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Written answers

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward proposals to require airlines to reimburse the air fares of people who cannot fly on their date of travel because of ill health.

    • Air Routes: Thames Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the noise impact in (a) Windsor constituency and (b) the Thames Valley of recent flight path trials from Heathrow.

      Aviation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of passengers on flights originating in Northern Ireland who take connecting flights from other UK Airports in...

      Railways: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to issue guidance to (a) Network Rail and (b) train operating companies that they should implement a replacement...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on his Department's plan in Rail Fares and Ticketing published in October 2013 to trial flexible ticketing; when he expects...

  • Home Office

    • Telecommunications: Court Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many production orders to access stored electronic communications have been invoked by each UK police force in each year since May 2010;...

    • Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases currently under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission have been live for more than 11 months.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 1 September 2014 to Question 203287, on asylum, if she will make it her policy to apply the six-month service...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations she has received on lowering the minimum income threshold limit required by those wishing to bring family...

      G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether G4S records (a) telephone calls made to it by asylum seekers who have ended the call as they have not been able to explain that they...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Ukraine on the protests in that country.

    • Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effects of protests in Ukraine on the stability of the government in that country.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on recognition of Crimea as the territory of Ukraine.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the political situation in Ukraine.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take in response to the decision of the House on 13 October 2014 in respect of recognition of Palestine.

      Qatar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Qatar about alleged abuse of migrant workers in that country.

      Free Movement of People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect on British citizens living in other EU member states of any restrictions...

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what precautions his Department is taking to protect its staff based in West Africa from the Ebola virus.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the decision of the House on 13 October 2014 in respect of...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to ensure that UN Security Council Resolution 2139 is being complied with in relation to...

      EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent progress has been made on negotiating the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement; and if he will make a statement.

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what precautions his Department is taking to protect its staff based in West Africa from the Ebola virus.

  • Attorney General

    • Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Attorney General, how many officials in the Law Officers' Departments completed the Civil Service Employment Policy Performance Management System in 2013-14; how many and what...

    • Stalking

      To ask the Attorney General, how many employees of the Crown Prosecution Service have been trained on the law on stalking to date; and what further such training is planned.

      Stalking

      To ask the Attorney General, how many people have been charged under the provisions of section 2a of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 since 25 November 2012.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Attorney General, if he will place in the Library a table of Crown Prosecution Service child-abuse flagged (a) pre-charge decisions, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions for each...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Attorney General, if he will place in the Library a list of the local authorities who have adopted the information-sharing protocol launched by the Crown Prosecution Service in January...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives of the Chinese government about innovation, manufacturing...

    • Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the number of home repossessions made because the owner defaulted on a bank loan for a business in the last...

      Arms Trade: Gulf States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the value was of UK arms exports to (a) Saudi Arabia and (b) Bahrain in each year since 2010.

      Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many arms exports licences have been revoked by the Government in the last year; and for which countries these licences have...

      Riot Control Weapons: Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the value of the UK's tear gas exports to Hong Kong was in the last year.

      UK Export Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of successful applicants to the UK Export Finance direct lending facility have been small and medium-sized...

      Venture Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of a potential equity gap in UK venture capital sector.

      Iron and Steel: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking and is planning on taking to invest in training and apprenticeships in the UK steel industry given Tata...

      Iron and Steel: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is (a) taking and (b) planning to take to increase investment in the UK steel industry given Tata Steel's recent...

      Low Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps the Government has taken to reduce the number of people in work who are in poverty.

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent representations he has received about ensuring the presence of workforce representatives on Board of Directors of...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps the Government has taken to ensure continued investment into the manufacturing industry.

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps his Department has taken to increase domestic sales in the manufacturing sector.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that economic growth occurs across the country.

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps his Department has taken to increase manufacturing sector exports.

      Iron and Steel: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to support British manufacturing firms with an interest in the UK steel industry given Tata Steel's...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will take steps to ensure that inward investment and job creation is encouraged on an equal basis in all the regions of the UK.

      Metals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Urgent Question on 16 October 2014, Official Report, column 445, on Tata Steel, when he plans to publish...

      Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much steel was produced in the UK in each year since 1985.

      Exports: Ghana

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what exports from the UK were supported by UK Export Finance's loan guarantee for Mourne Ltd's Kotoka International Airport...

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what work his Department has conducted on identifying specific policy areas and sectors for which the UK will seek exemptions...

  • Department for International Development

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many women and girls have been assisted by UK aid programmes in the Kurdish region of Iraq in the last 12 months.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many air drops of aid the UK has undertaken in the Kurdish region of Iraq during the last 12 months.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much UK aid has been allocated to Iraq in the last 12 months.

      Meat: Wildlife

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to raise awareness of the dangers of eating bushmeat in those countries where it is currently...

      Ghana

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with her Ghanaian counterparts on the use of UK aid to support small-scale farmers in that country.

  • Department for Education

    • Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to her Department's Research Report, Are free schools using innovative approaches?, published in September 2014, what data is...

    • Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2014 to Question 210122, what costs (a) have been and (b) will be incurred by her Department for the (i) design...

      Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2013 to Question 210316, if she will publish the minutes of her meetings with her Cabinet colleagues on the...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2014 from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools to the Earl of Listowel, Official Report, House...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Burglary: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which courts did not send people with the highest number of previous convictions for burglary to prison for a further offence of burglary in each of the...

    • Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what requirements there are for (a) the Government and its agencies and (b) organisations and corporations to report the loss of an individual's...

      Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many restraining orders were issued by the courts under the provisions of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c)...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Prison Service Reserve Band 3 staff have been employed at each prison establishment in the last year.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the average caseload of Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) staff in each month since the CRC was established.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost of all voluntary redundancies made in the probation service since the establishment of the Community...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will commission an investigation into the effect of reforms to the probation service since May 2010 on the overall efficiency of the justice system.

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of probation staff have received training in sections 2A and 4A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Prison Service Reserve Band 4 staff have been employed at each prison establishment in each of the last five years.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether staff employed in the Prison Service Reserve are classed as mobile grades as defined by the Civil Service Management Code.

      Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many magistrates there are in each local authority area; what the gender and ethnic composition is of magistrates in each such area; and what...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the crew complement of (a) HMS Albion, (b) HMS Bulwark and (c) HMS Ocean by (i) rank and (ii) specialisation is.

    • Armed Forces: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many cases of suicide by serving armed forces personnel resulted in a full service enquiry between 2002 and 2012.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has had discussions with the Colombian government in the last six months on future security assistance from the UK.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which freedoms and flexibilities the bidders for Managed Service Providers in the Ministry of Defence DE and S have been granted.

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where his Department has found delays in the processing of injured veteran's claims in the War Pension and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme claim process.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans are in place in relation to the deployment of the HMS Queen Elizabeth II and HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carriers.

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether aircraft from the recently retired Tornado squadrons (a) have been put in storage, (b) destroyed and (c) used for cannibalisation.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the MBDA Brimstone 2 missile will be ready for operational use on Typhoon aircraft; and whether this missile will be usable on all variants of the...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the annual combined operating and support cost for one F-35 and one Typhoon aircraft.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the unit cost is of the (a) Hermes 450 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and (b) Watchkeeper Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department had with the Colombian government on human rights in that country before it took the decision to provide military...

      Warships: Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the value is of Government contracts awarded to shipyards based (a) on the Clyde and (b) in Rosyth in each year since 1997.

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the letter dated 1 August 2014 from the Secretary of State for Defence to the Defence Committee, published in that Committee's Seventh...

      Veterans: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service leavers resident in Northern Ireland have received further and higher educational support under the Service Leavers Scheme funded by...

      Military Bases: Omagh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to address the issues raised with him by the First Minsiter of Northern Ireland concerning the transfer of the former St Lucia...

      Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's planning assumptions are on which aircraft delivery platform will be used to house the Brimstone Launch missile system once the No...

      Armed Forces: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2014 to Question 210743, what the nature is of the disciplinary action taken against the four serving members of...

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many nursery places his Department offers; how many applications there have been for those places in each year since 2010; and how many of the...

      Armed Forces Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the budget is for the Armed Forces Day national event in Guildford on 27 June 2015; how much of that cost is being met by (a) his Department and...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been paid out under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment scheme to date.

    • Disability Living Allowance: Motherwell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of the working age population of Motherwell and Wishaw constituency are in receipt of disability living allowance.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 3 September 2014 to Question 207337, when his Department's statisticians last assessed whether statistics on...

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claimants of industrial injuries disablement benefit as a result of having contracted an asbestos-related disease were in...

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total cost of industrial injuries disablement benefit payments in respect of claimants suffering from as asbestos-related disease was...

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people in receipt of industrial injuries disablement benefit claimed the benefit as a result of having...

      Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have (a) applied for, (b) are in receipt of and (c) have been declined a payment under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payments...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit payments of each type were paid into Post Office card accounts in each of the last five years; and what proportion of such...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what evaluation he has made of the effect on previously eligible claimants of the Independent Living Fund following its abolition.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2014 to Question 207159, whether his Department has any recourse to sanction (a) Atos and (b) Capita in...

      Incapacity Benefit: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley local authority and (c) South Yorkshire are in receipt of incapacity benefit.

      Disability Living Allowance: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley local authority and (c) South Yorkshire claimed disability living allowance in...

      Carer's Allowance: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley local authority and (c) South Yorkshire are in receipt of carer's allowance.

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many premises inspectors of the Health and Safety Executive visited as part of inspections of the licensed removal of asbestos in (a)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been allowed backdated universal credit claims to date.

      Personal Independence Payment: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment claims in (a) Barnsley local authority area and (b) South Yorkshire have taken longer than 16 weeks to...

      Universal Credit: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of universal credit claimants in Barnsley local authority area have a housing cost element in their payment.

      Universal Credit: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants in Barnsley local authority area are in arrears on rent payments.

      Personal Independence Payment: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases have been registered for personal independence payment in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley local authority area and...

      Universal Credit: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many payments to universal credit claimants have been made directly to a landlord in Barnsley local authority area to date.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of disability living allowance reassessments are conducted over the telephone.

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) qualifications and (b) experience are required to be an adviser on the New Enterprise Allowance programme.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have had the mobility component of their disability living allowance reduced in each year since 2010.

      Armed Forces: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the exposure of armed forces to the risks of asbestos.

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Health and Safety Executive inspectors have received training on the removal of asbestos from licensed premises since 2009.

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many mentors are working to assist the delivery of the New Enterprise Allowance.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will include data on the average length of time taken to process personal independence payment claims in his Department's next quarterly...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to waive the habitual residency test for jobseeker's allowance claimants when the claimant has lived abroad...

      Housing Benefit: Ayrshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in East Ayrshire are currently subject to housing benefit being capped as a result of the benefit cap introduced in April 2013.

      Housing Benefit: Ayrshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in East Ayrshire had had housing benefit capped since the introduction of the benefit cap at the latest date for which...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recommendations the Work Programme Building Best Practice Group has made to help the over 50s back to work.

      Job Evaluation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the procedure is in his Department for assessing grade boundaries and job roles; and how often such assessments take place.

      Universal Credit: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many payments to universal credit claimants have been made directly to a landlord in Ashfield local authority area.

      Universal Credit: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of universal credit claimants in Ashfield local authority area have a housing cost element in their payment.

      Universal Credit: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of universal credit claimants who have a housing cost element in their payment in Ashfield local authority area are in arrears...

      Universal Credit: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants in Ashfield local authority area are in arrears on rent payment.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employment and support allowance claimants in (a) the support group, (b) the work-related activity group and (c) overall in Ashfield...

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of former disability living allowance claimants who use a Motability vehicle have had the vehicle removed after being moved to...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dogs have been removed from their owners because those dogs were deemed dangerous in the last year.

    • Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions there have been for owning a dog banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in the last two years.

      Weeds Act 1959

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of compliance with the Weeds Act 1959 across the UK.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dog attacks have been recorded in the last two years.

      Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulations 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the information required to be collected under Condition 6 of the schedule to the Welfare of Racing Greyhounds...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dangerous dogs have been destroyed in each month in the last two years.

      Tree Felling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2014 to Question 208409, what the maximum level of fine and sanction available for...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress she has made towards meeting the recovery target for construction and demolition waste in the Waste Framework...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Non-domestic Rates: Westmorland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many shops in Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency have benefited from the reduction in business rates.

    • Parish Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress he has made on measures to (a) allow town and parish councils to send agendas electronically and (b) reform...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he expects to answer Question No. 207857, tabled by the right hon. Member for Leeds Central on 2 September 2014.

      Non-domestic Rates: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many businesses in (a) Barnsley East constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber have qualified for the full business...

      Local Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what percentage of local planning authorities in England have (a) not published, (b) not submitted and (c) not...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to reply to the letter of 24 July 2014 from the hon. Member for Warley, on compulsory purchase orders.

      Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that there are sufficient women's refuges to meet demand.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what methodology his Department recommends for the calculation of five year land supplies; whether planning authorities are...

  • HM Treasury

    • Interest Rate Swap Transactions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority on the interest rate swap redress scheme.

    • Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount that will be saved by the non-issuing of vehicle excise discs.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the schemes in the Levy Control Framework on average annual household energy bills in each of the years...

    • Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of (a) the total cost to his Department and (b) the number of full time equivalent staff employed in...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the likely total allocation from the levy control framework for (a) feed in tariffs, (b) renewables...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, which biomass power stations are totally dependent on clean wood rather than waste wood.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information his Department holds on the proportion of biomass used for power generation in the last three years for which data is...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information his Department holds on the proportion of biomass combusted for power generation in the UK that is attributable to...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the tonnage of carbon dioxide emitted by (a) the production processes, including drying, of biomass...

      Environment Protection: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many green jobs which have lasted more than six months have been created in each parliamentary constituency since May 2010.

      Energy: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information is collected on new jobs created in the UK in (a) manufacturing, (b) installation and (c) allied services relating to...

      Opencast Mining: Ayrshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government about the re-instatement of former opencast coal sites in East Ayrshire.

      Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will review his policy on feed-in tariffs for the provision of energy.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Fraud

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the fraud level was in each of the last six years.

    • Minister Without Portfolio

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many times the Minister without Portfolio has travelled overseas on an official visit since his appointment to that post; what the (a) purpose and...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Orchestras: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with Northern Ireland's Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure on the future of the Ulster Orchestra.

    • Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to encourage public sector users of the radio spectrum to share bands.

      Broadcasting: Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2014 to Question 206821, what assessment his Department has made of the risk of PMSE market...

      Broadcasting: Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2014 to Question 206821, how many meetings (a) his Department and (b) Ofcom have had with HM...

      Broadcasting: Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2014 to Question 206823, what assessment his Department has made of the future possibility of...

  • Department of Health

    • Knee Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS knee replacement operations were carried out in England, by region, in the last three years.

    • Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what payments have been received in the 2014-15 financial year by GPs for the delivery of vaccines through each routine immunisation programme, broken...

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many meetings the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health has had with James Palmer, Clinical Director for Specialised Commissioning...

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many meetings he has had with Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England since 1 April 2014.

      Heart Diseases: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to support paediatric cardiac surgery services across England and Wales.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP practices have (a) closed and (b) opened in (i) England, (ii) Greater London and (iii) Wales in each of the last five years.

      Chickenpox: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the breadth of the uptake of the chicken pox vaccine to reduce the risk of stroke in children and young adults; and if he...

      Older People: Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) telephone services and (b) face-to-face services intended to relieve loneliness and isolation in...

      Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether missed or inadequate hydrocortisone administration is included in the NHS list of Never Events.

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ensure the health and independence of UK thalidomide victims.

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase the number of places for medical students to undertake training in cardiac units.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many requests have been made to the Specialist Commissioning team for secure placements or beds for children with mental health issues in the last 12...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with his EU counterpart about their treatment strategy for those with scoliosis; and if he will make a statement.

      Hearing Impairment: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to implement the recommendations in the report of the National Deaf Children's Society entitled Listen Up, published in October 2014.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines his Department issues to clinical commissioning groups; and if he will make a statement.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have lost their sight as a result of diabetes in each of the last five years.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have had their feet amputated as a result of diabetes in each of the last five years.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people aged (a) under and (b) over 18 were diagnosed with type two diabetes in each of the last five years.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many finished hospital admission episodes with a primary diagnosis of asthma there were among people aged (a) under and (b) over 18 in each of the...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people aged (a) under and (b) over 18 were diagnosed with asthma in each of the last five years.

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the NHS was of (a) furniture, (b) crutches and (c) other equipment given out to people with a short-term need in each of the last three...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of waiting times for young people attempting to access child and adolescent mental health services; and if he will publish...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on public awareness campaigns on cancer in each of the last five years.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2014 to Question 210930, when the final independent market survey will report.

      Ebola: West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS staff are helping with Ebola in West Africa; and what steps he has taken to provide cover for those staff.

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) his Department, (b) Public Health England, (c) NHS England and (d) each non-departmental public body spent on (i) iPads and (ii)iPhones in...

      Pregnancy: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the oral Answer of 21 October 2014 from the Minister of State for Care and Support, Official Report, column 749, on mental health nurses,...

      Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued to health technology appraisal committees on application of NICE's end of life criteria when appraising...

      Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what rationale lies behind NICE's advice that end-of-life criteria should only apply to medicines that extend life by at least three months.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Females: Public Appointments

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what recent representations she has received on the role of women in public life; and if she will make a statement.

    • Public Appointments

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, how many (a) men and (b) women her Department has publicly appointed in each of the last five years; and how much has been paid to each (i) man and...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Meat

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much meat from animals killed by the halal method was purchased for the United Kingdom military whilst serving in the United Kingdom in each of the last...

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have assessed the effectiveness of the combination of the Azure payment card and support under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will call on the government of Bahrain to drop charges against Nabeel Rajab and Zainab al Khawaja for the expression of political views.

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of their reply to the letter to the Foreign Secretary from Index on Censorship and other human...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to fund an investigation into children held in prison in Bahrain, similar to the report funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Bahrain in respect of the charges against Nabeel Rajab and Zainab al Khawaja.

      Charity Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual budget for the Charity Commission; and whether it has been increased as a result of the Government's Big Society policy.

      Civil Servants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to institute checks on United Kingdom civil servants to determine whether any of them support the creation of an Islamic State in the...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual average cost of each seat on the East Coast rail service in (1) standard class, and (2) first class.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact they consider that the long-term access rights for Grand Central on the East Coast Main Line will have on the premium payments generated by the...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the long-term access rights for Grand Central on the East Coast Main Line require them to pay the same access charge as Intercity East Coast; and, if...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether East Coast Rail has carried out any study or projections of what would be the effect of converting one carriage on the East Coast intercity from...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about recent arrests of students, and the placing of private security companies, on university...

      European Rail Traffic Management System

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made as to progress in other countries of the European Union of the successful installation of the European Rail Traffic Management...

      Free Movement of People: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role the free movement of people between the United Kingdom and Ireland, however defined, plays in the Anglo-Irish agreement and in the documents which...

      Illegal Immigrants: France

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current situation in Calais with regard to the number of people, from a number of countries, illegally seeking to enter the...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of Amnesty International's report Absolute Impunity: Militia Rule in Iraq and its account of retaliatory attacks against IS by...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Iraq about Iraq either acceding to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court or accepting...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conversations they have had with the government of Iraq about the implementation of proposals announced by that government in January 2014 to create...

      Mechanical Engineering

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from United Kingdom universities in each of the last three years; and how many of those...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to ensure that NHS England ensures parity of esteem as required by the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the NHS Mandate for 2013...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of patients who attempt to access talking therapies are offered the full choice of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence approved...

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the deaths outside Al Amari refugee camp, of Mohammed al Qatari on 8 August, and...

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the peace-building and reconciliation work of Parents Circle/Bereaved Families Forum in Palestine and Israel; and whether they...

      Ministers: Conduct

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 18 August (HL1666), which section of the Ministerial Code deals with the expression of personal views...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the introduction of paperless processing of vehicle excise duty, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency will continue to issue written...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Pakistan concerning the relationship between blasphemy laws there and that country's human rights...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to ask Israel to contribute to the international funds being raised for the reconstruction of Gaza.

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reports they have received from the government of Israel concerning the implementation of recommendations in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office-funded...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the total annual cost of imprisoning foreign national offenders in United Kingdom prisons in each of the last four calendar years.

      RFA Argus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the state of readiness of RFA Argus; how many patients she can carry; and whether there are plans to deploy her to the Mediterranean for humanitarian...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have subsidised, or are considering subsidising, the costs of rail operators in converting first class carriages to standard class.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia concerning the seven executions by beheading there in March 2013.

      Streatham Station

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to make funding available under the Access for All programme to make Streatham overground station accessible; whether matched funding...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Syrian refugees are being refused entry to Jordan; whether they have any information about the situation of any such people; and whether they will...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support the formulation of United Nations guidance on the application of human rights law to drone use.

      Viral Haemorrhagic Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the agreement in the former Nurses and Midwives Whitley Council on increased pay for nurses caring for persons with viral haemorrhagic diseases such...

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