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Written answers

Thursday, 17 November 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Lichfield Trent Valley Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress there has been on providing disabled access to all three platforms at Lichfield Trent Valley railway station; and if he will make...

    • Railways: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the comments by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport to the Transport Select Committee on 7 November 2016,...

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2016 to Question 52466, at which stations the additional staff paid for by the Rail Reparation Fund have been based.

      Railways: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the non-availability of conductors or guards on train service delays.

      West Midlands Combined Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many full-time equivalent civil servants employed by his Department work in support of the West Midlands Combined Authority; and if he will make a...

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicles of which type were used by the Government Car Service for each year from 2011-12; how many vehicles of which type were allocated for...

      Heathrow Airport: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on waiving stamp duty for private residents choosing to relocate away from...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of claims of force majeure made by Govia Thameslink Rail are related to (a) official industrial and (b) unofficial action.

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Govia Thameslink Railway trains have been short formed in the last 12 months.

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what reasons Govia Thameslink Railway has given to his Department for short train formations in the last 12 months.

      Airports: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the economic implications of the recent announcement on airport capacity for the North West.

      Roads: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of Government investment in the road network.

      Alternative Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on provision for alternative fuels.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • West Midlands Combined Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many full-time equivalent civil servants employed by his Department work in support of the West Midlands Combined...

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department provides on the design and construction of affordable housing.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Paraffin: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of reasons for the disparity between the trade price of kerosene and that...

    • British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has made direct payments to the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme under the guarantee...

      British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much the Government has received from the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme since 1994.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many civil servants are currently working in his Department on energy and climate changes issues; and how many...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department has made on its analysis of whole system costs for intermittent renewable energy sources.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on the average commission (a) ComparetheMarket, (b) GoCompare, (c)...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of households are with their home, regional incumbent supplier for electricity and gas in each...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Government's strategy is to provide support to (a) increase investment in, (b) create jobs in and (c) maximize...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on the number of customers on the standard variable tariff of (a) British Gas,...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on the profit margin for customers of (a) British Gas, (b) EDF, (c) E.on, (d)...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on the proportion of customers of (a) British Gas, (b) EDF, (c) E.on, (d) Npower,...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which energy company is the largest dual fuel supplier in each electricity supply region; and what proportion of dual...

      Companies House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will ensure that a public consultation is conducted with groups representing mesothelioma victims and other...

      Companies House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will ensure that there is no further destruction of records on dissolved companies held by Companies House before...

      Companies House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the criteria currently used by Companies House when deciding whether to retain or destroy records...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Turkey: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had on the arrest and detention of elected representatives from the Peoples' Democratic Party in...

    • Turkey: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Turkey (a) generally and (b) for the predominantly Kurdish...

      Turkey: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he (a) has made or (b) intends to make to his Turkish counterpart on the arrest and detention of...

      Turkey: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to discuss the matter of the arrest and detention of elected representatives from the People's Democratic...

      Burma: Democracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to help facilitate the successful transition of Burma to a fully democratic nation.

      Central African Republic: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to work with international partners to facilitate peace in the Central African Republic.

      Mali: Rule of Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to promote the rule of law in Mali.

      Cayman Islands: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to Question 42054, what representations his Department has (a) made to and (b) received from the government of the...

      China: UN Human Rights Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he supported the re-election of China to the UN Human Rights Council on 28 October 2016; and if he will make a statement.

      Farhang Amiri

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Iranian Ambassador to the UK in relation to the murder of Farhang Amiri in Yazd on 26...

      West Bank: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of settlement structures in Amona, West Bank.

      West Bank: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Israeli government on the effect on the number of outpost structures in...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK citizens have been charged with sexual abuse against children by jurisdictions outside the UK in each year since 2010.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the potential effect on funding for the Police Service of Northern Ireland to 2023 of the Northern Ireland...

    • Peace Walls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on its plans to remove all peace walls in Northern Ireland by 2023.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to support increased investment in decentralised renewable energy projects in developing countries.

    • Developing Countries: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of her Department's progress on tackling malaria in developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much Government overseas development assistance expenditure is spent directly or indirectly on low-fee, for profit private schools...

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she has taken to respond to the recent recommendations by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on privatisation and...

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when her Department plans to publish a new global education strategy setting out how the UK will help to meet Sustainable Development...

      Ukraine: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with her counterpart in Ukraine on assistance for internally displaced people in that country.

      Developing Countries: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of direct or indirect Government overseas development assistance expenditure on low-fee,...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the effect that new funding rates to be implemented from May 2017 will have on the number of young people...

    • Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2016 to Question 50332, what assessment she has made of the (a) level of variation in assumptions made by...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2016 to Question 50332, what assessment she has made of the effect of (a) the UK leaving the EU and (b) proposed...

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department's proposed change to the requirement for new religious free schools in respect of potential applications from people of other...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to encourage employers to ensure that internship places provide experience of value to participant (a) interns and...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and which free school project applications have been withdrawn or cancelled in each year since 2011.

      Apprentices: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on what date employers will become able to register on the Digital Apprenticeship Scheme.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many free schools that opened in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013 are in temporary buildings.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the longest period is for which a free school has remained in temporary accommodation.

      Spanish Language: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students took (a) a GCSE and (b) an AS/A2 Level in Spanish in each of the last five years.

      Education Funding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2016 to Question 49975, which academy trusts had schools removed and rebrokered to other trusts; which schools...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding per head (a) was allocated for childcare in each constituency in the financial year 2010-11 and (b) is expected to be allocated for...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps her Department is taking to provide support to prison governors providing care for the well-being of prison officers.

    • Prisoners: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many LGBTQ prisoners have been (a) diagnosed and (b) received treatment for mental health issues in the last 12 months.

      Bedford Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) assaults on staff (b) assaults on prisoners and (c) self-harm incidents occurred at HMP Bedford in each year since 2010.

      Cemeteries: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured by headstones in graveyards in the last 10 years.

      Offenders: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people died by suicide within a year of being released from prison in England in each year since 2010.

      Pentonville Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) assaults on staff, (b) assaults on prisoners and (c) self-harm incidents occurred at HM Prison Pentonville in each year since 2010.

      Child Abuse in North Wales Judicial Inquiry Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will publish an updated copy of the Macur Review with redactions relating to sentencing of Gordon Angleseas reinstated.

      Coroners: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what her Department's policy is on the future availability of legal aid funding for inquests.

  • Scotland Office

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • West Ham United Football Club: Sportsgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what date her Department was informed of the content of the deal to let the Olympic stadium to West Ham United Football Club.

    • Broadband: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on the roll-out of superfast broadband in (a) Enfield North constituency and (b) the London Borough of Enfield.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she plans to set up a commission to assess the potential merits of introducing a new legal status to recognise participation in...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which contracts in his Department operate on a payment by results basis.

    • Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people receiving pension credit payments have deferred their state pension in the last 12 months.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has undertaken regional cost-benefit analyses on the effect of imposing a housing benefit cap in areas with local...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many calls have been made to the personal independence payment enquiry line in the last six months; and what the average waiting time was...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an estimate of the proportion of universal credit applications that included a GP report as supporting evidence in the last 12...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps are being taken to recover outstanding child maintenance payments in Derby North.

      Funerals: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of funeral services in each of the last five years; and what steps he plans to take to...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the potential effect of reducing the benefit cap to £23,000 in London and £20,000 elsewhere...

      UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies of the findings and recommendations of the report of the UN...

      Social Security Benefits: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of households in each local authority area in London whose weekly income will be reduced...

      Department for Work and Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2016 to Question 49827, what the URL is for the publication of details of his Department's ministerial...

      Social Security Benefits: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many social security claims in England were terminated because the individual in receipt of the benefits took their own life in each year...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with the Department for Communities and Local Government on the potential effect of forthcoming changes to support...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the budget is for DWP Digital for financial year 2016-17.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many working households in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) the East Midlands and (c) the UK were classed as being in poverty in the most...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many working households in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) the East Midlands and (c) the UK were in receipt of housing benefit in each of...

      Social Security Benefits: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of households to be affected in Ashfield constituency by the introduction of the lower cap...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's report, a Better Defence Estate, published in November 2016, which devolved administrations, on how many occasions,...

    • Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Ministry of Defence contractors have signed the community covenant.

      Burma: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2016 to Question 52316, whether he intends to meet the Burmese military, Tatmadaw, to discuss democratic...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate she has made of the level of procurement of British steel by her Department in the last 12 months.

    • Home Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of women are employed by her Department on an inner London pay structure in the following pay grades (a) Administrative...

      Refugees: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which migrant rescue missions the Government is involved in; and how many migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean by UK vessels...

      Domestic Violence: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has spent to support male victims of domestic abuse in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the suitability of the 28 day period given to people granted the right to remain in the UK to...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 November 2016 to Question 50734, if she will make an assessment, other than by using passenger survey data, of...

      Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Government plans to publish the National Statement of Expectations to provide a framework for the local commissioning of services...

      Home Office: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2016 to Question 50980, on Home Office: equality, how her Department records the information to ensure...

      Violence against Women and Girls Ministerial Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times the Inter-Ministerial Group on Violence against Women and Girls met in 2016.

      Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will place in the Library a copy of the UK's Border Strategy.

      Missing Persons: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women and girls aged 18 or under were reported missing between 1998 and 2005 who (a) were subsequently found and (b) are still...

      Compass Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what decisions her Department has taken on extending compass asylum accommodation contracts; and if she will make a statement.

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Afghan nationals living in the UK who worked as interpreters in Afghanistan for UK forces have had their asylum application...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proportion of women are employed by his Department on non-London pay structures in the following pay grades (a) Administrative Assistant, (b)...

    • Wales Office: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many working days were lost due to mental illness in his Department in each of the last three years.

  • HM Treasury

    • Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department plans to publish its report on Equitable Life.

    • Exchange Rates: Wines

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of the relative devaluation of the pound on the UK's wine industry.

      Wines: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the forecast rise in inflation on the Government's projections for wine duty income over the next...

      Banks: Closures

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of towns and villages which have been left without a bank in the last five years due to local branch...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools will be obliged to pay the apprenticeship levy.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Gulf Strategy Unit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Gulf states the Gulf Strategy Unit has received representations from and with which countries the Unit has met.

    • Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to prevent third-party websites from reselling Government services by deception.

      Opinion Polls

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which five government departments in (a) poll number and (b) cost terms make most use of opinion poll companies; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Investment: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to develop a framework for bilateral investment treaties to be implemented when the UK leaves the EU.

    • Nigel Farage

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether Ministers or officials of his Department have had discussions with Nigel Farage MEP or his representatives on the UK's international...

      Nigel Farage

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which Ministers or officials of his Department plan to speak or meet with Nigel Farage MEP or his representatives to discuss the UK's...

      EU External Trade: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he plans to oppose the EU decision in the event that the EU grants Generalised System of Preferences Plus status to trade between...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Floods: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information her Department holds on flood assessments which have been carried out in Greater Manchester; and if she...

    • Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of charging at refuse collection centres on (a) fly-tipping within the local...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to offer alternative financial incentives to local authorities that plan to introduce...

      Tigers: Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with governments in Asian countries with a tiger population on the survival of that...

      Primates: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with governments in African countries with a chimpanzee population on the survival...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what contingency funding was made available by her Department for flooding in each of the last five years; and if she will...

  • Department of Health

    • Circle Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of decisions taken by Circle Holdings PLC in the delivery of musculoskeletal services in...

    • Care Homes: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that care at elderly care homes (a) is of high quality and (b) ensures that families and friends are...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase the (a) number and (b) accessibility of practising GPs.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of skills shortages within the NHS.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage at risk patients to consider advanced planning of end of life care.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps his Department has taken to increase the amount of face time between GPs and patients.

      Heart Diseases: Snoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with clinical bodies on the potential connection between chronic snoring and incidences of cardiac arrest.

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding for (a) capital investment and (b) contingency planning he plans will be available for the Sussex and East Surrey Sustainability and...

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Brain Tumour Research report on National Research Funding, published in October 2016, if he will launch a public enquiry into...

      Breast Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received on the use of bisphosphonates for the prevention of secondary breast cancer.

      Hearing Impairment: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the potential cost to the public purse of replacing NHS funded (a) hearing aids, (b) cochlear implants and (c) assistive...

      European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the UK will retain access to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control after it leaves the EU.

      Social Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase the level of investment in training for 16 to 25 year olds in the adult care sector.

      Respite Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answers of 17 March 2016 to Questions 30778 and 30779, how much funding his Department allocated to (a) local authorities, (b) the...

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answers of 17 March 2016 to Questions 30778 and 30779, how many (a) respite care and (b) other care recipients there were in (i)...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is his policy that the new £10,000 lump sum payment for widows and widowers of primary beneficiaries under the new contaminated blood...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is his policy that widows, partners and others infected with HIV and hepatitis C from people affected by contaminated blood will continue to...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will take further steps to take into account the views of friends and primary care givers who are not relatives where appropriate when...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with representatives of the charitable and third sectors on ensuring that the expertise from those sectors...

      Breast Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with NHS England on the availability of bisphosphonates for the prevention of secondary breast cancer.

      Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of Public Health England's alcohol policy evidence review.

      Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when Public Health England plans to publish its alcohol policy evidence review.

      Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many inpatient beds there were at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2009-10.

      General Practitioners: Generic Prescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2016 to Question 51758, what discussions he has had with representatives of GPs to encourage them to prescribe...

      Social Services: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7 November 2016 to Question 51566, what discussion he has had with the (a) Chancellor of the Exchequer, (b) Secretary of State...

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of local authorities in England have a (a) local suicide prevention plan and (b) local multi-agency suicide prevention group.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which body is responsible for centrally monitoring the effectiveness of (a) local suicide prevention plans and (b) local multi-agency suicide prevention...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of accident and emergency departments in England have 24-hour access to a mental health liaison service.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department issues on which agencies within local authorities should have responsibility for overall leadership of local suicide...

      Health Services: Croydon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to publish the draft sustainability and transformation plan for Croydon.

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Abnormal Loads

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money has been spent to date developing and operating (1) the Electronic Service Delivery of Abnormal Loads system operated by Highways England, and...

    • Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of reports by the pilot that British Airways Flight BA286 from San Francisco to London was diverted to Vancouver because of "toxic gas-type...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they assess the value for money of train tickets sold in the UK.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the average price of train tickets in the UK compared to the average price of train tickets in Europe.

      East Midlands Trains

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the reliability of the East Midlands Trains service.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that new trains are introduced on the East Coast line.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on charges levied for the use of public charging points for electric cars, and how they intend to ensure that prices are set a level low...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Councillors: Redundancy Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether exit payments may be made to councillors when a councillor loses office or is no longer required to undertake specific duties within a local authority.

    • Holiday Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to (1) give local authorities permission to hold a register of properties available for short-term let by Airbnb and similar...

      Regional Planning and Development: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the role of business partners in the Northern Powerhouse; what contributions, financial and otherwise, they are expected to make; what...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 1 November (HL2418), what is their assessment of the role of lighting levels and the...

      Mayors: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which elections for mayors of combined mayoral authorities will definitely take place in May 2017 and which others may take place in May 2017 depending on...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of revaluation and the introduction of a new system for managing business rate appeals on expected income levels...

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Troubled Families Programme.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in building homes on public land.

      Housing Estates: Regeneration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be the key drivers of successful council housing estate regeneration.

  • Department for International Development

    • Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have raised with the government of Pakistan their duties under Articles 22 (1) and 25 (1) of the Constitution of Pakistan concerning freedom of...

    • Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Pakistan is a signatory to the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights; whether they consider that the government of Pakistan is fulfilling its...

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of studies, including those undertaken by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and the Catholic Church’s...

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 16 September (HL1729), whether the Department for International Development is planning to...

  • Department for Education

    • Universities: Freedom of Speech

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the attempt by protesters to disrupt a talk by an Israeli speaker at University College London on 27 October, what steps they are taking to...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Radio Frequencies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of live events that it would not be possible to stage in their current form should no audio Programme Making and...

    • Radio Frequencies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential financial cost to the UK creative industries and wider economy should no audio Programme Making and Special...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Ofcom about contingency plans for the audio Programme Making and Special Events (PMSE) sector should no audio PMSE...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Ofcom about the decision against allocating the 1525–1559MHz band for audio Programme Making and Special Events use.

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which European administrations or regulators have expressed an intention to allocate the 960–1164MHz band of spectrum for use by audio Programme Making...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to other European administrations about allocating the 960–1164MHz band of spectrum for use by audio Programme...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have of problems faced by asylum seekers granted refugee status when they first claim universal credit; and what steps they are taking to...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Single Source Regulations Office

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Single Source Regulation Office plays its role in ensuring Ministry of Defence procurement treats UK small and...

    • Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implementation of the Armed Forces Covenant by local authorities.

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 7 November (HL2668), whether the complete orders for boats 6 and 7 of the Astute-class submarines have been...

      Military Bases: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many defence establishments there are in Wales, and what are their approximate locations.

      Military Bases: USA

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by Earl Howe on 7 November (HL Deb, cols 941–43), whether they have recently had, or intend to have, discussions with the...

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, how the Ministry of Defence plans to reduce its civilian staff...

      Army: Photographs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 2 November (HL2682), in what way they consider that the tweet may have been misinterpreted; and why the...

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the claim that only one per cent of international students break the terms of their visa by refusing to leave after their...

    • Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether accommodation provided for refugee families settled directly from Syria is equipped with television sets and access to UK channels.

      Public Spaces Protection Orders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) can be made to include the space above the designated area of the PSPO in such a way as to control the...

  • Department of Health

    • Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 22 April 2013 (HL372), and in the light of the water supply being fluoridated in Birmingham but not...

    • Care Homes: Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the cost in a full year of the increase in the rate of NHS-funded nursing care to £156.25 per week.

      Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reasons for geographical health inequalities in the UK.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NHS England has undertaken procurement exercises in relation to hepatitis C medicines which have enabled those medicines to be obtained at a lower...

      Macular Degeneration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of current progress in treating age-related macular degeneration, what levels of improved funding they will provide to enable hospital eye...

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