Written answers

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the reduction was in his Department's support for bus funding in England in 2014-15.

    • Department for Transport: Stationery

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

      Office of Rail and Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) monitoring framework; and what guidance he has provided to the...

      Mersey Gateway Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the additional travel costs likely to be incurred by people not resident in Halton, of commuting using the bridge,...

      Dover Harbour Board: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received on the appointment of two community board members to the Dover Harbour Board; and if he will make a statement.

      Aviation: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many air passengers have made claims against airline companies for flight delays in each of the last five years; and how many such claims have...

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recent findings of the UK Flag Advisory Panel on reform of the UK Ship Register.

      Roads: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 15 of the Office of Rail and Road's report, Monitoring Highways England, published in October 2015, what assessment he has...

      Public Transport: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that drivers on public transport are trained to assist disabled passengers.

      Road Traffic Offences: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to issue guidance on the implementation of the EU Cross Border Enforcement Directive.

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the likely causes of changes in the size of the UK Ship Register since 2010.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has assessed the necessary financial support required by local authorities to deliver a charging network for electric vehicles...

      Transport: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support the development of biopropane for transport fuel.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in the amount paid in road user compensation claims by local authorities in England...

      Bus Services: Commuters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the contribution made by bus commuters to economic output in the last year for which figures are available.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many roads were resurfaced in 2014-15.

      Public Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of progress on Total Transport pilots.

      Motor Vehicles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the retesting of Volkswagen vehicles being carried out by the Vehicle Certification Agency includes testing for carbon dioxide emissions.

      Transport: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of Innovate UK's contribution to the development of technologies in (a) aviation, (b) road transport and (c) ports and...

      Motor Vehicles: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many foreign vehicles that had overstayed the permitted six months in the UK were identified as a result of the information sharing trial between...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to announce the finalised route phase two of the High Speed 2 rail line; and if he will make a statement.

      A5225

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to review the transport provision on the A5225.

      A5225: Bolton West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether there has been a review of the transport provision on the A5225 in Bolton West constituency since the proposals for the Westhoughton bypass...

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Sir Peter Hendy's work to re-plan the Network Rail enhancements programme in Control Period 5, 2014-19, takes account of maximising the...

      Department for Transport: Freedom of Information

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

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will require Heathrow Airport Limited to respond publicly to the recommendations of the Airport Commission that, in order to mitigate the...

      Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Government's report, Fixing the Foundations; creating a more prosperous nation, Cm 9098, published in July 2015, what assessment...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what safeguards are in place to avoid mistakenly withdrawing motor tax following erroneous or malicious notification of cars being exported or going...

      East Coast Railway Line: Level Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons Network Rail has not yet published a timetable to close 73 dangerous level crossings on the East Cost Main Line; and what recent...

      Agility Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much compensation the Government is liable for in its contract with Agility Trains in the event that the new IEP fleet cannot be introduced...

      Cycling and Walking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of children have (a) walked and (b) cycled to school in each year since 2009-10.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what take-up there has been of the cycle to work salary sacrifice scheme since it started.

      Department for Transport: Government Car Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will name the people in his Department who are entitled to use the Government Car Service.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated value of Network Rail was on the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of his road investment strategy on productivity.

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Traffic Regulation Orders have been introduced by local authorities to tackle pavement parking since 2011.

      Virgin Trains: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the safety and speed of evacuation from Virgin (a) Pendolino and (b) Voyager trains in the event of an...

      Wolverhampton Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will publish a timetable for the refurbishment of Wolverhampton train station.

      Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect that the decision of the Quality Contract Scheme board on the Quality Contract proposed to be run by Nexus...

      Virgin Trains: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will discuss with Virgin Trains its replacing the ageing Voyager fleet rolling stock.

      Airports: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the airport security at Hurghada and Safaga airports in Egypt.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to respond to the report by the Law Commission on tax; and private hire services, published in May 2014.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: Stationery

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

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nigeria: Boko Haram

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent conversations he has had with his Nigerian counterpart on steps to eliminate Boko Haram.

    • Gulf States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he had during his recent visit to the Gulf states to encourage those states to increase their involvement in...

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with (a) EU organisations, (b) UN organisations and (c) charities regarding potential...

      Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's primary objectives are at the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support people affected by the rocket attack on Camp Liberty, Baghdad, on 29 October 2015.

      Nepal: Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Indian government on re-opening border crossings to Nepal.

      Tourism: Elephants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that UK citizens travelling to India, Thailand and other elephant-range states are made aware...

      India: Elephants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Indian counterpart on the illegal use of bull-hooks on Asian elephants in the tourism...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to his oral Answer of 22 October 2015, Official Report, column 444WH, what steps he has taken to assess whether...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to his oral Answer of 22 October 2015, Official Report, column 445WH, what steps he has since taken to try and...

      North Korea: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Democratic People's Republic of Korea officials the British Embassy in Pyonyang has met in the last year; and how many...

      North Korea: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will request information from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on the measures it has taken to meet the...

      India: Elephants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise with the Prime Minister of India during his forthcoming visit the welfare of elephants being trained to work...

      Russia: Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the potential for Russia to use submarines to monitor internet traffic through...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of Syrian children in Europe who are (a) vulnerable to trafficking and (b) unaccompanied.

      South Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the creation of 28 states in South Sudan on the prospects for peace in that region.

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will ensure that any agreement on a central registry of beneficial ownership in Anguilla will include access for the...

      Mexico: Supreme Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to monitor the elections to the Mexican Supreme Court.

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on implementing the recommendations set out in the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry report.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Education: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on further plans to increase the provision of shared and integrated education.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Stationery

      To ask the Attorney General, what estimate he has made of the value of stationery that has been (a) lost and (b) stolen from The Law Officers' Departments in each of the last five fiscal years;...

    • National Fund

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 17 September 2015 to Question 10237, when he expects to publish proposals for the future of the National Debt Fund.

      Attorney General: EU Law

      To ask the Attorney General, which regulations his Office introduced as a result of EU legislation in (a) 2013, (b) 2014 and (c) 2015 to date; which regulations his Office expects to implement as...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the portion of loan outlay that will never be repaid by graduates who have undertaken (a) full-time...

    • Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent estimate he has made of the number of graduates who are (a) unemployed and (b) not in high-skilled jobs.

      Students: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to address rates of university students taking their own lives.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on developing energy policy.

      Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Government's report, Fixing the Foundations; creating a more prosperous nation, Cm 9098, published in July...

  • Wales Office

    • Devolution: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how the Government plans to monitor and enforce clause 2 of the draft Wales Bill.

    • Devolution: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, for what reasons the draft Wales Bill would seek to change the criteria on which the Assembly could legislate outside its normal competence, as set out in...

      Devolution: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, with reference to the draft Wales Bill, for what reason it is his policy to remove the wording of the Government of Wales Act 2006 which states that an...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with headteachers on (a) expanding childcare and (b) developing a right for parents to request that schools provide childcare.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to (a) evaluate the piloting of 30 hours free childcare from September 2016 and (b) publish the outcome of such an evaluation.

      Department for Education: Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the value of stationery that has been (a) lost and (b) stolen from her Department in each of the last five fiscal years;...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of increasing free childcare provision to 30 hours per week on (a) the number of childcare places, (b)...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the effects of open-plan teaching facilities on pupils' learning; and what provision is available to assist...

      Schools: Textbooks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the average amount spent on new school textbooks in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each year since 2010.

      Secondary Education: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the average cost of a new uniform for secondary school students.

      Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect on the financial sustainability of sixth form colleges of (a) VAT and (b) pension costs; and if she will...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to clause 1 of the Childcare Bill, what categories of childcare provider she plans to include in an independent review of the free...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of increasing free childcare provision to 30 hours per week on the number of nurseries which offer free...

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department intends to take to reduce the number of children who do not attend school due to bullying.

      Supply Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of supply teacher recruitment in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has conducted a review into the adequacy of the service provided by agencies supplying supply teachers to school; and if she...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 1 December 2014 to Question 216015, what criteria her Department sets for eligibility for free school meals for...

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the cost to the public purse of private agency supply teacher services in each of the last five years; and if...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the availability of staff and resources in prisons to enable (a) Christian, (b) Muslim and (c) Jewish religious services...

    • Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 9 October 2015 to Question 10800, when the potential closures of courts will be announced; and if he will make a statement.

      Domestic Violence and Offences against Children: Court Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many complainants have agreed to special measures applied in court in cases of (a) childhood and (b) domestic abuse in the last five years.

      Ministry of Justice: Freedom of Information

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

      Taxis: Guide Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will introduce new sentencing guidelines recommending strict penalties to assist magistrates in prosecuting caces under the Equality Act 2010...

      Criminal Proceedings: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to his oral Answer to the hon. Member for Hampstead and Kilburn of 3 November 2015, Official Report, column 866, how much revenue the criminal...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the quality of the evidence presented by the Association of British Insurers on the continuing increases to motor...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Electronic Government

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

    • Broadband: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate the cost to businesses of inconsistent broadband coverage in the last 12 months.

      Fifa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with FIFA officials on the candidacy of Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa for FIFA President.

      Fifa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether it is his policy to support the candidacy of Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa for FIFA President; and if he will make a...

      Cabinet Office: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the funding was for the Digital Inclusion team in his Department in each year for which figures are available.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will encourage gambling organisations to share information with each other to help identify people with gambling addictions.

      Gambling: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to ensure that the advertising of sports betting alongside televised sporting events is only broadcast after the...

      Gambling: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the extent of gambling addiction in young people in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Outdoor Recreation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the uptake of outdoor recreational activities by (a) children, (b) adults and (c)...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many television licenses were purchased in each region and constituent part of the UK in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Government applied to the European Commission globalisation adjustment fund to secure support funding for the British steel...

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many delays to benefit payments there were in (a) Gloucester, (b) the South West and (c) England in each of the last five years.

      State Retirement Pensions: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what work his Department has undertaken with the devolved administrations on communicating to the public changes to the new state pension.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many replies to constituent correspondence from hon. Members his Department sent by (a) email and (b) letter in each of the last three...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people over 100 years old living (a) in the UK and (b) overseas received the state pension in each of the last three years.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) Glasgow and (d) Glasgow East constituency who are aged (i) 60, (ii) 61, (iii) 62, (iv) 63, (v)...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost of providing pension credit was to people in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) Glasgow and (d) Glasgow East constituency in the most...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women aged (a) 60, (b) 61, (c) 62, (d) 63, (e) 64, (f) 65, (g) 66 and (h) 67 were in receipt of carer's allowance in (i) the UK, (ii)...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Freedom of Information

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

      Department for Work and Pensions: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of his Department's expected DEL underspend in 2015-16; what his Department's current forecast for AME expenditure...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the under-occupancy penalty on people with disabilities.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the number of people who have been affected by the under-occupancy penalty.

      Survivor Benefits in Occupational Pension Schemes Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will respond to the Review of Survivor Benefits in Occupational Pension Schemes, published in June 2014.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent on (a) temporary agency staff, (b) consultants, (c) non-payroll staff, (d) administration and (e) marketing...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of the independent living fund have had that funding reduced following the transfer of that fund to local authorities.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what total amount has been spent by his Department to date on the (a) design and (b) implementation of universal credit.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to press for the ending of the use of EU Common Agricultural Policy payments to support...

    • 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 number of...

      Agriculture: Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the effect on productivity of privately-funded research and development in the agricultural...

      Motor Vehicles: Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the role of LPG autogas in helping to improve urban air quality.

      White Fish: Irish Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the fisheries Minister in the Northern Ireland Executive on the level of cod stocks in the...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of the greenhouse gas reporting regulation.

      Waste Disposal: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the costs and benefits to the UK of implementation of the original EU Waste Framework...

      Waste Disposal: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the costs and benefits to the UK of implementation of the EU Waste Oils Directive.

      Waste Disposal: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the costs and benefits to the UK of implementation of the EU Hazardous Waste Directive.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what average time her Department took to respond to freedom of information requests in each year since 2005.

      Air Pollution: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will set out the costs and benefits to the UK of the EU Air Quality Framework Directive, and of the first, second,...

      Milk: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to increase the level of competition among milk processors.

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to encourage more retailers to sell milk brands that best support the domestic dairy...

      Non-native Species: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to implement a strategy to tackle invasive non-native species at the European level; and...

      Milk: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the effect on consumer demand of increases in the price of milk.

  • Home Office

    • Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of Prevent strategy funding for each of the last five years has been allocated to tackling far right extremism.

    • Worker Registration Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) prosecutions have taken place and (b) penalty notices have been issued under paragraphs (i) 13 and (ii) 12 of the Accession...

      Home Office: Pay

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

      Counter-terrorism: EU Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of Frontex and Europol in countering terrorism.

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2015 to Question 12246, how many criminal operations have been smashed by the Organised Immigration...

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) search and (b) surveillance warrants issued by a judge have been subject to judicial review in each of the last five years.

      Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken has been for a successful extradition request from the US administration to be implemented for deporting a...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to protect orphaned children from exploitation subsequent to their being taken to the UK from (a) Syria and (b)...

      Animal Experiments: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Annual Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals, Great Britain 2014, HC 511, published on 22 October 2015, how...

      Police: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate she has made of the average cost to a police authority of employing a (a) police officer and (b) police community...

      Naturalisation: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports submitted in support of an application for naturalisation as a British citizen were found to have a counterfeit Home...

      Visas: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21 September 2015 to Question 9220, if she will place in the Library a full breakdown of all refusals since May...

      Overseas Students: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many student visas her Department issued to Syrian nationals in each year since 2010.

      Deportation: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to her Department has been of (a) deporting and (b) returning deported people following a successful appeal under the deport...

      Animal Experiments: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures her Department has in place to ensure that researchers assessing the expected severity level of animal experiments when...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which countries' citizens (a) may and (b) may not enter the UK without a visa.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2015 to Questions 11484, on Army: Scotland, for what reasons the figures cited for 6 SCOTS and 7 SCOTS do not...

    • Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK nuclear weapons have been withdrawn from operational service as a result of (a) multilateral negotiation and (b) unilateral action since 1985.

      Ministry of Defence: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost of using external agencies for recruitment to senior Civil Service posts in his Department in each of the last...

      Middle East: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his most recent estimate is of the number of UK military personnel currently involved in military operations in (a) Iraq and (b) Syria; and if he...

      Robert Jolleys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the reasons were for the Ministry of Defence Police withholding a Special Investigation Branch report of Lt. Col. Jolleys' circumstances from a...

  • HM Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress his Department has made in tackling international tax avoidance.

    • Charities: Investment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to increase the number of simple, low risk investment products that are available to charitable organisations; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to ensure (a) British Overseas Territories and (b) the City of London comply with international standards for transparency in...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of money saved for the public purse as a result of the Government's policies on tackling international tax avoidance.

      Multinational Companies: Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to prevent British multinational companies avoiding tax in developing countries.

      Multinational Companies: Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the establishment of a UN body to lead the re-writing of tax rules to help prevent multinational companies from avoiding paying tax in...

      Treasury: Stationery

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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; and...

      EU Budget

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much total government funding the UK contributed towards the budget of the EU in each year since 1992.

      Estate Agents: Money Laundering

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 29 October 2015 to Question 12970, for what reasons estate agents that do not hold client money fall within the scope of the Money...

      Employee Ownership

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Shares for Rights scheme.

      Income Tax: National Insurance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in devolved administrations on the merger of income tax and national insurance.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish an equality assessment of the Government's changes to tax credits.

      Child Benefit: Refugees

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people who have been granted refugee leave have claimed backdated child benefit in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Child Benefit: Refugees

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been paid from the public purse in backdated child benefit to people who have been granted refugee leave in each of the last three years for...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether under any Act arising from the Scotland Bill the Scottish Government will be enabled to pay tax credits.

      Revenue and Customs: Preston

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 23 October 2015 to Question 12551, if he will invite the hon. Member for Preston to visit the tax credit office in that constituency.

      Productivity

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of proposed changes to (a) the student loans system and (b) maintenance grants on productivity.

      Productivity

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 5 of his Department's document Fixing the foundations: creating a more prosperous nation, Cm9098, published in July 2015, what...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, for what reasons the construction cost of the planned Hinkley Point C power station has reduced from £24.5 billion to £18...

    • Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent steps she has taken to increase the UK's energy self-sufficiency and reduce reliance on imported fuel sources; and if she...

      Tidal Power: Swansea Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she plans to make a decision on the strike price for the proposed Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.

      Wind Power: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what meetings she has had with Jobcentre Plus to discuss measures to help redundant onshore wind workers back into employment; and if...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the agreed terms and retail price (a) with and (b) without an RPI-annual refix are of the recently announced China/EDF deals.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the estimated cost per household will be to suppliers of having to issue an in-home display as part of the smart meter home display.

      Electricity Interconnectors: Denmark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 30 October 2015 to Question 13263, whether energy produced by the proposed VikingLink project would be...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the proportion of total UK energy production likely to be sourced from fracking in each of the next five...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, under what timetable she will announce the mechanism for ensuring that hydraulic fracturing cannot be conducted from wells that are...

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effect of the freezing of the carbon price floor on the Government's projected levy expenditure...

      Electricity Interconnectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that (a) all UK electricity generators and operators and (b) developers of gas plants...

      Hydroelectric Power: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answers of 6 July 2015 to Question 4511 and 12 October 2015 to Question 10567, if she will (a) request that OFGEM...

      Electricity Interconnectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that new interconnector capacity is supported by robust cost analyses.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2015 to Question 13044, what the (a) technical, (b) regulatory and (c) contractual reasons were...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to prevent carbon emissions outside the UK.

      Climate Change Convention: Paris

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will take steps in support of the African Group's agreement on a Global Goal for Adaptation at the Paris Climate Conference in...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the market size of the UK solar industry in 2016.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many responses have been received to the feed-in tariff consultation; and what account she will take of those responses in making...

      Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans the Government has for the effective and efficient oversight of strategic fuel stocks.

      Renewable Energy: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she has taken to support the development of a sustainable and integrated small-scale renewables sector in Northern Ireland.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effect on the competitive parity of the Northern Ireland energy sector with that sector in other...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Prime Minister: Stationery

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the value of stationery that has been (a) lost and (b) stolen from the Prime Minister's Office in each of the last five...

    • Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many cyclists have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in the last year.

      Cabinet Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what average time his Department took to respond to freedom of information requests in each year since 2005.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which suppliers have provided Certificates of Performance under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 for each Department in 2015.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Civil Service Commission was consulted on changes to the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers, published in October 2015.

      Ministers: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with whom he consulted on recent changes to the ministerial code.

      Cabinet Office: Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the likely cost of establishing and running his extended ministerial office.

      Cabinet Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to publish details of his Department's expenditure over £25,000 from September 2014 to date.

  • Department of Health

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements he plans to put in place to ensure that medicines for rare cancers can be appropriately evaluated after the Cancer Drugs Fund ends in...

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of individual funding requests for access to drugs for rare cancers are refused at (a) panel and (b) screening level.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements he plans to put in place to assess new drugs for rare cancers.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress is being made on the accelerated access review for drugs for rare cancers; by what date he plans for that review to be concluded; and if he...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2015 to Question 11045, what the evidential base is for the statement in that Answer that the planned removal of...

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what amount of Government funding was allocated to help reduce suicide rates in each year from 1995 to 2015.

      Stem Cells: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the benefits of psychological support for (a) patients who have received and (b) the families of patients who...

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that junior doctors do not suffer a reduction in pay as a result of the Government's proposals to change junior doctors' contracts.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are currently on an NHS referral to treatment waiting list.

      Offenders: Opiates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of post-release prisoners who fatally overdose on opioids.

      Doctors: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the General Medical Council on their revalidation programme.

      Locums: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of locums to the NHS arising from the General Medical Council's revalidation programme.

      Naloxone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of potential savings to the NHS arising from an expansion of the availability of Take-Home Naloxone.

      Department of Health: Stationery

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

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the NHS workforce he expects to receive a real-terms pay increase over the next four years; and if he will make a statement.

      Junior Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average number of hours worked per week by junior doctors is.

      Cancer: Bolton West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many applications to the Cancer Drugs Fund from people of Bolton West constituency have been successful; and what the financial value of such...

      Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women in each age group have been treated for endometriosis in each of the last five years.

      Eating Disorders: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of when Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating programmes will be available throughout the NHS.

      Toxic Shock Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with toxic shock syndrome in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which Hospital Trusts have moved out of special measures since the Care Quality Commission inspection regime was introduced; and if he will make a statement.

      Aortic Aneurysm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have had an aortic aneurysm in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what value of NHS property has been (a) acquired and (b) sold in each (i) parliamentary constituency and (ii) clinical commissioning group area in each...

      Diabetes: Orthopaedics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many amputations were performed on people with diabetes in each of the last five years.

      Tourette's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in each of the last five years had Tourette's syndrome.

      Bone Diseases: Hormones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with clinical bodies on the use of oestrogen to prevent brittle bones.

      Diabetes: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on developing a global strategy to tackle diabetes.

      Junior Doctors: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his assessment is of the effect of his contractual proposals for junior doctors on the number of hours worked by such doctors in Liverpool.

      Mental Health Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department plans to release estimates of NHS expenditure on mental health services for financial year 2013-14; and if he will make a statement.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2015 to Question 11786 and the Answer of 12 October 2015 to Question 10360, on universal credit, whether a box for...

      Department of Health: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2015 to Question 11792, which grants made under section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1964 are...

      Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department received from Action on Smoking and Health about its grant application for the 2015-16 financial year since receipt...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much NHS England spent providing structured education courses to people living with diabetes in the last year for which figures are available.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of people diagnosed with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa requested and were granted access to local specialist mental health...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many lipid clinics there are in (a) England and (b) each clinical commissioning group.

      Lipidologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many lipidologists work within NHS England in (a) England and (b) each clinical commissioning group.

      NHS Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the projected surplus or deficit is for all acute trusts and foundation trusts in (a) the South West and (b) England for 2015-16.

      Cerebral Palsy: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve access to specialist health facilities for children with cerebral palsy.

      Cerebral Palsy: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to develop a national register for people with cerebral palsy.

      South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust: NHS 111

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ask the Care Quality Commission to investigate the project run by South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust between December...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to improve awareness, diagnosis and treatment of heart valve disease.

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of NHS patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis who have not had a gastroenterology appointment in the last...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2015 to Question 12901, on mental health services, whether the figures in that Answer include children and young people.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultation the NHS England Vanguard programme has undertaken with mental health clinicians in order to ensure that there is integrated care for...

      Surrogate Motherhood: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to help establish an international agreement on surrogacy arrangements and harmonisation of the law and practice on...

  • Department for Transport

    • Level Crossings: Plumpton Green

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) whether they consider the action of Network Rail in closing the level crossing in the East Sussex village of Plumpton Green acceptable, and (2) whether...

    • A1: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the accident on the M1 on 12 October, how long it took the Highways Agency to reopen junction 25 on the southbound carriageways, and how far north...

      M1: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the 50 mile per hour limit on the M1 between junctions 19 and 15 will be lifted, in the light of the fact that work there has been suspended.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have given any detailed consideration to requiring train operators to offer more flexible season tickets in order to protect the needs of those...

      Speed Limits: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for the introduction of a 50 mile per hour speed limit on single-carriageway rural roads, and whether they plan to...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 28 October (HL2659) stating that there was no intention to seek a derogation from the technical...

      Toxicity of Chemicals in Food Consumer Products and the Environment Committee

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 16 September (HL2047) regarding the Committee on Toxicology's advice about toxic chemicals in...

      Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 8 July (HL831), how many of the recorded fume or smell events during the 100 flights referred to...

      Aviation: Pregnant Women

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 23 July (HL1538), whether workplace exposure limits apply legally to passengers as well as crew;...

  • Department for Education

    • Castes: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 15 July (HL Deb, col 575), whether they will clarify how the judgment in Tirkey v Chandhok...

    • Academies: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the value of the charges deferred to local authority budgets as a consequence of a school with a deficit joining an Academy Trust with an external...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Liverpool Prison: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the finding in 2014 by the Care Quality Commission that healthcare provision in HM Prison Liverpool was unsafe and the October report by Her...

    • Administration of Justice: Saudi Arabia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they cancelled the contract with Saudi Arabia on justice, security and policing.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Middle East: Military Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what safeguards are in place to prevent armed opposition fighters funded by Western countries from using their arms and training against unintended targets,...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fly-tipping

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the fly-tipping statistics for England 2014–15, and what action they will take in response to them.

    • Motor Vehicles: Litter

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the scoping study on littering from vehicles legislation, and why such legislation was not implemented nationally in April.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial support is in place to help local authorities to resettle Syrian refugees.

    • Combined Authorities: Devolution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether introducing an elected mayor will be a requirement of all future devolution deals with combined authorities.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Constituencies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to amend section 3(5A) of the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986 to remove the requirement on the Secretary of State to lay...

  • Department of Health

    • Care Quality Commission: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an additional allocation will be made to the National Health Service to compensate for the costs of the proposed increases in fees set out in the...

    • NHS: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what surplus they forecast for the NHS Pension Scheme in 2015–16 and 2016–17.

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