Written answers

Monday, 2 November 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • M5: Stroud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress the Highways Agency has made on noise mitigation measures on the M5 at Upton St. Leonards.

    • Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of including producers of aviation fuel in the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation.

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research his Department has conducted or commissioned on (a) how noise emissions from aviation affect local communities and (b) the effectiveness...

      Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential for aviation emissions to be reduced through improved air traffic management.

      Midland Main Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his current estimate is of when the (a) electrification and (b) improvement of the Midland mainline will be completed (i) in Northamptonshire and...

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recommendations of the Maritime Growth Study, published on 7 September 2015,...

      British Transport Police: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many British Transport Police officers there were in London on 1 October (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e) 2014 and (f) 2015.

      Petrol: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's press release, Petrol price signs on motorways, dated December 2014, what progress he has made of the pilot...

      Level Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2015 to Question 2215, and with reference to the indicative timetable contained in his Department's Level Crossing...

      High Speed Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2015 to Question 13080, whether a clause exists in the lease agreement referred to in that Answer that would...

      Driving: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's press release, Government to overhaul young driver rules in bid to improve safety and cut insurance costs, issued...

      Great Western Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of the signalling component of the Great Western Modernisation Programme at the most recent date for which...

      A595

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2015 to Question 13099, whether, as part of his Department's work with Transport for the North, he has discussed...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Government Departments: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much and what proportion of development land with planning consent is controlled by central government departments.

    • Government Departments: Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much and what proportion of brownfield land is controlled by central government departments.

      Housing: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of properties required to meet housing demand in Leeds City Region for the next (a)...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to compel the housing associations who voted against an extension of the Right to Buy discount in...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of what proportion of the funding for the housing association Right to Buy policy will come from the...

      Housing: Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his Department is doing to ensure that brownfield land which may have been used by heavy industry is cleaned and prepared...

      Local Government: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what support his Department provides to local authorities seeking a devolution deal.

      Take-away Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to change how take-away food delivery drivers are regulated.

      Housing: Bristol South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes were completed in Bristol South constituency in each year from 2010 to 2014.

      Five Mile Act 1665

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the passage into law of the Five Mile Act 1665.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Credit Unions

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps he is taking to promote the use of credit unions in the work of the House of Commons...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pay

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

    • Kashmir: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will take steps to enable the Government to direct the Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland to investigate a complaint from a former...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department has taken to prepare for the implementation of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation; which...

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much was paid in (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses to officials of his Department in each of the last three years.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the level of staff turnover was in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's digital team in each of the last 12 months...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of how many people in Blackburn who have taken out student loans since 2012 will be affected by the...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many responses he has received to the consultation, Freezing the student loan repayment threshold, launched in July 2015;...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the evidential basis is for the proposition that freezing the repayment threshold for plan 2 student loans is likely to...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effects of the Government's proposal to freeze the repayment threshold for plan 2 student...

      Employment: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to paragraph 62 of the Government's consultation document, Tackling Exploitation in the Labour Market, published...

  • Department for International Development

    • African Union: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what non-financial aid her Department has provided to the African Union in the last five years.

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of equipment for UK aid projects was sourced from businesses in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on encouraging UK businesses with overseas supply chains to abide by fair...

      Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect that climate change is having on (a) clean water and (b) adequate sanitation facilities in...

      Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department plans to contribute to the Global Fund in financial years (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17.

      Africa: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the potential role of agroecology in African rural development.

      Zimbabwe: Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make finances available from her Department's budget to fund payments owed by the Zimbabwean government for former...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, following the report on Yemen of the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs published on 18 August 2015, what consideration she has given...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with the UN's Humanitarian Coordinator on the situation in Yemen.

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what changes she has instituted to the Government's overseas aid programme to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis in 2015.

  • Department for Education

    • STEM Subjects: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to promote STEM subjects and STEM career opportunities in schools.

    • Department for Education: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, 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.

      Weald of Kent Grammar School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what (a) guidance she has provided and (b) information her Department holds on which age groups the Sevenoaks Annexe of Weald of Kent Grammar School,...

      Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) applications and (b) requests for decisions in principle her Department has received on proposals for expansions of grammar schools on...

      National Identity: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will introduce teaching about the Five Mile Act 1665 and other sections of the Clarendon Code, and that code's repeal, to the curriculum on...

      Weald of Kent Grammar School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much time pupils will spend at each site of Weald of Kent Grammar School when its new site is open; by what mode of transport they will move and...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Pay

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

    • Insolvency: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what further work remains to be undertaken before he takes a final decision on the future of funding of insolvency litigation.

      Insolvency: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of alternatives to the current insolvency litigation funding regime.

      National Probation Service for England and Wales: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average caseload is of probation officers in the National Probation Service who carry a caseload.

      Prisoners: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2015 to Question 12252, what plans his Department has to increase the nutritional content of meals served to the...

      Missing Persons: Guardianship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans to bring forward legislative proposals on guardianship to help the families of missing people.

      Tenancy Deposit Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications to county courts have been made by tenants against landlords for failure to comply with their Tenancy Deposit Scheme obligations...

      Council Tax: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the decision in R (Nicolson) v Tottenham Magistrates' Court to declare the applicant's liability order unlawful, what steps HM Courts...

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Elections: Fraud

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what steps the Electoral Commission is taking to tackle electoral fraud in (a)...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Merseyside Police: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the potential effects of changes in the Merseyside Police mounted division on...

    • Battle of Agincourt: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to promote commemoration of the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt; and what plans his...

      Sports: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the use of performance enhancing drugs in sport.

      FIFA: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will discuss with the four home nations football associations allegations of corruption within FIFA and steps to rebuild public...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many notifications of claimant non-compliance have been received by decision makers in his Department relating to claims for employment...

    • Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many notifications of claimant non-compliance have been received by decision makers in his Department relating to claims for income...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to promote the use of credit unions in the work of his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to provide financial support to help children under the age of three who are eligible for a disabled parking badge but are...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to increase the uptake of (a) income support and (b) employment and support allowance by people who are eligible.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to monitor regional variations in benefit uptake.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of changes to disability benefits on spending by the NHS.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect on single tier pensions on people contracted out of the State Earnings Related Pension Scheme.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the benefits cap applies to Syrian migrants.

      Flexible Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what budget was allocated to the Flexible Support Fund in the most recent financial year for which data is available; and how much of that...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people who started employment through the Work Based Sector Academy scheme were still in employment with the...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the effect of benefit sanctions on levels of poverty.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the monthly running costs of administering benefit sanctions.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the benefit cap on the number of workless households.

      Welfare State: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate the Government has made of the number of working families which will be affected by its reforms to benefits.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Pay

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

    • Veterans UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average response time was of Veterans UK to queries raised with them by veterans in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Navy: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy (a) officers and (b) rating recruits of each branch, specialisation and arm joined from foreign navies in each financial year from...

      Navy: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy recruits in each (a) rank and (b) branch specialisation and arm were (a) trained re-entrants, (b) partially trained re-entrants and...

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Royal Navy's (a) liability, (b) trained strength and (c) untrained strength for each (i) rank and (ii) branch specialisation and arm was in...

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total additional cost was of the net 52-month deferment of the final stage of the Core Production Capability Project.

      Armed Forces: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will undertake a feasibility study on establishing a credit union open to British military personnel; and if he will make a statement.

      Radar: Hebrides Range

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has for the replacement of radar capable of distinguishing between wind turbines and missiles at its Hebridean range.

      Ministry of Defence: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of senior civil servants in his Department are from a lower socio-economic background.

      Air Force: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to hold discussions with the Canadian government on future Royal Canadian Air Force procurement policy.

      NATO: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to allow UK citizens who have been awarded the NATO Africa Medal for efforts against piracy to wear that medal in public;...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the efficacy of her Department's procedures and adequacy of the end-to-end timescale in relation to...

    • Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how her Department plans to work in partnership with (a) communities and (b) other Government departments on tackling hate crimes and...

      Radicalism: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to paragraph 46 of her Department's Counter-Extremism Strategy, published on 19 October 2015, how much funding her Department...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to paragraph 88 of the Counter-Extremism Strategy, published on 19 October 2015, what support was given to the 700 individuals.

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to paragraph 117 of the Counter-Extremism Strategy, published on 19 October 2015, what the timescale is for introducing the...

      Community Engagement Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2015 to Written Question 11808, who attended the first meeting of the Community Engagement Forum, on 13...

      Security Guards: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to extend the Independent Police Complaint Commission's remit to oversee complaints against private security...

      Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's consultation entitled, Future Regulatory Regime for the Private Security Industry, what steps she is...

      Overseas Students: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many students from India were granted a visa to study in Britain in 2014.

      Overseas Students: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many students from India were granted a visa to study in Britain in 2000.

  • HM Treasury

    • Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will allocate a proportion of road tax receipts to the repair of roads.

    • Taxation: Urban Areas

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to bring forward legislation for a city tax on tourists and other visitors.

      Treasury: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was paid in (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses to officials of his Department in each of the last three years.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish a distributional analysis of the effect of the changes to thresholds and taper rates for tax credits for each income decile.

      Living Wage: Young People

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the potential additional tax revenues accruing to the public purse of paying 18 to 21 year olds the national living wage.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Families

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2015 to Question 12348, what estimate he has made of the number of families whose income will reduce as a result of the...

      Treasury: Credit Unions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to promote the use of credit unions in the work of his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Spirits: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support his Department is providing to the spirits industry in Scotland.

      In Work Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average duration is of an in-work tax credit claim containing an underlying entitlement to Working Tax Credit.

      Cider: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to restore the cider differential.

      Bank Notes: Plastics

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received on the use of plastic bank notes; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of paying to foreign nationals (a) child and (b) other tax credits in 2015-16.

      Financial Services: Advisory Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many regulated Retail Financial Advisory firms there are; and how many have five or more financial advisers working for them.

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what data his Department collects on people who have exercised new pension freedoms who have not accessed the Pension Wise service.

      Lloyds Bank

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will hold discussions with Lloyds Bank on that company prioritising the payment of dividends to encourage small shareholders to retain shares for the...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government is taking steps to recover underpaid vehicle tax in respect of vehicles with higher emissions than certified by emission test data.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Offshore Industry: Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential economic benefit of carbon capture and storage being used as a means to...

    • Renewable Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information her Department holds on the administrative costs to consumers and businesses of regulations which govern household...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will make an assessment of the (a) causes and (b) effect of the construction delays of reactors in China and France built by...

      China: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential threat to national security of the choice of the Chinese government company General...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the cost to the public purse was of the solar industry feed-in tariff in (a) the UK and (b) London in each year from 2010-11 to...

      Fracking: East Riding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will make it her policy to ensure that no shale gas extraction is allowed in areas which supply the aquifers for drinking water...

      Fracking: East Riding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of shale gas extraction on aquifers in East Yorkshire.

      Wind Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the withdrawal of market support mechanisms for onshore wind on (a) security...

      Nuclear Power Stations: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department plans to take to safeguard new nuclear energy facilities constructed in the UK with Chinese involvement from...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans she has for future levels of feed-in tariffs to community groups.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment her Department has made of the role of fracking in meeting the future energy needs of the UK; and if she will...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of changes in employment in the renewable energy sector as a result of changes in policy towards feed-in...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much was paid in (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses to officials of his Office in each of the last three years.

    • Civil Servants: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2015 to Question 12401, if he will publish the socio-economic data collected for the 2015 intake of the Future...

      Mental Illness: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which psychiatric disorder had the highest mortality rate in each of the last five years.

      Special Advisers Remuneration Committee

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2015 to Question 13086, whether the Special Advisers Remuneration Committee still exists.

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have been diagnosed with lung cancer as a result of smoking in each of the last five years.

      Heroin: Overdoses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have died as a result of a heroin overdose in each of the last 15 years.

      Senior Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the cost of using external agencies for recruitment to the Senior Civil Service across all Government departments in each...

      Electronic Government: Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that personal information housed on the Government Gateway system is better protected.

      Electronic Government: Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of (a) which personal details and (b) how many individual profiles were hacked as a result of the cyber security breach of...

      Committees

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has to pay a daily rate or fee to members of the review committee he has proposed on securing the decisive role of the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of progress on achieving an ecologically-coherent network of marine protected areas...

    • Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many trees the Government plans to plant during the current Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to impose restrictions on the free movement of camelids in the UK to prevent the spread of...

      Slaughterhouses: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of UK slaughterhouses were inspected in each of the last five years.

      Slaughterhouses: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the opinion of the Farm Animal Welfare Committee on...

      Birds: Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many incidents of Larsen trap tampering there have been in each of the last five years.

      Badgers: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to control the number of badgers in the next 12 months.

      Water: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of the EU Water Framework Directive on the level of water available in London.

      Water: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on creating a North-South water pipeline to bring water to London.

  • Department of Health

    • Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost to the taxpayer is of training someone to become a doctor in the UK.

    • Myeloma: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the decision to remove treatments for multiple myeloma from the Cancer Drugs Fund list on survival...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to reform NICE to ensure that patient access to cancer treatments is guaranteed after the Cancer Drugs Fund is discontinued...

      Department of Health: Pay

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

      Food: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to address the availability of healthy and nutritious food for children during school holidays as part of its new obesity...

      Myeloma: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that patients with multiple myeloma have access to extending medicines after treatments for that...

      Public Health England: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library the minutes of each Public Health England board meeting in 2015.

      Eating Disorders: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to prepare for the introduction of the waiting time standards for eating disorder services by 2020.

      Lymphoedema: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress the Prescribed Specialist Services Advisory Group has made on discussions on proposals for a nationally-commissioned specialist lymphology...

      Eating Disorders: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of support provided by the third sector in supporting people with eating disorders.

      Department of Health: Trading Standards Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of the delivery agreement and agreed deliverables between his Department and the Chartered Institute for Trading...

      Department of Health: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce a clause into the conditions relating to grants made by his Department to third parties to ensure that they are not used to fund...

      Nurses: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of providing discount travel fares for all nurses registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

      Department of Health: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings (a) he, (b) his officials and (c) the Minister for Public Health have had with representatives of (i) the Food and Drink Federation and...

      Public Health England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions the Minister for Public Health has had with the Chief Executive of Public Health England in each month since January 2015.

      Health Services: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, over what period NHS England plans to run Winter Daily Situation Reports during the winter of 2015; over what period NHS England ran those reports in the...

      Cancer: Bolton West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many individual requests for cancer medicines have been made to the Cancer Drugs Fund in Bolton West constituency; how many patients received funding...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the additional financial resources needed by local authorities to meet their new duties under the Care Act 2014 in each of...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date he expects the publication of new Clinical Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set (2016-2017) indicators.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2015 to Question 11044, what criteria NHS England plans to use in deciding which treatments remain on the Cancer...

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what payments were made to the devolved administrations under the terms of the 2014 Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme in each quarter of (a) 2014-15...

      Autism: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2015 to Question 11101, on what dates his Department plans to begin and end its consultation on its mandate to NHS...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress his Department has made on the implementation of the Choice Review.

      Children: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding his Department has made available to research the causes of child death in each of the last five financial years.

      Plastic Surgery: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to recover the cost of treating patients who have received injuries from negligent cosmetic surgery from private...

      Colchicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with (a) pharmaceutical companies and (b) the Royal Colleges on making colchicine available on the NHS for the...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of instances of a newborn baby being sent home from hospital with a woman other than that baby's biological...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons NHS England is proposing to have only two cancer centres using stereotactic radiosurgery to treat the most complex brain tumours.

      Radiotherapy: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals in the North East are treating brain tumour patients with stereotactic radiosurgery; and how many patients have been treated in each...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the findings of the report, Prevent, Reduce, Delay: Are councils meeting their new...

      Mental Health Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was for patients assigned to cognitive behavioural therapy on 1 October in each year since 2010 in (a) the UK, (b) London,...

      Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 2.21 of the Summer Budget 2015, what arrangements he has put in place to enable the funding provided for defibrillators to be...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2015 to Question 11110, how much the NHS spent on cancer services in each year since 2012-13; and what the...

      Mental Health Services: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many in-patient NHS beds for mental health patients Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust provided on its own premises on 1 June (a) 2010, (b) 2011,...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals in England treat arteriovenous malformations and pituitary ademomas with stereotactic radiosurgery.

      General Practitioners: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GPs in London were aged 60 or over on 1 October 2010.

      General Practitioners: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies there were for GPs in (a) London and (b) each London borough on 1 October in each year since 2010.

      Antidepressants: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions for anti-depressants were issued in each year since 2010 in (a) the UK, (b) London, (c) each London borough and (d) each health...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Right to Buy Scheme: Housing Associations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government for each local authority area what they expect to be the average discount from the Right to Buy scheme for housing association tenants in London.

    • Homelessness: Veterans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what programmes are currently in place to help homeless veterans sleeping rough in the United Kingdom; and what plans they have (1) to help such individuals...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Turkey: EU Enlargement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of reports that the German Chancellor has promised to facilitate the full entry of Turkey to the European Union, what assessment they have made...

    • Lebanon: Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect their new Ambassador to Lebanon to be in post.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports regarding increasing violence towards Palestinians by Israeli troops.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have provided any advice to (1) the Palestinian authorities, and (2) the government of Israel, regarding the peace plan or the two-state solution.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the result of the Federation of Small Businesses poll showing that 47 per cent of small businesses would vote to stay in the...

    • Time Zones

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the prime meridian can be correctly identified and correlated with GPS by the construction (with permission) in...

      Time Zones

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for the civil timescale Greenwich Mean Time being renamed Greenwich Meridian Time, with a value of UT1 at...

      Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to improve the quality of the apprenticeship schemes, in the light of the conclusion in Ofsted's report that very few apprenticeships are...

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support research into new aircraft and engine technologies to reduce noise emissions from aviation.

      Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to develop a supportive environment in the United Kingdom for the development and deployment of new aircraft and engine...

      Tickets: Sales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in the light of the 21 October Which? investigation reporting that listings on some ticket resale websites are in breach of the...

  • Department for International Development

    • UN Agencies: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the governments of France, Japan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, with respect to their...

  • Department for Education

    • Equality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Prime Minister's party conference speech, when and how they will provide details of policies and programmes aimed at achieving the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Immigration: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they give to first-tier tribunals about what is a reasonable time to hear and determine asylum and immigration appeals.

    • Court Orders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what legislation and on what grounds courts in the United Kingdom can make orders for the destruction of (1) original photographs, (2) paintings, and...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons imprisoned for sexual offences have been returned to prison after failing lie detector tests by polygraph; and how many were referred for...

      Saudi Arabia: Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the Memorandum of Understanding between the United Kingdom and the government of Saudi Arabia, which was signed on 11 September 2014.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether and when they expect to introduce proposals on earned release for offenders; whether such proposals will involve legislation; and whether they will...

      Prison Governors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to introduce proposals to give prison governors more power; and whether any such proposals will be subject to consultation.

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have signed a prisoner transfer agreement with the government of Jamaica.

      Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance is provided to magistrates and judges about when it is appropriate to apply the maximum tariff available in cases of animal cruelty.

      Graham Ovenden

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what legislation the Metropolitan Police has brought the action against Graham Ovenden to order his collection of art to be forfeited and destroyed.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Nuisance Calls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce the number of nuisance phone calls made in order to extract money from businesses and consumers.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many families with three or more children born before 6 April 2017 they estimated would be affected by the proposed two-child limit for new claimants for...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations, if any, they have made to British Members of the European Parliament about voting against European Union legislation requiring...

    • Diesel Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timescale for complying with the Supreme Court judgment about tackling illegal levels of diesel fumes in British cities.

      Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional resources will be made available to enable local authorities to introduce clean air zones.

      Agriculture: Sustainable Development

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Land Use Policy Group published in June, The role of agroecology in sustainable intensification.

      Natural Resources

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes they intend to make to evaluation metrics at both farm and regional and landscape levels to take account of natural capital in policy-making...

      Cetaceans: Japan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 16 September (HL2163), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the letter...

      Cetaceans: Faroe Islands

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 17 September (HL2164), what were the responses received from the government of the Faroe...

  • Home Office

    • Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration in...

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the claim by the government of Italy that, of the 13,026 children who arrived unaccompanied in Italy in 2014, 3,707...

      Internet: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of (1) the number of instances of internet frauds committed annually in the United Kingdom, and (2) the level of financial loss...

      Police: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what amendments were made to the formula for police funding following the consultation process with individual police forces.

      Asylum: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the judgment in Lord Chancellor v Detention Action [2015] EWCA Civ 840, they will reconsider the sections of the Immigration Bill...

      Refugees: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the current migration situation, they will make changes to allow refugees to work in the United Kingdom immediately, or within six...

      Refugees: Eritrea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will revise the country guidance for Eritrea so that asylum applicants from that country are favourably considered for protection as refugees,...

      Police: Biometrics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the review of the framework within which police forces use and retain custody images is yet complete; if so, what advice has been circulated to...

      Prostitution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what benefits they found resulted from the national Ugly Mugs Scheme piloted by the Home Office; whether it was assessed as good value for money; and if so,...

      Police: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the proposed new police forces funding formula is weighted to reflect the importance of (1) historic crime levels, (2) historic clear-up...

      Asylum: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 19 October (HL2532), which specific elements of European law require the right to challenge an adverse asylum...

      Trafficking and Kidnap Unit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding was allocated to the Human Trafficking and Kidnap Unit of the Metropolitan Police Service in (1) 2012–13, (2) 2013–14, and (3)...

      Cycling: Road Traffic Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of breaches of traffic laws and regulations by bicyclists in each of the last five years.

  • HM Treasury

    • Government Departments: Accountancy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many ministerial directions have been issued to accounting officers in the last 10 years, and in which departments.

    • Iron and Steel: China

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions the Chancellor of the Exchequer has had, during and since his recent official visit to China, with the government of China and Chinese...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many families (1) with a disabled child, (2) where a parent has died, and (3) in problem debt, they estimate will be affected by limiting the child...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Self-employed

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) how many, and (2) what proportion, of those affected by the cuts to tax credits due to take effect in 2016 are self-employed.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) children, (2) kinship carers, and (3) victims of domestic violence, they estimate will be affected by limiting the child element of tax credits...

      Offshore Industry: Decommissioning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place to limit the exposure of the public purse to costs arising through reliefs and repayments of Ring Fence Corporation Tax, Petroleum...

      Overseas Loans: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the government of the Republic of Ireland has borrowed from Her Majesty's Government, and what are the arrangements for repayment.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity Generation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 21 October (HL2529), how the loss of coal-fired generating capacity will be made up, what...

  • Department of Health

    • Sugar: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take further steps to advise the public about the amount of sugar in alcohol.

    • Health: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they plan to make to the recent article published in the Journal of Public Health reporting on the costs and benefits of health checks for 40...

      Sugar: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for a sugar tax on sweetened drinks in order to tackle the rise in obesity.

      Hepatitis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timetable for (1) the completion, and (2) the publication, of the hepatitis C improvement framework.

      Hepatitis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, to date, how many patients have commenced treatment under NHS England's commissioning policy for the treatment of cirrhosis in adults with hepatitis C, and...

      Ebola: Sierra Leone

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Verma on 19 October (HL Deb, col 438), whether they will publish a risk assessment on the threat to "the safety of the...

      Mental Patients

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many incidents requiring the attendance of the police occurred on mental health wards in the past 12 months; what were the ethnic, gender and age...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patients are detained in medium and high security psychiatric hospitals; and how many such patients there are broken down by (1) ethnicity, (2)...

      Alzheimer's Disease: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask general practitioners who prescribe antifungals to patients with Alzheimer's disease to notify the National Health Service of the...

      Herbal Medicine: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will respond to the Herbal Medicines and Practitioners Working Group report on the regulation of herbal practitioners published in March.

      Herbal Medicine: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether, and to what extent, the report of the Herbal Medicines and Practitioners Working Group on the regulation of herbal...

      Herbal Medicine: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the report of the Herbal Medicines and Practitioners Working Group on the regulation of herbal practitioners was signed off by all members of that group.

      Herbal Medicine: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the governance arrangements of the Herbal Medicines and Practitioners Working Group report on the regulation of herbal...

      Herbal Medicine: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the draft report of the Herbal Medicines and Practitioners Working Group was shared informally amongst members of that group prior to publication.

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