Written answers

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many occasions his Department took longer than 30 working days to respond to a freedom of information request in each month since July 2016.

    • Diesel Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the effect of diesel car emissions on public health.

      Insurance: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the (a) number of staged car accidents in the latest period for which figures are available and (b) effects of such...

      Taxis: Assistance Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that assistance dog owners are able to access taxis and minicabs.

      Genecoe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the details of all payments made by his Department or HS2 Ltd to Genecoe Ltd in each of the last six years.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish a list of the High Speed 2 contracts which were due to be awarded in April 2017 and are now delayed until June 2017 by value of...

      CH2M Hill: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 March 2017 to Question 68775, on CH2M Hill: contracts, what questions were raised by the bidder on the decision on the...

      Taxis: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the specific requirements of South Yorkshire in relation to taxi and private hire licensing; and if he will make a...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on how many occasions his Department took longer than 30 working days to respond to a freedom of information request in each...

    • Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 6.1 of the Spring Budget 2017, what criteria will be used to allocate the additional £2...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies findings in the Homelessness Monitor 2017, published by Crisis...

      Non-domestic Rates: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 13 March 2017 to Question 66855, on non-domestic rates: public bodies, if he will estimate the public...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2017 to Question 65635, on Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Brexit, what (a)...

    • Manufacturing Industries: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase employment in the manufacturing sector; and if he will make a statement.

      Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, following the independent self-employment review of February 2016, whether he plans to introduce a legal definition of...

      Adoption: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, following the independent self-employment review of February 2016, what steps he is taking to introduce a new adoption...

      Conditions of Employment: Maternity Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of applying equivalent maternity rights for women in permanent...

      Gas Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many megawatts of power generation capacity has been provided to the National Grid from gas powered stations in the...

      Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether Matthew Taylor's independent review into modern employment practices will consider whether those moving from...

      Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether Matthew Taylor's independent review into modern employment practices will consider whether the recent growth in...

      Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether Matthew Taylor's independent review into modern employment practices will consider whether people in...

      Climate Change: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2017 to Question 66792, on climate change: snow and ice, whether there are declines...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 8 March 2017 to Question 66594, on energy: meters, whether SMETS1s installed by one energy...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 8 March 2017 to Question 66594, on energy: meters, how much has been spent on installing...

      Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the differences in (a) future carbon and capture and storage projections...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what evaluation his Department has made of the overall efficiency of a combined heat and power plant.

      Steam Engines: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to continue support for the production of steam from renewable energy sources used for industrial...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to the combined heat and power tariff from 10 to 20 per cent...

      Carers: Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will consider making provision for grandparents and other carers to be entitled to up to 10 days statutory leave...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the five most visited websites were by staff of his Department in the last year for which figures are available.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the likelihood of every home having a smart meter by 2020; and if he will make a statement.

      Parental Leave: Grandparents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to open a consultation on parental leave for grandparents.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Saudi Arabia: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Arabian counterpart on the cases of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, Dawood al-Marhoon and...

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions his Department took longer than 30 working days to respond to a freedom of information request in each...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of whether the Burmese Government's domestic process for investigating claims of sexual violence...

      Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to host another Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for International Development

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is providing to projects facilitating peaceful co-existence between Palestinians and Israelis.

    • Developing Countries: Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to promote economic development in developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to promote economic development in developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is providing to the UN's Step It Up for Gender Equality initiative.

      Developing Countries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to tackle child exploitation in developing countries.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much and what proportion of the Official Development Assistance budget will be spent by her Department in 2017.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure value for money of UK aid through strengthened monitoring.

      Developing Countries: Tax Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help developing countries raise more tax revenue.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 4.14 of the Spring Budget 2017, what estimate she has made of how much of £216 million funding for school maintenance...

    • Priority School Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding has been allocated to the Priority School Building Programme in each year of the current spending period.

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department plans to publish its response to the consultation on implementing the English Baccalaureate which closed on 29 January 2016.

      Modern Greek Language: GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, (a) how many and (b) which state schools entered candidates for A-level Greek in 2015-16.

      Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools undertook reception baseline assessments in (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17.

      Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will outline the process by which the GL Assessment reception baseline for use in the academic year 2016-17 was approved by her Department.

      Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many independent schools currently sponsor academies; what independent schools sponsor academies; and which academies each such independent school...

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department plans to publish a response to the Social Mobility Commission's policy paper State of the nation 2016: social mobility in Great...

      Two Trees School Denton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2016 to Question 42557, on the Two Trees School, Denton, whether a section 77 application from Tameside Metropolitan...

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the accuracy of information provided by (a) schools, (b) local authorities and (c) academy trusts in response to...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the announcement made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Budget Statement, 16 March 2016, Official Report, column 963, on a fair...

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations she has received on the availability of resources and revision materials to students taking reformed A-Level courses.

      Department for Education: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2017 to Question 65639, on Department for Education: Brexit, what (a) EU agencies and other organisations are within...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many large businesses have registered to access funds under the apprenticeship levy in each NUTS 1 region; and what proportion of apprenticeships...

      Education Funding Agency: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 September 2016 to Question 45976 on Education Funding Agency: buildings, what progress her Department has made on...

      Primary Education: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of provision in primary schools of teaching for children on how to stay safe online.

      Department for Education: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on how many occasions her Department took longer than 30 working days to respond to a freedom of information request in each month since July 2016.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what specialist training is provided to teachers in (a) initial teacher training and (b) ongoing personal development to support children with special...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Government plans to hold a consultation on proposals to extend free transport to students studying at selective schools.

      Schools: City of York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many full-time equivalent (a) teachers, (b) teaching assistants and (c) support staff there were in local authority schools in the City of York in...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 3.6 of her Department's consultation, Schools national funding formula, Government consultation - stage 2, what the...

      Teachers: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers over the age of 60 were employed in schools in 2015-16.

      Teachers: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the numbers of teachers aged over 60 taking up new posts within schools in each of the last five years.

      Teachers: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of teachers in (a) Sheffield, (b) Yorkshire and (c) the UK are over 60-years old.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Offenders: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of (a) community sentences and (b) suspended prison sentences included a Mental Health Treatment Requirement in each year since 2010.

    • Ministry of Justice: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2017 to Question 65647, on Ministry of Justice: Brexit, what (a) EU agencies and other organisations are within her...

      Rape: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of sentence handed down to a person convicted of rape was in each of the last five years.

      Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance her Department has issued on what prisoner to staff ratio in prisons is safe.

      Prisons: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what mechanisms exist for prison officers and their representatives to raise health and safety concerns in prisons.

      Prison Accommodation: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to ensure that the Welsh prison estate has sufficient capacity for the number of convicted offenders in Wales.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which infantry units have been identified for an increase in strength as part of Army 2020 Refine.

    • Army: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which units will be reduced in strength as part of Army 2020 Refine; and by how many personnel.

      Armed Forces: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what advice his Department gives to military personnel on alcohol intake and good health.

      Detainees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 78 of the concluding observations of the UK's report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, published in June 2016,...

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the decision was taken to purchase the P-8A Poseidon aircraft with the same configuration as those operated by the US Navy.

      Ministry of Defence: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure the welfare of regimental animals in the armed forces; and if he will make it his policy to ensure that regimental...

      Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been paid by his Department to which companies through single source contracts.

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the Type 45 power improvement programme; and if he will publish a new timetable for that...

      Pakistan: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what UK military (a) assets and (b) personnel took part in exercise AMAN 17 off the coast of Karachi, Pakistan in February 2017.

      Prestwick Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any military flights landing at Prestwick Airport since 2013 have had munitions on board.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department keeps records of the movements of foreign military flights that have landed in the UK after they leave UK airspace.

      Iraq and Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many officials of his Department have responsibility for investigating reports of civilian casualties as a result of UK airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.

      Islamic State: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his (a) US counterpart and (b) other counterparts in the Global Coalition against Daesh on investigating civilian...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to help people who wish to move from part-time to full-time employment.

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to reduce the time taken under Access to Work for disabled people to receive the support packages they require; and if...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the efficacy of the use of cassette audio recording equipment during personal independence payment...

      Universal Credit (Housing Costs Element for Claimants Aged 18 to 21) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2017 to Question 66566, on delegated legislation, what assessment he has made of the effect of those on...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the Government monitors whether the assessment criteria for personal independence payments are being accurately and fairly applied.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Trade Competitiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps her Department has taken to assist the farming industry to become more competitive.

    • Dairy Farming: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding her Department has provided for research into the dairy farming sector in each of the last five years.

      Forests: Environmental Impact Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to her Department's Environmental Impact Assessment - Joint Technical Consultation, published on 14 December...

      Environment Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many officials in the Environment Agency are employed to investigate businesses that are believed to have committed end...

      Livestock: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the total cost to farmers in (a) the UK and (b) Yorkshire of dog attacks to livestock.

      Fisheries: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether EU fisheries regulation 1380/2013 will be rewritten in order to be transposed into UK domestic legislation.

      Livestock: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will consider increasing the penalties for dog attacks on livestock; and if she will make a statement.

      Slaughterhouses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2016 to Questions 46848 and 46849, on slaughterhouses: animal welfare, whether she has...

  • Home Office

    • Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of prisoners recommended for deportation have been (i) deported and (ii) released and not deported in...

    • Asylum: Maternity Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many days on average it takes between receipt of an application claiming asylum in the UK and the date of first payment of (a) maternity...

      Prisoners: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU nationals were detained in prison under immigration powers in each quarter of (a) 2014, (b) 2015 and (c) 2016.

      Police: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were convicted of a criminal offence in each of the last five years.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether reforms to the UK's immigration rules will be within the scope of negotiations on the UK's future relationship with the EU.

  • HM Treasury

    • Government Departments: Impact Assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance government departments receive on when they are (a) required and (b) encouraged to conduct an impact assessment.

    • Married People: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent on marriage allowance in (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17.

      Landfill Communities Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he made an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the diversion rate for the Landfill Communities Fund prior to the introduction of the...

      Treasury: Freedom of Information

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions his Department took longer than 30 working days to respond to a freedom of information request in each month since July 2016.

      North Sea Oil

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 3.29 of Spring Budget 2017, if he will make it his policy to engage with non-industry representatives, including...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on corporation tax receipts of UK companies creating headquarter subsidiaries in EU countries after the...

      Budget March 2017

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to table 2.1, line 46 of the Budget 2016, whether that measure has been incorporated in the Spring Budget 2017 document as line p in table...

      Tax Yields

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to table 2.1, line 40 of the Budget 2016, and line v of table 2.2 of the Spring Budget 2017, for what reasons the predicted increase in tax...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to table 2.1, line 23 of the Budget 2016, how much additional corporation tax was raised in 2016-17 under that measure; and what estimate he...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to table 2.2, line j of the Budget 2016, how much additional corporation tax was raised in 2016-17 from retaining the diesel supplement for...

      Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2017 to Question 66604, on debts, when the Government first committed to exploring a breathing space scheme; and when he...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Department for International Trade

    • Exports: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many companies in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) the City of York exported goods or services to (i) other EU countries and (ii)...

    • Department for International Trade: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, on how many occasions his Department took longer than 30 working days to respond to a freedom of information request in each month since...

      Manufacturing Industries: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on the Welsh automotive sector when the UK leaves the EU.

      Foreign Investment in UK: Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on direct foreign trade investment from (a) Japan and (b) Korea when the UK...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sports: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate her Department has made of the proportion of national governing bodies of sport which have fewer than 25 per cent...

    • British Telecom: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment the Government has made of the implications for telecoms rating of the separation of Openreach into a separate company;...

  • Department of Health

    • Ambulance Services: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of using intelligent conveyancing systems to assist ambulance services in taking patients to the most...

    • Ambulance Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will require all ambulance trusts to report and publish data on all the tail breaches for which it is responsible.

      G4S: Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of ambulance staff are employed by G4S.

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment the Government has made of trends in the number of routine annual health checks undertaken in the last five years; and what estimate has...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS England takes steps to purchase the vaccine for Meningococcal B annually from drug manufacturers in sufficient quantities to ensure value for...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the incentives are for each NHS Trust and Foundation Trust to meet the target of seeing 95 per cent of accident and emergency patients within four...

      Hospital Wards: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress the Government is making on eliminating mixed sex wards in the NHS.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which mental health treatment centres (a) he and (b) Ministers of his Department have visited in an official capacity in 2016-17 to date; which Minister...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 17 February 2017 to Question 64065, on palliative care, what discussions he has had with NICE on extending the end of life...

      Care Homes: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many care homes have closed since 23 November 2016.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress he has made towards his target of making the NHS paperless by 2018.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Equalities Office: Brexit

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2017 to Question 65642, on Government Equalities Office: Brexit, what (a) EU agencies and other organisations are...

  • Department for Transport

    • Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the European Aviation Safety Agency to publish its report on cabin air quality, commissioned in 2015.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Nuclear Reactors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to announce the result of the competition for small modular nuclear reactors.

    • Nuclear Power

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many full time equivalent staff there are in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy working in the civil nuclear policy area and how...

      Developing Countries: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding they give to the International Atomic Energy Authority for the prevention and treatment of cancer in low- and middle-income member states.

      Consumers: Protection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish the green paper on consumers and markets, as announced in the Budget.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sudan: Trade Promotion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, in a video published by the British Embassy in Khartoum on 19 February, to promote UK business and investment in Sudan, the British Ambassador to Sudan...

    • Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding the case for measures to prevent and monitor the closure of Palestinian roads by...

      Israel: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the detention since 2005 of 18 Palestinian residents of Gaza under the Internment...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the extent of progress made on negotiations between Israel and Palestine over the past 20 years, what is their strategy to move the peace...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel on the eight month delay by the Israeli Prison Service in supplying disaggregated, up to date...

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the speech by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on 8 March at Geneva on the activities of his Office and recent human...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government with which ambassadors to the UK they have held meetings in the last six months to discuss UN General Assembly Resolution 71/258, Taking forward multilateral...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they drew following their attendance at the 2014 Vienna conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons.

      Embassies: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures may be taken if a UK national working in a foreign embassy in the UK commits criminal activities from that embassy.

      Indian Ocean: Piracy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contribution they are making to the international task force dealing with piracy in the Indian Ocean.

  • Department for Education

    • Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the advice given to higher education providers regarding widening participation, and the minimum threshold qualifications that students are required...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Judges: Retirement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to raise the mandatory retirement age for judges.

    • Confiscation Orders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in each of the last three years for which figures are available, how many confiscation orders were (1) authorised by the courts, and (2) put into effect;...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of increasing work-related benefits on the level of other benefits which severely disabled people would be...

    • Employment: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish their response to the Green Paper consultation Improving Lives: Work, Health and Disability.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Assets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what land or buildings owned by, leased by, or under the control of, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs they are seeking to dispose of,...

    • Mountains

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to support the British Mountaineering Council's Mend our Mountains project.

  • HM Treasury

    • Financial Services: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent of future movement of financial service companies from London to Edinburgh, in the event that Scotland leaves...

  • Cabinet Office

    • EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many non-UK EU citizens currently live in the UK; and how many of those are married to UK nationals.

  • Department of Health

    • Care Homes: Oxfordshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Shaughnessy on 7 February (HL4908), how many residential and nursing home places there were in Oxfordshire in...

    • Primodos

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Sky News documentary Primodos: The Secret Drugs Scandal; and whether they will consider establishing a public inquiry...

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to prevent tooth decay in children under the age of five, in the light of the increase in tooth extractions in England in the...

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