Written answers

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: Buildings

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the office space owned or leased by his Department is not in regular use; what the total (a) rental and (b) retail value is of all such...

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the amount in corporation tax lost to the Exchequer through evasion in each financial year since 2010.

      Treasury: Directors

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many non-executive directors of his Department who were in post before May 2015 have since left the Department's board; what the names and length of...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the cost and benefits of (a) converting Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) into a network of local stakeholder banks, (b) breaking...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the oral statement by the Economic Secretary to the Treasury of 11 June 2015, Official Report, column 1373, what the evidence base is for...

      Income Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to reinstate the full personal tax allowance for individuals earning in excess of £100,000 per year.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public purse was of (a) working tax credits and (b) child tax credit for claimants in Northern Ireland in each year since 2010.

      Banks

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with (a) the Royal Bank of Scotland and (b) Ulster Bank on steps to assist with any potential future problems with their...

      Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the forthcoming consultation on a charge cap for savers withdrawing their money from pensions will include a proposal for a charge cap on income...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 26 March 2015 to Question 228908, if he will make it his policy to collect data on the length of time taken to process working tax...

      Interest Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Governor of the Bank of England on the likelihood that interest ratios will remain at their present level.

      Self-employed

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of savings accruing to the Exchequer from changes in the level of self employment in the last three years.

      Taxation: Conferences

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will discuss with his international counterparts the prospects for organising an international fair tax summit.

      Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential implications for cross-border loss of revenue in Northern Ireland of changes in the level of fuel duty in his...

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) NATO, (b) the OECD and (c) the UN on the definition of (i) defence expenditure and (ii) official...

      Sixth Form Colleges: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will amend the VAT status of sixth form colleges so that they are treated the same as academies, free schools, university technical colleges and schools.

  • Prime Minister

    • Radicalism

      To ask the Prime Minister, what the evidential basis was for his statement that British Muslims quietly condoned extremism made at the Global Security Forum in Bratislava on 18 June 2015.

    • Offences against Children

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2015 to the hon. Member for Bury St Edmunds, what the (a) objectives, (b) remit, (c) membership, (d) start date and (e) report date...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to further roll out the Universal Credit programme in Torbay constituency in 2015-16.

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment assessment appointments failed to take place as a result of double booking of appointments between 2010...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Government has spent on developing and rolling-out universal credit to date; and how much of that amount has been spent on (a)...

      Social Security Benefits: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will create a cancer care and support allowance for those who have been diagnosed with cancer and are either undergoing or awaiting...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Child Support Agency cases reviewed as part of the ongoing closure programme have been closed by his Department to date.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications to the 2012 statutory child maintenance scheme made since January 2015 have been from parents whose previous Child...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of removing tax credits on child poverty in Hove.

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the office space owned or leased by her Department is not in regular use; what the total (a) rental and (b) retail value...

    • NHS: Surcharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what calculation was made to set the figure of £200 for the Immigration Health Surcharge.

      Chlorine Dioxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to ensure that the police investigate and charge people who promote or sell chlorine dioxide for consumption by children.

      Immigration: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from Commonwealth countries who entered the UK in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13, (d) 2013-14 and (e) 2014-15...

      Immigration: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who came to the UK to (a) take part in and (b) spectate at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have (i) remained in...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy not to classify overseas students as immigrants.

      Stowaways

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many stowaways have been recorded travelling into the UK by aeroplane in each of the last five years.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign national prisoners have sought to challenge a deportation decision under the provisions of the European Convention on Human...

      Knives: Greenwich and Woolwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of knife crime were recorded by the Metropolitan Police in Greenwich and Woolwich constituency in each year since 2007.

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will issue guidance on the definition of on duty with regard to police officers' widows and widowers pensions.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many notifications the UK Border Agency received relating to people detained by police who were found to be in the UK illegally in the...

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the current threat level in the UK; and if she will make a statement on how, and over what period, she...

      Electronic Tagging: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have a voluntary GPS tag in West Yorkshire in the most recent year for which information is available; and what assessment...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the status is of the Syrian refugee Raja Khouja and her husband Mahmoud Alhassan who are due to be deported to Saudi Arabia on 25 June...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the capacity of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to hold the police to account pursuant...

      Police: Torfaen

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many serving police officers there were in Torfaen constituency on (a) 6 May 2010 and (b) 7 May 2015.

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of Metropolitan Police time was spent on the front line in each year since 2008.

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were recruited by the Metropolitan Police Service in each year since 2008; and what proportion of such officers...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which local authorities have agreed to take refugees under the resettlement programme for the most vulnerable Syrian refugees programme; and...

      Passports: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will allocate more resources to speed up the processing of applications for UK passports for British children born (a) overseas and...

      Dalai Lama

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional security arrangements have been made to ensure the safety of His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his visits to the UK this year.

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress the Goddard Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has made in its work; how many meetings it has had; and if she will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the historical files on the conflict in Northern Ireland will be handed over to the Historical Inquiries Unit; and if she will make a...

    • Homicide: Loughinisland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when she last met the Minister for Justice in the Northern Ireland Executive and the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent progress the Government has made on reducing youth unemployment levels in Northern Ireland.

      Administrative Scheme for the "On the Runs" Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions since its formation after the publication of the Hallett Report into the administrative scheme for On the Runs on 17 July...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of appeals she has received from retired police officers on decisions by the Firearms Branch of the Police Service of Northern...

  • Department of Health

    • Department of Health: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the office space owned or leased by his Department is not in regular use; what the total (a) rental and (b) retail value is of all...

    • Depressive Illnesses: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve the diagnosis of depression at GP surgeries when the patient has not presented with that condition in the...

      Tuberculosis: Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will establish a regional TB outreach service based in the Midlands.

      Tuberculosis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the establishment of a national TB outreach service.

      Tuberculosis: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the mobile x-ray unit for diagnosing tuberculosis in under-served populations will next visit Birmingham.

      NHS Trusts: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital trusts were in special measures in (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014.

      Out of Area Treatment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people resident in Scotland are registered with a GP in England.

      NHS: Surcharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the Immigration Health Surcharge on employment in the NHS.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to promote the use of the Choose and Book system.

      Locums: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the revalidation of all full-time locum doctors is carried out by framework suppliers.

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Public Health England Marketing Strategy 2014 to 2017, published in July 2014, what discussions he has had with Public Health...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will support Cervical Screening Awareness Week.

      Carers: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of trends in the rate of mental ill health of carers in the last five years.

      NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that whistle-blowers in the NHS remain anonymous.

      Hereditary Diseases: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual cost to the NHS is of providing screening for (a) sickle cell disease, (b) cystic fibrosis, (c) congenital hypothyroidism, (d)...

      Department of Health: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many non-executive directors of his Department who were in post before May 2015 have since left the Department's board; what the names and length of...

      Out of Area Treatment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people resident in Wales are registered with a GP in England.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of trialling HPV vaccinations for men who have sex with men in a small number of GUM clinics as...

      NHS Trusts: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that the use in recruitment of Master Vendor by health trusts does not reduce the level of competition...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that appropriate cancer drugs are prescribed for cancer patients with diabetes and that the use of inappropriate drugs...

      Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many unsuccessful cosmetic surgery operations have had to be corrected by further surgery in the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Bacterial Diseases: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the likely timescale for making new drugs available on the NHS to treat Klebsiella infections.

      Prescription Drugs: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with (a) university research and development departments and (b) pharmaceuticals companies on reducing the cost of...

      Malaria: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the likely timescale for making the new compound for the treatment of malaria discovered at Durham University available on...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the use of non-prescribed medication.

      Abortion: Congenital Abnormalities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abortions have been carried out after a blood test showed a disability in the foetus in each of the last five years.

      Agency Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was budgeted for employing agency nurses by (a) NHS England and (b) London North West Healthcare NHS Trust in the last two financial years.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he next plans to update the National Suicide Prevention Strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Skin: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many instances of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis have been reported in each of the last five years; and in how many of those...

      Skin: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that NHS staff are aware of the symptoms and treatment of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and toxic epidermal...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements he plans to make to ensure that cancer patients have access to essential treatments after the closure of the Cancer Drugs Fund.

      Hearing Aids: North Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of whether North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group's (a) evaluation of clinical evidence and (b) patient...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Cancer Drugs Fund panel will next meet to discuss the appraisal of new medicines.

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects NICE to publish the (a) clinical guidance and (b) quality standard for adult onset hearing loss.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department offers to commissioning support units to manage backlogs in applications for Continuing Healthcare Retrospective Review claims.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many applications for Continuing Healthcare Retrospective Review claims made in each of the last four years have not yet been processed.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Department of Business, Innovation and Skills: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of the office space owned or leased by his Department is not in regular use; what the total (a) rental and (b)...

    • UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2015 to Question 2403, when the UKTI Defence and Security Organisation priority markets list...

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will ensure that there is a vote in the House before the UK signs up to the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership.

      Students: Average Earnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the average level of earnings was of a part-time student undertaking undergraduate degree-level programmes in England at...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2015 to Question 2126, if he will list each of the beneficiaries under the Regional Growth...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 22 June 2015 to Question 2810, what non-discretionary fees and payments were paid to each of those firms.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2015 to Question 1837, when he plans to make a decision on whether the discretionary fee will...

      Nuclear Power: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprentices have entered the nuclear sector in each of the last five years.

      Nuclear Power: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to address skills shortages in the nuclear sector.

      Regional Planning and Development: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps he has taken to promote regional growth and create a Northern Powerhouse.

      Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what forecast he has made of the contribution of net trade to GDP in the next four years.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent support he has provided to small businesses.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has to change the terms and conditions for higher education student finance.

      Companies: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to encourage improvements in corporate governance.

      Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to maintain the adult skills funding budget.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of jobs in the economy which are low-skilled.

      Technology and Innovation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent progress Catapult Centres have made on creating opportunities for business in high-profile markets.

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he plans to take to encourage large businesses to trade more fairly with small businesses.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Hyde Park Barracks: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the receipts from any sale of Hyde Park Barracks will be retained by the Ministry of Defence.

    • Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) NATO, (b) the OECD and (c) the UN on the definition of (i) defence expenditure and (ii) official...

      Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Project Rose outline business case.

      Pigs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many pigs have been shot by his Department in order to replicate battlefield injuries in each year since 2010.

      Ministry of Defence: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is contained within the category of receipts - personnel, as listed as a form of income in his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2013-14...

      Armed Forces: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 22 June 2015 to Question 2717, in which locations each of the dogs euthanised on the grounds of aged-welfare in September 2014...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Devolution: England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to devolve powers from central government to people resident in county council areas.

    • Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the report entitled Green Belt Under Development by Glenigan Constructing Insight, dated August 2014, what...

      Regional Planning and Development: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) policy objectives and (b) measurable outcomes are the Northern Powerhouse initiative.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to encourage councils to implement the zero-carbon home standard from 2016.

      Communities and Local Government: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many non-executive directors of his Department who were in post before May 2015 have since left the Department's board;...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps are being taken to mitigate the noise and sound pollution arising from heavy goods vehicles used in shale gas drilling.

      European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 26 March 2015 to Question 225021, what proportion of funds under the 2007-13 European Regional...

      Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to launch his programme of pocket parks in towns and cities; and what budget he plans to allocate to that programme.

      Food Banks: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what food bank collection points are currently provided by each local authority in the North West.

  • Scotland Office

    • Universities: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people go to university in Scotland who are resident in (a) Scotland, (b) England and (c) any other EU country.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the extension of High Speed 2 to Scotland.

      Employment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people who live in Scotland work in England.

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many non-executive directors of his Department who were in post before May 2015 have since left the Department's board; what the names and length...

    • Heathrow Airport: Belfast City Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to maintain the current level of connectivity between Heathrow Airport and Belfast City Airport before a decision is reached on...

      Great Western Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, by what date he expects electrification of the Great Western Line to Swansea and Valleys Lines in Wales to be completed.

      Great Western Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the commissioned Hitachi trains intended for the Great Western Line are able to run on both diesel and electricity.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to devolve Network Rail functions to the Welsh Government; and whether he plans to restructure Network Rail.

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the Challenge Fund has been allocated in each region since that fund was announced.

      Bus Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people were prosecuted by each local authority in the North West for fraudulent use of bus passes since 1 January 2014; and how many bus...

      Regional Airports: Dundee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will estimate how many people in the Dundee area benefit from the Regional Air Connectivity Fund.

      London Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish his Department's assessment of the evidence received in favour of the expansion of either Heathrow or Gatwick airport and the...

      Regional Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that are supported in (a) Dundee and (b) the UK by regional air connectivity funding.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of the office space owned or leased by his Department is not in regular use; what the total (a) rental and (b)...

    • China: Muslims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2015 to Question 1570, what commitments he has received from his Chinese counterpart in...

      EU Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in what ways the Balance of Competences review on the EU has informed the Government's negotiating position on EU reform.

      Arms Trade: Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to adopt a comprehensive arms embargo on all parties engaged in military operations in Yemen; if...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Colombian counterpart on human rights abuses of workers of the Esbarbosa ESP water and...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason Colombia was included in his Department's Human Rights and Democracy Report 2014, as a country of concern; and...

      Serbia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department provides to Serbia.

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on the human rights situation in that country.

      Hong Kong: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Hong Kong.

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons UK-resident EU citizens will not be allowed to vote in the EU referendum; and how many such people will be...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what effect the 1992 Edinburgh Agreement had on the application of EU treaties in the UK; and whether it is his Department's...

      Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had in the G7 and the EU on steps to reduce threats to religious freedom in Africa and the...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what criteria the Government will use to determine the right time for the UK to recognise Palestine as a state; and if he will...

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations Ministers in his Department have made to their counterparts in Ethiopia on the detention of...

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what arrangements are in place to assess the usefulness and effectiveness of the projects her Department sponsors; and what criteria...

    • Central African Republic: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department's long-term strategy is to support and protect the most vulnerable children in the Central African Republic; and...

      West Africa: Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent progress her Department has made on tackling ebola in West Africa; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school academies there were in (i) Cumbria and (ii) England and Wales in (A) 2012-13 and (B) 2013-14.

    • Hewett School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many times her Department has met (a) Norfolk County Council and (b) the Inspiration Trust to discuss the land on which the Hewlett School sits in...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how often her Department has made an academy order under section 4 of the Academies Act 2010 in each year since 2010; and in what region each school...

      Schools: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to reduce the radicalisation of children in schools.

      University of Chester Academies Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to improve the performance of the University of Chester Academies Trust.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the total held in reserves by each free school.

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2015 to Question 1083, how much schools spent on recruiting teachers in (a) Sheffield and (b) England in each year...

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2015 to Question 1083, how much the Training and Development Agency spent on recruitment in each year from 2010...

      Education: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on inclusion of education policy and oversight in the Northern Powerhouse Initiative.

      Department for Education: Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many staff who have been dismissed from her Department in the last three years were within 24 months of retirement.

      Sixth Form Colleges: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the VAT costs incurred by sixth form colleges in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

  • Leader of the House

    • Public Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House, how many government bills introduced in each of the last five years have been (a) England, (b) England and Wales, (c) Great Britain, (d) Wales, (e) Scotland and...

    • Public Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House, which government bills introduced in each of the last five years the provisions of which have not extended to Scotland.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of the office space owned or leased by her Department is not in regular use; what the total (a) rental and...

    • Game: Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many game farms were assessed by the Animal and Plant Health Agency as using un-enriched raised laying cages for...

      Game: Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of game farms in England and Wales using un-enriched raised laying cages for...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many non-executive directors of her Department who were in post before May 2015 have since left the Department's board;...

      Flood Control: Portsmouth South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assistance will be provided by her Department for the rebuilding of flood defences in Portsmouth South constituency.

      Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions officials in her Department have had with (a) the Lead Ammunition Group and (b) the Austrian government on...

      Squirrels: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to reduce levels of pox in red squirrels arising from garden feeders.

      Eels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to improve eel habitats.

      Agriculture: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether Government funding has been allocated to increase the number of apprenticeships in the food, farming and agri-tech...

      Agriculture: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many apprenticeships will be created at (a) intermediate, (b) advanced and (c) higher level in the food, farming and...

      Agriculture: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with representatives of the food and farming industry on apprenticeships.

      Antibiotics: Livestock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to tackle the overuse of antibiotics in farms; and if she will make a statement.

      Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government has any discretion in the imposition of the EU-level ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding her Department has allocated to delivery of the Government's 25-year plan to grow, buy and sell more British food.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her priorities are for reforming the Common Agricultural Policy; and if she will make a statement.

      Marine Conservation Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to complete the network of Marine Conservation Zones.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she plans to take to ensure that monitoring data collected on the third year of the badger culls in...

      Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received from charities on the protection and welfare of pet dogs.

      Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to protect the welfare of pet dogs.

      Animal Welfare Act 2006: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people were convicted under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, sections 4, 8 and 9 by each court in Lancashire in each...

      Pets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many advertisements that failed to meet the minimum standards for online pet advertising were removed from pet-related...

      Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to maintain the ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides.

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

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

      Fishing Catches: Salmon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what salmon netting or trapping stations are operational around the English coast; where they are; and how many salmon were...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Nuclear Power: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change of 17 June 2015, Official Report, columns...

    • Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effect of changes to planning permission for onshore wind projects on investor confidence in the...

  • Attorney General

    • Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney General, how many appeals for each category of offence were referred to him by (a) victims or the families of victims, (b) the police, (c) the Crown Prosecution Service, (d)...

    • Offences against Children

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent discussions he has had with the Director of Public Prosecutions about the performance of the Crown Prosecution Service in prosecuting child sexual abuse cases.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of the office space owned or leased by his Department is not in regular use; what the total (a) rental and (b) retail value is of all...

    • Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether an internal review has taken place of the Parole Board's decision to authorise the moving of Alan Wilmot to an open prison; and if he will make...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many unimplemented judgements of the European Court of Human Rights there have been in each member state of the Council of Europe in each of the...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will place in the Library a copy of the course materials and training plans used for the Building Better Relationships programme for male...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in how many and what proportion of cases the maximum sentence for each offence was given in (a) Crown Courts and (b) Magistrates' Courts in the latest...

      Courts: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the monetary value is of criminal courts charges (a) imposed and (b) collected since 13 April 2015; and if he will make a statement.

      Alternatives to Prosecution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the new out of court disposal framework being piloted in West Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Leicestershire; and if he will...

      Domestic Violence: Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what community programmes are available in lieu of prison sentences for (a) female and (b) gay or lesbian perpetrators of domestic violence; and if he...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people (a) of each sex, (b) in each age group and (c) who committed each type of offence are in prison under sentence.

      Suspended Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people who committed each type of offence have been sentenced to a suspended term of imprisonment of over 51 weeks since 3 December 2012.

      First Offenders: Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of (a) adult and (b) juvenile offenders who committed each indictable offence received a caution for their first offence in each of the...

      Homicide: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of sentence was served by people convicted of murder in each of the last five years.

      Youth Courts: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions magistrates in youth courts have handed down maximum two-year sentences since 2012.

      First Offenders: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what (a) number and (b) proportion of first-time offenders who committed each type of offence were sentenced to custody in each year since 2012.

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) absconds and (b) escapes took place from each prison in the last five years; and what offences had been committed by the people who...

      Fines: Surcharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the collection rate was of the victim surcharge in each year since 2010.

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which individual offences were committed by people granted post-conviction bail at a Crown Court who subsequently failed to appear for sentence in the...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been released having served no more than (a) half and (b) a quarter of their sentence for offences of each type in each of the...

      Prisons: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which prisons (a) are holding events to mark Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month and (b) have organised Traveller days in the last 12 months.

      Trials: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average cost is of (a) a jury trial at the Crown Court for (i) either way offences sent by magistrates where their sentencing powers were not...

      Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to ensure that courts are aware of the foreign criminal convictions of (a) foreign and (b) British criminals for the purposes of...

      Prisons: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many books have been sent to prisoners since 1 February 2015.

      Reoffenders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offences of a violent nature were committed by women who were (a) under a community order or suspended sentence order and (b) on licence for a...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of appeals to the Tribunals Service from appellants in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England relating to (i) personal...

      Dental Services: Cosmetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were convicted in each magistrates' court in England for carrying out tooth whitening illegally under section 38 of the Dentists Act...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many contested employment tribunal cases there were in England and Wales in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the office space owned or leased by his Department is not in regular use; what the total (a) rental and (b) retail value is of all...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Digital Technology: EU Internal Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Written Statement of 8 June 2015, HCWS17, on the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council, what specific concerns...

    • EU Presidency: Luxembourg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions Ministers and officials in his Department have had with their counterparts in Luxembourg in relation to that country's...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2015 to Question 613, how many libraries were open for 10 hours or more a week in each year between...

      Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2015 to Question 1896, what representations he has received about creating a cultural protection...

      Broadband: Business Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2015 to Question 611, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the difference between the number...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish his Department's Annual Report and Accounts.

      BBC: Royal Charters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many full-time equivalent officials are working on Charter Renewal.

      Museums and Galleries: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the value is of arts assets in the vaults of the museums and galleries which receive grant-in-aid.

      Public Libraries: WiFi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 215 to Question 614, whether the £7.4 million being made available to help all public libraries...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the office space owned or leased by his Department is not in regular use; what the total (a) rental and (b) retail...

      Digital Broadcasting: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department has made on ensuring digital broadcast media are accessible for people with hearing impairments.

      FIFA: Israel Football Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with FIFA on the attempt to expel the Israel Football Association from that organisation.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many non-executive directors of his Department who were in post before May 2015 have since left the Department's board; what the...

      Gun Sports: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to encourage young people to take up shooting sports.

      BBC: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will discuss with the BBC Trust what steps it plans to take to monitor how the BBC fulfils its campaign on the duty of...

      Local Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support local newspapers; and if he will make a statement.

      Telecommunications: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when his Department will be publishing a response to its consultation on Reforming the Electronic Communications Code launched on 26...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament: Art Works

      To ask the hon. Member for Mole Valley representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate the Commission has made of the value of all art held on the parliamentary estate.

  • Department for Transport

    • Airports Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recommendations of the Airports Commission must go through statutory planning processes.

    • Parking: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the rules regarding disabled parking spaces on private land, such as hotels and supermarkets; whether there is a minimum number of such spaces...

      Motorcycles: Helmets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to make the wearing of safety helmets by drivers of quad bikes compulsory.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • VJ Day

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what commemorative events they have planned for the 70th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day.

    • Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to fit land-attack missiles to T45 destroyers to augment the planned number of F-35B Sea Lightnings available for initial air campaign...

      Armed Forces: Gender

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedures they have put in place since 2014 to increase the situational awareness of gender within the armed forces at home and on deployment.

      Conflict Resolution: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made toward establishing a senior defence working group on gender, as set out in the United Kingdom National Action Plan on Women,...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Stormont House Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 18 June (HL393), what is the full list of those who attended the talks leading up to the Stormont House...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many families they estimate will benefit from the proposed provision of 30 hours free childcare contained in the Childcare Bill [HL].

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when an Impact Assessment for the Childcare Bill [HL] will be published.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the timetables for the consultation of parents and the funding review to ensure that childcare providers are properly reimbursed for the free places...

      Affordable Childcare Select Committee (HL)

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to respond to the report of the Select Committee on Affordable Childcare.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which disabled children's groups they plan to consult on the impact of the Childcare Bill [HL].

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who will be asked to review the conclusions of the pilot schemes for the measures to be implemented under the Childcare Bill [HL] in 2016.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to publish details of possible new criminal offences to support regulations made under the Childcare Bill [HL].

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Missing Persons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will decide the timetabling of the legislation proposed in their recent response to their consultation on the guardianship of the property and...

  • Scotland Office

    • Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances they will consent to a second referendum on Scottish independence.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent High Court ruling regarding delays in Personal Independence Payments.

    • Work Programme: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Work Programme in relation to its support for older people.

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of removing housing benefit from 18 to 21 year-olds.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Sheep Dipping: Organophosphates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of how many (1) farm workers, and (2) other people, may have had their health affected by working with organophosphate sheep dipping...

    • Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to seek reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy in order to boost productivity and sustainability.

      Food: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the total food and drink exported from the United Kingdom in each year since 2000 was to countries that are members of the European Union or...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of food labelling in the United Kingdom.

      Agriculture: Chemicals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that any proposals by the European Commission to ban an agricultural chemical are supported by full science-based risk...

  • Home Office

    • Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to receive the results of their investigations into the matters raised by the Channel 4 News programme on Yarl's Wood shown on 2 March; and...

    • Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will continue to provide religious and spiritual support for the detainees at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre.

      Immigration: Detention Centres

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the standard of the services provided by the private outsourcing group MITIE at Harmondsworth and Colnbrook Immigration Removal...

      Diplomatic Service: Documents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the legal responsibilities are under United Kingdom law of consulates of other countries for the care and protection of United Kingdom citizens’...

      British Nationality: English Language

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why only the examinations offered by the International English Language Testing System and Trinity College London were deemed suitable for English language...

      British Nationality: English Language

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what risk assessment they have undertaken regarding the decision to appoint only two examination boards for English language tests used for applications for...

      Developing Countries: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether their provision of aid for drug control in countries such as Iran and Pakistan is proving effective in reducing...

      Airguns

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review the law relating to the purchase and possession of air guns in England, in the light of the increasing number of shootings of...

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Home Secretary expects to decide whether to authorise the Metropolitan Police to use, under appropriate operational circumstances, the water cannons...

  • HM Treasury

    • NHS: Vat

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was paid in 2013–14 to compensate the National Health Service for irrecoverable VAT.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to address the issue of climate finance at the forthcoming United Nations Climate Change conference in Paris; and whether they plan to...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Honours

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 10 July 2014 (HL828), whether they will update the table to reflect all honours lists since the...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Change of Use

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether permitted development rights on the conversion of offices to residential premises, due to expire in May 2016, are to be extended beyond that date.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Loans: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice with its review of the scheduling of televised advertisements for...

    • Fifa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have taken place between ministers or officials of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and officials of the English Football...

      S4C

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the current level of direct funding of S4C by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will be retained in the new licence period irrespective of...

  • Department of Health

    • Malaria: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have received from Public Health England on Lariam (mefloquine), in particular in relation to members of the armed forces serving in Afghanistan.

    • Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recommendations of the most recent collaborative tuberculosis strategy for England, what criteria they plan to use to determine who...

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