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Written answers

Monday, 15 February 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Midland Main Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what works will be required south of Bedford to enable Midland Mainline electrification north of Bedford.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many properties in Eddisbury have been purchased under the Exceptional Hardship Scheme since phase two of High Speed 2 was announced.

      Roads: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish a list of (a) ongoing projects and (b) planned projects within the strategic road network in each region under the first road...

      Railways: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library a copy of a Keeling Schedule for Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 as amended by draft Regulation COM/2013/028 final.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2016 to Question 21012, what further estimate he has made of the (a) number of and (b) cost of repairs identified...

      Motorcycles: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on the extension of the plug-in grant to motorcycles; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage competition between rail services providers in the UK.

      Regional Airports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the value is of awards made to each route from the Regional Air Connectivity Fund.

      Luton Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what responsibilities for (a) upkeep, (b) condition and (c) repair at Luton railway station are discharged by (i) Network Rail, (ii) Govia Thameslink...

      Shipping: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department plans to hold with colleagues in the Scottish Government on the environmental proposal for ship-to-ship oil transfers...

      Bus Service Operators Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department plans to provide Transport for London (TfL) with Bus Service Operators Grant funding when the general grant paid to TfL is removed...

      Transport for London: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2016 to Question 24092, whether the transport grant his Department provides for Transport for London (TfL) is...

      Bus Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2016 to Question 23952, what methods and data his Department has used to measure trends in bus punctuality since 2010.

      Breathalysers: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the legal requirement for drivers in France to carry a breathalyser and its effect on road safety in that...

      Diesel Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to encourage more use of diesel vehicles.

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to investigate the effectiveness of 20mph zones in local authorities which have implemented them.

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on establishing 20mph zones.

      Bus Services: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support the provision of rural bus services in West Yorkshire.

      Railways: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of recent disruption due to flooding in Northern England on railway passengers.

      Motor Vehicles: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2015 to Question 19143, what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on the administration of...

      Bus Services: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to ensure that bus service levels are maintained during the transition period before the introduction of a bus franchise.

      Bus Services: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria he plans that local authorities will be expected to meet in order to justify bus franchising in their areas; and whether he plans that...

      Bus Services: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the costs of bus franchising outside London.

      Bus Services: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the effect of bus franchising on the vehicle...

      Bus Services: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that bus operators are incentivised to invest in new vehicles when franchising is an option open to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2016 to Question 22031, whether he has received any reports from UK personnel working with...

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what actions he has taken as a result of receiving the Final Report of the UN Panel of Experts on Yemen.

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to Bahraini government on the treatment of political prisoners in that country.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the proportion of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who applied to university in each of...

  • Department for International Development

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid the UK gave to Afghanistan in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

    • Southern Africa: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she has taken to assist people in poverty in southern Africa to mitigate the effects of the severe drought in that region.

      Developing Countries: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she plans to take to support the provision of real and sustainable employment to young refugees in states with high youth...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is providing for (a) Syrian refugees and (b) Syrian refugee children in Europe; and if she will make a...

      Developing Countries: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the high incidence of mental health disorders in countries (a) with poor mental health...

  • Department for Education

    • Fire Stations: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the cost to the public purse was of the purchase of the Kingsland Fire Station site for use by the Hackney New Primary School; and how much...

    • Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2016 to Question 24002, how many steering group meetings of the area reviews of post-16 education and training...

      Sixth Form Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students were enrolled in (a) school sixth forms, (b) academy sixth forms and (c) 16 to 19 years free schools which have been established...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has for the implementation of the recommendations in the School Food Plan (SFP) after the end of the SFP office's contract...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of penalties for motorists causing death by car dooring.

    • Legal Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have represented themselves as litigants in person in (a) civil, (b) criminal and (c) family courts in 2015-16 to date.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the time taken for appeals for benefit sanctions.

      Prisoners: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many referrals were made to coroners in England which relate to people who have died in state detention in (a) 2010 and (b) 2015.

  • Leader of the House

    • Opening of Parliament

      To ask the Leader of the House, when he plans to announce the date of the next State Opening of Parliament.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • National Gallery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received concerning paintings left by Sir Hugh Lane to the National Gallery.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Nuclear Weapons: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2016 to Question 23641, which of the five findings contained in the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator assessment of...

    • Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the amount set aside for contingency funding was within the overall equipment budget of his Department in each of the last six years.

      HMS Vengeance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was of refitting and refuelling HMS Vengeance between March 2012 and December 2015.

      Sea King Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2016 to Question 24277, how many Sea King (a) Mk3, (b) Mk3a, (c) Mk4 and (d) Mk5 aircraft are planned to be taken...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the US Department of Defense Operational Test and Evaluation report of 1 February...

      Royal Regiment of Scotland: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel from 6 SCOTS and 7 SCOTS received the annual bonus for fulfilling the minimum training commitment in each of the last three years.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 5.14 of the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, what the timetable is for the...

      Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the financial health of the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Company and its potential effect on the MARS programme.

      Defence: Civilians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilians are employed by the (a) Ministry of Defence and its trading bodies and (b) contractors at (i) AWE Aldemaston; (ii) AWE Burghfield;...

  • Home Office

    • Social Networking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre is taking to protect children and young people from grooming through social...

    • Pornography: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) children under 16 and (b) people aged 16 to 25 have been victims of reported revenge porn in each year since it became a...

      Home Office: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has paid out in compensation to (a) internal and (b) external claimants in each year since 2010.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the smallest geographical unit is for which data on the performance of the Disclosure and Barring Service is gathered for enhanced...

  • HM Treasury

    • Vat

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) primary and (b) secondary policy purposes are of VAT exemption for supplies of commercial property.

    • Google: Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the contribution of the Financial Secretary to the Treasury of 3 February 2016, Official Report, column 975, what level of information has been...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many cancellations of tax credits by Concentrix have been reversed since that company's contract with his Department commenced.

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has target times for responding to written correspondence from members of the public; and what change there has been...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was recovered by HM Revenue and Customs as arrears for non-compliance with the national minimum wage in each quarter since 1 April 2014; from how...

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the savings to the public purse of the proposed emergency brake on in-work benefits for EU citizens in employment in the UK.

      Stamp Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with which local authorities and combined authorities his Department is in discussions on retention of Stamp Duty income by local bodies.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government: Debt Collection

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Government has spent on debt collection activity in each of the last seven years.

    • Ministerial Policy Advisers: Vetting

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any proposed special advisers have failed security vetting since May 2010.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his Department's policy is on when to inform Parliament about changes to pay grades of special advisers in any ministerial department.

      Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2016 to Question 23778, on civil servants: pensions, and with reference to his letter to the hon. Member for...

      Civil Servants: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what cyber-security training civil servants are required to undertake (a) as part of their induction and (b) during their employment.

      Civil Servants: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of (a) agency workers and (b) directly employed staff in the civil service at each grade in each year...

      Senior Civil Servants: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2016 to Question 25009, what proportion of people in the Senior Civil Service were based in London in each year...

      Ireland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to develop (a) the British-Irish Council, (b) the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference and (c) other such...

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2015 to Question 8466, how many additional extended ministerial offices have since been established.

      Local Government: Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions his Department has held with local authorities on cyber-security.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Marine Conservation Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress her Department is making on developing effective management strategies for Marine Conservation Zones.

    • Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage households to (a) reduce food waste and (b) increase awareness of food waste.

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to reduce the administrative burden placed on fishing boats under 10 metres.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to her speech at the Oxford Farming Conference on 6 January 2016, how she plans to ensure that effective...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to meet the UN target of reducing food wastage by 50 per cent by 2030.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has had discussions with her EU counterparts during the renegotiation of the terms of the UK's membership of the...

      Food: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with representatives of the EU institutions on the recognition of British ingredients in food stuff.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2016 to Question 903457, when the Spending Review settlement to her Department will be...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department plans to take with insurance companies to ensure that savings from Flood Re are passed on to...

  • Department of Health

    • Department of Health: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has paid out in compensation to (a) internal and (b) external claimants in each year since 2010.

    • Aspartame

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in which countries aspartame has been banned; and for what reason each such ban has been enacted.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to measure the effectiveness of his Department's work to tackle obesity.

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the Care Quality Commission on proposed changes to the contracts of Experts by Experience.

      Cancer: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress NHS England has made on improving cancer survival rates.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal College for Nursing on the connection between cancer drugs and dementia.

      Headaches: Diets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal College of Nursing on the connection between a low-fat diet and the reduction of migraine attacks.

      Gastrointestinal System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with stomach disorders in each of the last five years.

      Nurses: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Home Affairs on enabling foreign nurses to fill vacancies in the NHS.

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to make available on the NHS less invasive treatment for inflamed pancreas conditions.

      Pathology: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pathologists qualified to conduct postmortems there were in (a) 2010 and (b) 2015.

      Department of Health: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many members of staff are employed in the Ministerial correspondence section of his Department.

      Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to measure (a) national and (b) local performance on tackling high levels of cholesterol.

  • Prime Minister

    • Iraq: Arms Trade

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether he has had discussions with the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic on the sale of Czech war planes to Iraq.

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Racially Aggravated Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to overcome the problem of race hate crimes on Britain’s railway networks in the light of the figures collected by the British Transport...

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Carbon Airports Commission calculated that air fares would need to rise in order to comply with the capped model, and what estimate they have...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their strategy for rolling stock specifies the need for new diesel rolling stock to serve the rail lines not specified for electrification, and if...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • EU Action: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each government department, from July to December 2015, on how many occasions the scrutiny reserve resolution in (1) the House of Lords, and (2) the...

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel following the arrest of three members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Hatim...

      Iraq: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how many persons are now officially held in detention without charge in Iraq, and their affiliations, and what steps they...

      Turkey: Press Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Turkey about attacks on the freedom of the media in the light of the number of journalists...

      Turkey: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Turkey about the number of children killed by military and police action in Turkey since June 2015.

      Israel: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel regarding its use of administrative detention.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel regarding the deaths of two people killed during protests in Gaza in mid January.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made to Israel’s reported decision to reject recommendation 13 of UNICEF's report Children in Israeli Military Detention:...

      Israel: Bedouin

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel with regard to the two Bedouin villages, Umm al-Ḥīrān and Atir, due to be...

      Mohammed Abu Tair

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the arrest and detention of Mohammed Abu Tair.

      Sierra Leone: Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Sierra Leone regarding the Safe Abortion Act 2015.

      Greece: Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any proposals by the EU to prosecute charities and volunteers who give assistance to migrants arriving in Greece, and what...

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contingency plans are in place, or in preparation, to address all possible outcomes of a referendum on the UK's continued membership of the EU.

      Iran: Official Visits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following his recent visits to France and Italy, whether there are plans for President Rouhani of Iran to visit the UK.

      Burundi: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current situation in Burundi; and whether they are concerned that the present levels of violence could lead to genocide.

      Sudan: Migration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of political instability, human rights violations, poor governance and rule of law, and economic collapse, on...

      Anguilla

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which minister or ministers have direct responsibility for the affairs of the British overseas territory of Anguilla.

      Slovenia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Slovenia about the case of Bostjan Bozic and the issues it raises under the European Convention...

      Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 2 February about private representations to Saudi Arabia concerning the number of executions (HL...

      Niranjan Rasalingam

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Burma regarding the alleged torture, denial of consular access, and detention without trial of...

      EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what fines have been levied on the UK for non-compliance with EU directives from 2010 to date.

      Middle East: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how many refugees from Syria and Iraq have been accepted by Saudi Arabia and each of the Gulf States; and whether other...

      Horn of Africa: EU Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what diplomatic, programme and financial support they plan to offer to the EU Horn of Africa Migration Route Initiative.

      UN Security Council

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of calls by The Elders and other groups for changes in the composition and working of the UN Security Council in order to make...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Bates on 8 February (HL Deb, col 1980), what steps they are taking to persuade the government of Turkey to open the border at...

      Syria: War Crimes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a central point in the UK, or elsewhere, for recording war crimes in Syria, in particular the starvation of civilians and the deaths under...

      Turkey: Kurds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Final Resolution of the 12th International Conference on the European Union, Turkey, the Middle East and the Kurds,...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to engage with leaders of businesses of all sizes in every sector to ensure that they have information about the pros and cons of the UK...

    • Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the electricity cost per tonne of steel produced in (1) the UK, (2) Germany, and (3) France, and what assessment they have made of the reasons for...

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extra electricity cost to steel producers related to climate change policies in financial terms per tonne, and as a...

      Students: Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the health status of low-income university students in comparison to other university students.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the administration of the Apprenticeships Levy will function in order to fund work-based learning and vocational training in (1) Wales, (2) Scotland, and...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the legal advice sought from First Treasury Counsel in relation to the impact of the Trade Union Bill on the devolved...

  • Department for International Development

    • Zika Virus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to help to ensure that women have access to safe and legal abortion services throughout Latin America and the Caribbean in the...

    • Burundi: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider re-opening the Department for International Development’s Office in Burundi.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the report by the Fair Admissions Campaign and British Humanist Association, An Unholy Mess, and in...

    • Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the finding of the report by the Fair Admissions Campaign and the British Humanist Association last year An Unholy Mess...

      Academies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any future plans to make all secondary schools academies.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which 10 local authorities have (1) the most, and (2) the least, pupil funding.

      Academies: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are monitoring academies and free schools that seek to change their nominal catchment areas in order to ensure that local parents have the final say...

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many academies and free schools have a clause in their funding agreement requiring the teaching of sex and relationship education.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they have drawn from the recent study of the UK's future rotary wing requirements carried out by the Joint Helicopter Command.

    • Reserve Forces: Deployment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the speed at which reservists will be able to fill front-line combat roles.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • EU Globalisation Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what applications for support have been submitted to the EU Globalisation Adjustment Fund since its inception; whether they intend to submit an application...

    • Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 30 December 2015 (HL4654), what (1) in-work, and (2) out-of-work, benefits were paid to recent EU migrants in...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Thames Tideway Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what (1) proportion, and (2) volume, of excavated spoil from each of the Thames Tideway Tunnel construction sites will be transported from them by river.

    • Thames Tideway Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what economic benefits are attributed in the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs document of October 2015 Creating a River Thames fit for our...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the Court of Auditors' report stating that EU farm projects to improve the environmental sustainability of EU farms are...

      Squirrels: Pest Control

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people in England have been killed or injured during grey squirrel control with guns during the last decade.

      Squirrels: Pest Control

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 1 February (HL5225) about grey squirrel control, what is their definition of "free shooting".

      Plastic Bags: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether retailer records provided to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will be made available on the department's website, in the light...

      Game: Lead

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the finding of the Lead Advisory Group, reported by the Chairman in his letter of 3 June 2015 to the Secretary of...

  • Home Office

    • Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what data they collect, and from whom, about the number of children trafficked, and attempted to be trafficked, on Eurostar services.

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the percentage of child refugees to the UK from Syria and elsewhere who are from Muslim families, and whether the families...

  • HM Treasury

    • Multinational Companies: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the criticism of the European Commission by Robert Stack, the US Treasury Official in charge of international tax policy, for...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Regional Planning and Development: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, as part of the Northern Powerhouse initiative, what are their policies for the decentralisation of civil servants.

    • Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the net migration to the UK in the year to March 2013.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total net immigration into the UK between 1997 and 2015.

      Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 26 January (HL5030), what historic data they hold on cancer registrations and deaths in England...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gaming Machines: Money Laundering

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they made in their recent Evaluation of Gaming Machine (Circumstances of Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 of the evidence from the Gambling...

    • Football Pools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how many community projects the football pools have supported or promoted in the years (1) 2004, (2) 2005, and (3) 2015.

      National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had any discussions with relevant bodies about National Museums Liverpool coming under the control of the combined authorities, and what...

      VisitBritain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the respective responsibilities of the home nations' tourism organisations following restructuring of VisitBritain, in particular regarding the...

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