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Written answers

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department provides for local authorities on the administration of blue badge disabled parking arrangements.

    • Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing web-enabled out-of-hours transfer of vehicle ownership and payment of vehicle...

      Railways: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the increased passenger growth due to the introduction of the direct train service between Shrewsbury and...

      Cycling: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has invested in cycling in each of the last three years.

      Cycling: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department plans to spend per person on cycling in England outside London for each year until 2020-21.

      Airports: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to publish a health impact assessment on proposals for new airport runways of (a) the health effects of noise and (b)...

      Bus Services: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2015 to Question 18162, if he will place in the Library a summary of the internal findings following his...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2015 to Question 18160, on lorry parking, if he will update the House on his Department's progress on this issue...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse was of the negotiations on the TransPennine Express rail franchise agreement.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse was of the negotiations on the Northern rail franchise agreement.

      Cycling: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support will be available for long-term planning for cycling in the period between the closure of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund in April...

      Heathrow Airport: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to assess the potential effect of a third runway at Heathrow on air quality around that airport.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies (a) in general and (b) on road safety of each region's road users' satisfaction...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 3.15 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what steps he plans to take to address the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Turkey on its commitment to (a) improving the human rights situation...

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance the Government is providing to Israel to help prevent knife attacks by Palestinians on Israeli citizens.

      Iran: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what account his Department takes of the human rights situation and reports of persecution on the basis of religious belief in...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK plans to take as a member of the UN Security Council to facilitate diplomatic negotiations on protecting...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to protect civilians in Syria in its strategy to tackle ISIL.

      Turkey: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on recent arrests by the Turkish government of members of the (a) Kurdish political opposition and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's target is for time taken to respond to letters and emails from hon. Members; what the average time taken...

      Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to his Department's Policy paper, UN Human Rights Council: United Kingdom 2017-2019 candidate, published on 9...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when concerns were first raised with his Department over the financial viability of SSI in Redcar.

    • Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, (a) what representations he has received on and (b) whether his Department plans to incentivise employers to offer the National...

      Sports Direct: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations his Department has received on working practices at Sports Direct; and whether his Department has made an...

      Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when his Department plans to publish the results of its consultation on UK Export Finance's anti-bribery and corruption policy.

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans his Department has to review its automotive strategy for growth and sustainability, published in July 2013; and if he...

  • Department for International Development

    • Nigeria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department takes to ensure that UK funding to Nigeria reaches the people most in need.

    • Developing Countries: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to protect the welfare of vulnerable older people in developing countries.

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department has provided to (a) Turkey, (b) Lebanon and (c) assist with the effect of the refugee crisis in Syria...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding and other resources her Department has provided for Syrian refugee camps.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on humanitarian assistance in (a) Syria and (b) neighbouring countries receiving Syrian refugees in...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of Overseas Development Aid her Department used to tackle the refugee crisis in the last 12 months; and how much her...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department has allocated to support resettlement of Syrian refugees.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make it her policy to continue to invest in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the international aid budget she plans to allocate to support communities managing the consequences of climate...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

  • HM Treasury

    • Tonnage Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) company groups and (b) vessels qualified for the tonnage tax scheme in each year since 2008-09.

    • Tonnage Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what total (a) gross and (b) net revenue has been collected by HM Revenue and Customs from companies in the tonnage tax scheme since 2000-01.

      Money Laundering

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps the Government has taken to reduce the incidence of money-laundering in the UK.

      Income Tax: Wales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the new income tax powers for Wales announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review to be available to Welsh Ministers.

      VAT: Cemeteries

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to obtain a reduction or removal of VAT on children's headstones and planters in cemeteries; and if he will donate the proceeds of such...

      Financial Services: Advisory Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the provisions in the Financial Conduct Authority handbook IPRU-INV sch13 which allows independent financial...

      Science: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to ring-fence the capital and resource elements of the science budget settlement announced in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015.

      Financial Services: Compensation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he last met the Financial Conduct Authority to discuss how its uses its powers under section 382 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 to...

      Financial Services: Compensation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of and outcomes achieved by (a) Connaught Fund investors and (b) other investors who have sought payment from the...

      Investment Trusts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he is satisfied by the proportion of Connaught Fund investors who received the full level of compensation awarded to them.

      Investment Trusts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will encourage the Financial Conduct Authority to bring its investigation into the Connaught Fund to an early conclusion; and if he will make a statement.

      Financial Services: Advisory Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he last received advice on the adequacy of the Financial Conduct Authority's requirements for professional indemnity to underpin advice given by...

      Financial Services: Compensation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on differences in the (a) criteria used by the Financial Ombudsman's Service and Financial Services Compensation Scheme...

      Revenue and Customs: ICT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to procure the replacement for the HM Revenue and Customs IT Aspire contract; what consultation there will be with HM Revenue and Customs...

      Carers: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of changing the VAT status of care providers to zero-rated in order to assist them in meeting the cost...

      Mortgages: Interest Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his policy that the changes to interest rate relief on buy-to-let mortgages announced in the Summer Budget 2015 apply to purchasers within a...

      Charities: Wakefield

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many charities registered in Wakefield constituency have claimed back Gift Aid on small cash donations using the Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme since...

      Sports Direct: Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department has taken to investigate whether employees of Sports Direct are paid the minimum wage.

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of (a) the current proportion of air passenger duty revenues which are raised from Manchester Airport and (b) the...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the EU Commissioner on Competition on plans for recovering unpaid taxes and preventing multinationals avoiding tax.

      Birmingham Airport

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of halving Air Passenger Duty in Scotland on Birmingham Airport.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Financial Services and Markets Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions for dishonest concealment of material information under Section 397 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 there have been...

    • Prisoners: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent representations he has received from (a) charities, (b) lobby groups, (c) experts, (d) social workers and (e) law professionals on the...

      Prisons: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent from the public purse on Christmas parties across the prison estate in each of the last five years.

      Prisons: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much will be spent from the public purse on Christmas parties (a) in each prison and (b) across the prison estate in 2015.

      Child Abuse in North Wales Judicial Inquiry Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on when Lady Justice Macur's Review of Sir Ronald Waterhouse's inquiry into the abuse of children in care in the...

      Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Act 2015

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of whether there has been a reduction in the number of claims brought to the courts as a result of the...

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what provision the Electoral Commission has made to ensure that there is no...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what statutory requirements are placed on local authorities to produce a playing pitch strategy; and within what timeframe such...

    • Internet: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, (a) what obligations exist on search engine providers registered as data controllers with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the next Triennial Review of Gaming Machine Stake and Prize Limits will begin.

      Greyhound Racing: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department plans to establish a statutory levy on greyhound racing to help support the welfare of retired greyhounds.

      Institute for Coding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on setting up the Institute for Coding; and how applications for the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that conditionality requirements for jobseekers in receipt of universal credit are eased during...

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2015 to Question 17164, which employers have been sub-contracted to deliver community work placements by...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 1.126 of Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what funding for Discretionary Housing Payments he plans to...

      Help to Work Scheme: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent in total on the Help to Work scheme to date; and what estimate he has made of the cumulative total cost of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Written Statement of 10 December 2015, HCWS377, on universal credit and local authorities, how he will define reasonable...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will review the transition arrangements for women who have seen their pensionable age increase with limited transition.

      Long Term Unemployed People: Mid Dorset and North Poole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department is providing to young people who are classified as long-term unemployed in Mid Dorset and North Poole constituency.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Written Statement of 10 December 2015, HCWS377, on universal credit and local authorities, what estimate he has made of (a)...

      Social Security Benefits: Dumfries and Galloway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefits claimants in Dumfries and Galloway were sanctioned between the months of October and December for each year from 2010 until...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the implications of differences in the administration of universal credit amongst the different local...

      Unemployment: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to assist unemployed people over the age of 50 back in to work; and if he will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that there is sufficient lift capacity to airlift the two new strike brigades to theatres of operation.

    • Astute Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many reports have been made on the assessed material state of HMS (a) Astute, (b) Ambush and (c) Artful.

      Trident: Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the threat posed to the Trident nuclear weapon system by cyber-attacks; and what steps he is taking to ensure that system...

      Reserve Forces: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many reserves were recruited in Scotland in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2013-14 and (d) 2014-15.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what evaluation his Department made of the number and location of civilian workers who work at the al-Omar oil field in Syria before ordering Royal Air...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his evidence to the Defence Committee on UK military operations in Syria and Iraq on 1 December 2015, HC 657, Q36, if he will publish a...

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Type 45 destroyers are in Portsmouth dockyards; and if he will make a statement.

      HMS Brocklesby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) HMS Brocklesby M33 mine sweeper will be refitted at Portsmouth naval dockyards and (b) that refitting will include new propulsion...

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, (a) when and (b) where the Type 26 frigates will be built; and if he will make a statement.

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Type 45 refits will commence; and if he will make a statement.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the oral statement of the Prime Minister of 26 November 2015, Official Report, column 1495, whether the estimate of 70,000 moderate Sunnis...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Public Expenditure

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

    • Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of foreign nationals convicted of a crime in the UK were deported to their country of origin in each of the last three years.

      Vetting: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time is for the return of disclosure and barring service documentation for applications made by people in East Dorset.

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2015 to Question 17662, if she will recompense postal applicants for a spousal visa whose application...

      Terrorism: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of those listed in table P.04 of the September 2015 Statistical Bulletin 04/15, Operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of the Government's immigration policies on the number of international students enrolling in UK...

      UK Border Force: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of the implications of its decision to remove border staff at the ports of Stranraer and Cairnryan...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects the current threat from international terrorism to be downgraded from severe.

      Asylum: Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by what date her Department has instructed SERCO to no longer house asylum seekers in hotels.

      Home Office: Wigan Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times her Department has met Wigan Council in 2015 to date.

  • Scotland Office

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the financial value of the renewable energy sector supply chain.

    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department's policies of the report published in December 2015 by the Global...

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what (a) presentation and (b) other documentary contribution her Department has made to the World Climate Summit held in Paris...

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much overspend against original estimates within the levy control framework has arisen from variations in (a) performance of...

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what level of actual or projected overspend against original projections of expenditure under the Levy Control Framework she has...

      Climate Change Convention: Paris

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what form of transport she used to travel to the COP21 conference in Paris in December 2015; and for what reasons she used that form...

      Carbon Sequestration: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will develop a carbon capture and storage strategy for energy intensive industries.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Education: Assessments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to ensure equitable application of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 across all UK exam boards.

    • Long Term Unemployed People: Mid Dorset and North Poole

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many young people are classified as long-term unemployed in Mid Dorset and North Poole constituency.

      Henry VIII Clauses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what Henry VIII powers were (a) enacted in legislation passed in the 2010 to 2015 Parliament and (b) since May 2015.

      Natural Resources

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will commission an assessment of the effect on the economy of resource insecurity.

      Emergencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on civil contingencies of the policies announced in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015.

  • Department for Education

    • Children's Play: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of support available to help families with disabled children find appropriate play opportunities.

    • Children: Gun Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to encourage school children to participate in rifle shooting (a) sports and (b) as part of armed forces cadet activities.

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure the maximum take-up of the pupil premium; and if she will make a statement.

      Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to increase educational attainment among white boys from low-income socio-economic groups.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many parents have taken their children off the school roll after being threatened with prosecution for their child truanting in (a) academies and...

      Education: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of the National Funding Formula on (a) schools, (b) teachers and (c) pupils in Liverpool.

      Conditions of Employment: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that people under the age of 16 are paid for employment; and what assessment she has made of the adequacy of legal...

      Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the relationship between faith-based admissions policies and ethnic diversity in (a) primary and (b)...

      Pupils: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what comparative assessment her Department has made of the ethnic diversity among pupils of Catholic schools and non-Catholic schools.

      Faith Schools: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of Catholic schools in supporting the integration of minority communities in (a) their...

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will introduce additional support for children experiencing bullying.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Lead: Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent on lead ammunition by her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1999.

    • Polecats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to control the number of polecats.

      Environmental Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of farmers who received payments under the Environment Stewardship Scheme in...

      Dogs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to tackle the illegal transport of farmed puppies from the Republic of Ireland and...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the Environment Agency's 2014 Long Term Investment Scenarios recommended...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 will affect the level of funding for flood defences up to 2019-20.

      National Wildlife Crime Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times the National Wildlife Crime Unit has assisted police in wildlife crime investigations in (a) London and (b)...

      Dogs: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will seek a ban on the sale of puppies from retail outlets; and if she will make a statement.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many badgers have been culled in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015 to date.

      Animals: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2015 to Question 17199, when she will publish the outcome of her Department's review...

  • Department of Health

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of councils have had at least one residential, domiciliary or specialist care provider fail in the last 12 months.

    • Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with which external stakeholders his Department has discussed contingency planning for provider failure in the social care market.

      Strokes: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with clinical bodies on ensuring that drug dosages for stroke patients on the basis of the weight of the patient are...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what system of monitoring his Department has for local authorities which repeatedly commission providers rated by the Care Quality Commission as...

      Health Professions: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to collect information centrally on how many doctors and nurses have been signed off work as a result of stress and other...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to collect information centrally on the proportion of people who received consultant-led mental health treatment within 18...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to collect information centrally on how much clinical commissioning groups are overspending on mental health.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to collect information centrally on the proportion of the mental health budget that is spent on forensic psychiatry.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the NHS has to make use of (a) information technology and (b) informatics to improve the delivery of healthcare.

      Bone Marrow and Stem Cells: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to work with other governments and international NGOs to increase stem cell and bone marrow donor registration globally.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to collect information centrally on how many local authorities have suicide prevention groups.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to collect information centrally on how many children and young people are admitted to hospital due to mental health problems.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to collect information centrally on how much local clinical commissioning groups spend on independent sector providers.

      Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to collect information centrally on how many mental health beds are available on specific dates.

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support in (a) monetary terms and (b) skills his Department provides for research into motor neurone disease.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to promote compliance by clinical commissioning groups with the NICE Quality Standard on Autism.

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on the roll-out of liaison and diversion services; and what timetable he has set for completion of the business case for...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of clinical commissioning groups have (a) had their transformation plans approved by NHS England and received funding and...

      Mental Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Equality Act 2010 on the care of older adult mental health patients.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many instances of readmission to inpatient psychiatric units there were in each of the last five years.

      Mental Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many specialist inpatient services for older adult mental health patients have closed in each of the last five years.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with mental health charities on the sections of the Editors' Code of Practice that cover reporting on mental health and suicide.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to allocate enough funding to cover predicted changes in the cost of cancer care beyond treatment.

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money will be devolved to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to coincide with the transfer of obesity surgery commissioning responsibilities...

      Obesity: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of whether clinical commissioning groups are fully prepared to assume active commissioning of tier 4 obesity from April 2016.

      Coeliac Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve services for people with coeliac disease; and if he will make a statement.

      Visual Impairment: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time sight loss adviser posts there are in hospitals in England.

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that funding is sufficient to meet patient demand in (a) community mental healthcare and (b) inpatient mental...

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Lincoln

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 18 November (HL3318), in the light of the fact that the franchise to Virgin Stagecoach for the...

    • Road Traffic Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to give effect to the sections of the Traffic Management Act 2004 that allow for the enforcement of moving traffic offences by wardens...

      Transport for the North

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who appointed John Cridland as chair of Transport for the North and what recruitment process was followed to appoint him; how many hours a week he will work;...

      Transport for the North

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what type of body is Transport for the North; who made the decision to set it up; what are its terms of reference; whether it has a constitution; what form...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the rail layout in Leeds should allow HS2 trains from London, Birmingham, the East Midlands and Sheffield to Leeds...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether a new HS3 fast line from Manchester and across the Pennines should pass through Leeds.

      Aviation: Pregnant Women

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 16 July (HL1538), whether, in preparing that answer, they took into account that a component of...

      Aviation: Pregnant Women

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 16 July (HL1538), whether, in preparing that answer, they took account that of the substances in...

      Aviation: Pregnant Women

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 2 November (HL3216), whether that answer takes into account that EH40/2005 Workplace Exposure...

      Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 8 July (HL831) and 2 November (HL3215), why those fume events that did occur did not trigger the...

      Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 22 July (HL1265), how they reconcile their claim that 95 per cent of the cabin air samples taken...

      Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the 2010 PhD study by Susan Michaelis Health and flight safety implications from exposure to contaminated air in aircraft...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to implement the original text of Regulation (EU) No 913/2010 about a European rail network for competitive freight, in the light of the...

      Network Rail

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many officials within the Department for Transport are currently working as part of the team liaising with Network Rail.

      Road Works

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the co-operation between highway authorities and statutory service providers who need to dig up the highway and footway to...

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Tier 4 licences for non-EU students are audited annually.

    • Public Service: Corruption

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the acquisition of assets in the UK by Rakhat Aliyev, they will introduce unexplained wealth orders so that assets held by foreign...

      Asylum: Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of what medical support is available for diabetic asylum seekers in refugee camps across Europe.

      National Crime Agency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what input businesses make to the national strategy of the National Crime Agency.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Commonwealth: Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the number of extremists from Commonwealth countries fighting in Syria and Iraq.

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have that air strikes in Syria would reduce ISIL's ability to attack the UK; and what assessment they have made of the terrorist threat to...

      Iraq: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Iraq's National Identity Law, and the impact that it will have on religious minorities in Iraq and their right to freedom...

      Iraq: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Iraq regarding the National Identity Law and the right to freedom of religion or belief for all in Iraq.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 17 November (HL3625), what representations they are making to the government of Israel...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding its intention to close the Palestinian theatre in Jerusalem.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the detention and interrogation of a six year-old boy in Bethlehem.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following a report by Rabbis for Human Rights that young Jewish settlers from Yitzhar...

      Israel: EU External Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take following the announcement that the government of Israel is to end its diplomatic links with the EU.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the number of Palestinian civilians, including children, killed in the Occupied Territories by Israeli Forces and by settlers, whether they...

      Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 7 December (HL4065), whether they are in the process of submitting evidence of genocide...

      Afghanistan: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have on the extent to which Daesh is establishing and consolidating control of territory in Afghanistan, in particular in the east, and...

      Overseas Trade: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 7 December (HL Deb, col 1310), what assessment they have made of whether the statement that they...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed, or have any plans to discuss, with the government of Israel, the impact of exit permit restrictions on inhabitants of Gaza and...

      Egypt: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to discuss with the government of Egypt the risk of salt-water infiltration into the agricultural land of the Gaza Strip...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Overseas Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the total annual spending by international students on fees for all types of course in the UK.

    • Languages: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reasons for closing the Routes into Languages project, what research informed that decision, and what assessment they have made of the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid: Job Creation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the UK overseas aid budget is devoted to job creation.

    • South Sudan: International Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision they, acting alongside the United Nations, and the governments of Norway and the United States of America, have made for health and education...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent finding of the UNOCHA that more than 21.2 million people, including 9.9 million children, were in need of...

      Nepal: Earthquakes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of aid provided by the UK following the earthquake in Nepal last year.

      Nepal: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether UK aid is able to enter Nepal by road without interference or delay.

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Video on Demand

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation took place with relevant stakeholders before the announcement that video-on-demand programme services would be regulated by Ofcom from 1...

    • Film: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to promote gender diversity in the UK film industry.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Work Capability Assessment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 1 December (HL3877), whether they plan to compile data relevant to the assessment of whether Work Capability...

    • Social Security Benefits: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they record nationality and immigration status on social security benefit claimant records; and if so, whether that information is collated, and...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had with the insurance sector about financing flood defences.

    • EU External Trade: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the EU guidelines for labelling products made in Israeli settlements will apply in the UK, and if so, what are the implications for future meetings...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Parish Councils

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 24 November (HL Deb, col 566), what specific additional support they are providing to those towns...

    • Roads: Lighting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effects of turning off street lights in the early hours of the morning by some local authorities.

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 8 December (HL3988), what is the expected difference, in each county, between an increase...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Guided Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will confirm that stocks of air-launched weapons such as Brimstone used in Syria and Iraq will be maintained at planned levels at no cost to the...

    • Military Decorations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any decision has been made about the introduction of the new Long Service medal proposed by the Secretary of State for Defence in March.

      Aircraft Carriers: Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether embarked carrier air squadrons will follow the "all of one company" rule and operate under the same harmony rules.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Coal Fired Power Stations: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of coal-fired power stations under construction worldwide, the number that are planned for the future, and what...

    • Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies they are undertaking into the slowing of the Gulf Stream and the subsequent impact on climate change and extreme weather patterns in the UK.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Faulks on 18 November (HL Deb, col 176), which scientific studies informed the comments that "there is a considerably held...

    • Muslims

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 10 June (HL56), whether they will provide updated statistics for the tables entitled Growth in...

  • Department of Health

    • Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the scientific evidence regarding the incidence of cancer in those living near nuclear reactors and large spikes in...

    • Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government for (1) England, (2) Scotland, and (3) Wales, how much was spent per capita on cancer services, and what is the national one-year cancer survival rate as a...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 1 December (HL3716), what legal redress is available to patients denied access to mental health...

      Doctors: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 19 November (HL3436), whether doctors registered as temporary and occasional under the revised...

      Health: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been undertaken to ensure that reductions in the public health budget do not negatively affect those who share protected characteristics...

      Health Services: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to produce a national strategy plan for the health and care of older prisoners.

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