Written answers

Thursday, 16 July 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward proposals to introduce World Health Organisation guideline noise levels in order to safeguard the health of (a) children, (b)...

    • Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the views expressed on the expansion at Heathrow airport by the Richmond...

      Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people in the UK are exposed to noise levels in excess of World Health Organisation guideline levels; and what estimate he has made of the...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will assess the implications for his policies of the evidence of Transport for London submitted to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Heathrow...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of compliance with requirements (a) for sustainable development and (b) in the National Policy Statement for National...

      Department for Transport: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the name, responsibilities and pay band are of each special adviser in his Department.

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what safeguards are in place to ensure that the DVLA only provides its data to car parking companies which are registered by the British Parking...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on negotiations between the Government and Sheffield City region for a new City Deal of the suspension of...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what contract penalties will have to be paid as a result of the pause in the planned Manchester to Leeds electrification project.

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport on the proposed Electronic Communications Code.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will estimate the number of apprenticeships that would have been created in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, (d) 2018 and (e) 2019 if the planned...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish his Department's assessment of the economic cost to Greater Manchester arising from the pause in the Manchester to Leeds...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the effect on the total cost of the electrification of the Manchester to Leeds line will be of a delay in the starting of the project of (a) six...

      Transport: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the (a) Mode Shift Revenue Support and (b) Waterborne Freight Grant schemes on modal shift of freight...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 26 March 2015 to Question 228876, whether he has at any point (a) requested a copy of Network Rail's list of projects...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 1.256 of the Summer Budget 2015, HC 264, what resources his Department plans to make available to Nicola Shaw during her...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what salaries or other financial incentives will be paid to (a) Peter Hendy, (b) Colette Bowe and (c) Nicola Shaw for their inquiries into Network Rail.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraphs 1.255 and 2.193 of the Summer Budget 2015, HC 264, whether he plans for his Department to be the parent department of the...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2015 to Question 5102, what funding his Department plans to make available to promote the construction of charging...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations his Department received from Network Rail between July 2014 and 7 May 2015 on the potential deferral or pausing of major rail...

      Motor Vehicles: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2015 to Question 5101, what representations his Department has received from automotive manufacturers on the future...

      Railways: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the publication of the feasibility studies on the rail line at Dawlish and the potential route via Okehampton and Tavistock.

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received on development of rail infrastructure in the North West; and if he will make a statement.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to promote cycling.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to promote cycling.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the cessation of work on the electrification of the TransPennine route and the Midland Main...

      Aviation: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to promote direct flights to international destinations from airports outside London and the South East.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Food Banks: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2015 to Question 3994, if he will take steps to record the provision of food bank collection...

    • Landlords: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what changes he plans to make to licence checks for landlords as a result of the west Birmingham Right to Rent pilot scheme.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the implications of data on population growth published by the Office for National...

      Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to incentivise the building of additional supported housing for older people.

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to make additional financing available to assist housing associations invest in improvements to housing.

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what mechanisms he is assessing to ensure that houses sold under the right to buy scheme are replaced in the same area.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure local authorities are able to co-operate to improve the effectiveness of the...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that housing and planning policy takes account of best practice in architecture...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to bring empty (a) residential and (b) commercial properties back into use.

      Council Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of specifying that new council homes be allocated half to existing...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the level of consistency in the way five-year housing supply is calculated by developers and...

      Social Rented Housing: Tenants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that housing associations aim to maintain a social mix in an area when selecting...

      Local Government: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether councils will be required to sell off any property assets in addition to high-value residential council houses to fund...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, by what mechanism he plans to reduce the time period between the sale of social housing under right to buy and the receipt by...

      Council Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the overall proportion of local authority housing stock that will be sold off as high-value...

      Housing: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2015 to Question 5507, what recent representations he has received from local authorities on...

      Local Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to improve the timely delivery of a local plan in areas where a local authority has not...

      Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what forecast his Department has made of (a) starting and (b) completion rates of affordable homes in (i) Bristol, (ii) the...

      Railways: Radlett

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2015 to Question 4550, what Rail Related Works are set out in the conditions attached to his...

      Railways: Radlett

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department can take if there is a breach of the conditions set out in the his approval of the Radlett Rail...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Overseas Companies: Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of Congo to ensure that UK companies are paid for infrastructure works...

    • Mediterranean Sea: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress his Department has made on tackling the root causes of the refugee situation in the Mediterranean.

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it is his Department's policy to propose a further round of negotiations between the conflicting parties in Yemen.

      Yemen: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department holds evidence of an increased flow of Yemeni refugees travelling to Libya and attempting to cross the...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on his Department's officials meeting representatives of the tobacco industry in an official capacity.

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guidance he has given to staff of his Department on engaging with the tobacco industry.

      Friends of Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government's Friends of Yemen group is active.

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) the role the UK has played in reducing the danger of piracy off the coast of Somalia and (b)...

      Afghanistan: Taliban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of progress in talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban; and what he would consider a...

      Middle East: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of links between the Iran nuclear negotiations and wider nuclear non-proliferation in the Middle East.

      Kyrgyzstan: Civil Liberties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Kyrgyzstan on (a) the Foreign Agents Bill and (b) freedom of expression and...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of (a) freedom of opinion and expression, (b) freedom of peaceful assembly and association...

      Guatemala: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on (a) attacks and threats against human rights defenders in Guatemala and (b) the implementation...

  • Attorney General

    • Domestic Violence: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent estimate he has made of the trend in prosecutions relating to domestic abuse involving (a) female and (b) male victims.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans the Government has to devolve responsibility for further education Advanced Learning Loans.

    • National Careers Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when the Government plans to devolve accountability for National Careers Service contracts to local areas.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans the Government has to devolve apprenticeships budgets to combined authorities.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the average (a) length and (b) skill level of apprenticeships was in England in the last 12 months.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which local spending bodies in the city of Birmingham (a) his Department is responsible for and (b) draw on funds voted to his...

      Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many permanent members of staff are employed by the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate; and what changes are planned...

      Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the Living Wage supplement announced in the Summer Budget 2015 will be taken into account when calculating (a) employer...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with large-scale retailers on potential changes to the law relating to Sunday trading.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what progress his Department has made on its consultation on clarifying the employment status of workers, launched on 6 October 2014.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to paragraph 2.201 of the Summer Budget 2015, HC 264, if he will hold a consultation on the introduction of the...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of employers offers apprenticeships to 16 to 19 year olds.

      Students: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students received maintenance grants in each local authority in the last academic year for which data is available.

      Carers: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will meet the Minister of State for Care and Support to discuss enforcement of the minimum wage in the care sector.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect on the estimated RAB charge on student loans of replacing university maintenance...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2015 to Question 6273, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people who complete...

      Motor Vehicles: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent representations he has received from automotive manufacturers on promoting UK automotive exports.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people under the age of 25 started an apprenticeship in each of the last 24 months in (a) Bristol South constituency,...

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if the Government will use Sure Start centres to provide additional childcare as part of its policy of extending free childcare to 30 hours per week.

    • Primary Education: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Primary School Sport Partnerships there are in each local authority.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the reasons for changes in the number of children eligible for free school meals in each of the last three...

      Primary Education: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of Primary School Sport Partnerships on participation in sport.

      Special Educational Needs: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will introduce a diagnostic assessment pathway for (a) dyslexia and dyspraxia and (b) other specific learning difficulties.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Young Offender Institutions: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many children in each young offenders' institution have been placed on closed visits in each month of the last three years for which figures are...

    • Sobriety Orders: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy of the results of the Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirements scheme piloted in...

      Ministry of Justice: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the name, responsibilities and pay band are of each special adviser in his Department.

      Recorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of part-time fee-earning recorders who worked in courts in each of the last five years.

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 10 July 2015 to Question 5439 on open prisons, how many prisoners had committed each offence.

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of legislation enabling families of missing people to protect financial and legal affairs of such people.

      Mediation: Family Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department plans to take to increase the take-up of mediation for family disputes.

      Mediation: Family Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to encourage the judiciary to make greater use of its existing powers in family procedure rules to refer people to family...

      Mediation: Family Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the performance of the scheme which allows both parties in a family dispute to receive one free mediation session where...

      Mediation: Family Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on retaining legal aid for family mediation.

      Prisons: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of each type were recorded on the Incident Reporting System in (a) privately and (b) publicly run prisons in each month since 1...

      Mediation: Family Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of the provision in the Children and Families Act 2014 making it compulsory for families to attend a mediation...

      Prisoners' Release: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2015 to Question 3652, what was the (a) maximum and (b) average period of time for which offenders were released over...

      Prisoners' Release: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2015 to Question 3652, what the criteria are for eligibility for release from prison for Christmas.

      Public Defender Service: Barristers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which barristers are employed by the Public Defence Service; and what day rates each such person charges.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will list all the possible requirements that can be attached to a community order or a suspended sentence order by sentencers (a) in all courts...

      Shoplifting: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for changes in the number of convictions for shoplifting food in each of the last three years.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many full-time equivalent staff have been employed in HM Courts and Tribunals Service to deliver fine and compensation enforcement orders in each of...

      Courts: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the collection rates for (a) fines, (b) penalties and (c) confiscation orders have been in each of the last five years.

  • Leader of the House

    • English Votes for English Laws

      To ask the Leader of the House, what discussions he has had with the National Assembly of Wales and the Welsh Government on English votes on English laws.

    • English Votes for English Laws

      To ask the Leader of the House, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Wales on English votes on English laws; and on what dates such discussions took place.

      Government Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House, how many and which Government bills introduced in the last Parliament affected predominantly (a) England and (b) England and Wales.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles and Unmanned Marine Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of his Department's budget has been allocated to the use, development or procurement of unmanned systems.

    • Counter-terrorism: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has employed unmanned aircraft (a) in and (b) around the UK to support counter-terrorism efforts.

      Ministry of Defence: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what amount his Department spent on external consultants in (a) 2014-15 and (b) each month of 2015-16 to date.

      War Widows: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans' letter to the hon. Member for Leeds North West of 4 June 2015, whether his Department...

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any spending counted towards the two per cent of GNI target for defence spending will also be counted towards the 0.7 per cent target for ODA...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will investigate the causes of the increase in the backlog of safety critical maintenance work on oil and gas installations in 2014.

    • Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with (a) ministerial colleagues in the Department for Energy and Climate Change, (b) the Health and Safety...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the current backlog of safety critical maintenance work is for each operational oil and gas installation on the UK continental shelf; and...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects the Health and Safety Executive to publish the data required to calculate the combined total of major and significant process...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons the backlog of (a) planned, (b) corrective and (c) deferred safety-critical maintenance work on oil and gas installations in...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an urgent assessment of operator participation rates in the voluntary reporting scheme for safety-critical maintenance work on...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what comparative estimate he has made of the total annual cost of personal independence payments (PIP) and disability living allowance (DLA)...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what statistical information his Department holds on deaths of (a) all benefit claimants, (b) all such claimants after losing their...

      Social Security Benefits: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of taxing or means-testing of disability living allowance and personal independence...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of measures announced in the Summer Budget 2015 on the level of child poverty among families who are...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of measures announced in the Summer Budget 2015 on child poverty.

      Social Security Benefits: Ogmore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Ogmore constituency claim benefits that will be subject to the uprating freeze from April 2016 to April 2020; and if he...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he took to inform people affected by the acceleration of the increase in the state pension age brought about by the Pensions Act...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2015 to Question 5753, how many applications for Short Term Benefit Advance in 2014 were rejected; and for...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the name, responsibilities and pay band are of each special adviser in his Department.

      Carers: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support is available for young people who are sole carers for disabled and elderly family members to set up their own home.

      Forced Labour and Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2014 to Question 214121, what steps the Health and Safety Executive takes when it discovers evidence of...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the maximum income is which may be received tax free in each week by a person in receipt of the state pension without affecting that...

      Employment Schemes: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to help people with learning difficulties find work.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of employment and support allowance his Department has classified as unfit to work in each of the last five years.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2015 to Question 5455, on universal credit, where the trial which began on 20 April 2015 is taking place; how...

      Social Security Benefits: Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance he has given to staff working for his Department on dealing with claimants with chronic, incurable diseases.

      Social Security Benefits: Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to ensure that people with incurable, chronic conditions do not undertake repeated fit-for-work assessments.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance he has given to staff working for, or contracted by, his Department on dealing with people who have a history of suicide...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of how many claimants will be affected by the changes to employment and support allowance announced in the Summer...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants there were in the employment and support allowance work related activity group in (a) Wakefield constituency, (b) Wakefield...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the contribution by the Prime Minister of 24 June 2015, Official Report, column 886, when the data on public spending referred to...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households will be affected (a) in London by a household benefit cap of £23,000 per year and (b) in each other country and...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people in receipt of carers allowance do not live with the person they are caring for.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on the interest and repayment requirements for loans under the Support for Mortgage Interest scheme; in what circumstances...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Government spent on legal fees in the case of Mathieson v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the average annual change in the income of households which are (a) subject and (b) not subject to...

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with (a) his ministerial colleagues and (b) officials in the Department for Communities and Local Government on...

      Personal Independence Payment: Bristol South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Bristol South constituency have waited longer than six months for the final outcome of their personal independent payment...

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance is provided for staff (a) working for and (b) contracted by his Department on dealing with clients who are or may be suicidal;...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the number of priority employment and support allowance cases in (a) the UK, (b) Wales and (c) Caerphilly...

      Welfare Reform and Work Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the impact assessment for the Welfare Reform and Work Bill will be published.

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the compliance with health and safety legislation of safety-critical maintenance work on offshore oil and gas...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the name, responsibilities and pay band are of each special adviser in her Department.

    • Livestock: Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the oral Answer of the Minister of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the hon. Member for Camborne...

      Farms: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects the single Farm Inspection Taskforce to become operational; and if she will make a statement.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration Controls: Dover Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the vehicles arriving at the Port of Dover are checked on arrival.

    • Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions her Department has had with HM Inspectorate of Constabulary on that body's recent report into child abuse investigations by...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2015 to Question 4287, which international partners, organisations and individuals in the public and...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2015 to Question 224410, what steps have been taken to establish a system for recording data about...

      Convention concerning Forced or Compulsory Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2015 to Question 228289, what recent steps she has taken towards the ratification of the Protocol to the...

      Stowaways

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many stowaways have been recorded as attempting to travel into the UK by aeroplane in each of the last five years.

      Counter-terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which local organisations have received funding or support under the Prevent strategy.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to improve the support provided to victims of trafficking in the UK following a positive conclusive grounds decision...

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what payments have been made to Ben Emmerson QC for his work on the historic child abuse inquiry to date; and what the terms are of his...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress the College of Policing has made on the development of training and investigative guidelines for the police on the new law of...

  • Scotland Office

    • Smith Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2015 to Question 5448 and to the contribution of the Leader of the House of 2 July 2015, Official Report, column 1644,...

    • Budget July 2015: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the potential effects of measures in the Summer Budget 2015 on the economy in Scotland.

      Budget July 2015: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential effects of measures in the Summer Budget 2015 on the economy in Scotland.

  • HM Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to publish the results of the economic modelling of the effect of a 50 per cent reduction in air passenger duty in Scotland on...

    • Renewable Energy: Climate Change Levy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on UK (a) energy security and (b) plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of his policy to remove the...

      Social Security Benefits: Ogmore

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families with more than two children in Ogmore constituency claim (a) child tax credits and (b) universal credit; if he will estimate the number of...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to monitor the effects of changes to tax credits on families with very low incomes.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that additional support and financial assistance is provided to Equitable Life policy holders to ensure full payments to all...

      Living Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he had with the Living Wage Foundation on the National Living Wage before the 2015 summer budget.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total corporation tax receipts have been in each year since 2005.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of (a) individuals and (b) families in each region of the UK will be affected by the reduction of the threshold for withdrawal...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Renewable Energy: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what her Department is doing to provide support for and encourage investment in renewable energy projects in (a) Bradford and (b) West...

    • Nuclear Power: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, which recommendations of the report by HM Chief Nuclear Inspector on the implications for the UK nuclear industry of the Japanese...

      Wind Power: Isle of Skye

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how the recent changes made to onshore wind farm subsidies will affect the Glen Ullinish Wind Farm Development on the Isle of Skye.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will estimate the amount of gigawatts of onshore wind that will not be built as a result of the changes to the Renewables...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many gigawatts of onshore wind will be eligible for grace periods following planned changes to the Renewables Obligation.

      Department for Energy and Climate Change: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 10 July 2015 to Question 2952, if she will make it her policy to secure accredited Living Wage Employer...

      Offshore Industry: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether there will be a licensing round in the North Sea in 2016.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Energy: Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which 10 job sectors employed the most people from black and minority ethnic communities in (a) Bradford, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) the UK.

    • Domestic Violence: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many cases of domestic violence were recorded in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley and (c) South Yorkshire in each of the last five years.

      Carers: Bristol

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on the number of carers in (a) Bristol South constituency and (b) Bristol in each of the last three years.

      Debts: Bristol

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of aggregate household debt in (a) Bristol South constituency, (b) Bristol, (c) the South West and (d) the UK in each year...

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Small Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 10 March 2015 to Question 226447, if he will provide an update on delivery under the Future Fifty...

    • Mobile Phones: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to reduce mobile telephone charges for UK users using their telephones overseas.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Ramadan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what iftar events Ministers in his Department attended in an official capacity during Ramadan in 2015.

  • Department of Health

    • Department of Health: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many members of his Department's (a) ministerial team and (b) employees based at Richmond House have received dementia friends training from the...

    • Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much each NHS Trust in the North West charges staff to park (a) daily, (b) weekly, (c) monthly, (d) quarterly and (e) yearly; and how much was...

      National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects NICE to publish the minutes of the Highly Specialised Technologies Evaluation meeting held on 17 March 2015.

      Armed Forces Covenant: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 June 2015 to Question 3732, what steps he plans to take to ensure that the Covenant's health commitments are discharged in a...

      NHS England: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when NHS England plans to advertise its property on Treaford Lane, Washwood Heath, Birmingham as for sale.

      University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients waited longer than four hours to be seen at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust A&E department in the latest...

      Local Authorities: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which local spending bodies in the city of Birmingham (a) his Department is responsible for and (b) draw on funds voted to his Department.

      Social Workers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 June 2015 to Question 3195, if he will make it mandatory for care workers to obtain a Care Certificate; and if he will make...

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Oral Answer of the Minister for Community and Social Care of 7 July 2015, Official Report, column 166, when he intends to publish (a)...

      Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the staff turnover rate was in Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust in each of the last five years.

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements are in place to ensure the effective coordination of mental health provision in prisons in England and Wales.

      Department of Health: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the name, responsibilities and pay band are of each special adviser in his Department.

      Heart Diseases: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to make omega 3 available on prescription to reduce heart disease.

      Levodopa: Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with clinical and medical bodies on potential links between use of levodopa and gambling problems.

      Patients: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued to NHS organisations on patient safety checks for patients at risk of self-harm; and what steps his Department...

      NHS: Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to review responsibilities within pay bands in the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      Dental Health: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children in Cumbria have presented at accident and emergency with dental problems in each of the last five years.

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for changes in the number of cases of malnutrition in each of the last three years.

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many foundation hospitals include on their council of governors elected members from Wales.

      North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust: Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many ambulances have waited 30 minutes or longer to hand over patients at (a) West Cumberland Hospital and (b) Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle in each...

      Social Services: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 9 February 2015 to Question 223479, what recent discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues in HM Treasury and...

      Sugar: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects Public Health England's advice to the Government on sugar reduction to be published.

      North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much North Cumbria University Hospital Trust spent on agency medical staff in each of the last 10 years.

      North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many medical staff of each pay band have been recruited by North Cumbria University Hospital Trust in each of the last five years.

  • Women and Equalities

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many charging points for electric vehicles there are across the United Kingdom; and whether they have any proposals for increasing this number.

    • Shared Spaces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report on shared space Accidents by Design, whether they are considering an immediate moratorium on all existing shared spaces until an...

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 July (HL782), what assessment they have made of the case for taking steps prior to their...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 7 July (HL Deb, col 93–4), whether they consider that local government is capable of assessing the...

      Railways: Strikes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they indemnify train operators in any way in respect of strikes called by trade unions so that operators are more likely to resist unreasonable demands.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the situation in Libya.

    • Arab Partnership Participation Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much they have expanded the Arab Partnership Participation Fund in order to support political and economic reform in the Middle East and North Africa...

      China: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of alleged breaches of international law in China regarding the freedom of religion and freedom to worship without being harassed.

      Namibia: Germany

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Germany regarding compensation for the descendants of the Herero and Nama people killed by German...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which third parties are contracted to verify regulatory savings, and in each case, which savings they verified.

    • Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the last Parliament, which regulations were introduced and which were removed, listed by the clusters of which two were removed for each regulation...

  • Department for International Development

    • Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to appoint an International Violence Against Women Champion.

    • Gaza: International Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the money pledged to Gaza for aid and reconstruction by donors at the Cairo conference in October 2014 has so far been received.

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for changing the emphasis in aid for Syrian refugees from relief towards empowerment and sustainable human and...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the amount which the Information Commissioner’s Office can spend on data protection activities in the current financial year has been calculated.

    • Care Proceedings: Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many unaccompanied migrant children appeared in the family courts in relation to care proceedings in 2014.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Nuclear Submarines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there has been any decision on the storage of nuclear reactor compartments from the growing number of decommissioned nuclear submarines in United...

    • Military Bases: Leuchars

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what grades of accommodation, houses and barracks are currently at the military base at Leuchars, Fife; what upgrades to the accommodation are planned and by...

      Meteor Missiles: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Meteor BVRAAMs have been ordered; and what is the delivery schedule for those missiles.

      Armed Forces Covenant: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 6 July (HL852), why no representatives of the Northern Ireland Executive take part in the decision making...

  • Home Office

    • Illegal Immigrants: France

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what practical support is being given in Calais to lorry drivers.

    • Slavery

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the guidance to businesses on what to include within their slavery and trafficking statements will be published.

      Asylum: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the fast-track detention system.

      Immigration: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many unresolved (1) asylum, and (2) immigration, cases there have been in each parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland since May 2010.

      Police: Biometrics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 2 March (HL5118), whether the review of the framework within which the police use and retain custody images...

  • Scotland Office

    • Public Expenditure: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish the new fiscal framework agreed with the Scottish Government.

    • Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cadet units are attached to state schools in Scotland.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Sellafield

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve the security of the nuclear waste currently stored at Sellafield; and what arrangements are in place to monitor...

    • Renewable Energy: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the cost to the public purse of implementing the European Union Renewable Energy Directive in each year since it came into force.

      Nuclear Reactors: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the concerns expressed by the French nuclear safety authority regarding the safety of the European Pressurised Reactor in...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Conflict Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what revisions they have made in the six-monthly review of Countries at Risk of Instability since the publication of the Building Stability Overseas Strategy...

    • English Votes for English Laws

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Acts of Parliament passed since 1985 would have fallen into the category of a law which affects England alone, as set out in the statement by the...

  • Department of Health

    • Congenital Abnormalities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the United Kingdom compares with other European Union member states in respect of the number of pregnancies affected by neural tube defects.

    • Congenital Abnormalities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions ministers have had with countries outside the European Union regarding policies and actions to reduce the number of neural tube...

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