Written answers

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on how much has been paid out by (a) Southern Rail and (b) all train operating companies to passengers for late...

    • East Coast Railway Line: Level Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress has been made on Network Rail's East Coast Main Line level crossings closure programme.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraphs 1.298, 1.307 and 2.31 of the Summer Budget 2015, HC 264, what additional money he plans to make available to the New...

      Transport: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department provided to Transport for the North in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16; and what funding he plans to provide to that...

      Department for Transport: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what dates during the last 12 months his Department's Board has met.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Enterprise Zones: Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on prioritising the development of Enterprise Zones on existing brownfield sites.

    • Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish the revised commutation factors for the firefighters pension scheme.

      Communities and Local Government: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local spending bodies in the city of Birmingham (a) his Department is responsible for and (b) draw on funds voted to his...

      Fire Services and Local Government: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of people with home postcodes in Wales who work for English (a) fire services and (b)...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to encourage local authorities to adopt the National Space Standards for New Dwellings.

      Combined Authorities: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to establish a team within his Department dedicated to facilitating combined authority devolution...

      Commission for Local Administration in England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to publish the results of its consultation on extending the remit of the Local Government Ombudsman...

      Local Government: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his estimate is of the cost to local authorities of the increased minimum wage announced in the 2015 Summer Budget payable...

      Social Rented Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his estimate is of the cost to (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations of the administration involved in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Brazil: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department (a) has given and (b) plans to give to the Juwaheer family following the death of Neil Juwaheer in...

    • Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise threats made against Berenice Celeita, Claudia Julieta Duque, Andrea Torres and Jorge Molano with the...

      South Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the conflict in South Sudan.

      Gaza: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of ISIL-linked terrorists operating in Gaza.

      Pakistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with government officials in Pakistan on the persecution of religious and social minorities...

      USA: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on potentially unsafe transit of nuclear warheads by the US military.

      USA: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the US government on the safety of that country's nuclear missiles.

      Sri Lanka: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received from the Tamil National Alliance on meeting with the Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made on whether Iran's operation of IR-1 centrifuges is in line with that country's claim...

      Iran: Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the P5+1 and Iran have discussed Iran's stock of near 20 per cent enriched uranium which is currently in oxide form or...

      Iran: Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of reports that Iran has reneged on an agreement to ship its...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role his Department plays in preventing human trafficking.

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what criteria his Department has set for determining what will be a successful conclusion to the final phase of negotiations on...

      Syria: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential role of the UK in supporting tribal clan groups in Syria to act collectively to...

      Mediterranean Sea: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to address the root causes of the refugee situation in the Mediterranean.

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the progress of negotiations to reform (a) the EU and (b) the UK's relationship with the EU.

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the progress of negotiations to reform (a) the EU and (b) the UK's relationship with the EU.

      North Africa: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of the terrorist threat to UK nationals in North Africa.

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Attorney General

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what support UK Trade & Investment is providing to the food and drink industry.

    • Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the total number of complainants lodging complaints against the Student Loans Company was in (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what support he is providing to businesses to help them take on an apprentice.

      Student Finance England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people lodged complaints against Student Finance England in each of the last five years.

      Coal: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will take steps to secure international agreement within Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development countries...

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when his Department plans to publish the document entitled Research and analysis: research and innovation organisations:...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the name, responsibilities and pay band are of each special adviser in his Department.

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, by what process his Department plans to bring forward proposals for the establishment of further next generation digital economy...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with (a) her international counterparts and (b) UN bodies on the provision of cheap and effective...

    • South Sudan

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

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that resources are reaching women working at the grassroots in developing countries...

      Developing Countries: Crimes of Violence

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

      Department for International Development: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which funding streams she plans to reduce in 2015-16 to implement the £1 billion reduction in her Department's expenditure limit...

  • Department for Education

    • Reading: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to tackle regional discrepancies in primary age reading levels.

    • Primary Education: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in (a) West Yorkshire, (b) Leeds and (c) Leeds North West constituency leave primary education with (i) reading, (ii) writing and...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to improve how child services protect children and young people at risk of abuse.

      Science: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of students in (a) single-sex and (b) mixed schools who study STEM subjects after GCSE were (i) male and (ii) female in...

      Care Planning and Fostering Regulations 2015

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to raise awareness of the Care Planning and Fostering Regulations 2015 and their accompanying guidance among local...

      Carers: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department collects on poverty levels among young carers.

      Literacy: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government plans to take to increase (a) childhood and (b) adult literacy rates in (i) Copeland constituency and (ii) Cumbria.

      Social Workers: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average sickness absence rate is for local authority child protection social workers in each of the last five years.

      Pupils: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children with a postal address in Wales attended a school in England in the most recent year for which figures are available.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) murders, (b) burglaries, (c) rapes and (d) sex offences against children were committed in the latest year for which information is...

    • Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) offences were committed by offenders on bail and (b) offenders committed offences whilst on bail in the latest year for which information...

      Bail: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) offences in West Yorkshire were committed by offenders on bail and (b) offenders in West Yorkshire committed offences whilst on bail during...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent information he holds on the number of states party to the European Convention on Human Rights whose prisons breach any term of that...

      Coroners: Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which coronial jurisdictions have recorded stillbirth conclusions in each year since 2009.

      Post-mortems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the availability and provision of non-invasive post-mortems.

      Offences against Children: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to review sentencing policy for sexual offences against children.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what projection he has made of the financial savings NOMS will make in (a) 2015-16 and (b) each of the next three years.

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many fines have been (a) issued by courts and (b) collected in the most recent 12 months for which records are available.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) ethnic background and (b) gender was of people serving custodial sentences in each year since 2010.

      Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what date he plans to launch the Government's consultation on introducing a British Bill of Rights.

  • Leader of the House

    • Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Leader of the House, what assessment he has made of the proposals for the restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster.

    • English Votes for English Laws

      To ask the Leader of the House, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of his proposal to introduce English votes on English laws with the Union with England Act 1707; and if he will...

      English Votes for English Laws: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Leader of the House, what steps he has taken to consult the (a) First Minister and (b) Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland on proposed changes to rules on English votes on...

      English Votes for English Laws: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Leader of the House, what steps he has taken to consult the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly on the proposed changes to Standing Orders governing English votes on English laws;...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • USA: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on hosting intermediate range missiles.

    • Trident: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what amount was spent on the Trident nuclear weapons system as a proportion of UK GDP (a) across the lifetime of that system and (b) in each year of the...

      USA: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the US has sought permission from his Department to use US bases in the UK in connection with airstrikes in (a) Libya, (b) any other country in...

      Afghanistan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 June 2015 to Question 160 on Afghanistan: armed conflict, if his Department will seek permission from partners to place the...

      Iraq: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what methodology his Department uses to assess levels of collateral damage from airstrikes in Iraq.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many short-term training teams have been deployed to Nigeria to assist in tackling Boko Haram; and how many permanent UK military personnel are...

      Kurds: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what military equipment his Department has supplied to the Kurdish Peshmerga since 22 June 2015.

      Veterans: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he is making to the French government on awarding the Legion d'Honneur to D-Day veterans.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what psychological (a) assessment and (b) support his Department offers to the operators of UK Reaper Squadrons 39 and 13.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles and Unmanned Marine Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to produce a new joint doctrinal note or joint concept note on the UK approach to unmanned vehicles.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has undertaken or commissioned any assessment of the psychological effect of using unmanned air vehicles.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department takes to ensure Work Programme providers adhere to safeguarding guidance for vulnerable claimants; and what...

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children were in (a) relative and (b) absolute poverty in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Child Poverty Act 2010: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive about legislation to replace the Child Poverty Act 2010.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish data on deaths which have occurred following a benefit sanction.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2015 to Question 4698, on social security benefits, what estimate he has made of the cost of providing the...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2015 to Question 4699, on housing benefit, what estimate he has made of the cost of providing the information...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2015 to Question 4592, on social security benefits, what estimate he has made of the cost of providing the...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who were claiming income support moved to jobseeker's allowance in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK in each month since August 2014.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who were claiming employment and support allowance in the work-related activity group category moved to jobseeker's allowance...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people moved off (a) income support, (b) jobseeker's allowance and (c) both categories of employment support allowance in (i)...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on (a) the proportion of Discretionary Housing Payment funding spent by each local authority, (b) how...

      Universal Credit: Ogmore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of 18 to 21 year olds in Ogmore constituency after April 2017 who will be unemployed and who will not be...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the removal of the work-related activity component of employment and support allowance on...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will publish statistics on the number of deaths of benefit claimants whose payments have been stopped in (a) England, (b)...

      Welfare Reform and Work Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which provisions in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill apply (a) only to British citizens resident in the UK, (b) EU citizens resident in the UK...

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of children affected by the reduction of the benefit cap to £20,000 per year outside London.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect on single parent employment rates announced in the Summer Budget 2015 to the conditionality applied...

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect on levels of (a) child and (b) working age poverty of limiting the child element in tax credits and...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect on levels of (a) child and (b) working age poverty of the alignment of the employment and support...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Butterflies: Conservation

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

    • Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consultations she plans to undertake with (a) other departments and (b) other bodies and people on the development of a...

      Whales: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking in addition to its work at the International Whaling Commission to discourage Japan from...

      Animal Welfare: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many convictions there have been for animal neglect and cruelty in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015 to date.

      Animal Welfare Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prison sentences awarded to people convicted of offences under section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 in (a)...

  • Home Office

    • Islamic State: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she last had discussions with the governments of (a) Turkey and (b) Cyprus on the prevention of vulnerable individuals travelling to...

    • Human Rights: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will instigate an inquiry into how and for what reasons human rights organisations have been subject to unlawful surveillance by the...

      Amnesty International: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the communications of Amnesty International have been intercepted (a) with or (b) without her authorisation.

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Chair of the Independent Panel Inquiry into child sexual abuse will be given access to files held by the intelligence and...

      Fraud: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to tackle doorstep and telephone scams against vulnerable older people.

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the planned consultation on the Gangmasters Licensing Authority as set out in clause 55 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 will commence;...

      Fraud: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of the financial and health effects of doorstep and telephone scams on vulnerable older people.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 5 November 2014 to Question 212702, if she will place in the Library the results of the evaluation of the...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has received any referrals to the National Referral Mechanism for child trafficking in relation to a sports visa.

      Human Trafficking: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 26 February 2015 to Question 224996, if she will place in the Library a copy of the Government's response to...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the (a) name, (b) responsibilities and (c) pay band is of each of the special advisers in his Department.

    • Welfare Tax Credits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the effect on claimants in Scotland of changes to working and child tax credits.

      English Votes for English Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the compatibility of proposals to implement English votes on English laws with the Union...

      Immigration Controls: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Scottish Government on the potential effect of the Government's immigration policies on Scotland's...

      Food Banks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2015 to Question 3621, whether he has discussed levels of food bank use in Scotland with the Secretary of State for...

      Constituencies: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his policy is on the number of Scottish constituencies in the UK Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

      Smith Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his Answer of 9 July 2015 to Question 5448 on the Smith Commission, for what reasons his Answer did not refer to the independent...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the potential effect of the tax credit changes announced in the Summer...

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: Communication

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answers of 4 June 2015 to Questions 192 and 193, whether his Department's director of communications is a Special Adviser or a civil servant.

    • Annuities

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of recent annuity reforms on (a) the buy-to-let mortgage market and (b) house prices.

      Tobacco: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to tackle people who repeatedly sell cigarettes without paying duty.

      Income Tax: Tax Thresholds

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has undertaken on how the tax reduction for individuals associated with increasing the higher rate tax level threshold will be...

      Treasury: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what bonuses were paid to (a) senior civil servants and (b) special advisers in his Department in each of the last three financial years; and for what...

      Slavery

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 18 March 2015 to Question 228290, what work his Department's Modern Slavery Strategic Lead has recently completed.

      Energy: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his policy that there will be no change in the rate of VAT on the home installation of energy saving products for the duration of this Parliament.

      Energy: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his policy to define (a) controls for central heating and hot water systems, (b) draught insulation, (c) solar panels, (d) wind turbines, (e)...

      Treasury: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the name, responsibilities and pay band are of each special adviser in his Department.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the potential effect of the tax credit changes announced in the Summer...

      International Conference on Financing for Development

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will attend the Financing for Development summit in Addis Ababa from 13 to 16 July 2015.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the amount of planned DEL departmental expenditure for 2015-16 defined as overseas development aid was in each Department in (a) the March and (b) the...

      Living Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Budget Statement of 8 July 2015, Official Report, column 338, what proportion of the 60,000 jobs that the Office for Budget Responsibility...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many households in Hull local authority area does he forecast will (a) no longer receive tax credits and (b) receive less tax credits due to the changes...

      Welfare Tax Credits: St Helens North

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the number of households in St Helens North constituency affected by the changes to tax credits proposed in the Summer Budget 2015;...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what preparations her Department is making in advance of the Paris Conference on Climate Change 2015.

    • Hinkley Point Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the merits of the complaint made by the Austrian government at the European Court of Justice on the...

      Wind Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effect of removing the subsidy for onshore wind on investment in that technology.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Death: Kettering

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the (a) gender of the deceased person, (b) international classification of disease code for the underlying cause of death, (c) time taken to...

    • Ministers: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Ministers in which departments are special advisers in other departments; and what roles each such Minister holds.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Digital Technology: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish guidelines to encourage improvements in access to digital services for people with sensory loss.

    • Digital Technology: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to improve access to digital services for people with sensory loss.

      Digital Technology: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he plans to take to reduce the digital exclusion of people with sensory loss.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that digital resources and services provided by his Department are accessible to people with sensory...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Public Appointments

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

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to remove criminal sanctions for non-payment of the television licence fee.

      BBC Scotland: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the BBC Trust on levels of funding for BBC Scotland.

      Football: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with broadcasters about free to view broadcast of international football matches involving the home nations.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the full text of the agreement he reached with the BBC that the BBC will fund the provision of TV Licences for those...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, 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...

      BBC Trust: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the letter he sent to the BBC Trust on 3 July 2015.

      Telecommunications: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to refer fixed line telecommunications services to the Competition and Markets Authority.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department has spent under each budget sub-head in Ashfield constituency in each of the last five years.

      Sports: Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what meetings he has had with Ministers in other Departments to discuss the development of cross-departmental sport-based initiatives.

  • Department of Health

    • Mental Health Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the NHS budget (a) in cash terms and (b) as a proportion of the total budget has been spent on mental health services in each year since 2005.

    • Urinary System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance and information is available to (a) NHS healthcare workers, (b) patients and (c) carers of patients who regularly suffer from urinary-tract...

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has provided for research into dementia (a) in cash terms, (b) in real terms, (c) as a proportion of the total research and...

      Tuberculosis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for delivery of the Collaborative Tuberculosis strategy for England.

      Tuberculosis: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had on the possible establishment of a tuberculosis control board in South Yorkshire.

      Department of Health: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department takes to ensure that the most recent relevant academic research is taken into account when preparing departmental statistical...

      Ambulance Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the pay grades of staff in the ambulance service on recruitment to that service.

      Out of Area Treatment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's response is to the recommendation of the Welsh Affairs Committee in its Third Report of Session 2014-15, HC 404, on cross-border...

      Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with clinical and research bodies on methods of reducing the number of people who develop allergies.

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on complications experienced by some patients including pain and difficulty swallowing food after weight-loss...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans NHS England has to make biphosphorates available as a treatment to prevent breast cancer spreading into bones.

      Depressive Illnesses: Roaccutane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with clinical and pharmaceutical bodies on alleged links between the acne drug roaccutane and depression.

      Health Services: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many parents received Health Start vouchers in the last year for which figures are available; and what the total cost to the Exchequer was of such...

      Mefloquine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions for Larium GPs issued in each year from 2010 to date; what the cost was of those prescriptions; and if he will make a statement.

      Health and Social Care Information Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to ensure future data returns by local authorities to the Health and Social Care Information Centre are designed to help...

      Pharmacy: General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the role of pharmacies in reducing the demand on GP services.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new patients have registered with NHS dentists in each of the last three years.

      Tameside Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Points of Order raised by the hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne on 29 June 2015 and 6 July 2015, when he plans to respond to the hon....

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the level of demand for NHS dentist places.

      Sign Language: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on future funding for supporting adult sign readers; and if he will make a statement.

      Cataracts: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cataract operations have been conducted for people in each age group in each of the last five years.

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that clinical commissioning groups increase mental health spending in real terms in 2015-16.

      Thromboembolism: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2015 to Question 5418, for what reasons the report of the review of the use of the drug alteplase was not published at...

      Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome in each of the last five years.

      Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in each age group were registered as blind in each of the last five years.

      Blood: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to make the HemoLink device for taking blood samples available for use in the NHS.

      Tinnitus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with tinnitus in each of the last five years; and how many people in total have that condition.

      Morquio Syndrome: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the compatibility with paragraph 9 of Article 3 of the EU directive on the transparency of measures regulating the prices...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people likely to have been prescribed treatments in 2015-16 which has been removed from the...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of cancer patients in (a) England and (b) Copeland constituency received their first cancer treatment within 62 days of an urgent GP...

      Out of Area Treatment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients with a postal address in Wales use services in (a) Bristol Royal Infirmary, (b) Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, (c) Bristol...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Civil Partnerships Act 2004

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she has any plans to bring forward an amendment to the Civil Partnerships Act 2004 to permit opposite sex civil partnerships.

    • Civil Partnerships: Human Rights

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the compatibility of civil partnerships being available to only same-sex couples with the Human Rights Act 1998.

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Damage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 25 June (HL579), whether the currently used methods of calculating road wear are subject to...

  • Home Office

    • Licensing Laws

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review the decision taken in February not to allow local councils to set their own local alcohol licensing fees as provided for in the...

    • Immigration Rules

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what documentation a non-European Union citizen resident in another EU country requires in order to (1) enter, and (2) reside in, the United Kingdom.

      Immigration Rules

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what documentation a non-European Union citizen who is resident in another EU country, and is a family member of an EU citizen, requires to (1) enter, and...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to tighten control of illegal immigration, in particular in the light of recent events at Calais.

      Former Prime Ministers: Security

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 25 June (HL714), why information about the cost of security protection for former Prime Ministers and Deputy...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the co-ordination of training of United Kingdom civil servants with those in European Union and European Economic Area countries.

    • Life Peers: Public Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to (1) refrain from making any new recommendations for new peerages for Liberal Democrats, and (2) make recommendations for new...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Small Businesses: Audit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what data they used to estimate the savings made from enabling small businesses to decide whether their accounts need to be audited.

    • Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential risks in the United Kingdom to (1) public health, (2) public finances, and (3) small businesses, from the...

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what legislation will have to be put before Parliament to give effect to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in the United Kingdom.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many incursions into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters by Spanish vessels there were in June.

    • Military Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 1 July (HL754), what marginal cost amounts will be credited to the defence budget for providing such...

      Saudi Arabia: Yemen

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support the United Kingdom is providing to the government of Saudi Arabia in its military campaign in Yemen.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment: Autism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they are making to raise awareness of employing people with autism.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the implications for the education, health and well-being of children in homeless families; and what actions they propose to take to reduce the...

    • Housing: Fires

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of older people involved in house fires with an electrical source of ignition in England and Wales in the last...

      Crime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the levels of hate crime in the United Kingdom; and what assessment they have made of the implications of such crimes for...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Foreign Investment in UK: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent steps they have taken to encourage inward investment in Northern Ireland.

    • Rescue Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 30 June (HL756), in each of the years 2010 to 2014, on how many occasions an air-rescue helicopter was flown...

      Rescue Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 30 June (HL755), in each of the years 2010 to 2014, on how many occasions an air-rescue helicopter was flown...

  • Department of Health

    • Pancreatic Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the number, and (2) the proportion, of pancreatic cancer patients whose diagnosis is made following an emergency...

    • Diabetes: Depressive Illnesses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the annual cost of diabetes-related depression to the National Health Service.

      Immigrants: Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether latent tuberculosis infection screening is incorporated into routine medical checks at immigration centres.

      Amyloidosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on setting up a study to image amyloid deposition in systemic amyloidosis using hybrid positron emission tomography-magnetic...

      Bone Marrow Disorders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House any publications resulting from the phase 3 clinical trials approved for the potential treatment of...

      Congenital Abnormalities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the latest information they have regarding high risk groups suffering neural tube defects at birth.

      Pharmacy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NHS England has recently received any reports of interruptions in the supply of drugs from United Kingdom pharmaceutical companies to United Kingdom...

      Drugs: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any United Kingdom pharmaceutical companies diverting the supply of drugs from the United Kingdom to overseas markets to take...

      Vitamin B12

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to find an alternative and reliable test to assess the vitamin B12 status of the population; and what level of false high results...

      Congenital Abnormalities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the population of England to be covered by the National Congenital Anomaly and Rare Disease Registration Service.

      Mental Health Services: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of mental health resources and support currently available to young people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic...

      Mental Health Services: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to make additional resources available to mental health services in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, and if so, what...

      Monitor: Employment Agencies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many agency staff Monitor has used since 2010; and at what cost.

      NHS England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific role NHS England has in supporting Clinical Commissioning Groups; and what plans, if any, they have to change this role.

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