Written answers

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2015 to Question 223358, how many UK-based (a) ratings and (b) officers will be employed on the re-named Allseas...

    • Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the cost of replacing Pacer trains in the Northern rail franchise due to start in...

      Rescue Services: Fareham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the breakdown of Fareham Maritime Operations Centre's VHF radio network on 2 February 2015, how long the breakdown lasted; which...

      First Great Western

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish evidence held by his Department supporting the conclusion that passengers on Great Western services do not wish to have buffet cars...

      First Great Western

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to sign off the Great Western direct award.

      First Great Western

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what total amount his Department has spent on consultant fees for the Great Western direct award to date.

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what total amount his Department has spent on consultant fees relating to the Intercity Express Programme to date.

      First Great Western

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Great Western direct award will specify that guards will be responsible for the opening and closing of doors on the new Intercity Express...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Hitachi and Agility Trains on future maintenance depots for the new Intercity Express Programme trains in use for (a)...

      Govia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the performance of Govia in operating the Thameslink franchise.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what input Rail North will have into formulating the response to the consultation for the Northern Rail and TransPennine express franchise; and...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what powers he has to vary, suspend and terminate the current tendering process for Northern Rail and TransPennine Express franchises.

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many approvals his Department has given to (a) close and (b) change hours for ticket offices in the last five years.

  • Home Office

    • Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for (a) passport renewal and (b) a first passport were classified as in progress in each month since June 2014.

    • Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department provides to its managers on how many days training should be made available to staff.

      Children in Care: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to amend Schedule 3 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 in order to ensure...

      Police Stations: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which police stations in each constabulary in the North West have been (a) closed and (b) reduced to part time status since June 2010.

      Police: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many newly qualified police officers have been employed in (a) Preston and (b) each constabulary in the North West of England in each...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the cost of a gun licence has been set at £50 since 2001; and what the net cost to the public purse of the gun...

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the UK's capacity to provide further resettlement opportunities to Syrian refugees whose individual medical...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people granted discretionary leave to remain between October 2011 and September 2014 who have subsequently made an application for...

      Foreign Workers: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what account she took of the recommendations of (a) the Report of the Modern Slavery Bill Evidence Review presented to her on 16 December...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guidance his Department provides to its managers on how many days training should be made available to staff.

    • Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Libyan government on the campaign for equitable compensation for victims of IRA...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the average number of days training of full-time equivalent staff employed in his Department was in each of the last three...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's training budget was in each of the last three financial years.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to page 104 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2013-14, HC 17, what the amount spent was on each...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to page 104 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2013-14, HC 17, what the reasons are for the...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to page 104 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2013-14, HC 17, what the amount spent was on each...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Automation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on digital employment of trends towards increasing automation in that...

    • National Careers Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people aged between 18 and 24 accessed the National Careers Service through each method of interaction in each of the...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many (a) men and (b) women aged 16 to 24 started an apprenticeship in each sector subject area in each of the last five years.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Operational Programmes for 2014-20 have been (a) agreed with and (b)...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission about the capacity of local enterprise partnerships to deliver...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to provide a substantive answer to Question 222042.

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial contribution the Government plans to make to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in (a)...

  • Department for Education

    • Young People: Nottingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will undertake an assessment of the costs and benefits to the community in Nottingham of re-establishing a motor project on the Wheelbase site...

    • Grandparents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to ensure that recent findings of the Local Government Ombudsman relating to grandparents and their grandchildren following family...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2015 to Question 223692, if she will extend all bursaries to all students focusing on core curriculum on the...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children of Chinese origin have been adopted by people resident in the UK in the last five years.

      Children's Centres: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Sure Start children's centres there are in (a) Preston and (b) Lancashire.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2014 to Question 207080, what information her Department collects on the use of the pupil premium allocated to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which contracts worth more than £5 million his Department has signed since 1 September 2014; with whom such contracts have been signed; for what...

    • Administration of Justice: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to simplify the form EX160 for application for fee remission.

      HM Courts Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the availability of front-of-house staff within the Courts Service to assist with the completion of official documents.

      Courts: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many redundancies were (a) planned and (b) made in each (i) magistrates and (ii) Crown court in Lancashire in 2014.

      Dog Fighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been for dog fighting in each of the last five years.

      Domestic Violence: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many domestic violence courts sat at each magistrates' court in Lancashire in 2014.

      Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people convicted of causing death by dangerous driving have not been subject to automatic release in the last three years.

      Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of local magistrate advisory boards were (a) women, (b) men, (c) of BAME origin and (d) aged over 65 on 1 April (i) 1989, (ii) 1994,...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, who the members are of each local magistrate advisory board.

      Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his Department's press release Damian Green: new rehabilitation powers for magistrates, published on 25 March 2014, when he plans to...

      Magistrates' Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of the total work undertaken in magistrates' courts was presided over by (a) lay magistrates and (b) district judges on 1 April (i)...

  • Prime Minister

    • HSBC

      To ask the Prime Minister, when and how he was first made aware of files relating to HSBC and tax evasion.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what briefing his Department provided to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales on (a) the promotion and sale of arms and military equipment and (b)...

    • Air Force: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel are taking part in the Seedcorn initiative; what the location is of each such member of personnel; with what equipment those...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions UK military personnel have provided training in Colombia in each year since 2010; and how many such personnel provided that...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions Colombian armed forces personnel have trained in the UK in each year since 2010; and how many such personnel were trained in each...

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2015 to Question 222435, what the (a) rank, (b) function and (c) location is of the five personnel from the UK...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds about costs incurred by people using the Disability Living Allowance helpline; and if he will make a...

    • Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people living in council and housing association properties in each local authority in Lancashire have been subject to the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what processes his Department has agreed to enable housing associations to be informed when tenants migrate to universal credit.

      Vacancies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of people receiving jobseeker's allowance who have accessed Universal Jobmatch.

      Vacancies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many zero-hours contracts were advertised on Universal Jobmatch in each of the last 12 months.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of former jobseeker's allowance claimants moving into work from the Work Programme in Merseyside, Halton, Cumbria and...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of people expected to claim universal credit who have never previously used the internet.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) number, (b) value and (c) proportion is of incorrect payments made to claimants of universal credit since the scheme was introduced.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many challenges to benefits sanctions have been overturned as a result of tribunal interventions where his Department has not made...

      Funerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department provides on (a) the average cost of a funeral and (b) potential sources of financial support for a funeral to...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library copies of the letter he wrote to the Rt hon. Member for East Ham on Universal Credit in January 2015.

      Social Security Benefits: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of people in Glasgow South West constituency who have found work after having had their benefits sanctioned in...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many calls were made to (a) The Pension Service, 08456060265, (b) Personal Independence Payment, 08458503322, (c) Carer's Allowance Unit,...

      European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the European Social Fund Operational Programme for 2014-20 has been agreed with the European Commission; and when he expects funding...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what arrangements his Department has put in place for situations where application forms requesting an increase in local housing allowance...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobseeker's allowance applications processed by (a) Maryhill Job Centre and (b) Partick Job Centre were subject to monetary sanctions...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will provide guidance to families with variable incomes on how best to choose between universal credit and the tax-free childcare...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the police on (a) dog theft and (b) dog fighting.

    • Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to tackle (a) dog theft and (b) dog fighting.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's training budget was in each of the last three financial years.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average number of days training of full-time equivalent staff employed in her Department was in each of the last...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance her Department provides to its managers on how many days training should be made available to staff.

      Floods: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which towns and cities in England and Wales have been most affected by flooding caused by urban surface run-off following...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, under what criteria she evaluates the humaneness of badger culls.

      Thames Flood Barrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what reviews are being conducted into the Thames Barrier or Thames flood defences.

      Thames Flood Barrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times the Thames Barrier has been closed in each year since 2010.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes have been converted to the Government's affordable rent model since it was introduced.

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) homes and (b) affordable homes have been completed under the Get Britain Building scheme to date; and what...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to answer Question 217184, tabled on 4 December 2014 by the hon. Member for Wolverhampton North East.

      Private Rented Housing: Smoke Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to lay regulations before the House to make the provision of smoke alarms in private rented property compulsory;...

      Bradford City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much Bradford Metropolitan District Council received from central government in grants in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2014-15; and...

      Devolution: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will publish all responses to the consultation on the proposal to amend the constitution of the Greater Manchester...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the European Regional Fund Operational Programme for 2014-20 has been agreed with the European Commission; and when he...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he intends to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Hyndburn dated 14 October 2014 on Hyndburn Homes.

      Shared Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that advance public notice is given to the planned changes to the income eligibility...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department provides to local planning authorities on support for town and parish councils to initiate a...

  • Scotland Office

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many apprentices employed by (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are aged (i) 16 to 18, (ii) 19 to 24 and (iii)...

    • Smith Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what progress has been made on implementation of the Smith Commission recommendations.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the change in the level of real wages in Scotland since May 2010.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the change in the level of real wages in Scotland since May 2010.

  • HM Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what average time was taken by HM Revenue and Customs to pre-approve transfer pricing arrangements in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13, (d) 2013-14 and...

    • Bitcoin: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has made to the European Court of Justice in response to its consideration of the VAT treatment of bitcoin transactions; and if he...

      Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent on (a) recruitment agency fees, (b) outplacement agency fees for displaced or redundant staff and (c) staff training in each...

      Manchester Airport: Air Passenger Duty

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was accrued to the Exchequer in air passenger duty from Manchester Airport in each of the last five years.

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people earning over £100,000 in the most recent tax year for which information is available had their personal allowance (a) partially reduced...

      Unpaid Taxes

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much is owed to HM Revenue and Customs in unpaid tax debt in each of the last four years up to the most recent period for which records are available;...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff were employed by HM Revenue and Customs to tackle inheritance tax avoidance in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d) Wales and (e)...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much tax relief on inheritance tax was granted for (a) agricultural and (b) business property in each the last four years up to the most recent period...

      Economic Situation: Greece

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what issues were (a) discussed and (b) agreed at his meeting with his Greek counterpart on 2 February 2015.

      Health: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what tax and National Insurance incentives there are for employers who participate in programmes and initiatives related to the physical wellbeing of their...

      Ict: Vat

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February to Question 222929, if he will make an assessment of the effect on the market for Cloud services of refunding VAT for...

      National Savings Bonds: Pensioners

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the merits of allowing savings bonds for older people to be used as part of an ISA.

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the number of people currently paying income tax who would not pay that tax if the threshold at which it begins to be payable...

      Income Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many basic rate taxpayers there are in each parliamentary constituency in the UK.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) small, (b) micro and (c) large employers are signed up to the real-time information system for the purposes of universal credit; and how many...

      Personal Savings: Pensioners

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what advice his Department provides to pensioners on how to invest their money.

      Offshore Industry: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2015 to Question 221932, what estimate he has made of the number of redundancies in the offshore drilling sector since...

      Financial Institutions: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimates his Department has made of the amount that would be raised from hedge funds, or similar financial institutions, by closing tax loopholes...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2015 to Question 221932, when the Joint Oil and Gas Industrial Strategy was published; what discussions he has had...

      Offshore Industry: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2015 to Question 221932, what estimate he has made of the effect of the reduction in the rate of Supplementary Charge...

      Debts: Greece

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the possible risk of Greek sovereign default and subsequent effects on the UK banking sector.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received on Equitable Life compensation packages; and if he will make a statement.

      Financial Services: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the potential revenues to the Exchequer arising from an EU financial transaction tax.

      Sports: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on which occasions his Department has received representations on the introduction of special tax arrangements to support a major sporting event since May 2010.

      Banks: Internet

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on consumer indebtedness of decisions by banks to (a) charge consumers to receive information about their accounts...

      Whisky

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs which are supported by the Scotch whisky industry in (a) Barnsley and (b) each nation and region of the UK.

      Economic Situation: Greece

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the consequences for the UK economy of a Greek exit from the Eurozone.

      Economic Situation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the future prospects for the UK's credit rating.

      Health Services: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with Scottish Ministers on the sharing of Scottish NHS data with HM Revenue and Customs.

      Health Services: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what safeguards he plans to put in place to ensure the security of Scottish NHS data shared with HM Revenue and Customs.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what effect he expects the judgement in Edenred (UK Group) v HM Treasury & Ors to have on the timescale for roll-out for the tax free childcare scheme...

      Rio Tinto Group

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether any employees of Rio Tinto plc were seconded to his Department in the last five years.

      Rio Tinto Group

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether any former officials of his Department have taken employment with Rio Tinto plc in the last five years.

      Banks: Stocks and Shares

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the notional value of derivatives held by banks regulated by the UK authorities is; and what information his Department holds on the maturity and...

      Patents

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value of tax reductions for companies under the patent box legislation has been since April 2013.

      Cooperatives

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority on the (a) regulatory approach and (b) registration criteria for co-operatives in the last...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how strict the standard of independent monitoring of shale gas fracking will be; and who will undertake that monitoring.

    • Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much land is currently held by NDA Properties Limited; and what the use, value and location is of that land.

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much land has been sold by NDA Properties Limited in each of the last five years; and how much has been raised as a result of...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the amount of land that will be sold by NDA Properties Limited in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16; and what...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much NDA Properties Limited receive in income from its land and property holdings in each of the last five years.

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the annual staff costs and other operating expenditure of NDA Properties Limited, including through third-party management fees,...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the staff costs and other operating expenditure of NDA Properties Limited in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16,...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much land required for (a) nuclear licensed sites, (b) operational purposes, (c) NDA offices and (d) other purposes is currently...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much he estimates that NDA Properties Limited will receive in income from its holdings in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16.

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the (a) value and (b) amount is of land property holdings held by NDA Properties Limited, by function.

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many holdings are owned by NDA Properties Limited; and what the value is of those holdings.

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2015 to Question 222829, how much of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's expenditure on...

      Nuclear Management Partners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2015 to Question 222816, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed under reachback...

      Nuclear Management Partners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much Nuclear Management Partners has received in executive staff costs in each year since it became the parent body organisation...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, for what reasons community energy schemes are not permitted to supply to local markets; and if he will make an assessment of the...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of units that secured a capacity agreement in the first auctions of the capacity market were based in (a) Scotland,...

      Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the average cost to domestic consumers per kWh of gas in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) each English...

      Electricity: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the average cost to domestic consumers per kWh of electricity in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) each...

      Energy: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many households have received support through the Green Deal in (a) Bradford East constituency and (b) Bradford to date.

      Wind Power: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many wind turbines have been installed in the Yorkshire and Humber region between (a) 2005-10 and (b) 2010-15.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment his Department has made of the ability of community energy co-operatives to deliver reduced energy prices in the UK...

      Energy: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many households have received support through the Energy Companies Obligation in (a) Bradford East constituency and (b) Bradford...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the UK's progress towards meeting its 2020 targets established under the Climate Change Act 2008.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Emergency Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will ensure that the change in definition of ambulance in Government Amendment 43 of the House of Lords Committee stage of the Deregulation Bill...

    • Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has undertaken a post-legislative analysis of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many individuals of each ethnic group were on zero-hour contracts in each of the last 10 years.

      Toxic Shock Syndrome

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many teenage girls and women died in each of the last five years from toxic shock syndrome caused by tampon use.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) men and (b) women were earning the minimum wage in each of the last five years.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of people were earning the minimum wage in each ethnic group in each of the last five years; and what proportion of people earning the...

      Childbirth and Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) live births and (b) stillbirths have been recorded in England and Wales in each year since 2010.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 7 January 2015 from the right hon. Member for Manchester Gorton with regards to Mrs...

    • Battle of Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to commemorate the tercentenary of the Battle of Preston in 1715.

      Broadband: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of superfast broadband in Devon has been implemented by (a) BDUK and (b) BT commercially; and what estimate he has made...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Devolution: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his specific responsibilities are in regards to the Greater Manchester devolution agreement and the appointment and election of a city-region mayor.

  • Department of Health

    • Clacton Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the long-run sustainability of the maternity unit at Clacton Hospital.

    • General Practitioners: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to increase the number of practice staff working in GP surgeries in North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group.

      General Practitioners: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to increase the number of GPs in North East Essex.

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people presented at A&E who were subsequently diagnosed as suffering from lung cancer in (a) the Nottingham area and (b) the UK in the last...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to require the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to produce further regular scientific reviews of the evidence...

      In vitro fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to review the Mitochondrial Donation Regulations 2015 in the event that (a) research by Dr Shoukhrat Mitalipov at Oregon...

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Dispensing Appliance Contractor licenses were issued over the last 10 years in England.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what change there has been in access to prostate cancer treatments since 2012.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects NHS England to publish the third quarter figures for Cancer Drugs Fund notifications and individual Cancer Drugs Fund requests for...

      Meningitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the annual cost of Meningitis B to (a) the NHS and (b) social care.

      Fertility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Clinical Commissioning groups are wholly compliant with NICE guidance on the provision of fertility treatment.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many IVF cycles have been provided on the NHS in England in each year since 2010.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the pilots in the Prime Minister's Challenge Fund are not yet fully operational.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that local authorities commission adult social care services at an hourly rate which provides for staff to...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that patients deemed to have critical need are not affected by the time taken by NHS England to draft a new...

      Health: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what public health grant was awarded to Tower Hamlets in each year from 2005-06 to 2013-14.

      St Bartholomews NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much Barts' Trust has paid for locum staff in each of the last five years.

      Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve diagnosis of hepatic encephalopathy.

      Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the strategy for combating liver disease referred to by the Prime Minister on the 10 Downing Street website on 28 July 2011 has not been...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has made an estimate of the change in the number of donor eggs that will be required by the authorisation of mitochondrial donation.

      Fertility: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2015 to Question HL4441, whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority imposed sanctions on clinics that...

      Disability Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) patients and (b) patients with life-limiting conditions have (i) been assessed by each specialised augmentative and alternative...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2015 to Question 221865, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on future cancer patient outcomes of...

      Colorectal Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress he has made towards full roll-out of the bowel scope screening programme by the end of 2016.

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the provision of counselling and support to those with Crohn's disease.

      Colorectal Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2014 to Question 218494, what the reasons were for the reduction in the number of flexible sigmoidoscopy tests...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2014 to Question 218419 on radiotherapy, how many individual funding requests were (a) received and (b) declined...

      Psoriasis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 9 April 2014, Official Report, columns 261-3W, on psoriasis, what the conclusions were of the NICE Clinical Commissioning Group...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2014 to Question 216131, what processes will be used to promote specialised commissioning expenditure against...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2015 to Question 223644, how many children who (a) were admitted to a hospital bed because of a psychiatric...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to provide additional support for girls with autism.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that sufficient numbers of clinicians capable of diagnosing and treating autism are being trained in (a) Hull and (b)...

      Autism: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce will examine the specific issue of challenges accessing a diagnostic...

  • Department for Transport

    • Air Routes: Belfast

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the proposed acquisition of Aer Lingus by International Consolidated Airlines, whether they have made representations to safeguard the slots...

    • Skipton-Colne Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions in relation to the possible reinstatement of the railway line between Colne and Skipton they have (1) held in the past six months, and (2)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 5 February (HL4559), whether they consider it to be in the interests of the United Kingdom...

    • War Memorials

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has assumed responsibility for the maintenance of the Royal Naval Division memorial from the original charity.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Turkey about proposals to convert many secular schools into Imam Hatip schools and the forced enrolment...

      Burma

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

  • Attorney General

    • Hunting: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to investigate the basis on which the Crown Prosecution Service brought charges against Donald Summersgill and joint-masters...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Mass Media

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the justification for the Ministry of Justice’s refusal to permit visits to any prisons by a reporter from The Guardian.

    • Prisoners: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recommendations made in the report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons of February 2014 reviewing the monitoring of Gypsy, Romany and...

      Prison Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether current staffing levels of HM Prison Service meet the standard complement.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Faulks on 26 January (HL4088), whether every prisoner identified as at risk of suicide or self-harm is automatically...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fisheries: Navy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord De Mauley on 10 February (HL4601), whether the three offshore patrol vessels referred to as fulfilling the Royal Naval...

  • Home Office

    • A55

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many driving offences broken down by nationality and vehicle type were committed on the A55 during (1) 2007, (2) 2011, and (3) 2014.

  • HM Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be the difference between tax avoidance and aggressive tax avoidance.

    • Customs: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact assessments have been carried out regarding the implementation of the Union Customs Code and its impact on micro and small businesses' access to...

      Small Businesses: Bank Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the ease of opening bank accounts for small businesses.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Ministers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is routine policy for the Cabinet Office to contact HM Revenue and Customs to consult it prior to the appointment of a non-elected Minister.

  • Department of Health

    • Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve cancer care across the National Health Service and to ensure that National Health Service staff are trained to meet the...

    • Tobacco

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 10 February (HL4473) concerning meetings with Action on Smoking and Health, whether they have had meetings...

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they take into account the volume of smuggled cigarettes and other tobacco products when calculating the percentage of the United Kingdom's...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, if the draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015 are passed, any person created by the procedures provided...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to introduce a Strategic Clinical Network for musculoskeletal disorders, as recommended by the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to undertake a comprehensive, cross-government strategy and programme for health and work, as recommended by the Arthritis and...

      Fractures

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps will be taken by NHS England and other national health bodies to encourage the local commissioning of fracture liaison services, in the light of...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, Jane Ellison, on 11 September 2014 (HC Deb, cols...

      Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of funding into the artificial pancreas; and why there has not been a call for artificial pancreas research by...

      HIV Infection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new diagnoses of HIV were made in 2014 among (1) heterosexual men and women, and (2) homosexual men and women; and whether they will categorise the...

      Prisoners: HIV Infection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new HIV diagnoses were made among prisoners in 2014 in England and Wales.

      HIV Infection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent on HIV-related information campaign advertising in 2014.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which European Union legislation they have considered in framing the proposed draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations...

      Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the principles and prohibitions regarding eugenic practices in the Council of Europe Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine...

      Nutrition: Research

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new nutritional research has been commissioned by the Department of Health since the machinery of government changes in July 2010.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Local Government Association’s assessment of the impact of spending reductions on the long-term financial...

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