Written answers

Thursday, 21 April 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the Maritime and Coastguard Agency retaining core responsibility for the (a) commercial promotion and (b) auditing and assurance...

    • Shipping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the average cost to (a) the public purse and (b) industry of training a seafarer (i) officer cadet, (ii) deck rating,...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to introduce driving tests for drivers who have previously passed that test (a) who are over 70 year old and (b) every 20 years.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the total cost of legal fees for the High Speed 2 project since its inception; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what forecast his Department has made of the total cost of legal fees for the High Speed 3 project over the next five years; and if he will make a...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the amount set aside for compensation payments to residents along the route of the High Speed 2 line for each...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to protect aircraft operating out of UK airports from the safety risks posed by drones.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that all drone owners are aware of restrictions on their use and the risks they pose.

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which Road Investment Strategy schemes are due to begin construction in 2019-20.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what fee his Department agreed with Learndirect in connection with its negotiated exit from the Drive and Vehicle Standards Agency contract for...

      Cycling: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department provided for Bikeability in each year from 2007-08 to 2015-16 expressed in 2015-16 prices; and how much his Department...

      Department for Transport: IBM

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 April 2016 to Question 33749, on Department for Transport: IBM, when the contracts referred to in that Answer were awarded.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Government plans to publish its consultation on drone regulation.

  • Home Office

    • Deportation: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2016 to Question 31329, on deportation: EU nationals, how many EEA foreign national offenders awaiting...

    • Deportation: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2016 to Question 31329, on deportation: EU nationals, how many EEA foreign national offenders were...

      Infrastructure: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to establish an Infrastructure Police Force to replace the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, British Transport Police...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 April 2016 to Question 32350, how many compliance visits have been carried out on Tier 2 ICT visa recipients...

      Asylum: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken was to make a final decision on take charge requests under each article of the Dublin regulations for decisions...

      Asylum: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children who have applied in France for asylum or family reunion in the UK since 2012 have been admitted to the UK.

      Asylum: Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum claims from people from Yemen were granted in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015.

      Asylum: Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from Yemen claimed asylum in the UK in 2015.

      Deportation: Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which companies were contracted to facilitate enforced returns to Yemen for failed asylum seekers from that country in 2014.

      Asylum: Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum claims from people from Yemen were pending for the duration of (a) 2014 and (b) 2015.

      Deportation: Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people claiming asylum from Yemen have had that claim refused and have subsequently been removed from the UK in each of the last...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of time was for a Disclosure and Barring Service check to be completed in each of the last three years; and if she...

      Asylum: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 12 April 2016 to Question 32506, how many (a) unaccompanied children and (b) partners of refugees who had already...

      Deportation: Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on which dates in 2014 enforced removals of people from Yemen who had unsuccessfully claimed asylum took place.

      Asylum: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 12 April 2016 to Question 32506, what proportion of asylum claims made by unaccompanied children of refugees who...

      Asylum: Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures and checks her Department has put in place to ensure that the new supplier of language analysis testing are fully qualified...

      Hospitals: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the use of buffer zones outside NHS hospitals where abortions are carried out.

      Conservative Party: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to the taxpayer was of policing the Conservative Party event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel near Chipping Norton on 14 April 2016.

      Fire Services: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the level of transparency and scrutiny used by fire and rescue authorities during...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will ensure that the results of the police investigation into the drone collision at Heathrow airport on 17 April 2016 are published.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the proportion is of (a) international students and (b) other migrants whose entry clearance visa or extension of stay has expired at...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many requests have been made by police forces for mutual aid in each year since 2010.

      Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many investigations into crimes categorised as violent crimes and sexual offences were assigned an outcome of investigation complete -...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will put safeguards in place to ensure that (a) out of country entry clearance applications are rigorously checked, (b)...

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish the consultation into mandatory reporting.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the contribution of the Minister for Policing, Fire and Criminal Justice and Victims of 10 February 2016, Official Report,...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the response increase of home and structure demolitions by...

    • Russia: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the future of the EU sanctions regime against Russia; and if he will make a statement.

      Yemen: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with Iran following the discovery by the US of an Iranian ship bound for Yemen...

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with Iran on efforts to secure a peace settlement between the Houthi rebels and...

      Yemen: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the discovery by the US Navy of an Iranian ship bound for Yemen containing a significant cache of weapons is a breach...

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic resources he is providing to the peace talks between the Houthi rebels and Saudi-led coalition in Yemen; and if...

      Weapons: Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much funding was allocated to the counter-proliferation programme in each of the last six financial years; and how much...

      Weapons: Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much in support of which projects the counter-proliferation programme spent in each of the last six financial years.

      Pakistan: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) immediate and (b) long-term support the Government is giving to the government of Pakistan in response to the most...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what commitments on compensation and other matters the UK and other EU member-states agreed to implement under the provisions...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Cheshire

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

      Gambia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in The Gambia following recent disturbances including in the state...

      Occupied Territories: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will (a) investigate whether JC Bamford Excavators has supplied equipment which has been used in construction of illegal...

      South Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of UN missions in South Sudan in protecting civilians in South Sudan.

      Armed Conflict: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will support the draft UN resolution on protection of medical facilities in conflict and investigations into...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his French counterpart on initiatives by that government to convene a peace conference on the...

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Chagossian families have not received any compensation from the public purse.

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much compensation was paid from the public purse to Chagossians who were deported to the Seychelles.

      Chagos Refugees Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons the Government did not meet Olivier Bancoult, Chair of the Chagos Refugees Group, during his recent visit to...

      Israel: Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of plans by the Israeli government to use its security services to disrupt and gather information...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Kincora Children's Home

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made on the inquiry into alleged child abuse at the Kincora boys home.

  • Attorney General

    • Companies: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many companies have self-reported to the Serious Fraud Office for a Deferred Prosecution Agreement.

    • Confiscation Orders

      To ask the Attorney General, how much debt remains outstanding under confiscation orders obtained by the CPS; and what recent estimate he has made of how much of that debt is recoverable.

      Homicide and Sexual Offences: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Attorney General, what proportion of (a) murder, (b) rape and (c) sexual assault cases were prosecuted where the defendant was a non-EU national in each year since 2010.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, further to the oral contribution of the Minister for Skills of 2 February 2016, Official Report, column 776, whether his...

    • Trade Unions: Membership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what sanctions the Certification Officer can implement against trades unions which fail to compile and maintain an accurate...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many civil service apprentices have been appointed by his Department to date.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, to which location he plans to relocate his Department's functions out of London.

      Apprentices: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether if a participant is unable to obtain Level 1 English as a result of deafness, fluency in British Sign Language can be...

      Apprentices: Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that employers accord degree apprenticeships the same esteem as traditional...

      Institute for Apprenticeships: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the suitability of Sheffield as a potential location for the new Institute for...

      Higher Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of proposals arising from the Review of Quality Assessment on the (a) cohesiveness of...

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Madaya in Syria.

    • Overseas Aid: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that funding from the public purse for her Department's work (a) does not reach...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total value of (a) general budget support and (b) sectoral budget support provided by her Department was in each of the last...

      Armed Conflict: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what programmes her Department funds for the support and treatment of African former child soldiers.

      South Sudan: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of conflict in South Sudan on the availability of medicines in that country.

  • Department for Education

    • Community Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the capacity of existing multi-academy trusts to absorb the remaining community schools in (a) England and...

    • Free Schools: Kirklees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the capital and revenue costs of free schools in Kirklees that (a) have been provided to date, (b) are to be...

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 3.35 of Educational excellence everywhere, Cm 9230, what powers she has to require local authority maintained schools to...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to reduce teacher workload and maintain pupil well-being when new Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 assessments are introduced.

      Beacon Multi-Academy Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations her Department has received on the (a) expansion of existing schools or (b) creation of new schools from (i) Beal High School and...

      Enterprise Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2016 to Question 30445, to which regions the 173 volunteer Enterprise Advisers have been appointed.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Offenders: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department takes to assess the risk of re-offending of offenders with learning disabilities before they are moved from in-patient care to...

    • Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to provide young offenders with (a) rehabilitation and (b) education to reduce the likelihood of them reoffending.

      Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of a custodial sentence given to someone convicted of animal cruelty was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders in category (a) 1, (b) 2, and (c) 3 are being managed by multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) in England and Wales;...

      Self-inflicted Deaths in Custody of 18-24 Year Olds Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to his contribution of 8 March 2016, Official Report, column 126, in response to the hon. Member for Derby North, which recommendations of the...

      Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 14 April 2016 to Question 33365, on interpreters, what the average length of delay was that his Department attributes to late...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of appeals to the Tribunals Service from appellants in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England regarding (i) personal...

  • Prime Minister

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Prime Minister, what criteria the Government uses to decide whether to carry out targeted strikes against individuals in Syria.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Tourism: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to increase tourism in Cornwall from (a) domestic and (b) foreign visitors.

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how far superfast broadband coverage was extended geographically in 2015; and which counties received the most investment in their...

      Channel Four Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his policy is on the future of Channel 4.

      Sports: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his policy is on making doping in sport a criminal offence.

      BBC Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his plans are for the body that will replace the BBC Trust.

      Arts: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage corporate sponsorship of the arts at a local level.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many families comprised of foreign nationals are claiming housing benefit in the UK.

    • Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will (a) commission research to estimate the number of people from other EU member states who receive (i) in-work and (ii) out of work...

      European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of administering European Social Funds in each of the (a) last and (b) next five years.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of members of master trust pension schemes who are enrolled in schemes subject to the...

      Income Support

      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 income support in April 2017.

      Universal Credit

      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 universal credit in April 2017.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants making the transition from employment and support allowance to jobseeker's allowance have received a decision assurance...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to modify the universal credit online application system to allow an application to be saved and returned to by applicants.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect on claimants of the time which elapses between a claim for universal credit and the first payment of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claims for universal credit were made online in each year since that benefit was introduced.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the extent of errors in payments of universal credit arising from errors in PAYE real time information.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Bases: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2016 to Question 25082, how many unauthorised entries to military bases were (a) investigated by a military police...

    • Weapons: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish his Department's policy on the procurement of Autonomous Weapons Systems.

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the drop out rate for army recruit training was in 2015.

      Ministry of Defence: Cheshire

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

      Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many allegations of (a) sexual assault, (b) voyeurism, (c) sexual activity in a public lavatory and (d) exposure have been dealt with summarily by a...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to provide additional emergency accommodation for homeless people in London.

    • Housing Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what average time the Housing Ombudsman has taken to allocate a case in each year since 2009-10.

      Secure Tenancies: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether it is his policy that provisions to end lifetime tenancies in the Housing and Planning Bill will maintain the secure...

      Local Government: Public Private Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 March 2016 to Question 31226, on how many occasions his Department has found a local authority to...

      Housing Ombudsman Service: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if his Department will make plans to provide the Housing Ombudsman service with greater powers to deal with complaints from...

      Domestic Violence: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the potential benefits of supported housing in helping people who are fleeing...

      Safe Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of local authority areas in which the Safe Places scheme is used.

      Communities and Local Government: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) full-time equivalent civil servants work in his Department and (b) civil servants work full-time on the Northern...

      Travellers: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Romani people are not being discriminated against in the UK.

  • HM Treasury

    • Taxation: Migrant Workers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what work his Department is undertaking on establishing the amount of income tax and national insurance that is paid by people who were non-UK nationals at...

    • Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to cap charges on equity investment lifetime ISAs.

      Business Premises Renovation Allowance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many schemes have benefited from the Business Premises Renovation Allowance in each of the last five years; and what the average value of such benefit was.

      Social Rented Housing: Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Higher Stamp Duty Land Tax rates announced in Budget 2016 will be levied on properties acquired by social landlords under Section 106 of the...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

  • Cabinet Office

    • UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether there is a specific budget for advertising the Government's position on the EU referendum; and whether he plans to advertise that position in...

    • Armed Conflict: Syria

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Joint Intelligence Committee has revised its estimate of the number of non-extremist opposition fighters in Syria since 2 December 2015.

      Drugs: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make a comparative assessment of how many deaths were caused by new psychoactive substances in the UK, Ireland and Poland in each year since...

      Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the policy of publishing details of officials who earn more than the Prime Minister applies to temporary appointments.

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if his Department will take steps to allow web-users to include honours when completing government online forms.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Wolverhampton South West of 24 February 2016 on...

    • Marine Environment: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of microbeads on marine ecosystems.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding her Department has allocated for (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2017-18 to help the UK prepare for the effects of climate...

      Food: Additives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staple foods in the UK are subject to mandatory fortification.

  • Department of Health

    • Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support the Government provides to research into the causes and treatment of brain tumours.

    • Tobacco: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prosecutions there have been under legislation on tobacco display in retail outlets since 2010.

      Ambulance Services: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure the improved performance of the North East Ambulance NHS Trust in meeting its response time targets.

      Social Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the future effect of the introduction of the national living wage on sleep-in payments used by the learning disability sector.

      Dental Services: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of providing NHS dental services was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the evidential basis is for NHS England's decision not to fund the pre-exposure drug prophyaxis for HIV for the at-risk population.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of his Department's recent consultation on infected blood was; how many responses that consultation received from (a) people with Stage 1...

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that all clinical commissioning groups increase investment in mental health services each year at a level which at least...

      Home Care Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued to (a) councils and (b) other large employers of homecare workers on the payment of workers for their travel time.

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to maximise the take-up of Healthy Start vouchers.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with the (a) Wales Office and (b) Welsh Government on ensuring that Welsh victims of contaminated blood are not...

      Patients: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what safeguards are in place to ensure that patients are not removed from patient registers without their prior knowledge.

      Congenital Abnormalities: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the postcodes for the addresses of mothers of babies born with congenital abnormalities are available on the British Isles Network of Congenital...

      Congenital Abnormalities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many live births of children affected by (a) spina bifida, (b) hydrocephaly and (c) anencephaly there have been in each of the last five years.

      Food: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which local authorities did not report any food standards sampling in 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 via the Local Authority Monitoring System; and how...

      Hospitals: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for how many hospital shifts a full complement of staff was not available in each of the last five years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the number of people removed without notification from GP practice patient registers in (a) Lewisham, Deptford...

      NHS: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many places through Health Education England have been available for Healthcare Cadet apprenticeships in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16;...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11 April 2016 to Question 32447, what steps his Department has taken to check whether all the local transformation plans have...

      Mental Health Services: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has a team with specific responsibility for addressing women's mental health.

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much he estimates will be spent on research into brain tumours in children and young people (a) in total and (b) as a proportion of the total spend...

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospitals he has visited in an official capacity in 2016; and what the date was of each such visit.

      Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to work with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust following the closure of Chorley Accident and Emergency unit.

  • Department for Transport

    • Highways Agency: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government for which projects and for what reasons the Highways Agency has requested an additional £140 million funding.

    • Buses: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when decisions relating to the awards from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles for the low emission bus scheme will be made.

      A303

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how planning is progressing for the dualling of the A303 from Stonehenge westward; when they expect construction to commence; how long construction will...

      London Underground: Floods

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reports of the high flooding risks in 57 stations on the London Underground.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Burundi: Conflict Resolution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support the President of Tanzania, Benjamin Mkapa, in his efforts to mediate in Burundi.

    • Nagorno Karabakh: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the steps being taken to consolidate and monitor the current ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh and to prepare the way for a...

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is both their short and long term policy towards support for, and participation in, UN Peace Operations and how much priority they are giving to its...

      United Nations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans to strengthen UK contributions of military, police and civilian personnel both in operational activities and at headquarters level of the UN.

      Poland: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current state of Anglo-Polish relations.

      Turkey: EU Accession

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 21 March (HL6874) about the accession of Turkey to the EU, whether they will now answer the...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it remains their policy to put the UK at the heart of the EU and if so, how this will be achieved outside the Eurozone.

      Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conversations they have had with other members of the UN Security Council about referring the actions of Daesh against religious and ethnic minorities...

      Iraq: Missing Persons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance, if any, they have provided to the government of Iraq to document and investigate reports of missing persons.

      Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assurances they have sought from, and been given by, the government of Iraq that Iraqi security forces and affiliated militias involved in counter-Daesh...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have received, if any, that Turkey (1) refused access to Syrians fleeing their own country, (2) forcibly returned both registered and...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are making representations to the government of Turkey about the treatment of Syrian refugees in that country.

  • Department for Education

    • Children's Play

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the importance of play as a key element of policy on parenting and life chances, and what consequential action they are taking.

    • Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ring-fence special education funding within their new national funding formula.

      Pupils: Self-harm

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reasons why school pupils self-harm, and what measures they propose to tackle that problem.

      Young People: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they will provide for 16 to 18 year olds who are not in higher education or apprenticeships to ensure they have an effective and successful...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of historic patterns of recruitment showing that universities are more effective in filling teacher training places than other forms of...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Taking Control of Goods Regulations 2013

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the one-year post-implementation review of the Taking Control of Goods Regulations 2013, as set out in the Explanatory Memorandum to those...

    • Ministry of Justice: Public Opinion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent by the Ministry of Justice on (1) focus groups, and (2) opinion polling, in each of the last five years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Royal Regiment of Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 8 February (HL5631), what measures they are taking to address the shortfall of personnel in (1) the regular,...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times payment providers have (1) been asked to block payments to online gambling websites not licensed in the UK, and (2) blocked such payments,...

    • Gambling: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of foreign online gambling websites not licensed in the UK that are being accessed from the UK.

      European Parliament: Art Works

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contingency plans they have to repatriate the British Art Collection from the European Parliament in the event that the UK votes to leave the EU.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 8 December (HL4345), and in the light of recent electoral statistics from the ONS regarding the...

    • Former Prime Ministers: Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 3 July 2014 (HL280) about the expenses of former Prime Ministers, and in the light of the ruling...

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