Written answers

Monday, 7 September 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 21015 to Question 7026, what the cost-benefit ratio was for North TransPennine electrification programme on the most...

    • Railway Stations: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 21015 to Question 6468, when the new round of bidding to the New Station Fund will (a) begin and (b) conclude.

      Freight: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much and what proportion of its expenditure the Mode Shift Revenue Support scheme granted to (a) rail and (b) maritime freight operators in each...

      Gospel Oak-Barking Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what timetable is planned for the electrification of the Barking to Gospel Oak line; what forecast he has made of the cost of that electrification;...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2015 to Question 6967, what funding has been allocated to each project for each year under the heading, Funding for...

      Walsall-Rugeley Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) work has been carried out and (b) expenditure has been made on work to electrify and upgrade the Chase Line from Walsall to Rugeley Trent...

      Walsall-Rugeley Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether electrification of the Chase Line from Walsall to Rugeley Trent Valley is included in the projects paused as part of the assessment of the...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2015 to Question 6793, whether he has seen or requested a copy of the list of projects that would be stopped or...

      HM Coastguard: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what metric his Department uses to assess the risk-assessed level of staffing at coastguard operations centres; and what assessment he has made of...

      HM Coastguard: Fareham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of staff at the National Maritime Operation Centre at Fareham had attained the qualification level required for the Centre to reach...

      HM Coastguard: Fareham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the staff required for the National Maritime Operation Centre in Fareham to reach full operational capacity by December 2015 had...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2015 to Question 7273, when he was first advised that a decision on whether to pause major projects may have to be taken.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Infrastructure: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what investment in infrastructure the Government plans to make in (a) Copeland constituency and (b) Cumbria as part of the...

    • Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) whole time, (b) retained and (c) control firefighters were employed by each UK fire and rescue service in each of...

      Fire Services: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what risk assessment he has made of the proposed merger of the Dorset and Wiltshire fire services.

      Trees: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to protect mature trees in urban areas; and what support his Department provides to local...

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to section 9.15 of HM Treasury's policy paper, Fixing the foundations: creating a more prosperous nation,...

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to encourage building on brownfield sites.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the proportion of social housing in England which is affected by Stachybotrys chartarum and...

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many families are in the Troubled Families programme; and what estimate he has made of the average cost to the public purse...

      Funerals: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many Public Health Funerals have been conducted in (a) Copeland constituency and (b) Cumbria in each of the last 20 years.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much unspent section 106 money each district and unitary council had as of 21 July 2015.

      Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2015 to Question 222794, what progress his Department has made on exploring what further...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what changes the Government has made to building regulations relating to renewable energy in the last five years.

      Travellers: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what work the Government is doing to tackle discrimination against the Gypsy and Traveller communities.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • British Nationals Abroad: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that crimes committed against British nationals by family members overseas are...

    • Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of the provision of financial assistance from Saudi Arabian citizens to support ISIS activities in...

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise the case of Mr Tsege with the US administration before President Obama's visit to Ethiopia.

      West Bank: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on the demolition of the village of Susiya in the West Bank.

      West Bank: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received from (a) the Israeli government, (b) the Palestinian government and (c) non-governmental bodies on...

      Immunity from Prosecution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Special Mission Immunity status pilot, whether any new policies or procedures have been introduced in...

      West Bank: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the prospects of implementing a two state solution in Israel and Palestine arising from the...

      West Bank: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for (a) his policies and (b) Israel's compliance with the Fourth Geneva...

      Iran: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of lifting the UN arms embargo on Iranian access to conventional arms and how it will...

      Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has recently received requests from officials in the Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq to discuss with them the...

      Syria: Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of Syria's compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 2118 on ending its chemical weapons programme.

      Egypt: Civil Liberties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2015 to Question 6693, what recent discussions he has had with the Egyptian government on (a)...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Colombian government to request that due process is observed in proceedings following...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on whether the Colombian government has recently taken steps to ensure that human rights activists...

      Colombia: Law and Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on (a) the shooting dead in Buenaventura, Colombia, on 20 July 2015, of two boys by paramilitary...

  • Attorney General

    • Contempt of Court

      To ask the Attorney General, what his policy is on the circumstances in which his Department should pursue a case of contempt of court, and when such action should be pursued by a private individual.

    • Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Attorney General, with reference to recent representations from the hon. Member for Nottingham South on the case of Heather Peto, if he will undertake an investigation of whether his...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what advice he has received from Islamic scholars on the writing off of sharia compliant student loans.

    • Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what value of export credit guarantees has supported (a) ship manufacturing and (b) marine engineering in each of the last 10 years.

      Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what forecasts the Government has made of steel (a) production and (b) demand in the next 20 years; and from which countries he...

      Electronic Commerce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will bring forward regulations to clarify the legal protections that third party companies receive with regard to stock...

      Companies House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his policy is on the future of Companies House; and if he will make a statement.

      Care Homes: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of the National Living Wage on charitable residential care homes...

  • Department for International Development

    • World Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the UK contribution was to the World Bank in (a) paid in capital and (b) callable capital in each of the last five years.

    • Developing Countries: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total value was of projects funded by her Department to improve or conserve biodiversity in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c)...

      Iraq: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Government is providing any financial support to the Iraqi Government (a) in loans, (b) through the international...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what reports she has received on the levels of malnutrition in camps for internally displaced Rohingya in Rakhine State, Burma; and...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of the £32 million of aid pledged by the UK at the Cairo Donor Conference in 2014 to cover disposal of unexploded...

  • Department for Education

    • Primary Education: Ramadan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department issued to primary school head teachers on working with pupils who wanted to fast during Ramadan.

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the Government plans to issue guidance on progress of pupils with SEN.

      Child Minding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many childminders have registered with childminder agencies to date.

      Child Minding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's target was for the number of childminders to register with childminder agencies.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to review (a) standards of foster care and (b) criteria for becoming a foster carer.

      Schools: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what regulations cover the provision of school nurses in (a) local authority schools, (b) private schools and (c) free schools.

      Pre-school Education: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what training and development is provided to staff in early years settings in (a) the identification of and (b) support for children with speech,...

      Hawthorns School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she expects to approve the redesignation of Hawthorns School in Denton and Reddish constituency as a teaching school.

      Children: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the childhood literacy rate was in (a) Holborn and St Pancras constituency, (b) the London Borough of Camden, (c) London and (d) England in each...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many childcare places are available in schools for children aged five and under; and how many such places are registered on the Early Years Register.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what entry-level qualifications are available to students with special educational needs who are educated in a special school setting.

      St Andrew the Apostle Greek Orthodox School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to support plans for development of the site and premises of St Andrew the Apostle Greek Orthodox Free School.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to ensure the sustainability of designated teaching schools when funding is withdrawn due to a non-exceptional Ofsted inspection.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Minister of State for Education's Answer of 8 July 2015 to Question 4880, on academies, which academies had their funding arrangements...

      Pupils: Rickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will provide guidance to head teachers and governors of primary schools on the appropriateness of head covering for girl pupils in order to...

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many school governors have been removed from office under section 128 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 in each month since June 2008.

      School Leaving: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of school leavers entered (a) further education and (b) apprenticeships in (i) Copeland constituency and (ii) Cumbria in each of the...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will maintain the staff-child ratio in children's centres for the duration of this Parliament.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of the recent change in entry requirements to NVQ Level 3 Childcare on the recruitment of childcare apprentices.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to respond to the email sent by the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham on 13 May regarding the case of a constituent receiving...

    • Courts: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Written Statement of 16 July 2015 on HM Courts and Tribunals Service, HLWS108, what estimate he has made of job losses arising as a...

      Courts: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Written Statement of 16 July 2015 on HM Courts and Tribunals Service, what criteria will be used to determine which civic and other...

  • Prime Minister

    • Radicalism

      To ask the Prime Minister, which (a) Muslim and (b) non-governmental groups he consulted on the policies announced in his five-year counter-extremism strategy announced on 20 July 2015.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the contribution of the hon. Member for Sutton Coldfield of 15 July 2015, Official Report, column 887, what his policy is on deployment of...

    • Early Warning Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the UK's airborne early warning aircraft capability is for air and maritime threat to the UK.

      Early Warning Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what airborne early warning aircraft capability he plans will be available to the new aircraft carriers joining the UK fleet.

      Rescue Services: North Atlantic Ocean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what search and rescue capability exists within the RAF covering missing aircraft in the North Atlantic.

      Nigeria: Boko Haram

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that UK security assistance to the government of Nigeria to tackle Boko Haram is not diverted or misused...

      Syria: Military Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Written Statement on UK Embedded forces, Official Report, HCWS149, 20 July 2015, what provision he has made with the Syrian government...

      Middle East: Special Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the British Special Forces were embedded with US operations against ISIS in (a) Iraq and (b) Syria in each month since May 2014.

      Syria: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2015, Official Report, column 580, whether the Government has sought permission from the Syrian government for Royal...

      HMS Enterprise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to his Department's budget has been of the use of HMS Enterprise in the Mediterranean.

      Ministry of Defence: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people based in Cumbria his Department has employed in each of the last 10 years.

      Intelligence Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will extend his Department's criteria for admission to training for sensitive officer roles to include citizens of countries that are signatories...

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that economic instability in parts of the Eurozone does not have a detrimental effect on the...

      Middle East: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues, prior to receiving the Freedom of Information Act application by Reprieve, on whether a statement...

      Marines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the strength of the Mountain Leader Training Cadre was in each quarter since Q1 2010.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and in which countries British military personnel were embedded in (a) each of the last five years and (b) 2015 to date.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's expenditure has been on British troops embedded with foreign or international forces in each of the last five years; and what...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to Schedule 6 of the Welfare Reform Act 2009, when he expects the Government to implement equal birth registration.

    • Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many medical assessment centres there are for (a) employment and support allowance applicants and (b) personal independence payment...

      Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he intends to publish the next edition of the Low Income Dynamics analysis.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many higher-rate telephone numbers his Department operates for new and existing claimants, and for which benefit categories; and what the...

      Social Security Benefits: Tooting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Tooting constituency have been affected by the benefit cap.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Oral Question of the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish of 15 July 2015, Official Report, column 889, on state pensions for...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Oral Question of the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish of 21 July 2015, Official Report, column 889, on state pensions for...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to reduce delays in the payments of personal independence payments and universal credit.

      Pensions: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish guidance for people with private sector pensions on the effect of decisions to change the basis on which pensions are...

      Universal Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people in Scotland who will be claiming universal credit in April (a) 2016, (b) 2017, (c) 2018, (d)...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to Clause 4 of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, what steps he plans to take to ensure that incidence of children living in...

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of households in Scotland which will be affected by the proposed decrease in the household benefit cap.

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, who he plans will be exempt from the removal of automatic entitlement to housing benefit for people aged 18 to 21.

      Social Security Benefits: Tooting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of how many people in Tooting constituency have moved home as a result of the implementation of the benefit cap.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Bethnal Green and Bow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobseekers have been sanctioned in Bethnal Green and Bow constituency in each of the last six years.

      Children's Commissioner for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times he has met the Children's Commissioner for England in each year since his initial appointment as Secretary of State.

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed changes to housing benefit entitlement for people aged 18 to 21 announced...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he consulted the Children's Commissioner for England on the redefinition of measures of child poverty.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what work his Department is undertaking to estimate the likely return on investment in the Access to Work Programme.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he plans to take to reduce youth unemployment.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish statistics on the number of people with disabilities claiming benefits who take their own lives.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the statistics on people who died after claiming employment and support...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department provides to young people seeking work.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Health and Safety Executive has carried out research into the potential risks associated with hydraulic fracturing.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to tackle youth unemployment.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will set a target for tree planting by 2020.

    • Seas and Oceans: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the level of marine pollution in (a) Copeland, (b) Cumbria and (c) England.

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will (a) publish separate 25-year plans to restore biodiversity and to grow more, buy more and sell more British food...

      Game: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has with shooting organisations before adding a specific bird or mammal to the protected list.

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will (a) publish a 25-year plan to restore biodiversity in the UK and (b) consult with devolved Parliamentary bodies...

      Covent Garden Market Authority: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage rental increases tenants of New Covent Garden Market Authority have been subject to in the last five years;...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total value was of her Department's flood and coastal erosion risk management assets in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12,...

      Arable Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance her Department makes available to farmers on the management of arable field margins to provide benefits for...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the net change was in the value of her Department's flood and coastal erosion risk management assets in each of the...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Supreme Court judgment in the case of R (on the application of ClientEarth) v Secretary of State for...

      Forests: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total value was of public forest estate land sold in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13, (d) 2013-14 and (e)...

      Integrated Administration and Control System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to her Department's news story, Environment Secretary calls for fewer inspections to make CAP simpler for...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the six-year flood and coastal erosion investment programme on risk...

      National Parks: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total value was of land owned by National Park authorities that was sold in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13,...

      Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been allocated for the payment of compensation in respect of species control agreements and orders under...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department plans to roll out the badger cull policy to other regions beyond the trial culls in Somerset and...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department plans to publish the full terms and conditions of the (a) Countryside Stewardship: higher tier, (b)...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department plans to start the next round of trial badger culls in (a) Somerset and (b) Gloucestershire.

      Carbon Emissions: Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to reduce carbon emissions from England's upland and lowland peatlands.

      Slaughterhouses: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to implement the recommendations of the Farm Animal Welfare Committee opinion on the use of...

  • Home Office

    • Firearms: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in each local authority district in Lancashire hold gun licences.

    • Firearms: Amnesties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the date was of the most recent gun amnesty in each police force area in England; and how many firearms were handed-in in each such amnesty.

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received from shooting sports organisations on the cost of obtaining shotgun and firearms certificates; and if...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men, (b) women and (c) children came forward as potential victims of human trafficking in each year since 2012; how many such...

      Counter-terrorism: Dewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation her Department has carried out with community organisations in Dewsbury constituency on implementation of the Prevent strategy.

      Police: Dewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to provide additional resources for policing in Dewsbury constituency.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish an impact assessment of the reduced standard rate of asylum cash support due to take effect from 10 August 2015; and if...

      Seized Articles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidelines her Department issues to police forces on requiring lists of goods seized from a company during an investigation to be...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people granted temporary asylum as children have been denied permanent asylum upon applying as an adult in each of the last 10 years.

      Cumbria Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time equivalent neighbourhood support officers have been employed by Cumbria Constabulary in each of the last 10 years.

      Counter-terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish a list of each organisation and individual in receipt of funding under the Prevent strategy.

      Immigration: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with (a) the post office network and (b) educational establishments on the management of biometric residence...

      Immigration: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are used by her Department to select the post offices used for the issue of biometric residence permits.

      Immigration: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which UK post offices are approved to issue biometric residence permits.

      Human Trafficking: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total cost to the public purse was of administering shelters organised by the Salvation Army where potential trafficked victims...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to allow organisations and individuals to appeal against being placed on the Extremism Analysis Unit's blacklist.

      Road Traffic Offences: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department has published on the timely notification by police services of notifications of intent to prosecute in...

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the maximum period of time is that a person can be held on pre-charge bail.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the explanatory note on the Asylum Support (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2015, on what basis it was concluded that those...

      Refugees: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Conclusions of the European Council of 25 and 26 June 2015 paragraph 4(e), whether the UK is legally bound by the...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people reported (a) lost and (b) stolen passports to the Passport Office in 2014; and how many of those people were issued with a...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what amount of resource has been available to the police to (a) protect children from sexual abuse, (b) carry out investigations in relation...

      Racial Harassment: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was paid out in compensation (a) in total and (b) per case to victims of racial abuse by police officers in London in each year...

      Community Relations: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will meet the hon. Member for Dudley South and a delegation of civic, faith and business leaders from Dudley to discuss the effect...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of applications for permanent leave to remain from people who have had discretionary leave to remain status (a) in each age...

      Counter-terrorism: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK counter-terrorism police staff are based in Turkey.

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Syrian refugees granted asylum in the UK were studying in the UK at the time their asylum application was made in each of the last...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Refugee Family Reunion (under Part 11 Immigration Rules) have resulted in the granting of entry clearance to...

      Overseas Students: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has any plans to reintroduce tier 1 post-study work visas for students completing their studies at Scottish universities.

      Migrant Workers: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has any plans to open the tier 3 category of visas to new applicants.

      British Nationals Abroad: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of UK nationals who have crossed into Syria from the Turkish border and have since...

      British Nationals Abroad: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations she has made to her Turkish counterpart on developing a joint strategy to prevent UK nationals crossing over the...

      CCTV: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions (a) she, (b) other Ministers in her Department and (c) officials in her Department have had with the Surveillance Camera...

  • HM Treasury

    • Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will establish a tax-free savings vehicle specifically designed to save for funerals.

    • Self-employed

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of self-employed people to achieving the objectives set out in his Department's document, Fixing...

      Food: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the taxation of high sugar and high salt food and drinks.

      Financial Services: ICT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support his Department is providing to promote the growth of the FinTech industry.

      Financial Institutions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support the Government is providing to (a) mutual savings banks and (b) credit unions in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) Coatbridge, Chryston and...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2015 to Question 6981, whether agricultural vehicles used for journeys of more than 1.5 kilometres on public roads will be...

      Personal Income

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish a distributional analysis of the effect of the measures announced in the Summer Budget 2015 on people in each income group decile.

      Personal Income

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish a distributional analysis of the effect of the Summer Budget 2015 for (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17.

      Public Sector: Land

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 3.29 of his Department's document, A country that lives within its means: Spending Review 2015, published in July 2015, what...

      Carers: Child Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of main carers of each gender in each region and constituent part of the UK who receive child tax credit.

      Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on duty exemption for small-scale producers; and what he took of EU directives when forming that policy.

      Royal Mint

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether officials in his Department has worked on assessing the feasibility of privatising the Royal Mint.

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons he proposes to reduce the upper limit of compensation payments for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

      Care Homes: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial measures he has introduced to help residential care homes for elderly people run by charities since 2010.

      Care Homes: Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many residential care homes for elderly people are exempt from corporation tax.

      Social Rented Housing: Landlords

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Summer Budget 2015, what advice his Department received from the Office of Budget Responsibility on the fiscal effect of policy...

      Information Commissioner: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what the fines imposed on the Information Commissioner's Office for excessive pay rises will be spent.

      European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what legal rights the UK has to reclaim potential losses brought about by the use of the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism to bail out Eurozone states.

      UK Financial Investments: Shareholder Executive

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the statement in his speech to the Confederation of British Industry on 20 May 2015 that the Government plans to merge UK Financial...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Government will commission an analysis of the potential effect on the UK renewable electricity generation companies of its proposed removal of the...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Government will commission a detailed analysis of the potential effect on the electricity bills of public sector consumers on the proposed removal...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of recent changes to tax and tax credits on the income of women who choose to stay at home to care for children.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Wind Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the removal of onshore windfarm subsidy on business growth in the wind energy...

    • UN Climate Change Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what measures she is taking ahead of the COP21 UN Climate Change Summit to ensure successful outcomes.

      Solar Power: British Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will take steps to ensure that British Gas increases the transparency and efficacy of the process for registering solar panels.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what progress she has made on reducing the time taken for homeowners to switch energy and gas supplier; and what forecast she has made...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will make it her policy to obtain binding commitments from her international counterparts at forthcoming global talks on...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential economic benefits of investment in renewable energy resources in the next 10 years.

      Peat Bogs: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of carbon emissions from England's upland and lowland peatlands.

      Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she plans to take to ensure the UK stays on course to meet its targets to reduce the use of coal and other fossil fuels.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of the UK's electricity was derived from renewable sources in the last year for which figures are available.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of the UK's energy was derived from renewable sources in the last year for which figures are available.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effect of recent reports stating that Toshiba has overstated its profits on that company being...

      Natural Gas: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions she has had with Lancashire Council, Wyre Council, environmental groups and local residents' associations prior to...

      Wind Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of the proposed closure of the Renewables Obligation to onshore wind...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the implications are for her Department's policy of the findings relating to the overcharging of customers set out in the summary...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Freedom of Information: Commercial Secrets

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Written Statement of 20 June 2015, HCWS153, on Freedom of Information, whether the terms of reference of the Commission on Freedom of...

    • Respiratory System: Diseases

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the numbers of (a) male and (b) female deaths caused by respiratory diseases in each of the last 10 years.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Written Statement of 20 June 2015, HCWS153, on Freedom of Information, whether the Freedom of Information Commission is a public...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what value of procurement contracts central Government Departments hold with suppliers in each (a) region and (b) parliamentary constituency.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many full-time equivalent staff in all Government departments and agencies in total were working on climate change adaptation in (a) 2010-11, (b)...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • BBC: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding the BBC has received from the EU in the last five years; and what conditions were attached to the use of such funding.

    • Gaming Machines: Sheffield Heeley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of fixed-odds betting terminals in Sheffield, Heeley constituency.

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the player protection measures on fixed-odds betting terminals introduced in...

      Radio Frequencies: Auctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government plans to announce a spectrum auction by 2020.

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the increase in the amount of radio spectrum which will be made available to the private...

      Water Sports: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people who participate in watersports.

      Water Sports: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage more young people to participate in watersports.

      Cultural Heritage: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on support for Ulster-Scots (a) language, (b) culture and (c) history.

      National Gallery: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what conversations his Department has had with National Gallery (a) staff, (b) management and (c) other relevant stakeholders on the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to reply to the letter to him dated 4 June 2015 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Nikita...

      Tourism: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to increase tourism and tourism-related jobs in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney.

      Museums and Galleries: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support museums in making exhibitions at national museums based in London accessible to school...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament: Hearing Aids

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 22 June 2015 to Question 2662, if he will extend the provision of the...

    • Palace of Westminster

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, whether options other than remaining in the Palace of Westminster have been considered for the...

      House of Commons Chamber

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, whether consideration has been given to ensuring that there will be adequate provision for every...

  • Department of Health

    • Incontinence: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to commission a national audit of continence care for young and elderly people.

    • Incontinence: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department plans to publish its Excellence in Continence Care Commissioning Framework.

      Incontinence: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will direct NHS England to place an obligation on clinical commissioning groups to contractually deliver quality continence care in England.

      Incontinence: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that Public Health England promotes good continence care via a national awareness campaign.

      General Practitioners: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2015 to Question 2842, what the average yearly earnings of GPs on (a) General Medical Services, (b) Personal Medical...

      Incontinence: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that the Care Quality Commission's regulatory standards include verification of continence care treatment standards in...

      Incontinence: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for an assessment of patients with continence problems.

      General Practitioners: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to upgrade diagnostic equipment in GP surgeries across England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      General Practitioners: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase the level of recruitment of GPs across England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Lymphoedema: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what preventative treatments are available in the NHS for lymphoedema.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure access for NHS patients to innovative new medicines that have received marketing authorisation before their assessment...

      Skin Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had on the availability of nivolumab for melanoma patients through the Cancer Drugs Fund.

      Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust: NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the reasons why a request from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust for NHS England to participate in a joint...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) new cancer medicines and (b) new indications of existing cancer medicines are expected to be licensed between July 2015 and 31 March 2016.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans for a new system for the reimbursement of cancer drugs to be in place by April 2016 when the current Cancer Drugs Fund is proposed to end.

      Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust: Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were admitted by Lancashire Care hospitals in 2014; and how many of those admissions were to (a) NHS facilities, (b) privately-run...

      Care Homes: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of elderly residents of residential care homes run by charities who receive subsidised care from the operating...

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