Written answers

Friday, 23 January 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of introducing Driver-Only Operation on delays and train dispatch times on the Northern Rail and...

    • Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many stations at which Northern Rail services stop are currently (a) staffed and (b) unstaffed.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to include in his Department's contract with the successful bidder for Northern Rail and Transpennine Express franchises a...

  • Home Office

    • Criminal Investigation: Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements are in place for UK police forces to investigate criminal suspects in Northern Cyprus.

    • Religious Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce the incidence of hate crimes against religious minorities.

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken for firearms units to arrive at crime scenes was in each of the last five years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Boko Haram

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to assist the Nigerian and Cameroon governments in combating Boko Haram.

    • Boko Haram

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is offering to Nigeria to tackle Boko Haram.

      Boko Haram

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to address the activities of Boko Haram.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict regarding sexual...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of recent trends in the number of workless households in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England.

    • Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people left jobseeker's allowance because they reached the state pension age in each of the last three years.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Science: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the potential contribution to the economy of the investment in science announced in...

    • Electricity: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on which industrial sectors reach the preliminary threshold of seven per cent electricity...

  • Department for International Development

    • Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the effect has been of changes in the security situation and displacement of people following recent attacks by Boko Haram on UK...

    • Developing Countries: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to combat the spread of drug-resistant malaria.

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if her Department will ensure that Parliament is given adequate opportunity for effective scrutiny of the positions taken by the EU in...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many (a) female and (b) male burial operatives have been recruited (i) from the UK and (ii) from Sierra Leone to burial teams as...

      West Africa: Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has provided any financial support towards the opening of Médecins Sans Frontières' maternity clinic...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to target the increased contraction rate of Ebola amongst women in Sierra Leone; and if she will...

      West Africa: Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding from her Department has been assigned to Ebola vaccine candidate and safety testing; how much of that funding has...

      West Africa: Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many (a) female and (b) male patients have been treated for Ebola in each treatment centre funded by her Department.

  • Department for Education

    • Education: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2015 to Question 220450, what steps her Department can take in the case of adequate improvements not being made...

    • Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of primary school teachers in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Warrington have a degree in (i) English and (ii)...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether there are circumstances in which, where parents have twins, each child is entitled to less than the standard allocation of 15 hours of free...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to page 128 of her Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2013-14, HC 745, what the reasons are for the increase in the cost of other...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the reasons were for the cash losses, fruitless payments and write-offs worth more than £100,000 referred to on page 156 of her Department's...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much (a) revenue and (b) capital funding has been provided to each pupil in state (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in Surrey (A) in cash...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Sentencing: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2014 to Question 214963, what the (a) actual offence charged, (b) number of previous convictions, (c) number of...

    • Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2014 to Question 214936, how many such cautions were issued in each police force area.

      Prerogative of Mercy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether it is his policy to publish the names of people in England and Wales where the Royal Prerogative of Mercy has been used.

      Prisons: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many books were received by his Department during December 2014 as part of the books for prisoners campaign; and where those books were distributed.

      Legal Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of defendants who represented themselves in court in each year since May 2010.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • RAF Akrotiri

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2014 to Question 217721, when the catering arrangements were extended to assist with Op SHADER; what choices were...

    • Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2015 to Question 219665, how many (a) members of the Libyan General Purpose Force, (b) members of the UK training...

      Armed Forces: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average length of time taken by Veterans UK and its predecessors to deal with cases relating to (a) war disablement pensions and (b)...

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have sufficient submarine detection capabilities.

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2015 to Questions 220492 and 220493, how many of the surveillance and monitoring activities resulted in (a) the...

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2015 to Questions 220492 and 220493, how many of the surveillance and monitoring activities involved claimants who...

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of his Department's Tornado jets (a) are in service, (b) are in the forward fleet and (c) have the Honeywell Traffic Collision Avoidance System...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to ensure that UK pensioners living in France receive winter fuel payments when the temperature where they live is below...

    • Separated People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether an external evaluator has been appointed to provide an independent assessment of the 17 Innovation Fund projects set up under the Help...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer to Question 220107, if he will make it his policy to exclude French Overseas Departments in the calculation of average...

      Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Youth Unemployment Innovation Fund.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the principal risks are which his Department has identified with respect to the national rollout of universal credit in 2015.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that the approach of Work Programme providers to benefit sanctions referrals is consistent.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of (a) pension credit, (b) winter fuel allowance and (c) Christmas Bonus there were in each of the last five years up to...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Private Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funds his Department has allocated to the Build to Rent scheme; and how much has been lent under that scheme to date.

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 15 December 2014, Official Report, column 1116, what the (a) name is of and (b) amounts of money...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Oral Answer of 15 December 2014, Official Report, column 1116, what (a) the name is of and (b) amount of...

      Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for how many units of housing planning permission has been granted on sites in London classed as on hold or shelved; and if he...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many planning appeals related to wind energy projects were recovered for a decision by the Secretary of State in each of...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to bring forward housing development on sites where construction has been delayed.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to answer Question 219026, tabled on 16 December 2014 by the right hon. Member for Leeds Central.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to answer Question 219025, tabled on 16 December 2014 by the right hon. Member for Leeds Central.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the performance of local authorities in issuing within 26 weeks a special educational...

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to his letter of 18 January 2015 to Muslim faith leaders, what recent discussions he has had with (a) LawWorks...

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to his letter of 18 January 2015 to Muslim faith leaders, what assessment he has made of whether all...

  • Wales Office

    • Water: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of cross-border water regulation in England and Wales as it relates to domestic and commercial properties in...

  • HM Treasury

    • Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the reason is for the additional charge for payment of vehicle tax by direct debit over 12 or six monthly instalments; and for what purposes the funds...

    • Stamp Duty Land Tax: Surrey

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many properties sold in (a) Woking constituency and (b) Surrey attracted stamp duty land tax in each of the last five years.

      Income Tax: Surrey

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of how many people in (a) Woking constituency and (b) Surrey pay less income tax in 2014-15 than in 2009-10.

      Tax Allowances: Married People

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to introduce a transferable tax allowance between married couples.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will discuss with his counterparts in the devolved administrations the merits of a common formula for the Warm Home discount and...

    • Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, on what date his Department plans to publish its response to the Warm Homes Discount: Extension to the 2015-16 consultation.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Sports: Folkestone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support Sport England has given to organisations in Folkestone and Hythe constituency since 2010.

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on (a) recruitment agency fees, (b) outplacement agency fees for displaced or redundant staff and (c)...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps his Department is taking to increase levels of individual electoral registration among (a) attainers and (b) students.

  • Department of Health

    • Health

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

    • Cancer: Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the (a) recovery and (b) mortality rates of cancer patients who (i) suffer and (ii) do not suffer from depression.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the overall health budget was spent on psychological therapies in each of the last 10 years.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which parliamentary constituencies are (a) completely and (b) partly within a clinical commissioning group area.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that hospitals in Greater Manchester meet the Government's A&E waiting time target.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with local authorities in Greater Manchester on increased attendances in A&E over the winter and delayed...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with Monitor, the Care Quality Commission and NHS England on hospitals in Greater Manchester which have not met the...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) adults and (b) children with (i) diabetes, (ii) anxiety disorder, (iii) depression, (iv)...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the letter of 15 January 2015 from him and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to the local authorities...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the letter of 15 January 2015 from him and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to local authorities concerning...

      Eyesight: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the recommendation on the NHS Choices website that all children are offered vision screening between the ages of four and five by an...

      Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to pages five and six of the summary of findings of the Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust Quality Report of 9 January 2015, if he will...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he takes to ensure that all patients assessed as requiring inpatient treatment for eating disorders are admitted; and what criteria are used...

      University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been treated with the gamma knife at University Hospital, Bristol, since it opened in October 2013; and whether NHS England...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the minimum number of annual procedures NHS England requires hospitals to deliver before they are allowed to treat cancer patients with...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that all stakeholder submissions to NHS England's review into stereotactic radiosurgery are made available to the public.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to encourage more maintained schools to work with independent schools in establishing new cadet units.

    • Armenia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any representations to the government of Armenia about the detention and trial of Azerbaijani citizens Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam...

      India

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of India regarding human rights issues in the Jammu and Kashmir region.

      India

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which United Kingdom-based or indigenous aid agencies and non-governmental organisations working to reduce poverty in India currently receive funding from...

      International Organization for Migration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider contributing to the core budget of the International Organization for Migration.

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the human rights situation of Yazidi women in areas of Iraq controlled by ISIS.

      Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the breakdown of the mesothelioma research funding applications made to the Medical Research Council in the last five financial years between the...

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their agreement in paragraph 37 of the Stormont House Agreement to “make full disclosure” to the proposed Historical Investigation Unit...

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report by the RAC Foundation Local Authority Parking Finances in England 2013/14, what assessment they have made of English local...

      Public Sector: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of press reports that recruits to the armed forces are to be questioned about their sexual orientation, other public organisations...

      Recreation Spaces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many adopted local plans include the designation of local green spaces; and how many such spaces have been designated.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to imposing sanctions on Saudi Arabian ministers responsible for legislation providing for sentences of cruel and unusual...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the situation of human rights in Sri Lanka.

      Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the conclusions of the report by the National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups Civil Society Monitoring on the...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current assessment of the situation in Zimbabwe; and what level of aid the United Kingdom is providing to that country.

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