Written answers

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Aircraft: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents involving aircraft there have been in the UK in each of the last five years.

    • Bus Services: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2015 to Question 12540, whether the process for Government approval of bus regulation as part of devolution deals...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the role of automated cone laying and retrieval on road maintenance worker safety.

      Public Transport: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's policies on increasing access to public transport for disabled passengers.

      Transport: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of recent trends in the cost of bus and rail travel.

      Railway Stations: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that the location of the new HS2 station in Leeds is decided with a view to accommodating HS3/Transnorth in future.

      Vehicle Number Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much revenue the DVLA has received from selling driver registration plate numbers to car parking companies in each of the last five years.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the proposal from High Speed UK on high speed rail has been rejected.

      Crossrail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of the Crossrail programme has been (a) to date and (b) in each financial year since the programme began; what proportion of the cost in...

      Aviation: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what provisions are in place to enable airports to ban passengers from their premises; under what circumstances such provisions may be used; and how...

      Pedestrian Areas: Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will improve access to pavements for wheelchair users.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is his policy to require the new TransPennine Express franchise to include direct Hull, Leeds and Manchester services at the same frequency...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the contribution that the Hoo Green to Bamfurlong spur of High Speed 2 is likely to make to reducing capacity constraints...

      Midland Main Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has for replacement of the HST 125 trains on the Midland mainline.

      East Anglia Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to increase the frequency of train services to north-east Essex along the Great Eastern Main Line.

      Cycling: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to fund Bikeability beyond 2015.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Fireworks: Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to provide adequate fire service on bonfire night.

    • Affordable Housing: Bristol South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many new homes for affordable rent were completed in Bristol South constituency in each year from 2010 to 2014.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will provide exemptions from the pay to stay scheme for tenants in affordable rent-to-buy properties.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what commitments on human rights in China he secured during the recent state visit to the UK by President Xi Jinping.

    • Anguilla: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to transfer powers over the raising and spending of public finances from the government of...

      Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the total cost to the public purse was of arrangements for the most recent visits to the UK by the (a) President of the US...

      Ukraine: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Russian government on full implementation of its obligations under the Minsk...

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the (a) Iraqi and (b) Iranian authorities on the missile attack on Camp Liberty, Baghdad,...

      Muslim Brotherhood Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to publish the report of the review into the Muslim Brotherhood; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made of the value of stationery that has been (a) lost and (b) stolen from her Department in each of the last five fiscal...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will assess the potential effect of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership on (a) education, (b)...

    • Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent progress he has made on publishing a statutory code for pub companies; and if he will make a statement.

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what he plans for the size of the stake which the Government will retain in the Green Investment Bank to be after that bank's...

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans his Department has for the £1.8 billion of uncommitted Green Investment Bank funds following privatisation of...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Government's proposal to freeze the earnings threshold for plan 2 student loans...

  • Department for International Development

    • Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) deaths from and (b) cases of HIV, TB and malaria that will be prevented as a result of...

    • Department for International Development: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many civil servants in her Department are members of trades unions; how much working hours facility time is claimed by each such...

      Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of the Global Fund's decision to require integration of TB and HIV programmes.

      Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the Government has disbursed in aid to Afghanistan since 2007.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what account her Department takes of efforts to eradicate corruption when deciding on the allocation of aid.

      Ethiopia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to promote the safety of students in Ethiopia who are campaigning for democracy and human rights.

      Ethiopia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what work her Department is undertaking to encourage the development of democracy and political rights in Ethiopia.

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support people in Pakistan who are creating safe spaces for the discussion of liberal Islam

      Ethiopia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of (a) the Ethiopian government's commitment to extending political rights and (b) the effect...

      Israel: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide funding to support the work of the Save a Child's Heart charity in Holon, Israel.

      Lebanon: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to tackle the refugee crisis in Lebanon.

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: Trade Unions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many civil servants of his Department are members of trades unions; how many working hours of facility time are taken by such civil servants; and what...

    • Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the quality of the information available for HM Revenue and Customs claimants to distinguish between genuine communications...

      Treasury: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of senior civil servants from his Department are from a lower socio-economic background.

      Working Tax Credit: EU Nationals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2015 to Question 12792, for what reason the nationality of EU citizens in receipt of working tax credits is not...

      Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to reduce average household debt.

      Veterans: Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of armed forces veterans are in receipt of tax credits.

      Credit Unions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking encourage the Prudential Regulation Authority to assist credit unions in expanding the services they offer to their...

      Natural Resources

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will (a) incorporate natural capital into the national infrastructure plan, (b) take steps to ensure that new man-made infrastructure projects do not...

      Natural Resources

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to assess, mitigate and monitor macro-economic risks associated with trends in (a) environmental degradation, (b) resource scarcity,...

      Natural Resources

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what work his Department is undertaking to contribute to the development of the Government's 25 year plan for nature.

      Apprentices

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Government's report, Fixing the Foundations: creating a more prosperous nation, Cm9098, published July 2015, what steps he has taken...

      Business: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish his Department's Business Tax Roadmap.

      Infrastructure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish an update on the delivery of the National Infrastructure Plan.

      UK Economic Statistics Independent Review

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish the interim recommendations of Sir Charles Bean's review of the quality, delivery and governance of local statistics.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department allocated to pay staff of HM Revenue and Customs to deal with enquiries from hon. Members relating to constituents' concerns about...

      Non-domestic Rates: Parking

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the effect on revenue to the Exchequer of allowing devolved local authorities to keep 100 per cent of the business rates raised from car...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to encourage manufacturing.

      Estate Agents: Money Laundering

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to reduce red tape affecting estate agents subject to the Money Laundering Regulations 2007.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many civil servants of his Department are members of trades unions; how many working hours of facility time are taken by such civil servants; and...

    • Domestic Violence and Offences against Children: Court Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many complainers have had agreed special measures applied in court in cases of (a)childhood abuse and (b) domestic abuse in the last five years.

      Prisoners: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which three EU countries have the largest number of foreign nationals in UK prisons; and how many such prisoners there are from each of those countries.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will request that the Parole Board publish the basis on which it took the decision to release Harry Roberts from prison in October 2014.

  • Prime Minister

    • National Security

      To ask the Prime Minister, what definition he uses of the term the most extreme circumstances of self-defence; if he will provide examples of situations which would meet that definition; and...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Business: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance his Department gives to businesses on providing proof of their identity when they contact customers (a) online and (b) by...

    • Nuisance Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have had with (i) telecoms companies, (ii) consumer groups and (iii)...

      BBC: Local Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to maintain the level of regional news provision after the BBC Charter review.

      Nuisance Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what data his Department collects on nuisance calls.

      Broadband: Windsor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of homes in Windsor constituency have access to superfast broadband.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many households in the UK have been fitted with satellite broadband as part of the Government's broadband rollout.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of households in each region of the UK have access to superfast broadband.

      TalkTalk Group: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) advice and (b) other support the Government is providing to people affected by the cyber attack on TalkTalk.

      Telefonica: Underground Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2015 to Question 12790, whether the licence obligation on Telefonica to provide indoor 4G coverage...

      Broadband: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that small businesses are able to access high speed broadband.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance: City of Westminster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will request from Maximus a report on (a) the number of employment support allowance claimants in the City of Westminster who have been...

    • Universal Credit: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people in work expected to be in receipt of universal credit currently receive less than the proposed National Living Wage.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason the universal credit programme was subject to Project Assessment Reviews instead of Gateway Reviews.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Slaughterhouses: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with animal welfare groups on the mandatory use of CCTV in slaughterhouses.

    • Nature Conservation: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives.

      Squirrels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to control the population of grey squirrels; and if she will hold discussions with shooting...

      Agriculture: Wildlife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to promote wildlife-friendly farming practices.

      Timber: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to prevent illegal timber entering Europe.

      Greyhounds: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many greyhounds have been euthanized upon completion of their racing career in each of the last five years.

      Non-native Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 30 October 2015 to Question 13690, what estimate she has made of the cost of implementing her...

      Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of (a) licensed and (b) unlicensed dog breeders operating in the UK.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of dogs that have been put to sleep for meeting the physical characteristics of a...

  • Home Office

    • Airports: Travel Requirements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people arrived at UK airports without travel documents in the last year for which figures are available.

    • Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to ensure that assessments of applications for leave to remain in the UK provide sufficient personal consideration...

      Visas: Dependants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of people who left the UK as a result of failing to obtain an Adult Dependent Relative visa for a...

      Refugees: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Chinese nationals currently have refugee status.

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of fast-track passport applications made in the last six months have been processed within seven days.

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the criteria are for choosing the credible commentators referred to in paragraph 46 of her Department's Counter-Extremism Strategy,...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will provide information on the (a) age, (b) race, (c) gender, (d) religion and (e) region of residence of the 700 individuals...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to arrange for a review of the operation of her powers under Section 40, Subsection 4A of the British Nationality Act 1981.

      Immigrants: Dependants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of allowing parents over the age of 65 to emigrate to the UK as adult dependents.

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) forced and (b) voluntary former unaccompanied asylum-seeking children returnees were not accepted by Afghanistan and sent back...

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the success of her Department's policies in supporting the UK Border Force to tackle illegal immigration...

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many pregnant women are detained at Yarl's Wood.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of Syrian refugee (a) adults and (b) children in Calais who plan to enter the UK.

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many spousal visa applications in which the sponsoring partner resided in Scotland have been (a) submitted and (b) refused in each year...

      Home Office: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many civil servants of her Department are members of trades unions; how many working hours of facility time are taken by such civil...

      Home Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2015 to Question 11793, how many full-time equivalent staff her Department allocated to responding to...

      Overseas Students: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many students from India were granted a visa to study in Britain in 1990.

      Immigrants: Travel Requirements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will reduce the cost of an application for a certificate of travel to the same levels as for a convention travel document.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Babcock International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements are in place to monitor Babcock's performance and safety record.

    • Rosyth Dockyard: Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to safely store or treat nuclear contaminated material arising from the decommissioning of nuclear-powered submarines at Rosyth...

      RAF Waddington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual running costs of RAF Waddington are; and what assessment he has made of RAF Waddington's contribution to the local economy.

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of his Department's likely civilian personnel strength on 1 April (a) 2016 and (b) 2020 for each top level budget.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department last completed an assessment of the whole life cost of the Successor programme.

      War Graves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the annual average cost to the Ministry of Defence of (a) maintaining each grave for which it is responsible and (b) the...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of UK military activity in Syria in the last 12 months.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps he is taking to promote the use of credit unions in the work of his Department; and if he will make a statement.

    • Scotland Office: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, for what reason his Department's three most recently published quarterly returns were all published on the same day.

      Voting Rights: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with (a) Ministers of the Scottish Government and (b) his Cabinet colleagues on reducing the voting age to 16 for all...

      Trade Union Bill: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with Ministers of the Scottish Government on the potential effects of the provisions of the Trade Union Bill in Scotland.

      Smith Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of progress in meeting the recommendations of the Smith Commission; and if he will make a statement.

      Department for International Development: East Kilbride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what contribution staff at the Department for International Development office in East Kilbride have made to the delivery of UK development policy over...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Trade Unions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants in his Department are members of trades unions; how many working hours of facility time are taken by such civil servants; and...

    • Commission on Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with the Independent Commission the Freedom of Information on the number of occasions it plans to meet in order to finalise...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Office for National Statistics plans to include in quarterly migration figures the number of Syrian refugees resettled in the UK under the...

      Electronic Government: Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what attacks have been made against the Government Gateway system to date.

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress the Government has made on increasing the rate of employment in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England since 2010.

  • Department for Education

    • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Government response to the Report from the Education Select Committee, Life lessons: PSHE and SRE in schools, HC 145 of Session...

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many English secondary schools belong to an academy trust which has more than one school.

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many fines for their child's non-attendance at school have been levied on parents in England in each year since 2005.

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what evidence she has received that sex and sexual relationships education in the primary years reduces the incidence of risky sexual behaviour,...

      Children: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to support children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder in the education system.

      Pupils: Hyperactivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children who have had a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in each local authority area were excluded from school in the...

      Primary Education: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to improve access to second language teaching in primary schools.

  • Department of Health

    • Atrial Fibrillation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have received atrial fibrillation in the last five years.

    • Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with Lyme disease in each of the last five years.

      Salt: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to encourage people to consume less salt.

      Health: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that young people exposed to unhealthily-thin models through advertisements are not subject to health...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage clinically commissioning groups to share best practice in improving diabetes care outcomes.

      Asbestos: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been treated for asbestos poisoning in the last five years.

      Eyesight: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in what age groups NHS England has treated for squints in the last five years.

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make the meningitis W vaccine available to all people on the NHS.

      Activated Carbon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to make activated charcoal available on the NHS to treat (a) alcoholism and (b) obesity.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in each age group have been diagnosed with epilepsy in each of the last five years.

      Fats: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the prevalence of trans fats in food.

      Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people aged (a) under 18 and (b) 18 to 24 have been diagnosed with depression in each of the last five years.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the NHS takes to identify symptoms of dementia among elderly patients in hospital.

      Castleman's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with Castleman disease in each of the last five years.

      Animal Products: Clones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the sale of meat and milk from cloned animals.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2015 to Question 10693, what the rate of hospital admissions where the main reason for admission was alcohol-related...

      Transvaginal Mesh Implants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 6 May 2014 to Question 196742, what progress his Department has made on assessing the effectiveness of existing...

      Mental Health Services: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what budget in this financial year has been assigned to providing mental health services for patients coming to terms with cancer diagnoses.

      Disability: Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has on (a) raising awareness of severe and complex disabilities suspected of having a genetic syndrome for which it is not...

      Health Services: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the ability of homeless people to access addiction services; and if he will make a statement.

      Autism: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children have received a diagnostic assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the last five years.

      Stem Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations his Department has received on stem cell donation and transplantation.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role his Department played in NICE's decision not to publish safe nurse staffing guidance in accident and emergency departments along with four...

      Opiates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions for opioids were written in each of the last 15 years.

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to reduce infant mortality.

      Mental Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average bed occupancy rate was in each mental health hospital in London in each month since 1 January 2015.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many admissions there were to psychiatric inpatient wards for psychosis in each year from 2010 to 2015.

      Mental Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions patients were granted weekend leave in each mental health hospital in London in each month since 1 January 2015.

      Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the recommendations of the Lancet Commission on liver disease, published in November 2014.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Graduates: Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the findings of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in its report, Is...

  • Department for Transport

    • Great Western Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what analysis they have conducted of the impact of having diesel and electric engines fitted to the new Hitachi Great Western Mainline trains on journey...

    • Driving under Influence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 19 March (HL5704), whether they plan to review the Coalition Government’s policy and to seek...

  • Home Office

    • Emergency Services: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the emergency services in Scotland about ensuring that the new communications network being procured under the emergency...

    • Emergency Services: Telecommunications

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Airwave Solutions about the transition of emergency services communications as part of the emergency services mobile...

      Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role in the Director of Labour Market Enforcement, as set out in the Immigration Bill, will play in setting the operational priorities of and in...

      Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to introduce labour-market wide licensing and enforcement in order to support commitments made in the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

      Slavery

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with business on how labour inspection and enforcement could support implementation of section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • El Salvador: Miscarriage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of El Salvador concerning women who miscarry and find themselves imprisoned.

    • Mexico: Torture

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Mexico following the publication in December 2014 of the report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.

      King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support, financial or otherwise, they have provided to the King Adbdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural...

      North Korea: Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to raise the case of any of the public executions in North Korea between 2010 and 2014 detailed in the latest report of the...

      North Korea: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom Embassy in Pyongyang and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are utilising their resources to gather evidence that can be used in...

      North Korea: Television Channels

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the publication of the latest report by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea, what assessment they have made of...

      India: Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of India about the number of attacks on minorities by extremist groups in that country, in particular...

      Phyoe Phyoe Aung

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made on behalf of Phyoe Phyoe Aung who is currently detained in Burma.

      Burma: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they offer to youth-led civil society initiatives countering hate speech and promoting religious tolerance in Burma.

      Central African Republic: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the Central African Republic should be included in the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict initiative.

      Refugees: Middle East and North Africa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what practical support they have offered to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro as transit and recipient...

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the success of the Dayton Peace accords, and of the current political and security situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

      Middle East Quartet

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Middle East Quartet Representative on the prospects for peace between Israel and Palestine; what the...

      Middle East Quartet

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans there are for the appointment of a new Middle East Quartet Representative; and what the timeline is for any such appointment.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the promotion of human rights is part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office mission statement, and what are their top five priorities in that area.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel about the level of collective punishment being imposed on Palestinians by both Jewish settlers...

      Israel: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the bulldozing of agricultural land owned by Palestinian farmers near the city of...

      Saudi Arabia: UN Human Rights Council

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to oppose the UN decision to put Saudi Arabia in charge of a human rights panel, and, if so, what action they will take.

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been their response to the report by Amnesty International in June that the government of Burma has created a climate of fear by pursuing policies...

      Iran: Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran about the use of capital punishment, in particular regarding the case of Fatemeh Salbehi, and...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of (1) Israelis, and (2) Palestinians, killed and wounded in sectarian violence in the last year; and whether they are...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether (1) medical personnel, (2) ambulance crews, and (3) journalists, have been unlawfully attacked in the last year in...

      Shaker Aamer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Shaker Aamer has yet been released from detention at Guantanamo Bay to rejoin his family in England; if not, why not; and what representations they...

      Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the proposals for peace in Syria made by former President Jimmy Carter in the International New York Times on 27 October.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, if their objectives of European Union re-negotiation are not met, they plan to recommend leaving that organisation.

      Libya: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had, or are having, with the government of Libya about compensation for people killed or wounded by explosives and guns supplied...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Ira

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any agreement with the provisional IRA in recent years, and if so, what was covered by that agreement.

    • Biometrics: Databases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) whether United Kingdom law complies with the judgment concerning the retention of fingerprints and DNA samples in S and...

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of freedom of access to Yemen by the UNHCR and non-governmental organisations looking after the most vulnerable in that country.

    • Israel: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following the September UN OCHA Bulletin report that Israel has added additional restrictions...

      Israel: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following the September UN OCHA Bulletin report that Israel had demolished a two-storey...

      South Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to support the people of South Sudan who face starvation.

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been their response to the study by the UNHCR showing that 70 per cent of Syrian refugees in Lebanon are living below the poverty line; and of their...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussion they have had with the government of Burma to ensure that Rohingya are given full humanitarian access to camps, and the protection which...

  • Department for Education

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Criminal Proceedings: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the mandatory criminal courts charge on the number of guilty pleas.

    • Criminal Proceedings: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the total value of criminal courts charges (1) issued by the courts, and (2) collected to date; and what estimate they have made of the total...

      Courts: Fines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total value of fines (1) issued by the courts, and (2) collected, in 2014–15.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Small Businesses: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to protect small companies in the light of reports that Google’s recent update to its search algorithm reduced visitor...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army Reserve: Croydon

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 22 October (HL2256), why 150 Recovery Company, part of 103 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Right to Buy Scheme: Housing Associations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many housing association tenants they estimate will be able to afford to buy their own home under right to buy in the first year of the scheme; and how...

    • Right to Buy Scheme: Housing Associations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they had with council leaders about their proposals to fund the extension of right to buy to housing association tenants through the sale of...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Housing Associations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 12 October (HL Deb, cols 36–40) on the right to buy, whether (1) there will be a...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect on the cost of housing benefit to the public purse of requiring local authorities to sell their housing stock.

      Right to Buy Scheme: Housing Associations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Leasehold Advisory Service about future demands on its services for free legal advice from leaseholders, landlords,...

      Urban Areas: Awards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 21 October (HL2528), why it was possible to vote daily in the Great British High Street of...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to ensure that, when planning permissions are granted for new residential developments that do not provide on-site parking...

  • HM Treasury

    • Taxation: Treaties

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government with which developing countries they are currently negotiating taxation treaties, and what is the timetable for each negotiation.

    • Councillors: Legal Costs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the personal taxation requirements when a local authority pays the legal costs of an industrial tribunal or court case for an individual councillor.

      Schools: Uniforms

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances value added tax can be applied to school uniforms.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was their annual expenditure on financial grants, in the last year for which figures are available, for the installation of (1) wind turbines, (2) solar...

  • Cabinet Office

  • Department of Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patients waited at least 12 hours in Accident and Emergency in 2014–5, and in each year since 2005.

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