacement Trident submarines will require parliamentary approval; and if so, whether they plan to...

    • Trident

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, by October 2015, how much money will have been committed to replacing Trident.

      Warships: Libya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make providing a ship of the Naval Service to operations off Libya a directed task.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rights of Way

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their timetable for implementing the provisions concerning footpaths and bridleways contained in the Deregulation Act 2015.

  • Home Office

    • Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to ending detention of child immigrants and to replacing it with an alternative.

    • Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Bates on 8 June (HL Deb, col 671), whether the Dublin Regulation would still apply to the United Kingdom if it were no longer...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further consideration have they given to taking in the quota of refugees from Syria suggested by the UN.

  • HM Treasury

    • Banks: British Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve banking regulation in United Kingdom overseas territories in the light of allegations that companies in the British Virgin...

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development In It Together: Why Less Inequality Benefits All;...

      Cider: Tax Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the European Commission following its formal request that the United Kingdom end the tax exemption currently available to...

      Infrastructure: Capital Investment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development statement that without investment in United Kingdom infrastructure of...

      Infrastructure: Capital Investment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to increase government investment in infrastructure from the currently planned level of around £30 billion a year in order to achieve...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to providing eligible families with the Warm Home Discount automatically.

    • Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the number of households eligible for the Warm Home Discount.

  • Department of Health

    • Mental Illness: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to address the reported rise in the number of children suffering from mental health issues.

    • Maternity Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve access to healthcare for all mothers, regardless of their wealth or immigration status.

      Dermatology: Nottingham

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether all locums employed by CircleNottingham are qualified to be included on the General Medical Council specialist...

      Obesity: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to tackle obesity as a cause of cancer deaths.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to change the rules governing migrants' access to healthcare.

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