Written answers

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase the supply of UK (a) domiciled and (b) trained seafarers to the shipping industry.

    • Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what meetings he has planned over the next six months with maritime training colleges to discuss the recommendations of the Maritime Growth Study.

      Pippins School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the National Atmospheric Emission Inventory results for the nitrogen dioxide levels at Pippins Primary School, Colnbrook, what...

      Network Rail: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff are employed by Network Rail to deal with contractual interface issues.

      Railways: Dawlish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much it cost to reconstruct the railway at Dawlish; and from which budget that cost was met.

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what meetings he has had with airlines in which the administration charges for customers claiming back Air Passenger Duty were discussed; and if he...

      Shipping: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what meetings he has planned over the next six months with maritime trades unions on the recommendations of his Department's Maritime Growth Study...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many lawyers are employed by Network Rail to work on delay attribution issues with the staff of train operating companies.

      Network Rail: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff are employed by Network Rail to deal with delay attribution issues with train operating staff.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many lawyers are employed by Network Rail to deal with contractual interface issues.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consultants have been used to advise the Government on the future structure of Network Rail; and what the cost to the public purse has been of...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total cost was of his Department's Maritime Growth Study, published in September 2015; how many hours staff in his Department worked on that...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2015 to Question 11431, which key senior stakeholders have been represented at the Bowe Review - Senior Liaison...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2015 to Question 11472, what (a) his Department's expenditure per head and (b) total expenditure from the public...

      Public Transport: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train trial will start.

      Airports Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department made of Sir Howard Davies's potential business links to Heathrow Airport; and what other due diligence it conducted...

      Crossrail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the case for and feasibility of an additional station on Crossrail at London City Airport.

      Channel Tunnel: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what compensation the Government has made available to road and rail freight and passenger operators affected by the ongoing disruption at Calais.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on which dates (a) the full Cycling Shareholder Forum, (b) the safety sub-group of the Cycling Stakeholder Forum and (c) the High Level Cycling Group...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the schedule of comparable programme objects in his Department's publication, Funding the Scottish...

    • Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities in phase two of the Troubled Families programme have made tackling (a) child sexual exploitation and...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what (a) advice and (b) guidance his Department gives on the risks of (i) investment in and (ii) business with Israeli...

      Archaeology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of reductions in central government revenue support to local government since 2010 on...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to revise the agreement reached with the National Housing Federation on right to buy to clarify that it does...

      Care Homes: Service Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to prevent price-fixing in service charges by providers of retirement homes.

      Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will review the regulation of service charges to ensure that housing associations are not exploiting residents.

      Wind Power: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated cost to the public purse is of the examination into the planning consent application for the Navitus Bay...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Georgia: Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Georgian countertpart on freedom of expression and freedom of the media in that country.

    • Saudi Arabia: UN Human Rights Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of Faisal bin Hassan Trad's appointment as Chair of a panel of independent experts on the UN Human...

      Oil: Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent progress has been made on extracting potential oil reserves near the Falklands; and if he will make a statement.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take to deter Russian forces from targeting non-IS targets in Syria.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his US counterparts on the targeting of non-IS targets by Russian forces in Syria.

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of progress on the (a) establishment of a national unity government in Libya and (b) ending of...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterparts on recent outbreaks of violence in Israel and Palestine.

      Afghanistan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the attack on UK military vehicles in Kabul on 11 October 2015.

      Afghanistan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy of recent military defeats by Afghan forces; and what...

      Jerusalem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on the recent conflict at Temple Mount.

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to encourage other nations in the Levant and Arabian peninsula to accept refugees from Syria.

      UN General Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what policy aims his Department achieved at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress was made during the recent visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on negotiations on the UK's relationship with...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's chart of account.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent on each international subscription in each financial year from 2000-01 to 2014-15.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) locally engaged and (b) UK-based staff worked in each overseas post in financial years (i) 2000-01, (ii) 2005-06,...

      Israel: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Israeli government on the planned demolition of the village of Umm al-Hiran.

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take a greater role in facilitating a two state solution in Israel.

      Baltic States: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his European counterparts on providing possible alternative oil and gas supply to the Baltic...

      Palestinians: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of the recommendations of the 2011 report on Palestinian children in military custody, funded by his Department, have...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Israeli and Palestinian authorities on measures to reduce hostilities.

      Palestinians: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of the recommendations of the report on children in military custody published by his Department in June 2012 have...

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made on human rights in China.

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for the Israeli/Palestine peace process of Mahmoud Abbas's speech at the United...

  • Leader of the House

    • Early Day Motions

      To ask the Leader of the House, if he will bring forward proposals to allow the online tabling and signing of Early Day Motions.

    • Committees: Arms Trade

      To ask the Leader of the House, whether he has had discussions with the Chairs of the Business, Innovation and Skills, International Development, Foreign Affairs and Defence select committees on...

  • Attorney General

    • Trials

      To ask the Attorney General, what estimate he has made of the savings to the public purse from early guilty pleas in the Crown Court in each year since 2010-11.

    • Trials

      To ask the Attorney General, what the Crown Prosecution Service's success rate was in cases which have gone to trial in (a) Magistrates' Courts and (b) Crown Courts in each year between 2010-11...

      Trials

      To ask the Attorney General, what the (a) prosecution cost per defendant, (b) overall spend per completed case and (c) overall spend per full-time equivalent staff member in (i) the Crown Court...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney General, how many wasted cost orders were made (a) in favour and (b) against the Crown Prosecution Service in each year since 2010-11; and for what reasons such wasted cost...

      Crown Prosecution Service: Staff

      To ask the Attorney General, how many (a) prosecutors, (b) associate prosecutors, (c) caseworkers and (d) administrators were employed by the Crown Prosecution Service in each year since 2010-11;...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Overseas Companies Regulations 2009

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2015 to Question 8192, how many public complaints were made about failures to comply with...

    • UK Trade and Investment: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of expenditure on UK Trade and Investment on the level of foreign direct investment in...

      Students: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of how many students (a) from Manchester, Withington constituency and (b) studying at Manchester...

      Adult Education: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether primary legislation is required to implement the proposals on the adult skills budget in the Sheffield City Region...

      Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the implications for his Department's policies are of the finding of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission that...

      Construction: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the total amount lost by small firms in the construction sector because of bankruptcies among firms...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he plans to take to increase the number of gifted overseas students studying in the UK.

      Groceries Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Groceries Code Adjudicator in assisting farmers who have been unfairly...

      Small Businesses: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he plans to take to ensure that the introduction of the National Living Wage does not have a detrimental effect on...

  • Department for International Development

    • Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Occupied Palestinian Territory.

    • Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2015 to Question 11278, who is responsible for restrictions on commercial and humanitarian...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2015 to Question 11278, who is currently responsible for impeding humanitarian access to people...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support refugee camps near the Syrian border in order to tackle the root causes of migration to...

  • Department for Education

    • Children's Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will implement the recommendations of the All-Party Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood on encouraging play in childhood development and...

    • Physical Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to improve physical fitness standards in schools.

      Primary Education: Lambeth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish the October 2015 census data for primary school reception class places for each school in the London Borough of Lambeth.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations she has received about the length of time parents and young people wait for an Education Health and Care Plan; and if she will...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children are entitled to receive free school meals but do not receive them.

      Primary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2015 to Question 11448, what estimate her Department has made of the cost of providing free school meals for...

      Schools: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential benefits of re-introducing compulsory work experience for under 16 year olds.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans to answer Question 8351 on Courts: Buildings, tabled by the hon. Member for Hammersmith on 21 July 2015.

    • 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 (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; and to whom such payments were made.

      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 2014; and to whom such payments were made.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many days were taken to process and grant each application for readmission of employment tribunal fees that have been (a) granted and (b) partially...

      Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost to the court system of delays caused by (a) ineffective criminal trials and (b) cracked trials was in each year between 2010-11 and 2014-15.

      Ministry of Justice: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spent on external legal advice not from Queen's Counsel since 7 May 2010.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps Community Rehabilitation Companies are taking to engage with local charities to prevent prisoners from reoffending.

      Staffordshire and West Midlands Community Rehabilitation Company: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make representations to Staffordshire and West Midlands Rehabilitation Company on ensuring jobs are not lost by the planned transfer of...

      Just Solutions International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will issue a new impact assessment examining the economic and value for money consequences of Just Solutions international.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Written Statement by the Minister for the Courts and Legal Aid of 15 October 2015, HCWS 237, on HM Courts & Tribunal Service, if it...

      Administration of Justice: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the Memorandum of Understanding entered into by his Department with the Saudi Arabian government.

      Administration of Justice: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what matters have been discussed under the Memorandum of Understanding on judicial co-operation entered into with Saudi Arabia in September 2014.

  • Prime Minister

    • Capital Punishment

      To ask the Prime Minister, under which conditions he can order the killing of a UK citizen resident abroad.

    • Domestic Visits: Herefordshire

      To ask the Prime Minister, when he next plans to visit Herefordshire.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer to Question 9571 of 14 September 2015, whether the Attorney General was clear there was a legal basis for this action in domestic law.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Theatre: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to support the expansion of children's theatres across the UK.

    • Arts: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress he has made on promoting greater access to the arts for young people from all backgrounds.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Pressure Groups

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

      Cultural Heritage: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of guidelines in national planning guidance on archaeology and heritage in managing...

      Archaeology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support his Department provides to finds liaison officers to ensure that detected archaeological finds are properly recorded in a...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions took place between the Government and the BBC on free television licences for people over 75 before the decision was...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with age-related third sector or charity organisations on the withdrawal of Government funding for free...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2015 to Question 10535, what steps he is taking specifically to encourage the deployment of fibre...

      Kew Palace: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the (a) current and (b) capital expenditure was for Kew Palace in financial years 2001-02 to 2014-15.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the Government's credit union expansion programme; and what assessment he has made of...

    • Recruitment: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of anonymising job applications in tackling discrimination in the jobs market.

      Carers: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what effect the introduction of universal credit will have on the income of those working in a job from which they derive net earnings of less...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people claiming (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) employment and support allowance and (c) income support who...

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people claiming income support (a) are pregnant and (b) gave birth within the last 15 weeks.

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people claiming income support work between one and 16 hours per week.

      Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish statistics on the number of sanctions made in relation to jobseekers claiming universal credit.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason his Department's guidance on accessible communication formats published on 14 August 2014 does not include email as an...

      Access to Work Programme: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse was for (a) British Sign Language interpreters and (b) communication support workers provided for people in...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposal to reduce the employment and support allowance work-related activity group rate on...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2015 to Question 11270, for what reason it was decided to make the provision of audio recording...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many regular soldiers he plans to maintain in each of the next three years.

    • Baltic States: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received from his Russian counterpart on the deployment of UK troops to the Baltic states.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many submissions his Department has received to date from (a) hon. Members, (b) academics, (c) industry, (d) think tanks, (e) allies and partners,...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to lay a copy of the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review before the House.

      Veterans: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to introduce greater speed and efficiency in the handling of complaints made to the armed forces by injured veterans.

      Submarines: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons Submarine Exercise Areas Ardglass and Peel were not activated on 15 April 2015.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Fishing Vessel Avoidance UK Code of Practice extracted from SMP 95 dated 5 June 2002 applies to Vanguard and Astute class submarines on...

      Submarines: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the submarine involved in the incident with MV Karen on 15 April 2015 was participating in Exercise Joint Warrior at the time of the incident.

      Radioactive Materials: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason high security vehicles were being used to transport components of nuclear weapons through Glasgow on 29 July 2015 after being withdrawn...

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to provide better incentives for recruitment and retention in the Royal Navy.

      Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to ensure that the Armed Forces Covenant fully addresses the healthcare needs of all active and retired servicemen and women...

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people have qualified for a war pension as a result of contracting Hepatitis C or HIV from an infected blood transfusion while serving in the...

  • Home Office

    • Gangmasters Licensing Authority: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority are dedicated to frontline inspection activity.

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the performance of (a) the police and (b) her Department in responding to human trafficking; and what steps...

      Undocumented Workers: Off-licences and Take-away Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will estimate the number of illegal migrants working in late-night takeaways and off-licences.

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were incorrectly investigated as a result of immigration officials believing that they were living illegally in the UK in...

      Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in the UK are currently in possession of Security Industry Authority licences; and how many such licences were obtained...

      Visas: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visa applications to her Department's super premium service have been rejected in the last 12 months.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will conduct a review of the process for applying for leave to remain in the UK to improve it for applicants.

      Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to prevent the export of illegal drugs from Afghanistan.

      Organised Crime: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individual investigations the National Crime Agency has conducted into County Line operations; and how many prosecutions have...

      Organised Crime: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions the (a) National Crime Agency and (b) SOCA have declined a request by a police force to investigate a suspected County...

      Organised Crime: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions for trafficking offences linked to County Line investigations there have been to date in cases where a child under the...

      Stansted Airport: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the ePassport gates at Stansted Airport were fully functional on the evening of Monday 12 October 2015.

      Prisoners: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in which prisons people are currently held solely under immigration powers; and if she will publish this information as part of the...

      Immigration and Naturalisation: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many errors made by staff of her Department in recording details such as addresses and country of birth on applications for (a)...

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken was to respond to a new application for indefinite leave to remain in the last 12 months.

      Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have been (a) allowed to continue on full duties, (b) placed on restricted duties and (c) suspended with figures...

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applications made by Syrian nationals in each of the last three years were refused on the grounds that the applicant could...

      Immigration: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for family reunion made by Syrian nationals have been (a) received, (b) decided, (c) granted and (d) refused in each...

      Deportation: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Syrian nationals have been returned to third countries under the Dublin Regulations in each of the last three years.

      Police: Stun Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the national standards are for the training and guidance of police officers in deploying stinger devices.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect on claimants of the reduction in section 95 support for asylum seeker families and children.

      Police: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will merge the Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex police forces.

      Police: Stun Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will commission an investigation into the reasons for the proportion of Taser incidents which involve black people; and if she will...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2015 to Question 10467, when she plans for the results of the application of the Family Test on orders...

      Immigration Bill: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the results of the Family Test applied to the policies proposed in the Immigration Bill.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her announcement on 9 February 2015 on an independent review of policies and procedures affecting the welfare of those...

      Home Office: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will set out the matters that have been discussed under the Memorandum of Understanding her Department entered into with the Saudi...

      Refugees: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the prevalence of sexual abuse of women in the Calais refugee camp; and what steps her Department is taking...

      Refugees: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons humanitarian organisations do not operate inside the refugee camps at Calais.

      Home Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are engaged in the Organised Immigration Crime Task Force; and in which countries those people are deployed.

  • HM Treasury

    • Opencast Mining: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 2.260 of the 2015 Budget, what alternative options his Department has considered to address the environmental liabilities...

    • Small Businesses: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on SMEs of a move from the flat rate scheme for VAT to the general rate.

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to promote Pension Wise.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the (a) efficiency of the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and (b) potential merits of providing emergency payments to councils...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to principle 7 in paragraph 3.2 of his Department's publication, Funding the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales and Northern...

      Royal Family: Travel

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the schedule of comparable programme objects in his Department's publication, Funding the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the schedule of comparable programme objects in his Department's publication, Funding the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to expenditure on (a) HMRC: Administration, (b) HMRC: Tax and rate collection, (c) HMRC: Valuation Office, and (d) HMRC: Treasury in the...

      EU Budget

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the work required to collect the revenue paid into the EU budget in each year since 1985.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on foreign direct investment of the UK leaving the EU.

      Business: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to provide tax incentives for businesses seeking to enter the automotive and motor racing industries.

      Financial Conduct Authority

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Financial Conduct Authority acts to prevent companies from fraudulently using capital raised from...

      Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the level of problem debt in the UK.

      Economic Situation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the most recent Global Financial Stability Report from the IMF.

      Lloyds Bank

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the reasons are for the timing of his Department's sale of the remaining £2 billion of Lloyds' shares.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of introducing net metering; and if she will make a statement.

  • Cabinet Office

    • House of Lords Appointments Commission

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much under each cost heading was spent on the House of Lords Appointments Commission between 2010 and 2015; and how many times that Commission met...

    • Electoral Register: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2015 to Question 10532, when he plans for the further 57 local authorities referred to in that Answer to find out...

      Electoral Register: Students

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to increase voter registration among students.

      Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress his Department is making on tackling rogue fundraising activities by charities.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress he has made on increasing the level of electoral registration.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment has the Minister made of the progress of the National Citizenship Service.

      Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his policy is on preventing charities from putting undue pressure on vulnerable donors.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the progress of the National Citizenship Service.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment has the Minister made of the progress of the National Citizenship Service.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Livestock: Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to limit the use of antibiotics on farms to sick animals.

    • Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions there have been for abandoning or neglecting dogs in each of the last five years.

      Giant Hogweed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the prevalence of giant hogweed.

      Cane Sugar: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made in negotiations with the EU on addressing the level of duties imposed on cane sugar imported...

  • Department of Health

    • Home Care Services: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on the future of the private sector home care industry of the implementation of the national living wage.

    • Breast Cancer: Eddisbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Eddisbury constituency have been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in the last three years.

      Abortion: Gender Selection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if Ministers or officials of his Department will meet Jeena International, Karma Nirvana and other organisations representing women who have been the...

      Health Services and Social Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the likely annual cost of health and social care provision for people aged over 65 during the present Parliament.

      Abortion: Gender Selection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department next plans to publish an assessment of the incidence of sex-selective abortion in the UK.

      Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has for future levels of provision of NHS-funded hospice care.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what strategy his Department has for ensuring that as many people as possible who wish to die at home are able to do so.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the level of unmet demand for palliative care beds for patients in the last six months of their lives.

      Abortion: Foetal Tissue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether doctors performing surgical abortions are prohibited from altering the procedure (a) in order to maximise the amount or quality of fetal tissue...

      NHS: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve staff retention in NHS England.

      Medical Treatments: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Individual Funding Requests have been granted in each of the last 10 years.

      Medical Treatments: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in devolved administrations on standardising the decision-making process for individual funding requests.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on securing funding for patients infected with contaminated blood and for their families.

      NHS: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of staff morale in NHS England.

      Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements his Department has to ensure that financial grants made by his Department to Action on Smoking and Health are not used to fund...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to ensure that the recommendations in the publication entitled Achieving world-class cancer outcomes: a strategy for England...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policy of the potential link between the HPV Vaccine and Postural Orthostatic...

      Abortion: Gender Selection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what structures are in place for (a) staff in primary care settings and (b) other healthcare professionals to raise concerns about sex-selective...

      Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust: Care UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in the arbitration dispute between the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Trusts and Care UK, over which institution...

      Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2015 to Question 8139, what (a) correspondence and (b) meetings Ministers and officials in his Department have had...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15 September 2015 to Question 9845, what steps have been taken with Breast Cancer Now since the roundtable event.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to address the reported shortfall of £107 million in the Department's 2015 budget and the consequent imbalance in funding...

      Lyme Disease: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve tests for Lyme disease to ensure early diagnosis.

      Older People: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of chronic loneliness among older people on demand for GP appointments in (a) England and (b)...

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on the provision of medical supplies to NHS facilities in (a) Northamptonshire, (b) the East Midlands and (c)...

      Prisoners: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to manage the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes in the prison population; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Transport

    • Rapid Transit Systems: Cambridgeshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they committed to funding the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway when the contract was originally awarded; and whether they have since been asked to fund...

    • Aviation: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in conjunction with the Civil Aviation Authority to reduce the risk to life caused by passengers on United Kingdom registered...

  • Home Office

    • Gangmasters: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to require gangmasters to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check as part of their licence application process.

    • Gangmasters: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to introduce a requirement for the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to ensure that gangmasters have a Disclosure and Barring Service check...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Turkey: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of reports of killing of civilians, attacks on party offices, and injuries to children in Turkey, what representations they have made to the...

    • European Council

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they will bring to the European Council meeting in Valletta in November.

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel to ensure that Gaza fishermen have access to at least nine nautical miles offshore in winter...

      British Overseas Territories: Exclusive Economic Zone

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what policies they have in place (1) for the protection of the Exclusive Economic Zones around the United Kingdom's worldwide dependencies, and (2) to ensure...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the efficacy of Russian co-ordination of its armed action against the rebels and Daesh in Syria.

      Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made about the levels of sectarian attacks on Rohingya Muslims.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Small Businesses: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how the requirement for public-interest enterprises to disclose non-financial interests and diversity measures under...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Wormwood Scrubs Prison

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the latest figure for (1) the number of prisoners being held at HMP Wormwood Scrubs, and (2) the number of prison officers normally available for...

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

    • House of Lords: Catering

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what plans he has to end the subsidy for catering services in the House of Lords.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Welfare State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect net savings to the public purse in 2016–17 from the removal of the family element in tax credits and the first child premium in...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Black Grass

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the problems resulting from the spread of herbicide-resistant black grass; and what action they are taking to address them.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Refuges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that women and children fleeing domestic abuse can access safe refuges after the emergency funding for refuge services...

    • Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the response in August 2014 by the former Head of the Civil Service to the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee’s report on...

      Green Belt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of green belt policy since 2010 in England.

      Urban Areas: Awards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what involvement they have with the Great British High Street awards.

      Derelict Land

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what decisions they have made about the criteria for their fund to assist brownfield housing development; and how it will operate.

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the total amount available under the Disability Facilities Grant fund in 2016–17.

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what checks and balances are in place to ensure that the 2015–16 Disabled Facilities Grant allocation is spent in the prescribed areas.

      Planning Permission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidelines they give to local authorities when discussing planning proposals that could have a measurable impact on the environment.

      Schools: Planning Permission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they give to local authorities which, in determining the site for a new school, approve a location that would require pupils to walk two to...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Nuclear Power: Security

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure that all personnel working in the nuclear generation sector are briefed and adequately prepared to deal with cyber attacks.

    • Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much capacity of coal-fired energy plants in megawatts is scheduled to be closed in the United Kingdom between 2015 and 2020; and what assessment they...

      Solar Power

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies they have made of the effects of large solar energy plants upon plant and animal wild life.

      Solar Power: Subsidies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they carried out a full economic impact assessment of their cuts to subsidies for solar power; and if so, what conclusions they drew about (1) the...

  • Department of Health

    • Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation was carried out over the reclassification of "plain time" in the new contract for junior doctors; and what analysis was carried out on the...

    • Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they set aside the agreement in principle with the British Medical Association on junior doctor working and instead acted to impose a new contract,...

      Nurses: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Migration Advisory Committee's recommendation that nurses should not be added to the shortage occupation list, what they expect will be...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they estimate is the cost to the NHS of bed-blocking by patients who have received all their medical treatment; and what steps they are taking to reduce...

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average wage for a nurse in the NHS after working for (1) one, (2) five, and (3) 10 years.

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