Written answers

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Railway Stations: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what security measures have been implemented on platforms at underground and mainline rail stations to protect the public from acts of violence or...

    • Railways: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which main contractors were responsible for engineering work north of King's Cross station during the Christmas 2014 period.

      Motor Vehicles: Leasing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with businesses on the effects on vehicle leasing companies of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012; and if he will...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2014 to Question 217210, how much funding his Department has allocated to each district and unitary council in...

  • Home Office

    • G4S and Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions (a) Serco and (b) G4S have tendered for contracts let by her Department in each year since May 2010.

    • Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy that biometric material is taken from and retained in respect of suspected criminals in England and Wales who...

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the change was in the average length of time spent by defendants on bail before charging between 2004 and 2014.

      Asylum: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers who first entered the UK through France claimed asylum in the UK in each year since 2010.

      Immigration: Kilmarnock

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unresolved immigration cases there are relating to people currently residing in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's news story of 6 January 2015 on deport first, appeal later measures, how many of the nearly 800 foreign...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps she has taken to increase the number of police trained to deal with cybercrime; and if she will make a statement.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police forces have a strategy in place to tackle cybercrime; and if she will make a statement.

      Crimes of Violence: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she last discussed with the Mayor of London in his capacity as Police and Crime Commissioner for London the change in the level of...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the current level of threat posed by Islamic terror groups in the UK.

      Convention concerning Forced or Compulsory Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to ratify the International Labour Organisation Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention.

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of using psychologists in the Government's anti-radicalisation programmes.

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the level of threat to journalists in the UK from radical Islamic extremists; and if she will make a statement.

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2015 to Question 219411, what policy considerations led to the decision to retain the Census 2001 framework.

      Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the current number of police officers employed as crime prevention officers; and if she will...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether every police force has an action plan in place to ensure that domestic violence is dealt with quickly and fairly.

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment criteria are used for the Syrian vulnerable persons relocation scheme.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps that do not require legislation have been taken by her Department in response to its review of new psychoactive substances since...

      Social Networking: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests were made last year as a result of alleged crimes committed using social media.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Columbia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the finding by UNHCR that there were 40 killings of human rights defenders in Colombia in the first nine...

    • Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Saudi Arabian government on the public flogging of Raif Badawi on 9 January 2015.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she had with the Secretary of State for Transport before the decision of that Department to display the Union flag on driving...

  • Attorney General

    • Government Departments: Judicial Review

      To ask the Attorney General, what amount each Government department has spent on external legal fees relating to each case involving substantive judicial review hearings since May 2010; and what...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • City Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what meetings officials or Ministers of his Department have had with representatives of City Link in the last 12 months.

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he takes to ensure that equipment for which arms export licences to Saudi Arabia have been granted is not used for...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the effects of super trawlers on the sustainability of coastal fishing communities in...

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many foreign exchange transactions involving less than £2 million her Department has made to Bangladesh in each financial...

      Caribbean

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, for what reasons her Department is increasing its allocation of non-humanitarian funding to the Caribbean from 2013-14 to 2014-15.

  • Department for Education

    • Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department's Annual Report and Accounts for 2013-14 will be published; and what the reasons are for the time taken to publish that report.

    • Literacy: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions her Department has had with (a) the Read On. Get On. campaign and (b) members and supporters of that campaign on improving the...

      Literacy: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that every child can read by the time they finish primary school.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff who worked in ministerial offices in his Department were from (a) the Civil Service and (b) external bodies (i) between May 2005 and May...

    • Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much the new contract for electronic monitoring is costing his Department in each year of the contract.

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the work of the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much the Government spent on legal fees in the case Gudanaviciene & Ors, R (on the application of) v The Director of Legal Aid Casework & Or...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many benefit sanctions have been overturned on appeal because the claimant met the reasonableness test because of (a) domestic violence, (b) mental...

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Absent Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of postal voters did not transfer to the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Helicopters: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the existing MoD or private sites with helicopter simulation facilities are; which services use such sites; and what the annual operating cost of...

    • Helicopters: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal Navy spend on helicopter maintenance annually.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what forecast he has made of whether his Department's spending in 2015-16 will meet the NATO target of two per cent of GDP.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that will be created in the UK as a result of the Scout specialist vehicle programme.

      Armed Forces: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy that a credit union be established for members of HM Armed Forces and their families.

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many counsellors were employed in the armed forces in each year since 2010.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support was provided for travel and overnight accommodation for stakeholders invited to the two national workshops held in January 2015 in...

      Al-Sweady Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 45 of the Report of the Al Sweady Inquiry, HC 819, what plans the Government has to investigate the nine Iraqi detainee...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to promote service in the Reserves.

      Historic Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, to whom his Department has sold Minley Manor and for what price; how many bidders there were for that site; whether those bidders were asked to improve...

      Reserve Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to promote the Reserves in Northern Ireland.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure effective joint working between his Department and relevant partners before introducing universal credit in...

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's guidance for Performance Measurement Review Officers on how to conduct a review.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Liverpool and (b) England were subject to sanctions in the week commencing 22 December 2014; and how many of those...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will review the current regulations relating to carer's allowance as they apply to people who temporarily withdraw from full-time...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobseeker's allowance claimants who have been sanctioned and have applied for mandatory reconsideration of the decision have waited...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department calculates the timescale for decision in a case of mandatory reconsideration of a refusal of benefit from the date on...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employment and support allowance claimants who have been sanctioned and have applied for mandatory reconsideration of the decision...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent representations he has received from claimants about lack of access to telephone lines within jobcentres for claims to be made and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 26 November 2014, from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr A...

      Housing Benefit: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent on in-work housing benefit for migrant workers from the European Economic Area who have arrived in the UK within the...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the performance metrics for jobcentres.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people in England who have waited more than (a) 30 days, (b) 60 days, (c) 90 days, (d) 120 days,...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what incentives jobcentres have to sanction benefit claimants.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will request that the Marine Management Organisation review catch limits for skate and ray for vessels under 10...

    • Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will assess the potential merits of giving additional powers to the Environment Agency to enable it to take punitive...

      Cane Sugar: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's policy is on EU renegotiation of quotas to get a better deal for cane sugar importers.

      Dogs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of changes introduced by her Department to the EU pet travel scheme...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he and other Ministers in his Department have visited a foodbank.

    • Christmas Cards

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

      Birmingham City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when and by what process a decision will be made on whether to reduce the number of elections held for Birmingham City Council.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many staff away days there have been for staff in the office of each Minister in his Department since October 2013.

      Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many cleaners who work in his Department are paid the London living wage.

      Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether any staff not on his Department's payroll have accompanied Ministers in his Department on official (a) foreign and (b)...

      Homelessness: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the number of families that have been statutorily rehoused by each London borough (a)...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on their responsibility to inform other local authorities when...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many properties in (a) Swindon, (b) Wiltshire and (c) England were in each council tax band in the latest period for which...

  • Scotland Office

    • Oil: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the effect on tax revenue from Scotland of the recent fall in the price of oil.

    • Oil: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues and Ministers of the Scottish Government on the relationship between oil prices and travel...

      Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the level of anti-Semitism in Scotland.

      Oil: Prices

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

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of recent trends in the number of visitors to Scotland and their contribution to the economy in Scotland.

  • HM Treasury

    • Catering

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent on catering and hospitality since May 2010.

    • Revenue and Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff of each grade worked in the Local Compliance team of HM Revenue and Customs in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13, (d) 2013-14 and (e)...

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the price differentials for LPG across regions of the UK.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of Government expenditure in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) the UK in each year since 1990.

      Tax Collection

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to keep under review HM Revenue and Customs' conduct when dealing with taxpayers who seek additional time to pay as a...

      Pool Reinsurance Company

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what funds are currently managed by the Pool Re scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Foreign Companies: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a sales tax on companies which operate in the UK and locate their headquarters overseas.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the cost of energy for homes not connected to mains gas or electricity.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many new charities were established (a) in the UK and (b) in Swindon in each of the last five years.

    • Crime: Rural Areas

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of recent trends in rural crime; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Facebook

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has made to Facebook about online abuse of people with autism.

    • Arts: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which arts (a) organisations and (b) events in Greater Manchester he has visited in an official capacity since his appointment.

      Broadband: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2014 to Question 218397, on broadband: urban areas, to which 28 cities his Department has written.

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department has spent on the Government Art Collection in each year since May 2010.

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which recommendations in the Independent Library Report for England, published in December 2014, he (a) accepts and (b) rejects.

      Broadband: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 16 December 2014 to Question 217969, which four cities were considered and rejected in wave 1; which...

      Public Libraries: WiFi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the recommendations of the Independent Library Report for England, published in December 2014, what estimate he has...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Staff

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, what (a) security and (b) immigration checks are made on casual staff working in...

  • Department of Health

    • Cancer: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will discuss with his counterpart in the Northern Ireland Executive the recent increase in the number of people living in Northern Ireland with cancer.

    • Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of people in Denton and Reddish constituency are registered organ donors; and what plans he has to increase the number of organ donors.

      Mental Health Services: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Denton and Reddish constituency have waited more than (a) 28 days, (b) three months and (c) six months for Improving Access to...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support is in place for the provision of public health initiatives in localities considered by Public Health England to have a high prevalence of...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on satisfaction levels for (a) GP surgeries and (b) hospitals in each of the last five years.

      Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the uptake of mindfulness-based interventions in the treatment of repeat-episode depression.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the annual value of the market in the UK of the illicit sale of pharmaceuticals; and what steps he is taking to...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential link between water pollution and cancers of the colon and brain.

      Neurofibromatosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding he has made available for the treatment of neurofibromatosis type 1 in the last five years.

      Neurofibromatosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding he has made available for research into neurofibromatosis type 1 in the last five years.

      Cannabis: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the extent of addiction to skunk cannabis in each of the last five years.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial incentives are available for primary and secondary public health providers for screening programmes to improve diagnosis rates of...

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that all monies received from industry rebate payments under the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme are utilised for the...

  • House of Lords

    • Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there was a cut in funding for Council Tax Support in 2014–15; and whether they have plans to cut funding further in 2015–16.

    • East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the infrastructure of the East Coast Main Line to facilitate the improvements to the train services which they have agreed...

      English Language: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the statement in the National Curriculum in England framework document published in December 2014 that “pupils’ acquisition and...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a Freedom of Information request which would exceed the financial threshold can be validly submitted on the basis that the enquirer pays the excess...

      Hospitals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the National Health Service hospitals which declared major incidents in the period 1 December 2014 to 7 January 2015 inclusive; and in...

      International Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their priorities at the forthcoming International Conference on Financing for Development to be held on 13–16 July 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

      Judiciary

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the (1) socio-economic, (2) ethnic, and (3) age, profiles of (a) lay magistrates, and (b) district and deputy district judges, appointed in 2014.

      Magistrates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many lay magistrates are currently in post, broken down by (1) socio-economic, and (2) ethnic, categories.

      Poland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 16 December 2014 (HL3123), what action they are taking to correct the trade deficit with Poland.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make the Scottish Parliament, the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Welsh Assembly accountable to Parliament for the taxpayers’...

      Public Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the annual budget deficit and what was the structural deficit for each of the last 20 years; and what is their estimate of those figures for the...

      Secure Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the cause, and (2) the effect, of the 29 per cent reduction in the number of children detained in secure...

      Youth Custody

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the final evaluation of the Youth Justice Reinvestment Custody Pathfinders project will be published.

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