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Written answers

Monday, 21 December 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • UK Advisory Forum on Ageing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to seek the views of pensioners on (a) his Department's policies and (b) concessionary travel since the closure of...

    • Passenger Ships: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will hold discussions with cruise ship operators on reducing the amount of food waste generated by cruise ships.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the connectivity of the proposed High Speed 2 station in South Yorkshire to other Sheffield city region train and bus...

      Aviation: Nuclear Installations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the fitness-for-purpose of the Air Navigation (Restriction of Flying) (Nuclear Installations) Regulations 2007 and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Ali Mohammed al-Nimr

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the case of Ali al-Nimr.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Bill of Rights: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on the effect of the proposed British Bill of Rights on Northern Ireland.

    • Cross Border Cooperation: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with the Irish Government since the attacks in Paris in November 2015 on ensuring that the two governments share...

      Counter-terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made in establishing the four-member international body to report on progress towards ending paramilitary activity...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made of the number of young people involved in (a) dissident republicanism and (b) loyalist paramilitary groups.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Post Offices: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the number of postmasters who have been penalised as a result of the Post Office Horizon computer system.

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which trades union groups have received (a) funding and (b) other support from her Department in each of the last five years.

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much UK aid is being provided in each region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department has allocated to meeting the UN targets on family planning; and in which countries such funding has been...

      Central Africa: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when a Government Minister last visited (a) Burundi, (b) Democratic Republic of Congo and (c) Central African Republic.

      Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of UK aid in improving access to family planning in the last five years.

      UN Climate Change Conference: Paris

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which form of transport she used to travel to the COP21 climate change conference in Paris; and for what reasons she used that mode of...

  • Department for Education

    • Mathematics: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate she has made of any shortfall in the number of qualified mathematics teachers in each English region.

    • Academies: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many school academies do not follow the national curriculum.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • National Tactical Response Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times the National Tactical Response Group (NTRG) has been called out in each month in 2015; and to which prison the NTRG was called out in...

    • Ministry of Justice: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many secondments into his Department there were in each year since 2013; from which organisations each such person was seconded; and into which...

      Prison Service: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers have been granted retirement on the grounds of ill health in each of the last 10 years.

      Tenancy Deposit Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2015 to Question 13605, on Tenancy Deposit Schemes, if he will provide that information for 2014-15.

      Cemeteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on which local authorities have not implemented his Department's guidelines on the staking of graves in cemeteries.

      Burglary and Sexual Offences: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders were given non-custodial sentences for (a) burglary, (b) rape and (c) sexual assault in each of the last 10 years.

      Terrorism: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 9 December 2015 to Question 18367, what length of sentence was handed down to each offender convicted of offences involving...

      Bill of Rights: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans for the proposed British Bill of Rights to apply to Scotland.

      Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in what proportion of criminal cases in (a) magistrates courts and (b) crown courts the defendant (i) pleaded guilty without trial and (ii) was...

      Bill of Rights: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what account he has taken of the distinction between reserved and devolved matters in the devolved administrations in his plans for the proposed British...

      Criminal Proceedings: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether revenue received from the criminal courts charge has exceeded the cost to the public purse of running such courts since that charge was introduced.

      Ministry of Justice: Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2015 to Question 18873, which companies provided the agency workers to cover operational uniformed staff in each...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many assaults on female prison staff took place in each of the last 10 years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will introduce a National Defence Medal; and if he will make a statement.

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the likely financial benefit to the UK from sales of Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicles to other countries.

      Syria: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions (a) RAF Reapers, (b) RAF Tornados and (c) other RAF aircraft have come into radar contact with Russian military aircraft inside...

      USA: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on his Department leasing Lockheed Orion P-3 aircraft from the US administration.

      Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of eligible early service leavers have participated in the Early Service Leaver Programme of the Careers Transition Partnership in each...

      Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of those eligible service personnel who have left the armed forces have participated in the Core Programme of the Careers Transition...

      Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of those eligible service personnel who have left the armed forces have participated in the Employment Support Programme of the Careers...

      Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of those eligible service personnel who have left the armed forces have participated in the Specialist Support Programme of the Careers...

      Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of former members of the armed forces who participated in the the Careers Transition Partnership found sustainable employment within six...

      Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many early service leavers received the basic settlement package in each year since 2010.

      Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many early service leavers received the increased settlement package in each year since 2010.

      Defence Equipment: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the equipment procured by his Department was sourced from UK small and medium-sized enterprises in each year between 2010 and 2015.

      NATO: Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Government's planned contributions are to the NATO Ballistic Missile Defence network in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17, (c) 2017-18, (d) 2018-19 and...

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Boeing P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft he expects to enter service in 2019-20.

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assistance his Department is providing to the National Museum of the Royal Navy in making urgent repairs to HMS Victory.

      Shipbuilding: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many shipbuilding jobs will be supported by the construction of each of the (a) eight Type 26 anti-submarine frigates that are scheduled to be...

      Ministry of Defence: Bye Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons his Department has not conducted economic impact assessments on proposed by-law changes (a) in general and (b) regarding the Raasay ranges.

      Armed Forces Covenant: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what funding has been received by organisations in Northern Ireland from the Community Covenant Grant Scheme.

      Ministry of Defence: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many dangerous occurrences were reported by his Department to the Health and Safety Executive in each of the last five years; and how many of those...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times claimants of working age on unemployment benefits have been interviewed under caution by staff of his Department in each of the...

    • UK Advisory Forum on Ageing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to seek the views of pensioners on (a) his Department's policies and (b) winter fuel allowance since the...

      Help to Work Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on the Mandatory Work Activity scheme in each of the last four years.

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what ways he plans to expand the Fit for Work service.

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many full-time equivalent staff are employed by the Fit for Work service as case managers; and whether the Government plans to increase...

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what qualifications are required of case managers employed by the Fit for Work service.

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training is provided to case managers employed by the Fit for Work service.

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department has issued to Fit for Work case managers on carrying out assessments of patients referred to the service.

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many referrals have been made by (a) GPs and (b) employers to the Fit for Work service since its launch; and how many such referrals have...

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of Return to Work plans produced by the Fit for Work service made recommendations to employers which were...

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many calls have been made to the Fit for Work helpline in each month since its launch.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many full-time equivalent Environment Agency staff were employed on maintenance of flood defences on 1 April (a) 2010,...

    • Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to support farmers to invest in new capital equipment.

      Pest Control: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many general licences for pest control have been issued in each of the last five years.

      Lynx

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with (a) the Countryside Alliance, (b) landowners and (c) BASE on introduction of...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to limit the damage to local communities and economies from flooding.

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to respond to the increase in the number of flood related emergencies.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department has served any French cheeses at receptions within that Department in the last five years.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she plans to take to make the certification process for the Basic Payment Scheme more efficient for farmers; and...

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with UK Border on the effectiveness of the implementation of the pet travel scheme.

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding will be provided to local authorities for each Syrian refugee they resettle in the (a) first and (b) second year of...

    • National Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 16286 of 18 November 2015, on the National Crime Agency (NCA), how many of those suspicious activity reports were...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which local authorities have agreed to take refugees under the Syrian Refugee resettlement scheme.

      Immigration Bill: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Government will publish its equality impact assessment of the Immigration Bill.

      Ports: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will establish a Coastal Watch of volunteers who can work alongside police and other agencies to report unusual or suspicious...

      Firearms: Seized Articles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal firearms were seized in each of the last five years; and how many of those were (a) pistols, (b) rifles, (c) shotguns and...

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the waiting time for spouses seeking visas to undertake English language tests.

      Police: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to improve the personal fitness and health of police officers.

      Immigration: Australasia and Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2015 to Question 18261, if she will make an assessment of the net contribution to the UK economy made...

      Employment: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the Government's response to the consultation on tackling exploitation in the labour market before the Immigration Bill...

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to her oral contribution of 16 November 2015, Official Report, column 365, if she will bring forward proposals on a national...

  • HM Treasury

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether employers that have offshored their company payroll will be required to pay the apprenticeship levy.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has to raise the level of skills and technical capability in the civil service to support the Government's digital...

    • Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what technology platforms and services the Government plans to develop as part of the (a) Government as a Platform and (b) Common Technology Services...

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress has been made on the GOV.UK Verify programme; and what plans the Government has to develop it further in the future.

  • Department of Health

    • UK Parkinson's Excellence Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the UK Parkinson's Excellence Network.

    • UK Advisory Forum on Ageing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to seek the views of pensioners on (a) his Department's policies and (b) dementia since the closure of the UK...

      Four Seasons Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with Four Seasons Health Care on the financial sustainability of that provider.

      Veterans: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department plans to spend on armed forces veterans' mental health services in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17, (c) 2017-18, (d) 2018-19 and (e) 2019-20.

      Ritalin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with clinical bodies on the approach in the NHS to prescribing Ritalin for children with ADHD.

      Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when NHS England will publish the findings of the Mazars review into the deaths of people with mental health problems and learning disabilities at...

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prisoners were awaiting initial psychiatric assessment (a) on the last date for which figures are available and (b) in each month of the last...

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 31 safety recommendations made by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) in its report on the accident to Boeing 737-236 series 1,...

    • Railways: Lancashire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what improvements will take place under the new Northern Rail franchise on the Blackpool South and Preston to Colne service, other than the replacement of...

      Rolling Stock: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is a requirement of the new Northern Rail franchise that the Pacer trains that will be withdrawn from service in the North of England will be...

      London-Exeter Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the annual amount spent on upgrading the railway tracks and stations between Salisbury and Exeter between 2015 and 2020 will increase or decrease in...

      Aviation: Sierra Leone

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 26 November (HL3704), whether they have completed their review of the possibility of resuming...

      Cars

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of driverless car technology.

      Eurostar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the building developments in Stratford, the Olympic Park, and the Lower Lea Valley, what practical steps they are taking to ensure that...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they still plan to progress the South East Flexible Ticketing programme; and if not, why not.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent to date on planning and developing the South East Flexible Ticketing programme.

      Airports: South East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to make a final decision about airport expansion in the South East.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the status of the Northern Powerhouse rail network, what schemes are incorporated into its remit, what budget it has allocated to it and by whom,...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timescale for the delivery of the HS3 rail scheme, and what budget is allocated to it.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made for the electrification of the South TransPennine route between Sheffield and Manchester.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of road vehicles in the UK they expect to be wholly electrically powered by 2030.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 10 December (HL Deb, col GC213), whether HS3 has now been subsumed into the Northern Powerhouse rail...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Tornado Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Tornado aircraft (1) the RAF possess which are (a) available for operation, (b) maintained at each of the various defined levels, and (c) in...

    • Nuclear Submarines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend, before the Scottish general election, to table a debate in the House of Commons on the decision to build the Vanguard-class replacement.

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider providing a 24-hour mental health helpline for serving soldiers.

      Middle East: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance air vehicles from the RAF’s inventory have been deployed over Iraq and Syria in the last three months.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will release details of each weapons release over Syria so that they can be correlated against any reports of civilian casualties.

      Armed Forces: Muslims

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether arrangements are in place to vet Muslim recruits to the armed forces; if so, what are those arrangements, and if not, whether they will set them up.

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • House of Lords: Debates

      To ask the Leader of the House whether she now considers the advisory time limit on speeches in debates should be compulsory, and if so, what recommendations she will bring forward for...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Turkey: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take steps to ensure that Turkey does not repatriate any genuine refugees, following the recent EU–Turkey financial agreement.

    • Republic of Ireland: Common Travel Area

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention that the Common Travel Area between the UK and the Republic of Ireland would continue if the UK ceased membership of the EU.

      Middle East: Royal Visits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which countries in the Middle East have never received a formal visit from a member of the Royal Family.

      Serbia: Kosovo

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the governments of Serbia and Kosovo about implementing the agreements already reached in negotiations under EU auspices.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Local Government: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to ensure that local authorities do not enter into contracts with companies that also work in countries that they believe are...

    • Political Parties: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce a limit on the size of personal, or company, donations to political parties.

      Statutory Instruments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 3 December (HL3732), when were the three occasions on which the House withheld its agreement to an...

      House of Lords Composition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 12 November (HL3121), how many members there were in the House of Lords of (1) the government party,...

      Senior Civil Servants: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that BAME civil servants struggle more than their white counterparts to reach senior positions in Whitehall.

      Advisory Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact of the end of the Advice Services Transition Fund in December 2015.

      Census

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the context of the 2021 Census topic consultation, they will consider including a question on the date when persons who were not born as UK...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis, and by which process, the relevant shares of the proposed Apprenticeship Levy will be distributed to the devolved administrations.

    • Tickets: Sales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the activities of ticket resale websites.

      Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of changes in student loan repayments to freeze the £21,000 income threshold cap on students and graduates...

      Climate Change: Arctic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to ensure that UK scientific institutions have the funds to collaborate with those in Arctic countries to monitor and predict the melting of...

  • Department for International Development

    • Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of refugees in (1) Europe, (2) the Middle East, and (3) North Africa, and what those figures are broken down by...

    • Israel: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have assessed the humanitarian impact of increasing the capacity of the Kerem Shalom goods crossing between Israel and Gaza; and whether they...

      Turkey: Yazidis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussion, if any, they have had with the government of Turkey and the UNHCR about urgent plans for the return home of Yazidi refugees, currently in a...

      St Helena: Airports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce the new opening date for the airport on St Helena in order to bring certainty to investors in the island and to enable potential...

      St Helena: Airports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the official opening of the airport on St Helena.

      Greek Islands: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent aid agencies, including both UN and voluntary organisations, are working in the Greek islands nearest to Turkey;...

      India: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the humanitarian impact of cutting aid to India from 2016.

      India: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the future after 2016 of existing projects currently funded by UK aid in India.

      India: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of India regarding the termination of UK aid to India in 2016.

      India: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the efficacy of UK aid to India in 2015.

  • Department for Education

    • Marriage: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Lord Faulks on 18 November (HL Deb, col 132), whether they have commended the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 to the Northern...

    • Employment: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to promote gender, orientation and ethnic diversity in the workplace, in particular in the architecture profession.

      Females: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the finding in the recent World Bank survey, Women, Business and the Law 2016, that 155 out of 173 countries, including the...

      Schools: Audit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the legal requirements for auditing school budgets in local authority schools.

      Academies: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps an academy school is legally required to take if it has a budget deficit.

      European Union: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of Article 2, section 1(b)(xiv) of EU Regulation 235/2014 and the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human...

      Politics: GCE A-level

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the suffragettes and the feminist movement will remain part of the new Politics A-level syllabus.

      Politics: GCE A-level

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reasons for removing the study of feminism and gender equality from the A-level Politics curriculum.

      Secondary Education: Performance Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, on the current definition of "coasting", what percentage of secondary schools with an average KS2 points score of (1) below 26, (2) 26–28, (3)...

      Secondary Education: Performance Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, on the current definition of "coasting", what percentage of secondary schools with an average KS2 points score of (1) below 26, (2) 26–28, (3)...

      Academies: Performance Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the performance of sponsored academies compares to that of maintained schools when grouped by prior results at achieving five A*-C grade GCSEs, including...

      Qualifications

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of GCSE and A-level exams that were changed after challenges this summer.

      Castes: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 1 December (HL3647), why they have not yet published the 2014 feasibility study on caste...

      Equal Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of why there has not been an improvement in the proportion of female high earners in the UK despite initiatives to reduce the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Alternatives to Prosecution: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the progress made by the Metropolitan Police in introducing out-of-court-disposal scrutiny panels for youth and adult crime...

    • Magistrates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Faulks on 14 December (HL4095), why the occupations of those appointed as lay magistrates are no longer recorded.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Press: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the success of the current system of press regulation in preventing children being named before being charged, following the...

    • Broadcasting: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) which UK terrestrial broadcasters produce annual original homemade content for children, and (2) how much those...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 3 December (HL Deb, col 1205), how much of the estimated £600 million "additional partnership...

    • Marine Protected Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the debate on the North Sea on 30 November (HL Deb, cols 1002–1024), whether they will provide definitions of the different types of Marine...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 17 November (HL3653), whether they will require all EU advertising notices to include...

      Floods: Warnings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider distributing hand-held devices to households in flood-prone areas to allow them to transmit information, and to receive real-time...

      Floods

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many homeowners and businesses have received a grant from the Repair and Renew Grant fund, and what is the average payment.

      Floods: Agriculture

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the size of the Farming Recovery Fund, and how much has been paid to farmers to date.

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent flooding in the UK, the slowing of the Gulf Stream, and the COP21 climate talks in Paris, what strategy they have to address...

      Agriculture: Land

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they next intend to revise or update the Agricultural Land Classification Survey guidelines.

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they use in auditing compliance with Tier 4 licences for non-EU students.

    • Forensic Science: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 17 November (HL3221) concerning the use of forensic linguistics by the Home Office in immigration cases,...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as part of their counter-terrorism strategy, they will encourage a national debate about the nature of Islam, including whether the Muslim tenets of...

      Religious Hatred: Islam

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Earl Howe on 2 December (HL Deb, col 1193), what actions will be criminalised from next April under the specific offence of...

      Palestinians: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Palestinian refugees who were, or still are, in Syria are eligible for resettlement as being among the most vulnerable.

      Asylum: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what NHS medical support is available for (1) asylum seekers, and (2) refugees.

      Police: Cross Border Cooperation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect the UK's opting out of the Prüm Decision has had on solving crime.

      Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that torture survivors who reach the UK, in particular those from Syria, have access to specialist rehabilitation; and...

      Immigration: Married People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many overseas wives have joined their families in the UK between January 2014 and December 2015.

      Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 8 December (HL4152), how many refugees have applied for family reunion in Britain (1) from France, and (2)...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are detained in each Immigration Detention Centre.

      Deportation: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people who entered the UK as unaccompanied immigrant children were deported last year having reached the age of 18.

      Asylum: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision is made to enable young asylum seekers to have legal support and advice on reaching the age of 18.

  • HM Treasury

    • Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provisions the contract with Concentrix regarding child tax credits and other benefits makes concerning the time within which decisions must be made...

    • Taxation: Self-employed

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to support self-employed people who are confused over their tax status or struggle to understand the tax system.

      Bank Services: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have given to banks concerning closing bank accounts of those NGOs supporting the Palestinians.

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Department of Health

    • Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of people in England entering treatment for drug misuse have left treatment drug-free in each year since 2010.

    • Pregnant Women: Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further steps they plan to take to improve the diet of pregnant women and new mothers.

      Pregnant Women: Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implications of a poor maternal diet in pregnancy for the life chances of babies, in the light of research conducted in...

      NHS England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 9 December (HL4036), what assessment they have made of whether it is appropriate for the Chief...

      East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust’s decision to list Down’s syndrome as a reason to issue a...

      Fertility: Males

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research has been, or is being, conducted into whether there is a causal link between the use of growth-promoting oestrogens in poultry production and...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 10 December (HL3975), what was the increase in demand they assumed and modelled for social care...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients: Death

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce a new independent system for investigating the deaths of persons detained under the Mental Health Act 1983, as requested by the...

      Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view on the merits of reducing the concentration of fluoride in water supplies subject to fluoridation schemes from 1.0 to around 0.7 part per...

      Diabetes: Chiropody

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 26 November (HL3958), what plans they have to ensure that podiatric services are available to...

      Health Services: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the NHS Strategic Projects Team is to be held to account for the advice it gave to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, and...

      care.data Advisory Group

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current membership of the care.data Advisory Group.

      Hospitals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which hospitals (1) the Prime Minister, (2) the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and (3) the Secretary of State for Health, have visited in an official capacity...

      Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 8 December (HL3846), how much grant the Department of Health will provide to Action on Smoking...

      Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions between 2013 and 2015 the Department of Health received representations from Action on Smoking and Health regarding the standardised...

      Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many items of correspondence the Department of Health has received from (1) the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health, and (2) the Chair of...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what amount they plan to make available to local authorities to add to the Better Care Fund in each year from 2016–17 to 2019–20 inclusive, in...

      Doctors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many NHS doctors qualified in each of the last 10 years, broken down by gender.

      Doctors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many doctors currently employed by the NHS qualified outside the UK.

      Social Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to increase the number of Wellbeing Hubs nationally to help individuals with complex care requirements to access support locally...

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