Written answers

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: Consultants

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what policy evaluations have been carried out by external organisations for his Department and its agencies in each financial year since 2010-11; whether...

    • Enterprise Zones: Job Creation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) examined on the effect of Enterprise Zones on investment and job creation in other neighbouring localities.

      Thames Tideway Tunnel

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the devolved administrations on potential Barnett consequentials arising from the Thames Tideway Tunnel project.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much inheritance tax was collected in each of the last twelve months for which figures are available.

  • Prime Minister

    • Middle East: Weapons

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether he had discussions with his Israeli counterpart during his visit to London on (a) Israel's nuclear weapons and (b) prospects for a conference on weapons of mass...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 24 March 2015 to Question 228133, and pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2015 to Question 748, how much has been...

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects the targets for eradicating child poverty set out in the Child Poverty Act 2010 will be achieved.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect on work incentives of the reduction in the universal credit work allowance proposed in the Summer...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether, on the enactment and coming into force of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, the Government plans for people with an existing...

      Work Capability Assessment: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many mental health champions are employed by Maximus in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK as part of the employment and support allowance work...

      Work Capability Assessment: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what evaluation he has made of the effectiveness of the role played by mental health champions in the work capability assessment process.

      Work Capability Assessment: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many assessors employed by Maximus under their contract to conduct work capability assessments in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK have a...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to commence the review of the work capability assessment process.

  • Home Office

    • Burglary: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many burglaries were reported in each ward in Preston City Council in each of the first six months of 2015; and how many of those...

    • Overseas Students: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provision is made for genuine overseas students who enrol at a private higher education college that subsequently has its licence...

      Illegal Immigrants: Harwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, where each of the (a) 68 clandestine migrants and (b) four lorry drivers are that were stopped in Harwich in June 2015; and if she will make...

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Department of Health

    • Food: Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the amount of salt in food consumed in the UK.

    • Parkinson's Disease: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Northern Ireland have Parkinson's disease; and what the age profile of those patients is.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps he has taken to improve the treatment of breast cancer.

      Patients: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure day patients attend their (a) GP and (b) hospital appointments.

      Parkinson's Disease: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to introduce the drug Duodopa for the treatment of NHS patients with Parkinson's disease.

      Skin Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make available on the NHS the skin cancer injection treatment Opdivo.

      Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department and the NHS provided to research projects related to the treatment of cancer in each financial year since 2010-11.

      Dementia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to make the dementia drug solanegement available on the NHS.

      Paracetamol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to promote public awareness of the danger of paracetamol overdoses.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Northern Ireland Executive on introducing seven day per week accident and emergency services.

      Diets: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the NHS has issued guidance on the safety of dieting schemes.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cancer patients were initially diagnosed as not having cancer in each of the last five years.

      Heart Diseases: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make the cardomems HF system to measure blood pressure available on the NHS.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to address the shortage of organ donors.

      Cataracts: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make available on the NHS lenosterol for the treatment of eye cataracts.

      Department of Health: Carbon Emissions

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

      Hospitals: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of consultants who opt out of non-emergency work at weekends.

      Department of Health: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many press officers are employed by his Department.

      Orthopaedics: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many limb amputations were undertaken in the Plymouth area in each of the last five years; and how many such operations were as a result of (a)...

      Department of Health: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list what policy evaluations have been carried out by external organisations for his Department and its agencies in each financial year since...

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of nurses earn £35,000 or more per year.

      NHS: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the introduction of user charges in the NHS.

      Department of Health: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2015 to Question 6508, for what reasons his Department cannot report monthly on the litigation and Counsel's costs...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received from mental health charities on the potential effects of recent changes in welfare spending on mental...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ask NICE to revise the treatment criteria in NICE guidelines on eating disorders; and what recent discussions (a) he and (b)...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding under which categories of expenditure his Department has allocated to eating disorder support services in each of the last five years.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings and recommendations of the Feel Happy (Eating) Fix on eating disorders,...

      Morquio Syndrome: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects NICE to announce its decision on approving the Vimizim form of elosulfase alfa.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken as a consequence of the roundtable event it co-hosted in February 2015 to explore indepth the issues around the...

      Royal Bournemouth Hospital: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies there are for theatre nurses at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital; and if he will discuss with the Home Secretary ensuring that theatre...

      Health Services: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what grounds the Clinical Commissioning Group Senate for NHS South West prevent Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group submitting proposals for public...

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to Section 10.4 of the Code of Practice on confidential personal information, published in December 2010, what plans the Care Quality...

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Care Quality Commission (CQC) requires CQC inspectors to identify themselves as such when visiting patients in a personal capacity in CQC...

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) (a) publishes a code of conduct for its inspectors on its website and (b) places a...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Infrastructure: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much of the £1.1 billion capital infrastructure fund for 2015-16 has been (a) allocated for specific projects and (b)...

    • Minimum Wage: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his Department's proposals are for the level of the legal minimum wage for people aged under 25.

      Overseas Students: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure that students from other EU countries repay student loans taken out in the UK.

      Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what progress has been made on the Great Challenges programme; and what recent steps the Government has taken to support that...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2015 to Question 4159, what (a) process and (b) performance metrics were used to determine the...

      Higher Education Funding Council for England: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many members of staff are employed in the HEFCE Equality Challenge Unit.

      UK Research Partnership Investment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 6 July 2015 to Question 4950, what funds from the public purse (a) were spent and (b) he plans to...

      Coal: Export Credit Guarantees

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

      Council for Science and Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on what dates the Council for Science and Technology met in the last 12 months; on what dates and who was in attendance at each...

      Newton Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many (a) fellowships and (b) other outputs have been delivered under the Newton Fund in each of the last five years.

      Research Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what changes have been made to Research Council deadlines for grant funding applications since May 2015.

      Government Office for Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has for future projects under the Foresight Project of the Government Office for Science.

      Science: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what public funds have been committed to the Sciencewise project in the next five financial years.

      Shareholder Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Government's press release of 20 May 2015, on machinery of government: Shareholder Executive and UK...

      Medical Research Council: Patents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what forecasts he has made of revenues likely to accrue to the Medical Research Council from patents in future financial years;...

      Medical Research Council: Patents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which patents the Medical Research Council holds; on what date each such patent will expire; and what revenue was generated by...

      Science: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to his Department's press release of 17 December 2014, what progress has been made on establishing the Inspiring...

      Motor Vehicles: Hire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether he has had discussions with his EU counterparts on competition in the European car rental market.

      Met Office: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much the Met Office spent on research and development in each financial year since 2010-11.

      European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what funding from the public purse was allocated to subscription to the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts in...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if his Department will make an assessment of the likely effect of the abolition of student maintenance grants on widening...

      Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much the Medical Research Council has spent on research projects relating to the treatment of cancer in each financial year...

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what research and evidence he has (a) assessed and (b) commissioned on the management of maternity cover by (i) small and (ii)...

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what (a) guidance and (b) support his Department provides for employers on the management of maternity cover; and what plans he...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what public funding has been allocated to support the Astrea programme; what applications for funds for that programme his...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what measure of inflation his Department uses for research and development spending; and what research he has (a) commissioned...

      New Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many start-up loans the Government has made to young people under the age of (a) 25 and (b) 30 in each year since the...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received about retrospective changes to the terms and conditions of student loan repayments.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many women who were (a) dismissed, (b) made compulsorily redundant and (c) treated in a way that made them leave their job...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what timetable he has set for the introduction of Sharia compliant loans for students in higher education.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the effect of the proposed national living wage on (a) absolute and (b) relative child poverty by 2020.

      Research: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department has had discussions with Research Councils on the effect of pay freezes by that body on the research sector.

      Gratuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure employers fairly collect and distribute tips left by customers.

      Low Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to support people on low pay.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in funding for further education on young people.

      Industrial Development: Deeside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the Welsh Government on economic development in the Deeside area.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) average and (b) maximum period for duty in battle zones is for (i) army, (ii) Royal Navy and (iii) RAF personnel.

    • Navy: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ships cannot go to sea due to shortages in specialist personnel.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what modifications will be needed at HMNB Clyde and RNAD Coulport to accept the successor submarine programme; what estimate he has made of the cost to...

      Defence: Argyll and Bute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total value of defence-related contracts placed by his Department with suppliers based in Argyll and Bute constituency was in each of the last...

      Nuclear Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with (a) Ministerial colleagues and (b) the civil nuclear industry on the provision of nuclear engineers; and if he will...

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assets were involved in the Triplex Warrior exercise from (a) the UK, (b) NATO members and (c) non-NATO members in the (i) 2015 and (ii) 2014...

      Submarines: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the results of the Board of Inquiry into the incident involving a submarine and the fishing vessel Karen will be published.

      Ministry of Defence: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many officials in his Department are engaged in research into the effects of the UK leaving the EU.

      Military Aircraft: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to improve the UK's aerial intelligence capacity.

      Ministry of Defence Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2015 to the hon. Member for Moray to Question 222334, what the conclusions are of the Ministry of Defence Police...

      Ministry of Defence: Nuclear Installations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish the results of his review of the defence nuclear enterprise.

      AWE Aldermaston: Nuclear Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Atomic Weapons Establishment review of how best to achieve the customer requirements for Project Pegasus was (a) started and (b) completed.

      Iraq: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to use the NATO Incirlik Air Base in Turkey during operations against Daesh in Iraq.

      Afghanistan: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on the relocation to the UK of interpreters who have worked for the British Army in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many interpreters who have worked for the British Army in Afghanistan have been relocated to the UK in each of the last six months.

      Army: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what legal support is provided by his Department to members of the British Army in cases related to military combat operations within the UK.

      Army: Rules of Engagement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what statutory provisions provide for members of the British Army to conduct military combat operations in the UK.

      Veterans: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assistance the Government is providing to armed forces veterans with post-traumatic stress syndrome and depression.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Enterprise Zones: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many new jobs have been created in each Enterprise Zone in each financial year since 2010-11; and what estimate he has made...

    • Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential effects of changes in the Summer Budget 2015 to the level of rents paid by social...

      Housing Stock: Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to monitor availability of homes in the Buy to Let category in the UK.

      Communities and Local Government: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which external organisations officials in his Department have met to discuss the consequences of the UK leaving the EU in each...

      Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to reduce the number of local government elected representatives.

      Communities and Local Government: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many officials in his Department are engaged in research into the effects of the UK leaving the EU.

      Communities and Local Government: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which external organisations he has met to discuss the consequences of the UK leaving the EU in each of the last three years;...

      Social Rented Housing: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people (a) under 18 and (b) under 16 years of age have been allocated social housing since 2013; and what proportion...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Carbon Emissions

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

    • Scotland Office: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, 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...

      Scotland Office: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many officials in his Department are engaged in research into the effects of the UK leaving the EU.

      Scotland Office: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which external organisations officials in his Department have met to discuss the consequences of the UK leaving the EU in each of the last three years;...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Females: Broadband

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how much funding has been allocated to Women and Broadband projects in each area in (a) 2015-16 and (b) each of the previous three years.

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Carbon Emissions

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

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many civil servants in each region have been made redundant or left the service following closure of the regional DVLA offices.

      Department for Transport: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list what policy evaluations have been carried out by external organisations for his Department and its agencies in each financial year...

      Shipping: Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, to which publicly-funded bodies and organisations the Maritime and Coastguard Agency makes the shipping forecasts provided by the Met Office available.

      Severn River Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of debt that will remain outstanding after the current concession for operating the Severn Bridge...

      Department for Transport: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which external organisations officials in his Department have met to discuss the consequences of the UK leaving the EU in each of the last three...

      Department for Transport: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, 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...

      Met Office: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the value is of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's (MCA) contract with the Met Office to provide the shipping forecast; what the terms and...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to (a) monitor the usage of and (b) prevent accidents involving unmanned drones in airspace over the UK.

      Road Traffic Offences: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment his Department has made of methods used in other European countries to detect and prevent speeding offences.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the overall cost to his Department of increasing the cost of regulated national rail fares in line with the retail price...

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on the potential safety implications of reducing Network Rail's Control Period 5 maintenance and renewals...

      Railways: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, by what mechanisms he is permitted to reduce the Control Period 5 spending levels for the railway set by the Office of Rail and Road's Final...

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the withdrawal of Balfour Beatty from the North West electrification programme on the delivery timetable...

      Directly Operated Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2014 to Question 212595, when he plans for his Department's review of the future activities of Directly Operated...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Carbon Emissions

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

    • Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Six-Monthly Report on Hong Kong, covering the period of 1 July to 31 December 2014 relating to the...

      Iraq: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his French counterpart on air strikes in Iraq.

      Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will consider altering the frequency of the Government's report to Parliament on Hong Kong from six-monthly to yearly.

      Afghanistan: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Afghan counterpart on the treatment of the Hazara people in that country.

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • School Meals: Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to reduce salt content in school meals.

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to introduce mandatory mental health training for education professionals.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what training education professionals receive on identifying eating disorders and signposting support and treatment; and what guidance her Department...

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the rationale is for attainment at Key Stage Level 4 being selected as the education indicator in the proposed Life Chance reports.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Cemeteries

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, which Church of England dioceses have published regulations on monuments on burial plots and inscriptions on...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Carbon Emissions

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

    • Mass Media and Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which organisations owned the largest market share of (a) national radio, (b) local radio, (c) digital radio, (d) television other than...

      BBC Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the BBC's overall market share of (a) national, (b) local and (c) digital radio was in the most recent year for which information...

      Exercise and Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions Ministers in his Department have had with regional and devolved administrations on promoting sport and exercise...

      Music: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 July 2015 to Question 6921, what the monetary values were of the successful applications in each year in...

      Telecommunications: Sheffield Heeley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the time taken by Openreach to provide for the connection of new housing developments to telephone and...

      Broadband: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support the roll-out of fibre to the premises broadband to businesses.

      Broadband: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate the annual cost to businesses of inconsistent broadband coverage.

      Digital Technology: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he plans to take to encourage the growth of the digital economy as part of the Northern Powerhouse initiative.

      Broadband: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate the annual cost to businesses of inconsistent broadband coverage.

      Conservation Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which local planning authorities in 2014 (a) complied with their duty under section 69(2) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what policy evaluations have been carried out by external organisations for her Department and its agencies in each...

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of air quality action plans in tackling local pockets of air pollution.

      Sugar: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to mitigate the effect of recent changes in EU policy on the sugar industry.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to make it easier for retail electricity consumers to negotiate distributed energy contracts with energy...

    • Power Stations: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will introduce an emissions performance standard applied to all UK power stations.

      Solar Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to her Department's consultation on a proposal to close the Renewables Obligation to rooftop and ground-mounted solar...

      Carbon Emissions: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how she is working with her counterparts in the EU to increase the EU's Carbon Reduction Commitment.

      Department for Energy and Climate Change: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what experience the consultants employed to produce the Feed-in-Tariff rates published in the current Feed-in-Tariff consultation have...

      Insulation: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent steps she has taken to review the performance of (a) the cavity wall insulation industry and (b) the Cavity Insulation...

      Solar Power: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many mid-scale PV roofs were installed in (a) London and (b) the UK in 2014-15; and if she will make a statement.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department has taken to protect nuclear power stations from attacks carried out using unmanned drones.

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effects of the proposal to reduce the feed-in tariff payments for solar energy on (a) the UK solar...

      Biofuels: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of biomass energy crops in delivering carbon reductions as set out in the...

      Renewable Energy: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the cost to the public purse of subsidies paid to the (a) solar and (b) wind power industries...

      Biofuels: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the total subsidy paid for biomass production for the purposes of power generation in each of...

      Biofuels: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the value of biomass imported for the purposes of power generation in each of the last five...

      Nuclear Power: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will provide additional research and development tax relief to companies developing innovative technologies to help accelerate...

      Nuclear Power: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, by what date the decommissioning of (a) Sellafield and (b) Magnox sites is planned to be complete.

      Energy: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to increase competition in the energy supply market.

      Environment Protection: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent discussions she has had with her Chinese counterpart on areas of cooperation on green growth.

      Hinkley Point C Power Station: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to ensure that cost overruns similar to those incurred in the building of the Flamanville nuclear power...

      Nuclear Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will take steps to ensure that the strike price per megawatt hour of production at the proposed Sizewell and Bradwell nuclear...

      Nuclear Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will take steps to ensure that the strike price per megawatt hour of production from Hinkley Point C nuclear power station (a)...

  • Attorney General

    • Witnesses: Self-employed

      To ask the Attorney General, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reimbursing self-employed witnesses for loss of earnings when they are obliged to attend court.

    • GPT Special Project Management

      To ask the Attorney General, what progress has been made on the Serious Fraud Office's investigation into allegations of bribery in the GPT Special Project Management programme; and when he...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Wandsworth Prison: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what implications the report of the unannounced visits by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons to HMP Wandsworth will have for his policies on (a) making...

    • Staffordshire and West Midlands Rehabilitation Company: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the Staffordshire and West Midlands Rehabilitation Company's use of video calls in place of...

      Administration of Justice: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the (a) capital and (b) revenue costs of implementing his proposals for future provision of HM Courts and Tribunal services...

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of the total number of offenders convicted of cruelty to children were (a) men and (b) women in the last year for which information is...

      Ministry of Justice: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which (a) people and (b) organisations he has met in an official capacity since his appointment as Secretary of State for Justice.

      Courts: Opening Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which courts close routinely for a period of two consecutive weeks or more in each calendar year; and what the reason for the closure is in each such case.

      Courts: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of appeals heard in Crown Courts against (a) trial outcomes and (b) sentencing decisions in magistrates' courts were successful in each...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners in closed prisons have been released on temporary licence in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people who had previously been released from prison following a murder conviction were on life licence in each year since 2007.

      Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to implement all the powers set out in the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.

      Magistrates' Courts: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the savings from the proposed closure of Hartlepool Magistrates' Court.

      Magistrates' Courts: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases were heard at Hartlepool Magistrates' Court in each of the last five years.

      National Offender Management Service: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost of travel and subsistance has been to the National Offender Management Service for the operation of the nationally co-ordinated detached...

      Magistrates' Courts: Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length was between plea and commencement of trial in cases at (a) Bury Magistrates' Court, (b) Manchester and Salford Magistrates'...

      Magistrates' Courts: Bury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the value is of outstanding fines imposed by Bury Magistrates' Court.

      Magistrates' Courts: Bury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department has carried out an assessment of the effect of the closure of Bury Magistrates' Court on the (a) cost and (b) duration of journeys...

      Magistrates' Courts: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the potential increase in the use of magistrates' courts consequent upon the sentencing powers of magistrates...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to appoint a Chief Data Officer; and if he will make a statement.

    • Cabinet Office: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials within (a) his Department and (b) Number 10 Downing Street are engaged in research into the effects of the UK leaving the EU.

      Self-Employed

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on levels of self-employment in the (a) construction, (b) care, (c) cleaning, and (d) hospitality sectors.

      Digital Technology: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the implications for his (a) policies in general and (b) policy on data rights of the findings of the British Computing...

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Government has spent on legal advice for recipients of Salmon Letters in the Iraq Inquiry.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of non-UK EU citizens residing in the UK who were previously refugees granted citizenship in another EU member...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take in respect of their starter homes policy, in the light of the decision in R (on the application of West Berkshire District...

    • Social Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implications for meeting the housing needs of homeless people and those living in overcrowded conditions of social...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the constraints preventing the achievement of the 200,000 annual housebuilding target.

      Council Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the decision to cut social housing rents on the maintenance of existing council housing stock and the number...

  • Wales Office

    • Severn River Crossing: Tolls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with ministers of the Welsh Government about the future of the charging of tolls on the Severn Bridge.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Iraq: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the rules of engagement for British soldiers embedded with the United States forces in Iraq have been changed; and whether those rules allow military...

    • Type 26 Frigates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the planned operational life of a Type 26 frigate.

      Navy: Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the future of the Royal Navy Air Squadron.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Jobseeker's Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to make a more comprehensive analysis of sanction rates for Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants.

    • Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances, if any, they impose benefit sanctions on persons lacking literacy, numeracy and computer skills, or those with language,...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration, if any, they have given to imposing community service, instead of benefit sanctions, on benefits claimants who wilfully fail to comply...

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what checks are made to ensure that applicants are entitled to (1) reside within the United Kingdom, and (2) work within the United Kingdom, before new...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Oilseed Rape: Neonicotinoids

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of recent field trials of rape seed treated with neonicotinoids and the impact of neonicotinoids on bumblebee populations.

    • Oilseed Rape: Neonicotinoids

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date they took the decision to grant an emergency application from the National Farmers’ Union to use neonicotinoid seed treatments in the...

      Hunting: Crossbows

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to introduce legislation to ban hunting with bows and arrows, and crossbows.

      Mycoplasma Bovis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have evaluated the potential risk of Mycoplasma bovis to the national dairy herd and to milk production; and if not, whether they plan to do so,...

      Hill Farming

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of a further reduction in income for upland farmers on ecosystem services and landscape management.

      Neonicotinoids

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what scientific evidence they based their decision to lift the ban on neonicotinoids.

      Food

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have sought advice from bodies such as Public Health England on their plans to support productivity and growth in the food and drink sectors.

      Food

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether plans to support productivity and growth in the food and drink sectors are in conflict with other Government priorities to reduce obesity and...

  • Home Office

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in (1) 2013–14, and (2) 2014–15, how many potential victims of trafficking referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) were accommodated...

    • Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have taken steps to ensure that any funding they provide to counter-narcotics schemes in other countries, including Iran, Pakistan and The...

      Bail

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the findings by Professor Hucklesby of Leeds University on pre-charge bail; and what action, if any, they plan to take in...

      Police and Crime Commissioners: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each year between 2011 and 2014, how many people were eligible in each police area to take part in elections for police and crime commissioners in...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to authorise the sale in the United Kingdom of anti-drone ammunition for use in 12-gauge shotguns.

  • Northern Ireland Office

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