Written answers

Thursday, 22 October 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will increase the requirements placed on Network Rail to consult local communities on infrastructure planning.

    • Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for (a) Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and (b) Defence on supporting international efforts...

      Shipping: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total cost was of London International Shipping Week (LISW) 2013; how much of that cost was borne by his Department; and what those costs...

      Shipping: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many officials from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (a) spoke at and (b) attended scheduled events during London International Shipping Week 2015.

      Shipping: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many officials in his Department worked at events scheduled as part of London International Shipping Week 2015.

      Shipping: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many officials in his Department were involved in preparatory work for London International Shipping Week 2015.

      Shipping: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, by what criteria he judged the success of London International Shipping Week (LISW) 2013; and what criteria he used to judge the success of LISW 2015.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times officials from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency have visited overseas counterparts to discuss maritime policies since May 2010; and...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the objection in the Euston Area Plan on prioritising local people's needs adopted by the London Borough of Camden, the Mayor of...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make provision for additional compensation schemes for people in (a) the London Borough of Camden and (b) other parts of London,...

      Crossrail 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the proposed Crossrail 2 project; and what assessment he has made of the relationship between that project and the successful...

      Railways: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what geological assessment his Department has made to ensure the stability of (a) the sea wall at Dawlish, (b) the cliff at Teignmouth and (c) the...

      Roads: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research he has commissioned on the condition of rural roads.

      A417

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress is being made to create a safer road layout on the A417 at Birdlip Hill roundabout; and what plans he has to convert that road to a dual...

      Motorways: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to reduce the duration of speed restrictions for repair and maintenance on the M4, M5 and M50 motorways.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to provide assistance to companies in training personnel to gain HGV qualifications.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of HGV drivers in the UK relative to demand.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to increase the number of HGV drivers.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve air quality in order to assist people with lung diseases.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2015 to Question 4425, when he expects Network Rail to publish an update to its industry electrification strategy.

      Bus Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times his Department received complaints that an Oyster machine is not working properly on a London bus in each of the last four years.

      Public Transport: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to review the adequacy of public transport options in the West Midlands; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to review the safety of roads and highways in the West Midlands; and if he will make a statement.

      Crossrail 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to make an assessment of the case for an Eastern Branch of Crossrail 2 serving Hackney Central, Hackney Wick, Stratford, East Ham and...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in the number of people relying on temporary accommodation since 2010.

    • Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information he received about risks connected with the proposed right to buy scheme during the planning of that scheme.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the potential effects of the provisions of the Housing and Planning Bill on the total...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the provisions of the Housing Bill on the supply of...

      Homelessness

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

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will estimate the number of homes to be sold under the right to buy policy which are likely to become private rental...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Turkey: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effects of recent political instability in Turkey.

    • Mediterranean Sea: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of recent UK efforts to prevent people smuggling in the Mediterranean.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Spanish counterpart on incursions into Gibraltarian waters by Spanish ships in recent months.

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the government of Bahrain to hold talks with the opposition in Bahrain on...

      Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support he is giving to EU proposals to provide sea access to Gaza.

      Iran: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the human rights situation in Iran.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Israeli government on the use of force by Israeli security personnel in response to...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Palestinian Authority on action to prevent terrorist attacks in Israel.

      COE Parliamentary Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will set out the record of attendance and participation in sessions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of...

      COE Parliamentary Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the work of the members of the UK delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in what form he expects the results of the renegotiation of the UK's membership of the EU to be presented (a) by the European...

      Cleaning Services: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from his Department's cleaning staff on being paid the London Living Wage.

  • Attorney General

    • Trials

      To ask the Attorney General, how many early guilty pleas there were in the Crown Court in each year from 2010-11; and what proportion of total pleas they represented in each such year.

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Attorney General, how many exit packages the Crown Prosecution Service has agreed with a value of more than £100,000 since 2010-11; and what the total cost of such packages was to...

      Crown Prosecution Service: Costs

      To ask the Attorney General, what assessment he has made of the effect of the criminal courts charge on the reduction in costs awarded to the Crown Prosecution Service under the Prosecution of...

      Crown Prosecution Service: Costs

      To ask the Attorney General, what estimate he has made of the costs awarded to the Crown Prosecution Service under the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 in (a) each financial year since 2010 and...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Trade Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with which trade associations he has met since his appointment.

    • Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many meetings he has held with businesses or industry associations in the (a) aerospace, (b) pharmaceutical, (c) automotive,...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Pressure Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what meetings his Department has had with representatives of (a) the Taxpayers' Alliance, (b) the Confederation of British...

      Minimum Wage: Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect on productivity of increasing the minimum wage.

      Young People: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to improve rates of pay for people aged under 25.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department has taken to ensure maximum financial benefit to the public purse from the sale of Royal Mail.

      Pregnant Women: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of free specialist legal advice available to new and expectant mothers who...

      Iron and Steel: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many times in the past 12 months (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have raised the issue of state aid...

      Personal Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether he has made an assessment of the need for regulation of hairdressing.

  • Department for Education

    • Primary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her policy on universal infant free school meals is part of the Government's obesity strategy.

    • National Identity: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to promote patriotism in schools.

      UN Convention of the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress she is making on implementing Article 31 of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to ensure that special education needs are included as part of the core framework for Initial Teacher Training.

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students attained grades (a) A, (b) B and (c) C in each Ebacc subject in each of the last three years.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of effectiveness for parents of data published by schools on the number of children achieving five A to C grades in...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children have been classified as in need (a) once, (b) twice, (c) three times and (d) four times (i) in the last 12 months and (ii) during...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children in need achieved five A* to C grades at GCSE, including English and mathematics, in the most recent year for...

      Further Education: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding was allocated to further education in (a) Copeland and (b) Cumbria in (i) 2014-15 and (ii) 2015-16.

      Children: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to require local authorities to publish data on (a) the number of families with disabled children in their area, (b)...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of trials were (a) ineffective, (b) cracked and (c) vacated for reasons related to the prosecution in each year since 2010-11.

    • Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress his Department is making in arranging for the release of prisoners sentenced to imprisonment for public protection.

      College of Arms: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions he has had on recruitment processes for vacancies in the College of Arms.

      Magistrates: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many magistrates have resigned from their positions in each of the last 24 months.

      Ministry of Justice: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what meetings he has had with trades union officials on the Trade Union Bill.

      Criminal Proceedings: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the monetary value has been of criminal courts charges (a) imposed and (b) collected since the introduction of those charges.

  • Leader of the House

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Direct Selling: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many complaints concerning (a) automated and (b) live telesales calls were received by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) Connecting Cheshire and (b) other local authority partnerships provide timely and accurate...

      Football: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of poor player behaviour and discipline by Premier League football players on the field on...

      American Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support the establishment of an NFL franchise in London.

      Tickets: Touting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that fans buying tickets for sporting and cultural events are not disadvantaged by organised gangs of...

      Nuisance Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to tackle nuisance calls.

      Information Commissioner and National Archives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his policy is on (a) data protection, (b) sponsorship of the Information Commissioner's Office and (c) sponsorship of the National...

      Digital Technology: EU Internal Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his policy is on the digital single market.

      Football: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to encourage the Premier League adequately to contribute to the financing of grassroots football.

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 26 March 2015 to Question 228756, when his Department plans to publish statistics on the performance of the Help to...

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total number of hours worked by participants in (a) help to work and (b) mandatory work activity was in the most recent year for...

      Employment Schemes: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he plans to take to improve employment support for homeless people.

      Jobcentre Plus: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many branches of Jobcentre Plus employed at least one full-time equivalent (a) disability employment adviser and (b) income support...

      Jobcentre Plus: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many income support advisers were employed by Jobcentre Plus in each of the last five years.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which employers who have provided work placements for participants in (a) help to work and (b) mandatory work activity since the start of...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of participants in (a) the work programme, (b) work choice, (c) help to work and (d) mandatory work activity who...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many requests he has received for an inquiry into benefit sanctions.

      Housing Benefit: Bury St Edmunds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people aged between 18 and 21 in the constituency of Bury St Edmunds were in receipt of housing benefit in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12,...

      Universal Credit: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants have been sanctioned in (a) Liverpool, Walton constituency and (b) Liverpool since the implementation of...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people with cancer who will be affected by proposals under the Welfare Reform and Work Bill to...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2015 to Question 11226, for what reasons decisions were not made on 118,039 of the applications his...

      Universal Credit (Work Allowance) Amendment Regulations 2015

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish an impact assessment of the Universal Credit (Work Allowance) Amendment Regulations 2015.

      Universal Credit: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants there have been in (a) Liverpool, Walton constituency and (b) Liverpool city region since that policy's...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who were subject to the benefit cap between May 2015 and August 2015 had been in receipt of working tax credit at any point...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animals: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the schedule of comparable programme objects in HM Treasury's publication, Funding the Scottish...

    • Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs: Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much (a) fair price and (b) non-fair price milk was purchased for Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London in August 2015;...

      Alpacas: Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether alpacas are routinely tested for the presence of bovine tuberculosis.

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Pressure Groups

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

    • Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the longest recorded time is for which a person has been held in immigration detention since 2010.

      Asylum: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of victims of human trafficking who applied for asylum were successful in their application between 2010 and 2015.

      Deportation: Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department considers it safe to deport failed asylum seekers to Yemen.

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will amend existing legislation relating to police widow pensions to bring parity with other public sector pensions.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government's overseas posts are taking to warn women applying for entry to the UK about the dangers of sex trafficking and...

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects the Missing Persons' Analysis Data for 2013-14 to be published.

      Forced Labour and Human Trafficking: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of (a) trafficking in human beings and (b) forced labour have been recorded by North Yorkshire Police for each year from 2010...

      Organised Crime: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many nominals in County Line investigations conducted or led by the National Crime Agency have been under 18; and what the age, gender...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) shortest, (b) longest and (c) mean period of time was for deciding applications for family reunion in each of the last five years.

      Immigrants: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on amending the immigration system to increase the supply of non-domiciled seafarers to the UK shipping industry.

      Marriage Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an estimate of the potential (a) total and (b) average cost per register of allowing mothers names to be recorded on...

      Visas: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many transit visas for Syrian nationals have been (a) granted and (b) refused in each of the last five years.

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will conduct a review into the efficiency and effectiveness of administrative handling of cases.

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons her Department did not renew the Choices contract in detention centres; and what assessment the Government has made of the...

      Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effect on employment in Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust of proposals that Tier...

      Counter-terrorism: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what length of time her Department retains information about a person after they have been referred to the Channel programme.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she plans to take to ensure that delays in Disclosure and Barring Service checks by (a) the Metropolitan Police and (b) other...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Disclosure and Barring Service has to protect vulnerable groups from exposure to unchecked employees and unregistered employers.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Disclosure and Barring Service checks were carried out in (a) the UK, (b) Lancashire and (c) Ribble Valley constituency in the last...

      Home Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time equivalent staff her Department allocated to responding to hon. Members' enquiries on their constituents' immigration...

      College of Policing: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to withdraw the courses and services provided by the College of Policing to the government of Saudi Arabia.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will carry out a review of asylum dispersal areas in the UK with a view to expanding the number of such areas.

      Community Engagement Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the membership of the Community Engagement Forum is.

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of Police and Crime Commissioners.

      Cumbria Constabulary: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to ensure reductions in funding to Cumbria Constabulary do not result in a reduction in police numbers.

      Undocumented Migrants: Harwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 September 2015 to Question 9820, what information her Department holds on the bail conditions (a) sought and...

      Crimes of Violence: Bury St Edmunds

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of trends in the number of offences of violence against a person in Bury St Edmunds constituency in the last...

      Home Office: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the Memorandum of Understanding entered into by her Department with the Saudi Arabian government.

      Refugees: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to work with her French counterpart to allow increased access by humanitarian organisations to the refugee camp at...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to ensure that adequate financial resources were allocated to investigations into cases of historical child sexual...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to monitor the number of Syrians seeking refugee status who enter the UK from Ireland; and if she will...

      Free Movement of People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that databases compiled by local authorities in respect of their regulatory functions can be used to...

      Stone: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle stone theft.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Submarines: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department took to comply with the requirement for transparency set out in paragraph 5c of Annex B of the Fishing Vessel Avoidance UK...

    • Navy: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has any plans to reduce the length of deployments for Royal Navy personnel; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Decorations: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will introduce a service medal to people serving in Operation Helvetic.

      Army: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of soldiers have been awarded the Public Services apprenticeship without having attained Level 2 in English and mathematics or having...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the memorandum from the Director of the US Office of the Secretary of Defense on Observations on the Marine Corps F-35B Demonstration...

      Ministry of Defence: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken to prepare for the implementation of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation; which non-departmental public...

      Military Attaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which countries UK defence attachés are posted.

  • HM Treasury

    • Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 30 October 2012, Official Report, column 210W, on tobacco: smuggling, how many individual seizures were made by the Border...

    • Foreign Relations: China

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to improve Britain's economic ties with China.

      Pensions: Fraud

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of changes in the level of scam activity associated with pensions following the introduction of pensions freedoms.

      Block Grant: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2015 to Question 7017, on Block grant: Northern Ireland, what information his Department holds on which department in...

      Insurance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the practice of insurance companies basing premiums on postcode areas on differentials in premiums paid by...

      VAT: Fuels

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was raised from VAT on road fuel in (a) 2011, (b) 2012, (c) 2013, (d) 2014 and (e) 2015.

      Child Tax Credit: Carers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether a kinship carer with more than two children in their care, either their own children or under a kinship arrangement, and who receives tax credits,...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department gives to ensure that the implications of missing national insurance contributions are made clear to those concerned at the time...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what dates officials or Ministers at HM Revenue and Customs have met (a) representatives of Mitie and (b) representatives of MiHomecare in the last year.

      Social Services: Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects HM Revenue and Customs to report on its investigations into alleged non-compliance by care sector companies with national minimum wage...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the evidential basis is for his statement to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee on 8 September 2015 that the cost of new nuclear power is...

      Economic Growth

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the slowing of the growth of the Chinese economy on growth in the UK.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the proportion of people in receipt of tax credits who will have their income reduced as a result of the proposed government...

      Homelessness

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the homelessness prevention grant will continue to be paid to local authorities after the phasing out of the core local government grant.

      London-Brighton Railway Line

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made on the feasibility study into the Brighton Main Line 2 proposals announced as part of the Summer Budget 2015 on 8 July 2015.

      Social Services: Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies in the care sector are being investigated by HM Revenue and Customs for alleged non-compliance with national minimum wage legislation.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will announce the timetable for the publication of a new Energy White Paper.

    • Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2015 to Question 11023, how many developers are developing proposals at each of the sites...

      Business: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the progress of UK firms in reducing their contribution to climate change.

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effect of proposed changes to the feed-in-tariff on solar firms and small businesses in (a)...

      Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what her policy is on the introduction of net metering for (a) domestic and (b) commercial electricity generating installations.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Internet: Access

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that people unable to access the internet are not (a) disadvantaged as consumers and (b) denied access to...

    • Civil Servants: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many requests for voluntary exit payments for Civil Service employees with a value of more than £95,000 he has received since May 2015.

      Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if his Department will take steps to ensure that graduates from a working class background are recruited onto the Civil Service Fast Stream.

      Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government plans to publish the socio-economic status of entrants to the Senior Civil Service, Fast Stream and Fast Track Apprentice Scheme.

      Suicide: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have taken their own life in (a) Lewisham, Deptford constituency, (b) the London Borough of Lewisham and (c) Greater London in each of...

  • Department of Health

    • Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of smokers who have switched to e-cigarettes; and what estimate he has made of the effect of that switch on the...

    • Nhs England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library (a) agendas and (b) minutes of meetings of the NHS England Industry Council; and if he will make a statement.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps the Government has taken to improve care and support for people with breast cancer.

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed new junior doctor contract on the ability of female doctors to take time out of training for...

      Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether any grant monitoring forms in relation to funds awarded by his Department to Action on Smoking and Health were submitted late.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans next to publish a report on international comparisons of medicines usage; at what frequency he will publish such reports; what assessment...

      Health: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to improve the physical and mental health of homeless people.

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of minimum and maximum payments terms for suppliers to the NHS.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health of 20 July 2015, Official Report, column 1221, when he...

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria the Government and NHS employers will use to distinguish between residential and non-residential on call duties in the proposed new...

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the Government and NHS employers have involved Health Education England in the planning and negotiation of the new junior doctors contract.

      Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to assist and advise all British ex-servicemen resident in the Republic of Ireland on financial support for medicines...

      Department of Health: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received on the (a) award and (b) disbursement of grants made under section 64 of the Health Services and Public...

      Department of Health: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements are in place to ensure that grants made by his Department under section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968 are...

      Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has taken disciplinary action in respect of section 64 grants made to Action on Smoking and Health and their subsequent use.

      Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the grant application received from Action on Smoking and Health in May 2011 and (b) the revised grant...

      Physiotherapy: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to review the adequacy of waiting times to access NHS physiotherapy services; and if he will make a statement.

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been admitted to hospital with malnutrition in each of the last five years.

      General Practitioners: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average retirement age of female GPs has been in each year from 2000 to 2014; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his departmental spending on children's mental health services will be in 2015-16.

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has had discussions with medical organisations on the implications of the recent European Court of Justice ruling against Ireland...

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2015 to Question 11738, what review his Department has conducted of the working conditions of junior doctors; and if...

      Everolimus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2015 to Question 11615, on Everolimus, when he expects that a timetable for publication will be agreed.

      Social Services: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people in each Parliamentary constituency to whom the cap on care costs would have applied in...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times ambulances have been required to attend prisons as a result of emergency call-outs relating to (a) illegal drugs, (b) prescribed drugs and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether human rights remain a foreign policy priority.

    • Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the proportion of their budget and personnel that is allocated to promoting human rights, the rule of law and democracy in...

      Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether official development assistance funds provided through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund are subject to the provisions of the International...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the public will be properly and impartially informed about the full range of consequences of withdrawal from...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Small Businesses: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, what steps, if any, they plan to take to ensure local involvement and certainty for small businesses participating in the JEREMIE (Joint European Resources...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers: Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 1 October (HL2376), whether they were assured that there would be a fully implemented Operational Conversion...

    • Army Reserve: Croydon

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, of the enhancements originally planned in order to accommodate heavy recovery vehicles for the Army Reserve Centre at Mitcham Road, Croydon, which have been...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the leaked 2009 report by the United States Central Intelligence Agency that drone strikes are ineffective and...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when decisions will be made about replacements for the forward repair vessel RFA Diligence and the aviation training casualty receiving ship RFA Argus.

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the age of each of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships currently in service.

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average age of officers serving in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in the rank of (1) Chief Officer, and (2) Captain.

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to bring the remuneration package for officers serving with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary into line with market rates in the...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Internet: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the comments by Baroness Shields on 17 July (HL Deb, col 862), what measures regarding the protection of children’s safety online are being...

    • Internet: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the comments by Baroness Shields on 17 July (HL Deb, col 860), how European regulations on net neutrality will affect family-friendly filters...

      Internet: Pornography

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to consult on their manifesto commitment to require age verification for pornography websites.

  • Home Office

    • Borders: Channel Islands

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for maritime and air border controls between the Schengen area and the Channel Islands.

    • Refugees: Mediterranean Sea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to replace HMC Protector and HMC Seeker, supporting search-and-rescue missions in the Mediterranean.

      Public Houses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Institute of Economic Affairs' report Alcohol and the public purse: Do drinkers pay their way? and the Institute of...

      Refugees: Germany

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 5 October (HL2318), what is the timescale by which migrants accepted by Germany as refugees could be granted...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Solar Power

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many acres of land are now occupied by solar energy farms.

  • Cabinet Office

    • British Nationals Abroad: Voting Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to come forward with legislation to extend the franchise to British citizens resident overseas for more than 15 years.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Albatrosses: Tristan da Cunha

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are giving any assistance to Tristan da Cunha to save the critically endangered Tristan albatross.

    • Forests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to provide financial and other support for the management, protection, and expansion of the United Kingdom’s woodland resources.

      Forests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to consult stakeholders on the further devolution of forestry, including the cross-border functions and shared services of the...

  • Department of Health

    • Eyesight: Testing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report An equal right to sight by SeeAbility, and the subsequent response by the College of Optometrists and others, what steps...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of alcohol misuse on the NHS and other public services.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy for ensuring that elderly patients who have missed their daytime meals due to medical tests receive a hot evening meal.

      Amyloidosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made by University College London in association with the National Amyloidosis Centre and GlaxoSmithKline to develop a combined small...

      Nurses: Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many nurses trained in England were registered for the first time by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in 2014–15.

      Nurses: Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the attrition rate for nursing students expressed as a percentage of reported starters in 2013–14 and 2014–15.

      Nurses: Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many nurses removed themselves or were removed from the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register in 2014–15.

      Nurses: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many European Union and non-European Union nurses were given registered status by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in each of the years 2010–11 to...

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