Written answers

Monday, 1 June 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that British citizens without internet access who wish to rent cars abroad for periods exceeding 48...

    • Roads: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to review the spending commitments in the Road Investment Strategy 2015-2020.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he intends to publish HS2 Ltd's report on options for extending high speed rail services to Scotland.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the conclusions of the Office of Rail and Road's Enhancement Cost Adjustment Mechanism review of Network Rail's Control Period 5...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will confirm the route of Phase 2 of High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to publish the first financial report on High Speed 2's preparatory spending.

      Railways: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on privatising or outsourcing the management of (a) railway stations directly managed by Network Rail and (b) Network Rail's...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of progress on High Speed 2.

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to encourage the adoption by the bus industry of the winning submission to the Transport Catapult competition for the...

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the status is of his Department's review of the UK derogation from EU law on training in disability awareness for bus and coach drivers; and...

      Buses: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will encourage bus operators to pass on savings from the low price of bus fuels in the form of greater investment in the bus network and lower fares.

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Government spent on the Bus Service Operators Grant in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15; and how much it intends to spend in 2015-16.

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the winner will be announced of the Transport Catapult competition for the design of audio-visual systems on buses.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made on creating a Tees Valley combined authority; and whether an elected mayor is a pre-condition for...

    • Listed Buildings: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will have discussions with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on changing planning guidance on listed...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Middle East: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received from the government of Iraq on recent developments in Iraq and Syria; and if he...

    • Middle East: Foreign Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for his policies of recent developments in Iraq and Syria; and if...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports his Department has received on the military situation in Yemen; and if he will make a statement.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from the government of Saudi Arabia on recent developments in Yemen; and if he will make a...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to reply to the letters from Michael Hadfield on receipts and payments between the UK and the rest of the EU.

      Mohammed Morsi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Egypt about the death sentence imposed on former President Mohammed...

      Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Saudi Arabia about the death sentence imposed on Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr.

      Burma: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the situation of the Rohingya; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent requests the UK has received from the Iraqi government for support to combat ISIL.

      Iraq: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Iraq.

      Afghanistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Afghanistan.

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Libya.

      Nigeria: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Nigeria.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to the Adult Skills Budget on the number of (a) disadvantaged students able...

    • Carcraft: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if his Department will launch an investigation into the closure of the car dealer Carcraft.

  • Department for International Development

    • Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment her Department has made of the humanitarian situation in Gaza; and if she will make a statement.

    • Nepal: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support the Government has provided to Nepal following the earthquakes on 25 April and 12 May 2015.

      Asia: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of sex-selective abortion on the gender balance in China and India; what assessment her...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 23 of the paper, The Importance of Teaching, published in November 2010, Cm 7980, what steps her Department has taken to...

    • Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department provides to local education authorities (LEAs) on school choices where parents are applying to local grammar and LEA schools.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) primary free schools, (b) secondary free schools and (c) university technical colleges have been approved in each local authority area in...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what forecast her Department has made of the number of unfilled teacher training routes in (a) mathematics, (b) physics and (c) all combined teacher...

      Mathematics: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's (a) mathematics teacher recruitment target and (b) recruitment levels of qualified maths teachers were in each year between 2011...

      Physics: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's (a) physics teacher recruitment target and (b) recruitment levels of qualified physics teachers were in each year between 2011...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's target is for the number of new trainee teachers to begin in schools in each year between 2015 and 2019.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles: Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 23 February 2015 to Question 224466, whether the Strategic Defence and Security Review will address the issues...

    • Afghanistan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the post-Afghanistan review carried out by the Permanent Joint Headquarters and the US Navy.

      Malaria: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of all correspondence between 2010 and 2015 between his Department and Public Health England in relation to use...

      Armed Conflict: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Syria.

      Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many advertisements have been placed and in which publications to advise armed forces personnel of their right to make a complaint following their...

      Warships: Wrecks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to (a) monitor designated and non-designated military wrecks and (b) facilitate the prosecution of those accused of the illegal...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to encourage reductions in food wastage.

  • Home Office

    • Drugs: Decriminalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effects of the decriminalisation of drug use in Portugal on the prevalence of drug use in that...

    • Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many criminal attacks on hunts there have been in each of the last five years.

      Driving under Influence: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were charged with drink driving in the Christmas period in each of the last five years.

      Cash Dispensing: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with banks over measures to reduce fraud at cash point machines.

  • HM Treasury

    • Roads: Capital Investment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to review the spending commitments in the Road Investment Strategy 2015-20.

    • Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average waiting time was for calls to HM Revenue and Customs telephone service in each year for which figures are available.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to change the amount of money raised from small and medium-sized businesses through business rates; and if he will make a statement.

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to alter the rates of air passenger duty; and if he will make a statement.

      Tourism: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to alter the rate of VAT relating to the tourist industry in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

  • Cabinet Office

    • National Security Council: Meetings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the minutes and a summary of the most recent meeting of the National Security Council.

  • Department of Health

    • Obesity: Babies and Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will focus his Department's anti-obesity strategy on pregnant women and babies.

    • Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to reform the Responsibility Deal.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to prohibit embryonic gene-editing technologies developed over the last five years.

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data protection measures are in place when sending patient data to a country that does not appear on the European Commission's list of countries...

      Drugs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of plans in Scotland to double the New Medicines Fund; and what his policy...

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what ways the rebate from the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme has been spent in England; and if he will make it his policy that any future...

      Abortion: Gender Selection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account he has taken of the research performed by Dubuc and Coleman in formulating a strategy for the assessment of the incidence of sex-selective...

      Abortion: Gender Selection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to meet Jeena International, Karma Nirvana and the Sharan Project and other women's groups to discuss their experience of dealing with...

      Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received on the senior management of Southend Hospital; and if he will make a statement.

      South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust: Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received on the senior management of South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust; and if he will make a...

      King George Hospital Redbridge: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the closure of accident and emergency services at King George Hospital on older people.

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