Written answers

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to make homes carbon neutral.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Syria: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on tackling Islamic State militants in Syria.

    • Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the migration of refugees from Syria.

      Mediterranean Sea: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to address the root causes of the migrant situation in the Mediterranean.

      Colombia: Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the situation along the Colombia-Venezuela border.

      Saudi Arabia: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the main conclusions were of his Department's recent discussions with the Saudi Arabian government on the persecution of...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2015 to Question 2124, how many beneficiaries under each round of the Regional Growth Fund...

    • Small Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to support small businesses in (a) Suffolk, (b) the East of England and (c) England and Wales.

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many responses have been received to the consultation on the devolution of Sunday trading laws from (a) small businesses,...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when the Government plans to publish a family impact assessment relating to the proposal to devolve and deregulate Sunday...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on the number of post boxes from which collections are made (a) only before 10am and (b)...

  • Department for International Development

    • Malawi: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on water, sanitation and hygiene services in (a) rural and (b) urban areas in Malawi in each of the...

    • Liberia: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on water, sanitation and hygiene services in (a) rural and (b) urban areas in Liberia in each of the...

      Central African Republic: Health and Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of UK aid funding for health and nutrition programmes in the Central...

      Caribbean: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is providing to people affected by Tropical Storm Erika.

      Mozambique: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on water, sanitation and hygiene services in (a) rural and (b) urban areas in Mozambique in each of...

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many hours her Department spent on processing freedom of information requests in each of the last 24 months.

    • Vocational Guidance: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps are being taken to ensure the impartiality of the online careers advice service recommended in the Department's statutory guidance to schools.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timescales and processes are for the handover of Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre from G4S Care and Justice Services to MTCnovo

  • Ministry of Defence

    • World War II: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2015 to Question 219983, whether arrangements for the award of the Arctic Star medal indicate that the presumption...

    • Ministry of Defence: Freedom of Information

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

      Armed Forces: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of recent proposals by his German counterpart on increased integration and co-operation of EU member states' armed forces.

      Afghanistan: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghan interpreters who have worked with the armed forces have had their application for relocation to the UK rejected in the last year.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to protect Gibraltar against further armed incursions into Gibraltarian waters by Spanish authorities.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether representations are being made to the United States Department of Defense to ensure that the certification and testing process for the F-35B...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pensions Ombudsman: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what procedures are in place for challenges to Pension Ombudsman decisions based on false information having been provided to the Ombudsman.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hours her Department spent on processing freedom of information requests in each of the last 24 months.

    • Plastic Bags: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she plans for a vari-gauge bag, where the variation in gauge ranges from 35 to 45 microns and totals 80 microns, to...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures her Department has in place to control avian influenza outbreaks.

      Japanese Knotweed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to minimise the spread of knotweed.

  • Home Office

    • Nurses: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of nurses from outside the European Economic area who will lose their Tier 2 visas...

  • HM Treasury

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2015 to Question 8088, if he will make it his policy to conduct an assessment of the potential effect of proposed...

    • Income Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will potentially lose their personal tax allowance as a result of the provisions set out in clause 24...

      Income Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of lower rate income tax payers who will potentially be moved into the higher rate as a result of the provisions set...

      Foreign Relations: Iran

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the effect on the UK economy of improved relations with Iran.

      Economic situation: China

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of China's economic slowdown on the UK economy.

      Theatre: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish guidance notes on theatre tax relief.

      Social Services: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 3 November 2014 to Question 211605, if he will instruct HM Revenue and Customs to keep data in a format that will enable...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to extend inheritance tax relief to (a) a mother and father and (b) a sibling or siblings living together in the family home.

      Farms: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what changes have been made relating to section 385 of the Valuation Office Agency's Rating Manual on the rating of farm and agricultural land used for...

      Bank Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what input the Payment Systems Regulator has in the Government's decision on which card schemes are to be designated for regulation.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Solar Power: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many people work in the solar industry in (a) London and (b) the UK; and what steps she is taking to support employment in that...

    • Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effect on investor confidence of the decision to consult on ending grandfathering under the...

      Renewable Energy: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many tonnes of carbon dioxide were displaced by renewable (a) electricity and (b) heat generation in (i) the UK, (ii) England,...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans the Government has to reduce the Feed-in-Tariff; and if she will make a statement.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to reduce carbon emissions by 50 per cent by 2025.

      Nuclear Installations: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will make an assessment of the marginal annual cost to the public purse of delaying the UK's nuclear decommissioning programme.

      Solar Power: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many domestic solar PV installations were made in the UK in each of the last five years for which records are available.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if her Department will take steps to ensure that households which use prepayment meters do not pay higher charges than households...

      Solar Power: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the (a) export opportunities and (b) international growth potential of UK solar technology...

      Cycling: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on promoting cycling as a method for reducing carbon...

      Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency paper on plutonium disposition will be published; and if she will make a statement.

      Electricity Generation: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the potential benefits of using (a) total system costs and (b) levelised electricity costs...

  • Cabinet Office

  • Department of Health

    • Department of Health: Freedom of Information

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

    • NHS: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of employing agency staff to cover staff shortages within the NHS in the last three years for...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • New Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage more accelerators and incubators outside London to support all entrepreneurs across the country.

    • Sunday Trading

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the statement from the Association of Convenience Stores that longer trading hours on Sundays would harm small retailers.

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for preventing the stagnation of Syrian refugees in external camps; and what assessment they have made of the case for involving Syrian...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Rights of Accused

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the compatibility of the current United Kingdom law with the European Union Directives on the right to information in...

    • Courts: Interpreters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their response to the Independent Review of Quality Arrangements under the MoJ Language ServicesFramework Agreement, published by Optimity Matrix...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Expert Committee on Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Expert Committee on Pesticides has not published the minutes of its meeting of 20 May; and what assessment they have made of whether, by not...

    • Birds: Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reverse the decline in wild bird populations in the United Kingdom and the Overseas Territories.

      Penguins: British Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the population trends of penguins in the Overseas Territories.

      Water: Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current state of the monitoring in the United Kingdom of the industrial chemicals present in groundwater and river water, in particular...

      Animal Feed: Residues

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report published in March by the WHO Cancer Panel on the carcinogenicity of glyphosate, what steps they are taking to encourage the home...

  • Home Office

    • Private Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the pilot scheme in the West Midlands under which landlords were required to conduct checks to establish the right of...

    • Children in Care: Kent

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the increase in the number of asylum-seeking children in the care of Kent County Council, (1) what steps they plan to take to help address...

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) whether the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme will be expanded and (2) why so few vulnerable Syrians have been relocated to date.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to identify medical practitioners and other qualified health professionals amongst Syrian refugees and make arrangements for them to enter...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance and restrictions they have given to the UNHCR about the selection of Syrian refugees for resettlement in the United Kingdom.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of how many Syrian refugees will arrive in the United Kingdom for resettlement in the next 12 months.

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to detect people from Iraq, Pakistan, Palestine and Albania using stolen Syrian passports to enter the United Kingdom.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to reverse the cut imposed with effect from August on asylum support, in the light of the fact that this has been frozen since 2011; and...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what grounds their consultation on reforming support for failed asylum seekers proposes to remove all support from some 15,000 asylum applicants who are...

      Overseas Students: Immigration Controls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to exclude overseas students in institutions of further education from their net migration target.

      Immigration Controls: Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for International Development, Desmond Swayne, on 11 September (HC8462), which states that the...

      Immigration Rules

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 14 July (HL1075), whether a non-EU citizen in possession of (1) a temporary, and (2) a permanent, residence...

      Refugees: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have responded, or plan to respond, to the British Red Cross report Not so Straightforward: the need for qualified legal aid support in refugee...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to change their net migration target to exclude international students; and what assessment they have made of whether the current...

  • HM Treasury

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff are employed by HM Revenue and Customs to enforce the national minimum wage; how many cases have been brought since 7 May 2014 in respect of...

    • Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether decisions on the next Comprehensive Spending Review will be taken before the outcome of the next Strategic Defence and Security Review.

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Neill of Gatley on 30 July (HL1654), whether HM Revenue and Customs has target times by which members of the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Peers: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the convention that peers who are ministerial special advisers do not speak on the floor of the House was first established.

  • Department of Health

    • Warfarin

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patients on long-term Warfarin prescriptions now have access to self-monitoring technology; and whether Clinical Commissioning Groups support moves...

    • Breast Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of lives that might be saved per annum from licensing bisphosphonates for the treatment of early post-menopausal...

      Breast Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost to the National Health Service of bisphosphonates and whether they will take steps to encourage the National Institute for Health and Care...

      NHS: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will introduce National Health Service numbers that differentiate between those who are entitled to the full facilities of the National Health...

      National Insurance and NHS Numbers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) National Health Service numbers, and (2) National Insurance numbers, are currently live; and whether the General Register Office reports deaths...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what rebate payments have been paid by the pharmaceutical industry in each quarter since the commencement of the current Pharmaceutical Price Regulation...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the Department of Health is doing to prioritise the availability of treatments for rare blood cancers, such as multiple myeloma.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will be represented at the WHO dialogue on non-communicable diseases and development co-operation taking place in Geneva on 30 November.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to review the quality of eye tests carried out by optometrists and dispensing opticians.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 16 September (HL2100), whether they plan to remove the National Health Service ban on treating...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Health Service Litigation Authority's Sign Up to Safety maternity-related projects include measures to improve the care of multiple...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NHS England’s Maternity Safety Thermometer will be updated to include a function to allow units to compare their data by (1) singleton, and (2)...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Care Quality Commission’s final report outlining the findings of their national maternity survey will include a specific summary setting...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of multiple pregnancies result in one or more babies with (1) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, (2) Attention Deficit Disorder, (3)...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what account they are taking of the submission by the Nuffield Trust on National Health Service funding in the 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the most recent annual figure for the turnover of chief executives of National Health Service organisations.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average length of tenure of chief executives in the National Health Service.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many National Health Service organisations currently have vacancies for chief executive posts.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why people who have reached the age of 75 are not automatically invited for a bowel screening to identify symptoms of bowel cancer.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether not automatically inviting those aged 75 or over for a bowel screening test complies with their duties under the...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans are in place to reduce the current average wait for children before a diagnosis of autism.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve awareness of cerebral palsy amongst (1) medical generalists, and (2) those working in schools.

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