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Written answers

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

  • Department for Transport

  • Home Office

    • Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress she has made on reducing Class A drug use among young people.

    • Police: Throw Ropes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department has published for police services on carrying throw ropes in police vehicles.

      Firearms: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests in connection with firearms there were in (a) Kingston and Surbiton constituency and (b) London in the last three years;...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his European counterparts to ensure that economic instability in parts of the Eurozone does...

    • EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which pieces of EU legislation adopted in each of the last five years met the conditions to be subject to qualified majority...

      EU Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, further to the Conclusions of the European Council of 25 and 26 June 2015 paragraph 14 relating to the UK's EU renegotiation...

      EU Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts about amending article 122 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the...

      Human Rights Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he next plans to convene his Human Rights Advisory Group.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Nigeria: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the non-diversion of controlled goods to Nigeria.

    • Arms Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what licences have been issued to (a) Instro Precision, (b) Ferranti Technologies and (c) Elite KL for exports for the use of...

      Working Hours: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the cost to the British economy of the EU Working Time Directive in the most recent year for which...

      Employment Regulations Act 1999 (Blacklists) Regulations 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Employment Regulations Act 1999 (Blacklists) Regulations 2010.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of February 2015 to Question 222681, what licences have been issued since 1 January 2010 to UAV Engines...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will allow a free vote on any division in the House on the Government's proposed changes to Sunday trading regulations.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people in England and Wales are serving imprisonment for public protection sentences.

    • Young Offenders: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his Department's latest estimate is of the number of juveniles who reoffend within a year of their release from custody.

      Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the cost benefits of restorative justice through projects run by the Restorative Justice Council.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the change in the number of employment tribunal claims made since July 2013.

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to improve the provision of education in prisons; and if he will make a statement.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that people eligible for legal aid are able to access such aid.

      Public Defender Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the (a) cost effectiveness and (b) level of use of the Public Defender Service.

      Ministry of Justice: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recent investigations into alleged misuse of public money by private providers...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Blackburn

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, which non-redundant Church of England churches in the Diocese of Blackburn (a) have and (b) do not have food bank...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many lone parent families in Scotland have been affected by the benefit cap to date; and how many such families have (a) one child, (b)...

    • Welfare State: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to conduct an annual equalities impact assessment of the effect in Scotland of the welfare changes announced in...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will adopt the definition of full employment used in the Europe 2020 strategy to define full employment in the UK.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of children experiencing material deprivation in each of the last 10 years.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to meet the four targets for eradicating child poverty as set out in the Child Poverty Act 2010.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people who would remain unemployed when full employment is achieved under (a) the Non-Accelerating...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2015 to Question 6479, if he will make it his policy to collect such data in future.

      Social Security Benefits: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department provides to claimants with dyslexia who need additional assistance when completing forms and applications.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of the gross value of all housing benefit payments was allocated to claimants in (a) England, (b) Northern Ireland, (c)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to reply to the letter to him dated 11 June 2015 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr R Koudsi.

      Housing Benefit: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of 18 to 21 year olds in Copeland constituency that will no longer be entitled to housing benefit...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the publication of data on people who have died whilst waiting for a decision about a social security claim will be back-dated to the...

      Welfare Reform and Work Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has undertaken or commissioned research into the potential effect on gender equality of the provisions of the Welfare Reform and...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish statistics on sanctions for job seekers allowance and employment support allowance by (a) council, (b) marital status, (c)...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he is planning to appeal against the Information Commissioner's decision on the publication of data on people who have died while...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on whether employment and support allowance claimants who are unable to continue with a Work Related Activity Group for...

      Social Security Benefits: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 23 June 2015 to Question 3126, if he will make it his policy to record the number of claimants receiving benefits...

      Social Security Benefits: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to inform claimants what documentation of relevant mental health conditions they may be required to bring...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what forecast his Department has made of the likelihood of fewer than five per cent of children living in material deprivation and low income...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 15 June 2015 from the right hon. Member for Manchester Gorton on Mr D Ward.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time was a claimant with a DS1500 form had received (a) personal independence payment, (b) employment and support...

      Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many terminally ill people were reassessed for (a) personal independence payment, (b) employment and support allowance and (c) attendance...

      Social Security Benefits: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what cases the minimum wage is assumed as income for self-employed claimants declaring income below that level for (a) universal credit,...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Communities and Local Government: Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many bee hives are sited on land and buildings owned by local authorities in the North West of England.

    • Animal Welfare: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much each district and unitary council in the North West of England obtained in animal licensing fees in 2014.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many bee hives are sited on land owned by her Department.

      Nitrogen Dioxide: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate her Department has made of the national annual mortality burden of nitrogen dioxide.

      Foxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the population size of foxes.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she plans to make changes to the compensation offered to farmers whose stock is affected by avian flu.

      Dairy Farming: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she plans to take to implement the Voluntary Code of Practice on Contractual Relations in the dairy industry for...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to encourage young people to stand for local elections.

  • HM Treasury

    • Enterprise Zones

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.288 of the Summer Budget 2015, what process he plans for the establishment of new Enterprise Zones; and by when he plans to...

    • Enterprise Zones: Dewsbury

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his statement of 29 April 2015 to the Dewsbury Reporter, whether it is his policy to establish an Enterprise Zone for Dewsbury; and what...

      Pensions: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likely trends in the mis-selling of pension products in Scotland arising from the introduction of new pension...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Department for Energy and Climate Change: Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many bee hives are sited on land owned by her Department.

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the total cost of smart meters being delivered to (a) 100 per cent of customers and (b) 80 per cent of...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to ensure that the smart meter programme will not exceed the projected costs set out in her Department's...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the reason is for the difference between the estimated cost of the Smart Metering Implementation Programme of £10.9 billion...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will review the effects to date of the use of smart meters; and if she will estimate how much consumers reduce gas and...

      Renewable Energy: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many accredited renewable energy generators operate in (a) Hampstead and Kilburn and (b) London in each of the last four years;...

  • Department of Health

    • 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 were of GPs employed directly by the NHS in (a) England and (b)...

    • General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2015 to Question 2847, what the total amount of funding was under the (a) global sum and (b) Minimum Practice Income...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the potential merits of raising the savings threshold for payment of social care from £23,500 to account for the wide spectrum of...

      General Practitioners: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of GP practices in (a) England, (b) London, (c) the London Borough of Islington and (d) Islington South and Finsbury...

      Heart Diseases: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision his Department plans to make under the Healthier Together reforms for patients in the North West of England with severe and complex...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what analysis his Department and NHS England have carried out to determine what standard of high-risk general surgery a site should be providing in order...

      Mortality Rates: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the hospital mortality rate was for each of the Greater Manchester acute hospital trusts in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Written Statement of 16 July 2015, HCWS114, on NHS Remuneration: Doctors and Dentists, what his definition is of a seven day health...

      Hospitals: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Written Statement of 16 July 2015, HCWS114, on NHS Remuneration: Doctors and Dentists, by how much he expects the cost of hospital...

      Hospitals: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Written Statement of 16 July 2015, HCWS114, on NHS Remuneration: Doctors and Dentists, what assessment he has made of the effect of...

      Community Care: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to support local authorities in providing a full and comprehensive seven day social care service to support patients discharged from...

      Department of Health: Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on use of grant funding provided by his Department to third parties to lobby his Department.

      General Practitioners: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his speech at Nelson Medical Practice, London, of 19 June 2015, entitled A New Deal for General Practice, how he plans to increase by...

      Hospitals: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he had with the British Medical Association on proposed changes to the consultant contract prior to his King's Fund speech of 16 July...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Northern Ireland Executive on the availability of drugs to treat cancer.

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of additional (a) consultants, (b) nurses, (c) physiotherapists, (d) pharmacists, (e) pathologists, (f)...

      Streptococcus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the recent Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists audit which reported that more than half of all obstetric units tested...

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued (a) to ensure that (i) health professionals involved in the care of pregnant women and (ii) pregnant women are...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Child and Adolescent Mental Services inpatient Tier 4 beds were available in each region and in each of the past four years; and what the...

      General Practitioners: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the relationship between the size of GP surgeries' patient lists and (a) the proportion of their funding and...

      General Practitioners: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to collect data on the average yearly earnings of GPs employed by the NHS by (a) local authority and (b) parliamentary constituency.

      Mental Health Services: Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of resources available to (a) adult mental health services, (b) child and adolescent mental health services...

      NHS: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his contribution on 16 July 2015, Official Report, column 1112, and with reference to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary...

      Hospitals: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the number and proportion of (a) consultants, (b) nurses, (c) physiotherapists, (d) pharmacists, (e) pathologists, (f)...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to increase support for (a) people caring for people living with and beyond cancer and (b) other carers.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • COE Parliamentary Assembly

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the Members of the United Kingdom delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe; and what is the political affiliation of each Member.

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