Written answers

Monday, 21 September 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Network Rail: Business Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate was made of the cost of Control Period 5 in (a) the initial industry plan published in September 2011 and (b) Network Rail's final...

    • Great Western Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the most recent cost estimate held by his Department for Great Western Main Line electrification is greater than the efficient cost estimate...

      Directly Operated Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Directly Operated Railways will publish an annual report for 2014-15.

      Midland Main Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the decision on rolling stock procurement for the Midland Main Line will be made by the direct award being negotiated with East Midlands...

      Midland Main Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with East Midlands Trains and rolling stock companies on (a) extending the operational life of Intercity 125 trains...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with rail heritage organisations on the future of the Class 14X series Pacer trains.

      Oxford-Hereford Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of double tracking the single track sections of the Cotswold Line.

      Great Western Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's estimate was of the cost of the Great Western Route Modernisation investment plan on the most recent date for which figures were...

      South West Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he was consulted prior to Network Rail's decision to reshape the South West Trains Alliance announced on 12 June 2015.

      Network Rail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Network Rail has requested an increase to its CP5 borrowing facility limit since 4 July 2014.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of Network Rail's decision to pause the Ely to Soham double tracking project on the forecast maximum number...

      Network Rail: Business Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department received a copy of Network Rail's Control Period 5 Business Plan Update on 31 March 2015.

      East-West Rail Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the time taken by Network Rail to reach GRIP 3 single option selection of the East West Rail...

      Network Rail: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Sir Peter Hendy's review of Network Rail's investment programme is examining the company's maintenance and renewals spending plans for Control...

      East-West Rail Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with the East West Rail Consortium and Network Rail on the possible inclusion of the East West Rail...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the capacity of the rail network to meet future demand; and if he will make a statement.

      Department for Transport: Freedom of Information

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

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Planning Permission: Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department issues guidance to local planning authorities on the weight to place on (a) individual public responses...

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to provide additional support to local authorities in areas with most people who will be affected by the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether UK-manufactured arms are being used in the conflict in Yemen; and if he will make a statement.

    • Burundi: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on progress made by the Burundian government on the commitments made in UN Security Council...

      Burundi: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on progress by the Burundian government on establishing a truth commission.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many women have been repatriated after seeking help from the risk of forced marriage from the Forced Marriage Unit or a...

      Israel: Palestinians

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

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the treatment of gay, lesbian and transgender people by the Palestinian Police and Palestinian...

      Yemen: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the safety of antiquities and historic sites in Yemen.

      Central African Republic: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is giving to the Central African Republic to help ensure safe, fair and transparent elections in...

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to assist in the brokering of peace in Yemen.

      Turkey: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Turkish government on achieving a truce between Turkish armed forces and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Dinitrophenol

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have died after taking dinitrophenol in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Science: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the Government plans to reduce its spending on science in the next three years.

  • Department for International Development

    • Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what time limits there are on funding allocated by her Department to local authorities to support incoming refugees.

    • Department for International Development: Freedom of Information

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

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the current status is of schools placed in special measures in (a) Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency and (b) Cheshire West and Chester local...

    • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure pupils are able to share information about their backgrounds and cultures as part of personal, social...

      Extracurricular Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to encourage the extension of the school day to create more opportunities for young people to access extracurricular activities.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to encourage the development of character and life skills in young people.

      Extracurricular Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of (a) young people's access to extracurricular activities designed to help their personal development and (b)...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps is the Government taking to ensure that young people in children's homes have the option of receiving support until the age of 21, as...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish for all courts in Greater Manchester travel time data comparable to that provided in his Department's consultation document for...

    • Family Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of litigants in person in the family justice system in each of the last three years.

      Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what consideration was given to the findings of the inspection of Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre, published on 20 May 2015, in making the decision to...

      Magistrates: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he plans to take to ensure continued effective delivery of local justice after the resignation of large numbers of long-serving magistrates.

      Ministry of Justice: Freedom of Information

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

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • National Lottery: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to reimburse the National Lottery Good Causes programme in Scotland for the sum of money used from that...

    • National Lottery: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is the sum of money that has so far been reimbursed to the National Lottery Good Causes programme in Scotland for money used from...

      National Lottery: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the monies from National Lottery ticket sales goes to the National Lottery Good Causes programme in Scotland.

      National Lottery: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the sum of money received was from the National Lottery Good Causes programme in Scotland for use in funding the 2012 London Olympics.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Freedom of Information

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

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the UK's gross domestic product is accounted for by tourism.

      Tourism: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage environmentally sustainable tourism in rural area.

      Tour de France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will hold discussions with his French counterpart to ensure that cyclists are not attacked by spectators when participating in...

      Museums and Galleries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what criteria the Government uses to determine which national museums receive government funding; and how such criteria are applied to...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • International Labour Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on the UK's membership of the International Labour Organisation.

    • Jobseeker's Allowance: Habitual Residence Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many UK citizens have been unsuccessful in claiming jobseeker's allowance since January 2014 because they did not meet the criteria for...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Adaptation Sub-Committee Progress Report 2014, what steps she is taking to minimise the risks to the...

    • Fisheries: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to increase cod fishing quotas in the North Sea.

      Agriculture: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to encourage international cooperation on the enforcement of the International Treaty on...

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to strengthen the development of agroecology across the UK; and if she will withdraw her...

  • Home Office

    • Illegal Immigrants: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent on additional security at Calais in each month since July 2014.

    • Scientists and Engineers: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many scientists and engineers have been refused a Tier 2 (General) Certificate of Sponsorship since May 2015 due to the annual cap of...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to provide administrative assistance to EU member states receiving the highest numbers of Syrian refugees to...

      Immigration Controls: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will include nursing on the Shortage Occupation List.

      Refugees: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what practical support EU member states, which have recently received the highest numbers of refugees, have requested from the UK; and what...

      Taxis: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress her Department has made on reducing the time taken for disclosure checks for taxi drivers in London.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2015 to Question 8447 and the Answer of 15 April 2013 to Question 150468, for what reasons providing the number...

    • Oman: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many army personnel were training members of the armed forces in Oman in the most recent period for which figures are available.

  • HM Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many permanent staff members are employed by HM Revenue and Customs to undertake national minimum wage inspection activity.

    • Slavery

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, who he has appointed as his Department's Modern Slavery Strategic Lead.

      Slavery

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what processes are in place for liaison between his Department's Modern Slavery Strategic Lead and key stakeholders in civil society.

      Slavery

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many enforcement actions were undertaken by HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last three years involving a victim of modern slavery.

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with HM Revenue and Customs on the process for target-setting for call answering times at the income tax helpline.

      Public Expenditure: Wales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what Barnett consequential will accrue to Wales as a result of the planned £8 billion annual expenditure on the NHS in England.

      Public Expenditure: Wales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from the Welsh Government on devolving vehicle excise duty to Wales.

      Public Expenditure: Wales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what Barnett consequential will accrue to Wales as a result of the use of vehicle excise duty to fund expenditure on the Road Investment Fund in England.

      Public Expenditure: Wales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received from the Welsh Government on the effect of the Barnett Formula on the level of funding Wales receives.

      Office for Budget Responsibility

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which his Department has adhered to section 23 of the memorandum of understanding between the Office for...

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of revenues assigned to the EU have been retained as UK national collection fees in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to further reduce the level of inheritance tax on homes.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will make an assessment of the effect of changes in the level of the feed-in-tariff on access to solar power by households.

    • Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what representations she has received from the solar energy industry on the feed-in tariff subsidy for solar panels; and if she will...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the findings of the Committee on Climate Change's 2014-15 Annual Report, what steps she is taking to achieve the...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effect of shale gas extraction on delivery of the (a) second and (b) third Carbon Budget.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what her policy is on protecting high hazard areas of work at the Sellafield nuclear facility.

      Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the energy generating potential is of the UK's plutonium stockpile.

      Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether her Department plans to take a decision on the reuse options for managing plutonium stocks in 2015-16.

      Renewable Energy: Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will publish a disaggregation of the figure relating to the popularity of renewable energy amongst the public, with a breakdown...

      UN Climate Change Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent progress has been made towards reaching an international climate change agreement in Paris in 2015.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what progress has been made in achieving the level of renewable deployment set out in her Department's energy market review...

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Department of Health

    • Statins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure patients prescribed statins can make a choice on what type of statins they receive.

    • Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on how many people of what age ranges gave up smoking in each of the last five years.

      Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of patient outcomes of those diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome in (a) London and (b) Greater Manchester.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward proposals for an independent Royal Commission on the future of the NHS.

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2015 to Question 8266, what representations he has received from (a) universities and (b) other research...

      NHS Trusts: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of unfilled vacancies in NHS trusts.

      NHS: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS England seeks to recover the cost of its translation and interpretation services for patients who are not UK residents.

      Hospitals: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much NHS England spent on translation and interpretation services for hospital patients in each of the last five years.

      Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to promote the donation of blood, organs and other organic materials.

      Prescription Drugs: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to (a) reduce and (b) monitor the sale of prescription drugs on the internet.

      Pregnancy: Seroxat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges on the effect of the consumption of the paxil and seroxat forms of the drug paroxetine on the...

      Breast Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges on the development and use of progesterone and tamoxifen to treat breast cancer.

      Dementia: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal College of Physicians on a link between type 2 diabetes and dementia; and what steps he is taking to treat...

      Dementia: Vitamin D

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal College of Physicians on using vitamin D as a treatment for delaying or preventing dementia.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department takes to monitor the level of prescriptions issued by GPs; and if he will make a statement.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will hold discussions with representatives of the pharmaceuticals industry on the potential merits of the use of identity cards for the use of...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assistance his Department provides to people addicted to legal highs.

      Psychiatry: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the contribution made by Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists to the NHS.

      Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase capacity in (a) general practice and (b) primary care.

      Morquio Syndrome: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS England funds homecare costs for patients currently in receipt of the Vimizim drug from BioMarin.

      NHS England: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will instruct the Director of Specialised Commissioning at NHS England to respond to the letter from the MPS Society dated 20 August 2015.

      Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in which age bands have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in each of the last five years.

      Cardiovascular System: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to provide renal denervation for the treatment of high blood pressure on the NHS.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that health professionals across the United Kingdom are made aware of all the palliative care teams and...

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on ringfencing Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme payments specifically to pay for medicinal drugs.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what projections his Department has made of the number of people with diabetes in 2050.

      Diabetes: Orthopaedics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much it has cost the NHS to treat patients with diabetes-related amputations in each of the last five years.

      Glaucoma: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much it costs on average to treat patients with glaucoma.

      Naloxone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment (a) Public Health England and (b) NICE have made of the current provision, availability and use of Naloxone in community settings for the...

      Prisons: Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prisoners in what age groups were addicted to heroin in the most recent period for which figures are available.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what requirements to support asylum seekers and refugees are included in the contracts with suppliers of accommodation for those people; and what steps they...

    • Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Court of Appeal’s ruling in Lord Chancellor v Detention Action [2015] EWCA Civ 840 regarding the Detained Fast Track, what steps...

      Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to seek to amend the Dublin Regulation (European Union Regulation 604/2013) and the Eurodac system.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give an assurance that no asylum seeker, whatever their status, will be denied the necessary support to avoid destitution.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they are making to recognise and meet the genuine need those attempting to enter the United Kingdom at Calais; and what efforts they are making...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the evaluation of the West Midlands pilot scheme that requires landlords to check the immigration status of tenants.

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in (1) the period from 1 January to 30 June 2015, (2) 2014, and (3) 2013, how many credibility interviews of potential international students were...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what audit procedures are performed across the immigration detention estate to ensure that the requirements of Detention Services Order 13/2012 regarding the...

      Asylum: Pregnant Women

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the report by Maternity Action and the Refugee Council When maternity doesn’t matter: dispersing pregnant women seeking...

      Home Office: Telephone Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Home Office has target times by which members of the public can reasonably expect to get through on the telephone and speak to an official; by...

      Afghanistan: Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which United Kingdom authorities are participating in the scheme to receive relocated Afghan interpreters.

      Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether adults in receipt of five-year humanitarian protection in the United Kingdom will be allowed to work; and what provision will be made for their...

      Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conversations they have had with the devolved administrations about plans to resettle Syrian and other refugees in the United Kingdom.

      Kids Company

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of what has happened to the trafficked young people who were being helped by Kids Company to obtain the necessary legal...

      Undocumented Migrants: Calais

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of possible jihadists amongst the migrants at Calais attempting to enter the United Kingdom.

      Undocumented Migrants: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether there are jihadists amongst the migrants entering Hungary, Austria and Germany.

      Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will issue fresh guidance on the Dublin III Agreement concerning asylum applicants, in particular about family reunions.

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • House of Lords Composition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Leader of the House on 7 September (HL Deb, col 1212), whether they will publish the statistics on which they base the...

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Leader of the House what explanation she has received from the Ministry of Justice about the failure to answer Lord Falconer of Thoroton's Question for Written Answer tabled on 21...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of how diplomatic and political relations with France would be affected if they continue with their policy of admitting to the...

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following the decision of the Israeli Supreme Court of 6 July to allow the construction of a...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the viability of a two-state solution in Israel and Palestine following the decision to resume construction of the separation...

      Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the moral and philosophical case for them making representations to foreign governments on the use of the death penalty in their countries.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Ira

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the status, structure and operational capability of the Provisional IRA.

  • Department for International Development

    • Darfur: Internally Displaced People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about (1) the levels of malnutrition and disease among children in each of the camps for internally displaced people in Darfur,...

    • Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to improve access for humanitarian agencies to deliver aid to civilian populations in Syria.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Civil Proceedings: Legal Costs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of their consultation on costs protection in defamation and privacy claims, they plan to introduce a new costs protection regime to...

    • Magistrates' Courts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of whether the present changes to the number and locations of magistrate courts meet the interests of witnesses, in particular...

      Ministry of Justice: Telephone Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ministry of Justice has target times by which members of the public can reasonably expect to get through on the telephone and speak to an...

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much in real terms funding for the Criminal Cases Review Commission has been cut since 2010; and what assessment they have made of the impact of such...

      Courts: Interpreters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the timetable and process will be for reviewing, publishing and awarding the contract for the provision of court interpreters, when the current contract...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: South West

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 30 July (HL1682), what assessment they have made of the rate of progress in improving superfast...

    • BBC World Service: North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the BBC’s decision to inaugurate broadcasts to the Korean peninsula.

      Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there have been any prosecutions under the Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003.

      Art Works: Sales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to ensure that buyers of art and antiques, including from dealers and auction houses, receive information about the provenance...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • National Insurance Credits: Carers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further steps they propose to encourage up-take of Carer’s Credit by those who are caring for others for 20 hours or more per week and who do not...

    • Carer's Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people receive Carer’s Allowance in relation to care for a recipient of Employment Support Allowance who is (1) in the support group, and (2)...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of collateral damage from air strikes and drone strikes in the civilian areas in Syria and Iraq.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Network Rail: Planning Permission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, or any other legislation, confers on local planning authorities powers to enforce conditions that they have...

  • HM Treasury

    • Landfill Communities Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the decision to give Landfill Communities Fund contributions by Viridor regarding the Beddington landfill site to the Wilton...

    • Landfill Communities Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether charities that distribute Landfill Communities Fund money should be wholly independent of waste companies bidding...

      Economic Situation: Greece

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they are next meeting representatives of other European Union member states to discuss the procedures in the Greek emergency financial recovery plan.

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost to the British economy of the Financial Conduct Authority’s policies on the banking sector.

      Banks: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to help small lenders to compete effectively with the larger banks, in the light of the new bank corporation tax surcharge.

      Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have advised the Northern Ireland Executive of the control totals available to it for financial year 2015–16; if so, when that advice was...

      Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the financial difference between the control totals for the Northern Ireland Executive for financial year 2015–16 and the budget passed by...

      Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to allow the Northern Ireland Executive to spend in excess of its control totals for financial year 2015–16.

      Spirits: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the Health Impact Assessment of the two per cent cut in spirits duty announced in the March 2015 Budget.

      Financial Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the results of the Confederation of British Industry's quarterly survey of the financial sector, what steps they are taking to reduce the...

      Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much duty has been lost in each of the last five years as a result of fuel laundering in South Armagh.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Bills: England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stowell of Beeston on 29 July (HL1727), whether they plan to conduct an assessment of the number of bills in each...

    • English Votes for English Laws

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stowell of Beeston on 29 July (HL1727), whether they plan to produce an impact assessment of their proposals for...

      Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 3 August (HL1680), whether their discussions with local government and the devolved...

      Billing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many compensation awards were given under section 5A of the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 in each of the last five years.

      Charities: Inspections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the case for establishing a new office of Chief Inspector of Charities in England and Wales.

      Muslim Brotherhood Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) how the Government-sponsored review of the Muslim Brotherhood, led by Sir John Jenkins, has informed Government policy towards the Muslim Brotherhood;...

      Kids Company

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of what has happened to the children previously cared for by Kids Company.

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much Sir John Chilcot has been paid in daily allowances and expenses since the establishment of the inquiry into the Iraq war.

  • Department of Health

    • Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement in the 2015 systematic Cochrane review Water fluoridation for the prevention of dental caries that the...

    • General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many GP practices have been closed in (1) England, and (2) London, since 2010.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to promote the use of e-cigarettes as a replacement for smoking tobacco.

      Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have calculated the cost of obesity to the NHS; and whether they will put in place preventative schemes to reduce childhood obesity.

      Diabetes: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are providing to refugees in the United Kingdom who suffer from diabetes.

      Diabetes: Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they provide to homeless people who suffer from diabetes.

      Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to make representations to Manchester City Council to give further consideration to fluoridation of the water supply in Greater...

      Health: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the proposed £200 million reductions in the public health budget will be distributed; what proportion will be to (1) central funds, and (2) local...

      Hepatitis: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current policy on hepatitis vaccinations in the United Kingdom, in particular the implementation of a universal hepatitis B vaccination as part...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the Department of Health is doing to improve the access of elderly patients to effective cancer treatments.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the availability of data collected via the Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) dataset to organisations outside the NHS;...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by the Alcohol Network on the Responsibility Deal.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce the number of cancer diagnoses related to alcohol.

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