Written answers

Thursday, 2 July 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycling: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve local cycle infrastructure in cities and towns in Tyne and Wear.

    • Bus Services: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to prevent bus companies reducing bus routes and services in the North East.

      Regional Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the amount of Regional Air Connectivity funding that will be made available in each of the next three years.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, from which countries the trees required for ecological mitigation planting for High Speed 2 will be sourced.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which ancient woodlands in which areas are currently planned for destruction for temporary works associated with High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the trees required for ecological mitigation planting for High Speed 2 have been procured.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the supplementary environmental statement for High Speed 2 will be published; and how long the consultation period for that document will be.

      Railways: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of Network Rail's progress on delivering the Manchester to Preston electrification project; when he expects that...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on which dates a Minister in his Department has chaired the Performance Delivery Group in the last 12 months; and which Minister chaired each such meeting.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the annual salary will be of the incoming Chair of Network Rail.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he first held a substantive conversation with the Prime Minister on cost overruns on Network Rail's electrification programme.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what dates (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department attended meetings of (i) the Midland Main Line Programme Board, (ii) the North of...

      Traffic Commissioners: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to appoint a Traffic Commissioner for Wales who is based in Wales.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what date has been appointed for the introduction of the Union flag on all driving licences issued to drivers in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to support high streets.

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding his Department has made available for the provision of women's sanitary products, razors, shaving foam and other...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to make viability studies for planning applications more transparent and open to the public...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Macedonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department provides to Macedonia.

    • EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effects on the implementation of EU law in the UK of removing the words ever closer union...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the government of the Republic of Sudan on the arrest and detention of Rev. Yat...

      South Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to all parties involved in the conflict in South Sudan on stopping the forced recruitment of...

      USA: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for his policies of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal being...

      African Union: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will hold discussions with the African Union states that will contribute to a combined military force to tackle Boko...

  • Attorney General

    • Crime: Victims

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) victim impact statements and (b) compensation claims are made when cases are brought to court in (i) Northamptonshire and...

    • Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney General, On how many occasions the Law Officers have referred a criminal sentence to the Court of Appeal for review because it was felt to be unduly lenient in the last 12 months.

      Human Rights Act 1998

      To ask the Attorney General, What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998.

      FIFA: Corruption

      To ask the Attorney General, What recent discussions he has had with the Serious Fraud Office on alleged corruption within FIFA.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has to ensure that the Royal Mail's universal service obligation continues to be met.

    • Postal Services: Aberdeenshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an assessment of Royal Mail's effectiveness in meeting the universal service obligation in Aberdeenshire.

      Disability: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the awarding of costs against claimants on the ability and willingness of people...

      Saudi Arabia: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will take steps to tackle Hajj and Umrah tour and travel operators who break UK law and exploit people seeking to...

      Apprentices: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what target he has for the number of apprenticeship places to be taken by black and ethnic minority applicants; and if he will...

      Apprentices: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of apprenticeship applications is made by black and ethnic minority applicants.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprentices who started their apprenticeships since 2010 were already employed staff converted to apprenticeship...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his plans are for funding further education institutions.

      Students: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what comparative assessment he has made of the amount charged by each university to students for years on industrial placement;...

      Students: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of university charges for industrial placement years on take-up of sandwich courses.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of funds from withdrawn awards under each round of the regional growth fund (RGF) (a) have been recycled into...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much has been returned to HM Treasury from the regional growth fund programme in each financial year of that fund's operation.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many successful bids to each bidding round of the regional growth fund have been withdrawn to date.

      Nuclear Power: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to increase the number of apprenticeships in the nuclear industry.

      Nuclear Power: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent progress has been made on the national nuclear college.

      Research Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he expects the independent review of the Research Councils led by Sir Paul Nurse to be published; and what deadlines and...

      Industrial Strategy Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on what dates the Industrial Strategy Council has met in the last year.

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he last discussed the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Commission.

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he last discussed the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the US government and when he next plans...

      Industry: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has for reform of industrial sector strategies; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to improve the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

    • Developing Countries: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the patenting of new drugs on their price and availability to treat neglected...

  • HM Treasury

    • Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people and what proportion of those eligible to take advantage of the pensions flexibilities have received (a) face-to-face and (b) telephone...

    • Pensions: Fraud

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have been victims of fraud and mis-selling related to the new pensions flexibilities.

      Working Tax Credit: Liverpool

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many recipients of working tax credit there are in (a) Liverpool and (b) Liverpool Riverside constituency.

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to (a) review the effectiveness of the Pension Wise service and (b) publish that review.

      Public Sector Debt

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what basis the national debt is calculated.

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what average length of time is taken for a call to an HM Revenue and Customs helpline from initial answer to conclusion of inquiry.

      Interest Rate Swap Transactions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the FCA Redress Scheme in offering adequate compensation to small businesses affected by bank misconduct.

      Revenue and Customs: Wales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what HM Revenue and Customs sites there are in Wales; and how many people are employed at each such site.

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what average length of time is taken to provide an initial answer to callers to an HM Revenue and Customs helpline.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of trends in competition and switching rates in the private motor insurance market in each year since 2010; and if he will make...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment HM Revenue and Customs has made of the effect on levels of tax credits compliance of the redeployment of staff of that department to handle...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on charging for calls to HM Revenue and Customs helplines.

      Railways: Brighton

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what feasibility work the Government has undertaken on the establishment of a Brighton Mainline 2; if he will make it his policy to allocate spending for...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the geographical location is of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) employees and contractors used to staff HMRC helplines.

      Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take account of the differential in prices of diesel in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland when setting future fuel duty levels.

      Banks: Greece

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate how many people have deposits with Greek-owned banks in the UK that are not covered by the bank deposit protection limit; and how many...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what offences were committed by prisoners serving sentences in open prisons on the most recent period for which information is available.

    • Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the longest period of time is that a serving prisoner can request to be absent from prison for any reason.

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made on compulsory prisoner transfers to non-EU countries; and if he will make a statement.

      Courts: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average cost is of an either way offence case dealt with at the (a) Crown Court and (b) magistrates' court where a guilty plea was entered.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average daily out-of-cell time was for prisoners in each prison in each of the last 10 years.

      Prison Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how long each prison governor at each prison has been in post.

      Pre-sentence Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average cost to the public purse is of preparing a (a) full pre-sentence report and (b) fast delivery report in magistrates' courts, including...

      Prisons: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, (a) how many additional days were added to prisoners' sentences and (b) in what proportion of adjudications days were added in (i) 2000, (ii) 2010 and...

      Life Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of life-sentenced prisoners were (a) recommended or (b) not recommended for transfer to an open prison by their respective...

      Offenders: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders on licence in West Yorkshire have travelled abroad unsupervised in each of the last three years.

      Magistrates' Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the rate of utilisation was of each magistrates' court in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people who have served an indeterminate sentence for public protection have re-offended after release; and (a) how many and (b) which offences...

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the offences and length of time served in prison are of each of the 20 longest serving female prisoners.

      Prisoners: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in respect of which prisons he has received recent reports on the religious radicalisation of prisoners.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) males and (b) females received each sentencing outcome for each type of offence in each police force area in the most recent year for which...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of a sentence handed down was for each offence in (a) Crown and (b) magistrates' courts for (i) females and (ii) males in the...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which bodies his Department consulted on the terms of reference for the review of the employment tribunal fees regime.

      Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the policy is of HM Courts and Tribunals Service on sending reminders by (a) text message and (b) email to defendants reminding them of the time...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average time taken to process an appeal against a decision relating to (a) a sanction relating to jobseeker's allowance or employment support...

      Bribery Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to make changes to his Department's guidance on the Bribery Act 2010 and facilitation payments and hospitality.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps are taken by the National Probation Service to ensure that prison leavers can access benefits and food when they leave prison.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2015 to Question 1763, what the total cash value was of the Modernisation Fund; and how much of that fund was taken and...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 23 June 2015 to Question 3244, what capabilities and specifications have been decided on for the next generation of RAF...

    • Aircraft Carriers: Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the design of the Queen Elizabeth Class carrier decks has had to be adjusted to accommodate the heat produced by the F-35B lift fans.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many recruits to the (a) army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force in each year since 2010 originate from each Commonwealth country.

      Royal Gurkha Rifles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people have been recruited to the Brigade of Gurkhas in each year since 2010; to which unit each such person was recruited; and from which...

      Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2015 to Question 3597, what the reason was for each of the 67 experiments conducted on non-human primates in 2014.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on repairs for his Department's housing in each year since 2010.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which countries the armed forces are providing training to (a) security forces and (b) armed forces.

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many safety tests of the A400m Atlas aircraft have been undertaken by his Department to date; and how many further such tests are scheduled over the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will develop a single and clear set of guidelines for micro-businesses who will be required to automatically enrol their...

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received on the potential risk of pensions auto-enrolment packages and products being mis-sold to micro-businesses.

      Welfare Tax Credits: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of whether the introduction of a mandatory four-year contributory period applied to both UK and EU...

      Universal Credit: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of EU nationals is eligible for universal credit in those areas in which that benefit is being trialled.

      Minimum Wage: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what forms of local and central government support are available to an EU national working on the minimum wage other than tax credits.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employment and support allowance claimants there were in each year since 2010; and how many such claimants had Social Fund Loan...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the guidance given to jobcentre staff in pilot jobcentres on the Claimant Commitment and the responsibility of individuals...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to respond to the Work and Pensions Select Committee report, Benefit sanctions policy beyond the Oakley Review, HC 814,...

      Social Security Benefits: Aberdeen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2015 to Question 2685, if he will make it his policy to respond to Parliamentary Questions seeking benefits...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his most recent estimate is of the number of people who will be claiming universal credit when it is fully rolled out.

      Personal Independence Payment: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to ensure that deaf young people aged 16 to 19 are treated appropriately during assessments for personal independence...

      Personal Independence Payment: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress he has made in ensuring that the claim process for personal independence payments is accessible to (a) deaf people who do not...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of devolving the Work Programme to Metro Mayors and Combined Authorities.

      Housing Benefit: Lewisham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many privately rented households in the London Borough of Lewisham were in receipt of housing benefit in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2014-15.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that his Department's website and digital services are accessible to people with sensory losses.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to enable people who have been infected by contaminated blood products to have automatic access...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has budgeted for IT consultancy support related to universal credit in each of the next five years.

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 22 June 2015 to Question 900461, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's evidence on the reasons...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will increase the amount of discretionary housing payment funding to local authorities after the reduction of the household benefit cap.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the phone number which disability living allowance claimants must phone in order to make a claim for personal independence payments...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of savings to the public purse in each of the next five years arising from the implementation of the Universal...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of (a) sanctions and (b) appeals are related to claimants not performing online requirements such as job search.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that high animal welfare standards are incorporated into international trade agreements;...

    • Countryside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to (a) protect the Green Belt and (b) maintain national protections for Areas of Outstanding Natural...

      Antibiotics: Livestock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential effect on the spread of antibiotic resistant strains of...

      Antibiotics: Livestock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information her Department holds on the proportion of antibiotic use in the UK which is accounted for by administration...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how her Department plans to reduce the disposal level of edible food in the UK.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to concentrate badger cull trials on diseased badgers; and if she will make a statement.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the size of the burden of work on farmers involved in setting up an area for the...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many local authorities have imposed the Inert Waste Charges Scheme since 1 June 2015; and what the average fee charged...

      Shellfish: Dee Estuary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much revenue has been raised from licence fees for cockling in the River Dee estuary in each year since 2010.

      Shellfish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department has spent on the management and enforcement of cockling rights in each year since 2010; and what...

      Shellfish: Dee Estuary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what licence arrangements are in place during the closure of the cockle beds on the River Dee estuary.

      Shellfish: Dee Estuary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what enforcement measures her Department has undertaken in relation to illegal cockling on the River Dee; how many...

      Fisheries: Dee Estuary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Welsh Government on (a) the management of fish, mussels, cockles and other seafood...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to simplify the process of applying for licences under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992.

      Litter: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the CPS has taken to prosecute people more effectively for illegal littering in the last two years.

  • Home Office

    • British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the highest number of times is that a person has taken the Life in the UK test.

    • Illegal Immigrants: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants have been removed from Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Illegal Immigrants: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will review the funding she committed in September 2014 to strengthening border security measures at Calais to (a) bring forward...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to increase the number of Syrian refugees entering the UK.

      Asylum: Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applications from Eritrean nationals were decided in (a) April and (b) May 2015; and what decision was taken in each such case.

      Asylum: Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will review and update her Department's country guidance on Eritrea relating to illegal exit and national service to take better...

      Immigration Controls: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department provides to employers sponsoring workers on Tier 2 visas on potential changes to their employees' immigration...

      Illegal Immigrants: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she next plans to meet (a) ferry operators, (b) Eurostar and (c) Eurotunnel to discuss the situation in Calais.

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the bail system.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Directors

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

    • Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on Firefighters' Pension Scheme reforms.

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has made to the Department for Communities and Local Government on the effect of Firefighters' Pension Scheme reforms in Scotland.

      Food Banks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will discuss levels of food bank use in Scotland with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in order to assess the potential link between...

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has made to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on changing the benefit sanctions regime in Scotland.

      Universal Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the timescale for the rollout of universal credit in Scotland; and if...

      Welfare State: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the commissioning of analysis on the effect of welfare changes since...

      Battle of Preston: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will visit Preston to commemorate the Battle of Preston in 1715.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Renewable Energy: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 1 June 2015 to Question 596, how many UK supply chain (a) jobs and (b) apprenticeships were created by each...

    • Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 1 June 2015 to Question 601, where components of the Rampion wind farm will be manufactured; and which...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the level of potential flaring on shale gas sites.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps are being taken to reduce the risk of seismic activity as a result of shale gas drilling.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will introduce a more stringent monitoring regime for abandoned shale gas wells.

      Wind Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to her Department's press release of 18 June 2015, Changes to onshore wind subsidies, whether she plans to implement a...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, who will carry out the independent monitoring of proposed shale gas sites.

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the compatibility of proposals for a geological facility for radioactive waste up to 20 kilometres...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions she has had with (a) the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and (b) Radioactive Waste Management Ltd on ensuring that...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of providing compensation to communities sited along railway lines and roads used...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions she has had with her counterpart in the (a) Welsh Assembly Government and (b) Northern Ireland Executive on...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what resources her Department allocated to the work of the Independent Review Panel organised by the Geological Society to oversee...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions the Prime Minister has had with his foreign counterparts on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in advance of the 2015...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the number of renewable heat installations installed in (a) Sheffield and (b) the UK as a result of the...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the number of renewable heat installations installed as a result of the (a) domestic and (b)...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information her Department holds on the number of onshore windfarms (a) in planning and (b) in operation that are wholly or...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to her Department's publication entitled Community Energy Strategy, published on 27 January 2014, what assessment she...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she plans to take to ensure that technology used for nuclear power meets rigorous safety, security and environmental standards.

      Energy: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the Competition and Markets Authority updated issue statement,...

      Electricity Generation: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the findings of the report, Analysis of Generation Profitability...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the average annual power output is for solar panels installed in the UK.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the average annual power output is of wind turbines installed in the UK.

      Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information her Department holds on the highest level of EBITDA on energy generation that has occurred in the last three years;...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether it is her policy that high hazard areas of work at the Sellafield site remain a priority.

      Magnox Reactors: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how long it will take to complete decommissioning of Magnox sites on current annual expenditure.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will raise with the Chancellor of the Exchequer the provision of further research and development tax relief to companies...

      Offshore Industry: Aberdeen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to support employment in the oil and gas sector in Aberdeen.

      Wind Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential effects of withdrawal of subsidies to onshore wind projects on investor confidence in...

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Geology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many seismologists and geologists are employed by her Department; what advice her Department sought from seismologists and...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans she has to address the effects of the Renewable Heat Incentive on the ground source industry; and what consultation she...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to support small business access to public procurement.

    • Public Appointments: Gender

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his policy is on achieving gender balance on boards of Government departments.

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the cost to Ofsted of inspecting local area provision for children with special educational needs and...

    • Special Educational Needs: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the effectiveness of Teachers of the Deaf and the quality of support they provide to deaf children and their...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy in on providing support for childcare costs incurred from providers not registered with Ofsted.

      Primary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many primary schools have gone from an inadequate to a good Ofsted rating in four years since 2005; and what steps her Department takes to...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) dyslexia and (b) other learning disabilities are tested for at an early age, and that the relevant support...

      Homelessness: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will bring forward legislative proposals preventing people aged under 18 years old from being categorised as intentionally homeless.

      Children: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking in schools to tackle childhood obesity.

      Educational Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2015 to Question 333, what steps (a) her Department and (b) Ofsted plans to take to monitor the effect on children of...

      Headteachers: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of (a) head teachers and (b) deputy head teachers are Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic.

      Schools: Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much (a) lamb, (b) beef, (c) pork and (d) poultry meat is purchased annually by schools and colleges for consumption; and what proportion of such...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Tourism: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the value to the tourist economy of military, ceremonial and pageantry activities in London; and if he...

    • Television: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has held with television broadcasters on improving services for people with sensory loss.

      Broadcasting: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the quality of access to on demand television content for people with sensory loss.

      Tickets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will announce a timetable for the Independent Review into the secondary ticketing market.

      Broadcasting: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to improve the provision of access services for on-demand content.

      Fifa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the article written for the Huffington Post blog on 30 May 2015 by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for...

      Sports: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to introduce a Major Events Bill in this Parliament.

      Culture: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the terms of reference of the Earn or Learn implementation taskforce, how many of the two million new jobs and three...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 14 May 2015 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms P...

      Broadband: Charnwood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to ensure roll-out of superfast broadband to (a) Seagrave and (b) Thrussington in Charnwood.

      Broadcasting: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will review the effectiveness of existing legislation on subtitles and audio description for on-demand television.

      Broadcasting: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with television representatives on the setting of targets on the provision of subtitles for...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the effect to a local economy of hosting the Tour of Britain.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have to visit (i) the Guild Wheel, (ii) Preston North End Football Club, (iii)...

      Sports: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which women's (a) rugby, (b) cricket and (c) football matches (i) he and (ii) Ministers of his Department have attended in an official...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Ashfield of 1...

  • Department of Health

    • Cancer: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent conversations he has had with Health Ministers in the devolved administrations to improve awareness of (a) pancreatic cancer and (b) other...

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to announce the compensation arrangements for those affected by contaminated blood supplied by the NHS.

      NHS: Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) lamb, (b) beef, (c) pork and (d) poultry meat is purchased annually by the NHS for consumption; and what proportion of such meat is British...

      Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of research funding into pancreatic cancer in each of the last five years; how that figure...

      Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what comparative assessment he has made of the average number of times (a) pancreatic and (b) other cancer patients visited their GP for diagnosis before...

      Pancreatic Cancer: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what comparative assessment he has made of variation in the survival rates of pancreatic cancer patients living in (a) the UK, (b) Europe and (c) the...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress his Department has made on licencing the Harvoni form of ledipasvir-sofosbuvir for people who have been contaminated by blood products; and...

      Scoliosis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of patients with scoliosis that have received NHS treatment in each of the last five years.

      Veterans: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce an option for people to identify themselves as a veteran on the Certificate of Vision Impairment.

      Asthma: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of prescribing medicines for asthma patients; and if he will make a statement.

      Royal Sussex County Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the full business case for the teaching, trauma and tertiary care at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton has been submitted to (a) the...

  • Women and Equalities

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the evidence recently published in the Campaign to Protect Rural England report Rural Reconnections: The social benefits of rail...

    • Railways: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which rural railway lines closed in the 1960s they would now favour reopening.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Sheffield

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 18 June (HL453), whether any cost-benefit analysis has been conducted purely on the impact on...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all departments promote greater social cohesion and positive relations between all faiths, cultures and opinions,...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • India

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 7 April 2014 (HL WA244), and the oral answer by the Earl of Courtown on 16 June (HL Deb, col 1077), why...

    • Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Helicopters: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in each of the years 2010 to 2014, on how many occasions a helicopter was flown from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland to aid civil authorities.

    • Equality: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy regarding the enforcement of the policy of equality of esteem in Northern Ireland, as outlined in the Belfast Agreement of 1998.

      Parades Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy concerning ensuring the transparency of decision-making by the Northern Ireland Parades Commission.

      Stormont House Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to introduce legislation to implement the Stormont House Agreement.

  • Department for International Development

    • Females: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans, if any, are in place to mark the one-year anniversary of the London Girl Summit.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Corporal Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the judgment in Re A [2015] EWHC 1598 (Fam), in particular the judge's remarks that cultural context must be considered in...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Veterans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that military personnel have a smooth transition into civilian life.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Livestock: Antibiotics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the use of antibiotic products on farm animals contributes significantly to the antibiotic resistance problem.

  • Home Office

    • Police: Cameras

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the data storage requirements arising from the increasing use of body-worn camera technology by the police.

    • Police: Cameras

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had about the evidential use of images captured by the use of body-worn camera technology by police officers.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: ComRes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have commissioned any research from ComRes in the past 12 months.

    • Prime Minister

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent by 10 Downing Street on make-up and hair products in the last financial year.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

  • Department of Health

    • Eating Disorders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve NHS treatment for patients with eating disorders.

    • College of Social Work

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation they conducted before deciding to discontinue funding the College of Social Work; and with whom.

      Passive Smoking: Death

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what their assessment is of the number of people who have died from passive smoking in England in each of the last five years.

      Kidney Diseases: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in how many cases of Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis kidney disease the use of the drug Eculizumab has been identified as the only viable treatment;...

      Smoking: Public Places

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce deaths from passive smoking by introducing restrictions on smoking in public outdoor areas.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total value of projected savings to be made by removing drugs and indications from the Cancer Drugs Fund in England over (1) Q1 of 2015–16,...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of delisting from the Cancer Drugs Fund on the availability of cancer drugs in the United Kingdom, in comparison...

      Pets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have, if any, to encourage the elderly to adopt or interact with pets, in the light of research regarding the positive impact they can have...

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