Only a few days to go: We’re raising £25,000 to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Written answers

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve rail connections between Bradford and (a) London, (b) the rest of the Northern Powerhouse and (c) the rest of the UK.

    • Rescue Services: North Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that North Devon constituency is adequately covered by search and rescue services (a) in the summer and (b) at other...

      Railways: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with mobile network operators on (a) digital infrastructure and inclusion and (b) reform of the Electronic Communications...

      Department for Transport: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the £3.4 billion reduction in capital expenditure for his Department he plans will apply to (a) the roads budget, (b) the rail...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport on improving wifi coverage and mobile connectivity across the UK rail network.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the number of local community cricket and rugby pitches in (a) England, (b) East...

    • Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to enhance the transparency of the operation and financial performance of management companies for housing.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of progress in implementing his Department's strategy set out in its paper entitled,...

      Mayors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons the Government does not propose to make adoption of the metro mayor model subject to a local referendum.

      Local Government: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the requirement on local authorities to pay staff the National Living Wage will be treated as a new burden.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of (a) how many and (b) what proportion of all completions of new homes sold in England...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Spanish Government on the most recent incursion into Gibraltar waters by a Spanish vessel.

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many fluent (a) Urdu, (b) Punjabi, (c) Pashto and (d) Sindhi speakers his Department employed in each of the last five years.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many fluent (a) Hausa, (b) Fulani and (c) Kanuri speakers his Department employed in each of the last five years.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Arabic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many fluent Arabic speakers his Department employed in each of the last five years.

      Macedonia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Macedonia on (a) mass surveillance, (b) individual independence and (c)...

      Macedonia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on freedom of speech and surveillance in Macedonia.

      South East Asia: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in Malaysia and Thailand on ensuring that people are not trafficked...

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will include in its proposed referendum on UK membership of the EU a separate question on approving any...

      EU Law

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

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many pieces of proposed EU legislation were approved by a qualified majority in the EU Council of Ministers despite either...

      China: Overseas Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the assets of UK companies trading in China are protected during the...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the name, responsibilities and pay band are of each special adviser in his Department.

      Terrorism: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the safety from terrorism of UK citizens on holiday overseas.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of China on the alleged harvesting of organs from Falun Gong prisoners held...

  • Wales Office

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the benefits of supporting medical research and development to the (a) UK science sector, (b) NHS...

    • Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with businesses to encourage the paying of the living wage.

      Effect of UK Equity Markets on the Competitiveness of UK Business Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what progress his Department has made on implementing the recommendations in the Kay Review of UK equity markets and long-term...

      Investment: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of investor-state dispute settlement systems and the outcomes of such...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of business rates on micro-businesses.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many complaints about (a) pre-pack sales and (b) connected party pre-pack sales were received in each year from 2010 to 2014.

      Innovation and Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what (a) processes, (b) timeframe and (c) deadlines he has set for the establishment of science and innovation audits; what...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to HM Treasury's press release, Chancellor announces £4.5 billion of measures to bring down debt, published...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether he plans to devolve powers on Sunday trading to (a) top-tier authorities, (b) district councils and (c) London boroughs.

      Educational Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, by what date he expects a network of national colleges to be in place; and what national colleges are planned to be established.

      Technology and Innovation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has for opening new Catapult centres.

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, by what date he plans for each of the six next generation digital economy centres to be operational.

      Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of whether the legal basis of the Low Pay Commission will need to be changed in order to set and...

  • Department for International Development

    • Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what conditions are attached to the financial aid her Department provides to Myanmar.

    • Yemen: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of the conflict in Yemen on the number of Yemeni refugees fleeing to other areas in the...

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department is continuing to take part in joint development programmes with the World Bank in Yemen.

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department is continuing to take part in joint development programmes with the International Foundation for Electoral...

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that the voices of women working in developing countries to tackle violence against...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that all UK international aid is responsive to (a) climate change and (b) low carbon emissions; and...

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department's joint development programmes with Save the Children in Yemen are active.

  • Department for Education

    • Education: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 26 March 2015 to Question 228861, what support and advice her Department offers to local authorities which are having...

    • Education: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 26 March 2015 to Question 228861, what mechanism her Department has in place to master those areas of the country...

      Department for Education: Birmingham

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

      Young People: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will provide more resources for counselling in schools for young people; and if she will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the lessons to be learned set out in the bulletin on new psychoactive substances, published in July 2015 by the Prisons...

    • Judges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will undertake research into public confidence in the power of veto held by the Lord Chief Justice on the Lord Chancellor's power to remove...

      Dental Services: Cosmetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2015 to Question 3944, how many people were convicted in each magistrates' court in (a) Lancashire, (b) Greater...

      Blantyre House Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, between what dates he plans for Blantyre House prison to be closed for refurbishment in 2015.

      Prison Service: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers (a) were recruited to and (b) left the Prison Service in each month since January 2014.

      Prisons: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison community impact assessment reports have been submitted by each prison establishment since the introduction of the new joint national...

      MV Sunflower E

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations he has received on the situation of the passengers of the cargo ship Sunflower E during its detention in Newport.

      Civil Proceedings: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will respond to the recommendations made by the Eighth Report of the Justice Committee of Session 2014-15, HC311, on the impact of changes to...

      Prisons: Locks and Keys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of occasions when due to the loss or theft of keys, a prison has had to be relocked since May 2010; and what the...

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Elections: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what performance grade the Electoral Commission gave to the London Borough of Tower...

    • Elections: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, with reference to the Answer of 27 February 2012, Official Report, column 28W, on...

      Elections: Fraud

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, with reference to the Electoral Commission's Corporate Plan 2015-16 to 2019-20,...

      Elections: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, with reference to the Electoral Commission's Corporate Plan 2015-16 to 2019-20,...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Nuclear Weapons: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the safety of US government procedures for transporting and maintaining nuclear missiles in considering whether to permit...

    • Iraq: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has assessed the comparative effectiveness of using GBU-12 bombs and Hellfire missiles from UK Reapers in Iraq.

      Ministry of Defence: Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      War Widows: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations his Department has received from the War Widows' Association of Britain on war widows' pensions.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2015 to Question 3238, if he will make it his policy to collect statistics on the amount of benefits...

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the average time taken between claim and first payment of a personal independence payment for claimants in...

      Access to Work Programme: Scotland

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

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average waiting time for an Employment and Support Allowance assessment has been in (a) St Helens North constituency, (b) the North...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what arrangements exist to support those who have fallen behind with national insurance contributions in fully accessing contributory benefits.

      Employment Schemes: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department provides to people with hearing difficulties in finding work.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effects of conditionality on employment and support allowance claimants with mental...

      Food Banks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will discuss levels of food bank use in Scotland with the Secretary of State for Scotland in order to assess the potential relationship...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of delays in employment and support allowance assessments on people who lose their income...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2015 to Question 4601, if he will take steps to collect information on how many households, which include a...

      Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with multiple sclerosis have had their personal independence payment award reviewed before the end of the award; and how many...

      Social Security Benefits: Ogmore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Ogmore constituency receive between £20,000 and £26,000 in benefit payments each year.

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans that people aged 18 to 21 who are (a) homeless or (b) at risk of homelessness will be eligible for housing benefit after the...

      Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of people with multiple sclerosis who have claimed personal independence payment to date; and what proportion...

      Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of people with multiple sclerosis who have claimed personal independence payment to date and have received an...

      Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of people with multiple sclerosis who have moved from disability living allowance to personal independence...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of recent disruption at Calais and closures of the Channel Tunnel on seafood exports.

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether applications for the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme will be made online or by paper.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Basic Payment Scheme applications made (a) before and (b) after 15 June 2015 will result in payments being received...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many applications to the Basic Payment Scheme have been approved to date.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many requests for assistance with applications to the Basic Payment Scheme are outstanding.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on resolving issues with the online application process for the Basic Payment Scheme.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) full-time staff, (b) part-time staff, (c) agency staff and (d) apprentices the Rural Payments Agency employs to...

      Burbots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to reintroduce the burbot into UK waters.

      Organic Food: Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will discuss with representatives of the dairy industry increasing the supply of organic milk to food (a) wholesalers...

      Plants: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she plans to take to prevent plant and tree diseases being imported into the UK (a) through garden centres and...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: Commonwealth Games 2014

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2015 to Question 3491 on Immigration: Commonwealth Games 2014, what the countries of origin were of people...

    • Illegal Immigrants: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many commercial drivers (a) have been and (b) are in the process of being fined for bringing people illegally into the UK via North East...

      Visas: Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of the British-Irish Visa scheme on tourism.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports were issued in each part of the UK in each of the last five years.

      Passports: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK passports were issued to people resident outside the UK in each of the last five years.

      Immigration Controls: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions were held with the Scottish Government on the minimum income threshold requirement for family visas prior to its...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Oral Answer to the hon. Member for South Antrim of 6 July 2015, Official Report, column 22, whether her Department plans to...

      Passports: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will review the application processing timescale published by HM Passport Office for passport applications for children who are overseas.

      HM Passport Office: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received on (a) poor and (b) slow service at HM Passport Office in each of the last five years.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will establish an independent review of the effectiveness of benefits and allowances available to refugees and asylum seekers in...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress she has made on establishing a central website on which businesses lodge slavery and trafficking statements.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will publish guidance to businesses on what to include within slavery and trafficking statements.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to commission an independent review of support rates paid to asylum applicants under section 95 of the...

      National Crime Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the budget for the International Corruption Unit at the National Crime Agency was in each year of that Unit's operation to date; and...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will accept the recommendation in the Report of the Inquiry into the Use of Immigration Detention in the United Kingdom by the...

  • Scotland Office

    • Abortion: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his policy is on retaining abortion law as a reserved matter for the UK Parliament.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on possible future extension of High Speed Rail to Scotland.

      Renewable Energy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on support for Scotland's renewable energy sector.

      English Votes for English Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Leader of the House on the effect of the Government's proposed changes to voting procedures in the House on the...

      Income Tax: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with Ministers of the Scottish Government on progress on implementing the Scottish rate of income tax.

      UK Membership of EU: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the value to Scotland of the UK remaining in the EU.

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: Press

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which periodicals and newspapers his Department subscribes to; what quantity of each such periodical is so obtained; and what the cost of such subscriptions...

    • Information Commissioner

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 57 of the Information Commission's office's annual report 2014-15, under what statutory provision the Treasury imposes a financial...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average call response time to calls made to the (a) tax credit helpline and (b) general HM Revenue and Customs helpline for hon. Members was in...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Vehicle Excise Duty proposals in the Summer Budget 2015 on the second hand market for (a) zero and (b) low...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of likely savings to the public purse in each of the next five years as a result of changed to tax credits as announced in the...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date he plans for changes to tax credit entitlements announced in the Summer Budget 2015 to take effect.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to introduce an online calculator or helpline for people in receipt of tax credits to calculate how their entitlement will...

      Personal Income

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will experience a net loss in income as a result of the changes to in-work benefits and the minimum...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will postpone any sales of shares in RBS by UK Financial Investments until all interest rate cases with sophisticated customers have been resolved or...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is towards any director of UK Financial Investments who had not disclosed a conflict of interest in relation to RBS customers.

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he takes to ensure that no conflicts of interest arise between directors of UK Financial Investments and customers of RBS.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she plans to take to reduce energy costs for households supplied by the Big Six energy companies.

    • Energy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will take steps to merge the 14 regional markets for energy distribution to create a national energy market for electricity...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Press

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which periodicals and newspapers his Department subscribes to; what quantity of each such periodical is so obtained; and what the cost of such...

    • Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Government has allocated for spending on special advisers in 2015-16; and the location in which each such adviser works.

      Cabinet Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, 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...

      Pay: Ogmore

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in Ogmore constituency earn between £3,850 and £6,420 annually.

      Government Departments: Living Wage

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to his Answer of 10 July 2015 to Question 2952, if he will make it his policy that all Government departments pursue accreditation from the...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Charnwood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2015 to Question 4254, when the introduction of full superfast broadband coverage in (a) Seagrave and...

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what role he plans small and medium-sized enterprises and smaller communications providers will have in delivering superfast broadband...

  • Department of Health

    • Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the potential merits of introducing routine follow-up checks for people who have received negative results when tested for cancer.

    • Gastrointestinal System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that only hospitals offering endoscopy admit patients with acute gastrointestinal bleeding.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what training is available for nurses in supporting people with learning disabilities in England.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many specialist nurses are trained to support people with learning disabilities in England.

      Gastrointestinal System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which acute hospitals do not offer 24 hour, seven days a week upper gastrointestinal endoscopy.

      Social Services: Inspections

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

      Sports: Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will introduce guidance to local health authorities recommending that they work with local sports bodies to improve fitness and...

      Stem Cells: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase stem cell donor registration; and what the levels of stem cell donor registration have been in each year since 2010.

      Radiotherapy: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve access to radiotherapy in Copeland constituency.

      Department of Health: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what legal costs the Government has incurred to date relating to the Freedom of Information request for the former Secretary of State for Health's diary...

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 27 November 2014 to Question 215787, health services: Greater London, whether he plans to publish the independent review...

      Urgent and Emergency Care Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Keogh Review on Urgent and Emergency Care plans to report.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Equalities Office: Press

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, which periodicals and newspapers the Government Equalities Office subscribes to; what quantity of each such periodical is so obtained; and what the...

  • Department for Transport

    • Midland Main Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Transport, Mr Patrick McLoughlin, on 25 June (HC Deb, cols 1067–8), how long the pause is...

    • Railways: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Transport, Mr Patrick McLoughlin, on 25 June (HC Deb, cols 1067–8), how long the pause is...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why their policy to pause rail electrification was not reflected in the debate in the House on 17 June on transport in the north of England in the context of...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Transport, Mr Patrick McLoughlin, on 25 June (HC Deb, col 1068) about Network Rail in respect of the...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 November 2014 (HL2301) and 9 March 2015 (HL5056), whether they will now publish the detailed...

    • Homelessness: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research Estimating the scale of youth homelessness in the UK;...

      Housing: Fires

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to reduce the number of elderly people involved in domestic fires, and what consideration they have given to the case for...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Conflict Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of recent events in Tunisia, what re-appraisal they have made of their strategy to take on board the lessons of the Arab spring, set out in the...

    • Conflict Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes they have made to their list of prioritised countries where (1) risks were perceived to be high, (2) United Kingdom interests were most at...

      Russia: Baltic States

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the decision of the Russian Prosecutor General's office, following a request by members of the Russian Parliament, to...

      Nato

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative and UN Security Council Resolution 1325 remain priority work areas for the United Kingdom delegation to NATO.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations have been made to the government of Spain since 1 June regarding infringements of British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.

      Saudi Arabia: Nuclear Power

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 3 July (HL718), whether they intend to apply the same conditions under the Nuclear...

      Africa: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 17 June (HL214), what was the outcome of the meetings to discuss irregular migration at the...

      China: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of suffering within the Uyghur communities and the pressure put on Muslims in China during the month of Ramadan.

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the involvement of British Libyans in the overthrowing of Colonel Gaddafi’s government; and if so, how many were...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a probe dropped by a Spanish survey vessel acting illegally in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters hit a Royal Navy patrol vessel on 3 July; and if...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 3 July (HL710), what progress has been made in discussions with the Israeli Defence Force...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning the recent report that private land intended to be used for buffer zones is being...

      Gaza: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the governments of Egypt and Israel regarding the activity of ISIL in Gaza.

      Middle East and North Africa: Foreign Investment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions, if any, they are having with the governments of Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia about increasing the flow of inward investment to those...

      Tunisia: Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how the United Kingdom can help Tunisia prevent the flow of militants and terrorists from Libya to Tunisia.

      Turkey: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 7 July (HL987), whether they plan to make representations to the government of Turkey...

      Egypt: Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about the number of death sentences issued in that country since July 2013; and what...

      Bahrain: Military Bases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether basing United Kingdom warships in Bahrain is compatible with that country's human rights record.

      Greece: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of British tourists visiting Greece each year.

      Raif Badawi

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 11 June (HL Deb, col 890), what evidence they have regarding the level of popular support in Saudi...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what data they used to estimate the announced savings of £10 billion for businesses over the last four years as a result of cutting red tape.

    • Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what savings have been made by efforts to reduce the cost of regulation over the last Parliament, broken down by each specific regulation.

      Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which regulations they included in their analysis of reducing the costs of regulation over the last Parliament.

      Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the internal process for calculating regulatory savings; and which individuals, by job title, are involved.

  • Department for International Development

    • Conflict Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of development aid was spent on the Building Stability Overseas Strategy in 2014–15.

    • Burma: Internally Displaced People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the UN and international aid agencies face any restrictions by the government of Burma in delivering aid to internally displaced people in areas of...

      Females: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are following up the Girl Summit 2014 in order to counter early marriage and Female Genital Mutilation; and how they plan to ensure that there is...

      Bangladesh: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are ensuring that pledges made at the Girl Summit 2014 by other countries, and in particular Bangladesh, are being met.

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish their assessment of the impact on universities and schools of the new guidance for postgraduate teacher training issued by the...

    • Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they plan to include in the baseline assessment of children starting primary school being trialled in September.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Homosexuality: Convictions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Conservative Party manifesto pledges to introduce legislation to pardon those men, now deceased, who were historically convicted of...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of civilian casualties resulting from Allied bombing of ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have paid compensation to the next of kin of the Afghan interpreters killed, or to those who were disabled, while working for the United Kingdom...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Wildlife

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to set up a commission or expert committee to consider all aspects of the re-wilding of parts of the United Kingdom with former indigenous...

    • Food: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage companies based in the United Kingdom to source produce from local suppliers.

      Agriculture

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the economic value of the agricultural sector to the economy; and how many jobs it provides.

      Food: Waste

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to increase infrastructure and research to stop food waste in the United Kingdom and in developing countries.

  • Home Office

    • Nurses: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of whether new immigration rules will exacerbate the shortage of nurses in the United Kingdom and cost the NHS tens of millions in...

    • British Nationality: English Language

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 30 June (HL705), how many organisations tendered in the competitive procurement exercise that secured two...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether immigration detention is an area where they could make savings.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they are making to inform Syrian refugees with relatives in the United Kingdom about the possibility of applying for admission to the United...

      Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure that police forces are properly trained to respond to cybercrime.

      Home Office: Public Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list those persons appointed as chairs of non-departmental public bodies by the Home Office.

  • HM Treasury

    • European Central Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much exposure the European Central Bank has to Greece; and what is the current value of its equity and reserves.

    • Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the role of the Office for Budget Responsibility is in verifying claims on regulatory savings.

      Living Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to provide tax incentives to firms and employers paying the living wage to all their workers.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 29 June (HL523), why they have ruled out holding a referendum in England on the maintenance of...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to increase electoral registration across the United Kingdom.

      Recall of MPs Act 2015

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the secondary legislation for the Recall of MPs Act 2015 will be published and laid before both Houses of Parliament for debate.

      Lobbying: Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on implementing the Statutory Register of Lobbyists, including the numbers now registered, the budget, and the number of meetings...

  • Department of Health

    • Dental Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Which? investigation that found that prospective NHS dental patients are being forced to pay a deposit before being allowed to...

What is this?

The parliamentary question is a great way for MPs and Peers to discover information which the government may not wish to reveal. Ministers reply via written answers, a list of which gets published daily.

We let you vote on whether or not the answer given is adequate.

July 2015
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031 

Did you find what you were looking for?