Written answers

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to (a) reduce times, (b) increase capacity and (c) increase the reliability of rail journeys between Eastbourne and (i)...

    • Network Rail: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many performance indicators the Office of Road and Rail uses to assess the performance of Network Rail.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the time the DVLA takes to process reapplications for a driving license after a suspension of that license for...

  • Home Office

    • Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Wilson Doctrine has been consistently applied to the parliamentary communications of the hon. Member for South Shields; and...

    • Interception Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for warrants for electronic surveillance she rejected last year.

      Health Professions: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the effect of the changing criteria for the Adult Dependent Relative Visa on recruitment and retention of...

      Home Office: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to implement the family test.

      Overseas Students: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the reduction in the number of English language testing centres on the number of...

      Home Office: Families

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

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to respond to the IPCC's proposals on governance reform as set out in its Annual Report and statement of accounts 2014-15,...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions her Department has had with Amnesty International and the Committee Against Torture on recent and proposed changes to the...

      Drugs: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding her Department has allocated to work on the strategic communications plan for making (a) young and (b) other people aware of...

      Royal British Legion: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many official Royal British Legion Remembrance events have received logistical police support other than wreath laying in a ceremonial...

      Bangladesh: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessments her Department has made of the effect of the relocation of the Visa and Entry Clearance Office from Dakha to New Delhi on...

      Bangladesh: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the Government's Visa and Entry Clearance Office in Dakha, Bangladesh is being relocated to New Delhi, India.

      Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has provided the Intelligence and Security Committee with copies of any national security directions made under...

      Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government has paid out any financial compensation on national security directions made under sections 94 of the...

      National Wildlife Crime Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to renew funding of the National Wildlife Crime Unit after March 2016.

      Asylum: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to the public purse of provision of (a) accommodation and (b) support services for asylum seekers was in Gloucestershire in...

      Crime: Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of crimes committed by people with gambling problems.

      National Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many suspicious activity reports relating to (a) the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and (b) the Terrorism Act 2000 have been submitted to...

      Taxis: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many private hire vehicle drivers have been arrested in (a) London and (b) the UK for offences related to plying for hire in each of the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the value of stationery that has been (a) lost and (b) stolen from his Department in each of the...

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent on (a) temporary agency staff, (b) consultants, (c) non-payroll staff, (d) administration and (e)...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's counter-extremism budget was for (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13, (d) 2013-14 and (e) 2014-15; and...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of Russian airstrikes on (a) ISIL/Daesh targets on (b) non-ISIL/Daesh targets in Syria...

      China: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what work his Department is undertaking with authorities in China to support the welfare of animals.

      Asia: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with his counterparts in (a) China, (b) Vietnam and (c) South Korea about the dog meat...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Motor Vehicles: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will hold discussions with motor trade associations on steps to ban the sale of devices that are used to illegally reduce...

    • Aviation: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his policy is on the application of working time regulations to aircraft maintenance engineers.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the likely change in the pay gap between workers under and over 25 and those older than 25 over the...

      Higher Education: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with the Cabinet Office on proposals in the Higher Education White Paper on removing HEFCE-funded...

      Adult Education: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the potential benefits of adult education courses for people with mental health problems.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the contribution international students studying in the UK make to British soft power overseas;...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the proportion of student loan outlay that will never be repaid by graduates (a) undertaking...

      Overseas Trade: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to improve trade relations with Commonwealth countries.

      EU Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the average (a) export and (b) import tariffs paid by the UK to countries with whom the EU has a Free Trade Agreement was...

  • Department for International Development

    • International Foundation for Electoral Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding the UK has allocated to the International Foundation for Electoral Systems over the last five years; and how much...

    • Burma: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what effect the outcome of the elections in Burma in November 2015 will have on her Department's funding to projects in that country.

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects her Department (a) has and (b) is planning to facilitate transition in Burma from dictatorship to democracy.

      Department for International Development: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to implement the family test.

      World Food Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make representations requesting reforms of the management and administration of the World Food Programme to improve its...

      Department for International Development: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to implement the family test; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department plans to respond to its call for evidence on the cost of providing childcare published on 15 June 2015.

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 5 November 2015 to Question 13930, how many key stage one children receiving universal infant free school meals would not be...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the Government plans to respond to the First Report of the House of Lords Select Committee on Affordable Childcare, Session 2014-15, HL Paper 117.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to maintain the current staff-child ratio for childcare providers and child minders until 2020.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to change the rules on staff-pupil ratios in early education settings.

      Pre-school Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to increase the number of early education places for children (a) under the age of three and (b) aged three and four;...

      Pre-school Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Government plans to increase the number of qualified staff working on early education settings.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will discuss with the Treasury the introduction of three-year funding plans for colleges to align with the period of the Spending Review.

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to develop a long-term policy to assist colleges in recruiting maths and English teachers.

      Schools: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that school (a) staff and (b) pupils are protected from violence in schools.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to maintain the current level of skills funding for 16 to 18 year olds up to May 2020.

      Autism: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to improve the skills of and training for school staff working with autistic children.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what impact assessment her Department (a) has carried out or (b) plans to carry out on the effects that changes to National Insurance and occupational...

      Special Educational Needs: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will provide more funding to special educational needs schools in (a) Greater London and (b) Enfield.

      Schools: Educational Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of resources available to (a) primary and (b) secondary school children requiring educational psychology...

      Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which (a) primary and (b) secondary schools had more than (i) five, (ii) seven and (c) 10 per cent of pupils defined as children in need in the most...

      Schools: East Ham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 22 June 2015 to Question 2730, what progress she has made on establishing a school on the site of the former East Ham police...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • National Offender Management Service: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost is of the development and rollout of the new NOMS IT system.

    • Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many drafts of a proposed British Bill of Rights his Department has produced in each year since 2010.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the extent to which community rehabilitation companies (a) tailor their services to and (b) meet the needs of female...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many firms have written to the Legal Aid Agency indicating an intention to challenge a decision not to award them a contract in the Criminal Duty...

      Winchester Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what measures the Government plans to take to address the concerns expressed by the Independent Monitoring Board in its report, HMP Winchester, Annual...

      Ministry of Justice: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what (a) the amount of any underspend expected against departmental expenditure limits in the current fiscal year and (b) his Department's latest...

      Insolvency: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on director conduct of the funding of insolvency litigation being brought under the Legal Aid,...

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of potential risks associated with vulnerable witnesses and defendants travelling by public transport when considering...

      Courts: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential opportunities to enhance local services on pre-existing estates by co-locating services as part of...

      Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of trials cracked as a result of the prosecution due to (a) insufficient evidence, (b) witness absent or withdrawn, (c)...

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recommendations his Department has made to the government of (a) Guernsey and (b)Jersey on the definition of legitimate interest in the management...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to amend sentencing guidelines to reduce the amount of time that offenders spend in prison.

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) average and (b) maximum time taken by his Department to process applications for a warrant to transfer inmates to a (i) mental health unit...

      Civil Proceedings: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Department of Health on proposed fixed cost regime change to the civil procedure rules; and what consequences the...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of space in prisons is used for educational purposes.

      Landlord and Tenant: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations his Department has received on manorial rights in Cumbria in the last 12 months.

      Land: Tenure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to abolish the feudal system of land tenure in England and Wales.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps he has taken to tackle clustering of betting shops in town centres.

    • Sports: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of a Sport Betting Right on betting operators; and if he will make a statement.

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support the provision of playing pitches in local areas for community requirements.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants claimed support for childcare costs in the most recent period for which figures are available.

    • Department for Work and Pensions: European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which of his Department's projects have received funding under the European Social Fund 2007 to 2013; what the location is of each such...

      Jobcentre Plus: Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what procedures his Department follows when a jobcentre client requests a food bank voucher for the fourth time in any given year.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what procedure his Department follows in investigating cases of discrepancies between statements in disability benefit claimant questionnaires...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether all types of credit union account are eligible for the receipt of universal credit.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by what proportion UK military capabilities have been reduced in the last five years; and what assessment he has made of the resources available to the...

    • Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the value of weapons owned by his Department was in each of the last five years.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Typhoon aircraft are unable to fly because parts of them have been removed for use in other aircraft.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the Trident missile renewal programme on international nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress has been made on integrating the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft with (a) Storm Shadow missiles, (b) Meteor missiles, (c) the DASS...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft have been exported in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the announcement by BAE Systems on jobs, related to production of the Eurofighter Typhoon on 12 November 2015, what estimate he has...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Fire Services: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's consultation, Enabling closer working between the Emergency Services, whether firefighters...

    • Charities: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to business rate relief on the charity sector.

      Communities and Local Government: European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which of his Department's projects have received funding under the European Regional Development Fund 2007 to 2013; what the...

      Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the change in the number of firefighter posts was in the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service in 2013-14.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of (a) the level of resources necessary for trading standards to fulfil the additional...

  • Wales Office

    • Local Government: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what progress has been made on the proposals for a Cardiff City Deal.

    • Government Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits for his Department of merging the Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Offices to make a Department...

      Tourism: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Government support for the tourism sector in Wales.

  • HM Treasury

    • Working Tax Credit: Salford

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of in-work households in Salford in receipt of tax credits with an underlying entitlement to working tax credit in each of the...

    • NHS: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his policy to maintain the level of funding to the NHS from national insurance contributions (NICs) regardless of the overall amount raised by...

      Arts: Greater Manchester

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the leaders of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on future provision of funding for the arts after the devolution...

      Local Government: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to make a decision on City Deals for (a) Edinburgh, (b) Aberdeen and (c) Inverness.

      Devolution: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what process the Treasury determines whether an item of public spending should trigger a consequential payment to the devolved administrations under the...

      Northern Rock Asset Management

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what Support for Mortgage Relief provisions are available to customers of Northern Rock Asset Management.

      Employee Ownership

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) employees and (b) companies have participated in the shares for rights scheme under section 31 of the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to ensure parents using employer childcare voucher schemes are informed of the planned introduction of the tax free...

      Energy: Investment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Enterprise Investment Scheme, Venture Capital Trust, tax relief or Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme have offered low-risk investment...

      VAT: Electronic Commerce

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Revenue and Customs is investigating VAT fraud conducted by online traders operating from outside the EU; and what action his Department is...

      VAT: Electronic Commerce

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions the Government has had with (a) Amazon and (b) eBay on VAT fraud conducted by online traders operating from outside the EU; and what...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Salford

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

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether there are alternative mechanisms for tax credits claimants to inform his Department of changes to their childcare arrangements other than the tax...

      Terrorism: Sanctions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individuals have had financial sanctions imposed on them for expected involvement in terrorism in each of the last five years; and how many of...

      Money Laundering

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff of the Financial Conduct Authority and the Financial Services Authority worked on money laundering enforcement in each of the last five years.

      Money Laundering: Prosecutions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which companies were prosecuted by the Financial Conduct Authority or the Financial Services Authority for issues relating to money laundering in each of...

      Connaught Asset Management

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent progress there has been in holding to account directors responsible for promoting, managing and supervising Connaught Asset Management.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department has taken to promote Energy Efficiency Week; how her Department has worked with non-governmental...

    • Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the installed capacity required to meet the Government's 2020 renewable heat target in each...

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimates her Department has made of the amount of carbon dioxide displaced as a result of the introduction of the (a) domestic...

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, 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...

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent projections her Department has made of the (a) total installed capacity and (b) generation output of each renewable heat...

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent estimate her Department has made of the amount of carbon dioxide displaced in the UK by installed renewable heat technologies.

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what average time her Department took to respond to freedom of information requests in each year since 2005.

      Electricity: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department is taking to identify locations for potential electricity storage schemes that would best supplement the...

      Electricity: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the comparative merits of electricity storage and transmission network upgrades.

      Green Deal Scheme: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the proportion of Green Deal Home Improvement funding that was allocated to deprived areas.

      Electricity: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the merits of exempting operators of electricity storage from Balanced Services Use of...

      Electricity: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what comparative cost-benefit analyses her Department has made of electricity storage and constraint payments.

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: EU Law

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

  • Cabinet Office

    • Charities: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effect of raising the minimum wage on the capacity of charities to deliver public services.

    • Cabinet Office: Legal Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent in legal costs on the Information Rights Tribunal case on the Reducing Regulation Sub-Committee Freedom of Information...

      Cabinet Committees

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions the Reducing Regulation Sub-Committee has met.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to encourage the sale of UK produce to new global markets.

    • Environmental Protection: Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's priorities are for the Clean Growth Committee; what role she will have on that committee; and whether...

      Inland Waterways and Rivers: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department spent on cleaning rivers and waterways in each of the last five years; and what estimate she has...

      Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the cost of (a) completing the network of Marine Conservation Zones and (b) creating a blue...

      Biodiversity: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding for the 25 year plan on biodiversity; and what...

      National Wildlife Crime Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the objectives of the National Wildlife Crime Unit are beyond March 2016.

      European Agricultural Guarantee Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which of her Department's projects have received funding under the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund 2007 to 2013; what...

      European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which of her Department's projects have received funding under the European Marine Fisheries Fund 2007 to 2013; what the...

  • Department of Health

    • Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to support research into mesothelioma.

    • Lung Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps NICE has taken to make the Novalung treatment available on the NHS.

      Junior Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of junior doctors not rostered on at evenings and weekends as a result of the terms of the current junior...

      Breast Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his officials have had with the MBC Project in Boston, USA, on secondary breast cancer research.

      Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will have age-related macular degeneration by 2050.

      Eyesight: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether assessing eye health is part of GPs' standard patient health assessment.

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the new junior doctors' contract on patients' safety.

      Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS staff can report patient safety incidents quickly and efficiently.

      Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will encourage participation by NHS organisations and local authorities in Self Care Week.

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the new contract with junior doctors on recruitment in the NHS.

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of a seven-day elective service in the NHS on the number of hours worked by NHS staff; and if he will publish...

      Viagra: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been prescribed Viagra for medical purposes other than that for which it is usually prescribed in the last three years; and what...

      Hearing Impaired: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice his Department makes available on the prevention of loss of hearing amongst older people.

      Hospitals: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much each hospital trust has paid consultants in waiting list initiative payments in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average length of clinical time spent on duty each week by a hospital consultant was in 2014-15.

      Doctors: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking with the College of Emergency Medicine to help attract middle-grade and senior doctors to local hospitals.

      NHS: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the current status is of the draft NHS Research and Development Strategy which was consulted on last year; and if he will make a statement.

      Osteoporosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will discuss with the Royal Colleges the potential side effects of osteoporosis drugs on (a) jaw and (b) general bone health.

      Food: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the recording of food crime as an identifiable category of crime in...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have received the influenza vaccination at (a) a hospital, (b) a GP surgery, (c) a pharmacy, (d) a supermarket and (e) another facility...

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many one-stop shops of medical experts for the assessment of children with disabilities are in place; and where those one-stop shops are located.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what way his Department will hold clinical commissioning groups responsible for making improvements along the cancer pathway including (a) early...

      Abortion: Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will issue a response to Early Day Motion (a) 162, Closures of abortion clinics and (b) 172, Buffer zones around abortion centres.

      Home Care Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce variations in the quality of at-home care given by carers' agencies across the UK.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Pregnant Women: Employment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with civil society organisations on the findings of the research study into pregnancy and maternity discrimination in...

  • Department for Transport

    • Shipping: Mount's Bay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any restrictions concerning ships anchoring in Mount's Bay, and what steps are being taken to protect fishermen’s lobster pots from...

    • Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to determine the application for the confirmation of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway byelaws.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 28 October (HL2621), what assessment they have made of whether the 12 unplanned closures of the...

      Railways: Lincoln

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the train service in the Lincoln area, to both London and Birmingham, is adequate to meet present needs, and what...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Darfur: Crimes against Humanity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, during the UK's Presidency of the UN Security Council this month, they will refer reports by Radio Dabanga of crimes against humanity in Darfur to...

    • Israel: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel concerning the destruction by Israeli forces of a water network in the northern Jordan Valley.

      Jerusalem

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent report from B'Tselem about the closure policy imposed in Jerusalem, what discussions they have had with the government of Israel...

      Jerusalem: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made to the urgent call from UN agencies for respect for health premises and the right to health care in Jerusalem for Palestinians...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel concerning the allegations by Abu Anan that Israeli forces fired tear gas into or directly...

      Jerusalem: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they made to the government of Israel concerning the right of Palestinian Christians from the West Bank to visit Jerusalem for Christmas...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which rebel groups in Syria are recognised and supported by the UK.

      Syria: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contact, if any, they have had with the Assad regime in Syria over the last two months.

      Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of funding allocated to Syria supports non-humanitarian work.

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conversations they have had with the government of Iraq about the recent attacks on Camp Liberty.

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the situation of Iranian refugees in Camp Liberty.

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they have made to allow endangered refugees in Camp Liberty to come to the UK.

      Syria: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they recognise President Bashar al-Assad as the de jure President of Syria.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are providing to workers affected by the recent job losses in the United Kingdom steel industry.

    • Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to support the United Kingdom steel industry.

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are investigating whether price-dumping contributed to the closure of UK steelworks.

      Small Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to help SMEs expand overseas.

      Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to encourage more firms to use name-blind job applications in order to counter unconscious bias.

      EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many EU directives have been transposed into UK law without any additional material being included since the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty, and...

      Languages: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will continue to fund the Routes into Languages programme after the current funding expires in July 2016.

      Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that apprenticeships deliver the skills that are needed in the current world of work.

      Migrant Workers: Conditions of Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that migrant workers are not exploited or paid less than the minimum wage.

  • Department for International Development

    • ACP Countries: EU External Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the prospects for future relations between the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of states and the European Union.

    • Ethiopia: Food Supply

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current food security situation in Ethiopia.

      Horn of Africa: Food Supply

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of climate change on the food security situation in the Horn of Africa.

  • Department for Education

    • Languages: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact of recording and monitoring the number of teachers leaving the profession centrally alongside the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Fines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Faulks on 4 November (HL3116), what was the total value of court-ordered fines that were cancelled in 2014–15.

    • Prisons: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hours on average each prisoner spent per week (1) in a cell, and (2) on purposeful activity, in (a) each prison, (b) each category of prison,...

      Maternity Leave: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the research on maternity discrimination, Pregnancy and Maternity – Related Discrimination and Disadvantage: First Findings,...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the 20 new "Protector" drones to be procured under the Scavenger Programme will be the General Atomics certifiable Predator B or any other model or...

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what domestic legislation they consider to be relevant to the lethal operation of Reaper drones in Syria from RAF Waddington.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many referrals to the RAF mental health care system from members of 13 and 39 squadrons there have been each month over the last year.

      Defence Medical Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent assessment they have made of morale in the Defence Medical Services.

      Defence Medical Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase staff retention in the Defence Medical Services.

      Defence Medical Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the relocation of families on staff retention in the Defence Medical Services.

      Defence Medical Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any plans to increase the number of military doctors working less than full-time.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Disadvantaged: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of social exclusion faced by people with disabilities, as compared with people from minority ethnic backgrounds...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Cybercrime: Small Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the measures small businesses can take to protect themselves from cyber-attacks.

    • Athletics: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the President of the International Association of Athletics Federations in his condemnation of alleged state-sponsored doping within...

      Museums and Galleries: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reintroduce charges for museum entry in the next year.

  • Home Office

    • Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current waiting time for processing of (1) Spouse Visas, (2) Visitor Visas, (3) Student Visas and (4) Entrepreneur Visas.

    • Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the granting of United Kingdom visas is regulated to ensure that they are meeting their stated targets in relation to visas from Pakistan, India,...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which categories of United Kingdom visa application processes are outsourced; which companies have been given the right to process those applications; and...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider increasing the weekly Azure card allowance to include the costs of travel.

      Children in Care: Kent

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 22 September (HL1905), what is their latest assessment of the financial costs faced by Kent County Council in...

      Asylum: Calais

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are being put in place, in co-operation with the government of France, to support asylum seekers in Calais this winter.

      Asylum: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 13 October (HL2299), why they do not hold information on the cost of deportations.

  • HM Treasury

    • Credit Cards: Debts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to work with credit card companies to support customers who are struggling with persistent debt.

    • Negative Equity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to help home owners in negative equity.

      Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the OECD global trade outlook and its recommendation that governments should step up investment to support growth.

      Balance of Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current account deficit in trade.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why their health impact assessments relating to reducing and freezing alcohol duties do not refer to consultations with Public Health England and NHS England.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Subsidies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current cost per kilowatt hour of public subsidies for (1) oil, (2) gas, (3) coal, (4) nuclear, and (5) wind solar, power stations.

    • Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many wind farms there are in United Kingdom waters off the coast of England, and where they are situated.

      Wind Power

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many onshore wind farms there are in England.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the potential benefits to the Northern Powerhouse of the Candu Energy option for the reuse of the United...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to attracting further Canadian inward investment into the United Kingdom as a result of closer nuclear co-operation.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 2 November (HL3058), whether the measures taken to counter the loss of generating capacity...

  • Cabinet Office

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of UK exports are to the EU, excluding exports that go to the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp before being transited to locations outside the EU.

    • Kids Company

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the value for money of the estimated £46 million of public funds provided to Kids Company over the last 15 years.

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