Written answers

Thursday, 29 October 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of likely spending by his Department on road repairs in each year between 2015 and 2020.

    • Shipping: Londonderry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether on any occasion under-qualified pilots have been provided in the compulsory pilotage area at Londonderry Port.

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of global shipping tonnage was registered in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Night Flying: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what regulatory arrangements require airlines to use the quietest aircraft for early morning and late night flights into London's airports; and by...

      Shipping: Londonderry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of pilotage standards at Londonderry Port.

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on implementing plans for new IEP and Thameslink rolling stock.

      Motorways: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will increase the speed limit on motorways to 80 mph; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to improve the condition of rural roads.

      Motor Vehicles: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the viability of the use of E10 fuel in older vehicles and motorcycles.

      Roads: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department provides to the London Borough of Barnet for the upkeep of local roads.

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the proportion of global shipping tonnage that will be registered in the UK in 2020.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment he has made of which countries have the most miles of road per (a) capita of population and (b) driver.

      Railways: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the Sheffield City Region has not been involved in the Hendy review.

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions Ministers or officials have had with HM Treasury regarding the disparity between diesel and petrol prices in the last three months.

      Cycling: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has for cyclists in London to undergo a safety training course for their own and pedestrians' protection.

      Civil Aviation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will instruct the Civil Aviation Authority to respond to the Mott Macdonald report 2012 submitted to the Ministry of Defence; and if he will...

      Ports: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Government's policy is on the proposed EU Port Services Regulations; and if he will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the DVLA's investigation into the proper registration of historic vehicles in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the rising cost of motor insurance.

      British Transport Police: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many British Transport Police officers in London were contracted to work night shifts as at 1 October (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e)...

      British Transport Police: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many British Transport Police officers were working night shifts in London on each day of September 2015.

      Railways: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to appoint the consultant for the London and South Coast rail corridor study.

      Railways: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the London and South Coast rail corridor study to be published.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has carried out of the ability of road infrastructure to meet future demand; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2015 to Question 12539, whether the meeting of the Board Investment and Commercial Committee on 23 March 2015 was...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2015 to Question 12538, and with reference to the statement in the Answer of 21 September 2015 to Question 10029...

      Bus Services: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2015 to Question 12213, whether his Department has imposed any penalties on bus operators who submitted...

      Great Western Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when Network Rail first informed his Department of their estimate that electrification of the Great Western Main Line would cost more than £2 billion.

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's expenditure on the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) was in each year from 2010-11 to 2014-15; and what his Department's...

      Severn River Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, at what level tolls at the Severn Bridge will be set from January 2016.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the railway is able to accommodate the transport of full-sized lorry trailers on trains.

      Motorways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to minimise the extent and length of road works on the motorway network at times when work is not taking place.

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on publishing a cycling and walking investment strategy.

      Public Transport: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's policies on increasing access to public transport for disabled passengers.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Non-domestic Rates: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was raised by business rates in the Newcastle upon Tyne local authority area in the last year for which figures are...

    • Non-domestic Rates: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of his proposed changes to business rates on (a) the North East, (b) the North East...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of properties required to meet housing demand in (a) England, (b) the North...

      Housing: Dartford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many new homes were built in Dartford constituency in 2014.

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of empty properties in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) Easington...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will estimate the potential savings to local authorities of holding local council elections once every four years.

      Schools: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many visits fire and rescue services made to schools in 2013-14.

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has carried out of the adequacy of parking capacity across local authorities; and if he will make a...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Libya: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what records his Department holds on representations made by the Government to (a) the US Administration and (b) the Libyan...

    • Rebecca Prosser

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what occasions British consular officials in Indonesia have visited Rebecca Prosser since her detention on 28 May 2015; how...

      International Courts: Constitutional and Administrative Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will discuss with his (a) EU and (b) African Union counterparts the creation of an International Constitutional Court to...

      India: Elephants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Indian counterpart on (a) the treatment of and (b) the use of bullhooks on Asian...

      Rebecca Prosser

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, at which court hearings in Indonesia for Rebecca Prosser, Consular officials in his Department attended.

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to remove the climate diplomacy function of his Department in response to the UNFCCC Paris COP 21.

      Rebecca Prosser

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on court hearings which have taken place in respect of Rebecca Prosser in Indonesia; and...

      Gedhun Choekyi Nyima

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Chinese government on Gendun Choeki Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama; and...

      East Africa: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people requiring consular assistance in Addis Ababa and Nairobi originated in Somalia in each of the last three years.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he (a) has made and (b) plans to make to the UN Security Council on steps to promote (i) constructive...

      Tenzin Delek Rinpoche

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Chinese government on the death in custody of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche.

      China: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps UK diplomatic posts in China have taken under his Department's 2010-2015 Strategy for the Abolition of the Death Penalty.

      Tibet: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the level of freedom of religion or belief in the Tibet autonomous region.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the contribution of the Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign Affairs Committee on 15 September 2015, Qq 9-11,...

      Karl Andree

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2015 to Question 901670, what recent reports he has received on the imprisonment of Karl...

      Foreign Relations: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions officials of his Department have contacted representatives of a foreign government to ask for an account...

      Turkey: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral contribution of 20 October 2015, Official Report, column 813, what discussions he has had with ministers...

  • Wales Office

    • Foreign Relations: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, on how many occasions officials of his Department have contacted representatives of a foreign government to ask for an account of private meetings or...

  • Attorney General

    • Organised Crime: Drugs

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2015 to Question 11678, how many prosecutions for trafficking offences linked to County Lines investigations there have been in...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has to increase enforcement rates for the national minimum wage.

    • Skilled Workers: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the skills gap in Cumbria.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people completed more than one apprenticeship at the same qualification level between May 2010 and May 2015.

      Funerals: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the level of charges levied by funeral directors for their goods and services.

      Students: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of university entry rates by (a) gender and (b) social background for students from (i) the North...

      Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the effect of the introduction of the National Living Wage on rates of pay above the statutory...

      Iron and Steel: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the level of energy prices on the steel industry; and if he will make a...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprenticeships have been created under the Trailblazer scheme in the last nine months.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the comparative merits of universities using (a) postcodes and (b) household incomes to determine...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2015 from the Prime Minister, Official Report, column 947, when the results of the...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of efficiency savings arising from his Department's digital strategies in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the funds generated through the proposed apprenticeship levy which will be...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many officials in his Department are working on the review of post-16 education and training institutions.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what (a) funding his Department is undertaking and (b) projects his Department has planned as part of the Government's Digital...

      Post Codes: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an assessment of the potential economic value of the UK having an address file that was published as open data.

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether he plans to publish (a) a formal response to and (b) the submissions received by his Department concerning the Dual...

      Freight: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of the disruption at Calais to the economy in the last three months.

      Motor Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2015 to Question 12065, which EU and US regulators and which representatives from the UK...

      Iron and Steel: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions Ministers and officials from his Department had with the Insolvency Service on Redcar steelworks prior to the...

      Iron and Steel: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if (a) statutory redundancy payments and (b) final salaries will be paid from the Government's support funding package for those...

      Technology: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprentices there were in the technology sector in (a) the UK, (b) the South East and (c) Windsor constituency in the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to assist Christian refugees in Syria who are being persecuted.

    • Pitcairn Islands: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress her Department has made on establishing a renewable power facility in Pitcairn Islands.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate her Department has made of the number of people under the age of 18 displaced by the conflict in Yemen.

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to use the Paris Climate Summit in December 2015 to promote support for developing countries to...

      Philippines: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance the Government plans to provide to the Philippines to help that country deal with the aftermath of tropical storm Koppu.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support development programmes in Yemen.

  • Department for Education

    • Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many GCSE exam papers have been sent to other countries to be marked this year.

    • Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress her Department has made on preparing to amend the Admissions Code to give parents of summer-born children a right to defer their start...

      Special Educational Needs: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the findings and recommendations of the National Deaf Children's Society report,...

      Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has assessed the implications of using a premature child's due date, rather than his or her birth date, for the purpose of...

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will commission an update to the research study of Recruitment, Deployment and Management of Supply Teachers in England commissioned by her...

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that reviews into Ofsted's conduct are conducted by an independent body.

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 23 June 2015 to Question 2405, what the total cost to state-funded schools of hiring agency teachers was in (a) Brighton...

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 3 June 2015 to Question 36, if she will make it her policy to separately identify agency teachers in the annual School...

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make a comparative assessment of the (a) cost to the public purse and (b) terms and conditions for supply teachers of the (i) local...

      Schools: Hendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that there are adequate numbers of school places in Hendon constituency.

      Schools: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much (a) revenue and (b) capital funding was provided to each pupil in state (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in Copeland constituency (A)...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to encourage more people to train as teachers.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many full-time equivalent classroom teachers have been employed in schools in (a) Copeland constituency, (b) Cumbria and (c) England in each of...

      Grammar Schools: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on how (a) playing fields and (b) other facilities and resources available at the recently approved grammar...

      Schools: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many defibrillators have been purchased by new schools nationally in accordance with guidance issued in 2014 by her Department; and what...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many absconds from prison occurred in each month of the most recent year for which information is available.

    • Courts: Carmarthen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the annual running costs were of (a) Carmarthen Law Courts (The Guildhall) and (b) Carmarthen Civil, Family, Tribunal and Probate Hearing Centre in...

      Magistrates' Courts: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the estimated annual operating costs of (a) Lincoln Magistrates' Court, (b) Skegness Magistrates' Court and (c) Boston Magistrates' Court are when...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for which offences prisoners serving imprisonment for public protection sentences were convicted on the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Aviation: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) convicted for targeting aircraft with laser pens in each of the last 10 years.

      Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what changes have been made to the implementation of Achieving Best Evidence procedures in relation to investigations into domestic and sexual abuse in...

      Bryn Alyn Community: Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many payments of what amount were made by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority to former residents of the Bryn Alyn Community in each year...

      Domestic Violence: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the effect on children of court-ordered contact with a perpetrator of domestic abuse.

      Ministry of Justice: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the value for money of its contracts with the private sector.

      Courts: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what account was taken of the effect on access to justice in rural areas in his Department's consultation on the Provision of the Court and Tribunal Estate.

      Ministry of Justice: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what (a) funding his Department is undertaking and (b) projects his Department has planned as part of the Government's Digital Inclusion Strategy.

      Family Proceedings: Court Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the enforcement of orders issued by the Family Court; and if he will make a statement.

      Entry Clearances: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the average time taken to secure appeal hearings for people whose entry clearance applications have been refused.

  • Prime Minister

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2015 to Question 12154, for what reasons he did not refer to any legal basis in domestic law during (a) his oral statement of 4...

    • Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2015 to Question 8501, on the Wilson Doctrine, what responsibilities he has in relation to the operation of the Wilson Doctrine;...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Cultural Heritage: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to protect cultural heritage abroad.

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer of 13 October 2015 to Question 11722, which companies provide fixed broadband services in the UK.

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what comparative estimate he has made of the costs, other than initial offers, of a typical package of landline and broadband services...

      Broadband: Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the planned date is for the roll-out of fibre broadband in (a) the Chryston area and (b) the constituency of Coatbridge, Chryston...

      Broadband: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2015 to Question 11572, what steps he is taking to ensure that Connecting Cheshire delivers...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • British Airways: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to support British Airways pensioners since 14 September 2015; and what steps he has taken to encourage British...

    • Social Security Benefits: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will initiate a review of the welfare support available to homeless people.

      Employment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people on the autism spectrum are in full-time employment; and what steps the Government is taking to support people on the...

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of the delays in state pension payments to British citizens living abroad.

      Employment and Support Allowance: City of Westminster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employment support allowance claimants in the City of Westminster have been referred to Maximus and the Work Programme since that...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Primates: Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to introduce legislation to ban the sale of primates as pets.

    • Slaughterhouses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to promote EU member states only sending animals to slaughterhouses which meet the standards set by...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department has established that there is a basis to permit fishing at levels higher than the limits set by the...

      Marine Conservation Zones and Special Areas of Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of UK seas out to 200nm are designated as (a) Special Areas of Conservation and (b) Marine Conservation Zones.

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information her Department holds on the number of assessed European fish stocks that are (a) fished at or below and (b)...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is her Department's position in EU Council negotiations to develop Multi-Annual Fisheries Plans that ensure...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was paid in (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses to officials of her Department in each of the last three years.

      China: Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress the Government made during recent discussions with the Chinese Prime Minister in agreeing a timetable for...

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what priority is being given to abandoned and orphaned children in the selection of Syrian refugees likely to be offered a new home in the UK.

    • Undocumented Migrants: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of accommodation and support available to vulnerable migrants in Calais; and what steps...

      Data Protection: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to protect the security and privacy of citizens' online activity.

      Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Official Report, columns 11-12,...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that the questioning by police of children and vulnerable adults who are possible victims of child abuse...

      Offences against Children: Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which of the recommendations of the report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission on Operation Gullane have been implemented; and...

      Terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions did the National Crime Agency received notice of suspicion of terrorist financing from private sector institutions,...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress is being made to facilitate the arrival of Syrian refugees to Northern Ireland under the vulnerable persons relocation scheme.

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what independent oversight arrangement has been established to monitor the Channel programme.

      Dual Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in (a) the UK and (b) London have gained dual citizenship (i) in total and (ii) with citizenship of each EU member state in...

      Police: Stun Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times tasers have been used by the police in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Hertfordshire Constabulary: Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Hertfordshire Constabulary's reserves have been subject to CIFPA auditing for the 2014-15 financial year.

      Police: Stun Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of incidents in which tasers were used by the police in London in each of the last five years resulted in (a)...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is his policy to procure 13 Type 26 frigates.

    • RAF Akrotiri: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has had with the Cypriot authorities about who has responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of refugees arriving at...

      RAF Akrotiri: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to prepare a deal with further refugees arriving by sea at RAF Akrotiri.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has had with Babcock on the proposal to extend the limit of restoration of Electrical Shore Supplies to nuclear powered...

      Armed Forces: Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many applications have been made to the forces help to buy scheme in (a) each region in England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in...

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason he included previously excluded expenditure such as war pensions in the latest UK response to NATO's defence spending requirement.

      Ministry of Defence: Raytheon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which events held by his Department were sponsored by Raytheon in the last 12 months.

      Ministry of Defence: Raytheon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what hospitality was provided to (a) Ministers and officials of his Department and (b) members of the armed forces by Raytheon in the last 12 months.

  • HM Treasury

    • Small Businesses: Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department plans to respond to the Eleventh Report of the Treasury Committee, Conduct and competition in SME lending, Session 2014-15, HC 204,...

    • Financial Services: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the introduction of a financial transaction tax in (a) the UK and (b) partnership with other taxation authorities.

      Private Rented Housing: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on small investors of planned restrictions on the relief on finance costs for landlords of residential property.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of auto-renewals on competition in the private motor insurance market.

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what budget reductions he plans to the fire and rescue service.

      Working Tax Credit: NHS

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of proposed changes to tax credits on (a) nurses and (b) other NHS staff.

      Insurance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will have discussions with the Financial Conduct Authority on ensuring that when insurance companies issue annual renewal notices for policies they...

      Tourism: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect on employment in the hospitality sector of reducing the VAT rate in that sector to 10 per cent.

      Estate Agents: Money Laundering

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many investigations into estate agents have taken place under money laundering regulations in the last five years.

      Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal 10 in the UK.

      Armed Forces: Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many serving members of each branch of the armed forces are in receipt of (a) child and (b) working tax credits.

      National Asset Register

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will issue an updated National Asset Register.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2015 to Question 12704, what the income range is of the half of tax credit claimants with the highest income.

      Iron and Steel: Redcar

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide financial support to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council to compensate for the loss in business rates due to closure of the Redcar steel...

      Insolvency

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate HM Revenue and Customs has made of the amount of tax it will collect should the funding of insolvency litigation change under the provisions...

      Working Age Benefits: Armed Forces

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many former members of each branch of the armed forces are in receipt of (a) child and (b) working tax credits.

      Air Passenger Duty: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the Scottish Government on the transfer of responsibility for Air Passenger Duty to the Scottish Government.

  • Scotland Office

    • Foreign Relations: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on how many occasions officials of his Department have contacted representatives of a foreign government to ask for an account of private meetings or...

    • Opencast Mining: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent representations he has received on measures to rehabilitate land which has been defaced by opencast mining; and what steps he plans to take...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Nuclear Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many meetings her Department has had with Westinghouse officials to discuss the potential partnership between Westinghouse,...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Drugs: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many deaths have been caused by people taking legal highs in (a) Copeland constituency, (b) Cumbria and (c) England in each of the last five years.

    • Cabinet Committees: Airports

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the minutes of all meetings of the Special Cabinet Economic Affairs (Airports) Sub-Committee; and if he will make it his policy to...

      National Security: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the National Security Council has discussed the implications for national security of the recently announced closures of steel plants.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament: Legal Profession

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, when the Commission plans to publish the list of Roll A Parliamentary Agents for the current...

    • City of London Remembrancer

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will review the right of access for the City of London Remembrancer to the...

  • Department of Health

    • Pregnant Women: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the net change has been in the number of inpatient perinatal mental health beds since 2010.

    • NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for NHS Productivity of 9 July 2015, Official Report, House of...

      Pregnant Women: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the annual cost to the NHS of the health effects of pregnancy and maternity-related discrimination at work.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what changes there were in the relative weighting of economic deprivation within the primary health care funding formula in each complete financial year...

      Ambulance Services: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many ambulance calls were responded to by the (a) police and (b) fire service in (i) England, (ii) Greater Manchester and (iii) Denton and Reddish...

      General Practitioners: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if NHS England will take steps to terminate contracts for 0844 numbers entered into by GP surgeries.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the level of (a) NHS and (b) other expenditure for which his Department is responsible has been for the (i) treatment and (ii) prevention of obesity...

      General Practitioners: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 July 2015 to Question 7630, how many GP practices in each pathfinder area have signed up to care.data to date in total.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in (a) St Albans, (b) Hertfordshire and (c) England and Wales have type 1 or 2 diabetes; and what steps he is taking to ensure that (i)...

      Autism: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department monitors whether NHS England is appropriately assuring itself of clinical commissioning groups' performance on autism diagnosis for...

      Mental Health Services: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) proportion and (b) number of mental health providers have been inspected by the Care Quality Commission under its new inspection regime.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress he has made on reform of the NHS funding formula to clinical commissioning groups.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information the Care Quality Commission holds on the quality of care in care homes.

      Death: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce excess winter deaths.

      North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group is a pilot under the General Practitioners' Referral Management System.

      Maternity Services: Multiple Births

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans for his Department's Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund to be used to support efforts to reduce still births and...

      NHS Protect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many investigation NHS Protect have commenced into directors of NHS Trusts (a) nationally and (b) in Yorkshire in the last 18 months; and how many of...

      NHS Protect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average time is for NHS Protect to complete an investigation.

      Home Care Services: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with home social care providers on the effect of the national living wage on the financial position of those providers; and...

      Vedolizumab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people with both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease who have benefitted from the use of...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the (a) Bendamustine and (b) Ibrutinib drugs in treating cancer; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Kent

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken, or propose to take, to support Kent County Council with the increased number of young people seeking asylum in Kent.

    • Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to locate asylum seekers in Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland; and if so, what discussions have taken place with the devolved...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Scheme resettlement programme for Syrian refugees will affect the acceptance of and support for refugees from (1)...

      HM Passport Office: Belfast

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in each year since 1995, how many passports have been issued by the appropriate office in Belfast.

      Refugees: Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered making representations at international level for a system of humanitarian visas in the light of the current migrant crisis.

      Visas: Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the agreement at the 18 May European Union Council meeting that the EU will work towards allowing visa-free access to the EU for Turkish...

      Business: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the obstacles people will encounter when searching for company statements on supply chains, which are required to be...

      Business: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that businesses with a turnover of £36 million or more are ready to comply with the obligations of the Modern...

      Schools: Police

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what protocols should be followed when a pupil is interviewed by the police on school premises.

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients: Stun Guns

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 have been tasered in the past 12 months; what were the ethnicity, gender and age characteristics...

      Immigration: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current level of immigration into the United Kingdom across the land border with the Republic of Ireland.

      Refugees: Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the welfare of Iraqi Christians fleeing that country; and how many have been granted refugee status in the United Kingdom...

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • House of Lords: Bishops

      To ask the Leader of the House what discussions she has had with relevant authorities regarding a gender specific title for the first woman bishop to be introduced into the House of Lords,...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Burma: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action has been taken, and will be taken, to secure the release of Phil Blackwood and his colleagues; and what representations have been made to the...

    • Burma: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the UN regarding the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry to investigate the evidence of sexual violence...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to ensure that all decisions about names of areas in Northern Ireland must be taken by mutual agreement of the two communities,...

    • Parades: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require the Northern Ireland Parades Commission to disclose to the Police Service of Northern Ireland all information about potential...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that workers in the United Kingdom currently earning below the minimum wage receive the minimum wage.

    • Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 20 October, what consideration they gave to discussing with the European Union the possibility of...

      Local Government: Devolution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which City Region bids have been (1) successful, and (2) unsuccessful.

      Local Government: Devolution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria are used to judge City Region bids.

  • Department for Education

    • Castes: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date they intend to issue the public consultation on how best to prohibit caste discrimination.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people aged (1) 21 and over, and (2) under 21, are currently in prison for a terrorist offence; of those, (a) how many have been released on licence...

    • Probation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proportion of people in the justice system currently supervised by the National Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Companies is...

      Prisoners: Voting Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made, or plan to make, to the decision of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe at its September meeting in the case of...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their timetable for reviewing and amending the capital limit used within Employment Tribunal Fee remission applications.

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

    • Parliament: Textiles

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what the arrangements are for the disposal of discarded textiles, such as uniforms, from the Houses of Parliament and Portcullis House.

    • Parliament: Uniforms

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether the process for procuring uniforms for parliamentary staff includes criteria for sustainable and ethical sourcing of textiles throughout the supply chain.

      House of Lords: Catering

      To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to the Written Answer by the Chairman of Committees on 18 September (HL2226), what costs were incurred in recruiting the last House of Lords Executive...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on work incentives of the changes to universal credit work allowances announced in the Budget.

    • Unemployment: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what opportunities are available through the European Social Fund for young people who are not in education, employment or training to study for additional...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government  whether they will publish the minutes of meetings they have had with the Council Tax Partnership Forum and local authorities regarding Council Tax...

    • Private Rented Housing: Pests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent study by Shelter, what steps they are taking to address the problems faced by tenants in privately rented homes infested with vermin.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 21 September (HL1901) whether they have (1) ascertained the views of, and (2) obtained the...

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost of administering the Freedom of Information regime in 2012–13, 2013–14 and 2014–15.

  • Department of Health

    • General Practitioners: Opening Hours

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many general practitioner practices that received funding to open at weekends and in the evening have cut back out-of-hours work due to (1) a lack of...

    • Health Services: Learning Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the lessons that can be learnt from the case of Connor Sparrowhawk in order to improve services for those with autism and...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which regulatory body is responsible for regulating the safety of e-cigarettes.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is proposed to prevent hospital beds being unavailable as a consequence of the number of elderly patients in hospital wards who cannot be sent...

      NHS: Employment Agencies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the assessment by Monitor that the capping of agency staff rates could result in a shortage of staff working for the...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which medicines will be delisted following their planned changes to the Cancer Drugs Fund.

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