Written answers

Thursday, 5 November 2015

  • HM Treasury

    • Personal Income

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the reduction in household income arising from net tax and benefit reforms in the Summer Budget 2015 will be made up by an increase in...

    • Insolvency

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much tax HM Revenue and Customs collected as a result of insolvency litigation in each year from 2010.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Department's impact assessment on the Tax Credits (Income Threshold and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015, what the...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many requests have been made for paper copies of tax return forms in the last 12 months.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average time taken for HM Revenue and Customs to respond to a request for a paper tax form was in the last 12 months.

      Financial Action Task Force

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implementation of the recommendations on money laundering and terrorism financing of the G7 Financial Action Task Force.

      Office for Budget Responsibility

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to revise the Office for Budget Responsibility's (OBR) memorandum of understanding to permit the Government to request changes to OBR...

      Slavery

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2015 to Question 10809, how many enforcement actions involving victims of modern slavery have been undertaken since...

      Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what tax revenue was lost as a result of illegal fuel laundering and smuggling in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what tax revenue was lost as a result of illegal fuel laundering and smuggling in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.

      Tobacco: Tax Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what tax revenue was lost as a result of tobacco smuggling in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Tobacco: Tax Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what tax revenue was lost as a result of tobacco smuggling in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.

      Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps HM Revenue and Customs are taking to stop illegal fuel laundering and smuggling in Northern Ireland.

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps HM Revenue and Customs are taking to stop tobacco smuggling in Northern Ireland.

      Working Tax Credit: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of working families in Northern Ireland who will be affected by proposed changes to working tax credits; and what...

      Personal Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, following his decision to reduce the lifetime allowance for those saving with personal pensions, what assistance the Government plans to offer to people...

      Transport: Infrastructure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Department's press release, Infrastructure at heart of Spending Review as Chancellor launches National Infrastructure Commission,...

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Electoral Register: Greater London

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many (a) EU and (b) Commonwealth citizens from which countries were registered...

    • UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what plans are in place for monitoring the EU referendum.

      Electoral Register: Greater London

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many people on the electoral register on 7 May 2015 were (a) registered under...

      Elections: Fraud

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what discussions the Speaker's Committee has had on the extent of electoral fraud;...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of benefit sanctions on mental health.

    • Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what methodology his Department uses to model the deadweight assumptions used in assessing the performance of the Work Programme.

      Work Capability Assessment: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress his Department has made in piloting reasonable adjustments to the work capability assessment for people with mental health problems.

      Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average cost to his Department is of an appeal against a fit for work decision.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what fiscal steps he is taking to support the Government's aim of halving the disability employment gap.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 September 2015 to the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey to Question 9852, by when his...

      Food Banks: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his oral evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee of 28 October 2015, for how long a welfare rights adviser has been...

      Occupational Pensions: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department has given to micro-businesses in adapting to new automatic enrolment pension schemes.

      Occupational Pensions: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of his proposals for automatic enrolment of employees in pension schemes on businesses...

      Jobcentre Plus: Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many job advisers he plans to locate in food banks.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the current average time taken is to process asylum applications from the point of initial screening interview to substantive asylum...

    • Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will provide information and data about the housing, health, and social needs of Syrian refugees to enable local authorities to plan...

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 12 October 2015 from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Refugees, Official Report, column 13, on...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what indicators are used by the Government and local authorities to assess the effectiveness of initiatives funded by the Prevent strategy.

      Undocumented Migrants: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding her Department has provided to (a) install fencing around the perimeter of the railhead at Coquelles, France, (b) install...

      Home Office: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to the public purse was of legal fees in the case of Bondada, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to place Syrian refugees in Northumberland; and if she will make a statement.

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which non-governmental groups and individuals her Department consulted on its Counter-Extremism Strategy, published on 19 October 2015.

      Home Office: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, 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.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions her Department has had with local councils on their housing Syrian refugees.

      Employment: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Government's consultation document on Tackling Exploitation in the Labour Market, published in October 2015, what...

      Slavery: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17 September 2015 to Question 10048, if she will take steps to ensure that the Criminal Injuries Compensation...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what proportion of (a) 18 and (b) 19 year-olds in Northern Ireland were registered to vote on 30 June 2014; what the average...

  • Department of Health

    • Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it her policy to include stillbirths in the remit of Child Death Overview Panels.

    • Tuberculosis: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on the London Assembly's report, Tackling TB in London, published on 27 October 2015.

      Stem Cells: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Government funding for research into stem cell transplantation.

      Department of Health: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, 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...

      Eyesight: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for NHS policies of the use of a regional eye inspection liaison officer in Northern Ireland.

      Patricia Hart

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether Ms Patricia Hart was employed on a full-time basis continuously from 2011 until her retirement.

      Patricia Hart

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for how many days Ms Patricia Hart worked on the Review of the NHS Hospitals Complaints Systems in 2013.

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the meningitis B vaccine will be available for children and young people; and if he will make a statement.

      General Practitioners: Battersea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of how many additional GPs will be needed to supply the Battersea-Nine Elms development; and how many such GPs are...

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of the doctors entering core and further specialty training were in each (a) specialty and (b) training region or deanery in...

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of doctors left foundation training and entered training posts in core or specialty training in each year between 2008 and 2015.

      Gastrointestinal System: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many permanent gastroenterologist consultants are currently employed in the NHS.

      Eating Disorders: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2015 to Question 13212, by when the assurance of clinical commissioning groups' (CCG) local transformation plans by...

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what equality impact assessment his Department has carried out on its proposals to reform the junior doctor contract.

      Prisoners: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2015 to Question 7476, when he expects Public Health England and the National Offender Management Services' health...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of additional midwives that would be required to enable all women to receive one-to-one care from a midwife during labour.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects (a) Monitor and (b) the Trust Development Authority to publish their 2015-16 second quarter performance reports.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will itemise savings made by the NHS that have been attributable to the provisions of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

      South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust: NHS 111

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he was made aware of the project undertaken by South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust in winter 2014-15 relating to prioritisation of NHS...

      Mental Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the weekend bed occupancy rates were in each mental health hospital in London in each weekend since 1 January 2015, taking account of patients on...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Small Businesses: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2015 to Question 7500, how many vouchers were redeemed under the Growth Vouchers scheme.

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, 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.

      Energy: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much the Energy Intensive Industries Compensation Scheme costs his Department to administer each year.

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answer of 11 December 2013 to Question 178321, if he will place in the Library copies of all of Lord Green...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what average time his Department took to respond to Freedom of Information requests in each year since 2005.

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he, his ministers and his officials have had with the European Commission on the situation in the steel industry.

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what consideration his Department has given to suspending the UK's arms export licences to Saudi Arabia in the light of the...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on (a) businesses affected by pre-pack insolvencies and (b) employees of such...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what training is provided to officials of his Department working on the Ministry of Defence Saudi Armed Forces Programme and the Saudi Arabia National...

    • Nuclear Submarines: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2015 to the hon. Member for Reigate to Question 12151, whether he plans for the boats built to replace the nuclear...

      RAF Waddington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the costs of infrastructure improvements at RAF Waddington were in each year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which of the items of equipment referred to in UK Defence in Numbers, published by his Department in August 2015, are (a) not capable of use on the...

      NATO: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assets his Department has assigned to (a) Standing NATO Maritime Group 1, (b) Standing NATO Maritime Group 2, (c) Standing NATO Mine...

      Seychelles: Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment the Government made of the risks associated with the deployment of Royal Navy personnel on active duty in the Seychelles.

      Armed Forces: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of the service capitation rates for (a) Navy, (b) Army and (c) Air Command.

      Bahrain: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the running costs of the British naval base in Bahrain in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18; and what proportion of...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) starter and (b) affordable homes the Government plans to build over the next five years.

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will change planning procedures for local authorities to speed up the construction of new affordable homes to buy.

      Communities and Local Government: Trade Unions

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

      Hostels: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to introduce a separate planning category for hostels.

      Hostels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to introduce statutory guidance on the definition of a hostel.

      Housing Associations: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the likely effect on house building of the Office of National Statistics reclassifying housing...

  • Scotland Office

    • Carbon Emissions: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 30 October 2015 to Question 13632, on what dates in September 2015 he met (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) other...

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, 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;...

    • Shrewsbury-Wolverhampton Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the cost of line speed upgrade on the railway line between Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton.

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 29 October 2015 to Question 13499, when the Civil Aviation Authority began its review of certain aspects of the safety of...

      Driving: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the current shortage of Certificate of Professional Competence qualified drivers is for the logistics industry; and what the shortage forecast...

      East Anglia Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ensure that the bidding process for the Great Eastern Main Line franchise includes increased service frequency and improved train capacity.

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) passenger vehicles, (b) vans, (c) public service vehicles and (d) heavy goods vehicles are licensed; and how many vehicles in each such...

      Driving: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the cost of acquiring a Certificate in Professional Competence on access to such certificates for young...

      Driving: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on businesses in the Humber area of the shortage of Certificate of Professional Competence qualified drivers.

      Driving: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the economic cost of the shortage of Certificate of Professional Competence qualified drivers.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the respective roles of (a) Highways England and (b) its proposed programme management partner in the delivery of the...

      Department for Transport: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what publications his private office subscribes to.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) his Department's and (b) HS2 Ltd's capital and resource expenditure has been on High Speed 2 in each year since 2009-10.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 29 October 2015 to Question 13286, whether any additional projects have been paused but not announced by Network Rail.

      Great Western Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2015 to Question 4759, if he will update the benefit-cost ratio for Great Western electrification given in that...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Medecins Sans Frontieres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on security of Médecins Sans Frontières...

    • Wildlife: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will undertake a review into how his Department advises British citizens on the ethical rating of nations in line with...

      Sustainable Development: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will work with his international counterparts to request that the UN Secretary General appoint a Special Envoy for...

      Wildlife: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many diplomatic staff whose work includes tackling the illegal wildlife trade are based in (a) China, (b) Vietnam, (c)...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Trade Unions

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

      UN Resolutions: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with NATO and EU governments on implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2178 on foreign...

      Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the efficacy of capacity building assistance in the area of strategic communications for...

      Ukraine: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Russian authorities about an international tribunal to investigate the destruction...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had about access to all areas of East Ukraine for the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission.

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the consistency with domestic Ethiopian and international law on the right to a fair trial of...

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what concerns he raised in his letter of 17 August 2015 to his Ethiopian counterpart on the release of videos of Andargachew...

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what requests were made in his letter of 17 August 2015 to his Ethiopian counterpart on the detention of Andargachew Tsege.

      Mustafa Barghouti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Israeli authorities on the attempted murder of the Palestinian activist,...

      Bahrain: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) targets and (b) goals the Bahraini authorities have been asked to work towards in the reform programmes in that...

      Bahrain: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the UK funding of Bahraini reform programmes.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2015 to Question 12951, whether all directly employed and contracted staff of his...

      South East Asia: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the effects of the recent fires in Indonesia and neighbouring countries; and what steps he he...

      Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons representatives from Syria were not invited to the peace talks in Vienna commencing on 20 October 2015.

      Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his international partners on Syrian representation at the talks in Vienna on 30 October 2015.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the Government has had with the government of Saudi Arabia on ending the conflict in Yemen.

      Syria: Armed Conflic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to protect civilians in Syria.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department plans to take to address the political crisis in Syria before March 2016.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how the Government plans to use its membership of the UN Security Council to facilitate diplomatic negotiations on the...

      Pakistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the progress of Pakistan in securing justice for people killed in the 2007 Mumbai attacks.

  • Department for International Development

    • West Africa: Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that protective clothing is provided to hospital workers treating victims of Ebola in...

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department takes to ensure that overseas development aid spent via the EU is used for its intended purposes.

      Developing Countries: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the World Health Organisation's Global Tuberculosis Report 2015, published on 28 October 2015, what assessment she...

      Developing Countries: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to encourage the European Commission and the World Bank to promote road safety in their infrastructure...

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to promote steps to tackle HIV/Aids; and if she will make a statement.

      Liberia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support women's reproductive healthcare in Liberia.

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government plans to take, other than by offering support to other countries in the region, to ensure that the UK meets...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent progress the Government has made on providing humanitarian assistance to Yemen.

      Development Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which funding proposals developed by multilateral development banks her Department voted against in each of the last five years; and...

      Development Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department plans to spend through multilateral development banks in the next three years; how much her Department...

      Yemen: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2015 to Question 12777, what assessment she has made of whether each party to the conflict is...

  • Department for Education

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2015 to Question 13005, whether the decrease in the take-up of free school meals includes children now entitled...

    • Department for Education: Trade Unions

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

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers her Department has recruited through its STEM international recruitment programme.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what mechanisms are in place to facilitate regular engagement with her counterparts in the devolved administrations on policy development.

      Respite Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she has taken to secure continued funding for the Short Breaks pathfinder initiative.

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of recruitment levels of new teachers; and if she will make a statement.

      Department for Education: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of senior civil servants in her Department attended (a) non-selective state schools, (b) state selective schools, (c) independent...

      Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how she plans for her Department's reception baseline assessment to take account of pupils that move school.

      Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for how long a pupil must be present at a school to be included in its reception baseline assessment.

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils (a) in each age group were enrolled at each university technical college (UTC) in the 2014-15 academic year and (b) were enrolled in...

  • Leader of the House

    • Leader of the House of Commons: Trade Unions

      To ask the Leader of the House, how many civil servants in his Office are members of trades unions; how much working hours facility time is claimed by each such civil servant; and what the cost...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, 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.

    • Local Press: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many responses have been received to his Department's consultation on business rate relief for local newspapers; and if he will...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what response he has made to the findings of the report by the National Audit Office of January 2015 on the Superfast (Rural) Broadband...

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with UNESCO on ensuring that world heritage sites (a) are protected from development by extraction...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure the delivery of superfast broadband to the remaining five per cent of properties which do not have...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the value of stationery that has been (a) lost and (b) stolen from his Department in each of the last five...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many civil servants in her Department are members of trades unions; how much working hours facility time is claimed by...

    • Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has made to the European Commission on difficulties faced by milk farmers because of the low price...

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects work on a long-term strategy for UK food and farming to conclude; and if she will make a statement.

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the most significant key risks to the UK's food security; and if she will make a...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the value of stationery that has been (a) lost and (b) stolen from her Department in each of...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate she has made of the amount the EU will pay farmers in the UK in 2015.

      Fly-grazing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to tackle illegal fly grazing in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England.

      Burbots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether burbots are extinct within the UK.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect on air quality of levels of emissions from motor vehicles.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to promote regional food and drink.

      Dairy Products: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to ensure that dairy farmers receive a fair and sustainable price for their produce.

      Pollinators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the National Pollinator Strategy since its publication in November 2014.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Official Visits: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many visits her Departmental officials have made to China in support of the development of the Strategic Investment Agreement...

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent steps she has taken to support carbon capture and storage technology to achieve commercial deployment; and if she will...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the likely proportion of total UK energy production which will be solar energy in each of the...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the contractual status is of the China/EDF deals; whether those contracts make provision for their terms to be reassessed at a...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether her Department was (a) consulted on and (b) approved the newly-signed nuclear energy contract between China and EDF.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2015 to Question 12313, on energy, what the proportion by age group is of those customers...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Trade Unions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many civil servants in the Law Officers' Departments are members of trades unions; how much working hours facility time is claimed by each such civil servant; and...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • First-tier Tribunal: Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many of each type of application listed on the HM Tribunals Service website were made to the Residential Property (First Tier) Tribunal for cases...

    • Magistrates' Courts: Bury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much HM Courts and Tribunals Service has spent on maintenance of Bury Magistrates' Court in each of the last five years.

      Just Solutions International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his plans are for Just Solutions International; and if he will make a statement.

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to improve services for victims and witnesses of crime.

      Human Rights Act 1998

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which articles contained in the Human Rights Act are planned to be omitted from the proposed British Bill of Rights.

      Prisoners: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) transgender and (b) transsexual prisoners are placed in prison accommodation that is appropriate to their gender.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions his Department has had with the Department of Health on the rate of people taking their own lives in prisons.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Ministry of Justice: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reasons the Ministry of Justice no longer has responsibility for Government policy on freedom of information and data protection.

    • Electronic Government: Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will contact those people whose personal details have been stolen as a result of the cyber security breach of the Government Gateway system.

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of government IT spending was spent with small and medium sized (SME) enterprises in 2014-15; and what estimate he has made of the...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, in what circumstances major Government programmes are exempted from the requirement for Gateway Reviews.

      Government Departments: Living Wage

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy that no Department be permitted to (a) employ staff at wages below the living wage and (b) sign a contract with...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament: Internet

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will take steps to ensure that the parliament.uk website states the country in which hon....

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • Peers: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of whether denying a member of the House of Lords who is a Special Adviser the right to speak is in breach of the letters...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • China: Family Planning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they raised concerns about the impact of the one child policy in China on (1) human rights, (2) selective abortion of (a) female, and (b) disabled,...

    • China: Family Planning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they discussed with President Xi Jinping, during his visit to the United Kingdom, the selective relaxation of the one child policy in China, and the...

      North Korea: Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 22 June (HL689) in determining that North Korea does not pose a terrorist threat, what...

      Central African Republic: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the security situation in the Central African Republic.

      Central African Republic: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the United Kingdom contributes to the cost of the UN peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic.

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the need for funds to enable the disarmament, demobilisation and re-integration of those perpetrating violence in the Central...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the state of emergency declared by the Palestinian Red Crescent on 4 October.

      Bangladesh: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 22 October (HL Deb, GC53–4), what response they have received from the government of...

      EU Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria were used to decide which governments to invite to participate in the European Union leaders’ meeting of 25 October to discuss the...

      Jerusalem

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with King Abdullah of Jordan about his role in and responsibility for the oversight of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

      Jerusalem

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what approaches they have made to the President of the Palestinian Authority about his comments that Israel intends to take over the Temple Mount and the...

      Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any new initiatives planned to revive or replace the so-called Geneva Two process on Syria.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Design: Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many apprenticeships there are in the field of design; and whether they plan to take steps to increase the number.

  • Department for International Development

    • St Helena: Airports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what initiatives they are planning to encourage tourists to use the new airport on St Helena.

    • West Africa: Ebola

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they are planning to fund in West Africa into the persistence of the Ebola virus in survivors, and into post-Ebola syndrome.

      International Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of international aid agencies' efforts to support and protect their staff from sexual abuse.

  • Department for Education

    • Unemployment: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of young people considered not to be in education, employment or training (1) have a disability, or (2) are carers, broken down by region.

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what options and support are available for young people with special educational needs, but who do not have a statement of special needs, during the...

      Migration: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that United Kingdom immigration and emigration statistics are studied as part of the core curriculum in schools.

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

    • House of Lords: Consultants

      To ask the Chairman of Committees how many consultants have been employed in the House of Lords in the last three years; and what has been the cost of each firm or independent consultant.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Dublin Regulation, in the light of recent events in Syria, and the need to protect vulnerable refugees.

    • EU Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to support the governments of Italy and Greece to deal with the number of immigrants arriving in their countries.

      Terrorism: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what range of sanctions is available to use against British Jihadists returning to the United Kingdom after fighting in Syria and Iraq; and whether they will...

      Terrorism: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the removal of the passports of British Jihadists who have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq, in order to prevent their...

      Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the action plan sent to the National Asylum Stakeholder Forum following the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration's report in 2014...

  • HM Treasury

    • Tobacco

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether ministerial approval was given to HM Revenue and Customs to conduct a pilot programme of the tobacco industry's Codentify trading and tracing system.

    • Tobacco

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the pilot programme by HM Revenue and Customs of the tobacco industry's Codentify trading and tracing system in the light...

      Tobacco

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether HM Revenue and Customs are undertaking any pilot programmes for tobacco control other than with the tobacco industry's Codentify trading and tracing...

      Tobacco

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment (1) HM Revenue and Customs, and (2) the Department of Health, have made of the accuracy of the Codentify trading and tracing system as a...

      Financial Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when ministers last met representatives of the Investment Association to discuss fund management industry matters.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the electoral register is as complete as possible by the end of March 2016.

    • Ministers: Codes of Practice

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the removal of the reference in the Ministerial Code to having to comply with international law and treaty...

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