Written answers

Thursday, 17 September 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to alleviate passenger overcrowding on trains.

    • Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Oyster ticketing system is planned to be extended to Gatwick Airport, Three Bridges, Crawley and Ifield railway stations.

      SS Richard Montgomery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to monitor the condition and safety of the SS Richard Montgomery; and when he plans to publicise the results of such...

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on the appointment of a new head of the UK Shipping Register; and whether there is...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's Survey and Inspection Transformation Programme to be launched; and how he plans to publicise...

      Shipping: Crew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Maritime and Coastguard Agency is taking to ensure that members of the Red Ensign Group comply with the safe manning levels recommended...

      Shipping: Crew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what arrangements are in place for determining safe manning levels on UK merchant ships for each (a) classification of ship, (b) trade route and (c)...

      Shipping: Crew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will amend legislation on minimum safe manning levels on merchant ships to require the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to consult maritime trade...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what policy evaluations have been carried out by external organisations for his Department and its agencies in each financial...

    • Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much the Government has (a) allocated to promote growth in the English regions and (b) paid out to local projects since 2010.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether any mechanism is in place for communities to prevent previously refused planning applications being repeatedly...

      Small Businesses: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on how many small and medium enterprises in (a) Pendle constituency, (b) Lancashire and...

      Small Businesses: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he plans to take to (a) raise awareness of and (b) encourage small and medium enterprises in the North West to...

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the public sector pay freeze on the recruitment and retention of staff by local...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Turkey: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Turkish government on protecting (a) the democratic process and (b) minorities.

    • Kashmir: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political and security situation in Kashmir; and if he will make a statement.

      New Zealand: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his New Zealand counterpart on the upcoming referendum on that country's national flag.

      North Korea: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) UN and (b) South Korean government on human right abuses in North Korea.

  • Attorney General

    • National Fund

      To ask the Attorney General, what progress he has made on discussions about the future of the National Debt Fund charity; and what steps he is taking to secure legal approval to change the...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what policy evaluations have been carried out by external organisations for his Department and its agencies in each financial...

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much his Department spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which companies payments in respect...

      Higher Education: Part-time Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to support students in part-time higher education.

      Higher Education: Part-time Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the reasons for changes in the number of students enrolling in part-time higher education courses...

      Vocational Guidance: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of treating ethnic minority groups as a priority by the National Careers Service.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Members for Ashfield and Streatham dated 15 June 2015 regarding women...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many consortia (a) containing and (b) not containing UK businesses have (i) made bids for and (ii) been successful in...

      Innovate UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much public funding was spent by Innovate UK (a) in total and (b) under each of its programmes in each financial year since...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Ashfield the Shadow Business Secretary on women executives on...

      Industrial Training Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to publish the Government response to the Industry Training Boards review, announced on 23 September 2013; and if...

      Trade Agreements: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Trade in Services Agreement on employment levels in the UK (a)...

      Trade Agreements: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he made of the potential effect of the Trade in Services Agreement on the transport industry; and when his...

      Balance of Trade: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much the life sciences industry generated in trade surplus for (a) the UK and (b) Scotland in the last year for which...

      Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to support the Skills Funding Agency in prioritising adult basic skills training in English and mathematics.

      Shareholders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will take steps to address the disparity between the number of shares owned by individuals and large investment funds.

      Postage Stamps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions he has had with Royal Mail on the continued issuing of Country definitive postage stamps.

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when his Department plans to publish the results of its consultation on Sunday trading.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to review the level of disclosed aid through the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition Group.

    • Pakistan: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2015 to Question 7327, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policy of...

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to support refugees from (a) Libya, (b) South Sudan, (c) Somalia, (d) Democratic Republic of Congo...

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to help co-ordinate (a) a European and (b) an international response to the refugee situation.

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, from projects in which Commonwealth countries she plans to reallocate funds from the foreign aid budget to settle refugees within the UK.

      British Overseas Territories: Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on communications infrastructure in British Overseas Territories in each of the last two years.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent each month on the (a) maintenance and (b) running costs of court buildings that have been closed in the period up to their disposal...

    • Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what work his Department is undertaking to review whether tribunal fees are acting as a barrier to justice; and how many officials were engaged in that...

      Magistrates' Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the utilisation rate of (a) Hartlepool and (b) Teesside magistrates' courts was in each of the last five years; and what the average utilisation...

      Bail: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2015 to Question 4115, how many (a) offences in West Yorkshire were committed by offenders on bail and (b) offenders...

      National Offender Management Service: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he expects the rollout of the new NOMS IT system to be completed; and what estimate he has made of the final cost of the contract.

      National Offender Management Service: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what additional cost was incurred to the new NOMS IT system by the postponement of the rollout of the programme nationally in March 2015.

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his definition is of a reasonable journey to court in proposing court closures.

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he plans to take to ensure the maintenance of good working relationships between magistrates, local solicitors, local authorities and the...

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he plans to take to monitor links between local people and justice provision as part of the reform of court accommodation; and what...

      Courts: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what criteria he applies to determine which court buildings are (a) over- and (b) under-utilised.

  • Prime Minister

    • Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2015 to Question 8501, whether the Wilson Doctrine applies in the same way to Members of the Scottish Parliament as it applies to...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Theatres: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to help local theatres over the next five years.

    • Tickets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Consumer Rights Act 2015, what the (a) terms of reference, (b) composition of membership and (c) timescale is of...

      Broadband: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to increase broadband coverage and speed in Suffolk and the East of England.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria are used by the Health and Safety Executive to establish whether a sector presents a high risk and requires pro-active inspections.

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of reducing the benefit cap on (a) homelessness and (b) temporary accommodation costs borne by local...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many hours his Department spent on processing freedom of information requests in each of the last 24 months.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households were in receipt of housing benefit totalling up to (a) £10,000, (b) £25,000, (c) £50,000, (d) £75,000...

      Unemployment: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to help older unemployed people to retrain.

      Personal Independence Payment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Scotland have (a) applied for personal independence payments (PIPs), (b) been refused PIPs and (c) been refused PIPs and...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish the Government's response to his Department's consultation on changes to the Occupational Pension (Investment)...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of the households affected by the benefit cap in May 2015 were also affected by that cap in February 2014.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2015 to Question 8871, on data or categories of households affected by the benefit cap, if he will...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on limits to progression pay increases for civil servants in his Department.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Nuclear Installations: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many reportable nuclear security incidents at defence sites he was notified of in the financial years (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15; and for each of...

    • Nuclear Installations: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which offices in his Department are responsible for maintaining and monitoring nuclear security at defence sites.

      Ministry of Defence: Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Ministry of Defence staff were based in Bahrain on (a) 1 January, (b) 1 April and (c) 1 September 2015.

      Pakistan: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assistance his Department gave to the Pakistani Armed Forces during recent unmanned aerial vehicle operations in that country.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what rules of engagement his Department has developed for strikes using unmanned aerial vehicle systems against terrorist targets in states against...

      Intelligence Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Single Intelligence Account is or will be incorporated into his Department's budget; and whether the Single Intelligence Account is included...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) civilian staff of his Department based in the UK, (b) military personnel based in the UK, (c) civilian staff of his Department based in...

      Russia: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he plans to take in response to incursions into British sovereign airspace by Russian Aerospace Forces.

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2015 to Question 4788, what assessment he has made of the reason why figures pertaining to the number of army and RAF...

      Afghanistan: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support his Department is providing to vulnerable interpreters in Afghanistan who have worked with British armed forces.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have had with their EU counterparts on the use of the Dublin Convention to...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offences where alcohol consumption was a contributory factor were recorded by Hampshire Police in each of the last three years; how...

      Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what circumstances the Employer Checking Service will review or revisit a determination it has made on an individual's right to work...

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Statement on Syrian Refugees and Counter-terrorism of 7 September 2015, Official Report, column 24, how many additional...

      Asylum: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's policy is on (a) receiving representations and (b) entering into correspondence with Members of the Scottish...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugees the Government expects to receive under the expanded Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme in (a) 2016, (b) 2017,...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish her Department's general policy advice on handling requests for revocations of a deportation by a person outside the UK;...

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugees have been accommodated in each local authority in England, Wales and Scotland under the Gateway scheme in each of the last...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers the Government plans to resettle in (a) Oldham, (b) Rochdale, (c) all 10 Greater Manchester metropolitan boroughs,...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to the public purse has been of providing support to Syrian refugees relocated to the UK in each of the last four years; and...

      Human Trafficking: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much compensation has been received by victims of trafficking identified by the Gangmasters' Licensing Authority in each year since 2010.

      Company Investigations: Freezing of Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the scope of police powers to freeze company assets encompasses a company domain name; what provisions exists for such a domain name...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many victims of (a) human trafficking for non-sexual exploitation and (b) forced labour, slavery and servitude have been awarded...

      HM Passport Office: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Passport Office plans to inform the hon. Member's constituent of the outcome of their passport application, reference 681 355 476.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the 20,000 Syrian refugees to be taken in by the UK will be housed by Serco.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the overall cost to the public purse of Serco's contract with the Government to re-house asylum seekers.

      Emergency Services: Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to reduce the number of speeding tickets issued to ambulances and other emergency vehicles.

      Drugs: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to bring forward legislative proposals on the regulation of legal highs.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many hours his Department spent on processing freedom of information requests in each of the last 24 months.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Horse Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of horses not properly registered under passport and micro-chipping regulations in...

    • Ivory: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to bring forward legislation to ban the sale of ivory in the UK.

      Non-native Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to prevent the (a) escape and (b) illegal release of non-native wild animals from captivity.

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to counteract the rise in fly-tipping.

      Business: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) FTSE 100 and (b) FTSE 350 companies made voluntary climate disclosures beyond legal reporting requirements in...

      Common Agricultural Policy: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to conduct her Department's planned review of the convergence uplift payments immediately.

  • HM Treasury

    • London Airports

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the devolved administrations on potential Barnett consequentials arising from the public expenditure on infrastructure and...

    • Freezing of Assets: Libya

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the value of Libyan assets frozen in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Money Advice Service: Contracts for Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date the tender which led to the Money Advice Service finding 100 new debt advisers posts at Stepchange was published; how many and who the...

      Fiscal Policy: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Scottish Government on (a) Scottish Government borrowing by means of (i) the National Loans Fund, (ii)...

      VAT: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much value added tax was accrued to the Exchequer from Scotland in the last financial year.

      Property: Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the prevalence of undervaluing properties for sale; and what steps he is taking to tackle tax avoidance arising from practice.

      Stamp Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to change the definition of intermediary relief from stamp duty and stamp duty reserve tax.

      Stamp Duty Reserve Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the turnover in UK equities is liable for stamp duty reserve tax in each of the last 12 months.

      Devolution: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Barnett consequential funding the Government has provided to each of the devolved administrations as a result of changes in funding provided to the...

      Counter-terrorism and Defence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what funding the Government has allocated to (a) defence and (b) counter-terrorism.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Department for Energy and Climate Change: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many officials in her Department are engaged in research into the effects of the UK leaving the EU.

    • Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has conducted of the effectiveness of the feed-in tariff subsidy for solar panels in achieving its...

      Offshore Industry: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policy of (a) the findings of the Oil and Gas Authority's Call to Action...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to incentivise the use of renewable energy in businesses and homes.

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's pension reform proposals form part of a wider workforce reform package.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on which dates cabinet ministers visited Scotland on official engagements between 8 May 2014 and 18 September 2014; and what the purpose was of each...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament: Art Works

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2015 to Question 3834, what disposal strategy there is for the...

    • Parliament: Art Works

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, how many items in the Parliamentary Art Collection are (a) on and (b) not on public display.

  • Department of Health

    • Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS England's high cost device steering group sought advice from clinicians and other healthcare professionals before recommending the removal of...

    • Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ask NHS England to publish the minutes of meetings of the high cost device steering group at which the recommendation was made to remove...

      Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with NHS England and Monitor about the proposal to remove subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillators from...

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with NHS England about the criteria used to decide (a) when and (b) which high cost devices are removed from the...

      Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the removal of implantable cardiac defibrillators from the high cost drugs and devices list, as...

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2015 to Question 5351, what mechanisms are in place to assess whether the dietary and other standards set out in the...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to implement the recommendations of What's Important to me: A review of Choice in End of Life Care, published in February 2015.

      Nurses: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effects of the proposed changes to the Tier 2 visas minimum income threshold on recruitment of NHS nursing staff in...

      Nurses: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses from outside the European Economic Area who were granted Tier 2 visas are working in the NHS in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and...

      Hernias: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for a NHS hernia operation for patients in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department provides to people diagnosed with hepatitis C acquired through NHS blood treatments where medical records have been lost.

      Radiography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions NHS England's high cost device steering group has had with interventional radiologists on the proposed decision to remove the...

      Radiography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions NHS England had with (a) the NHS England clinical reference group for interventional radiology and (b) the British Society for...

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the removal of peripheral vascular and drug eluting stents from the high cost device exclusion...

      Radiography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the removal of the interventional radiology best practice tariff from the 2016-17...

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with NHS England on the criteria used to decide when and which high cost devices are removed from the high cost...

      Mental Health Services: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department makes support available to men experiencing family isolation.

      General Practitioners: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2015 to Question 8027, what information his Department holds on the forecast amount to be spent on recruitment...

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with (a) a brain tumour and (b) other conditions as a result of symptoms noticed during examinations by opticians in the...

      Alzheimer's Disease: Dental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission a study to investigate potential links between dental treatment and Alzheimer's disease.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the public sector pay freeze on NHS staff morale; and whether he plans to survey NHS staff on that matter.

      Dental Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to encourage orthodontists to offer NHS appointments to children outside school hours.

      Pregnancy: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment the NHS has made of the potential benefits and disadvantages of the use of Doppler scans in preventing stillbirths.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health visitors were employed in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13, (c) 2013-14 and (d) 2014-15.

      Mental Health Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people from within Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust region have been required to travel outside their trust areas to receive emergency...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment his Department has made of the trends in the prevalence of diabetes; and if he will make a statement.

      Nurses: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of nurses not born in the EU employed by the NHS in England in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Transport

    • Children: Cycling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children aged (1) 8–11, and (2) 11–14, were trained in cycling proficiency at school in each local authority area in England in each of...

    • Motorcycles: Noise

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to reduce the noise of motorbikes on public roads.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Rural Areas: Local Government Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to assist rural councils that cannot access funding from the Rural Services Delivery Grant in order to ensure that the additional cost of...

    • Holiday Accommodation: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for extending to properties subject to short or holiday lets, such as those via Air BnB, safety provisions such as...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking to assist obese children with sports and exercise alongside food awareness and education.

    • Diabetes: Health Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they provide to schools to educate teachers and pupils about possible diabetic symptoms.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to introduce a warning system to provide benefit claimants with an opportunity to explain any non-compliance before sanctions are...

    • Jobcentre Plus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they issue to Jobcentre Plus branches about treating claimants as innocent and deserving unless clearly shown not to be so; and whether they...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many claims for (1) Jobseeker’s Allowance, (2) Universal Credit, (3) Disability Living Allowance, (4) Personal Independence Payment, (5) Employment...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the support given to those of working age living in a household subject to the benefit cap; how many of those people...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the cost of travel to (1) hospital appointments, (2) Work Capability Assessment appointments, and (3) Jobcentre Plus...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Expert Committee on Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Expert Committee on Pesticides has not published the agenda for its meeting on 7 July and the minutes of its meeting on 20 May; and what involvement...

    • National Parks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have not yet taken a decision about extending the boundaries of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks in the light of the 2013...

      National Parks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the amount of government, public-sector and third-sector funding and resources expended so far on preparing for and considering the...

      National Parks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to announce their decision on the revision of National Park boundaries.

      Independent Rural Proofing Implementation Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in implementing the recommendations of the Independent Rural Proofing Implementation Review; and when they expect to report...

      Birds of Prey: Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, of the 12 hen harrier nesting attempts in England in 2015, how many of (1) the six failed nests, and (2) the six successful nests, were on land in an area...

      Cetaceans: Faroe Islands

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of the Faroe Islands to discourage the annual killing of dolphins and pilot whales in the Faroe Islands.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost of operational and policing requirements for each badger killed under the culling programme.

  • Home Office

    • Crime: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many disability hate crimes have been reported in the United Kingdom in each year since 2010; and how many of those have been successfully prosecuted,...

    • Crime: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what training programmes regarding disability hate crime are available to (1) United Kingdom police forces, and (2) Crown Prosecution Service staff.

      Crime: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to (1) raise awareness of disability hate crimes, and (2) encourage the reporting of disability hate crimes, in the United Kingdom.

      Police Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of each police authority in England and Wales in 2011–12.

      Police: Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what current legal controls are in place to prevent police forces from deploying weapons that are not officially authorised for use by the Home Office.

  • Cabinet Office

    • British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimates they have made of the number of United Kingdom citizens resident within the rest of the European Union; and what level of confidence they have...

    • Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the next United Kingdom Cyber Security Strategy will outline the steps they plan to take to address cyber breaches and protect the United Kingdom...

      Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under the process of conducting the forthcoming Strategic Defence and Security Review, they considered creating a new stand-alone government office...

      Government Departments: Statistics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all government departments have now adopted the Office for National Statistics rural-urban classification in their analyses of data and evidence.

  • Department of Health

    • Health Services: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of each of the recommendations to the Department of Health in the report Bridging the Gap between Academics and Policy Makers by...

    • Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 21 July (HL1204), whether they plan to publish (1) their plans to improve the health outcomes of...

      Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 21 July (HL1204), what outcomes have been achieved through the incentives in the Quality and...

      Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the disparity of outcomes in Type 1 diabetes care and Type 2 diabetes care.

      Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 24 July (HL1407), whether they plan to publish their plans to improve the management and care of...

      Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that those with Type 1 diabetes meet similar targets of recommended care processes, blood glucose and cholesterol as those...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the parents of young people detained by the under the Mental Health Act 1983 can access the same funding as their counterparts whose children are not...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Consumption

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to publish any updated guidelines on safe drinking limits, following a review by the Chief Medical Officer.

      Death Certificates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the Shipman Inquiry in order to introduce procedures to reform the death certificate...

      Dental Services: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 27 July (HL1635), whether they have plans to introduce day surgery appointments for the clearance...

      Care Homes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the appropriateness of the use of the terms "love" and "darling" in a care home; and whether they have given advice to the...

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