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Written answers

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • M42

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to widen the M42; and if he will make a statement.

    • Driverless Vehicles: Electromagnetic Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has undertaken research on the potential effects of electromagnetic emissions on children who are passengers in autonomous vehicles.

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the UK Ship Register's obligations are in relation to seafarers' (a) employment and (b) collective bargaining agreements; and whether he plans to...

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish proposals for changing the status of the UK Ship Register within the Maritime and Coastguard Agency; and whether he plans...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department has made an assessment of how much it costs on average to fill an individual pothole; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when Lancashire County Council made its application to the Pothole Action Fund; what level its application to that fund was awarded; and if he will...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken to promote the environmental practices developed during the construction of the Beddington...

    • Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people in (a) Wakefield and (b) the UK have purchased homes through Help to Buy.

      Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people in each income group decile and in each year have purchased houses through Help to Buy since that scheme started.

      Local Growth Deals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much of the Local Growth Fund has been earmarked for (a) housing loan finance and (b) flexible grant funding.

      Parks: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he has had discussions with the local authorities concerned on amending the legislation that created the Lee Valley...

      Economic Growth: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cost to the public purse was of the promotional film for the Northern Powerhouse project, Gunning for growth.

      Building Regulations: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to review Building Regulations Approved Document B (Fire Safety).

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much funding his Department received from the European Social Fund (a) between 2007 and 2014 and (b) from 2014 to the last...

    • Russia: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of Russian compliance with the provisions of the 1987 Intermediate-Range...

      Egypt: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of its recent increases in financial support for non-governmental...

      Egypt: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Egyptian government on recent actions taken against Egyptian...

      Ukraine: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of recent political developments in Ukraine; and if he will make a statement.

      Palestinians: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on allegations that the Palestinian Authority has given financial rewards to terrorists who have...

      Egypt: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it is planned that officials of his Department will attend the trial of Egyptian non-governmental organisations...

      Germany: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the strength of German-Russian relations and their (a) effect on European energy...

      Weapons of Mass Destruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the (a) agenda, (b) attendees and (c) matters discussed and decided at the forum on combatting weapons of...

      British Nationals Abroad: Zika Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which countries his Department advises people not to visit on account of the threat to health there posed by the Zika virus.

      British Nationals Abroad: Zika Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's most recent advice is for British citizens seeking to holiday abroad on the risk of illness from the Zika...

      Commonwealth: Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 26 January 2016 to Questions 22933, 22934 and 22935, which individual or organisation sets the rules...

      British Overseas Territories: Self-determination of States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to support the principle of self-determination and the right of the British Overseas Territories to...

      Pakistan: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has held with his Pakistan counterparts about attacks on Christians in Lahore; and what steps he is taking...

      Taiwan: Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he, his Ministers or his officials have had with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on Taiwan's...

      Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what proportion of Syrian opposition groups which the Joint Intelligence Committee has identified as non-extremist...

      Syria: World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the extent of damage to historical artifacts by ISIS/Daesh in Palmyra.

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to monitor the use of military equipment provided by the UK to Saudi Arabia.

      United Nations: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will issue a response to EDM 1338, Selection of United Nations Secretary General.

      Diplomatic Immunity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what procedures his Department puts in place when a person benefitting from diplomatic immunity commits a crime in the UK.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what investigative process the Government has to investigate alleged international humanitarian law violations involving the...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Organised Crime: Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with the Irish government on cross-border efforts to stop organised crime.

    • Economic Growth: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on economic development in Northern Ireland.

      Economic Situation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps the Government is taking to strengthen the Northern Ireland economy.

      Economic Situation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps the Government is taking to strengthen the Northern Ireland economy.

      Organised Crime: Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with the Irish government on cross-border efforts to stop organised crime.

      Organised Crime: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps the Government is taking to tackle organised crime in Northern Ireland.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Lighting: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all users of electromagnetic radiation emitting devices comply fully with...

    • Students: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect on students living or studying in areas where household income is below the national...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the career progression of people aged 16 to 24 who have completed an apprenticeship since 2010.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what training his Department has provided to staff on the family test; what other steps he has taken to raise awareness of the...

      Students: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what (a) statutory and (b) other guidance is available to higher education institutions on their duties under the Equality Act...

      Vacancies: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent consideration he has given to the findings of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills on the issue of skills...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department has undertaken impact assessments for different regions of the UK on developing Sunday trading...

      Sunday Trading: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of Sunday trading devolution on the premium pay of shopworkers.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many businesses have been (a) charged with and (b) successfully prosecuted for non-payment of the minimum wage in each year...

      Research: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much his Department has invested in (a) large facilities and (b) other (i) national and (ii) international capital projects...

      Apprentices: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to paragraph 2.48 of the National Minimum Wage Low Pay Commission Report Spring 2016, Cm 9207, what assessment he...

      Energy: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much compensation has been paid to (a) all energy intensive industries, (b) the steel industry and (c) the aluminium...

      Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to increase productivity to levels recorded in 2008.

      Living Wage: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of how many people in Southampton will benefit from the introduction of the national living wage.

      UK Trade and Investment: Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what UK Trade and Investment's annual budget is for work in Europe.

      UK Shared Business Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many civil servants were employed at each location by UK Shared Business Service Ltd in the last year for which figures are...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of (a) members of the Senior Civil Service and (b) all officials of his Department will be based at head office...

      Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to support research into and development of machine learning.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the level of his Department's budget for estates after completion of the BIS 2020 change programme.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what efficiency savings his Department expects to make from the closure of its Sheffield office at St Paul's Place.

      UK Trade with EU: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the value of exports from the West Midlands to other EU countries was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

      Gratuities: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2016 to Question 30709, when he expects his Department's response to the call for evidence on...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the average time it will take to process an application for temporary disabled students' allowance...

      Low Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to paragraph 2.20 of the National Audit Office report, Adult Social Care in England: Overview, published in March...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many jobs in (a) his Department and (b) each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies, executive agencies,...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what process he is following to develop the Apprenticeship Levy Digital Voucher.

      Horticulture: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to support (a) horticultural skills and (b) the development of the workforce in horticulture.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how the final decision on proposals to centralise all policy functions to one headquarters in London and close the Sheffield...

      UK Space Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many civil servants were employed in each location at the UK Space Agency in the last year for which figures are available.

      Research Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many civil servants were employed at each location by the Research Council in the last year for which figures are available.

      National Measurement and Regulation Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many civil servants were employed at each location by the National Measurement and Regulation Office in the last year for...

  • Department for International Development

    • EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, who the Government's representative was at the MaMa-COHAFA (Council Working Party on Humanitarian Aid and Food Aid) meeting in...

    • World Humanitarian Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether a decision has been reached on the composition of the UK delegation to the World Humanitarian Summit in May.

      Overseas Aid: Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department spent on cultural and arts projects overseas in 2014.

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to widen access to education in developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has provided support to developing countries to formulate regulations on mobile financial services.

      Developing Countries: Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has provided support to developing countries to encourage financial inclusion.

      Developing Countries: Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of mobile financial services on levels of extreme poverty in developing countries.

      Ethiopia: Droughts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will issue a response to Early Day Motion 1339, Drought in Ethiopia.

  • Department for Education

    • Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of ending the national curriculum at the age of 14.

    • Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which schools in which parliamentary constituencies she has visited since July 2014; and when she visited each such school.

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many unqualified teachers have taught in classrooms in each of the last three years.

      Academies: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on whether academies will be able to employ unqualified teachers when all schools become academies.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what effect the withdrawal of service providers from the Transforming Rehabilitation Programme has had on the projected numbers of prisoners able to...

    • Equal Pay: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March to Question 31122, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the (a) decrease in the number of women...

      Sexual Offences: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offences with code (a) 17B, (b) 19D, (c) 19E, (d) 19H, (e) 20B, (f) 21, (g) 22B, (h) 74, and (i) 88A under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 were...

      Office of the Public Guardian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will hold a public consultation on the level of fees charged by the Office of the Public Guardian.

      Juries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the (a) gender, (b) age and (c) ethnicity of people who have served on juries.

  • Prime Minister

    • Tax Havens

      To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to his Oral Statement of 11 April 2016, Official Report, column 26, on the Panama Papers, from which departmental budgets the Government plans to draw...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government plans to take to improve transparency to aid consumer choice on broadband providers.

    • Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much revenue received from previous spectrum sales has been reinvested into digital infrastructure.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of officials of his Department resigned in each of the last six years.

      Broadband: Northampton South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2016 to Question 30395, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) consumers are aware of...

      Museums and Galleries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that regional museums and galleries are adequately funded.

      Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the criteria are for listing specific days in mandatory flag flying days in the list published by his Department on the gov.uk website.

      Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the process is for approval of additions or removals of mandatory days for flying the national flag from the list published by...

      Video on Demand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of progress towards increasing the provision of access services on video on demand content.

      Arts: Leadership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department has made in encouraging diversity in leadership positions in the culture sector.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many investigations have been undertaken by the Financial Investigation Unit of the Child Maintenance Group in each of the financial years...

    • Fit for Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost has been of establishing and running the Fit for Work programme to date.

      Fit for Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department's contract with Maximus/HML for provision of the Fit for Work programme contains provision for penalties in the event...

      Fit for Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what duration for the Fit for Work programme was agreed in his Department's contract with Maximus/HML.

      Fit for Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total cost to the public purse is of the Maximus/HML contract for delivery of the Fit for Work programme.

      Fit for Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent advertising the Fit for Work programme since that programme went live.

      Fit for Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff employed in delivering the Fit for Work programme are (a) registered as disabled or in receipt of disabled people's benefits...

      Fit for Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff are employed in delivering the Fit for Work programme in (a) Sheffield, (b) Nantgarw and (c) the UK.

      Work and Health Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the effect on annual spending on (a) employment support by non-government providers and (b) Jobcentre Plus of the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of working couples who in 2020-21 will be eligible for universal credit and who will receive more if they are...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Youth Obligation can be extended beyond six months for a participant who is not work-ready at the end of that period.

      Remploy: Cynon Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 1 April 2016 to Question 32065, if his Department will collect data on the number of former workers of Remploy...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the total number of members of master trust pension schemes.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's latest estimate is of the number of parents with children who will be claiming housing benefit in April 2017.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Bahrain: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel from Royal Navy 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group were involved in training Bahraini defence force personnel in January 2016; and...

    • Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when a British frigate or destroyer was last assigned to protect the Falkland Islands; whether there has been any change in his Department's policy on...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure a continuous presence of Royal Navy vessels in the Falkland Islands.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of airstrikes that have been conducted by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Compass asylum accommodation contract with Serco for the region of Scotland and Northern Ireland, how many faults were...

    • Home Office: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many jobs in (a) her Department and (b) each of her Department's non-departmental public bodies, executive agencies, non-ministerial...

  • HM Treasury

    • Overseas Companies: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to allow the exchange of tax information of UK-listed companies with developing countries.

    • Solar Power: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Revenue and Customs plans to drop proposals currently under consultation to increase VAT on solar in response to the EU VAT action plan published...

      Overseas Companies: Annual Reports

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of making country-by-country reporting of UK-listed company profits publicly available.

      Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to reduce tax avoidance and tax crime in the UK's overseas territories and Crown dependencies.

      Income Tax: National Insurance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the report by the Office for Tax Simplification's, The closer alignment of...

      Soft Drinks: Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what amount of corporation tax was paid by soft drinks manufacturers in the latest financial year for which figures are available.

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish modelling conducted by his Department on the potential effect of the soft drinks industry levy on corporation tax receipts.

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what external groups his Department consulted on its proposal to introduce a soft drinks industry levy before announcing that levy; and on what dates he or...

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department holds on which other European countries have introduced a soft drinks industry levy in the last five years; and what...

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the readiness of the financial services industry to provide lifetime ISAs.

      Budget March 2016

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) staff and (b) other costs to his Department were for the production of chart 1.5 on page 21 of the 2016 Budget Book.

      Maternity Pay: Self-employed

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to introduce maternity pay for self-employed women; and if he will make a statement.

      Self-employed Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment as to how much the abolition of class 2 national insurance contributions will save on average for each self-employed...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • District Heating: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether her Department has a strategy to ensure that the growth of district heating is accompanied by the development of non-fossil...

    • Department for Energy and Climate Change: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of officials of her Department resigned in each of the last six years.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions she had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the potential effect of discontinuing...

      Civil Nuclear Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will meet office bearers of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary Police Federation to discuss retirement age.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what protections the Government has put in place to ensure that historic towns are not adversely affected by shale gas extraction.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether her Department has made a detailed assessment of the effect of the Government's energy policy carbon dioxide emissions in the...

      Power Stations: Pembrokeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much funding her Department has provided for security at energy sites in Pembrokeshire in each of the last five years.

      Nuclear Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the likely timescale of type approval of first modular nuclear technology.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals for the transition to a zero-carbon economy.

  • Cabinet Office

    • UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has to make its leaflet on continuing membership of the EU accessible to people with (a) learning, (b) visual and (c) other...

    • Communication Directorate General

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings have taken place between officials of his Department and the European Commission Directorate-General for Communication in each of the...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many special advisers are employed by the Government; and how many such advisers are (a) women, (b) from black and ethnic minority communities and...

      Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the mean annual gross pay was for jobs in (a) manufacturing, (b) services and (c) the whole economy in each of the last five years for which data...

      Cabinet Office: Cheshire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many jobs in (a) his Department and (b) each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies, executive agencies, non-ministerial departments,...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Central Point of Expertise on Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many queries the Central Point of Expertise on Timber has received from (a) public sector bodies and (b) businesses in...

    • Business: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether there was any consultation with businesses in flood-risk areas before the decision was taken to cut funding to the...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers have been subject to penalties for non-compliance with Single Farm Payment Scheme requirements in each of...

      Glass: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of councils in England that provide doorstep glass collection.

  • Department of Health

    • Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of users of e-cigarettes who will return to smoking tobacco (a) in the year ending May 2017 and (b) in each year...

    • Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions his Department had with the Department for Education on improving data centrally collected on the mental health and therapeutic...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8 January 2016 to Question 20586, what discussions his Department has had with NHS England on achieving the aims of the draft...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with hepatitis C commenced treatment in (a) England and (b) each Operational Delivery Network area between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016.

      Incontinence: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many emergency admissions there were for bladder and bowel problems amongst children and young people in each of the last five years.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all people diagnosed with HIV have access to (a) pre-exposure prophylaxis and (b) other treatments.

      Department of Health: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he expects to be consulted in cases where a Bulk Personal Dataset is required from his Department by an Agency under the provisions of Part 7 of...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what input officials of his Department had on the commissioning of the research study on tobacco taxation and tobacco industry pricing by the Department...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS organisations have been charged statutory interest as a result of late payment in the last three years.

      General Practitioners: Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time GPs were employed in Halton constituency in each year since 2010.

      Eyesight: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department plans to assist with the implementation of new refractive surgery standards being drawn up by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has made an assessment of the number of NHS organisations that have official terms and conditions that set payment terms longer...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13 April 2016 to Question 32366, what assessment he has made of trends in the proportion of the NHS budget spent on general...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to tackle loneliness among people with dementia.

      Pharmacy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been allocated to the community pharmacy contractual framework in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role clinical commissioning groups have in the prevention of HIV transmission.

      Preventive Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what preventative programmes, other than for HIV prevention, are funded by Public Health England.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) average and (b) longest length of time was that patients with a diagnosis of autism who were (i) adults and (ii) children were held on...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the new annual payments to infected individuals with stage 1 hepatitis C will be backdated to April 2016.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Darfur: Referendums

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the timing of the referendum taking place in Darfur between 11 and 13 April, in the light of the levels of violence in Jebel...

    • Darfur: Referendums

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the United Nations Fact Sheet entitled "Jebel Marra Crisis Fact Sheet Issue 5, 24 March 2016" which claims that 129,000...

      Burundi: Conflict Resolution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to build the capacity of women in Burundi to engage in peace-building and reconciliation.

      Burundi: Conflict Resolution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conversations they have had with the former Commonwealth Secretary-General, General Kamalesh Sharma, about the role Commonwealth countries can play in...

      Global LGBTI Human Rights Conference

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to ensure that the UK is represented at ministerial level during the Global LGBTI Human Rights Conference in Uruguay from 13 to 15 July.

      Tunisia: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the size of the prison population in Tunisia, in particular about alleged over-crowding in Mornaguai Prison near Tunis; and...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the ability of Palestinian students in East Jerusalem and the West Bank to sit their exams this year, without experiencing...

      United Nations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to promote operational and headquarters experience in the UN for career development in the armed forces and police.

      Kamal Foroughi

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 30 December 2015 (HL4261) and 2 February (HL5328), how the US and Canada have succeeded in...

      Iran: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 30 December 2015 (HL4261) and 2 February (HL5328), how many UK nationals or dual nationals...

      Israel: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 10 March (HL6654), what projects are delivered by Burj Al Luqluq Youth Centre and Silwan...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the pre-dawn raid on the Students Council office and store of Alquds University 5 April.

      Israel: Bedouin

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following the large-scale home demolitions in the Bedouin refugee community of Um al Khayr in...

      Jerusalem: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the extra restrictions placed on both Muslims and Christians wanting to worship in...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the air strike on Gaza on the night of 12 March on a house killing two children.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding reports that a 12-year-old Palestinian girl from Hebron, imprisoned in Israel, has...

  • Department for International Development

    • St Helena: Shipping

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans there are for the future of the RMS St Helena when it ceases to provide a shipping service between St Helena and Cape Town; and what alternative...

    • St Helena: Aviation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial support they plan to provide to air services to and from St Helena when the new airport opens there.

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made to the call by Syria Solidarity UK and others for air drops of aid to the people of the town of Daraya.

      Afghanistan: Earthquakes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether UK government agencies were providing remote sensing data to detect, forecast and provide warning of the recent earthquakes in Afghanistan to the...

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Bases: Leuchars

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what amount of investment (1) has been made to date, and (2) is estimated to be made, at Leuchars to equip the base for use by army units and associated...

    • RAF Lossiemouth: European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the cost has been to date of all Typhoon Force-related works at RAF Lossiemouth; and what is the most recent estimate of the total cost of facilitating...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Livestock: Antibiotics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering banning the routine use on farms of antibiotics classified by the World Health Organisation as critically important for treating...

    • Badgers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of damage caused to the gardens of urban and rural householders by badgers in England.

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their decision to withdraw the Draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Meat Chickens and Breeding Chickens (Revocation)...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a UK power station is required to be able to make a "black start", i.e. from zero vaults and zero cycles, with no power input from the National Grid.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 24 March (HL7079), concerning "parity of esteem" as specified in the Belfast Agreement 1998, whether parity...

    • Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the competition for the post of Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland will take place.

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the additional costs to the NHS of (1) Care Quality Commission fee increases, (2) the cost of pension changes announced in...

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