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Written answers

Friday, 11 September 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Woodgrange Park Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to improve passenger services through Woodgrange Park rail station.

    • Trolleybuses: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the cost of the proposed New Generation Trolleybus scheme in Leeds.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with Govia Thameslink Railway on the talks between London-based train operators and Transport for...

      Railway Stations: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people use each train station in (a) Copeland and (b) Cumbria each year.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what role his Department has in setting fares on trains operated by Govia Thameslink Railway.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2015 to Question 4820 on railways: performance standards, what permission his Department has granted to Govia...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to tackle air pollution from road vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

      Ports: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide guidance to local authorities considering planning applications for cruise terminals on the comparative merits of berthed cruise...

      Rolling Stock: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department had with Northern Rail on the use of the Class 37 rolling stock on the Carlisle-Barrow-Lancaster rail line.

      Midland Main Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the delayed electrification of the TransPennine rail route to planned upgrades to the Midland...

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking as part of his Department's current review of noise policy to ensure that (a) tranquillity and (b) densely populated areas are...

      Motorways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the total mileage of the (a) M1, (b) M5, (c) M6, (d) M25, (e) M62 and (f) M4 operated (i) without reduced speed restrictions and...

      M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on which sections of the M1 motorway reduced speed limits were operating because of roadworks taking place or being planned on 31 August 2015.

      M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the reduced speed order for each of the sections of the M1 motorway that were operating at a reduced speed on 31 August 2015 came into operation;...

      Aviation: Business Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of international flights taken from the UK have been for business purposes in each of the last 10 years.

      Heathrow Airport: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for meeting legal limits on air pollution of expanding Heathrow Airport and constructing...

      Department for Transport: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff were seconded from his Department to work for the Airports Commission.

      London Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the risks of (a) expanding Heathrow Airport, (b) expanding Gatwick Airport and (c) constructing a new...

      Roads: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent on road maintenance in Stoke-on-Trent local authority area in the last financial year.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much vehicle excise duty was collected in Stoke-on-Trent local authority area in 2014-15.

      M20: Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated cost to the public purse of Operation Stack has been since June 2014.

      Transport for the North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to Paragraph 1.301 of the Summer Budget 2015, what legislation he plans to bring forward to establish Transport for the North as a...

      Transport for the North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what responsibilities of Network Rail will be transferred to Transport for the North.

      Transport for the North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the appointment of the Chair of Transport for the North will be subject to parliamentary scrutiny.

      Railways: WiFi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on ensuring that free Wi-Fi is available on (a) the Uckfield line and (b) other Southern Rail services by 2017.

      Office of Rail and Road: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward proposals to bring the setting of the (a) salary of the Chief Executive of the Office of Road and Rail Regulation (ORR) and...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many houses in Stafford constituency have been purchased under the High Speed 2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme since that scheme was launched; and...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road accidents in the UK involved foreign-registered vehicles in each of the last three years; and what proportion of those accidents led to...

      M62

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of road safety on the M62 motorway between junctions 21 and 23.

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June 2015 to Question 2645, if he will lift the moratorium on any new authorisations for traffic signs until the revised...

      Highways England: Industrial Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff of Highways England or the Highways Agency and their contractors have been (a) injured and (b) killed while removing litter or refuse...

      Railways: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support economic development in East Lancashire through rail modernisation.

      Skipton-Colne Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on reopening of the Colne to Skipton rail line; and if he will make a statement.

      Driving: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the eyesight requirements for the holding of Group 1 or Group 2 driving licences were last reviewed; and what assessment his Department has made...

      Driving: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) drivers and (b) medical practitioners reported medical conditions which resulted in visual impairments not specified in the DVLA...

      Liverpool Street-Enfield Town Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with Transport for London and Network Rail on improving accessibility for disabled passengers on the...

      East Coast Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the time taken for Hitachi to modify IEP trains for East Coast to include a buffet car in standard class.

      Airlines: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will work with airlines to limit the amount of alcohol consumed on flights in and out of the UK.

      Railways: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2015 to Question 5809, when he expects to publish the terms of reference for Sir Peter Hendy's review of the rail...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 July 2015 to Question 7660, by what mechanism would the cost of Intercity Express Programme conversion be met should that...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2015 to Question 5189, whether Network Rail's Accounting Officer has sought formal direction to proceed on any matter...

      Virgin Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library the correspondence between his Department and Virgin Trains about its decision to end the easement for railcard...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when Network Rail will publish its new Electrification Route Utilisation Strategy.

      Expenditure: Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to his Department has been of external consultancy work in connection with developing the policies on Network Rail outlined in paragraph...

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to extend the Blue Badge scheme to the carers or partners of those with dementia.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy that local authorities each house 10 refugee families; and if he will make a statement.

    • Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of accessible homes for people with (a) muscular dystrophy, (b)...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that the statutory maximum grant available for a Disabled Facilities Grant increases in line...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Homelessness Prevention Grant; and what his future plans are for this...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • EU Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which EU treaty articles would need to be amended or deleted in order to allow the UK not to be bound by the current or future...

    • Azerbaijan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Azerbaijan; and what representations his Department has...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times the Israeli military have opened fire into Gaza since August 2014; and what steps his Department is taking to...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will estimate the number of Palestinian civilians killed by the Israeli military shooting into Gaza since August 2014;...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from (a) Israel, (b) Egypt, (c) the Palestinian Authority and (d) Hamas on the rebuilding...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will estimate the number of Palestinian rockets fired into Israel from Gaza since August 2014; how many Israelis have...

      Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the likely timetable for lifting the blockade of Gaza; and what steps he is taking with his...

      Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with counterparts in the EU and elsewhere on the obligations Israel has under UN Security Council...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with counterparts in the EU and elsewhere on the number of incidents of the Israeli military...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism allows the import of sufficient building...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what processes will initiate snap break of sanctions on Iran if a breach of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action takes place.

      Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the future of his Department's global campaign for the abolition of the death penalty.

      Nigeria: Bombings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is providing to government authorities in northern Nigeria to tackle the effect of recent bomb...

      Kenya: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to protect Christians in Kenya from persecution.

      Pakistan: Blasphemy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will discuss with his Pakistani counterpart the abolition of the blasphemy laws used in that country.

      British Overseas Territories: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK Overseas Territories are known to have had illegal fishing activity take place in their waters in 2015.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the appropriateness of the Turkish government's response to ISIS; and if he will make a statement.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what policy evaluations have been carried out by external organisations for his Department and its agencies in each financial...

      Hungary: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Hungarian government on the treatment of refugees in Hungary.

      South Korea: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons civil partnerships are not permitted in HM Embassy in South Korea.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Members for Ashfield and Leeds Central dated 16 June 2015.

      Afghanistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policies of the US State Department report on Human Rights...

  • Attorney General

    • Euthanasia

      To ask the Attorney General, in how many cases of assisted suicide the Crown Prosecution Service has received files in each of the last six years.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Engineering: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to increase the number of people employed in engineering from low income backgrounds; and if he will...

    • Science: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if his Department will conduct a review into the adequacy of capital investment spending as part of the science research budget...

      Science: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether it is his policy that the science ring-fence will remain in place.

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether it is his policy to retain full public ownership of Ordnance Survey Limited; and if he will make a statement.

      Apprentices: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the current number of intermediary qualification apprenticeships offering...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of people currently enrolled on apprenticeships who were employed by the same...

      Higher Education: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) a comprehensive set of shared e-infrastructure services and (b) funding...

      Low Pay: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of jobs in each Scottish parliamentary constituency have an hourly pay below the Living Wage as defined by the...

      Working Mothers: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many new and expectant mothers were (a) dismissed, (b) made compulsorily redundant where others in their workplace were not...

  • Department for International Development

    • Nepal: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made on obtaining debt relief for Nepal following the recent earthquake in that country.

    • Gaza: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will estimate the likely timetable for rebuilding infrastructure in Gaza following the July 2014 conflict.

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will respond to the Independent Commission for Aid Impact's Report on the Department for International Development's...

      Pakistan: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make it her policy to make aid to Pakistan contingent on that country making progress on protecting religious and social...

      Ghana: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support the UK is providing to disabled people in Ghana.

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the Government spent on climate finance for (a) mitigation and (b) adaptation to developing countries in each year between...

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what changes she plans to make to Government development spending on climate finance for (a) mitigation and (b) adaptation between...

      New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of the G7's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition on small-scale farmers in Africa;...

      North Korea: Droughts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking in response to reports by UNICEF of a serious drought in North Korea.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the humanitarian needs of people living in Rojava; and what steps her Department is taking...

      Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department's (a) total expenditure and (b) expenditure on governance, democracy and human rights projects has been in each...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Prime Minister's statement of 7 September 2015, Official Report, column 23-25, when she plans to announce...

      Developing Countries: Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what guidelines her Department follows in regards to health data sharing in the countries in which it works.

      Social Enterprises: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what definition of social investment is used by her Department.

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of the SEN code of practice.

    • Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many secondary schools chose not to publish an overview of their GCSE results for the school year 2014-15.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she plans to require secondary schools to publish an overview of their annual GCSE results.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department's commitment to open 500 Free schools by 2020 as announced on 2 September 2015 will include those schools that open as (a)...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to increase the skills and qualification level of the early years workforce.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to ensure that there will be sufficient high quality early education places to meet the proposed target of 30 hours of...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people have (a) begun and (b) graduated from early years initial teacher training courses in each year since the introduction of the early...

      Education: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what (a) capital and (b) revenue funding has been allocated by her Department to each local authority in the West Midlands in each of the last five years.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Legal Aid Scheme: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for legal aid have been made in (a) Copeland and (b) Cumbria in each of the last 10 years; and how many such applications have...

    • Joint Enterprise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to review and clarify the law on joint enterprise.

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2015 to Question 4072, what proportion of appeals to the Tribunals Service from appellants in England relating to (a)...

      Employment: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much funding his Department has allocated in 2015-16 for the provision of specialist legal advice and representation to new and expectant mothers...

      Family Courts: Contempt of Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reason contempt of court laws do not apply in the family court.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department (a) expected to receive and (b) received from employment tribunal fees in the year following the introduction of the scheme.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he will publish his Department's review of employment tribunal fees.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the annual cost of administering employment tribunal fee remission applications.

      Magistrates' Courts: Bury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will assess the effects on the (a) cost and (b) duration of journeys between prison and court of the closure of Bury Magistrates' Court.

      Magistrates' Courts: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much unused (a) physical courtroom capacity and (b) court time there is at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court in the last year; and what...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for employment tribunal fee remission were (a) received and (b) awarded in each month since the introduction of tribunal fees.

  • Prime Minister

    • Peers

      To ask the Prime Minister, what the average annual cost to the public purse is of a Member of the House of Lords; and how many peerages he estimates will be created over the next 12 months.

    • Fracking

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether he read the report, Shale Gas: Rural Economy Impacts, published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in March 2014.

      Intelligence Services

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether the Security Services have intercepted any communications by (a) Members of the Scottish Parliament, (b) Members of the Welsh Assembly, (c) Members of the...

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister, if he will request information from Sir John Chilcott on (a) how many people have yet to respond to letters sent as part of the Maxwellisation process prior to the...

      Prime Minister: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Prime Minister, which external organisations he has met to discuss the consequences of the UK leaving the EU in each of the last three years; and how many times he has met each such...

      Prime Minister

      To ask the Prime Minister, who the acting Prime Minister would be if he were incapacitated.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Iraq: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British arms (a) the Government and (b) British companies have sold to Iraqi military forces to combat ISIL.

    • Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Local Education Authority areas are planned to host new Combined Cadet Force units; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Budget Statement of 8 July 2015, Official Report, column 325, what definition he plans to use of less affluent areas when prioritising...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the overall budget of each of the Ministry of Defence's UK training camps or bases was in each year since 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many former service personnel have contacted his Department after receiving a financial settlement made under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme...

      Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what advice or guidance his Department provides to injured personnel who receive a financial settlement under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme on...

      Cruise Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) potential vulnerability of UK cruise missile guidance systems to interference from new Russian weapons and...

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to retain personnel in the armed forces.

      Nuclear Weapons: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what notice is given to emergency services in advance of visits by nuclear convoys.

      Submarines: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Written Statement of 7 September 2015 on Royal Navy operations, when the Department was first made aware of the information that...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to speed up the processing of benefit claims; what effect such measures are having on processing times in (a) the UK...

    • Executives: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people declaring themselves as a Company Director have applied for universal credit to date; whether their household income was...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many suspensions have been applied to jobseeker's allowance claims in each year since 2010; and how many such suspensions have resulted in...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria his Department applies to identify those people in receipt of Access to Work support.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria his Department has set for claimants of Access to Work support to qualify for the maximum level of support.

      Universal Credit: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of whether EU nationals are entitled under EU law to claim universal credit on the same basis as UK nationals.

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2015 to Question 7129, whether his Department has considered the effect of changes in housing benefit on...

      Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 1.159 of the Summer Budget 2015, what criteria his Department plans to use to classify people as vulnerable.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department's document, Suicide and Self Harm Declarations - Appendix 2 (Six Point Plan), when that document was first...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the document, Mortality Statistics: Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance,...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how his Department is monitoring the effect of the measures in the Summer Budget 2015 on child poverty; and what steps he plans to take to...

      Social Security Benefits: Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to support (a) all benefit claimants and (b) benefit claimants recovering from an illness or suffering a disability in...

      Social Security Benefits: Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that his Department's IT systems are as user-friendly as possible for benefit claimants.

      Interpreters: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons his Department decided not to commission an independent body to conduct the market review of British Sign Language interpreters.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which companies payments in respect of carbon...

      Social Security Benefits: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will commission an assessment of the effect of changes to welfare benefits on the mental health of claimants.

      Working Mothers: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of present Government guidance available to employers on managing the health and safety of...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the statistics his Department holds on sanctions applied to claimants of (a) job seeker's allowance and (b) employment and...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the shortfall in pension accrual experienced by employees who are employed through an umbrella...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of workers employed through an umbrella payroll company who will opt-out of...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of automatic-enrolment pension arrangements on workers employed through employment agencies.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made on addressing the backlog in applications for personal independence payments; and for what median end-to-end time...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received from the UN Special Rapporteur on disabled rights on an investigation into welfare reforms since May 2010.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 24 June 2015 from the hon. Member for Ashfield on self-employment amongst women.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the effect of the welfare cap will be in (a) Wellingborough and (b) England.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what equality impact assessment of the recent change to the benefits cap his Department has undertaken.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the highest amount of annual housing benefit paid to a single household was in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many full-time equivalent staff were working on climate change adaptation in her Department in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12,...

    • Farmers: Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of farmers that have declared themselves bankrupt in each year since 2010.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what change there has been in the level of farm subsidies in each of the last five years.

      Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the ability and efficacy of alternative pest control methods to the use of neonicotinoids.

      Bees: Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential change in the bee population of the decision to allow the use of neonicotinoid...

      Game: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what basis the members of the stakeholder group for the study on cage-based breeding of game birds were chosen.

      Game: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost was under each cost heading of the study to determine whether cage-based breeding can meet the needs of game birds.

      Game: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consultation was held with (a) animal welfare organisations, (b) farming organisations, (c) environmental groups and...

      Game: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason her Department's study into cage-based breeding of game birds does not include a control group of birds...

      Departmental Coordination: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the current priorities are for the Inter-Ministerial Group on International Animal Welfare; and if she will make a...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 27 July 2015 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with...

      Government Departments: Mergers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will have discussions with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on the merging of those departments.

  • Home Office

    • Afghanistan: Opium

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the UK spent on tackling opium production in Afghanistan in each year since 2005; and what the cultivation area of opium in that...

    • Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the crime detection rate was (a) nationally, (b) in London and (c) in Kingston and Surbiton constituency in the latest period for which...

      Extortion: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of legislation against online blackmail of children.

      Disability: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of steps taken to counteract disability hate crime.

      Police: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average police response time is in (a) West Yorkshire and (b) the UK.

      Fraud: Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to protect UK citizens from telephone scams from Nigeria.

      Burglary: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of pilot schemes undertaken by regional police forces to limit the resources available...

      Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding her Department has allocated to each type of domestic and sexual violence support services in each of the last five years.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department has spent on literature relating to the Scotland Bill.

  • HM Treasury

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish his Department's research on the effect of his policies on tax-free childcare on the labour market.

    • Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of levels of household debt in households where at least one adult is in work.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will conduct an assessment of the potential effect of proposed changes to tax credits and housing benefit in the Summer Budget 2015 on the number of...

      Treasury: Communication

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2015 to Question 2813, whether the Civil Service Recruitment Principles were followed in the appointment of his...

      Treasury: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which Minister in his Department authorised the pay rises for his Department's senior executives in 2014-15.

      Part-time Employment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to paragraph 2.11 of the Spending Review 2015 (Cm 9112), how many of the two million jobs referred to in that paragraph are part-time.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress his Department has made on its review of business rates; and what the projected timetable is for that review.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he made in advance of the Summer Budget 2015 of the effect on the UK's carbon footprint of applying the climate change levy to renewable...

      Revenue and Customs: Training

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much under each cost heading has been spent setting up Preston Learning Academy to date; how many people have received training at that Academy; and in...

      Science: Research

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on continuing the existing ring-fence for investment in scientific research beyond 2015-16; and if he will make a statement.

      Royal Bank of Scotland and Royal Mail

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the recent effect on the public purse of the sale of public assets in the (a) Royal Bank of Scotland and (b) Royal Mail; and...

      Greece: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the UK (a) was consulted on and (b) took part in the decision by the European Commission to make €35 billion of funds available to Greece.

      Financial Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what controls, protections and safeguards are in place for investors in unregulated funds operating in the UK financial services sector.

      Bank Services: Fraud

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to address telephone scamming related to banking services.

      Government Departments: Research

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department and the Government Chief Scientific Adviser had with Departments in advance of decisions to cut departmental research...

      Inheritance Tax: Eligibility

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend eligibility for the main residence nil rate band of inheritance tax to non-direct descendants.

      Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, under what circumstances spending from the UK Conflict, Stability and Security Fund will be counted towards the Government targets of spending (a) 0.7 per...

      Pensions: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what process his Department set the age limit for passing on a pension tax free.

      Social Enterprises: Investment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what definition of social investment is used by his Department.

      Technology

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on the use of technology in (a) making savings to the public purse and (b) improving public...

      Budgets

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to publish an analysis of the distributional impact of changes alongside each Budget Statement in this Parliament.

      Public Expenditure: Wales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of public expenditure per person in Wales.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much each year is added to average consumer energy bills in the UK by solar power subsidies.

    • Solar Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to her Department's press release, Controlling the cost of renewable energy, published on 22 July 2015, what assessment...

      Energy: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, for what reasons she is not implementing the recommendation of the Competition and Markets Authority that Ofgem should be the single...

      Energy: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether her Department has conducted research on one-stop-shop switching and comparison sites for energy in other advanced economies...

      Renewable Energy: Greenwich and Woolwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the level of Government investment in renewable energy in Greenwich and Woolwich constituency since 2010.

      Energy: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to make the retail energy market more transparent and facilitate greater consumer choice.

      Wind Power: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment on the potential effect on...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of its review of the feed-in-tariff scheme on (a) the solar industry...

      Department for Energy and Climate Change: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what her Department's domestic energy bill estimates were for each Public Energy Supply region for the most recent period.

      Fracking: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she plans to take to protect people in Barnsley from potential harmful environmental effects of fracking.

      Department for Energy and Climate Change: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, which external organisations she has met to discuss the consequences of the UK leaving the EU in each of the last three years; and how...

      Department for Energy and Climate Change: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she next plans to update transparency data for ministerial expenses in her Department on the GOV.UK website.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Kids Company

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether (a) the Secretary of State for Education and (b) the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education have raised concerns about Kids...

    • Kids Company: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what payments were made by the Government to Kids Company in each year since 2010; and what conditions were attached to such payments.

      Ministers: Allowances

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the transparency data for Ministerial expenses for his Department will be updated on the gov.uk website to show Ministerial expenses after 30...

      Cabinet Office: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the reasons were for the redaction of material in Baroness Browning's letter of January 2015 to Alex Salmond on business appointments; and if he...

      Royal Archives

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on allowing full public access to the Royal Archives.

      Members

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of annual savings to the public purse of reducing the number of hon. Members from 650 to 600.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Blaydon to his Department of 30 March 2015 regarding arranging a meeting between a...

      Trade Union Officials: Facilities Agreements

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what consultation the Government has undertaken with (a) devolved administrations, (b) local authorities and (c) other public bodies on proposals to...

      Trade Unions: Subscriptions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment the Government has made of the potential cost to (a) devolved administrations, (b) local authorities and (c) other public bodies of...

      Trade Unions: Subscriptions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what consultation the Government has undertaken with (a) devolved administrations, (b) local authorities and (c) other public bodies on proposals to...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the change in the number of electors on the electoral register in each (a) constituency and (b) local authority when the...

      Government Departments: Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, in what Departments extended ministerial offices are being planned.

      Interpreters: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reasons no consultation has taken place with members of the deaf community, service users and British Sign Language interpreters and service...

      Charities: Fund Raising

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to tackle illicit fundraising activities by charities.

      Social Enterprises: Investment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what definition of social investment is used by his Department.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Government will devise and disclose a distinct UK drones and targeted killing policy as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Athletics: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of athletics coaches coaching in England in each of the last five years.

    • Facebook

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what information his Department holds on how many Facebook profile pages based in the UK were closed down in 2014 following reports of...

      Golf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to take steps to utilise the success of the 2015 UK Open Golf tournament to increase participation in that sport.

      Broadband: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he plans to take to support the provision of superfast broadband in rural communities in West Yorkshire where schemes for...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential for disruption to television services caused by the introduction of 4G mobile services to...

      Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects part two of the Leveson Inquiry, examining allegations of police corruption and the relationships between newspaper...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Electronic Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to his oral statement of 2 July 2015, on English Votes on English Laws, Official...

  • Department of Health

    • Hepatitis: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people in the South Asian community who are infected with genotype 3 hepatitis C.

    • Drinks: Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will encourage makers of drinks high in sugar to consider (a) product reformulation, (b) smaller pack sizes and (c) increased promotion...

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the average length of stay in hospital for people with dementia in each of the last three years.

      Hospital Beds: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of hospital beds in England which are occupied by people with dementia.

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets his Department has set for reducing unnecessary hospital admissions for people with dementia.

      Respiratory System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) primary, (b) inpatient, (c) hospital day and (d) outpatient care costs are to the NHS of treating respiratory diseases.

      Health Education: Walt Disney Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment Change4Life and Public Health England made of the effect on public perception of the Change4Life programme of entering into a partnership...

      Department of Health: Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) letters and (b) emails his Department has received from Action on Smoking and Health in each of the last seven years.

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will request that NHS England clarify the mechanisms available for manufacturers of medical technologies to appeal against a negative specialised...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will request that NHS England publish the criteria for approving a specialised service commissioning policy.

      Muscular Dystrophy: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with charities representing people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy on the availability of the drug Translarna; and if...

      Department of Health: Research and Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the total amount made available to ring-fenced science and research funding organisations in each of the next...

      Miracle Mineral Solution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what actions his Department is taking to monitor the consumption and distribution of Miracle Mineral Solution.

      Health Education: Walt Disney Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to regulate Disney's use of logos, branding and product placement during its involvement in the Change4Life partnership.

      Dementia: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the latest diagnosis rate for dementia is in (a) England and (b) Wales; and if he will reintroduce the publication of a monthly update of such rates...

      Prosthetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will request that NHS England publish a timeline for the re-publication of a commissioning policy on (a) microprocessor knees, (b)...

      Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to hold a public consultation on its proposed reduction in the funding allocation to public health for 2015-16.

      Drugs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions Clinical Commissioning Groups have not provided funding for a new drug treatment within three months of its approval in a NICE...

      Colman Hospital: Neuromuscular Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reports he has received on the progress of the business case being developed by West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group for providing specialist...

      York University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many contracts have been awarded to the University of York by (a) his Department and (b) NICE since 1999; and how much funding has been allocated...

      King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reasons are for the delay in publishing the May 2015 referral to treatment waiting time data for King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust;...

      Mental Health Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much each clinical commissioning group spent on (a) all psychological therapies and (b) cognitive behavioural therapy in each year from 2011-12 to...

      Prisons: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for a prisoner to see a dentist after having submitted a medical application (a) nationally and (b) at HM Prison...

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to Putting the wheels in motion: Assessing the value of British Red Cross short-term wheelchair loans, published by British Red Cross,...

      Mental Health: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of mental health research funding in the last five years has been allocated to research into the role of work in improving the health and...

      Mental Health Services: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what amount has been spent on mental health per head in each clinical commissioning group area in each of the last three years.

      Wheelchairs: Out-patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the current levels of funding within the NHS for wheelchair provision for outpatients.

      Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether neonatal units are classified as children's in-patient services for the purposes of Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment.

      Pancreatic Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the level of provision of pancreatic cancer treatment on the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      Pancreatic Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that expert clinicians are consulted when assessing new treatments for pancreatic cancer.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of training a UK citizen as a nurse; and what assessment he has made of how this figure...

      Cancer: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of changes in cancer survival rates in each of the last five years.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the mortality rate from drug misuse in the North East.

      Pancreatic Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reasons are for the most recent NHS England review of the pancreatic cancer drug available on the national Cancer Drugs Fund.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with which patient groups did NHS England consult before the decision was taken to remove 25 treatments from the Cancer Drugs Fund.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of patients who will be denied access to treatments no longer available on the national Cancer Drugs Fund list...

      General Practitioners: Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of GP maternity cover posts have been left unfilled in each year since 2010.

      Nurses: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the budget made available for nurse recruitment by NHS trusts in England and Wales in each of the next five years.

      Muscular Dystrophy: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from charities and patient groups on access to the drug Translarna for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy;...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library NHS England's terms of reference for the independent maternity review.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether postpartum contraception is being considered as part of NHS England's independent maternity review; and if he will make a statement.

      Pregnant Women: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effects on maternal mental health of pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work; and what steps he plans to take...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will take steps to reduce the time taken to approve for use drugs for the treatment of rare conditions and diseases; and if he will...

      Naloxone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether availability of the drug Naloxone, under the new regulations to be introduced on 1 October 2015, will be restricted to those categorised in...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of nurses that will be employed by NHS trusts in England and Wales in each of the next five years;...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of patient access to innovative drugs approved under the MHRA's Early Access to Medicines Scheme ahead of NICE...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Afghanistan: Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Afghan interpreters (1) have applied for, and (2) been granted, relocation to the United Kingdom under the policy regarding intimidation.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Queen Elizabeth II

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to acknowledge and celebrate Her Majesty the Queen becoming the longest-serving monarch on 9 September.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Carer's Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many households in receipt of Carer’s Allowance have a total benefit income above (1) £20,000,and (2) £23,000.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Telephone Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has target times by which members of the public can reasonably expect to get through on the...

    • Offices: Rents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the costs of renting office space in cities, especially London, and of the effect on those costs as more previously disused...

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