Written answers

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that road surfacing and repair work benefits from the latest techniques and technology to maximise their...

    • Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will create a register of ownership for motor vehicles for victims of theft to help prove ownership of their vehicles.

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 April 2016 to Question 33976, what assessment his Department has made of the potential change to (a) benefits and (b)...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 April 2016 to Question 33618, what the new contract arrangements are which he refers to; what assessment was made of the...

      Pilotage Act 1987

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the role of his Department is in overseeing the operation of the Pilotage Act 1987 and in ensuring compliance with the provisions of that Act.

      Pilotage Act 1987

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how his Department observes the Sea Empress ruling in its observation of the Pilotage Act 1987; and if he will make a statement.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the current £55.7 billion budget for High Speed 2 is for (a) phase 1, (b) phase 2A and (c) phase 2B; and what the contingency budget...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to announce the package of compensation schemes for phase 2A of High Speed 2.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he supports the expansion of centres such as Travel for London's planned cycling superhub to other parts of the UK.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what forecast his Department has made of the cost of legal fees for the High Speed 2 project over the next five years; and if he will make a statement.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

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

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of children in Calais who are waiting to be reunited with their families in the UK.

    • Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for discretionary leave to remain have been (a) received, (b) rejected and (c) treated as invalid in the latest period...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps police and social services take when a girl is identified as being at risk of female genital mutilation.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made in rolling out Project Griffin to security managers in the private sector and what budget has been provided to...

      Deportation: Albania

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the treatment of single mothers and victims of trafficking who have been returned from the UK to Albania...

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total value was of criminal assets laundered abroad identified by British law enforcement agencies in each year since 2009 by...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many suspicious activity reports the ELMER database was designed to be capable of processing on an annual basis.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nigeria: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support Christians facing persecution in Nigeria.

    • Nigeria: Boko Haram

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to degrade and destroy Boko Haram in Nigeria.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information he holds on the number of private sector employment agencies in each of the last 10 years.

    • Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he last reviewed his Department's industrial strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Services: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 11 April 2016 to Question 32406, if he will make it his policy that the Advisory, Conciliation and...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 20 April 2016 to Question 33961, what estimate he has made of the amount of cashable savings to be...

      Driverless Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the cyber security implications of driverless cars.

      Overseas Trade: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to promote trade between the UK and other Commonwealth countries.

      National Consumer Council: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the efficiency of the National Consumer Council pension scheme in discharging its duty to ensure...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what arrangements are in place to ensure that the pension schemes of abolished non-departmental public bodies which lay within...

      Carbon Monoxide: Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether he has plans to regulate the sale of black spot carbon monoxide detectors.

      Carbon Monoxide: Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will bring forward regulations on the sale of black spot carbon monoxide detectors.

      Austin Reed Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if his Department will take steps to support finding a new buyer for Austin Reed Group Ltd.

      Shares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the ban on bearer shares which came into force on 26 May 2015.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for UK Erasmus students, lecturers and research fellows of the UK...

      Iron and Steel: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of the cessation of downstream steel operations at Llanwern on further...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for UK Erasmus students, lecturers and research fellows in the event...

      Warranties: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will take steps to ensure that customers who were sold cashback warranties by PowerPlan and who did not receive their cash...

      Manufacturing Industries: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assistance his Department provides to prevent job losses in highly-skilled manufacturing businesses.

      Skilled Workers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to address skills shortages in the workforce.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to encourage businesses to take on apprentices.

      Land Registry: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the privatisation of the Land Registry on the effectiveness of its service.

      Skilled Workers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to address skills shortages in the workforce.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of a UK withdrawal from the EU on the UK's digital industries.

  • Department for International Development

    • Kurds: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to assist the Kurdistan region.

    • Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2016 to Question 34222, on the humanitarian situation in Madaya, what estimate she has made of the...

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2016 to Question 34222, on the humanitarian situation in Madaya, what discussions she has had with...

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2016 to Question 34222, on the humanitarian situation in Madaya, what medical equipment has been...

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2016 to Question 34222, on the humanitarian situation in Madaya, for what reasons the UN had to...

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2016 to Question 34222, on the humanitarian situation in Madaya, for what reasons approval was not...

  • Department for Education

    • Education Select Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many times she has attended public meetings of the Education Committee since her appointment.

    • English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that schools make use of a broad curriculum in meeting their EBacc obligations under the new performance measures;...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers in the school system lacked Qualified Teacher Status in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Department for Education: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many infraction proceedings the EU has initiated against her Department in each of the last 10 years; what the reasons were for each such...

      Teachers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the extent of variation in the numbers of teacher vacancies between parts of England.

      Teachers: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many full-time equivalent teacher vacancies there are in (a) state-funded schools and (b) academies in (i) Ashfield constituency and (ii)...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many infraction proceedings the EU has initiated against his Department in each of the last 10 years; what the reasons were for each such proceeding...

    • Ministry of Justice: Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2016 to Question 34465, if his Department will take steps to allow web-users to include honours when completing...

      Courts: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many e-courts there are in Lancashire.

      Courts: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many court buildings have been sold in (a) Lancashire and (b) Burnley.

  • Prime Minister

    • Islamic State: Finance

      To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he had with President Obama on his recent visit to London in April 2016 on tackling the funding of ISIS/Daesh by people from Saudi Arabia.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Video on Demand

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

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many infraction proceedings the EU has initiated against his Department in each of the last 10 years; what the reasons were for...

      Rugby: World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to paragraph 2.256 of Budget 2016, when he plans to take a decision on the details of the Government's support for the...

      Video on Demand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to improve the provision of video on demand access services.

      Video on Demand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how his Department measures progress on increasing the provision of video on demand access services.

      St George's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage wider participation and interest in St George's Day; what steps his Department...

      Nuisance Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will discuss with telephone providers reasons to make it easier for people to identify direct marketing calls and choose whether...

      Nuisance Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will discuss with the Information Commissioner's Office reasons to refer consumer complaints to equivalent bodies overseas in...

      Cultural Heritage: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to promote an international antiquities code of conduct to prevent the illegal trade in such objects.

      Telephone Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will give Ofcom the power to set or cap access charges with regard to 084 and 087 numbers.

      Nuisance Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the press notice, entitled Nuisance calls: funding available for innovative solutions, what assessment he has made of...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Disabled People on 13 April 2016, Official Report,...

    • State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who will receive a lower state pension under the single-tier pension system.

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his oral contribution of 21 March 2016, Official Report, column 1269, whether his Department plans to proceed with the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Advisory Group on Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which campaign groups attended the initial meeting of key stakeholders at the litter strategy advisory group.

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many infraction proceedings the EU has initiated against her Department in each of the last 10 years; what the reasons...

      Fertilisers: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to address the high cost of fertilisers for farmers.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2016 to Question 34465, if her Department will take steps to allow web-users to include...

      Meat: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of when the ban on the export of Welsh beef and lamb to the US is likely to be lifted.

      Beverage Containers: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will assess the merits of introducing a deposit return system for single-use drinks containers in England.

      Hunting Act 2004: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people were (a) proceeded against and (b) convicted of an offence under the Hunting Act 2004 in each police force...

      Protection of Badgers Act 1992: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people were (a) proceeded against and (b) convicted of an offence under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 in 2015.

      Rural Areas: Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on provision of...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Roads: Planning Obligations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether regulations are in place to ensure that (a) town councils, (b) parish councils and (c) local communities can exercise a...

    • Department for Communities and Local Government: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many infraction proceedings the EU has initiated against his Department in each of the last 10 years; what the reasons were...

      Circle Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding Circle Housing Group and its subsidiaries have been provided by (a) the Homes and Communities Agency, (b) the...

      Housing Associations: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will instruct the Homes and Communities Agency regulator to investigate concerns raised by Tower Hamlets Council on...

      Non-domestic Rates: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he has made an estimate of the cost to East Sussex County Council of changes to business rate retention consequent to...

      Communities and Local Government: Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2016 to Question 34465, if his Department will take steps to allow web-users to include...

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 18 April 2016 to Question 32951, what measures he plans to introduce to ensure that social housing...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of how much local authorities will be able to collect through business rates under the Government's...

      Parking Offences: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with representatives of the private parking industry on the implications of the Supreme Court case,...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many infraction proceedings the EU has initiated against his Department in each of the last 10 years; what the reasons were for each such proceeding...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Department for Energy and Climate Change: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many infraction proceedings the EU has initiated against her Department in each of the last 10 years; what the reasons were for...

    • Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to keep coal plants open.

      Offshore Industry: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if it is her policy for the oil and gas industry to include employment costs in interpreting paragraph 29 of her Department's paper,...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 18 April 2016 to Question 33974, what regard she has given to to Section 14 of the Cabinet Office...

      Oil and Gas Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many staff of her Department she expects to transfer into the Oil and Gas Authority.

      Wind Power: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether the remote Scottish islands projects will be eligible to compete in the forthcoming Contracts for Difference auction process.

      Wind Power: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the potential economic benefits of the remote Scottish islands onshore wind projects for the...

      Electricity Generation: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether the application for state aid clearance for the remote Scottish islands has been submitted to the European Commission.

      Electricity Generation: Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions she has had with British Crown Dependencies on the status of such territories for the purpose of awarding Contracts...

      Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether coal is being stockpiled in any location in the UK.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Lobbying

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions his Department has had with universities on the potential effect on university research of the proposed ban on public funds being used...

    • Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of neonatal deaths in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the UK in each of the last ten...

      Progressive Supranuclear Palsy: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reasons progressive supranuclear palsy is not recorded as a cause of death on death certificates; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament's Education Service

      To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment the Commission has made of the effectiveness of the Education Service in...

  • Department of Health

    • Trade Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance has been issued to local authorities and other Government departments on engagement with the (a) British Soft Drinks Association, (b) Food...

    • In Vitro Fertilisation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on patient welfare of proposals made by some clinical commissioning groups to discontinue funding IVF...

      Incontinence: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions Public Health England has had with NHS England on the commissioning of school nurses offering level one paediatric continence services...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data his Department collects on the number of people who use electronic cigarettes.

      Incontinence: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the capacity of school nurses to offer basic support for children with continence problems since the transfer...

      Incontinence: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on ensuring that children attending educational settings have access to on-site...

      Nurses: Take-home Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the combined effect of the (a) increase in national insurance contributions and (b) one per cent 2015-16 pay increase...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was paid in prescription charges in England and Wales in 2015-16.

      Chronic Illnesses: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the potential annual cost to the public purse of exempting all people with long-term medical conditions from prescription charges.

      Mesothelioma: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to support research into mesothelioma.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from academics and health experts on the health benefits and disadvantages of vaping.

      Department of Health: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many infraction proceedings the EU has initiated against his Department in each of the last 10 years; what the reasons were for each such proceeding...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which dental practices are trialling the new dental contract.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he has put in place to monitor how the £1.25 billion allocated to children and adolescent mental health services in the March 2015...

      General Practitioners: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on average patient waiting times of the use of closed waiting lists at GP surgeries.

      Nutrition: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which private sector companies (a) provided financial resources, (b) submitted evidence and (c) provided any in-kind support during the development of...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department will be responsible for drafting and publishing the obesity strategy.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on campaigns promoting the cessation of smoking in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Visual Impairment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make additional funding available to expand access to habilitation training for young people with sight loss.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2016 to Question 33989, on blood: contamination, when he plans to publish a response to the public consultation.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they reconcile printing and delivering their pamphlet Why the Government believes that voting to remain in the European Union is the best decision for...

    • Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Baroness Anelay of St Johns to the private notice question from Lord Alton of Liverpool on 21 April, which members of the United...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 18 April (HL7513), whether parity of esteem only applies to people who live in Northern Ireland or includes...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they plan to take to redress the gender balance in engineering, construction and transport apprenticeships.

    • Economic Partnership Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effects of any inconsistencies in deadlines for the ratification of concluded and signed EU trade agreements...

      Economic Partnership Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the normal functioning of parliamentary ratification processes in developing countries of the EU bringing...

      Economic Partnership Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to discuss with the European Commission the effect of the deadlines placed on the ratification of trade agreements with developing...

      Retail Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total value of the retail sector to the UK economy in each of the last 10 years, and what estimate they have made of its value over the next 10...

      Retail Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were employed in the retail sector in each of the last 10 years, and what estimate they have made of the number of people who will be...

      Retail Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of (1) the number of jobs, and (2) the total value of sales, within the retail sector attributable to (a) online retail, and (b)...

      British Home Stores: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will establish an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding BHS being placed in administration, and in particular in to the implications for...

      British Home Stores: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had any talks with the owners, managers or advisers to BHS; and whether they will take any action to protect employees, creditors and...

  • Department for International Development

    • Bangladesh: Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Bangladesh about child marriage, and whether it is their policy that the revised Child Marriage...

    • Bangladesh: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have taken place with the government of Bangladesh about reforms of religious laws on marriage, divorce and separation and their impact on...

      Iraq: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 1 April (HL7307), when they expect the Department for International Development to complete its...

      South Sudan: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the UNHCR decision to cease the provision of services to the Yida refugee camp in Unity State, South Sudan, on 30 June, and what...

      Department for International Development: Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for International Development overspent their budget in the last financial year, and if so, for what reason.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms the Department for International Development has in place to monitor the quality and real developmental impact of their aid programmes.

  • Department for Education

    • Languages: Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in discussions with examination boards about retaining accreditation routes for lesser-taught languages at GCSE and A-level.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Interpreters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many court cases have had to be rescheduled in each of the last five years because of problems with the interpreting or translating services required;...

    • Prisons: Islam

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the report by Ian Acheson into the role of Muslim clerics in prisons in England and Wales.

      Prisons: Islam

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for the appointment of prison imams.

      Rights of Accused

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the circumstances in which it is appropriate for the court to appoint an intermediary for communication support for a...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Flags

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the correct proportions of the Union Flag are, and where they are laid down.

    • Freedom of Expression

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether EU laws on telecommunications and media protect freedom of the press and freedom of expression.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice the Department for Work and Pensions gives to trans individuals about how their confidentiality is maintained by that department on its database.

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the last three years, how many times official errors have resulted in (1) underpayment, or (2) non-payment, of (a) Jobseekers' Allowance, (b)...

      British Home Stores: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Pensions Regulator will appoint an investment bank and retail consultancy to support its investigation into the events preceding BHS going into...

      British Home Stores: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review decisions taken by the Pensions Regulator in connection with the BHS pension schemes.

      British Home Stores: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will order an inquiry into actions taken by the trustees of the BHS pension schemes in agreeing revisions to funding rates and supporting the...

  • Home Office

    • Internet: Bullying

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the police and technology firms are taking adequate steps to tackle online abuse.

    • Asylum: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many failed asylum cases were overturned on appeal (1) for each of the last three years, and (2) so far in 2016.

      Road Traffic Offences: South East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been charged with (1) driving whilst using a mobile phone, (2) speeding, (3) drink driving, and (4) dangerous driving, in each of the...

  • HM Treasury

    • Thames Water: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their current initiatives on the use of tax havens and issues about the use of off-shore companies, what assessment they have made of the...

    • Small Businesses: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the claim by the FSB and Administrative Burdens Advisory Board that the proposed HM Revenue and Customs plans for quarterly...

      World Economy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of comments by the head of the IMF regarding threats to the global economy, whether they are preparing any contingency plans.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how seriously they view the warnings from the IMF and the Bank of England of the detrimental impact on both the UK and the global economy if the UK withdraws...

      Overseas Loans: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Republic of Ireland owes the UK as a result of loans made during the recent financial crisis, and what are the arrangements for repayment of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there exists a 10-year rule under which departmental papers and records may be destroyed, and if so, where that rule is set out.

  • Department of Health

    • Ophthalmology: Waiting Lists

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how many patients have lost their vision as a result of not receiving timely follow-up appointments to see an ophthalmic...

    • Obesity: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that physical activity is an integral part of tackling obesity in the forthcoming childhood obesity strategy, in the light of the...

      Neurology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 4 April (HL7369), when the policy team is expected to report back on key aspects of the work on...

      Health Services: Greater Manchester

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the fair-share Transformation Fund for Greater Manchester was calculated.

      Strokes: Health Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding was allocated by the Department of Health to the Act FAST campaign in 2014–15 and 2015–16.

      Strokes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of lives saved as a result of measures in the National Stroke Strategy.

      Drugs: Innovation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 17 March (HL7132), whether they expect any new database of innovative medicines to be constructed...

      Patients: Transport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what systems are in place to monitor main service providers' management of patient transport.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: West Midlands

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to ensure that Clinical Commissioning Groups in the West Midlands abide by the guidance issued by the Royal College of Surgeons...

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