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Written answers

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • River Forth: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which coastguard stations cover the Firth of Forth.

    • HM Coastguard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how his Department measures the performance of the coastguard.

      River Forth: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the coastguard search and rescue capability for the Firth of Forth is.

      Rescue Services: Edinburgh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what coastguard personnel responded to the incident off Portobello beach in Edinburgh in the early hours of 15 May 2016.

      Rescue Services: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many coastguard rescue (a) employees and (b) volunteers cover Scotland.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 26 April 2016 to Question 34503, if he will release a summary or redacted version of risk assessments carried out by...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 12 April 2016 to Question 32352, whether the memorandum of understanding between the Home Office, the Civil Aviation...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to engage with the European Aviation Safety Authority task force assessing the risk of collision between drones...

      Public Transport: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations his Department has received from the new Mayor of London on working together to deliver his manifesto commitment to freeze...

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what additional funding his Department plans to make available for walking and cycling initiatives as a result of the cycling and walking investment...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will re-assess the business case for the Hoo Green to Bamfurlong spur of the second phase of High Speed 2 to take account of the decision to...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2016 to Question 38478, what the current average time taken is to process driving licence renewal applications for...

      Bridges: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 9.2.7 of the report by Lord Heseltine, Tees Valley: opportunity unlimited, published in June 2016, if he will make it his...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to support young people living at home with their parents in finding their own accommodation.

    • Communities and Local Government: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many times he has visited Scotland since the 2015 General Election; and what meetings, with whom, were held on each of...

      Households: Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons the English Housing Survey Headline Report 2014 to 2015, published in February 2016, did not contain a...

      Communities and Local Government: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to ensure that staff in his Department receive religious literacy training.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Local Government Association on the effect of charges on local authorities of changes to...

      First Time Buyers: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Northern Ireland Executive on steps to support first-time buyers.

      Sleeping Rough: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Northern Ireland Executive on reducing the number of people sleeping...

      Vacant Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many applications there were by developers for housebuilding on brownfield sites in each of the last five years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policy of the recent UN Secretary-General's report on...

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times he has visited Scotland in an official capacity since the 2015 General Election; and what meetings were held on...

      Central America: Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to Belize and Guatemala on (a) adhering to the provisions established under the 2005 Confidence...

      Belize: Guatemala

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports the Government has received on the territorial dispute between Belize and Guatemala over the area around the...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that staff in his Department receive religious literacy training.

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress his Department has made on returning to political negotiations to end the conflict in Yemen; and what assessment...

      Mediterranean Sea: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what further steps the Government plans to take to reduce the incidence of drownings of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean.

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on the civil war in Yemen of arms sold by the UK to Saudi Arabia.

      Saudi Arabia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK offered support to Saudi Arabia for the process of that country being elected to the UN Human Rights Council.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent assessment she has made of the level of threat in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) Great Britain from dissident republican groups.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of employer-sponsored degrees in (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2020-21

    • Higher Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, for what reasons the Director of the Social Market Foundation was recommended as the independent member of the selection board...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of nursing, midwifery and allied healthcare graduates who are expected...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on specific support under the Youth Obligation...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Written Statement of 26 May 2016, HCWS30, what estimate he has made of the transition costs associated...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to reduce his Department's vacancy rate.

      Small Businesses: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he plans to take to involve small and medium-sized enterprises in the proposed digital apprenticeship system.

      Space Debris

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to promote action to remove space debris.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will publish his Department's consultation response on the proposal for a combined headquarters and policy centre in London.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many times he has visited Scotland in an official capacity since the 2015 General Election; and what meetings were held on...

      Post Offices: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on (a) businesses and (b) local communities in Scotland of the decision to...

      Apprentices: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to support apprenticeship providers to take on people who have special educational needs and disabilities.

      Small Businesses: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if the Government will retain the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers in 2017-18.

      Skilled Workers: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if his Department will make an assessment of the effect of the withdrawal of funding from the UK Commission for Employment and...

      Canada: EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will take steps to ensure that the proposed EU-Canada trade agreement is not implemented until it has been fully...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the funding commitments her Department have made to contribute to the UN sustainable development goals; and if she will make a...

    • Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contribution her Department has made to the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the last six months; and if she will make a statement.

      EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of total EU member states' aid the UK aid funding represents.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with the devolved administrations on her Department's priorities.

      Developing Countries: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with her US counterpart on levels of corruption in states in receipt of international aid.

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that UK aid for the conflict in Yemen benefits its intended recipients; and what proportion of the...

      Pitcairn Islands: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department plans to include best practice biosecurity and waste management requirement clauses in its next contract for...

      Iraq: Humanitarian Aid

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

      St Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the operational readiness of St Helena Airport; and when she expects commercial operations at...

      St Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the weekly cost of the deferment of the opening of St Helena Airport.

      Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the findings of the report of the International Development Committee, UK implementation of the Sustainable...

      Eritrea: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the implications are for the Government's policy on using Overseas Development Funding aid through the EU Emergency Trust Fund...

      New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the implications for her policies are of the report from the Committee on Development of the European Parliament on the New...

  • Department for Education

    • Armed Forces: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether armed forces trainees are included in the policy of ensuring that by 2020 young people who do not achieve A* to C passes in English and...

    • Schools: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations she has received from local authorities on the effect on school places of immigration from (a) EU and (b) non-EU countries.

      Extended Schools: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many school breakfast clubs there are in (a) Burnley and (b) Lancashire.

      ICT: English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of students who have taken up computer science as an option in the EBacc in each of the last five years.

      Academies: Freehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many academy schools hold the freehold of their school sites.

      Department for Education: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to ensure that staff in her Department receive religious literacy training.

      Department for Education: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many times she has visited Scotland in an official capacity since the 2015 General Election; and what meetings were held on each such visit.

      Priority School Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to publish post-occupancy evaluations of primary and secondary schools built under wave 1 of the Priority Schools...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidelines her Department issues on inset days at schools in England.

      Primary Education: National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much notice her Department gave schools of the changes to primary school SATs tests in 2016.

      Vocational Education: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to Lord Heseltine's report, Tees Valley: Opportunity unlimited, published on 7 June 2016, what assessment her Department has made of...

      Academies: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 27 May 2016 to Question 37443, what guidance her Department provides to admission authorities on how consultations...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has developed proposals that enable academies to be re-brokered with a new sponsor or multi academy trust on the initiative of parents of...

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to adjust the pupil premium funding for schools to take account of the additional responsibilities proposed in the...

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many agency staff were contracted to cover classes in primary and secondary schools in England and Wales in the latest period for which figures...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans the Government has to increase the number of teachers in training.

      Schools: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on taking account of the effect on demand for school places of immigration (a) in general and (b) from nationals from other EEA...

      Teachers: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to improve teacher retention.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the average cost to the public purse of an additional (a) school place and (b) classroom in each of the next three years.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it is her policy that local stakeholders will be able to express views on proposals to require a school to convert to academy status.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to ensure that multi-academy trusts are accountable to the parents of students in those academies.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Small Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reason the Government is proposing to raise the small claims limit to £5000 rather than to £3000.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church of England: Disadvantaged

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, if the Church of England will make an assessment of the effect of austerity on communities in the most deprived...

  • Leader of the House

    • Leader of the House of Commons: Scotland

      To ask the Leader of the House, how many times he has visited Scotland in an official capacity since the 2015 General Election; and what meetings were held on each such visit.

    • Welsh Grand Committee: Translation Services

      To ask the Leader of the House, what estimate he has made of the potential cost of providing simultaneous and written translation in Welsh Grand Committees for bilingual proceedings.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Pay

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

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support the Government is providing to remote rural communities on obtaining reliable access to broadband.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assistance the Government plans to provide to broadband suppliers to meet the terms of the Universal Services Obligation.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many times he has visited Scotland in an official capacity since the 2015 General Election; and what meetings were held on each...

      Culture, Ethics and Practices of the Press Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what timetable he has set for commencing the second stage of the Leveson Inquiry.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government plans to exempt the viewing of sporting events in which nations of the UK are participating from the obligation...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Widowed Parent's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of children likely to be affected by the planned replacement of widowed parent's allowance by...

    • Employment Schemes: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on the number of starts in Scotland on the Work Choice programme in each of the last three financial...

      Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what research his Department has undertaken on the potential merits of implementing a universal basic income.

      Employment Schemes: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on the number of referrals for individuals in Scotland to the Work Choice programme in each of the last...

      Employment Schemes: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on the number of job outcomes in Scotland for the Work Choice programme in each of the last three...

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential health benefits of increasing the temperature below which cold weather payments...

      Bereavement Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the long-term effect on incomes of households with children affected by the planned replacement of widowed...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many consignments of dogs were exported from the UK to Hong Kong in the last 12 months; and how many dogs were exported...

    • Dogs: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many consignments of dogs were exported from the UK to Hong Kong in 2015; and how many dogs were in each such consignment.

      Bees: Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 4 May 2016 to Question 35884, on Bees: Pesticides, if she will make it her policy to exercise her...

      Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has made an assessment of the implications for her Department's policies of the findings of the University of...

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 3 March 2016 to Question 28999, how many (a) credibility interviews were conducted and (b) students did not...

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports of criminal offences against residents of properties used to house asylum seekers have been recorded in each of the last 12...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total amount (a) awarded and (b) recovered was from individuals convicted of human trafficking offences in each of the last three...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's policy is on the use of child advocates to support social workers working with unaccompanied migrant children.

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total cost to her Department was of the van-based advertising campaign advising illegal immigrants to go home, launched in Autumn...

      Immigration Controls: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of flights identified as high-risk where Border Force officials have not attended in the last 12...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied asylum seeking children were denied permanent asylum having applied as an adult in 2015.

      Asylum: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will provide additional funding for transfer cases related to the Dublin Regulation where further evidence of family links is needed...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to how many unaccompanied child refugees her Department has granted permission to join family in the UK; and what the countries of origin...

      Asylum: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for the Government's policy on asylum of the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3 June 2016 to Question 39000, how many interviews with people making accusations of child abuse have been carried...

      Police Community Support Officers: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of police community support officers in England and Wales were BME in each year from 2005 to 2015.

      Asylum: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on access to higher education for people who...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding the Government has allocated to tackle domestic violence in each year since 2010.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel were medically discharged from the (a) Royal Navy excluding the Royal Marines, (b) Royal Marines, (c) Army and (d) Royal Air...

    • Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average length is of the transition period for personnel of each of the Armed Forces between a decision of the Medical Board recommending...

      Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the role is of personal recovery officers related to different categories of injury of armed forces personnel who are due to receive medical...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken to implement recommendation 15 of the Department for Transport's Maritime Growth Study, published in September 2015,...

      Ministry of Defence: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26 May 2016 to Question 38217, on his Department's BME pay gap, where the information about this is held; and what estimate he...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Royal Fleet Auxiliary's (a) operational and (b) crew costs were in each year from 2008-09 to 2015-16.

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many merchant seafarers employed by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary took voluntary redundancy in each year from 2008-09 to 2015-16.

      Armed Forces: Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the factors underlying decisions to leave the armed forces early; and what he is doing to address the most significant...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate he has made of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary's future requirement for (a) officer cadets and (b) ratings.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on morale among members of the armed forces of the transition from Pay 2000 to the new Pay 16 pay...

      Navy: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Royal Navy assets on global maritime patrol are used to maximum effect in combatting illegal,...

      Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how old the (a) women and (b) men in the army were who told the Sexual Harassment Report 2015 survey that they had been a victim of a sexual assault in...

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) regular service personnel, (b) reservists and (c) civilian staff were employed by his Department in each year since 2010.

      Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assistance his Department is providing to the Iraqi armed forces to help reclaim the city of Fallujah from Daesh.

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Government will review the mechanism by which service personnel are awarded payment in the event of life-changing injuries during their time in...

      Eurocorps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the UK's liaison officer to Eurocorps was withdrawn.

  • HM Treasury

    • EU Grants and Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the amount of funding that will be made available to each part of the UK for science, education and research purposes through EU schemes...

    • Tax Havens

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce measures to prevent companies based in tax havens from purchasing assets during privatisations.

      Taxation: Malawi

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that the renegotiation of the UK-Malawi tax treaty supports development and helps tackle poverty in that country.

      Taxation: Developing Countries

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government's anti-poverty objectives in (a) Malawi, (b) Ghana and (c) Nepal are being taken into account when negotiating tax treaties with...

      National Insurance Contributions: Investment Income

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the distributional effect of the exclusion from National Insurance contributions of property, dividends, pensions...

      Financial Services: Fraud

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to prevent regulated financial intermediaries from promoting products in the unregulated sector by implying that victims...

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what role the new money guidance body will play in coordinating financial capability initiatives.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 24 May 2016 to Question 37689, if he will indicate where in that document details are provided on the (a) potential effect...

      Infrastructure: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many national infrastructure projects have been established in Scotland since 1997.

  • Scotland Office

    • EU Grants and Loans: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will estimate the level of structural funding that the EU Commission's formula will allocate to Scotland in the post-2020 Multi Annual Financial...

    • EU Grants and Loans: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what change there was in the amount the EU Commission proposed to make available in structural funds to Scotland for the period 2014 to 2020 from the...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

  • Cabinet Office

    • Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what provision will be made for helping veterans and their families who may be affected by the publication of the Chilcot Report.

    • Public Sector: Ombudsman

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress he has made on bringing forward proposals for a modern public services ombudsman in the last three months.

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the customer satisfaction ratings were for the gov.uk website related to (a) content accuracy, (b) ability to find information, (c) proportion of...

      Proof of Identity: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the proportion of people aged (a) 16 to 24, (b) 25 to 44, (c) 45 to 54, (d) 55 to 64, (e) 65 to 74 and (f) 75 years and...

      Ombudsman Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the remit of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to cover Ombudsman Services provided...

      Electorate

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend provisions of the Representation of the People Act 1983 relating to the franchise.

  • Department of Health

    • Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of patients with severe asthma being referred to a specialist by their GP over the last three years.

    • Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of cancer patients in (a) England and (b) Copeland constituency waited six weeks or more for a diagnostic test in the latest period for...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of cancer patients in (a) England and (b) Copeland constituency received their first cancer treatment within 62 days of an urgent GP...

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding is allocated to each region for support services for people with motor neurone disease.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans that the new tobacco control plan will address the effects of (a) electronic vaping devices and (b) heat not burn devices.

      Heart Diseases: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve GP access to natriuretic peptide testing.

      Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will issue a response to Early Day Motion 1150 of Session 2015-16, Legal protection for unborn children.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the public purse of provision of abortion services in England was in each year from 1986 to 2013.

      Strokes: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the level of access to stroke rehabilitation services in areas that are socio-economically deprived.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the Royal College of Nursing on the effect of boredom on obesity.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2016 to Question 38977, how the figure of 10,000 new nursing, midwifery and allied health training places by 2020 was...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Burberry: North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that North Korean workers are producing garments for Burberry Group Inc.

    • Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on graduates of freezing the income level at which student loans become repayable, and what estimate they have...

      Overseas Students: India

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take to increase international student numbers from India, in the light of the publication of Indian Student Mobility Report 2016...

      British Home Stores: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the report of the Insolvency Service into the collapse of BHS.

      Comet Group: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the current situation facing the UK's retail industry, they will reconsider their decision not to publish the report by the...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the value of (1) imports, and (2) exports, from other EU member states to each local authority area in the UK.

      Subsidiary Companies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many UK companies are subsidiaries of another company that is registered (1) within the EU, or (2) in the rest of the world; and what estimate they have...

      North East Surrey College of Technology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what safeguards and governance arrangements have been put in place to prevent a recurrence of the situation where (1) the Principal of North East Surrey...

      Tickets: Sales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the advice by Europe Direct that providing unique reference numbers on tickets by primary and secondary market ticket...

  • Department for Education

    • Dean Trust

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take about the reported proposal by Dean Trust to educate children with special educational needs and disability who have been...

    • Haberdashers' Aske's Federation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action, if any, they have taken during the last 12 months in relation to the fraud allegations at the Haberdashers' Aske's Federation academy chain.

      Young People: Churches

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to require Ofsted inspectors to judge whether the work of mainstream Christian churches with young people, either directly or through...

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

    • Opening of Parliament

      To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 6 June (HL91), what, if any, is the specification for ermine robes with regard to the materials used, and whether there would...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many companies list separate pension schemes for senior management in addition to their primary employee pension scheme.

  • Home Office

    • Scout Association: Vetting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the number of children waiting to join the Scout movement, what plans they have, if any, to review the procedures for repeat Disclosure and...

  • HM Treasury

    • Embassies: Home Country Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Neill of Gatley on 12 May (HL8031), what percentage of diplomatic missions in the UK issued with the annual...

    • Embassies: Home Country Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Neill of Gatley on 12 May (HL8031), how many times in (1) 2014, and (2) 2015, HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC)...

      London Stock Exchange: Deutsche Borse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the financial regulators have completed their review of the risk algorithms to be used to permit cross-margining by central counterparties to...

      Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of engagement they have had with the insurance industry about reducing costs to consumers.

      Insurance Companies: Complaints

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the number of customer complaints regarding insurance companies in the current financial year is above or below average.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken by the Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet Office to ensure that the Cabinet Office is compliant with section 3(6) of the...

    • Civil Servants: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many civil servants in the Cabinet Office have taken either or both of the e-learning courses "Induction: An Introduction to Parliament" and...

  • Department of Health

    • Wheelchairs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to make Personal Health Budgets available for the provision of wheelchairs; what arrangements they plan to put in place for wheelchair...

    • Wheelchairs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to ensure that NHS England works closely with the Wheelchair Leadership Alliance to produce a positive outcome for the future arrangements for...

      HIV Infection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they have spent on combating HIV stigma in each of the last five years.

      Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total combined overall spending on vaccines procurement and administration (1) nationally, and (2) locally, including awareness campaigns, in...

      Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the final report of the Cost Effectiveness Methodology for Immunisation Programmes and Procurements working group to be published, and...

      Defibrillators

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on providing defibrillators in public places and schools.

      Dairy Products

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the opinion paper by the National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration Eat Fat, Cut the Carbs and Avoid Snacking to Reverse...

      Fats

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to (1) review the long-standing advice by the Department of Health against eating fatty foods, and (2) publish revised advice.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many midwives have been trained in identifying female genital mutilation (FGM) and in the new mandatory FGM reporting duties, and what percentage of...

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