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Written answers

Friday, 3 February 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Birmingham Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support the growth of Birmingham Airport.

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to deliver an aviation strategy for the UK.

      Midlands Connect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of Midlands Connect.

      European Aviation Safety Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment the Government has made of the benefit to the UK of membership of the European Aviation Safety Agency.

      West Coast Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2017 to Question 60205, when he expects Pendolino trains to (a) reach the end of their serviceable life and (b)...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for trends in lost scheduled bus mileage since 2011.

      Aviation: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department is making through the European Aviation Safety Agency to update common drone regulations; and in what ways he intends his...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what remedies are available to him, in addition to removing the franchise from Govia Thameslink Railway, if that company is in default of its...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Govia Thameslink Railway will be in default of its franchise agreement if its applications for force majeure are not agreed by his Department.

      Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern Franchise: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which vehicles operated on the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern Franchise are (a) compliant and (b) not compliant with the Rail Vehicle...

      Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern Franchise: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what exemptions have been given for vehicles operated on the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern Franchise since that franchise began; and when...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the Aviation Strategy to be published.

      Shipping: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which internationally registered vessels were detained by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for infringement of the provisions of Annex VI of the...

      Aviation: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with (a) the Civil Aviation Authority and (b) external groups, regarding the Civil Aviation Authority's definition of a...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Public Houses: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of public houses that will be affected by the planned changes in business rates from...

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress he has made on building one million new homes by 2020 since the announcement by the Prime Minister on 12 October 2015.

      Green Belt: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will estimate the proportion of land designated as greenbelt in each local authority area in the North West.

      Renewable Energy: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of exempting local community energy projects from business rates.

      Health Services: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reason the proposed new business rates system does not include local authority discretion on business rates levied on...

      Health Services: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the potential change to the costs of NHS operations in (a) Birmingham, Selly Oak constituency, (b)...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the proportion of known fossil fuels that need to be left in the ground to prevent global...

    • Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 23 December 2016 to Question 57830, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what financial support his Department has made available in 2016-17 to assist employers supporting disabled people.

      Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has any plans to introduce a scheme similar to the Science and Society Community Challenge grant...

      Euratom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of plans to leave Euratom on UK nuclear capacity, research and...

      New Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding his Department has provided to start-up businesses in (a) St Helens, (b) Merseyside, (c) the North...

      Groceries Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to meet with farming unions and industry groups who formally declined to submit evidence to the...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which persons not employed by his Department and its agencies hold security passes entitling them to enter his...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which persons not employed by his Department and its agencies hold security passes entitling them to enter his Department's...

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Statement of 21 July 2016, HCWS125, whether his Department has undertaken an assessment of whether the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions Ministers or officials of his Department have had with representatives of the Parliamentary Contributory Pensions Fund on the review...

    • Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking beyond those outlined in the Cyber Security Strategy of November 2016 to defend the UK from cyber attacks from abroad.

  • Department for International Development

    • Marie Stopes International

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much Government funding has been provided to Marie Stopes International for work in which countries outside the UK in each of the...

    • Marie Stopes International

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in which countries outside the UK Government funding has been provided to Marie Stopes International for work on family planning and...

      Marie Stopes International

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the Government funding provided to Marie Stopes International for work outside the UK in each of the last five...

      Marie Stopes International

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much Government funding has been provided to Marie Stopes International in each of the last five years related to work (a) within...

  • Department for Education

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that children who are eligible for free school meals are registered to receive them.

    • Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 30 January 2017 to Question 61767, on social services: children, if she will set out how much funding each organisation or...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions Ministers of her Department have had with their counterparts in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the maximum...

    • Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with which countries the UK has compulsory prison transfer agreements; and how many foreign national offenders have been returned to prison in their own...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress the Government has made in returning foreign nationals to their own countries after they have completed a prison term in the UK.

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national offenders have been returned to prison in their own country under each of the compulsory prisoner transfer agreements the UK...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national offenders have been returned to prison in their own country under each of the voluntary prisoner transfer agreements the UK...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national offenders have been returned to prison in each EU member state under the EU Compulsory Prisoner Transfer Directive.

      Legal Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions she has had with (a) representatives of the paralegal profession, (b) the Professional Paralegal Register and (c) the Institute...

      Sports: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will make it her policy to increase public funding for the Streetgames programme.

      Ministry of Justice: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for how long the post of Chief Scientific Adviser to her Department has been vacant; and what plans she has to advertise for and fill that vacancy.

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what agreements the Government has with the Government of Somalia relating to the transfer of prisoners; and what effect those agreements have had on...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what agreements the Government has with the Government of Ghana on the transfer of prisoners; and what effect those agreements have had on the number of...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what agreements the Government has with the Government of China relating to the transfer of prisoners; and what effect those agreements have had on the...

      Maidstone Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of a prisoner's incarceration is at HMP Maidstone; and for what reasons prisoners leave that prison.

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of offenders from Nigeria have been transferred to prisons in Nigeria from the UK in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners: Albania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what agreements the Government has with the Government of Albania relating to the transfer of prisoners; and what effect those agreements have had on...

      Prisoners: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what agreements the Government has with the Government of Turkey relating to the transfer of prisoners; and what effect those agreements have had on the...

      Prisoners: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what agreements the Government has with the Government of India relating to the transfer of prisoners; and what effect those agreements have had on the...

      Prisoners: Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what agreements the Government has with the Government of Vietnam relating to the transfer of prisoners; and what effect those agreements have had on...

      Prisoners: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what agreements the Government has with the Government of Iraq relating to the transfer of prisoners; and what effect those agreements have had on the...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoner transfer agreements were negotiated in 2015 and 2016; and with which countries those agreements were made.

      Prisoners: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment she has made of literacy levels of prisoners in England and Wales in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church Commissioners: Pay

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what the (a) level of earnings is of the (i) highest and (ii) lowest-paid employee and (b) median earnings are of...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the establishment is of HQ Field Army by (a) rank and (b) responsibility.

    • Burma: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2017 to Question 60298, what assessment has been made of the utility of introducing a human rights specific...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2017 to Question 59205, whether he plans that JDP 0-30.2, The UK Approach to Unmanned Aircraft System, will make a...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to support the liberation of East Mosul; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministry of Defence: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which persons not employed by his Department and its agencies hold security passes entitling them to enter his Department's premises.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26 January 2017 to Question 61198, on armed forces, when his Department's policy was changed not to release that information.

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many full-time, non-reservist (a) doctors and (b) nurses are employed by (i) the Army and (ii) his Department.

      Boeing: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2017 to Question 59855, what mechanisms his Department has put in place to monitor how many of the jobs announced...

      United Nations: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which British Officers were attached to the UN by appointments and ranks in the last two years.

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which contractors are contracted by his Department to manufacture boots for the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which prime contractors are contracted by his Department to manufacture Personal Clothing System garments.

      Army: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons his Department does not restrict the geographical location of manufacture for Personal Clothing System garments.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department provides to unsuccessful applicants for industrial injuries disablement benefit on the services offered by the...

    • Social Security Benefits: Rutherglen and Hamilton West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency have had their benefit payments reduced after transferring from disability living...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Rutherglen and Hamilton West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been sanctioned for not attending a jobseeker's allowance appointment within five minutes of the appointed time in...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK received support through the Access to Work...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has met (a) Citizens Advice Scotland and (b) Money Matters to discuss the current review of his Department's estate.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what financial support and advice on benefits his Department provides to help parents, children and carers who are affected by autism and...

      Jobcentres: Port Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will confirm that no compulsory redundancies will result from the closure of Port Glasgow Jobcentre.

      Jobcentres: Port Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria were used to select Port Glasgow Jobcentre for closure.

      Relate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment the Government has made of the (a) effectiveness of those relationship support services provided by Relate which are funded...

      Relate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent representations he has received on Government funding of services by Relate; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish the conclusions of the review carried out under section 141 of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 on the effect of child...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Llanelli

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with other potential users of his Department's building on Llanelli on sharing the use of that space.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost per square metre is of each office, excluding jobcentres, currently used by his Department.

      Food Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9 January 2017 to Question 58293, what steps his Department is taking to end food poverty and reliance on food banks.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Llanelli

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of moving additional work from elsewhere to his Department's building in Llanelli to...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Charitable Donations and Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to encourage firms to (a) recycle packaging and (b) make unsold food available to charities for...

    • Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to publish the 25-year plan for the environment.

  • Home Office

    • Police: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to increase the number of police officers in Lancashire to 2009 levels.

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to simplify the process for applications for permanent residence in the UK for EU nationals who live in the UK.

      Ravil Mingazov

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2017 to Question 60398, for what reasons the Government rejected Ravil Mingazov's request for family...

      Security Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what role her Department and its agencies play in the oversight of the operation by the Security Industry Authority of its complaints...

      Security Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what duty the Security Industry Authority has to provide complainants with the details of any investigations, outcomes or actions relating...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the training module developed for asylum caseworkers has been fully implemented.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland were housed in initial accommodation for longer than the 17 day target period, in...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Home Office torture evidence assessments were judicially appealed by asylum seekers in 2016; and how many such appeals overturned a...

  • HM Treasury

    • Tobacco: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish the results of the HM Revenue and Customs consultation on sanctions for tobacco duty fraud, which closed on 28 August 2015.

    • Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria he is using to determine which soft drinks will be subject to the soft drinks industry levy announced in the Budget 2016.

      Day Care: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what distributional analysis his Department has undertaken of the impact of tax-free childcare.

      Tobacco: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the point of revenue maximisation on tobacco excise.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on the UK economy of the freeze in duty on spirits announced in the Budget 2016.

      Day Care: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of tax-free childcare in each year of this Parliament.

      Libya: Freezing of Assets

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value is of the assets of the Gaddafi family that are frozen in the UK.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • European Food Safety Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the Government's policy is on remaining a member of the European Food Safety Authority after the UK leaves the EU; and whether...

    • European Chemicals Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the Government's policy is on remaining a member of the European Chemicals Agency after the UK leaves the EU; and whether the...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Tradeshow Access Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Tradeshow Access Programme.

    • Exports: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps UK Export Finance can take to simplify money transactions between the UK and Iran.

      Tradeshow Access Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to improve the maximum period of notice businesses receive of acceptance onto the Tradeshow Access...

      Tradeshow Access Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the budget is for the Tradeshow Access Programme; and when that budget was approved.

      Overseas Trade: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the ability of UK businesses to trade with Iran.

      Whisky: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on potential increases in the amount of Scotch whisky exported.

  • Department of Health

    • Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase the take-up of bowel cancer screening.

    • Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to make routine bowel cancer screening available to people between the ages of 50 and 60.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has instructed (a) officials of his Department and (b) the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to carry out a financial impact...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that NICE guidance on the commissioning of IVF treatment is implemented in each clinical commissioning group.

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps the Government has taken to improve diagnosis of Lyme disease.

      North Devon Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with NHS England on potential reductions to services at North Devon District Hospital under the emerging Sustainability and...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to make cervical screening available in additional (a) GP surgeries and (b) local healthcare settings.

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account is taken of forecasts for the rate of inflation in determining pay increases for nurses.

      Health Services: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has to ensure local health providers are able to meet additional health care demands over winter 2016-17.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to address the pressure alerts that have been issued by local clinical commissioning groups.

      Huddersfield Royal Infirmary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been admitted to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in each of the last six months.

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason the Government is issuing European Health Insurance cards with expiry dates later than 31 March 2019; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Illness: Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) children and (b) adults spent time in a police station as a place of safety due to a mental health condition in each year since 2010.

      Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many adult inpatient psychiatric beds there were in England in each year since 2010.

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January 2017 to Question 61891, how much his Department has spent on the Healthy Start Scheme in each region in England in...

      NHS: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2017 to Question 59889, on NHS: complaints, for what reasons data for the year 2015-16 was not included in the Answer.

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department will publish the new Tobacco Control Plan.

      Soft Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the comparative effects on health of (a) sugar and (b) artificial sweeteners in drinks.

      Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) complaints, (b) Freedom on Information requests and (c) Parliamentary Questions concerning the group Action on Smoking and Health his...

      Parents: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) mothers and (b) fathers have been treated for peri-natal mental health conditions in each of the last six years.

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many babies have been stillborn in each of the last six years.

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish data on regional variations in stillbirths; and if he will make a statement.

  • Prime Minister

    • USA: Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether her Government had advance knowledge of the intention of the US Administration to issue an executive order to restrict immigration on 27 January 2017.

    • Myron Ebell

      To ask the Prime Minister, who was present at the meeting with Myron Ebell at Number 10 Downing Street on 31 January 2017; what was discussed at that meeting; and if she will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to harmonise military and other efforts with the USA to achieve the President's aim to "unite the civilized world against radical...

    • Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the official visit of the Foreign Secretary to Burma, what representations they have made to the government of Burma to ensure humanitarian...

      Burma: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with members of (1) the EU, or (2) the Human Rights Council, regarding including the establishment of a UN Commission of...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning reports of a raid on Kafer Qadoum village.

      Gibraltar: Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of leaving the EU on the economy of Gibraltar.

      Syria: Cultural Heritage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have on the state of ancient sites in Palmyra, following recent reports of further destruction by IS militants; and when they last...

      Pakistan: Cruise Missiles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan following the recent announcement by Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations that...

      Israeli Settlements: Crimes of Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning reports of violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the Occupied...

      Korea National Insurance Corporation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Korea National Insurance Corporation (KNIC) operates any branches in the UK; whether any KNIC staff are present in the UK; whether they have...

      North Korea: Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what activities have been undertaken by the British Ambassador and the UK Defence Attaché to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea since...

      North Korea: Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the British Embassy in Pyongyang will consider operating social media accounts to increase transparency and public awareness of its daily operations.

      Kosovo: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance the UK has given to Kosovo in the last three years to uphold the rule of law, policing and public administration, and through which channels.

      Kosovo: EU Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in what way the UK has contributed to EU projects in Kosovo in the last three years, and what funds are already committed over the next two years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the length of time it would take to deploy Joint Force 2025 following authorisation of the Prime Minister, in the light of...

    • Army

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their consultation on changes to the definition of trained strength for the army, why this change has been proposed.

      Veterans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date the new veterans gateway will become operational.

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the most recent figures for the percentage of gross domestic product spent on defence for each NATO member state; and where figures are available,...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to consult on the abolition of, or fundamental change to, best before dates after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Air Pollution: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, in implementing Directive 2008/50/EC on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe, the geographical area for which an air pollution alert of a...

      Primates: Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to increase global public awareness of the extinction crisis facing primates, as set out the global study Impending Extinction...

  • Home Office

    • Terrorism: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people suspected of committing offences relating to terrorism have been held in pre-charge detention and subsequently convicted of the offence for...

    • Asylum: Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many LGBT asylum seekers from Russia have been held in UK detention centres in the last three years.

      Asylum: Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average length of detention of LGBT people seeking asylum from Russia in each of the last three years.

      Asylum: Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many LGBT people seeking asylum from Russia have been refused leave to remain in the UK.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Arts: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have published statistics on creative industries exports for Europe and not the EU specifically, and whether they will make a change to their...

  • Department of Health

    • Social Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered introducing specific savings incentives to help people prepare for social care costs in later life; if so, why they have not...

    • General Practitioners: Opening Hours

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Shaughnessy on 23 January (HL4387), what plans they have to collect basic information about the opening hours...

      Mental Health Services: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to guarantee that NHS mental health services are meeting the needs of veterans and Armed Forces families.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to provide for a power to charge hospital patients who have overstayed in hospital and refused to leave even after doctors have certified...

      Sickle Cell Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why adult sufferers from sickle cell anaemia who could benefit from stem cell treatment are not able to receive such treatment under the NHS when child...

      Trastuzumab Emtansine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will intervene and ask the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to work with the pharmaceutical company, Roche, to reassess its...

      Trastuzumab Emtansine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of the petition by Breast Cancer Now calling for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to reverse its decision not to...

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