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Written answers

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

  • HM Treasury

    • Gambling: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the tax revenue that may be received from the Point of Consumption Tax on online betting and gaming.

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding has been provided to HM Revenue and Customs to enforce compliance with minimum wage legislation in each of the last 10 years.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many investigations were carried out by HM Revenue and Customs National Minimum Wage compliance officers in each of the last six years.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the benefit to the public purse of the closing of tax loopholes in each of the next five years.

      Treasury: Labour Mobility

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many civil servants in his Department are in the redeployment pool.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many completed inspections were carried out by HM Revenue and Customs as part of its duty to enforce minimum wage legislation in 2014-15.

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of expanding Pension Wise to include consideration of housing wealth as a source of retirement income.

      Nuisance Calls

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Financial Conduct Authority plans to publish a consultation on nuisance calls.

      Granite

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he took the National Crime Agency investigation into the Project Eagle loan sale by Ireland's National Asset Management Agency to Cerberus into...

      Granite

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government has taken to ensure that former Northern Rock mortgage holders will not be disadvantaged by the sale of UK Asset Resolutions'...

      Granite

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the book value of the portfolio of mortgages sold by Cerberus to TSB, following the sale of UK Asset Resolution's Granite portfolio, was on 13 November...

      Granite

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the book value of the UK Asset Resolution's Granite portfolio was last calculated prior to the sale of Cerberus on 13 November 2015.

      Personal Injury

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will consult on proposed changes to personal injury law referred to in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of cleansing the arrears balances of all existing Child Support Agency cases and...

    • Welfare Tax Credits: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the average transitional protection award that will be paid to the claimants who are migrated from...

      Dupuytren's Contracture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the report of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council on Dupuytren's contracture due to hand-transmitted vibration, Cm...

      Fathers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what policies his Department is implementing to promote active fatherhood; and if he will make it his policy that fathers be required to sign...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2015 to Question 16958, when the process of quality assuring his Department's data on universal credit...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people stopped claiming (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) employment and support allowance in the most recent month for which figures...

      Universal Credit: Wythenshawe and Sale East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what timetable he has set for tax credit claimants in Wythenshawe and Sale East constituency to migrate to universal credit.

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has conducted research on the potential effect on the (a) rate of emigration and (b) number of pensioner returnees of...

      Temporary Accommodation: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what management fee was paid to each local authority in Greater Manchester for housing tenants in receipt of housing benefit in temporary...

      Disability Living Allowance: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make one of the qualifying criteria for children under three years of age to access the mobility component of the disability living...

      Universal Credit: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in each local authority in the Greater Manchester area have been transferred from tax credits to universal credit.

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employers applied to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to have their employees' statutory maternity pay paid in advance in each of the...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 1.123 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, when he plans to publish further information on...

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what amount of National Insurance contributions (a) FTSE100 companies, (b) businesses qualifying for Small Employer's Relief and (c) other...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Atos assessments are carried out effectively for personal independence payment applications.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2015 to Question 17942, where a claimant's income is insufficient to meet their living costs, how early...

  • Home Office

    • UK Visas and Immigration: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what remedy exists for enquirers whose electronic communications with the International Enquiry Service are not answered.

    • Vetting: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time is for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to publish the report on overseas domestic worker visas by James Ewins before 17 December 2015.

      Home Office: Labour Mobility

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

      Dogs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to increase the level of co-ordination with other governmental agencies and departments to prevent the trade of...

      Immigration: Australasia and Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the net contribution to the UK economy made by immigration from Australia, Canada and New Zealand in the last...

      Migration: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps the Government has taken to resolve the migration situation at Calais.

      Automatic Number Plate Recognition: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) stolen cars, (b) untaxed cars, (c) uninsured drivers and (d) other crimes have been detected using automatic number plate...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether adult children will be included in the vulnerable persons relocation scheme along with their younger siblings and parents.

      Undocumented Migrants: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what protections she plans to put in place for landlords who, unwittingly and after carrying out reasonable checks, allow an illegal...

      Drugs: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the drugs advice provided by FRANK in tackling use of illegal drugs.

      Vetting: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time was for a Disclosure and Barring Service check at (a) standard, (b) enhanced and (c) enhanced with list checks level...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to lay before Parliament a report on the steps the Government proposes to take in relation to independent child trafficking...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with (a) the NI Executive, (b) business leaders, (c) third sector representatives on the potential effects of the...

    • EU Grants and Loans: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made of the amount of EU funds spent in Northern Ireland in each year since 2010.

      Northern Ireland Office: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions a special adviser in her Department accompanied a Minister on an overseas trip since May 2015.

      Marriage: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the legal recognition in Northern Ireland of same-sex marriages...

  • Department of Health

    • Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the survey published in November 2015 by Cancer Research UK which found that only 19...

    • Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to local government funding on the delivery of the National Dementia Strategy.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much PCTs are owed by foreign patients for medical treatment received from the NHS.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on potential links between statins and inhibition of the influenza vaccine.

      Sleep Apnoea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with sleep apnoea in each of the last five years.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what medication is available on the NHS for chronic fatigue syndrome.

      Sexually Transmitted Infections: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the rate of transmission of sexually transmitted infections among (a) men and (b) women over 50.

      Vaccination: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS England is responsible for implementation of (a) the option in the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation guidance, Immunisation...

      Anorexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) men and (b) women were diagnosed with anorexia in each of the last five years.

      Arthritis

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

      Eyesight: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what medication is available on the NHS to treat (a) diabetes blindness, (b) diabetic retinopathy and (c) macular disease.

      Prostate Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that funding is made available to treat prostate cancer with olaparib.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the spread of hepatitis C.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the reasons for removing treatment options for (a) multiple myeloma and (b) other rare cancers from the Cancer Drugs Fund.

      Myeloma: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of removing treatments for multiple myeloma from the Cancer Drugs Fund on investment in clinical...

      Arthritis: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of inflammatory arthritis on an individual's ability to stay in work.

      Hospitals: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the new Care Quality Commission inspection regime on hospital performance; and if he will make a statement.

      Respiratory System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November 2015 to Question 14029, for what reasons his Department allows the use of individual funding requests for...

      Department of Health: Labour Mobility

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

      Junior Doctors: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the oral statement of 30 November 2015, Official Report, column 33, what estimate he has made of the number of operations that were cancelled...

      Veterinary Medicine: Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will raise the issue of withdrawal of marketing authorisations for veterinary use of colistin at the next EU Employment, Social Policy, Health and...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements his Department plans to put in place for new patients who wish to access drugs included in the Risk Sharing Scheme for the supply of...

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether a person applying for NHS Continuing Healthcare support who is judged to be terminally ill and thus entitled to a 48-hour needs assessment by...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department plans to publish the year 10 data for the Risk Sharing Scheme for the supply of disease modifying treatments for multiple sclerosis.

      Junior Doctors: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether hospitals will incur financial penalties if they breach performance standards as a result of the suspended industrial action on 1 December 2015.

      Junior Doctors: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to guarantee that all patients who had their operations cancelled as a result of the proposed industrial action by junior...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his oral contribution of 30 November 2015, Official Report, column 33, on the estimated number of patients who may have had a vital operation...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • New Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what (a) information, (b) financial support and (c) other support his Department provides to employed people looking to set up...

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of the forms on (a) his Department's website and (b) the website of UK Trade and Investment is available in Welsh.

      Mature Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether people over the initial postgraduate loan age cap of 30 will be able to apply and receive a postgraduate loan of up to...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, published in November 2015, what assessment he has made...

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, from where the Royal Navy will attain the remaining personnel necessary to crew the two new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers; and if he will make...

      Ministry of Defence: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions a special adviser in his Department accompanied a Minister on an overseas trip since May 2015.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether staff working in his Department that were employed through an agency earned the London Living Wage or more in each of the last two years.

    • North East: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to paragraph 39 (e) on page 12 of the North East Devolution Agreement, what discussions he has had with the First Minister of Scotland...

      Scotland Office: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on how many occasions a special adviser in his Department accompanied a Minister on an overseas trip since May 2015.

      Infrastructure: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps his Department has taken to promote use of the UK Guarantees Scheme in Scotland.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Pregnant Women: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what her policy is on extending the time in which women may take a pregnancy and maternity discrimination case against their employers to a tribunal...

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2015 to Question 15582, whether he has commissioned legal advice on the findings of the Quality Contract Scheme...

    • Cycling: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the spending per head on cycling will be in England (a) outside London and (b) outside London and the eight Cycling City Ambition Grant holder...

      Drivers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many bus and coach drivers were fined for their failure to carry a Driver Qualification Card in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

      Electric Vehicles and Roads: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the value for money of public investment in (a) roads and (b) electric vehicles in comparison with investment in...

      Cycling: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will identify which government-funded cycling programmes will (a) continue to be funded, (b) cease to be funded and (c) have their funding...

      Airports: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to create additional airport capacity in the north of England.

      Calder Valley Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many train services on the Calder Valley rail line have been cancelled as a result of train reliability issues in the last 12 months.

      London Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his timetable is for reaching a decision on plans to increase airport capacity in the South East.

      Cycling and Walking: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he plans for the £300 million allocated for cycling in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 to be the sole source of funding for the...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will establish an independent inquiry to consider the costs and benefits of frozen pensions.

      Motor Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had on the steps necessary to ensure driverless cars are safe before they are permitted on the road.

      Bus Services: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2015 to Question 15582, if he will define bus franchising in relation to the North East Devolution Deal and how...

      Driving under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many fatalities were caused by traffic collisions involving persons under the influence of (a) cannabis and (b) illegal drugs in each of the last...

      Motor Vehicles: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of Vauxhall Zafiras which have caught fire in the last six months; and what discussions his...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has been unable to provide MyCSP with accurate pension data for its staff on which pension benefit...

      Transport: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what total length of new (a) road and (b) rail was laid in rural areas between 2010 and 2015; what the cost to the public purse was of such new road...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nepal: Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that medical and fuel supplies for Nepal are not blocked by the Indian government.

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Labour Mobility

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

      Commonwealth: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government held discussions with Commonwealth Heads of Government at the Commonwealth Heads of Government...

  • Department for International Development

    • Malaria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department plans to continue to spend £500 million per year on tackling malaria.

    • Climate Change: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has for her Department's Future Fit Programme in each year between 2015-16 and 2019-20.

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the net effect of her Department's projects on greenhouse gas emissions in each of the next five years.

  • Department for Education

    • ICT: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will review the effect of the decision to discontinue GCSE and A-level qualifications in information communication technology on future levels...

    • Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the national consultation on the future of children's centres will be launched; what its terms of reference will be; and what the timetable is...

      Gender Recognition: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department issues on teaching of transgender issues to (a) four year olds and (b) other school children.

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what evidence her Department holds that pupil premium funding improves the life chances of pupils at schools which receive that funding.

      Children: Cerebral Palsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to improve awareness of cerebral palsy among people working in children's services.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers or trainee teachers received each of the scholarship and bursaries for teacher training courses in each subject in each of the last...

      Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many academies were in deficit in each year since 2009-10; and what the total deficit was in academies in each such year.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many new entrants there were in undergraduate programmes by subject for Initial Teacher Training for 2015-16.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the (a) overall target and (b) target for each subject for new entrants to Initial Teacher Training for 2015-16 is, when the same Teacher Supply...

      Teachers and Classroom Assistants: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her most recent estimate is of the average annual cost to a (a) school and (b) local authority of employing a (i) teacher and (ii) classroom...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of classroom teachers earning £65,000 or more per year are women.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what criteria she plans to include in the national funding formula for schools; and if she will make a statement.

  • Leader of the House

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much of his Department's funding allocated in the Spending Review 2015 will be for research and development expenditure up to 2020.

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish equality and diversity monitoring statistics on public appointments by his Department's executive agencies and...

      Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what timetable he has set for the implementation of the Horserace Betting Right; and if he will make a statement.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the Government plans to publish its final findings from the eight market test pilots under the Exploring superfast coverage beyond...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of households have access to broadband of at least 24Mbps; how many households are unable to receive a service of at...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Seas and Oceans: Acidification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on the level of atmospheric carbon concentration required to prevent harmful ocean acidification; what...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent representations she has received from community energy companies on removal of their entitlement to social investment tax...

  • Attorney General

  • Wales Office

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the reduction in the number of legal aid cases taken on by solicitors in the private sector; and what...

    • Driving Offences: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward legislation to encourage the greater use of non-custodial sentencing options for driving offences where danger was caused but...

      Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of criminal court cases involved more than one perpetrator in the latest year for which information is available.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies on child protection of the recommendations of HM Inspectorate of Prisons' thematic...

      Magistrates' Courts: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent on maintaining former Magistrates' Courts in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e) 2014 and (f) 2015 to date.

      Magistrates' Courts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2015 to Question 17720, if he will take steps to ensure that magistrates' courts seek confirmation of income by...

      Prisons: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the (a) average cost of building new prisons planned by the Government and (b) length of time it will take from conception...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to modernise the courts and tribunals system.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to increase the use of digital technology in the courts and tribunals system.

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to reform judicial review.

      Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what rights protected in the Human Rights Act 1998 the Government plans not to include in the proposed British Bill of Rights.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Hacking

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to reduce the cost to the economy of computer hacking.

    • Long Term Unemployed People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2015 to Question 17301, what proportion of (a) males aged 16 to 24, (b) males aged 16 to 18, (c) males aged...

      Government Departments: Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2015 to Question 8466, whether any further Departments have established or are planning to establish an Extended...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Electronic Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, what consideration has been given to moving to digital voting in the House.

  • Department for Transport

    • Trains: Sanitation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 19 November (HL3374), what assessment they have made of the mechanisms that are available to...

    • Railways: Tickets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements train operating companies are required to have in place to allow passengers on feeder services to a mainline hub station who have bought...

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reasons for the delay in the refranchising process for the West Coast Main Line.

      South Wales Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in what year they estimate that the electrification of the rail line from Cardiff to Swansea will be completed.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration Controls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review their current immigration policies to enable universities, research institutes, and other science and health-based organisations...

    • Immigration: Detention Centres

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions the fire brigade has been called to an incident at a migrant detention centre in each of the last five years.

      Passports: Interviews

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many personal interviews with adults applying for a passport for the first time have been conducted in each year since such interviews were required, and...

      Passports: Interviews

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many adults applying for a passport for the first time have failed to attend their scheduled personal interview in each year since such interviews were...

      Passports: Interviews

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many passport interview offices there were in each year since adults applying for the first time for a passport were required to attend a personal interview.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in preventing the bullying, harassment and abuse of LGBTI people in immigration detention centres, in the light of the recent...

      Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the review of countries designated under section 94(5) of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 following the...

      Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in ensuring that management and statistical information concerning asylum claims on grounds of sexuality and gender identity are...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what vulnerability criteria are being used by the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether LGBTI people who are at risk are included in the vulnerability criteria of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme; and if so, what steps...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Upper Tribunal’s decision in MSM (journalists; political opinion; risk) Somalia [2015] UKUT 00413 (IAC), what plans they have...

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reintroduce automatic post-study work visas, in particular for postgraduate international students working at recognised higher...

      Overseas Domestic Workers Visa Independent Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the report by James Ewins of his review of the overseas domestic workers visa, and their response to it, before the Immigration...

      Refugees: France

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken, in conjunction with the government of France, (1) to enable refugees now in France to come to Britain, such as for family...

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 24 November (HL3477), what is the breakdown by category of offence of those 127 applications for a European...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the use of skunk water on children, homes, and streets, in the Qitoun neighbourhood...

    • Kamal Foroughi

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran concerning the case of Kamal Foroughi.

      UN Mission in Darfur

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as penholder on the UN mission in Darfur in the UN Security Council, the UK is pressing for the introduction of community liaison assistants who...

      India: MV Seaman Guard Ohio

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of India concerning the case of six British ex-servicemen who were members of the crew of the US ship...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have investigated claims by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International that weapons supplied by the UK, such as Paveway IV missiles, have been...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations to the UN Security Council members in the Human Rights Watch report of 26 November, What Military...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to bring the law on abortion in Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the UK.

    • British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 1 December (HL3644), which UK members and UK associate members attended the British–Irish...

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 24 November (HL3723 and HL3752), whether the answer includes all security service personnel who served in...

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 2 December (HL3879), whether they will publish the draft Bill for setting up the Historical Investigations...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 24 November (HL3548), what are the minimum wages in each EU member state, and what is their...

    • Union Learning Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money has been paid to the Union Learning Fund (1) in the past three years, and (2) in total since its inception; which trade unions were provided...

      Tumble Driers: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with industry about the safety of tumble driers, in the light of recent reports by Which?.

      Technology and Innovation Centres

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Innovate UK's catapult networks.

  • Department for International Development

    • West Bank: Economic Situation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking, and advocating to others, in order to boost Palestinian economic activity in Zones B and C of the occupied West Bank.

    • West Bank: Land

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support the World Bank programme for the registration of Palestinian land titles in the West Bank.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Homophobia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the extent of homophobic bullying in schools.

    • Pupils: Bullying

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many acts of reported bullying were recorded in schools during each of the past three academic years.

      Schools: Aldgate

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 2 December (HL3697) regarding the sale of 41–71 Commercial Road, Aldgate, for which school the site will...

  • Ministry of Justice

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army: Political Activities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what restrictions there are on army officers being selected by a political party as a candidate for an elected post, such as police and crime commissioner.

    • Nuclear Submarines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when construction of the first new SSBN ballistic missile submarine will start at Barrow.

      HMS Ajax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect HMS Ajax to be launched at Barrow.

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the build time for HMS Agamemnon and HMS Ajax will be shorter than that planned for HMS Anson.

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to building a further Astute-class submarine after HMS Anson to fill the gap in the building programme at Barrow.

      Armed Forces: Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to assist members of the armed forces who are diagnosed with mesothelioma in the future; and what assessment they have made of whether those...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government from which sources they derive their claim that there are 70,000 Syrian ground troops available to fight ISIL; what assessment they have made of whether that...

      Middle East: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many UK military personnel are currently forward deployed in support of operations in the Middle East.

      Middle East: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much ordnance has been released by UK armed forces over the Middle East this year, and what plans they have to order replacement stocks.

      Middle East: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional costs have been incurred as a consequence of activities by UK armed forces in the Middle East in this financial year, and whether those costs...

      Middle East: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many manned and unmanned sorties have been flown by the RAF this year in support of operations in the Middle East.

      Cyprus: Military Bases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many refugees have penetrated security at the sovereign base of Akrotiri in the past two months; how many of those refugees remain on that base; and...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of those responding to the 2012 consultation Measuring Child Poverty supported the exclusion of any income measure; and whether they will name those...

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to announce the detail of their proposals for £12 billion in savings on the welfare budget; and what benefits are under consideration for...

      Housing Benefit: Tower Hamlets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following their failure to notify Tower Hamlets Council that Housing Benefit claimants had been migrated to Universal Credit, how many claimants have been...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have undertaken research to establish the number of households likely to be affected by the Benefit Cap in each local authority area.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rights of Way

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Natural England Stakeholder Working Group on Unrecorded Public Rights of Way, when considering the diversion or extinguishment of paths that pass...

    • Rights of Way

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of diversion or extinguishment of paths that pass through gardens, farmyards or business remain outstanding.

      Rights of Way

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the public rights of way elements of the Deregulation Act 2015, including guidance, will be implemented.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether basic farm payment applications on paper for 2016 will continue to be accepted.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Fire Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 24 November (HL3768), how local support for Police and Crime Commissioners to take...

    • Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to take steps to ensure that the Homelessness Prevention Grant continues after its current funding ends.

      National Infrastructure Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they can consult the National Infrastructure Commission on applications for planning consent for nationally significant infrastructure projects, and...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the ability to raise council tax by up to 2 per cent to fund social care applies to districts that are not social care authorities, and if so, on...

      Small Businesses: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect on high streets of ending small business rate relief.

      Regeneration: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the research by Savills into the opportunities for estate regeneration in London, commissioned...

      Regeneration: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the research by Savills into the opportunities for estate regeneration, commissioned by the Number 10 Policy Unit, was contracted through an open...

      Housing Estates: Regeneration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the £150 million funding made available for the regeneration of local authority housing estates has been made available to each of the...

      Circle Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken in response to the Homes and Communities Agency's decision to downgrade Circle Housing Group's governance rating from G1 to G3...

  • HM Treasury

    • Electronic Commerce: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Neill of Gatley on 17 November (HL3227), what discussion HMRC has had with Trading Standards about VAT fraud...

    • Dunfermline Building Society

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current level of HM Treasury's outstanding statutory debt in relation to the Dunfermline Building Society; how much has been paid by the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Internet: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 2 November (HL2691), when they expect to be able to collect reliable data on the incidence and cost of...

    • Electronic Government: Hacking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 23 November (HL3395), how many breaches of government websites there were in 2014 where no...

      Elections: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider amending electoral law to provide for and require the amounts and details of parliamentary candidates' election expenses to be...

  • Department of Health

    • Health: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the costs to the NHS of the £200 million reduction in the Public Health Grant to local authorities for 2015–16.

    • Health: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the £200 million reduction in the Public Health Grant to local authorities for 2015–16 on (1)...

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define open access in the context of mandatory open-access sexual health services.

      Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the current emphasis by NHS Choices on starchy foods such as potatoes, cereals, pasta, rice and bread products for...

      Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the job titles of those officials within the Department of Health currently assessing the application for grant funding made by Action on Smoking...

      Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of all audits undertaken or commissioned by the Department of Health into Action on Smoking and Health.

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the link between rates of smoking prevalence and the level of tobacco control, as measured by the OECD.

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what legal basis the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control has in English law.

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department of Health has sought independent legal advice in respect of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and if so, whether they...

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which contracts awarded by the Department of Health have conditions within them relating to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and in each...

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