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Written answers

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 26 February 2015 to Question 225524, what progress KPMG has made in its review of the bus market.

    • Bus Services: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Government's policy is on plans by the North East Combined Authority to implement a quality contract scheme for bus services in the Tyne and...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations his Department has received from local residents' groups on High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the total cost of High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's estimate is of the (a) commencement and (b) completion dates for construction of Phase 1 of High Speed 2.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many outstanding disputes there are with train operating companies over payments relating to the decision to hold regulated fares increases at RPI...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the maximum speed of bi-modal IEP trains in regular service will be when they are running on diesel power.

      Midland Main Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to issue East Midlands Trains' Direct Award; and when he expects to make a decision on the rolling stock that will be used on the...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the cost of (a) Reading Station Area Redevelopment, (b) East West Rail Phase 1 and Phase 2, (c) the Northern Hub,...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish a list of all properties on phase 1 of High Speed 2 which lie (a) within 300 metres, (b) between 300 and 500 metres and (c) between...

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the report from the Davies Commission on airport capacity will be published.

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Residents' Commissioner at HS2 Ltd will produce her first quarterly report.

      Railways: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the feasibility of running a proportion of direct train services from London to Liverpool through (a)...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the average cost as a proportion of local market rent levels of homes built under the affordable...

    • Housing Starts: Kingston Upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many new housing starts there have been in Hull local authority area in the last 10 years; and how many such housing starts...

      Animal Experiments: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to make a decision on the appeal relating to a planning application for a facility at Grimston, Yorkshire for the...

  • HM Treasury

    • Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to simplify the tax system for small businesses and the self-employed.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Burma: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the provision of support to stranded Rohingya...

    • Balkans: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will meet his counterparts in the Balkan countries to discuss reducing tensions between Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia.

      Burma: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Burmese authorities about the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Burma.

      Burma: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to (a) raise urgently the situation of Rohingya people on the Andaman Sea with the governments of...

      Burma: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the UN Secretary-General to urge him to (a) lead personally a response to the situation of...

      UK Membership of the EU: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether UK citizens living overseas will be eligible to vote in the planned referendum on the UK's continued membership of the EU.

      UK Membership of the EU: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the franchise for the planned referendum on the UK's continued membership of the EU will exclude (a) citizens of EU...

      Ukraine: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the political situation in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine.

      Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to protect international religious freedom and reduce global religious persecution.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Industry: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his Department's industrial strategy is for (a) Merseyside and (b) the North West.

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many organisations headquartered (a) in Scotland and (b) elsewhere in the UK have (i) applied for and (ii) been awarded funding...

    • Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the Government's policy is on the (a) number and (b) content of the Sustainable Development Goals produced by the UN Open Working...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what response the Government has made to the Synthesis Report of the UN Secretary-General on the Post-2015 Agenda.

      Nepal: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department is offering to Nepal after the recent earthquakes in that country.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the timetable is for the implementation of 30 hours of free childcare to working parents of three and four year-olds; and if she will make a...

    • Children: Daycare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to extend free childcare for working parents.

      Children: Daycare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the annual cost to the public purse of the proposal to extend free childcare to 30 hours per week to working parents.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the trends in the number of students who take vocational GCSEs who go on to study at university.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many vocational GCSEs were taken in each year since 2007.

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many BTEC qualifications at each level were taken in each of the last 10 years.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidelines her Department has issued on how a consultation under sections 5(1) and 5(2) of the Academies Act 2010 should be undertaken.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy that when a significant proportion of (a) parents and (b) staff oppose a proposed conversion of a school to academy...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will issue directions to the governing bodies of schools planning to convert to academy status to require them to publish the outcome of their...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on what grounds parents can object to a consultation process on converting a school to academy status when they do not consider that the consultation...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether there are circumstances in which a consultation under Sections 5(1) and 5(2) of the Academies Act 2010 would not occur during pre-election purdah.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 1.2 of Free Schools: how to apply, published by her Department in February 2015, what definition her Department uses for...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school places have been created through the free school programme.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish all departmental forecasts for projections of high and severe shortages of (a) primary and (b) secondary school places in (i)...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to conduct a review of the effects of the introduction of employment tribunal fees.

    • Courts: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 24 February 2015 to Question 225118, what progress the court reform programme has made in the rebuilding of Sunderland Court.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Bats

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what discussions the Church Commissioners have had with the Department for Communities and Local Government on...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Clyde Naval Base: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of security arrangements at the HMS Neptune base at Faslane (a) in general and (b) around berthed...

    • Trident Submarines: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports he has received since 2010 of fighting between crew members on Trident submarines.

      Navy: Engineers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to encourage engineers to join the Royal Navy; and what plans he has to increase the salaries of engineers in the Royal Navy.

      Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to increase the UK's counter- (a) chemical, (b) biological (c) radiological and (d) nuclear capabilities.

      Ministry of Defence: Private Military and Security Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many contracts his Department has held with private security companies to provide services in (a) Iraq, (b) Afghanistan and (c) other overseas...

      Kurds: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost has been to his Department of providing (a) sharp shooting and (b) first aid training to Kurdish forces by private security firms; and if...

      Clyde Naval Base: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the safety of nuclear submarines on the Clyde; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support the UK is providing to the Iraqi government to counter Islamic State.

      Defence Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current composition is of the Defence Board; when it last met; when the next scheduled meeting is; and what the scheduled meeting programme is...

      Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what organisations in each region have benefitted from the Armed Forces Covenant (Libor) Fund; and how much each such organisation has received.

      Clyde Naval Base: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Statement of 28 May 2015 on Safety at HM Naval Base Clyde, what disciplinary procedures Able Seaman William McNeilly may face over...

      Clyde Naval Base: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Statement of 28 May 2015 on safety at HM Naval Base Clyde, which of Able Seaman William McNeilly's concerns proved to be accurate; and...

      Nuclear Submarines: Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Statement of 28 May 2015 on safety at HM Naval Base Clyde, what the terms of reference are for the investigation into the alleged use of...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what areas of his Department's expenditure spending reductions are planned.

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of housing benefit claimants (a) in total and (b) aged 18 and 21 have children.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Birds: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to improve the habitat of bitterns.

    • Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will introduce a ban on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in England before the end of 2015; and if she...

      Seals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of seals killed off the coast of the UK in each year since 2010.

  • Home Office

    • Domestic Violence: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what needs-specific support her Department provides for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender victims of domestic abuse.

    • Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the performance of Police and Crime Commissioners.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ban legal highs.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations she has received from the Police Federation on the effect of changes in spending on the police.

      Police Stations: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police stations in (a) Sheffield, Heeley constituency and (b) Sheffield have closed since 2010; and how many such stations will...

      South Yorkshire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations she has received on an inquiry into the events of Orgreave in 1984; and if she will make a statement.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to increase awareness of new psychoactive substances and their dangers in the last five years; and what...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made by investigations into cases of historical child abuse.

      Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle Security Industry Authority licences being issued fraudulently.

  • Scotland Office

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had on the potential ramifications of a UK withdrawal from the EU on the Union.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy Efficiency Deployment Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what her policy is on expanding the scope and budget of the Energy Efficiency Deployment Office; and how many staff are employed in...

    • Historic Buildings: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department is taking to make historic houses more energy efficient.

      Renewable Energy: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans she has to encourage the development of off-shore wind combined with tidal generation.

      Photovoltaics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she expects solar photovoltaics to reach grid parity.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of which technology will make the greatest contribution to meeting the Government's commitment to...

      Energy: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what her Department's policy is on the foreign ownership of (a) new nuclear reactors and (b) other new energy infrastructure in the UK.

      Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what representations her Department has received from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on plutonium disposition in the last five...

      Energy: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will prioritise supply chains and the creation of jobs as close as possible to any future development of (a) nuclear...

      Bradwell Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what meetings (a) she, (b) Ministers in her Department and (c) officials in her Department have had on the future of the Magnox site...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Welfare State: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with parties represented in the Northern Ireland Executive on the consequences of failure to pass the Welfare...

    • Welfare State: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the failure to pass the Welfare Reform Bill in the Northern Ireland...

      Foreign Investment in UK: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent steps she has taken to encourage inward investment in Northern Ireland.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Rugby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has for the promotion and development of rugby league.

  • Department of Health

    • Mastectomy: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women in each age cohort have had mastectomies in each of the last five years; and how many of them have had reconstructive breast surgery.

    • Alopecia: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what help the NHS provides to women affected by baldness.

      NHS: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on compulsory redundancies in the NHS.

      Department of Health: International Tax and Investment Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have had with (i) Dave Hartnett and (ii) representatives from the International Tax...

      Virtual Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential for virtual wards to improve health care delivery.

      In Vitro Fertilisation: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of implementing in full the guidance issued by NICE in 2013 on in-vitro fertilisation; and on what...

      Paracetamol: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will issue guidance to parents and teachers warning them of the dangers of the internet dare known as the paracetemol challenge, in which children...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what comparative assessment he has made of the speed with which (a) GPs in the UK and (b) their equivalents in other countries refer patients who might...

      Self-harm: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of self-harm amongst children and young people.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to improve A&E provision in North Northamptonshire.

      General Practitioners: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of people are waiting a week or more to see or speak to a GP; and what assessment he has made of the effects of access to GPs on...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the £22 billion efficiency savings identified in NHS England's Five Year Forward View will entail reductions in staff numbers.

      Hospitals: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in achieving safety in hospitals in special measures.

      Cancer: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to improve cancer survival rates over the next five years.

      Health Services: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government has taken to support third-sector organisations in delivering health services in (a) Eddisbury and (b) England.

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of how seven-day services will improve patient care.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in achieving parity of esteem for mental health services.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Planning Permission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Planning Inspectorate invited comments from the applicant and interested parties regarding the Swansea Bay Lagoon Application (EN010049), including...

  • Department for Transport

    • European Rail Traffic Management System

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the European Rail Traffic Management System on the development of the Digital Railway.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding that country's co-operation with the International Criminal Court concerning...

    • Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for lifting the blockade of Gaza; and what plans, if any, they have to achieve this.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Egypt regarding free passage of goods and people via the Rafah crossing.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with European partners regarding stationing a UN force within Gaza, including NATO coast patrols.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the statement by Prime Minister Netanyahu that "circumstances have to change" for a two-state solution with Palestine to be achievable, what...

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whom they now recognise as the legitimate government of Libya.

      Yemen

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Saudi Arabia concerning the present situation in Yemen.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Nuclear Power Stations: Decommissioning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recently announced reduction in the number of employees working on the decommissioning of nuclear power stations and...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Terrorism: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom nationals who have returned from fighting for Islamic State in either Iraq, Syria, or both, or are currently believed to be fighting...

    • Social Security

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to consult publicly on the proposed scale of reductions in social security budgets and the form in which those reductions may be delivered.

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