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Written answers

Friday, 23 October 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people died on the roads in each region in incidents where a driver was using a mobile telephone in each of the last three years.

    • Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) enforcement cases and (b) out-of-court settlements there were for non-payment of vehicle tax between (i) October 2013 and June 2014 and...

      Bus Services: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2015 to Question 11430, what steps his Department took before 15 September 2015 in relation to bus operators who...

      Motor Vehicles: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been received from fines generated from vehicle clamping or instant removal for non-payment of vehicle excise duty in Northern Ireland...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential change in risk of flooding in South East England if Heathrow Airport expansion were to proceed.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to monitor the use of drones in UK airspace.

      Parking: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of legislation to prevent pavement parking in London.

      Felixstowe-Nuneaton Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 September 2015 to Question 10029, which schemes referred to in that Answer have been paused by Network Rail.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2015 to Question 11601, which was the senior committee of his Department that met on 23 March 2015 and was...

      Bus Services: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if it is his policy to make available proposed new powers to regulate bus networks to local authorities that do not have a metro mayor.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2015 to Question 11759, if he will place a copy of the report compiled by EY in connection with changes to...

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from the Cabinet Secretary on airport capacity.

      Railway Stations: Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that all railway stations in (a) Liverpool Walton constituency, (b) Liverpool City region and (c) England and Wales...

      Train Operating Companies: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the level of public subsidy for train operators in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the potential (a) economic and (b) health effects of the provisions of the Housing...

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential implications for his policies of the measures contained within the European...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to introduce a requirement that private landlords have a certificate confirming their accommodation has...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what forecast he has made of whether the total stock of local authority homes will increase or decrease in the next five years.

      Private Rented Housing: Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of mandatory electrical safety checks for dwellings in the private rented...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance he has issued to public bodies on the provision of social and affordable housing within any developments on land...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will estimate the number of homes in (a) Warrington and (b) Warrington North constituency which were sold under Right to...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the availability of (a) raw materials and (b) skilled labour in the...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the Homes and Communities Agency in respect of its duties on (a) land disposals...

      Housing: Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of wheelchair accessible (a) homes, (b) flats and (c) bungalows which will...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2015 to Question 11946, if his Department will provide additional funding for local...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the performance of the Small and Medium Enterprise builders fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Private Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the performance of Build to Rent projects; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government Finance: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was paid by (a) the Police Federation, (b) UNISON and (c) other trades unions to each council in the North West in 2014.

      Carbon Emissions: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to promote zero carbon housing.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Islamic State: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to prevent ISIL from destroying valuable historical sites in Palmyra and elsewhere.

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral statement of 7 September 2015, Official Report, column 30, on counter-terrorism, whether...

      State Visits: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2015 to Question 4073, on what date the planned visit of President Sisi of Egypt to the UK...

      Libya: Freezing of Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to distribute a proportion of the frozen assets of the Muammar Gaddafi administration in the UK...

      Middle East: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take to assist Middle East countries in learning lessons from Tunisia in overcoming political instability.

      Egypt: Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the implications for his Department's advice on travel to Egypt are of the accidental killing of foreign tourists in that...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received from his Israeli counterpart on the recent violence in that region; and if he will...

      Cleaning Services: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will hold discussions with Interserve on the inappropriateness of disciplinary action taken against cleaners who wrote to...

      China: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will express concern about the effect of the one-child policy on the sex-selective abortion of female unborn children in...

  • Cabinet Office

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the progress achieved by the UK Business and Human Rights Action Plan against the aims and...

    • Tata Steel: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he was first made aware of the fact that job losses were likely at TATA Steel in Scunthorpe and Lanarkshire; and what...

      Caparo Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he was first made aware of the fact that Caparo Industries was facing significant difficulties and was likely to enter...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps his Department has taken to prepare for the implementation of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation; and what estimate he has made of...

  • Department for Education

    • Further Education: Yorkshire and the Humber

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

    • Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in each local authority area were excluded from school on the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Children: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in each local authority area were not in full-time mainstream education and were in (a) part-time education, (b) pupil referral...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of reducing bursaries for post-graduate primary teacher training on teacher recruitment.

      Academies: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on what dates each school within the Inspiration Trust academy chain was first told of the dates of its Ofsted inspection in 2014-15; on what dates...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when it was decided to reduce the bursary for post-graduate primary teacher training; and what steps she has taken to communicate that decision to...

      Schools: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps are being taken to ensure that schools in West Sussex are delivering educational excellence.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the effects on the worst funded schools of adjusting the percentage applied in the calculation of the...

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what amount of pupil premium paid was not spent in the year it was paid in each of the last four years; what proportion of the total spending on pupil...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of the Government's proposed changes to tax credits on the number of children able to access free school meals.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Criminal Proceedings: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on the Criminal Court Charge.

    • Medway Secure Training Centre: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times Medway Secure Training Centre has contacted an external teaching agency to request a teacher since it was awarded the contract.

      Young Offender Institutions: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many teachers currently work in young offender institutions; and how many of those teachers lack teaching qualifications.

      Prisoners: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the nutritional adequacy of meals served to the prison population; and if he will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2015 to Question 11221, how many prosecutions or fixed penalty notifications have occurred for non emergency...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many under-18 year olds in prison have been starred up in each prison in each month during each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Foston Hall Prison: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people (a) attempted to take and (b) took their own lives at Foston Hall Prison, Derbyshire, was in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department were allocated to deal with representations from hon. Members to address constituents'...

    • Disability: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to close the pay gap between disabled workers and other workers.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to increase the accuracy of initial personal independence payment (PIP) decision-making to address the...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of people claiming, or applying for, Employment and Support Allowance, who are found fit for work, are...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that all Jobcentre Plus premises are fully accessible for people on the autism spectrum, in terms of both...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the economic benefit of investment in the arts over the last five years; and if he will make a...

    • Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance his Department gives on the consequences to consumers of a data breach.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance his Department gives on (a) informing customers of data breaches and (b) how compensation for a data breach should be...

  • Home Office

    • Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish the findings of the follow-up audit of reports made under Rule 35 of the Detention Centre Rules 2001.

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2015 to Question 11726, how many Prevent co-ordinators are employed in England and Wales.

      Visas: Dependants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Adult Dependent Relative visas were refused in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011, (e) 2012, (f) 2013 and (g) 2014.

      Visas: Dependants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people entered the UK on an Adult Dependent Relative visa in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011, (e) 2012, (f) 2013 and (g) 2014.

  • HM Treasury

    • Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many mandatory reconsiderations for tax credits which were undertaken by Concentrix took (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four, (e) five, (f) six, (g)...

    • Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ensure that paper forms are more readily available to people who do not have computers who are required to fill in annual tax returns; and if he...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of tax and benefit changes included in the Summer Budget 2015 on (a) relative and (b) absolute...

      Hostels: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the continuing viability of services offered by charities providing accommodation and life skills...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Hammersmith

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families in Hammersmith constituency who are in work will lose money as a result of the proposed reductions in tax credits.

      Lone Parents: Personal Income

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate what the net income, including tax credits and child benefit, will be of a single parent with two children working 35 hours per week at...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of how many families are likely to be more than (a) £1,000, (b) £2,000, (c) £3,000 and (d) £4,000 worse off in...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the introduction of proposed reductions in tax credits is not being phased in.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Email

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make provision for a dedicated email address by which hon. Members can raise constituents' concerns on tax credit claims.

      Revenue and Customs: Preston

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which hon. Members have been invited to visit the tax credit office in Preston since June 2010.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether it is her policy to increase the proportion of energy in the UK generated from renewable sources.

    • National Grid: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the expected capacity margin of the National Grid during winter 2015-16.

      Electricity: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what representations she has received on the probability of electricity shortages during winter 2015-16; and if she will make a statement.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the average domestic energy bill in (a) Lewisham Deptford constituency, (b) the London Borough of...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • LGBT People: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent assessment she has made of the level of inequalities experienced by LGBTI people in Northern Ireland.

    • Stormont House Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps she has taken to establish on a statutory basis an Implementation and Reconciliation Group as proposed in the Stormont House Agreement.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • EU Presidency: Malta

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2015 to Question 11059, whether officials in her Department have discussed with...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department will pay for the cost of traps used in the trial badger culls.

  • Department of Health

    • Mental Health Services: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of referral times for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service appointments in Plymouth and Devon; and if...

    • Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the Care Quality Commission's recent progress in meeting its inspection programme's targets.

      Care Quality Commission: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has held with the Care Quality Commission's Head of Inspection on the number of vacant posts in the Commission's inspection teams.

      Out-patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase the number of patients being offered a choice of outpatient facility by their GPs.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the recommendations set out in the NHS England report Achieving world-class cancer outcomes: a strategy for...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the availability of NHS dentist places in (a) High Peak constituency, (b) Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group and (c)...

      Respiratory System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will roll out a national breathlessness campaign to follow the pilots in the North and East of England.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that carers are able to give each patient an appropriate amount of time on visits.

      Social Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department intends to establish or encourage national training schemes for care providers to ensure consistency in care provision across the...

      Autism: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department and NHS England are taking to ensure that autism diagnosis waiting times for (a) children and (b) adults meet NICE guidance.

      Detention Centres: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he made of the effect of NHS England taking over responsibility for commissioning health services within the immigration detention estate...

      Skin Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure NHS melanoma patients are able to access nivolumab before its appraisal by NICE.

      Cardiovascular System: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of training a consultant in vascular surgery.

      Nurses: Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of nurses that are eligible for tax credits.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to replace bursaries for nursing, midwifery and allied healthcare services tuition with student loans; and if he will make a statement.

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information Health Education England holds on the number and proportion of doctors who completed their foundation training and are (a) not working...

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of additional (a) nurses and (b) doctors required to deliver seven-day working in the NHS.

      Pregnant Women: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many perinatal mental health admissions there were in each financial year since 2009-10.

      Pregnant Women: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many in-patient mother and baby units specialising in psychiatric care during the perinatal period there were in (a) 2010 and (b) the latest year for...

      Pregnant Women: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many perinatal mental health specialist midwives were in place in each financial year since 2009-10.

      Junior Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on patients' safety of removing working hours safeguards from junior doctors' contract.

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of junior doctors who may leave the UK to work abroad as a result of the introduction of a new contract by the Government.

      Mental Health Services: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the ability of homeless people to access mental health services; and if he will make a statement.

  • HM Treasury

    • Investment: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the transparency of costs charged to investors by asset managers based and regulated in the United Kingdom.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Kenya: Mau Mau

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the planned monument dedicated to those who were tortured during the Mau Mau uprising in the 1950s has been opened in Nairobi; and if so, what was...

    • NATO: Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NATO has a policy concerning the access of Russian ships to NATO ports.

      International Decade for People of African Descent

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to mark the UN International Decade for People of African Descent.

  • Department of Health

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why patients in England cannot access the drug Docetaxel, in contrast to patients in Scotland.

    • Hospital Beds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to introduce requirements for Clinical Commissioning Groups with patients in acute hospitals in other areas to prioritise those...

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the comments of the President of the Royal College of Physicians, reported on 14 October, that their plan for a seven-day NHS will...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Defamation: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Defamation Act 2013 can be applied in Northern Ireland through a legislative consent motion by the Northern Ireland Assembly, without any further...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of figures from the Office for National Statistics on the United Kingdom's productivity as compared to other G7 countries, what steps are being...

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