Written answers

Thursday, 11 June 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department is giving to Hertfordshire County Council to assist with the upkeep of local roads.

    • Midland Main Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to reinstate the half-hourly train service north from Kettering when the Midland mainline is electrified.

      Transport for London: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to provide additional financial support to Transport for London for the purposes of meeting the cost of increasing rail...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the plans for Euston Station and High Speed 2 will be announced; and if he will make a statement.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

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

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the route of Phase 1 of High Speed 2 has been surveyed.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the report on the extension of High Speed 2 to Scotland will be published; and if he will make a statement.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with vehicle hire companies on the ending of the physical paper driving licence.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information campaign was in place to publicise the end of the physical paper driving licence; and what feedback has been received on the...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the rail franchise system.

      Tyne and Wear Metro: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the performance of the Tyne and Wear Metro.

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to alleviate road congestion.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of bus services in England.

      East Anglia Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on rail franchising in the Greater Anglia region.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on improving road safety.

      Rolling Stock: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the performance and quality of rolling stock on the national rail network.

  • Home Office

    • Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the appropriateness of the length of time taken to process Disclosure and Barring Service checks; and...

    • Police: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the policing budget for the West Midlands in each of the next five years.

      Police: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will review the expected standard of front-line policing in the West Midlands over the next five years.

      Police: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations she has received on front-line policing in the West Midlands; and if she will make a statement.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to eliminate people trafficking into the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Arrests: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of arrests made in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley and (c) South Yorkshire...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the findings of the annual report of the European Monitoring Centre for...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Travel: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to promote the use of travel insurance by people travelling on holiday abroad.

    • Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which of his Cabinet colleagues will represent the UK at the (a) UN Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa from 13...

      Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether Scottish Government Ministers or officials will be invited to join the UK delegation to the (a) UN Financing for...

      Nigeria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is providing to the Nigerian authorities to counter violence and militant attacks.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Prime Minister's press release of 18 August 2014, what steps he is taking to assess the impact of his...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Parades: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with devolved institutions in Northern Ireland to ensure a safe and peaceful 2015 marching season.

    • Northern Ireland Office: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the Prime Minister's press release of 18 August 2014, what steps she is taking to assess the impact of her Department's...

      Human Rights Act 1998: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice of 3 June 2015 to Question 368, what assessment she has...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Exports: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department plans to take to promote helpline services for UK exporters and firms seeking to export.

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to HM Treasury's press release, Chancellor announces £4.5 billion of measures to bring down debt, published...

      Construction Industry Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his policy is on future government support for the Construction Industry Council.

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his policy is on future government support for the UK space sector.

      Office for Life Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his policy is on future government support for the Office for Life Sciences.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she has taken to ensure that the UK's international development strategy supports older people.

    • Department for International Development: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Prime Minister's press release of 18 August 2014, what steps she is taking to assess the impact of her...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support her Department is providing to the local council in Torbay to improve the supply and quality of local school places.

    • Academies: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Academies were rated as requires improvement or worse by Ofsted at their last inspection.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools which have remained as maintained schools following an inadequate Ofsted grade and been subsequently re-inspected have been graded...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2015 to Questions 646 to 649, what the names are of the 30 federated schools which have been granted an academy order...

      Academies: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many academy schools rated inadequate by Ofsted since the new Ofsted categories were introduced have been transferred to a new sponsor.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many maintained schools graded as inadequate by Ofsted have converted to Academy status and have been re-inspected and been graded (a)...

      Education and Adoption Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2015 to Question 1006, whether the parliamentary scrutiny cited in that Answer refers to the publication of those...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of time was for fee remission in employment tribunal claims in the latest period for which figures are available; and what...

    • Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much income from employment tribunal fees has been raised since their introduction; and what amount of such fees has been repaid to claimants.

      Perinatal Mortality: Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the inquest into the death of Clara Tully, if he will bring forward proposals to allow inquests on infants who die during labour.

      Ministry of Justice: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Prime Minister's press release of 18 August 2014, what steps he is taking to assess the impact of his Department's policies on the...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the amount of money recovered from employment tribunal fees when claims are settled before a final hearing over the last...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

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

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to section 98 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, how many and which companies have been ordered to conduct equal pay...

      Young Offender Institutions: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the average number of hours of purposeful activity delivered each week at each young offenders institution in each year...

      Youth Custody: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the ratio of staff to young person in each (a) young offender institution and (b) secure training centre in each year since...

      Young Offender Institutions: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of incidents where restraint was used in each young offender institution in each year since 2010.

      Youth Custody: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of assault incidents in each (a) young offender institution and (b) secure training centre in each year since 2010.

  • Prime Minister

    • Mediterranean Sea: Refugees

      To ask the Prime Minister, if the Government will send a representative to the (a) European Council meeting on 25-26 June 2015 and (b) Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting on 16 June 2015 to...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aid: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 27 May 2015 to Question 207, whether Explosive Risk Management Ltd was contracted to provide counter-IED training in Iraq in...

    • Mediterranean Sea: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Royal Navy is taking to deal with the number of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea.

      Afghanistan: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will bring forward plans to hold a public inquiry into the British military involvement in Afghanistan since 2006.

      VJ Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VJ Day.

      RAF Volunteer Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian pilots were serving in the Royal Air Force Reserves in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many adult volunteers there were in each of the cadet forces in each year since 2008; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 May 2015 to Question 157, on armed forces disciplinary proceedings, from which service each of the 22 complaints were...

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) girls and (b) boys were engaged in each of the cadet forces in each year since 2008; and if he will make a statement.

      Procurement: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs his Department (a) directly and (b) indirectly supports through its supply chain in (i) the North West,...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Glasgow North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit recipients have been sanctioned in Glasgow North constituency in the last 12 months.

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to abolish the two-week waiting period before claimants who are designated as not vulnerable may receive a...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect on levels of arrears in the social rented sector of requiring all housing benefit claimants in that...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of setting local housing allowance rates at the 20th percentile of market rents on (a) levels of...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answers of 8 June 2015 to Questions 767 and 768, what estimate he has made of the expected additional number of appeals...

      Carer's Allowance: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were in receipt of carer's allowance in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley and (c) South Yorkshire in each of the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of Basic Payment scheme payments will be made to UK farmers when the payment window opens in December 2015;...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, under what budget stream will the additional costs her Department and the Royal Payments Agency have incurred as a result of...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what costs (a) her Department and (b) the Royal Payments Agency have incurred through reverting to a paper based system for...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to her evidence to the EFRA Committee on 11 March 2015, HC942, Q397, what recent reports she has received on...

      Insecticides: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to license derivatives of the pesticide known as neonicotinoid for use in the UK.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Devolution: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on devolution in the Cheshire West and Chester local authority area.

    • Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with banks and other financial institutions about extension of the right to buy to...

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes for social rent were built in each of the last 30 years.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many registered Housing Association properties there are in each English local authority.

      Listed Buildings: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 1 June 2015 to Question 319, what recent representations his Department has received on heat loss...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of housing association tenants who will take up the right to buy in each of...

  • Scotland Office

    • Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the benefits of enabling 16 and 17 year olds to vote in the Scottish Referendum in 2014.

  • HM Treasury

    • Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to increase compensation to Equitable Life pensioners beyond the level previously agreed.

    • NHS: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of allocating an additional £8 billion to the NHS by 2020 on funding available for other departments.

      Banks: Fines

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what amount of money has accrued to the Exchequer in bank fines in each of the last two years; and how much such money has been allocated to charities in...

      Fuels: Rebates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the proprietors of fuel stations in Durness and Scourie have not been reimbursed through the rural fuel rebate scheme for fuel duty...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that future nuclear power stations have aesthetic appeal.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 3 June 2015 to Question 321, what qualifications and at what level are required by non-National Citizens Service personnel in...

    • Digital Technology

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what target his Department has for the proportion of the UK population which should be able to access services online; and when he plans to publish an...

      Married People: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what role the Government Digital Service plays in the delivery of the married couple's allowance online application system; and what assisted digital...

      Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to bring forward proposals to amend the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 in response to the review of that Act by Lord Young,...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department has made on funding new call blocking technology to protect vulnerable consumers from nuisance...

    • Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations; and when...

  • Department of Health

    • General Practitioners: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage more medical students to consider careers as general practitioners across the UK.

    • Nurses: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps were taken to check the professional credentials of foreign trained nurses who started work in the UK in the period before the Nursing and...

      Urgent and Emergency Care Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of progress by the NHS on implementation of the Keogh Review of urgent and emergency care; and if he will make a statement.

      Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the availability of talking therapies in (a) Sheffield and (b) England.

      Psychiatry: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is in (a) Sheffield, Heeley constituency and (b) Sheffield for access to talking therapies.

      Defibrillators: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what variation there is in (a) prices paid by NHS trusts for implantable defibrillators and cardiac resynchronisation defibrillators and (b) the costs...

      Defibrillators: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what clinical advice NHS England has sought in establishing best value prices and reference prices for implantable defibrillators and cardiac...

      Defibrillators: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which National Clinical Directors and Clinical Reference Groups have been involved in establishing best value prices and reference prices for implantable...

      Medical Equipment: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what modelling NHS England has done to determine (a) the effects of trends in NHS trusts' income on (i) provision of (A) implantable defibrillators, (B)...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to NHS England of the provision of fitness for work certificates as required by the Department for Work...

      Medical Equipment: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS England plans to establish reference prices as ceiling prices above which trusts will not be reimbursed.

      Diabetes: Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps health authorities are taking to ensure diabetics receive annual checks on their feet.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Hornsey and Wood Green

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to improve A&E provision in Hornsey and Wood Green constituency.

      Food Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to Feeding Britain, published in December 2014 by the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the UK, what steps his Department is...

      Midwives: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to increase the number of midwives employed in hospitals in the next five years.

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress the Government is making on support and care for patients suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what timetable he has set to implement seven day working in the NHS.

      Department of Health: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Prime Minister's press release of 18 August 2014, what steps he is taking to assess the impact of his Department's policies on the...

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of introducing a seven-day NHS on staff working hours.

      Care Quality Commission: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what resources have been allocated to the Care Quality Commission to fulfil its new powers of investigation under Sections 53-56 of the Care Act 2014.

      King George Hospital Redbridge: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether a deadline has been given for the planned closure of accident and emergency at King George Hospital in Barking, Havering and Redbridge University...

      Nurses: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the amount the NHS spent on recruitment of non-EU adult nurses in each of the last three years.

      Alzheimer's Disease: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve the provision of social care for people with Alzheimer's disease.

      Nurses: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses have been recruited to work in the NHS under Tier 2 visas in each year since 2010.

      Vaccination: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of (a) national and (b) regional take-up of his Department's childhood immunisation programme in each of the last three years.

      Staff: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2015 to Question 1100, how many employees are represented by the 160 employers signed up to the Staff Health Check pledge.

      Motor Vehicles: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2015 to Question 1077, on motor vehicles: smoking, whether the communications campaign is being developed by his...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to section 147 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, when she plans to (a) publish a consultation and (b) set a...

  • Department for Transport

    • London Airports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, after the Commission examining the site of a new runway in the south east makes its recommendations, what further steps are necessary before construction begins.

    • European Rail Traffic Management System

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the written answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 2 June (HL49), when Network Rail will complete the impact assessment of the European Rail...

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the last comprehensive review of the damage impact of the heaviest heavy goods vehicles on road surfaces was undertaken.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Higher Education: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many undergraduate places were funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England under the Employer Engagement Co-funded Students scheme for...

  • Department for International Development

    • Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the destruction of the Al-Wafa hospital in Gaza, what assessment they have made of where those with neurological injuries from Operation...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • EU Reform

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will press for negotiations for the reform of the European Union to include the repatriation of agriculture and fisheries powers to member states.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Ministers: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Ministers did not receive Ministerial salaries in each Parliament since 1985.

    • Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest figures for the employee activity rates in (1) Wales, (2) Scotland, (3) Northern Ireland and (4) each of the regions of England.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Art Works: Islam

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to support a contest in the United Kingdom between artists depicting the prophet Mohammed, and if so, whether they will provide security...

  • Department of Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect the freeze and reduction in alcohol excise duties will have on the targets to reduce alcohol consumption set in...

    • Palliative Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why only 19 per cent of NHS Trusts offer palliative care; and what steps they are taking to ensure that (1) pain control is always available in hospitals,...

      Carers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they provide to individuals who stop working to care for elderly and infirm family members.

      NHS Trusts: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the currently projected deficit in 2015–16 and savings targets they are expected to meet in 2015–16 for each NHS Trust in London.

      Health Services: Staffordshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the conclusion of the Staffordshire Distressed Health Economy report by KPMG that there is an "oppressive culture" across...

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