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Written answers

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times the Dartford Crossing has closed in the last 12 months; and what the cause of each closure was.

    • Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what safeguards are in place to ensure that private hire vehicle operators remain responsible for journeys sub-contracted to other licensed operators...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the average length of a (a) delay and (b) tailback caused by the closure of the Dartford Crossing; and what effect a new...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what checks are in place to ensure that foreign-registered vehicles entering the UK are insured.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential economic impact of building a third runway at Heathrow on the North and Yorkshire.

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what improvements will be introduced on the West Coast Main Line after High Speed 2 comes into operation.

      Roads: Local Growth Deals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 1.292 of the Budget 2016, what road schemes he plans will receive funding from the £24 million from the Local Growth Fund.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 8.18 of the Airports Commission Final Report, July 2015, what the estimated cost is of the tunnelling work required for...

      Railways: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January to Question 22232, when he plans to publish the findings of the London and South Coast Rail Corridor Study.

      Roads: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 1.236 of Budget 2016, how much additional funding will be provided for investment in roads; and to which schemes that...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what meetings he has had with Network Rail in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 5.13 of the Airports Commission: Final Report, published in July 2015, what assessment he has made of the implications for...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many air pollution monitors there are in which location within Heathrow Airport's perimeter from which official data on air quality is collected.

      Driverless Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his plans are for the trialling of driverless HGV platoons.

      Money Laundering: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of its senior civil servants who will potentially fall under the provisions of the Fourth EU Money...

  • Home Office

    • Passports: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of interviews for a first-time adult passport application she expects to be conducted on a face-to-face basis in (a)...

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps she has taken to tackle human trafficking into the UK at source.

      Deportation: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many nationals of other EU members states have won appeals to prevent their deportation in each of the last 10 years.

      Deportation: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many nationals of other EU member states are awaiting deportation from the UK.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many nationals from other EU member states have (a) applied and (b) been accepted for permanent residency in the UK in each of the last...

      Asylum: Albania

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Albanian women (a) with (b) without children claimed asylum in the UK in each year since 2012; and how many of those women were...

      Human Trafficking: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women referred to the National Referral Mechanism for trafficking victims were subsequently removed from the UK in each year since 2012.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which companies have been issued with more than 50 Tier 2 (ICT) visas in a calendar year for each of the last five years; and how many visas...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of people using cannabis in the UK for medicinal purposes; and if she will make a statement.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many personal importation licences have been granted to non-EU citizens travelling to the UK with cannabis-based medication in each of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Turkey: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the human rights situation in Turkey during negotiations on the...

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the political and security situation in Yemen since the recent airstrikes by the Saudi Military;...

      Maryam Rajavi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will invite Maryam Rajavi to visit Parliament and the UK.

      Germany: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the political and security situation in Germany since the detonation of a car bomb in Berlin on...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has made towards meeting the International Aid Transparency Initiative's standards to date.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has a proposed timeline by which it will publish all data on contractors and suppliers used in the...

      Iraq: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the risk of increased suppression of demonstrations, civil society organisations,...

      Iraq: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what financial support and other support his Department gives to civil society organisations, trades unions, charities and...

      Uganda: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the conduct of the election in Uganda on 18 February 2016.

      South Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that Salva Kiir and Riek Machar are included in UN Security Council-authorised sanctions...

  • Attorney General

    • Sentencing

      To ask the Attorney General, how many unduly lenient sentences were given out to (a) British nationals, (b) non-British EU nationals and (c) nationals from outside the EU in each of the last...

    • Attorney General: Security Guards

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2016 to Question 30579, which outsourced providers the Law Offices use for security services; and if he will request information...

      Attorney General: European Social Fund

      To ask the Attorney General, how much his Department received from the European Social Fund between 2007 and 2014; and how much his Department further received from the European Social Investment...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Newspaper Press: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the extent of anti-competitive practices in the newspaper wholesale market.

    • Education: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what cross departmental work his Department has undertaken with the Department for Education to ensure that the needs of...

      Debts: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when and for what reason his Department stopped publishing statistics on household debt.

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether (a) legal costs and (b) compensatory payments resulting from investor state dispute settlement claims relating to acts...

      Pubs Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received from pub tenants and pub tenant groups on the appointment of the new Pubs Code Adjudicator.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which companies have failed to pay the national minimum wage since the introduction of the new naming and shaming regulations on...

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of her Department spending was paid to the so-called big 4 accounting firms in each since 2010; and what proportion of...

    • Department for International Development: European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department received from the European Social Fund (a) between 2007 and 2014 and (b) from 2014 to the last month...

      Money Laundering: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate her Department has made of the number of its senior civil servants who will potentially fall under the provisions of the...

  • Department for Education

    • Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which children's services departments are rated as (a) outstanding, (b) good, (c) requiring improvement and (d) inadequate; and which such departments...

    • Children in Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what financial support her Department has provided to fostering services in each year from 2011 to 2015; and how much that funding was for looked...

      Foster Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department plans to announce national minimum fostering allowances for 2016-17.

      Department for Education: European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding her Department received from the European Social Fund (a) between 2007 and 2014 and (b) from 2014 to the last month for which data is...

      Money Laundering: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of its senior civil servants who will potentially fall under the provisions of the Fourth EU Money...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has for the role of the local education authority in the provision of state education after the conversion of state-maintained schools...

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support her Department provides to 16 to 18 year old pupils eligible for the pupil premium to ensure that they can access sixth form education if...

      Mental Health: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that schools take steps to promote the mental well-being of primary school students when they undertake...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which contracts with his Department MTCNovo are currently (a) bidding for and (b) have successfully bid for; and what role TDPi consultancy play in...

    • Equal Pay: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) women and (b) men brought equal pay tribunal cases against their employers in each year since 2010.

      Slavery: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many compensation orders were made by HM Courts and Tribunals Service against people convicted of modern slavery offences in each of the last five...

  • Scotland Office

    • Renewable Energy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the renewables industry in Scotland of changes to renewables subsidies.

    • Oil: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with Ministers of the Scottish Government on the effect of declining oil prices on public finances in Scotland.

      Housing Benefit: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect on supported accommodation in Scotland of the proposed cap on housing benefit costs...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to deliver hyper-speed broadband coverage in urban areas.

    • Public Libraries: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his Department's planned expenditure on workforce training for staff in public libraries is for (a) 2016-17, (b) 2017-18, (c)...

      Public Libraries: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his Department's planned expenditure on computer facilities for public libraries is for (a) 2016-17, (b) 2017-18, (c) 2018-19 and...

      Public Libraries: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to provide assistance to public libraries to address digital exclusion.

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when his Department plans to publish its White Paper on the arts; and if he will make a statement.

      Football: Sportsgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many artificial football pitches in which locations have been supported by funding from his Department since May 2015.

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Triennial Review of gambling machine stakes and prize limits plans to consider the (a) effect on mental health and (b)...

      Governance and Regulation of the BBC Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he plans to take in response to the findings of the Clementi Review into Governance and Regulation of the BBC; and if he...

      Money Laundering: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of its senior civil servants who will potentially fall under the provisions of the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefits: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to housing benefit on black and minority ethnic communities.

    • Personal Independence Payment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Wales and (b) each postcode area in Wales will see a reduction in their personal independence payments as a result of...

      PAYE: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the methodology and data sources set out in his Department's paper, Benefit claims by EEA nationals, published in November...

      National Insurance: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the methodology and data sources set out in his Department's paper, Benefit claims by EEA nationals, published in November...

      Personal Independence Payment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Wales his Department has contacted to notify them of their transfer from disability living allowance to personal...

      Personal Independence Payment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what average time was taken for personal independence payment assessments for claimants with (a) non-terminal and (b) terminal conditions to...

      Personal Independence Payment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of personal independence payment assessments took place face-to-face in (a) Wales and (b) each postcode area in...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Capita Business Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the value is of his Department's contract with Capita Business Services Ltd for assessing personal independent payments.

      Capita Business Services: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what targets his Department has set for the performance by Capita Business Services Ltd on its provision of personal independence payment...

      State Retirement Pensions: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect of increasing the state pension age on levels of life expectancy.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to monitor the ongoing effect of changes to employment and support allowance on people with disabilities.

      Personal Independence Payment: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect on levels of poverty of the proposed reforms to personal independence payment in the Budget 2016.

      Universal Credit: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will conduct a revised impact assessment for universal credit on the effect of reforms to its design since 2012.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that rules relating to under-occupancy do not affect households in which couples have to sleep...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions his Department has not provided substantive answers to written parliamentary questions by stating that disclosure of the...

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of UK military personnel have been deployed on (a) NATO, (b) UN and (c) EU-coordinated operations and training over the lpast 10 years.

      Ministry of Defence: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons his Department will not give a substantive answer to Parliamentary questions.

      Ministry of Defence: European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding his Department received from the European Social Fund (a) between 2007 and 2014 and (b) from 2014 to the last month for which data is...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Service Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to increase the financial limit for the contribution of tenants to qualifying works as set out in...

    • Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will estimate how much revenue will be accrued from business rates in each local authority in each financial year to 2020.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much funding his Department received from the European Social Fund (a) between 2007 and 2014 and (b) from 2014 to the last month for which data is...

  • HM Treasury

    • Iron and Steel: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential benefits and costs of a business rates holiday for the steel industry.

    • Gift Aid

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many non-taxpaying individuals have been required by HM Revenue and Customs to repay tax paid to charities under Gift Aid in the last (a) 12 months and...

      Dorneywood: Gardens

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the staff who manage the gardens in Dorneywood country residence are employed as civil servants; whether such staff are enrolled under the civil...

      Energy: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has made to the EU Commission on the application of VAT to energy-saving materials.

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what process HM Revenue and Customs uses to test for illicit tobacco products.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has put measures in place to ensure that funding raised through the two per cent precept levied by local government will be spent on adult social...

      Treasury: Secondment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff are seconded to his Department by (a) KPMG, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (c) Deloitte and (d) Ernst & Young.

      Cathedrals: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to pages 86 and 122 of the Budget 2016, why the fiscal impact of establishing the £20 million Cathedrals Repairs Fund is £10 million.

      Public Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the change in the debt to gross domestic product ratio in 2014-15 and 2015-16; and if he will make a statement.

      Productivity

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the effect of changes in the participation rate on economic productivity; and if he will make a statement.

      Immigration

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the effect of immigration on the UK's GDP in the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, who was involved in the process to select which charities would receive funding from the Tampon Tax Fund.

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.144 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 and to paragraph 2.16 of the Budget 2016, for what reason only £12...

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria is applied when determining which charities should receive funding from the Tampon Tax Fund.

      Immigration

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of immigration on the level of economic productivity over the last 10 years; and if he will make a...

      Treasury: Freedom of Information

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether all documents released by his Department as a result of Freedom of Information requests are placed on his Department's website.

      Academies: Costs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.27 of Budget 2016, for what reason the full academisation of schools in England is not included in his Department's Budget...

      Treasury: Information Officers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many press officers are employed by his Department.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Hydroelectric Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the viability of hydro pump storage energy solutions; and what support her Department makes available...

    • North Sea Oil: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many jobs were lost in the North Sea oil industry in each of the last two years.

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral Answer of 16 March 2016, Official Report, what part of the text of the agreement on Hinkley...

      Environment Protection: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2016 to Question 23296, what estimate her Department has made of the amount of (a) public and (b)...

      Energy: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions her Department has had with the EU institutions on the (a) level of VAT on energy saving materials and (b) European...

      Home Energy and Lifestyle Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what representations she has received on accusations of mis-selling by Home Energy and Lifestyle Management.

      Energy: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent discussions her Department has had with HM Treasury on the level of VAT on energy saving materials.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what criteria the Government is using to determine the sites of future small modular reactors.

      Energy: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential effect of replacing final consumption levies on energy storage devices...

      Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, reference to her speech of 18 November 2015, if she will take evidence from the CoalImP and the World Coal Association in her...

      Hydroelectric Power: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent discussions she has had with the Scottish Government on hydro pump storage in Scotland.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what (a) support and (b) subsidy her Department makes available for new nuclear power production.

      Coal fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to her speech of 18 November 2015, at the Institution of Civil Engineers, when her Department plans to publish the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish direct contact details for all units in his Department.

    • Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what requirements relating to diversity and inclusion commitments apply to companies bidding for Government contracts.

      Cabinet Office: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent on hosting ministerial receptions in each of the last five years.

      Civil Servants: Apprentices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what projection he has made of the number of civil service apprenticeships that will be created in each department in each year until 2020.

      Civil Servants: Apprentices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what wage the Government plans to pay civil servant apprentices.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Trapping: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect on animal welfare of the use of glue traps.

    • Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a mandatory dog-breeding licence for any household planning to...

  • Department of Health

    • Human Papillomavirus: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the numbers of children born with recurrent respiratory papillomatosis from mothers who have not been protected...

    • Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the current multi-purpose vaccine will continue to be used following the recent tender for supply of that vaccine to the UK HPV Vaccination programme.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will provide an evaluation of the clinical differences between the quadrivalent and bivalent vaccines available for use in the HPV...

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2016 to Question 28048, when the Equality Impact Assessment will be published.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made on the likely incidence of recurrent respiratory papillomatosis in the event that the (a) quadrivalent vaccine is...

      Sexually Transmitted Infections: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made on the emotional and psychological effect of acquiring genital warts on an individual.

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps NHS England is taking to ensure that patients have accelerated access to healthcare technologies.

      NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to address historic allegations of mistreatment of whistleblowers in the NHS.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the performance of the current data collection infrastructure and its capability to collect real world data in...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many episodes of (a) traumatic brain injury, (b) spinal injury, (c) fractures, (d) dislocated shoulders and (e) ligamentous tears were sustained in...

      Cancer: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) causes of the disparity in cancer survival rates between England and Wales and (b) extent to which...

      Junior Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the reasons for trends in the number of junior doctors electing not to finish their postgraduate training in the UK; and...

      Neuromuscular Disorders: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that individuals with muscle-wasting conditions who require a cough assist machine have access to one commissioned in...

      Nabiximols

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much prescriptions for Sativex were issued in each of the last five years.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what training is available for prison officers in dealing with inmates who are under the influence of psychoactive substances on the prison estate.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Prime Minister's policy is on moving to an insurance or user-funded NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department's estimate of the number of people who have been affected by HIV or hepatitis C through treatment with NHS-supplied blood or blood...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the reasons for the delay by NHS England on announcing a public consultation on pre-exposure prophylaxis for...

      Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to help pressures on local health care services resulting from an increasing population of elderly people.

      Money Laundering: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of its senior civil servants who will potentially fall under the provisions of the Fourth EU Money...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in each age group admitted to A&E for (a) psychiatric conditions and (b) intentional self-harm were re-admitted within 30 days in...

      Nurses: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many registered nurses aged between 60 and 67 are employed by (a) Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and (b) Lancashire Care NHS...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the change in capacity of GPs to conduct their NHS Health Check obligations resulting from changes in funding for those...

      Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on primary care delivery of changes in the level of administrative demands on those delivering that care.

      General Practitioners: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of GP working hours available in each year since 2010.

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • House of Lords: Parliamentary Procedure

      To ask the Leader of the House what status members who are not members of the main political parties or the crossbenches have in relation to the order of speaking or asking supplementary questions.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Turkey: EU Accession

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of Turkish citizens likely to seek to relocate to other member states of the EU if Turkey becomes a member state.

    • EU Enlargement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether free movement of people and capital would apply to all applicant countries to the EU should they become member states.

      USA: Official Visits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether President Obama's planned official visit to the UK was at the initiation of the White House or them.

      El Salvador: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking, in terms of financial aid and technical assistance, to help reduce violence, to protect the rights of women, and to prevent human...

      Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Sudan concerning the recent raid by Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services on...

      South Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take in the light of the recent report by the Office of the UNHCR detailing atrocities committed against civilians, particularly...

      Eritrea: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of claims that Eritrean children are fleeing from their country because of human rights violations or crimes against humanity.

      Eritrea: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking with regard to claims that Eritreans face human rights violations, in the light of the report by the UN Commission of Enquiry on...

      Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the situation of the Rohingya.

      Burma: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will call for an end to impunity for rape and other forms of sexual violence in Burma.

      Burma: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will call for the inclusion of women in the peace negotiations between the government of Burma and the ethnic armed political groups to ensure...

      Burma: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider providing funding to the Women's League of Burma and its members to support ongoing work documenting cases of rape and providing...

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Labour Turnover

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many teachers have left the profession during the past three years and whether those teachers have been replaced by fully qualified teachers or teaching...

    • Children's Play

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the proposal in the report from the charity Sense, Making the case for play, that play be instated as part of the...

      Children's Play

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for highlighting play as a key strand of the Government’s policy on parenting and life chances.

      Young People: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will secure the skills necessary for students and businesses, and the improved productivity for the economy, given the pattern of delivery for...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the announced changes to the initial teacher training criteria run parallel to the proposed recommendations of the Department for Education's...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the announced changes to the initial teacher training criteria, why the suggested content was not made compulsory.

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

    • House of Lords: Facilities

      To ask the Chairman of Committees who sanctioned the change of use of the Peers' TV Room and whether it is envisaged that an alternative facility will be made available to members.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review, how much extra money was made available for (1) the Royal Navy, (2) the army, and (3) the Royal...

    • Navy: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is sufficient funding in the navy budget to enable full manning, provision of spares and logistics support, and the appropriate training...

      Warships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under the plans following the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, there will be more or fewer Royal Navy ships in commission by 2025 than...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Plastics: Seas and Oceans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of microplastics from toiletries and detergents on aquatic life.

    • Flour: Additives

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider exempting traditional windmills producing high-quality artisan flours from any obligations to introduce additives.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many third country nationals have been transferred to the UK from other EU member states under (1) Article 8, (2) Article 9, and (3) Article 10, of the...

    • Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum seekers have been transferred from the UK to other EU member states under the Dublin Regulations owing to (1) family reasons (Articles 8, 9...

      Asylum: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what have been the most common three grounds for refusing a take charge request since Dublin III came into force.

      Offences against Children: Rotherham

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to investigate further the allegations of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham as covered by the Jay Report to establish more precisely...

  • HM Treasury

    • Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Neill of Gatley on 17 February (HL5889), whether they intend to collect data on the payments made to EU...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the health impact, in terms of hospitalisations and deaths, of ending the alcohol duty escalator.

      Cider: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Institute of Fiscal Studies' recent argument in favour of "reforming cider duties so that they are no longer extremely low for strong...

      Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the lack of affordable credit supply reported by StepChange in its figures of 9 March, what work they are doing with banks and community...

      Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to ensure that the Financial Conduct Authority raises standards in the consumer credit market by requiring that all firms stress test...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to Sir John Chilcot to encourage him to publish his report before 23 June 2016.

  • Department of Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the UK Chief Medical Officers' alcohol guidelines review, what steps they are taking to educate young people about the dangers of drinking.

    • Pregnancy: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to educate women on alcohol avoidance whilst pregnant.

      Sugar: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 10 March (HL6471), when they were informed of the NHS England plan to introduce a sugar tax on...

      Human Embryo Experiments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 8 March (HL6323), how licence conditions R18-R27 and T97 have been specifically reflected in the...

      Human Embryo Experiments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Prior of Brampton on 7 March (HL6225) and 8 March (HL6323), and the letter from the Chief Executive of the Human...

      Human Embryo Experiments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 22 January 2013 (WA194–5) and by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department of Health, Mr...

      Human Embryo Experiments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Prior of Brampton on 2 February (HL5773) and 7 March (HL6225), whether the previously licensed research to perform...

      Health Services: Cambridgeshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their review of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) contract with UnitingCare LLP for older people's and adult...

      Health Services: Cambridgeshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that their review of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group contract with UnitingCare LLP for older people's...

      Strategic Projects Team

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which procurement projects in which the Strategic Projects Team has been involved have been suspended pending the review of the Cambridgeshire and...

      General Dental Council

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to review the effectiveness of the leadership and governance arrangements of the General Dental Council.

      Social Services: North East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of people receiving social care in each of the seven authorities in the Northeast Local Economic Partnership area are entitled to public...

      Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to carry out a review of incentives and reimbursement for the delivery of routine immunisation programmes.

      Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions (1) NHS England, and (2) Public Health England, are taking to improve levels of vaccination coverage of recommended vaccines for adults in areas...

      Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans Public Health England has to issue guidance to healthcare professionals on the use of nationally procured vaccine stock.

      Hepatitis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why special financial provision is having to be provided by the Department of Health, and not NHS England, for the treatment of people infected with...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether people continue to have the right to drugs and treatments that have been recommended by NICE technology appraisals for use in the NHS if their doctor...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support NHS England’s decision to penalise providers for treating patients when numbers breach levels designated for Operational Delivery...

      Scarlet Fever: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to prevent the rise in cases of scarlet fever in children.

      Down's Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what (1) recent discussions they have had, and (2) consultation they have conducted, with (a) people with Down’s Syndrome, (b) families of people with...

      Pregnancy: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the National Screening Council’s recommendation that the NHS should offer non-invasive prenatal testing techniques in...

      Health Professions: Vacancies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the observations of the National Audit Office that there was a 7.2 per cent shortfall in nursing, midwifery and health...

      Human Embryo Experiments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 7 March (HL6225) and the letter from the Chief Executive of the Human Fertilisation and...

      Dairy Products

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support Public Health England's decision to reduce the dairy food group in the revised Eatwell Guide; whether the dairy industry was consulted...

      Slaughterhouses: Veterinary Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is (1) the average hourly rate, and (2) the range of charges, for official veterinary surgeons employed in abattoirs.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any plans for a database of outcomes from innovative medical treatments will be subject to the patient level extraction process of the...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish a response to their consultation on accredited safe havens, Protecting personal health and care data: a consultation on proposals...

      National Food Crime Unit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions of criminal gangs in the food sector have been initiated by the National Food Crime Unit since it was established.

      Pharmacy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how information is (1) collected, and (2) managed, to protect the dignity of patients who receive pharmacy services in retail outlets, under the Standards...

      Pregnancy: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the possible effects of normalising cell-free DNA, non-invasive prenatal testing techniques, in particular with regard to...

      Down's Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been invested in the last year in (1) Down’s Syndrome research, (2) Down’s Syndrome screening, and (3) support for people with...

      Down's Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support individuals with Down’s Syndrome and their families.

      NHS: Research

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Department of Health mandate to NHS England, which requires it to "ensure that the new commissioning system promotes and supports...

      Health Professions: Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to involving appropriate regulators in the development of degree-level apprenticeships for nursing and other allied health...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the prospective impact on the education and training of Registered Nurses of the UK leaving the EU.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the accuracy of official figures of the number of patients waiting for treatment for more than a year.

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