Written answers

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken to allocate the homelessness prevention grant in proportion to the level of need in each...

    • Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had on the statutory pubs code, and the Government's policy on pubs, with people or bodies...

      Affordable Housing: First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assistance the Government is providing for housing associations in building more affordable homes for first-time buyers.

      Change of Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how the extension of office to residential permitted development rights will be set out in legislative proposals.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • 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 the British Virgin Islands will include...

    • NATO Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress there has been on delivering support to NATO aspirant countries since the NATO summit in Wales in 2014.

      NATO Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had on extending the list of NATO aspirant countries.

      British Overseas Territories: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his objectives are at the Joint Ministerial Council during the week of 30 November 2015 in respect of central registries...

      Somalia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the Government has had with the government of Somalia in preparations for elections in that country in 2016;...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Burmese government about (a) human rights and (b) conduct of the election in...

      Afghanistan: Al Qaeda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the return to Afghanistan of Al-Qaeda.

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the time taken by the Cayman Islands government to respond to its consultation on a public...

      Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many applications for warrants for electronic surveillance he rejected last year.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Iron and Steel: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much additional funding his Department will make available to support the retraining of steelworkers recently made redundant.

    • New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of how many small businesses have been started in (a) Bristol, (b) London and (c) England in each of...

      South East Asia: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he has taken to boost exports to (a) Indonesia, (b) Vietnam, (c) Thailand, (d) Malaysia, (e) the Philippines and (f)...

      Higher Education: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what support his Department is providing to higher education institutions to increase the number of post-doctoral positions...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which regulations his Department introduced as a result of EU legislation in (a) 2013, (b) 2014 and (c) 2015 to date; which...

      Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of the closure of Redcar coke ovens and blast furnace on the local economy.

      Manufacturing Industries: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to prevent the loss of skilled manufacturing jobs to other countries in the EU.

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Cholera

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had on preventing an outbreak of cholera in Syria.

    • Developing Countries: Social Problems

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department is developing programmes to tackle the (a) interconnectivity of domestic abuse and disability and (b)...

      Refugees: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how her Department identifies vulnerable refugees with intellectual impairment; and what support is provided to such people.

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much support her Department makes available to refugees who have experienced trauma.

      Department for International Development: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on introducing a facility for rolling over funding in her...

      Department for International Development: Freedom of Information

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

      Nepal: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department is providing to remote communities in Nepal affected by the earthquakes to prepare for and cope with winter.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she intends to answer the letter of the hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, dated 28 September 2015, on John Rooke.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support her Department provides to local education authorities and academy trusts when they have been the victim of fire; and if she will make a...

    • Gambling: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to ensure that school pupils are taught the dangers of gambling addiction; and if she will make a statement.

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the amount spent on advertising campaigns aimed at teacher recruitment in each of the last five years; and if...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Aviation: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) maximum, (b) minimum and (c) average sentence has been for people convicted under (i) Article 137; (ii) Article 139; (iii) Article 140;...

  • Scotland Office

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answers of 10 June 2015 and 20 October 2015 to Questions 794 and 11461, when the decision was made not to commission an investigation...

    • Astute Class Submarines: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel have been trained aboard HMS (a) Astute and (b) Ambush.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent on publicising the changes to the basic state pension to date.

    • Jobcentre Plus: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department plans to update guidance to Jobcentre Plus staff on claimants that report suicidal thoughts; and how such existing...

      Pension Credit: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were in receipt of the carer addition element of pension credit in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) Glasgow and (d) Glasgow East...

      Pension Credit: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of Government expenditure on the carer addition element of pension credit in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) Glasgow...

      Jobcentre Plus: Plaistow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the outcome was of the investigation by his Department's Finance Group Internal Audit and Investigations team into allegations made in...

      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 the officer at Plaistow Jobcentre responsible for authorising payments from the...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to amend the Investment Regulations for Occupational Pensions Funds to require them to set out within their Statement of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people in receipt of universal credit who were already in work had their entitlement reduced as a result of...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Holiday Accommodation: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many meetings the Prime Minister has had with his European counterparts on the Green Paper on Safety and Tourism Accommodation...

    • Holiday Accommodation: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to revise his Department's position on the European Commission's Green Paper on safety of tourism accommodation...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Labour Turnover

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

    • Home Office: Freedom of Information

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

      Slavery: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what grant her Department made available to the NSPCC for running the modern slavery human trafficking helpline between July 2014 to June 2015.

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of standard passport applications made in the last six months were processed within three weeks.

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) standard and (b) fast-track passport applications were made in each of the last five years.

      Telecommunications: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the current guidance is on how data required to be retained by communications companies for investigations undertaken or authorised by...

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Government will process as a matter of urgency the asylum applications of the 114 Syrian refugees currently being held at RAF...

  • Wales Office

    • Devolution: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will publish the minutes of all the meetings held during the St David's Day process.

    • Wales Office: Freedom of Information

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

  • HM Treasury

    • Infrastructure: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much is expected to be allocated to Northern Ireland under the National Infrastructure pipeline in each of the next five years.

    • Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax returns have been filed after the deadline in each of the last five years.

      Mersey Gateway Project

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assistance he proposes to provide to small businesses in Halton in relation to the completion of the Mersey Gateway Project.

      Pensions: Fraud

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Government has spent on raising awareness of scam activity associated with pension freedoms.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what preparatory work his Department has undertaken in advance of sending letters to tax credit recipients on changes to tax credits.

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on the economy of reductions in the level of the Bus Service Operators Grant that were made in 2012; and if he...

      Treasury: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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 five...

      Revenue and Customs: Preston

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what facilities are in place to enable staff based at the tax credit office in Preston to pay money out of their wages into the Guild Money Credit Union.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of eligible policyholders in (a) St Albans, (b) Hertfordshire, (c) the east of England and (d) the UK have received funds from the Equitable...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment she has made of the performance of the Warm Homes Discount Scheme.

    • Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what her policy is on the Global Goal on Adaption.

      Electricity Generation: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what comparative assessment she has made of the cost of generating electricity from (a) conventional hydro-electric sources and (b)...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether she plans to bring forward legislative proposals that hydraulic fracturing cannot be conducted from wells that are drilled at...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Assets

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the One Public Estate programme; and if he will make a statement.

    • Government Departments: Science

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with the International Network for Government Science Advice on improving scientific advice within UK Departments of State...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Waste Disposal: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 30 October 2015 to Question 13685, if she will make an assessment of the monetary benefits arising...

  • Department of Health

    • Suicide: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of suicides by young men.

    • Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the incidence of TB in the UK.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in each age group were diagnosed with hepatitis C in each of the last five years.

      Rotavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of (a) changes in the number of cases of, and deaths from rotavirus (b) the number of rotavirus vaccinations given each year...

      Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of people diagnosed with cancer in each of the last five years were diagnosed as a result of attending (a) A&E departments, (b) a GP...

      Plastic Surgery: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to prevent contamination from breast implants supplied by Silimed of women who have such implants.

      Pneumococcal Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of (a) changes in the number of cases of, and deaths from pneumococcal disease (b) the number of pneumococcal conjugate...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has made to manufacturers on minimising increases in the price of insulin for treating type 1 diabetes.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of how many people prescribed drugs funded from the Cancer Drugs Fund are likely to be affected by the planned ending of...

      National Infant Feeding Steering Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2015 to Question 10790, who (a) the chair and (b) other members of the National Infant Feeding Steering Group are.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS (a) standalone midwife-led units, (b) midwife-led units situated alongside consultant-led units and (c) consultant-led maternity units there...

      Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2015 to Question 12657, if he will commission an independent review into the procedures followed by the Tobacco...

      Suicide: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of suicides by men aged 18 to 45.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department plans to publish its low-risk drinking guidelines.

      Maternity Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS has spent on maternity services in each of the last 10 years.

      NHS: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with NHS trusts and NHS employers on proposals to allow Ministers to cap union facility time contained in the Trade Union Bill.

      NHS: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of proposals to allow Ministers to cap union facility time contained in the Trade Union Bill on (a) staff...

      NHS: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to NHS trusts of nursing staff turnover as a result of proposals to cap union facility time in the Trade Union Bill.

      NHS Trusts: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department gives to NHS trusts on hiring temporary doctors and nurses.

      Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department issues to hospital trusts on the account they should take of the availability of transport links when making decisions on...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he Department has made of the effect of the availability of different cancer drugs being available in Scotland and Wales to those in...

      Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the shortage of doctors and nurses in the NHS.

      Health Professions: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of increased use of temporary doctors and nurses on the (a) quality of the healthcare provision and (b) cost of...

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the density of physicians was in (a) 1985-86, (b) 1995-96, (c) 2005-06 and (d) 2014-15.

      Health Professions: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an estimate of the number of additional (a) doctors and (b) nurses that will be needed to accommodate the predicted population rise over...

      Liver Diseases: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to make access to liver transplantation services more equitable.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Romford

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage start-ups and boost company growth in Romford.

    • New Businesses: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support more programmes or competitions for university students and recent graduates to encourage them to embrace entrepreneurship.

      Recall of Unsafe Products Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they anticipate publication of the results of the review of the United Kingdom's system for the recall of unsafe products chaired by Lynn Faulds Wood.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy regarding the licensing of arms, including British-made military aeroplanes, to the Saudi Arabian-led coalition which is conducting...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Civil Proceedings: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much income was generated by the Commercial Court in each of the last 10 years, and what were the operating costs for that Court in each year.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

  • Home Office

    • Surveillance: Complaints

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) complaints, and (2) claims, were submitted to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal in each year from 2010 to 2014 inclusive.

    • Crimes against Humanity: Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the UN OISL report published in September, what action they intend to take to bring to justice those British citizens residing in the United...

      Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what safeguards are in place to ensure and monitor the security and wellbeing of individuals deported from the United Kingdom to potentially dangerous home...

      Private Rented Housing: Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Right to Rent provision was included in the Immigration Bill before the report from the trial in the West Midlands had been completed.

      Police: Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government  how many police Counter Terrorism Security Advisers were employed in England and Wales in (1) April 2010, and (2) April 2015.

      EU Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered seeking UN authority to establish safe holding areas outside the EU, to which refugees seeking to enter the EU could be transferred.

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans Ofqual has to allow visas to be obtained for foreign students from countries in the emerging markets wishing to train for a professional...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recent statement of the UNHCR that, under a 2003 United Kingdom–Cyprus memorandum, the United Kingdom is responsible for...

  • HM Treasury

    • Small Businesses: Inheritance Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish annually a list of Alternative Investment Market companies that qualify for Inheritance Tax relief.

    • Economic Growth

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the slowing of economic growth in Q3.

      EU Budget

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the balance of United Kingdom payments to and receipts from the European Union for each of the last 10 years.

      World War I: Debts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they owe the government of the United States for activities in the First World War; what are the repayment arrangements; and when the repayments...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Plutonium

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the size of the present stockpile of plutonium held in the United Kingdom.

    • Plutonium

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current status of the plutonium disposal programme.

      Plutonium

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the security implications of the various options for disposal of plutonium.

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the difficulties associated with the insulation of external walls of traditional terraced housing and other older...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of the number of people registered as parliamentary electors in more than one constituency in the United Kingdom; and what...

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