Written answers

Thursday, 8 January 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of private sector provision on the railway on (a) the public finances and (b) investment in the railways.

    • Shipping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has spent on maritime training schemes in each of the last 15 years for which figures are avilable.

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the size of the British merchant fleet was in each of the last 15 years for which figures are available.

      Railway Signals: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Phase 1 and 2 modular rail signalling upgrade in North Wales will proceed in 2015.

      Railway Signals: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated cost is of the Phase 1 and 2 modular rail signalling improvement planned to take place in North Wales in 2015.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the £30 million Community and Environment Fund set up by HS2 Ltd will be spent on administrative costs for that scheme.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will announce a decision on the continuance of the Hoo Green to Bamfurlong spur on the proposed route of the HS2; and if he will make a statement.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency received a completed V5C/3 form from SEAT UK to provide notification of the transfer of a vehicle to a...

      Southern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will refer Southern Railway's operation of the Victoria to East Grinstead line to the Office of Rail Regulation.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

  • Scotland Office

    • Oil: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the effect on employment in Scotland of the fall in the price of oil.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with her ministerial colleagues about the implications for Northern Ireland of the proposals in the Command Paper...

    • Joint Ministerial Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many meetings of the Joint Ministerial Council she has attended since becoming Secretary of State.

      National Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions she has had with political parties in Northern Ireland on the National Crime Agency.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2014 to Question 217431, if he will make it his policy to record the ethnicity of staff...

    • Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to increase productivity.

      Self-employed: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on steps to reduce regulatory burdens on self-employed...

      Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has to address problems relating to retention monies and small businesses in the construction industry.

      Estate Agents: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will take steps to protect consumers from double charging by estate agents.

  • Wales Office

    • Electric Cables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with his (a) ministerial colleagues and (b) his counterpart in the Welsh Government in London on the economic effect of using...

    • Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, who is responsible for the co-ordination of emergency services in the event of a major disaster in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children secured a place at their top choice school in (a) England, (b) Kent and (c) Medway in the most recent year for which information is...

    • Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to publish the findings of her Department's review into asbestos management in school buildings; and if she will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • High Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which of his policies or measures have been deemed unlawful by the High Courts in the last four years.

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to answer Question 213688, tabled by the hon. Member for Hammersmith on 6 November 2014 for answer on 11 November.

      Prisons: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) knives, (b) guns and (c) other weapons were seized from people visiting prisoners (i) in total and (ii) in each prison in each year since 2010.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many drug seizures for each illegal substance there were in each prison in each of the last four years.

      Just Solutions International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what Just Solutions International's operating profit or loss has been in each of the last five years.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff were employed by HM Courts and Tribunals Service on fine collection in each of the last five years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK (a) military personnel and (b) civilians have been (i) killed and (ii) wounded in Afghanistan in the last 13 years.

    • Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of his Department's (a) military and (b) civilian personnel have graduated from the Major Projects Leadership Academy.

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to ensure that service personnel who receive compensation payments as a result of injuries on active service are protected from...

      Hyde Park Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his plans are for the future of Hyde Park Barracks; and if he will make a statement.

      Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which locations he is considering for the future location of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

      Rfa Arugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) patients, (b) health workers and (c) NHS volunteers have received treatment for Ebola on the RFA Argus since that vessel docked in Sierra Leone.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what issues and on what dates his Department asked the Attorney General for legal advice on matters concerning the UK's detention policy in Iraq from...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people of what rank were in the Libyan National Support Element based at Bassingbourn camp; how many there were for each Libyan trainee; and if...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason the Minister imposed a levy under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payments scheme on relevant insurers at 2.2 per cent of the gross...

    • Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what amount has been taken from the benefits recovered by the Compensation Recoveries Unit to subsidise the cost of the levy under the Diffuse...

      Carers: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department offers to grandparents and other older people who act as kinship carers.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will review the degree to which assessments for Child Support calculates an individual's assets, to ensure that the assessment is...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the value of unclaimed benefits in each (a) constituency, (b) local authority and (c) region and constituent part...

      Poverty: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the level of child poverty was in Pendle in each year since 2006.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people who have been subject to the under occupancy penalty live in each (a) parliamentary constituency, (b)...

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information on health and safety practices and records of companies the Health and Safety Executive collects; and what information is...

      Unemployed People: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will bring forward proposals to introduce a loan repayment scheme to assist jobseekers to enrol on training courses.

      Housing Benefit: Birkenhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the social rented sector in Birkenhead constituency have been affected by the under-occupancy penalty; and what average...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2014 to Question 204224, whether the introduction of personal independence payment is on time and on budget.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what circumstances 15 year olds receiving disability living allowance (DLA) who have been informed that they need to claim personal...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payments claims have been recorded as withdrawn as a result of PIP2 being returned late in the last years.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many former staff of his Department have been re-employed on (a) fixed term and (b) other arrangements to help address the personal...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff not employed on permanent contracts have been employed to help reduce the number of people waiting for personal independence...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what additional steps his Department has taken to reduce waiting times for people seeking personal independence payment decisions; and what...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data his Department collects on (a) mental health problems, (b) physical health problems and (c) illiteracy rates among people sanctioned...

      Housing Benefit: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Warrington are subject to the under-occupancy penalty.

  • Home Office

    • UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many front-line staff are employed at the UK border; and what the annual cost to the public purse is of such staff.

    • Shops: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance she has issued to local authorities and police forces on the use of community protection notices to tackle shops that...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many claims of child abuse were designated by police in England and Wales as requiring no further action in each year since 1984.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department and its Executive agencies have taken to record (a) claims of child abuse, (b) cases of suspected child abuse and...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department contributes to the trialing of independent advocates for trafficked children.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with (a) charities, (b) lobby groups, (c) experts and (d) the police on the handling of false...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to encourage victims of sexual assault to report such assaults to the police.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times the Minister with cross-departmental responsibilities for child sexual exploitation has met groups of survivors of historic...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what amount was spent by all government Departments on each type of activity related to tackling extremism in each of the last three years...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the terms of reference were of the review commissioned by the Cabinet Secretary of cross-government expenditure on tackling extremism.

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what amount was spent by each Department on tackling extremism in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish, either redacted or in full, the review commissioned by the Cabinet Secretary of cross-government expenditure on tackling...

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the Syrian refugees so far resettled in the UK through the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme are (a) principal...

  • Department for International Development

    • International Climate Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of the funds earmarked by her Department for the International Climate Fund has been disbursed.

    • Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the potential for equipment, such as scanning equipment, supplied through funding provided by her...

      Private Military and Security Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will detail the (a) number and (b) cost of contacts with private military companies in each year since 2008; and if she will...

  • HM Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance and Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Government has spent on advertising campaigns aimed at reducing tax evasion and tax avoidance since 2010.

    • National Debt: Gifts and Endowments

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many gifts from members of the public were made for the purpose of reducing the national debt in each of the last three years; what the (a) nature and...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average cost is to HM Revenue and Customs of national minimum wage enforcement cases where (a) there is no enforcement action, (b) a Notice of...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what mechanisms his Department has put in place to ensure that all its polices are consistent with the UK's commitment to the UN Convention on the Rights of...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was overpaid in child and working tax credit because of error by officials in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d) Wales and (e) Northern...

      Christmas Cards

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which (a) individuals, (b) companies and (c) other organisations receive Christmas cards from his Department.

      Debt Collection

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2014 to Question 210848, if he will publish the criteria used by HM Revenue and Customs to determine whether payment of...

      Training: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what definition of training his Department uses for the purposes of allowing tax relief on employer spending on training.

      Corporation Tax: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.103 of the Autumn Statement 2014, what discussions he had with the Chief Executive of Invest NI before the announcement of the...

      Multinational Companies: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to require that multinational corporations produce a breakdown of their profits earned in the UK and to report all payments of...

      Small Businesses: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to monitor the effect of the VAT mini one stop shop and VAT rules changes which come into force on 1 January 2015 on small and...

      Electronic Publishing: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the potential effect on music web publishing businesses in the UK of the introduction of recently announced changes to VAT rules.

      Small Businesses: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many small and medium-sized businesses were directly consulted on the recently announced changes to VAT rules.

      Tax Avoidance: Luxembourg

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the evidence of Kevin Nicholson, Head of Tax, PWC, to the Committee of Public Accounts of 31 January 2013, question 39, HC 870-i, if he...

      Multinational Companies: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.243 of the Autumn Statement 2014, how he plans to assess the profits made by multinational corporations for the purpose of the...

      Tax Avoidance: Luxembourg

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what investigations his Department is conducting on British companies and multinational companies trading in the UK described in documents leaked from PWC...

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the average LPG price in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland.

      Non-domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the implications of the Valuation Office Agency's decision to remove cash machines in post offices from the rating list on...

      Non-domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of removing free to use cash machines from the rating list on access to banking and money; and if he...

      Foreign Companies: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the cost to the economy of overseas firms not registering for VAT in the UK; and what steps he plans to take to ensure that such...

      Small Businesses: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to introduce (a) VAT mini one stop shops and (b) new VAT rules affecting small and micro businesses.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to provide guidance to families with variable working hours and incomes on choosing between universal credit and the tax-free...

      Tax Avoidance: Luxembourg

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether profits reported by Big Four accountancy houses on the sale of tax avoidance schemes in Luxembourg are taxed in the UK.

      Tax Avoidance: Luxembourg

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2015 to Question 219226 on multinational companies: tax avoidance, whether he has made any such request for the exchange...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2014 to Question 215252, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's estimate of...

    • Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the performance of the My Energy Credit scheme.

      Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what progress has been made in the Government's decision for handling the UK's plutonium stockpile.

      Fracking: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether he has had discussions with the Welsh Government on the possibility of extending powers over access to shale gas mineral rights.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when he expects to publish the final recommendations from the consultation on the Electricity Intensive Industries - Relief from the...

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many contracts have been signed with each energy company to deliver projects under the Energy Companies Obligation between April...

      Oil: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions his Department has had with petrol retailers to ensure that changes in the cost of oil are reflected in the retail...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2014 to Question 212185, whether he discussed the pricing structure of the energy industry in his...

      International Climate Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how frequently the International Climate Fund Board meets.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many times he has met senior representatives of the six largest energy companies since November 2014.

      Electricity: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the amount of electricity transferred (a) from Scotland to England and (b) from England to Scotland on...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the contribution of the Under-Secretary of State in the Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee on 4 December 2014,...

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the cost of liquid petroleum gas.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the Indian government on the continued detainment in India of political...

    • India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the Indian government on the treatment of Sikhs in India.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that prisoners in India are released once they have served their prison sentences.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on the hunger strike of Bhai Gurbaksh Singh in India; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Telecommunications: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent review he has made of the arrangements that ensure that customers can easily switch contracts between telecom providers.

    • Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish the document DCMS Ministerial hospitality, overseas travel and meetings with external organisations: 1 April...

      Film: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether requirements are placed on companies in receipt of Film Fund funding to pay their interns and apprentices.

  • Department of Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 61 of the Report of the Smith Commission, what plans he has for the devolution of abortion.

    • Neuromuscular Disorders: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase neuromuscular care advisor support for adults in North Lancashire and South Cumbria living with neuromuscular conditions.

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets he will set for the uptake of clinically effective off-patent drugs.

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on the use of patient decision aids to support the use of...

      Neuromuscular Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the neuromuscular care advisor post to be hosted by University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be re-advertised and recruited; and if he will...

      Methadone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the press release by the Department for Work and Pensions on 31 October 2014 on the families test, whether his Department has conducted...

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hours were worked on average by NHS-employed hospital doctors in each of the last 10 years.

      Locums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors employed in general practice have been offered a contract as a locum by the NHS in each year from 2010.

      Nurses: Part-time Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses employed by the NHS worked part-time in each calendar year from 2010.

      General Practitioners: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors employed part-time in general practice also drew a pension in each year from 2010.

      Locums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors working in NHS hospitals were employed as agency locums, in each year from 2010.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the number of e-cigarettes sold in the UK.

      General Practitioners: Part-time Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new part-time contracts the NHS has offered to general practice doctors in each year from 2010.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for how long each person has been detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in each case where the place of safety was a police cell since...

      General Practitioners: Opening Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to ensure that all GP surgeries are open for at least one evening each week.

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to amend working time rules to give trainee doctors, surgeons and medics additional time to train and practice.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent per capita on mental health services in each English local authority area between 2009-10 and 2013-14.

      Nurses: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses employed part-time in NHS hospitals drew a pension in each year since 2010.

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent progress has been made in negotiations on the cost of the meningitis B vaccine; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the list of drugs to be assessed at the December 2014 meeting of the National Cancer Drugs Fund panel, when the outcome of the...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of Surge Purples which were called in each ambulance trust in each year since 2010.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the amount (a) budgeted and (b) spent on training courses for Accident and Emergency staff in each year since May 2010.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of occasions on which ambulances answering emergency callouts arrived after the death of the patient in each...

      Ebola: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, where testing of samples from patients in Scotland suspected of having Ebola takes place.

      Ebola: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library copies of the protocols on joint working between the NHS in Scotland and England on Ebola.

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2014 to Question 216943, what other (a) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines and (b)...

      Ambulance Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of trends in frontline London Ambulance Service staff turnover figures in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the contribution of 7 November 2014 by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Official Report, column 1121, on the...

      Ambulance Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the median response time of the North-West Ambulance Service was to category A calls from March 2014 to the most recent date for which figures are...

      Ambulance Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the performance of the London Ambulance Service in the year to 1 November 2014 in relation to Category A response time...

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