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Written answers

Friday, 28 November 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has spent on transporting, installing and removing works of art from the Government Art Collection for the display of artwork...

    • Large Goods Vehicle Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of drivers of Heavy Goods Vehicles in the UK.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November 2014 to Question 213147, if he will take steps to reflect the percentage journey share for cycling in the...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average waiting time for a driving test was in each month of 2014 to date.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the oral Answer of 10 November 2014, Official Report, column 1164, on firefighters' pensions, how many hours of...

    • Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much his Department has spent on transporting, installing and removing works of art from the Government Art Collection for...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Africa: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help end the practice of breast-ironing in Western, Eastern and Central African countries.

    • Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department has spent on transporting, installing and removing works of art from the Government Art Collection for...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the effectiveness of radio broadcasts to North Korea as a means of engagement with...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Turkey regarding their support for the Democratic Union Party...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Turkey on combatting ISIL.

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Turkey about (a) relations with Kurds in the region and (b) the...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Russia about reports of heavy weapons, ammunition and personnel...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions he has met Prince Nasser bin Hamad of Bahrain in an official capacity; and when the next such meeting is...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of press freedom in Iran.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the extent of restriction of access to the internet in Iran.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of religious freedom in Iran.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to promote overseas products that have been made in England.

    • Part-time Employment: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to provide (a) assistance and (b) guidance for employers to help them provide flexible and high quality...

      Construction: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions he has had with larger construction firms on the effect of late payments on small and medium-sized...

      Social Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2014 to Question 213960, what plans he has to meet the Minister of State for Care and...

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of businesses eligible for compensation for the indirect costs of (a) the EU Emissions...

      Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many skills shortage vacancies are expected in each employment sector in each of the next 10 years.

      Further Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many and what proportion of students in further education colleges aged (a) 19 to 24 and (b) 25 and over are of each social...

      Milk: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will hold discussions with the major supermarkets on measures to reduce the practice of suppressing retail milk price as a...

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answers of 21 October 2014 to Questions 210509 and 23 October 2014 to Question 211186, what measures are in place for...

  • Department for Education

    • University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of university technical colleges on the (a) funding available and (b) courses which can be offered in (i)...

    • Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will provide guidance to supply teachers on the tax and unemployment implications of working for an umbrella company.

      Sixth Form Colleges: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the amount of VAT paid by sixth form colleges in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Sixth Form Colleges: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on VAT paid by sixth form colleges.

      Education: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the access provided to local authorities to registration information from academies, free schools and independent...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what timeframe her Department has set for schools in special measures to improve their performance before it takes action.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Claims Management Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to more effectively regulate claims management companies.

    • Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has spent on transporting, installing and removing works of art from the Government Art Collection for the display of artwork in...

      Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2014 to Question 214230, which courts he believes to be over 100 years old.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will consult HM Courts and Tribunal Service, the prison service, groups representing prisoners and other relevant stakeholders on the new scheme...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he expects his Department's review of penalties for driving offences, announced on 6 May 2014, to report.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2014 to Question 215244, what proportion of the overall number of offenders in youth custody in each year since...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on transporting, installing and removing works of art from the Government Art Collection for the display of artwork in...

    • Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2014 to Question 213404, when his Department expects to conclude negotiations with the Libyan government about...

      Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) land and (b) premises owned by his Department are not in operational use; and what the estimated value of those assets is.

      Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) land and (b) buildings outside the UK are owned by his Department; and what the estimated value of those assets is.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the running cost was of MOD Main Building in 2013-14; and what the estimated value of that building is.

      Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what storage facilities are owned by his Department; and what the estimated value of those facilities is.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Poverty: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to reduce poverty among adults and children in (a) London and (b) the London Borough of Hackney.

    • Universal Credit: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what external organisations he has consulted on access to universal credit for jobseekers coming from within the European Economic Area.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether an Access to Work claimant has to be paying class 2 national insurance contributions in order to qualify for the scheme as a...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees of Remploy in Wrexham made redundant in the last four years are currently in receipt of jobseeker's allowance.

      Universal Credit: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) single people, (b) couples without children and (c) couples with children in Warrington are currently in receipt of universal credit.

      Income Support: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority in Scotland have had their income support capped since the...

      Community Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been engaged on community work placements in each month since April 2014.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Milk: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to encourage exports of powdered milk to China.

    • Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to balance the environmental damage caused to agricultural land by solar farm developments with the...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the Afghan asylum seekers found in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks in August 2014 have (a) been granted asylum, (b) been...

    • Knives: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of knife crime were recorded by the Metropolitan Police in (a) Greater London and (b) Lambeth in each year from 2005 to date.

      Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of changes in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Speed Limits: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that penalties for speeding are enforced against drivers from overseas; and what her policy is on the...

      Rape: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps (a) her Department, (b) Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) and (c) Cheshire Police have taken in responce to the...

  • HM Treasury

    • Infrastructure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the infrastructure projects prequalified under the UK Guarantees scheme have received financing since the inception of that scheme.

    • Railways: Fares

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2014 to Question 213271, what the estimated cost to the Exchequer in the calendar year 2015 will be of (a) raising...

      Art Works

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent on transporting, installing and removing works of art from the Government Art Collection for the display of artwork in his...

      Bitcoin

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on attracting companies that develop bitcoin technology to locate in the UK.

      Bank Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the banking industry on full account number portability.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average length of time taken to answer calls to tax credit helplines was in the last 12 months.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of printing and distributing personal tax summaries; on what criteria it was determined who would...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether he plans to sign a contract with EDF for Hinkley C nuclear power station before April 2015; and if he will make a statement.

    • Energy: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much energy investment of each type was made by energy companies in each year since 1984.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Art Works

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department has spent on transporting, installing and removing works of art from the Government Art Collection for the display of artwork...

    • Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the (a) one year and (b) five year mortality rates are for cancer patients aged over 75 years.

      Low Pay: Kilmarnock

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of (i) men and (ii) women in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency who earn less than the...

      Government Departments: Political Impartiality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 37 of the Government Communication Service Propriety Guidance, published in April 2014, what rules govern the use of government...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance and best practice is available for government departments on providing feedback to small and medium-sized enterprises on unsuccessful...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance he issues to government departments on best practice to adopt when approaching (a) independent charities and (b) non-departmental public...

      Nesta

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the internal review by Geoff Mulgan published on 21 August 2014 on NESTA support for the Big Society Network, if he will publish all...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department has spent on transporting, installing and removing works of art from the Government Art Collection for the...

    • Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much Arts Council England funding was awarded to organisations in (a) the London Borough of Hackney, (b) London and (c) England in...

      Odyssey Marine Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations his Department has received from or on behalf of Odyssey Maritime Exploration on regulations pertaining to the...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make it his policy to propose to the BBC, as part of the forthcoming negotiations on renewal of its Royal Charter, that...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department will commission, in conjunction with the devolved administrations, research into the penetration of high-speed...

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress he has made in ensuring that the First World War is appropriately commemorated.

  • Department of Health

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with stakeholders about the future of the National Cancer Peer Review programme.

    • Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the Health and Social Care Information Centre to lease further procedure data on waiting times for hip and knees treatments; and what the...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses (i) began and (ii) completed their qualifications in each of the last 20 years.

      Nurses: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many UK citizens who trained to be nurses left the profession before their retirement age in each of the last 20 years.

      Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on transporting, installing and removing works of art from the Government Art Collection for the display of artwork in...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons prescriptions for blood-testing strips are being refused or restricted for individuals with diabetes.

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to address difficulties of access to off-patent drugs.

      Cancer: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps (a) his Department and (b) NHS England are taking to improve early diagnosis of cancer for patients aged over 75.

      Cancer: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions NHS England has had with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Advisory Committee on introducing an indicator measuring...

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the National Clinical Director of Work and Health post was deleted; for what reasons that post was deleted; and what plans his Department has to...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7 November 2014 to Question 213582, what the costs already identified by the Walton Centre NHS Trust are for treating patients...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress he is making on implementing seven-day working for mental health care.

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of arthritis patients receive their first treatment within three months of diagnosis.

      Muscular Dystrophy: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that emerging treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy which receive conditional approval are available through the...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will have discussions with his counterparts in the devolved administrations with the aim of replicating best practice in extending survival rates...

      Incontinence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the revised Nursing and Midwifery Code will include provisions on bowel and bladder care to take account of the findings of the Francis Report on...

      Nurses and Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when a revised Nursing and Midwifery Code will be published.

      Urinary System: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost is to the NHS of emergency hospital admissions for urinary tract infections amongst people over 65 in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has given to hospital trusts on the timing and manner of publication of agendas for board meetings; and if he will make a statement.

      Hereditary Diseases: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what NHS England's policy is on testing family members of known carriers for VLCAD deficiency.

      Babies: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will add VLCAD deficiency to his Department's newborn screening programme.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Directors: Females

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what estimate her Department has made of the overall change in women's representation in boardrooms in the private sector in the UK between 1984 and...

    • Human Rights: Females

      To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions she has had with her international counterparts on protecting the rights of women and girls overseas.

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