Written answers

Friday, 19 June 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Wrexham-Bidston Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to electrify the Wrexham to Bidston railway line.

    • Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons vehicle excise duty is no longer valid if a vehicle changes ownership; and whether motorists were consulted about that change.

      Immobilisation of Vehicles: Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicles the DVLA clamped in each month of the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much income the DVLA received from vehicle excise duty (a) fees and (b) fines in each month of the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Railways: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to improve the frequency and speed of rail services between Telford and Birmingham.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many publicly-funded charging points for electric vehicles have been delivered in each of the last 10 years; and how many such points are planned...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's budget was for new charging points for electric vehicles in each of the last 10 years; and what budget he has set for such...

      Railways: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to improve rail links between Huddersfield and Sheffield.

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans for the new Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions to come into force.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is his intention that Phase 2 of High Speed 2 will include a section of track linking the new line at High Leigh with the existing west...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Market Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to support business and trade in market towns.

    • Housing: York Central

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average retail price was of a (a) one-bed, (b) two-bed, (c) three-bed and (d) four-bed unit in (i) council, (ii)...

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of housing stock (a) outside London and (b) in York Central constituency consists of houses in multiple occupation.

      Housing: York Central

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many units of housing in York Central constituency were (a) rented from the City of York Council, (b) rented from...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2015 to Question 227, if his Department will make an estimate of the average cost as a...

      Council Housing: Islington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many council homes whose cost is classified by his Department as high there are in (a) the London Borough of Islington and...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many new residential properties completed for (a) social rent, (b) affordable rent, (c) market rent, (d) shared equity and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • UN Convention on the Law of the Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the US to ratify the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea; and if he will make...

    • Mediterranean Sea: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps his Department is taking to prevent migrants attempting dangerously to cross the Mediterranean.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the value of international exports from (a) West Yorkshire, (b) North Yorkshire, (c) South Yorkshire, (d) East Yorkshire,...

    • Companies: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure that companies do not circumvent the 30-day standard for paying suppliers by relocating their...

      Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has to make it compulsory for producers to add bittering agents to anti-freeze products which contain ethylene glycol.

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid: Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her Department's policies on corporate partnerships of the findings of the...

    • Africa: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if her Department will conduct an assessment of whether its strategy in working with multinational companies is effective in reducing...

      Mediterranean Sea: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans her Department has to work with international partners to tackle (a) political instability in northern Africa, (b) criminal...

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what benefits she is seeking through amendment of the provision of teachers' pay and conditions warning notices.

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether a warning notice will be issued before each academy order is issued.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether all schools classified as coasting will be issued with an academy order.

      Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on the joint commissioning with clinical commissioning groups of speech and language therapy.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a new legal status of guardian of the property and affairs of a missing person.

    • Theft: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were convicted of theft in (a) Denton and Reddish constituency, (b) Stockport local authority area, (c) Tameside local authority area...

      Ministry of Justice: Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which recruitment agencies have received the five largest allocations of funding from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will examine the potential savings from unifying basic training for all armed services.

    • Army: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average size of an infantry battalion (a) was in 2010 and (b) is now.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will assess the value for money to the Army of adopting the officer training procedures of the Royal Marines.

      Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will integrate the Parachute Regiment and the SAS into the RAF.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) officers and (b) warrant officers of each rank are based at each officer training establishment.

      Rockall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what foreign incursions have been detected (a) over the airspace and (b) in the territorial waters of the island of Rockall in each year since 1985; and...

      Spratly Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential military benefits of China's recent land reclamation and construction activities in the Spratly Islands...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to increase preparedness for extreme weather and flooding as a result of climate change.

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the HM Treasury press release, Chancellor announces £4.5 billion of measures to bring down debt, published on 4 June...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to prevent the development of an underage binge-drinking culture.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on introducing a single tier Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure certificate.

  • HM Treasury

    • Mayors: Greater Manchester

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what policy analysis prompted the Government's decision to propose a directly elected mayor in Manchester.

    • Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the savings to the public purse from reducing the tax relief on pensions for people earning more than £150,000 a year in...

      Treasury: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Department's press release of 4 June 2015, whether he asked departments to undertake an assessment of their productivity before he...

      Treasury: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Department's press release, Chancellor announces £4.5 billion of measures to bring down debt, published on 4 June 2015, what...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects (a) registration for tax-free childcare to open and (b) the first payments under tax-free childcare to be delivered.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department will take to help parents who do not have access to a computer or a working internet connection to register for tax-free childcare.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a comparative assessment of the levels of financial support available under the current system of employer-supported childcare and tax-free...

      Treasury: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Department's press release, Chancellor announces £4.5 billion of measures to bring down debt, published on 4 June 2015, whether...

      Telecommunications

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Digital communications infrastructure strategy, published on 18 March 2015, what the budget is for the UK Guarantees Scheme for each...

      Pensions: Fraud

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what reports he has received of frauds designed to take advantage of new pensions flexibilities; and what steps he is taking to protect savers from such frauds.

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ensure that a Pensions Wise advice service is made available in the City of Bristol.

      Severn River Crossing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money the Exchequer received in VAT receipts from the Severn bridges between 2003 and 2014.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many PFI contracts were negotiated by (a) NHS trusts, (b) Academy trusts and (c) local authorities in each year from 2010 to 2015; what the values of...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether the Government plans to set a binding 2030 decarbonisation target during this Parliament.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the HM Treasury press release, Chancellor announces £4.5 billion of measures to bring down debt, published on 4...

    • Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Digital communications infrastructure strategy, published on 18 March 2015, when he will raise the universal...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Digital communications infrastructure strategy, published on 18 March 2015, if he will launch a consultation on...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Digital communications infrastructure strategy, published on 18 March 2015, when he plans to publish the results...

      Public Libraries: Wifi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many public libraries in Ashfield constituency do not have free wifi; and by what date he plans that all public libraries will have...

      Broadcasting: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that people with sensory loss have full access to subtitles and audio description whilst using...

      British Telecom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer has received from (a) Talk Talk and (b) Sky on the structural separation of BT.

  • Department of Health

    • Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to implement HPV vaccinations for (a) boys and (b) men who have sex with men.

    • Stem Cells: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much Government funding was allocated to research into therapies using embryonic stem cells in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Sodium Valproate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information he holds on what knowledge his Department had of the emergence of risks associated with sodium valproate within the first five years...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the number of people in England involuntarily addicted to prescribed drugs in each year since 2010.

      Radiotherapy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answers of 17 March 2015 to Questions 227042 and 227043, from which budget NHS England will allocate funding for the building of...

      Radiotherapy: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospitals in the North East are treating patients with (a) stereotactic radiosurgery (b) stereotactic ablative radiotherapy; and how many patients...

      Stem Cells: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to support scientific research into stem cell transplantation.

      NHS England: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects NHS England to respond to its consultation on Investing in Specialised Services.

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the report of the Dutch inquiry into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine on 17 July 2014 to be published.

    • Driving: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with the first phase of research into how telematics can reduce accident rates among young drivers; and when the second phase of...

  • Home Office

    • Corruption and Money Laundering

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report by Transparency International, Empowering the United Kingdom to Recover Corrupt Assets, which claims that the...

    • Police

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the review of the publication of Taser data and other use of force by police officers.

      Hallucinogens

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to reschedule psilocybin from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 to enable its use for medicinal purposes, in...

  • Department of Health

    • General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the results of a survey on behalf of Monitor, which found that one in ten people are dissatisfied with their general...

    • Surgery

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the number of cancelled operations in the National Health Service in the final quarter of 2013–14 was the highest ever recorded.

      Surgery

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to reduce the number of cancelled operations in the National Health Service.

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