Written answers

Monday, 13 July 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library copies of all correspondence between his Department and (a) the Mayor of London and (b) Transport for London on (i)...

    • Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the impact on the North-West regional economy of the decision to delay the electrification of the TransPennine rail line.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects work to begin on the proposed High Speed 3 railway line; and what assessment he has made of the effect the delay in the...

      Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to support high street retailers that have incurred significant losses due to overrunning street works.

      Air Pollution: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the findings on page 27 of the Airports Commission: final report, published 1 July 2015, what assessment he has made of the effect...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons provisions in part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 on vehicle weight restrictions in rural areas have not yet been implemented;...

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of train overcrowding on passenger safety.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when Ministers in his Department last met train operating companies to discuss flexible ticketing products.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2015 to Question 4905, whether the forecasts provided by Network Rail in March 2015 for Control Period 5 delivery...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2015 to Questions 4931 and 4940, on railways: tickets, what flexible ticketing products (a) Govia Thameslink Railways...

      Southern: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2015 to Questions 4931 and 4940, on railways: tickets, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report that...

      Railways: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2015 to Question 4926, whether any of the meetings referred to in that Answer included meetings with representatives...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost-benefit ratios were for (a) Midland Main Line electrification and (b) TransPennine electrification on the most recent date for which...

      South West Trains: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to his Department has been of negotiating a Direct Award agreement with South West Trains.

      Railways: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the terms of reference for Sir Peter Hendy's report on the rail investment programme.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on standardising (a) fast tag and (b) other electronic account metering systems for toll roads in England; and if he will make a...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the minutes of the Network Rail board meeting on 22 January 2015, on what date in January 2015 he held a meeting with Richard...

      London-Brighton Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 69 of the Summer Budget 2015, HC264, if he will publish his Department's original feasibility study on Brighton Main Line 2.

      Lewes-Uckfield Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 69 of Summer Budget 2015, HC264, if he will provide the timescale for the extended Lewes to Uckfield study looking at improving...

      South West Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on how many passenger injuries have been recorded by South West Trains on their mainline rail service from...

      South West Trains: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what expenditure, by category of expenditure, was incurred by Directly Operated Railways in connection with the South West Trains Direct Award...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse was of the recent Airports Commission report into aircraft capacity.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to abolish the network grant; and whether he plans that subsidy will be channelled through train-operating companies instead of...

      Network Rail: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Network Rail plans to continue its apprenticeship programme in (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17; and what the annual budget is for that programme.

      South West Trains: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason he has decided not to proceed with a Direct Award to South West Trains.

      East Midlands Trains: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Directly Operational Railways has undertaken any work in relation to the East Midlands franchise in the last 12 months.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to provide funding for local bus routes which provide an important service but are not commercially viable.

  • Home Office

    • Universities: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with universities on ensuring that lecturers do not encourage the development of extremist views.

    • Police: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes of violence were recorded against serving police officers through health and safety self-reporting by police officers in (a)...

      Health Services: Protest

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that police officers and others have the ability to prevent protesters harassing or...

      Illegal Immigrants: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fines have been (a) imposed and (b) paid for the carrying of illegal migrants at ports of entry to the UK in the Pas de Calais...

      Home Office: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, 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)...

      Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is the Government's policy to regard the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation.

      Amnesty International: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the ruling by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal IPT/13/194/CH, that...

      Human Trafficking: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce people trafficking into Northern Ireland.

      Immigrants: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will introduce a transition period for her Department's planned reduction in the number of English language test centres.

      Naturalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to reach a decision on the naturalisation application of the hon. Member for Cardiff South and Penarth's...

      Immigrants: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, where the test centres for English language tests are in the UK.

      Immigrants: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which companies were contacted by her Department to bid for the Secure English Language Test; and when each such company was contacted.

      Pensions: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government has been monitoring the level of pensions-related scams and fraud since April 2015.

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the work with local community faith groups under the Prevent programme.

      Police: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she (a) expects to receive and (b) plans to publish her Department's report on the review of the legal basis, regulation, governance...

      Human Trafficking: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps Kent Police have taken to tackle people trafficking; and if she will make a statement.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps have been taken to tackle the re-trafficking of victims of trafficking in the UK.

      Police: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes there have been in the number of neighbourhood police officers in Bradford since May 2010.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sugar: Import Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2015 to Question 4468, what steps he has taken to include the import duties currently imposed...

    • EU Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what powers the Government proposes to repatriate from the competence of the EU; and what EU Treaty provisions and legislative...

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assurances he has requested from the government of Ethiopia on the treatment of Andargachew Tsige while he is in custody;...

      South Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what input the Government had in peace talks in South Sudan; and what plans the Government has to continue to try to influence...

      Ascension Island: Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has received from the Ascension Island Council on the proposed creation of a marine...

      Sri Lanka: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans the Prime Minister has to meet the Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Northern Province when he visits the UK.

      Pakistan: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his officials have had with the Pakistan government on tackling terrorism in that region.

      Nabeel Rajab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Bahrain government on the imprisonment of Nabeel Rajab.

      Bahrain: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will review the assistance that his Department provides to Bahrain for prison reform.

      Japan: Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to discourage Japan from resuming Antarctic whaling.

      EU Nationals: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contingency plan he has made for if it is viable to secure agreement with his EU counterparts for the introduction of a...

      USA: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last discussed delays in the processing of visas for UK citizens with the US Ambassador to the UK.

      USA: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of UK citizens waiting for a decision on a visa application from the US administration.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the UN and the governments of Pakistan, India and China on steps towards a peaceful...

      Burma: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports the Government has received on human rights violations by the Burmese Army in Kachin state, Burma; and if he will...

      Rohingya: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings he has held with the ethnic Rohingya community in the UK regarding the Rhoingya refugee crisis.

      Burma: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to secure the release of all political prisoners in Burma.

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will seek the advice of the Venice Commission on the circumstances in which it would be appropriate for the resources...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department has allocated for assistance to Bahrain in 2015-16.

      Bahrain: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to take steps to encourage the introduction of a moratorium on the use of the death penalty in Bahrain; and if...

      British Nationals Abroad: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what advice his Department provides to British nationals who have cash stolen while on holiday abroad.

      British Nationals Abroad: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what financial assistance his Department has provided to families of British nationals murdered abroad in (a) terrorist-related...

      West Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received from the British consul to Jerusalem on his visit to Susiya in the West Bank on 8 June 2015.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of (a) the human rights situation and (b) prison conditions in Bahrain.

      British Nationals Abroad: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what compensation the Government has provided to families of British nationals murdered abroad in (a) terrorist-related and (b)...

      Afghanistan: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the (a) relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan and (b) effect of that...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the Middle East peace process of Israel's policy of removing...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK has taken to assist other countries in combatting extremism.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many illegal incursions there have been into Gibraltarian waters from Spain by (a) official Spanish vessels and (b)...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will discuss with the Israeli government plans to demolish the Palestinian village of Khirbet Susiya in the West Bank.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with the government of the Republic of Ireland on the On the Runs scheme in that country; and what information she...

  • Attorney General

    • Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney General, on how many occasions his Department has referred a criminal sentence to the Court of Appeal for review because it was felt to be unduly lenient in 2015.

    • Social Workers: Negligence

      To ask the Attorney General, what the Government's policy is on the prosecution of social workers for wilful neglect.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Investment: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of investor-state dispute settlements which (a) the Government and (b) another UK public body has been involved...

    • Investment: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which arbitration centres for investor-state dispute settlement the UK is subject to.

      Investment: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what agreements which the UK is party to include an investor-state dispute settlement system as part of that agreement.

      Investment: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, in how many investor-state dispute settlements (a) the Government and (b) other public bodies in the UK have been involved in...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the contribution of trades unions to the UK economy.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answer of 29 January 2015 to Question 221930, how many of the employers issued with a Notice of...

      Hazardous Substances: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the differences between regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much and what proportion of the Enterprise Zone Fund each Local Enterprise Partnership has been allocated in each year of...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what comparative assessment he has made of Government support for medical research and development in the UK and other major...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much and what proportion of the total fund each Local Enterprise Partnership has been allocated from the Growing Places Fund...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much and what proportion of the total fund each Local Enterprise Partnership will be allocated from the Local Growth Fund...

      Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much of the Adult Skills Budget is spent in each local authority area.

      Immigration Controls: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect on businesses of border delays at the Channel Tunnel on Channel ports.

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on 17 March...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with apprenticeship providers to ensure that people on apprenticeship schemes receive a full-time...

      Minimum Wage: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the minimum wage for people aged under 18; and if he will make a...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent (a) in total on the Prevention of Maternal Death from Unwanted Pregnancy programme, (b) for abortion...

    • South Sudan: Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the UNICEF news note on children killed, abducted and raped in South Sudan attacks, dated 18 May 2015, if she will...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the World Health Organisation press release dated 26 June 2015 on UN CERF funds, what assessment she has made of the...

      Greece: EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on the provision of humanitarian assistance to Greece.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will take steps to support the residents of the village of Susiya in the West Bank in the event of the village being demolished.

      Developing Countries: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with her Ministerial colleagues in HM Treasury on tax reform, helping developing countries to collect tax...

      International Conference on Financing for Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her priorities are for the forthcoming UN Financing for Development conference.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent support her Department has provided to the residents of Susiya in the West Bank.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with donor partners about contingency planning for providing humanitarian assistance to the residents of...

  • Department for Education

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding she has made available to support child adoption; and how much of that funding was allocated in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) West...

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many child adopters have been recruited by adoption agencies in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) West Yorkshire, (d) Leeds and (e) Leeds North West...

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will hold discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on extending the pupil premium to young people aged between 16 and 19 in further...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to maintain the current National Funding Rate per pupil for full-time students aged 16 to 17 and students aged 18 and...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to support primary school pupils from the poorest families; and if she will make a statement.

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, in what way the eligibility criteria for the pupil premium take account of the level and security of income of parents on (a) zero-hour contracts and...

      Kids Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funds her Department paid to Kids Company in each of the last 10 years.

      Kids Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish all correspondence between her Department and Camila Batmanghelidjh on Kids Company in the last five years.

      Kids Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the terms of reference were of each secondment of officials from her Department to Kids Company since 2011; where each such official was based;...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to review the pay awards made to teaching staff; and if she will make a statement.

      Education: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment the Government has made of the adequacy of mental health provision made available through the education system.

      Literacy: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the (a) childhood and (b) adult literacy rate was in (i) Copeland constituency and (ii) Cumbria in each of the last 10 years.

      Parkfield School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2015 to Question 5049, how the cost of Parkfield School occupying its current premises at Dorset House for an...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made on electronic monitoring.

    • Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on which occasions the Supreme Court has declared an incompatibility between domestic legislation and the European Convention on Human Rights under...

  • Prime Minister

    • Public Appointments

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2015 to Question 4411, whether political, trade and other envoys appointed under the previous Government are still in post.

    • Cabinet Manual

      To ask the Prime Minister, when the process for producing a revised edition of the Cabinet Manual will begin; and what steps he plans to take to ensure that the text is subject to the widest...

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Prime Minister, when he plans to make clear in the Ministerial Code steps to preserve Cabinet collective responsibility during the European referendum campaign.

      Uber

      To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with representatives of Uber in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Iraq: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the Government has spent on operations in support of Iraqi troops in each month since April 2009.

    • Middle East: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) precision-guided munitions and (b) gravity bombs of each type were dropped in Afghanistan and Iraq by British (i) fixed-wing aircraft and...

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2015 to Question 5458, how many trail hunts have taken place on his Department's land for each year since 2010.

      Bahrain: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent representations have been received by his Department on plans to build a permanent UK naval base in Bahrain.

      Yemen: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government is assisting the Saudi-led offensive in Yemen by the provision of (a) personnel, (b) aircraft, (c) training and (d) any other...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many officials are working (a) in his Department and (b) across Government on the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      Armed Forces: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel made redundant in each year since 2010 his Department has re-employed.

      Veterans: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many former members of the armed forces his Department has re-employed in each year since 2010.

      Air Displays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made by RAF Charitable Enterprises on its review of RAF air shows.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many jobs have been created in the UK by the French-Israeli Thales/Elbit Joint Venture for Watchkeeper.

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on establishing a minimum level of expenditure on defence expressed as a percentage of GDP.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to defeat ISIL.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how epilepsy is taken into account in (a) work capability assessments, (b) entitlement to benefits and (c) assessments for availability for...

    • Severn Estuary: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the likelihood of a major contamination of the Severn Estuary downhill of the Radcliffe Bay Petroleum Storage...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for Access to Work in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK were for someone who was self-employed in each of the last three years.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for Access to Work in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK were for an employee with mental health problems in each of the last...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for Access to Work in (a) Edinburgh, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK were placed on behalf of an employer by jobcentre plus...

      Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average income was of a working household (a) with and (b) without children in each of the last three years.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for Access to Work in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK in each of the last three years were for an existing employee seeking...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to reverse the decision to remove derived entitlements to the basic state pension; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2015 to Question 225002, when his Department plans to publish statistics on the number of hardship...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 22 June 2015 to Question 2955 and the oral Answer by the Prime Minister of 24 June 2015, Official Report, column...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which 20 Jobcentre Plus offices applied the largest number of sanctions in 2014-15.

      Social Security Benefits: Aberdeen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2015 to Question 3935, what factors in addition to efficiency his Department took into account in its...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the prevalence of child poverty; and if he will make a statement.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2015 to Question 5553, how many of the outsourced staff working for his Department's contractors and their...

      Social Security Benefits: Aberdeen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2015 to Question 3935, what the agreed procedures referred to are; when and by whom they were agreed; and if...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bees

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

    • Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received from charities, experts and lobby groups on the UK bee population.

      Capercaillie: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to increase numbers of and habitat for capercaillies.

      Angling: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will request the Environment Agency to conduct a public information campaign for non-UK passport holders on fish...

      Hedgehogs: Conservation

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

      Food: Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department plans to take to increase the effective use of agricultural land for food production.

      Partridges: Conservation

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

      Angling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of the cost of fishing licences is allocated to the protection of fish stocks through the deployment of bailiffs.

      Deer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate she has made of the number of deer in the UK; and how many deer are culled each year.

      Venison: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information her Department holds on changes in the price of venison in the UK in the last five years.

      Oilseed Rape

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

      Angling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will amend the fishing licensing regime to enable day licences to be more easily issued by independent fishing venues...

      Oilseed Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the amount of oilseed rape produced since December 2013.

      Livestock: MRSA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Oral Answer of the Minister of State, the hon. Member for Camborne and Redruth of 18 June 2015, Official...

      Farms: Tenants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she plans to include provisions to extend the length of farm business tenancies in her proposed long-term plan for food...

      Farms: Tenants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on reforming the taxation of let agricultural land to...

      Farms: Tenants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 in improving the efficiency of land use in...

      Plants: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to encourage the clearer labelling of plants, flowers and seeds to inform consumers of the...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Commission for Local Administration in England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to improve public accountability of the Local Government Ombudsman.

    • Local Government: Constituencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will undertake a feasibility study of reverting the boundaries of Yorkshire to those prior to the splitting of the region...

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 1.77 of Autumn Statement, Cm 8961, what progress he has made on further integrating services by...

      Social Rented Housing: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many citizens of other EU countries live in social housing in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland and (d)...

      Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to call in those planning applications for further consideration which have been initially rejected but...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that local residents have more of a say over planning decisions in their area.

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect on the provision of residential development of the Vacant Building Credit; and if he...

      Local Government: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will extend the City Deals programme to Peterborough.

      Regional Planning and Development: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what powers will be devolved to cities and regions as part of the Northern Powerhouse policy programme.

      Regional Planning and Development: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what economic benefits the Northern Powerhouse policy programme will bring to Bradford.

      Regional Planning and Development: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding will be allocated to the Northern Powerhouse policy programme.

      Social Rented Housing: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the proposed four-year residency requirement for EU citizens to access social housing is intended to apply throughout...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to increase house building by 2030.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of social housing tenants required to pay higher rent under the Pay to Stay scheme in...

      Community Infrastructure Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will introduce legislative proposals for a statutory requirement for local authorities to give priority to provision of...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of households in social housing in each parliamentary constituency outside London have an annual...

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to introduce a statutory maximum penalty which can be levied on people who incur penalty charges...

      Shared Ownership Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of homes in England were shared-ownership homes in each year since 2010.

      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 selling of vacant council homes to fund the extension of right to...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will estimate what proportion of properties in the right to buy scheme will be family houses with (a) two and (b) more...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will amend National Planning Policy Framework guidance to enable communities to strengthen protection for local ancient...

      Change of Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of permitted development rights for converting offices to homes on...

      Communities and Local Government: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the name, responsibilities and pay band are of each special adviser in his Department.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what bonuses were paid to (a) officials and (b) special advisers in his Department in each of the last three financial years; and for what reasons each...

    • Scotland Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Third Annual Report on the Implementation and Operation of Part 3 (Financial Provisions) of the Scotland Act 2012, published in March...

      Immigration Controls: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has made to the Home Office on the effect of the minimum income threshold requirement for family visas (a) on affected families...

      Food Banks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2015 to Question 3621, what the reasons behind foodbank use referred to in that Answer are.

      Scotland Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his salary and the salaries of the Under-Secretary of State for Scotland and the Advocate General for Scotland were in 2014-15; and what those...

  • HM Treasury

    • Council Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many challenges against council tax banding on the current council tax valuation list are yet to be resolved in (a) total and (b) more than four months...

    • Inheritance Tax: Agriculture

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to limit Agricultural Property Relief from inheritance tax to encourage longer term farm business tenancies.

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of savings to the public purse of restricted access to social security for citizens of other EU countries for the first four years...

      Child Benefit: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been spent on child benefit in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Electronic Cigarettes: Taxation

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

      Mortgages

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans that his Department's consultation on the tools which the Financial Policy Committee may use in relation to buy-to-let mortgage lending...

      Private Rented Housing: North West

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many landlords have made a voluntary disclosure to HM Revenue and Customs through the Let Property Campaign in (a) the North West, (b) Lancashire and...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of tax credits on working families with children.

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much it costs per minute to telephone HM Revenue and Customs from a (a) landline and (b) mobile telephone; and if he will make it his policy to...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Birmingham Northfield

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families in Birmingham, Northfield constituency are in receipt of tax credits.

      Small Businesses

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will discuss with the Financial Conduct Authority (a) the level of compliance fees for small businesses and (b) the amount of monthly compliance...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the full text of the agreement reached with the BBC that the BBC will fund the provision of TV Licences for those age over 75, announced...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish all correspondence he has had with the BBC on the agreement announced on 6 July 2015 that the BBC will fund the provision of TV licences...

      Inheritance Tax: Warrington

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people with postcodes in (a) Warrington and (b) Warrington North constituency paid inheritance tax in each year since 2010.

      Cider: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy that the tax exemption for cider producers who sell under 70hl per annum remain in force.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish a financial assessment of the effect on the public purse and the BBC agreement announced on 6 July 2015 that the BBC will fund the...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the continuation of free television licences for people over 75.

      National Insurance Contributions: West Midlands

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of the employment allowance on businesses in the West Midlands.

      Dorneywood: Official Hospitality

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, who was on the guest list at the barbecue he hosted at Dorneywood on 21 June 2015; and which (a) Government Ministers and (b) hon. Members were in attendance.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of employees who receive more in tax credits than they pay in tax and National Insurance contributions.

      Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2015 to Question 5228, how much of the UK's £2 billion capital contribution to the Asian Infrastructure Investment...

      Part-time Employment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what forecast his Department has made of the proportion of the workforce likely to be in part-time employment in each of the next five years.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Armed Forces

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many serving members of each branch of the armed forces are in receipt of (a) child and (b) working tax credits.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the number of companies which pay less in corporation tax than their employees gain from tax credits annually.

      Employment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Summer Budget 2015, what estimate he has made of how many of the one million extra jobs projected by the Office for Budget Responsibility by...

      Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2015 to Question 5228, how much of the UK's £2 billion capital contribution to the Asian Infrastructure Investment...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Hydroelectric Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department is taking to support the development of hydro-pumped storage projects.

    • Hydroelectric Power: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what support her Department is providing to the two hydro-pumped storage projects in Scotland that have been added to the European...

      Hydroelectric Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the potential contribution of hydro-pumped storage projects to the UK electricity system.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the average change in household energy bills which occurred as a result of measures announced in the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the average domestic energy bill in (a) St Helens North constituency, (b) the North West and (c) the UK...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what support her Department offers to (a) people on low incomes, (b) people who live in rented accommodation and (c) pensioners to...

      Energy: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the findings of the report by the Competition and Markets Authority on its provisional finding on its...

      Hinkley Point Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information she has received from public protection authorities in North Somerset on compliance at Hinckley Point nuclear...

      Energy: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the Competition and Markets Authority's provisional findings on...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment she has made of progress towards meeting the UK's renewable energy target.

      Fossil Fuels: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will make it her policy to support a global goal to phase out pollution from fossil fuels and replace them with 100 per cent...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment she has made of the accuracy of the discount rate applied by her Department for its evaluation of the total...

      Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will take steps to present a plan committing to phasing out coal burning without carbon capture from power stations by 2023;...

      Offshore Industry: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to paragraph 3.3.3 of the Oil and Gas UK health and safety report 2014, what discussions she has had with (a)...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of the net benefit of the smart meters programme forecast by her Department is accounted for by the assumption that...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what reduction in the consumption of (a) gas and (b) electricity the median household is required to make in order to achieve her...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of her Department's forecast reduction in household gas and electricity consumption arising as a result of the smart...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, who the special advisers to Government departments are; and what the salaries of those advisers are.

    • Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking with the Troubled Families Programme to ensure that young people in that Programme are able to access the National...

      Legislative Drafting

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, in respect of which bills presented to Parliament in the current Session, other than by a Minister of the Crown, the Office of Parliamentary Counsel...

      Kids Company: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish his official correspondence with Camila Batmanghelidjh on Kids Company in the last five years.

      Lobbying: Registration

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department has collected in fees for registering consultant lobbyists; how much he estimates his Department will collect in such fees in...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to publicise the ballot for 8,000 free tickets to the ceremony to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme...

  • Department of Health

    • Action on Smoking and Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2015 to Question 2761, what assessment he has made of whether organisations or groups other than Action on Smoking and...

    • Action on Smoking and Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2015 to Question 2761 on smoking and health: finance, what the job title is of the official who will decide whether...

      Department of Health: Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2015 to Question 2691, whether his Department has received representations on the use of grant funding provided to...

      Autism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of patients with autism spectrum disorder who have received NHS treatment in each of the last five years.

      Everolimus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with NHS England and NICE on the timescale for approving a commissioning policy for Everolimus.

      Morquio Syndrome: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will approve the use of Vimzin as an enzyme replacement therapy for Morquio on an interim basis until NICE makes a final decision in October 2015.

      Herbal Medicine: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the Government response to the report by Professor David Walker on the Regulation of Herbal Medicines and Practitioners,...

      NHS England: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects Simon Stevens to reply to the letter of 30 June 2015 from Jayne Spink of the Tuberous Sclerosis Association.

      Scleroderma: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to promote awareness of scleroderma to health professionals and the wider public.

      Department of Health: Cost Effectiveness

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

      Psychiatry: 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 forensic psychiatric research (a) in cash terms, (b)...

      Morquio Syndrome: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of NHS England's announcement on 2 July 2015 on a final funding decision on Vimizim with the EU...

      General Practitioners: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP practices in (a) Coventry North East constituency and (b) Coventry have received funding from the GP Access Fund.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a list of all mental health services the NHS offers.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients treated in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England have been suspected to have been subjected to FGM in each of the last...

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which foundation hospital trusts in England are required by their trust deeds to provide accident and emergency services.

      Speech and Language Disorders: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued to local authorities on including the speech, language and communication needs of their local population in their joint...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospitals in England provide consultant cover 24 hours per day, seven days per week, for accidents and emergencies.

      Royal Bournemouth Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the additional annual cost to the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Trust of providing consultant...

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of hospital car parking charges on (a) pensioners, (b) carers, (c) people with long-term conditions and (d)...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what additional funding has been allocated to clinical commissioning groups to help with pressures in accident and emergency departments in winter...

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to publish a new national dementia strategy in the current Parliament.

      Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of cancer patients in (a) England and (b) Copeland constituency waited six weeks or more for a diagnostic test in each of the last 10 years.

      Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure earlier diagnoses for cancer patients in (a) England and (b) Copeland constituency.

      Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of cancer patients in (a) England and (b) Copeland constituency received their diagnosis through emergency routes in each of the last 10...

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Electrification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria were used for setting the priorities for improving the Great Western rail line, Midland Main Line and TransPennine rail line announced on 24...

    • South Wales Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current estimate of the timescale for completing the individual stages of the work electrifying the rail line to Swansea from London.

      Railways: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Network Rail has been given authority to undertake the next stage of work on the South Wales Valleys line electrification following the agreement...

      Railways: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what stage in Network Rail's Governance for Railway Investment Projects planning process the plans to electrify the South Wales Valleys line have reached.

      Railway Track

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many miles of new railway line they estimate will have been laid in the United Kingdom by 2020.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • UN Mission in Darfur

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make representations at the UN Security Council for renewing the mandate for UNAMID to remain in Darfur, and for enhancing its capacity...

    • Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes there will be in the United Kingdom’s relationship with the government of Sudan following elections judged by the Troika as...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the international community's strategy for Sudan, its coherence, and the resources for supporting it.

      South Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on women of ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

      Sudan: Rape

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to urge the UN Security Council to recommend that the International Criminal Court opens a specific investigation into the situation in the...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what investigations have taken place following the aerial bombardments and attacks on civilians in Golo, in Jebel Marra district in Central Darfur, since January.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to integrate their commitments on women, peace and security into the next Strategic Defence and Security Review; and whether they plan to...

      Eritrea: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made to the recent report by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea, in particular its findings...

      Eritrea: Emigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed with the government of Eritrea the case for seeking to relieve the current levels of migration across the Mediterranean by...

      Crimes against Humanity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have made to ensure that early warning systems and country analysis include indicators of genocide and crimes against humanity, and...

      Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have made to ensure that their Conflict, Stability and Security Fund provides adequate and effective support for both their...

      Crimes against Humanity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to review the readiness of the United Kingdom to respond to crimes of atrocity and developing threats of genocide and other...

      Conflict Pool

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much they increased the resources of the Conflict Pool over the most recent spending review period.

      Burma: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what sanctions are in place against Burma.

      Burma: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on which occasions ministers have raised the implementation of the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict with ministers of the...

      Burma: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the British Ambassador to Burma has met relatives and representatives of political prisoners during 2015.

      Burma: War Crimes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has raised with the President of Burma concerns regarding evidence of war crimes...

      Libya: Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government where the British Ambassador to Libya is currently based.

      Chechnya: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking in the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers to ensure that Russia implements the rulings of the European Court of Human...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in discussions with political parties in Northern Ireland on dealing with the past.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Basic Skills: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to better support young adults at or below average literacy and numeracy levels.

    • Employment: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Country-Specific Recommendations prepared by the European Commission, which found that there are too few women engaged...

      Universities: Freedom of Expression

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for promoting freedom of speech in universities in the United Kingdom.

      Higher Education: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to review the higher education regulatory framework.

  • Department for International Development

    • South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the adequate funding of the UN Humanitarian Air Service in South Sudan in order to facilitate access to hard-to-reach...

    • South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are plans to increase funding for multi-year programmes focusing on resilience in South Sudan, in place of short-term projects.

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to contribute to appeals for humanitarian assistance for South Sudan; and, if so, by how much.

      St Helena: Airports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the planned opening date of St Helena Airport.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to help people protect their personal data.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, when they publish the statistics on the number of recipients of Employment and Support Allowance benefit who died between November 2011 and May 2014 who had...

    • State Retirement Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the latest estimate of the percentage of pensioners who will receive the full amount of the flat-rate State Pension from April 2016.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to replace benefit sanctions with community service, for those who are unemployed, disabled or in chronic bad health.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Trees: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 23 June (HL368), how many young trees were imported for non-forest reproductive purposes, as...

  • Home Office

    • British Nationality: English Language

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the quality of examination centres used by the International English Language Testing System and Trinity College London for...

    • Immigration Controls: France

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by Lord Bates on 24 June (HL Deb, col 1591-3), how much they, the government of France, and the operator of the Channel Tunnel and...

      Refugees: Mediterranean Sea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why only five United Kingdom immigration workers were initially sent to assist the EU mission tackling migration in the Mediterranean.

      Illegal Immigrants: France

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when was the last time a Home Office Minister sat in a lorry cab, originating from the United Kingdom, driving through the port of Calais and observed...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the factors contributing to reported increasing levels of domestic violence; and what action they propose to take to tackle...

      Visas: Sports Competitors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether visas intended for sports people have been used to traffic children from Africa into the United Kingdom.

      Visas: Sports Competitors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had any discussions with the Premier League and the Football Association about the issue of child trafficking to the United Kingdom using...

      Visas: Sports Competitors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many victims of trafficking, if any, have been referred to the National Referral Mechanism having entered the United Kingdom at any time on a visa...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the proportion of illegal migrants living in the United Kingdom who entered the United Kingdom on a visa.

      British Nationality: English Language

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 30 June (HL705), whether the competitive procurement exercise that secured two Concession Service Providers...

      British Nationality: English Language

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to publish the report of the independent review into the provision of English language testing.

  • HM Treasury

    • Banks: Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 29 August 2013 (HLWA387), what amounts the Treasury has recovered following the collapse of the Icelandic...

    • Crown Lands and Estates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Crown Estate is the property of the reigning monarch; whether a majority of the income from the Estate is used in the interest of taxpayers; and...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what their plans are to fight climate change.

    • Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the legal challenge by the government of Austria against the use of United Kingdom subsidies for the Hinkley Point...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Muslim Brotherhood Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 22 June (HL433), what progress they have made in setting a timetable for the publication of the...

    • Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which members of the Cabinet have established an extended ministerial office; and what are the names, skills and backgrounds of the staff recruited to serve...

      Charities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 23 June 2014 (HL216), how many charities shared in the £5.9 billion of government and NHS...

      Civil Servants: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce co-ordinated training for civil servants at all levels in the central, devolved and regional governments and major...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Mobile Phones: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they supported the decision of the Council of the European Union to postpone the implementation of the European Commission's proposal to abolish...

    • BBC: Midlands

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the BBC regarding its levels of investment in the Midlands.

  • Department of Health

    • College of Social Work

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the closure of the College of Social Work on the quality of social workers.

    • Mrsa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to protect public health following the discovery of a strain of MRSA in pork products sold in British supermarkets, which is...

      Infectious Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research is being supported by Public Health England and the Animal and Plant Health Agency into the global health and economic security threats posed...

      Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that alcohol strategy is best administered by member states or the European Union, in the light of their agreement to a proposal at the...

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