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Written answers

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Service Operators Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2016 to Question 28183, using what evidence base his departmental economists (a) normally assume operators pass...

    • Bus Service Operators Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2016 to Question 28284, how much the Business Rate Retention Scheme has raised for the Greater London Authority in...

      Aviation: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received from airlines on alcohol misuse on commercial flights.

      Department for Transport: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of his Department's (a) Senior Civil Servants and (b) core policy civil servants are based in London.

      Transport: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress has been made on devolving local transport schemes to local enterprise partnerships (LEP); and if he will assess the effect of...

      Taxis: Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2016 to Question 23178, if he will announce a date for the introduction of section 165 of the Equality Act 2010.

      Official Cars: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost was of non-routine upholstery cleaning for the Government Car Service fleet in each month since May 2015.

      Official Cars: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of fuel was for the Government Car Service fleet in each month since May 2015.

      Aviation: Drunkenness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what data his Department collects on drunkenness of passengers on commercial flights.

      Ministers: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many journeys have been made by each government minister using the Government Car Service since May 2015; and how many such journeys have been...

      M20: Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what preparations his Department has made for implementing Operation Stack in Kent this summer.

      Roads: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to (a) prevent littering and (b) collect waste on the Strategic Road Network.

      Cycling: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding the Government has allocated to cycling schemes in each year since 2010.

      Shipping: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Government plans to ratify the 2004 Ballast Water Management Convention.

      Shipping: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce the risk to the UK (a) posed by ballast water and (b) that diseases such as cholera may be transferred around the...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of officials in her Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in each of the last five years;...

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of collecting data about the specific region or town of origin of all victims of human...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2016 to Question 30239, if her Department will collect centrally information on the number of warrants...

      Police: Cross Border Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times the UK has requested information (a) under the Prüm convention DNA sharing, (b) relating to the European Arrest Warrant...

      Stone: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations she has received from local authorities on tackling stone theft.

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what circumstances the Independent Police Complaints Commission can refer a case back to the police.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • British Nationals Abroad: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British nationals were murdered abroad in each year since 2010; and in which countries those deaths took place.

    • Brazil: Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans the Government has to implement the recent UN General Assembly Resolution on an Olympic truce during the Rio 2016...

      Thailand: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he is making to (a) the UN and (b) his Thailand counterpart on the detention of Pakistani Christians...

      North Korea: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his North Korean counterpart on the reported recent execution of Ri Yong-gil in that country.

      Turkey: Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Turkish government on the takeover of the Zaman newspaper and restrictions on press...

      European Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress the European Council has made on the commitment in its conclusions of 27 June 2014 to consider the process for...

      Germany: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the statement of the Minister for Europe of 9 March 2016 that after 10 years only about 2.2 per cent of the...

  • Attorney General

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Living Wage: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2016 to Question 20599, how many (a) page views and (b) visitors the www.livingwage.gov.uk...

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many businesses have signed agreements with the Business Growth Service in each local authority area in the UK.

      Higher Education: Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking with university vice chancellors to encourage action to prevent threats of physical violence against...

      Research Councils: Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what (a) human resources, (b) communications, (c) grant administration, (d) building and estates management and (e) other...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much his Department has paid to staff in overtime in each of the last 24 months.

      Universities: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the implications for UK universities of the proposal for a £1,000 a year levy on all...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if his Department will publish the full list of Equivalent or Lower Qualification exempt subjects announced in the Spending...

      Small Businesses: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to support small and medium-sized businesses in areas that have recently been affected by flooding.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what access to higher education Syrian refugees resettled through the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme will have.

      Education Funding Agency and Skills Funding Agency: Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many offices were operated by the (a) Skills Funding Agency and (b) Education Funding Agency in each of the last five years;...

      Overseas Investment: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government has taken to ensure that UK bilateral investment treaties meet the commitment in the Government's...

      EU Grants and Loans: Wales

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

      Sunday Trading: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an assessment of the effect Sunday trading will have on small enterprises.

      Students: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure that students from low income households are encouraged to study (a) medicine, (b) law and (c)...

      Universities: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what research has been undertaken by (a) the Government, (b) HEFCE, (c) the HE Academy and (d) other government-funded agencies...

      Living Wage: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the cost to small and medium-sized enterprises of implementing the national living wage.

      Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what additional training provision and schemes his Department plans to put in place to support job losses arising as a...

      Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women in each of the sectors covered by his Department's 11...

      Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the cost to (a) private and (b) public sector organisations of implementing the National Living...

      Minimum Wage: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will increase the national minimum wage for under 18s to the same rate as the adult level.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 8 March 2016 to Question 26318, what the reasons are for the differences between the total amount of...

      Aerospace Industry: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure that the manufacturing sector in Northern Ireland is able to contribute to the UK aerospace...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the contribution of the Minister for Skills of 10 March 2016, what assessment he has made of the potential take-up...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the potential number of large employers who will require existing training expenditure as a result...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Skills of 10 March 2016, whether the £1.5 billion raised by the...

      Acas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how (a) much funding has been paid to and (b) many full-time equivalent staff were employed by the Advisory. Conciliation and...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how her Department plans to increase its engagement with people with disabilities and representative organisations in its priority...

    • Developing Countries: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how her Department plans to review work under the Disability Framework and report its outcomes in 2018.

      Developing Countries: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how her Department plans to implement its Disability Framework.

      Department for International Development: Security Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much security guards in her Department are paid.

      Burundi: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department plans to provide to refugees from Burundi.

      Middle East: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to support refugees in camps in the Middle East.

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that children's right to education is protected across the world.

      Syria: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made on delivering the commitments made to Jordan at the Syria Donors Conference.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of Overseas Development Assistance funding the Government plans will be spent by (a) her Department and (b) other...

      Developing Countries: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support the Government is providing to enable developing countries to harness mobile phone technology.

      Armed Conflict: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to protect schools in conflict zones.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of Overseas Development Assistance funding the Government plans will be spent by (a) her Department and (b) other...

      Developing Countries: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support the Government is providing to enable developing countries to harness mobile phone technology.

  • Department for Education

    • Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils are home schooled; and how many were so schooled in (a) 2005 and (b) 2010.

    • Department for Education: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2016 to Question 26338, on EU grants and loans, which organisations have received grants from the £71...

      GCSE: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the relative performance at GCSE of (a) pupils who are home schooled and (b) other pupils.

      Carers: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to give young carers under the age of 16 (a) financial support and (b) other assistance to continue with...

      Carers: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the savings to the public purse of young carers supporting their families instead of the local authority doing so.

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps Ofsted is taking to ensure that home schooled children are (a) taught about British values and (b) integrated into British society.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the MedCo Portal in tracking whiplash claims.

    • Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of crash for cash accidents since the implementation of the whiplash reform programme.

      Insurance: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been for crash for cash fraud in (i) England, (ii) the North West and (iii) Lancashire in each...

      Ministry of Justice: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2016 to Question 28610, which outsourced providers his Department uses for cleaning services; and if he will...

      Prisoners: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much in legal aid was granted to prison inmates in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Trident Submarines: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Written Statement of 3 March 2016, HCWS576, on Successor Submarine Assessment Phase, whether the sum of £642 million...

    • Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has made an assessment of the relevance of the Final Report of the US Defense Science Board Task Force on Resilient Military...

      Rosyth Dockyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has assessed the potential merits of giving the Rosyth Dockyard strategic asset status.

      Aircraft Carriers: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what locations are being considered for refit work on HMS Queen Elizabeth.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of his Department's (a) Senior Civil Servants and (b) core policy civil servants are based in London.

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's legal costs were in the Supreme Court cases UKSC 2016/0029 and UKSC 2016/0025.

      Employment Schemes: Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what feedback his Department has received on its trial of work coaches in foodbanks.

      State Retirement Pensions: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will amend the terms of reference for the independent review of the state pension age to exclude the existing timetable up to 2028 from...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people found to be committing benefit fraud and not prosecuted in court in each of the last two years (a) have repaid...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of benefit fraud were identified in each of the last three years; and what proportion of such cases were prosecuted in court.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of disabled people who will lose their entitlement to the (a) standard rate of and (b) enhanced rate of...

      Department for Work and Pensions: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Changing Places toilets are provided at his Department's offices in the North West of England.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Meat: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons public bodies are permitted to import meat and meat products which due to poor welfare standards would be...

    • Food: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on implementation of the recommendations of the Bonfield report on public procurement of food;...

      Seas and Oceans: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the adequacy of filtration systems to remove microplastics prior to entry into...

      Cosmetics: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department made of the adequacy of voluntary agreements to phase out microplastics from toiletries.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to improve the speed with which payments are made to small farmers under the Basic Payment Scheme.

      Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to improve the protection of areas of outstanding natural beauty in marine areas.

      Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions have occurred or proceedings been commenced as the result of the seizure of illegally imported puppies...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to encourage consumers to buy local produce.

      Food: Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate she has made of the (a) annual contribution to the economy of food production and (b) number of people...

      Shipping: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the economic, ecological and public health effects on the UK of aquatic invasive...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress her Department has made on developing a futures market for dairy in the UK; and when she expects to implement...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of UK membership of the EU on each policy area and function of local...

    • Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of UK withdrawal from the EU on each policy area and function...

      Compulsory Purchase

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to offer compulsory purchase payments at 150 per cent of market value.

      Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether local authorities are required to consider environmental factors when awarding contracts.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2016 to Questions 26101 and 29935, if he will publish the data referred to in the latter...

      Public Lavatories: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many Changing Places toilets are provided by each local authority in North West England.

  • Scotland Office

  • HM Treasury

    • Welfare Tax Credits: Self-employed

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many self-employed people claimed (a) child and (b) working tax credits in (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15.

    • Taxation: British Overseas Territories

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the effect of UK policies on tax and overseas territories on the effectiveness of Government steps to tackle global poverty.

      Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies on making country-by-country tax reports public of the survey results published by...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy Supply: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether her Department has commissioned research on the potential effect on the purchase of energy through the interconnectors in the...

    • Electricity: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether she plans to take forward talks on reaching an intergovernmental agreement with Ireland on expanding electricity...

      Renewable Energy: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding on renewable energy trade agreed between the UK and Ireland in January 2013, what...

      Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what support her Department plans to provide to communities that will be affected by closure of coal-fired power stations.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much funding the Government allocated to incentivising installation of (a) solar panels and (b) home insulation in each year since...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what representations she made on raising the EU's 2030 greenhouse gas target at the Environment Council on 4 March 2016.

      Coal Fired Power Stations: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will ask her German counterpart to supply the Government with emissions data from new ultra super-critical coal-fired power...

      Electricity: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department is taking to prevent electricity shortages in the winter of 2016-17.

      Climate Change: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether she was consulted about the decision to remove the discussion on raising EU climate ambition in light of the Paris Agreement...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what submission she has made to the Prime Minister in preparation for the European Council on 17-18 March on the proposal to raise the...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what infrastructure the UK has in place to ensure that households and businesses do not face energy shortages in the next (a) five and...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the UK's energy capacity can keep up with demand.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what her Department's governance arrangements are for the smart meter rollout.

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2016 to Question 29325, how much of the 0.6GW diesel generating capacity is (a) privately owned and...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the smart meter roll out public awareness campaign led by Smart Energy GB.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of his Department's (a) Senior Civil Servants and (b) core policy civil servants are based in London.

    • UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to increase voter registration within Commonwealth communities for the forthcoming EU referendum.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing requirements on responsible tax behaviour into government procurement policy.

      Cabinet Office: Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of officials of his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in each of the last five years; and what...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many nationals of other EU member states who were (a) originally born outside of the EU and (b) originally born outside of the EU and became a...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people from other EU member states have (a) entered the UK in each year since 2006 and (b) are living in the UK; and under what heading those...

      Zero Hours Contracts: Lancashire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been employed on zero-hours contracts in (a) Burnley and (b) Lancashire in each of the last six years.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 29 February 2016 to Question 28855, how much of that spending in each of the last three years is subject to...

    • Arts: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential of the arts to contribute to mental well-being for people with mental illness; and what...

      Arts: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding his Department has provided for (a) museums and (b) heritage in (i) the East Midlands and (ii) Nottinghamshire in each...

      Cultural Heritage: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received from Nottinghamshire County Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund on the proposed closure of the...

  • Department of Health

    • Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of the recruitment process for the post of National Guardian in the Care Quality Commission.

    • Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in the last three months.

      Oesophageal Cancer: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to run a second Be Clear on Cancer campaign on oesophago-gastric cancers.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that secondary breast cancer patients have access to a clinical nurse specialist as part of their care.

      General Practitioners: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to ensure that seven-day GP services are provided in Southampton.

      St Thomas' Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the effect on cost and on bed capacity of delayed hospital discharge at the Lane Fox Respiratory Unit at St Thomas'...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that (a) training and (b) emotional support is given to carers who work in residential homes.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of investment in psychiatric services for children.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Southampton Itchen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the proportion of people in Southampton, Itchen constituency who consume more than the recommended daily alcohol intake.

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to avert further industrial action by junior doctors since the announcement of his intention to impose a new contract.

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timescale is for the UK National Screening Committee Group B Streptococcus review; when the public consultation on that review will open and...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what weekend visits he has made to front-line health service providers in the current Parliament.

      Antidepressants: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he is having with (a) his counterparts in the devolved administrations and (b) representatives of GPs on reducing the number of...

      Anorexia: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of pro-anorexia websites on people with anorexia nervosa.

      Mental Health Services: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to signpost commissioners to other appropriate services since the decision was taken not to prescribe specialist...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the proportion of people aged (a) under and (b) over 18 who have a diagnosable mental health condition who access medical support.

      Prescriptions: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2016 to Question 30123, on prescriptions: learning disability, what he plans to include in the programme of work to...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2016 to Question 23475, on what date in March 2016 he expects the first report on progress against the referral to...

      Mental Illness: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2016 to Question 29233, how much of the annual allocation of £130 million for carers' breaks has been spent so far...

      Junior Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he last met junior doctors or their representatives.

  • Department for Transport

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the risks posed to the UK by terrorists using drones, and the recent comments by the British Airline Pilots Association and others regarding...

    • Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 3 March (HL6266), what improvements Govia Thameslink Railway have implemented since the...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 3 March (HL6235), what assessment they have made of whether a procurement process where there...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Police and Crime Commissioners: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 23 February (HL5871), whether the activities of Police and Crime Commissioners themselves are...

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Freedom of Information Act 2000 allows publicly funded bodies that are individually bound by that Act to form what is described as a private...

      Charities: Lobbying

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bridges of Headley on 25 February (HL6102 and HL6103), whether the Cabinet Office's new rules on grant funding mean...

      Intelligence Services: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timetable for the recruitment of the 1,900 additional intelligence personnel announced in November 2015, and what is being done to ensure that...

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many extended ministerial offices have been established, and in which departments; which staff have been recruited to them; and which of those were drawn...

      Government Departments: Newspaper Press

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any (1) minister, (2) official, or (3) ministerial special adviser, have played any part in the drafting of letters subsequently signed by retired...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent report by the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Sheffield which claims that...

    • Antisemitism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reported rise in anti-Semitism in the UK, in particular at universities, and what action they plan to take to tackle...

      Easter Act 1928

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what their policy is towards the commencement of the Easter Act 1928.

      New Businesses: Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to encourage universities to support students who have started, or plan to start, a business venture while at university.

      New Businesses: Cambridge

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to help more businesses in Cambridge in the light of reports that it has the best rates for startup survival.

      Postgraduate Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to raise awareness of the Postgraduate Loans Scheme in 2016–17 and 2017–18.

      Postgraduate Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much is being spent on promoting the Postgraduate Loans Scheme in 2016–17 and 2017–18.

      Company Accounts: Audit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of FTSE 100 companies whose annual accounts have been qualified by their auditors in the last 10 financial years.

  • Department for Education

    • Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to limiting the proportion of places that schools can allocate using religious admissions criteria, in line with the cap...

    • Civil Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 10 February (HL5715), whether they now intend to legislate to allow heterosexuals to form...

      Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 8 March (HL6382), in how many religiously selective schools the Schools Adjudicator has found admission...

      Secondary Education: Performance Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Department for Education's research brief, Factors associated with achievement: key stage 4, does not make any reference to the family structure in...

      Pre-school Education: Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure that there is adequate funding for children with special educational needs in early years education.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure that adequate ring-fenced funding is provided to local authorities to enable them successfully to deliver the...

      Children's Play

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the value of strategic local approaches to play, and the case for local authorities to submit regional play strategies to...

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

    • Roads: City of Westminster

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what assessment he has made of the progress made in respect of the roadworks underway in Bridge Street at the northern end of Westminster Bridge, and when he...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for National Insurance numbers were outstanding on 31 December in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

    • National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many National Insurance numbers were issued to non-residents in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

  • Home Office

    • Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the ongoing problems faced by the Yazidi community and children affected by the conflict in Iraq and Syria, they will reassess the...

    • Slavery: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children who have received a positive conclusive grounds decision in the National Referral Mechanism in the past three years have been refused...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define the "best interests of the child" under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

      Visas: Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in what circumstances the UK would be able to opt out of implementing the agreement contained in the statement of the Heads of State or Government of the EU...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of passengers departing overseas from each British (1) airport, (2) port, or (3) railway station, are currently having their passports...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many valid British passports are currently held, and how many of those passport holders also hold passports of another state.

      Aegean Sea: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Prime Minister, on 7 March in Brussels, described those fleeing across the Aegean Sea as illegally crossing, in the light of the fact that Turkey is...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Dunlop on 23 February (HL5589 and HL5590) concerning the Belfast Agreement 1998, why they have not answered the...

    • Proscribed Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of persons involved in each of the following proscribed terrorist organisations: (1) Continuity Army Council; (2) Cumann...

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Employment Agencies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of (1) how many health professionals will return to permanent NHS jobs as a result of price caps on agency staff spending, and...

    • NHS: Employment Agencies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NHS trusts can breach price caps on agency spending if they consider that it is essential to do so in order to ensure patient safety.

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