Written answers

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • EU External Relations: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable and process is, including parliamentary scrutiny, for ratification by the UK of the EU-Israel Civil Aviation Agreement.

    • Transport Select Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times he has attended public meetings of the Transport Committee since his appointment.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on whether drivers who are waiting for medical tests to confirm whether they are safe to drive should retain their licence in the...

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress has been made on the Thameslink programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much will be spent on rail infrastructure between 2015 and 2020; and how much was so spent between (a) 2010 and 2015 and (b) 2005 and 2010.

      Cycling: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to spread best practice from the Cycle City Ambition scheme to those cities and towns not part of that scheme.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State of 10 March 2016, Official Report, column 419, what assessment he has made of the potential...

      Railway Stations: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress is being made to increase the number of train stations with step-free access.

      Railway Stations: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress has been made on increasing the number of wheelchair accessible stations from street to platform level at National Rail and...

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that broken accessibility equipment on buses is considered as a priority for repair.

      Highways England: Amey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated cost is to Highways England for monitoring the performance of its contract with Amey for services in Area 7; and what the scope is...

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2016 to Question 33421, what assessment his Department has made of how much renewable fuel has been supplied by...

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that bus operators educate their drivers on wheelchair use of the accessible space on buses.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 April 2016 to Question 33636, what assessment he has made of the capacity of Highways England to complete the repair and...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 July 2015 to Question 7660, whether his Department has made a decision on the proposed conversion of Class 801 Intercity...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department reserved in the HS2 budget for compensation to train operating companies in the form of (a) Schedule 4 payments, (b)...

      Driving: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the DVLA plans to implement the European Commission's advice on lifting that authority's prohibition on driving for people who experience...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government Select Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many times he has attended public meetings of the Communities and Local Government Committee since his appointment.

    • Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure changes to supported housing will not adversely affect vulnerable people.

      Rented Housing: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assistance his Department provides for homeless people unable to provide documentation and information on previous...

      Housing Adaptations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of adapted properties in England.

      Rented Housing: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assistance his Department provides for domestic violence victims unable to provide documentation and information on...

      Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of people who require adapted housing in England in 2016-17.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Islamic State: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to disrupt and prevent the sale of antiquities by Daesh to finance their terrorist activities.

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Russian Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Russian language (a) speakers, (b) interpreters and (c) translators are employed by his Department; and what steps he...

      Palestinians: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress his Department has made on steps to ease the blockade of Gaza, with reference to the oral contribution of the...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his international counterparts on reports that a UN-funded Palestinian non-governmental...

      Brahim Saika

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will raise with the Moroccan ambassador to the UK the death of Brahim Saika in Gulemin police station on 15...

      Middle East: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the governments of (a) Egypt, (b) Saudi Arabia and (c) United Arab Emirates on the...

      Nigeria: Abduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assistance the Government has provided to the Nigerian government in the search for the Chibok schoolgirls who were...

      European Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions Government officials have accompanied representatives of British overseas territories or Crown...

  • Attorney General

    • Sentencing

      To ask the Attorney General, what his policy is on expanding the Unduly Lenient Scheme; and if he will consult on any such changes before their introduction.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Iron and Steel: Dumping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he has taken to examine measures other European countries have taken to protect their steel industries against...

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2016 to Question 33918, what estimate he has made of the annual cost of policy staff...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the annual cost is of policy staff from his Department's office at St Paul's Place, Sheffield travelling to London.

      Pubs Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, who will act on behalf of the Pubs Code Adjudicator in situations where one of the parties to that adjudication objects to the...

      Driverless Vehicles: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 18 April 2016 to Question 33237, what assessment his Department has made of the potential health risks...

      Manufacturing Industries: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many jobs there were in the manufacturing sector in each region and constituent part of the UK in each of the last 10 years;...

      Women's Business Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he has taken to support the work of the Women's Business Council; and whether he has incorporated any research...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on ensuring that Ministry of Defence contracts with...

      Aerospace Industry: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to sustain aerospace engineering capability and capacity in the South West region.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much EU (a) 7th Framework Programme and (b) Horizon 2020 funding has been provided to (i) universities, (ii) other research...

      Nursing: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many (a) applicants and (b) accepted offers of places there were for nursing degrees at each institution in 2014-15 from (i)...

  • Department for Education

    • Academies: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools in Shropshire have been converted into academies.

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how deprivation factors are taken into account in school funding formulae.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether a standard precedent lease will be issued to all schools planned to be converted to an academy under her Department's recent proposals; what...

      Department for Education: Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which of her Department's directors has responsibility for implementation of its commitments under the Armed Forces Covenant.

      Academies: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether a property management company will be created for land held as a result of the proposals to transfer land owned by local authorities to the...

      Academies: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of legal costs (a) to her Department and (b) to the academies and local authorities affected arising following the transfer...

      Pupils: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services on the health, wellbeing and performance of young people in...

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent representations her Department has received from primary schools on the requirement to make milk available during the school day.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Sure Start centres were in operation on 1 March 2016.

      Primary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress has been made on the provision of universal infant free school meals.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress her Department has made on development of an early years workforce strategy.

      Teachers: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of a majority leave vote in the EU referendum on teacher recruitment and retention.

      Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of a majority leave vote in the EU referendum on the teaching and learning of modern...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which guidance her Department provides to local authorities on the retention of case files for victims of serious child abuse in local...

      Extended Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of children attending a breakfast club in primary schools in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and...

      Extended Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how she plans for the £10 million increase in funding to expand breakfast clubs in schools announced in paragraph 1.95 of Budget 2016 to be...

      Academies: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how the Government plans to give parents confidence that their child will be accepted by academies that determine their own admissions and ensure that...

      New Schools Network: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding has been allocated for the establishment of a Northern branch of the New Schools Network; what the timetable for the establishment of...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • UK Membership of EU: Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2016 to Questions 30551 and 30552, on UK membership of EU: Crown Dependencies, if his Department will take steps to...

    • Domestic Violence: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the number of domestic homicides that are linked to people who have been convicted of (a) breaching restraining...

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has undertaken or commissioned research into the relationship between people who are convicted of multiple breaches of...

      County Courts: Bedford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost of moving Bedford County Court from Shire Hall, St Paul's Square, Bedford, to the Employment Tribunal building in...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of appeals relating to (a) employment and support allowance, (b) disability living allowance and (c) personal independence payment from...

      Charter of Fundamental Rights (EU)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the Government's policy is on the UK remaining a party to the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

  • Leader of the House

    • English Votes for English Laws

      To ask the Leader of the House, pursuant to his Answer of 3 March 2016, Official Report, column 1102, when he expects the review of English votes for English laws procedures to take place.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • European City of Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the European Capitals of Culture process of the UK voting to leave the EU.

    • BBC: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the total operating budget for the BBC in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.

      BBC: Royal Charters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on the introduction of the next BBC Royal Charter; and if he will make a statement.

      Libraries: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what statistics his Department collects on the use of computers in libraries.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      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 employment and support allowance in April...

    • Taxation: Underpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have received demands to pay underpaid tax as a result of his Department not notifying...

      Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Life Chances Strategy will include the provision of funding to support positive family relationships; whether funding under that...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on a person providing child maintenance having their payments regarded for the purpose of an income assessment for...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Segment 2 non-compliant cases have been fully closed on the CSA 1993/2003 systems.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of universal credit claimants who do not have basic digital skills; and whether his...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will review the language and terminology used in written communications to people attending personal independence payment or work...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the (a) Tobacco Manufacturers Association, (b) Wine and Spirits Association, (c) Scottish Whisky Association, (d)...

    • Litter: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to commence Section 154 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, on fixed penalty notices...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers in Stafford constituency who are eligible for payments under the Basic Payments Scheme 2015 had not been...

      Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times she has attended public meetings of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee since her appointment.

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what allocation the UK expects to receive from the European School Milk Scheme in each of the next three years.

      Floods: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what resources her Department allocated to local authorities and the emergency services in Northamptonshire to develop their...

  • Home Office

    • Knives: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been convicted of selling a knife to someone under age since the introduction of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006.

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles: Public Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to ensure that all police officers are aware of restrictions around the use of drones in public areas and where...

      Visas: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total number of visit visa applications was from Sri Lanka in 2015; and how many such applications were refused.

      Cybercrime: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2016 to Question 20367 and of 18 January 2016 to Question 22101, what the spend for the Cyber Streetwise...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many renewals of existing status of discretionary leave to remain have been refused due to a failure to pay the immigration health...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were removed from the UK by surface transport on grounds that they were not entitled to leave to remain but who were unable...

      Hizb Ut Tahrir

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her most recent assessment was of whether Hizb ut-Tahrir should be proscribed.

      Emergency Services: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 April 2016 to Question 34792, when she expects the confidential advice line to become available.

      Emergency Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 April 2016 to Question 34792, how much of the £10 million allocated to the emergency services from the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army: Sikhs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 4 March 2015 to Question 225425, what progress has been made on the assessment of the feasibility of the creation of a...

    • Armed Forces: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) status and (b) purpose is of the Defence Diversity and Inclusion Programme established in September 2013.

      Armed Forces: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the intake of BAME servicemen and women was as a proportion of total intake for each year from 2006 to the latest available figures.

      Armed Forces: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of servicemen and women recruited from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK armed forces personnel are embedded in foreign armed forces; and with which forces such personnel are embedded.

      Russia: Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that UK defence capability can effectively respond to a threat from Russia.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what priority issues were discussed and conclusions reached at the UK-US bilateral annual stocktake of the UK-US Mutual Defence Agreement on atomic...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what joint exercises his Department has held with participants from the US National Nuclear Security Administration on rapid response to emergency...

      Local Government: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of local authorities have a dedicated Armed Forces Champion.

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 6.50 of the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, if he will ensure that the refresh of...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that defence contracts offered to overseas manufacturers benefit the UK economy.

  • HM Treasury

    • Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people under 40 who will take up both a lifetime ISA and a help-to-buy ISA in each of the first three years that...

    • Technology: Capital Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 36 of his Department's paper, Budget 2016: Policy Costings, published in March 2016, what the source is of the £5 million...

      Economic Situation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the report by the Office for National Statistics, the Feasibility of measuring the...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of low long-term real interest rates on house prices.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that smart meters are installed in areas with poor mobile signal.

    • Solar Power: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to support the solar industry in the South East; and if she will make a statement.

      Electricity Generation: Eastbourne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to encourage the use of photovoltaic-generated electricity in Eastbourne constituency; and if she will make a...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effect of the potential exclusion of the contribution made to energy efficiency of the Warm Homes...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress has been made on enhancing cyber-security in the UK.

    • UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse has been of all activity related to promoting the Government's policy of remaining in the EU, including staff costs...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to move policy-making civil servants out of London and into the regions.

      Small Businesses: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to ensure that his Department works with other government departments to increase procurement from small and medium-sized businesses.

      Small Businesses: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to help SMEs win public procurement projects.

  • Department of Health

    • Social Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to ensure local authorities can adequately fund learning disability services.

    • Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to (a) ensure families of the poorest care home residents are supported by their local authority and (b) to penalise local...

      Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons an annual report on the UK Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy was not published in 2015.

      Autism: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to measure and improve the rate of premature mortality of people with autism who have no co-occurring learning disability.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to introduce a GP registry for autism to allow the collection of population-level data.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve provision of IVF as a result of the meeting held by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with Monitor and NHS...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of prescription charges on people with multiple sclerosis; and if he will make a statement.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people with autism who are in receipt of a personal health budget.

      Primary Health Care: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the costs of Care Quality Commission primary care inspections were to GP practices in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16.

      Doctors: Certification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors have applied for a Certificate of Good Standing in the last six months.

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the Sustainability and Transformation Fund is applied to NHS Mental Health Trusts.

      Primary Health Care: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of primary care inspections by the Care Quality Commission on improving clinical outcomes for patients.

      Mental Illness: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to support carers assisting people with mental health conditions.

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps other than the social care precept the Government is taking to ensure that local authorities are able adequately to fund services for people...

      Out-patients: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what safeguards are in place to ensure that patients who require review hospital appointments are seen within a clinically recommended or safe time.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many claims were made against GPs working outside of regular hours in each of the last five years; and what the average amount is for which the claim...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Written Statement to the House of 16 July 2015, HCWS113, on Publication of Learning not Blaming and Review of NHS Leadership, what...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to allow NHS bodies to designate people other than midwives as the lead clinical practitioner for women in pregnancy, childbirth and...

      Learning Disability: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on the University of Bristol study of the mortality rates of people with learning disabilities in NHS care, commissioned by...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2016 to Question 33687, what new investment which is in line with the Collaborative TB Strategy for England has been...

      Midwives: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with (a) the Nursing and Midwifery Council, (b) the Royal College of Midwives, (c) the Royal College of Nursing and (d)...

      Tuberculosis: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2016 to Question 33687, what funding and support (a) his Department and (b) NHS England have provided to integrate...

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase funding for motor neurone disease (a) research treatment and (b) patient care.

      Diabetes: Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce the number of hospitals which do not have a multi-disciplinary diabetes foot care team as advised in...

      Diabetes: Orthopaedics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in reducing the national diabetes-related amputation rate since his 2013 commitment to halving that rate.

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) oral and (b) written communication, guidance and information there has been between his Department and (i) NHS England and (ii) NHS foundation...

  • Women and Equalities

  • Department for Transport

    • Level Crossings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have yet considered the remainder of the Law Commission's recommendations on the reform of level-crossing legislation.

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the need to regulate or license the private drone market in the UK.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the control of drones flying in UK air space.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the HS2 project intends to use secondary aggregates, and if so, in which types of concrete required for Phase 1 of that project.

      Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that airlines monitor the quality of cabin air.

      Transport: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the importance of rural transport services in tackling loneliness amongst (1) young people, (2) the elderly, (3) those...

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to local authorities to ensure that changes to funding for local bus services do not negatively affect (1) young people, (2) the...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been killed or seriously injured in road traffic incidents in each of the past five years in (1) Essex, (2) Kent, (3) Sussex, and (4) London.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • EU Countries: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the event of the UK leaving the EU, UK citizens living in EU member states will retain all of their rights as UK citizens and will continue to be...

    • EU Countries: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in the event of the UK leaving the EU what advice they plan to give to UK citizens who work or live in EU member states related to their legal rights...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the statement in their pamphlet Why the Government believes that voting to remain in the European Union is the best decision for the UK...

      Treaties

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many treaties to which the UK is a party would have to be renegotiated if the UK were to leave the EU.

      EU Enlargement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 7 March (HL6442), whether they support the application to join the EU of (1) Turkey, (2)...

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why UK citizens who have been resident in other EU member states for more than 15 years who pay taxes and social security in the UK and are treated as...

      Bangladesh: Freedom of Expression

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of freedom of expression in Bangladesh, including the threats of criminal defamation against individual journalists and...

      Bangladesh: Freedom of Expression

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Bangladesh Law Commission's proposed new law, now entitled Bangladesh Liberation War (Denial, Distortion, Opposition)...

      Bangladesh: War Crimes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether cases before the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh have been conducted in accordance with international...

      Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 5 April (HL7332), what financial and technical assistance they are providing to the...

      Iraq: International Criminal Court

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 5 April (HL7331), what is their assessment of the prospect of the government of Iraq...

      Occupied Territories: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning reports that a further 77,000 Jewish settlers are due to be relocated to illegal...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they ensure that the government of Saudi Arabia complies with the regulatory regime established under the Export Control Act 2002, in particular in...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning recent power cuts in Gaza, in particular the impact on waste water management and...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the creation of a Bible trail in East Jerusalem that entails demolishing...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel in the light of the dawn raid on a currency exchange shop in Ramallah.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the deaths of or injuries to Palestinians caused by Israeli forces, and the demolition of Palestinian houses in each month...

      Bangladesh: Press Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Bangladesh about (1) the arrest of Shafik Rehman on 16 April, and (2) the recent harassment of other...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which institutions and postholders are prohibited by law from expressing views on the EU referendum and the UK membership of the EU.

      Libya: Military Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Foreign Secretary's recent visit to Tripoli, whether they are considering the deployment of ground troops to Libya as part of UK efforts...

      Afghanistan: Taliban

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in response to the Taliban's recent announcement of a spring offensive and warnings of large-scale attacks in Afghanistan.

      Bahrain: Administration of Justice

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make an urgent appeal to HM the King of Bahrain for clemency in the cases of Mr Mohamed Ramadan and Mr Hussein Ali Musa.

      Turkey: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Turkey about the recently reported killings by Turkish forces of Syrians, including women and...

      Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that non-judicial bodies such as the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and the US House of...

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, when considering the form of teacher accreditation to be introduced in place of qualified teacher status, what account they will take of the possibility of...

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent they will take account of (1) value for money, and (2) the impact on established training providers, when they accredit new school-centred...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding they have put in place to ensure that the parents of special needs students do not feel that home-schooling is their only option.

      Equal Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to address the pay gap between women and men with vocational qualifications.

      Schools: Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made to the NUT motion rejecting the Prevent strategy and suggesting that it causes "suspicion in the classroom".

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Ministers of Religion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take in the light of the findings of the review submitted to the Ministry of Justice that reportedly shows that...

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

    • Hereditary Peers: By-elections

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what fees were paid, if any, to Electoral Reform Services for conducting each of the last four Hereditary Peers By-elections.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many soldiers who enlisted (1) aged under 18 years, and (2) aged 18 years or above, left the army before completing their Phase Two training in each...

    • Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Ajax vehicles are to be procured for the British Army; and of those, how many will be assembled in Spain, and how many in Wales.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in the development of the Ajax-tracked reconnaissance vehicle as part of the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme.

      Burma: Military Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to which battalions Burmese Army soldiers who have received training from the UK belong.

  • Home Office

    • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications there have been for the Secretary of State to disregard a conviction under the terms of section 92 of the Protection of Freedoms Act...

    • Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention that the 20,000 refugees being brought to the UK before 2020 will be housed in local authority accommodation or hosted by...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of providing accommodation for the 20,000 refugees to be resettled in the UK before 2020.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation process took place with local authorities in preparation for their policy of bringing 20,000 refugees to the UK by 2020.

  • HM Treasury

    • Bank Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the event of the UK leaving the EU, the UK would have to leave the EU electronic banking system, the Single Euro Payments Area, by which funds...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the manufacturing output in the UK in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

    • Civil Servants: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average training period for graduates newly appointed to the UK civil service, and whether that training includes learning about UK government...

  • Department of Health

    • Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the event of the UK leaving the EU, UK citizens living in EU member states will retain all of their rights to medical treatment in the EU under...

    • Responsibility Deal Alcohol Network

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give details of progress made by the Alcohol Network of the Public Health Responsibility Deal, including (1) reports on its last meeting,...

      Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on which specific NICE guidance NHS England based its decision to restrict access to new treatments for hepatitis C to 10,000 patients in 2016–17.

      Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NHS England's decision to treat 10,000 hepatitis C patients represents a cap on the number of patients the NHS can treat in 2016–17.

      Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether patients who meet the eligibility criteria for NICE-approved medicines for hepatitis C will have access to treatment in line with their rights under...

      Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis, if any, the NHS Mandate requires that investment in NICE-recommended treatments for hepatitis C be limited to avoid disinvestment in other...

      Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the breakdown of the patient treatment capacity for each Operational Delivery Network for hepatitis C, broken down by hub and spoke.

      Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the breakdown of run rates assigned to each Operational Delivery Network for hepatitis C, broken down by hub and spoke.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the arrangements for assessing whether pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) should be nationally commissioned in England following the NHS England...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many sexual health clinics will no longer be reimbursed by NHS England for the provision of post-exposure prophylaxis following the announcement by NHS...

      Contraceptives

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage health trusts to include (1) advice on and (2) access to postpartum contraception in maternity care contracts.

      Hepatitis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when NHS England expects to publish its operational framework for hepatitis C.

      Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact assessment they made of the introduction of CQUIN scheme BI1 Improving HCV Treatment Pathways through ODNs, and whether they will publish a copy...

      Hospitals: Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why there are no targets in the NHS for follow-up appointments after an initial consultant consultation.

      Learning Disability: Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which universities provide specific courses for learning disability nurses, and how many places on such courses were available at each university in each of...

      Choice in End of Life Care Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on people at the end of life of delaying the publication of their response to the Choice in end of life care review.

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