Written answers

Thursday, 23 July 2015

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government is providing to the Saudi Arabian coalition operations in Yemen; and in what circumstances that...

    • Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the conflict in Yemen with Al-Qaeda on (a) global security and (b) security in the...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Met Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much was paid in bonuses to Met Office staff in each of the last five years.

    • Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of zombie companies on national productivity; and if he will make a statement.

      Student Loans Company: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions he has had with the Student Loans Company on the level of complaints it receives.

      Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on (a) the number of monitoring stations which recorded the reported temperature of 36.7...

      Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on the number of sources from which data was gathered by the Meteorological Office to...

      Postal Services: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of the privatisation of Royal Mail on (a) residential properties and (b) businesses in...

      Arms Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what military hardware and components the UK has sold to Israel in each of the last two years.

      Arms Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what military hardware and components the UK has imported from Israel in each of the last two years.

      Arms Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many arms export licences have been issued for exports to Israel in each of the last two years.

      Arms Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will review his Department's policy on arms export licence agreements with Israel.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the statutory requirements are for local enterprise partnerships on the transparency of their operations and...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to increase the transparency of the operations of local enterprise partnerships.

      New Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he plans to take to enhance support for opportunity entrepreneurs to set up their own businesses.

      European Fund for Strategic Investments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proposals his Department have put forward for projects under the EU Fund for Strategic Investments.

  • Department for International Development

    • Central African Republic: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to support women's rights and help victims of sexual and gender-based violence in the Central...

    • Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to implement the commitment in the June 2015 G7 Leaders' declaration to invest in the prevention and control...

      Central African Republic: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of her Department's expenditure in the Central African Republic on that country's economic...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the status is of her Department's Framework on Health Systems Strengthening; what the timeline is for its publication; and how...

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

      Developing Countries: Poliomyelitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with her international counterparts on the eradication of polio.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of how many people are at risk of death arising from the current conflict in Yemen; and what...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the economic effects of the conflict in Yemen; and what steps she is taking to help people affected by...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has allocated to the UN humanitarian appeal for Yemen; and what information her Department holds on how much...

      Developing Countries: Poliomyelitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to encourage other countries to donate to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information her Department holds on how many people have been displaced by the coalition bombing of Saada province in Yemen.

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that donors' funds provided to UN and other non-governmental humanitarian agencies for use in Yemen...

  • Department for Education

    • Languages: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils were entered into (a) GCSE and (b) A-levels in (i) Turkish, (ii) modern Greek, (iii) Spanish, (iv) French and (v) German in the last...

    • Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations she has received from (a) schools, (b) community groups and (c) other organisations on the future of examinations in (i) Turkish,...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure pupils' names are not removed from school admission registers without an adequate explanation of the child's...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what benchmarks are used to compare attainment in UK schools and the schools of comparable countries.

      Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many primary and infant schools have signed up to (a) the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, Durham University, (b) Early Excellence and (c)...

      Schools: VDUs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will introduce lessons on managing the risk of injuries related to digital screen use to school curriculums.

      Schools: VDUs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many legal cases are being brought against schools in the UK related to injuries caused by digital screen use.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many days of absence were reported to her Department on grounds of musculoskeletal injury in the (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15 school year.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on introducing chartered teacher status within the education profession; and if she will make a statement.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to improve skills within the teaching profession; and if she will make a statement.

      Headteachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to improve the leadership skills of head teachers; and if she will make a statement.

      Gifted Children: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in Copeland constituency have been identified as gifted and talented in each of the last 10 years.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals achieved five GCSEs at A* to C including English and mathematics in (a)...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of pupils achieved five GCSEs at A* to C including English and mathematics in (a) Ashfield, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c)...

      Classroom Assistants: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teaching assistants there were in schools in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) the East Midlands in each of the last...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools and academies in (a) Ashfield, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England did not meet the standard of 60 per cent of pupils achieving five...

      Schools: Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much revenue has accrued to the public purse through the sale of sports fields in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) the East...

      Schools: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many of the schools and academies assessed by Ofsted in (a) Ashfield and (b) Nottinghamshire in each of the last five years were rated as (i)...

      Schools: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the current status is of schools placed in special measures in (a) Copeland constituency and (b) Cumbria.

      GCSE: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools rated outstanding or good in (a) Ashfield and (b) Nottinghamshire (i) did not meet the 60 per cent standard pupils achieving five...

      Carers: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps her Department has taken to (a) identify and (b) support young carers.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the Government's policy is on EU accession to the European Convention of Human Rights.

    • Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the implications for his policies are of the paper prepared for the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) Management Board on 27 April 2015 on...

      Insolvency: Conditional Fee Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to consult the insolvency profession on provisions in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 on reform...

  • Prime Minister

    • Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Prime Minister, when he was first informed of the involvement of British military personnel in military actions in Syria after the vote against military action in Syria on 30 August 2013.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Mediterranean Sea: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many refugees the Royal Navy has rescued in the Mediterranean (a) in total and (b) as a proportion of all those rescued.

    • Ministry of Defence: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of his Department's Chart of Account for 2014-15 and 2015-16.

      Mediterranean Sea: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many migrants his Department has rescued from the Mediterranean sea each week since (a) HMS Bulwark and (b) HMS Enterprise commenced operations in...

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to develop the UK's technological edge in military capabilities; and if he will make a statement.

      Research: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on (a) intermural and (b) extramural research in each financial year between 2010-11 and 2014-15.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 2.103 of the Summer Budget 2015, what additional training will be made available to staff of his Department to...

    • Children: Maintenance

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

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department made of projected BBC expenditure in each of the next years before the Summer Budget 2015.

    • Museum of London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to paragraph 1.325 of the Summer Budget 2015, whether the Government plans to provide financial support for the move of...

      Internet: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether regulations are in place on the length and frequency of internet advertising; and whether Ofcom or his Department has had...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) starting and (b) completion rates for affordable housing were in (i) Bristol, (ii) the South West and (iii)...

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) starting and (b) completion rates for housing were in (i) Bristol, (ii) the South West and (iii) England in each...

      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...

  • HM Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will conduct a public consultation on the HM Revenue and Customs Building our Future programme.

    • Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of changes to (a) child tax credits, (b) working tax credit reductions, (c) working tax credit...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people previously in receipt of tax credits will no longer receive them following changes covered in the Summer Budget 2015.

      Personal Income

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to Table 1.8 of the Summer Budget 2015, which Office for Budget Responsibility inflation forecast was used to calculate the data in that table.

      Balance of Payments

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to reduce the current account deficit; and if he will make a statement.

      Business: Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to improve competition in small and medium-sized enterprise bank lending; and if he will make a statement.

      Banks: Licensing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which firms have relinquished a banking licence in the last 30 years.

      NHS: Fees and Charges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the effect on the (a) NHS budget and (b) Barnett formula of reductions in the eligibility criteria for the NHS tax credit...

      Infrastructure: Capital Investment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to improve the UK's attractiveness to private investment in infrastructure; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Fuel Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many children were living in households classed as being in fuel poverty in (a) Bristol South constituency, (b) Bristol, (c) the...

    • Energy: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will estimate the average annual energy bill for a typical family in Ashfield constituency in each of the last five years.

  • Cabinet Office

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Digital communications infrastructure strategy, published on 18 March 2015, how much public sector spectrum has...

    • Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Digital communications infrastructure strategy, published on 18 March 2015, which Department will be responsible...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Digital communications infrastructure strategy, published on 18 March 2015, how many full-time equivalent...

      Advertising: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2015 to Question 1710, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of internet advertising...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which buildings occupied by his Department are owned or part-owned privately; what the total value is of the rent paid to private...

      Cycling: Calderdale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to promote cycling as a recreational activity in Calderdale.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to ensure that (a) high stakes gambling takes place only in (i) casinos and (ii) other highly supervised...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish all correspondence he has had with the BBC on the agreement announced on 6 July 2015 that the BBC will fund the...

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the quality of DAB radio coverage in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Radio Frequencies: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much spectrum below 5GHz has been released since 2010.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of internet customers have made an active choice on filters.

      Lotteries: Exemptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will introduce the Exempt Lotteries Legislative Reform Order in 2015.

      Digital Technology: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding for digital skills.

      Sports: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to promote the provision of local sporting facilities for (a) women and (b) general use.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the BBC has undertaken that free TV licences for over-75s will continue beyond 2020.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Covent Garden Market Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received from tenants of the New Covent Garden market Authority on that market's redevelopment...

    • Covent Garden Market Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what receipts the New Covent Garden Market Authority has received from the sale of land in the last five years; who bought...

      New Covent Garden Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the demolition and rebuilding of the car park in New Covent Garden Market is forecast to cost.

      Covent Garden Market Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what expenses have been claimed by the directors of the New Covent Garden Market Authority in the last five years.

  • Department of Health

    • Parkinson's Disease: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations has he received from (a) charities, (b) medical professionals and (c) patient groups on the detection and treatment of...

    • Allergies: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received from (a) charities, (b) medical professionals and (c) patient groups on detection and treatment of allergic...

      Headaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the number of people who have suffered from migraine in each of the last five years.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase the incidence of screening for breast cancer; and if he will make a statement.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Public Health Responsibility Deal on obesity rates amongst (a) adults and (b) children.

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when care.data will be rolled out nationally; and if he will make a statement.

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many representations he has received from (a) individuals and (b) groups (i) in favour of and (ii) against care.data in the last six months.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of variations in the length of time NHS trusts take to implement NICE guidance.

      HIV Infection: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress his Department has made in developing a HIV prevention strategy; and what timetable he has set for the development of that strategy.

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have opted out of the care.data scheme in each of the pathfinder areas.

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessments he has made of the deliverability of care.data during the pathfinder stage.

      Medical Records: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to initiate a public awareness campaign before the national rollout of care.data.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP practices in each pathfinder area have signed up to care.data.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) children and (b) adults in (i) Copeland constituency, (ii) Cumbria and (iii) England are classed as (A) overweight, (B) obese and (C)...

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential reasons for changes in the number of recipients of Healthy Start in the last year; and what steps he is...

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential merit of the production of NICE evidence summaries for new and emerging antibiotics as a means of supporting...

      Action on Smoking and Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2015 to Question 5566, what steps his Department took following receipt of the Freedom of Information requests in May...

      Action on Smoking and Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what month in each of the last 10 years a decision to award a grant under Section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968 to Action on...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with NHS England on the performance of NHS trusts in implementing NICE guidance.

      Dental Services

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

      Ealing Hospital: Paediatrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to (a) close and (b) reduce services at the pediatric department at Ealing Hospital.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was between referral to secondary care and the beginning of treatment in (a) England, (b) London, (c) the London Borough of...

      Action on Smoking and Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether any application for grant funding from Action on Smoking and Health has been refused in the last five years; and what the date and reasons for...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people and what proportion of patients in each region of England have not seen a dentist in the last two years.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements have been made to distribute the £25 million of additional compensation to people infected with contaminated blood; when he plans...

  • Department for Transport

    • Network Rail: Property

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Rothschild's regarding their study into Network Rail's commercial property portfolio.

    • East Anglia Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent any plans for the Norwich–Liverpool line, particularly in the Chelmsford area, have been affected by recent changes to Network Rail.

      Road Signs and Markings: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to use electronic road traffic signs to encourage drivers to moderate their speed by reminding them of the effect of doing so on the...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations, if any, they have received from the government of China or Chinese state agencies about the potential expansion of Heathrow Airport.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations, if any, they have received from the government of Qatar or Qatari state agencies about the potential expansion of Heathrow Airport.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed the possible expansion of Heathrow with representatives of the government of China or Chinese state agencies in preparing for the...

      Great Western Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to adding diesel motors to the Hitachi Inter City Express trains intended to operate on the Great Western lines from...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to fund and start the electrification of the Midland Main Line TransPennine rail line before funding and starting Crossrail 2.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) how long it would take to give all roads in the United Kingdom a surface treatment using super flex asphalt, and (2)...

      Pregnant Women: Aviation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what published scientific data there are regarding the risks to the unborn child of inhaling heated pyrolysed synthetic jet engine fumes.

      Network Rail

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the appropriateness of Network Rail senior executives investigating the sale of part of the company to private investors.

      Railways: EU Action

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether officials were instructed to vote against the technical pillar of the Fourth Railway Package at the European Union Transport Council Working Group...

      Railways

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risk that the works committed to in National Rail's control period 5 will slip into control period 6; which schemes, if...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many motorway accidents there were in 2013–14; and how many of those involved heavy goods vehicles.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the progress by Network Rail in delivering the rail electrification programme.

      Ports: EU Action

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the proposed European Union port services regulation.

      London Underground

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of salary levels for employees working on the London Underground on the affordability of the use of the network...

      London Underground

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the cost of creating an automated underground system in London; and what would be the net effect on the public...

      Underground Railways

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which cities globally have an automated underground or metro transport system; and what research they have conducted on the effectiveness of those systems.

      Motorways: Outdoor Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what regulations they are considering to restrict high intensity lit advertising for goods and services over motorways in urban locations.

      Network Rail

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to make further changes at board level at Network Rail.

      Transport for London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to transfer more surface railways to Transport for London.

  • Home Office

    • Africa and Middle East: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role they are playing in the European Union Regional Development and Protection Programme to support those countries supporting the majority of...

    • Refugees: Mediterranean Sea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Bates on 14 July, when the inter-departmental ministerial meeting to discuss the refugee crisis will take place.

      Former Prime Ministers: Security

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 14 July (HL714) concerning the cost of security protection for former Prime Ministers and Deputy Prime...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many illegal immigrants who have travelled from (1) France and (2) Holland have been detected and intercepted on arrival at United Kingdom ports or rail...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether illegal immigrants who have travelled to the United Kingdom from another EU member state and who seek asylum in the United Kingdom are refused entry...

      Refugees: Mediterranean Sea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assets are now involved in humanitarian operations in the central Mediterranean; and for how long they are committed.

      Hungary: Serbia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the likely effects of construction of a fence by the government of Hungary along their border with Serbia on attempts at...

      Asylum Support (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2015

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, with regard to the Asylum Support (Amendment No. 3 Regulations) 2015, they plan to publish (1) their detailed assessment of the compatibility of the...

      Immigration Officers: Dover Port

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many immigration officers were on duty on 21 July at the port of Dover; and what assessment they have made of whether that number was adequate.

      Overseas Students: Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list, for each of the last four calendar years, (1) each accredited United Kingdom higher education institution's visa refusal rate; (2)...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Sheltered Employment: Minimum Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to consider providing a therapeutic exemption from the National Minimum Wage for registered charities, or social enterprises, that...

    • Small Businesses: Living Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on small businesses of the new national living wage.

      Small Businesses: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to help small businesses that face high costs when complying with regulations.

      Engineering

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 6 July (HL793), what assessment they have made of the compatibility of the measures with the...

      Employment: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 3 July (HL933) concerning women's employment in the United Kingdom, whether they have informed...

      Public Service Broadcasting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish proposals regarding the repeal of section 73 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 following the recent consultation...

  • Department for Education

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

    • All Party Groups

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what role the House of Lords authorities had in agreeing the new rules for All-Party Parliamentary Groups issued by the House of Commons Committee on Standards...

    • All Party Groups

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what discussions have taken place between the House of Lords authorities and the Speaker of the House of Commons about the decision that only MPs can chair...

      Peers: Freemasonry

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether Members of the House of Lords who are Freemasons are required to register that fact in the Register of Interests.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether additional categories of expenditure have been added to the defence budget which were not included in the defence budget in each of the last three...

    • Falkland Islands: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated annual cost to the public purse of maintaining the United Kingdom's military presence in the Falkland Islands.

      Defence Equipment: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Ministry of Defence decided to adopt the SAE International specification for metal finishes; and what control they have retained over the...

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many A400M aircraft have been purchased for use by the United Kingdom's armed forces.

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many A400M aircraft they plan to purchase for use by the United Kingdom's armed forces.

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have concerning the performance of the A400M aircraft during its proving tests.

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people in the United Kingdom are employed in the construction of parts for the A400M aircraft.

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people in Europe are employed in the construction of the A400M aircraft.

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which governments have indicated that they will purchase the A400M aircraft.

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many A400M aircraft have so far been sold.

      Unidentified Flying Objects

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ministry of Defence currently outsources investigations into unidentified aerial phenomena to the private sector; and if so, which are the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Government Departments: Assets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 6 July (HL719), what disposal policies each Department applies to freehold property identified...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Derelict Land: Planning Permission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the definition of brownfield sites where planning permission will be automatic, as set out in Fixing the Foundations published on 9 July.

    • Fracking: Planning Permission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent decisions by Lancashire County Council, whether they intend to change the system or the guidance in relation to planning...

      Planning Permission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which of the planning proposals set out in the document Fixing the Foundations will require primary legislation.

      Derelict Land: Planning Permission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the automatic planning permission for land included on statutory registers of brownfield land suitable for housing in England under their proposed...

      Derelict Land

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to ask local authorities to begin compiling registers of brownfield land suitable for housing in advance of it becoming a statutory requirement.

      Derelict Land: Planning Permission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the inclusion of land on a statutory register of brownfield land suitable for housing in England will prevent the owner applying for planning...

      Regional Planning and Development: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 28 May (HL97 and HL98), what are the geographical boundaries of the area included in the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance is given to members of the Senior Civil Service in furtherance of the provisions of section 3(6) of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

  • Department of Health

    • Health Services: Chinese

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to establish a national strategy for dealing with health issues amongst the United Kingdom's Chinese community.

    • Life Expectancy: Disadvantaged

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what policies they plan to bring forward to tackle the shorter average life expectancy in the most deprived areas of the country.

      Speech Therapy: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to take steps to increase the number of training posts for speech and language therapists available in 2016–17.

      Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the result of the research commissioned by the Department of Health to explore new and innovative communication approaches that would be effective...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the change in the annual cost of clinical negligence; and what plans they have in place to reduce costs arising out of...

      NHS: Laboratories

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many National Health Service laboratories have full International Organization for Standards certification; and when they expect those not reaching the...

      Monitor: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new chief executive officer of Monitor will receive a remuneration package higher than the Prime Minister’s salary.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the remarks by the NHS England Clinical Director of Specialised Services that the National Health Service will not...

      Gambling: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what data, if any, is collected on the number of people with gambling addiction in London; and what were the total numbers in (1) 2010, (2) 2011, (3) 2012,...

      Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the commitment in the Conservative Party manifesto to increase the use of new and cost-effective medicines applies to treatments approved by the...

      National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is possible to amend the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence's process and methodology for technology appraisals midway through an...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Accelerated Access Review will publish its views on the potential assessment of affordability in relation to the appraisal of new medicines.

      Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many meetings they have held with NHS England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to discuss the appraisal and future availability...

      Eastman Dental Hospital

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the proposed relocation of the Eastman Dental Hospital, what steps are being taken to ensure the continuation of the specialised dental...

      Congenital Abnormalities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in each of the last five years for which figures are available, how many of the pregnancies affected by neural tube defects were second or subsequent...

      Creating an Open and Honest Reporting Culture in the NHS Independent Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish their response to their consultation on the implementation of the recommendations, principles and actions set out in the report of...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest figures available for the number of people conveyed to Accident and Emergency departments by police officers.

      Antidepressants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prescriptions for antidepressants have been issued in each of the past thirty years; what was the annual cost to the National Health Service of...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 16 July (HL Deb, col 686) regarding police ambulance support, what number of conveyances to Accident and...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of, and how many, clinical commissioning groups have qualified nurses in senior executive positions on their governing bodies.

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