Written answers

Thursday, 15 October 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Bypasses: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress there has been on the A57/A628 bypass proposals in the Mottram-in-Longdendale and Hollingworth areas; and if he will make a statement.

    • Stechford Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the accessibility alterations for Stechford Railway Station will begin.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that taxi operators and drivers in private hire vehicles are aware of their legal obligation to grant access to...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what preliminary discussion his Department has had with the European Commission on potential state aid issues relating to future public funding...

      Railways: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will arrange to retain the points connecting Poulton-le-Fylde's disused railway line to Fleetwood.

      Railways: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has for the reopening of disused railway lines in Lancashire.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 September 2015 to Question 10131, what preliminary work his Department is undertaking to assess the public funding...

      Motor Vehicles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will include aero-engines in the scope of his inquiry into whether car manufacturers in the UK have been using emission cheat devices.

      Heathrow Airport: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if the Government will make it its policy to make allowances for findings by the US Environmental Protection Agency of cheating by car manufacturers...

      Calder Valley Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when work is scheduled to begin on electrification and improvement of the Calder Valley rail line.

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make representations to airline operators on passing the reduction in air fuel costs on to passengers.

      Trams: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to include travel on trams in the pensioners' bus pass.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the route of phase one of High Speed 2 was surveyed prior to the publication of the Supplementary Environmental Statement.

      National Environmental Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what dates the National Environmental Forum has met since 2012; and who attended each such meeting.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how the Work of the Natural Capital Committee has informed environmental decision-making on the High Speed 2 project.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the feasibility of redeveloping the eastern side of Euston station at a level deck with the High Speed 2 once HS2 Ltd...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that emissions from the construction and operation of High Speed 2 will comply with air pollution...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons HS2 Ltd plans to commence utility diversion and other advance works on construction compounds in July 2016 in advance of the likely...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what account he took of (a) the extended timetable of work on High Speed 2 and the increased intensity of such work compared to the original plan, (b)...

      Railway Stations: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) funds and (b) grants his Department makes available for the refurbishment or improvement of railway stations.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's press release, New plans to get more people cycling, published on 16 October 2014, what the statistical basis is of...

      Road Traffic: Denton and Reddish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to bring forward work on a barrier at Thompson Close in Denton and Reddish constituency to protect residents against traffic noise.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the purpose of his Department's Bowe Liaison Board is; and on what dates that board has met.

      Bus Services: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many claims were made by bus operators for Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) funding for school services that were not entitled to receive BSOG...

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to create an independent aviation noise authority with a statutory right to be consulted on flight paths and other...

  • Home Office

    • Interception Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many interception warrants were issued under (a) section 8(1) and (b) section 8(4) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 in...

    • Asylum: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects a decision to be made on the asylum applications from Libyan personnel formerly based at Bassingbourn Barracks.

      Asylum: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Libyan personnel formerly based at Bassingbourn Barracks and currently claiming asylum have had a (a) screening interview and (b)...

      Asylum: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any Libyan personnel formerly based at Bassingbourn Barracks and currently claiming asylum have applied for an anonymity direction.

      Travel Information: Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the report of (a) the United Nations Office Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea, published in June 2015 and (b) the...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times visa applications have been refused because of technicalities in each of the last four years; and how many such cases have...

      Visas: Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for visitor visas have been (a) granted and (b) refused to citizens of Eritrea in each year since 2010.

      Refugees: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the projected number of refugees eligible to travel to the UK under EU freedom of movement rules if they...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many driving licences were incorrectly revoked from people who were suspected of living illegally in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to implement the coercive and controlling behaviour offence, as defined by the Serious Crime Act 2015; and what training the...

      Cannabis: Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were cautioned for possession of cannabis in each of the last 10 years.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what screening provisions the Government has put in place to prevent people who wish to cause the UK harm from entering the UK through the...

      College of Policing: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to publish the details of commercial arrangements with and training offered by the College of Policing to the...

      Charities: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will meet representatives of the British Muslim charities sector to discuss concerns about the level of prejudice and unfair...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) slavery and trafficking prevention orders and (b) slavery and trafficking risk orders have been (i) applied for and (ii)...

      Stansted Airport: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many days any of the ePassport gates at Stansted Airport were not fully functioning at any point during the months of June, July,...

      London Airports: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many ePassport gates are in operation at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick, (c) Luton and (d) Stansted airports.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Arms Trade: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the sale of arms manufactured by UK companies to governments which have committed human rights abuses.

    • Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Palestinian Authority on introducing legislation to abolish the death penalty.

      Arms Trade: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote universalisation and implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty.

      Palestinians: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to stop UK funding being used to pay the wages of convicted terrorists from the Palestinian...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what advice or guidance the Government provides on the potential risks associated with investing in or conducting business with...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on the demolition of the Samra School in Khirbeit Samra on 20 August 2015.

      Ali Mohammed al-Nimr

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the death sentence handed out to Ali Mohammed Baqir al-Nimr.

      Saudi Arabia: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure Saudi Arabia ceases its persecution of Christians and other religious minorities.

      Ali Mohammed al-Nimr

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to prevent the execution of Ali Mohammed Baqir al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism in enabling the construction and...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he is holding at the UN on a possible Security Council resolution on the establishment of safe zones in Syria.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the role played by access to natural resources across Iraq and Syria in the ongoing...

      Gaza: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism.

      Russia: Foreign Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the aims and objectives are of the Government's policy towards Russia.

  • Attorney General

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Attorney General, what the full legal basis was for the RAF drone attack carried out in Syria on 21 August 2015; if he will arrange publication of the original legal guidance on which...

    • Trials

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps he is taking to reduce the time court cases take to reach a conclusion.

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many Deferred Prosecution Agreements the Serious Fraud Office is currently negotiating; and what recent progress has been made in each of those negotiations.

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Attorney General, what the total value was of the proceeds of crime retained by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) under the ARIS incentive scheme in each financial year since 2012-13; and...

      Serious Fraud Office: Finance

      To ask the Attorney General, how many requests for blockbuster funding were made by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13, (d) 2013-14, (e) 2014-15 and (f)...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his policy is on the Government continuing to sign off arms export licenses for those countries identified as a cause for...

    • Apprentices: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprenticeships are available in the North East; and how many applicants for such apprenticeships from disadvantaged...

      Flexible Working: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of evidence from research on the extent to which working parents may wish to work more flexibly, but...

      Arms Trade: Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure that arms exports from the UN to Yemen are not being used in breach of export control policy...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 22 September 2015 to Question 9932, what total amount of funding was not drawn down by beneficiaries...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department's target of three million apprenticeship starts by 2020 includes people starting more than one...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprenticeship applications have been (a) made and (b) accepted in the last 12 months; and how many such applications...

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much was spent by the Economic and Social Research Council on research into brain tumours in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and...

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much was spent by the Medical Research Council on research into brain tumours in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15.

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding the UK provides for sports development in schools in the Palestinian territories.

    • Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when her Department plans to publish its health system strengthening framework.

      Department for International Development: Pressure Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department have had with representatives of (i) the Taxpayers' Alliance, (ii) the...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department has given to the reconstruction of infrastructure in Gaza in the last five years.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with her international partners on the effectiveness of the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect in Gaza on (a) reconstruction and (b) the production of doors and furniture of the recent...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to her Israeli counterparts on reducing bureaucratic procedures around the import of construction...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of (a) the level of humanitarian need and (b) access for the provision of humanitarian support in Yemen.

  • Department for Education

    • Educational Visits: Theatre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate she has made of the uptake of school theatre visits.

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to assist disadvantaged children by the provision of free school meals.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will (a) issue new guidance and (b) amend the school admissions code to give parents of multiple birth children the right to insist their...

      Regional Schools Commissioners: Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what requirements there are on schools commissioners to (a) declare and (b) publish professional and financial interests.

      Department for Education: Pressure Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what meetings her Department has had with representatives of (a) the Taxpayers' Alliance, (b) the Confederation of British Industry, (c) the Institute...

      Basic Skills: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what average scores are required to achieve Level 4 in (a) reading and (b) mathematics.

      Primary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much schools have spent renovating, replacing or installing new kitchen equipment prior to the introduction of the universal infant free school...

      Primary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many additional pupils have become eligible for free school meals in (a) the North East and (b) Easington constituency since the introduction of...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the annual cost is of providing free school meals on schools; and what proportion of this sum is spent on universal infant free school meals.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what score an entrant needed to achieve to be awarded a C grade in each GCSE paper in each of the last five years.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of GCSE A to C grades achieved in each of the last three years were C grades.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools offer elementary GCSEs where C is the highest possible grade.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to (a) remove free school meals for children in primary school and (b) alter the provision of free school meals for...

      Primary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the cost of providing free school meals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils since the launch of the free...

      Primary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on the continued provision of free school meals for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2; and if she will make a statement.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of free school meals provided in each month since 2 September 2014; and if she will make a statement.

      Schools: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many special schools were rebuilt between 2010 and 2014; and what the average cost was of each such construction excluding land.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Bill of Rights: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to ensure that civil society and members of the public are able to contribute to a consultation on a British Bill of Rights.

    • Prisoners: Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent representations he has received from (a) charities, (b) educational organisations and (c) inmates on innumeracy rates in prisons.

      London Community Rehabilitation Company: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many posts at which levels are vacant in the London Community Rehabilitation Company.

      Ministry of Justice: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the highest day rate paid for external legal advice by his Department was in each year since 2010.

      Personation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to make identity theft a criminal offence.

      Foreign Relations: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans his Department has to publish the Memorandum of Understanding with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, signed in September 2014.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress the Government has made on developing proposals for reform of the Human Rights Act 1998.

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of its performance in ensuring the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Pressure Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what meetings his Department has had with representatives of (a) the Taxpayers' Alliance, (b) the Confederation of British Industry, (c) the Institute...

    • Defence Storage and Distribution Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on the future of the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency at Ashchurch near Tewkesbury; and if he will make a statement.

      Bahrain: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) assets and (b) personnel of his Department took part in Exercise Pearl Dagger in conjunction with the Bahraini armed forces.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Jobseeker's Allowance: Wrexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for jobseeker's allowance were made in Wrexham (a) by telephone and (b) online in each of the last 24 months.

    • Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to commission an independent review of the benefits and sanctions regime.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government about the availability of childcare for children of parents who (a) work outside the...

      Employment: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions he has had with Jobcentre Plus regarding the need for additional (a) training and (b) guidance to support vulnerable...

      Disability: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that disabled people are given appropriate support to lead an active and independent lifestyle.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 2.115 of the Summer Budget 2015, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effects of a four-year...

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, Downward mobility, opportunity hoarding and the glass floor,...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the Government plans to respond to the fourth Report of the Work and Pensions Committee of Session 2013-14, Support for housing costs in...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people applied for mandatory reconsideration following a Work Capability Assessment (WCA) in the last 12 months; and for how many...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the Government plans to respond to the fifth Report of the Work and Pensions Committee of Session 2014-15, Benefit sanctions policy...

      Welfare Reform and Work Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish equality impact assessments for the proposals in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects (a) all new benefit claims to be treated as claims for universal credit and (b) all existing benefit claims to be transferred...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will respond to the Work and Pensions Committee Report on Benefit sanctions beyond the Oakley review, Fifth Report of Session 2014-15,...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to promote a sustainable approach to resourcing timber in the UK.

    • Timber: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent decisions she has had with (a) representatives of the EU and (b) her counterparts in other member states on EU...

      EU Law: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate she has made of the annual cost to British businesses of the EU's pollution directive.

      Bees: Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will assess the effect on the bee population of the repeal of the ban on neonicotinoid pesticides; and if she will...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the cost to date of the Government's CAP IT system.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the European Commission on the relaxation of rules on farm checks required for the Basic...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Tenancy Deposit Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Deposit Protection Service; and what plans he has to strengthen...

    • Private Rented Housing: Tenants Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of giving tenants in the private rental sector the right to end a tenancy with their full...

      Landlords: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a landlord licensing scheme.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the homelessness prevention grant.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will require builders to submit infrastructure delivery plans prior to main planning applications.

      Housing: Jaywick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the 30 September 2015 publication, English Indices of Deprivation, what plans his Department has to introduce...

      Housing: Lancaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) council houses, (b) housing association properties and (c) affordable homes were built in the Lancaster City...

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which companies payments in respect of carbon offsetting were...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the National Grid transmission charges likely to be applied to Hinkley Point C when that power station...

    • Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on the capacity of overall UK electricity output to meet peak demand of the...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what decommissioning provision is allowed within the proposed strike rate of £92.50/MWh for the electricity from the proposed...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the safety, sustainability and absence of risk to the environment of methods available for...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Trade Unions: Subscriptions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the contribution by the hon. Member for Croydon South on 14 September 2015, Official Report, column 787, what assessment has been made of...

    • Cervical Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many women under 25 have been diagnosed with cervical cancer in each of the last five years.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 15 September 2015 to Question 9924, whether he plans to implement the recommendation of the British Computing Society that...

      Cabinet Office: Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, who the acting Chief Data Officer is; and what plans are in place for a permanent appointment to that post.

      Oesophageal Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in each of the last five years.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in each Office for National Statistics age group were diagnosed with melanoma in each of the last five years.

      Productivity: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment the Government has made of the rates of productivity of young employed people in the UK.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • BBC: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether requirements for religious content will be included in the new BBC Charter.

    • Football: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will hold discussions with the Football Association about improved access for disabled people to Premier League football matches.

      Television: Royalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that payment of royalties is made by platform providers to broadcasters as well as to the...

  • Department of Health

    • Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the cost of delayed discharges to the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

    • Health Services and Public Health Act 1968

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons his Department sought the deemed consent arrangements for grants from HM Treasury under Section 64 of the Health and Public Act 1968;...

      Heart Pacemakers: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many deaths there have been as a result of faulty heart pacemakers in each year since 2010.

      NHS: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to include measures drawn from the NHS innovation scorecard in the proposed clinical commissioning group scorecard.

      Heart Pacemakers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment (a) his Department and (b) the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency have made of (i) the rate of reported faults in heart...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government plans to take to ensure that sufficient doctors and nurses are trained in the UK to maintain safe staffing levels in the NHS.

      NHS: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to page 20 of the 2014 Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme, which body is responsible for ensuring there should be no local barriers to...

      Bladder Cancer: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the BCG vaccines for non-invasive grade 3 aggressive bladder cancer.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the update on the current Cancer Drugs Fund list, published on 4 September 2015, what estimate he has made of the number of patients...

      NHS Protect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prosecutions there have been following an investigation by NHS Protect in each of the past five years; and how many of those prosecutions have...

      NHS Protect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) other medical professionals, (d) directors of NHS trusts and (e) other NHS staff have been prosecuted following an...

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether, under his Department's proposals for new junior doctor contracts, doctors will be prevented from receiving financial remuneration or support as...

      NHS Protect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many investigations NHS Protect has undertaken relating to (a) fraud, (b) bribery, (c) corruption, (d) criminal damage, (e) theft, (f) violence, (g)...

      Junior Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of junior doctors who will be employed by the NHS in each of the next five years; and if he will make...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of (a) doctors and (b) nurses who completed training in the latest year for which figures are available are (i) not working...

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he was first informed of the findings of Monitor's report on the performance of the foundation trust sector for the three months ending 30 June 2015.

      General Practitioners: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practice speciality training posts were (a) commissioned and (b) filled in (i) 2014-15 and (ii) 2015-16 to date.

      NHS: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to improve the management skills of senior leaders in the NHS; and what steps he plans to take to make further such improvements.

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by his Department on research into brain tumours in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15.

  • Department for Transport

    • Great Western Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much Network Rail, the Department for Transport, First Great Western and Agility trains have each committed to contributing to the £7.5 billion...

    • Railways: Bridges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations are contributing to the new bridge across the South Western Main Line south of Clapham Junction station giving access to Emanuel School,...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the maximum gradients on the proposed HS2 line, and where they are located.

      Channel Tunnel: Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect on UK business of the continuing disruption by migrants of rail and road freight traffic through the Channel Tunnel.

      Rapid Transit Systems

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage local authorities to construct busways, and what is their latest estimate of the cost per mile of new busways.

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were killed or injured as a result of driving offences in 2014; what was the victim’s road user mode in each case; and where those...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were killed or injured in crashes where the driver failed to stop at the scene of the crash since 2010, and how many of those crashes...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many citizens of other European Union member states are currently serving prison sentences within the United Kingdom, and of which member states they are...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Stephan Templ

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed with the government of Austria the case of Stephan Templ, chronicler of Nazi looting in Vienna, who has been sentenced to...

    • Georgia: NATO Enlargement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an assessment of Georgia’s suitability to become a member of NATO.

      Georgia: Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of recent reports of creeping annexation of Georgian territory by Russia.

      Catalonia: Sovereignty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have taken place at a senior level with the government of Spain regarding a referendum on Catalonian independence, following the regional...

      Mediterranean Region: International Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are consulting the Foreign Minister of Italy on his proposal for enhanced aid and investment in the whole Mediterranean region.

  • Department of Health

    • Hospitals: Inspections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Care Quality Commission reports of acute hospital inspections in 2014 and 2015 recommended increased staffing levels.

    • Death Certificates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 3 February (HL4351), what advice was provided to the incoming government about reforms of the death...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what policy is in place to enable Jobcentre Plus officers to identify benefit fraud.

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish data on the number of claims and awards of Short Term Benefit Advances and Universal Credit Short Term Advances.

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