Written answers

Friday, 26 June 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Immobilisation of Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will introduce a right of appeal to a body outside the DVLA for drivers whose car was clamped or towed because they failed to comply with the...

    • Railway Stations: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what resources he (a) has made and (b) plans to make available to Transport for Greater Manchester to make the county's railway stations fully...

      Far North Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to support Network Rail achieve and sustain journey time reductions on the Far North Rail Line from Inverness to Thurso and...

      Railways: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage greater use of rural rail lines by those over 50 years of age; and if he will provide increased funding to the...

  • Home Office

    • Police and Crime Commissioners: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what mechanisms there are to appeal against decisions made by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk on the Child Abuse Inquiry...

    • Drugs: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much financial aid the Government provides to support operational anti-narcotic services organised and implemented by states that...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the National Crime Agency has made an estimate of the number of women who pose a potential risk of being a child abuser or of...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what regulations have been made under section 50 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to identify and support victims of trafficking.

      Knives: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with Ministers in devolved bodies on steps to reduce knife crime.

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many DNA profiles have been removed from the national DNA database.

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many successful matches there have been between DNA profiles taken from crime scenes and those stored on the national DNA database in...

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to ensure that all the DNA profiles of current prisoners are added to the DNA database.

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many DNA profiles on the DNA database were previously removed from that database.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which buildings occupied by his Department are owned or part-owned privately; what the total value is of the rent paid to...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Directors

      To ask the Attorney General, how many non-executive directors of his Department who were in post before May 2015 have since left the Department's board; what the names and length of tenure of...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Shares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he has taken to promote increased long-term share ownership in UK businesses; and if he will make a statement.

    • Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of the British-based aerospace sector is foreign-owned; and if he will make a statement.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which buildings occupied by his Department are owned or part-owned privately; what the total value is of the rent paid to...

      Adult Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many adult learning service departments in England are judged by Ofsted to be (a) outstanding, (b) good and (c) needs...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will meet representatives of Dudley College to discuss upcoming funding allocations for (a) adult skills, (b) the Skills...

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Children's Centres: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of children's centres which will close in England and Wales between 2015 and 2020.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on the UK remaining a party to the European Convention on Human Rights; and if he will make a statement.

    • Young Offender Institutions: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many awards of additional days were given by independent adjudicators to children in each public and private young offenders institution in each of...

      Custodial Treatment: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the mental health diagnosis was of the children who received adjudications in each public and private prison and young offenders institution in the...

      Ministry of Justice: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department's second generation contract for the supply of language services will require interpreters to be registered with the National...

      Ministry of Justice: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, 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...

      Public Defender Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his plans are for the role of the Public Defender Service; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate he has made of the number of working households claiming housing benefit in (a) Lewisham, (b) London and (c) England.

    • Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people had their benefits sanctioned in (a) Ochil and South Perthshire constituency and (b) Scotland in each of the last 12 quarters...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 5 March 2014, Official Report, column 851W, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have died...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many non-executive directors of his Department who were in post before May 2015 have since left the Department's board; what the names and...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which buildings occupied by her Department are owned or part-owned privately; what the total value is of the rent paid to...

    • Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to implement the flood reinsurance scheme.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to increase woodland and the number of trees.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax Reduction Schemes: Barking and Dagenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham were in receipt of council tax support in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2013-14.

    • Social Rented Housing: Barking and Dagenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many households on the social housing waiting list in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham require a one bedroom property.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that local councils uphold their statutory duty to promote community cohesion.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many (a) direct employees, (b) agency staff and (c) outsourced staff working for his Department are paid less than the living wage.

    • Wales Office: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many non-executive directors of his Department who were in post before May 2015 have since left the Department's board; what the names and length of...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will make an assessment of the effect of the removal of the Renewables Obligation from onshore wind in 2016 on investor...

    • Department for Energy and Climate Change: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many (a) direct employees, (b) agency staff and (c) outsourced staff working for her Department and its subsidiary agencies are...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the proportion of the UK's (a) electricity, (b) heat and (c) transport demand that will be met by...

      Wind Power: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the capacity is of wind turbines (a) built and (b) with planning consent awaiting construction in Northamptonshire.

      Coal: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 1 June 2015 to Question 610, what amount of coal has been imported to the UK from each country in each of...

      Wind Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the statement of 22 June 2015, Official Report, columns 617-36, on onshore wind subsidies, which onshore wind projects...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many full-time equivalent staff of each civil service grade are employed in the private office of each Minister of his Department; and what the pay...

    • Government Departments: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any staff on Tier 2 Intercompany Transfers are employed, seconded or contracted to (a) his Department and (b) other Government departments.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Business: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support his Department provides to assist in protecting small and medium-sized enterprises from cyber abuse and online security...

    • Internet: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues in other departments on steps to reduce online bullying and blackmail of children.

      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 the Internet of Things Advisory...

      Internet: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answers of 4 June 2015 to Questions 618 and 619, which Minister in his Department has responsibility for its policy on...

      Mobile Phones: Islands and Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what consideration the Government has given to the use of mobile repeaters to help extend mobile-coverage in rural and island areas.

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with consumer groups on nuisance telephone calls.

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will bring forward proposals to require companies making unsolicited telephone calls to state their telephone numbers when they call.

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department has made on the Nuisance Call Action Plan.

      Public Libraries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of libraries that will close in England and Wales between 2015 and 2020.

      BBC: Royal Charters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what date he expects the review of BBC Charter renewal to commence.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what proportion of staff in his Department are paid less than the living wage.

      Local press: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of trends in the levels of employment in the local newspaper industry since 2010; and if he will make a...

      Non-domestic Rates: Local Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2015 to Question 617, on non domestic rates: local areas, which other departments his Department is...

      Local press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many local and regional newspapers there were in each of the last five years; whether he has estimated the (a) numbers of such...

  • Department of Health

    • Air Pollution: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people in London who have died as a result of air pollution in each year since 2010; and if he will estimate...

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS spent on accident and emergency and urgent care services in England in each year since 2000.

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of stillbirths.

      General Practitioners: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the average retirement age of GPs in (a) England, (b) London, (c) the London Borough of Islington and (d) Islington South...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the NHS England review of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme to conclude; and if he will make a statement.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress his Department is making in implementing a patient experience survey for patients with diabetes; and if he will make a statement.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to publish a national diabetes strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Viral Diseases: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2015 to Question 740, if he will commission comparative research into the incidence of hepatitis B and HIV infection in...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received on the future of the Cancer Drugs Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Haematological Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the funding and availability of medicines for blood cancer patients in England compared to their counterparts in...

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage (a) more of the total population and (b) eligible MSM to donate blood; and if he will make a statement.

      Department of Health: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, 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...

      Paediatrics: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on paediatric bereavement nurses in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing Completions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many house building completions in receipt of government financial support there were in each financial year from 2005–06 to date.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 11 June (HL Deb, col 886), how they plan to ensure that people on zero hours contracts are aware that...

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