Written answers

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will work with the Office of Rail and Road to ensure that the proposed new Edinburgh to Berwick train service via Reston and East Linton...

    • Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potentially constraining effect on Heathrow airport's growth of that airport's future carbon emissions.

      Air Space: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who will experience an increase in the effect of noise as a result of the current plan...

      Airports Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department took to ensure Sir Howard Davies was not subject to any conflicts of interest when he was appointed as Chair of the Airports...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from the Welsh Government on the Barnett consequentials for Wales resulting from public expenditure on High Speed 2.

      Crossrail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the difference between step-free access to trains and step-free access to platforms means in the context of plans for different Crossrail stations.

      Railway Stations: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of ticket barriers at stations in London being left open.

  • Home Office

    • Nurses: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect on nurses from the Philippines working in the NHS of proposals that Tier 2 visa...

    • Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral statement by the Prime Minister on 7 September 2015, Official Report, column 23, how many Syrian refugee families have...

      Undocumented Migrants: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average amount of time taken to deport a person living illegally in the UK was in 2014-15.

      Immigrants: Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment has been carried out of the performance of the right to rent pilot in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton.

      Immigrants: Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of her Department's landlords' checking service before the right to rent scheme is rolled...

      Foreign Relations: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to publish the Memorandum of Understanding with the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, signed in March...

      Catering: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the skills shortage facing the UK curry industry following the cap on skilled curry chefs from...

      Older People: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the prevalence of elder abuse by family members in England and Wales.

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been resettled in the UK through the Mandate scheme in each of the last five years.

      Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to amend the US-UK extradition treaty to make the legal requirements for extradition the same for US and UK citizens.

      Cumbria Constabulary: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were in Cumbria in each of the last 10 years.

      College of Policing: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will direct the College of Policing to disclose the content of each of the training courses it has provided to Saudi police officers.

      Lancashire Constabulary: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the revenue Lancashire Constabulary obtained from vehicle storage fees in 2014.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions the Government has had with the Afghan government on the work of the Afghan Independent Human Rights...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions the Government has had with the Afghan government on improving the welfare and well-being of (a) women...

      Afghanistan: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions the Government has had with the Afghan government on ensuring the protection of journalists and media...

      Disneyland Paris

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will discuss with his French counterpart allegations that British tourists have been systematically overcharged at...

      Jason Rezaian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Iranian government on the release from captivity of Jason Rezaian.

      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 authorising the use of force against...

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of coalition air strikes on (a) the extent of the territory held by ISIL/Daesh and...

      Pakistan: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the Pakistani government on persecution of Christians in that country.

      Israel: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to pages three and four of the United Kingdom Strategic Export Controls Annual Report 2014, whether the policy...

      West Bank: Arson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Israeli authorities in the aftermath of the deaths of Saad Riham and Ali Dawabsheh.

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to distribute Syrian refugees amongst the British Overseas Territories.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take to encourage a return to representative, democratic governance in Zimbabwe once Mr Mugabe ceases to...

      China: State Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's aims are for the state visit of President Xi Jinping in October 2015.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the current level of representation of the British Overseas Territories at Westminster; and...

      Japan: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Japanese counterparts on security reforms in that country.

      Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Saudi Arabian counterpart against that country's policy of judicially-sanctioned...

      Saudi Arabia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Saudi Arabian counterpart on human rights abuses in that country.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Saudi Arabian authorities on pursuing a negotiated solution to the conflict in Yemen.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2015 to Question 6862 on Yemen: armed conflict, whether it remains the case that the UK...

      USA: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of John Boehner's resignation as US Congress Speaker on US-UK relations.

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of the situation of the Bahá'i community in Iran.

      Iraq: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the authorities in Iraq on the Yazidi community in that country.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of recent progress towards achieving a political solution to the conflict in Syria.

      Islamic State: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking with foreign governments to counter ISIL propaganda online.

      Kashmir: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.

      Prisoners: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to help British citizens and the families of British citizens imprisoned abroad for minor...

  • Attorney General

    • Human Rights

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on the implementation of the UK's domestic and international legal obligations on human rights.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of adults that will be participating in non-apprenticeship vocational training by 2020...

    • Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential economic effect on small businesses of changing Sunday trading laws.

      Employment: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government plans to take to reduce the incidence of women being asked about their plans to have children during...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government (a) has taken and (b) plans to take in response to the finding on page 99 of the Final Report of the...

      Universities: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the contribution of UK university satellite campuses in London to the economy.

      Universities: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether he has plans to regulate or limit the ability of UK universities to establish satellite campuses in London.

      Universities: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of UK universities operating satellite campuses in London.

      Pyramid Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to better identify pyramid schemes involving UK nationals; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of reduction in funding to English for Speakers of Other Languages Mandation Courses...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many financial penalties have been imposed on respondent employers under section 16 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform...

      Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to increase the proportion of people whose earnings are above the living wage.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many of his Department's target of three million apprenticeship starts by 2020 he expects to be at Level 3 and above.

      Motor Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the report Comparing Motor-Vehicle Crash Risk of EU and US Vehicles, published in May...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer to Question 10161 of 22 September 2015, on Sunday trading, when he plans to publish the results of the...

      Iron and Steel: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what financial and other assistance his Department is giving to suppliers of SSI in Redcar.

      Iron and Steel: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the number of jobs at risk in the supply chain and wider economy of Redcar as a result...

      New Businesses: Mid Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much the Government has provided in Start Up Loans in Mid Worcestershire constituency since their creation.

      Postgraduate Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the reasons are for his proposal to exclude taught masters students who are over the age of 30 from the new postgraduate...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the total cost to the public purse was of the disability students' allowance in each of the last five years; and if he will...

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how UK aid has been used to assist refugees near the Syrian border to date; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Education

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to increase the uptake of free school meals.

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of introducing automatic enrolment of children entitled to free school meals.

      Free School Meals: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions her Department has had with (a) headteachers, (b) teaching unions and (c) children's charities on the effect of universal infant free...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to include food provision in its recently announced wraparound childcare policy during (a) term time and (b) non-term time.

      Free School Meals: Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of the roll-out if the universal infant free school meals programme on the allocation of pupil premium...

      Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the correlation between levels of achievement at Level 4 in (a) reading and (b) mathematics and national average...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of new (a) kitchen and (b) other lunchtime staff who have been employed as a result of the roll-out of...

      Primary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of schools that have acquired (a) new kitchens and (b) new dining halls to provide universal...

      Primary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department plans to change its policy on free school meal provision for infant school pupils.

      Schools: Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has asked Ofsted to inspect and report on how well schools are providing citizenship as part of the revised inspection...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spent on maintenance or improvement of courts which have been scheduled to be closed in the last five years; and what costs were...

    • Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Obscene Publications Act 1959 to make possession of obscene publications an either way...

      Female Offenders Advisory Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2015 to Question 8612, on female offenders, if he will publish the updated membership and terms of reference of...

      Wills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance is provided to the public on preparing a will and testament.

      Ministry of Justice: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the 20 highest amounts paid for external legal advice by his Department were in 2013; and to whom such payments were made.

      Cannabis: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people are currently detained in UK prisons for cannabis-related offences.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what change there has been in the number of employment tribunal claims since the introduction of employment tribunal fees in July 2013.

      Witnesses: Video Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to complete the evaluation of the pilots of section 28 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999; and if he will make a statement.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Written Statement by the Minister for Courts and Legal Aid, of 15 October 2015, HCWS 239, on HM Courts and Tribunals Service, if he will...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, under what circumstances RAF Tornado squadrons will be kept in service after 2017.

    • Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) target and (b) outturn was for (i) regular Army and (ii) Army Reserve recruitment in financial years 2010-11 to 2014-15.

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the 2015-16 Army Demand Plan.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the interim performance regime for the Army Recruiting Partnership Project.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library an unredacted copy of Schedule 18 of the Army Recruiting Partnership Project contract with Capita.

      Armed Forces: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list those armed forces units that have been relocated under the Army 2020 structure.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the Army Recruiting Partnership Project to achieve full operating capacity; and if he will make a statement.

      Air Force: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Air Force personnel of each (a) rank and (b) skill or trade left that service through (i) voluntary redundancy, (ii) involuntary...

      Ministry of Defence: Oman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) civilian and (b) military personnel of his Department are based in (a) Oman and (b) the Duqm Port facility.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where his Department plans to base (a) HMS Forth, (b) HMS Medway and (c) HMS Trent.

      Army Reserve: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Army Reserve recruitment target for (a) new recruits and (b) trained entrants is in financial years between 2015-16 and 2019-20.

      Queen Victoria School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual budget is for running Queen Victoria School in Dunblane; and from what part of the Defence budget that funding is allocated.

      Armed Forces: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent in Continuity of Education Allowance in independent schools in Scotland in financial year 2014-15; how many children were...

      NATO: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) assets and (b) personnel of his Department took part in NATO Exercise Northern Coasts.

      HMS Forth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the origin was of the steel cut for the hull of HMS Forth.

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2015 to Question 794, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report cited in paragraph 3 of document...

      Reserve Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people resident in Northern Ireland have been members of the reserve forces in each of the last five years.

      Reserve Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people resident in Northern Ireland have been recruited into the reserve forces in each of the last five years.

      Reserve Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason his Department has not proposed a reserve experience event for a location in Northern Ireland in 2015.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which armed forces units have been (a) disbanded and (b) created under the Army 2020 structure.

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many army personnel of each (a) rank and (b) skill or trade transferred to the (i) Australian Defence Forces, (ii) Canadian Armed Forces, (iii)...

      Army: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) trained strength and (b) trained requirement was for the (i) Royal Scots Borderers, (ii) Royal Highland Fusiliers, (iii) Black Watch, (iv)...

      Afghanistan: Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government reached an agreement with Afghan tribesmen for the person who made the bomb which killed Captain Lisa Head in April 2011 to be...

      USA: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what key policy aims he achieved during the recent visit to the UK by the US Secretary of Defense.

      Iraq: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether UK Tornadoes flying missions over Iraq are armed with heat-seeking air-to-air missile systems.

      Iraq: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information the British Defence Attaché to Russia has provided to the Russian government on measures taken to ensure accidental engagement...

      Army: Rules of Engagement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will review the Army's rules of engagement in response to the court martial of Sergeant Blackman.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his (a) Russian and (b) US counterparts on the extension of British airstrikes to Syria.

      Armed Forces: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of armed forces personnel originate from Commonwealth nations; and whether his Department plans to increase such numbers in future.

      Somalia: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) nature and (b) purpose is of the deployment of UK armed forces to Somalia; and if he will make a statement.

      Veterans: Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with armed forces charities on the payment of lump sum compensation payments to veterans with mesothelioma; and if he will...

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what future plans his Department has to co-ordinate with the armed forces of the Russian Federation in tackling ISIS.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons his Department applied a 1,500-character limit for individual submissions to his Department's consultation on the National Security...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many minority ethnic service personnel were recruited to each service (a) nationally and (b) in Gloucester in each of the last five years.

      Reserve Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that it reaches the target of 30,000 reservists by 2018.

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts on ensuring that all NATO member states achieve the target of two per cent of GDP spending on defence.

      Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities uphold the Military Covenant.

      Navy: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many non-UK overseas personnel the Royal Navy plans to recruit or loan from other countries' armed forces for each year up to 2020.

      Air Force: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many non-UK overseas personnel the RAF plans to recruit or loan from other countries' armed forces for each year up to 2020.

      Army: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many non-UK armed forces personnel the army plans to recruit or loan for each year up until 2020.

      Armed Forces: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many non-UK overseas armed forces personnel have been recruited or loaned by other countries to serve in the UK armed forces in the last five years;...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time is that pensioners currently in receipt of the Support for Mortgage Interest scheme have been claiming that...

    • Pensioners: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners who will not be exempt from the size criteria of universal credit.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many days were lost to sickness in his Department in each of the last 10 years.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the morale of his Department's staff.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to expenditure on (a) DWP Administration, (b) the Government Equalities Office, (c) the Health and Safety Executive, (d) the...

      Carers' Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what financial support is available to people earning less than £110 per week net who are the principal carers for elderly relatives with...

      Carers' Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what effect the introduction of Universal Credit will have on funding for care available to older people with a disability whose principal...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who were affected by the benefit cap between May 2015 and August 2015 normally carried out paid work between one hour and 16...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people affected by the benefit cap are participants in the work programme.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his most recent estimate is of the number of children living in poverty; and if he will publish such data for each region and...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Water: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to implement the EU Water Framework Directive.

    • Water: Pipelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to help implement United Utilities' proposed North-South water pipeline alongside the...

      Farmers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the banking sector on support for farmers.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers and other eligible businesses have (a) registered for and (b) completed the CAP payment application.

      Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place in the Library a copy of the framework agreement between her Department and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

      Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2015 to Question 10625, which organisations the Government has met to discuss...

      Soil Erosion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to evaluate the effectiveness of the Soil Protection Review form in reducing soil erosion.

      Soil Erosion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance her Department provides for farmers on reducing soil erosion on their land.

      Ports: Dredging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support her Department has given to recycling initiatives of spoil wastes from harbour dredging.

      Ports: Dredging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with the International Maritime Organisation on (a) disposal and (b) recycling of...

      Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of animal welfare laws on the protection of horses; and if she will make a...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will bring forward legislative proposals for stricter laws dealing with people who abuse animals.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to improve air quality in order to assist people with lung diseases.

      Game: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will issue a response to EDM 402, Use of Cages to Rear Birds for Shooting.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many children have been registered as homeless in each borough in the Liverpool City Region in each of the last five...

    • Temporary Accomodation: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many children in each borough in the Liverpool City Region have been transferred to temporary accommodation in each of the...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the likely level of government investment in right to buy schemes in the next five years.

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many households have been placed in emergency temporary accommodation each year since 2010.

      Housing: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with local authorities on their capacity to house refugees.

      Housing: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding the Government plans to allocate to local authorities for housing Syrian refugees; and if he will make a statement.

      Private Rented Housing: Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to further control the ability of private landlords to evict tenants at short notice.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will conduct a review of local government (a) procedures on and (b) requirements to provide housing to families who...

      General Practitioners: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect on local councils of the revaluation of business rates levied on GP surgeries.

      Derelict Land: Derby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with Derby City Council on the re-development of brownfield sites in the city with support from the...

      Social Rented Housing: Worcester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of households in Worcester eligible to purchase their homes under (a) the right to buy,...

      General Practitioners: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to provide financial assistance to local authorities to deal with unforecastable shortfalls arising from...

      Homelessness: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many 16 and 17 year olds presented as homeless to Manchester City Council in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Supported Housing: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to improve supported accommodation for homeless young people in (a) Manchester, Withington...

      Local Government: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the results of the Family Test applied to the policies proposed in the Cities and Local Government...

      Building Regulations: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will amend building regulations to ensure that building extensions are fully accessible for people with disabilities.

  • Scotland Office

    • Carbon Emissions: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2015 to Question 10602, on which dates he has held meetings with HM Treasury on the potential effects of a carbon...

  • HM Treasury

    • Tourism: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential benefits of increasing the turnover threshold at which it becomes necessary to adopt the...

    • Child Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons his Department has not published a distributional analysis showing the effect on families of the reduction of the higher income threshold...

      Officers of Arms: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department last reviewed the salaries of officers of arms.

      Mortgages

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of buy-to-let mortgages authorised in each of the last 10 years.

      Married People: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many married couples with a single earner in each Office for National Statistics age group have received marriage allowance in (a) England, (b)...

      Homelessness

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to continue paying the homelessness prevention grant to local authorities when the local government grant is phased out.

      Police: Cumbria

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to set out in the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review that police budgets in Cumbria should not be reduced.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Green Deal Scheme: Repayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many households will not be reimbursed for the funds they paid for a Green Deal Assessment; and what (a) total and (b) average sum...

    • Nuclear Engineering: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the average age is of engineers in the civil nuclear industry.

      Nuclear Power: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, which projects have been undertaken to date under the UK-China Memorandum and Understanding on Enhancing Cooperation in the Field of...

      Nuclear Centre of Excellence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the annual budget is for the UK's Centre of Nuclear Excellence.

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the schedule of comparable programme objects in HM Treasury's publication, Funding the Scottish Parliament, National...

      Coal Gasification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the environmental effects of underground coal gasification.

      Hinkley Point C Power Station: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether her Department has received legal advice on the effect of changes in the market price of wholesale electricity since agreeing...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she received the report by the group Together Against Sizewell C (TASC) Nuclear Power: New Evidence: a call for a full-scale...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans her Department has on funding for onshore wind energy development.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether her Department took into account the global growth potential of solar energy in making its decision to end Government support...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of Feed in Tariff component of the Levy Control Framework cost is accounted for by the cost of ongoing support for the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Scots Gaelic Language

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reasons the Government does not respond to correspondence written in Scottish Gaelic with a reply in Scottish Gaelic.

    • Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will place restrictions on charities seeking annual contributions from supporters.

      Charities: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has had with charities on respondents being required to tick boxes if they do wish to receive further communications; and if...

      Alcoholism

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Department has responsibility for policy on supporting the children of people with alcoholism.

  • Department of Health

    • Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish an updated end of life care strategy; and if he will make a statement.

    • Palliative Care: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS spent on specialist palliative care in each financial year between 2000-01 and 2014-15.

      Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of natural deaths occurred (a) at home, (b) in a hospice, (c) in a care home, (d) in the home of a friend or relative and...

      Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions officials in his Department's tobacco control team met representatives from Action on Smoking and Health in each of the last five years.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Written Statement of 17 July 2015, on the Cap on Care Costs, Official Report, House of Lords, HLWS135, what progress has been made in...

      Maternity Services: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to acute hospital trusts in England and Wales of liability insurance in maternity units.

      Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which in-patient mother and baby units that specialise in caring for women during the perinatal period have opened since 2010.

      Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the merits of the grant application for funding received by his Department from Action on Smoking and Health; and if he...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide for aspirin to be available on the NHS for people with ill health caused by an influenza vaccination.

      Pancreatic Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to introduce earlier forms of diagnosis of pancreatic cancer on the NHS.

      Alzheimer's Disease: Alcoholic Drinks and Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges on potential links between drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco and Alzheimer's disease.

      Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in each Office for National Statistics age group were diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration in each of the last five years.

      Drinks: Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with supermarkets to reduce or stop the sale of sugary drinks.

      Mental Health: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) submitted a local transformation plan for children and young people's mental health and wellbeing before...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what basis his Department took the decision to remove from the NHS Constitution the phrase 'psychological therapies' from the drugs and treatments...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many adults received consultant-led mental health treatment in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of people receiving mental health support...

      Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with primary biliary cirrhosis in each of the last five years.

      Macular Degeneration: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of when the iolAMD device for eye conditions will be available on the NHS.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support is available for people with diabetes to ensure that they can continue to live independently.

      Cataracts: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have had cataract operations due to exposure to sunlight in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the operation of the NHS Standard Contract for acute services.

      Hospitals: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he next plans to review the NHS Standard Contract for acute services.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many training places were commissioned in England for new entrants to become (a) nurses and (b) midwives in each year between 2010 and 2015.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many training places he plans to commission in England for new entrants to become (a) nurses and (b) midwives in each year between 2016 and 2020.

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many places were available for new entrants to study medicine in England in each year between 2010 and 2015; and how many places for new entrants to...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many applications were received per individual training place in England for (a) nurses and (b) midwives in each year between 2010 and 2015.

      Autism: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to reduce the waiting times for autism diagnosis; and if he will make a statement.

      Diabetes: Orthopaedics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of amputations caused by diabetes (a) nationally and (b) in Gloucestershire in the last 12 months; and if he will...

      Defibrillators: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many defibrillators there are in public places in Preston constituency; and what the location of those defibrillators is.

      Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust paid in relation to the 104 patients admitted to The Priory, Cheadle Hulme in 2014.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the gender pay gap.

  • Home Office

    • Police: Stun Guns

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the review of the publication of Taser data and other use of force by police officers, and whether that review will include an...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 12 June (HL241), why the portfolio for the officer responsible for delivering Carrier Enabled Panel Projection...

    • Libya: Warships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 15 June (HL148), whether the frigate committed to the European Union force off Libya is now a part of the...

      Patrol Craft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) Forth, Medway and Trent, will operate in addition to the current four OPVs.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 4 February (HL4518), what measures they have taken to ensure that benefit claimants are aware of the...

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they expect to save in housing benefit payments as the result of requiring local authorities to reduce the rents of council housing.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Research

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been paid to external research and polling companies by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in each month since October 2014, and...

    • Small businesses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have commissioned from external research and polling companies on small business policies in each month since May.

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