Written answers

Monday, 8 December 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce water (a) usage and (b) bills in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

    • Railways: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the (a) passenger survey data and (b) other evidence used by his Department to determine the specifications for (i) full restaurant...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the at-seat catering service provided by the new franchisee for passengers on the East Coast Main Line will be in addition to a buffet car or...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the InterCity East Coast Franchise Agreement contains a quantified description of the planned future structure and approach to determining the...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that Network Rail operates within its budget for the 2014-15 financial year; and if he will make a statement.

      London-Brighton Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Network Rail on punctuality performance on the Brighton mainline; and if he will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the introduction of driverless cars on British roads and urban spaces.

      Transport: Thames Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to improve transport links in the Thames Valley.

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will amend the Public Services Vehicle Accessibility Regulation to include measures to ensure the provision of audio visual announcements on buses.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of how many drivers of UK-registered vehicles will not pay the Dartford Crossing toll following changes to the payment...

      Speed Limits: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reducing the national speed limit on rural roads.

      Road Traffic: Shipley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many traffic surveys and counts his Department has conducted in Shipley constituency since 2010.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the new franchise for passenger rail services on the East Coast Main Line ensures that the role of the guard is maintained on all trains for...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Written Statement of 27 November 2014, Official Report, column 49-50WS on Rail Franchising, what the reasons are for the...

      High Speed Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Written Statement of 27 November 2014, Official Report, column 49-50WS on Rail Franchising, how many high speed trains there are...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it will be mandatory under the East Coast Main Line franchise for new security and revenue officers to attest as a special constable.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2014 to Question 213982, if he will redesign the specification for the new contracting commissioning programme...

      Government Car Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2014 to Question 214347, what deadline he has set for the Environment Agency's submission to the Government's...

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what checks are in place to ensure that MOTs are conducted properly; and what action is taken if they are not.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Health: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to support the work of the UK Men's Sheds Association.

    • Pedestrian Areas: Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assistance his Department provides to local authorities on replacing trees in pavements.

      Fire Services: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to local and central government of industrial action in the fire service since...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to encourage the building of affordable housing; and how many affordable homes have been built in Essex...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the capacity of his Department's buildings for the micro-generation of renewable energy; and if...

      Incinerators: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to take a decision on the application by Gloucestershire County Council to site an incinerator facility at...

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received from international non-governmental organisations and private sector organisations on human rights...

    • Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in India and Pakistan on finding a resolution to their dispute over...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart on that country's ratification and implementation of the UN...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures he has taken to promote human rights and democracy in Indian-administered Kashmir.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the capacity of his Department's buildings for the micro-generation of renewable energy; and if...

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the international radio call sign was for commercial fishing vessels licensed in the waters of Ascension Island in 2013.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of Iranian military involvement in action against ISIL in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Irish government about the Republic of Ireland re-joining the Commonwealth.

      Moldova

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the results of the recent general election in Moldova.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps she is taking to reduce water (a) usage and (b) bills in her Department; and if she will make a statement.

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the capacity of her Departmental buildings for the micro-generation of renewable energy; and if she will make a...

      Community Development: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assistance her Department is giving to tackle feelings of isolation among working class Protestant youth.

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the capacity to resettle Syrian refugees in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps she has taken to insulate her Departmental estate in order to improve energy efficiency; and if she will make a statement.

      Easter Rising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with the Irish government about UK representation at the centenary of the Easter Rising.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent assessment she has made of the threat to national security posed by terrorist organisations that continue to operate in Northern...

      Detainees: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what information she has received from the Irish government on whether any new evidence informed that government's decision to refer back to...

  • Attorney General

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Attorney General, what assessment he has made of the capacity of the Law Officers' Departments buildings for the micro-generation of renewable energy; and if he will make a statement.

    • Energy

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps he has taken to insulate the Law Officers' departmental estate in order to improve energy efficiency; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • European Space Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the potential return on investment to the UK arising from its planned investment in the European...

    • EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, in which countries in the proposed TTIP trading bloc domestic courts have failed to provide compensation to foreign corporations...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, for what reasons the cap on the number of dental and medical students has not been extended to cover pharmacy students.

      Dairy Products: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much his Department spent on marketing support for (a) milk and (b) other dairy products in financial years (i) 2010-11,...

      Construction: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to improve skills in the construction industry.

      Dairy Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will bring forward proposals to extend the remit of the Groceries Code Adjudicator to cover the dairy supply chain.

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Written Statement of 7 April 2014, on higher education student support, what assessment he has made of the...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what research his Department has commissioned on the contribution of testing households products and their ingredients on...

      Construction: Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the production of building materials keeps up with increases in the number of...

      Diversification: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to diversify London's economy; and if he will make a statement.

      Bureaucracy: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps he has taken at a EU level to reduce bureaucracy.

      Service Industries: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what progress he has made on services liberalisation at an EU level; and if he will make statement.

      Groceries Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on how many occasions the Groceries Code Adjudicator has met stakeholders engaged in production and processing within the (a)...

      Groceries Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the Groceries Code Adjudicator has undertaken research pursuant to the launch of an investigation into issues connected...

      Groceries Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if the Groceries Code Adjudicator will make it his policy to prioritise work relating to the (a) beef and (b) grain industry.

      Groceries Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information he holds on the number of occasions on which the Groceries Code Adjudicator has met stakeholders engaged in...

  • Department for International Development

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many (a) locally engaged and (b) UK-based staff her Department has employed in each country with a DfID office in each year since 2010.

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2014 to Question 215721, if she will place in the Library the calculation which found that the...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid the Government provided to Indian-administered Kashmir after the floods of September 2014.

  • Department for Education

    • Science: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support her Department is providing to the Your Life campaign promoting take-up of maths and science subjects.

    • Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to assist high-quality and in-demand nurseries provide more places.

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to include financial education in the new GCSE Citizenship curriculum.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the capacity of her Department's buildings for the micro-generation of renewable energy; and if she will make a statement.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time teachers working in publicly-funded schools were not working in the same role at the same school 12 months...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools in special measures employed newly-qualified teachers in (a) Gravesham, (b) Kent and (c) England in the last 12 months for which...

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representative bodies for home education took part in the recent discussions with her Department.

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent representations on issues other than safeguarding her Department she has received from bodies representing home schooling.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2014 to Question 211963, for what reasons she agreed a derogation from the Admissions Code in respect of each of...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the extent to which families can access Local Offers from different local authority areas.

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of (a) local authority-controlled primary schools, (b) local authority-controlled secondary schools, (c) primary...

      Social Workers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many social workers her Department estimates will be trained through (a) Frontline and (b) Step-Up in (i) 2015-16 and (ii) 2016-17.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many cases of abuse against children in which alcohol was a causal factor were reported in the last 10 years.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Ministers of Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of (a) adult and (b) youth secure estate establishments have imams.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how often his Department reviews its processes regarding the logging of emails, letters and other correspondence received; and if he will make a statement.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the effect of the reforms to insolvency litigation in...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to reduce water (a) usage and (b) bills in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the capacity of his Departmental buildings for the micro-generation of renewable energy; and if he will make a statement.

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the timeliness of the provision of toxicological analysis by LGC Forensics to coroners in England and Wales.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much the firm Mackeys received in legal aid in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14; how much in legal aid to this firm is currently outstanding for 2014-15;...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 13 October 2014, Official Report, column 13WS, on Our Commitment to Victims, what (a) victims' and...

      Prisoners on Remand: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been remanded from courts in North Wales into police cells in the last six months.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of out-sourcing probation services in reducing re-offending rates.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • South Atlantic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what ships have been assigned to Atlantic Patrol Tasking North for what duration in the last five years.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many sorties were flown by RAF Reaper Remotely Piloted Air Systems, in Afghanistan in each year since 2008.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what financial and logistical support has been provided to Afghan nationals who have provided contract translation services to UK military and medical...

      Armed Forces: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what provisions his Department has put in place to allow research groups to access military records.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the capacity of his Department's buildings for the micro-generation of renewable energy; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2014 to Question 209575, whether the Government has had any discussions with the administration of the US on future...

      Armed Forces: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 4 September 2014 to Question 208271, what steps he plans to take to (a) encourage members of the armed forces to join a credit...

      Stewart McLaughlin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2014 to Question HL2898, when he expects the re-examining of the case of the late Corporal McLaughlin to be completed.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the capacity of his Departmental buildings for the micro-generation of renewable energy; and if he will make a...

    • Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to review the process for applying for funeral payments.

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of unfreezing state pensions for British citizens living in Commonwealth countries;...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what circumstances benefit claimants are permitted to undertake paid work which is regarded as therapeutic.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what circumstances claimants of employment and support allowance are permitted to retain their benefit while undertaking voluntary work.

      Social Security Benefits: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what arrangements his Department has in place with the voluntary sector to enable benefit claimants to undertake voluntary work.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who have been found fit for work following a work capability assessment have reapplied for employment and support allowance...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of recent trends in the number of people claiming employment and support allowance; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increased number of claimants of employment and support allowance receiving benefit...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Government's commitment in its response to the Oakley Review, Cm 8904, to strengthen guidance so that hardship provision...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of levels of youth unemployment.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the amount of municipal waste in England and Wales that will be disposed at energy from waste...

    • Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the capacity of the waste recovery industry to recover end-of-life products from air pollution...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the amount of air pollution control residues that will be captured in (a) 2014-15 and (b)...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the amount of air pollution control residues that will be disposed of by an alternative route...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate the amount of dioxin and furan that would be dispersed into the domestic built environment from...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the cost to the waste recovery industry of building capacity to recover end-of-life products...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the tonnes of air pollution control residues that will be recovered as an end-of-life product...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the capacity of her Department's buildings for the micro-generation of renewable energy; and...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of (a) the possibility of establishing a dairy futures market and (b) other options in reducing...

      Floods: Thames Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to improve flood defences in the Thames Valley in 2014.

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the Russian ban on EU agricultural products on the British dairy...

      Dairy Products: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to reduce UK dependence on imported dairy products; and if she will make a statement.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to insulate her Departmental estate in order to improve energy efficiency; and if she will make a...

      Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential for tidal lagoons which are connected to the land to reduce the risk of flooding.

      Porpoises: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she or her ministerial colleagues have made to the government of Mexico on steps to protect the vaquita...

      White Fish: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she plans to take in collaboration with the devolved administrations to preserve sea bass stocks to ensure that a...

  • Home Office

    • Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) nationality, (b) offence committed and (c) completed sentence is of each foreign national offender.

    • Crimes of Violence: Lambeth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce violence against women and girls in the London Borough of Lambeth; and if she will make a statement.

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she plans to take to ensure that a multi-agency approach is taken to address gender-based violence; and if she will make a statement.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests there have been in (a) Lambeth, (b) Greater London and (c) the UK related to female genital mutilation; and how many such...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research her Department has commissioned on the contribution of testing households products and their ingredients on animals to the UK...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department expects to complete its consultation with the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs on a blanket ban on new...

      Identification of Criminals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements she has made with the governments of (a) Romania and (b) Bulgaria on the sharing of (i) DNA and fingerprints and (ii)...

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answers of 9 July 2013 to Question 163513 and 11 February 2014 to Question 186834, whether she still plans to...

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when responsibility for secure institutions for children, including approved schools, transferred away from the Home Office to other...

      Newsagents: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce anti-social behaviour affecting retail newsagents.

      Offences against Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of images which will be included in the Child Abuse Image Database as its launch.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police forces have licences to use specialist software to monitor the internet usage of registered sex offenders.

      Imitation Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many replica firearms were confiscated in each police force area in (a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk, (c) Bedfordshire, (d) Cambridgeshire, (e)...

  • Scotland Office

    • Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps he is taking to reduce water (a) usage and (b) bills in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

  • HM Treasury

    • Financial Services: Fines

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Financial Services Authority fines (a) were collected in and (b) await collection for each year from 2009.

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many international payments of less than £2 million his Department has made in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2013-14; how many such payments...

      Electronic Publishing: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total revenue from taxation levied on e-books, digital magazines and digital newspapers in each of the last three years;...

      Orchestras: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Autumn Statement 2014, whether the tax relief for orchestras will be available for orchestras in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a...

      Hospices: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Autumn Statement 2014, how much VAT will be refunded to hospices in Northern Ireland; what the timescale for repayment is; and if he will...

      Inheritance Tax: Overseas Aid

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Autumn Statement 2014, whether it is his policy that the inheritance tax exemption for aid workers who lose their lives in dealing with...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Wylfa Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent representations his Department has received in relation to the proposed Wylfa Newydd power station.

    • Wylfa Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate his Department has made of the contribution the proposed power station at Wylfa Newydd will make to the economy of (a)...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2014 to Question 215253, whether his Department produces an estimate of forward prices for...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many households in each council tax band have been issued with vouchers under the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.

      Oil: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment he has made of the link between the fall in crude oil prices and petrol prices and whether changes in the price...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he is taking to ensure that the smart meter programme will not exceed the projected costs set out in his Department's...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will work with Ofgem to define the requirement on suppliers to take all reasonable endeavours to deliver smart meters to 100 per...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he has taken to insulate his Departmental estate in order to improve energy efficiency; and if he will make a statement.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much his Department has budgeted for payments to energy companies to maintain spare stand-by electricity generation capacity for...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Land

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the amount of public land released for development in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the capacity of his Department's buildings for the micro-generation of renewable energy; and if he will make a statement.

      Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many cases referred by hon Members to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman took (a) up to one month, (b) one to two months, (c) two to...

      Cardiovascular System: Diseases

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the mortality rate from cardiovascular disease has been in (a) England and (b) each parliamentary constituency in the last 10 years.

      Joint Ministerial Committee

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what dates the (a) Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) and (b) sub-committees of the JMC met in each calendar year from 2010; which Ministers from the...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many 18 to 24 year olds were on the electoral register in (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014.

      Older People: Stafford

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the likely change over the next 20 years to the proportion of the population of Stafford constituency who are over the age...

      Energy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he has taken to insulate his Departmental estate in order to improve energy efficiency; and if he will make a statement.

      Ombudsman

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to ensure that Ombudsman offices across the UK liaise to ensure that best practice on timescales for resolution of complaints is...

      Cattle: Accidents

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) employees of farmers, (b) self-employed farmers and (c) members of the public were killed by cattle in each year since 2010.

      Average Earnings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what change there has been in the gap between the income of low- and high-income earners over the last 30 years; and what the statistical source is for...

      Marriage: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many marriages involving at least one party aged 16 years at the time of marriage were recorded in the UK in the most recent year for which data...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent plans the Government has to undertake research into the reasons for the use of foodbanks.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the timescale is for the recruitment of a new CEO of Ofcom; and for what reasons it has been deemed necessary to appoint an...

    • Arts: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department is undertaking any work in partnership with the Department of Health to promote positive health and wellbeing...

  • Wales Office

    • Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps he is taking to reduce water (a) usage and (b) bills in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps he has taken to insulate his Departmental estate in order to improve energy efficiency; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department of Health

    • Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to support local authorities in providing mental health services.

    • Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister of 8 October 2014, how the £120 million to improve mental health treatment will be...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether (a) foundation trusts and (b) NHS trusts have received real-terms growth in their budgets in each year since 2010-11.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many diabetes services in England provide psychological therapies; and what the waiting list is in each of those that provide such therapies.

      Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Leicester East of 25 November, Official Report, column 728, on Student Health Services, in what disease...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with (a) NHS England, (b) the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, (c) patient groups and (d) professional...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to lay before Parliament the regulations relating to his Department's consultation on Protecting Health and Care Information, published...

      Cardiovascular System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were admitted to hospital with (a) primary and (b) secondary diagnosis of cardiovascular disease as recorded by the Hospital Episodes...

      First Aid: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the teaching of emergency lifesaving and first aid skills in schools.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the prevalence of heart failure per 100,000 population was as recorded in the Quality and Outcomes Framework database in (a) England and (b) each...

      Cardiovascular System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the rate of admissions to hospital with an (a) primary and (b) secondary diagnosis of cardiovascular disease per 100,000 population as recorded by...

      Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the rate of discharge episodes with an (a) primary and (b) secondary diagnosis of high cholestoral as recorded by the Hospital Episodes Statistics...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage the (a) sharing and (b) linking of health and care data; when he expects the hospital episodes statistics database...

      Vaccination: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what elements of vaccine damage policy are the responsibility of (a) his Department and (b) other government departments.

      Hypertension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the prevalence of established hypertension per 100,000 population was as recorded in the Quality and Outcomes Framework database in (a) England and...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS England offers specialist outpatient care and alternatives to inpatient treatment for people with eating disorders.

      Allied Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will respond to the recommendations of the QualityWatch Report on Allied Health Professionals, published in September 2014, on the need to develop...

      Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many speech and language therapists are working in the public sector; and if he will estimate the number of such therapists working in the (a)...

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2014 to Question 216134, what steps he is taking to improve the take-up among GPs of the National Education...

      Cervical Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to make smear tests for cervical cancer available to all women over the age of 16 who are sexually active; and if he will...

      Anticoagulants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the findings of AntiCoagulation Europe's report, Ready for change? Understanding and improving anticoagulation services,...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of real terms changes to foundation trust and NHS trust budgets in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16.

      Pancreatic Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he plans to take to ensure that the Cancer Drugs Fund panel consults with expert clinicians when re-evaluating listed treatments for...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to apply standardised packaging of tobacco to legal high products.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding his Department has allocated for mental health (a) prevention and (b) treatment in the last year.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the effect of local authority budget cuts on provision of...

      Sickle Cell Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has published on sickle cell anaemia in the last four years.

      Sickle Cell Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he last met the Sickle Cell Society; and if he will make a statement.

      Sickle Cell Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultant and nursing specialists in sickle cell anaemia are employed by the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      Pregnancy: Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of cases of perinatal depression which go undiagnosed in each year.

      Pregnancy: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that clinical commissioning groups have a strategy for commissioning perinatal mental health services.

      Postnatal Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received from charities and healthcare experts on postnatal depression.

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with a (a) primary and (b) secondary diagnosis of mental health conditions were admitted to hospital as an emergency (i) in England, (ii)...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will work with NHS England to ensure that a national clinical audit is carried out into services for people with asthma.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GPs there were in England on 1 November 2014.

      General Practitioners: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average salary is of a GP.

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that the treatment for pancreatic cancer listed by the Cancer Drugs Fund will continue to be made available to patients...

      Dialysis Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2014 to Question 215404, what consultation NHS England undertook with the renal dialysis clinical reference group...

      Parkinson's Disease: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidents involving Parkinson's disease and medicines used to treat Parkinson's disease resulting in (a) low, (b) moderate and (c) severe harm...

      Pregnancy Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress he has made in setting up an inquiry into the use of the hormone pregnancy test Primados.

      Pancreatic Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress he has made on the decision-making process on whether the most effective medicines will continue to be made available to patients with...

      Pancreatic Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with NHS England on recognising incremental innovation in pancreatic cancer treatment when assessing medicines for inclusion...

  • House of Lords

    • A1

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the status of proposals to improve the A1 by making it all dual-carriageway.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the level of equipment available to British military personnel who served in Afghanistan to enable them to detect or neutralise...

      Air Travel Organisers’ Licence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will take a decision on including airlines within the ATOL scheme for Flight-Plus transactions in line with powers contained in the Civil Aviation...

      Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people from Northern Ireland were recruited to the Army in each of the last five years.

      Autism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they plan to increase the opportunity for young autistic people of school leaving age to continue learning and to access work activities in...

      British Nationals Abroad: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the number of United Kingdom based jihadists travelling to the Middle East and North Africa has increased following...

      Children in Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to secure more stable placements for girls at risk of child sexual exploitation, in the light of the recent Children in Care report...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the comments by Lord Freud in the Grand Committee debate on the Child Poverty Act 2010 (Persistent Poverty Targets) Regulations 2014, that the...

      Civil Service: Dyslexia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to inform staff in the civil service about dyslexia.

      Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what date they expect that departments and the devolved administrations will have completed their consideration of extra-territorial jurisdiction in...

      Council Tax: Greater Manchester

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of local authority income was raised by Council Tax in each of the 10 districts of Greater Manchester for each of the last five years.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the Department for International Development's bilateral HIV programmes actively incorporate (1) screening for, and (2) diagnosis of,...

      Devolution: England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation to create an English parliament; and if not, why not.

      EU Internal Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the European Union annual budget is involved in administering the Single Market.

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the proposals by Fair Trials International for reform of the European Arrest Warrant; and what is their assessment of the prospect...

      Floods: Somerset

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the number of roads crossing the Somerset Levels that may need raising against flooding.

      Higher Education: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which department in which administration based where is responsible for all aspects of the funding and operations of the two universities in Northern Ireland.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 20 November (HL2506), on how many occasions persons have been refused entrance to the United Kingdom due to a...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 20 November (HL2506), how many people were permitted to enter the United Kingdom after declaring previous...

      Islam

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the percentage of those Muslim imams admitted to the United Kingdom who cannot speak English; and what assessment they have...

      Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 18 November (HL2550), whether their definition of domestic violence and abuse includes demanding a dowry.

      Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in freeing the Nigerian girls abducted by Boko Haram; what information they have about their wellbeing and fate; and what has...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are measuring the impact of auto-enrolment on fees charged by the investment management industry; and what plans they have to track any changes.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the basis on which projections of potential returns are used by the investment management industry in communications with...

      Overseas Students: Nepal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 27 September (HL2847), whether students from Nepal must have their applications to study...

      Package Holidays: EU Action

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the Package Travel Directive and what is their definition of Assisted Travel Arrangements.

      Poland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment for the last full year of the balance of trade between the United Kingdom and Poland.

      Post Offices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many post offices and sub-post offices have closed in the United Kingdom since 2005.

      Prisoners: Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reports the Chief Inspector of Prisons has received about deaths in custody in Bahrain in the course of his or his staff’s dealings with that...

      Regional Schools Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will put in place to support regional schools commissioners in their oversight of under-performing academy chains.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will take to ensure that transparent criteria are set out in advance of admissions processes for all schools, including academies.

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect they expect the Prime Minister’s proposals for curbs on welfare benefits for European Union migrants to have if implemented.

      Taxation: EU Action

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the European Commission President Mr Jean-Claude Juncker's statement on 12 November that he supports greater tax harmonisation in...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in a referendum on the United Kingdom membership of the European Union, those United Kingdom citizens who live in other European Union countries...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Verma on 15 October (HL Deb, col. 267), whether the debate on onshore wind farms that day has been brought to the...

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