Written answers

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 January 2015 to Questions 219215 and 219414, what assessment he has made of (a) the comparative proportions of public and...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact that HS2 will have on rail freight operations on the West Coast Mainline.

      Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what incentives are in place for freight operators to reduce road freight and use other modes of transport.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funds the Government has provided to tackle potholes in Esther and Walton constituency in each year since 2010.

  • Home Office

    • Police Federation of England and Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times and on which dates she has met representatives of the Police Federation of England and Wales since May 2010.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei to protect Ngok Dinka...

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has recieved about the imprisonment and welfare of (a) Dr Abduljalil Alsingace and (b) other political...

      Turkmenistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department last raised human rights concerns at ministerial level with the government of Turkmenistan.

      Human Rights Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he next plans to convene his Human Rights Advisory Group.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Bahrain on the detention and treatment of political prisoners.

      Boko Haram

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the capacity of the Economic Community of West African States to tackle the threat from Boko Haram.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received about allegations of violence by Soco International in Virunga National Park.

      Turkmenistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will press the government of Turkmenistan to fulfil specific benchmarks set by the European Parliament as a condition of...

      European Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to bring about reform of the two seat operation of the European Parliament.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote fundamental freedoms in Saudi Arabia and to dissuade the government of that country from...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Indian government on the use of torture on terror suspects; and if he will make a...

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2015 to Question 219031, whether there were any discussions between UK Ministers or...

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2015 to Question 219031, whether he was consulted by the intelligence agencies or other UK...

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2015 to Question 219031, on how many occasions the intelligence agencies discussed the...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Palestinian Authority about the steps it can take to ensure the unhindered operation of...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the stability of the Fatah-Hamas Unity government in the Palestinian Authority.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress she has made on implementation of the Stormont House Agreement; and if she will make a statement.

    • *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress she has made on implementation of the Stormont House Agreement; and if she will make a statement.

  • Attorney General

    • Shoplifting

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2014 to Question 218070, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in shoplifting between 2010 and 2014.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the total value was of the loans underpinned by the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme in each year since its inception;...

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what progress the Government has made on supporting businesses.

      Property Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on small and micro businesses of centralising local land charges registers.

      Property Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what safeguards are in place to ensure that prospective home-ownership deals do not collapse as a result of centralising local...

      Apprentices: Stafford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprenticeship starts there were in Stafford constituency in each year since 2008.

  • Department for International Development

    • Sudan: South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make representations to the World Food Programme requesting it to consult South Sudanese members of AJOC and Dinka Ngok...

    • Sudan: South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has funded any aid or development programmes in (a) Al Dayiri, (b) El Tashween, (c) Makenis, (d) Al Askar, (e)...

      Sudan: South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether armed Misseriya or Twic militias have benefited from her Department's aid programmes targeted at northern areas of Abyei where...

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to increase teacher recruitment in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) England.

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools in each local authority area applied for additional capital funding for the universal infant free school meals initiative through the...

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many complaints her Department has received about careers advice in schools in each year since 2009-10.

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2015 to Question 221152, how many staff in schools had the role of careers adviser in the academic year (a)...

  • Leader of the House

    • Leader of the Opposition

      To ask the Leader of the House, what the cost to the public purse was of the Leader of the Opposition's Short Money travel allowance, paid to the Labour Party, in each individual financial year...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with the Health and Safety Executive about backlogs of safety-critical maintenance work on offshore installations...

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many calls were made to the disability living allowance helpline, 08457 123456 in each of the last five financial years; how much revenue...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which operational installations in the North Sea have a backlog of safety-critical maintenance work; and what the deadlines are for completion...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to improve protection for ancient woodland in (a) England and (b) Staffordshire.

    • National Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to encourage more children to use national parks.

      Wildlife: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on the implementation of commitments made by (a) the UK and (b) partner nations at the London...

      Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to amend or repeal the Hunting Act 2004 before the end...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government of 15 December...

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the comparative change has been in local authority funding at the 10 (a) most and (b) least deprived local authority areas...

      Forced Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on proactive inspection of houses of multiple occupation for cases of...

  • HM Treasury

    • Vat

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with business organisations about changes to VAT invoicing requirements when discounting for early payment.

    • Vat

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the effect on businesses of changes to VAT invoicing on...

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of VAT collected from the sale of sanitary products in the last five years.

      Financial Services: EU Action

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made on securing an emergency brake for any member state on future EU legislation affecting financial services.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Fossil Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment his Department has made of (a) future changes in fossil fuel energy prices and (b) the implications of such changes...

    • Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2015 to Question 219697, if he will revise calculations of value for money delivered by the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of young people aged 16 to 18 living in (a) Bethnal Green and Bow constituency and (b) England had a working or...

  • Department of Health

    • Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department provides to GPs about the prescription of anti-depressants and the need to reduce the risk of overdose.

    • Dialysis Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which bodies his Department and NHS England consulted before deciding to remove specialised commissioned service status from dialysis and passing down...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department last updated the guidance it issues to the NHS on dealing with women who have undergone FGM.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of ambulances have had to queue for more than 30 minutes outside A&E at (a) Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation...

      Hospitals: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of elective operations were cancelled on or after the day of admission for non-clinical reasons at (a) Sherwood Forest...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of patients had to wait for four hours or more at A&E at (a) Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and (b)...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients aged over 90 arrived at A&E at (a) Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and (b) Nottingham University Hospitals in a blue...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2015 to Question 220819, what weight was given to previous evidence of successful management of NHS data programmes...

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the full evaluation report of the Be Clear on Cancer regional pilot for ovarian cancer.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer from the Secretary of State for Health of 2 January 2015 to Question 219648, if he will make arrangements for any decision to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • EU Action: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each government department, from January to June 2014, (1) on how many occasions the scrutiny reserve resolution in the House of Lords was overridden,...

    • Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about the alleged harassment by armed soldiers of refugees from the Kobane region of Syria at...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Foreign Secretary last met the Spanish Foreign Minister to discuss Gibraltar; and whether there are any plans to do so again in the near future.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the state of freedom of expression in Saudi Arabia; whether they have raised with the government of Saudi Arabia the sentence of...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking over the treatment of Raif Badawi.

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 13 January (HL3931), what assessment they have made of progress in the Israeli investigation...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they recognise a de facto existence of democratic administrations in the Kurdish cantons of northern Syria; and if so, what communications they have...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the right of the cantons of northern Syria to negotiate for themselves in any future process for peace within Syria.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the Syrian refugee crisis and the ongoing war in that country, they will reconsider their policy of demanding the resignation of...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the United Nations Population Fund's estimate that as many as 25,000 women and girls in South Sudan are at risk of sexual...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the talks which have taken place in Juba between President Kikwete of Tanzania and President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan.

      Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the scale of human rights abuses in Nigeria, with particular reference to the activities of Boko Haram; and what assistance they...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the scale of human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, with particular reference to corporal punishment, lashes, beheading and...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the scale of the use and proposed use of the death penalty in Pakistan; and what representations they have made to the government...

      Lebanon

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the support given by the government of Lebanon to the refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria; and what proposals they have...

      Colombia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what practical steps they are taking to follow up the visit of the Prime Minister's Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict to...

      Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to create a concerted European and Middle-Eastern effort to deny funding to ISIS, in particular from sales of oil and antiquities,...

      Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are examining with religious scholars and Arab civil society ways to delegitimise the ideology of jihadis and takfiris.

      Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the presence of ISIL fighters in Helmand Province in Afghanistan since the withdrawal of British troops; and what...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on efforts to degrade and defeat ISIL, in the light of recent reports that one third of Syrian territory is now under ISIL's control.

  • Department for International Development

    • Kashmir

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have provided any financial support for the redevelopment of houses destroyed during recent floods in Indian-administered Kashmir.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children in England do not attend primary or secondary school on a full-time basis.

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

    • Parliament: Correspondence

      To ask the Chairman of Committees how many items of correspondence were received in the Palace of Westminster in 2014; and, of those, what proportion was received in the House of Lords.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aircraft: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cause of the accident involving a British Royal Air Force Airbus A330-200 (RRR2740) from Royal Air Force Brize Norton at St John’s,...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Lyme Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent of Lyme disease in the United Kingdom in (1) sheep, (2) other farm animals, (3) domestic animals, and (4) wild...

    • Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which government or local government department is responsible for the welfare of horses on (1) an official Department for Environment, Food and Rural...

  • Home Office

    • British Nationals Abroad: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 300 United Kingdom citizens who have returned from Syria have been (1) investigated for criminal acts, and (2) charged with terrorism-related...

    • Telecommunications: Databases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, on 14 January (HC Deb, cols 819–71), that the proposals in the Communications Data Bill...

      Identity Cards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of introducing identity cards as a means of tracking the use of public services, monitoring anti-social and...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Prime Minister on 25 November 2014 (HC Deb, col 749), how much of the extra £130 million allocated to combat terrorism...

  • HM Treasury

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the volume of trade between the United Kingdom and the European Union, using the latest figures available, and broken down by England, Wales,...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • European Energy Charter

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the Energy Charter Treaty.

    • Wind Power

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to review the current rate of subsidy offered to suppliers of energy generated from wind farms.

  • Department of Health

    • Lyme Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information, advice and training is provided to doctors and nurses on the symptoms and treatment of Lyme disease; what advice is provided to general...

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