Written answers

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Great Western Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what Schedule 4 compensation payments have been made by Network Rail to train operators on the Great Western Mainline as a result of electrification...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the role, work and effectiveness of the commissioners appointed to engage with and oversee the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political and security situation in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of collaboration between his Department and UK defence companies in developing an independent...

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in what circumstances the armed forces would be deployed in the UK.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many work capability assessments in connection with claims for employment and support allowance have been carried out in (a) Inverclyde,...

    • Universal Credit: Inverclyde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when universal credit will be rolled out in Inverclyde constituency.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department takes to ensure that absentee fathers are financially responsible for their dependent children.

  • Home Office

    • Illegal Immigrants: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the cost of additional (a) security staff and (b) sniffer dogs deployed at Calais since 1 June 2015.

    • Illegal Immigrants: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal migrants have been forcibly deported in the last three years for which figures are available.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of refugees that the UK will accept from Syria in the next 12 months.

      Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average daily cost is of detaining a person at Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of alleged female genital mutilation were investigated by each police force in England on 22 July 2015.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter to her on the Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme dated 28 July 2015 from the hon. Member for...

      UK Border Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of officials that will be employed by the UK Border Agency in each of the next five years.

      Home Office: Carbon Emissions

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

      UK Border Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officials are employed by the UK Border Agency; and if she will make a statement.

      Illegal Immigrants: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with her counterpart in the French government on the provision of security at the Port of Calais.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish the expanded criteria for the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme.

      Refugees: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received from Heads of Government in other EU countries on the proposed European Resettlement Scheme for refugees.

      Educational Institutions: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17 July 2015 to Question 6880, what the circumstances and reasons were for the suspension of the licence of...

      Home Office: UK Membership of EU

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

      Home Office: UK Membership of EU

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

      Home Office: UK Membership of EU

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

      Immigration: Commonwealth Games 2014

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2015 to Question 5239, from what countries of origin people were (a) who applied for or (b) were granted...

      Illegal Immigrants: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce the level of illegal immigration from Calais into the UK.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of asylum applications the Government expects to grant, not including the Syrian...

      Asylum: Tameside

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) refugees and (b) asylum seekers have been moved to the Tameside local authority area in each of the last three years.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in each nation and region of the UK receive support under her Department's asylum support regulations in each...

      EU Countries: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with her European counterparts on the possibility of closing country borders within the EU to refugees.

      Nurses: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of recent changes to immigration rules on nurse staffing levels in the independent and private...

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are used by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to establish whether a licence holder is high risk.

      Undocumented Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21 July 2015 to Question 6173, what the categories of statutory excuses established by employers are which result...

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes are planned to the level of staffing in the Gangmasters Licensing Authority in the next 12 months.

      Convention concerning Forced or Compulsory Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2015 to Question 6159, if she will establish a timeframe for ratification of the Protocol to the 2014...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Written Statement of 2 July 2015 HCWS83, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of safeguards within the...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of people with a mental health disorder who were detained in immigration detention in the 12 months...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of suspected forced marriage have been reported by the forced marriage unit to the police for investigation and possible...

      English Language: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons her Department decided to remove the Scottish Qualifications Authority's English for speakers of other languages...

      Ministerial Committee for Syrian Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the minutes of the first meeting of the Ministerial Committee for Syrian refugees held on 11 September 2015; and how...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the proportion of the 20,000 Syrian refugees that will be admitted to the UK that will be settled in the local...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Wigan of 13 July 2015 and 2 September 2015 on Serco and asylum seekers in...

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugees have been accommodated in each local authority in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland under the Gateway scheme in each...

      Gurpal Virdi

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on when former Metropolitan Police officer Gurpal Virdi was authorised to drive a police vehicle.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding to support unaccompanied asylum seeking children was provided to each local authority and gateway authority in the last...

      Drugs: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to control the sale of legal highs on the internet.

  • HM Treasury

    • Personal Income

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the maximum number of people whose income will fall as a result of changes to taxes and benefits introduced by the Summer...

    • Farms: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with the Valuation Office on the Government's policy on the rating of farm and agricultural land used by festivals.

      Bank Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria and calculations the Government intends to use to determine which particular card schemes will be subject to interchange fee regulation as...

      Personal Savings: Pensioners

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial advice his Department provides to pensioners on investment of savings.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families in each constituency will be affected by the Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Solar Power: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department is taking to protect and promote the British solar power industry.

    • Solar Power: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of announcements on solar policy since May 2015 on (a) current and (b) future...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department is taking to support the installation of solar energy panels; and if she will make a statement.

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, for what reasons the feed-in tariff review consultation did not consider the effect of changes to that tariff on levels of employment...

      Offshore Industry: Aberdeen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what engagements (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department attended at the Offshore Europe 2015 exhibition in Aberdeen in September 2015.

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of proposed changes to the feed-in-tariff on employment in the solar industry.

      Wind Power: Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to her Department's Impact Assessment of 8 September 2015 on Onshore Wind: closure of renewables obligation on 31 March...

      Biofuels: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what her Department's policy is on altering the Contract for Defence auction process to combined the established, non-established and...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the proportion of energy used in the UK that was from renewable sources in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Transport

    • London-Exeter Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the economic, environmental and social effects of converting the railway between Exeter and Salisbury to double-track throughout...

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to requiring mileage to be declared at the same time as road tax is being renewed.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the number of applications to employment tribunals of the increase in the qualifying period of employment...

    • Packaging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish the final report on the review of the enforcement of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 in respect of...

      Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimates they have made of the proportion of international students from outside the European Union who have graduated from United Kingdom universities...

      Israel: Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the partial embargo imposed in 2014 on military supplies and equipment for Israel has been lifted; what was the reason for this decision; and...

      Small Businesses: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to support small businesses through changes to competition law.

      Construction: Equal Opportunities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage diversity in the construction and property sectors.

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking regarding the increase in reported cases of typhoid amongst Palestinian refugees in Syria.

    • Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Commission’s statement on 11 September affirming that female war rape victims must have access to the full range of sexual and...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Development Assistance Committee codes they will use to report on United Kingdom official development assistance allocated to local councils to support...

      Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that targeted aid reaches civilians in communities and towns under siege in Syria.

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the merits of developing a Marshall Plan to assist Syria’s neighbours in meeting the humanitarian needs of civilians...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assist countries that receive United Kingdom development support in addressing non-communicable diseases.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure humanitarian access to civilian communities in Iraq in need of aid who are caught up in the fighting.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of Palestinians amongst refugees fleeing Syria.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend fully to honour Article 4 of the 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World’s Heritage in respect of any future A303...

  • HM Treasury

    • Public Sector Debt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each year from 2003–4 to 2014–15 inclusive, (1) what was the national debt, expressed in (a) monetary terms, and (b) as a percentage of...

    • Inheritance Tax: Siblings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 9 September (HL Deb, cols 1427–9), whether they will publish full details of how the family...

      Taxation: Soft Drinks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take in response to the recently introduced taxes on sugary drinks by the governments of Mexico, France, Finland and Hungary.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of the Irish Republic stating that it cannot take part in, or attend, Strand 1 talks with the parties...

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the amount of each year’s budget for the Northern Ireland Parades Commission since its establishment.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed, or plan to discuss, with the Northern Ireland Parades Commission the case for making public, along with each decision it makes,...

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