Written answers

Friday, 20 March 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many off-payroll engagements there were in (a) his Department and (b) each of his Department's arms-length bodies in each of the last five years.

    • Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what amount his Department and its agencies spent on research and development in each year since 2010-11; and what proportion such spending was of...

      Railways: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library a map showing the assumed origin and destination overground, underground or mainline station in London used to predict...

      Railways: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what formula his Department used to calculate the likely distribution of use between Euston and Old Oak Common of passengers from each London...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what forecast his Department has made of the number of passengers who will use High Speed 2 in (a) the year after the opening of Phase 1, (b) the year...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) surveys, (b) modelling or (c) other methods his Department used to calculate the distribution across London transport zones of High Speed 2...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what forecast his Department has made of the number of passengers from each London transport zone who will board or leave High Speed 2 (HS2) trains in...

      Railways: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the level of punctuality was for Southern and Thameslink passenger rail services running into London in the last 12 months.

  • Home Office

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what amount his Department and its agencies spent on research and development in each year since 2010-11; and what proportion...

    • Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what restrictions are in place on the export of medical equipment to Iran.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Higher Education: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students from Bradford were the first to go to university from their family in each year since 2005.

    • Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the average number of subjects or courses offered by further education colleges was in each of the past five years; and...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff in his Department and its executive agencies and associated bodies were engaged off-payroll in each of the last...

      Technology: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprentices were doing their apprenticeships in technology companies in (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014.

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he plans to take to clarify intellectual property regulations.

      Adult Education: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what funding has been allocated for adult skills in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) each parliamentary constituency in...

      Adult Education: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the budget for funding of adult skills in (a) the North East and (b) Stockton North constituency is for 2015-16; and what...

      Adult Education: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the budget for the funding of adult skills in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Birmingham, Northfield constituency is in...

      Innovate UK: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the merits of siting the new Energy Systems Catapult project in Devon, Cornwall or Somerset.

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the level of funding his Department will provide to further education colleges for the provision of...

  • Department for International Development

    • Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what amount her Department and its agency spent on research and development in each year since 2010-11; and what proportion such...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps she has taken to help parents in work with the costs of childcare.

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many staff in her Department and its executive agencies and associated bodies were engaged off-payroll in each of the last five years up to the...

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will estimate the proportion of students who left school having had practical work experience in (a) the Royal Borough of Windsor and...

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what amount her Department and its agencies spent on research and development in each year since 2010-11; and what proportion such spending was of...

      Teachers: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she has taken to enable people with local business expertise to enhance teaching in schools.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that wider provision of free school meals does not affect take-up of pupil premium funding.

      Absent Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will update her guidance to schools on the release of reports and other information on the educational progress of pupils to non-resident...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average cost per hour of childcare was (a) in a nursery and (b) with a child minder in (i) York Central constituency, (ii) City of York local...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will amend the School Admissions Code to allow schools to take into account the length of time a child has been on a waiting list in instances...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to update the data contained in its publications of Capital funding for open free schools and Revenue expenditure for...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many specialist teachers of (a) art, (b) history, (c) English, (d) physical education and (e) drama taught mathematics in state secondary schools...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many planning areas in England are in need of additional primary school places by September 2015; in how many of those planning areas there has...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what amount his Department and its agencies spent on research and development in each year since 2010-11; and what proportion such spending was of total...

    • Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what funds his Department allocated to contractors to manage each privately-run prison in (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2015 to Question 226517, if he will place a copy of the review by the Tornado Collision Service Inquiry Panel in the...

    • Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the statement by the Chief of Staff of the US Army that he was very concerned by the...

      Air Force: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress is being made by the RAF on recruitment to the Northern Ireland University Air Squadron.

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2015 to Question 226869, for what reasons the Answer stated that approval for the Maritime Heritage Foundation to...

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 3 of Annex F of MAA RA 1210, how and when he expects the validity of Tornado GR4 ALARP statement to be decided by the...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any recent study has been made of the value for money and operation of the Reserve Forces and Cadets' Associations.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) York Central constituency and (b) City of York local authority area had their housing allowance abated because of the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received from farmers required to submit single farm payment applications online on concerns...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons farmers are currently unable to register online for the new single farm payment application.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many private and public sector housing completions there were in England in each year from 1985 up to the latest year for...

    • Social Rented Housing: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many households in Blackpool South constituency were on local authority housing waiting lists in (a) May 2010 and (b)...

      Housing: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many families were recorded as living in overcrowded conditions in Blackpool South constituency in (a) 2010 and (b) the...

      Affordable Housing: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many affordable homes were built (a) for rent and (b) for purchase in Blackpool South constituency in each year from 2010...

      Non-domestic Rates: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of small firms and shops likely to be affected by the planned reduction in business...

  • HM Treasury

    • Oil: Prices

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when Ministers of his Department last met representatives of the oil and gas industry to discuss the fiscal implications of falling oil prices for the North...

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether there is a lower corporation tax limit for clubs, voluntary organisations and charities below which such organisations are not required to submit...

      Electronic Cigarettes: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the European Commission and his counterparts from other EU member states on the taxation of e-cigarettes.

      Electronic Cigarettes: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on proposals for EU-level harmonised taxation on e-cigarettes; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2015 to Question 224408, on Green Deal Scheme, how many assessor organisations and installers those...

    • Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when Ministers of his Department last met representatives of the oil and gas industry; what was discussed at that meeting; and if he...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 9 January 2015 to Question 219617, whether further evaluation of the benefits of supporting projects of...

      Electricity: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the average industrial electricity price is in the (a) UK and (b) US.

      Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the current average industrial gas price is in the (a) UK and (b) US.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Technology: New Businesses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many new technology businesses have been registered in (a) Windsor constituency, (b) Berkshire and (c) the UK since 2010.

    • Research

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what amount his Department and its agencies spent on research and development in each year since 2010-11; and what proportion such spending was of...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, (a) how many people and (b) what proportion of the workforce were employed on zero hours contracts in (i) York Central constituency, (ii) City of York...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff in his Department and its executive agencies and associated bodies were engaged off-payroll in each of the last five...

    • Football: Qatar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make representations to FIFA on reducing deaths among workers constructing stadia and infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup...

  • Department of Health

    • Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies spent on consultancy services in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 to date.

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff in his Department and its executive agencies and associated bodies were engaged off-payroll in each of the last five years up to the most...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements his Department has in place to monitor and assess the progress of local clinical commissioning groups in implementing the...

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what amount his Department and its agencies spent on research and development in each year since 2010-11; and what proportion such spending was of total...

      Brain Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of a ketogenic diet in treating brain cancer patients.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what technologies are being developed with support from the Small Business Research Initiative programmes of (a) his Department and (b) NHS England; and...

      Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings Ministers of his Department have held with external organisations to discuss the efficacy of homeopathy in healthcare since 2010.

      Astrology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received since 2010 on the efficacy of astrology in healthcare.

      Health Services: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the final report by PwC on the financial challenge facing the NHS in Devon, which was completed in August 2014.

      Health Services: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions Ministers in his Department have had with NHS England on the increasing financial deficit in NHS organisations in Devon.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was for cancer test results (a) at York Hospital and (b) in England in 2009-10 and each subsequent year.

      York Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was for elective inpatient or day-case treatment at York Hospital (a) overall and (b) in each speciality in 2009-10 and...

      Drugs: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people under 18 years of age have been treated in NHS-funded mental health units for cannabis-induced psychosis in each of the last five years.

      Drugs: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people under 18 years of age have been referred to addiction treatment services in each of the last five years.

      Contraceptives: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has conducted or commissioned research into whether there is a link between the promotion of hormonal contraceptives in teenage...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements are in place to monitor side-effects resulting from women's use of emergency hormonal contraception.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the needs and rights of refugee and asylum-seeking children, as set out in Article 22 of the United Nations...

  • Department for Education

    • Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many sponsored academies have changed sponsor since 2010.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reported links between the settler group Elad and the Israeli Antiquities Association.

    • Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the new Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Programme of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions their representatives have had with the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and with President Kabila in relation to...

      Eritrea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 24 February 2014 (HL5333) concerning the enforced extraction of a two per cent tax on the Eritrean...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Iran about restrictions on women's reproductive health choices.

      Botswana

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord De Mauley on 24 February (HL4991), and in the light of the United Kingdom's special responsibility for the rights of...

      Botswana

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord De Mauley on 24 February (HL4991), whether they consider that the government of Botswana's decision not to supply food...

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