Written answers

Thursday, 9 July 2015

  • HM Treasury

    • Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many challenges to (a) the 2005 Rating List and (b) the 2010 Rating List are yet to be resolved in (i) Barnsley, (ii) Chesterfield, (iii) Doncaster,...

    • Inheritance Tax: Wales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people with post codes in Wales paid inheritance tax in each year since 2010.

  • Prime Minister

    • News International

      To ask the Prime Minister, what meetings he has had with representatives of News International since his reappointment as Prime Minister in May 2015.

    • Official Residences

      To ask the Prime Minister, how many days he spent at (a) 10 Downing Street and (b) Chequers in an official capacity since he was reappointed Prime Minister in May 2015.

      Prime Minister: Travel

      To ask the Prime Minister, what the cost to the public purse has been of (a) clothes, (b) luggage and (c) other travel accessories bought for himself or his wife since he was first appointed...

      Egypt: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Prime Minister, when he next plans to meet the President of Egypt.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department's statistical release, entitled Benefit cap: number of households capped to February 2015, published on 14...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has for implementation of universal credit.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions his Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure likely to...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what change there has been in the rate of employment and self-employment among (a) working age adults with a disability and (b) working age...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Preston

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

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 12 of the report of the Social Security Advisory Committee on The Universal Credit (Waiting Days) (Amendment)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Universal Credit advances have been paid out since April 2013.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will equalise the amount of Universal Credit payable to employees and self-employed people who have the same annual income.

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on the number of local authorities which have ringfenced funding for the Independent Living Fund that...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2015 to Question 4712, what the expected saving to the public purse from implementation of universal credit...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to publish information on the effect on disabled people and their carers of the closure of the Independent Living Fund and...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to monitor the effect on disabled people and their carers of the closure of the Independent Living Fund...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Independent Living Fund (ILF) users no longer have a carer or personal assistant who was previously funded by an ILF award.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2015 to Question 5024, if he will list the circumstances in which Short Term Benefit Advance was not paid in 2014.

  • Home Office

    • Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make representations to the UN on specifying that 20 June should be commemorated as World Refugee and Internally Displaced...

    • Immigrants: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect on the economy of non-EU migrants working in the UK having to leave the UK if they earn less then...

      Entry Clearances: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many entry clearance officers were employed by her Department in Mumbai on 1 June (a) 2010 and (b) 2015.

      Home Office: Teleperformance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total value is of contracts currently held with her Department by Teleperformance Ltd; and what each such contract relates to.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have (a) applied for and (b) been granted asylum from (i) Syria, (ii) Eritrea, (iii) Afghanistan, (iv) Somalia, (v) Nigeria,...

      Home Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officials were employed in her Department on 1 January (a) 2010 and (b) 2015.

      Visas: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many appeals have been granted following refusal of the granting of a settlement visa since 1 January 2015.

      Bridgend College

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2015 to Question 3116, when copies of the Estyn and QAA inspection were requested from Bridgend College;...

      Immigration Controls: Dover Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will take steps to increase the number of checks on vehicles arriving through the Port of Dover.

      Overseas Students: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what restrictions on working hours and type of work there are on international students with tier 4 (general) visas; and what plans she has...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the average length of time it takes for local authorities to find accommodation in the community...

      Asylum: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications were made for asylum in the UK by Libyans between June 2014 and the end of November 2014; how many Libyans who made...

      Asylum: Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Eritrean citizens have been (a) granted and (b) refused asylum in the UK since 2010.

      Immigration: Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the eligibility criteria are for entry to the UK for citizens of (a) Palestine and (b) Israel.

      Passports: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many members of staff worked in HM Passport Office processing applications for first passports for UK children born overseas in May (a)...

      HM Passport Office: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what surplus was generated by HM Passport Agency between April 2014 and April 2015.

      Illegal Immigrants: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information she holds on how many illegal migrants have been located at Calais and Coquelles by (a) Border Force staff, (b) Eurotunnel...

      Illegal Immigrants: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what records the Border Force keeps on illegal migrants prevented from entering the UK by UK authorities or companies at the Port of Calais...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many claims for compensation the Passport Office (a) approved and (b) rejected between April 2014 and April 2015; and how much...

      Home Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions her Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure likely to...

      Crime: Religious Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many instances of (a) theft, (b) theft of lead roofing and (c) criminal damage from (i) churches, (ii) mosques, (iii) synagogues, (iv)...

      Immigration Controls: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to her Answer of 2 July 2015 to Question 4295, if she will make it her policy to ensure that current employers of workers on tier 2...

      Police: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes of violence against serving police officers were (a) entered by each constabulary into the national crime statistics and (b)...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to review the formula governing the allocation of national funding to individual police forces.

      Domestic Violence: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what training her Department provides to immigration officials in Northern Ireland to identify victims of domestic violence.

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the National Police Chiefs' Council on the guidance issued to police officers on dealing with...

      Islamic State: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she last met representatives of (a) airlines, (b) travel companies, (c) ferry companies and (d) Eurostar and Eurotunnel to discuss the...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what instructions have been given to staff in her Department dealing with freedom of information requests on the application of Freedom of...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions her Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure likely to...

      Enterprise Zones: Coleraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the effect on the local economy in Coleraine of the enterprise zone in that area.

      Parades: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions she has had with the Parades Commission on preparations for parading on 12 July 2015 in Belfast.

      UK Membership of EU: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the provisions of the EU Referendum Bill on levels of investment in Northern Ireland.

  • Department of Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: East Midlands

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

    • Digital Technology: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the long-term health effects of excessive use of video games and the internet by primary school children; and what steps...

      Diabetes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve diabetes (a) care and (b) prevention; and if he will make a statement.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time in A&E was in (a) Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, (b) University Hospital Lewisham, (c) London and (d) England in...

      Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust: Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on agency (a) doctors and (b) nurses in Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the work by NICE on (a) A&E, (b) mental health and (c) community safe staffing levels has now been taken on by NHS England; and if...

      NHS: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2015 to Question 3515, what evidence on costs the NHS considers before deciding to offer screening for genetic...

      Prescription Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to (a) tackle addiction to and (b) reduce deaths caused by prescription drugs.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received on possible links between quality of care, operational productivity and safe staffing levels from (a) Lord...

      Pancreatic Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to commence work on the development of clinical guidance for pancreatic cancer.

      Pancreatic Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that all pancreatic cancer patients have access to dietetic treatment, advice and support; and if he will make a statement.

      Pancreatic Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure new treatment options for pancreatic cancer are made available on the NHS at the earliest opportunity; and if he will...

      Pancreatic Cancer: Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 3 December 2014 to Question 216468, what progress he has made in establishing trials for pancreatic cancer patients using...

      Department of Health: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what instructions have been given to staff in his Department dealing with freedom of information requests on the application of Freedom of Information...

      Department of Health: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions his Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure likely to endanger the...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice his Department issues to Directors of Public Health on working with businesses in the weight management sector.

      Dementia: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken as part of the Government's dementia strategy to (a) improve the safety of people with dementia while at home and (b) raise...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that patients who might benefit from insulin pump therapy across England are identified and offered...

      Surgery: Robotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has made to NHS England on the development of commissioning policies on robotic assisted surgery.

      Social Services: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is on inspections by the Care Quality Commission of local authorities' commissioning of care services.

      Drugs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to establish a ring-fenced fund for drugs for rare diseases.

      Electronic Cigarettes: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contribution his Department is making to Government proposals on the taxation of e-cigarettes being made to the European Commission's Fiscalis Programme.

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the announcement by the Prime Minister at the G7 Summit that all UK-funded clinical trials will be made openly available, what steps he...

      Department of Health: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the Government's response to the consultation, No voice heard, no right ignored, a consultation for people with learning...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to widen the availability of the most effective pain relief techniques for dying patients.

      Ministers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which Ministers have become dementia friends; and on what date they became a dementia friend.

      Transplant Surgery: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were on waiting lists to receive an organ transplant in (a) each East Midlands constituency and (b) England in each of the last five years.

      London Ambulance Service: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the staff turnover rate was in the London Ambulance Service in each of the last five years.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies of the steps taken by the Danish government to examine people suspected...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason dementia is no longer listed as a priority area in his official ministerial responsibilities.

      Local Government Services: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to HM Treasury's press release, Chancellor announces £4.5 billion of measures to bring down debt, published on 4 June 2015, what...

      Oilseed Rape: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of prescription drugs to treat (a) oilseed rape allergy syndrome and (b) conditions displaying symptoms consistent...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, where each UKTI staff member is based; and at what civil service grade and salary band each such staff member is employed.

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received from representatives of the industrial sector on the potential issues associated with the...

      Bribery Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what meetings (a) ministers and (b) officials from his Department have held with business organisations to discuss the Bribery...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Libya: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) total and (b) set up costs of the Libyan training mission at Bassingbourn base were; what payments have been made by the Libyan government...

    • RAF Leuchars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect on the local economy of the departure of RAF personnel from Leuchars.

      Tunisia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has received a request from the Tunisian government for military training to improve border security between Tunisia and Libya.

      Ministry of Defence: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions his Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure likely to endanger the...

      Ministry of Defence: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what instructions have been given to staff in his Department dealing with freedom of information requests on the application of Freedom of Information...

      Libya: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answers of 24 June 2015 and 1 July 2015 to Questions 5131 and 2850, what damage is covered by the figure of £472,283 given in a...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to consult with NGOs on the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      Defence Fire and Rescue Service: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on Defence Fire and Rescue Service pensions.

      Libya: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his Italian counterpart on (a) monitoring and (b) lessons learned from the training of Libyan personnel in Italy; and...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on regional devolution and economic development of the decision to pause...

    • Council Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of council houses with two or more bedrooms that local authorities will be required to...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2015 to the hon. Member for Sheffield South East, Official Report, column 1164, what...

      Non-domestic Rates: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to ensure that Cumbria County Council and Cumbria's district councils receive more revenue raised from...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on how many occasions his Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure likely to endanger...

    • Scotland Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on how many occasions his Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure likely to endanger...

      Scotland Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what instructions have been given to staff in his Department dealing with freedom of information requests on the application of Freedom of Information...

      Smith Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the contribution of the leader of the House of 2 July 2015, if he will place in the Library copies of independent assessments which confirm...

      Scotland Office: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he plans to publish his Department's Annual Report and Accounts for 2014-15.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to make regulations under section 78 of the Equality Act 2010 for the purpose of requiring the...

    • Sports: Females

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, which women's (a) rugby, (b) cricket and (c) football matches she has attended in an official capacity since taking office.

      Employment: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what representations the Government has made to employers on the introduction of company policies to tackle sexism at work and the use of staff...

      Government Equalities Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what instructions have been given to staff in the Government Equalities Office dealing with freedom of information requests on the application of...

      Government Equalities Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, on how many occasions the Government Equalities Office applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure...

  • Department for Transport

    • Uber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library copies of all correspondence between his Department and the technology firm Uber in the last 12 months.

    • Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2015 to Question 4666, whether he held a substantive conversation with the Prime Minister prior to 14 April 2015 on...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of High Speed 2 on jobs in the West Midlands.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2015 to Question 4428, what estimate he has made of the cost to Network Rail of cancelling or altering contracts in...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what net funding his Department (a) has made and (b) expects to make available to Network Rail in each year of Control Period 5.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road deaths were recorded in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) the East Midlands and (d) England in each of the last five years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Eritrea: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Government (a) Ministers and (b) officials have visited Eritrea since 2010; and on which occasions each such visit was...

    • Ascension Island: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of commercial fishing around Ascension Island occurred in the outer (a) 25nm of the Exclusive Economic Zone...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Freedom of Information

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

      Colombia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of escalation of the conflict in Colombia.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his private Ministerial office spent on (a) tea and coffee, (b) wine, (c) alcoholic refreshments other than wine and...

      Embassies: Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much UK embassies spent on (a) tea and coffee, (b) wine, (c) alcoholic refreshments other than wine and (d) bottled water...

      Egypt: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Egypt on the court rulings on 16 May 2015 recommending the death penalty...

      Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made representations to the government of Egypt on the legal action being taken against the Cairo...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government plans to take to involve the devolved administrations in its negotiations with the EU and the...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in his Department are entitled to the use of (i) a car with a dedicated...

      Official Gifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what value of gifts were bought for foreign dignitaries visiting UK embassies in the last 12 months for which...

      Eritrea: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what response the Government has made to the report of the UN Human Rights Council's Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in...

      India: Hunger Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Indian counterpart on the hunger strike of Bapu Surat Singh in Panjaab, India;...

      Irom Sharmila

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Indian counterpart on the hunger strike of Irom Sharmila in Manipur, India; and...

      India: Sikhs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Indian government on the treatment of Sikhs in India.

      Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Indian government on the detainment of Devinderpal Singh Bhullar.

      India: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in the Indian government on ensuring that prisoners in India are...

      Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is towards the proposal by the French government for permanent members of the UN Security Council to suspend...

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2015 to Question 2508, what discussion his Department has had with UK companies about the UN...

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on how many occasions her Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure...

    • Department for International Development: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on how many occasions her Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure...

      Department for International Development: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what instructions have been given to staff in her Department dealing with freedom of information requests on the application of...

      Africa: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding has been devoted to education projects in African countries in each of the last five years.

      Overseas Aid: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department takes to ensure that all UK aid is responsive to climate change and low carbon development.

      Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she plans to take to ensure that the UK makes a contribution to the post-2015 UN agenda on the Millennium Development Goals.

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues on re-establishing the position of Ministerial Champion for Tackling Violence...

      Department for International Development: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in her Department are entitled to the use of a (i) car with a dedicated driver,...

  • Department for Education

    • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to introduce relationship skills to the school curriculum.

    • Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to support Sandwell Children's services to improve by their next inspection.

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2015 to Question 1001, if her Department will provide extra funds to support those local authorities that have a...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2015 to Question 1001, how the assessment will be undertaken and when the assessment of costs and savings to local...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2015 to Question 1002, in which other situations her Department plans to use such powers.

      Department for Education: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what instructions have been given to staff in her Department dealing with freedom of information requests on the application of Freedom of Information...

      Department for Education: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on how many occasions her Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure likely to endanger...

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate she has made of the amount spent annually by schools on agencies used to recruit teachers.

      Department for Education: Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her private Ministerial office spent on (a) tea and coffee, (b) wine, (c) alcoholic refreshments other than wine and (d) bottled water in the...

      Department for Education: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in her Department are entitled to the use of a (i) car with a dedicated driver, (ii) car from the...

      Pupils: West Yorkshire

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

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential benefits of a national funding formula for early years education.

      Schools: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate she has made of the number of temporary classrooms in Nottinghamshire Local Education Authority area in each of the last six years.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will implement the recommendations of the Dogs' Trust report, The Puppy Smuggling Scandal, published in November 2014.

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the extent to which poor broadband access prevents farmers to accessing online...

      Organophosphates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what studies her Department has commissioned or reviewed on the long-term health effects of organophosphates.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what instructions have been given to staff in her Department dealing with freedom of information requests on the application...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions her Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000...

      Oilseed Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had on health effects of the cultivation of oilseed rape with the (a) Secretary of State for...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Wind Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect on consumer energy bills of the decision to close the Renewables...

    • Department of Energy and Climate Change: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, 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.

      Renewable Energy: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will make a comparative estimate of per capita investment in the renewable energy sector by the UK and (a) Germany, (b) China...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the level of subsidy which the proposed new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point is projected to require...

      Wind Power: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what consultation the UK Government has conducted with the Scottish Government on changes to UK-wide subsidy for onshore wind and...

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, on how many occasions her Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure...

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what instructions have been given to staff in her Department dealing with freedom of information requests on the application of...

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, on how many occasions her Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure...

      Coal: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment she has made of the environmental effects of importing coal.

      Energy: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether it is her policy to include the 2009 Offshore Energy Strategic Environmental Assessment as a material consideration in...

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of how many GW of carbon capture and storage capacity will be installed in the UK by (a) 2020, (b) 2025 and...

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much the Government has spent to support carbon capture and storage technology in each year since 2010-11.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent steps she has taken to encourage co-operation between EU countries on the development of carbon capture and storage technology.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent steps her Department has taken to support the development of carbon capture and storage for industrial processes and...

      Wind Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of how the number of people employed in the UK onshore wind industry may be affected by the removal of the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she will take to ensure that energy bills do not rise as a result of the withdrawal of the onshore wind energy subsidy.

      Wind Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the removal of onshore windfarm subsidy on the UK's ability to meet renewables...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the (a) number of new nuclear plants planned by 2028, (b) projected capacity of each such plant, (c) the...

  • Attorney General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney General, if he will review the position of the incumbent Director of Public Prosecutions in view of the recent decision to charge Lord Janner.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, on how many occasions his Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure likely to endanger the...

    • Wales Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what instructions have been given to staff in his Department dealing with freedom of information requests on the application of Freedom of Information Act...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many employees in his Department have been (a) made redundant or (b) offered redundancy since 7 May 2015.

    • Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many appellants in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England are waiting for the Tribunals Service to list their first-tier tribunal...

      Courts: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the business case for the privatisation of the collection and enforcement of fines compensation and other charges imposed by the criminal courts...

      Courts: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what payment methods will be available for people to pay fines, compensation and other charges imposed by the criminal courts under the contract for...

      Prisons: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much (a) lamb, (b) beef, (c) pork and (d) poultry meat is purchased annually for consumption in prisons; and what proportion of each type of meat is...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to increase access to legal aid for people with a mental illness.

      Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a parliamentary mechanism for initiating judicial inquiries.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2015 to Question 3689, how many prisoners that were selected for the national community service volunteers scheme and...

      Ministry of Justice: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what instructions have been given to staff in his Department dealing with freedom of information requests on the application of Freedom of Information...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the proposed offence of failure to prevent economic crime is intended to have extra-territorial effect where a UK link can be proven.

      Secure Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress his Department has made on the plans for a Secure College.

      Courts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the decision to award the contract to collect court fines will be made by his Department or by the Courts and Tribunals Service; and whether...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what targets his Department has set for the electoral registration of young people; and whether his Department has plans to assess the potential merits...

    • Solar Power: Public Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to identify effective ways to encourage public sector buildings to utilise roof space by installing solar panels.

      Cabinet Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions his Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure likely to endanger...

      Government Departments: Travel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the revised travel guidance used by Government departments on first class rail travel.

      Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to publish the report of the review into the Muslim Brotherhood; and if he will make a statement.

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how members of the public can access Government-commissioned reports on the gov.uk website which have been archived.

      Conditions of Employment: Bradford East

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of contracts for new jobs created between April 2014 and April 2015 in Bradford East which were zero-hours...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Tourism: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made as to the effect of leisure aviation on the UK tourism sector; and if he will make a statement.

    • Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to promote growth in tourism.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when and by whom his Department was first made aware of (a) the Crown Estate's round 3 zone selection process and (b) the potential...

      Video on Demand: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress he has made on setting targets for on-demand broadcasters to provide subtitles and audio description for people with...

      Local Broadcasting: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department has made on the roll out of local television services.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the English Premier League on promoting grass roots sport.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate he has made of the contribution made by tourism to the economy.

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the contribution of creative industries to the economy.

      Broadcasting: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will have discussions with broadcasters on free-to-view broadcasting of international football matches involving the home nations.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Westminster Hall: Cafes

      To ask the hon. Member for Mole Valley representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent assessment the Commission has made of the profitability of the Jubilee Café.

    • Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the hon. Member for Mole Valley representing the House of Commons Commission, what mechanisms the Commission has put in place for assessing the value for money of each of the options for...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Brixton Prison

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much the number of prison officers at HMP Brixton has been reduced as a percentage since May 2010.

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to amend the rules regarding freedom of information.

      Probation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are recording victim liaison referrals from the Community Rehabilitation Companies to the National Probation Service.

      Ministry of Justice: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the breakdown of the extra £249 million savings in the Ministry of Justice’s budget announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

      Brixton Prison

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many days on average prisoners at HMP Brixton spend outside their cells.

      Brixton Prison

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many assaults on staff were recorded at HMP Brixton in each year since 2010.

      Brixton Prison

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the safety of prisoners at HMP Brixton.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to appoint an independent expert person or body to evaluate the impact of employment tribunal fees on access to justice for people of...

      Prisoners: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the consequences of increasing disproportionality of black and minority ethnic young people in HM Prisons for future social...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what military or logistical assistance they plan to give the Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units defending Kobani; and whether they now...

  • Home Office

    • Police National Computer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what access the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has to the Police National Computer; and which other charities or voluntary bodies...

    • Police: Cameras

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many police officers in England and Wales they expect to be equipped with body-worn camera technology by the end of 2016.

  • HM Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the recent closure of the Euston and Lambeth office of HM Revenue and Customs, how many centres remain in (1) London, and (2) the United Kingdom...

    • Revenue and Customs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether large numbers of the public are unable to get through to HM Revenue and Customs by telephone to obtain help with their tax inquiries; and, if so,...

      Government Departments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the number of inquiries from the public being addressed to (1) HM Revenue and Customs, (2) the Home Office, (3) the Ministry of Justice, (4) the...

      European Fund for Strategic Investments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the implications for the United Kingdom of the establishment of the European Fund for Strategic Investment; and whether the financing of the scheme...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

  • Department of Health

    • College of Social Work

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they did not respond to the request for financial support from the College of Social Work.

    • Social Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the quality of social workers.

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the motion passed by the British Medical Association to the effect that the Care Quality Commission is not fit for purpose.

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many NHS foundation trusts have uncompleted Private Finance Initiative schemes (1) under £100 million capital, and (2) over £100 million...

      Dermatology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to act on the recommendation by the independent investigation into the loss of dermatology specialist services at the Nottingham University...

      Dermatology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Health Education England about the independent report into the loss of dermatology specialist services at the Nottingham...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to reduce waiting times for people seeking treatment for eating disorders.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for the implementation of the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat; what procedures are in place if action plans are insufficient; and who...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria NHS England uses to determine whether a clinical commissioning group mental health transformation plan is acceptable; and who is accountable...

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outturn funding figure for mental health services in 2014–15; and what is the forecast for 2015–16.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many nursing training places were available in each year since 2000.

      Pancreatic Cancer: Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all pancreatic cancer patients have access to a clinical nurse specialist.

      Diabetes: Depressive Illnesses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what emotional and psychological support is available for people with both diabetes and depression.

      Immigrants: Infectious Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether records are kept on the proportion of new arrivals at immigration centres who have communicable diseases.

      Liver Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when Public Health England's programme of work on liver disease will be published.

      Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that NHS England provides patients with hepatitis C access to new drugs approved by the National Institute for Health...

      Innovative Medicines and Medical Technology Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what opportunities will be available to participate in the Accelerated Access Review announced in November 2014 as "The Innovative Medicines and Medical...

      Myeloma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the National Institute of Health Research Technology Assessment programme to publish initial findings from its assessment of the benefits of...

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