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Written answers

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • A1079

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to ensure that dualling of the A1079 between Barnby Moor and Wilberfoss goes ahead; and if he will make a statement.

    • Motor Vehicle Type Approval

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what changes the UK is discussing with its European partners to the EU Framework Directive in respect of commercial vehicle body building and...

      Transport: Refrigeration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the first on-road UK trial of zero-emission transport refrigeration units to take place; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the recital in paragraph one of section C of the revised version of the draft EU decision on a new settlement...

    • Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons the Advisory Group on Freedom of Religion and Belief was not re-established after the 2015 General Election;...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps have been taken during the Government's negotiations on the UK's membership of the EU to restore the UK's rebate to...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on the options circulated by the President of the European Council on the UK's relationship with the EU.

      Africa: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent progress has been made on the High Level Prosperity Partnership in Africa.

      France: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his French counterpart on the Treaty of Le Touquet; and if he will make a statement.

      Diego Garcia: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the lease extension of the military base on Diego Garcia.

      Israel: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of attacks on Christian places of worship in Israel in each of the last three years.

      Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to promote trade and diplomatic connections between the UK and other Commonwealth countries.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the outcome of discussions at the February 2016 European...

      India: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the strength of diplomatic and economic relations between India and the UK.

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran.

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Bahrain.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Living Wage: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what costs have been incurred by his Department for the current advertising campaign on the national living wage.

    • Living Wage: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much was spent on each media type for 2016 Step Up to the Living Wage campaign.

      Game

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the value was to the UK economy of the game meat market in each of the last five years.

      Drugs: Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether he has had discussions with pharmaceutical companies based outside the UK on locating functions in the UK.

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what financial assistance the Government has granted to medical companies for medical research.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to his Department's press release of 5 February 2016, New National Minimum Wage offenders named and shamed,...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of the closure of his Department's Sheffield office on the delivery of his...

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a mixed-competence agreement that will require ratification by the...

  • Department for Education

    • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2015 to Question 13645, what the names of each (a) head teacher and (b) school her Department is currently...

    • Vocational Guidance: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations she has received from business organisations on the quality of careers information advice and guidance in (a) Lambeth and (b)...

      Harperbury Free School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, by what process her Department ensured the site secured for the proposed Harperbury Free School (a) was large enough and (b) met other requirements to...

      Harperbury Free School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the letter from her Department to the Harperbury Free School governors of 17 November 2015, if she will make an assessment of the...

      Primary Education: Christchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will place in the Library a copy of the application made by Twynham Learning Federation to establish a new primary academy in West Christchurch...

      Academies: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2016 to Question 25404, which of the (a) academies, (b) academies which were previously maintained schools and...

      Schools: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary school budgets have been spent on tackling mental health problems in each of the last five years; and...

      Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to improve teaching in schools on the risks of drug and alcohol abuse.

      Schools: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make applications for EU structural funds for the purposes of alleviating pressure on school places caused by migration from other EU...

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations she has received from faith schools on admissions and staffing policies in such schools; and if she will make a statement.

      Academies: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) trustees and (b) directors of academies and academy chains are paid salaries in excess of £142,500.

      Playing Fields: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many state playing fields were sold in each year since 2010.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what extra support is provided to foster carers receiving children who have experienced multiple placement breakdowns.

      Foster Care: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what training on mental health awareness is provided to foster carers.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the financial effect of the provision of the Childcare Bill on primary schools with nursery provision.

      Carers: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to monitor implementation of the duties in the Children and Families Act 2014 on local authorities to (a) identify, (b)...

      Internet: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of criminalising cyber bullying.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to improve links between schools and elite sports organisations.

      Academies: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department plans to take to publish performance data for academy chains.

      Children: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of schools which have restricted the school trips which children with autism spectrum disorder can...

      Pupil Exclusions: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of pupils who were (a) permanently and (b) temporarily excluded from school were recorded as having mental health...

      Schools: Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2016 to Question 25804, what the two sites are that are being considered for disposal within the Greater...

      Free School Meals: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the cost has been of provision of free school meals by region in each of the last three years.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Magistrates' Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many magistrates' courts opened in each local justice area in each year since 2010.

    • Ministry of Justice: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many press and public relations staff are employed by (a) his Department, (b) HM Courts and Tribunal Service, (c) HM Prison Service, (d) the Legal...

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been charged with trying to escape from a prison van in each of the last five years; and how many such people have avoided recapture.

      Ministry of Justice: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many press and public relations staff are employed by (a) his Department, (b) HM Courts and Tribunal Service, (c) HM Prison Service, (d) the Legal...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for Exceptional Case Funding there were in 2015; and how many of those applications were successful.

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Constituencies: West Yorkshire

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, when he expects the Local Government Boundary Commission for England to next review...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Queen Elizabeth II: Anniversaries

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what plans the Church of England has to mark the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.

    • Church Commissioners: Pay

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what the average hourly earnings for their (a) female and (b) male (i) full-time and (ii) part-time employees was...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to help members of the public to attend First World War centenary events held in 2016 in (a)...

    • Social Rented Housing: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that social housing tenants who would like superfast broadband can access connections;...

      Telecommunications: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what provisions the UK has adopted to comply with the new EU directive on measures to reduce the cost of deploying high-speed...

      Public Libraries: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many local libraries closed in Lancashire in (a) 2012, (b) 2013, (c) 2014 and (d) 2015.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many times the Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy has visited each region in the last year.

      BBC: Royal Charters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff have been seconded to his Department to analyse responses to the BBC Charter Review consultation.

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many public libraries have (a) closed and (b) opened in England since May 2010; and how many libraries which were previously run by...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Supported Housing: Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect on the availability of women's refuge services of the local rate of local housing...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2016 to Question 25293, whether his Department distinguishes between the proposed use of deployed platforms with...

    • Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people under the age of 18 in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK were recruited to the armed forces in each of the last five years.

      Ministry of Defence: Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on recruitment agency fees in each of the last six years.

      Armed Forces: Civilians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian personnel were deployed in each operational theatre overseas in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will hold discussions with the Defence Police Federation on the (a) level of morale and (b) terms and conditions of service within the Ministry of...

  • Home Office

    • Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the police take to ensure the safety of people sleeping rough.

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress her Department has made on developing the planned annual asylum strategy; and when she expects that strategy to be published.

      Aviation: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many alerts were issued by the National Border Targeting Centre to the regional offices of Border Force relating to flights of potential...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied child refugees in Europe the Government expects to relocate in 2016.

      Vetting: Greenwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what reports she has received from the Metropolitan Police in the Royal Borough of Greenwich of delays in processing Disclosure and Barring...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to close the Collective Passport Service by the end of February 2016; and if she will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Wolverhampton South West of 14 December 2015 on the...

      Terrorism: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to support the Metropolitan Police in tackling terrorism in London.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Floods: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of recent flooding and severe weather in Cumbria on livestock prices.

    • Flood Control: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to ensure adequate funding of flood alleviation schemes planned for the River Spen in Cleckheaton and...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average hourly earnings of (a) female, (b) male, (c) full-time and (d) part-time employees of her Department were...

      Agriculture: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will take steps to ensure that farming business is market-led rather than production-led.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fringe Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff in her Department and non-departmental public bodies receive (a) home to work travel allowance, (b) a car...

      Agriculture: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to ensure the resilience of agriculture businesses in (a) Copeland and (b) Allerdale to respond to...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the names of all insurers which have Flood Re-compatible products available to consumers on the day of...

      Dredging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what powers she intends to extend to farmers in relation to the dredging of watercourses on their land.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to her comments at the Oxford Farming Conference on 6 January 2016 on additional powers to internal drainage...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to her comments at the Oxford Farming conference on 6 January 2016 on decentralising decision-making, what...

      Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many licenses issued under the Welfare of Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (England) Regulations 2012 are currently...

  • HM Treasury

    • Business Premises Renovation Allowance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people who have used the Business Premises Renovation Allowance scheme have also been subject to investigation by HM Revenue and Customs for tax...

    • Temporary Employment: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will reform taxation arrangements for temporary and contract workers to ensure that they are equitable in comparison with those of direct employees.

      Dorneywood: Official Hospitality

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which guests have (a) visited and (b) stayed at Dorneywood House since 7 May 2015.

      Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses accessed the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) in 2014-15; what the cost of SEIS was to his Department in that year; and what the...

      Scottish Fiscal Commission

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the implications are for the Government's policy on balanced budgets of the decision of the Scottish Government not to enhance the powers of the...

      Treasury: Financial Conduct Authority

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Financial Conduct Authority staff are (a) seconded to his Department and (b) work in the private office of each Minister of his Department.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Department of Energy and Climate Change: Fringe Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many staff in her Department and non-departmental public bodies receive (a) home to work travel allowance, (b) a car allowance and...

    • Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department is taking to assist people living in low-income households to improve energy-inefficient properties.

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the average hourly earnings of (a) female, (b) male, (c) full-time and (d) part-time employees of her Department were in each of...

      Nuclear Reactors: Thorium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans the Government has to support research and development in the use of thorium reactor technology in (a) the UK, (b) the EU...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme: Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans she has to support solar thermal systems in the domestic and non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Infrastructure: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what incentives are in place to encourage major infrastructure projects to use steel manufactured in the UK.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament: Cycling

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2015 to Question 2241, what the reasons are for there being no...

    • BBC Parliament: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will discuss with the BBC Parliament channel improving the provision of (a)...

  • Department of Health

    • Nursing and Midwifery Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on extension of their remit to include root cause analysis of complaints and...

    • Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of the doctors applying to Round 1 for Speciality Training posts commencing in the period August to December 2016...

      Nurses: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with NHS trusts in England on costs of the practice of sourcing nurses from Northern Ireland to cover weekend shifts.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Food

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many, and which, councils in England have followed the example of Hampshire and set up locally sourced food supplies for their schools or other...

    • Parish Councils: Ballots

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the new rules governing the conduct of parish polls.

      Green Belt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 2 February (HL5483), when they next expect to review their national policy on development...

      Housing Estates: Regeneration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what budgets and programmes have been established since 2014 to help the regeneration of council housing estates.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment, consultation and other work was carried out to establish the Pay to Stay thresholds at £30,000 and £40,000, outside and in London,...

      Landlords

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their technical or legal definition of a "rogue landlord".

      Local Government: Devolution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the risk that their policy of further localism might lead to local authorities with high Muslim populations adopting...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Palestine about recent pronouncements by Mr Abbas praising the actions of Palestinians who have...

    • Mohammed al-Qeeq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about allowing Mohammed Al -Qeeq to transfer to a hospital in Ramallah from Afula Hospital;...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether UK advisers have highlighted to the government of Saudi Arabia the status of Yemeni cultural heritage, including the list of sites provided by the...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what process exists for UK citizens to question the working of the Belfast Agreement 1998.

    • Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the minutes of all meetings and discussion that have taken place with the government of the Republic of...

      Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of the Belfast Agreement 1998 on the UK and Irish legal systems.

      Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their policy of transparency applies to the Belfast Agreement 1998, and if not, why not.

      British Irish Intergovernmental Conference

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place the minutes of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference since 1998 in the Library of the House.

      Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether membership of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe requires them to regard all citizens in the UK to be equal and thus requiring...

      Equality: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 27 November 2015 (HL3723), what difference, if any, there is between people in Northern Ireland and people...

      Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 19 January (HL4894) concerning the Belfast Agreement 1998, what is meant by "mutual interest and concern".

      Human Rights: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether those who work, or worked, in Northern Ireland, but reside in Great Britain, are entitled to the same level of equality and human rights as those who...

      Belfast Agreement: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what occasions the government of the Republic of Ireland reported on its implementation of the Belfast Agreement 1998 in the areas of human rights,...

      Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what meetings under the Belfast Agreement 1998 can be attended by members of the public.

      North South Ministerial Council Joint Secretariat

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions information has been requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 concerning meetings of the North/South Ministerial Council...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many claims for compensation by the victims of terrorism in Northern Ireland remain outstanding.

  • Attorney General

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Trade Missions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what joint trade missions have been undertaken by the UK and the Republic of Ireland since 2010.

    • Student Unions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether student unions are in receipt of public funds, and whether all university students are obliged to join unions.

      Students: Plagiarism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park on 26 January (HL5024), what is the timeframe of the discussions about the legality of essay...

      Students: Plagiarism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park on 26 January (HL5024), what systems are in place to ensure that a standardised approach is...

      Horticulture: Living Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the introduction of the National Living Wage on horticultural businesses that employ large numbers of...

  • Department for Education

    • Further Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the requirement for all learners who did not achieve a Level 2 in English and maths by the age of 16 to...

    • Science: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to shorten the teacher training period for graduates in life science subjects by allowing them to qualify in a single subject, such as...

      Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the degree to which religious selection in schools leads to intakes that are socio-economically unrepresentative of their...

      Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take, if any, to reduce the complexity of the admission arrangements employed by religiously selective schools, as highlighted in...

      Department for Education: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Education will publish records of external meetings held by special advisers to its ministers.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any evidence that being taught by teachers trained in inclusive pedagogy is of benefit to pupils both with and without special...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the most commonly occurring learning difficulties with which a teacher is expected to deal in the classroom.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the percentage of pupils in an average class who will have some form of special educational need.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the minimum required number of trained special educational needs support staff within a school.

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take following their consultation on the EBacc.

      Teachers: Resignations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any research has been carried out into the reasons for teachers leaving the profession, in the light of the cost to the public purse of training teachers.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Slavery: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions have taken place under section 71 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 in each of the past three years.

    • Registered Intermediaries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Registered Intermediary Scheme will be extended to defendants in accordance with section 104 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.

      Registered Intermediaries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the terms of reference for the Ministry of Justice's internal review of the Registered Intermediary Scheme.

      Homicide: Parole

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what stage they have reached in their consideration of amending legislation in order to ensure that convicted murderers who persist in refusing to reveal the...

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

    • House of Lords: Catering

      To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 10 February (HL5554), whether partners and spouses of Catering and Retail Services staff are also entitled to receive meals...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on farmers and rural businesses of poor broadband provision in rural areas.

    • National Media Museum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the National Media Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Photographic Society, Bradford City Council, and any...

      Historic Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Historic Housing Association report, The Economic and Social Contribution of Independently Owned Historic Houses and Gardens, what...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Water

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the results from the latest Blueprint for Water Scorecard as launched on 6 November 2012.

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many farmers were not in receipt of the Basic Payment Scheme payments by the end of January 2016; and whether any of those payments are expected to be...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which statistics from local and national sources they use to measure or demonstrate pressures on public education, health, housing and other services in the...

    • Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the start-up and annual costs of administering the new health and dental charges for New Zealand citizens coming into force...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons or family groups have received exceptional leave to enter or remain in the UK, outside the normal rules, for purposes of family re-union, in...

      European Union: Borders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Bates on 2 February (HLWS495), whether they intend to resist any proposal to allow the EU border guard to intervene...

      France: Immigration Controls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which parts of the Treaty of Le Touquet between the United Kingdom and France are dependent on the existence of the Treaties of the European Union, or...

      Refugees: France

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Bates on 9 February (HL Deb, col GC142), which British personnel or organisations are now "search[ing] out the most...

      Refugees: France

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has access to the refugees in camps at Calais and Dunkirk; and if not,...

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the European Commission on when their revision of the European Arrest Warrant handbook will be issued.

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have on how many European Arrest Warrants were sought by individual member states in 2015, and how many were executed.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 22 January (HL4915), what is the longest period that any individual detainee has been held in an immigration...

      Asylum: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about whether government documents are being issued by EU member states to those seeking asylum in countries in the Schengen area...

      Police Custody: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they decided to cancel the transfer of police custody healthcare services to the NHS after several years of preparation; whether that change in policy...

  • HM Treasury

    • Banks: Fines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to clarify the tax rules relating to fines imposed on banks.

    • Bank Notes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for £50 notes no longer being issued by central banks in order to help tackle crime.

      Public Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to impose large extra tax rises or spending cuts at short notice in order to meet their target of cutting the deficit by 2019–20.

      Treasury: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether HM Treasury will publish records of external meetings held by special advisers to its ministers.

      Channel Four Television

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many meetings took place between May 2015 and January 2016 inclusive, in which ministers from HM Treasury discussed the future of Channel 4.

      Channel Four Television

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what dates between May 2015 and January 2016 inclusive, meetings took place in which ministers from HM Treasury discussed the future of Channel 4.

      Business

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the potential contribution of profit-with-purpose companies to UK gross value added.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Smart Energy Code Panel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland have the exclusive rights to nominate people for two of the seats on the Smart Energy Code Panel, as...

    • Department of Energy and Climate Change: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice has been provided this Session for ministers or senior officials in the Department of Energy and Climate Change on whether to use secondary...

      Boilers: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they collect statistics on the durability of condensing boilers; and if so, how they compare with the types of boilers they have replaced.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Police and Crime Commissioners: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the purdah period begins in respect of the forthcoming elections of Police and Crime Commissioners.

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any restrictions on the number of Freedom of Information requests an individual can make.

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Bain and Company

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what procurement process was followed to commission Bain and Company to support the vanguard programme in NHS England in deciding how to invest...

    • NHS Direct

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they made of the costs of closing NHS Direct at the time of the decision, and what was the actual cost of closing NHS Direct.

      Chiropody

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 27 January (HL5180), how they will ensure that the forecast increase in the level of podiatry...

      HIV Infection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent finding by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine that pre-exposure prophylaxis could reduce HIV...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when a vaccine will be procured for the human papilloma virus vaccination programme for men who have sex with men.

      Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 4 January (HL4665) about access to hepatitis C treatment, how frequently NHS England will publish...

      Hepatitis: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to develop prison health workers' understanding of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C.

      Bread: Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how many individuals would receive medical or health benefits from eating bread fortified by folic acid.

      Department of Health: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department of Health will publish records of external meetings held by special advisers to its ministers.

      Neurology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assurances the Department of Health has received that neurology services will not be disadvantaged in comparison to other condition areas by the absence...

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