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Written answers

Monday, 25 January 2016

  • Prime Minister

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether any person or body has sought disclosure of his Department's legal advice on the drone strike that killed Reyaad Khan for purposes related to the Inquiry by the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Carer's Premium: Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of how many people have received a lower pension credit entitlement as a result of receipt of the carer premium in...

    • Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to which countries of the UK his Department's target to halve the disability employment gap during the current Parliament applies.

      Ports: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been (a) killed and (b) injured working in ports in each of the last five years.

      Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons a levy of at least three per cent of gross working premium on insurers to fund the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payments Scheme has...

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will introduce legislative proposals to amend the provisions of the Pensions Act 2014 relating to the Pension Protection Fund capping to...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many completed repeat work capability assessments there have been of people with (a) cystic fibrosis, (b) rheumatoid arthritis, (c) motor...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2016 to Question 22645, what estimate he has made of the potential cost of answering that question for...

      Personal Independence Payment: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with cancer who were awarded the daily living component of personal independence payment scored all of their points due to aid...

      Motability: Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many motability vehicles were held by people in (a) Wrexham, (b) Wales and (c) the UK in receipt of the enhanced mobility component of...

      Employment: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to assist people with restricted visibility pursuing careers and training opportunities.

      Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will take into account the effect on blind and partially sighted people when deciding whether to change eligibility for...

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2016 to Question 22115, whether information on the number and value of cold weather payments is kept by...

      Work Capability Assessment: Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with Parkinson's disease have had at least one repeat assessment, by year of initial assessment, since the introduction of...

      Personal Independence Payment: Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with motor neurone disease who have been awarded the daily living component of personal independence payment scored all of...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with Parkinson's disease have been placed in (a) the support group and (b) the work-related activity group with a prognosis...

  • Home Office

    • Terrorism: Sportsgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the terrorism threat level for events at major sports stadiums.

    • Knives: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the risks posed by the legal sale of zombie knives in the UK.

      Police: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had on increasing the number of armed response (a) officers and (b) vehicles in the West Mercia police force...

      Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who have applied for asylum in the UK have failed criminal background checks or have been found to have links with extremist...

      Knives: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with (a) the police and (b) retailers on the sale of zombie knives in the UK.

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugees from the Syrian conflict resettled in the UK to date have been relocated from (a) refugee camps in Turkey, (b) refugee...

      Visas: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many settlement visas granted on appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum) have been issued by UK Visas and Immigration...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has taken steps to liaise with police and crime commissioners and local authorities on the proposed ban on novel...

      Foreign Nationals: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department has produced to assist police forces in apprehending foreign-born minors and their transfer into the care of...

      Domestic Violence: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the number of women murdered as a result of domestic violence.

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of people who were interviewed under caution (a) for all offences and (b) for sexual offences were subsequently charged in...

      Police: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department have met (i) mobile telephone operators and (ii) BT to discuss the transfer of...

      Police: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that people using mobile telephones to call 999 are put in touch with the correct police force; and if...

      Police: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department has issued to police forces on their emergency response to incidents reporting breaking and entering, burglary...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2016 to Questions 22594 and 22595, whether it is her Department's policy that an applicant for...

      Homicide: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the change was in the number of people convicted of murder between 2010 and 2015.

  • Department of Health

    • General Practitioners: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many practising GPs there were in Northamptonshire in (a) 2005, (b) 2010 and (c) 2015.

    • Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 6.32 of his Department's publication, Living Well for Longer: One year on, published in March 2015, what assessment he has...

      Mental Illness: Assistance Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had on training and registering support dogs for people with mental health problems.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what timetable has been set for the introduction of NHS England's new National Clinical Director for Cardiac Services after April 2016.

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether (a) clinicians and (b) patient groups were consulted on the changes to NHS England's National Clinical Director structure after April 2016.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech of 11 January 2016, on life chances, how the £400 million funding for community and home mental health...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech of 11 January 2016, on life chances, how the waiting time target for patients with psychosis will be...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in which regions the NHS provides funding for IVF treatment.

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidents of medication errors involving hospital patients with Parkinson's disease resulting in (a) no, (b) low, (c) moderate and (d) severe...

      Department of Health: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department paid to charities in 2014-15; and what criteria were used to make decisions about those payments.

      Sexual Health Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times the Sexual Health Forum has met in each of the last five years; what the dates were of each such meeting; and who attended each such meeting.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurse training places were available in England in each year from 2009 to 2015.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the removal of bursaries for nurse training on the diversity of the workforce; and if he will...

      Prostate Cancer: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many da Vinci surgical systems for use in the treatment of prostate cancer are in operation in the NHS in England.

      Embryology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve recruitment and retention of embryologists in the NHS in (a) England and (b) the North East.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what funding is available for illiterate prisoners to learn to read and write and to receive education while in prison.

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how the Government plans to adapt implementation of the apprenticeships levy for different sectors.

      Construction: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the construction industry who already pay into the Construction...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will take steps to ensure that businesses which contribute to the Construction Industry Training Board Levy scheme do not...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2016 to Question 20474, how many apprenticeships created in the retail and commercial...

      Employment Agencies: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2015 to Question 19955, whether the figures relating to (a) cases and (b) breaches in the...

      Research: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the amount of private sector investment in research and development in each of the last three...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2016 to Question 20474, whether any businesses in receipt of funding from the...

      Apprentices: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2016 to Question 20474, how much funding has been allocated to apprenticeships in the...

      Domestic Service: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department is taking steps to implement International Labour Convention No.189 on Domestic Workers.

      Construction: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to tackle skills shortages in the construction industry.

      Apprentices: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether new apprenticeship standards will be grouped within the same sectors as the frameworks they are replacing to ensure...

      Apprentices: Engineering and Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of funding for apprenticeships in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16 was allocated to apprenticeships in the advanced...

      Apprentices: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of funding for apprenticeships in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16 was allocated to the (i) 16-year-old, (ii)...

      New Businesses: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what criteria his Department uses to determine who receives Start-Up Loans; and what processes are in place to ensure that...

      Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an assessment of the value to the economy of the curry industry.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what amount of loans (a) has been issued by and (b) is owed to each company responsible for issuing and collecting student loans.

      Toys and Games: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps the Government has taken to improve toy safety.

      Lasers: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what regulations govern the manufacture, import and sale of laser pens in the UK.

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that the privatisation of the Green Investment Bank represents value for money...

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans his Department has to ensure that a privatised Green Investment Bank would be able to maximise the deployment of...

      Trade Promotion: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether any trade missions to Iran are planned involving businesses from the UK in 2016.

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2015 to Question 657, what tangible progress towards the EU-US Free Trade Agreement had been...

      Green Investment Bank: Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much funding the Green Investment Bank has invested in fracking projects in the UK.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • HMS Ocean: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2015 to Question 19048, whether a later decommissioning date was specified when HMS Ocean was originally...

    • HMS Ocean: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2015 to Question 19049, if he will ensure that there will be no gaps in capability between the decommissioning of...

      Army: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much is spent daily on food on each serving solider.

      Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the quality and nutritional value of food served to the Armed Forces.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assistance British service personnel are providing to Saudi Arabian forces in Yemen.

      Radioactive Materials: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many movements of nuclear material there have been on roads in Scotland in each of the last five years.

      Radioactive Materials: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what advisory notices of movements of nuclear material by road in Scotland his Department gives to (a) the Scottish Government and (b) Scottish local...

      Radioactive Materials: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what safety and contingency measures his Department puts in place before nuclear materials are transported on roads in Scotland.

      Pakistan: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he last met his Pakistani counterpart.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference his oral evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights of 16 December 2015, Question 20, HC 574, whether his Department's position was...

      Ministry of Defence: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answers of 10 November 2015, 4 December 2015 and 12 December 2015 to Questions 17693, 18405 and 18552, when he plans to place in the...

      Middle East: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the comments made by a spokesperson of his Department in an article published in The Herald newspaper on 10 January 2016, and pursuant...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of Greater Manchester City Deal procurement contracts have been given to SMEs in the Greater Manchester area.

    • Rating (Empty Properties) Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness and operation of the Rating (Empty Properties) Act 2007.

      Housing: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to ensure that borough councils in two-tier authority areas provide sandbags to all residents to...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will arrange for the hon. Member for Walsall North to receive a reply to his letter of 9 December 2015 on behalf of a...

      Housing: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many enforcements under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System have been made as a result of category 1 hazards...

  • HM Treasury

    • Small Businesses: Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department plans to respond to the Eleventh Report from the Treasury Committee, Session 2014-15, Conduct and competition in SME lending, HC204.

    • Bank Services: Misrepresentation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has had on the number of complaints to the Financial Ombudsman in relation to the misselling of packaged bank accounts; and if he...

      Economic Situation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what he assesses to be the major risks to the UK economy.

      Landfill Communities Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed removal of third party contributions from the Landfill Communities Fund on (a) the...

  • Women and Equalities

    • International Women's Day

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what progress she is making on raising the profile of International Women's Day.

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Dawlish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to make the rail line through Dawlish more resilient before the next Network Rail Control Period in 2019.

    • Motor Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to bring into force the provisions in the Deregulation Act 2015 to allow for special permits to be issued for on-road racing; and if he...

      West Coast Main Line: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the cost to business of the closure of the West Coast Main Line between Glasgow and Carlisle.

      Unmanned Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will assess the implications for his policies of the Oxford Research Group's recent report entitled, The Hostile use of Drones by Non-State...

      Unmanned Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which (a) ministers attended and (b) departments are represented on the Government's working group on drones; when that group was formed; and what its...

      Railways: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to ensure that London is accessible by rail to people who cannot afford peak-time prices and are on lower incomes, when they are...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will hold discussions with train operators on making the process of purchasing railway tickets from ticket machines simpler in...

      Travel: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's statistical table BUS0840, on discretionary concessionary travel enhancements, which Travel Concessionary...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • China: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations on North Korean women trafficked into China as part of the next UK-China Human Rights Dialogue.

    • Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure freedom of religion or belief are promoted in countries with high levels of persecution on...

      USA: Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will update his Department's travel advice on visiting the US to give specific advice to British Muslims travelling to...

      Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the UN Human Rights Council on the persecution of Christians.

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what he plans will be on the agenda for the next UK-China Human Rights Dialogue.

      Bahrain: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether the Shia in Bahrain accept the Al Khalifa government as the legitimate government of...

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the number of political prisoners in Bahrain; and if he will make representations to the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the UK will be represented at the meeting of the World Health Organisation's Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and...

    • Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many officials in each government department have responsibility for progress towards the sustainable development goals.

  • Department for Education

    • Autism: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many young people over the age of 16 who are not in education, employment or training have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum condition or...

    • Autism: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what early intervention and education support is available for children who are on the autism spectrum to prevent them developing mental health...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of qualified teachers.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to allocate two unique reference numbers to schools which have designated provision within the school for the purpose...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the introduction of Staying Put arrangements on foster children.

      Parkfield School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answers of 6 July 2015 to Questions 5048, 5049 and 5050, whether bat removal licences have been granted; and whether it is expected...

      Schools: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to assist schools in Lincolnshire to resolve recent issues relating to the provision of financial services by SERCO on behalf...

  • Leader of the House

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish the recommendations of the Gambling Commission in response to his Department's call for evidence on the...

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many defibrillators are provided in each building his Department manages.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to comply with the order of the Supreme Court in April 2015 on the need to tackle air...

    • Sheep Meat: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to ensure that (a) abattoirs processing sheep use the standardised carcase classification or EUROP...

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the environmental effects of the use of imported fox urine for the purposes of...

      Floods: Ayrshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information her Department holds on who took the decision to request the use of a helicopter to winch passengers off...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what aspects of policy on (a) farming and (b) other issues within her remit are under discussion in the UK's negotiations...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of measures to stimulate demand for recycled material; and if she will...

      Agriculture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the trends in the level of farm borrowing.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to introduce interim payments under the Basic Payments Scheme for farmers who have not...

      Recycling: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the European Commission's Circular Economy Action Plan...

      Flood Control: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answers of 11 January 2016 to Question 21375 and of 18 January 2016 to Question 22215 on flood control: per...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the total cost to the public purse had been of developing carbon capture and storage technology.

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effect on private sectors investment in carbon capture and storage (CCS) of the Government's...

      Energy Supply: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what projections her Department has made of the subsidies existing fossil fuel generators will receive through the Capacity Mechanism.

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what level of domestic content her Department expects to be used in the construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to ensure that Carbon Capture and Storage is rolled out in the UK energy generation market.

  • Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

  • Attorney General

    • Care Homes: Wales

      To ask the Attorney General, what discussions he has had with the CPS about the findings of the Flynn Report on the neglect of older people living in care homes in Wales.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of how much motor insurance premiums reduced after the changes introduced by the Jackson civil litigation reforms...

    • Prisons: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2016 to Question 20908, on prisons: discipline, for what reasons the listed additional days were added.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people in each prison in England and Wales are accommodated in cells designed for (a) one person but occupied by two and (b) two people but...

      Youth Custody: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff working in (a) young offender institutions, (b) secure training centres and (c) secure children's homes have been (i) suspended following...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national offenders are in prison in England and Wales.

      Youth Custody: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of offender-on-offender violence there have been in (a) secure children's homes, (b) secure training centres, (c) youth offender...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many grievances have been lodged by Prison Service staff in each prison in the last 12 months.

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what is the maximum amount of time his Department has determined as a reasonable time for court users to have to travel to their nearest court by public...

  • Scotland Office

    • West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Department for Transport on the closure of the West Coast Main Line between Glasgow and Carlisle.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register: Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total cost is of the transfer to Individual Electoral Registration; and what proportion of such costs have been borne by local government.

    • Aerials

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has (a) guidelines and (b) a template contract for the leasing of government property to mobile telephone operators for the...

      Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech of 11 January 2016, on life chances, what period the £30 million social investment outcomes fund...

  • Department for Transport

    • London-Exeter Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 December 2015 (HL4413), whether passengers are involved in developing schemes for the railway...

    • London-Exeter Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the utility for rail resilience purposes of the Yeovil to Exeter railway line when the Castle Cary/Taunton to Exeter St Davids...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Empty Property

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what practical steps they are taking to achieve the maximum use of vacant residential, commercial, and industrial premises for temporary or interim housing,...

    • Flood Control

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the role and responsibilities of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) in relation to flood prevention and defences; whether they have been...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to respond to North Korea's most recent nuclear test.

    • Nuclear Weapons: North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will call upon the EU to impose stricter sanctions on European banks that facilitate North Korea’s nuclear programme.

      Commonwealth: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy regarding presidents and others who perpetuate their power and authority in the Commonwealth; and whether the Commonwealth as a whole...

      Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it remains their policy to work towards the global abolition of the death penalty; if so, why they have not renewed their previous Strategy for...

      Mohamed Nasheed

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to press the government of the Maldives for the unconditional release of former President Mohamed Nasheed for medical treatment...

      Maldives: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of  the human rights situation in the Maldives, and what consideration they are giving to immediate targeted sanctions by...

      Peru: Sterilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the allegation that up to 300,000 forced sterilisations took place in Peru between 1996 and 1998, in the light of the...

      Palestinians: Press Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Palestinian Authority concerning the alleged torture by Hamas of the Palestinian journalist Ayman al-Aloul, and...

      Israel: Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of involvement of the British company G4S in running prisons in Israel.

      Israel: Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning the welfare of children in prisons in Israel run by G4S.

      Israel: Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of improvement in the conditions of children in prisons in Israel since the publication in 2012 of the report by...

      Bahrain: Torture

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain concerning their alleged use of torture.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning the whereabouts and medical condition of the two Birzeit students who were arrested...

      Crimea: Tatars

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made at the Council of Ministers of the Council of Europe about the treatment of the Crimean Tartar leader, Akhtem Chiygoz,...

      Israel: Bedouin

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the humanitarian consequences in the acute winter season, especially for children, of...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Universities: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who supervises and audits public funding of universities in the UK.

    • Mature Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the resource cost charge in England of (1) full-time fee loans in higher education, (2) full-time maintenance loans in higher education, (3)...

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: International Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that Syrian women are appropriately represented and will play a meaningful role in discussions at the Syria Donors Conference in...

    • Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for achieving access in compliance with UN Resolutions to food and medicines for those Syrians now cut off from external supplies.

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the feasibility of dropping food by air to civilian communities now under siege in Syria and cut off from all external supplies.

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to transport food supplies by air into the town of Madaya in Syria to alleviate severe food shortages.

      Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they give to voluntary organisations engaged in the refugee crisis.

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider using airdrops to carry food to relieve the hunger of Syrian communities.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the Department for International Development's bilateral expenditure directly targeting HIV and AIDS in (1) 2013–14, and (2) 2014–15.

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the Department for International Development's bilateral expenditure directly targeting reproductive health in (1) 2013–14, and (2) 2014–15.

      International Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the core and non-core contributions made by the Department for International Development to the United Nations Population Fund, UNICEF, the World...

      Development Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes, if any, they are seeking to the OECD Development Assistance Committee guidelines on official development assistance.

      Land Mines: Bomb Disposal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which countries they include in their Global Mine Action Programme, and whether they will consider adding Angola to that list.

  • Department for Education

    • Mental Health: Primary Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to put mental health on the national curriculum for primary school children, as advocated by the Young People's Mental Health...

    • Employment: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Prime Minister's commitment to tackle race inequality in the labour market, what action they propose to end the current situation...

      Children's Centres

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children's centres have closed in the last year, and how many will close in 2016.

      Academies: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they make available for stand-alone academies facing budget deficits and the possibility of becoming bankrupt.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Alexander Blackman

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Criminal Cases Review Commission to make and publish a decision in respect of the case of Sgt Alexander Blackman.

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

    • Parliament: Correspondence

      To ask the Chairman of Committees how many items of correspondence were received in the Palace of Westminster in 2015; and of those, what proportion was received in the House of Lords.

    • House of Lords: Fairtrade Initiative

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what plans there are for the House of Lords to support Fairtrade Fortnight.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sports: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the case for withdrawing funding for sporting associations if a certain quota of their board positions are not filled by women.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people with multiple sclerosis have scored a minimum of half their points for (1) standard rate, and (2) enhanced rate, of Personal Independence...

    • Carer's Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Carer's Allowance claimants have a claim linked to a Personal Independence Payments daily living award.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Land

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 21 December 2015 (HL4409), when was the last revision of the Agricultural Land Classification...

    • Air Pollution: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to revisit their plans for improving air quality in London in the light of evidence that several sites in London have already breached...

      Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have calculated the additional investment necessary to speed up the implementation of their clean air plan, and if so, where those figures will...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applicants claimed asylum only on discovery in each of the last 10 years; how many of those applicants were granted asylum; and how many of those...

    • Deportation: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was paid in each of the last five years to assist failed asylum seekers who, on reaching the age of 18, were deported from the UK.

      Deportation: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many failed 18-year-old asylum seekers received some payment to assist in their deportation from the UK.

      Visas: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Migration Advisory Committee to publish the findings of the review of the Tier 2 route of the Points Based System, including their...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to set a maximum limit on the length of time that an individual can be detained in immigration detention centres.

      Refugees: France

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the functions of the officials from the Home Office and other departments who are now serving in the north of France; whether they will instruct...

      Immigrants: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for preventing destitution, in particular as it affects some migrants and asylum applicants.

      Islam

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 11 January (HL4752 and HL4753) and 18 January (HL4957), whether they regard as matters of...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Bahrain: Military Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what have been the results of the training of police and security forces in Bahrain by UK armed forces.

  • HM Treasury

    • Banks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they first learned that the Financial Conduct Authority was considering not publishing its report on banking culture examining “whether cultural...

    • Business: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to offer any deadline extensions for tax due by businesses in all areas affected by flooding.

      Development Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact on aid to least developed countries of spending on refugees arriving in European countries.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which other government buildings in Westminster are being considered for sale to private buyers, on the model of Admiralty Arch and the Old War Office.

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