Written answers

Friday, 17 January 2014

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many companies registered in Barrow and Furness constituency are classified as (a) small and (b) medium-sized, as defined by...

    • Construction: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to Construction 2025, the Government's construction industrial strategy published in July 2013, (1) what...

      Export Control (Libya) Order 2011

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward legislative proposals to repeal the Export Control (Libya) Order 2011 (SI 2011/825).

      Food and Drink Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many meetings representatives of the Food and Drink Federation have attended with (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much of the Economic and Social Research Council budget was committed to research on health and safety matters in each of the...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding the Economic and Social Research Council plans to commit to research on (a) health and safety, (b) risk management...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the capabilities of local enterprise partnerships to deliver large infrastructure projects; and if...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials at each grade in his Department have the authority to execute a purchase; what proportion of those officials...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) with what bank his Department's bank overdraft is held; and what fees and charges were payable on the core Department's bank overdraft in the last...

    • Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many and what value of contracts procured by his Department in the last five years was carried out below EU thresholds; (2) what proportion...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Betting Shops: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applicants appealed against refusal of planning permission for a betting shop in the last year; and how many such...

    • Cleveland Fire Brigade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to page 66 of Cleveland Fire Brigade's Community Integrated Risk Management Plan draft for consultation, what...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what savings to the public purse have accrued from the changes to council tax benefit in each month since April 2013, from (a)...

      New Towns: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which sites in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire are being considered for the development of large communities or garden cities.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the Afghan Government on possible measures to prevent the infiltration of the Afghan army by members of the Taliban.

    • Astute Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned launch and in-service dates are for each remaining submarine in the Astute class.

      Djibouti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there are any UK officers stationed at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when a Royal Navy warship of the size of a frigate was last based at Gibraltar; whether there are any plans to base a frigate at Gibraltar; what the...

      HMS Astute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many operational cruises HMS Astute has undertaken since she was commissioned.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Government plan to enforce the ruling by the International Court of Arbitration in the case of International Military Services Ltd v Iran.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department is doing to integrate NATO work on (a) UNSCR 1325 and (b) the NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives into armed forces doctrine,...

      Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received on items stolen from his Department since May 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value is of items stolen from his Department since May 2005; and if he will make a statement.

  • Education

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what recent steps he has taken to inform registered activity providers in the children's sector of their statutory obligations; and what...

    • Food and Drink Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many meetings representatives of the Food and Drink Federation have attended with (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department in each year...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the expected implications are for learners and colleges of the proposed reduction in funding for 18-year-olds, particularly those learners...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consultation was undertaken before the recent announcement that funding for 18-year-olds will be reduced to 17.5% of that allocated to 16 and...

      Further Education: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many 18-year-olds are studying in further education institutions in Warrington; and what proportion of 16 to 18-year-olds in further education that...

      Further Education: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of 18-year-olds in further education in Warrington are studying for (a) level 3 qualifications and (b) level 2 courses.

      Further Education: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of 18-year-olds in further education in Warrington come from areas of social deprivation.

      Internet: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had with the devolved Administrations on cyber-bullying.

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if he will publish all communications between his Department and Alan Lewis regarding financial management at the Kings Science Academy in...

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish the option appraisal report which was conducted in order to find a site for the Kings Science Academy in Bradford.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many officials at each grade in his Department have the authority to execute a purchase; what proportion of those officials have professional...

      Schools: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to increase the number of automatic external defibrillators in schools.

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps are being taken by his Department to ensure that (a) vacant Governor places are filled, particularly in rural and coastal areas and (b) such...

      Schools: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many of the schools assessed by Ofsted in Nottinghamshire in 2013 were rated as (a) outstanding, (b) good, (c) requiring improvement and (d) inadequate.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with what bank his Department's bank overdraft is held; and what fees and charges were payable on the core Department's bank overdraft...

    • District Heating: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations he has received from Stoke-on-Trent City Council on approval to establish a district heat network in Stoke-on-Trent.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the answer of 31 January 2013, Official Report, column 895W, on energy: Scotland, what assessment his Department has...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the number of jobs that will be created by the fracking industry in (a) Lancashire and (b) the...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which English counties are being considered for shale gas exploration under the draft licensing plan issued in December 2013.

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department has taken against the threat to cast iron gas mains from the recent severe weather.

      Office for Nuclear Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he last met the chief executive of the Office for Nuclear Regulation; and for what purpose that meeting took place.

      Office for Nuclear Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the regulatory priorities in the 2013 Annual Report from the Office for Nuclear Regulation; and if he...

      Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps are being taken to make the UK's electricity distribution network more resilient to winter storms.

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people aged (a) 16 and under and (b) over 16 years old undertook work experience in his Department in each of the last three years.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his answer of 19 December 2013, Official Report, column 729W, on the badger cull, when he plans to publish the...

    • Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of fish stocks in UK and European waters.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effect of trawling on fish stocks.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many UK fishing businesses use trawlers when fishing.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to introduce measures to protect and replenish fish stocks in UK waters.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which fish species commonly caught in the UK are currently considered at risk.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2014, Official Report, column 345W, on flood control, what share of the capital spending...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Floodline Warnings Direct.

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to reduce food wastage; and if he will make a statement.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion and value of his Department's contracts have been let (a) under the restricted procedure, (b) by the open...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 176W, on Afghanistan, what discussions he has had with his...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the effect of conflict on civilians in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the number of civilians killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

      Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with what bank his Department's bank overdraft is held; and what fees and charges were payable on the core Department's bank...

      EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the potential economic benefits to the UK of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he intends to nominate a UK bank for transactions linked to the UK's obligations under the Geneva Joint Plan of Action...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent reports he has received on the political stability of Iraq; (2) what recent reports he has received on the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the work of the Iraqi army.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to seek the repeal of UNSCR 1970 on arms exports to Libya.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will seek the lifting of the EU embargo on arms exports to Libya as set out in CD 2011/137/CFSP.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make an assessment of the effect of arms embargos on Libya on the security and human rights situation in that country.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy that in all contacts with the Governments of Arab countries his Department will raise issues of...

      Middle East and Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations the UK has made to Governments in the middle east and Africa on protection of religious groups and...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what weighting his Department's procurement procedures give to (a) the location of a company and its workforce, (b) the extent...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what value of contracts procured by his Department in the last five years was carried out below EU thresholds.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of his Department's contracts have been let to companies with (a) one to five, (b) six to 49, (c) 50 to 250 and...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion and value of his Department's contracts have been let (a) under the restricted procedure, (b) by the open...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what specific provisions the UK Government are putting towards the international effort to decommission Syria's chemical weapons.

  • Health

    • Care Homes: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require care homes to provide automatic external defibrillators.

    • Cleft Palate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether people born with cleft lip and palate are entitled to cosmetic surgery on the NHS free of charge.

      Deloitte

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 138W, on Deloitte, whether any third parties possess a copy of the correspondence from...

      Food and Drink Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings representatives of the Food and Drink Federation attended with (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 2010.

      General Practitioners: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on requiring GP practices that hold automatic external defibrillators to make them publicly available.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of (a) the number and proportion of NHS hospitals in England that charge patients and visitors for using their car parks, (b)...

      NHS Trust Development Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 146W, on NHS Trust Development Authority, for what reasons the two contracts valued at...

      NHS Trust Development Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 146W, on NHS Trust Development Authority, for what purpose Carnall Farrar LLP was...

      NHS: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 147W, on NHS: crime prevention, (1) how many investigations NHS Protect undertook in...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many officials at each grade in his Department have the authority to execute a purchase; what proportion of those officials have professional...

  • Home Department

    • Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign nationals who successfully appealed against their deportation under section 32 of the UK Borders Act 2007 used Article...

    • Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average daily cost of detention per person in each of the last three years was at (a) Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre and (b)...

      Refugee Integration and Employment Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many refugees the Refugee Integration and Employment Service helped in (a) each year it was operational and (b) total; (2) how...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Tours

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, how many hon. Members' sponsored tours of the Palace of Westminster took place...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding her Department has committed to each of her Department's strategic priorities for Afghanistan.

    • Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid the Government plan to give to Argentina during the current Parliament.

      Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid the UK has given to Argentina since May 2010.

  • Justice

    • Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications have been made to the Employment Tribunal in each month since July 2013; how many of those have included an application for fee...

    • Prisons: Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) on how many occasions ambulances have been called out to HM Prison Oakwood by (a) month and (b) nature of incident since the opening of that...

      Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to improve conditions at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre since the last unannounced inspection by HM chief inspector of...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made on a plan for the implementation, legislation and provision of funding for measures dealing with the legacy of the...

  • Prime Minister

    • Annuities

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will transfer responsibility for policy relating to annuities from the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

    • Chiefs of Staff

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish the dates of all meetings between him and the Chief of Defence Staff between 11 May 2010 and 31 May 2011.

  • Transport

    • A303

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he intends to publish the draft scope for the A303 feasibility study for consultation with stakeholders.

    • Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to the public purse was of legal advice on the legal challenge by Pearson Driving Assessments to the award of the theory test contract.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the prevalence of copycat websites for the application for and renewal of driving licences; and what steps he is taking...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the findings of KPMG on its report on the regional economic impacts of High Speed 2, what steps he is taking to ameliorate any...

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2014, Official Report, column 390W, on M6, what the location was and details were of each of the road traffic...

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to encourage registration with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency of foreign-registered vehicles which are in the UK...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an assessment of the potential benefits and disadvantages of electrifying the rail line between Newbury and Penzance.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will review his Department's guidance to local authorities on shared space.

  • Treasury

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many penalty notices issued with regard to late submission of a corporation tax return were waived in each of the years ending 31 March from 2007 to...

    • Food and Drink Federation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings representatives of the Food and Drink Federation attended with (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 2010.

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 157W, on Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA), what proportion of notifications of...

      Revenue and Customs: Cheltenham

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the Cheltenham Tax Enquiry Office is being closed; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the value of the total tax receipts from (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d) Wales and (e) Northern Ireland...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the prevalence of copycat websites for tax returns; and what steps he is taking to inform the public about such websites.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answers of 19 December 2013, Official Report, column 758W, on jobseeker's allowance: Yorkshire and the Humber and 19 December...

    • Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions the Health and Safety Executive has had with Government Departments about the health and safety implications of fracking; and...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of tenants affected by the under-occupancy penalty who have taken in a lodger.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what targets he has set for moving applications for jobseeker's allowance online; and whether these targets are variable by region.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answers of 19 December 2013, Official Report, column 758W, on jobseeker's allowance: Yorkshire and the Humber and 19 December...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many officials at each grade in his Department have the authority to execute a purchase; what proportion of those officials have...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has plans to close the gap in benefits created by the suspension of employment and support allowance to clients subject to an...

      Social Security Benefits: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answers of 19 December 2013, Official Report, column 758W, on jobseeker's allowance: Yorkshire and the Humber and 19 December...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which Ministers in his Department have undertaken training courses; and in the case of each such course what the (a) name of the course...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2014, Official Report, column 455W, on universal credit, when he expects that the 50 required IT...

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