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Written answers

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Airports: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with business and tourism representatives in Northern Ireland on the Davies Commission and increased airport capacity in...

    • Department for Transport: Labour Mobility

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

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the average saving to passengers of capping regulated rail fare rises to RPI+0 until 2020; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on his Department's policies of the recommendations of the Second Global Conference on Road Safety organised...

      A1(M): Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2015 to Question 2065, what progress has been made on the design and planning of the A1 (M) widening scheme; when...

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the reasons for changes in the number of Blue Badges held in England since 2014.

      Roads: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on including road policing as a strategic policing requirement.

      Motor Vehicles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and electric vehicles to help the UK meet the 2050 carbon budget.

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to develop (a) a hydrogen vehicle refuelling network and (b) an electric vehicle network.

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Sri Lankans have been granted refugee status after having previously been removed to Sri Lanka following a refused application for...

    • Emergency Services: Mobile Radios

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which parliamentary constituencies do not fall entirely within the 90 per cent coverage of the 4G replacement system being considered as...

      Vetting: Waiting Lists

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

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to paragraph 1.81 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, whether the protection of overall police spending...

      Police Custody: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) boys and (b) girls aged (i) 11, (ii) 12, (iii) 13, (iv) 14, (v) 15, (vi) 16 and (vii) 17 were held overnight in police cells in...

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3 December 2015 to Question 18221, what estimate she has made of the time taken to process a family from Syria...

      Emergency Services: Mobile Radios

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress her Department has made on the emergency services mobile communications programme.

      Emergency Services: Mobile Radios

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will place in the Library a copy of the timetable for transition of the emergency services from Airwave to the emergency services...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Islamic State: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of how many barrels of oil Daesh sells through Turkey on a daily basis.

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Middle East: Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will assess the expected cost to UK consumers who elect to cancel booked package holidays to Sharm el Sheikh and other...

      Egypt: Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to issue revised travel advice for visitors from the UK with bookings for package holidays in Egypt departing in...

      Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will meet representatives of the Association of British Travel Agents and consumer groups to discuss changes to rules...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Employment Tribunals Service: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2015 to Question 10626, what estimate his Department has made of the average cost to a...

    • Iron and Steel: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, from what part of his Department's budget the support package for Redcar steelworkers will be funded.

      Iron and Steel: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what material and financial support his Department is providing to people made redundant in the steel industry; and if he will...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what meetings he has had with (a) business and (b) trade union representatives on job losses in the (i) steel and (ii) energy...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2015 to Question 16786, what estimate he has made of the (a) total, (b) staffing and (c)...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much his Department spent on educational materials for prisons in 2014-15.

      Investment: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the statement by the EU Commission of 18 June 2015 on the termination of intra-EU bilateral investment...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Labour Mobility

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

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential overlap between contributors to the construction industry training levy and the...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of recent changes to the student opportunity fund on the number of people from...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprenticeships were available in the (a) food and (b) tourism sectors in (i) 2010 and (ii) 2015.

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the cost of backlog maintenance in the school estate in West Sussex; and if she will make a statement

    • Schools: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools in West Sussex were built (a) prior to 1870, (b) between 1870 and 1914, (c) between 1919 and 1939 and (d) post-1945.

      Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of children who are refused admission to a state funded faith school on the grounds of differing...

      Department for Education: Labour Mobility

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

      GCE A-level: GCE AS-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information she holds on the proportion of A Level students who have chosen to take an AS Level in 2015-16 under the reformed AS Level and A...

      Academies: Finance

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

      Regional School Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, who the Regional School Commissioners are; how many schools are located in each of the regions for which they are responsible; and how many schools in...

      Schools: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department has issued to schools on meetings for prayer or religious instruction for pupils during break times.

      Academies: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools in rural areas rated by Ofsted as inadequate became academies in 2014-15.

      Spanish Language: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils took a GCSE in Spanish in each of the last 10 years.

      Spanish Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans the Government has to increase the number of students studying Spanish in schools.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Labour Mobility

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

    • Politics and Government: Sark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations he has received about the current political situation in Sark and the island of Brecqhou.

      Prisons: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average ratio of prison officers to prisoners is in (a) male and (b) female prisons.

      Terrorism: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what sentences were handed down to offenders convicted of offences involving inciting terrorism in each of the last three years.

      Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of offenders of each offence type pleaded guilty to an offence during (a) the latest period for which information is available after 13...

      Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of offenders of each offence type who pleaded guilty in the latest year for which information is available had committed (a) no other...

      County Courts: Bow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the proposed closure of Bow County Court on access to justice for the residents of...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been made redundant by HM Courts and Tribunals Service since 31 May 2014; and what the cost to the public purse of such...

      Environment Protection: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of proposals to revise the costs capping scheme for environmental legal challenges on ease of access to...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Fifa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to recover from Fifa the costs of England's 2018 World Cup bid.

    • Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reasons DTT platforms were excluded from the scope of his Department's balance of payments consultation.

      Public Service Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of whether the must offer provision of the Communications Act 2003 is sufficient to ensure access to public...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the forms on his Department's website is available in Welsh.

      West Ham United Football Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had discussions with the (a) London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and (b) Mayor of London on releasing the LLDC...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many local housing allowance rates were set (a) at the 30th percentile, (b) within five per cent of the 30th percentile, (c) between five...

    • Benefits Rules: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to bring into force section 31 of the Welfare Reform Act 2009.

      Universal Credit: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what statutory provision exists to ensure that the claimant commitments of universal credit claimants with dependent children include adequate...

      Vacancies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of vacancies in each region and nation of the UK which were advertised on Universal Jobmatch in the most recent...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF fast jets were (a) operational and (b) being repaired in each month in each of the last five years.

    • *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2015 to Question 17275, what estimate his Department has made of the number of qualified fast jet pilots that will...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 1.17 of the UK National Strategy for Maritime Security, published in May 2014, how many policy decisions in relation to the...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to update the National Maritime Security Strategy to 2019 to include the Government's policy on the role of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is planned that RAF pilots will rely upon information provided by personnel on the ground to identify and attack targets territory in Syria...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • EU Grants and Loans: Burnley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much Burnley received from the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund in each year from 2010 to 2015.

    • Fracking: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons he has decided to recover the planning appeals by Caudrilla Resources to build shale gas wells at Roseacre and...

      Communities and Local Government: Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Fracking: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on pausing planning applications to build shale gas wells until after the Environment Agency has completed...

      Planning Permission: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the publication, Towards a one nation economy: A 10-point plan for boosting rural productivity, published in...

  • Wales Office

    • Income Tax: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether he plans to amend the draft Wales Bill to enable the National Assembly for Wales to vary income tax without a referendum.

    • Wales Office: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many times he has visited each parliamentary constituency in Wales in an official capacity in the 2015-16 session of Parliament.

  • HM Treasury

    • Local Government: Urban Areas

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2015, whether the £30 million allocated to the City regions take the form of a cash grant from HM Treasury.

    • Energy: Investment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Government's policy is on the appropriate percentage rate of return on investment for (a) schools and community groups investing in on-site solar...

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of HM Revenue and Customs staff are employed to collect tax on small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.143 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, if he will publish an impact assessment on his policy to lower motor...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.122 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what estimate his Department has made of the effect of reducing the...

      Financial Services: City of London

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to ensure that the status of the City of London as a world financial centre is explicitly protected during the renegotiations...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit claimant households benefited from the income rise disregard in each of the last five financial years.

      Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons HM Revenue and Customs co-ordinates the Fast Stream scheme for civil servants; and what role the Cabinet Office has in the development for...

      Revenue and Customs: West Yorkshire

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the local economy of the potential closure of HM Revenue and Customs offices in West Yorkshire.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the proportion of existing fossil fuel reserves that are (a) unburnable under a scenario of keeping...

    • Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information she holds on the number of countries calling for a commitment to limit global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees;...

      Energy: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will make representations to the Indian government on ways in which the UK can assist India in moving to use cleaner sources of...

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Climate Change Convention: Paris

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the implications for her polices of the Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform Communiqué presented by the...

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies on climate change of the recently published report by the Carbon...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she plans to publish details of how her Department plans to reform the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme to make the savings...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether it is her policy that anaerobic digestion will continue to be supported under the reformed Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what forecast her Department has made of the level of potential underspend on the (a) domestic and (b) non-domestic Renewable Heat...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

    • Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that all young people who wish to participate in the National Citizen Service are able to do so.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that all young people who wish to participate in the National Citizen Service are able to do so.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to improve the morale of staff within the civil service.

      Government Departments: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to implement efficiency savings across government departments.

      Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to support charities during this Parliament.

      Civil Service: Industrial Relations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the provisions in the Trade Union Bill on industrial relations within the civil service.

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Welsh language is taken into account in his Department's policy development processes.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what projection she has made of a global temperature increases by (a) 2050 and (b) 2100 caused by greenhouse gas emissions...

    • Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Pet Travel Scheme in tackling pet smuggling.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions a special adviser in her Department accompanied a Minister on an overseas trip since May 2015.

      Lead: Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of infractions of the Environmental Protection (Restriction of the Use of Lead...

      Birds: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what financial support her Department has provided to (a) the Convention on Migratory Species and (b) the Preventing...

      Meat Products: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent progress has been made with the US and Scottish Governments on lifting the US import ban on haggis.

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with veterinary experts on the use of colistin and colistin resistance in animals, food...

      National Wildlife Crime Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding her Department has allocated to the National Wildlife Crime Unit in each of the last five years.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of single farm payment and basic payment claims to the Rural Payments Agency are outstanding.

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether food security is part of the Government's agricultural planning; and what assessment her Department has made of the...

  • Department of Health

    • Primary Health Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the Primary Care Infrastructure Fund he plans to disburse in each of the next five years.

    • Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2015 to Question 16575, if he will review the adequacy of the number and accessibility of pharmacy facilities; and...

      Care Homes: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he next expects to meet representatives of the care home industry to discuss local authority funding of care homes; and if he will make a statement.

      Department of Health: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2015 to Question 13136, what consideration he has given to such representation made by the hon. Member for Shipley.

      Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 10 November 2015 to Question 14762, if he will place in the Library the additional information received in respect of the...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to amend the annual limit set on nurse educational places; and if he will make a statement.

      Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) target, (b) average and (c) longest time taken to approve individual funding requests are for diseases in the last 12 months for which data...

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department took to promote awareness of the NHS consultation paper on the Government's Mandate to NHS England to 2020 published in October...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what system is in place to record and publish statistics on child and adolescent deaths in psychiatric in-patient units.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many in-patients in child and adolescent psychiatric in-patient units have died in each year since 2010.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what systems and controls are in place for the recording, monitoring and oversight of the use of force and restraint on children and adolescents...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of publicly-funded child and adolescent mental health in-patient services are provided by private providers; what the names of those...

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure the efficient and timely transfer of prisoners to hospitals under the Mental Health Act 1983; and how many prisoners...

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme; and what steps he is taking to increase uptake of such...

  • Home Office

    • USA: Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect on UK citizens of the US proposal to tighten its visa waiver programme.

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 2 December (HL3987), for each of the last five years and this year so far, (1) how many children who are...

      Asylum: Repatriation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place to provide financial and other travel assistance to failed asylum seekers to enable them to return home; and what assessment...

      Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in each of the last five years, how many asylum applications have been made by people who entered the UK on a student visa; what are the top 10 countries of...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish from the migrant sponsorship management system the number of Tier 2 and 5 visas granted annually to each sponsor employer, and the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel Defense Forces: Ammunition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the use of hollow-point bullets by the Israel Defence Forces.

    • Israel: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that Israeli vehicles entered the northern Gaza Strip near Jabalia and created...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the number of Palestinians killed or injured in October and November.

      Islamic State: Oil

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to cut off oil supplies to ISIL, and the revenue obtained from them, before they engage in military action in Syria.

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) Commonwealth, and (2) Irish, citizens they estimate are resident in Gibraltar and therefore eligible to vote in the forthcoming EU referendum.

      Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they intend to make to the government of Saudi Arabia about the sentencing of a Sri Lankan female domestic worker to death by stoning in...

      Africa: BBC World Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which African countries or regions the BBC World Service has switched from short wave transmission of their radio programmes from London via intermediate...

      BBC World Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which countries the short wave radio transmission of BBC World Service programmes has been jammed in each year from 1999 to 2014.

      BBC World Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which countries local FM radio stations broadcasting BBC World Service programmes in-country have been closed down by the authorities in each year from...

      Malaysia: Freedom of Expression

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations either directly or via Commonwealth mechanisms to the government of Malaysia concerning the current prosecution of the...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Peers and MPs who are based in Northern Ireland were invited by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers, to her briefing on the...

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers, briefed Peers and MPs on the Northern Ireland political agreement prior to her statement...

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which members of the House of Lords and Commons attended the briefing on the Northern Ireland political agreement, by the Secretary of State for Northern...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Offenders: Literacy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many literacy courses were enrolled on by offenders assessed as having a literacy need in each year since 2010.

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what emergency arrangements are in place to care for those who are affected by bombings in Syria.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many families with household incomes (1) over £50,000, and (2) over £100,000, per annum they estimate will benefit from free childcare and at...

    • Education: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on support services provided through the Education Services Grant to local authorities of the £600 million...

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how many children move schools each month because of bullying, and what assessment they have made of the implications of...

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent of self-harm among school children as a consequence of bullying in the education system.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Holloway Prison

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many assaults on staff there were at HMP Holloway in each year from 2010 to date.

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

    • House of Lords Press Office

      To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 24 November (HL3466), whether the total of £195,000 for the estimated annual running costs of the House of Lords Press and...

    • House of Lords Press Office

      To ask the Chairman of Committees, in the last four weeks, what press stories have been initiated by the House of Lords Press and Media team, and what are the web links to each.

      House of Lords Press Office

      To ask the Chairman of Committees how many peers receive the daily press coverage service of the House of Lords Press and Media Team.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Enterprise Zones

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intended to carry out a review of the Enterprise Zones established in the UK.

    • Enterprise Zones: North West

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the (1) Mersey Waters, (2) Liverpool City, and (3) Sci-Tech Daresbury, Enterprise Zones in particular regarding new job...

      Right to Manage Companies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the issues involved in maintaining or improving leasehold properties under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act...

      Housing: Planning Permission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the last five years, how many planning appeals were made against local authority decisions on major housing schemes; what was the average time...

  • HM Treasury

    • Civil Engineering: Tunnels

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that tunnelling engineering skills in the UK are not lost.

    • NHS: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the resource Departmental Expenditure Count figure for the NHS in 2016–17, set out in Table 2.9 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement...

      National Infrastructure Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what legislation the National Infrastructure Commission currently operates; whether the National Infrastructure Commissioners are being paid allowances...

      National Infrastructure Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the budget for the National Infrastructure Commission for the current year; what are the locations of its office accommodation; what that...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the proportion of the concession on tax credits announced in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 which is offset by the...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated financial contribution of central government to local government (1) for the year ending 5 April 2016, and (2) for each of the years to...

      Department for International Development: Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have increased the Resource Departmental Expenditure Limit for International Development by 16.1 per cent between 2017–18 and 2018–19,...

      Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the latest Bank of England figures showing elevated levels of personal indebtedness, what assessment they have made of what is an acceptable...

      Viridor Credits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the grant from Viridor Credits to All Saints Church in Kingston was audited by ENTRUST, and what assessment they have made of environmental objectives...

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 30 November (HL Deb, col 931–3) about the non-devolution of the long-haul element of air...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Plutonium

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any treaty obligations that the development of a solution for the disposition of plutonium will have to meet, and if so, what are those...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which foreign governments were consulted as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015.

    • Recall of MPs Act 2015 (Recall Petition) Regulations 2015

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consulted the Electoral Commission prior to the publication of the draft Recall of MPs Act 2015 (Recall Petition) Regulations 2015, and if so...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many special advisers were employed on 1 November 2009, and at what total annual cost, and what were the figures on 1 November for each year thereafter.

  • Department of Health

    • Atrial Fibrillation: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to promote opportunistic screening for atrial fibrillation.

    • Atrial Fibrillation: Diagnosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve the diagnosis of atrial fibrillation.

      Atrial Fibrillation: Strokes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how many strokes related to atrial fibrillation could be prevented each year through the roll-out of GRASP-AF in primary care.

      Atrial Fibrillation: Strokes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to promote the implementation of NICE guidance on prescribing anticoagulants for the prevention of strokes related to atrial...

      Health Services: Social Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they plan to issue on the integration of health and social care services, in the light of their commitment to do so by 2020 at paragraph 2.49...

      Social Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the budget figures for the Department of Health and the Department for Communities and Local Government include provision for the implementation of...

      Diabetes: Chiropody

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are changing the availability of podiatric services to diabetics, and if so, based on what criteria.

      Prisons: Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prison inmates are enrolled on courses or treatments to help them stop smoking.

      NHS England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when it was decided that the Chief Executive of NHS England could appear on political debate shows such as Any Questions?, and who made that decision.

      Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust deals effectively with the issues of racial discrimination...

      Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust followed its own procedures correctly in appointing the...

      Paracetamol

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much NHS England pays for paracetamol, and how much paracetamol it procures annually.

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