Hansard Written Answers
Written answers

Some recent written answers

Health: Dialysis Machines answered 9 September 2014

Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with patients' groups on changes to tariffs for Renal Dialysis in Monitor's 2015/16 National Tariff Payments System: Engagement on national prices consultation.

Energy and Climate Change: Domestic Visits answered 9 September 2014

Sheila Gilmore: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2014, Official Report, column 618W, on official visits, what domestic visits he and his predecessor have made since January 2013; and what the purpose of each such visit was.

Energy and Climate Change: Housing: Energy answered 5 September 2014

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of homes reliant on off-grid energy in each (a) constituency and (b) local authority area.

Communities and Local Government: Planning Permission answered 5 September 2014

Andrew Bingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department gives on the weight that should be given to a neighbourhood or village plan that has been submitted to a planning authority when considering planning applications.

International Development: Mass Media answered 11 September 2014

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department has spent on media monitoring in each of the last five years.

Communities and Local Government: Piers: Eastbourne answered 9 September 2014

Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government under what cost heading Eastbourne pier has been granted money to help in its reconstruction.

Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Bovine Tuberculosis answered 5 September 2014

Roger Godsiff: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(1) if she will place in the Library a copy of the internal review by her Department which upheld an appeal against the use of regulation 12(5)(c) for the protection of intellectual property to prevent the release of the results of the post-mortems carried out on badgers killed during the pilot culls;

(2) if she will place in the Library a copy of the internal review by her Department which upheld an appeal against the use of regulation 12(5)(c) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 in relation to the results of the post-mortems carried out on badgers killed during the pilot culls.

Transport: M180 answered 8 September 2014

Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the Highways Agency closed the M180 in August 2014; and if he will direct the Highways Agency to take steps to prevent a reoccurrence of that closure during future holiday periods.

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Syria answered 8 September 2014

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether chemical weapons have been used by the Syrian Government since August 2013; and if he will make a statement.

Transport: Cycleways answered 5 September 2014; 1 annotation

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

(1) how many segregated bicycle lanes have been constructed in England in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available;

(2) how many segregated bicycle lanes have been constructed in England in each of the last 20 years.

Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Marine Management Organisation answered 10 September 2014

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will instruct the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to publish the report on the investigation into the potential misuse or misapplication by the MMO of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

House of Commons Commission: Palace of Westminster answered 5 September 2014

Angus Robertson: To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the total expenditure on essential maintenance of the Palace of Westminster was in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; what the Commons contribution was in each such year; and what estimate he has made of the likely increase in such costs in the next two financial years.

International Development: West Africa answered 8 September 2014

Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with Médecins Sans Frontières on the recent ebola outbreak.

Defence: Warships answered 10 September 2014

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the standard length was of deployment for service personnel aboard (a) frigates and (b) destroyers in 2012; and what the standard length of such deployments is at present.

Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Greater Manchester answered 9 September 2014

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit sanctions on the grounds of (a) not actively seeking employment, (b) refusal of employment, (c) failure to attend a mandatory interview, (d) failure to participate in work-related activity and (e) non-compliance with a jobseeker’s direction were received by claimants in (i) Denton and Reddish constituency, (ii) Tameside local authority and (iii) Stockport local authority between (A) April 2011 and March 2012 and (B) April 2013 and March 2014.

Health: Cancer answered 5 September 2014

Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what assessment he has made of progress on the Cancer Strategy target of saving an additional 5,000 lives from cancer per year by 2014-15;

(2) what steps (a) his Department and (b) NHS England are taking to address weaknesses in cancer patient experience and staff engagement.

Cabinet Office: Pay answered 9 September 2014

Gareth Thomas: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office

(1) what the (a) highest and (b) lowest full-time equivalent salary paid by his Office was in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12, (iii) 2012-13, (iv) 2013-14 and (v) 2014-15; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what the (a) highest and (b) lowest full-time equivalent salary paid by No. 10 Downing Street was in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12, (iii) 2012-13, (iv) 2013-14 and (v) 2014-15; and if he will make a statement;

(3) what the (a) highest and (b) lowest full-time equivalent salary paid by (i) his Department and (ii) its public bodies was in (A) 2010-11, (B) 2011-12, (C) 2012-13, (D) 2013-14 and (E) 2014-15; and if he will make a statement.

Cabinet Office: Social Action and Volunteering answered 10 September 2014

Rehman Chishti: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent steps the Government have taken to promote social action and volunteering.

Justice: Probation: Essex answered 10 September 2014

David Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what increase there has been in the salary of (a) Mary Archer and (b) Alan Hubbard for posts connected with probation services in Essex over the last 12 months.

Work and Pensions: Universal Credit answered 5 September 2014

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

(1) what proportion of universal credit claimants who have a housing cost element in their payment (a) in total and (b) in each local authority area are in arrears on rent payment;

(2) how many universal credit claimants (a) in total and (b) in each local authority are in arrears on rent payments;

(3) how many and what proportion of universal credit claimants (a) in total and (b) in each local authority area have a housing cost element in their payment;

(4) how many payments to universal credit claimants have been made direct to a landlord (a) in total and (b) in each local authority area to date.