Written answers

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Transport: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of transport infrastructure in Cumbria; and if he will conduct a feasibility study on upgrading the A595...

    • A69

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what timescale he has planned for the completion of the feasibility study of the upgrading of the A69.

      Carlisle Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will include a requirement to upgrade Carlisle station in the next invitation to tender for the West Coast Mainline franchise.

      Exhaust Emissions: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the level of air pollutant emissions from (a) road traffic, (b) aviation and (c) shipping on the air...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which buildings occupied by her Department are owned or part-owned privately; what the total value is of the rent paid to private landlords...

    • Home Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) direct employees, (b) agency staff and (c) outsourced staff working for her Department and its subsidiary agencies are paid...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Middle East: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support Christians facing persecution in the Middle East.

    • Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in other EU member states on policy responses by the EU to the recent report...

      Israel: Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on proposals to introduce EU sanctions on Israeli products.

      Iran: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of Iran's ballistic missile research and development programme.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will place in the Library a list of all public appointments made between 1 January 2015 and 1 May 2015.

    • Cabinet Office: Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which buildings occupied by his Department are owned or part-owned privately; what the total value is of the rent paid to private landlords for the use...

      Immigration: Commonwealth

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people from Commonwealth countries who remained longer than a year entered the country in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13, (d) 2013-14...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Exports: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the value of exports from (a) Cumbria and (b) Carlisle was in (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15.

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information her Department holds on how many houses have been built in Gaza to replace those destroyed during Operation...

  • Department for Education

    • Housing Improvement: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential benefits of home maintenance and improvement skills being taught in schools.

    • Physical Education: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to increase opportunities for young people to undertake physical activity in the countryside.

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2015 to Question 845, which (a) schools and (b) other bodies will receive part of the £1.4 billion funding.

      Academies: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2015 to Question 1084, what notice was given by each academy that has closed since 2010.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the change in the number of teachers that will be required in each subject by 2020 as a result of making the Ebacc...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will take steps to raise the profile of the Care Planning and Fostering Regulations and Guidance among local authorities.

      Free Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the average cost of establishing a free school in temporary accommodation before moving that school to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Bill of Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to implement the recommendations and conclusions of the Commission on a Bill of Rights report published on 18 December 2012.

    • Cremation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to bring forward proposals to amend the definition of ashes in the Cremation Act 1902.

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what changes have been or are to be made to how bailiffs operate as a result of HM Courts and Tribunals Service recent review of enforcement methods.

      Ministry of Justice: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spent on (a) external legal advice from Queen's Counsel and (b) other external legal advice between 7 May 2010 and the present...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Bassingbourn Barracks: Damage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what damage to Bassingbourn base was caused by Libyan soldiers on their training mission at the base; what the cost of repairs arising from that damage...

    • Military Bases: Bassingbourn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what facilities at Bassingbourn base (a) have been and (b) are being made available to the local community; what estimate he has made of the value of...

      Military Bases: Bassingbourn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what improvements were made to Bassingbourn base in each year since 2010; what the cost was of each such improvement; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2015 to Question 1366, how many personnel from each branch of the armed forces have made a complaint; how many such...

      Armed Forces: Mefloquine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 June 2015 to Question 126, when he plans to place in the Library the correspondence between 2010 and 2015 between his...

      Ministry of Defence: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual cost to his Department of redundancy payments for staff employed in his Department has been in each of the last five years.

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many full-time equivalent staff at each civil service grade are employed in the private office of each Minister in his Department.

      Gurkhas: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish the details of the Gurkha mixed marriage compensation scheme.

      Ministry of Defence: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which buildings occupied by his Department are owned or part-owned privately; what the total value is of the rent paid to private landlords for the use...

      Ministry of Defence: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) desktop, (b) laptop and (c) tablet computers were lost by his Department in 2014-15.

      Navy: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department made in each of the last five years of how much fuel would be needed in that year to accomplish all Royal Navy maritime...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2015 to Question 1740, whether infrastructure work in advance of the arrival of the F-35 squadron has begun at RAF Marham.

      Pitcairn Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when an officer of the Ministry of Defence Police last visited the Pitcairn Islands.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that terminally ill people access benefits to which they are entitled.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what proportion of and how many live Child Support Agency cases there were on maintenance arrears where the non-resident parent is...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of and how many Child Support Agency cases being dealt with by that Agency's legal enforcement teams concern non-resident...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to use Integrated Debt Services Ltd to collect (a) child maintenance arrears owed to his Department and (b)...

      Employment: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department provides for people in employment with mental health problems.

      Social Security Benefits: Brighton and Hove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the proportion of families in Brighton and Hove in households subject to the benefit cap who would not be able to afford...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which buildings occupied by his Department are owned or part-owned privately; what the total value is of the rent paid to private landlords...

      Social Security Benefits: Renfrewshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit claimants in Renfrewshire that appealed all or part of a sanction of their benefit were successful in each of the last five years.

      Social Security Benefits: Renfrewshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many sanctions were given to benefit claimants in Renfrewshire who are (a) lone parents and (b) have a learning disability in each of the...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to make payments of winter fuel allowance to those who qualify for such payments after the third Monday in...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that older people with disabilities are adequately supported to meet their higher costs through...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of how much benefit has been withheld from claimants as a result of sanctions in each quarter since 2005.

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to compile data on the number of people using food banks.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to reduce delays in benefits payments.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that all benefit claimants understand the Claimant Commitment.

      Social Security Benefits: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in London are affected by the household benefit cap; and how many such people have been placed by their local authority in...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what savings he expects to accrue to the public purse as a result of freezing working-age benefits in (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2017-18.

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit sanctions in Scotland there were in each of the last five years.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many working recipients of universal credit have had their benefits reduced or stopped because a sanction was applied as a result of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many landlords have trusted partner status for the purpose of placing tenants under alternative payment arrangements for universal credit;...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of universal credit recipients have been placed under alternative payment arrangements for the housing cost...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of in-work conditionality applied to recipients of universal credit who are in work.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to help people with disabilities back into work.

      Working Conditions: Temperature

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to ensure that employers comply with legislation and guidance on controlling excessively high temperatures in the...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the closure of the Independent Living Fund on people previously in receipt of that...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to maintain the level of (a) services used and (b) benefits claimed by carers.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Seals: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will bring forward proposals to implement a ban on the killing of seals; and if she will make a statement.

    • Slaughterhouses: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will bring forward legislative proposals requiring the installation of independently-monitored CCTV cameras in...

      Rivers: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what length of waterbodies is being removed from the current round of river basin management planning; and what assessment...

      Outdoor Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure the Government meets its commitments in the 2011 Natural Choice White Paper on (a)...

      Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dogs entered the UK from each country for (a) non-commercial purposes under the Pet Travel Scheme and (b)...

      Bees: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to tackle the decline in the bee population.

      Potash

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the need for security of supply of potash minerals.

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on beak trimming of chickens; and if she will make a statement.

      Seals: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Scottish Government on (a) the effects of seals on fishing populations, (b) minimising...

      Seals: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to improve protection for the seal population.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the strategy set out in his Department's paper, Creating the conditions for integration, published on 21 February 2012,...

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of affordable homes that will be (a) started and (b) completed in (i) Greenwich and...

      Council Housing: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many council-owned properties have become vacant in (a) Greenwich and Woolwich constituency, (b) the Royal Borough of...

      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 houses which meet the criteria for sale under the planned extension of the...

      Planning Permission: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to enable planning fees to be levied more flexibly so that the revenue raised from applications more...

      Temporary Accommodation: Barking and Dagenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many households in temporary accommodation are housed by other London authorities in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

      Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many affordable homes have been built in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the UK since 2010.

      Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of properties bought under the help to buy scheme that have since been sold to private...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the letter of 27 March 2015 from the Minister of State for Housing and Planning to the Chief Executive of the...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Written Statement of 25 March 2015, HCW488 what his policy is on solar energy.

      New Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his Department's policy is on proposals by developers to build new towns that do not accord with local plans.

  • HM Treasury

    • Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the level of business rates will next be reassessed; and if he will make a statement.

    • Fuels: Rebates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many fuel stations are located within the KW12 postcode area and claim relief through the fuel rebate scheme.

      Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Government will take steps to ensure that people who cannot afford or choose not to access financial advice on how to invest a lump sum taken from...

      Child Tax Credit: Barking and Dagenham

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are in receipt of child tax credit in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

      Child Tax Credit: Renfrewshire

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many households were in receipt of child tax credit in Renfrewshire (a) on the last date for which figures are available and (b) in each of the last...

      Treasury: Buildings

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which buildings occupied by his Department are owned or part-owned privately; what the total value is of the rent paid to private landlords for the use of...

      Financial Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on the public purse of the overall cost of intervention in UK banks following the financial crisis of 2007-08.

      Fossil Fuels

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will offer financial incentives to the UK oil and gas sector to stimulate growth.

      Financial Services: ICT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the financial industry on the state of the financial services sector's IT systems.

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons he did not discuss the sale of the Government's shareholding in Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Group with RBS, NatWest Bank or Ulster Bank;...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to ensure that the sale of the Government's shareholding in Royal Bank of Scotland Group does not have detrimental financial...

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of reducing air passenger duty on tourism, visitor numbers and regional economies.

      Children: Daycare

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress National Savings and Investments (NS&I) has made on developing the IT infrastructure that will underpin tax-free childcare; and whether...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Corporation Tax: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans the Government has to devolve corporation tax powers to the Northern Ireland Executive.

    • Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many meetings she has had with (a) the Parades Commission and (b) its individual members since July 2014.

      Elections: Belfast North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Electoral ID cards were issued in each ward in Belfast North constituency in each month from April 2013 to March 2015.

      Northern Ireland Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which buildings occupied by her Department are owned or part-owned privately; what the total value is of the rent paid to private landlords for...

      Economic Situation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps the Government is taking to strengthen and rebalance the Northern Ireland economy.

      Welfare State: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on welfare reform.

      British Irish Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the role of the British-Irish Council.

      Northern Ireland Executive: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps she is taking to increase the sustainability of the Northern Ireland Executive's finances.

  • Department of Health

    • Health Services: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on staffing costs for healthcare in Cumbria in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15.

    • Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make available on the NHS telescopic tube technology for the diagnosis of cancer.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps he has taken to ensure availability of regular cervical cancer screening in women over 40.

      Asthma: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with (a) the British Medical Association and (b) other medical bodies on possible adverse effects of the use of inhalers for...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals for changes to the Care Act 2014 to ensure that social carers spend sufficient time with each...

      Terminal Illnesses: Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on supporting terminally ill patients to die at home if they so wish.

      Cycloastragenol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission an assessment of possible links between TA-64 anti-ageing serum and tumours.

      Allergies: Blood Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with clinical and medical bodies on the potential use in the NHS of blood tests to diagnose fatal food allergies.

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with clinical and medical bodies on the potential uses of man-made DNA in the NHS to create cures for cancers.

      Perinatal Mortality: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps NHS England is taking to test pregnant women for infections that can cause stillbirth.

      Action on Smoking and Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department will provide funding to Action on Smoking and Health in the 2015-16 financial year.

      Asthma: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to implement the recommendations of the national review of asthma deaths; and if he will make a statement.

      Department of Health: Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to ensure that no funding provided by his Department which reaches a third-party group is subsequently used to lobby his Department.

      NHS England: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) emails and (b) letters were responded to by NHS England in (i) five or less, (ii) six to 10, (iii) 11 to 15, (iv) 16 to 20, (v) 21 to 25,...

      Blood and Bone Marrow: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the number of registered (a) blood and (b) bone marrow donors.

      General Practitioners: Sheffield Heeley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP surgeries in Sheffield, Heeley constituency will be affected by the phased withdrawal of the Minimum Practice Income Guarantee.

      Ovarian Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department (a) has commissioned and (b) is aware of on the diagnosis, blood-testing and other testing of ovarian cancer; and if he will...

      Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that more people can die in a place of their choosing.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve outcomes for people with cancer.

      NHS Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts have recorded a (a) surplus, (b) break-even position and (c) deficit since 2000.

      Hospitals: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS spent on the hospital provider sector in England in each year since 2000.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the work of the Scottish New Medicines Fund in funding treatments for rarer cancers.

      Congenital Abnormalities: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on research into Patau and Edwards Syndrome in each of the last five years.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what proportion of prescriptions a charge was levied in 2014-15.

      Mental Health Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funds his Department has provided for mental health research (a) in cash terms, (b) in real terms and (c) as a proportion of the total research and...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated increase in council tax arrears following changes to council tax benefit.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • FCO Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place for assessing whether information assurance and cyber security systems in FCO Services are adequate.

    • FCO Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when information systems at FCO Services were last independently penetration tested.

      FCO Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many power failures have affected information systems at FCO Services in the last two years.

      FCO Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff at FCO Services have been (1) dismissed or (2) disciplined in the last three years for (a) breaching security arrangements or (b) other reasons.

      Burma: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the nationwide ceasefire talks in Burma, and the prospects for peace in the ethnic states, particularly Kachin state.

      Maldives: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the well-being of former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed, opposition leaders, activists, and other political...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the signed declaration by Hamas and other militant groups that they will accept a ruling by the International Criminal Court (ICC), what...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel regarding its policy on child detention, in the light of the 1,266 detentions by Israel of...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel regarding its use of soldiers from the Israeli Defence Forces to expel 200 Palestinians from the...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Rand Corporation’s report that a peace settlement would boost both the Israeli and Palestinian economies, what pressure they plan...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they plan to give to France regarding its draft resolution to time limit renewed negotiations for a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine.

      Rendition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the newly declassified accounts of CIA torture practices at Guantanamo Bay, what assurances they will give that they will not repeat their...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they plan to take with international partners to support the Freedom Flotilla Coalition to Gaza.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about allowing the Freedom Flotilla Coalition to deliver humanitarian supplies to Gaza...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they have taken to secure the end of Israel's blockade of Gaza, and to monitor the extent of international aid arriving in Gaza as a result of...

      Eritrea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Eritrea regarding Aster Fissehatsion.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the reasons for the multiple incursions by Spanish state vessels into British territorial waters around Gibraltar.

      Mexico: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the government of Mexico about human rights in that country, and about access to water and sewage services for...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their most recent assessment of the steps taken by the government of Iraq to encourage political reconciliation and the move towards an inclusive...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assist the government of Iraq with its community-building efforts in post-conflict areas such as Tikrit where ISIS have been...

      Gambia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they and other Commonwealth governments are making to the government of The Gambia about female genital mutilations, in particular...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran concerning the case of Atena Farghadani.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Burma: Police

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what equipment has been exported from the United Kingdom to Burma for use by the Burmese police force in the past two years.

  • Department for International Development

    • Burma: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 10 June (HL125), what is their current estimate of the number of men, women and children in those camps;...

  • Department for Education

    • European Union: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they intend to introduce to ensure that sections 406 and 407 of the Education Act 1996 are complied with in relation to the European Union,...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Faulks on 10 June (HL23), what assessment they have made of the effect of the increase in employment tribunal fees on...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Burma: Military Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money has been spent to date, and how much money is allocated to be spent in the future, on training the Burmese army.

    • War Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 10 June (HL211), whether war pensions have been mentioned in any government statements concerning the level of...

      Armed Forces Covenant: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications were submitted from Northern Ireland for the first three tranches of the Armed Forces Covenant (Libor) Fund.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether Polish citizens of working age settled in the United Kingdom are more or less likely to claim benefits than the...

    • Jobcentre Plus: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what training on human trafficking has been provided to Jobcentre Plus staff.

      Welfare State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment have they made of the impact of any shrinking of the welfare state on access by individuals to their communities and work.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • EU Reform

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 11 June (HL206), whether the Prime Minister has yet discussed with other European Union leaders...

    • Thames Tideway Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many bids have been received for the infrastructure provider utility to receive a licence from the Water Services Regulation Authority to build and...

      Flood Control

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to invest in flood defences.

  • Home Office

    • Migrant Workers: Domestic Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether anyone applying to enter the United Kingdom accompanying an employer on a Domestic Workers in a Private Household visa since 2009 has disclosed abuse...

    • Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many certificates of sponsorship were issued in respect of Scottish employers for students who switched from Tier 4 into Tier 2 in each of 2012, 2013 and...

      Communications Data and Interception Powers Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of David Anderson's finding that there is no compelling case for the compulsory retention of third party data in his report of the...

      Electronic Surveillance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to implement the recommendation of David Anderson QC that communications data should not be intercepted without the authorisation of senior...

      Refugees: Mediterranean Sea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they have made to ensure that refugees crossing the Mediterranean are not assumed to be economic migrants.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have that prohibition reduces the consumption of psychoactive drugs.

      Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to ratify the Istanbul Convention in order to protect women and girls who have suffered sexual violence regardless of their immigration status.

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many separate incidents of detainees self-harming and requiring medical treatment occurred at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre in 2013 and 2014...

      Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to consider further the banning of the use of masks by demonstrators in order to avoid identification; and what assessment they have...

      Islamic State: Propaganda

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking directly to combat ISIL recruiting propaganda broadcast on social media.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect the report of the Chilcot Inquiry to be published before the summer recess; and, if not, why not.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the economic return to gross domestic product arising from each £1 invested in support for the arts.

  • Department of Health

    • Paracetamol: Pregnant Women

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to raise awareness among pregnant women of the potential risk of paracetamol use to male foetuses.

    • General Practitioners: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent report by recruitment firm Manpower that argued that the shortage of General Practitioners cannot be addressed...

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