Written answers

Thursday, 26 November 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of local authority road are in a poor structural condition in (a) England outside London and (b) London.

    • Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will review the Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations to make audio-visual announcement systems a requirement on all new buses.

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many buses in England outside London are fitted with audio-visual announcement systems (AV); and what assessment he has made of the effect of the...

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of road crossings in England are (a) puffin and (b) pedex crossings.

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to ensure that local highway agencies always give motorists sufficient and early notification of traffic delays,...

      Taxis: Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many local authorities permit taxi drivers to charge for carriage of a wheelchair; and how many local authorities specify in their licensing rules...

      Road Signs and Markings: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to make greater use of flexible speed limits with electronic signs.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Utilities: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what statutory obligations are placed on local authorities to have an accurate assessment of the (a) capacity, (b) location and...

    • Local Government: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what date the £75 million Mayoral Investment Fund pledged as part of the Liverpool City Region Deal was paid to...

      Local Government: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the activities of organisations and bodies fully funded by local authorities are subject to the conditions of the Code...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many applications to buy public owned land for residential development made between 2009 and 2015 were (a) made, (b)...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many sites granted planning permissions for residential development in each year from 2009 to 2015 were subsequently...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many sites were available for residential development in each year from 2009 to 2015.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support the establishment of an independent, international and impartial body to...

    • Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on supporting a new UN Security Council Resolution in the event that Resolution 2216 remains an...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage Saudi Arabia and other parties to the conflict in Yemen to refrain from using...

      Burma: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to improve diplomatic and economic ties with the new government in Burma.

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likelihood of success of the planned peace talks between the Yemeni government and Houthis...

      Israel: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has received representations from any representatives of the Israeli government to stop funding...

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government plans to take other than airstrikes to respond to the threat posed by ISIS.

      Jerusalem: Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Israeli government on the eviction of the Ghaith-Sub Laban family from their home in...

      Peacekeeping Operations: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much the UK contributed to UN and African Union peacekeeping and stabilisation in low and middle income countries which (a)...

      Nepal: Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the Government has had with the governments of India and Nepal regarding protests and disruption at border...

      Africa: Free Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will hold discussions with the African Union about steps to ensure that a Pan-African and Continental Free Trade Area...

      Asia: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Diplomatic Service personnel were employed in Asia in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Nepal: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of respect for human rights in Nepal.

  • Attorney General

    • Domestic Violence and Rape: Convictions

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent steps the Crown Prosecution Service has taken to improve the conviction rate for rape and domestic violence.

    • Military Intervention: Syria

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on the information provided to Parliament on the legal basis for supporting coalition air strikes in Syria.

      Legal Profession: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps he has taken to promote pro bono work amongst members of the legal profession in the last 12 months.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to promote the development of healthcare assistants in primary care by means of apprenticeships.

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will assess the extent to which grants made by his Department to third parties are used for activities designed to...

      Fireworks: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of additional regulation of the sale of fireworks.

      M20: Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2015 to Question 15540, what assistance his Department gave to (a) Kent County Council,...

      Small Businesses: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many small businesses have taken up the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers in each year that it has operated; and how many...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the expected higher education initial participation rate for the 2015-16 academic year.

      Apprentices: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) disabled people aged (i) under 25 and (ii) under 30 who participated in...

  • Department for International Development

    • New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what conditions are placed on her Department's funding for the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition; and whether such funding...

    • Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to improve nutrition for women and children in lower middle income countries.

      Central African Republic: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will introduce multi-year funding for child protection programmes in the Central African Republic.

      Developing Countries: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of agroecology on food production in the developing world; and if she will make a...

      Nepal: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what organisations her Department is working with to deliver humanitarian aid in Nepal.

      Indonesia: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid her Department is providing to Indonesia to assist with tackling forest fires.

      Developing Countries: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will prioritise funding to multilateral agencies that focus their aid programmes and investments in Least Developed Countries.

      British Overseas Territories: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with Foreign Office Ministers on the implementation by UK Overseas Territories of public registers of...

      Developing Countries: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure its programme of work contributes to Goal 10 of the Sustainable Development Goals on...

      Nepal: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her is taking to monitor the effectiveness of her Department's aid spending in Nepal.

      Nepal: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether conditions regarding respect for human rights are attached to aid funds provided to the government of Nepal.

  • Department for Education

    • Sportsgrounds: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent progress has been made on the application by Romford Football Club to build a stadium on Westlands playing field; and when she expects a...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress is being made on the implementation of 30 hours of free childcare for working parents.

      Academies: Headteachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many heads of academies are paid more than the Prime Minister.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the planned move to a numeric GCSE grading system in England on the comparability and...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has discussed the planned move to a numeric grading system for GCSEs in England with her Northern Ireland counterpart.

      Schools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many school days have been lost to snow closures in each of the last three years.

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many surviving spouses of teachers who retired or died prior to 1 January 2007 have lost their entitlement to their late spouse's pension on...

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 5 November 2015 to Question 13837, if she will publish a full list of target countries included in her Department's STEM...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November 2015 to Question 14873, and with reference to the Answer of 11 November 2014 to Question 213691, what her most...

      Schools: Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on how many occasions emergency services have attended schools because of snow or ice related incidents in each of the last three years.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November 2015 to Question 14872, and with reference to the Answer of 3 November 2014 to Question 212178, what her most...

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to extend the entitlement to their late spouse's teacher's pension to the surviving spouses of teachers who retired or...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Cremation: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether it is his policy to allow members of the public to make an application for a cremation in Welsh.

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to answer Question 13072, on Ministry of Justice: Departmental Responsibilities, tabled by the hon. Member for Hammersmith on 22 October 2015.

      Prisoners: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish information about the number of trans people in prison.

      Gender Recognition: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions he has had with the National Offender Management Service on the implementation of guidelines on the care and management of...

      Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward proposals to speed up the process for obtaining a Gender Recognition Certificate.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Prime Minister's announcement of 7 November 2015 on broadband access, what public funding has been assigned for...

    • Telecommunications: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with Ofcom on introducing requirements on communications providers to improve access to relay video...

      Telephones: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his polices of the report by the UK Council on Deafness, Impact assessment:...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when his Department plans to publish its proposed reforms to the Electronic Communications Code.

      Broadband: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with Ofcom on its proposals to open up BT fibre for business lines in Wales.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to embed the Family Test into its policy making.

    • Employment: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to tackle workplace bullying.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the study entitled 'First, do no harm': are disability assessments...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2015 to Question 13828, what other benefits will be available to Syrian immigrants; and what assessment...

      Employment: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment the Government has made of the benefit to businesses of a healthy workforce.

      Housing Benefit: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of tenants in the private rented sector were in receipt of housing benefit in each of the last 10 years.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how he plans to define (a) disability and (b) employment for the purposes of measuring the Government's progress towards halving the...

      Housing Benefit: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of new claims for housing benefit in the private rented sector in each of the last 10 years were made by people...

      Housing Benefit: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people currently in receipt of housing benefit in the private rented sector are also in receipt of (a)...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many working households in receipt of (a) working tax credit and (b) universal credit have marginal deduction rates of (i) less than 70,...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of the Government as an employer and commissioner to increasing rates of employment...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department offers to enable personal independence payment (PIP) applicants to attend PIP assessment centres.

      Personal Independence Payment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many home visit assessments were offered to personal independence payment claimants in Scotland in the last 12 months; and whether his...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of the costs of the contract for personal independence payment assessments is assigned to cover support and travel costs for...

      Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure adequate expertise in local housing market conditions among staff administering universal credit in jobcentres.

      Welfare to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions Ministers in his Department have had with representatives of mental health charities on the design of contracts for...

      Jobcentre Plus: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of jobcentres have a private room in which Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services can take place.

      Universal Credit: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the ability of employees paid weekly to meet their living costs in the period between becoming unemployed and...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to provide better support for ex-servicemen and women and their families.

    • Radar: Hebrides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department will meet the revised December 2015 target for upgrading air defence radars at RRH Benbecula and RRH Buchan to the TPS-77 radar...

      Radar: Hebrides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the reasons are for the time taken to upgrade air defence radars at RRH Benbecula and RRH Buchan to the TPS-77 radar standard.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the development of Watchkeeper.

      Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many qualified fast-jet pilots were employed by the RAF in each of the last five years.

  • Home Office

    • Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure companies or individuals suspected of funding ISIL through oil trades do not operate or transfer money...

    • Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the officers employed at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre are male.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress the National Group on Sexual Violence Against Children and Vulnerable People has made on establishing a Child Sexual...

      Intelligence Services: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to her Statement of 16 November 2015, Official Report, columns 379 to 382, what proportion of the new security officers announced...

      Visas: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish the report on overseas domestic worker visas carried out by James Ewins.

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she intends to lay before Parliament her report on the steps she will take in relation to the powers conferred by section 48 of the...

      National Crime Agency: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the operation of the National Crime Agency in Northern Ireland.

      Brittany Ferries: Game

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with Brittany Ferries on the carriage of game birds on their ships.

      Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what timetable she plans to set for ratification of the Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic...

  • HM Treasury

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employees were identified as being paid less than the national minimum wage following HM Revenue and Customs enforcement activity in each of the...

    • VAT: Sanitary Protection

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission on the abolition of Value Added Tax on sanitary products.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been paid to employees in arrears as a result of enforcement of minimum wage legislation by HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last 10 years.

      Dentists: National Insurance Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the £2,000 employment allowance is not allotted to NHS dentists employed as independent contractors.

      Treasury: Grants

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will assess the extent to which grants made by his Department to third parties are used for activities designed to influence his Department, other...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit claimants have reported difficulties in renewing their claim online in the last 12 months.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit claimants have received help with the digital skills required to renew their tax credit claim in the last 12 months.

      Wholesale Trade: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to ensure that the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme is introduced and now planned on 1 January 2016.

      Electronic Commerce: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2015 to Question 16174, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of HM Revenue and Customs' targeting of...

      Electronic Commerce: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2015 to Question 16174, what success his Department has had in targeting operational and intelligence activity on...

      Homelessness

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward plans to monitor the effectiveness of how the Homelessness Protection Grant is spent.

      Homelessness

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward plans to develop a formula to allocate the Homelessness Protection Grant according to the levels of homelessness and rough sleeping...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2015 to Question 3036, whether the estimated reduction in household bills in 2030 indicated in that...

    • Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the likely effect on household electricity bills of the agreement of a £92.50 MWh rate...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the likely annual cost to electricity customers of the proposed Hinkley Point C power station...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department is taking to encourage energy providers to join the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

      Renewables Obligation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether the Northern Ireland Executive has the option to continue to issue its own Renewables Obligation Certificates.

      Electricity: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of the average electricity bill was attributable to the levy imposed by the Levy Control Framework to meet the cost of...

      Climate Change Convention: Paris

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the Government's policy is on negotiating legally binding targets at the Paris World Climate Summit 2015.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the proportion of UK energy production that takes the form of non-renewable energy...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on costs to consumers of the contract for difference awarded to Hinkley Point C.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of solar panels to reduce energy costs for consumers.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that reductions in energy prices are passed on to consumers by energy companies.

      Wind Power: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to her Statement of 19 November 2015, Official Report, column 807, whether the Northern Ireland Executive can progress its...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Families

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how his Department is monitoring the implementation of the family test across Government.

    • Long Term Unemployed People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of (a) (i) men, (ii) women and (iii) people aged 16 to 24 and (b) people aged (i) 16 to 24, (i) 16 to 18, (ii) 19 to 20, (iv) 21 to 22...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish his correspondence with the Scottish Government on BBC Charter renewal.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • National Wildlife Crime Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will provide funding for the National Wildlife Crime Unit beyond March 2016.

    • Potash

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of insecurity of supply of potash minerals on farming and food production.

      National Wildlife Crime Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the forthcoming cessation of funding of the National Wildlife Crime...

      Lead: Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on gunmakers of a ban on the use of lead in shotgun ammunition; and...

      Origin Marking: Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to communicate the requirements of the European Commission's Interpretative Notice on...

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on beak trimming of laying hens.

  • Department of Health

    • North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that adequate funding is provided to North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust to maintain a full range of services during the...

    • Employment: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to work with businesses to improve the health of the workforce.

      Dementia: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of services targeted at young people with dementia.

      Department of Health: Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his official engagements were on (a) Monday 12 October and (b) Friday 20 November 2015.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospitals he has visited in an official capacity in 2015-16 to date; and what the date of each such visit was.

      Department of Health: Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many (a) Saturdays, (b) Sundays and (c) Bank Holidays he has attended meetings, receptions or other official functions in his capacity as...

      Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the sexual health component of the proposed public health funding formula does not use indicators relating to sexually transmitted...

      Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what weighting has been applied (a) to the sparsity indicator within the children's 0 to 5 services component relative to that for other components and...

      Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the potential proportion of local authorities which will experience (a) any reduction in their allocation and (b) a...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he had with EMIS Health on data protection.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Equalities Office: Families

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps her Department has taken to embed the Family Test into its policy making.

    • LGBT People

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she plans to take to raise awareness of the prejudice against transgender people.

      Females: State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with her ministerial colleagues on the effect of the increase in the state pension age on women.

      Females: State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with her ministerial colleagues on the effect of the increase in the state pension age on women.

      Females: Education

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to raise girls' aspirations in schools.

      Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to tackle race inequality.

      Females: Apprentices

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to increase the number of women taking up apprenticeships.

      Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to reduce gender economic inequality.

  • Department for Transport

    • Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they decided that all grey speed cameras should be painted yellow, and what safety benefits they expect to result from that change.

    • Aviation: Sierra Leone

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the World Health Organisation's designation of Sierra Leone as free from Ebola, they plan to support the resumption of direct flights from...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy to suspend existing arms export licences, and to refuse new ones, if a country is believed to be committing violations of...

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 4 November (HL2983), what representations they have made to the governments of (1) Saudi Arabia, and (2)...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Council Tax: Unpaid Taxes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the last three years, in how many instances people have been imprisoned for defaulting on payment of their council tax.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Russia: Baltic States

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following recent atrocities by ISIL against a number of countries, including Russia, they have reconsidered the statement by the Defence Secretary on 19...

    • Ministry of Defence: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what non-disclosure agreements the Ministry of Defence made in 2003–04, and on what date each agreement was made.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax: Unpaid Taxes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have issued any guidance on the circumstances in which an individual should be imprisoned for defaulting on their council tax.

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