Written answers

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse will be of keeping rail fare rises below the level of inflation until the end of this Parliament.

    • Eurotunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Eurotunnel about reliability of services.

      Railways: WiFi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether free WiFi will be required of train operating companies in all future franchise agreements.

      Cycling: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to announce the Cycling and Investment Strategy.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 8 November 2010 to Question 21910, Official Report, column 112W, how many accidents involving a car towing, by item on...

      Roads: Herefordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to reduce the number of potholes in Herefordshire.

      Railways: Herefordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve the rail service from Paddington to Hereford.

      Shipping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to record the number of (a) trainee and (b) apprenticeship seafarer ratings in the domestic maritime industry each year;...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason forecasts of future numbers of (a) UK certificated officers, (b) non-UK certificated officers, (c) cadets and (d) ratings do not...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many households in the London Borough of Southwark applied for housing assistance under the homelessness legislation of the...

    • Private Rented Housing: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many households in the London Borough of Southwark were evicted from private rental accommodation in each of the last 10 years.

      Housing: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will estimate the change in the average house price in the London Borough of Southwark in each of the last 10 years.

      Private Rented Housing: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will estimate the level of change in median monthly rent in the private sector in the London Borough of Southwark for (a)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Mohammed Morsi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Egyptian government to reconsider the death sentence imposed on former President Morsi.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • General Election 2015: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when she expects the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland to publish the list of candidates' expenses relating to the recent General Election.

    • National Crime Agency: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) full and (b) part-time personnel will be engaged exclusively in duties for the National Crime Agency in Northern Ireland in the...

      Stormont House Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps she is taking to bring forward legislative proposals to implement the Stormont House Agreement.

  • Attorney General

    • Private Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, on how many occasions the Director of Public Prosecutions has (a) taken over and (b) discontinued private prosecutions in the last 10 years for which data is available.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to announce details of the planned review of employment laws and practices; and what consultations he plans to...

    • Students: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on the number of student accommodation units that are provided by (a) St John's...

      Students: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on the number of students at (a) St John's University, York, (b) the University of York...

  • Department for International Development

    • Burma: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is providing to Rohingya migrants stranded in South East Asia.

    • Department for International Development: Private Military and Security Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many contracts her Department has held with private security companies for work in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in each of the...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what priority she gives to promoting economic development in countries which receive UK aid.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to increase the capacity of developing countries to collect tax.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help developing countries gain access to EU markets.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to promote access to education in developing countries.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will take steps to ensure that the UK continues to lead responses to humanitarian emergencies and help countries at risk better...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what priorities her Department has for the inter-governmental negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the situation of refugees affected by conflict in Syria and Iraq.

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what monitoring is undertaken of the recruitment of teachers in (a) comprehensive schools, (b) academies and (c) free schools.

    • Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations she has received on the ability of (a) comprehensive schools, (b) academies and (c) free schools to recruit teachers.

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to improve the recruitment of mathematics and science teachers in (a) comprehensive schools and (b) academies.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the availability of special educational needs and disability provision in schools.

      Cooperative Trust Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential benefits of cooperative schools.

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of the allocation of (a) physics and (b) mathematics teacher recruitment places are allocated to (i) higher education institutions and...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department will publish the next School Workforce Census.

      University Technical Colleges: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many recruits will be taken on by (a) the University of Birmingham UTS and (b) Cambridge University UTS in September (i) 2015, (ii) 2016 and (iii)...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the conversion rate is from initial teacher training to newly qualified teacher accreditation for the last three years for which figures are...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of initial teacher training allocations will be filled by the Schools Direct Programme in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, (d) 2018 and...

      Teachers: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many agency teachers were hired by state-funded schools in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2013-14.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the terms of reference are for the research commissioned by her Department from the University of Nottingham on retentions levels in the teaching...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many final-year physics trainees there were in (a) 2011, (b) 2012, (c) 2013 and (d) 2014; how many such people were awarded qualified teacher...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many final-year mathematics trainees there were in (a) 2011, (b) 2012, (c) 2013 and (d) 2014; how many such people were awarded qualified teacher...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) stillbirths and (b) perinatal deaths were referred to HM Coroner services in England and Wales in each year since 2010.

    • Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in how many prisons there are no illegal drugs.

      Human Rights Act 1998

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998.

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the Written Statement of 18 December 2013, Official Report, column...

  • Prime Minister

    • Prime Minister's Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister, what his policy is on reform of Prime Minister's Questions.

    • Official Residences

      To ask the Prime Minister, if he will rent out (a) Chequers, (b) Chevening and (c) Dorneywood.

      Peers

      To ask the Prime Minister, by what formula will party political makeup of new appointments to the House of Lords be made over this Parliament.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Trident Submarines: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many formal reports his Department has received of firefighting fog sprays being activated in weapon stowage compartments on Trident submarines in...

    • Trident Missiles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the results are of all WP186 missile compensation tests undertaken by Trident submarines since May 2010.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on establishing a Joint Command for Unmanned Aerial Systems.

      Clyde Naval Base: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines is responsible for final denial at HNMB Clyde and RNAD Coulport only when nuclear weapons are...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review: Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the forthcoming Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the devolved administrations on the forthcoming Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review: Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for (a) Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and (b) International Development on the forthcoming...

      Ministry of Defence: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Ministry of Defence spending in 2015-16 and future years.

      Armed Forces: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to improve morale in the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Aircraft Carriers: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the crew size for each of the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers once they have become operational.

      Navy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what projections his Department has made of the target strength of the Royal Navy for each of the next five years.

      Navy: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were recruited to the Royal Navy in each month since May 2014.

      NATO: Joint Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is of the UK contribution to and involvement in NATO Allied Shield exercises.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total annual spending on housing benefit and jobseeker's allowance is for people aged between 18 and 21; and what proportion of the...

    • Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average duration was of housing benefit claims by 18 to 21 year olds who were (a) in employment, (b) unemployed and (c) inactive in...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to encourage pension providers to invest responsibly.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will analyse the distributional effect of the policy options for reducing his Department's expenditure.

      Asbestos: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what health and safety regulations apply to the demolition of buildings containing asbestos and prior exposure of staff who previously worked...

      Asbestos: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what regulations apply to the recording and maintenance of information on asbestos in buildings; and for what period such records should be...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many families in each parliamentary constituency were in receipt of benefits in excess of £26,000 before the introduction of the...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many families in each parliamentary constituency are in receipt of benefits in excess of £23,000.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of households in each (a) region, (b) constituent part of the UK and (c) constituency that would be...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people who will be claiming universal credit in April (a) 2016, (b) 2017, (c) 2018, (d) 2019...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish details of the earnings thresholds for universal credit that will be used to determine eligibility and entitlement to...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people residing (a) in inner London, (b) in outer London and (c) outside London who would be...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people who (a) receive the work-related activity component of employment and support allowance, (b)...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to encourage the consumption of (a) eggs, (b) bacon, (c) chicken and (d) butter.

  • Home Office

    • Immigrants: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation was conducted with stakeholders affected by the reforms for delivery of approved English language qualifications for...

    • Ketamine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with regards to the decision of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs to postpone consideration of including ketamine under Schedule 4 of the...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the findings of the report Drugs: International Comparators, published in October 2014, if she will review her...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what facilities and resources her Department has to assess the chemical content of suspected new psychoactive substances that are identified...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to consult with relevant (a) trading standards, (b) police, (c) prison service, (d) public health practitioners and (e)...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the risk of displacement of sales to the internet following implementation of the Government's...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost is of policing the badger cull.

  • HM Treasury

    • Loans: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the current status is of the previous Government's loan to the government of Ireland; and what proportion of that loan remains outstanding.

    • Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the aggregate household debt in the UK on 8 May 2015.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Infrastructure: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will take steps to repeal the Infrastructure Planning Standing Order.

    • Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the capacity margin for UK electricity generation during winter 2015-16.

      Wind Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what her policy is on subsidies for on-shore wind generation; whether legislative proposals will be brought forward to implement that...

      Wind Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the timetable is for the abolition of subsidies for onshore wind farms in England and Wales.

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the implications for her Department's policies are of the decision of the Pension Ombudsman in the case of Mr Milne on 15 May...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many people are classed as living in fuel poverty in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) Sheffield, Brightside and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many workers in the UK are on zero-hours contracts.

    • Epilepsy: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people died from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy in each of the last five years.

      Back Pain

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many working days in each age cohort were lost to back pain in each of the last five years.

      Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of Individual Electoral Registration on the number of registered voters aged 18 to 24.

      Minimum Wage: Working Hours

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people earning the national minimum wage work (a) fewer than 30 hours per week, (b) between 30 and 37.5 hours per week and (c) 37.5 or more...

      Constituencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of potential savings to the public purse from reducing the number of Parliamentary constituencies to 600.

      Constituencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will abolish the future planned limit on the number of Parliamentary constituencies at 600.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to to the Written Statement of 9 January 2015, HCWS18, on maximising voter registration, what proportion of each of the funding streams...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to to the Written Statement of 9 January 2015, HCWS18, on maximising voter registration, if the Government will provide further funding...

      Constituencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to respond to the 8th Report of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee of Session 2014-15, What next on the...

      Internet: Disability

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to increase disabled people's access to the internet.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what qualifications and at what level are required of the personnel in charge who have responsibility for children taking part in residential training...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects the BBC's Charter renewal negotiations to begin.

    • Independent Press Standards Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the replacement body for the Press Complaints Commission will commence work.

      Newspaper Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his policy is on freedom of the press and responsible self governance by the press.

      Sportsgrounds: Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage sport stadiums across the UK to meet the recommendations of Sport England and the...

      Football: Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to monitor numbers of incidents of football fans using derogatory terms for disabled people (a) at matches and...

      Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure fair and equal distribution of public funding for museums and the arts across the UK.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Postal Services

      To ask the hon. Member for Mole Valley representing the House of Commons Commission, when and how it was decided to stop using Royal Mail to deliver parliamentary mail to hon. Members.

  • Department of Health

    • Care Homes: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that residents in care homes have access to therapies to improve their mental wellbeing.

    • NHS: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to respond to the Sixth Report of the Public Administration Select Committee of Session 2014-15, entitled Investigating Clinical...

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure the availability of hearing aids.

      Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Act 2015

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress he has made on implementation of the provisions of the Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Act 2015.

      General Practitioners: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of GPs in England are over 50 years old.

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department will meet the cost of making the NHS a full seven day a week service.

  • Department for Education

    • Secondary Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have, if any, to publish a statement of their objectives for education in secondary schools in the maintained sector, in particular their...

  • Department of Health

    • NHS England: Correspondence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that NHS England produces prompt and comprehensive replies to correspondence from MPs and Members of the House of Lords.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Fracking: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether onshore fracking for gas in Wales will become the responsibility of the National Assembly for Wales.

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