Written answers

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

  • HM Treasury

    • VAT Exemptions: Pharmacy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend VAT relief to NHS pharmacies.

    • VAT Exemptions: Pharmacy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward proposals to prevent private pharmacies from being able to reclaim the 20 per cent VAT they pay suppliers for medicines.

      Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the projected level of income tax that will be forgone by the taxpayer by providing higher rate income tax relief on pension...

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of capital gains tax forgone through providing entrepreneur's relief in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that employers use the correct pension classification code and pay their due amount as contributions.

      Science: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ensure that the science budget will be maintained in real terms.

      Infrastructure: Suffolk

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal support his Department is giving to infrastructure initiatives in East Suffolk.

      Companies: Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce legislative proposals to prevent UK tax rules allowing companies to avoid paying tax in developing countries.

      Enterprise Zones: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage the development of enterprise zones in Northern Ireland.

      Multinational Companies: Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will investigate UK multinationals' corporate tax practices in Zambia.

      Treasury: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many officials of his Department are responsible for work directly relating to the Department for Work and Pensions.

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what alternative sources of advice there are for people exercising pension freedoms who do not access Pension Wise guidance.

      Married People: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2015 to Question 12791, on married people: tax allowances, what the best telephone number is for customers to use; and...

      World Economy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the 2013 Lough Erne G8 Leaders' Communiqué, published on 18 June 2013, what progress has been made on implementing the commitments in...

  • Prime Minister

    • Prime Minister: Credit Unions

      To ask the Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to promote the use of credit unions in the work of 10 Downing Street; and if he will make a statement.

    • Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Prime Minister, when he last discussed the issue of state aid for the UK steel industry with (a) the President of the European Commission, (b) the Presidency of the European Council...

      National Community Forum

      To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish the minutes of the Prime Minister's Community Forum meeting on 13 October 2015; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, 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.

    • Universal Credit

      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 universal...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which local authorities are covered by the Maximus Camden Team which is leading on the Work Programme for employment support allowance...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to increase the uptake of jobseeker's allowance by people who are eligible.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to increase the uptake of housing benefits by people who are eligible.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of debt repayment to his Department have been cancelled in each year since 2010.

      Social Security Benefits: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total value is of outstanding benefit overpayments due to be recovered by his Department.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many civil servants in his Department are members of trades unions; how much working hours facility time is claimed by each such civil...

      Housing Benefit: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people affected by the under-occupancy penalty in the Bristol City Council area.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of changes to the work allowance in universal credit announced in the Summer...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to provide support to people diagnosed with cancer in the work-related activity group of employment and support...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what regulations apply to the size and colours of printed information on benefits published by his Department to ensure access to that...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which datasets have been regularly compiled by his Department for (a) 10 years or more and (b) 15 years or more.

      Vacancies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many duplicate jobs were removed from Universal Jobmatch in each of the 12 months to August 2015.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress his Department has made in extending reassessment periods for claimants in the employment and support allowance support group...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many appeals by claimants in the work related activity group of employment and support allowance have resulted in subsequent placement in...

      Work Capability Assessment: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the Multiple Sclerosis Society's recent findings that almost half of the people with multiple...

      Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the Multiple Sclerosis Society's recent findings that 36 per cent of people with multiple sclerosis surveyed...

      Social Security Benefits: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that (a) health workers, (b) Jobcentre Plus staff and (c) his Department's staff have received...

      Jobcentre Plus: Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the duration will be of the pilot project placing jobcentre advisers in food banks.

      Department for Work and Pensions: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on (a) IT systems and (b) cyber-security in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12, (iii) 2012-13, (iv) 2013-14, (v) 2014-15...

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Syrian refugees arrived in the UK through the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme in September 2015.

    • Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what resources the Government will make available to local authorities to assist the housing of refugees from Syria.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to help Syrian refugees assimilate into British society.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects the first Syrian refugees rescued from camps in the Middle East to arrive in the UK.

      Refugees: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding has been made available to each local authority in London and Essex to resettle refugees in each of the next three years.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of changes in police officer numbers on the ability of police to respond to anti-social behaviour.

      Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what data her Department holds on the number of police in different forces who are suspended or not on active duty as a result of...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to paragraph 49 of her Department's Counter-Extremism Strategy, published on 19 October 2015, if she will publish the terms of...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will set out the timetable for publishing the principles referred to in paragraph 97 of her Department's Counter-Extremism Strategy...

      Private Investigators

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects provisions in the Private Security Industry Act 2001 on private investigators to come into force; which individuals and...

      Hate Crime: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of each type of hate crime were recorded on public transport in London in each year since 2010.

      Hertfordshire Constabulary: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of annual income has been held in reserve by Herefordshire Constabulary in each of the past five years.

      Home Office: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many case workers in her Department received Keeping Children Safe Tier 3 training in 2014.

      Crime: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with chief constables about the prevalence of rural crime and the measures they are taking to counter it.

      Police: Stun Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of people on whom the police used tasers were (a) BAME, (b) women and (c) under the age of 18 in each London borough in each...

      Convention Concerning Forced or Compulsory Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2015 to Question 10040, whether she plans that the Protocol to the 2014 Forced Labour Convention will...

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to reduce the Gangmasters Licensing Authority's Grant-In-Aid budget over the next 12 months.

      Employment: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Question 1 of the consultation, Tackling exploitation in the labour market, published by her Department and the Department...

      Employment: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Question 1 of the consultation, Tackling exploitation in the labour market, published by her Department and the Department...

      UK Border Force: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many employees of Border Force are seconded to Frontex; and in what locations such staff are deployed.

      State Visits: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what involvement her Chinese counterpart had in the planning of the policing operation for the recent visit of the Chinese President.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of changes to stop and search guidelines on the level of knife crime in (a) north east Essex and...

      Driving under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans for portable evidential breath-test machines to be made available for use by the police to tackle drink driving.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps she is taking to promote the use of credit unions in the work of her Department; and if she will make a statement.

    • Northern Ireland Office: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many civil servants in her Department are members of trades unions; how much working hours facility time is claimed by each such civil...

      Ira

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to paragraph 13 of the report commissioned by her Department on Paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland, published 19 October...

  • Department of Health

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the report by Carers Trust entitled A Charge on Caring?, published on 16 September 2015, if he will take steps to prohibit local...

    • Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect his proposals for a new junior doctors' contract will have on junior doctors who do not work full time.

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will give an undertaking to the British Medical Association not to impose a new junior doctors' contract.

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his proposals for a new junior doctors' contract, what penalties would be enforceable against employers who fail to keep junior...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the implications of the standardised packaging of tobacco will be assessed against the Government's One-In, Two-Out criteria.

      Mental Health Task Force: Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether a representative of HM Prisons Service sits on the Mental Health Task Force.

      Autism: Lancaster and Fleetwood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps (a) his Department and (b) NHS England is taking to ensure that autism diagnosis waiting times for (i) children and (ii) adults in Lancaster...

      Department of Health: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, 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.

      Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects his Department to publish its response to its consultation for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions,...

      Pharmacy: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS pharmacy services have transferred to the private sector in each of the last five years; what the value of each of those contracts for those...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a comparative assessment of the number of recorded MRSA infections in (a) Havering and (b) other districts in (i) the present and (ii)...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to tackle obesity.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what safeguards he plans to introduce as part of his proposed fixed-cost regime changes to the Civil Procedure Rules to ensure that changes are fair to...

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what changes in funding his Department has provided for mental health services over the last five years; and what plans he has for funding such services...

      General Practitioners: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of GP retention in the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group area; and what steps he is taking...

      National Institute for Health Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ring-fence the budget of the National Institute for Health Research in the forthcoming Spending Review.

      General Practitioners: Hove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the closure of Goodwood Court medical practice in Hove on patient access to primary care in that town.

      General Practitioners: Hove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to ensure that people in Hove have access to GP surgeries offering seven-day primary care.

      Ambulance Services: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on patient safety of the project on how emergency calls were dealt with run by South East Coast Ambulance...

      Health Services: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of urgent care in Brighton and Hove.

      Hypothermia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of cases of hypothermia diagnosed in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) Yorkshire and Humber and (c) the UK...

      Frostbite

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of cases of frostbite diagnosed in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) Yorkshire and Humber and (c) the UK in...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when NHS England plans to publish guidance to commissioners on their duty to pay excess treatment costs.

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding was allocated to each clinical commissioning group area in London per head of population since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new cases of psychosis were diagnosed in (a) the UK, (b) London, (c) each London borough and (d) each health trust in London in each year...

      Hospital Beds: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions in each of the last five years bed occupancy rates reached (a) 85, (b) 90, (c) 95 and (d) 100 per cent in each hospital trust in London.

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and (b) black and minority ethic people were diagnosed with mental health problems in (i) the UK, (ii)...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Billing: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations his Department has received about customers without internet access being charged to receive paper bills.

    • Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether hon. Members are always informed when a post-16 area-based review is announced for an area which includes their constituency.

      Further Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many teachers were employed in teaching mathematics subjects in the further education sector in England at the start of (a)...

      Renewable Energy: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if the Government will take steps to increase support for UK-based renewable energy companies to invest in developing country...

      Apprentices: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of his Department's apprenticeship scheme on families claiming in-work benefits.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many 24+ Advanced Learner Loans his Department estimated would be issued to people over the age of 24 studying for Level 3...

      Small Businesses: Commuters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect on small and medium-sized businesses of the recent ruling of the European Court of...

      Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he is making to large businesses on paying the living wage.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answers of 15 April 2013, Official Report, column 56W, 7 July 2015 to Question 4788, 10 September 2015 to Question 8831 and 17 September...

    • Ministry of Defence: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's contract with Veolia for the disposal of hazardous, non-hazardous and special waste which expired on 31 March 2015,...

      Ministry of Defence: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, 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.

      Army: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the army's (a) Junior Entrants and (b) Standard Entrants were medically discharged due to an injury during initial training in each...

      Russia: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Fleet Ready Escort met the Russian Navy Research Vessel Yantar as it passed through UK waters; and what other assets were used to monitor...

      NATO: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) assets and (b) personnel of his Department took part in NATO Exercise Dragon 2015 in collaboration with the Polish armed forces.

      Optical Fibres: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the current threat posed to UK undersea fibre optic cables from hostile forces.

      Military Bases: Repairs And Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to his Department was of maintenance of facilities at (a) Prestwick, (b) RAF Benbecula, (c) RAF Buchan, (d) RAF Lossiemouth, (e) RAF Tain,...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the consequences for the UK's capability of the retirement in 2018 of the 53 Typhoon aircraft purchased in tranche 1; and...

      RAF Waddington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian staff support operations at RAF Waddington; and what their payroll costs were in each year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

      RAF Waddington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the command structure at RAF Waddington is; and what the total payroll costs for senior officers were in each year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

      RAF Waddington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF service personnel are based at RAF Waddington; and what their payroll costs were in each year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

      Ministry Of Defence: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civil servants in his Department are members of trades unions; how much working hours facility time is claimed by each such civil servant; and...

      RFA Tidespring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to his Department was of the recent visit to the MFA Tidespring by Lady Boyce; and whether his Department plans for Lady Boyce to make...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, 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.

    • Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2015 to Question 12724, on the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group, how much (a) funding and...

      Communities and Local Government: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, 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.

      Wind Power: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2015 to Question 12248, what the gross cost to the Planning Inspectorate was of the...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, 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.

    • Scotland Office: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many civil servants in his Department are members of trades unions; how much working hours facility time is claimed by each such civil servant; and...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Equalities Office: Credit Unions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to promote the use of credit unions in the work of the Government Equalities Office; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, 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 Transport: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, 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.

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicles have been reassessed by the DVLA for their historic vehicle status; and how many such vehicles have (a) retained their historic...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to improve the quality of roads on the motorway network.

      Train Operating Companies: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2015 to Question 12620, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the level of public subsidy...

      Highways Agency: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the operation of the procurement process in the Highways Agency.

      Highways Agency: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had on the influence of major contractors over procurement processes in the Highways Agency.

      Highways Agency: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to reduce barriers to small and medium sized enterprises supplying new products to the Highways Agency.

      Aircraft: Seating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with airline companies on seat accommodation for larger people travelling on aeroplanes.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the level of democratic oversight of road safety partnerships; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of safety measures used on the road network to protect road maintenance workers.

      Public Transport: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to involve disabled people in the design of better access to public transport.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects new rolling stock to be introduced on the forthcoming Transpennine Express franchise; and whether that rolling stock is planned to be...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate his Department has made of the forecast return on investment from the High Speed 2 project; and if he will make a statement.

      Stephen O'Malley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make representations to his Danish counterpart on reopening the inquest into the death of commercial driver Stephen O'Malley in 2012.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to ensure that direct rail services between Hull, Leeds and Manchester continue regardless of which parts of that route...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish a national road safety strategy.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Afghanistan: Bombings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to prevent a similar incident to the airstrikes in Afghanistan which killed Medecins Sans Frontieres...

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 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.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that people involved in the conflict in Yemen are able to access humanitarian and...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all sides in the conflict in Yemen maintain acceptable humanitarian and...

      India: Elephants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that British citizens travelling to India are aware of the illegal practice of capturing and...

      India: Elephants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart on preventing the practice of capturing and breaking young elephants in...

      Taiwan: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to promote the UK's ties with Taiwan; and if he will make a statement.

      Argentina: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to meet with his Argentinian counterpart following the recent presidential election in that country; and if...

      China: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the extent of freedom of religion and belief in China.

      China: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of executions in China in 2015.

      China: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many prisoners facing the death penalty have been visited by UK diplomatic staff in China during 2015.

      Tibet: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of developments in the human rights situation in the Tibet Autonomous Region and ethnic...

      Liu Xiaobo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Chinese government on the imprisonment of Liu Xiaobo.

      Capital Punishment and Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18 September 2015 to Question 9704, whether current staffing levels for (a) torture prevention and...

      Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18 September 2015 to Question 9704, whether his Department plans to renew its 2011 to 2015 Strategy...

      Capital Punishment and Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18 September 2015 to Question 9704, whether current funding levels for (a) torture prevention and (b)...

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will suspend the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia.

      Saudi Arabia: Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to encourage Saudi Arabia to destroy its stock of cluster munitions.

      Yemen: International Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will discuss with his international counterpart the possibility of setting up a judicial mechanism to independently and...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Senior Civil Servants

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

      Germany: Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth in the German...

      Lithuania: Conference Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Lithuanian government against plans for a convention centre to be built in the Jewish...

      Lithuania: Conference Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his European counterparts encouraging them to oppose Lithuanian government plans to erect a...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government considers that Burma's Rohinga minority are subject to genocide.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Burmese Rohinga people.

      Russia: Cultural Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions the Government has had with the Russian government on cultural events.

      Russia: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Russian government on strengthening cultural links between Russia and Scotland.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she last discussed with Ministerial colleagues in the Department for Energy and Climate Change the effect of climate change on...

    • Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps she has taken to promote the importance of access to safe water and sanitation to improve climate change resilience.

      Department for International Development: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to promote the use of credit unions on the work of her Department; and if she will make a statement.

      Nepal: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to tackle the blockage of foreign aid to Nepal across the Indian border.

      South Sudan: Church of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in what way her Department is supporting the work of the Church of Scotland in South Sudan.

  • Department for Education

    • Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether new (a) free schools, (b) academies, (c) school sixth forms and (d) university technical colleges will be permitted to open while an...

    • Department for Education: Credit Unions

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

      Design: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to preserve the teaching of Design and Technology within school curriculums.

      Design: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of Design and Technology teachers.

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the figures for school absence in England were in each year since 2005.

      Department for Education: Senior Civil Servants

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

      Free Schools: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding her Department provided for the McAuley Free School project in Hull.

  • Leader of the House

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to promote the use of credit unions in the work of her Department; and if she will make a statement.

    • Iron and Steel: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the potential costs of...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to routinely test camelids for bovine tuberculosis before they are moved around the UK.

      Foraging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on the foraging of food in natural habitats.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish regional data on the prevalence of bovine TB between 1996 and 2008.

      Wildlife: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department spent on tackling the illegal wildlife trade in each of the last five years.

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to encourage retailers to reduce the amount of food waste they produce; and if she will...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Heating: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when her Department last made an assessment of the carbon efficiency of heat pumps in obtaining their power from grid-supplied electricity.

    • Department of Energy and Climate Change: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, 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.

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to promote the use of credit unions in the work of her Department; and if she will make a statement.

      Wind Power: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will assess the effect of the lack of a support mechanism for small-scale wind projects in Northern Ireland on those projects.

      Electricity: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2015 to Question 11214, what measure her Department considers to be an adequate comparator for...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to support the increased use of wind and solar power.

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many civil servants in her Department are members of trades unions; how much working hours facility time is claimed by each such...

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the cost of establishing and running her extended ministerial office has been since its introduction.

      Electricity Generation: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2015 to Question 11214, what guidance her Department offers to potential investors on comparing...

      Tidal Power: Swansea Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what representations she has received from the Welsh Government on the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent representations she has received on the potential effect on jobs and investment in the solar industry of reductions in...

      Hydroelectric Power: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answers of 6 July 2015 to Question 4551 and 12 October 2015 to Question 10567, if she will request that Ofgem...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Credit Unions

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps he is taking to promote the use of credit unions in the work of the Law Officers' Departments; and if he will make a statement.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, 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.

    • Wales Office: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, 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.

      Wales Office: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many civil servants in his Department are members of trades unions; how much working hours facility time is claimed by each such civil servant; and...

      Devolution: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, which non-party political organisations he has worked with in developing the proposed Wales Bill.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, 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.

    • Young Offender Institutions: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young people aged between 18 and 20 (a) are currently on closed visits and (b) have been placed on closed visits in the last 12 months at (i)...

      Insolvency: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the potential change in the levels of fraud if the funding of insolvency litigation is changed under the...

      Driving Offences: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress the sentencing council has made on producing guidelines for sentencing serious motoring offences; and if he will make a statement.

      Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to review the requirement for a diagnosis of gender dysphoria in the application criteria for the gender recognition certificate.

      James Thompson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make representations to the Criminal Cases Review Commission on reviewing the case of James Thompson.

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to improve the provision of work in prisons; and if he will make a statement.

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the appropriateness of the time taken to secure appeal hearings at the First-tier Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber.

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to reduce the number of false personal injury claims.

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to improve the provision of work in prisons; and if he will make a statement.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Credit Unions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, 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.

    • Commission on Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what basis the membership of the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information was chosen; and what steps he is taking to ensure that the...

      Commission on Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he expects the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information to publish its report and recommendations.

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of staff time saved as a result of bringing transactional services offered by the Government online in (a) 2013, (b) 2014 and...

      Cabinet Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of his Department's performance in adhering to the statutory time limit for responding to Freedom of Information...

      Commission on Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what budget the Government has allocated to the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information.

      Termination of Employment: Bristol South

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of people resident in Bristol South constituency whose employment was terminated through ill health in each...

      Cabinet Committees

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 29 October 2015 to Question 13434, on Cabinet Committees: Airports, under what circumstances (a) full minutes, (b) dates of...

      Electoral Register: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Written Statement of 16 July 2015 by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Cabinet Office, HCWS 127, on individual electoral...

      Electronic Government: Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he plans to take to contact people whose personal details have been stolen as a result of the cyber-security breach of the Government...

      Committees

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the daily rate or fee will be for members of the proposed review committee on securing the decisive role of the House of Commons on financial...

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Fuels

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce a British fuel efficiency test for all motor vehicles sold in the United Kingdom which exactly simulates real driving...

    • Aviation: Noise

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have conducted into (1) understanding how noise emissions from aviation impact on local communities, and (2) the effectiveness of...

      Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential to reduce aviation emissions through improved air traffic management.

  • Department for International Development

    • Tristan da Cunha: Shipping

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 19 October (HL2591), what are the present seaborne links they provide to the people of Tristan da Cunha.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Immigration: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many immigration and asylum cases in the years 2013–14 and 2014–15 have involved children as claimants in their own right; of those, how many...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Electronic Surveillance: USA

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to examine the key findings of fact by Judge Hogan in the European Court of Justice’s judgment in case C-362/14, Maximillian...

    • Mobile Phones: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when and where the Mobile Infrastructure Project will be rolled out in Northern Ireland.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 20 October (HL2620), how much they expect to save in particular in housing benefit payments from the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Lions: Hunting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on legal imports of lion-hunting trophies into the European Union.

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to have fulfilled the agri-environment scheme payments to farmers, and how they will ensure that delays in making such payments do not...

      Agriculture: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what statistics are made publicly available on agricultural wages since the abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board.

  • HM Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a health impact assessment of the reductions in, and freezes to, alcohol duties announced in the last Budget.

    • Primary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the funding of free school meals for infants schools will be protected in the forthcoming spending review.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Fracking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether companies carrying out hydraulic fracturing operations in the United Kingdom must provide full details of the chemicals that they use including all...

    • Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the construction of four commercial nuclear power reactors for the United Arab Emirates by a South Korean consortium with a total...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 21 September (HL2088), what part of the total remuneration paid to members of the Chilcot...

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many citizens of each European Union member state, other than the United Kingdom and Ireland, aged 18 or over are resident in the United Kingdom; and of...

      Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the breakdown by (1) nation, (2) region, and (3) nationality, of the number and proportion of 16 to 24 year-olds applying to register to vote online...

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