Written answers

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was generated from vehicle excise duty receipts in Greater Manchester in the last year for which information is available.

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of existing regulations on drones; and if he will make a statement.

      Pedicabs: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have had with Transport for London on the (i) timetable and (ii) provisions of legislation...

      Rebecca Coriam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide a schedule of documents held by his Department relating to the disappearance of Rebecca Coriam from the Disney Wonder cruise ship...

      Tees Valley Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, by what date his Department expects the replacement of Pacer trains on the Tees Valley Line to be completed.

      Tees Valley Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve journey times on the Tees Valley Line.

      Tees Valley Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support disabled passengers and passengers of reduced mobility on the Tees Valley Line for the duration of...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Report of the HS2 Residents' Commissioner, published in May 2016, what steps his Department and HS2 Ltd have taken to introduce...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Chesham and Amersham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when and where the next community engagement event for High Speed 2 Phase One in Chesham and Amersham constituency will take place.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Chesham and Amersham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the timetable for construction of High Speed 2 Phase One in Chesham and Amersham constituency to be published.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Chesham and Amersham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Need to Sell cases in Chesham and Amersham constituency are yet to be finalised.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Building Alterations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will review the technical guidance on householder permitted development rights to minimise the visual impact of loft...

    • Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to ensure garden cities offer affordable homes and a place to live for all age groups.

      Local Housing Allowance: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of the Local Housing Allowance cap on the level of supply of...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities to date have submitted efficiency plans in order to qualify for a multi-year financial settlement.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the local housing allowance cap on the capacity of housing providers to build new...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Turkey: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost was of operating the British Embassy in Ankara and the Consulate-General in Istanbul in each of the last five years.

    • Turkey: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people are part of the team working on projects to improve Turkey's prospects of joining the EU based at the British...

      Turkey: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many meetings the team working on projects to improve Turkey's prospects of joining the EU, based at the British Embassy in...

      EU Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect of the outcome of the EU referendum on the ability of the UK to...

      Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met the leader of the Cayman Islands; what the aim of that meeting was; what was discussed at that meeting; and if...

      British Virgin Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met the leader of the British Virgin Islands; what the aim of that meeting was; what was discussed at that...

      New Zealand: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his New Zealand counterpart on the short-term use of New Zealand trade negotiators by the...

      Oslo Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on the outcomes of the 2016 Oslo Forum.

      UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the outcome of the EU referendum.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will commission an international and independent review of organ harvesting in China.

      Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken since 23 June 2016 to promote trade and diplomatic connections between the UK and other...

      Vietnam: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Vietnamese government on human rights abuses and persecution of Christians.

      Travel: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage UK travellers abroad to take out adequate holiday insurance.

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of which policy areas within his Department's remit will be affected by the outcome of the EU referendum.

    • EU Grants and Loans: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to ensure that the Government commits to providing the same level of funding to Wales after the UK leaves the EU that is received from...

      Foreign Investment in UK: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of inward investment in Wales.

      Local Growth Deals: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent progress the Government has made on a North Wales growth deal.

      Overseas Trade: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will take steps to strengthen Wales' international business links.

      Motorways: Newport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on the economy in Wales of upgrading the M4 relief road.

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 21 June 2016 to Question 40307, what estimate she has made of the proportion of the total number of teachers who left state...

    • *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of student participants in the Computing at School programme in each year since that programme was created;...

      Special Guardianship Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent representations she has received on a further review of arrangements around special guardian orders.

      Department for Education: UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of which policy areas within her Department's remit will be affected by the outcome of the EU referendum.

      Schools: Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many applications for her consent for disposal of school playing fields by maintained schools or academies her Department has (a) received and (b)...

      Children in Care: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the potential educational and literacy merits of establishing a scheme to send regular age appropriate...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2016 to Question 40823, at how many academies did each regional school commissioner take formal intervention...

      Free Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the financial costs relating to asbestos surveying and removal in buildings being converted to free schools have been since the free school...

      Schools: Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of instances of sexual harassment that have taken place in schools in each of the last three years.

      Schools: Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to prevent sexual harassment in schools.

      Free Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment for the presence of asbestos is made prior to the purchasing and occupation of a previous industrial building for conversion into a...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many bids her Department received from local authorities to the competition to offer 30 hours free childcare from September 2016.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support her Department provides to multi-academy trusts to ensure governance and leadership structures are able to support effective expansion.

      Academies: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to improve the performance of multi-academy trusts in which disadvantaged pupils perform below the national average for attainment...

      Pupils: Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what purposes the income from fines levied on parents in England who take their children out of school in term time is allocated.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what role a maintained school issued with an Academy Order to convert to academy status has in selecting its multi-academy trust or sponsor.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Domestic Violence: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to investigate the effect of means testing for legal aid on the ability of domestic violence survivors to access justice.

    • Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans to begin its review of driving sentences and penalties.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information his Department holds on the number of (a) women and (b) men employed as (i) merchant navy (A) officers and (B) ratings or (ii) merchant...

    • Army Reserve: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to invest in the Failsworth TA Centre.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his (a) Ministerial colleagues and (b) US counterparts on cooperation and assistance on counter-drone technology.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the value for money provided by Motability to (a) disabled people and (b) the public purse.

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of his Department's capacity to manage the appeals and review process for personal independence payments.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department carried out an assessment prior to the introduction of personal independence payments for existing disability living...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving EU on financial support for the farming...

    • Ash Dieback Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the threat of ash dieback disease to biodiversity across the UK; and if she will make...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with her Northern Ireland counterpart on control of bovine TB in Northern Ireland.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cases of avian influenza there were in the UK in 2016.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how her Department plans to encourage more farmers to submit their Basic Payment Scheme payments applications online.

      Air Pollution: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times air quality safety levels were breached in Greater Manchester in each year since 2011.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of imposing fines on the Rural Payments Agency for late Basic Payment...

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to help prevent the hunting to extinction of endangered species.

      Agriculture: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the amount of regulation on farming.

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department is doing to help reduce the price of food for people on low incomes.

      White Fish: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent progress has been made on the UK's bass management plan.

      Elephants: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the appropriateness of the application of the CITES Annex 1 listing to elephants;...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she plans to discuss a UK ban on live exports as part of the negotiations on the UK leaving the EU.

      Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is the Government's policy to continue to adhere to the European Commission ban on the use of neonicotinoid...

  • Home Office

    • UK Border Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the current (a) manpower establishment and (b) deployment is of the UK Border Force.

    • National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of the outcome of the EU referendum on national security.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of introducing an Australian-style points immigration system.

      Edinburgh Airport: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to increase the number of Border Force officials at Edinburgh Airport.

      Marriage of Convenience

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions have been made for bigamy or polygamy without consent in each of the last eight years; and how many such prosecutions...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for the permanent right to remain were received in the (a) six, (b) 12 and (c) 24 months prior to the EU referendum.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for how long since the date of initial application the longest outstanding disclosure and barring check has been outstanding.

      Asylum: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish the report by the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration on the handling of family reunion applications.

      Common Travel Area

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2016 to Question 41433, what assessment she has made of the compatibility of the Common Travel Area with a...

      Refugees: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make representations to the relevant French authorities to ensure that humanitarian convoys destined for Calais refugee camps...

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is her Department's policy that women detained at Yarl's Wood are handcuffed when attending hospital.

      Racial Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance the Government has issued to local police forces in response to the recent increase in reported racist incidents.

      Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Government plans to ratify the Istanbul Convention.

      Asylum: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will take steps to investigate reports that asylum seekers have been mistreated and housed in substandard accommodation in...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's target waiting time is for a Disclosure and Barring Service local intelligence check to be completed by the police.

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the foreign aid budget was given directly to the governments of recipient nations in each of the last three years.

    • Syria: Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has received on trends in life expectancy in Syria; and if she will make a statement.

      Department for International Development: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department plans to publish its (a) Civil Society Review, (b) Multilateral Aid Review and (c) Bilateral Aid Review before...

  • HM Treasury

    • Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what legacy funding he plans to make available to communities in which nationally significant infrastructure projects are located.

    • Economic Situation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the outcome of the EU referendum on (a) the UK economy, (b) market conditions, (c)...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the Exchequer has been of reductions to corporation tax since 2010.

      VAT: Greater Manchester

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was generated from VAT receipts in Greater Manchester in the last year for which information is available.

      Poverty

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to reduce in-work poverty.

      National Insurance Contributions: Complaints

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what processes HM Revenue and Customs has for resolving complaints relating to class 2 national insurance contributions.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • District Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to paragraph 2.96 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, Cm 9162, published in November 2015, how many local...

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will make it her policy to implement the Competition and Markets Authority's recommendations in making all future auctions for...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she expects the national Geological Disposal Facility to be ready.

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what volume of vitrified high-level waste is being stored while awaiting the availability of a disposal facility.

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the cost has been to date of each decommissioning exercise undertaken by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants have pension records that are incomplete or incorrect.

    • Divorce: Older People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many divorces involving people aged over 50 years of age took place in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: South Gloucestershire Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will provide details of what additional (a) support and (b) resources his Department is providing to assist South Gloucestershire...

    • Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he plans to take to reduce disparities in spending on culture and the arts between London and cities in the North of England.

      Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received from the heritage and archaeological communities on the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU...

  • Department of Health

    • Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when clinical commissioning groups will be required to update their local transformation plans; and what plans he has for such plans to interact with...

    • Chlamydia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the decrease in the contraction rate of chlamydia.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to publish and keep updated a public resource for identifying and assisting contact with (a) chairs of clinical...

      Sexually Transmitted Infections: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the factors causing increased rates of sexually transmitted infections among people aged 45 and over.

      Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to recommendation 9 of the final report of The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, published in May 2016, whether and within what...

      Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to tackle antimicrobial resistance.

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that all pregnant women are given the opportunity to choose to give birth at home.

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of plain packaging on rates of (a) smoking and (b) lung cancer.

      Department of Health: UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of which policy areas within his Department's remit will be affected by the outcome of the EU referendum.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure people who smoke have access to (a) heat-not-burn tobacco and e-cigarettes and (b) other smoking cessation...

      Fibromyalgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to make hyperbaric oxygen tanks available on the NHS for fibromyalgia patients.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the removal of nursing bursaries on the living costs of nursing students who live outside their parental home.

      Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to pages 17 and 20 of the NHS England Review of Uniting Care Contract, published in April 2016, when he expects NHS England's review into...

      Prisoners: Methadone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated cost to the public purse is of prescribing methadone to prisoners in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if he...

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors trained in the UK in each of the last five years subsequently moved abroad to practice.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what options his Department is considering for making access to an expanded range of cancer drugs available through the NHS after the end of the Cancer...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the prison establishments that currently run drug treatment programmes for inmates with addictions; and what estimate he has made of the...

      Cancer: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has conducted on the links between cancer survival rates, diet and exercise.

      Strokes: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the quality of stroke care in rural areas.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether legislative changes will be required to remove the NHS bursary for healthcare students by September 2017; and if he will make a statement.

      Perinatal Mortality: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has conducted on potential links between rates of stillbirth and exposure to high levels of air pollution.

      Travellers: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken under the National Roma Integration Strategy to enhance the health integration of Gypsy Traveller Roma people.

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the long-term health costs associated with the increase in the number of dental extractions in children under...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of local sustainability and transformation plans on geographical variations in stroke care.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to renew or update the cardiovascular disease outcomes strategy.

      Department of Health: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what facilities are available for (a) lactating mothers and (b) baby changing at (i) Richmond House, London, and (ii) Quarry House, Leeds.

      Maternity Services: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS maternity units have been closed in each of the last six years.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve access to consultant-led maternity services in (a) Cumbria, (b) Devon and (c) Essex.

      General Practitioners: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in reducing GP waiting times.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will investigate the reasons for the delay in agreeing the rate for NHS-funded nursing care for residents of care homes in 2016-17.

      Eyesight: Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will encourage Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group to commission a minor eye conditions service in...

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that increased congestion is affecting bus journey times and the reliability of bus services.

    • Public Transport: Subsidies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the various levels of subsidy available for travel on public transport and the effect such variations have on inequality;...

      Southern

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for restoring a reliable service by Southern Rail.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last held discussions with senior managers of Govia Thameslink Railway about train cancellations on their services.

      Wheels to Work Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether local authorities will be able to bid for resources from the Department for Transport's Access Fund for Sustainable Travel to support or develop...

      Southern: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will take to prevent further deterioration of Southern Rail services.

      Southern: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance the operator of Southern Rail services is given on the safe passenger loading capacity for Sussex Coastal services.

      Southern: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to give guidance to the operator of Southern Rail services on ensuring passenger safety when short formation services are in use.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is possible for members of the public who encounter a motor vehicle producing visible emissions to report the matter and if so, to whom should...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have instructed Government Car Service drivers to turn off their engines while waiting in New Palace Yard to reduce air pollution, and if not,...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the relationships between Norway and the EU, and Switzerland and the EU, could be used as models for the UK's...

    • Sudan: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of continued reports of the imprisonment of Christians, increased restrictions on refugee churches, closure and destruction of other churches,...

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the reduction of the permitted fishing zone off the coast of the Gaza Strip from...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take regarding the reported use of sponge-tipped bullets against Palestinians by Israeli forces.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following reports of the use of rubber bullets and gas canisters, and the confiscation of...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the weekly non-violent protests against illegal Israeli settlements by the village of Bil'in, and whether they plan to hold...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the reported continuing restrictions on a Palestinian farmer in accessing his land...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Mauritius

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to maintain current relations with Mauritius, in the light of the intention of Mauritius to seek an advisory opinion from the International...

      International Court of Justice

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to make greater use of the advisory function of the International Court of Justice.

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Defence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the timescale for ending the use of the Chagos Archipelago for defence purposes.

      Occupied Territories: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take in response to the government of Israel's recent announcements of additional settlements on the West Bank and what...

      Turkey: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 4 July (HL763), why the pride flag was not flown over the British Embassy in Ankara when the...

      Turkey: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 4 July (HL763), why they have not discussed with the government of Turkey the use of rubber...

      Turkey: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 4 July (HL763), when they plan to raise with the government of Turkey the use of tear gas...

      Syria: Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage Gulf States to accept Syrian asylum seekers.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Small Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risks that companies may delay investment and hiring new staff in the UK in the light of the result of the referendum...

    • Migrant Workers: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of reports that non-UK EU citizens are reconsidering job offers from UK companies, what assessment they have made of whether prospective...

      Postgraduate Education: Career Development Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many postgraduate students in England applied for Professional Career Development Loans to study (1) applied art and design, (2) art and design, (3)...

      New Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risk that leaving the EU could negatively affect the growth of startup companies in the UK.

      Research: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the result of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU and the possible consequences of that result for research funding in the...

      Silver: Hallmarking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received about the decision of Birmingham Assay Office, pursuant to the Legislative Reform (Hallmarking) Order 2013, to open...

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to discuss with the government of Turkey the opening of safe routes across the frontier of Syria to allow relief supplies to reach...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Holloway Prison

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the most up to date commercial land market valuation for the Holloway Prison site.

    • Holloway Prison

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to monitor the impact of the closure of Holloway Prison on the number of family visits to relocated prisoners.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Altmann on 16 June (HL502), what provision is made for claimants suffering severe myalgic encephalomyelitis or...

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of Discretionary Housing Payments made in each local authority area in England in 2015–16 were paid to care leavers up to the age of 25.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Private Rented Housing: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of administrative and immigration check fees on those on low incomes seeking to rent a home.

    • Private Rented Housing: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to limit the number of times a person applying to rent a home would be subject to fees for administration and immigration checks.

      Green Belt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many changes to green belt boundaries have been made in the past five years.

  • Department of Health

    • Atrial Fibrillation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 13 June (HL459), why there will be a delay in publishing the final report of the National...

    • HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of individuals privately accessing the drug Truvada following the decision by NHS England not to make it...

      HIV Infection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many individuals are diagnosed as having HIV in England and Wales, broken down by (1) age, and (2) gender.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many, and what percentage of, NHS providers have signed up to the first round of proposed control totals; and how they plan to respond to those providers...

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