Written answers

Friday, 10 July 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Government Car Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicles have been procured for the Government Car Service since May 2010; and what the country of origin is of each such vehicle.

    • Government Car Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicles have been procured for the Government Car Service in 2015; and what the country of origin is of each such vehicle.

      Driving under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of abolishing the blood alcohol content test when a person has been arrested for...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information he holds on whether Govia Thameslink Railway (a) has made or (b) intends to make an agreement with Transport for London to share the...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish a summary of the responses to the Cycle Racing on the Highway consultation which closed on 21 October 2013.

      Rescue Services: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Bristow Helicopters on future service levels for the search and rescue helicopter service in North West Wales.

      Rescue Services: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what contingency plans his Department has for delivering the search and rescue service in North West Wales should Bristow Helicopters not be able to...

      Road Traffic: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to mitigate the effects of Operation Stack on traffic flow across Kent.

      Shipping: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department offers to seafarers' stranded vessels as a result of their employer's liquidation; and what steps he is taking to reduce...

      Cycling: Yorkshire and the Humber

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

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to make the East Coast Main Line more resilient to power line failures.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many journeys have been affected by power line failures on the East Coast Main Line in the last 12 months.

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on applying a 32 tonne weight limit to volumetric vehicles.

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to publish his Department's response to its consultations on the (a) review of HGV periodic testing and inspection exemptions and (b)...

      Department for Transport: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what instructions have been given to staff in his Department dealing with freedom of information requests on the application of Freedom of Information...

      Department for Transport: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many occasions his Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure likely to endanger...

      Department for Transport: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many occasions his Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure likely to endanger...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what opportunities his Department gave local authorities to make representations to it before the decision was made to pause the electrification of...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on which occasions he met Network Rail to discuss the electrification of the TransPennine rail route between Leeds and Manchester; and when he...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been allocated from the public purse for the rail investment programme in the North of England; and what the priorities for that...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the electrification of the TransPennine rail route between Leeds and Manchester.

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Civil Aviation Authority on steps to ensure that passengers are not able to use electronic equipment to...

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which local authorities have expressed an interest in taking refugees under the resettlement programme for the most vulnerable Syrian...

    • Illegal Immigrants: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the French policing response at Calais; and whether she plans to meet the French...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) Tier 1 general, (b) Tier 1 graduate entrepreneur, (c) Tier 1 exceptional talent, (d) Tier 1 investor, (e) Tier 4 general, (f)...

      NHS: Immigration Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect on the NHS of the new immigration rules being introduced from April 2016.

      Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the High Court judgement in Detention Action v First-Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) & Ors [2015] EWHC...

      Police: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional resources will be made available to police forces to enforce the ban on psychoactive substances.

      Police: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish the evaluation being conducted by the Royal College of Policing of body-worn video camera pilots.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department is taking steps to secure the release of Andargachew Tsege in Ethiopia; and if he will make a statement.

    • Andargachew Tsige

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from human rights organisations on the detention of Andargachew Tsige.

      Andargachew Tsige

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to secure the release of Andargachew Tsige from his detention or imprisonment by the Ethiopian government.

      Andargachew Tsige

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to identify the whereabouts of Andargachew Tsige.

      Andargachew Tsige

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Yemeni and Ethiopian governments on the detention of Andargachew Tsige.

      Andargachew Tsige

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in other EU and NATO member states on the detention of Andargachew Tsige.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Counter-terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will take steps to extend the Prevent Strategy to Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on how many occasions his Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000...

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what instructions have been given to staff in his Department dealing with freedom of information requests on the application of...

      Coal: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of coal imports on the balance of trade.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in his Department are entitled to the use of a (i) car with a dedicated...

      Coal: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to secure OECD agreement to stop OECD members supporting coal projects overseas through export credit...

      Hazardous Substances: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with small business representatives on support for meeting the costs of regulation 1272/2008 on...

      Hazardous Substances: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what funding is available for small businesses which incur significant costs in complying with regulation 1272/2008 on...

      Hazardous Substances: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of regulation 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and...

      Medical Research Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure that technology and knowledge generated through Medical Research Council investments is open...

      Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will increase the adult skills budget to (a) increase the non-apprenticeship elements and (b) maintain funding for the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2015 to Question 3688, what offences are included in the Violence against the person category.

    • Ministry of Justice: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions his Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure likely to endanger the...

  • Prime Minister

    • Chequers: Drinks

      To ask the Prime Minister, what the cost to the public purse has been of the purchase of (a) red wine, (b) white wine, (c) champagne and (d) fortified wine for the use at Chequers since he was...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his private Ministerial office spent on (a) tea and coffee, (b) wine, (c) alcoholic refreshments other than wine and (d) bottled water in the...

    • RAF Tain: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many passes were made by (a) Royal Air Force (RAF) and (b) non-RAF aircraft over RAF Tain in each of the last 15 years; and what munitions have been...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the prevalence of the use of dividends as income in order to reduce liabilities under Child Support...

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of families with children affected by the benefit cap have a child under (a) one year old, (b) two years old, (c)...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effects of the introduction of charges for the use of the Child Maintenance Scheme on families and children.

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2015 to Question 1696, what his timetable is for changing automatic entitlement to housing benefit for...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department provides to people with a disability who are in receipt of benefits and who want to start their own business.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the implications of his policies of the conclusions on the increasing employment penalty facing people with a...

      Average Earnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent changes there have been in the median earnings of (a) working age adults with a disability and (b) working age adults with no...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what work her Department has undertaken on development of a humane trap for small pest control in rural areas.

    • Poaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many incidents of poaching of animals there have been in the UK in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: Buildings

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

    • Communities and Local Government: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of the office space owned or leased by his Department is not in regular use; what the total (a) rental and (b)...

      Private Rented Housing: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that tenants in the private rented sector are better protected from risks from (a)...

  • HM Treasury

    • Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has for future policy on pension tax relief.

    • Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to reduce waiting times for calls to HM Revenue and Customs.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent comparative assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of public spending per capita in Wales to England, Scotland and Northern...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2015 to Question 4358, what mechanisms other than the issuance of gilts are used to finance Government borrowing; and what...

      Revenue and Customs: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many telephone calls to HM Revenue and Customs from people in (a) West Yorkshire, (b) Leeds and (c) Leeds North West constituency were unanswered for...

      Treasury: Freedom of Information

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions his Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure likely to endanger the...

      Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people made donations of paper or other artefacts to non-governmental bodies in lieu of tax in each of the last two financial year for which...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Government departments are planning to become accredited living wage employers.

    • Cabinet Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) direct employees, (b) agency staff and (c) outsourced staff working for his Department and its subsidiary agencies are paid less than the...

      Heart Diseases: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have died of sudden arrhythmic cardiac death syndrome in each of the last five years.

      Living Wage

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many jobs in (a) Bradford East constituency, (b) Bradford, (c) West Yorkshire and (d) the UK are paid below the living wage.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Employment Agencies

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

    • Pornography: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to prevent young teenagers having access and becoming addicted to pornography.

      Cultural Heritage: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2015 to Question 3292 on creating a cultural protection fund, which key cultural organisations agree...

      Public Libraries: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2015 to Question 3288, for what reasons he is not able to estimate the cost of collecting information...

      Cultural Heritage: Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to help protect cultural sites in the Middle East.

      Cultural Heritage: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress he has made on establishing a cultural protection fund.

      Cultural Heritage: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of establishing a cultural protection fund.

      Mobile Phones: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Wales and (b) Ministers in the Welsh Government on the roll-out...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what instructions have been given to staff in his Department dealing with freedom of information requests on the application of Freedom...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on how many occasions his Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure...

  • Department of Health

    • Department of Health: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in his Department are entitled to the use of a (i) car with a dedicated driver, (ii) car from the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they have responded to the ruling of the Information Commissioner regarding the publication of statistics on deaths related to Employment and Support...

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