Written answers

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) complaints have been made about and (b) investigations have been conducted into bus companies by the North East Traffic Commissioners in...

    • Bus Services: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost has been of the North East Traffic Commissioners Quality Contact Scheme board to date.

      Aviation: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will support Jet2.com's Onboard Together campaign to reduce disruptive behaviour on aircraft.

      Taxis: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of how many taxi drivers have undergone disability awareness training since the Law Commission's recommendation...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will expand the Cycle to Work salary-sacrifice scheme to provide employees with access to tax-free physical activity accessories and...

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the consultation on the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy will not take place until spring 2016.

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information he holds on whether Sir Peter Hendy's review of Network Rail's programme plans will consider extending electrification to Plymouth...

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of buses are low-floor buses; and what change in bus usage there has been as a result of introducing low-floor buses.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of how much UK households spent on taxi and private hire vehicle journeys in 2013-14.

      Railways: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effect on Eastbourne's local economy of potential reductions in connectivity of future rail projects along the...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the value of artwork and antiques held by local authorities.

    • First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the projected average age of a first time buyer in 2020.

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to allow local councils to ban overseas and off-plan sales.

      Bus Services: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect on proposed devolution deals of the Quality Control Scheme Board's decision to not...

  • HM Treasury

    • Offshore Industry: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of fiscal support for the offshore oil and gas sector on (a) employment and (b) pay rates in that sector since 2010-11.

    • Tax Allowances: Offshore Industry

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which companies have signed decommissioning relief deeds with his Department.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • India: Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will update the travel advice regarding the Punjab on his Department's website to advise travellers to give serious...

  • Cabinet Office

    • USSR: Intelligence Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will place in the Library a copy of the 1984 Joint Intelligence Committee paper JIC(84)(N)45, entitled Soviet Union: concern about a surprise...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations or advice he has received on the expectation of current students and graduates to repay their student loans...

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department has taken to embed the family test into its policy making.

      Gratuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent estimate he has made of the number of employees who receive payment of service charges, tips, gratuities and cover...

      Higher Education: Part-time Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what change there has been in the number of part-time higher education students in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d)...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what powers are available to local authorities to restrict the use of fireworks.

      Eyesight: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of medical research spending is directed toward eye disease.

  • Department for Education

    • First Aid: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to encourage schools to teach (a) CPR and (b) other life-saving methods.

    • Children's Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of provision of play opportunities for children with disabilities and complex needs.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what amount her Department has spent to date on underwriting salaries of staff at free schools whose schools did not open or open on time.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to (a) recruit more teachers and (b) otherwise ensure that schools do not experience a shortage of teaching staff.

      Classroom Assistants: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of establishing a national pay scale for teaching assistants.

      Children's Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the ease of access of play opportunities for children with disabilities and complex needs.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to expedite the process for fostering a child.

      Physical Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to increase the breadth of physical activity opportunities beyond sport available to children (a) in and (b) out of school.

      Children: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of support services available to carers and parents when a child is diagnosed with autism.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November 2015 to Question 9384, on Reoffenders, if he will list the offences committed by those people numbered in the...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which regulations his Department introduced as a result of EU legislation in (a) 2013, (b) 2014 and (c) 2015 to date; which regulations...

    • Radio Biafra

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has received representations from the Nigerian government on the licensing of Radio Biafra.

      Telecommunications Cables: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential risks to undersea internet and telephony cables; and if he will make a statement.

      Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the financial effect on the Horserace Levy Scheme of betting operators locating their online services...

      Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department has made on plans to introduce a Horserace Betting Right; and if he will make a statement.

      Radio: Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps are taken by (a) his Department and (b) Ofcom to investigate objections to the content of a UK-licenced radio station made...

      Broadband: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to increase the availability of superfast broadband in (a) Warrington North constituency, (b) Culcheth and (c)...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the withdrawal of Government funding of free TV licenses from the over 75 on future...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the proportion of households which have access to superfast broadband in (a) St Helen North constituency,...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the time taken to (a) implement broadband roll-out and (b) tackle non-spots on...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of his Department's expected DEL underspend in 2015-16; what his Department's current forecast for AME...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be in receipt of legacy benefits and awaiting transfer to universal credit in May 2020.

    • Social Security Benefits: Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of (a) employment and support allowance and (b) jobseeker's allowance are taking adult education courses paid for...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new claims for housing benefit were made by people who lost their homes to repossession in each of the last 10 years.

      Housing: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of claims for (a) support for mortgage interest and (b) housing benefit was in each of the last five years.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people in receipt of support for mortgage interest who were also in receipt of income-based jobseeker's...

      Universal Credit: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people in receipt of universal credit receive help with mortgage costs.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people who are in receipt of support for mortgage interest are also in receipt of (a) income-based jobseeker's...

      Supported Housing: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether 18 to21 year olds in supported housing services will still be able to claim housing benefit after April 2017.

      Social Security Benefits: East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobseekers who have registered disabilities in East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow have been sanctioned in each of the last five...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to mitigate the effect of changes in employment and support allowance for those diagnosed with cancer who have been...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have not been able to request employment and support allowance paid at the assessment rate pending an appeal since March 2015.

      Means-tested Benefits: Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will assess the costs and benefits of classifying parentally-agreed child support as income for means-tested benefits.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many parents have received a sanction for failure to comply with conditions for receipt of benefits because suitable childcare was not...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with shooting bodies on ensuring an effective trap is developed to replace the Fenn trap.

    • Game: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an estimate of the effect on the rural economy of the reduction in grouse shooting caused by poor weather...

      Heathrow Airport: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to improve air quality at Heathrow Airport; and if she will make a statement.

      Veterinary Medicine: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will assess the potential merits of providing legal protection to the professional title of veterinary nurse.

      Primates: Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timetable is for the review of the Code of Practice for Privately Kept Non-Human Primates; and whether that review...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of the family test on her Department's policies; and if she will make a statement.

      Public Footpaths: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the economic effect of the England Coast Path on each area through which opened sections of...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what cost was incurred by her Department as a result of the withdrawal of the CAP-D programme in March 2015.

      Birds of Prey: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what meetings her Department has had to ascertain whether birds of prey predate on other birds of prey in order to inform...

      Quarrying and Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions the Government with the EU on charges for quarry spaces and pest control.

      Food Poverty: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate the number of households affected by food insecurity in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley,...

      Reservoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress her Department has made on implementing those aspects of the Floods and Water Management Act 2010 applicable...

      Dairy Farming: Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government plans to take to encourage Chinese investors to invest in the UK dairy industry.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions her Department has had with the British Veterinary Association on the control of bovine TB.

      Public Footpaths: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the target date is for completion of the England Coast Path.

      Agriculture: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what preparations her Department is making to support the agricultural economy in the Northern Ireland in the event of the...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the change in the bee population over the summer of 2015.

      Wildlife: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding has been (a) allocated and (b) spent as part the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund to date.

      Birds: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how her Department plans to implement the Guidelines to Prevent the Risk of Poisoning to Migratory Birds adopted by the...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons the Rural Payments Agency was not able to make advance basic payments from 16 October 2015.

      Wildlife: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what role the National Wildlife Crime Unit will play as part of the UK's commitment to Action on the Illegal Wildlife Trade...

      Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many CITES prosecutions have been brought in each of the last 10 years.

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department has plans to encourage the planting of trees to enhance the visual amenity of farmland.

      National Wildlife Crime Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) wildlife crime investigations and (b) wildlife crime prosecutions the National Wildlife Crime Unit has been...

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many transit visas her Department issued to Syrian nationals in each year since 2010.

    • Home Office: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received on responding to correspondence from hon. Members by email rather than by letter.

      Deportation: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2015 to Question 11080, on Deportation: Appeals, how many of the 426 cases referred to have been heard...

      Deportation: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people deported under the deport first, appeal later measures have successfully appealed against their deportation; how many of...

      Deportation: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2015 to Question 11080, on deportation: appeals, how many appellants (a) had a legal representative at...

      Entry Clearances: Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what impact assessment she has made of the proposed closure of the Visa and Entry Clearance Office in Dhaka; and if she will make a statement.

      Engineers and Scientists: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many scientists and engineers have been refused a Tier 2 (General) Certificate of Sponsorship because the annual cap had been reached...

      Refugees: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of refugees and migrants living in Calais in each month of 2015; and how many refugees and migrants...

      Refugees: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the requirements of the community sponsorship route to Britain for refugees are; and when she plans to establish that route.

      Business: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the efficiency of the work visa system in enabling UK businesses to have speedy access to the...

      Asylum: Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for judicial review against decisions on asylum applications made by UK Visas and Immigration have been brought in...

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to relax immigration rules on the reunification of families and allow members of a refugee's extended family to join...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what efforts are being made through the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Scheme to assist refugees in (a) the Yazidi, Druze or Christian...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to provide (a) humanitarian visas, (b) facilitated refugee family reunion and (c) other safe legal routes for migrants to...

      Visas: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will make an assessment of the implications for its policies of the report by Transparency International UK entitled, Gold...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential financial effect of proposals to deny refused asylum seekers access to financial...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people renounced British citizenship in each year from 1997-98 to 2014-15.

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many nationals aged (a) between 15 and 64 and (b) over 65 from each non-EEA country were granted British citizenship in each year from...

      Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many nationals aged (a) between 15 and 64 and (b) over 65 from each non-EEA country were granted indefinite leave to stay in the UK in...

      Asylum: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have sought asylum in the UK through the Dublin III regulation.

      Asylum: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason the publically available guidance entitled, Third Country cases: Referring and Handling refers to EC No 343/2003 and not EC...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has conducted an investigation into how Demie Omol was able to travel through the UK to the Republic of Ireland; and...

      Emergency Calls: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average response time to a 999 call for the emergency services was in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) the Yorkshire and the...

      UK Visas and Immigration: Email and Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to make the email and telephone inquiry service within UK Visa and Immigration more user-friendly.

      Danny Major

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with West Yorkshire Police on the review commissioned by the Office of the West Yorkshire Police and Crime...

      Exclusion Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what grounds her Department refused entry to the UK to (a) Dr Hasnaa Al Sourani, (b) Dr Amal Shaat, (c) Dr Rula Al Helo and (d) Mr Yousif...

      Homicide: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many murders related to domestic violence there have been in each year between 1997 and 2014.

      Refugees: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will hold discussions with the government of the Irish Republic on the number of refugees likely to be settled in the Irish Republic...

      South Wales Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when and by what method she informed South Wales Police of the errors in calculating the police funding formula.

      Common Travel Area

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy that the Common Travel Area be maintained in the event that Great Britain and Northern Ireland leave the EU.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the evidential basis which shows that cannabis is harmful, cited in the Government response to the epetition, We demand...

      Refugees: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that refugees can be settled in Europe without making dangerous journeys by boat.

      Interception Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what circumstances a judge could refuse to approve an interception warrant under clause 19(2) of the draft Investigatory Powers Bill.

      MI5: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to improve parliamentary oversight of the Security Service.

      Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the likelihood of the Government's net migration target being met.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received on changing the police funding formula.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received on changing the police funding formula.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that police forces are able to maintain existing levels of frontline policing over the next five years.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle domestic violence.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of changes to support for asylum seekers on local authority services.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • War Memorials: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to ensure the full participation of the Northern Ireland Executive and people in memorialising UK servicemen and civilians...

    • Air Force: Holiday Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel from 13 and 39 Squadron have not taken their full entitlement to annual leave over the last two years.

      Air Force: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many referrals for treatment for post traumatic stress disorder from 13 and 39 Squadron service personnel there have been over the last two years.

      USSR: Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government has been provided with a copy of the US President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board report of 15 February 1990, entitled The...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which regulations his Department introduced as a result of EU legislation in (a) 2013, (b) 2014 and (c) 2015 to date; which regulations his Department...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Power Stations: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, which power plants are due to come offline in March 2016; and what plans she has to ensure peak energy demands are met after those...

    • Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to prevent shale gas drilling at the surface in areas of the greatest environmental value.

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will take steps to ensure the inclusion in budgetary provisions for a programme to restore...

  • Department of Health

    • Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of treating endometriosis in the last year.

    • Heart Diseases: Blood Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to make the innovative blood test to rule out heart attacks available on the NHS.

      First Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to raise awareness of (a) CPR and (b) other life-saving methods among adults and young people.

      Breast Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether (a) officials of his Department, (b) representatives of NHS bodies or (c) researchers funded by his Department will be attending the San Antonio...

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of Public Health England's report, Sugar reduction: the evidence for action, published...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve oral health as part of the childhood obesity strategy.

      Breast Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has conducted into the likelihood of people who get primary breast cancer twice getting secondary breast cancer.

      Heart Diseases: Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with the Royal College of Nursing on links between the consumption of carbonated drinks and the incidence of...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects NHS England to publish the first and second quarter figures for Cancer Drugs Fund notifications and individual Cancer Drugs Fund requests...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16 September 2015 to Question 10091, what the implications for his policies are of the decision by NHS England to remove (a)...

      Department of Health: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to implement the family test; and if he will make a statement.

      Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to fully integrate physical activity into the care pathways of all long-term conditions where it has a proven beneficial effect.

      Alzheimer's Disease: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that Alzheimer drugs for use at home cost less than £2,100 per year.

      Mental Illness: Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on support for people with mental health conditions who claim jobseeker's...

      Pharmacy: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of pharmacy services in central London outside working hours.

      Health Services: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what additional financial support he plans to make available to the NHS to deal with pressure on services in winter 2015-16.

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to improve the availability of off-patent drugs for novel uses through non-legislative measures.

  • Department for Transport

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what control there is over the flight of drones in the United Kingdom.

    • Severn River Crossing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 29 October (HL2815) concerning Severn Crossings tolls, why the cost of collecting tolls is not...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of road safety awareness educational programmes in reducing accidents.

      Railways: Land

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions are taking place between the Department for Transport and HM Treasury about the disposal of land owned by (1) Network Rail, and (2) London...

  • Home Office

    • Forensic Science: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and if so in what specific ways, they are sponsoring or encouraging research in forensic linguistics with a view to extending its use in the...

    • Free Movement of People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the present arrangements for the free movement of persons throughout the European Union are appropriate, in the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • European External Action Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current cost of the EU delegations and offices in third countries, and where those delegations and offices are located.

    • Turkey: Election Observers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they participated in the election observer presences at the recent elections in Turkey; and whether OSCE or Council of Europe observer delegations...

      Azerbaijan: Election Observers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they participated in the election observer presence at the recent elections in Azerbaijan; and whether OSCE or Council of Europe observer delegations...

      USA: Electronic Surveillance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed with the government of the United States the collection of UK citizens’ data through the PRISM programme, and if so, with...

      USA: Electronic Surveillance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which UK citizens’ data have been collected by the government of the United States through the PRISM...

      Maldives: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implications for British tourists of the recent state of emergency declared by the President of the Maldives.

      Maldives: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current political situation in the Maldives.

      Turkey: Kurds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to remind the government of Turkey of its undertakings contained in the Dolmabahçe Declaration of 27 February.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their criteria for identifying countries of concern in the FCO annual report on human rights and democracy.

      Egypt: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will designate Egypt as a country of concern in the next FCO annual report on human rights and democracy.

      Egypt: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of calls for a UN Commission of Inquiry into alleged human rights abuses by Egyptian security forces including those alleged...

      South Sudan: Administration of Justice

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support the implementation of transitional justice in South Sudan following the recent publication of the African Union...

      India: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 6 November (HL2947), why they have decided not to raise the issue of the three British...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Employment: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's Report Is Britain fairer?, particularly with regard to the employment and...

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the deficit in trade with the EU in 2014 in (1) goods, and (2) overall in goods and services; and how that deficit is financed.

      Airbus SAS

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the French Foreign Minister's visit to Iran, they plan to use the UK's political and official diplomacy to promote Airbus products and...

      Cole Commission on Exports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the recommendations of the Cole Commission on UK exports they have implemented.

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Reconstruction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the rebuilding of the town of Kobane in Syria; and if so by what means they envisage this being brought about, and whether they will ask...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Musical Instruments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the availability of musical instruments and instrumental teachers in schools.

    • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to tackle, through the education curriculum, the increasing level of hate crimes.

      Academies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will consult with local authorities and Academy sponsors on what role local authorities should play as strategic commissioners when all schools in...

      Academies: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to ensure that all academy schools, their leaders, boards of directors, advisers and heads of department, adhere to all aspects of equality...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Legal Aid Scheme: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for exceptional case funding (non-inquests) have been made to the Legal Aid Agency on behalf of applicants aged under 18 each year...

    • Defamation: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role the Secretary of State has in ensuring that the law of defamation in Northern Ireland is compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis the accumulation of evidence obtained during the polygraph test of a given sex offender meets the threshold test of the repeat of criminal...

      Human Rights Act 1998

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response, if any, they have made to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture in the light of his comments that moves to replace the Human Rights Act 1998...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government with which countries the UK is currently negotiating prisoner transfer agreements.

      Legal Profession: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support women and ethnic minorities to reach senior positions in the legal sector.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Human Trafficking: Mediterranean Sea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people smugglers have been apprehended by United Kingdom or other European Union armed forces or law enforcement agencies operating in the...

    • Human Trafficking: Mediterranean Sea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many vessels belonging to people smugglers have been apprehended or destroyed in the Mediterranean in 2015.

      Armed Forces: Credit Unions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent progress has been made in establishing a credit union for military personnel.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pension Funds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in encouraging small pension funds in the United Kingdom to amalgamate or co-operate in order to be able to compete with larger...

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact on (1) the total number of households whose benefits would be capped under the new limits proposed in the Welfare...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cetaceans: Faroe Islands

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 17 September (HL2164), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Floods

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will bring together key stakeholders in flood risk information with representatives of estate agents and property search websites to ensure...

    • Housing: Floods

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage builders of new homes to give potential purchasers details of the flood risk affecting those properties at an early stage.

      Local Government Pension Scheme Advisory Board: Public Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what process they followed in making appointments to the Local Government Pension Scheme Advisory Board.

      Right to Buy Scheme: Housing Associations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 28 October (HL2728), whether they will set out the broad circumstances in which a housing...

      Empty Property: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 24 September (HL2300), why empty dwellings in London are not being filled in order to...

      Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that residents in council areas with low levels of business rates are protected from the effects of the change to funding...

      Private Rented Housing: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to prevent excessive letting fees being charged to private-sector tenants.

  • HM Treasury

    • Electronic Commerce: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of recent reports about VAT fraud by online traders operating from abroad, what action they are taking to reduce the extent of such tax...

    • Electronic Commerce: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of recent reports about VAT fraud by online traders operating from abroad, what is their estimate of the impact of such tax evasion on (1) the...

      Electronic Commerce: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of recent reports about VAT fraud by online traders operating from abroad, what discussions they have had in the last three months with (1)...

      Electronic Commerce: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of recent reports about VAT fraud by online traders operating from abroad, whether they plan to require HM Revenue and Customs to work closely...

      Electronic Commerce: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of recent reports about VAT fraud by online traders operating from abroad, whether they plan to pursue (1) Amazon, and (2) eBay, for any UK VAT...

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether, if the European institutions decided to increase the European Union budget due to the migration crisis, the United...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the median amount of (1) child benefit, and (2) child tax credit, received by working families with children whose family earnings are at least...

      Population

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans to deal with the increase in the United Kingdom population to 70 million within 12 years and 74.3 million by 2030, as projected by the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that local electoral registration offices in England and Wales work closely with schools, as has been done in Northern Ireland, to...

    • Natural Disasters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030.

      Government Departments: Telephone Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bates, Lord Faulks, and Lord Bridges of Headley on 21 September (HL2010, HL2011, HL2014), to what extent they are...

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their definitions of worklessness and workless family, and how those definitions were decided.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Strategic Defence and Security Review to be (1) completed, and (2) published.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether steps are being taken to amend European Union procurement rules to ensure more United Kingdom companies' involvement in government projects.

      Charities: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 21 July (HL1392), whether, in the light of the collapse of Kids Company, they will now publish a...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to protect organisations and businesses in the UK from cybercrime and large-scale cyber-attacks, and what steps they are taking...

  • Department of Health

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