Hansard Written Answers
Written answers

Some recent written answers

Energy and Climate Change: Natural Gas: Storage answered 21 July 2014

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of total gas storage capacity in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland; and how much such capacity is (i) short range storage and (ii) long range storage.

Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Pay answered 21 July 2014

Ben Bradshaw: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many officials employed by her Department, of each grade, have remained at that grade since 2010 but received a pay rise; and how much of a rise each such person at each such grade has received.

Energy and Climate Change: Energy: Meters answered 21 July 2014

David Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether smart meters will be connected to the internet; and what steps have been taken to ensure that they cannot be hacked into.

Health: Hysterectomy answered 22 July 2014

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women in each age group had hysterectomies in the UK in each of the last five years.

Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance answered 21 July 2014

Sheila Gilmore: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost is of initiating payment of employment and support allowance (ESA) at the assessment rate; what the annual cost is of maintaining an existing claim for ESA; and what the cost is of closing a claim for ESA.

Education: Legal Costs answered 21 July 2014

John Woodcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much her Department has spent on legal costs on appealing decision notices served by the Information Commissioner since 2010.

Energy and Climate Change: Energy: Meters answered 22 July 2014

David Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the compulsory installation of smart meters by homeowners.

Work and Pensions: Universal Credit answered 21 July 2014

Andrew Love: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements are in place to allow for the payment of universal credit to those without a bank or building society account; and if he will make a statement.

Work and Pensions: Universal Credit answered 17 July 2014

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of universal claimants who will be self-employed once universal credit is fully rolled out.

Energy and Climate Change: Renewables Obligation answered 17 July 2014

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reason a Renewable Obligation Certificate banding review for cuts to the large-scale PV Renewable Obligation band in 2015 and 2016 was ruled out as an option in the recent renewables obligation consultation.

Defence: Unmanned Air Vehicles answered 16 July 2014

Tom Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 30 June 2014, Official Report, column 354W, on Afghanistan, how many evidence-based assessments have been carried out by his Department on the effects of lethal targeting; and if his Department will carry out or commission further assessment on use of remotely piloted air systems in Afghanistan in carrying out a post-campaign strategic review. [R]

House of Lords: NHS: Fees and Charges answered 17 July 2014

Lord Taylor of Warwick: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the survey by the Nuffield Trust suggesting that almost half of National Health Service managers believe that patients will be forced to pay for some services within 10 years.

Education: Free Schools answered 21 July 2014

Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of applications her Department has received for free schools in districts experiencing a high or severe need for extra primary school places in the present academic year.

Treasury: Land answered 21 July 2014

Heidi Alexander: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much land his Department has released for the purpose of building new homes since May 2010.

Treasury: Nationwide Building Society: Cheshire Building Society answered 15 July 2014

David Morris: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential merger or amalgamation of Nationwide and Cheshire Building Society; and what effect such a move will have on the shareholders of that institution. [R]

Health: Radiotherapy answered 21 July 2014

Grahame Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) which senior medical and administrative staff responsible for the operation of the Gamma Knife Centre at St Bartholomew's Hospital Trust are employees of (a) the trust and (b) the Hospital Corporation of America;

(2) what contractual arrangement is in place between the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and St Bartholomew's Hospital Trust regarding (a) ownership of the Gamma Knife and (b) leases that HCA may have in relation to the property;

(3) how much St Bartholomew's Hospital Trust invested in the establishment of its Gamma Knife Centre in 2009; what the source of such funding was; and how much of that investment has since been recouped;

(4) what the revenue division is between the Hospital Corporation of America and St Bartholomew's Hospital Trust London for fees charged to NHS England for treating NHS patients on the Gamma Knife housed in St Bartholomew's Hospital.

Health: General Practitioners answered 15 July 2014

Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP surgeries in (a) England, (b) Lancashire and (c) Hyndburn constituency have transferred from an Alternative Provider Medical Services contract to a General Medical Services contract since 2010.

Defence: Radioactive Waste: Fife answered 15 July 2014

Gordon Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) when he expects to publish the consultation document on remediation work at Dalgety Bay, Fife;

(2) if he will allocate funding for the removal of radiation particles and the repair of the beach area at Dalgety Bay, Fife;

(3) how long the period of consultation he proposes is for the review of remediation work at Dalgety Bay, Fife.

House of Lords: European Union answered 21 July 2014

Lord Stoddart of Swindon: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 30 June (WA 213), whether they will answer the question, and explain why they did not do so originally.

Transport: Billing answered 22 July 2014

Tom Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the value is of duplicate supplier payments identified by his Department since 2010; and what proportion of such payments have since been recovered in each of the last two financial years.