Written answers

Friday, 6 November 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the efficiency savings his Department has gained from the reorganisation of the Highways Agency to Highways England; and...

    • Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of how many (a) drivers and (b) drivers under 25 were using black box technology in each of the last five years.

      Bus Services: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of how many subsidised bus routes have been withdrawn since 2010.

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's plans are for long-term local sustainable transport funding.

      Southern: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of cascading Class 319 rolling stock to Southern's Coastway Stopping services once the...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: Digital Technology

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

    • Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what change there has been in the number of firefighter posts was in Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service in 2013-14.

      East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the change in the number of firefighter posts was in East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service in 2013-14.

      Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will introduce further proposals to protect airfields from redevelopment.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government's aim to build 275,000 affordable homes during this Parliament will be in addition to the Government's...

      Communities and Local Government: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what average time his Department took to respond to freedom of information requests in each year since 2005.

      Infrastructure: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what support the Government will give communities hosting (a) new nuclear power stations and (b) other nationally significant...

      Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what change there was in the number of firefighter posts in Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2013-14.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Indonesia: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Indonesian counterpart on the recent persecution and violence against Christians in Aceh...

    • Turkey: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Turkish counterpart on concluding the trial of five men accused of murdering three...

      Counter-terrorism and Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the 2013 Lough Erne G8 Leaders' Communiqué, published on 18 June 2013, what progress has been made on...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much the Government has (a) spent to date and (b) allocated for future spending to (i) his Department, (ii) the Department...

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the security situation in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.

      Islamic State: Yazidis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether attacks by ISIL against Iraqi Yazidis constitute to genocide.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what average time his Department took to respond to freedom of information requests in each year since 2005.

  • Attorney General

    • Law Officers' Departments: Pay

      To ask the Attorney General, how much was paid in (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses to officials in the Law Officers' Departments in each of the last three years.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will assess the performance of the Official Receiver during the liquidation of SSI UK.

    • Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister about the value of the Government support package for people affected by the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many countries on the EU Commission tax haven blacklist, or identified as zero tax jurisdictions, received UK aid in financial...

    • Yazidis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support the UK is offering to Yazidi people.

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Digital Technology

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

    • Children's Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of provision of play opportunities for children with disabilities and complex needs.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of teachers who will be trained in each of the next five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Pupils: Newark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many secondary school aged pupils living in the Newark area travel out of that area to attend secondary schools in (a) Tuxford, (b) Southwell, (c)...

      Teachers: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate she has made of the average cost to a (a) school and (b) local authority of employing a (i) teacher and (ii) classroom assistant;...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much public funding has been spent by Magic Breakfast in each parliamentary constituency to date.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders were given fixed-term recalls in the latest year for which information is available; and for which original offences those recalls...

    • Courts: Bridgend

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent on (a) repairs, (b) physical improvements, (c) technological facilities and (d) Wi-Fi at Bridgend Law Courts in each year since...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Statement by the Minister for Courts and Legal Aid, of 15 October 2015, HCWS 239, on HM Courts and Tribunals Service, what the total...

      Legal Aid Agency: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many temporary agency staff were recruited by the Legal Aid Agency to work on the procurement process for crime duty provider contracts; and what...

      Ministry of Justice: Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, 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 fiscal years;...

      Prison Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what entry level qualifications are required by prison officers.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average waiting time is for a disability benefit appeal to reach a tribunal; and what steps he is taking to reduce that average time.

      Criminal Proceedings: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the (a) gross and (b) net amount likely to be collected through the criminal courts charge in each of the next five...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to take steps in response to recent allegations made by a former employee of the Legal Aid Agency about irregularities regarding the...

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cause of death was on each occasion when a person took their own life in prison in each of the last five years.

      Stephen O'Malley

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

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Absent Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the efficacy of removing the...

  • Leader of the House

    • Times of Sittings

      To ask the Leader of the House, if he will consult political parties on proposals to change the sitting days of the House during party conferences.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the £840 million funding for his Department's National Cyber Security Programme has been disbursed to projects...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment his Department has made of trends in in-work poverty.

    • Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to reduce poverty in (a) Barnsley Central constituency and (b) other former mining communities.

      Jobcentre Plus: Plaistow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to establish whether more senior staff were involved in fraudulent misuse of the Flexible Support Fund since the...

      Jobcentre Plus: Plaistow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions between 1 June 2013 and 31 May 2014 Plaistow Jobcentre paid from the Flexible Support Fund for a jobseeker's two month...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households who have claimed universal credit have also applied for an alternative payment arrangement for their housing costs; and...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2015 to Question 13246, what payment is given to libraries to partner with the Department on digital...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2015 to Question 13246 on digital technology, what support universal credit provides for people without...

      Jobcentre Plus: Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has held with food bank providers on his Department's plans to locate job advisers in food banks.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of serving personnel who have received continuity of education allowance in the last five years were (a) serving overseas and (b) in the...

    • Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which category (a) A, (b) B, and (c) C projects are managed by (i) Navy Command, (ii) Army Command, (iii) Air Command, (iv) Joint Forces Command and (v)...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the crew complement by (a) rank and (b) specialisation is for the (i) A400M, (ii) C-17, (iii) C-130J and (iv) Voyager.

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which ongoing operations are funded by the core defence budget; and what the expenditure on each such operation was in each year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

      Ministry of Defence: Risk Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place a copy of his Department's JSP 892 Risk Management in the Library.

      Iraq: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of military operations across Iraq in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Bases: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the total operational cost of UK overseas military bases in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

      Army: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers left the army voluntarily in each year since 2010.

      Ministry of Defence: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what average time his Department took to respond to freedom of information requests in each year since 2005.

  • Home Office

    • Action Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of calls received by Action Fraud have resulted in a police investigation to date; and if she will make a statement.

    • Home Office: Senior Civil Servants

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

      Home Office: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of substantive replies to hon. Members her Department has answered within the targets it has set for such correspondence...

      Remembrance Day: Parades

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will take steps to ensure that reductions in police funding do not lead to the cancellation of Remembrance Day parades.

      Animal Experiments: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Annual Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals, Great Britain 2014, HC 511, published on 22 October...

      Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many seizures of illegal drugs took place in the UK in each of the last five years; and what the value was of the drugs seized in each...

      Lancashire Constabulary: Income

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

      Thames Valley Police: Income

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

  • HM Treasury

    • Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average (a) duration and (b) cost to the caller of a telephone call to HM Revenue and Customs' tax credit telephone lines was in the most recent 12...

    • Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff have been employed to cover HM Revenue and Customs' tax credit telephone lines in each of the past five years for which figures are available.

      Revenue and Customs: ICT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much HM Revenue and Customs 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 and...

      Employee Ownership

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to permit private equity-backed companies to offer tax-advantaged all employee share plans; and if he will make a statement.

      Balance of Trade

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the size of the current account balance in 2014.

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects manufacturing output to exceed the level of quarter one in 2008.

      Treasury: Freedom of Information

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what average time his Department took to respond to freedom of information requests in each year since 2005.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the level at which the apprenticeship levy should be set; and if he will make a statement.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount which the proposed apprenticeship levy will raise in (a) Warrington and (b) the North-West.

      Educational Institutions: Productivity

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effects (a) to date and (b) in the future of the institutes of technology on UK productivity.

      Landfill Communities Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the objectives and value of the Landfill Communities Fund; what assessment he has made of progress in the reform process of...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many sites are approved for fracking in England and Wales; what the location is of each such site; and if she will make a statement.

    • Fracking: Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2015 to Question 13491, if she will make it her policy to designate all the areas supplying...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many complaints the Energy Ombudsman has received about post-installation delays for feed-in tariff payments to customers by...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Opiates: Overdoses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of fatal opioid overdoses in the UK.

    • Cabinet Office: Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2015 to Question 11489, if he will make available the minutes of the Data Steering Group.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much and what proportion of UK agricultural output was used in the production of biofuels in each year from 2000-01 to...

    • Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2015 to Question 14012, what estimate her Department has made of the amount spent on...

  • Department of Health

    • Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors have requested a certificate of current professional status in each of the last five years.

    • Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from mental health charities on the adequacy of mental health provision in NHS services; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of elderly people experiencing loneliness.

      Agency Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much NHS England spent on agency nurses in each of the last three years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the merits of including GPs on the occupation shortage list.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what regions he has identified as having a shortage of GPs; and what steps he is taking to address those shortfalls.

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue a career in medicine.

      Doctors: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what analysis his Department has conducted or commissioned on the number of doctors likely to retire in the next five years; and what assessment his...

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on the potential numbers for junior doctors who may leave the NHS should a new contract for that role be imposed.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of drugs available on the NHS for the treatment of people diagnosed with (a) MS and (b) Alzheimer's disease.

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to secure licences for existing off-patent drugs.

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to support and promote the (a) use and (b) continued production and purchase of existing off-patent drugs.

      Medical Treatments: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is his policy for NHS England to require individual funding requests to be made when treatment is permitted by the relevant commissioning policy.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's definition is of an advanced nurse practitioner.

      Junior Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost to the NHS is of educating and training a junior doctor.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will hold discussions with the devolved administrations on sharing best practice on steps to reduce (a) self-harm and (b) suicide rates.

      Junior Doctors: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his oral contribution of 28 October 2015, Official Report, column 429, on junior doctors' pay, what assessment he has made of the proportion...

      Royal Sussex County Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the first patients to be treated in new facilities at Royal Sussex County Hospital as part of the 3Ts modernisation project.

      Junior Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the total amount that will be spent on pay for junior doctors in 2015-16; and how many junior doctors will be employed in...

      Health Professions: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the average cost to the NHS of employing a (a) nurse, (b) midwife and (c) doctor; and what forecast he has made of...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many publicly-funded cognitive behavioural therapy appointments took place in each clinical commissioning group area in England in each year since 2010.

      Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on health and social care for people aged over 65 in each year since 2009-10.

      Junior Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of junior doctors currently not working weekends.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 8 June (HL179), whether they will continue to deport North Korean asylum seekers to South Korea, as detailed...

    • Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the remarks by the Syrian Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart on the BBC Radio Four programme Sunday that European countries...

      Narendra Modi

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether restrictions were imposed on the travel of Narendra Modi; if so, whether such restrictions have been lifted; and if so, why.

      Gangmasters: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to increasing the Gangmasters Licensing Authority fees for licence applications, renewal and inspection for the top two...

      Refugees: Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been their response to calls from UNICEF for the United Kingdom to allow refugees to apply for humanitarian visas in countries of origin and transit...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Debt Collection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Faulks on 15 October (HLWS229), how much they have spent to date on the process for procurement of a new criminal...

    • Public Inquiries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what public inquiries they have instigated into the death of a single individual since 1988; who were those individuals; why they were referred for a public...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation: Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why former foster children cannot claim for criminal injuries compensation against foster parents who have been abusive.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation: Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they give to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board about best practice with respect to keeping open indefinitely cases relating to claimants...

      Prisoners: Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what rules they have put in place to ensure that transgender persons are placed in prisons that are appropriate for them based on their gender identity.

      Coroners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances a coroner's investigation and court hearing is not necessary in the case of a sudden death.

      Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish their response to the report of the coroner David Hinchcliff, Inquests Touching the deaths of Christianne Shepherd and Robert...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • India: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to raise with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the case of three British citizens murdered in Gujarat in 2002 when he visits the United...

    • EU Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an invitation was extended to the government of Bosnia-Herzegovina to participate in the European Union leaders’ meeting of 25 October to...

  • Department of Health

    • Air Pollution: Lambeth

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the impact of air pollution on the lung function of children in the London Borough of Lambeth.

    • Cancer: Meat Products

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the World Health Organization research showing that eating processed meat increases the risk of cancer.

      Health Hazards: Meat Products

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they are giving to consumers about the health risks of eating processed meat.

      Salt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last reviewed the evidence base relating to dietary sodium intake as part of a balanced diet.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in what circumstances they would consider using British military assets to prevent President Assad from using barrel bombs against civilians in Syria.

    • Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the numerical strength of the moderate forces fighting against President Assad in Syria.

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