Written answers

Thursday, 18 December 2014

  • HM Treasury

    • Housing: Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent on (a) housing benefit and (b) publicly-funded new homes in each year from 2010.

    • Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to item 27 in Table 2.1 of the Autumn Statement 2014, whether the costs of culture and sport measures announced in the Autumn Statement for...

      Economic Situation: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to rebalance the economy in Northern Ireland.

      Business: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he next plans to meet (a) representatives of the business community and (b) high street traders in Northern Ireland.

      Public Expenditure: Wales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to update the work of the Holtham Commission on funding for Wales.

      Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff are employed in his Department's headquarter buildings.

      Sanctions: Kuwait

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Kuwaiti nationals have been referred to HM Treasury's sanctions list in each of the last five years for which records are available.

      Flanagan Group

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the contribution by the Exchequer Secretary, of 4 December 2014, Official Report, column 518, on the FCA redress scheme, if he will...

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Electoral Registration Officers

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many Electoral Registration Officers failed to meet (a) one, (b) two, (c) three,...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the last five years.

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will increase funding for the Access to Work Workplace Mental Health Support Service to more than two per cent of the annual Access to...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are waiting for an employment and support allowance (ESA) assessment in Wrexham and Denbighshire; and how many such people are...

      Unemployment: Medway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the effects of the benefits cap on reducing unemployment in (a) Medway and (b) Gillingham and Rainham...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) fraud and (b) financial error in (i) his Department, (ii) its executive agencies and (iii) its...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many liability orders for oustanding child maintenance arrears have been issued to non-resident parents in each of the last four years for...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many liability orders that have been issued for outstanding child maintenance arrears have led to (a) prosecutions, (b) disclosed...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Child Support Agency has collected in current maintenance and arrears in each of the last four years for which figures are...

      Funerals: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of paupers' funerals in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales, (d) England and (e) Northern Ireland in...

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what is the average time taken to process an application for funeral expenses from the Social Fund from application submission to decision in...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was outstanding in child maintenance arrears in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority area in each of the last...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what amount is outstanding in child maintenance arrears in (a) Airdrie and Shotts constituency and (b) Scotland.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people who waited longer than five days between their benefit application and a decision on their...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 4 October 2013, Official Report, column 487W, how many former Remploy workers are now in employment.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of people who will reach state pension age in the 12 months from the commencement of the single...

      Social Security Benefits: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with mental health conditions in the London Borough of Southwark have had sanctions imposed on their benefits when claiming...

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which (a) individuals, (b) companies and (c) other organisations receive Christmas cards from his Department.

  • Home Office

    • Government Car Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cars from the Government Car Service have been allocated to her Department in each of the last four years; and what the total cost...

    • Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2014 to Question 215990, for which campaigns advertisements have been placed on social media; and how...

      Offences against Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of (a) the number of images which will be transferred from the National Hash Set Database to the Child Abuse...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many pornographic images of children were removed from the internet as a result of investigations by (a) police forces and (b) her...

      Tickets: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress Action Fraud has made on collating reports of linked ticket fraud.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the cost of (a) fraud and (b) financial error in (i) her Department, (ii) its executive agencies and (iii) its...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 28 March 2011 to Question 45398, whether it remains the policy of her Department that a ban on the testing...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many animals were used for testing (a) finished household products and (b) household product ingredients in each of the last five years.

      Crossbows

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what controls there are on the sale of crossbows.

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Criminal Finances Improvement Plan 2014, what steps she is taking to work with the private sector to maximise asset...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Criminal Finances Improvement Plan 2014, what steps she is taking to strengthen her Department's ability to recover...

      Crimes against Property: Worcester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on (a) the level of reported property crime including burglaries for each of the last five years in...

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which police forces have reviewed all rape reports classified as no crime since the publication of HMIC's report on crime data integrity;...

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which (a) individuals, (b) companies and (c) other organisations receive Christmas cards from her Department.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much her Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the last five years.

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the resources of the Police Service of Northern Ireland to maintain security and police terrorism.

  • Department of Health

    • Health Professions: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what amount each of the healthcare regulators charged for annual registration fees in each of the last five years.

    • General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many referrals were made by GPs to hospitals in England in December (a) 2010, (b) 2012 and (c) 2014.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff are employed in his Department's headquarter buildings.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what requirements his Department has placed on clinical commissioning groups to make financial savings in the last four years.

      Medway Maritime Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many additional members of medical staff have been hired by Medway Maritime Hospital since it was placed in special measures.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on promoting the use of (a) disposable sensors and (b) other alternatives to glucose blood-testing strips for diabetes patients.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the NHS of hypo attacks brought on by type-1 diabetes.

      Diabetes: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the diabetes improvement plan recently announced by the Scottish Government.

      Veterans: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding his Department has provided to each charity involved in the rehabilitation of veterans of the armed forces in (a) each year since 2010...

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what basis the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme rebate allocation has been calculated for Scotland.

      Sexually Transmitted Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) adults and (b) people under 18 have been admitted to hospital because of a sexually-transmitted infection in each of the last five years.

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the last five years.

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what medical research charities he has met to discuss the Off-patent Drugs Bill.

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the contribution by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health of 7 November 2014, Official Report, column 1118, what the...

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what dates since 2 July 2014 he has discussed with GPs the use of off-patent drugs for new indications; and what the content of those discussions was.

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information he holds on how many members of staff of his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies have left to take up jobs or...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) fraud and (b) financial error in (i) his Department, (ii) its executive agencies and (iii) its...

      Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on (a) stationery and (b) printing costs in (i) each of the last four...

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure (a) the reporting by motorists and (b) the recording by healthcare professionals of severe hypoglycaemic...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps NHS England has taken to reduce the prevalence of hepatitis C.

      NHS: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of clinical commissioning groups have signed up to the five NHS Sign up to Safety pledges.

      Parents: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spent on parenting programmes in England in (a) cash and (b) real terms in each of the last five years.

      Bladder Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2014 to Question 217880, if he will estimate the number of patients with bladder cancer who have had treatment...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many individual funding requests have been made to NHS England in each month since April 2013; and how many have of those been refused.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average wait from referral to treatment is for patients categorised as urgent who are not on the two-week cancer pathway.

      Cataracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cataract operations were performed in NHS hospitals in each year since 2009-10.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the budget of (a) Monitor and (b) the Trust Development Authority was in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost per head of the NHS in (a) cash and (b) real terms was in England in each of the last 15 years.

      Nurses and Ancilliary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the ratio of (a) acute, elderly and general nurses to acute, elderly and general nurses health care assistants and (b) all qualified nurses to...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients requiring proton beam therapy were treated overseas in each of the last five years; and how many such patients were on the high...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many fully functional linear accelerators were used for radiotherapy treatment in the NHS in England in each of the last 10 years; and how many...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much each commissioning support unit received in income from clinical commissioning groups since 2013-14.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of people in England referred for Early Intervention in Psychosis services received help within two weeks of being referred in the last...

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of agreement on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership on (a) service delivery and (b)...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of people in England referred for talking therapies for treatment of depression and anxiety started their treatment within (a) six and...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Tier 4 child and adolescent mental health services beds there were in England in each of the last five years.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has been agreed for the HIV prevention programme for how many years following the end of the current contract; on what basis the future of...

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2014 to Question 216943, whether he plans to include issues related to off-patent drugs in the Innovative Medicines...

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2014 to Question 216943, whether the statement that off-patent drugs are widely used in the NHS refers to the use of...

      Tobacco: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date he plans to lay regulatory proposals before the House to legislate for the standardised packaging of tobacco.

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the median wait from test request to test result was for (a) abdominal ultrasound, (b) flexi-sigmoidoscopy, (c) colonoscopy and (d) brain MRI in (i)...

      Breast Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of re-evaluating the Cancer Drugs Fund list on breast cancer patients.

      Ambulance Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of London Ambulance Service front-line staff in (a) London and (b) Enfield; and how many...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies plan to spend on Christmas (a) cards, (b) postage, (c) parties and (d)...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which board members of each clinical commissioning group have a financial interest in healthcare providers.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the the Nursing and Midwifery Technology Fund (a) has already been allocated and (b) he plans to allocate in future years.

      National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has spent on its website in the last three years.

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which Ministers in his Department have been allocated government cars; and what the shortest journey made by each such Minister in a government car was...

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with clinicians about how to improve the uptake of clinically and cost-effective off-patent drugs outside their licensed...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will develop a strategy and workplan with targets for increasing the use of off-label medicines.

      Breast Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) associates network about how to remove barriers to...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the funding allocated to the Integrated Digital Care Technology Fund was disbursed in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15; and how much funding has...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the press release of 28 July 2014, entitled World Hepatitis Day 2014: David Cameron's message, what initiatives his Department has...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the potential costs of hepatitis C and the consequences of that disease to the NHS in the next 20 years.

      Social Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Government spent in (a) cash terms, (b) real terms and (c) per person in (i) cash and (ii) real terms on older people's social care in...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Government spent in (a) cash terms, (b) real terms and (c) per person in (i) cash and (ii) real terms on social care in England in each of...

      Hospitals: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2014 to Question 217647, if he will direct the Care Quality Commission to engage people with recent primary care...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the effect on spending by his Department of abolition of the cap on higher education student...

    • Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when his Department plans to publish updated student numbers as a result of the abolition of the cap on student numbers.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will take steps to ensure that interns used for full-time work are paid at least the National Minimum Wage; and if he will...

      Scottish Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what meetings he has had with his ministerial colleagues on what steps to take in response to allegations that Scottish Power...

      Scottish Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how he plans to keep the people who lost money following the failure of firms involved in Scottish Power's cash back warranty...

      Company Investigations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the Insolvency Service plans to conduct any inquiries under sections 432 or 447 of the Companies Act 1985 in the next...

      Apprentices: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2014 to Question 217684, how many employers have been fined for non-payment of the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British service personnel are serving in (a) Afghanistan and (b) other countries.

    • Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Libyan armed forces personnel have been (a) arrested and (b) charged with any crimes during their time training at Camp Bassingbourn; and what...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Libyan soldiers training in the UK have withdrawn from the training programme voluntarily; and how soon after withdrawing from the programme...

      Reserve Forces: Engineers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 November 2014 to Question 211796, how many engineers have been recruited into the (a) Army Reserves, (b) Royal Navy...

      RAF Akrotiri

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel work on night shifts at RAF Akrotiri; and what catering arrangements are in place for people working such shifts.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what evaluation his Department has made of the requirements for radioactive remediation and toxic materials clean up at the (a) uranium mines abroad...

      Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when 617 Squadron will move to Marine Corp Air Squadron Beaufort; how long that squadron will be stationed there; how many personnel will be based...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the (a) first and (b) last pilot will complete their training on the F-35B with the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501; and how many...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department's ISTAR optimisation study will report; and whether the report will be published.

      Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what incursions into UK territorial waters by foreign vessels there have been since January 2011.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff are employed in his Department's headquarter buildings.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when negotiations with the government of Bahrain on the construction of a UK naval base in that country began.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent steps he is taking to protect the Yazidi community in and around Mount Sinjar from ISIS; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many aircraft of each type are in service in each branch of the armed forces; and where each such aircraft is based.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the Army's armoured fighting vehicles is available for urgent deployment.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2014 by the Secretary of State for the Home Department to the Urgent Question, Official...

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to support civic and voluntary organisations that promote integration and greater...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which (a) projects and (b) groups are funded through his Department's Community Rights, Integration and Big Society programme.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to Annex A of his Department's Explanatory Memorandum to the Main Estimate 2013-14, how much of the money...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to Annex B of his Department's Explanatory Memorandum to its main Estimate 2013-14, how the savings in the...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much DEL Resource from his Department was allocated to integration and tackling extremism in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c)...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's Bringing people together in strong, united communities policy webpage, if he will list all...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the contribution of Youth Hubs and charities to the reduction of young offending rates.

      Public Sector: Mutual Societies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities in England have allowed staff-led mutuals to run services; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Sector: Mutual Societies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will assess the effectiveness of staff-led mutuals in providing value for money for local authorities; and if he will...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2014 to Question 208443 and to the Procedure Committee memorandum, Written parliamentary...

      Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the conclusions of the Local Government Ombudsman's report...

      Private Rented Housing: Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2014 to Question 207598, when he will publish the response to the consultation on...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which councils have signed up to his Department's offer of additional funding to freeze council tax in 2014-15.

      Non-domestic Rates: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of businesses in Worcester that have received (a) small business rate...

      Non-domestic Rates: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate the Department has made of the number of small firms and shops in (a) the London borough of Barnet and (b) Hendon...

      Non-domestic Rates: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was paid in business rates in (a) Worcester and (b) Worcestershire in each of the last five years.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to recommendation (a) of the report of the National Audit Office entitled Financial sustainability of local...

      Shared Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 2.42 of the Autumn Statement 2014, when he plans to launch the consultation on options for...

  • Scotland Office

    • Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the last five years.

    • Smith Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what consultation he plans on the draft legislation arising from the recommendations of the Smith Commission.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Staff

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many staff are employed in the Government Equalities Office headquarter buildings.

    • Travel

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how much the Government Equalities Office has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the last...

      Castes: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the document entitled, Caste Legislation introduction programme and timetable, published in July 2013, for what reasons the draft...

  • Department for Transport

    • Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the last five years.

    • Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the amount of working time lost because of traffic jams in each of the last 10 years.

      National Air Traffic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with representatives of (a) National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and (b) the Civil Aviation Authority about the resources...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the savings to his Department from the Q&A system in the (a) 12 months and (b) five years since 4 June 2014; what...

      Road Traffic: Shipley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2014 to Question 217665, if he will place in the Library a copy of the results of the traffic counts in Shipley...

      Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding was allocated to projects related to increasing the number of journeys on foot (a) between 2005 and 2010 and (b) between 2010 and 2014.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme has been in each of the last five years.

      Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has budgeted for initiatives to increase the number of journeys made on foot in each of the next five years.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many complaints his Department has received about the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in each of the last five years.

      Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department has allocated to Local Sustainable Transport Fund projects relating to journeys made on foot between 2012 and 2016.

      Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on each initiative to promote journeys made on foot; and how much funding was provided by (a) the Government, (b) local...

      Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the sources of funding available are for promoting journeys made on foot from (a) the Government, (b) local authorities and (c) other sources in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the presence of operational links between Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Islamic State.

    • Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Prime Minister of Yemen.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of the presence of Islamic State or affiliated groups in Yemen.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff are employed in his Department's headquarter buildings.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to guarantee the safety of HM embassy staff in Yemen.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has commissioned research to determine what the UK's obligations in international law are in the event of economic...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) fraud and (b) financial error in (i) his Department, (ii) its executive agencies...

      Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Government plans to respond to the request of the Brazilian Truth Commission for access to classified documents.

      Azerbaijan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) human rights record of the government of Azerbaijan and (b) compatibility of that record...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what funding his Department provides for the promotion of human rights in Bahrain.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to list Bahrain as a country of concern in his Department's next Human Rights and Democracy Report.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which human rights concerns he discussed with the Undersecretary at the Bahrain Ministry of Foreign Affairs during his visit to...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of changes in the human rights situation in Bahrain in the last six months.

      Mauritania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the detention of Mr Biram Dah Abeid in Rosso, Mauritania on 11 November 2014.

  • Department for International Development

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff are employed in her Department's headquarter buildings.

    • Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the cost of (a) fraud and (b) financial error in (i) her Department and (ii) its non-departmental public...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to assist Yazidi women in Iraq and Syria who have been kidnapped by ISIS.

      Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department's officials have had with the governments of African states receiving aid from the New Alliance for...

      Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2014 to Question 216932, whether any other departments contributed to the costs of holding the...

      Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2014 to Question 216932, what venues were used for the DfID Direct Roadshows; and what the market...

      Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2014 to Question 216932, what publicity material was produced for the DfID Direct Roadshows.

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects the Strengthening Humanitarian Preparedness in High Risk Contexts programme has established in the Philippines; and what...

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the funding for the Strengthening Humanitarian Preparedness in High Risk Contexts programme was allocated to the...

  • Department for Education

    • Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which (a) voluntary sector providers, (b) community organisations and (c) private sector organisations run children's centres; and which such centres...

    • Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of children in each London borough continued schooling to (a) A Level and (b) higher education since 2010.

      Schools: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the total additional premium funding paid to maintained schools to help pupils from families serving in the armed forces will be in 2014-15.

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of pupils were entered for GCSEs in all subjects comprising the English Baccalaureat in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2013-14.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the cost of (a) fraud and (b) financial error in (i) her Department, (ii) its executive agencies and (iii) its...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many 16 to 19 free schools have opened in 2014-15 to date; how many students those schools have recruited in that period; and when details of the...

      Nurseries: First Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will review paragraph 3.25 of the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage; and if she will bring forward proposals to amend...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what free school project applications have been withdrawn or cancelled; and what each application had spent on (a) property and planning, (b)...

      Educational Institutions: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what capital grants for buildings repairs and maintenance her Department has given to (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) colleges in...

      Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's financial commitment is to the Family, Drug and Alcohol Court project; and if she will make a statement.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to increase the number of foster carers; and what recent estimate she has made of the number of foster carers required.

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what mechanisms her Department has put in place to ensure that all its policies are consistent with the UK's commitment to the UN Convention on the...

  • Leader of the House

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House, what estimate he has made of the savings to his Office from the Q&A system in the (a) 12 months and (b) five years since 4 June 2014; what additional ICT...

  • 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 projected total cost to local authorities in England and Wales of disposing municipal...

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff are employed in her Department's headquarter buildings.

      Birds of Prey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people have applied for a licence for diversionary feeding on grouse moors since it was introduced.

      Birds of Prey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to improve protection for (a) hen harriers and (b) British moorlands.

      Sea Fishing: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent progress has been made on discussions of deep sea fishing at the Council of Ministers; and what steps she is...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the value of British food (a) production and (b) exports was in each of the last three years for which figures are...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to ensure that parties who are to be excluded from the Flood Re scheme are given adequate time to...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to publish the Government's response to the consultation on Flood Insurance: regulations for the Flood...

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research her Department has (a) conducted and (b) commissioned on how often using dogs to flush out foxes to be shot...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he is taking to support community energy schemes.

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he is taking to help households with energy bills.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

  • Wales Office

    • Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the last five years.

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many staff are employed in his Department's headquarter buildings.

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the Welsh Government on the economic development of Wales and steps to attract inward investment to Wales.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Welsh Government on the letting of the Wales and Borders railway franchise.

      Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Welsh Government on the implications for the UK Government's policies of the recently issued gross value...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) fraud and (b) financial error in his Department in each of the last five years.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Business: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to page 27 of his Department's Research Strategy 2014-15, when the outcome of the survey of small businesses to assess the impact of the...

    • Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the last five years.

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of BME people held in young offender institutions were previously excluded from school.

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) age, (b) sex and (c) ethnicity is of people held in youth offending insititutions.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of medical assessments for (a) personal independence payment, (b) attendance allowance, (c) industrial injuries disablement benefit and...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) fraud and (b) financial error in (i) his Department, (ii) its executive agencies and (iii) its...

      Segregation of Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people segregated in prison in England and Wales have protected characteristics in each of the last three years for which data are available.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to answer Question 215901, tabled on 25 November 2014; and what the reasons are for the time taken to answer that Question.

      Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effects of Parental Alienation Syndrome on family breakdowns; and what plans he has to issue guidance or bring...

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many tenders from Serco for contracts let by his Department were successful in each year since May 2010; how much his Department paid to Serco for...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many of those imprisoned under an indeterminate sentence of imprisonment for public protection have been released on licence in each year since May 2010.

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether Just Solutions International is a contractor or a sub-contractor in the current electronic monitoring contract.

      National Archives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has and in what time frame to digitise (a) records from North Staffordshire and Newcastle Manor Copy Rolls and (b) other records in the...

      Courts: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2014 to Question 215302, whether he plans to commission external (a) consultants and (b) accountants to plan the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will place in the Library a copy of the syllabus and teaching materials used in the delivery of the Major Projects Leadership Academy course.

    • Fraud

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) fraud and (b) financial error in (i) his Department, (ii) its executive agencies and (iii) its...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Imperial War Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Imperial War Museum on proposals to close that museum's library; and if he will make a...

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff are employed in his Department's headquarter buildings.

      Broadband: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2014 to Question 209986, how much of the Super Connected Cities budget was spent on advertising in...

      Broadband: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which cities will be covered by the extended Super Connected Cities programme; and on what criteria they are chosen.

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the last...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2014 to Question 217484, which Ministers in his Department have visited which foodbanks on what dates.

      Culture: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to paragraph 2.249 of the Autumn Statement 2014 (a) where and (b) when the Great Exhibition in the North will take...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2014 to Question 209987, in respect of how many of the 135 sites in acquisition stage have...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many of the Phase 2 English project areas participating in the superfast broadband rollout programme in procurement have received...

      Broadband Delivery UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much BDUK paid Oxera to conduct a state aid evaluation of the National Broadband Scheme; how many full-time equivalent employees...

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