Written answers

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Network Rail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what changes he intends to make to the funding arrangements for Network Rail; and if he will make a statement.

    • A595

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will conduct a feasibility study on improving the trunk road section of the A595.

      Railways: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent on rail services per head of population in each region of England in each of the last five years.

  • Home Office

    • Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce radicalisation of British nationals in the UK.

    • Home Office: Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Counter-terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which search organisations are in receipt of Prevent strategy funding; and how much such funding each such organisation is due to receive in...

      Abortion: Protest

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received from organisations representing (a) women, (b) parents and (c) healthcare professionals on the...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to assess the mood-altering capacity of legal high substances available in the UK.

      Abortion: Protest

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the police have powers to deal with protesters harassing women who are attending...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to announce the Government's decision on possible resettlement of the British Indian Ocean Territory by Chagos...

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 26 June 2015 to Question 3103, when 1 Carlton Gardens was last used as an official residence.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2015 to Question 3103, what the total rent payable is on (a) 1 Carlton Gardens and (b)...

      Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of how many Rohingya have died in violence this year; and if he will make a statement.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he next plans to publish his Department's quarterly updates on human rights conditions in countries of concern.

      Romania: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the government of Romania on tackling corruption in the business sector of that...

      Defence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department will receive from the Joint Security Fund for each year to 2020.

      Government Departments: Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the value of wine in the Government wine cellar.

      Human Rights: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to continue to publish detailed analysis of the human rights situation in countries of concern in...

      Human Rights: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he proposes to change the (a) length and (b) format of his Department's annual report on human rights and democracy;...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's human rights priorities are for the current Parliament.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Telecommunications: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether she has had discussions with mobile network operators on (a) digital infrastructure and inclusion and (b) reform of the Electronic...

  • Attorney General

    • Government Legal Service: Data Protection

      To ask the Attorney General, what guidance he provides to Government Legal Service (GLS) personnel on compliance with the Data Protection Act by (a) the Government, (b) agencies and (c) clients...

    • Government Legal Service: Data Protection

      To ask the Attorney General, who in the Government Legal Service (GLS) has operational lead responsibility for ensuring that training is provided to officials of the GLS on compliance with the...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Attorney General, what guidance he provides to (a) Government Legal Service personnel and officials in his Department and (b) others on the steps they (i) can and (ii) must take if...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Attorney General, what data protection training has been given to (a) the Treasury Solicitor, (b) the Head of Litigation, (c) the Head of the Bona Vacantia Division, (d) the Ministry...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Electronic Equipment: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to prevent consumers purchasing unsafe second-hand electrical goods in the UK.

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his policy is on ensuring gender balance on his Department's board.

      Apprentices: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether he plans for the National Living Wage announced in his Summer Budget 2015 to apply to apprentices over the age of 25.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether small businesses will be able to access funding from the proposed apprenticeship levy in order to recruit apprentices;...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions are taking place among member states of the UN to ensure that clean water and sanitation remains a sustainable...

    • Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department's priorities are in the development of a new strategy for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department plans to take to facilitate NHS staff volunteering overseas to assist with the strengthening of health...

      Developing Countries: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of her Department's research on development funding for infectious diseases.

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress her Department has made in delivering a framework for strengthening health systems overseas; when that work is due to be...

      Namibia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on education and health programmes in Namibia in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Education

    • Mathematics: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to monitor the availability in schools of additional mathematics GCSE.

    • Education: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to make it easier for whistleblowers to come forward when rules are broken by teachers, students and schools in SATS tests,...

      Education: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations she has received on cheating by students and teachers in GCSE and A-level examinations and coursework.

      Teachers: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of shortages of teachers of each subject in (a) Bradford district area, (b) West Yorkshire and (c) England.

      Students: VDUs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what research her Department has undertaken on the potential effect of digital screen use on students in the last five years.

      Schools: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent meetings she has had with civil society groups on potential adverse health effects of introducing more technology in schools.

      Children in Care and Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will introduce legislative proposals to place a legal responsibility on local authorities to notify their neighbouring authorities when they...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Freedom of Information Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the contribution of the Secretary of State for Justice of 23 June 2015, Official Report, column 753, what his timetable is for revisiting...

    • Life Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2015 to Question 4022, in how many of the cases in the table provided had the victim or the victim's family had an...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the extent of revenue that has been lost to the public purse in each of the last seven financial years as a result of...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of remuneration of Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) personnel based in the ICO's...

      Data Protection Act 1998

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what support and guidance his Department provides to victims of crime committed under the Data Protection Act to ensure that (a) money is not paid by...

      Mediation: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward proposals to (a) regulate the fees that can be charged by mediators and (b) ensure that access to justice by way of mediation...

      Mediation: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what sponsorship his Department provides to organisations providing mediation services; and what conditions are placed on that sponsorship.

      Mediation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what obligations litigants have under Civil Procedure Rules to seek to resolve court proceedings by Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR); what sanctions...

      Mediation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to reform regulation of the Civil Mediation Council and the wider mediation industry.

      Mediation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information and guidance his Department has published online since 1 July 2013 on (a) mediating legal disputes and (b) the identity and costs...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to page 57 of the Information Commissioner's Annual Report and Financial Statements 2014-15, published on 30 June 2015, what the (a)...

      Criminal Proceedings: Legal Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many defendants in criminal proceedings in (a) police stations and (b) courts in each region of England and Wales have been unable to secure legal...

      Public Defender Service: Solicitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times Public Defender Service solicitors have been used as a direct result of the work to rule action that began on 1 July 2015; and what the...

      Information Commissioner: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure a fair settlement to the dispute about pay levels for staff of the Information Commissioner's Office.

      Insolvency: Conditional Fee Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with HM Revenue and Customs on the delay in commencing reforms to conditional fee agreements for insolvency litigation in...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to improve the (a) pay and conditions and (b) morale of employees of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO);...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Arts Council England: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the average pay was for Arts Council employees who were (a) male, (b) female, (c) white, (d) from an ethnic minority background,...

    • Broadband: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of homes in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency that will not have access to...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress the Government is making in rolling out broadband in rural areas; and if he will make a statement.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to HM Treasury's press release, Chancellor announces £4.5 billion of measures to bring down debt, published on 4...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what information he holds on how the BBC will enforce payment of the licence fee by people watching iPlayer.

      Public Service Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he plans to take in response to Ofcom's Third Review of Public Sector Broadcasting, published in July 2015.

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that all households have access to efficient digital communication networks and that...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of Jobcentre Plus programmes in each of the last three years.

    • Taxation: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number of single earner married couples and (b) proportion of all married couples who are...

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Scottish households will be affected by a reduction in the benefit cap to £20,000 per year.

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to increase the £30,000 threshold for the Local Government Pension Scheme.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what factors were taken into account in setting the application fee for the Child Maintenance Service at £20.

      Work Programme: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Copeland constituency participated in the Work Programme scheme in each of the last three years.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department collects on the number of people who die after having their benefit withdrawn following being sanctioned.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which UK diplomatic posts have an Agriculture and Food Counsellor; and if she will make a statement.

    • Rural Areas: Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to improve productivity in the rural economy; and if she will make a statement.

      Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions in each of the last five years there were cases of animals in travelling circuses not being licensed...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what research reports his Department commissioned from external bodies between September 2010 and December 2014 have not been...

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to section 9.15 of Fixing the foundations: creating a more prosperous nation, published on 10 July 2015, Cm...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to section 9.10 of Fixing the foundations: creating a more prosperous nation, published on 10 July 2015, Cm...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to section 9.17 of Fixing the foundations: creating a more prosperous nation, published on 10 July 2015, Cm...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the effects on housing supply and affordability of the practice of investors selling on a...

      Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many families with children living in bed and breakfast accommodation have been so accommodated for more than six weeks;...

      Housing: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) homes and (b) affordable homes have been built in each local authority area in Cumbria in each of the last five years.

  • Wales Office

    • Telecommunications: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the reform of the Electronic Communications Code.

    • Telecommunications: Wales

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

  • HM Treasury

    • Libor

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the reason is for the apparent disparity between paragraph 2.113 of Budget 2015, which states that the government has committed £75 million of...

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had on the apprenticeship levy with (a) businesses, (b) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, (c) the...

      Broadband

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.318 of the Summer Budget 2015, HC 264, from which budget has the £10 million expenditure on broadband been found; how...

      Banks: Fines

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in which parliamentary constituency each project referred to in paragraph 2.47 of the Summer Budget 2015 is based.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria he plans to apply when assessing which businesses will be required to pay the new apprenticeship levy.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the number of businesses in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK that will be required to pay the new apprenticeship levy.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of level of revenue that will be raised from the new apprenticeship levy; and what additional funding he plans will be available...

      Apprentices: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to make available to the Scottish Government additional resources as a result of plans to increase funding for apprenticeships in England.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Summer Budget 2015, what criteria he plans to use to determine which employers are affected by the apprenticeship levy.

      Infrastructure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he next plans to publish an updated National Infrastructure Plan.

      Regional Planning and Development: North of England

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to include cities in the North East in the Northern Powerhouse initiative; and if he will make a statement.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies will be required to pay the apprenticeship levy; and if he will make a statement.

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was raised from the sale of radio spectrum in each financial year since 2010-11; and how much he expects to accrue to the public purse in such ways...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Wind Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether windfarms that were subject to appeal or judicial review at the time of her announcement on ending the onshore wind subsidy on...

  • Cabinet Office

    • House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has to reduce the number of peers in the House of Lords.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Sports: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of members of national sports governing bodies are women.

    • Airbnb

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will hold discussions with Airbnb on ensuring that their suppliers comply with the requirement not to let their properties for...

  • Department of Health

    • General Practitioners: Woking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GPs there were employed in the (a) Primary Care Trust and (b) Clinical Commissioning Group serving Woking constituency in each year since 2010.

    • Department of Health: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to renew the lease on Skipton House, London SE1.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of children was classified as obese in each local authority area in (a) 2009 and (b) 2014.

      Health: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that long-term improvements to (a) walking, (b) cycling and (c) other public health programmes are a legacy...

      Genito-urinary Medicine: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the level of future funding for open access to sexual health services which local authorities are obliged to provide under the...

      Parkinson's Disease: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) conducted on Parkinson's disease in the last five years.

      Allergies: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has commissioned or conducted on allergic diseases.

      Hereditary Diseases: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2015 to Question 3515, what assessment he has made of the affordability to the NHS of providing screening tests for (a)...

      Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the responses to consultation on the Green Paper, Strengthening rights and choices for people to live in the community;...

      Mental Health Services: Out of Area Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which (a) 10 mental health trusts and (b) clinical commissioning groups (CCG) were responsible for the placing of most patients out of area in each of...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) available and (b) unused beds there were in each category in Tier 4 of children and young people's mental health services in (i) total and...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of actions plans that have been submitted by local partners in implementing the standards set out in the...

      Autism and Learning Disability: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with (a) learning disabilities and (b) autism were in institutional care for each of the last six months; and how many such people...

      NHS: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) his Department and (b) the NHS has spent on data protection training and guidance for NHS personnel in each of the last three years for...

      Pharmacy: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to consult further with pharmacy representative bodies before bringing forward legislative proposals to decriminalise dispensing errors...

      General Practitioners: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP appointments were available in (a) West Yorkshire and (b) Leeds in each of the last five years.

      General Practitioners: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GPs were employed in (a) West Yorkshire and (b) Leeds in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with local health authorities on reducing the level of waste in hospitals.

      Glaucoma: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has had discussions with the Royal Colleges on the provision of treatment for glaucoma using hypodermic needles; and if he will...

      Eating Disorders: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women aged 18 to 25 who have eating disorders.

      Health Professions: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials in his Department have had with other Government departments on introducing the...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) NHS establishments, (b) private and medical establishments and (c) registered medical practitioners operate in the UK; how many such...

      Health Services: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support and guidance has been provided by his Department and the NHS to ensure that (a) NHS establishments, (b) private and medical establishments,...

      Bacterial Diseases: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 25 November 2014 to Question 215524, when Public Health England intends to publish data on the mortality rate for deaths...

      Carers: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the additional annual costs to councils of paying the National Living Wage to care workers employed by private...

      NHS Trusts: Executives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS Trust chief executives hold a qualification in healthcare management; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library copies of the syllabus and teaching materials for the (a) Edward Jenner, (b) Nye Bevan, (c) Mary Seacole, (d) Elizabeth...

      Health Services: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve the co-ordination and efficiency of health and social care; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of cross-charging in reducing bed-blocking; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data his Department collects on the state and quality of health and social care co-ordination; and if he will make a statement.

      Dental Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were on waiting lists to be registered with NHS dentists in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England in each year...

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of GP practices in (a) England, (b) London, (c) the London Borough of Islington and (d) Islington South and Finsbury...

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people applied for free NHS sight test vouchers in each of the last five years; and how many such applications were successful.

      Solihull Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to improve (a) access to and (b) facilities for phlebotomy services for elderly and vulnerable people at Solihull Hospital.

      General Practitioners: Overseas Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of UK-trained GPs who opted to practice overseas on completing their training in each of the last 10 years.

      General Practitioners: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) male and (b) female GPs who left the profession, for reasons other than retirement, in each of the last 10...

      General Practitioners: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new (a) General Medical Services, (b) Personal Medical Services and (c) Alternative Provider Medical Services contracts were agreed with GP...

      General Practitioners: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to monitor the introduction in Wales of an 18-month training placement for general practice during which trainees will be salaried...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists were registered in (a) Ashfield, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England in each year since 2008.

  • Department for Transport

    • Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 8 July (HL831), whether, during the Cranfield Study, any reliable information on the...

    • Railways: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the announcement that they intend to channel part of the Network Grant through passenger franchise operators, whether they intend to do the same...

      Railways: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support Women in Rail and to promote the rail industry as an attractive career choice for women.

      River Thames: Bridges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made regarding the new Lower Thames Crossing.

      A1: Nottinghamshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 17 June (HL349), whether they have held an enquiry into what failures contributed to the...

      Pedicabs: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to bring forward regulations on the control of rickshaws in London, in particular regarding fares charged, roadworthiness of vehicles, and...

      Bakerloo Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the proposal to extend the Bakerloo line south from Elephant and Castle.

      London Bridge Station

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have they had with Network Rail and the train operating companies regarding the on-going disruption to services at London Bridge.

      Tugboats: Hebrides

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any further assessment has been made of the regular availability of commercial tugs in the sea area of the Inner and Outer Hebrides following recent...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Freemasonry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they have given to councils and local authorities regarding the registration of interests other than disclosable pecuniary interests, and in...

    • Social Services: Living Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the additional costs to local authority budgets for adult social care incurred owing to payment of the national living wage will be regarded as a new...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the measures announced in the summer budget regarding social housing on the ability of local authorities and...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Parades Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to which section of government the Northern Ireland Parades Commission is accountable.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of interdependence between small and large businesses; and how they plan to support businesses of all sizes.

    • Sunday Trading

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in formulating their plans to amend the law relating to Sunday trading, what consideration they gave to the prospective impact on employees and shoppers who...

      Unpaid Work

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) whether they will list the categories of employed people who are not remunerated, including Ministers, who are exempted from the provisions of the...

      Sunday Trading: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect their proposals for Sunday trading to be implemented on a London-wide basis.

  • Department for International Development

    • Nepal: Earthquakes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reasons the government of Nepal gave for declining to use RAF Chinook helicopters deployed to Nepal for disaster relief.

    • Humanitarian Aid: Military Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much the Department for International Development has reimbursed the Ministry of Defence in respect of humanitarian assistance in each of the last...

      Gaza: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) single amputee, and (2) multiple amputee, children require prosthetics as a result of being injured in Operation Protective Edge; what...

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the new guidance for postgraduate teacher training issued by the National College of Teaching and Leadership...

    • National Curriculum Tests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many schools entered pupils for Key Stage 2 SATs in the academic year 2013–14; and how many opted to mark the scripts themselves.

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place to promote unannounced inspections of schools entering pupils for Key Stage 2 SATs for compliance with the required procedures...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each financial year from 2015–16 to 2020—21, what are the estimated annual costs of providing (1) free childcare for two year-olds, (2) 15...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the sex and relationships education portion of the national curriculum focuses on sexual relationships and does not equally focus on relationships such...

      Extracurricular Activities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that extra-curricular activities such as team games, art, music, drama and adventure challenges are encouraged and...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to renew the commitment made in 2010 by the Coalition Government to give due consideration to the United Nations Convention on...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been their spending in cash and real terms on legal aid in each of the last 10 years.

    • Ministry of Justice: Public Appointments

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

      Resettlement Units

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of offenders within three months of the end of their sentence are currently in resettlement prisons.

      Wandsworth Prison

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what facilities are available for prisoners at HMP Wandsworth to participate in acts of worship.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many fighter aircraft are fully operational and available for air defence of the United Kingdom.

    • Unidentified Flying Objects

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of claims of new evidence from Colonel Charles Halt, whether they will confirm that United Kingdom radar operators tracked unidentified flying...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flour: Additives

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when planning started for the current consultation on a change in the Bread and Flour Regulations 1998 to allow unfortified flour to be used in certain...

    • Water Companies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what factors were taken into account in setting the criteria for granting retail licences in the deregulated water retail market following the coming into...

      Thames Water

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for dividing Thames Water into two new companies, one with responsibility for the upper Thames area and one with...

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: France

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to establish an interviewing point in or near Calais and to invite refugees to claim protection in Britain if they have a close family...

    • Asylum: Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Bahrainis have been granted asylum or other protection status in the United Kingdom since January 2011.

      UK Border Force

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 7 July (HL941), what aerial surveillance capability the Border Agency operates separately from the Ministry of...

      NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many visas have been issued to (1) doctors, and (2) nurses, for employment in the National Health Service in each of the last 10 years.

      Visas: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to relaxing visa restrictions for Palestinians in line with Israeli visa requirements.

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to take action similar to that taken by the government of Belgium in escorting over 200 Syrian Christians and Yazidis from Aleppo to Belgium.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to direct Heathrow Airports Limited under section 25(1) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 to provide short-term holding facilities in...

      Police National Computer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government from what date the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has had direct access to the Police National Computer and what records are kept...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to require the Director of Public Prosecutions to produce guidance as to the circumstances under which possession of a psychoactive...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 16 July (HL1266), whether they plan to take any stages of the Scotland Bill in the House of Lords before the...

  • HM Treasury

    • Debts: Greece

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the level of indebtedness of (1) the government of Greece, and (2) Greek businesses, to the United Kingdom Government and United...

    • Debts: Greece

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the United Kingdom economy of a default in its international obligations by the government of Greece, and of...

      Living Wage: Lone Parents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the net financial effect on a lone parent working 16 hours a week of the new proposed living wage and the reductions in tax credits in 2016–17.

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of the amount of tax lost to the Exchequer through tax avoidance and evasion measures.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Political Parties: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to allow British citizens living abroad to make donations for life to political parties in the United Kingdom.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC: Midlands

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the level of BBC investment in the Midlands will form part of the discussions about renewing the BBC Charter.

    • Channel Four Television

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have discussed with Channel 4 about the possible relocation of its headquarters to Birmingham.

      Exercise

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for action to achieve the London 2012 Olympic Games objective of inspiring a generation to increase their participation in leisure,...

      Sports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the cost of participation in sports, and of the impact of such cost on the rates of participation of young people in sports.

      Playing Fields

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many playing fields have been disposed of for other use since 2005 in England; and what is the net change in the number of sport and leisure facilities...

      Sports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the London 2012 Olympic sporting legacy for the country as a whole, and the value for money obtained from this spending in...

  • Department of Health

    • Social Services: Living Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the announced National Living Wage from April 2016, what additional costs there will be in the next 12 months for social care providers.

    • Breast Milk

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the scale of the sale of human breast milk and human breast milk products through (1) retail outlets, and (2) the internet.

      Breast Milk

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many inspections by the Food Standards Agency or local authorities have been related to the sale of human breast milk and human breast milk products in...

      Breast Milk

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they are giving about the dangers of the purchase of human breast milk and human breast milk products.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria will be applied to select products for possible delisting from the Cancer Drugs Fund in July; and in particular what is the scoring system that...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Cancer Drugs Fund has overspent, in the light of the second review to remove treatments from the Cancer Drugs Fund list.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gaming Machines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the research undertaken by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling into the social problems caused by fixed-odds betting terminals.

    • Castes: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 15 July (HL Deb, col 572), whether they plan to publish the result of their consideration of the...

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?