Written answers

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: UK Membership of EU

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

    • Heathrow Airport: Air Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received on aircraft not adhering to the Compton easterly departure route from Heathrow; and what plans he plans to...

      Gospel Oak-Barking Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what stage of the guide to railway investment projects process has the Barking to Gospel Oak electrification project reached; and whether a date has...

      Regional Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 July to Question 6770, what estimate he has made of the cost of a new link road; and from what sources funding for that...

      Rail Value for Money Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department and Network Rail have made on meeting the rail industry efficiency targets of the McNulty Report.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether officials in his Department have attended any meetings of Network Rail's (a) Major Projects Delivery sub-committee, (b) Critical...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what financial support his Department is making available to Transport for London for the purposes of meeting the cost of keeping the increase in the...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2015 to Question 9153, whether he received advice from officials in his Department on the potential deferral of...

      Rolling Stock: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2015 to Question 9152, and with reference to page 214 of his Department's Great Western Franchise Agreement of...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to provide additional funding to local authorities to assist them to provide support to Syrian...

    • Communities and Local Government: Carbon Emissions

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

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many hours his Department spent on processing freedom of information requests in each of the last 24 months.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Membership of EU

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

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Membership of EU

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

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Membership of EU

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

      British Nationals Abroad: Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British nationals have died in police custody in other countries in each of the last five years.

      Africa: Wildlife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with his counterparts in (a) Kenya, (b) Uganda, (c) South Africa, (d) Namibia and (e)...

      Refugees: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from the President of the European Commission on the proposed expansion of the European...

      Turkey: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart on the political unrest in that country.

      Syria: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Russian counterpart on that country's escalating military intervention in Syria.

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action the Government is taking to secure free and fair access for humanitarian aid to Yemen via Port Hodiedah.

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that Sudan begins a credible and inclusive peace process.

      Libya: IRA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will meet UK victims of IRA/Libyan-sponsored violence; and if he will make a statement.

      Overseas Companies: Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure British companies and investors in Malawi respect human rights in that country.

      Malawi: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by the...

      Burma: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information he holds on whether Burmese army soldiers who have received training from the UK Government are serving in...

      Burma: Crimes against Humanity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the implication for his policies of the Harvard Law School report entitled War Crimes and...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Living Wage: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, for what reasons the new Living Wage does not apply to those under 25.

    • Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the change in the number of people applying to study medicine in 2014 relative to...

      Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2015 to Question 5250, which projects and programmes that have been funded from the public...

      Higher Education Funding Council for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what funds the HEFCE has allocated to (a) the Equality Challenge Unit and (b) the Athena SWAN programme in (i) 2014-15 and (ii)...

      Met Office: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many Met Office staff are on secondment to (a) Government and (b) other publicly-funded departments, agencies and bodies.

      Met Office: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff secondments (a) to and (b) from (i) universities, (ii) research institutes and (iii) research centres the Met...

      Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, who the chief scientific advisers are; when each such adviser took up their post; and which chief scientific adviser posts...

      Gender: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of available research or evidence on the extent to which women experience discriminatory treatment...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: UK Membership of EU

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

      Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the relationship is between the priorities of the Grand Challenges and the Eight Great Technologies programmes.

      Research Councils: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what guidance he has issued to the Research Councils on deadlines for grant funding applications since May 2015; and what effect...

      Research Councils: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions Ministers and officials of his Department have had with the Research Councils on grant funding...

      Research Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what external reviews or research he has commissioned on the future of the Research Councils.

      Tickets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, who was consulted in deciding on the personnel and terms of reference of a review into the secondary ticketing market; and how...

      Emergencies: Meteorology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) Government and (b) emergency responders of those organisations receiving...

      Exports: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much the Government allocated to direct lending to UK businesses to promote exports in each of the last five years.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the need to (a) review or (b) increase Green Investment Bank (i) CEO or (ii) board...

      Central Lancashire University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students studying at the University of Central Lancashire received hardship grants in the 2015-16 academic year.

  • Department for International Development

    • Central African Republic: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the timetable is for the completion of programme reviews of UK aid funding for the Central African Republic.

    • Yemen: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the likelihood and scale of food shortages in Yemen as a result of conflict in that country.

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the prospects for re-establishing free and fair access for humanitarian aid to Yemen through Port Hodiedah.

      Iraq: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information her Department holds on (a) financial and (b) other support provided by the federal government of Iraq to internally...

      Bangladesh: Textiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to make it compulsory for companies to comply with the 2013 Accord on Fire and Safety...

      Nepal: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the UK's support for the reconstruction effort in Nepal following the 2014...

      UN Sustainable Development Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which Ministers and how many officials will take part in the UK delegation at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015;...

      Burma: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department's policy is on the provision of funding for education through religious organisations in Burma.

      Middle East: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will hold discussions with the Arab League and other governments in the Middle East on the number of refugees each such country...

      Gender: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if the Prime Minister will attend the Global Leader's meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment on 27 September 2015.

  • Department for Education

    • Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that children develop good early language skills before they reach primary school.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that disadvantaged children have access to good quality childcare.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Just Solutions International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on the future of Just Solutions International.

    • Legal Aid Scheme: Ceredigion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure the continuation of legal aid in the form of duty solicitor provision in Ceredigion.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the prison population of the UK was in each year since 2010; and whether it is his policy to reduce the prison population over the course of the...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that debt solicitors provided through legal aid provide services bilingually in Wales.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) women and (b) men were found to be using a television without a licence by inspectors in the most recent year for which information is...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate has been made of the number of criminal appeals departments in law firms that have closed since the changes to legal aid funding...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the highest number of times was that a person was received into prison in each of the last three years.

      Taxis: Guide Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will introduce sentencing guidelines to stop taxis and private hire vehicles from refusing to carry guide dogs.

      Ministry of Justice: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, 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;...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy to reinstate immigration legal aid funding for unaccompanied children.

      Ministry of Justice: UK Membership of EU

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

      Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre: Sir Martin Narey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his permission was (a) sought and (b) granted for Sir Martin Narey's access to Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre.

      Ministry of Justice: UK Membership of EU

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

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners are held in open wings of closed prisons; and for which offences each such prisoner is serving their sentence.

      Knives: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions have led to a custodial sentence for knife crime in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Young Offenders: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to reduce reoffending by 18 to 25 year olds.

      Bail: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2015 to Question 4115, what offences were committed by the offenders on bail shown in table 1 in that Answer in (a)...

      Missing Persons: Guardianship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to enable families to apply to the courts for the legal right to manage a missing family member's finance...

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 30 July 2015 to Question 6617, which offences the prisoner currently in an open prison who had previously absconded but was...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 21 July 2015 to Question 6753, what estimate he has made of the duration of the development period referred to in that Answer.

      Spring Hill Prison: Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether an internal review has been conducted of the case of Ross Underwood who absconded from HMP Springhill in May 2015; and if he will make statement.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his reasons are for reducing the legal aid budget.

      Ford Prison: Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether an internal review has been conducted of the case of Alexander Denny who absconded from HMP Ford; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of time taken was by the Tribunals Service to administer a First-tier Tribunal Social Security and Child Support appeal in...

      Ford Prison: Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how long Lee Fudge had been at HMP Ford before he absconded; and whether an internal review has been conducted of the decision to move him to an open prison.

      Ford Prison: Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how long Mark Chatfield had been at HMP Ford before he absconded; what proportion of his sentence he had served before being moved to HMP Ford; and...

      Prisons: Newspaper Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many copies of each newspaper were delivered to prisons in the most recent year for which information is available.

      Open Prisons: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners currently in open prisons previously breached the conditions of their temporary licence.

      Dog Fighting: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were for dog fighting in 2014.

      Family Courts: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, who is responsible for the collection of data on families, their cases and the time in which they are within the justice system.

      Secure Training Centres: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether any staff redundancies are planned as a result of the allocation of new contracts at Rainsbrook and Medway secure training centres.

      Secure Training Centres: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, why his Department did not award new five year contracts to run Rainsbrook and Medway secure training centres at the time originally scheduled.

      Dangerous Driving: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the length of sentences handed down to people who have been convicted of causing death by (a) careless...

  • Prime Minister

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his statement of 7 September 2015, Official Report, column 26, on Syria: refugees and counter-terrorism, whether the meeting of the National Security...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Nuclear Power: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) service personnel and (b) civil servants have completed the (i) Nuclear Advanced Course, (ii) Nuclear Reactor Course, (iii) Nuclear...

    • Nuclear Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on additional payments to retain nuclear engineers in service in each financial year between 2005-06 and 2014-15; and...

      Armed Forces: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assets are monitoring the deployment of Severomorsk to the Arctic Ocean.

      Nuclear Weapons: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the name, date and location is of each nuclear weapons accident response exercise which (a) has taken place or is planned in 2015 and (b) is...

      Ministry of Defence: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Ministry of Defence staff were based in Iraq on (a) 1 January, (b) 1 April and (c) 1 September 2015.

      Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his letter to the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion, dated 24 July 2015, what estimate he has made of the number of ISIL fighters...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many disputes on armed forces veterans' pensions entitlements Veterans UK and its predecessor organisations has dealt with in (a) Scotland and (b)...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what pensions awards the Government has made to armed forces veterans in Inverclyde in each of the last 10 years.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the potential savings to the public purse from the reduction in the benefit cap over the course of this Parliament.

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to reintroduce indefinite personal independence payment awards for degenerative and incurable conditions without...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who no longer meet the criteria for the mobility scheme due to changes from...

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many businesses were pro-actively inspected by the Health and Safety Executive in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2015 to Question 6342, if he will place a copy of the Joint Workplace Protocol in the Library.

      Health and Safety Executive: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what changes are planned to the level of staffing in the Health and Safety Executive in the next 12 months.

      Carer's Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of claimants of carer's allowance in Scotland who stopped receiving that allowance due to earning more...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by when he plans for one million people to be in receipt of universal credit; and what steps he is taking to achieve this outcome.

      Carer's Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people in Scotland caring for someone who are not eligible for carer's allowance.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to reduce the financial penalties imposed by the European Commission on her Department relating to...

    • Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions there have been for abandoning or neglecting horses in each of the last five years.

      Weedkillers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make representations to the European Commission on overturning the ban on the herbicide Asulam.

      Food Supply: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government has carried out an assessment of the resilience of food supply chains to cities.

  • Home Office

    • Drugs: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many times Hampshire Police has confiscated legal highs from children aged under 18 in (a) Basingstoke, (b) Andover and (c) Hampshire...

    • Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research her Department (a) has commissioned and (b) has planned on the amount of crime committed while the offender is under the...

      Terrorism: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions have been made under Section 13 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in each year since 2010.

      Terrorism: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been arrested on charges related to terrorist plots and intelligence gathered which led to the military action on...

      Cycling: Footpaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which police forces in England ran campaigns in 2014 to tackle cyclists riding on footpaths other than a pavement; what the dates and...

      Off-licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers local authorities currently have to restrict the hours during which off-licences can sell alcohol; and whether the Government...

      Company Investigations: Freezing of Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Sussex Police are required to freeze the assets of a company they are investigating; on what grounds police may freeze the assets of...

      Burma: Exclusion Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Burmese Home Affairs Minister, Lt. Gen. Ko Ko, is excluded from entering the UK.

      Motor Vehicles: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will take steps to reduce the number of thefts of hi-tech vehicles.

      Off-licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, between what hours alcohol is not permitted to be sold from off-licences; and what plans to change such restrictions the Government has.

      Metropolitan Police: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Metropolitan Police first had authorisation to issue and allow officers to use a collapsible baton.

  • Wales Office

    • Business: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the effect in Wales of the Government's measures to support businesses.

    • Health Services: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Welsh Government on equality and diversity training in health and social care in Wales.

  • HM Treasury

    • Free Movement of People

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect on the number of EU migrants coming to the UK of the reforms of tax credits and the introduction...

    • Tax Collection

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many notices or demands for payment were posted to companies and individuals by HM Revenue and Customs for amounts less than £1 in each financial...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect on (a) relative and (b) absolute child poverty of the four year freeze announced in the Summer Budget 2015 on the...

      Pensions: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on the average overall value of the pensions of people in Scotland over the course of their retirement of changes...

      Treasury: UK Membership of EU

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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...

      Treasury: UK Membership of EU

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many officials in his Department are engaged in research into the effects of the UK leaving the EU.

      Treasury: UK Membership of EU

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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; and...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect on (a) relative and (b) absolute child poverty of (i) the two child limit for the child element of Tax Credit; and...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the savings that will accrue to the public purse from capping public sector pay increases at 1 per cent in each of...

      Severn River Crossing: Tolls

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department expects to be raised in VAT on Severn Bridge tolls in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017 and (d) 2018.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the effect on revenue accruing to the Exchequer of restricting the additional nil-rate inheritance band (a) to...

      Housing Stock

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect of changes to (a) tax relief to landlords and (b) regulations on buy to let mortgages on the number of homes (i)...

      Financial Services: Compensation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts and the European Commission on retaining the level of UK bank deposit guarantees at £85,000; and...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Coal Fired Power Stations: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to ensure that all UK coal fire power stations will be offline by 2027.

    • Department for Energy and Climate Change: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what policy evaluations have been carried out by external organisations for her Department and its agencies in each financial year...

      Department for Energy and Climate Change: Carbon Emissions

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

      Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will commit to phase out unabated coal from the power sector by 2023; and if she will make a statement.

      Department for Energy and Climate Change: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, which external organisations officials in her Department have met to discuss the consequences of the UK leaving the EU in each of the...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what support is being made available for those affected by fuel poverty to make energy saving home improvements following the end of...

      Trade Agreements: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the Trade in Services Agreement on the domestic oil and gas industry; and when...

      Environment Protection: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what support the Government is providing for early stage innovation in the low carbon sector.

      Nuclear Installations: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will make an assessment of the effect on (a) skills, (b) the supply chain, (c) small and medium-sized enterprises and (d) local...

      Nuclear Installations: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effect of reductions in funding to the nuclear decommissioning sector on the supply chain in that...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Furniture

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to report on the performance of each Department against the five per cent target for the purchase of remanufactured office furniture...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the extent of the adoption of IPv6; and what steps he is taking to promote such adoption.

    • Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the security of devices connected to the Internet of Things.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the extent of superfast broadband coverage in (a) England and (b) Northumberland; and if he will make a...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to introduce a universal service obligation for superfast broadband coverage; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament: Art Works

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, how many items in the Parliamentary Art Collection are on loan outside the parliamentary estate.

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with NHS England on recent guidance stating that NICE-recommended medicines will be funded from day 90 of publication.

    • NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent progress NHS England has made on developing new policies for in-year service developments and individual funding requests; and if NHS England...

      Health Services: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent progress NHS England has made in developing a scorecard to consider the relative ranking of specialised services in (a) clinical and (b) cost...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS England has had discussions with NICE on the assessment of medicines in specialised commissioning.

      Monitor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the current investigations being carried out by Monitor will continue following its move to single leadership with the Trust Development...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals offer breast reconstruction to breast cancer patients.

      Clinical Priorities Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2015 to Question 1281, when NHS England's Clinical Priorities Advisory Group will next hold a meeting on prioritisation.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Innovative Medicines and MedTech Review plans to investigate how to reduce the period between NICE approval of a medicine and its funding by...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, under what criteria NHS England choose to fund a NICE-approved medicine before the three month period following the publication of a positive NICE...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what services NHS England commissions to support women and girls who have suffered female genital mutilation.

      Department of Health: UK Membership of EU

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

      Department of Health: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, 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;...

      Tuberous Sclerosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the ease of access to Everolimus for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex sufferers.

      Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many implantations of (a) subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillators and (b) implantable cardiac defibrillators took place within the NHS in the...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria NICE has set for new dementia treatments to be recommended for provision by the NHS.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the decision by NHS England announced on 4 September 2015 to remove (a) the...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms there are for appeal against NHS England's decision announced on 4 September 2015 to remove (a) Abraxane and (b) 22 other drugs and...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on cancer clinical trials of NHS England's decision announced on 4 September 2015 to remove (a) Abraxane and...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the final results of the National Institute for Health Research's ProtecT trials for prostate cancer testing to be published; and if he...

      Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to promote research into muscular dystrophy conditions.

      Ophthalmic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding his Department provides for eye clinic liaison officers.

      Multiple Births

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) extent and (b) effectiveness of sharing of best practice of implementation of guidance on multiple...

      Suicide: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of family separation on male suicide rates.

      Hidradenitis Suppurativa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps NHS England takes to assess the health and social care needs of patients with hidradenitis suppurativa; and what assessment he has made of the...

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycleways: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to designate roads that form part of strategic cycle networks in London, such as the Cycle Superhighways, as Greater London Authority...

    • Cycling: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to help protect cyclists from collisions with heavy goods vehicles caused by the driver being unable to see the cyclist on the near side.

      Motorway Service Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage motorway service station signs to advertise on approaching road signs the brand and prices of fuel they are selling.

      Rescue Services: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the standard of training for air-sea rescue, formerly provided by the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, is...

      South Wales Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there has been any revision to the target date for the completion of the electrification of the South Wales Main Line railway link between London and...

      Toxicity of Chemicals in Food Consumer Products and the Environment Committee

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of Item 3 of the minutes of the meeting of the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food and the Environment (COT) held on 30 June, relating...

      A303

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which year they currently expect the dualling of the A303 around Stonehenge to be completed.

      Airports: Lost Property

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of lost property is recovered from (1) Heathrow airport, (2) Manchester airport, (3) Liverpool airport, (4) Gatwick airport, and (5) Glasgow...

      Airports: Lost Property

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what happens to the lost property that is not recovered at (1) Heathrow airport, (2) Manchester airport, (3) Liverpool airport, (4) Gatwick airport, and (5)...

      Motorways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the last major maintenance work was undertaken on (1) the junction of the M6 and the A38(M), known as Spaghetti Junction, and (2) the elevated section...

      Rescue Services: Belfast

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the coastguard boat based in Belfast was given an Irish Language name; and what steps they plan to take to ensure equality of cultures in any such...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

  • Department for Education

    • Careers and Enterprise Company

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to reply by Lord Nash on 10 December 2014 (HL Deb, col 1830), what progress has been made in establishing the Careers and Enterprise Company and...

    • Gcse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the criticisms of GCSEs by the High Master of St Paul’s School who was reported in the press on 18 August as saying that...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) males, and (2) females, over the age of 80 are currently serving sentences in prisons in England and Wales.

    • Electronic Tagging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to address the delays in implementing the contract for GPS electronic tagging technology.

  • Ministry of Defence

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • BBC: Royal Charters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the members of the BBC Charter renewal advisory panel will be required to declare any relevant interests; and if so, what is the process for doing so.

    • BBC: Royal Charters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what process the members of the BBC Charter renewal advisory panel were appointed.

      Archaeology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the review of local government archaeology services by John Howell MP and Lord Redesdale, which was commissioned in October 2013...

  • Home Office

    • Electronic Tagging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to extend the mandation of electronic tagging to include individuals under a Domestic Violence Protection Order.

    • Madeleine McCann

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost to date of the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, Operation Grange; what provision has been made for funding...

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for each police area in England and Wales for each year between 2012 and 2015.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the peak generating capacity of (1) Longannet, (2) Ferrybridge, (3) Ironbridge, (4) Eggborough, (5) Lynemouth and (6) Rugeley power stations; what...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Scientific Advisers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what grounds scientific advisory committees may choose not to publish their agendas and minutes; and what assessment they have made of whether such...

    • Animal Products: Import Controls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to introduce legislation to ban the import of animal trophies into the United Kingdom, particularly trophies from endangered species.

      Animal Products: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what records they keep of the import of animal trophies into the United Kingdom; and whether they plan to publish data regarding the number of such imports...

      Food

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish a 25-year plan to boost productivity and growth in the food and drink sectors; and whether this will include consideration of any...

      Dolphins: Japan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Japan to discourage the annual killing of dolphins in the town of Taiji in Japan.

  • Department of Health

    • Nurses: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many NHS nurses they estimate will be affected by the new pay threshold for migrants; and whether they anticipate there will be a shortfall in NHS...

    • Nurses: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are targets for the recruitment of British nurses; if so, what they are; and how much it is estimated that this recruitment process will cost.

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children aged under 18 were detained in police custody during the past 12 months, after being sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983; and what...

      Mental Illness: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the mental health problems being experienced by children in the United Kingdom; and what action they plan to take, if any,...

      Mental Illness: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Oxford University study Psychiatric disorders and violent reoffending: a national cohort study of convicted prisoners...

      Surgery: Waiting Lists

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, and by how many, the number of people waiting longer than 18 weeks for treatment for surgery has risen since May 2010.

      Health Services: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have, if any, to provide injured service men and women with full access to NHS facilities and treatments; and whether any such provision...

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