Written answers

Monday, 26 October 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) maximum, (b) minimum and (c) average sentence was for people convicted under Article (i) 137, (ii) 139, (iii) 140, (iv) 141 and (v) 142...

    • Aviation: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to deal with the problem of aircraft being targeted by laser pens.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that peak noise measurements are used by HS2 Ltd when developing proposals on the night use of High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of noise on residents living across open land, with no sound barriers, from the proposed High Speed 2...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Employment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much and what proportion of its total budget each local authority Adult Social Services department in England spent on...

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2015 to Question 12052, for what reasons Part M building regulations do not apply to...

      Religious Hatred: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Government's Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Middle East: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for peace in the Arabian peninsular of the Gulf coalition's efforts to restore...

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the (a) Palestinian Authority and (b) Israeli government on recent violent...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the government of Iran on alleged Iranian support to the Houthi rebels in Yemen;...

      Karl Andree

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Saudi Arabian counterparts on the case of Karl Andree.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of recent violence in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

      Russia: Military Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from his Russian counterpart on Russian military operations in Syria and Iraq; and if he...

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the progress towards the establishment of a government in Libya; and if he will make a statement.

      Yemen: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of allegations that the Saudi-led coalition is impeding and preventing commercial vessels from...

      Yemen: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that arms exports to the parties to the conflict in Yemen are compliant with the Arms...

      Latin America: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to expand embassy and consular facilities in Latin America; and if he will make a statement.

      Rebecca Prosser

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department last had contact with (a) Rebecca Prosser and (b) her family.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps her Department has taken to prepare for the implementation of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation; which...

    • Electronic Surveillance: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make extra funding available for digital technology so that full monitoring of dissident Republicans can be maintained.

      Ira

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to her oral statement of 20 October 2015, Official Report, column 381, on Paramilitary Groups (Northern Ireland), in relation to...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the schedule of comparable programme objects in HM Treasury's publication, Funding the Scottish Parliament,...

    • Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Government funding for science on the provision of infrastructure for cancer...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will issue a response to EDM 373, Applying Results of Experiments on Animals to Humans.

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the implications for his Department's policies are of the finding in the British Journal of Sociology that despite rising...

      Graduates: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government (a) has taken and (b) plans to take in response to the finding of the Sutton Trust in its research...

      Public Houses: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps he has taken to prevent pub closures.

      Iron and Steel: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what support his Department is providing to former workers at Redcar Steel Works to help them find alternative employment.

      Iron and Steel: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the cost of (a) fully mothballing the SSI Steel site in Redcar and (b) safely cleaning up the...

      Iron and Steel: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of the £80 million package announced to help the local community after the closure of the SSI Plant in...

      Students: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the number of students with a disability in higher education; and if he will make a...

      Students: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department has reviewed the adequacy of financial support for students with disabilities; and if he will make a...

  • Department for International Development

    • Bangladesh: Textiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 16 September 2015 to Question 9671, for what reasons the Government cannot mandate companies to join the...

    • Bangladesh: Textiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 16 September 2015 to Question 9671, what estimate the Government has made of the proportion of UK companies...

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will take steps to reduce aid spending in countries with their own space programme.

      Department for International Development: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to prepare for the implementation of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation; which...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2015 to Question 11278, what recent conversations she has had with the parties to the conflict in...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2015 to Question 11278, which instances of restrictions on imports to Yemen of humanitarian...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school students in (i) Suffolk and (ii) England and Wales have been funded by the pupil premium in each of the...

    • Pupils: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much (a) revenue and (b) capital funding has been provided per pupil in state (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in the county of Suffolk (A)...

      Secondary Education: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children with autism spectrum disorders are excluded from secondary school in Year 10; and what comparative assessment she has made of the...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of recent changes in 16-19 funding on the (a) breadth and (b) viability of post-16 education.

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on children being absent from school to be on holiday.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the cost of privately-provided child care; what comparison she has made with the amounts which parents can...

      Science: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to improve science education.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Chichester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the value is of the freehold of Chichester Combined Court Centre.

    • Courts: Chichester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the value is of the freehold of Chichester Crown Court.

      Courts: Chichester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the current proposals are for the use of the Chichester Combined Court Centre freehold property in the event of that court's closure under current...

      Courts: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether fast track trials in Chichester County Court (a) have been or (b) are planned to be moved to Eastbourne County Court.

      Ministry of Justice: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken to prepare for the implementation of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation; which non-departmental public...

      Foston Hall Prison: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the expected staffing rate at Foston Hall Prison, Derbyshire, is; and how often his Department assesses compliance with that rate.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps he has taken to ensure data protection legislation is up to date; and what guidance he has issued to companies on...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many applications have been submitted for the voucher broadband scheme; how many such applications came from Northern Ireland; how...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 27 August 2015 with regard to Amy Jones.

    • Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the implications for the workload of Jobcentre Plus of providing appropriate advice and support to...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who are in receipt of employment and support allowance in (a) the work-related activity group and (b) the support group were...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employment and support allowance claimants who are in the support group were previously in the work-related activity group.

      Work Capability Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many work capability assessments in connection with claims for employment and support allowance have been carried out in (a) Lewisham...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his letter of 9 September 2015 to the hon. Member for Leeds North West, what additional training and guidance has been given to...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training is given to staff in his Department's Personal Independence Payment Directorate on dealing sensitively with disabled people; and...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect on people on the autism spectrum of removal of the additional payment in the employment and support...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish guidance for Jobcentre Plus staff Managing Customers' Self-Harm and Suicidal Declarations; and if he will place a copy in...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the oral Answer given on 19 October 2015, which moderate, non-Islamist groups with credible ground forces, other than Kurds, are fighting...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support he has received from the US Army in order to assist with the protection of Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of progress on defeating Daesh; and what steps his Department plans to take to protect national security from the...

      Armed Forces: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether all UK service personnel deployed to malarial areas since 2013 have been individually assessed for contraindications for mefloquine; and what...

      Armed Forces: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what instructions have been issued to medical or other staff in any of the armed forces regarding the consumption of alcohol while Mefloquine is being...

      Veterans: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to support the mental health of armed forces veterans; and how much funding his Department allocated to that purpose in (a)...

      Military Exercises: Hebrides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how often his Department has made use of its agreement with Storas Uibhist to turn off the turbines when the range has been used for training purposes...

      Military Exercises: Hebrides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the area of North Uist was last used for military exercise prior to the North Uist Development Company applying for planning permission in 2013.

      Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish the Armed Forces Covenant Report 2015; and if he will make a statement.

      Shipping: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much UK-produced steel has been used in the manufacturing of the three offshore vessels being procured by his Department.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much UK-produced steel has been used in the manufacturing of the Scout Specialist Armoured Vehicles being procured by his Department.

      Tankers: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much UK-produced steel has been used in the manufacturing of the MARS tankers being procured by his Department.

      Defence Equipment: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is on ensuring that UK-produced steel is used in items being procured by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether funding allocated to local authorities for resettling Syrian refugees will be ring-fenced for that purpose.

    • Home Office: Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department paid in spectrum charges in each financial year from 1999-2000 to 2014-15.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria she will use to determine where in the UK refugees from Syria will be placed.

      Home Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff are employed by her Department's landlords' checking service.

      Marriage Certificates: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the reasons are for the time taken to change regulations to allow mothers' names to be recorded on marriage certificates; what...

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to clarify the administrative requirements on applicants for indefinite leave to remain (a) in general and (b) in...

      Immigration Bill: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what occasions Ministers or officials of her Department discussed the Immigration Bill with (a) the Chief Constable of the Police Service...

      Overseas Visitors: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the costs and difficulties faced by Chinese visitors and tourists wishing to enter the UK.

      Passports: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the premium renewal service for passports is not available for children's passports.

      Immigrants and Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to attract high-skilled migrants and international students to the UK.

      Undocumented Migrants: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the September 2015 report from the Gold Command leaders appointed following the Joint Ministerial Declaration on...

      Cannabis: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research licences are under consideration by her Department relating to medicinal benefits of cannabinoids.

      Cumbria Constabulary: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received on planned reductions to the policing budget in Cumbria.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish an update to the Government's alcohol strategy, Cm 8336, published in March 2012.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of police forces which do not follow Government guidance on the operation of fixed and...

      Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assistance the Government provides to internet service providers to ensure that images of child pornography online are identified and...

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what access foreign security services have in the UK to CCTV cameras with facial recognition and biometric tracking capabilities.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Policing, Crime and Criminal Justice, of 12 October 2015, Official Report,...

      Police: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was paid by (a) the Police Federation, (b) UNISON and (c) other trades unions to each police constabulary in England in 2014.

      Migrant Workers: Croatia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) prosecutions have taken place and (b) penalty notices have been issued under paragraphs (i) 15 and (ii) 16 of the Accession of...

      Road Traffic Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the reasons for the recent reduction in the number of prosecutions for mobile telephone use while...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps his Department has taken to prepare for the implementation of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation; and what estimate he has made...

  • HM Treasury

    • Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Summer Budget 2015 has an equal impact on men and women.

    • Equitable Life Assurance Society

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the Government has to review the amount of compensation for losses paid to Equitable Life policy holders over the course of this Parliament.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate what the annual tax credit award for a single-earner family with two children, with no childcare costs, earning (a) £8,000, (b)...

      Insurance: Fees and Charges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of whether insurers are increasing their premiums year on year due to the automatic renewal of policies without customers'...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of (a) the reduction in the level at which working tax credit begins to be withdrawn from £6,420...

      Married People: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to support non-online applications for marriage allowance by couples on low incomes.

      Working Tax Credit: Peterborough

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of recipients of working tax credits in Peterborough constituency are citizens of non-UK EU member states; and if he will make...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his most recent assessment is of the effect of the Help to Buy scheme on house prices.

      Economic Situation: Japan

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will assess the potential effects of the Japanese deflation on the UK economy.

      Revenue and Customs: Cumbernauld

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2015 to Questions 3601 and 3602, if he will make an assessment of the potential economic effect on Cumbernauld of moving...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the likely change to levels of child poverty resulting from reductions in tax credits in 2015-16.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect of reductions in tax credits on levels of housing benefit paid out in 2016-17.

      Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support he plans to provide to home-buyers after the end of the mortgage guarantee scheme in 2016.

      Gift Aid: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to Part 2 of the Scotland Bill 2015, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the planned transfer of income tax powers on the...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what provision his Department has made for (a) payment of the national living wage by public sector employers and (b) the 3.4 per cent increase in Secondary...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many In Home Displays have been installed in households to date; and how many such displays are still in operation 12 months after...

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether her Department (a) has conducted and (b) plans to conduct any research into alternative customer engagement tools to In Home...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of households are still with their home, regional incumbent, supplier for electricity and gas.

      Tidal Power: Swansea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the level is of public subsidy per megawatt of energy generated sought by the developers and operators of the proposed Swansea...

      UN Climate Change Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the Government's aims are for the forthcoming Paris Climate Summit; and if she will make a statement.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether the new smart meters being rolled-out under her Department's initiative are competitively-priced as required under EU...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether the efficiency of the smart metering system being rolled-out under her Department's initiative meets the requirements of the...

      Tidal Power: Swansea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will take into account the implications her decision will have on proposals for further lagoons in the Severn Estuary and...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of changes to the Feed-in Tariff scheme on (a) jobs and investment...

      Tidal Power: Swansea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she expects to inform the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon renewable energy project of its contract for difference strike price.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the change in the number of jobs in each region attributable to changes to feed-in tariffs.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2015 to Question 8466, if he will list the names, job titles and pay grades of all appointments to extended...

    • Civil Servants: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to collect socio-economic information on the (a) Future Leaders' Scheme, (b) Senior Leaders' Scheme, (c) High Potential...

      Civil Servants: Equality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to ensure improved working class representation in the civil service.

      Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people from a working class background were recruited onto the Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme in each year since its inception.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent progress his Department has made on the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      Self-employed: Kent

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people declared themselves as self-employed in each of the last three years in (a) Dartford and (b) Kent.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many big cat sightings have been reported in each of the last five years.

    • Cats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many animals have been reportedly killed by big cats in the last five years.

      Game: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the value is to the economy in (a) jobs and (b) monies generated by the grouse-shooting industry.

  • Department of Health

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to support carers.

    • Nurses: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of nurses in Yorkshire in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16; and what funding was allocated for nursing in Yorkshire in...

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the morale of junior doctors of proposed changes to their employment contracts.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people on the NHS Organ Donor Register in each of the last five years; and what the number of such people was...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve working conditions for employees in the social care sector.

      Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will include in the next Health Education England mandate a commitment that all foundation year doctors must undertake a rotation in psychiatry.

      Alcoholism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish his Department's estimate of the average length of time a person waits between referral for and commencement of alcohol treatment services.

      Alcoholism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total number of referrals for alcohol treatment services was in each of the last five years for which data is available.

      Alcoholism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total forecast spending on alcohol treatment services is for the future years for which information is available.

      Alcoholism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total spending on alcohol treatment services was in England in each of the last five years for which data is available.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS has spent on the treatment of non-UK nationals in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Health Services: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for additional winter pressures monitoring commencing in December.

      Medical Examiners: Death Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress he has made on introducing independent medical examiners to the death certification process.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made with delivering £22 billion of efficiency savings in the NHS identified in its five-year forward plan.

      Hospital Beds: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many in-patient NHS beds there were in Lancashire on 1 June (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e) 2014 and (f) 2015; and what the location of...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has carried out an evaluation of the changes made under the first year of the Crisis Care Concordat.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will respond to the Care Quality Commission's Community Mental Health Survey 2015.

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of public health measures designed to limit sugar consumption; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what review his Department has conducted of average waiting times for NHS services across England and Wales in each of the last five years; and if he...

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • House of Lords Composition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Leader of the House on 21 September (HL2102), whether they will publish figures on the number of members of each party...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • China: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of China and the Chinese Ambassador to the United Kingdom on the human rights situation in China, with...

    • Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 13 October (HL2417), what is their assessment of the impact of air attacks in the United...

      Turkey: Kurds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the PKK's declaration of a unilateral cease-fire, what representations they have made to the government of Turkey following Turkish air...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they made representations to the UN Human Rights Council in September for the establishment of an international investigation into the conduct of the...

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority concerning the disruption of the fuel supply to Gaza due to the...

      Palestinians: Transport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding the need for road and rail links between Rafah, Hebron, Jerusalem, Nablus and...

      West Bank: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the destruction of olive trees belonging to Palestinians in the West Bank in order...

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel in the light of figures released by the Parliamentary Under Secretary, Foreign and...

      Israel: Press Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to protect British journalists in the light of the assault by Israeli soldiers on two AFP journalists during a West Bank demonstration.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they first announced publicly that the proposed apprenticeship levy would apply to public sector employers in Scotland.

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they had with (1) the Scottish Government, and (2) CBI Scotland, about the proposed apprenticeship levy prior to the announcement that it...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce the mechanism by which Scottish businesses paying the proposed apprenticeship levy would gain access to new services or revenues that...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all of the revenues collected from Scottish employers under the proposed apprenticeship levy will be available for either Scottish employers or the...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the letter from the Minister of State for Skills, Nick Boles MP, to the Scottish Government dated 20 August about the proposed...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the time pressures referred to in the letter from the Minister of State for Skills, Nick Boles MP, to the Scottish Government dated 20 August on...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the concerns expressed by the Confederation of Business Industry and the EEF manufacturing organisation in response to the consultation on...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they are using, in their preparations for an apprenticeship levy, of the approximate annual amount that the levy would raise from (1) private...

      Graduates: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of graduates entering the rural economy.

      Higher Education: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage universities to provide courses that will meet the future needs of the rural economy.

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to ask what action they are taking to support, and provide humanitarian aid to, the Palestinian refugees who took refuge in Syria prior to the civil war in...

    • West Bank: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to ask what action they are taking in the light of the report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs that, within West Bank Area C, 77...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupil Exclusions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of fixed-term exclusions in the academic years (1) 2011–12, (2) 2012–13 and (3) 2013–14, for primary schools and...

    • Academies: Governing Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are currently taking to encourage parents to be involved in the governance of academies.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 17 July (HL558), what assessment they have made of the impact of the declining number of professionally...

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made to attract more male recruits to teaching, especially in primary schools.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Bill of Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish proposals for a British Bill of Rights.

    • Crime: Victims

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to come forward with legislation to enshrine the rights of victims of crime.

      Resettlement Units

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Faulks on 22 July (HL1327), what percentage of prisoners within three months of the end of their sentence are in...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications were made for remission of employment tribunal fees between (1) 29 July 2013 and 28 July 2014, and (2) 29 July 2014 and 29 July 2015;...

      Prisons: Libraries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which books have been removed from prison libraries due to objections by convicted prisoners.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many reports of benefit fraud have been submitted to the Department for Work and Pensions between 2010 and the most recent date for which figures are...

    • Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many incidents of benefit fraud have been recorded in the East Midlands region between 2010 and the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to assist workers who change their jobs, or leave the labour force, to consolidate and aggregate small pension pots.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure value for money is achieved for the pension savings of ex-employees in cases where the employer transfers their pension...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Department for Transport: Land

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much surplus land owned by the Department for Transport and its agencies (1) they estimate is suitable for building new housing on, and (2) has been...

  • HM Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to evaluate the ideas on dealing with corporate international tax avoidance developed by Professor Gabriel Zucman in his book The Hidden...

    • Banks: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the potential impact of the tax on banks introduced in the summer budget on competition and barriers to new entrants to the sector.

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 2 February (HL4233), whether the Government have paid to the European Union an additional £1.7...

  • Cabinet Office

    • UK Toremet

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with the Charity Commission following reports that the charity UK Toremet is acting as a conduit for donations to Israeli...

  • Department of Health

    • NHS Foundation Trusts: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions took place between government officials or special advisers and Monitor over the publishing of Q1 financial figures for NHS Foundation...

    • NHS Foundation Trusts: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Monitor was instructed by officials to delay publishing Q1 financial figures for NHS Foundation Trusts ahead of the Conservative Party Conference,...

      Surgery

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the variation in elective surgery rates among the most affluent and least affluent areas of England...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support the greater provision of respite places and care homes in order to reduce problems of bed-blocking.

      Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 21 September (HL2284), when the cancer dashboard will be published, and whether it will include...

      Drugs: Advisory Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the contract for the drugs helpline Talk to Frank has been renewed; and if so, to whom the contract has been awarded, and at what cost to the...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce their response to the consultation on changes to the NHS tariff objection mechanism.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the latest date by which they need to amend secondary legislation to change the NHS tariff objection mechanism in order for such changes to operate...

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