Written answers

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

  • Women and Equalities

    • Legal Systems: Islam

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities what discussions she has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Justice and (b) other interlocutors about the Law Society's inclusion of Sharia...

  • Prime Minister

    • Clerk of the House

      To ask the Prime Minister when he expects to recommend to HM The Queen a person to be appointed Clerk of the House and Chief Executive of the House of Commons.

    • Middle East

      To ask the Prime Minister what meetings he has had with civil society or religious groups based in the UK which have discussed the situation in Israel and Palestine since 1 July 2014; which...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Housing: Brighton

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made on securing private sector funding for the New England House development in Brighton as part of the Greater Brighton City Deal; and if...

    • Voting Behaviour: Young People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to increase voter turnout in local elections among 18 to 25 year-olds.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Clerk of the House

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, (1) what the arrangements were for the selection of the recommended candidate to...

    • Television

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much the House of Commons Commission spent on the purchase of televisions in...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether she has any plans to increase the number of replies within her Department's working day standard; and if she will make a statement.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will establish a scheme to provide affordable insurance cover for leasehold dwellings and small businesses in areas at...

    • Rabbits: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has any plans to introduce minimum welfare requirements for keeping pet rabbits.

      Ragwort

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many enforcement notices were served under the Weeds Act 1959 in respect of ragwort in each of the last three years; and...

      Ragwort

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the code of practice on how to prevent the spread of ragwort published...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Empty Property: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties in each London borough were classified as empty in each year since 2010.

    • Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many children were recorded as living in overcrowded housing in each London borough in each year since 2010; (2) how...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will review his departmental estate in order to reduce costs; and if he will make a statement.

    • Local Broadcasting: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the BBC Trust on accounting for the BBC's contribution to spending on local television.

      National Lottery: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the National Lottery Distribution Fund has allocated to each parliamentary constituency in Scotland in the last five years.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much and what proportion of his Department's budget was spent on activities which were contracted out in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11,...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the potential effect on (a) schools and (b) universities of loss of access by wireless microphone users...

      Tourism: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how often Lancashire has specifically been featured in his Department's overseas promotion of tourism in the UK in the last four years.

  • Health

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has any plans to increase the number of replies within his Department's working day standard; and if he will make a statement.

    • EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times the UK has lost EU infraction proceedings since May 2010 which relate to matters that fall within his Department's responsibility.

      General Dental Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with the General Dental Council on its proposal to increase the annual retention fee by 64 per cent; and what his...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2014, Official Report, column 664-5W, on general practitioners, how many GPs (a) excluding retainers and registrars and...

      General Practitioners: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that there are sufficient GPs to fill vacancies in surgeries in Devon and Cornwall.

      Health: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential of the Men's Sheds movement to have a positive impact on health and wellbeing.

      HIV Infection: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to implement a national screening plan for HIV.

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many iPads and iPhones have been purchased by (a) his Department, (b) Public Health England and (c) each of his Department's non-departmental public...

      Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average daily cost is of keeping a patient in an intensive care unit.

      Meningitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many intensive care places in the UK have been occupied by Meningitis B patients since January 2013.

      Meningitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of Meningitis B there have been in the UK since January 2013; and in how many such cases individuals have (a) died, (b) required amputation...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Bexsero vaccine is licensed for (a) individual application and (b) use in conjunction with other vaccines.

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health at what age babies will be eligible for vaccination with the Bexsero vaccine.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will meet with the author of Mindfulness in Clinician Therapeutic Relationships to discuss the ways in which mindfulness-based practices can...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the number of local authorities who have or who plan to (a) reduce, (b) freeze, (c) increase spending on child and...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on providing psychiatric support for children aged (a) four to 11 and (b) 11...

      Mental Health Services: Out of Area Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people referred for mental health care received out-of-area treatment from Mid Yorkshire Hospitals trust; and how many such people were (a)...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve the support that people at the end of life receive so that they can die in their preferred place of care.

      Roads: Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the (a) emergency services and (b) NHS of dealing with injuries arising from wild horses on road in the latest...

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will bring in legislative proposals to (a) require that sunbeds should be supervised, (b) limit access to sunbeds for repeat customers and (c)...

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the agreed assessment for, and supply of, wheelchair needs will remain within the remit of the NHS; and if he will introduce national criteria and...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total value of payouts to armed forces veterans and their families under the Armed Forces Pension Scheme as a result of service in Afghanistan...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total value of payouts to armed forces veterans and their families under the War Pensions Scheme as a result of service in Afghanistan has been...

      Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what occasions each Minister within his Department has taken domestic flights on official business since May 2010.

      Armed Forces: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value of payouts under the Armed Forces Pensions Scheme to forces personnel and veterans on the grounds of physical injuries has been in each...

      Armed Forces: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value of payouts under the Armed Forces Pensions Scheme to forces personnel and veterans on the grounds of mental ill health has been in each...

      Armed Forces: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value of pay outs under the War Pensions Scheme to forces personnel and veterans on the grounds of mental ill health has been in each year since...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total value of payouts to armed forces veterans and their families under the Armed Forces Pension scheme has been in each year since 2010.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the guideline period is in which an application for an armed forces pension should be (a) processed and (b) delivered; and how many applications...

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost was of each successfully trained recruit of (a) Phase 1 and 2 training at ITC Catterick, (b) Phase 1 training at ATC Pirbright, (c)...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which organisations collect subscriptions through the employers' payroll service in his Department and its agencies.

      Special Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Special Forces personnel there were in each regiment in each year since 2010.

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total value of payouts to armed forces veterans and their families under the War Pensions Scheme has been in each year since 2010.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the Iraq government to sign the Ministry of Justice's draft Prison Transfer Agreement.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Jackson Square Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when conducting due diligence on Jackson Square Aviation and JSA International Holdings LP, when and where UK Export Finance met...

    • New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to support employed people who wish to start their own business.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many winning bidders under the Regional Growth Fund in each (a) bidding round and (b) region have withdrawn to date.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to increase maintenance loans for university accommodation in respect of (a) students in places with...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether UK Export Finance takes steps not to support companies which use complex artificial tax structures to adopt aggressive...

      UK Export Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether Export UK Finance liaises with Government departments when conducting due diligence on partner companies.

      UK Export Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether UK Export Finance investigates links between politicians in the UK and companies in the UK and their partner companies...

  • Treasury

    • M6 (Link to M54)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans his Department has for future funding for a new M6 south road link to the M54.

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's policy is on alcohol consumption on the premises (a) in general and (b) during parties in his Private Office.

      Banks: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has made to institutions of the EU on the cap on bank bonuses.

      Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent on refurbishing (a) gymnasium and leisure facilities, (b) cafeteria and (c) interior decoration in (i) his Department and (ii)...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the level of employment.

      Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will request the Financial Policy Committee (FPC) of the Bank of England to provide them with their most recent assessment of risks to UK financial...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he has made an assessment of the potential effect of automatic energy imports from the US to the EU arising from the Trans-Atlantic...

    • Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had on the maintenance of the current 20-year duration support level for accredited solar PV plants and...

  • Justice

    • Burglary: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the highest number of previous offences of burglary was for an individual convicted of a further offence of burglary without being sent to...

    • Offenders: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will extend victims’ rights to victims of mentally disordered offenders to be more comparable with those rights afforded to victims in the...

      Sussex Safer Roads Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what (a) financial, (b) staffing and (c) capacity-building support and assistance his Department has given to the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership in...

  • Wales

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he has any plans to increase the number of replies within his Department's working day standard; and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • Driving: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the number of drivers whose visual acuity was poor who were involved in road traffic accidents in each year...

    • Driving: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost is of road traffic accidents in the UK where poor visual acuity was a contributory factor in each year since 2010.

      Driving: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were injured in road traffic accidents where the driver's visual acuity was found to be below the legal acceptable level in each year...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent the Highways Agency keeping motorways out of action for any longer than necessary in...

      Nuclear Installations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what dates the no-fly zones around nuclear facilities have been violated since May 2010; and what steps his Department has taken to ensure such...

      Ragwort

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Highways Agency is taking to remove ragwort from (a) roadsides and (b) other land for which the Highways Agency is responsible.

      Railway Signals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent discussions he has had with Network Rail on improving rail signalling; (2) what future discussions he has planned with Network Rail...

      Railways: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will initiate a study into adding a halt on the Lichfield Trent Valley to Redditch cross-city line at Curzon Street in Birmingham adjacent to the...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the passenger figures are for each of the last five years for the Transpennine Cleethorpes to Manchester service; and what information is held on...

      Railways: WiFi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the annual investment of each franchised train operating company in wi-fi services has been since the start of each franchise agreement with his...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents there were per 100,000 of the population in (a) the UK, (b) London and (c) Barnet in each of the last five years.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motor vehicle accidents occurred in (a) Preston constituency, (b) Preston and (c) Lancashire in each month in 2013.

      Roads: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been invested in road infrastructure in (a) Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency and (b) North Yorkshire in each of the last four years.

      South West Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the punctuality of South West Trains passenger rail services in each month since South West Trains formally entered into...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he has any plans to increase the number of replies within his Department's working day standard; and if he will make a statement.

    • Food Banks

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the oral answer from the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, to the hon. Member for York Central of 17...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Thirsk

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the current claimant rate is for jobseeker's allowance in Thirsk and Malton constituency.

  • Home Department

    • British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigrants to the UK have received full UK citizenship in each year since 2010.

    • EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of whether Framework Decision 2002/465/JHA requires the competent authorities of member states to have...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter to her dated 17 June 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms S Rasheed.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter to her dated 16 June 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr F M Bondoki.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter to her dated 10 June 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms Zabada Begum.

      Money Laundering: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many requests for information that were fulfilled by other EU member states were made by the UK's financial intelligence unit under...

      Money Laundering: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the implications for the UK of possible future interpretations and applications of Article 4(3) of Council...

      Offences Against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the potential effect on the implementation of the UK's strategy against indecent images of children online of...

      Organised Crime: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department through what means the UK can take part in the sharing of advice and best practice between EU member states on fighting organised crime other...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the volume of overseas applications for passports has been in each month since her Department assumed responsibility for such applications.

      Schengen Agreement: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment she has made of the possibility of the UK connecting to the Schengen Information System II via a bilateral treaty with...

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