Written answers

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Railway Stations: Horden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the expected delivery date is for the completion of Horden Railway Station.

    • Rolling Stock: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department will decide whether to order additional new rolling stock from Hitachi to service the far South West; and if he will include a...

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to promote the opening of (a) Haxby Station in York Outer constituency and (b) other new railway stations.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the contribution to (a) jobs and (b) GDP of sustainable fuels in the period up to 2030.

      A47: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on the local economy of congestion on the A47; and if he will make a statement.

      Severn River Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the amount of outstanding Government debt is on the Severn bridges.

      Severn River Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Severn bridges will revert to public ownership.

      Severn River Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of savings to the public purse from the abolition of the industrial buildings allowance on the Severn Bridges.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many penalty charge notices for non-payment of the Dart Charge have been issued for since free-flow charging was introduced at the Dartford Crossing.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many penalty charge notices for non-payment of the Dart Charge issued since free-flow charging was introduced (a) have been in respect of...

      Road Traffic Offences: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government plans to implement the EU Cross-Border Enforcement Directive in respect of non-payment of fines.

      Railways: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on improving rail links between Huddersfield and other cities and towns in South Yorkshire.

      Railways: Huddersfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funds the Government has set aside from (a) the Northern Powerhouse funding and (b) his Department's funding to improve rail links to and from...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with (a) the Office of Rail Regulation, (b) the Department's Rail Executive and (c) other bodies on the future of Network Rail.

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2015 to Question 1261, whether bi-modal IEP trains running on diesel power will be capable of running at the maximum...

      South Eastern Trains: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to allocate surplus Thameslink rolling stock to SouthEastern Trains in response to the submission made to his Department by...

  • Home Office

    • Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether under proposed legislation on tackling extremism and terrorism, if a person is found guilty of extremism for expressing certain...

    • Mi5

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provisions there are for oversight of the activities of the Security Service in the devolved assemblies of the UK.

      Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish the consultation response for the draft equipment interference code of practice.

      National Crime Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Action 38 of the UK Anti-Corruption Plan, published in December 2014, what steps she has taken to recruit and retain...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Diplomatic Service: Former Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department takes to regulate the use by former Members of UK Embassies and High Commissions in a personal capacity.

    • Diplomatic Service: Former Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish his Department's rules and guidance governing the accommodation of former hon. Members in the official...

      EU Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what key issues relating to EU reform the Government has identified from the Balance of Competences review.

      EU Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his objectives are for negotiations with representatives of the EU and EU member state governments on EU reform.

      China: Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for UK policy of the Chinese Military Strategy white paper published in May...

      Spratly Islands: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had on the Spratly Islands dispute with (a) claimants to those islands, (b) Five Power...

      Spratly Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Chinese government on land reclamation and construction activities in the...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Low Pay: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps the Government is taking to tackle low pay in Northern Ireland.

    • Prince of Wales: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the outcomes of the recent visit by HRH the Prince of Wales to Northern Ireland.

  • Attorney General

    • Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many criminal prosecutions were undertaken by the Crown Prosecution Service in each of the years 2010 to 2015.

    • Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many letters of invitation to companies to enter negotiations for a deferred prosecution agreement the Serious Fraud Office has issued.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department plans to take in response to the recommendations in the report of the Prime Minister's Anti-Microbial...

    • Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that technology and knowledge generated through UK universities and research...

      Health: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to promote basic science research into (a) TB, (b) HIV/AIDS, (c) malaria and (d) other...

      Health: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to encourage its EU counterparts to increase support for global health research and development.

      Arms Trade: Gulf States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the value is of arms and defence equipment sold by bodies in the UK to (a) Saudi Arabia, (b) UAE and (c) Bahrain in each of...

      Political Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answer of 4 March 2009, Official Report, column 1698W, how many and what proportion of members of each...

      Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans his Department has to strengthen links between the engineering industry and universities providing degree courses in...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate the Government made of the potential profit from the Government's holding in Royal Mail before the announcement of...

      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...

      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...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has for the Regional Growth Fund and Exceptional Regional Growth Fund after the completion of Round 6.

      Business: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many vouchers have been issued but not yet redeemed under the Growth Vouchers scheme.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to reduce violence against women in developing countries.

    • Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial assistance her Department has given to the Palestinian Authority and its agencies in each of the last three years for...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that pupils are not taken out of schools for holidays in term time.

    • Schools: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the workings of the Educational Funding Agency Regional Framework Agreement; and if she will change that Agreement to...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress her Department has made on improving outcomes for looked after children by improving (a) the collection of data and (b) quality of care.

      Arts: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to promote the creative curriculum in primary schools; and if she will make a statement.

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2015 to Question 214, whether collaboration between her Department and the Department of Health has given rise to any...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2015 to Question 215, whether her Department has made an assessment of the current level of unmet demand for adoption...

      Young People: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to prevent young people in schools and colleges from developing racist mindsets.

      Health Education: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on using the school curriculum as a means of educating young people about the effects of unhealthy eating and obesity.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to increase the female uptake of in-school sporting activities.

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of schemes that seek to put couples who have been unsuccessful in fertility treatment in touch with local adoption...

      Pupils: Batten Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations she has received from parents or representatives of pupils with Batten disease; and if she will make a statement.

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to make the adoption process simpler and more straightforward.

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she intends to take to raise awareness of the possibility of adoption for (a) people who may be eligible to become adoptive parents and (b)...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it is her policy that families with parents in full-time further education will be eligible for 30 hours a week free childcare under the...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the potential cost of the introduction of 30 hours a week free childcare.

      Children: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to include provisions in the Childcare Bill for extra funding for children currently in receipt of disability living...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what eligibility provisions she plans to propose for children of families in which parents live apart or with different legal partners to be entitled...

      Pupils: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department has spent on mental health services for school students in (a) York Central constituency and (b) England in each of the last...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the need for changing the formula by which spending is determined in English schools.

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure equal access to all-age careers guidance services across the UK.

      Secondary Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to review secondary school funding formulae in (a) Peterborough and (b) England; and if she will make a statement.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, by what process the Government plans to run a consultation with the childcare sector on the provision of 30 hours a week free childcare.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent representations she has received on projected budget deficits in academies.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Cost Effectiveness

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

    • Human Rights Act 1998

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 3 June 2015 to Question 368, whether the Government plans to seek the consent of the (a) Scottish Parliament, (b) Welsh...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 3 June 2015 to Question 92, which prisons recorded no positive random drug test results in all months in 2014-15.

      Unpaid Fines: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much in outstanding fines there were at courts in Nottinghamshire on (a) 31 March and (b) the last date for which figures are available.

      Secure Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he expects construction to begin on the proposed Secure College.

  • Prime Minister

    • Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Prime Minister, if he will declassify and publish the recent report, produced by Sir Nigel Sheinwald on data sharing.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ukraine: Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Saxon battle tanks sent to Ukraine are all fully effective and have the speed and agility of a similar Russian tank.

    • Armed Forces: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on ensuring that service personnel do not infringe the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights in the discharge of...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the communications system supporting UK Reapers utilises the US Predator Primary Satellite Link and relay station at Ramstein airbase, Germany.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what alternatives his Department has considered should the F-35 be considerably delayed beyond 2020.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate his Department has made of an in-service date for the F-35B fast jet aircraft.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to lease Poseidon aircraft to serve a maritime reconnaissance function.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what projection his Department has made of the number of fast jets that will be in-service in 2019-20.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that the UK's nuclear capabilities are sufficient to meet the deterrence requirements.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will establish an independent civilian armed forces inspectorate.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the costs of training cadets from outside the UK have been at each officer training establishment in each of the last five years.

      Royal Military Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the value is of the estate of HMA Sandhurst.

      Armed Forces: Languages

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

      Malaysia: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Five Power Defence Arrangements cover the defence of Malaysia's exclusive economic zone; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the disability employment gap was on 8 May 2015; and what methodology is used in calculating that gap.

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he plans to take to monitor the effect of the limit on Access to Work awards on recipients from when that limit is introduced.

      Social Security Benefits: Batten Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received from people with Batten disease or their representatives; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the two year freeze on benefit levels on (a) young adults, (b) pregnant women, (c) couples with...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on how many people have commenced paying the under-occupancy penalty following the death of (a) a...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions he has had with the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission on the Government's progress on the poverty reduction...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress his Department has made towards meeting the 2020 poverty reduction targets set out in the Child Poverty Act 2010; and if he will...

      Housing Benefit: Islington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobseeker's allowance claimants aged 18 to 21 years in (a) the London Borough of Islington and (b) Islington South and Finsbury...

      Housing Benefit: Islington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobseeker's allowance claimants aged 18 to 21 years in (a) the London Borough of Islington and (b) Islington South and Finsbury...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will (a) remove the two-week waiting period for non-vulnerable people to receive a hardship payment and (b) suspend sanctions for...

      Social Security Benefits

      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 report by UK Churches, Time to Rethink Benefit...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the projected cost is of his Department's appeal relating to the Information Commissioner's decision on his Department's report entitled...

      Housing Benefit: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households with one or more person employed in the London Borough of Southwark claim housing benefit.

      Social Security Benefits: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) single parent households, (b) households with dependent children, (c) households with a disabled member, (d) pensioner households...

      Social Security Benefits: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in the London Borough of Southwark have been subject to the benefit cap.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Government meets its commitment to eradicate child poverty by 2020.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Jobcentre Plus staff have received training in careers advice and guidance since May 2010.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Insects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the efficacy of the national pollinator strategy in protecting the bee population; and...

    • Insects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how frequently her Department plans to update the National Pollinator Strategy.

      Dairy Farming: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dairy farms there were in (a) Carlisle constituency and (b) Cumbria in (i) 2012, (ii) 2013 and (iii) 2014.

      Air Pollution: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information her Department holds on the levels of air pollution at (a) Collygate in York and (b) other measured points...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to tackle dangerous levels of air pollution in towns and cities.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, by what date she plans to publish a new consultation on air quality.

      Insecticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the application made by the National Farmers Union for a derogation from restrictions on the use of...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what basis additional funding for the Troubled Families initiative will be allocated to local authority areas.

    • Communities and Local Government: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the HM Treasury press release, Chancellor announces £4.5 billion of measures to bring down debt,...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the National Housing Federation on the potential effects of the proposed extension of the...

      Local Government Finance: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much the London Borough of Enfield local authority received in (a) central government funding and (b) government grants in...

      Regional Planning and Development: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what geographic area is covered by the Government's Northern Powerhouse initiative.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress the North East Local Enterprise Partnership has made on each of its principal functions since its formation.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help local authorities meet the statutory duties imposed on them by the Counter...

      Neighbourhood Development Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to streamline the Neighbourhood Planning process.

      Right to Buy Scheme: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the total number of housing association properties in the London Borough of Southwark that would...

      Children in Care: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will put in place support to assist care leavers with the payment of council tax.

      Help to Buy Scheme

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

      Right to Buy Scheme: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many properties were bought in Ashfield under the Right-to-Buy Scheme in each of the last 10 years.

  • Wales Office

    • UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had in Wales on a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union.

    • British Steel: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues and representatives from the steel industry on the decision by Tata Steel to close the British...

      Public Expenditure: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps the Government plans to take to help working people in Wales.

      Welfare State: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the effect of welfare reform on employment levels in Wales.

  • HM Treasury

    • Child Benefit: Lone Parents

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the effect is on the income of a single parent with two children of choosing not to claim child benefit because they are subject to the High Income...

    • Multinational Companies: Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to tackle tax avoidance by multinational companies.

      Working Tax Credit: Overpayments

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2015 to Question 578, for what reasons a temporary rise in tax credit related debt was forecast to take place before the...

      Royal Family: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2015 to Question 956 and with reference to the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding on Royal Taxation referred to in that...

      Child Benefit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2015 to Question 1239, on child benefit, what estimate he has made of the potential costs of obtaining the requested...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with childcare providers on the delivery of tax-free childcare.

      Working Tax Credit: Overpayments

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2015 to Question 574, what assessment he has made of whether the debt collection methods used by Rossendales comply with...

      Tourism: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to review the economic case for a reduction in VAT for the hospitality sector.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Interpreters

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Crown Commercial Service's framework agreement for the provision of language services (a) only supplies communication and language...

    • Youth Services: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much central government funding was allocated to youth services in each of the last five years; and what assessment he has made of the effects on...

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Minister in his Department is responsible for the Digital Inclusion Strategy.

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the reasons are for the time taken to publish the Chilcot report.

      Unemployment: Females

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of women recorded as economically inactive who have achieved qualifications (i) up to...

      General Election 2015

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much was accrued to the public purse as a result of candidates losing their deposits at the 2015 General Election.

      Corruption

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to Action 39 of the UK Anti-Corruption Plan, published in December 2014, when the proposed review of the enforcement response to bribery...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Mobile Phones: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps he has taken to improve mobile telephone coverage in rural areas.

  • Leader of the House

    • Devolution: England

      To ask the Leader of the House, if he will set out in his proposals for English votes for English laws whether only hon. Members for constituencies in England would be able to participate in (a)...

  • Department of Health

    • Breast Cancer: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that breast cancer scans are made available for over 70s.

    • Narcolepsy

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

      Heart Diseases: Stem Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the likely timescale for making available on the NHS treatment for heart disease using stem cells.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting times for cancer (a) assessments and (b) operations was in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage people to adopt a healthy lifestyle involving regular exercise, a healthy diet, brain training, and social interaction.

      Bones: Fractures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases have been referred back to A & E for broken bones not diagnosed at an initial visit to A & E in each of the last five years.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will discuss with the British Medical Association and the British Heart Foundation the diagnostic efficacy of online heart risk calculator...

      Poultry: Campylobacter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to monitor and reduce campylobacter in chickens.

      Erythromycin: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will discuss with the British Medical Association and other medical bodies the potential effects of erythromycin on unborn babies and pregnant women.

      Cervical Cancer: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received about increasing access to cervical screenings for women under the age of 25.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of time taken to approve and implement NHS England's proposed Interim Commissioning Policy for the...

      Hepatitis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of patients who will receive treatment through the Interim Commissioning Policy for the treatment of...

      Health Professions: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the regulation of nurses and midwives.

      Health Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average per capita funding level was for (a) primary care and (b) public health in (i) the UK, (ii) London and (iii) Enfield in each of the last...

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Clinical Strategy on improving (a) accident and...

      Chase Farm Hospital: Opening Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and (b) Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group on extending...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timescale is on the rollout of the Meningitis B Bexsero Vaccine; what recent discussions he has had on making this vaccine available to teenage...

      Nabiximols

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NICE plans to conduct a full technology appraisal of Sativex form of nabiximols to allow the drug to be prescribed on the NHS.

      Abortion: Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2015 to Question 219, on abortion: lobbying, whether he has issued any guidance to clinical commissioning groups on that...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases brought against the NHS Litigation Authority were funded by (a) legal aid, (b) a conditional fee agreement and (c) other forms of funding...

      General Practitioners: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to address the need of Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group for 50 per cent more GPs over the next five years projected by the...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings in the February 2015 report by the Royal College of General...

      Health and Care Professions Council: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for health professionals of the decision by the Health and Care Professions Council to increase its...

      Health and Care Professions Council: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to encourage the Health and Care Professions Council to evaluate the effect of its recent increase in mandatory registration fees.

      Health and Care Professions Council: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ask the House's Health Committee, when constituted, to undertake an inquiry into the proposed fee increase by the Health and Care...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the total amount spent by the NHS on health care needed as a result of air pollution in each of the last three years.

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycling: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps, if any, they have taken since 1 May to reduce fatalities to cyclists caused by heavy goods vehicles.

    • Cycling: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have issued any guidance on performance and evaluation criteria for equipment designed to reduce collisions between heavy goods vehicles and...

      A1: Nottinghamshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 8 June (HL105), what "significant problems" caused the cost of the A1 roadworks near Gamston...

      Channel Tunnel Railway Line: High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to building a rail link between the terminus of High Speed 2 at Euston station and the terminus of High Speed 1 at St...

      Motor Vehicles: Hire Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will investigate the difficulties reported as having been caused by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency policies in relation to the hiring...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the difficulties caused by recent changes in policies relating to the issuing of driving licences to elderly motorists...

      Motor Vehicles: Hire Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of telephone service was available recently at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for motorists who wished to prove their credentials in...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what savings have been made at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency through not issuing tax badges for displaying on cars, and what assessment has been...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advance publicity was made to advertise recent driving licence policy changes at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Africa: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the willingness of their African development partners to address at source the underlying causes of the increase in the...

    • Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking on the possible resettlement of the Chagos Islands; which departments are conducting this work; and whether they will publish any...

      South Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking, if any, to bring the parties to the conflict in South Sudan together; and what lessons have been learned from previous failures.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the joint statement by the German and French Ministers for the economy that "our common goal is to render it unthinkable for any...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to foreign leaders and European Union officials to encourage them not to intervene in the campaign leading up to the...

      Ukraine: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the use by both sides of heavy weapons at Mariinka in Ukraine; and whether they plan to take steps to continue and to tighten...

      European Parliament Members: Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much each Member of the European Parliament is entitled to claim per year for staff costs; and whether the level of funding made available to MEPs forms...

      Russia: Propaganda

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what capacity they have immediately available to counter misleading propaganda by official and unofficial Russian sources; and what plans they have for using it.

      Russia: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all members of the Russian cabinet, together with senior officials in executive and military posts, are covered by existing sanctions and travel bans.

      South Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of reports that the government of Sudan is supplying weapons to the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-in-Opposition.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to UNICEF's call for negotiations with Islamic State in Syria, with a view to persuading it to allow UNICEF into areas controlled by...

      UN Secretariat

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in advance of the retirement of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, how they propose to ensure that suitable female candidates to replace him are...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) what assessment they have made of the government of Israel’s changing policy towards Hamas, and (2) what support they will give to Hamas in...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the government of Israel concerning the number of children killed and injured in the West Bank and Gaza, in the light of...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the government of Israel concerning the 64 Palestinians, including nine children, who were injured by Israeli Forces in...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the government of Israel concerning the State Attorney's decision to file an indictment for only a minor offence in the...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Saudi Arabia concerning the funding of extremist jihadi movements, such as ISIS, and its steps to...

      Middle East: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the threat to stability in the Middle East of a nuclear-armed Israel; and what action they will take to discourage nuclear...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to recruit Russian experts to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and how many fluent Russian speakers have been recruited since...

      Burma: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to prevent the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar; and when they last held discussions with the government of Myanmar on...

      Eritrea: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the safety of the Eritrean refugees abducted by ISIS in Libya on 3 June.

      Egypt: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Egypt about human rights violations, and in particular arbitrary and unlawful killings and the...

      Shaker Aamer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the release of Mr Shaker Aamer following his clearance for release from Guantanamo Bay.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is an international peace plan regarding Syria.

  • Department for International Development

    • South Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of how many newly displaced and malnourished people there are in South Sudan following the latest outbreak of fighting in Unity...

    • South Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the loss of food production this year owing to the conflict in South Sudan; and how they are assisting United Nations...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether part of the United Kingdom's net contribution to the European Union development aid budget should be counted in the...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the refugee crisis resulting from the war in Syria, consideration will be given to increasing the United Kingdom's humanitarian...

  • Department for Education

    • Homelessness: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that 16 and 17 year-olds presenting as homeless receive a seamless joint assessment from Children's Services and Housing...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Navy: Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 25 October 2013 (WA 203–4), whether the decision has now been made whether the Royal Navy...

    • Merlin Helicopters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all Merlin Mk2 helicopters will have been fitted with Nimrod MRA4 anti-submarine technology by October 2016.

      Veterans: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ministry of Defence has issued to prison governors any guidelines on meeting the needs of prisoners who are armed forces veterans.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the regional distribution of the public sector land in England that they expect to release for the building of new homes; and how much of this land...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Advertising: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Impact Report 2015 by Bye Buy Childhood, what plans they have to work with the regulators to strengthen penalties against companies who...

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