Written answers

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • M6: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment Highways England has made of the effectiveness of the response to the incident on the M6 Motorway between junctions 5 and 6 on...

    • M6: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the (a) adequacy and (b) effectiveness of the level of co-operation between local authorities, the emergency services...

  • Home Office

    • Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the oldest uncompleted enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check was submitted.

    • US Department of Homeland Security: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many US Department of Homeland Security officials are based at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airports; and how long each such...

      Aviation: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many flights were attended by the Border Force beyond the primary control points in each of the last five years.

      Home Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, 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 the...

      Fires: Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to reduce the number of fires caused by an electrical source of ignition in domestic dwellings.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Fringe Benefits

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

    • Russia: Poland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to encourage the Russian government to return the 2010 Polish presidential air plane wreck...

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Bahraini counterparts on the amount of political prisoners held in Bahrain; and...

      Hassan Mushaima

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Bahraini counterpart on Mr. Hassan Mushaima and the provision of medical assistance...

      Bahrain: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the self-determination movement in Bahrain that seeks to establish a freely elected government.

      Middle East: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to provide financial support to Jordan to tackle the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East.

      Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic progress has been made by the international community in delivering peace in Syria.

      Saudi Arabia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the UK's relationship with Saudi Arabia on human rights in that country.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what evidence from independent bodies he has seen that Saudi Arabia is complying with international humanitarian law in the...

      Syria: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether Daesh are committing genocide in Syria.

      Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support the global abolition of the death penalty.

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps he is taking to tackle the refugee crisis on the Turkish-Syrian border.

      Palestinians: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2016 to Question 25988, on Palestinian radicalism, what recent reports he has received on...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether a Minister from his Department plans to attend the high-level meeting on global responsibility sharing through pathways...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has (a) received and (b) made on the cancellation of the UK delegation to Israel and the Occupied...

      Transcaucasus: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the situation on the line of contact between the armed forces of...

      Colombia: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Colombian counterpart to request that he (a) take steps to protect trade unionists who...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans she has to encourage foreign direct investment in Northern Ireland.

    • Bombardier: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she plans to have with Ministers of the Northern Ireland Executive on job losses at Bombardier.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Pay

      To ask the Attorney General, what the average hourly earnings of (a) female, (b) male, (c) full-time and (d) part-time employees of the Law Officers' Departments were in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Iron and Steel: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether all companies in the steel industry which are entitled to state aid for renewables obligation and feed-in tariffs are...

    • Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether he plans to carry out an impact assessment after completion of the further education area review.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many post offices are earmarked for closure in the next three years.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2016 to Question 24265, what criteria colleges and post-16 educational institutions will...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2016 to Question 24265, when he plans to (a) assess how many further education institutions...

      Further Education: Mergers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2016 to Question 24499, what discussions his Department plans to have with banks on...

      Manufacturing Industries: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what support the Government gives to large pharmaceutical companies to partner with universities.

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what additional financial assistance he has given to universities to carry out medical research.

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment the Regulatory Policy Committee has made of the devolution of Sunday trading rules.

      EU External Trade: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which British Overseas Territories will be included within the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department is having with HM Treasury on renegotiation of tax treaties between the UK and developing countries.

  • Department for Education

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in care are currently subject to Staying Put arrangements in each local authority area.

    • Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of pupils who achieved five A* to C grades at GCSE in each of the last five years received an A* to C grade in (a) a modern foreign...

      Regional Schools Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what functions are delegated to each specialist contractor hired by her Department to advise regional school commissioners.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that local authorities, free schools and academies uphold the Armed Forces Covenant in relation to school admissions.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many four year olds in Ashfield constituency have received the 15 hours free childcare allowance (a) in private, voluntary or independent sector...

      Armed Forces: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate she has made of the number of pupils currently in receipt of the service pupil premium.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many two year olds in Ashfield constituency have received the 15 hours free childcare allowance (a) in private, voluntary or independent sector...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many three year olds in Ashfield constituency have received the 15 hours free childcare allowance (a) in private, voluntary or independent sector...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations she received from religious organisations on steps to prevent civil society organisations from objecting to school admission...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that charities or other civil society organisations who wish to object to the admission arrangements of a school...

      Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many cases the Schools Adjudicator has investigated in connection with the provisions of the Armed Forces Covenant since 2011.

      Children: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has received representations on requests by schools to parents and carers that children with autism spectrum disorder not...

      Arts: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the number of pupils taking creative subjects does not fall as a result of the introduction of the...

      Special Guardianship Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2016 to Question 22095, whether her new proposals on special guardianship orders will include revisions to the...

      Children in Care: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the access to therapeutic services for children who enter the care system.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what procedures schools are required to follow in order to withdraw from an academy trust.

      Primary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2016 to Question 25621, if her Department will publish that part of the small schools taskforce report which is...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will estimate the change in that part of her Department's budget which is allocated to free school meals that will result from discontinuation...

      Languages: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential effect of the new grading system for GCSEs on students of Latin and Greek; and if she will make a...

      Children in Care: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of children and young people entering care complete the strengths and difficulties questionnaire to assess their wellbeing in (a)...

      Pre-school Education: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many maintained nurseries there are in (a) Burnley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to eradicate new psychoactive substances across the prison estate; and if he will make a statement.

    • Rochester Prison: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidences of self harm were reported at HM Prison Rochester in each of the last 12 months; and what steps his Department is taking to reduce...

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to improve prisons' engagement with employers; and if he will make a statement.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans his Department has for consultation with (a) civil society groups, (b) the devolved administrations and (c) Northern Ireland to inform its...

      Legal Representation: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much the Government spent on The Queen on the application of Rights of Women v The Lord Chancellor and Anr. Appeal of Claimant from the order of Mrs...

      Family Courts: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the safety of the family court estate for victims of domestic abuse during cases involving child contact.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) homes and (b) businesses he expects to receive a rural satellite broadband voucher in the next 12 months.

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) homes and (b) businesses have (i) received and (ii) redeemed rural satellite broadband vouchers.

      Mobile Phones: Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what consideration his Department has given to making funding available for equipment manufacturers to research and develop equipment...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of satellite broadband for serving rural areas; and what steps his Department...

      Broadband: St Albans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when 100 per cent of residents in St Albans will have access to superfast broadband; and when ultrafast broadband will be rolled out in...

      Tech North: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding the Government plans to allocate to Tech North in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18; and who decides on what that...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate the total annual cost to the UK economy of broadband connections that do not reach Ofcom's acceptable minimum speed...

      Broadband: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the extent of the coverage of high-speed broadband in Gloucestershire; and if he will make a...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with Ofcom on (a) allocating additional resources and (b) developing additional measures to...

      Public Libraries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) rural and (b) urban public libraries have closed in (i) Wiltshire and (ii) England in each year since 2000.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the additional cost to rural broadband subscribers of paying separately for satellite broadband and...

      Royal Photographic Society

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has been consulted on the transfer of the Royal Photographic Society's collection from the National Media Museum...

      National Photography Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his policy is on a National Photography Museum.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Fringe Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff in his Department and non-departmental public bodies receive (a) home to work travel allowance, (b) a car allowance and...

      Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to identify the best ways to tackle cultural heritage destruction overseas.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he intends to answer the letter to him dated 5 January 2016 with regard to Mr Julian Chapman.

      Athletics: Sportsgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many new athletics tracks have been built since August 2012.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Fringe Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff in his Department and non-departmental public bodies receive (a) home to work travel allowance, (b) a car allowance and (c)...

    • Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children live in households affected by the under-occupancy penalty in (a) Merseyside and (b) the UK; and what the average reduction...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of new claims for (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) employment and support allowance were paid within 10 days of...

      Employment and Support Allowance

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

      Vacancies: Birkenhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) proportion of vacancies listed on Universal Jobmatch that are within 20 miles of Birkenhead are unfilled and (b) wage levels those...

      Flexible Support Fund: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) level of use by single parents of the Jobcentre Plus Flexible Support Fund.

      Flexible Support Fund: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much and what proportion of the Flexible Support Fund was spent on female jobseekers in 2014-15.

      European Social Fund: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the number of people helped into work through funding provided under the European Social Fund.

      Social Security Benefits: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of (a) disability living allowance and (b) personal independence payments are (i) undergoing treatment for and (ii)...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what programmes his Department is developing relating to cyber defence.

    • Armed Forces: Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) intelligence officers and (b) intelligence analysts served in each branch of the armed forces in each of the last six years.

      Radioactive Materials: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the country of (a) origin and (b) destination was of each flight in a fixed wing aircraft or helicopter carrying or transporting Defence Nuclear...

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to commemorate the Battle of Jutland.

      War Widows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information his Department holds on the number of war widows who remarried between 6 April 2005 and 1 April 2015.

      Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK armed forces personnel in (a) the Army, (b) the RAF and (c) the Royal Navy are classed as level 3 or higher linguists in (i) Arabic, (ii)...

      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's decision to delay the acceleration of orders of the...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of whether the Project Centurion configuration for the Typhoon will be completed by the end of 2018.

      Aircraft Carriers: Engines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has been informed of any defects relating to the reliability of the Rolls-Royce MT-30 marine gas turbine engines for the Queen Elizabeth...

      Cyprus: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken to improve security at the Akrotiri and Dhekelia RAF Sovereign Base Areas; and how much his Department has spent on...

      Ministry of Defence: Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is and what guidance it issues to civil servants on the acceptance and declaration of corporate gifts.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average time taken was between receipt and decision for a planning appeal to be considered by the Planning...

    • Schools: Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, under what circumstances Ministers in his Department are consulted when a local authority is seeking to dispose of school land...

      Local Government Finance: Redcar and Cleveland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how he plans to respond to the recent request from the Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council for a transitional sum of £1...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the deliverable five-year housing allocation is for each local authority in (a) Derbyshire, (b) South Yorkshire and (c)...

      Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to support Help to Buy applicants whose new build completion has been delayed.

      Regional Planning and Development: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of full-time members of staff in his Department work on the Northern Powerhouse initiative.

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Secretaries of State for Work and Pensions and Health on transferring responsibility for...

      Local Government: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2015 to Question 16106, when he expects his Department's review of compliance with the...

      Local Government: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2016 to Question 20554, when he plans to carry out a post-implementation review of the...

  • Wales Office

    • Welsh Government: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with Ministers of the Welsh Government on strengthening financial accountability in government.

    • Iron and Steel: Wales

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

  • HM Treasury

    • Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that there is full market participation in real-time data-sharing in the short-term credit market.

    • Double Taxation: Developing Countries

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to renegotiate tax treaties with developing countries.

      Regional Planning and Development: North of England

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2016 to Question 26203, if he will provide the number of publicly-funded jobs related directly to the Northern...

      EU Budget

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what amount of funding the European Court of Auditors has recorded as having been misspent in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Coal: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2016 to Question 25444, whether she has made an estimate of the proportion of coal that may have...

    • EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what progress the Government has made on reforming the EU Emissions Trading Scheme as a result of discussions with her EU counterparts...

      Energy: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the number of jobs that will be created by the running and maintaining of (a) new nuclear...

      Electricity: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what support her Department is providing for the development of (a) technologies for the improved storage of electricity and (b)...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2016 to Question 22354, whether her Department plans to publish the updated detailed projections...

      Energy: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many jobs are expected to be created in (a) the supply chain and (b) other areas as an indirect result of (i) new nuclear builds...

      Biofuels: Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will undertake an assessment of the effect on the availability of UK-sourced wood supplies of (a) 50MW and under and (b) over...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans she has to review the UK Bioenergy Strategy.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Elections: Legislation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to respond to the Law Commission's recommendations for change to UK electoral law published on 4 February 2016.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government uses the Food Insecurity Experience Scale survey to monitor UK households' vulnerability to hunger.

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost of the badger cull was in 2015; how much of that cost was for policing that cull; and what proportion of that...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cases of Bovine TB there have been in Somerset in each of the last four years.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to monitor the disease status of badgers within cull areas.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, further to her Written Ministerial Statement of 17 December 2015, HCWS 409, to which areas her Department plans to extend...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Written Ministerial Statement of 17 December 2015, Bovine TB, HC 45409, when her Department plans to...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dairy farmers have gone out of business in each of the last five years.

  • Department of Health

    • Department of Health: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many freedom of information requests were (a) granted and (b) refused by his Department in each of the last five years.

    • Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal College of Nursing on the effect of sugary drinks on obesity.

      Alzheimer's Disease: Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with clinical bodies on potential links between prostate cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

      Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recourse is available to patients who believe they have undergone poor or harmful NHS psychotherapy treatment.

      Guisborough Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide additional funding to South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group for improvements and new...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with NHS England and NICE on the cancer drugs fund consultation.

      Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with NHS England on its decision not to renew the position of National Clinical Director for Adult Neurology from...

      Epilepsy: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the Accelerated Access Review will ensure that people with epilepsy will have access to drugs found by whole genome sequencing to be effective in...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with epilepsy have been offered a personalised care plan since 2013 in accordance with the Department of Health's mandate to NHS England;...

      Colorectal Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with (a) NICE and (b) NHS England on the availability of Erbitux for metastatic colorectal cancer patients.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Health and Wellbeing boards have identified in their strategic plans loneliness as an issue needing to be tackled.

      Mental Health Services: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with (a) East Lancashire and (b) Blackburn and Darwen clinical commissioning groups on the cost of outsourced mental health...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to reply to the letter to his Department from the hon. Member for Ashfield of 4 January 2016 on the GP surgery in Underwood.

      General Practitioners: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent GPs were employed in general practices in Ashfield in the financial years (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2014-15.

      Mental Health Services: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the provision of mental health care services for children in the care system.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost to the NHS has been of outsourced mental health services in each of the last three years.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects that a paperless NHS will be achieved.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of gambling addiction in each of the last three years.

  • Department for Transport

    • Network Rail

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish responses to the consultation on the draft Shaw Report on the future structure of Network Rail.

    • Network Rail

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to consult on any recommendations contained in the Shaw Report on the future of Network Rail due to be published in March.

      Driving under Influence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risk of a driver's involvement in a collision involving injuries or death when they have a blood alcohol concentration...

      Driving under Influence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to advise drivers of the risks involved in driving after drinking alcohol.

      Railways: South West

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 1 February (HL5287), whether they intend to ask the National Infrastructure Commission to...

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether it is legal to cause a driverless vehicle to be operated on a public highway, and if not, what legislation would be...

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which national and local authorities have the powers to allow structures and equipment to be erected on or adjacent to highways in order to allow driverless...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have undertaken any analysis to determine why there has been an increase in the number of homeless people; and, if so, what assessment they have...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • North Korea: Crimes against Humanity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 8 February (HL5360) and the Written Answer by the Minister of State for the Foreign and...

    • North Korea: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many meetings have been held between senior officials of the UK and representatives of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea since the release of the...

      North Korea: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Democratic People's Republic of Korea ministries' representatives the British Embassy in Pyongyang has met since the release of the report of the UN...

      North Korea: Princess Yachts International

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they did not respond to correspondence sent by the UN Panel of Experts, as listed in UN Security Council Report S/2015/131; and whether they have...

      North Korea: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to investigate and address the role of the Embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in London in evading UN Security...

      Burundi: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions in each of the last three years the Ambassador of Burundi to the UK has been (1) called to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to...

      Burundi: Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many full-time accredited diplomatic staff are employed in the British Embassy Liaison Office in Bujumbura; and of those, how many are not locally...

      Burundi: Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of the level of representation facilitated by the British Embassy Liaison Office in Bujumbura in the light of...

      Burundi: Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions in each of the last three years the Ambassador of the UK to Burundi (1) visited Bujumbura, and (2) met the President of Burundi.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent statements by Ismael Haniyeh, a Hamas leader, that they are rebuilding tunnels from Gaza with the intention of...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Recall of Unsafe Products Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 11 November 2015 (HL3158) and 13 January (HL4697), when they will publish the report of the...

    • Trade Union Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many regulation-making powers are contained in the Trade Union Bill.

  • Department for International Development

    • Prosperity Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their new prosperity fund will give priority to countries with large refugee and migrant populations, lack of own resources, or tourism reduced by...

  • Department for Education

    • Pre-school Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what policies they intend to implement in recognition of the contribution of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life to its subsequent academic and...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • 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 the Department for Culture, Media and Sport discussed the...

    • Art Works: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving, and on what timescale, to the drawing up of proposals for substantial change to the current arrangements for export...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed restrictions on access to in-work benefits mentioned in paragraph 2(b) of Section D of the draft Decision of the European Council...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Floods

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many farming businesses have applied for funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Flood Recovery Programme.

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what special education programmes are being provided for those Iraqis and Syrians who have reached the UK since 2012, broken down into those for (1)...

    • Broken Rainbow LGBT Domestic Violence Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support the Manchester-based charity Broken Rainbow.

      Police Custody: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the policy of the police to support complainants of child sexual assault who are under 18...

  • HM Treasury

    • Channel Four Television

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Special Advisers and Permanent Secretaries attended any meetings in which ministers from HM Treasury discussed the future of Channel 4 between May 2015...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risk that issues around financing the provision of the Hinkley Point C power station will delay the commencement of...

    • Natural Gas: EU Action

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they anticipate imminent proposals by the European Commission compelling member states to send gas supplies to any other state in the case of...

      Fracking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the experience in Oklahoma in the US, they plan to commission a detailed study into the potential correlation between fracking in...

      Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether their policy for reducing carbon emissions in the UK over the next five years is consistent with their policy for...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for ensuring that, in discussions under the Belfast Agreement 1998 with the government of the Republic of Ireland, only those entitled to...

    • Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in paragraph 3 of the Declaration of Support in the Belfast Agreement 1998 "equality between these islands" includes parity of esteem for all on or...

      North South Ministerial Council Joint Secretariat

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost to the public purse in each year since 1998 of the operation of the secretariat of the North/South Ministerial Council agreed to in...

      Human Rights: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the section of the Belfast Agreement 1998 entitled Human Rights, in the subsection Comparable Steps by the Irish Government, what is their interpretation...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total sum to date that has been paid in compensation to persons found guilty of terrorist-related offences in Northern Ireland whose convictions...

  • Department of Health

    • Stem Cells

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances embryonic stem cell lines that have been derived from human embryos subjected to genome editing by means of CRISPR-Cas9 would be...

    • Laboratories

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many NHS and Public Health England (PHE) medical or microbiology laboratories (1) are, and (2) are not, currently ISO 15189 accredited; and what is the...

      Department of Health: Lobbying

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps the Department of Health plans to take to ensure that it complies with the announcement of the Cabinet Office on 6 February that no payments or...

      Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review the grant awarded to the organisation Action on Smoking and Health in the current financial year in the light of the announcement...

      Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the NHS Trust Development Authority has not published the findings of the review of whistle-blowing and governance at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.

      Sugar: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Prior of Brampton on 9 February (HL5598 and HL5599), whether they intend to reject calls to impose a sugar tax.

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