Written answers

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Transport: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the transport capital infrastructure spending announced in each Budget Statement in each year since 2011 was allocated to each (a) region...

    • Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of traffic accidents in which the use of a satellite navigation system has been a contributing...

      M56: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 23 June 2015 to Question 3171, what steps his Department is taking to reduce accidents on the M56 between junctions 12 and 14.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to respond to the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety constituency data on road traffic accidents,...

      A46: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what statistics his Department holds on road traffic accidents at the Thrussington to Seagrove Road crossover with the A46 in each year from 2005 to 2014.

      A46: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to improve the A46-Seagrave to Thrussington road crossover junction.

      Aviation: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will develop a uniform standard for ensuring disruptive and heavily intoxicated airline passengers are not permitted to fly on subsequent occasions.

      Airports: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the importance of hub connectivity for airports and businesses in the North of England; and what steps his Department...

      Driving: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to issue a green paper on young drivers; and if he will make a statement.

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will estimate the number of jobs and businesses that rely on the Bus Service Operators Grant; and what assessment he has made of the effect of...

      Bristol-Derby Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on assessing the case for electrifying the rail line from Bristol to Derby.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2015 to Question 3530, by what date he expects Pacer trains to be withdrawn from service by those franchises managed...

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his oral statement of 25 June 2015, Official Report, column 1067-8, on Network Rail, what effect changes to Network Rail's programme will...

      Railways: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his oral statement of 25 June 2015, Official Report, column 1067-8, on Network Rail, what his policy is on electrification of the...

      Rail Infrastructure Futures Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of June 25 2015 to Question 3539, which external organisations have held meetings and on which dates with the Rail...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of June 25 2015 to Question 3449, what the total value was of the contracts entered into by Network Rail in connection with (a)...

  • Home Office

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) women and (b) men safety officers are employed to work with victims of domestic abuse.

    • Human Trafficking: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to support victims of human trafficking who do not pass the Genuine Prospect of Work test.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish the next progress report on the Government's Tackling child sexual exploitation action plan, published in November...

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what instructions have been issued to government departments regarding the retention of documents pertinent to the Goddard Inquiry into...

      Mediterranean Sea: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) budget is, (b) full-time equivalent staff is and (c) objectives are for 2015-16 of the taskforce on migration issues in the...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings her Department has had or plans to have with (a) representatives of church groups, (b) the Muslim Council of Britain, (c) the...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will (a) publish a new drug strategy and (b) consult drug treatment providers in the preparation of such a strategy; and if she will...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times the UK, Germany and France voted against proposed EU legislation in the EU Council of Ministers that was...

    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

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

      Sugar: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his contribution of 9 June 2015, Official Report, column 1056, what progress he has made on raising the question of...

      Pakistan: Save the Children Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of Pakistan on its attempt to close the offices of Save the Children in Islamabad.

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Skin: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much funding his Department gives to research on the causes, effects and treatment of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and toxic...

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many arms export licences the Government has issued with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 25 March 2015; if he will...

      Toxic Shock Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions he has had with tampon manufacturers on warnings about toxic shock syndrome appearing on product...

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent progress has been made on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations; and if he will make a...

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the humanitarian effect on Palestinians in the West Bank of restrictions on their movement.

    • Gaza: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make an assessment of the potential humanitarian effect of ending restrictions on exports out of Gaza; and if she will...

      Occupied Territories: Trade Barriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make an assessment of the potential humanitarian effect of ending restrictions on trade between Gaza and the West Bank.

      Gaza: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the potential humanitarian effect of creating a secure sea route for EU trade with Gaza between Cyprus...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.

      Gaza: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimates she has made of the level of youth unemployment in Gaza; and if she will make a statement.

      Diseases: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department allocates annually for research into neglected tropical diseases.

      Developing Countries: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department allocates each year to ensure that people in the developing world living with HIV who have also contracted...

  • Department for Education

    • Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the value is of the total assets held by free schools; and what proportion of such assets were formerly held by public bodies.

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many complaints have been made to the Education Funding Agency about academies and free schools in the last three years; and what proportion of...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will implement the recommendations of the Fifth Report of the Education Committee of Session 2014-15, on Life Lessons: PHSE and SRE in schools,...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2015 to Question 334, what plans her Department has to issue new guidance to local authorities on timeframes for...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding is received per pupil in (a) St Helens North constituency, (b) the North West and (c) England.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Criminal Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many strict liability offences have been created in the last five years.

    • Ministry of Justice: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether all people employed by his Department (a) directly or (b) by sub-contract are in receipt of the living wage or better.

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been murdered since 2007 by people who were previously convicted of murder and then released having served their prison sentences.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many defendants were sentenced to between six and 12 months' immediate custody at a Crown Court for a single either way offence in each year since...

      Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of changes in the prevalence of squatting in commercial premises following the introduction of the criminal...

      Magistrates' Courts: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what research his Department has commissioned into the cost implications of increasing magistrates sentencing powers to 12 months for a single offence;...

      Terrorism: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average prison sentence was served by people convicted of terrorist offences in the last 10 years.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many serving prisoners were not in prison on 25 December 2014.

      Crown Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment his Department has made of the number of cases heard in Crown Courts (a) which were sent by Magistrates to the Crown Court and...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders released on licence following a life sentence have committed (a) homicide and (b) other offences in each of the last two years.

      Crown Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the number of cases which are sent by Magistrates to the Crown Court following a not guilty plea where (a) the charge is...

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners serving a custodial sentence work outside prison.

      Life Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders sentenced to life in the last 15 years had received one or more previous life sentence on a separate sentencing occasion.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of offenders who received a custodial sentence have previously served (a) no, (b) between one and four, (c) between five and nine and...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the highest number of previous convictions or cautions was of an offender who did not receive an immediate custodial sentence for the latest...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much is spent by HM Prison (a) Leeds and (b) Wakefield to calculate the release date of prisoners; and how many people are employed to carry out...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Barking and Dagenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham were accessing civil legal aid for family law cases in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c)...

      Prisons: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which television channels are available to prisoners.

      Prisoners: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what support is available to former service personnel diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder who have been sentenced to prison.

      European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the number of states party to the European Convention on Human Rights, the prisons of which breach any term of...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length was of (a) custodial sentences handed down by magistrates' courts and (b) time subsequently served in prison by people who...

      Prisoners: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of prisoners identify as being from a Gypsy, Traveller or Roma background.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to meet with Ministers in the Scottish Government as part of his Department's review of employment tribunal fees.

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners who are in open prisons are serving (a) a life and (b) an indeterminate sentence for public protection.

      Prisons: Parcels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether any illegal items have been found in packages sent to prisoners since 1 February 2015.

      Magistrates Courts: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and in what proportion of cases offenders in magistrates' courts received a (a) six-month immediate custodial sentence for one offence and (b)...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average number of days was that (a) male and (b) female prisoners were released on temporary licence during the latest year for which...

      Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of defendants at (a) magistrates' courts and (b) Crown Courts changed their plea before trial in the latest year for which figures are...

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the monetary value was of fines (a) imposed, (b) collected, (c) legally cancelled, (d) administratively cancelled and (e) outstanding in (i)...

  • Prime Minister

    • British Irish Council

      To ask the Prime Minister, how many times he has attended meetings of the British-Irish Council since 2010.

    • Bribery Act 2010

      To ask the Prime Minister, what meetings the Government's Anti-Corruption Champion has had with business organisations to discuss the operation of the Bribery Act 2010 and Government guidance on...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Bases: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which barracks are in the Greater London area; and by whom those barracks are occupied.

    • VAT: Ministry of Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether VAT is payable by the Ministry of Defence on the construction of new barracks.

      UN Convention for Protection of Cultural Property in Event of Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what changes he intends to make to military law as a result of the decision to ratify the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in...

      Golf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the approximate land value is of each golf course owned by his Department.

      Golf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the location is of each golf course owned by his Department.

      Armed Forces: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Joint Personnel Administration IT system is able to discriminate between informally resolved and withdrawn service complaints; and if he...

      Service Complaints Commissioner: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff were employed in the office of the Service Complaints Commissioner in each year since 2008; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many legacy complaints were handled by the Service Complaints Commissioner in each year from 2010 to 2014; how many of those complaints are...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which groups will be exempted from proposals to restrict housing benefit for 18 to 21 year olds.

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what benchmark analysis of average household earnings his Department used to determine that £23,000 should be the new level at which the...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with a learning disability are currently claiming jobseeker's allowance.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department plans to publish as a result of the consultation on its draft complaints procedure; and (a) when and (b) where...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the effect of changing the household benefit cap on the ability of victims of domestic violence to find...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with a learning disability are claiming employment and support allowance and are in the (a) work related activity and (b)...

      Social Security Benefits: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to reduce the time taken for (a) disability living allowance and (b) personal independence payment assessments for...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the implications of the High Court ruling of June 2015 relating to delays in payment of Personal Independence...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason the Access to Work budget was underspent in 2014-15; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total value of payment of housing benefit was in (a) the UK, (b) West Midlands and (c) Coventry in the last five years.

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (a) how many people were eligible to receive and (b) how many and what proportion of people were in receipt of carer's allowance in each local...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the forecast total value of housing benefit payments that will be made in each of the next five years.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of reductions in the welfare budget on children with sensory loss.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what financial penalty Capita received for missing its six-week target for carrying out personal independence payment assessments.

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in each local authority area were eligible to receive carer's allowance on the latest date for which figures are available;...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rural Payments Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff were employed at the Rural Payments Agency in each of the last five years.

    • Rural Payments Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many extra staff have been (a) hired and (b) reassigned from other roles in the Rural Payments Agency to manage...

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effect that withdrawal from the EU would have on British farming.

      Antibiotics: Livestock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information her Department holds on the extend to which the presence of antibiotic resistant organisms in the human gut...

      Air Pollution: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which places in London have air pollution levels that exceeded the EU limit on (a) NO2, (b) Ozone, (c) PM10 particles and...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Right to Acquire Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many housing association properties were sold under Right to Acquire provisions in each year since 2010 in (a) Greenwich...

    • Licensed Premises: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the guidance set out in National Planning Policy Guidance, paragraph 006 ID 30-006-20141224, what assessment...

      Licensed Premises: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to introduce an agent of change principle into existing planning law regulations to ensure that...

      Temporary Accommodation: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate he has made of the number of young people who are living in emergency or temporary accommodation provided...

      Homelessness: Single People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government has taken to ensure that local councils provide adequate support and assistance to single homeless...

      Urban Areas: Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities have provided grant funding to Shopmobility schemes in each of the last three years; and what the...

      Council Tax: Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether there are any barriers or regulations that prevent local authorities from requesting details of a person's tenure on...

      Public Houses: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to protect pubs in rural areas.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will estimate how many new properties have been sold to foreign investors in (a) Lewisham, Deptford constituency, (b)...

      Temporary Accommodation: Lewisham

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

      Regional Planning and Development: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the oral statement by the Secretary of State for Transport of 25 June 2015, Official Report, column 1067-8, on...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential effects of changes to planning permission for onshore wind projects on investment...

  • HM Treasury

    • Regional Planning and Development: North of England

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the geographical boundaries are of the Northern Powerhouse.

    • Personal Income: North of England

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average annual income is of each person living in the area covered by the Northern Powerhouse.

      Married People: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the provision of the marriage allowance on the risks associated with domestic violence in...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) productivity and (b) competitiveness in the UK of (i) skill deficits in young working-age women and (ii)...

      Revenue and Customs: Small Businesses

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to improve customer service at HM Revenue and Customs for small businesses.

      Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the positive economic benefits of lower fuel prices caused by the fuel duty freeze.

      Public Sector Debt

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the national debt, from which individuals or organisations has the money been borrowed; and to whom or to which organisations is the debt owed.

      Public Sector Debt

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the gross value of sterling issued through the Government's quantitative easing initiation is included in calculations of the national debt.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans that the child element of child tax credit and the child element of universal credit will remain the same while universal credit is rolled out.

      Productivity: Departmental Coordination

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what cross-departmental work on productivity his Department is co-ordinating.

      Revenue and Customs: St Helens North

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many telephone calls to HM Revenue and Customs from residents and businesses in St Helens North constituency were unanswered in 2014-15.

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission on the reinstatement of the Aggregate Credit Levy Scheme; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Tidal Power: Swansea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she plans to announce the conclusion of negotiations for a Contract for Difference for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon.

    • Tidal Power: Swansea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent discussions she has had with the European Commission on the decision on state aid on the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to ensure that shale gas community benefit funds are distributed to those households closest to potential...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to prevent ground water contamination as a result of shale gas drilling.

      Wind Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to her Department's press release of 18 June 2015, Changes to onshore wind subsidies, whether she plans to implement a...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Contracts: Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department has taken to promote equal pay between men and women employed by companies in respect of a government contract worth more...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Cabinet Secretary plans to reply to the letter to him dated 10 June 2015 from the hon. Member for Reigate.

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that people without access to technology are not adversely affected by the increased use of IT to deliver public services.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce bureaucracy relating to public procurement for small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to broaden the diversity of people considered for public appointments.

      Government Departments: Databases

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to assess the handling of personal data by government departments.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of teenagers who will participate in the National Citizen Service this year.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Procurement

      To ask the hon. Member for Mole Valley representing the House of Commons Commission, whether all contractors supplying a service to the House have now been signed up as living wage employers.

  • Department of Health

    • Health Services: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether official statistics on usage of cancer drugs and treatments for rare diseases include overseas patients at private clinics.

    • Alcoholism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with problems relating to alcohol consumption in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library all representations received by the Government on the potential effect on the NHS of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and...

      Bladder Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase the level of investment in treatment for bladder cancer.

      Nurses: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of qualified nurses that will work in the UK in each of the next five years.

      Ovarian Cancer: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will discuss with the Northern Ireland Health Minister the development of a UK-wide strategy for addressing and raising awareness of ovarian cancer.

      Alzheimer's Disease: Blood Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges on the potential introduction of a new NHS blood test for Alzheimer's disease.

      Agency Nurses

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

      Prostate Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on screening all men for prostate cancer at the age of 50; and if he will make a statement.

      Nurses: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many qualified nurses are currently working in the UK.

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have had a adverse reaction to a transplant operation in each of the last five years.

      Arrowe Park Hospital: Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what average time was taken between patients calling 999 with a life threatening call and presenting at Arrowe Park Hospital accident and emergency...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review his current policy on prescription charging for patients with long-term health conditions.

      Ambulance Services: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of life threatening calls made in the CH64 postcode area to the ambulance service led to an ambulance arriving at the caller's location...

      Dementia: Ealing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in the London Borough of Ealing who have been diagnosed with severe dementia or Alzheimer's Disease are currently in receipt of NHS...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of mechanisms for elevating treatments for (a) blood and (b) rare cancer.

      Heart Diseases: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the likely timescale for making mega stent technology for heart surgery available on the NHS.

      General Practitioners: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the potential annual cost to the NHS of GPs being able to access CT scans, endoscopies and other internal examinations...

      Agency Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what forecast he has made of the likely spend on agency nurses by (a) NHS England and (b) London North West Healthcare NHS Trust in each year up to and...

      Nurses: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what public sector organisations employ qualified nurses to provide health and social care services; and how many such nurses are employed by each such...

      Countess of Chester Hospital: Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average time taken was between patients calling 999 with a life threatening call and presenting at the Countess of Chester Hospital accident and...

      Back Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cost to the NHS of treating back pain in each of the last 10 years.

      Nurses: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses were recruited by each NHS Trust in Lancashire in 2014; and how many of those nurses trained (a) at the University of Central Lancashire,...

      Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in St Helens North constituency are identified as suffering from long-term illnesses; and what the comparable average figure is in the...

      Huntington's Disease: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has for regional or national multi-disciplinary care teams to incorporate aspects of Huntington's disease care; and if he will...

      Ovarian Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential cost and benefits of advanced genetic testing techniques for the clinical assessment and treatment of...

  • Home Office

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Social Mobility

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what their response is to the report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission that many top companies exclude bright working-class candidates from...

    • Exports: BRIC Countries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to assist small and medium-sized enterprises to enter markets in Brazil, Russia, India and China.

  • Department for International Development

    • Afghanistan: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had, or plan to have, with the government of Afghanistan about improving conditions there for women and girls among the internally...

    • Africa: Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made, if any, of the proportion of tuberculosis cases in (1) Malawi, (2) Mozambique, (3) Nigeria, and (4) Rwanda occurring in people...

      Bangladesh: Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the issue of child marriage was last raised with the government of Bangladesh.

      Africa: Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the proportion of tuberculosis cases in (1) South Africa, (2) Tanzania, (3) Uganda, (4) Zambia, (5) Zimbabwe...

      North Korea: Droughts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the drought in North Korea and its potential impact on food supplies in that country.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost during 2014–15, and what is the budgeted cost for 2015–16, of providing monetary assistance to persons displaced by...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of how many primary schools have spare capacity to accommodate three and four year-old children of parents entitled to the new...

    • Exercise: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report by ukactive that the Chief Medical Officer’s guidance is not being followed in schools, how they plan to ensure that...

      Children: Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to revise the statutory guidance Working together to Safeguard Children to make specific reference to the considerations that arise in the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to close courts.

    • Magistrates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to publish a white paper on reform of the magistracy; and if so, when.

      Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what tasks, if any, prisoners are now asked to undertake that hitherto were undertaken by staff at (1) HMP Durham, and (2) HMP Acklington.

      Freedom of Expression

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to changing the law to provide further protection for the right of individuals to freedom of expression, in the light of...

      Domestic Violence: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Bates on 16 June (HL Deb, col 1072) concerning domestic violence, whether male victims of domestic violence will have access...

      Homosexuality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to be able to fulfil their manifesto pledge to introduce legislation to pardon those men, now deceased, who were historically convicted of...

      Prisoners: Veterans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have issued any guidelines to prison governors regarding the needs of prisoners who are veterans of the armed forces.

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

    • Peers

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what plans there are for providing adequate accommodation for any new members of the House of Lords.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • VJ Day

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any representatives of the Burmese hill tribes will attend commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the Victory over Japan Day.

    • Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to increase the availability and use of gender advisers and cultural advisers within deployable United Kingdom armed forces; and...

      Military Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the cost of the armed forces' contributions to providing humanitarian assistance in (1) Sierra Leone for the Ebola crisis, (2) Nepal for...

      Unidentified Flying Objects

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the 18 Ministry of Defence files on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) that have yet to be released to the public, what is the originating...

      Mediterranean Sea: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what orders are given to British naval vessels that have rescued migrants in danger at sea regarding where the migrants should be disembarked.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fruit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that more British-grown fruit is sold within the United Kingdom.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many affordable house building completions in receipt of government financial support there were in each financial year from 2005–06.

  • HM Treasury

    • Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people sought telephone advice from The Pensions Advisory Service in (1) April following the commencement of the Pensions Schemes Act 2015, and (2) May.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Honours

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 27 November 2014 (HL2967), whether the reduction in the number of persons styled professor in...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Television: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on public service broadcasting of decriminalising non-payment of the licence fee.

    • S4C

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that funding for S4C does not drop below its current level.

      Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to introduce the horse racing betting right announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his 2014 Autumn Statement.

      Broadband: Lincolnshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to invest in high-speed broadband in Lincolnshire.

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