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Written answers

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of uninsured vehicles in the UK; and how many vehicles were seized for unpaid insurance in each year since 2009-10.

    • Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of (a) tolls and (b) fines related to non-payment of tolls were unpaid on the Dartford Crossing in each of the last three years; and...

      Railways: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase the speed of passenger trains between Doncaster and Hull; and if he will make a statement.

      Railway Stations: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding streams are available for the construction of new rail stations in the North of England.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the Govia Thameslink Railway remedial plan.

      Roads: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has (a) received and (b) made to his French counterpart on the effect on road freight of recent strike action in France.

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 May 2016 to Question 37788, what estimate he has made of the overall cost to the public purse in the last Parliament of...

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 May 2016 to Question 37520, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of industrial action on the...

      Railways: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent on rail services per head of population in each region of England in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16.

      Railway Signals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the value is of Network Rail's traffic management first deployment contract covering the Wales Rail Operating Centre and the Romford Rail...

      Transport: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 12 May to Question 36843, which reviews of which transport infrastructure projects the Cabinet Secretary has...

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 22 February 2016 to Question 26794, when he plans to launch the new Access fund.

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 May 2016 to Question 37456, how the conversion of the West Coast Main Line Class 801 units to bi-mode diesel operation...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average hourly earnings were of his Department's (a) BME and (b) non-BME employees in (i) 2015 and (ii) 2016.

    • Domestic Violence: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to provide (a) refuges and (b) other support to family members in rural areas experiencing...

      Local Growth Deals: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the appropriateness of the use by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership of the £15...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the average hourly earnings were of his Department's (a) BME and (b) non-BME employees in (i) 2015 and (ii) 2016.

    • Brazil: Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the Government has had with the Brazilian government on ensuring the safety of athletes and tourists...

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether a timetable has been agreed for the Overseas Territories and Crown dependencies to establish central registers of...

      Middle East: Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will initiate a resolution of the UN Security Council related to whether genocide is being committed against religious...

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he will be raising the case of Andargachew Tsege on his next visit to Ethiopia.

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government plans to request the release of Mr Andargachew Tsege during future Ministerial visits to Ethiopia.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether all powers currently held by the EU will revert to the Government and Parliament in the...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to next visit Ethiopia.

      EU Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27 May 2016 to Question 38068, what assessment he has made of the implications for securing the...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Taxation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what further plans the Government has to devolve tax powers to Northern Ireland.

    • Human Rights Act 1998: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 and the potential effect of...

      Economic Situation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect on the economy in Northern Ireland of the UK leaving the EU.

      Economic Situation: Northern Ireland

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

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps the Government is taking to reach an agreement with political parties in Northern Ireland on how to deal with the legacy of Northern...

      Low Pay: Northern Ireland

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

  • Attorney General

    • Companies: Fraud

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps the Serious Fraud Office is taking to address fraud by employees in large companies.

    • Attorney General: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Attorney General, if he will place in the Library copies of all letters, leaflets and other material from the Law Officers' Departments circulated to (a) stakeholders and (b) members...

      Solicitors: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Attorney General, if he will take steps to offer incentives to encourage more solicitors to offer pro bono work.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Public Sector: Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment the Government has made of the auditing sector's contribution to economic productivity.

    • Audit: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, for what reasons the Government is not proceeding with joint auditing or increased tendering in its transposition of EU...

      Audit: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to increase levels of competition in the auditing sector.

      Construction: Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what progress has been made in improving construction sector productivity since publication of the Government's Productivity...

      Manufacturing Industries: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to attract more manufacturing jobs to the UK.

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children (a) with autism and (b) identified as having autistic spectrum disorder as their primary type of need were enrolled in general...

    • Pupils: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children (a) with autism and (b) identified as having autistic spectrum disorder as their primary type of need were enrolled in pupil...

      Education: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on preaching of intolerance, hate and isolationism in Islamic out-of-school education settings.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department provides on the level of fees a local authority may charge to administer the per nursery pupil payment for the provision...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to provide support to parents of children experiencing emotionally-based school refusal.

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 5 May 2016 to Question 35933, on primary education, where the proportion of the teachers and head teachers who...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Offenders: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of the total spend by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) on projects to improve the employability of ex-offenders came from...

    • Ministry of Justice: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2016 to Question 37198, how many of the leaflets entitled Why the Government believes that voting to remain in the...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders on probation have been (a) classified in each risk category, (b) moved up a risk category and (c) moved down a risk category in each...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of his policies on transforming rehabilitation on the performance of the Probation Service.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what response he has made to HM Inspectorate of Probation's Transforming Rehabilitation, Early Implementation 5 report, published in May 2016.

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 23 May 2016 to Question 37128, what the average cost is of a First-tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber) appeal hearing.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many claims to compensate victims of human trafficking have been lodged with the Criminals Injuries Compensation Authority in each of the last three...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) victims in criminal human trafficking cases were awarded compensation by the trial judge and (b) convicted human traffickers were ordered...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total value is of legal aid paid to enable victims of human trafficking to bring claims of compensation against their traffickers since the...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the 10 Point Plan for a Better Openreach proposed by the industry coalition...

    • Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the proportion of increased coverage of mobile signal to UK premises is since the December 2014 agreement with the four mobile...

      Aerials: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many new telecommunications masts have been erected in rural areas since the agreement with the four mobile network operators in...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his policy is on whether (a) a person's identity as used to authorise or verify an online account and (b) the fact that a person...

      Information Commissioner: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to ensure that the Information Commissioner's Office and similar organisations do not award pay rises of more...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department issued to Jobcentre Plus offices on the use of letters to jobseekers which combine information about attending a...

    • Flexible Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 4 May 2016 to Question 35354, for what reasons the correspondence does not inform claimants of the...

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many referrals to debt advice services have been made by jobcentre staff in each of the last five years.

      Flexible Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons the allocation for the Flexible Support Fund is lower in 2016-17 than in 2015-16.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 4 May 2016 to Question 35718, what his Department's combined legal costs were for the cases EE/2013/0145,...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 27 May 2016 to Question 38312, if he will provide details of the relevant legislative criteria for payment of child...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people currently carrying out personal independence payment assessments are healthcare professionals.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disability living allowance claimants have been sanctioned due to inability to attend a personal independence payments assessment...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average amount is of child maintenance debt owed to parents with care.

      Personal Independence Payment: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with Ministers of the Northern Ireland Executive on the introduction of personal independence payments in Northern...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what medical qualifications are required for people carrying out assessments for personal independence payments.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in which parliamentary constituencies individuals reside who have been subject to migration of benefits from disability living allowance to...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been migrated on to universal credit through a change of circumstance in each of the last three years.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to produce child poverty statistics at (a) local authority and (b) parliamentary constituency level.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether jobseekers in receipt of universal credit are sanctioned if they do not look for work for 35 hours a week in every week of the year.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether jobseekers in receipt of universal credit are expected to look for work for 35 hours in a week in which Christmas falls.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the receipts to the public purse were from (a) the £20 fee charged for applications to the Child Maintenance Service (CMS), (b) the...

      Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) maximum and (b) minimum rates are at which people must repay hardship payments when their universal credit claim restarts after a...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether jobseekers in receipt of universal credit are expected to look for work for 35 hours a week while they are on holiday.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place in the Library copies of all letters, leaflets and other material from her Department circulated to (a)...

    • Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding her Department provides for (a) litter awareness campaigns, (b) implementation of the National Litter Strategy...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what government funding local litter awareness groups can apply for.

      Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures her Department has in place to record noise nuisance incidents.

      Soft Drinks: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of soft drinks sales were of (a) regular and (b) diet or low calorie drinks in each of the last 10 years.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage recycling.

      Veal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's policy is on the appropriateness of the EU sales description of veal as meat of bovine animals aged...

      Greyhounds: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of animal welfare regulations in (a) Spain, (b) Pakistan, (c) China...

      Meat: Ritual Slaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the extent to which kosher products are sold without being labelled as such in (a)...

      Meat: Ritual Slaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the extent to which halal products are sold without being labelled as such in (a)...

      Glyphosate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the effect on human health of glyphosate.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have been reunited with their families in the UK in (a) the last five years and (b) the last year under (i) the EU Dublin...

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken in conjunction with the French government to ensure that unaccompanied child refugees have access to high quality...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to safeguard the existing rights under EU treaties of non-UK EU citizens living in the UK in the event of a vote to...

      Pakistan: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of settlement visas using the priority visa service were processed in Islamabad, Pakistan within (a) 10, (b) 15, (c) 30, (d)...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to accelerate the family reunification process for unaccompanied children in Europe with a family in the UK.

      Asylum: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many places have been made available by each London borough for (a) the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, (b) the Children at Risk...

      Security: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to bring forward legislative proposals for the regulation of the private security industry based on her Department's...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Government's press release, Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children to be resettled from Europe, published on 4 May...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice, assistance and representation the Government provides to unsettled asylum-seeking women and children who have experienced...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to accelerate the family reunification process for unaccompanied children in Europe with family in the UK.

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what evidence can be provided to prove gross rental income in order to meet the minimum income threshold for a spousal visa.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many extraditions have been approved since 1990 in respect of which written assurances have been received that the death penalty will...

      Refugees: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) mean, (b) maximum and (c) median value was of refugee integration loans in each of the last five years.

      Refugees: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for a refugee integration loan have been (a) made, (b) accepted and (c) refused in each of the last five years.

      Refugees: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) mean, (b) maximum and (c) median length of time has been for a decision to be made on an application for a refugee integration...

      Asylum: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many grants for refugee family reunion have been made outside the immigration rules in each of the last two years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the progress made by NATO since the 2010 Strategic Concept in (a) territorial defence, (b) crisis management...

    • Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 10 November 2015 to Question 14817, what progress the Government plans to make towards nuclear disarmament beyond the...

      NATO: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the composition is of a NATO Spearhead Force; and what the UK role and obligation is in such forces.

      Married Quarters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of properties in the Married Quarters Estate (i) nationally and (ii) in Greater London are unoccupied; and what...

      Air Force: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many non-UK airforce personnel were trained by the Royal Air Force in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16; which countries those personnel were from; what...

  • HM Treasury

    • Economic Situation: EU Countries

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on (a) the UK economy and (b) the public finances of a slowdown in the economies (i) in the Eurozone and...

    • Economic Situation: EU Countries

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the economic events in other EU member states that would have an adverse impact on the UK economy; and what steps he has...

      Unemployment: EU Countries

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on (a) the UK economy and (b) public finances of higher unemployment levels in (i) the Eurozone and (ii)...

      Economic Situation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the HM Treasury analysis: the long term economic impact of EU membership and the alternatives did not include an assessment of the...

      Economic Situation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will undertake an assessment of the potential effect on the UK economy of a reduction of (a) 0.1, (b) 0.2, (c) 0.3, (d) 0.4, (e) 0.5, (f) one, (g)...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether local planning authorities can only grant hydraulic fracturing consent for a well after an environment impact assessment...

    • Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made on the viability of using rivers with tidal streams as a source of tidal energy.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department is taking to raise awareness of (a) firms pretending to be authorised Green Deal providers and (b) the means...

      Energy: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what financial and other support her Department plans to provide to help non-domestic landlords meet the requirements of the Private...

      Mining: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the reasons are for the difference in the figures quoted as payments to HM Treasury in respect of its guarantee for the...

      Oil: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will lay before Parliament (a) the Committee on Climate Change report on the compatibility of UK onshore petroleum with meeting...

      Energy Company Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will set out a timeline for consulting on the Energy Company Obligation.

      Department for Energy and Climate Change: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many staff of her Department have been paid off-payroll since May 2015.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what her policy is on making smart meters universally compatible for all energy suppliers.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent discussions she has had with Ofgem on the roll out of smart meters to homes across the UK.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she has taken to engage with the bidders for the carbon capture and storage competition since its cancellation.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what payments her Department has made to (a) White Rose CCS, (b) Shell and (c) SSE since the cancellation of the carbon capture and...

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether the bidders for the carbon capture and storage competition have (a) sought and (b) been offered compensation from her...

      Department for Energy and Climate Change: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much her Department has spent on agency workers in each of the last five financial years.

      Coal: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information her Department holds on plans by UK companies or organisations to export coal held in UK stockpiles.

      Department for Energy and Climate Change: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many staff in agencies for which she is responsible have been paid off-payroll since May 2015.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the implications for the Government's policy on voter registration of the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on...

    • Absent Voting

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to allow postal voting ballot papers to be counted separately in order to more easily detect fraud.

      Cabinet Office: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will place in the Library copies of all letters, leaflets and other material from his Department circulated to (a) stakeholders and (b) members...

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Government (a) has spent to date and (b) plans to spend before 23 June 2016 on promoting the Government's policy on the UK's membership of...

      Civil Servants: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of Civil Service Fast Stream employees based in London complete a placement outside London.

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 13 April 2016 to Question 32900, what materials have been distributed to (a) students and (b) higher and further...

      Immigration

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many migrants from (a) the EU, (b) the EEA and (c) countries outside the EU have settled in the UK since 1 January 2004 in each (i) region and (ii)...

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 26 May 2016 to Question 37839, what the cost to the public purse has been of advertising of the Government's position on the...

      Childbirth: Cumbria

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many births were recorded at (a) West Cumberland Hospital and (b) Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle in 2015.

  • Department of Health

    • Fibromyalgia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to fund fibromyalgia research.

    • Antibiotics: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much public funding has been provided for research into new alternatives to antibiotics in each of the last five years.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) children and (b) adults in (i) Copeland constituency, (ii) Cumbria and (iii) England are classed as (A) overweight, (B) obese and (C)...

      PrescQIPP

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that PrescQIPP (a) is accountable for its guidance to clinical commissioning groups and (b) adheres to all...

      Dental Health: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children in Cumbria have presented at accident and emergency with dental problems in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16.

      Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many never events have been recorded in hospitals in England in the last five years.

      Autism: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 May 2016 to Question 37620, whether the information requested in that Question is collected centrally by the NHS...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies on funding of training of the findings of the report by London Economics, The impact...

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will increase funding for research into brain tumours.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, where the test sites will be for the planned trials of pre-exposure prophylaxis.

      Infectious Diseases: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which organisation has responsibility for commissioning drugs that prevent the contraction of infectious diseases.

      Food: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with local businesses on the effect of mandatory displays of hygiene ratings on small, local and rural businesses.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to review the medical exemption criteria for NHS prescriptions to include all people with long-term conditions.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what safeguards his Department plans to provide to ensure that pharmacies serving (a) deprived and (b) rural areas do not close as a result of changes to...

      Pharmacy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of changes to community pharmacy funding on levels of health inequality.

  • Department for Transport

    • Transport: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve east-west transport connectivity in the North of England.

    • Pedicabs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the health and safety requirements for operators of rickshaws.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Temporary Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take any action to ensure that local authorities comply with their legal duty to provide to homeless families temporary accommodation...

    • Disadvantaged

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which were the 25 most deprived local authorities according to the English Indices of Deprivation 2015, and what policies they have agreed to target...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • North Korea: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 9 May (HL7870) and further to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea’s...

    • North Korea: Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 5 April (HL7189), and further to the findings of the United Nations Panel of Experts and...

      Omar al-Bashir

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in the light of Omar al-Bashir’s visit to Uganda on 12 May and the warrant issued by the International Criminal Court for his arrest, what their...

      Crimes against Humanity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to follow the lead of the US Agency for International Development in creating for staff in at-risk countries a comprehensive field guide on...

      Court of Justice of the European Union

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 11 May (HL7961), what is the basis from which the "renegotiation deal" did not extend the...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Languages: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they have taken to promote modern foreign language learning amongst people of all ages.

  • Department for International Development

    • Sri Lanka: Floods

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide emergency funding from the international aid budget to help Sri Lankan citizens affected by the recent floods and landslides.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • United Nations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the tasks and role of UK military personnel committed to service at the headquarters of the UN.

    • United Nations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the factors on which career advancement is assessed for those military personnel serving with the UN, both in the field and at the UN Headquarters.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Nuisance Calls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of removing in April 2015 the need for the Information Commissioner's Office to prove that "substantial" damage...

    • Digital Technology: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations in the recent report The Digital Powerhouse: The innovation potential of tech clusters in the North.

      Digital Technology: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider publishing central government data on procurement history and key performance indicators to help tech communities understand the...

      Digital Technology: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend specifically to look at providing funding to make the North a testbed for experimental technology, as recommended in the recent report...

  • Home Office

    • Firearms

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many licensed firearms there are in the UK broken down by police force area.

    • Asylum: Families

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made to the British Red Cross campaign Torn Apart; and in particular whether they now plan to widen family reunion rules to include...

      Asylum: Greece

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of action being taken in Greece to (1) increase capacity for processing asylum applications, (2) speed up family reunion cases...

      Immigration: South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many citizens of South Sudan have arrived in the UK in the last five years; and of those, how many (1) have applied for asylum, (2) have been given leave...

      Asylum: Families

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in response to the British Red Cross campaign Torn Apart, they will extend the scope of refugee family reunion rules to include young people over 18...

      Travel Requirements: Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations have taken place between the Home Office and other relevant government agencies with reference to the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of...

  • HM Treasury

    • Tax Yields

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what calculation they have made of the effect of leaving the EU single market on total UK tax revenue.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 11 May (HL Deb, col 172), that the proposed Hinkley Point C power station "will provide reliable...

  • Cabinet Office

  • Department of Health

    • Hypophosphatasia: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the process is for ensuring that quick decisions are made about the treatment of critically ill infants suffering from hypophosphatasia in cases where...

    • Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Prior of Brampton on 10 May (HL7949) and 25 May (HL152), what actions are taken against clinics where women have been...

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