Written answers

Monday, 12 October 2015

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Electronic Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what guidance on cybersecurity and verification of identity in electronic elections...

  • Prime Minister

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to the letter of 7 September 2015 from the UK Permanent Representative to the UN to the President of the UN Security Council, on the military action...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people received an assessment for both employment and support allowance and personal independence payment in (a) 2014 and (b) the...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects all NHS charges claim forms to include a box applicable for universal credit.

      Work Capability Assessment: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what requirement there is on an assessor to report that a claimant reports suicidal thoughts or intentions during a work capability assessment.

      Access to Work Programme: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information and support he provides to disabled young people claiming Access to Work for the first time.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the average proportion of income spent by parents on childcare in (a) the UK and (b) London in each of the last...

      Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to help UK nationals access pensions which have been earned abroad.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be affected by the introduction of the individual award limit to the Access to Work...

      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, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2015 to Question 748 and pursuant to the...

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many vehicles were purchased through the Motability scheme for each full calendar month in tax years 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16; what...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what reasonable adjustments will be made to support any disabled young person required to attend boot camp to prepare for employment under the...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Maladministration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many letters of apology for an administrative error have been sent by his Department in each of the last five years.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish statistics for (a) first- and (b) second-time refusals and successful tribunal appeals for (i) employment and support...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 September 2015 to Question 10000, whether the milestone set in autumn 2014 of reaching 100,000 universal credit...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department provides to disabled young people who are required to take traineeships or unpaid work experience under the Earn...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if a disabled young person will be able to make a claim under the Access to Work scheme if required to undergo a traineeship or unpaid work...

  • Home Office

    • Naturalisation: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has received from naturalisation fees in each of the last four years.

    • Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to ensure that the ongoing police funding formula consultation contains an adequate equality impact assessment.

      Asylum: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will estimate the number of asylum seeker applicants in the UK who were living in poverty in each of the last five years.

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of asylum seeker applications made by Syrian nationals in each of the last five years received a decision in (a) three, (b)...

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seeker applications were received from Syrian nationals in each of the last five years; and how many such applicants were...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will estimate the effect on demand on policing services of budgetary reductions in other government departments.

      Police Community Support Officers: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the (a) financial implications for her Department and (b) potential risks to Police Community...

      Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to make the register of deaths of UK residents available online.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consideration she has given to the use of family reunions to facilitate resettlement within the Government's Syrian refugee programme.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many transit visas her Department has issued to Syrian refugees since May 2015.

      Heathrow Airport: Travel Requirements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people arrived at Heathrow Airport without travel documents in the last year for which figures are available.

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether refugees offered a home in Britain will be vetted before entry.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will provide the information on the police formula requested by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for the West...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 8 September 2015 to Question 47 by the Minister of Immigration to the Home Affairs Committee, how many...

      Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Temporary Class Drug) (No. 2) Order 2015

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the contribution of the Minister for Policing, Crime and Criminal Justice in the Second Delegated Legislation Committee on...

      Visas: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many entry visas for business purposes were granted to nationals of (a) China, (b) India, (c) Brazil, (d) Indonesia, (e) Malaysia, (f)...

      Christianity: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's assessment of the risk of prosecution to Christians in Pakistan in its publication, Country Information...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the contribution of 26 March 2015 by the then Parliamentary under Secretary of State, on Immigration: Detention, Official...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been deported from each of the UK's refugee detention centres in each of the last five years.

      Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refused asylum seekers have been forcibly removed from the country over the last five years.

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the contribution of refugees to the UK economy.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of funding within police budgets to deal with non-crime demands, such as cases...

      Asylum: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of why those asylum seekers detained at the Dungavel facility had their applications refused in the...

      Deportation: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the Government has spent on deportations in each of the last five years.

      Females: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to eradicate violence against women and girls.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle abuse of the immigration system.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will extend the scope of the refugee family reunion rules in response to the current crisis.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what role she has in authorising interception of hon. Members' communications.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will review the Government's target of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the effect of domestic violence on children.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the progress of police inquiries into historic child abuse cases.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps she is taking to support women in Northern Ireland who cannot travel to Great Britain to have an abortion due to lack of money, lack...

  • Department of Health

    • Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress he has made in reforming the Data Access Advisory Group; and what plans there are to update the Caldicott principles.

    • Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contact his Department had with Action on Smoking and Health on the Tobacco Control Strategy 2011 before publication of that strategy.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what projections his Department has made for the number of people who will have diabetes by 2050.

      Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the NHS budget was spent on people with long-term health conditions in each financial year from 2000-01 to 2014-15; and if he will...

      Family Nurse Partnership Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many families have been assisted by the Family Nurse Partnership in each NHS trust area in each of the last five years.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the NHS was of treating patients with diabetic retinopathy in (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received from charities and patients' groups on the future of the Cancer Drugs Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of unsuccessful applications made to the Cancer Drugs Fund since 2011; and if he will make a statement.

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is for the handling and release of patient data over the next five years; and what principles have informed that policy.

      World Health Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to offer support to the World Health Organisation to ensure that it is transparent, accountable and better able to...

      Urinary System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many catheter associated urinary tract infection related deaths there were in the last three years.

      Urinary System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were admitted to hospital as an emergency case with acute retention of urine due to a blocked Foley catheter in the last three years.

      Incontinence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with NHS England regarding the (a) commissioning of continence services and (b) guidelines for continence services.

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from groups representing junior doctors on a new junior doctors' contract.

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the new junior doctors' contract to be published; and if he will make a statement.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when Public Health England and NHS England's improvement framework for hepatitis C will be published.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on integrating universal credit with eligibility criteria for services...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase public understanding of diabetes and its symptoms.

      Diabetes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes in children under five.

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the availability of drugs not yet approved by NICE.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the UK's annual trade balance was with the rest of the EU in each of the last three years.

    • Arms Trade: Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many arms export licences of what value and type have been issued for exports to (a) Saudi Arabia and (b) Yemen in each of...

      Trade Union Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, for what reason nuclear decommissioning has been explicitly included within the provisions of clause 3 of the Trade Union Bill.

      Students: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, for what reasons maintenance grants are not available to people who are over 60 years old; and if he will make a statement.

      Arms Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) value of arms export licences issued for Israel in the last year.

      Land: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he expects the Land Registry to publish data on which foreign countries own which land property titles in England and Wales.

      Foreign Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government has taken to make property ownership by foreign companies more transparent.

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to reform company law to require the disclosure of beneficial controlling interests of...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the updated timescale is for certification of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.

    • Ministry of Defence: Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on retuning systems it operates as a result of the release of 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz spectrum bands.

      Ministry of Defence: Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department paid in spectrum charges in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

      Ministry of Defence: Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of spectrum charges payable by his Department for each financial year from 2015-16 to 2019-20.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much (a) direct resource and (b) capital departmental expenditure limit funding his Department received from the Department for Health in relation...

      Ministry of Defence: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on redundancy schemes in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

      Advanced Short-range Air-to-air Missile: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is to the public purse of the contract to purchase the ASRAAM missiles from MBDA (UK) Ltd; and how many such missiles will be purchased as...

      Advanced Short-range Air-to-air Missile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department began testing the ASRAAM missiles on the F-35B Joint Striker Fighter; and when he expects that missile will be fully integrated into...

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proposals his Department has for further defence integration between the armed forces of EU member states; and whether defence integration will be...

      Ministry of Defence: Government Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on liabilities arising from contract renegotiations in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

      Iraq: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many requests from local or coalition forces for RAF strike missions against targets in Iraq he has rejected because they were deemed to have been...

      Iraq: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the legal basis is for RAF aircraft entering and transiting Syrian airspace when flying from Akrotiri to bombing missions in Iraq.

      Army: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department is making of the location to be chosen for the manufacture of the Army's multi-terrain pattern uniforms.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on the future of the homelessness prevention grant.

    • Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the effect is of the change to planning policy guidance on the provision of permanent pitches for Gypsy and Traveller...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps a local authority must take to revise a housing target provisionally set out in its local plan.

      Parking Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assistance is available, from which bodies, to registered keepers of a vehicle who wish to dispute a parking penalty...

      Parking Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will amend schedule 4 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 so that it does not place a burden of proof on a registered...

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many enterprise zone bid applications have been received in each region.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of new houses was built on brownfield land between May 2010 and May 2015.

      Urban Areas: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding his Department provides to support high streets in seaside and coastal towns and villages; and if he will make a...

  • HM Treasury

    • Departmental Coordination: Tobacco

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the March 2015 Budget, what progress the Government has made on establishing a cross-government ministerial group to oversee future...

    • Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 30 October 2012, Official Report, column 210W, on tobacco: smuggling, how many people were convicted in relation to seizures...

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much (a) the UK Border Force and (b) HM Revenue and Customs spent on delivering the Government's tobacco smuggling strategy in each of the last five years.

      Public Sector: Technology

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received on the use of technology to (a) improve public services and (b) make savings to the public purse.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what definition of gross national income he uses to calculate spending towards the Government's targets of (a) 0.7 per cent spending on overseas development...

      Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to bring forward legislation to regulate (a) digital currencies, (b) crowdfunding and (c) peer-to-peer lending.

      Financial Services: Islam

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress his Department has made on the introduction of an Islamic bond.

      Financial Services: ICT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to attract international FinTech companies to the UK.

      Bank Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what data was used to assess the effect on merchants of exempting three party card schemes from interchange fee regulation as part of the EU Multilateral...

      Oil Fired Power Stations: Enterprise Investment Scheme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many diesel power stations receiving capacity market payments have been fully or part-funded through the Enterprise Investment Scheme.

      Exchange Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Governor of the Bank of England on the exchange rate of sterling.

      Remittances: Somalia

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure remittances flow through secure and accessible channels to Somalia.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what impact assessment his Department has made of the effect on working families of (a) reduction in income thresholds and (b) increases in the tax credits...

      Money Laundering

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of shell companies being used to invest corrupt money in the UK in each of the last 10 years; and what steps he...

      Freezing of Assets: Syria

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assets of (a) President Assad and (b) the Syrian government have been frozen in the UK; and what the value is of those assets.

      Opencast Mining: Tax Yields

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has accrued to the public purse in tax receipts from the extraction of coal from open cast mines over the period 1995 to 2015.

      Public Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of where the compensating permanent deficit or deficits will appear in the national income accounts as a result of his...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of allegations of unusual volumes of short selling of RBS shares in the period immediately before the August 2015 share offering...

      Carbon Emissions: Coal

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what carbon price support exemption schemes are in operation in the UK coal industry.

      Living Wage: Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of how many people will lose their working tax credits as a result of being paid the national living wage.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Single People: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to prevent discrimination against single people.

    • Females: Employment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will take steps to increase Government funding for specialist information and advice services for women at work.

      Pregnant Women: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what support the Government provides to pregnant women and new mothers to ensure that they are aware of their rights at work.

      Pregnant Women: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what research her Department has, or is otherwise aware of, which suggests that pregnant women are discouraged by their employers from attending...

  • Department for Transport

    • Renewable Energy: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Renewable Energy Directive target of 10 per cent renewable fuel in transport will be reached; and if he will make a statement.

    • Invalid Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made with the insurance industry on (a) identifying products that might be offered to drivers of mobility scooters and (b) how...

      Taxis: Guide Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Access All Areas Report 2015, published by Guide Dogs, what steps he is taking to address taxi refusals for assistance dog owners.

      Taxis: Guide Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to ensure that taxi drivers are aware of their legal obligation to take guide and other assistance dogs.

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what infrastructure upgrades, other than the Reading rebuilding project, are being undertaken or planned to gain journey time benefit for the South...

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to amend the Blue Badge scheme to allow badges to be awarded to those with severe cognitive disabilities.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the conflict in Yemen; and if he will make a statement.

    • Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from his Saudi counterparts on the conflict in Yemen; and if he will make a statement.

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will make representations to the EU on ensuring that local authorities are not unduly influenced to publish...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many meetings he has had with (a) Israeli and (b) Palestinian officials in the last year; and if he will make a statement.

      Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans for the next Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council to take place.

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is giving to strengthen democracy and parliamentary oversight in Sri Lanka.

      Somalia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the security situation in Somalia of al Shabaab's seizure of Buqda.

      Somalia: Al Shabaab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports his Department has received of al Shabaab's activities in the lower Shabelle region of Somalia.

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what material support and assistance her Department is providing to refugees fleeing conflict in Yemen; and if she will make a statement.

    • Horn of Africa: Famine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what material support and assistance her Department is providing to support countries in the Horn of Africa suffering from famine; and...

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is giving to strengthen democracy and parliamentary oversight in Sri Lanka.

      Remittances

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that remittances are delivered to their intended recipients.

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to (a) improve the lives of women and girls around the world and (b) eradicate gender inequality.

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that health facilities in countries affected by ebola are strengthened to ensure that...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help developing countries to meet UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 on good health and...

      New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what reports and representations she has received on the effects of the work of New Alliance on local farmers in areas where it...

      Females: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if her Department will take steps to ensure that a target to end violence towards women forms part of the proposed UN Sustainable...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to monitor the use by Magic Breakfast of monies received from the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived; and...

    • Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will introduce changes to national schools admissions to ensure that multiple birth children are able to attend the same school.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what statutory duties local authorities have towards young people who have been abused while in foster care.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of (a) all pupils, (b) white British boys receiving free school meals and (c) children in care achieved no A* to C grades...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children designated as in need achieved (a) five A* to C grades at GCSE including English and mathematics and (b) no...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of white British pupils eligible for free school meals achieved five A* to C grades at GCSE, including English and...

      Children in Care: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in care were recorded as having gone missing (a) once, (b) twice, (c) three times, (d) four times, (e) five times, (f) six times,...

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans the Government has to review the school funding formula to ensure fair funding for schools in rural areas.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of (a) two years old and (b) three to four years old have been signed up to free early education in (i) the UK, (ii) London and (iii)...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support the Government provides to local authorities to increase the uptake of free early education.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 September 2015 to the hon. Member for East Ham to Question 9951, if she will make it her policy to include attainment at...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils who attended schools assessed as outstanding at their most recent inspection (a) achieved and (b) did not achieve five A* to C grades...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils who were (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals in each ranked category of school at its most recent inspection (i)...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of DAB radio reception in Scotland; and what steps his Department has taken to...

    • Broadband: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 September 2015 to Question 9926, what steps he is taking specifically to support fibre to the premises.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on vulnerable consumers of the switching regime in the mobile sector.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations his Department has received from Ofcom on that body's powers to mandate a gaining provider-led switching regime in...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to ensure that the amount of original radio and television content on the BBC does not decrease following the...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to ensure that effective regulation is in place to hold fibreoptic cable network companies to account for not...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the regulation of broadband providers in order to ensure that customers...

      Museums and Galleries: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that national galleries and museums remain free at the point of use.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Tigers: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the risk assessment used by the Animal and Plant Health Agency in deciding not to issue a rabies waiver...

    • Dogs: Eastern Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the prevalence of rabies in puppies imported from Eastern Europe using false documents; and...

      Animals: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many waivers were issued by the Animal and Plant Health Agency for animals being transferred to non-Balai approved...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many confirmed cases of bovine tuberculosis there were in each of the last five years.

      Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to prevent illegal trade in ivory products.

      Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to bring forward further amendments to the Hunting Act 2004.

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason the Government withdrew the draft Hunting Act 2004 (Exempt Hunting) (Amendment) Order 2015.

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department had with the Scottish Government on the Protection of Wild Mammals Act (Scotland) 2002 prior...

      Marine Conservation Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to announce her decision on the designation of the 23 marine conservation zones proposed in tranche 2.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the likely annual saving on average household energy bills from the proposed early closure of the solar...

    • Solar Power: Countryside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what her policy is on siting solar farms in open countryside.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of proposed changes to the feed-in tariff on community renewable energy projects.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of proposed changes to the feed-in tariff on business growth in the renewable...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of potential changes in the level of employment in the UK's renewable energy sector as a result of the...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department plans to take to support the UK's renewable energy sector after implementation of the proposed changes in...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the effect will be on the average household energy bill of the proposed changes to the feed-in tariff.

      Power Failures: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to ensure that there are no electricity blackouts during winter 2015-16.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of an increase in the number of SMETS1 meters installed on consumers' ability to...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effect on the total cost of the smart meter programme of delays in the introduction of the Data...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, under what circumstances her Department would amend the requirement for energy suppliers to endeavour to install smart meters in 100...

      Department for Energy and Climate Change: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many people are employed by her Department; and what the staffing costs of her Department are.

      Sellafield: Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the quantity of nuclear material in Scotland that will be transported to Sellafield during this Parliament.

      Sellafield: Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans there are to relocate further nuclear material from Dounreay to Sellafield.

      Sellafield: Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of nuclear material currently stored at Sellafield came from installations in Scotland.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether it is her policy to allow alternatives to in-home displays to be used in the smart meter rollout.

      Civil Nuclear Constabulary: Dounreay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many police officers, at each rank, of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary are deployed at Dounreay nuclear power station; and whether...

      Sellafield: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the Sellafield site security costs were in each of the last five years; and what those costs are projected to be in each of the...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the total renewable installed capacity was on 30 June 2015.

      Smart Data Communications Company: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she has taken to remove barriers to small energy providers using the services of the Data Communications Company.

      Smart Data Communications Company: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the fixed charge system outlined in the Smart Energy Code on the ability of...

      Hydroelectric Power: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2015 to Question 4551, if she will request that Ofgem consider whether, given that SSE's cost of...

      Fossil Fuels: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if the Government will make it its policy to eliminate all indirect and direct fossil fuel subsidies within the present Parliament.

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if the Government will allocate infrastructure funding to support grid upgrades and enable a low-carbon future.

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will bring forward proposals to change Ofgem regulations to allow distribution network operator companies to upgrade grid...

      Tidal Power: Swansea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when the negotiations for a Contract for Difference for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project will be concluded.

      Environment Protection: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if her Department will consult openly on what scheme will succeed ECO and the Green Deal, and in that consultation address the issues...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if the Government will make it its policy to set energy efficiency targets higher than those set out in the 2015 Conservative election...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to ensure that domestic energy suppliers are passing on reductions in the wholesale prices of electricity and...

      Offshore Industry: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to ensure that core UKCS Oil and Gas infrastructure is identified, supported and rendered fit-for-purpose for...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the average domestic energy bill in (a) Redcar constituency, (b) the North East and (c) the UK in (i)...

      Opencast Mining: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what (a) representations and (b) advice she has received on health and safety at unrestored open-cast coal mines in the UK.

  • Attorney General

    • Reyaad Khan

      To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the Prime Minister's oral statement of 7 September 2015, Official Report, column 30, on counter-terrorism, whether he held discussions or received...

    • Social Networking

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps his Department is taking to improve public understanding of the legal framework applicable to social media.

  • Wales Office

    • Devolution: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will publish all representations received by the Government from the Welsh Government in relation to the forthcoming Wales Bill.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans to answer Question 8165 tabled by the hon. Member for Hammersmith on 21 July 2015.

    • Courts: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if the Minister for Courts and Legal Aid will visit Sunderland Court with the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South and Sunderland Central.

      Offenders: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convicted foreign national offenders are serving their sentence (a) in and (b) outside prison.

      Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what procedures are in place in his Department to consider the implications of a decision by the Court of Appeal that a sentence has been unduly...

      Taxis: Guide Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the fine levels for offences related to section 168 of the Equality Act 2010.

      National Offender Management Service: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) total and (b) average monthly cost has been of the nationally co-ordinated detached duty scheme for prison officers since that scheme's...

      Taxis: Guide Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to powers under section 87 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, if he will raise the fines for refusal to...

      Care Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the reasons were for each application made by local authorities in England and Wales for care orders in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e)...

      Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations he has received on the continuance of the criminal courts; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministry of Justice: Synnex-Concentrix UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to publish the Synnex-Concentrix business case.

      Prisons: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether any prisoners in HM Prisons have been deprived of (a) water and (b) electricity by prison officials as a disciplinary measure in the last five years.

  • Scotland Office

    • Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many meetings he has had with HM Treasury to discuss the potential effects in Scotland of a carbon price support exemption scheme in the last year.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Working Hours

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2015 to Question 9407, what estimate the Commission has...

    • House of Commons: Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, how many people employed by the House of Commons (a) directly and (b) indirectly are not...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Small Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many meetings (1) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, (2) ministers within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills,...

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