Written answers

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • M180

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the undulations in the road surface of the M180 east of junction 4 in respect of which warning signs have been erected, to be...

    • Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what further resources from the Local Growth Fund he intends to make available to allow additional road improvements; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Transport: Radlett

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking on ensuring the extension of the Oyster card pay as you go system to Radlett.

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 will be implemented.

      Aviation: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what reports he has received of an emergency landing by American Airlines Flight AA 109 to Heathrow as a result of crew and passenger illnesses; and...

      Transport: Woking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to improve transport links between Woking and London since 2010.

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that season ticket holders are fairly compensated for delays in rail services.

      Transport: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the number of people working in logistics and transportation who experience mental health problems.

      Aviation: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with his European counterparts about EU proposals to block public access to Mandatory Occurrence Reports; and what...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2016 to Question 24387, whether the proposed changes to mitigate the effect of lorry traffic on the hedgehog...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2016 to Question 24387, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of changing the route used by lorries...

      British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2016 to Question 25019, what efficiency savings he expects the British Transport Police to make in cash terms in...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which national homelessness prevention and reduction schemes received direct funding from central government (a) in 2015-16 to...

    • Local Government: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the average benefit to local economies of devolution deals.

      Regional Planning and Development: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he has powers to require the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to recommence the consultation on the sites...

      Devolution: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2016 to Question 24228, on public transport: North East, what his Department's role is in...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2016 to Question 23515, what estimate he has made of the total cost to people who pay...

      Northstar Ventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the remaining time period is of Northstar Ventures' funding through the European Regional Development Funds; and what...

  • HM Treasury

    • Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was owed to the UK by which countries in the last year for which figures are available.

    • Taxis: Income Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the proportion of tax to income paid by (a) an Uber taxi driver, (b) a black cab driver and (c) a mini cab driver.

      Public Sector Debt: China

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the UK's outstanding public debt obligations are to China.

      Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to reduce levels of family debt; and what assessment he has made of current tends in those levels.

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the value of savings held in the UK that are no longer covered under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme as a result of changes...

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government has commissioned research on the fiscal impact of an additional tax on soft drinks containing sugar.

      Cars: Insurance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of competition in the car insurance market; and if he will make an assessment of the potential effect on...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance Premium Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the effect on motor insurance premiums of the recent increase in insurance premium tax.

      Double Taxation: Treaties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what principles or framework HM Revenue and Customs uses to negotiate tax treaties with developing countries.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of tax credit claims reviewed by Concentrix have, following the review process, been paid in full; and for how long each such...

      Double Taxation: Treaties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what double taxation treaties the Government expects to sign in the next 12 months.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Turkey: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance his Department is giving to the government of Turkey to combat terrorism in that country.

    • Spratly Islands: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will take a position on sovereignty of the Spratly Islands.

      India: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart on alleged human rights violations in that country; and what...

      Foreign and Commonwealth office: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many officials in his Department have undertaken Foreign and Commonwealth Office language classes in each year from 2006.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2016 to Question 23665, how many (a) Arabic speakers with an Operational level (C1)...

      Terrorism: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what protocols his Department has in place for supporting and communicating with UK citizens who (a) survive and (b) witness...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effects of the demolition of structures in the South Hebron Hills on 2 February 2016 on (a)...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has (a) received and (b) made on the demolition of structures in the South Hebron Hills on 2 February 2016.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has (a) received from and (b) made to the Israeli government on a ruling by a military court on 28...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which organisations, projects, ministries of the Palestinian Authority and public services have received funding from his...

  • Attorney General

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2016 to Question 22400, if he will meet the hon. Member for Torfaen to discuss the case of Norman James.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an assessment of the financial penalties potentially faced by further education institutions resulting from...

    • Channel Four

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on options relating to the future of Channel 4.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of the Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise to the Urgent Question of 29 January 2016,...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will publish his Department's business case on the closure of his Department's office in Sheffield.

      Insolvency Service and Skills Funding Agency: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many employees are employed at the Sheffield office of the (a) Skills Funding Agency and (b) the Insolvency Service.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will publish in full his Department's report entitled, BIS 2020: What-why-when-how.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to announce the full implementation plan for his Department's BIS 2020 strategy.

      Construction: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprenticeship starts there were in each construction occupational area in 2015.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of his Department's civil service workforce based in London (a) at present...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department will have a regional hub in every region of the UK once the BIS 2020 restructuring programme is complete.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of Senior Civil Servants in his Department are based in London.

      EU Grants and Loans: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which projects in the North West have received European Commission funding in each of the last five years; and how much each...

      Apprentices: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the contribution by the Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise, of 2 February 2016, Official Report,...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on benefit and tax credit demand from workers who are Royal Mail employees...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much his Department has spent on debt collection agencies in each of the last seven years.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with how many debt collection agencies his Department has a contract.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his Department's policy is on the use of debt collection agencies to collect outstanding payments.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how his Department regulates the activities of debt collection agencies during the period that they are under contract with his...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment of the ethical standards of debt collection agencies his Department undertakes before entering into a contract...

      Gratuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to publish his response to the results of his Department's consultation on tips, gratuities, service and cover...

      Regeneration: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment has been made of the potential cost of works to the former SSI steel works site on Teesside to prepare it for...

      Regeneration: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on the cost of maintaining and securing the former SSI steel works site on Teesside in its...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he had with (a) the devolved administrations and (b) local government before announcing his proposals to change...

      Sunday Trading: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the change to Sunday trading laws proposed in the Enterprise Bill on...

      Sunday Trading: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to publish the Government's response to its consultation on devolving Sunday trading rules published in August 2015.

  • Department for International Development

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether any of the structures destroyed by the Israeli authorities in the South Hebron Hills on 2 February 2016 were fully or...

    • Antigua: Coconuts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help tackle the destruction by lethal yellowing of coconut palms in Antigua.

      Ethiopia: Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information her Department holds on steps that the Ethiopian government has taken to prevent potential widespread starvation in...

      Ethiopia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which projects her Department funds in South Omo and Bench Majji, Ethiopia.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department has provided to projects fostering co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians in each of the last five...

  • Department for Education

    • Children in Care: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many care leavers in full or part-time higher education aged between 19 and 21 in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015 were former unaccompanied asylum seeking...

    • Schools: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, by what process a local authority seeking to dispose of school land can obtain Ministerial permission for development.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many kinship carers her Department estimates will be eligible for the Government's proposed free 30 hours of childcare.

      Classroom Assistants: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the number of hours teaching assistants spent covering classes in the absence of a teacher in each year since...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what academy trusts there are in each region; and how many academies there are in each such trust.

      Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many applications her Department approved for sponsorship of academies in each region in each year since 2010.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents there have been of usage of illegal highs in prisons in each of the last five years.

    • Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy to send prisoners returned to jail having broken their licence conditions to a different prison than the one from which...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners returned to jail having broken their licence conditions and subsequently been found to be carrying...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of prison officers injured on duty in incidents involving new psychoactive substances in the last year.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his Department's policy is on investing in drug detection technology to tackle illicit substances being brought into prisons; and if he will make a...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to prevent new psychoactive substances being used among the prison population.

      Custodial Treatment: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2016 to Question 24706, how many toy guns or home-made replicas and imitation guns have been confiscated in prisons...

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2016 to Question 24848, on the South Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company, what areas of that company's...

      Death: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many inquests have taken place related to the death of UK citizens whilst at sea in each year including and since 2010.

      Ministry of Justice: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effects of UK membership of the EU on policy areas in the remit of his Department.

      Tribunals: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many non-devolved tribunals there were in Scotland HM Courts and Tribunals Service between (a) April 2013 and March 2014 and (b) April 2014 and...

      Tribunals: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2016 to Question 24107 on tribunals: Scotland, how many of those people whose data was breached were made aware...

      Tribunals: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2016 to Question 24107 on tribunals: Scotland, how many of those people whose data was breached were not made aware...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will commission an assessment of the effect on victims of domestic abuse and their families of the use of common entrances at family courts for...

      Courts: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2015 to Question 18874, on offensive weapons: confiscation orders, how many such confiscations took place in each...

      Courts: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2015 to Question 18874, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in the number of knives...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to publish proposals to introduce a victims' law.

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Constituencies

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether the Local Government Boundary Commission is under an obligation to ensure...

  • Prime Minister

    • Trade Promotion

      To ask the Prime Minister, what the (a) job description, (b) budget and (c) selection criteria is for each of his trade envoys.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Channel Four Television: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of Channel 4's contribution to television and production training and development skills in...

    • Floods and Weather: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the tourist industry in Cumbria of recent flooding and severe weather.

      Channel Four Television: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with counterparts in the Cabinet Office on the privatisation...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment Schemes: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people the £7 million fund for Employability in Scotland will assist in 2016-17.

    • Personal Independence Payment: Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the effect on (a) the wellbeing and (b) access to employment and training of people who no longer have access...

      Employment Schemes: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has contracted out the maintenance and screening arrangements for Universal Jobmatch.

      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 the (a) support group and (b) work-related activity group with a prognosis...

      Supported Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to exempt supported accommodation from plans to cap social rents at local housing allowance rates.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the decrease in the number of personal independence payment mandatory reconsideration new...

      Personal Independence Payment: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will conduct an assessment of the extent to which Atos and Capita use supporting letters when conducting personal independence payment...

      Universal Credit: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the likely change in the number of (a) children and (b) working-age adults who will be in households with net equivalised...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2016 to Question 23428, how many claimants of employment and support allowance who had a diagnosis of...

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people applying for personal independence payments have passed their medical in each of the most recent 24...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • USA: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has had with the US administration on the siting of a US drone operation centre at (a) RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk and (b)...

    • Military Intervention: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2016 to Question 23290, what his Department's policy is on (a) the application of the convention on giving...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which countries British Service personnel are deployed.

      Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of recent progress of the international coalition to tackle Daesh.

      Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contribution the armed forces are making to the international coalition to tackle Daesh.

      Defence Equipment: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department plans to take to engage with (a) industry bodies and (b) trades unions on the sourcing of steel for equipment procured by his...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time for a decision on an asylum application was in each of the last 10 years; and what steps her Department is...

    • Offences against Children: Telford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce the number of sexual offences committed against children in Telford.

      Visas: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications by Syrian nationals resident in Syria for UK visitor visas have been (a) received and (b) granted in each of the last...

      European Asylum Support Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) funding and (b) personnel support was provided by her Department to the European Asylum Support Office in each year since 2009-10;...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what profit has been made by the three contractors and sub-contractors under the provision of contracts for asylum accommodation since the...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been accommodated in temporary dispersal accommodation under a contract with Compass for the provision of asylum...

      Deportation: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU citizens who have not started working have been deported after six months to which countries since May 2015.

      Asylum: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers who are (a) men, (b) women and (c) under 18 were accommodated by her Department in each constituency in Wales in...

      Police: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2016 to Question 20730, what change there has been in the level of overall police spending in real terms...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans that the Government's proposed annual asylum strategy will include third-country asylum application processing...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultations her Department has undertaken in developing the proposed annual asylum strategy; and whether her Department plans to...

  • Scotland Office

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2016 to Question 22198, on asylum, what the (a) dates, (b) minutes and (c) outcomes were of the discussions...

    • Scotland Office: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each year since 2010-11.

      Dover House: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on renovations and repairs to Dover House in each year since 2010-11.

      Urban Areas: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with local authorities in Scotland on City Deals.

      Iron and Steel: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the future of the steel industry in Scotland.

      Abortion: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with ministers of the Scottish Government and women's organisations on devolving competence for abortion legislation...

      Welfare State: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the effects of the Government's welfare programme on social and...

      Abortion: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with ministers of the Scottish Government and women's organisations on devolving competence for abortion legislation...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Mobile Homes: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2016 to Question 22397, on park homes and smart meters, what the maximum size is of park home...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his policy is on rebalancing the Civil Service between London and the regions; and if he will make a statement.

    • Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his policy is on the exemption of political aides and special advisers from the one per cent public sector pay rise limit.

      Commission on Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information will report its findings.

      Centre for Cyber Assessment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what Government departments and agencies are represented on the board of directors of the Centre for Cyber Assessment.

      Shared Services Connected: Consultants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the amount spent on consultancy support for Independent Shared Services Centres; and for what reasons the...

      Cancer: East Sussex

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cancer mortality rate was in (a) Wealden constituency and (b) East Sussex in each of the last 10 years.

      Government Departments: Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions government departments have paid bills to small and medium-sized businesses more than 60 days after the date the invoice was...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bees: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to address the loss of habitat for bees and wasps.

    • Lapwings: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to preserve lapwing habitats.

      Landfill: Odour Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support her Department offers to people affected by overpowering odour escapes from landfill sites.

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of trends in the overall size of the under-10 metres fishing fleet in (a) England, (b) the...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to support the Clean for the Queen campaign.

      Regeneration: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of commissioning an Environment Agency assessment of the SSI steel...

      Clean Air Zones: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding she plans to allocate to Birmingham City Council for implementation of a Clean Air Zone in Birmingham; and how...

  • Department of Health

    • Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that adult mental health services have the expertise to support young people with attachment disorders.

    • Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has received requests to expedite the timetable of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation for a decision on HPV vaccination for...

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) terms of reference and (b) timeline are of review of blood donations policy.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives from the health sector on the development of services to treat arthritis and...

      Autism: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department and NHS England are taking to ensure that autism diagnosis waiting times for (a) children and (b) adults in Lincolnshire NHS...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges on research showing that e-cigarettes can cause cardiac damage.

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase levels of blood donation.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to make high-dose prostate therapy available on the NHS.

      Pregnant Women: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make the test for levels of fetal fibronectin to assist in detecting likely premature births available through the NHS.

      Pregnancy: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges on the possible connection between potato consumption and diabetes in pregnancy.

      Department of Health: Debts Written Off

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times debt repayments to his Department have been written off in each year since 2010; and what the value of such debts were in each such year.

      Mental Health Services: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve access to mental health services for care leavers aged 18 to 25 years old.

      Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the most effective way to implement the use of rapid diagnostic technology for the purpose of accurately...

      Doctors: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the application-to-place ratio prior to interview is for ST1/CT1 posts starting in August to December 2016 at each specialities national recruitment...

      Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which National Clinical Director will be responsible for overseeing the neurology intelligence network from March 2016; and if he will make a statement.

      Zika Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role the UK pharmaceutical industry is playing in the development of a vaccine for the Zika virus.

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the annual cost of prescription charges paid by adults with cystic fibrosis; what the effect of prescription charges is on...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to implement the conclusions set out in the Future in Mind report on vulnerable young people in transition from Child...

      NHS Litigation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data sets are maintained by the NHS Litigation Authority.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what change there has been in the proportion of children and young people referred to Tier 2 CAMHS services since 2013 in (a) England, (b) each region,...

      Mental Health Services: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Prime Minister's announcement of 11 January 2016 on £1.4 billion of funding for mental health services, what proportion of...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to implement the conclusions of his Department's report, entitled Future in Mind, published in March 2015, on...

      Drugs: Overdoses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce guidance to NHS trusts on notification of next of kin after the admission to NHS facilities of a person who has taken an overdose of...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria his Department uses to determine whether public health issues require a national strategy to tackle them.

      Department of Health: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the public purse was of the rationalisation of his Department's offices in London.

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to increase spending on research into brain tumours to enable faster diagnosis.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what equality assessment his Department has undertaken on the introduction of fixed recoverable costs in clinical negligence cases; and if he will make a...

      Mental Health Services: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2016 to Question 24674, what steps he is taking to ensure that trained specialist mental health staff are available...

      Diseases: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of (a) scurvy, (b) rickets, (c) cholera and (d) plague have been diagnosed in each year since 2010.

      Medical Records: Insurance Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what access insurance companies have to NHS health records; which insurance companies accessed such records in 2015; and what the process is for...

      Suicide: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women have taken their own lives in the first year after the birth of their child in each of the last five years.

      Vitamin B12: Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance is issued to (a) mental health professionals and (b) GPs on the relationship between vitamin B12 and depression-like symptoms.

      Mental Illness: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2016 to Question 25105, when he expects the new resource for businesses on addressing mental health issues to be...

      Antidepressants: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that the NICE guidelines on prescribing anti-depressants for children will be reviewed following the findings of the...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2016 to Question 24145, what support a hospital is expected to provide to people appointed as attorneys to make...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if the Government will make it its policy to bring forward legislative proposals to allow heterosexual couples to enter into civil partnerships; and...

    • Females: Directors

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2016 to Question 24539, whether the list provided in that answer includes all of the chief executives of FTSE...

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in their assessment of the need for new high speed rail services what weighting they are giving to improving passenger services between the north east and...

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to minimise the risk to aircraft from the use of drones, and whether those steps include a system of registration of ownership.

      Railways: Devon

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 28 January (HL Deb, col 1405), what is the estimated cost of the next two years’ work by Network...

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any acknowledgement of the achievement by Network Rail in completing successfully over 99 per cent of its Christmas and New Year...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many deceased cats and dogs have been collected and identified by Highways England since the Department for Transport committed in March 2015 to ensure...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many local authorities routinely scan pet cats and dogs that are the victims of road traffic accidents on local roads and where possible contact their owners.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take for the protection of air passengers following the recent report of the UK Airprox Board of four near-miss incidents involving...

      Gatwick Express Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the latest National Rail Passenger Survey and the levels of satisfaction with the Gatwick Express service, what steps they plan to take to...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role Network Rail has in the HS2 project, and whether it will have a role in deciding where the steel required for that project should be purchased from.

      London Airports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 14 December 2015 (HL Deb, col 1885) on aviation capacity, what additional work is now being...

  • Home Office

    • Licensed Premises: Arrests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many arrests were made in 2015 within establishments that hold a premises licence as defined under Part 3 of the Licensing Act 2003.

    • Asylum: Cardiff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Bates on 28 January (HL Deb, col 1408), when Cardiff Council last inspected Lynx House; whether a written report was...

  • HM Treasury

    • Multinational Companies: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what legal powers the EU has to intervene in the taxation arrangements agreed between HM Treasury and foreign-based firms, including Google, and what...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the draft report by the UN panel of experts on Yemen, which documents major violations of international humanitarian law by all...

    • Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the French Prime Minster concerning his recent statement that total, global and ruthless war must be conducted against...

      Burundi: Civil Disorder

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of recent civil disturbances in Burundi on livelihoods and resilience and the role of the African Union and the...

      Burundi: Rule of Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the state of the rule of law in Burundi, the need for security sector reform and the role of development assistance in...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Living Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have labelled the national minimum wage of £7.20 an hour as "the national living wage" when it falls below the UK Living Wage and London Living...

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific engagement they have had with the besieged people of the Syrian town of Madaya.

    • Syria: International Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific goals they wish to achieve from the Syria Donors Conference taking place in London in February.

      Burundi: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the need for humanitarian assistance in Burundi and the potential role of the churches in meeting the needs of Burundian...

      Burundi: International Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their contribution to multilateral development assistance to Burundi; and what is their assessment of the impact of this funding.

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to encourage countries hosting Syrian refugees in the region to allow non-governmental organisations to provide non-formal...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that teachers, including refugee teachers, are paid appropriate wages and receive appropriate training and support in...

  • Department for Education

    • Technology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the global economy of gender equality in the technology sector.

    • Children: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what safeguards are in place to prevent children either never going to school or going missing from school.

      Politics: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to respond to the report by 4Children Britain's Families Thriving or Striving?, and in particular the surveyed views of young people aged...

      Civil Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the legalisation of same-sex marriage, they intend to legislate to allow heterosexual couples who wish to form civil partnerships to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Secure Training Centres: Labour Turnover

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the turnover of basic grade custody staff in the G4S-run secure training centres of Medway, Oakhill and Rainsbrook over the last 12 months.

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

    • House of Lords: Catering

      To ask the Chairman of Committees which members of House of Lords' staff are entitled to free food or refreshments in the House's facilities.

    • Catering and Retail Services (HL)

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what is the new role of the previous manager of Catering and Retail Services; what are his responsibilities; and to whom he reports.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Arts: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the percentage of spending by Arts Council England that goes to supporting children's participation in the arts.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 27 January (HL5012), why that answer provided a reference to a Written Answer in the House of Commons given...

    • Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of EU immigrants were in receipt of benefit payments during the last two years for which figures are available.

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much is paid in benefits to claimants who are citizens of each of the 27 other EU member states, and how many such claimants there are from each of those...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Reserve Forces: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what military training is given to new reservists, and how that training compares to military training given to new recruits to the regular forces.

    • Reserve Forces: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recruitment incentives are given to new reservists in (1) the army, (2) the Royal Navy, and (3) the Royal Air Force, and what is the total cost of those...

      Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the size of the armed forces on 31 December in (1) 2009, (2) 2010, (3) 2011, (4) 2012, (5) 2013, (6) 2014, and (7) 2015.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Social Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for new or additional housing to which single and other occupants of existing hostels could move; what assessment they have made of the...

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new housing developments were built in the period 2010 to 2015 against advice given by the Environment Agency.

      Housing: Floods

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the recent extensive flooding, they intend to review the sections of the planning practice guidance relating to flood risk.

      Floods: Cumbria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to meet the excess costs of flood repair and renewal in Cumbria centrally, and if not, why not.

      Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much council tax support funding has been passed from billing authorities to parish and town councils in 2013–14, 2014–15, and 2015–16.

      English Language: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 28 January (HL5309), what assessment they have made of whether it will be legally possible...

      Community Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 28 January (HL5309), what is included in the Department for Communities and Local...

  • Wales Office

    • Public Sector: Sustainable Development

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have taken place with the Welsh Government about the benefits of the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, and in particular...

    • UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of holding a referendum in June on the UK's membership of the EU on the elections to the National Assembly for Wales.

  • Scotland Office

    • East Coast Railway Line: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had with the Scottish Government about the future electrification of the East Coast Main Line between Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Floods: Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what independent research is being carried out on the availability and affordability of flood insurance for small businesses in flood affected areas.

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have refused to disclose legal advice regarding the impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership on the NHS.

    • Tobacco

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 3 December 2015 (HL3859), which tobacco measures introduced in the last 10 years they have...

      World Health Organisation: Treaties

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 8 December 2015 (HL3862), what legal basis the World Health Organization's treaties have in...

      Prosthetics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on patients of the decision by NHS England to refuse funding for micro-processor knees.

      Bladder Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the BCG vaccine treatment of bladder cancer.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific steps they will take to ensure that the review of the statutory scheme for branded medicines takes into account the specificities of medicines...

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