Written answers

Friday, 30 October 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to respond to the letter from the Leader of Gateshead Council of 25 June 2015 on upgrading the A1 between the Birtley and Coal House...

    • Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment the Government has made of the financial effect on consumers of the requirement for drivers to be insured at all times under the Road...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans for the South East Flexible Ticketing scheme to be delivered.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will give consideration to introducing the testing of (a) night-time and (b) motorway driving as mandatory components of the driving...

      Crossrail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many tonnes of steel (a) used and (b) projected to be used in the construction of Crossrail were sourced from (i) UK-based steel manufacturers and...

      Driving under Influence: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will examine evidence from Scotland on the effects of a lower drink-drive limit; and if he will make it his policy to equalise the...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress has been made on his Department's rail electrification programme.

      Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what orders were placed by (a) Network Rail and (b) Highways England for (i) steel manufactured by UK-based companies and (ii) all steel in 2014-15;...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to reintroduce National Road Safety targets.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what action the Government has taken to bring back into use long-term empty properties.

    • Mayors: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made under what working assumptions of the cost and the salary and other elements of the...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether it is his policy that the Right to Buy extension for housing associations will apply to tenants whose properties were...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people were assisted by the Homelessness Prevention Grant in 2014-15.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's global asset management plan.

    • Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Saudi Arabian counterpart and other relevant stakeholders to ensure there is no further...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) whether the Saudi-led coalition warships off the Red Sea port of Hodeidah are continuing to...

      Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to ensure that UK weapons are not used in strikes that constitute serious violations of...

      South Africa: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance the Government plans to give to authorities in South Africa to help tackle high levels of crime in (a) rural...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts about further expansion of the membership of the EU.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the parties to the conflict in Yemen on their complying with obligations under international...

      Saudi Arabia: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which public organisations are currently holding discussions with Saudi Arabia on carrying out work for that government.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received from his Turkish counterpart on the ongoing situation in Iraq and Syria; and if he...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Kids Company

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress he has made in retrieving the £3 million grant to Kids Company made by his Department immediately before that charity went into...

    • Foreign Relations: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions in each of the last five years officials of his Department have contacted representatives of a foreign government to ask for an...

  • Attorney General

    • Volkswagen

      To ask the Attorney General, whether the Serious Fraud Office is undertaking an investigation into defeat devices used by Volkswagen in emissions tests.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Consumer Protection Measures in the Ticket Resale Market Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to publicise its call for evidence for the Review of the Secondary Ticketing Market.

    • Consumer Protection Measures in the Ticket Resale Market Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, who drafted the terms of reference for the Review of the Secondary Ticketing Market; and how those terms of reference were...

      Consumer Protection Measures in the Ticket Resale Market Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, by what process the decision to appoint Professor Waterson as Chair of the Secondary Ticketing Market was made.

      Small Businesses: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to support small businesses in (a) West Yorkshire and (b) Yorkshire & Humber.

      Trade Agreements: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his policy is on granting Market Economy Status to China under World Trade Organisation rules.

      Small Businesses: Dartford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many small businesses were registered in Dartford in each of the last 10 years.

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of TTIP on different and separate regulatory systems for...

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to support research into new aircraft and engine technologies to reduce noise emissions from...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans the Government has to limit the sale of fireworks (a) geographically and (b) seasonally.

      Apprentices: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how his Department plans to apply the apprenticeships levy in Wales.

      Volkswagen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the Competition and Markets Authority is undertaking an investigation into defeat devices used by Volkswagen in...

      Adult Education: Croydon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of (a) current and (b) forecast adult learner demand in Croydon.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how the Green Investment Bank has been classified in the Government accounts since its creation.

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much was paid in (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses to officials of her Department in each of the last three years.

    • Turkey: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance and support her Department is providing to refugees based in Turkey; and if she will make a statement.

      Afghanistan: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department is providing to areas affected by the recent earthquake in Afghanistan.

  • Department for Education

    • Truancy: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how the Government plans to use the fines collected in Lancashire for parents taking their children out of school early in 2014-15.

    • Truancy: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the level of truancy was in Pendle in the last three years.

      Truancy: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many parents were fined for taking children out of school early or for their children's truancy in Pendle in each of the past three years.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate she has made of the number of secondary school teachers accessing continuing professional development in design and technology in...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2015 to Question 11372, how many local authorities have used her Department's eligibility checking system for...

      Design: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate she has made of the number of (a) academies, (b) free schools and (c) maintained schools which do not include design and...

      GCSE: Dartford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many GCSEs were awarded for foreign language courses in Dartford constituency in each of the last five years.

      Social Services: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what social work practice pilots are still running.

      Special Guardianship Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she expects to report on her review into the use of special guardianship orders; and which experts will assess submissions to that review.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of children have been placed in residential children's homes outside their home local authority area in each of the last five years.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children leaving care to return home have subsequently returned to care in each local authority in each of the last five years.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Insolvency: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of how much revenue will be collected annually by HM Revenue and Customs through insolvency litigation funded by third-party...

    • Administration of Justice: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2015 to Question 12217, on judicial co-operation with Saudi Arabia, what the possible areas for co-operation are.

      Administration of Justice: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2015 to Question 12217, on judicial co-operation with Saudi Arabia, when those discussions took place.

      European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which of the articles contained in the European Convention on Human Rights his Department plans to omit in a future British Bill of Rights.

      Prisons: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions his Department had with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the recent termination of the Saudi Arabia prison contract.

      Administration of Justice: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to Answer of 21 October 2015 to Question 12217, when more discussions on judicial co-operation are planned to take place.

      Just Solutions International: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the closure of Just Solutions International and termination of all contracts and bids with Saudi Arabia breaks any agreement in the Memorandum...

  • Prime Minister

    • Prime Minister: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister, when he plans to respond to the letter he received from the charity Memorial 2007 in May 2015 on funding for the Enslaved Africans Memorial in Hyde Park.

  • Scotland Office

    • Iron and Steel: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Minister of State for Trade and Investment on the promotion of Scottish steel; and if he will make a statement.

    • Carbon Emissions: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on what dates he has met the Chancellor of the Exchequer to discuss the potential effects in Scotland of a carbon price support exemption scheme since...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what procedures his Department has in place to correct errors when benefits are paid into the wrong bank account.

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent meetings Ministers in his Department have had with cancer campaign groups on proposals in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill on...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to increase the uptake of pension credit by people who are eligible.

      Disability Living Allowance: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disability living allowance applications for children with ADHD were (a) accepted and b) rejected in the most recent 12 months for...

      Social Security Benefits: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what ways his Department's requirements for reassessment of continuing claims for (a) employment and support allowance and (b) personal...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Freedom of Information requests were (a) submitted to, (b) acceded to and (c) refused by his Department in each of the last five years.

      Social Security Benefits: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total value is of benefit overpayments which have been written off by his Department due to a failure to keep and maintain adequate...

      Universal Credit: Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that landlords receive the expected rent payments for tenants in properties in areas where...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2015 to Question 12674, what his Department is doing to ensure that people provide sufficient written...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made by the UK and its Coalition Partners on disrupting the ability of ISIS to raise significant funds through oil revenues; and...

    • Afghanistan: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many full-time staff are based in the Kabul Intimidation Investigation Unit; and what the roles of those staff are.

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons retired and out-of-date equipment, including FH70 howitzers and Jet Provost aircraft, were included in his Department's Defence in...

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to maximise the role that UK suppliers can play in the development of the Type 26 programme.

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which pieces of equipment included in his Department's Defence in Numbers publication of August 2015 are used only for training or ceremonial use.

      Army: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what preparations his Department has made for (a) upcoming changes in EU legislation regarding the chemical PFOA and (b) the technical effect of that...

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of Royal Navy (a) officers and (b) ratings in each branch, specialisation and arm were unavailable to be deployed in each...

      Navy: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel of each (a) rank and (b) branch, specialisation and arm left the Royal Navy in the first (a) three months, (b) three to six months,...

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of the Naval Service Operational Pinch Point Groups for (a) each quarter of each financial year from 2005-06 to...

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the Royal Navy's (a) branches, (b) specialisations and (c) sub-specialisations.

      Navy: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the expected personnel (a) inflow and (b) outflow in each (i) rank and (ii) branch specialisation and arm in the Royal Navy...

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to encourage other NATO member states to honour their commitment to spend two per cent of GDP on defence.

      Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether UK armed forces personnel deploying on Operation SHADER include Special Forces.

  • Home Office

    • Undocumented Migrants: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her joint declaration with the French Minister of the Interior of 20 September 2014, how much funding her Department has...

    • Migrant Workers: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will estimate the cost to the public purse of deporting people who moved to the UK planning to work in the Scottish fishing industry.

      Community Policing: Private Military and Security Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to encourage police forces to enable private security firms to provide community security services.

      Immigrants: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of times a removal direction was issued for people applying to remain in the UK while they were...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with shooting organisations on the cost of firearm licences.

  • HM Treasury

    • Economic and Monetary Union: Greece

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the UK economy of Greece leaving the Eurozone.

    • Aggregates Levy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent to date on legal fees in respect of the case against the Aggregates Levy brought by the British Aggregates Association.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the average net benefit per household of the UK's membership of the EU.

      Excise Duties: Soft Drinks

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has consulted UK-based soft drinks producers about the economic effect a potential excise duty on sugary drinks would have on those...

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many full-time equivalent staff in the Tax Credit Office were allocated to deal with representations from hon. Members relating to constituents'...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of households in receipt of tax credits in each of the last five tax years for which figures are available had not made a claim...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average duration is of a tax credit claim.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average duration of a claim for tax credits was in the most recent (a) 12 and (b) 24 months for which data is available.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total on-flow and off-flow for tax credits was in the most recent (a) 12 and (b) 24 months for which data is available.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many existing tax credit claimants have been in continuous receipt of tax credits for (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four years or more.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of in-work households in receipt of tax credits with an underlying entitlement to Working Tax Credit in each of the last five...

      Social Security Benefits and Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the financial effect on the average working household of welfare and tax credit changes proposed since May 2015.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Wrexham

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people claimed tax credits in each lower super output area in (a) Wrexham County Borough Council and (b) Wrexham constituency.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the impact of the reduction in the feed-in tariff rates proposed in the Government's consultation...

    • Electricity Interconnectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans her Department has to support electricity grid interconnections between the UK and other countries.

      Electricity Interconnectors: Denmark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans her Department has to support proposals for an electricity grid interconnector between the UK and Denmark.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment her Department has made of the ability of the UK solar industry to meet service demand; and if she will make a...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was paid in (a) year-end and (b) in-year bonuses to officials of her Department in each of the last three years.

    • Welfare Tax Credits: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps she is taking to ensure that discussions on the Stormont House Agreement include tax credits.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Public Lending Right

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance he has given to local authorities on the inclusion of volunteer-led libraries in the sampling arrangements for Public...

    • Rugby: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of people sustaining serious injuries as a result of playing rugby in each of the last five years.

      Broadband: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make it his policy to reopen the Government's Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the productivity of UK farmland; and if she will make a statement.

    • Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assistance her Department is providing to the agronomic sector in the UK to reduce (a) carbon emissions and (b) water...

      Non-native Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent review her Department has conducted of the threat posed to UK agriculture by invasive species; and if she will...

      Volkswagen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Environment Agency is undertaking an investigation into defeat devices used by Volkswagen in emissions tests.

      Water: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will assess the costs and benefits of the EU Water Framework Directive to the UK economy.

      Waste Disposal: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will assess the costs and benefits of the EU Waste Framework Directive to the UK economy.

  • Department of Health

    • Blood Diseases: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2015 to Question 10868, on blood diseases: drugs, what assessment his Department has made of the date on which he...

    • NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS hospital trusts are not placed in special measures.

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the implementation of seven-day-a-week NHS services on the payment-by-results contracts in...

      Health Professions: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to encourage more people to join healthcare professions in rural areas experiencing difficulties with staff recruitment.

      In Vitro Fertilisation: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the provision by the NHS of free IVF to women whose partners have had immigration applications rejected.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the findings of the Carers Trust report published on 16 September 2015, Analysis of the UK and Impact of...

      Maternity Services: Multiple Births

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether Monitor plans to create a new maternity tariff for multiple pregnancies which more closely meets the costs associated with delivering the best...

      Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what equality impact assessment has been carried out on the decision to reduce by £200 million the local government public health grant; and if he...

      Transvaginal Mesh Implants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 3 December 2014 to Question 216204, what progress the working group on vaginal tapes and mesh has made concerning...

      General Practitioners: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average age was of general practitioners in London in each year since 2010.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the time taken to decide on patient access scheme applications for drugs through the Cancer Drugs Fund.

      Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the local government public health grant will be in (a) 2016-17, (b) 2017-18, (c) 2018-19 and (d) 2019-20; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Transport

    • Volkswagen

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the Which? survey which showed that 9 out of 10 of the Volkswagen owners surveyed believe they should receive compensation.

    • Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for establishing a national testing regime routinely to measure vehicle emissions under real operating conditions.

      Severn River Crossing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 12 October concerning operational expenditure on the Severn Crossings (HL2333), whether those...

      Diesel Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace since 1995 in relation to the promotion of diesel engine cars.

      Aviation: Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to including producers of aviation fuel in the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation.

      Taxis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the Law Commission review of taxi and private hire cars, and rickshaws.

      Network Rail: Performance Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many key performance indicators are used by the Office of Rail and Road to monitor Network Rail’s performance.

      Great Western Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have asked, or plan to ask, Hitachi to equip the trains that will be provided for the Great Western Mainline with diesel as well as electric engines.

      Diesel Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to hold an inquiry into testing processes for emissions from diesel vehicles and so-called "defeat" devices.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to bring forward the introduction of new tests for fuel emissions and fuel economy in cars.

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to encourage research into sustainable aviation fuels and advanced fuels technologies.

      Harassment: Public Transport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of joint working between the Metropolitan Police Service and Transport for London in order to prevent...

      Victoria Station

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether landowners in the vicinity of Victoria Station have contributed to the cost of current upgrading work there; and if not, why not.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Burma: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the discrimination and abuse experienced by LGBT people in Burma and of any action being taken to address it.

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the budget totals for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in each of the last five available financial years; how much of each budget was within...

      Electronic Surveillance: USA

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the status of the PRISM programme in the United States following the European Court of Justice’s judgment in case C-362/14, Maximillian...

      Electronic Surveillance: USA

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to end the indiscriminate mass surveillance identified in the European Court of Justice’s judgment in case C-362/14,...

      Electronic Surveillance: USA

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the indiscriminate mass surveillance identified in the European Court of Justice’s judgment in case C-362/14,...

      Electronic Surveillance: USA

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the compatibility of the advice of the former Interception of Communications Commissioner, The Rt Hon Sir Anthony May, at...

      Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance will be given under the proposed Conflict, Stability and Security Fund.

      EU Action: Qualified Majority Voting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what areas of policy were transferred from unanimity to qualified majority voting by the Lisbon Treaty; whether the United Kingdom has opt-outs from any of...

      Saudi Arabia: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of steps taken by Saudi Arabia to revise textbooks, curricula, and teaching methods to remove content disparaging religions...

      Turkey: EU Accession

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of Turkey’s application to accede to the European Union, what assessment they have made of (1) freedom of the press and media, and (2)...

      Aster Fissehatsion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the authorities in Eritrea regarding the detention of Aster Fissehatsion.

      Mahmoud Hussein

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the authorities in Egypt regarding the detention of Mahmoud Hussein.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Defamation: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 14 October (HL Deb, col 230), whether it is for the Secretary of State and the courts, or the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people currently receive Universal Credit, and at what cost to the public purse.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Government Departments: Timber

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the responses that were received following the letter sent by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Water, Forestry, Rural...

    • Government Departments: Timber

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what services they will introduce to replace the advisory, training and assessment services on the government's timber procurement policy currently provided...

  • Home Office

    • Migrant Workers: Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their proposal that nurses who are not United Kingdom citizens be deported if they are not earning £35,000 per annum after...

  • Department of Health

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what NHS pathways will be available to patients newly diagnosed as suffering from (1) multiple myeloma, and (2) rarer cancers, when changes are made to the...

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the United Kingdom life sciences industry of their planned changes to the Cancer Drugs Fund.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the global standard of care that will result from their planned changes to the Cancer Drugs Fund.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the appraisal criteria upon which medicines for rarer cancers are approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

      Clinical Priorities Advisory Group

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what priority the NHS England Clinical Priorities Advisory Group gives to advice it receives from the Rare Diseases Advisory Group.

      Clinical Priorities Advisory Group

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria the NHS England Clinical Priorities Advisory Group uses in making commissioning decisions.

      Pregnancy Tests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that all evidence, and not just scientific studies, is presented to the inquiry into the safety of hormone pregnancy tests.

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