Written answers

Friday, 9 January 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Motorways: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library a copy of all scoping reports on air quality in respect of motorway improvement schemes produced in the last three years.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what rate of interest is charged on late payments of rent on properties let out by HS2 Ltd under the sale and rent back scheme.

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the name of the duty Minister in his Department for each day during the most recent parliamentary recess.

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who the duty Minister in his Department was on each day of the parliamentary Christmas recess 2014-15.

      Shrewsbury Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will direct Arriva Trains and Network Rail to work on important maintenance issues at Shrewsbury Station.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consideration his Department gave to using the Welsh and Scottish flags for licences issued to drivers in Wales and Scotland respectively.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of implementation of the decision to display the Union flag on driving licences in Wales, Scotland and England.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what public consultation has been undertaken in Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England on the decision to display the Union flag on driving...

      Buses: Safety Belts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Department's publication Department for Transport Ninth Statement of New Regulation, updated on 30 December 2014, whether he plans to...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of small firms and shops in (a) England, (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire and (c)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met Dr Husn Banu Ghazanfar, the Afghan Minister for Women's Affairs.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what changes his Department is planning to the number of its staff based in Afghanistan.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he next expects the Friends of Syria Group to meet.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what requests the UK has received for additional support from the Kurdistan regional government.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Russian counterpart on the interception of Russian aircraft by NATO forces over the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the security situation around Mount Sinjar.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Iraqi counterpart on the refugees on Mount Sinjar.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Hadi al-Bahra on the humanitarian situation in Kobane.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps at an EU-level to increase the size of the sanctions regime against Russia in response to the security...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of EU-wide sanctions on Russia's policy towards Ukraine.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implementation of the Minsk Protocol by all parties to the agreement.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is giving to the Syrian opposition to assist delivery of essential services.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has held with the EU's new High Representative for Foreign Affairs on other EU member states' contribution...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last discussed the conflict against ISIL with representatives of the Kurdistan regional government.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Israel over its decision to freeze the transfer of tax revenues to the...

      Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consular support is being offered to Craig Lindley in Thailand.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Pakistan about the case of Aasia Bibi; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Engineering: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which organisations have been awarded funding from the Employer Ownership Fund to train female engineers; and how much each such...

    • Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what forecast his Department has made of the spending on the 2014-15 Employee Ownership Fund.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students started a higher level apprenticeship at levels 4, 5 and 6 in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2011-12 in each...

  • Wales Office

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for Transport prior to the decision to display the Union flag on driving licences in Wales, Scotland...

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will take steps to ensure that the Welsh flag can be displayed on driving licences in Wales.

  • Department for Education

    • Pre-school Education: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many free early years education places were provided in (a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk, (c) Essex and (d) Cambridgeshire in each year since 1997.

    • GCSE: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of pupils on free school meals gained five good GCSEs in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the UK in 2014.

      Regional School Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many staff are employed in each regional school commissioner's office; and what the annual budget is of each such office.

      Children: Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of children walking to school.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the average distance from home of young people accommodated in secure children's homes in each year since May 2010.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made on establishing a bilateral prisoner transfer agreement with Indonesia.

    • Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the success rate in supplying interpreters was under the Capita TI interpreting contract in each month from January 2012 to March 2014.

      Secure Training Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the average distance from home of young people accommodated in secure training centres in each year since May 2010.

      Secure Training Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2015 to Question 218894, what the specific distance from home was for each of the (a) seven young people placed...

  • Prime Minister

    • Radicalism

      To ask the Prime Minister, when he last received an update on how effectively steps recommended by the Extremism Taskforce have been implemented.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Numerical Criteria for Airworthiness (Adelard 2002) produced for ALTG_ADRPI, under contract MAP 2b/1351.

    • Private Military and Security Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will detail (a) the number and (b) the cost of contracts with private security companies in each year since 2008; and if he will make a statement.

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to ensure a continued British military presence on the Falkland Islands.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role his Department is playing in preventing illegal incursion into Gibraltarian waters by Spanish vessels.

      Helicopters: Crew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many helicopter crew sets there are in each of the armed services.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military aircraft there were in service in (a) May 2010 and (b) the latest date for which figures are available.

      Helicopters: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which sites are used by his Department for helicopter maintenance.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many medical examinations in disability cases dealt with by Atos required a doctor in (a) Grimsby and (b) the rest of England in the last...

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what sanctions his Department has imposed on Atos in response to delays in medical examinations in the last 12 months.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of extending the higher rate of disability living allowance, including the...

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average delay has been in medical examinations of disability cases conducted by Atos in (a) Grimsby and (b) the rest of England in...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to ensure the quicker payment of benefits to those on temporary work placements.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have (a) begun and (b) stopped paying the under-occupancy penalty in 2014-15 to date.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received in the last two years about the adequacy of his Department's hardship payments scheme.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Work Programme sub-contractors have received no referrals since the inception of that programme.

      Trussell Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he last met representatives of the Trussell Trust.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Nature Conservation: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what additional provision she plans to make to ensure the level of monitoring of wildlife cybercrime does not fall following...

    • Nature Conservation: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to page 11 of her Department's publication, Red Tape Challenge - Environment Theme Implementation Plan, what...

      Lead Ammunition Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects the Lead Ammunition Group to report.

      Ragworms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received on the commercial collection of ragworm in Sites of Special Scientific...

      Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the potential benefits of amending England's dog breeding legislation in a manner similar...

  • Home Office

    • Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department spent on (a) external legal advice and counsel and (b) internal legal services in each of the last four years.

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many seasonal staff on zero hour contracts that were extended in October 2014 until March 2015 this week were given four weeks' notice...

  • HM Treasury

    • Interest Rate Swap Transactions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assurances he has received that agreements between the individual banks and the Financial Conduct Authority in relation to the interest rate swap...

    • Electronic Commerce: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that overseas retailers trading online stock which is located in the UK pay the appropriate level of VAT.

      Electronic Publishing: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what rate of VAT is payable on eBooks (a) supplied by Amazon from Luxembourg and (b) supplied in the UK.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much and what proportion of annual expenditure on tax credits is allocated to the administration of the programme.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress HM Revenue and Customs has made in developing an online childcare support calculator to replace its current calculator; and whether the...

      Solar Power: North Africa

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide funding for the import of concentrated solar power from North Africa.

      Banks: Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to improve access to bank lending (a) in general and (b) for large-scale new housing developments.

      Fossil Fuels: Tax Yields

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect on oil and gas receipts of the fall in the price of Brent crude to $56 a barrel.

      Public Sector Debt

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the National Debt has been between May 2010 and January 2015.

      Insurance: EU Law

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost has been to the UK of the EU's Solvency II Initiative to date; and what recent estimate he has made of the cost of full implementation of that...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Heating: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what progress has been made towards the decarbonisation of heating in the UK to date; what steps he is taking to further progress such...

    • Committee on Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what selection process is used to appoint members of the Climate Change Committee.

      Committee on Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether members of the Climate Change Committee are permitted to have financial interests in businesses which might be affected by...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 21 October from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to M M...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the potential role of imported concentrated solar power in meeting the energy requirements of the UK.

      Solar Power: North Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he is taking in working with EU partners to encourage the development of concentrated solar power in the desert regions of...

      Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the Government's Fuel Poverty Consultation document of July 2014, if he will review his policy so that the off grid...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the table under section 2.10 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts for 2013-14, what the reasons are for...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to page 98 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts for 2013-14, what the reasons are for the change in spending...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many retired civil servants have received late pension payments since the spin out of MyCSP in 2012.

    • Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many retired civil servants have not received any pension payments from MyCSP since October 2014.

      Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many retired civil servants have received late pension payments from MyCSP since October 2014.

      Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff were employed in his Department on 1 January 2015.

      Furniture

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) desks and (b) workstations there are in his Department; and what the average annual cost to his Department is of leasing each desk.

      Opinion Polls

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what payments his Department has made to Ipsos-Mori for opinion polling since 1 June 2014; and what the purpose was of such polling.

      Beer: Industry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of jobs related to the brewing industry in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c)...

      Voluntary Work: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what future plans he has for the National Citizen Service in the North East Hertfordshire constituency.

      Education: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2014 to Question 215805, what response his Department has received from educational institutions on his...

      Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 7 January 2013 to Question 135835, on Dover House, whether building work on the first floor of 70 Whitehall has been...

      Government Departments: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance his Department issues on the circumstances under which Departments should seek legal advice from the Attorney General; if he will publish...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Telephone Preference Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to ensure that telephone preference services are able to block international nuisance calls as well as domestic ones.

    • UK City of Culture: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how his Department plans to ensure that Hull will learn lessons from Londonderry as the UK City of Culture in 2013.

      Film: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department makes it a requirement of supporting the Film Fund that companies in receipt of Film Fund funding provide only...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • General Election 2015

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans there are to ensure a higher turnout at the General Election among people aged 18 to 25.

  • Department of Health

    • Tattooing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have had tattoos removed on the NHS in each of the last three financial years.

    • Breasts: Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have had breast enhancement surgery for cosmetic or non medical reasons in each of the last three years.

      Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that appropriate support systems are in place for older vulnerable people and people with dementia.

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2014 to Question 218445, how much the NHS spent on commissioning private providers in each of the last five years.

      Social Services: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the charitable sector can play an increased role in adult social care.

      General Dental Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of increases in the General Dental Council registration fee on availability of NHS dentists.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of obesity care of the recent ruling by the European Court of Justice...

      Neuromuscular Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to develop more regional managed clinical neuromuscular networks.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will increase the number of specialist diabetes teams in GP practices and health centres as a measure to prevent diabetes-related amputations.

      Diabetes: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of diabetes-related amputations which took place in the last three years in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset...

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions his Department has had with supermarkets as part of the Responsibility Deal.

      Locums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2014 to Question 214838, if he will make it his policy to identify locum doctors separately within the information...

      Mental Illness: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether funding will be made available to ensure that the Prevalence Study on Mental Health of Children and Young People in Great Britain covers the same...

      Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to support the early identification of liver disease.

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission research into the average numbers of hours worked by doctors in hospital medicine compared with their historical equivalents.

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people each year are diagnosed with Lyme disease.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much clinical commissioning groups in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e) Hertfordshire and (f) Norfolk spent on...

      Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what response he has made to the request by NHS England to defer implementation of the guidance on sofosbuvir for hepatitis C.

      NHS: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to ensure NHS-wide implementation of the refreshed Equality Delivery System; and how the implementation of that system will be...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Minister for Life Sciences' announcement on 20 November 2014 on considering how to speed-up patient access to medicines, devices...

      Mental Illness: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provisions are in place within the Prevalence Study on Mental Health of Children and Young People in Great Britian to sub-sample the population by...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to tackle inequalities among BME communities' awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer, early diagnosis and...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the trust-level reports of the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey are more readily accessible...

      Drugs: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the announcement made by the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing on 7 October 2014, if he will introduce a scheme...

      NHS: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the NHS of undiagnosed conditions and conditions picked up while in hospital.

      Digestive System: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the guidance issued to doctors and nurses on diagnosing blocked bowels in the elderly.

      NHS: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total public expenditure per head of population was on (a) capital and (b) running costs of the NHS in (i) Suffolk, (ii) Bedfordshire, (iii)...

      Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he has met which (a) representatives of and (b) organisations working on behalf of the homeopathy industry since 2012.

      University Hospital of Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will meet (a) the hon. Member for Hartlepool and (b) representatives from Hartlepool Borough Council to discuss the issue of transferring hospital...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to introduce three parent IVF treatment.

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of quarantine arrangements for people arriving in the UK from Sierra Leone; and if he will make a...

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