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Written answers

Friday, 16 January 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what personnel or aircraft support the Government has recently provided following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on 17 July 2014.

    • Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the results of the most recent mobile telephone usage survey will be published; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Office

    • Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) total cost and (b) cost in each principal category of expenditure was of the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in 2012;...

    • Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidelines her Department provides for timescales for completing a disclosure and barring check.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance is provided to police forces on timescales for responses to referrals from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

      Miscarriages of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Written Statement of 26 June 2014, Official Report, column 35W, on potential miscarriages of justice, what progress...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which people, excluding Ministers and Diplomats, have represented the Government at inaugurations abroad since May 2010; and...

    • Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the extent of persecution of Christians in (a) Nigeria and (b) Iran.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his new Sri Lankan counterpart on protecting the Tamil and Muslim minority communities; and...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise at the UN the recent killings by Boko Haram in Baga and surrounding villages in Nigeria.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many incidents caused by Boko Haram in Nigeria involved British citizens in the last five years.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of changes to the budget of the Police Service of Northern Ireland on frontline policing.

    • Drugs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps she is taking to help the Northern Ireland Executive and the Police Service of Northern Ireland to tackle drug smuggling in Northern...

      Invest NI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when and where she last met the Chief Executive of Invest NI.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Manufacturing Industries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to encourage more women to work in the manufacturing sector.

    • City Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received calling for City Link to be taken into public ownership; and if he will make a statement.

      Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what loans were made by UK Export Finance for fossil fuel energy exploration or fossil fuel power generation projects in 2014;...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he intends to reply to the letter dated 25 November 2014, from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to...

      Land: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of UK land was registered on the most recent date for which figures are available.

      City Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of the closure of City Link on subcontractors reliant on City Link.

      Social Services: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the statement by his Department to the Today programme on 7 January 2015, what steps his Department is taking...

      Apprentices

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

      Apprentices

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

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the value is of assets on her Department's balance sheets as a result of the use of returnable capital.

    • International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, who will represent the (a) UK and (b) EU at each of the international meetings in 2015 that will work on the post-2015 Sustainable...

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the European Commission will be responsible for negotiating the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals on behalf of Member States.

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the composition of the EU negotiation team for the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals will be; and how many UK...

  • Department for Education

    • Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to support parents in bolstering the cognitive development of their children before they reach primary school.

    • Science: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to increase the study of STEM subjects by girls; and if she will make a statement.

      Literacy: Stourbridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of pupils in each primary school in Stourbridge constituency met the required standard of phonic decoding in the 2013-14 academic year.

      World War II: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on keeping Holocaust education part of the national curriculum.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of pupils in England in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools were classed as persistent truants in the last year for...

      Children in Care: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children of what ages went missing from care in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools opened a new sixth form in the last four years.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers (a) work in each prison and (b) are authorised to work in each prison at the latest date for which figures are available.

    • Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoner claims for damage for possessions or injury sustained during acts of concerted indiscipline were settled in each year since 2010; what...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoner claims relating to assaults by fellow prisoners were settled in each year since 2010; what the total value of those claims was; and...

      Staff: Newport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answers of 12 January 2015 to Questions 220031 and 220032 on shared services staff in Newport, which departments have signed up to the...

      Young Offenders: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign nationals are in UK (a) young offender institutions and (b) secure children's homes.

      Criminal Justice (Electronic Monitoring) (Responsible Person) Order 2014

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the naming of specific companies in the Criminal Justice (Electronic Monitoring) (Responsible Person) Order 2014 is legal under EU competition law.

  • Prime Minister

    • Radicalism

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to Answer of 9 January 2015 to Question 219820, for what reasons his Answer refers to a section of a transcript which does not contain the 25 recommendations...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to his Department was of (a) salaries, (b) pension contributions, (c) employer's National Insurance contributions and (d) operational...

    • Military Bases: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many families are resident on (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy, (c) Marines and (d) Royal Air Force bases (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad.

      Nuclear Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Written Statement of 13 January 2015, HCWS183, by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, on Nuclear Decommissioning...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people in England who had been waiting more than 90 days to be assessed for employment and support...

    • Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the letter from the Minister for Welfare Reform to the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar dated 3 November 2014 regarding...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will reform the Access to Work system so that packages of support can transfer from job to job with the individual.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of personal independence payment claimants will be seen for a medical assessment within 16 weeks by 31 December 2014.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the procurement for a new provider to deliver the work capability assessment requires the design of that scheme to be revised or reformed.

      Social Security Benefits: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of benefit fraud which was attributable to identity fraud for each benefit in (a) Suffolk, (b)...

      Widowed Parents Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has conducted an impact assessment of proposed changes to the widowed parent's allowance; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have appealed against child maintenance decisions since the introduction of the mandatory reconsideration period.

      Independent Living Fund: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the abolition of the Independent Living Fund on previous claimants of that fund in Northern Ireland.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Labour Market Statistics, table BEN01, published in December 2014, what assessment he has made of the reasons why the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what conclusions his Department has drawn from the Universal Credit in-work conditionality pilots which started in 2014.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many sub-contractors were engaged in the Work Programme at the most recent stocktake of that programme.

      Housing Benefit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average amount of annual housing benefit payments per applicant was in (a) Glasgow North constituency, (b) the city of Glasgow and...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people who will reach state pension age within 12 months from the start of the single tier...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will publish a list of the high charging pension schemes referred to by the Independent Project Board in its report, Defined...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2015 to Question 219164, which part of the Hunting Act 2004 she referred to as...

    • Community Impact Bucks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make funds available to Community Impact Bucks for 2015-16 and 2016-17 to replace the funding that has been...

      Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulations 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department plans to publish a consultation document for the 2015 review of the Greyhound Regulations (England) 2010.

      Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department plans to announce whether Natural England's Variation Orders of 2012 extending the boundaries of the...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the consequences will be for (a) Worcestershire County Council, (b) the Worcestershire LEP and (c) the district councils...

    • Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many houses have been built under the Government's proposal to replace every house sold under its right to buy...

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the carbon emissions of officials cars used by Ministers in his Department since May 2010.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many staff away days have been attended by Ministers in his Department since October 2013.

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many departmental sports days have been attended by Ministers in his Department since May 2010.

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what newspapers, periodicals and magazines his Department purchases for the use of Ministers.

      Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many recovered planning appeals he has upheld in each of the last five years.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of homes planned for in development applications which were refused by the Secretary of...

      Solar Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of solar farm planning applications (a) received planning approval and (b) were called in in (i) 2013 and (ii) 2014.

      Social Rented Housing: Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department gives to local authorities and housing associations on emergency access to tower blocks and flats...

  • HM Treasury

    • Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Department's guidance on delivering public value from spending proposals, under what circumstances procuring a system precedes...

    • Invest NI

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he last met the Chief Executive of Invest NI.

      Pension Wise

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what training agents offering guidance through the Pensions Wise scheme will be given before dealing with enquiries; and if he will make a statement.

      Pension Wise

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people who will seek to use the Pensions Wise service in the financial year 2015-16.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Oil: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he is taking to encourage energy suppliers to pass on savings made from falling oil prices to consumers.

    • Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what research he has commissioned on the effect of windfarm construction in water catchment areas.

      Coal: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether the £2 per ton levied by the Coal Board for restoration on every ton of coal sold prior to the privatisation of the coal...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will discuss with his counterparts in the devolved administrations the possibility of extending the National Citizen Services to those...

    • Immigration: Eastern Europe

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of citizens of EU member states in Eastern Europe who are resident in the UK.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to prevent households which do not have a television receiving correspondence from the TV licensing Authority...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the County Durham, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Essex and Wokingham phase 2 broadband projects produced coverage maps of their...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what work his Department has done with local authorities in County Durham, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Essex and Wokingham to identify, in...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the (a) County Durham, (b) Oxfordshire, (c) Hampshire, (d) Essex and (e) Wokingham phase 2 broadband projects received bids or...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much of the cost of phase 2 broadband projects in (a) County Durham, (b) Oxfordshire, (c) Hampshire, (d) Essex and (e) Wokingham...

      Broadband: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the average (a) download and (b) upload speed in East Lancashire was on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of work to increase broadband line speeds (a) from below 2 mbps to 10 mbps...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Local Enterprise Partnerships: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent discussions he has had with the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership on infrastructure funding; and if he will make a...

    • Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations his Department has received on allegations of disproportionate investment towards Local Enterprise Partnership board members by (a) the...

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS staff have been made redundant and subsequently re-employed by NHS organisations on a (a) permanent and (b) fixed-term contract basis since...

    • Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of recent research on the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis carried out by Professor...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP practices informed NHS England they would (a) reduce their opening hours and (b) not offer face-to-face appointments at any point over the...

      Complementary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of regulated complementary and alternative medical practitioners to reducing demands on the NHS.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many admissions to hospital through A&E with an alcohol-related diagnosis involving people (a) under and (b) over the age of 18 there were in...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of deaths caused by infection with HIV or hepatitis C through exposure to contaminated blood and...

      NHS Trust Development Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual (a) salary and (b) pension contribution is of the Chief Executive of the NHS Trust Development Agency; what performance-related measures...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has received any adverse notifications from the Penrose Inquiry relating to people in Scotland infected with hepatitis C and HIV...

      Breast Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2014 to Question 220083, on breast cancer: drugs, when he expects the roundtable event his Department is planning to...

      Dermatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is on the long-term use of locum consultants to run dermatology services in England.

      Dermatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultant dermatologists with (a) permanent contracts, (b) agency contracts and (c) other contractual or financial arrangements worked in the...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will include affective disorders in prescribed specialist services.

      NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what target NHS Property Services had for revenue raising in each year since it was established; and how much revenue it raised in each such year.

      Drugs: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what requirements there are on members of the Committee on Safety of Medicines to declare relevant interests.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for NHS Blood and Transplant to extend the collection of ethnic origin data to all sources of organ donation registration.

      Kidney Diseases: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to sustain Kidney Research UK's Peer Education Programme in Birmingham once the funding from his Department ends.

      Dermatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultant dermatologist training posts have been funded in each financial year since 2010; and what assessment he has made of the sufficiency...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward proposals to make it a statutory requirement for care providers to make clients aware of the Local Government Ombudsman...

  • Women and Equalities

    • New Businesses: Females

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking with other Government departments to support and encourage women entrepreneurs.

  • House of Lords

    • Devolution: England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 8 December 2014 (HL3166), what plans they have to hold a referendum in England to ascertain the...

    • Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place to increase the proportion of young people under 25 registered to vote in the 2015 General Election.

      Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure that Electoral Registration Officers (1) put in place, and (2) execute, effective plans to give (a) attainers, (b) students and (c)...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce the time some people are held in immigration detention.

      Immigration: Poland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 16 December 2014 (HL3409), whether they will now publish the results of their specific consideration of the...

      Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest figures available for the number of men and women teachers in primary and secondary schools in England and Wales.

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