Written answers

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Road Traffic: Borehamwood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to help alleviate road congestion approaching the Stirling Corner roundabout; what discussions he has had with Transport for...

    • East Anglia Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Abellio Greater Anglia on taking steps to improve the Great Eastern Mainline Service from London to the East Anglian...

      Railway Stations: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what extra funding he plans to make available for the Access to All programme in the current funding period.

      Level Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance he has issued on improving safety for pedestrians at railway crossings.

      Motorways: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to trial the use of variable temporary speed limits on sections of motorways involving roadworks to take account of the...

      Motorways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will discuss with the Highways Agency the potential merits of introducing shorter stretches of roadworking on motorways.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of constructing High Speed 2 (a) Phase 1 and (b) Phase 2 is in 2015 prices.

      Railways: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) research and (b) information his Department holds on the performance of the (i) Southeastern and (b) Southern rail franchises.

      Railways: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what meetings he has had with representatives of rail franchises operating in South London in the last 12 months.

      M56: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road traffic accidents have happened on the M56 between junctions 12 and 14 in the last three years.

      First Great Western

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to make a decision on whether to grant First Great Western permission to order new trains to operate on its intercity routes to Devon...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2015 to Question 2371, what meetings (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to encourage research and development into the production of new diesel multiple units by UK-based manufacturers.

      Train Operating Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to include provisions on improving the quality of and access to training and continuing professional development for employeers...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to ensure neighbourhoods with a concentration of social housing do not suffer from educational...

    • Council Housing: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2015 to Question 1079, if the Government will make an estimate of the vacancy rates of...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the consequences for his Department's policies of the Supreme Court judgement of 13...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will estimate the change in average house prices in (a) England, (b) East Midlands, (c) Nottingham and (d) Ashfield...

      Constituencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department has issued on interaction between concurrent local government boundary reviews and ongoing...

      Adult Education: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding has been provided for adult learning in (a) Denton and Reddish constituency, (b) Tameside local authority area...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the G15 group of London housing associations on the potential effects of the planned extension...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with (a) housing associations and (b) lenders on the potential effects of the extension of the...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will estimate the average loss to housing associations in (a) rental income over a period of 25 years and (b) capital for...

      Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill (HL)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what functions he plans to delegate to a combined authority should Clause 6 of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Embassies: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many same-sex couples have married in UK Consulates under the Consular Marriage and Marriages under Foreign Law Order 2014...

    • Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent report he has received on the current political situation in the Maldives.

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Government plans to make an announcement on allowing Chagossian resettlement on the Chagos Islands.

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) the Department for International Development and (b) other relevant bodies to facilitate...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to comply with the award of the Arbitral Tribunal in the case of Chagos Marine Protected...

      Hamas: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the test-firing of rockets into the Mediterranean sea by Hamas.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the construction of cross-border tunnels along the Israel-Gaza border by Hamas.

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to revise the terms of the 1966 Exchange of Notes concerning the Availability for Defence...

      Burundi: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to (a) address the security and political situation in Burundi and (b) support the...

      British Overseas Territories: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department pays the cost of ceremonial uniforms of overseas territories governors; and what the cost of such items...

      Government Departments: Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what value of wine from the Government's wine cellar was consumed by each government Department in (a) each quarter of 2014-15...

      Nigeria: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the new Prime Minister of Nigeria on the situation of the Christian minority in the north of...

      Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for (a) UK and (b) EU policy of the recent report by the World Bank to the Ad...

      Israel: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Israeli government on attempts to transfer Bedouin families from the South Hebron Hills...

      Western Sahara: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage a free and fair referendum on the governance of Western Sahara.

      Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia to (a) protect the human rights of Rohingyan...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the proposed permanent nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 would permit the IAEA to conduct anytime, anywhere...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the IAEA has been granted access to the Arak facility in Iran.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2015 to Question 1656, if he will make an assessment of the effect of changes to the adult...

    • Preservatives: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of possible health effects on consumers of use of methylchloro isothiazolinone in cosmetics,...

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to promote the space industry.

      Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to recommendation 73 of Lord Heseltine's No Stone Unturned report, published in October 2012, and to paragraph...

      Local Government: Aberdeen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an assessment of the potential economic benefit of a city region deal to Aberdeen.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of invoices from suppliers to his Department were paid within 10 days of receipt in (a) March and (b) April 2015.

      Sub Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations his Department has received from current and former sub-postmasters on the performance of the Post Office...

      Sub Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the Post Office sub-postmaster mediation scheme; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the proportion of UK aid that supports projects for deaf people.

    • Palestinians: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what arrangements are in place to prevent companies involved in violations of international humanitarian law in the occupied...

      Western Sahara: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to assist the Sahrawi people.

      Israel: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her policy is on providing funding to non-governmental organisations and charities that promote boycotts or sanctions against Israel.

      International Labour Organisation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2015 to Question 1293, what funding her Department has provided to International Labour Organisation...

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the total cost to state-funded schools of hiring agency teachers was in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire in each year since 2010.

    • Children: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to raise standards in supported accommodation for children aged under 18.

      Mathematics: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the accreditation process for GCSE Mathematics in ensuring appropriate standards.

      Mathematics and Science: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many qualified (a) science and (b) mathematics teachers there are on average per school in each constituency.

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to improve the performance of careers services.

      Science: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the education system encourages gender equality in science.

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the expectation that all students should take Ebacc subjects applies to university technical college and studio school students.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health about child and adolescent mental health services in England; and what the...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish in one place on gov.uk where each school is located, each school's unique reference number and local authority establishment...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • National Probation Service for England and Wales: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many days' absence due to sickness of staff working for the National Probation Service there were in each month since May 2010.

    • Courts: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress he has made on plans for paperless working in the courts.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will review the level of employment tribunal fees.

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he plans to take to increase the effectiveness of rehabilitation of female prisoners.

      Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress he has made on his plans for a British Bill of Rights; and if he will make a statement.

      Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he plans to take to ensure access to justice regardless of ability to pay.

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Newcastle City Council: Constituencies

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what criteria were applied by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what proportion of electors in each local authority area are data matched.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current military operations being conducted by British Armed Forces are by (a) number of personnel and (b) mission.

    • Armed Forces: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many firearms owned by his Department (a) were lost or stolen and (b) are otherwise unaccounted for at facilities in the UK in the last two years.

      USA: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to ensure that illegal monitoring of private telecommunications does not take place on US military bases in the UK.

      Military Aid: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2015 to Question 1095, how many contracts to provide any form of military training in conflict zones were awarded to...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2015, to Question 1093, which companies hold contracts for the building of the remaining Scout Specialist vehicles;...

      Military Aid: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2015, to Question 1095, how many times the classification of private security companies contracted to provide services...

      Afghanistan and Iraq: Private Military and Security Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 3 June 2015 to Question 337, how many private companies were employed by his Department in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in...

      Ukraine: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Paragraph 12 of the European Parliament resolution on the situation in Ukraine (2014/2965(RSP)), if he will take steps to provide (a)...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to consult businesses as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how he plans to liaise with other government departments on the development of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      Libya: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library the internal Ministry of Defence and Home Office review report on Libyan training at Bassingbourn; and if he will make a...

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which UK treaty obligations will be taken into account in development of the Strategic Defence Review.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for public consultation on the contents of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made in seeking a replacement for the Nimrod aircraft for the RAF's maritime reconnaissance capability; and what...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of households in Ashfield that would be affected by a household benefit cap of £23,000.

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will increase the discretionary housing payments fund when the benefit cap is reduced to £23,000 per year; and if he will make a...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the information his Department holds on regional differences in the effect of the benefits cap on families of different...

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 27 May 2015 to Question 144, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) claimants aged 18 to 21 with...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the benefit cap will be lowered to for individual (a) young adults, (b) pregnant women, (c) veterans, (d) disabled people and (e) other...

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he plans to take to ensure that planned changes in entitlement to housing benefit for people aged under 22 do not adversely affect...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has made an assessment of the effect on tenants of capping housing allowance rate rises at one per cent per year.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants have waited more than five weeks from making an application before receiving their first payment.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the work-related activity group for employment and support allowance have died while in receipt of that benefit.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been fast-tracked into the support group for employment and support allowance as a result of being terminally ill.

      Council Tax Benefits: Barking and Dagenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were in receipt of council tax benefit in March 2013 in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

      Housing Benefit: Barking and Dagenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many housing benefit claimants there were in employment in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2013-14, (c)...

      Social Rented Housing: Barking and Dagenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many social housing tenants are under the age of 65 in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

      Social Security Benefits: Ashfield

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

      Social Security Benefits: Aberdeen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people had their benefits sanctioned in Aberdeen in each of the last 12 quarters for which figures are available.

      Private Rented Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate in what proportion of broad market rental areas (a) a couple with children, (b) a single parent with three children and...

      Funerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of people who are unable to afford a low-cost funeral; and what steps his Department is taking to assist such...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the usability of the Stat-Xplore website.

      Social Security Benefits: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of claimants receiving benefits pertaining to a mental health condition who have been given an assessment of...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the number of children in the borough of Walsall living in poverty in (a) households including a person who is...

      Housing Benefit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been awarded in discretionary housing payments by each local authority in London (a) in total, (b) to people affected by the...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people affected by the household benefit cap who were placed by the local authority in temporary accommodation were placed outside...

      Personal Independence Payment: Renfrewshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what average length of time applicants in Renfrewshire have waited for personal independence payment assessments since the start of their...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what sanctions have been issued by each Jobcentre Plus in each month in 2014.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he will estimate how many people who would otherwise be eligible for universal credit who would not be so eligible if the child...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the pilot schemes aimed at in-work claimants.

      Social Security Benefits: East Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people had their benefits sanctioned in East Lothian in each of the last 12 quarters for which figures are available.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the feasibility of seconding Job Centre staff to do outreach sessions at food banks to support people who are...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environmental Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effect in terms of loss of amenities on surrounding properties where an...

    • Floods: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, by what date she plans to publish reports into the social and economic effect of an East Coast storm surge.

      Salmon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of salmon caught in UK rivers in each of the last five years.

      Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people were (a) proceeded against and (b) convicted of an offence under the Hunting Act 2004 in each police force...

      Deer Act 1991

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people were (a) proceeded against and (b) convicted of an offence under the Deer Act 1991 in 2014.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what timetable she has set for her Department to become a living wage employer.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to carry out the review of the convergence of uplift payment allocation in 2016.

  • Home Office

    • Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on the deportation of people to countries which use the death penalty.

    • Mediterranean Sea: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to support migrants and asylum seekers who (a) are children, (b) are elderly, (c) have serious injuries...

      Mediterranean Sea: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations she has received from European officials concerning the migrant situation in the Mediterranean.

      Pakistan: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what reports she has received on the status of Majid Ali since his deportation to Pakistan.

      Theft: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many thefts of dogs occurred in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to address the rise in far-right organisations in the UK.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will ensure that compensation payments are granted to people affected by passport processing delays in 2014.

      Refugees: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's policy is on the detention of refugee women.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's practice is in cases in which hon. Members send further documentary evidence to UK Visas and Immigration on visitor's...

      Marriage Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish plans for changes to marriage certificates to allow the names of both parents to be recorded.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2014 to Question 218487, on immigration controls, when she plans to publish the results of the policy...

      Police Custody: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department collects information on the age, ethnicity and gender of people with mental illnesses detained in police custody.

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations she has received on disparities between the level of pensions paid to the widows of police officers in Northern...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2015 to Question 1466, what additional resources her Department plans to make available to ensure that all...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, which buildings occupied by his Department are owned or part-owned privately; what the total value is of the rent paid to private landlords for the use of...

  • HM Treasury

    • Banks: Fines

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2015 to Question 1439, who is responsible for deciding to which charity or cause money received from bank fines is allocated.

    • Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to deal with concerns raised over the decision to use debt collection agencies to recover tax credit overpayments.

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the trends in the (a) EU energy trading system price for carbon and (b) all-in UK carbon price, including the carbon price floor, were in the last six...

      Working Tax Credit: North Wales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people qualify for working tax credit in each constituency in North Wales.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the expected time taken will be for people to register for tax free childcare as a result of being required to send their children's birth certificate...

      Vat

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance he has issued to small businesses on adherence to VAT legislation.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2015 to Question 200, how many inspectors of each (a) grade and (b) job title HM Revenue and Customs employed in each year...

      Child Benefit: Greater Manchester

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many mothers with more than two children currently receive child benefit in (a) Denton and Reddish constituency, (b) Tameside local authority area and...

      HSBC: Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2015 to Question 261, when he plans to make a statement to the House on progress made with the inquiry into tax avoidance.

      HSBC: Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2015 to Question 261, whether the inquiry into tax avoidance is receiving the cooperation of HSBC.

      Revenue and Customs: Complaints

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints were made by businesses about the service provided by HM Revenue and Customs in each year since 2000.

      Revenue and Customs: South Yorkshire

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2015 to Question 196, what consideration he plans to give to the effect on the local economy of closing HM Revenue and...

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to apply the UK carbon price floor to electricity imported through interconnectors which is generated by overseas fossil fuel plants; and...

      Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to protect pensioners with access to their defined contribution pension from being targeted by scams.

      Married People: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many households are in receipt of the married couple's allowance in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

      Lyon Office

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what arrangements are in place for the transfer of fees paid to the Lord Lyon to his Department.

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average number of calls made to HM Revenue and Customs helpline numbers about a single issue was before that issue was resolved in the last 12 months.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to reduce the length of time taken to answer calls to tax credit helplines.

      Import Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of customs duties the UK contributed to the EU budget arose from (a) Africa, (b) Asia, (c) South America and (d) the Middle East in the last...

      Import Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the cost to UK manufacturers of customs duties imposed on their products by non- EU countries.

      Travel: Insurance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the practice of voided travel insurance policies as a result of alcohol consumption; and if he will make a statement.

      Import Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the UK contribution to the EU budget for customs duties is attributable to (a) manufactured goods, (b) new materials and (c) agricultural...

      Import Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out the different rates of customs duty applied to imports into the UK and the nature of the goods to which each rate applies.

      Import Duties: Africa

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will make an assessment on the UK economy of removing all custom duties on products from Africa.

      Alcoholic Drinks: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will reduce the rate of VAT on (a) alcohol sold in the hospitality sector and (b) alcohol served with a meal in the hospitality sector.

      Economic Situation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate his Department has made of the level of spare capacity in the economy; and on what analysis that estimate is based.

      Income Tax: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the income tax gap in Scotland in each of the last five years.

      Tax Avoidance: Self-employed

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2015 to Question 1914, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of IR35...

      Income Tax: Self-employed

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2015 to Question 1915, what the total revenue collected in corporation tax for personal service companies was in each of...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has made to the Royal Bank of Scotland on ensuring (a) pensioners and (b) other customers receive payments on time.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Wind Power: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the amount invested in onshore wind projects planned to begin before 31 March 2017 which have...

    • Nuclear Power Stations: Bradwell-on-sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether she plans to give the Bradwell nuclear site to (a) the Chinese State Nuclear Corporation or (b) another Chinese state-owned...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the planned capital investment requirements are for the new generating capacity required to replace closing electricity plants;...

      Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information her Department holds on UK coal plants that intend to cease operations before June 2016.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what timetable she has set for the completion of the carbon capture and storage commercialisation competition; and what progress her...

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions she has had with HM Treasury concerning the effect of the carbon price floor on UK energy security; and if she will...

      Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information her Department holds on which coal-fired power plants will be available for electricity generation in (a) 2017, (b)...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the (a) fuel type and (b) individual generating capacity expressed as a proportion of the total maximum UK demand for electricity...

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of potential savings for her Department's spending in capacity payments if the carbon floor price was removed.

      Gas Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the length of time taken was to re-establish commercial levels of electricity supply from a mothballed gas fired plant to the...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, which power plants are expected to be decommissioned or closed in the next five years; what the expected year of closure for each such...

      Gas Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the Departmental Gas Generation Strategy published in 2012, which gas-fired power plants with planning consent are...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department has taken to provide replacement electricity generating capacity following the closure of coal-fired power...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department has taken to assist energy-intensive industries in preparing contingency plans for requests to reduce their...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the cost of decommissioning and long-term radioactive waste management at the planned Hinkley Point C...

      Coal Fired Power Stations: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what representations she has received from coal-fired power stations on the EU Industrial Emissions Directive.

      Coal Fired Power Stations: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what forecast her Department has made of which UK coal-fired power stations will be in compliance with the EU Industrial Emissions...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the unit cost of electricity from the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions she has had with (a) the Office of Nuclear Regeneration, (b) EDF Energy and (c) the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of radiation protection regulations at nuclear power plants in the UK.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effect of the carbon price floor and the expected reduction in capacity of coal-fired power plants...

      Electricity: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what forecast her Department has made of (a) wholesale and (b) retail electricity prices in (i) 2020, (ii) 2025 and (iii) 2030 as an...

      Ofgem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to strengthen Ofgem's powers to enforce their rules regarding vulnerable customers.

      Electricity: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change of 17 June 2015, Official Report, columns 108-112...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change of 17 June 2015, Official Report, columns...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many measures of each type in each region have been installed under the Green Deal since it was introduced.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the value of loans is made under the Green Deal in each region since that scheme was introduced.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many loans have been made in each region under the Green Deal since it was introduced.

      Opencast Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans she has to tackle risks associated with disused open cast mines; and if she will make a statement.

      Solar Power: Bridgend

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether Government funding or subsidy has been offered or promised to Suncredit UK Ltd to develop a solar park at Court Colman,...

      Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will publish a plan committing to phase-out coal without carbon capture technology from the power sector by 2032.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will bring forward proposals for a regulated social tariff for all energy suppliers to ensure all low income customers...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps the Government will be taking in the (a) short, (b) medium and (c) long-term to achieve the G7's goal of decarbonising the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent candidates standing in both local and general elections when those elections are held on the...

    • Voting Rights: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of extending the franchise in all elections to 16 and 17 year olds on voter turnout.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Internet: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his timetable is for requiring age verification for relevant websites in order to prevent children's exposure to harmful...

    • Pornography: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the proportion of online pornography accessed in the UK which is from websites based (a) in and (b)...

      Broadband: North Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he plans to take in further extending the availability of superfast broadband in North Devon constituency.

      Broadband: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department has made on broadband black-spots and harder to help areas in Torbay constituency.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Families

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

      Broadband: South Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many additional premises in South Suffolk constituency were connected to high speed broadband services in each of the last three years.

      Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of Attitude is Everything's Charter of Best Practice for...

      UN Convention for Protection of Cultural Property in Event of Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his policy is on UK ratification of the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.

  • Department of Health

    • Pharmacy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to provide financial assistance to pharmacies that qualified for payments under the Essential Small Pharmacies Local...

    • NHS: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many assaults there were on NHS staff in (a) Central Suffolk and North Ipswich constituency, (b) the NHS East Anglia area and (c) the UK in (i)...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services annual budget survey, published on 4 June 2015, if he will make an assessment of...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to page 11 of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services annual budget survey, published on 4 June 2015, if he will make an...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential risk to health of undergoing repeat abortions; and if he will take steps to reduce the number of repeat...

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the Government plans to ensure that clinical commissioning groups spend appropriate and proportionate amounts on mental health.

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to improve support for children and young people with mental health issues.

      Health: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the HM Treasury's press release, Chancellor announces £4.5 billion of measures to bring down debt, published 4 June 2015, what...

      Hearing Impairment: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to consider the use of new drugs and treatments for hearing loss and tinnitus.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that there are adequate numbers of GPs; and if he will discourage the movement of UK-trained GPs overseas.

      Back Pain: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive on spinal cord treatment for back pain.

      Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the findings of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's report, Dying without dignity, published on 20 May 2015, what steps...

      Transvaginal Mesh Implants: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to promote the availability of sacrohysteropexy as an alternative to hysterectomy in the NHS.

      In Vitro Fertilisation: Hereditary Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department takes to ensure that genetic disorders are not passed on to babies through IVF treatment.

      Emergency Health Cards: European Economic Area

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to raise awareness among people travelling within European Economic Area countries in order to ensure all such travellers hold an...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2015 to Question 1756, if he will include in the action plan for diabetes a national patient experience survey for...

      Mental Health: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what initiatives his Department has created in order to destigmatize mental health issues.

      NHS: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department plans to publish its response to the consultation on updating the NHS constitution that closed in April 2015; and what plans his...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for the future implementation of the No Health without Mental Health strategy.

      Social Services: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress he has made on the implementation of the new Care Certificate; and what recent estimate he has made of the number of health and care...

      Social Services: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons proposed plans for a new appeals system in adult social care do not include making recommendations of independent appeals panels binding...

      Agriculture: Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs about bringing forward targets for...

      Everolimus: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to provide funding for everolimus.

  • Department for Transport

    • Public Transport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage commuters to give up their seats to the elderly and differently able.

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many students from Scottish higher educational institutions were granted a Tier 1 Post-Study Work visa in each year since 2009.

    • North Africa: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage the international community to house refugees from the north of Africa.

      Illegal Immigrants: France

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken in recent weeks, and what action they intend to take, to respond to the number of displaced people in Calais.

      Racial Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the actions and resources required to minimise the adverse effects and impact of institutional racism in society as a whole...

      Police: Horses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 8 June (HL172), when the most recent assessment of the utility of the work of police horses in preventing...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new inward investment projects were secured for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively in the last year for which figures are...

  • Department for International Development

    • Israel: UNRWA

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel on the subject of that country helping with the funding of UNRWA.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Homework

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the initiative for schools to stop giving homework, to help reduce the incidence of teenage mental illness.

    • Pupils: Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they give to schools to ensure that the names of transgender children are recorded appropriately and in such a way as to protect their privacy.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army Reserve

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average age of an Army Reserve Officer.

    • Army: Reserve Forces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many direct entry Army Reserve or Territorial Army Officers have been commissioned each year for the last 15 years.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of (1) the number of people who have received compensation under the terms of the Mesothelioma Act 2014 since the Act came into...

    • Social Security Benefits: Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many victims of trafficking with positive conclusive grounds decisions under the National Referral Mechanism have had applications for (1) Jobseeker's...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Sleeping Rough: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their latest estimates of the number of rough sleepers in the London area; and what was the equivalent figure five years ago.

  • Wales Office

    • Public Buildings: Asbestos

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Ministers and officials in the Welsh government regarding exposure to asbestos in public buildings in Wales.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Lambeth Declaration on Climate Change, signed by the leaders of the United Kingdom’s Christian and other faith...

  • Cabinet Office

    • General Election 2015: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role the police played in the prevention of electoral fraud at the General Election in (1) areas identified as being at particular risk of fraud, and...

    • House of Lords Composition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to address the disparity in representation in the House of Lords between the Liberal Democrats and Ukip, in the light of their respective...

  • Department of Health

    • Blood: Donors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to raise awareness of the shortage of blood donors.

    • Dermatology: Greater Manchester

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the reduction of dermatology services in Nottingham, what action they are taking to ensure that those services remain in place in Manchester.

      Mental Patients

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patients with serious mental illnesses absconded from care in (1) 2009–10, (2) 2010–11, (3) 2011–12, (4) 2012–13, and (5)...

      Agency Nurses: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many agency nurses worked in London teaching hospitals in (1) 2011–12, (2) 2012–13, and (3) 2013–14; and how many are working or have...

      Agency Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many agency nurses worked across the National Health Service in (1) 2011–12, (2) 2012–13, and (3) 2013–14; and how many are working or...

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many NHS foundation trusts have major Private Finance Initiative contracts; and how many of those hospitals are in debt.

      Exercise

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan actively to promote physical activity in the light of reports that cities that do so experience increases in retail activity and revenue, and...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve mental health services for teenagers.

      Nuts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote the eating of nuts, in the light of reports that doing so could substantially lower the risk of early death.

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they expect will be the total expenditure on the National Health Service for each of the years 2014–15 and 2015–16.

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what part of the total expenditure on the National Health Service during 2014–15 was incurred (1) by general practice, (2) by individual hospitals, and...

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