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Written answers

Monday, 7 December 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Tyne and Wear Metro: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 3 (d)(a) of the North East Devolution Agreement, what funds the Government will provide for phase 2 of the Metro.

    • Electric Vehicles: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what Government spending was on the Plug-in car grant in each of the last five years; and what estimate his Department has made of Government spending...

      Great Western Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the additional costs to retro-fit the Great Western Inter-City Express Programme fleet of electric trains...

      Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and test staff representatives in order to seek a resolution of the...

      Driving Instruction: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department (a) holds and (b) publishes on the rating and qualifications of driving instructors.

      Driving Instruction: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons his Department no longer publishes information on the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency's rating of driving instructors; and if he...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Devolution: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 42 of the North East Devolution Agreement, what the composition of the proposed Steering Group will...

    • Devolution: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 40 of the North East Devolution Agreement, what progress he has made on developing an agreed...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 1.242 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, whether the Government carried out an...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of how many and what proportion of homeless people (a) are ex-service personnel, (b) have mental...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much his Department has spent on advertising the Right to Buy scheme in each month of 2015.

      Regeneration: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2015 to Question 11444, when the regeneration strategy for Jaywick will be fully...

      First Time Buyers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the amount of funding will be for the Starter Homes Local Authority Funding Programme in each of the next five years; and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Saudi Arabian counterpart on trafficking of Yesidi girls from IS-controlled territories.

    • Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 November 2015 to Question 14443, what sources of funding which are not from the Government are...

      Michael Misick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects that the trial will begin of Michael Misick, former Prime Minister of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

  • Attorney General

    • Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many and what proportion of prosecutions involved more than one perpetrator in the latest year for which information is available.

    • Fraud

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2015 to Question 16871, what the budget allocated to the Specialist Fraud Division was in each of the last six years.

      Fraud

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2015 to Question 16871, how many full-time equivalent staff worked in the Specialist Fraud Division in each of the last six years.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when his Department was first made aware that employer pension payments were not being made by SSI UK.

    • Overseas Companies: Ethics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department plans to include measures as part of the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights to promote...

      Government Departments: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his policy is on ensuring that all government departments have access to a chief scientific advisor.

      Higher Education: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people from (a) Burnley, (b) Lancashire and (b) the North West are currently in higher education.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure that the UK remains competitive with other countries in attracting overseas students to higher...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much of his Department's funding allocated in the Spending Review 2015 will be for research and development expenditure up...

      Neurology: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of the science budget in the period from 2010 to 2014 was spent on neurological research.

      Parkinson's Disease: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether he plans for the Dementia Research Institute to conduct research into Parkinson's dementia.

      Cleveland Potash: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will extend the support package for workers affected by the closure of Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK to people employed...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what provision the Government made in the conditions of the sale of Royal Mail for suitable local alternatives to be provided in...

      Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2015 to Question 17311, what financial support his Department is providing for the...

      Private Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department has taken to encourage (a) UK-owned and (b) UK-based private sector companies to invest in UK energy...

      Institute for Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2015 to Question 18024, when he plans for the membership of the Institute for...

      Business-University Research Collaborations Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when the Government's response will be published to the Dowling Review of Business-University Research Collaborations.

      Offshoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) effect to date and (b) potential future effect on the UK skills base of the...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, whether access for disabled students will be included in...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of student loan borrowers with post-2012 student loan arrangements in (a) Salford and...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to assist poorer students with the repayment of their student loans.

  • Department for International Development

    • Burundi: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussion she has had with the European Commission's (a) Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department and (b)...

    • Department for International Development: Labour Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many civil servants in her Department are in the redeployment pool.

      Middle East: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in which countries her Department plans to spend the additional £1 billion of Government funding for humanitarian efforts in and...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupil Premium: Lewes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which schools in Lewes constituency receive pupil premium funding.

    • Free School Meals: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in each county and unitary council area in the North West are currently receiving free school meals under Part VI of the Immigration...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Secure Colleges: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2015 to Question 5710, what the cost to the public purse has been of his Department's spending on the Secure College...

    • Ministry of Justice: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the total cost to the public purse of his Department's proposed policies on (a) secure colleges, (b) the prisoners' book...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans to answer Question 13074, on Ministry of Justice: Public Expenditure, tabled by the hon. Member for Hammersmith on 22 October 2015.

      Ministry of Justice: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of changes to his Department's policies on (a) the provision of secure colleges, (b)...

      Youth Custody: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the average amount the Youth Justice Board will pay for each place for a child in (a) Medway secure training centre,...

      Criminal Cases Review Commission: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2015 to Question 17450, what assessment his Department has made of the performance of the Criminal Cases Review...

      Begging and Vagrancy: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were convicted of begging in the latest period for which information is available.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average size of a cell is in (a) male and (b) female prisons.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average number of prisoners is per cell in (a) male and (b) female prisons.

      Magistrates: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of magistrates has resigned in each month since January 2015.

      Prisoners: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners with mental health problems; how many and what proportion of such prisoners are (a) men and (b)...

  • Prime Minister

    • UN Climate Change Conference

      To ask the Prime Minister, which (a) business organisations and (b) non-governmental organisations he met during his visit to the COP 21 climate change conference in Paris on 30 November 2015.

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Prime Minister, if the Government will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure any future decisions to deploy the armed forces requires a full debate and vote within the House.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • British Sky Broadcasting and 21st Century Fox

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what meetings he has had with representatives of (a) Sky plc and (b) 21st Century Fox since 7 May 2015.

    • Big Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of planned changes in funding for the Big Lottery Fund on local community, sport and cultural...

      Sports: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of the use of performance advancing drugs in UK sport.

      Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he intends to bring forward legislative proposals to replace the horserace betting levy with a horserace betting right.

      Betting Shops: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance his Department gives to betting companies on the nature of their messages about responsible gambling required in their...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the regulations introduced in April 2015 which ended unsupervised stakes above...

      Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of changes in revenue from the Horserace Betting Levy arising from the activities of remote betting operators...

      Opinion Polls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to require newspapers and journals to publish on their websites what the questions asked, sample sizes and...

      Horse Racing: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) funding of horseracing and (b) effect of Race Fields legislation in Australia.

      Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to paragraph 2.144 of the Summer Budget 2015, what progress has been made on designing the Horserace Betting Right; and...

      Battle of Preston: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has written to congratulate the organisers of the celebrations to commemorate the tercentenary of the Battle of Preston.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect on claimants of the extension of time for personal independence payment reassessments referred to in...

    • Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many local housing allowance rates were subject to the overall caps rates for the relevant property size in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13, (c)...

      Employment Schemes: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken since 2012 to evaluate the effectiveness of the application of the work-preparation requirements which...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Labour Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many civil servants in his Department are in the redeployment pool.

      Vacancies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of lone parents in receipt of (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) income support moved into work after successfully...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of new claims for (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) employment and support allowance made in the most recent...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of freezing local housing allowance on working families in privately-rented accommodation.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress he has made on the auto-enrolment of people onto workplace pensions.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Radioactive Materials: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the decision was made by Defence Equipment and Support to transport special nuclear materials through Glasgow on 29 July 2015.

    • Marines: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to ensure that marines who attended a demonstration at Downing Street in respect of Marine Blackman are not subject to...

      Ministry of Defence: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the reduction in the number of civilians referred to in paragraph 4.61 of the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and...

      Ministry of Defence: Labour Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civil servants in his Department are in the redeployment pool.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2015 to Question 17694, how many training courses have been completed at (a) MOD Grantown-on-Spey, (b) MOD...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2015 to Question 17679, what the maintenance, improvement and development costs of (a) MOD Grantown-on-Spey, (b)...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2015 to Question 17676, on military bases, whether those beds spaces have been consistently present and utilised in...

      Air Force: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on establishment of a Northern Ireland University Air Squadron.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2015 to Question 17530, what information his Department holds on which foreign armed forces British military...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the ratio of students to instructors in Force Development and Adventure Training is; whether there is a different ratio of students to instructors...

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of premium service spousal visa applications were determined on the day of application in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d)...

    • Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of spousal visa postal applications were determined within eight weeks in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014.

      Visas: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason UK consular services did not allow medical experts from Gaza to travel to the UK to attend the recent conference at Kingston...

      Refugees: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions her Department has conducted with its French counterpart on co-ordinating humanitarian relief efforts in Calais.

      Refugees: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assistance her Department plans to permit Serco to give the Diocese of Blackburn to facilitate the settlement of Syrian refugees in Preston.

      Migration: Australasia and Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to allow the free movement of citizens between the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

      Counter-terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department plans to spend on domestic counter-terrorism operations in each of the next five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Passports: British Embassy Dublin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people applied for British passports through the passport section of the British embassy in Dublin in the last 12 months.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures her Department has put in place to provide support for Syrian refugees relocated in the UK under the vulnerable persons...

      Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applications were initially refused in each month in 2015 to date; and how many such applications were from individuals aged...

  • HM Treasury

    • Bank Services: Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what correspondence the Government has had with the Bank of Scotland on implementation of the Access to Banking Protocol and the (a) closure of branches and...

    • Civil Servants: Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of employees in each Department are in receipt of tax credits; and if he will make a statement.

      Treasury: Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish on his Department's website each of the representations his Department received on the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015.

      Insurance: Weather

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will discuss with representatives of the insurance industry the effect on premiums of changing weather conditions.

      Financial Services: Databases

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether record keeping regulations relating to financial services apply to organisations offering third party data storage to banks.

      Oil: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the relative competitiveness in terms of differentials in tax treatment of UK refiners and those importing petroleum products...

      Air Passenger Duty: North East

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 39 (d) of the North East Devolution Agreement, what representations he has received on north east Air Passenger Duty mitigation;...

      Revenue and Customs: Dundee

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons HM Revenue and Customs offices in Dundee are closing before those in the rest of the UK.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the tax credit claims amended by Concentrix in 2014-15 resulted in a reduced tax credit award; and what the (a) smallest, (b) largest and (c)...

      Infrastructure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to publish an update of the National Infrastructure Plan and infrastructure pipeline before the end of 2015.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change scenarios for keeping global temperatures below two degrees require (a) negative...

    • Solar Power: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what change there has been in the number of jobs in the solar industry in Northern Ireland since January 2015.

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Labour Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many civil servants in her Department are in the redeployment pool.

      Gas Fired Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will make an assessment of the effect of replacing the UK's existing coal fired power stations through a combination of energy...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the size of the (a) solar, (b) wind, (c) offshore wind and (d) renewable heat sector is; and by what proportion she plans for...

      Solar Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she plans to publish a response to her Department's consultation on changes to financial support for solar PV, published on 22...

      Wind Power: Moray Firth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that supply chain contracts from the Beatrice offshore wind project will create jobs in...

      Historic Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions her Department has had with the devolved assemblies on best practice on insulation of historic and other older properties.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Lottery Fund: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much Big Lottery funding was provided to Northern Ireland in 2014; and how much such funding will be provided in (a) 2015 and (b) 2016.

    • Civil Servants: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the Minister's assessment is of morale in the civil service.

      Charities: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive about comparative support between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK for charities...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent progress has been made on the Big Society initiative.

      Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) full-time and (b) part-time employees earning less than £10,000 per annum.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to consult (a) parliamentarians and (b) the public on her Department's 25 year plan for a healthy natural...

    • Great Bustards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the programme to reintroduce the great bustard on Salisbury plain.

      Birds: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to protect bird species which are red-listed on the endangered species list.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Labour Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many civil servants in her Department are in the redeployment pool.

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many animals have entered the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme since that scheme's introduction.

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received on reforms to the Pet Travel Scheme to make it harder to smuggle animals into...

      Animals: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are being taken at UK border ports to tackle the illegal smuggling of puppies and other animals into the UK.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to paragraph 2.150 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, how many of the additional homes to be...

      National Wildlife Crime Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what timetable she proposes for deciding on the funding allocation to the National Wildlife Crime Unit from March 2016.

  • Department of Health

    • Pericarditis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the efficacy of anakinra for patients diagnosed with idiopathic recurrent pericarditis; and what the (a) target,...

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what type of drugs were financed by the Cancer Drugs Fund in each year since 2011.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the recent review into pathways for victims of sexual assault; and if he will make a statement.

      Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November to Question 17518, what steps he plans to take to increase the course completion rate for people who are referred...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the obesity rate is for (a) adults and (b) children under the age of 16; and what forecast the Government has made of such rates in 2020.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 17 November 2015, Official Report, column 515, on non-hospital care, on what date he commissioned Paul Johnson of the...

      Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Vaccine Damage Payment scheme.

  • Women and Equalities

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Turkey: Kurds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Turkey, following the killing on 15 November in Nusaybin of Selamet Yesilmen; and whether they...

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the closure by Israeli forces of two stone factories in a village south of...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the retention by Israel of the bodies of suspected Palestinian combatants, rather...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following reports that the Israeli army is preventing a Palestinian woman from travelling to...

      Darfur: Rape

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of whether continuing efforts to press the government of Sudan to tackle sexual and gender-based violence in Darfur have been...

      Israel: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what influence they and the EU will exert to secure the lifting of restrictions imposed on Palestinians in and near Hebron.

      British Nationals Abroad: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they treat UK citizens in Iraq and Syria who participate in ISIL actions and activities as enemy combatants or criminals, and whether in making such...

      Iraq: Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the discovery of a booby-trapped mass grave in northern Iraq is evidence of genocide against minorities such as...

      Saudi Arabia: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia about the case of Waleed Abu Khair.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 25 November (HL3646), on what dates over the last 24 months the government of the Republic of Ireland...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Ethnic Groups: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to increase racial diversity in the workplace in the light of the Business in the Community report Race at Work 2015, which found...

    • Student Opportunity Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to retain the Student Opportunity fund.

      Innovate UK

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when Innovate UK will publish its strategy for 2016–20.

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many primary phase students were recruited in 2015–16 to initial teacher training courses delivered through (1) core university provision, (2)...

    • Equal Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by Baroness Altmann on 19 November (HL Deb, col 265) promising to look at the gender pay gap for older women, whether they will also...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Secure Colleges: Leicestershire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the costs that will have been incurred in the event that the planned provision of a secure college on the Glen Parva site...

    • Holloway Prison

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners are presently held at HMP Holloway.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of regional variations in achieving their target of establishing superfast broadband coverage to 90 per cent of the UK by 2016.

    • Athletics: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the allegations directed at the leadership of the International Association of Athletics Federations in the light of the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their definition of poverty.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Trident Submarines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the lifetime of the Vanguard-class submarines can be extended beyond the previous published date of 2018 to the 2030s referred to in the 2015 Strategic...

    • HMS Vanguard

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the designed operational life of HMS Vanguard.

  • Home Office

    • British Nationals Abroad: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why 450 British extremists who have been, or are believed to have been, fighting in Syria have been permitted to re-enter the UK, and why only three of those...

    • Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which local authorities have agreed to accept Syrian and other refugees.

  • Scotland Office

  • HM Treasury

    • Public Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce the deficit in the light of statistics from the ONS recording the highest level of borrowing in six years.

    • Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to implement the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015's mandatory referral scheme.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 17 November (HL3184), how many electoral registration officers have visited schools and colleges...

    • Older People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many UK citizens there were over the age of 75 in each of the years between 1999 and 2015.

  • Department of Health

    • Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the running costs of existing and future fluoridation schemes will continue to be funded when the ring-fenced public health grant is removed; and if...

    • West London Mental Health NHS Trust

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking any action against the West London Mental Health NHS Trust for allegedly barring Dr Stuart Lorimer from commenting on his being...

      West London Mental Health NHS Trust

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the performance of the West London Mental Health NHS Trust in combatting bullying in that organisation.

      Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the evidence on which the current emphasis by NHS Choices on low-fat products or unsaturated fats in dietary advice for...

      Social Services: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the UK's GDP was spent on social care in each year between 1999 and 2015.

      Local HealthWatch

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether local healthwatches are meeting Healthwatch England's mission to be a consumer champion, in the light of reports...

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