Written answers

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of the electrification of the Transpennine rail route on (a) economic growth and (b) job...

    • Level Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what changes he plans to make to level crossings.

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total amount of capital funding per capita on public transport was in each English region in each of the last five financial years.

      Mersey Tunnel: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2015 to Question 2544, what steps his Department is taking to consult Mersey Tunnel users living outside the...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to increase the number of people employed in coastguard stations.

      Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the European Commission and (b) his EU counterparts on insurance cover for (i) tractors, (ii) quad bikes,...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the level of staff shortage is at each coastguard station.

      Railways: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with (a) Abellio Greater Anglia and (b) Govia Thameslink Railway franchise on improving the standards of service.

      Rescue Services: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what targets and performance measures his Department has specified for levels of service from the company which will operate the search and rescue...

      Rescue Services: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from the Welsh Government on the future of the search and rescue helicopter service in North West Wales.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of the Code of Practice on retail information for rail tickets and...

      Rescue Services: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Bristow Helicopters on that company's contingency plans should it no longer be profitable for it to run the search...

      East Anglia Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what timetable is in place for the replacement of Trowse Swing Bridge on the Great Eastern Main Line.

      East Anglia Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his plans are for new trains on the Great Eastern Main Line; and what the timetable is for the implementation of those plans.

      East Anglia Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the reconstruction of Haughley Junction and adjacent track on the Great Eastern Main Line.

      Railways: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the construction of extra track on the rail line between Chelmsford, Hatfield Peverel and Witham in Essex.

      Railways: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the performance of the (a) Abellio Greater Anglia and (b) Govia Thameslink Railway franchises as recorded in the (i)...

      Stechford Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what effect reductions in funding for rail infrastructure will have on the Access for All work at Stechford Station.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with representatives of (a) Transport for London and (b) the Mayor of London about (i) the taxi industry in London and...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to Start-up aid for airports: applications received, published by his Department on 27 March 2015, for what reason he has not yet...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislation to amend the definition of plying for hire in the taxi industry.

  • Home Office

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what research his Department has commissioned on the effect of leaving the EU.

    • Syria: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support and assistance the Government is providing to the Syriac Military Council in the fighting against ISIS in Syria.

      Iran: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on that country's (a) financial and (b) other support for...

      West Bank: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Israeli authorities on expansion of settlements on the West Bank.

      Iran: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in countries in the Gulf region on support provided by Iran to...

      Iran: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on whether Iran is providing (a) financial and (b) other support to international terror groups.

      Romania: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Romanian counterparts on tackling corruption in that country.

      Bribery Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have held with business organisations to discuss the Bribery...

      Tunisia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will hold discussions with his French counterpart on improving collaboration between the French and UK governments in...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on human rights abuses in Colombia.

      Colombia: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Colombia on the imprisonment of civil society activists and trade...

      Colombia: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recent Human Rights Watch report on alleged senior...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of killings of Colombian human rights activists.

      Colombia: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support the Colombian peace process.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions has he had with the Burmese government on (a) the Rohingya community in Rakhine state and (b) democracy...

      Amnesty International: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal Determination of 22 June 2015, IPT/13/194/H, and subsequent correction of 1 July...

  • Attorney General

    • Radicalism

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps the CPS is taking to ensure the effective prosecution of British nationals inciting extremism.

    • Attorney General: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Attorney General, on how many occasions the Law Officers' Departments applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure likely to endanger...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Chambers of Commerce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans his Department has to increase the role of Accredited Chambers of Commerce in supporting UK exporters.

    • Apprentices: National Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of apprentices achieving a Level 2 NVQ who continue as apprentices to undertake further...

      Department of Business Innovation and Skills: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will place in the Library a list of all public appointments made by his Department between 1 January 2015 and 1 May 2015.

      National Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to incentivise young people who complete a Level 2 NVQ to progress to a higher level...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, (a) how many projects were selected, (b) how much has been committed to and (c) how much was spent in each parliamentary...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2015, what (a) value and (b) number of Small Business Research Initiative contracts has been...

      Manufacturing Industries: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2015, what his future plans are for the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative.

      British Business Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what live programmes and products are operated by the British Business Bank; and what programmes and products that organisation...

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many companies received support under the High Value Opportunities scheme in each month of the 2014-15 financial year.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure that levels of business rates do not put the future of small businesses at risk.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which firms are (a) advising the Government on the sale and (b) involved in the sale process of the Green Investment Bank; and...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what objectives he has set for the sale of the Green Investment Bank.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of the Green Investment Bank the Government plans to sell; and what deadlines, milestones or schedules his...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff (a) from his Department or his Department's executive agencies, (b) from other Government departments and (c) who...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many shares in Royal Mail of what value were sold to which institutions in June 2015.

  • Department for International Development

    • Burma: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department has allocated to inter-faith projects in Burma in 2015-16.

    • Burma: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of whether the funding needs of internally displaced people in non-government controlled Kachin state,...

      Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, by what criteria her Department calculated the number of unsafe abortions averted, as identified in her Department's report entitled,...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what mechanisms her Department currently has in place for the distribution of humanitarian aid to Yemen.

      Tunisia: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will work with the government of Tunisia to improve inter-faith dialogue.

      Department for International Development: Consultants and Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department spent on (a) legal advice and (b) consultants in 2014; which organisations were paid from that expenditure for...

      Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department has allocated to projects tackling violence against women and girls in each of the last three years.

      Africa: Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will take steps to increase international aid for conflict prevention in (a) Democratic Republic of Congo, (b) Burundi and (c)...

      Mediterranean Sea: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to address the root causes of attempted migration to Europe across the Mediterranean.

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of her Department's contribution to progress on a peace settlement in the Middle East through its support...

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian effects of the blockade of Gaza.

      Mediterranean Sea: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to address the root causes of attempted migration to Europe across the Mediterranean.

      Malawi: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what forecast her Department has made of its spending in Malawi in the next five years.

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Teach First teachers in each (a) subject and (b) parliamentary constituency (i) began teaching and (ii) left the teaching profession in each...

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many academies whose funding arrangements with the Secretary of State required their teachers to have Qualified Teacher Status have applied to...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish on her Department's website the guidance she has issued to headteachers on tackling extremism.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans for the funding rate review for the Government's proposal to provide 30 hours free childcare for three and four year olds to review...

      Primary Education: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to work with local authorities to support the expansion of over-subsidised rural primary schools.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of General Data Protection Regulation on the (a) UK economy and (b) UK financial...

    • Child Abuse in North Wales Judicial Inquiry Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent information he has received on when the report of the Macur Review is due to be published.

      Ministry of Justice: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will place in the Library a list of all public appointments made by his Department between 1 January 2015 and 1 May 2015.

      Assaults on Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were convicted of assaulting a police officer in each of the last 10 years; and what proportion of such people received a prison sentence.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps he has taken to reduce offenders' access to drugs in prisons.

      Terrorism: Tunisia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to provide assistance to victims of the Tunisian attack on 26 June 2015 under the Victims of Overseas Terrorism Compensation Scheme 2012.

      Young Offenders: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the diagnosis is of young people in each public and private prison or young offender institution who have a mental illness; and what steps his...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will place in the Library a list of all public appointments made by his Department between 1 January 2015 and 1 May 2015.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the effect on the levels of homelessness from the proposed reduction in the benefit cap to £23,000 each...

    • Employment: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to support claimants of benefits find employment in Torbay.

      Income Support: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of income support lone parent claimants who have a subsequent child by the same father.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people (a) in the UK and (b) resident in overseas countries over the age of 100 received the state pension; and how many such people...

      Pensioners: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps he has taken to assist pensioners in the use of communication technology.

      Work Capability Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of work capability assessments have found the claimant to be fit for work in each year since 2008.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of families affected by the benefit cap placed in (a) temporary accommodation by a local authority and (b) other accommodation...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of the households affected by the household benefit cap are in (a) social housing, (b) temporary and emergency accommodation and (c)...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what targets for call answering times he has set for his Department's telephone line for use by disability living allowance claimants...

      Personal Independence Payment: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payments applicants in Preston had to travel to medical assessments in (a) Preston, (b) South Ribble, (c)...

      Budgeting Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications were made for budgeting loans in each month from June 2014.

      Budgeting Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for budgeting loans were approved in each month from June 2014.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2015 to Question 2647, how many of the outsourced staff working for his Department's contractors and their...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received on the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (General Duties of Self-Employed Persons) (Prescribed...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Kennel Club on the preservation of rare breeds.

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place in the Library a list of all public appointments made by her Department between 1 January 2015 and 1 May 2015.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will ensure that the Basic Payment Scheme is in operation by December 2015.

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to tackle abuse of the Pet Travel scheme.

      Agriculture: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many meetings her Department has had with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on trebling the the number...

      Agriculture: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to achieve the commitment to treble the number of apprenticeships in the food, farming...

      Farms: Tenants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she last met the Tenant Farmer's Association to discuss the future of Farm Business Tenancies.

      Farms: Tenants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to explore mechanisms for encouraging longer lengths of term on farm business tenancies.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed extension of the right-to-buy for housing association...

    • Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with developers to encourage them to build on brownfield sites; and if he will make a statement.

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of properties purchased under the right-to-buy scheme which are now in the private...

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to implement new planning provisions on redevelopment of brownfield sites.

      Roads: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cost was to local authorities in England of (a) collecting and (b) disposing of road sweepings in the latest period...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the new considerations on proposed wind energy developments issued on 18 June 2015 apply to local planning authorities...

      Affordable Housing: West Yorkshire

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

      Housing: Foreign Nationals

      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) Leeds North West constituency, (b) Leeds...

      Housing Completions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the housing completion rates in (a) England, (b) West Yorkshire, (c) Leeds and (d) Leeds North West constituency was in...

      Communities and Local Government: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on how many occasions his Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000...

      Fires: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of elderly people involved in domestic fires.

      Fires: Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many fires were caused by an electrical source in the last 12 months; and what steps his Department is taking to reduce the...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 22 June 2015 to Question 3462, what steps his Department is taking to increase the supply of...

      Help to Buy Scheme: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average deposit required for shared ownership applications made through the Help to Buy scheme was in (a) Cambridge...

      Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of shared ownership applications made through the Help to Buy scheme have required a deposit of...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will apply the restrictions on the conversion and demolition of pubs which are assets of community value to all pubs.

  • Wales Office

    • Electorate: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many people of voting age there were in each local authority area in Wales (a) in each of the last 10 years and (b) on the latest date for which...

  • HM Treasury

    • Intelligence Services: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to change the budget of the Single Intelligence Account in 2015-16.

    • Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when all challenges to the 2010 Rating List for England and Wales will be finally resolved.

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the level of take-up of public registers of beneficial ownership in the UK's Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies; and...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2015 to Question 603, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the UK supply chain benefits...

    • Renewable Energy: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much the Government has spent in each renewable energy sector in each of the last five years.

      Wind Power: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the number of jobs in (a) construction and (b) operation that may be lost following the...

      Carbon Sequestration: Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the importance of trees and tree planting to achieving carbon capture.

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many installations of (a) solar thermal, (b) ground source heat pumps, (c) biomass and (d) air source heat pumps took place under...

      Wind Power: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department is taking to develop the offshore wind industry in Scotland.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether she plans to hold the next round of Contract for Difference auctions before the end of 2015.

      Wind Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on jobs and the supply chain of the closure of the Renewables Obligation for...

      Wind Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the number of jobs that will be lost as a result of the closure of the subsidy scheme for new onshore...

      Wind Power: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions she has had with investors who have sunk costs in the onshore wind pipeline under the Renewables Obligation...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she plans to make a further announcement about Contracts for Difference; and whether she plans for onshore wind developments to...

      Fuel Poverty: Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to tackle fuel poverty of park home residents through the (a) Energy Company Obligation and (b) Warm Homes...

      Fossil Fuels: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when her Department plans to publish the results of the 14th onshore oil and gas licensing round.

      Fracking: Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what (a) seismological, (b) geological and (c) other assessments have been made of the effect of fracking on the safety of nuclear...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will make it her policy to press the EU to adopt a target of 50 per cent emissions reductions by 2030.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Devolution

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will place in the Library the unredacted minutes of the 15 committee meetings chaired by the then Lord Chancellor that met between May and July...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Sports: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding his Department or its agencies have provided for facilities for (a) wheelchair basketball, (b) blind cricket, (c) deaf...

    • Boxing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to encourage take-up of amateur boxing.

      Games: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guidelines his Department has issued on charging for entry into television and radio competitions by use of premium text, phone...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent meetings he has had with representatives of the Premier League to discuss that body's financial commitment to grassroots...

      Sports: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent meetings he has had with local authority representatives to discuss the funding of sporting facilities.

  • Department of Health

    • Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to impose a time limit for local councils to undertake care and support assessments following a referral.

    • NHS: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to Making the most of NHS Buildings and Land, what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS Property Services and Community Health...

      General Practitioners: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP surgeries in (a) Hampstead and Kilburn constituency and (b) London receive income from the Minimum Price Income Guarantee (MPIG); and how...

      Diabetes: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges on the potential provision on the NHS of patches to test blood sugar levels for diabetes patients.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been infected by contaminated blood following a blood transfusion in each of the last five years.

      Department of Health: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what metrics are used to measure the performance of his Medicines, Pharmacy and Industry unit.

      Lung Diseases: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make breathing lung transplants available on the NHS.

      General Practitioners: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP surgeries in (a) Hampstead and Kilburn constituency and (b) London are under (i) general medical services, (ii) personal medical services and...

      Hay Fever: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges on the treatment of hayfever.

      Parkinson's Disease

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

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of ovarian cancer; and if he will introduce screening for that cancer for women aged over 50.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which A&E departments in (a) Worcestershire and (b) the West Midlands have 24-hour mental health support.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission research on the reasons for recent increases in the prevalence of diabetes in the UK.

      Department of Health: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a list of all public appointments made by his Department between 1 January 2015 and 1 May 2015.

      Pancreatic Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the new NICE Referral Guidelines for Suspected Cancer on the early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer...

      Cancer: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what work his Department does with cancer charities to support children and young people with cancer.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the cost effectiveness of providing 24-hour mental health support to A&E departments.

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2015 to Question 3540, whether NHS England can vary the eligibility criteria set out by his Department on how the...

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2015 to Question 3540, if he will establish a stand-alone fund to provide emergency funding support to GP practices...

      Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to his Department has been of prescribing anti-depressant drugs in each year since 2010; and what estimate he has made of such costs in the...

      Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much each clinical commissioning group spent on anti-depressant prescription drugs in the financial year 2014-15.

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) in cash terms, (b) in real terms and (c) as a percentage of the total NHS budget was spent on NHS staff training and education at...

      Primary Health Care: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS spent on primary care in England in each year since 2000; and what such figures are as a percentage of the total NHS budget.

      Obesity: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2015 to Question 2552, when he will provide an update on plans to publish the Government's proposed obesity strategy;...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will meet with representatives of the weight management sector to discuss their potential contribution to tackling obesity.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which local authority areas have commissioned tier 2 weight management services for the period 2014 to 2018.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the performance of commissioning support units in managing backlogs in applications for Continuing Healthcare...

      Learning Disability: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2015 to Question 3297, what funds his Department has provided for learning disabilities research (a) in cash terms, (b)...

      Clinical Trials: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department gives to NHS England and NICE on communicating treatment commissioning decisions to families of patients on clinical trials...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department gives to NICE on the amount of time it gives to stakeholders to provide additional evidence for a highly specialised...

      Out of Area Treatment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is on cross-border patient referrals to Scotland.

  • Women and Equalities

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advance publicity was given before 8 June of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency telephone number so those drivers who do not wish to use the online...

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what publicity was given before 8 June to the abolition of the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence.

      Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Cranfield study on cabin air ever collected reliable information on the concentration of organophosphates in a visible fume event; and if so,...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Urban Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many local authorities have banned the use of heavy goods vehicles during peak hours in city centres; and what assessment they have made of whether there...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the latest statistics from the National Road Maintenance Condition Survey with regard to the maintenance state of (1) the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Saudi Arabia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the steps taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to combat exclusionary and intolerant interpretations of religious texts by...

    • Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning safe passage for the flotilla carrying medical equipment and solar panels for...

      Travel Restrictions: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with European partners on the case for banning European Union entry to Israeli settlers convicted of violence.

      Israel Defense Forces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has so far been the result of the internal processes launched by the Israeli Defence Force to investigate specific cases of military engagement.

      United Arab Emirates: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the United Arab Emirates concerning claims of human rights violations and contravention of the Universal Declaration...

      United Arab Emirates: Travel Restrictions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether concerns have been raised with the United Arab Emirates regarding travel bans imposed on relatives of political prisoners.

      Egypt: Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the death sentences passed on former President of Egypt Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 others, and of the impact of such...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 22 June (HL502 and HL503), what assessment they have made of the reports, on 29 June, that...

      United Arab Emirates: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have raised concerns with the United Arab Emirates about allegations by Amnesty International of the torture of political prisoners in the...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures the United Kingdom is taking in the UN Security Council to give effect to the statement by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 25 June that "There...

      Mohamed Nasheed

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether any United Kingdom funding or other resources are being used for the benefit of the former President of the...

      Multinational Companies: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom will participate in the first session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other...

      Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to discuss with the governments of (1) the United States of America, (2) France, (3) Germany, (4) Italy, (5) Australia, (6) Canada, (7)...

      EU Withdrawal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether, in the event of a member state leaving the European Union, legislation on that country's statute book that...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Welfare State: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of there being no agreement to recent proposals on welfare reform in Northern Ireland, what alternative measures are being considered to...

  • Department for International Development

    • Development Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which government officials and ministers will attend the Third International Conference on Financing for Development on 13–16 July.

    • Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the last three financial years, what proportion of United Kingdom aid and emergency relief has been spent on the cantons of Afrin, Kobane and Jazira, in...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve aid for migrants fleeing war, oppression and poverty, in the light of the events at Calais on 24 June.

      Syria: International Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the UN acts to deliver securely aid to Syria for longer periods of time, and to ensure that such aid reaches more...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the countries neighbouring Syria to ensure that borders remain open to refugees fleeing conflict and persecution; how...

      World Food Programme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to avoid the World Food Programme running out of funds for its food vouchers for refugees in Jordan and elsewhere.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what accredited courses are or have been available to those serving indefinite sentences for public protection in (1) HMP Durham and (2) HMP Acklington; and...

    • Courts: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the court estate in London.

      Courts: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many courts have been closed since May 2010.

      Ministry of Justice: Freedom of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many freedom of information requests submitted to the Ministry of Justice are presently outstanding.

      Courts: Interpreters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the interpretation service at courts and tribunals.

      Asylum: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the number of lay members sitting in asylum cases, and (2) the regional distribution of lay members who sit in asylum...

      Human Rights Act 1998

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice on 23 June (HC Deb, col 749), what is the basis for the statement that...

      Secure Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of children on remand (either remanded in custody or remanded to local authority accommodation) were detained in secure children’s...

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what processes are in place to monitor the development and effectiveness of through-the-gate services provided in prisons by Community Rehabilitation Companies.

      Probation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish recall to custody data broken down by each Community Rehabilitation Company area and by the National Probation Service.

      Brixton Prison

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what facilities are available for prisoners at HMP Brixton to take part in an act of worship.

      Brixton Prison

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the opportunities for prisoners to pursue education courses at HMP Brixton.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the loss of Maritime Patrol Aircraft capability in 2010, there is any airborne surveillance capability available to assist the Maritime...

    • Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the full list of armoured fighting vehicles and protected mobility vehicles in operation with the British Army, and whether each vehicle is in...

      Russia: Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether any new armoured fighting vehicles were at the recent May Day parade in Moscow; and if so, what is their...

      Army Reserve: Officers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 23 June (HL436), what is the average age of an Army Reserve commissioned officer.

      Defence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government over what periods in the last 30 years there has been a threat to the existence of the United Kingdom; and what was the average percentage of gross domestic...

      Army: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the accommodation provided in the United Kingdom for members of the British Army is not en-suite.

      Conflict Resolution: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 30 June (HL698), when the steering board on Women, Peace and Security was established; and on how many...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the availability of Access to Work grants for those who especially need them to start working.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Neonicotinoids

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the latest evidence of the harm to bees from certain pesticides; and whether, in the light of such evidence, they plan to...

    • Pet Animals Act 1951

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review the effectiveness of the Pet Animals Act 1951 in view of the increase in the sale of pets online.

      Water Companies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risk of cross-subsidy issues in the deregulated water marketplace that would make the market unfair for new entrants.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they plan to introduce to encourage higher penetration of environmentally friendly vehicles into the car and lorry market in order to combat...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Social Mobility

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review procurement processes to penalise companies which are failing to recruit bright working-class candidates, according to the recent...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to respond to the Electoral Commission’s "Assessment of progress with the transition to Electoral Individual Registration"...

  • Department of Health

    • Skin Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidelines are issued to Clinical Commissioning Groups regarding patients with high-risk skin cancers such as melanoma.

    • Liver Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the programme of work for liver disease being developed by Public Health England will include a hepatitis C improvement framework.

      Hepatitis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the national waiting time criterion for referral to hepatitis C treatment is 18 weeks whereas the national waiting time criterion for referral to...

      Andrew Lansley

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have decided to appeal the ruling that the official diary of Andrew Lansley in the period running up to the Health and Social Care Act 2012 be...

      Palliative Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 23 June (HL Deb, col 1471), what steps they are taking to ensure that the ministry of chaplains in United...

      Multiple Sclerosis: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that people with multiple sclerosis currently accessing beta interferon and glatiramer acetate through the Risk Sharing Scheme...

      Multiple Sclerosis: Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that specialist multiple sclerosis nurses funded through the Risk Sharing Scheme remain in post after data collection for the...

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