Written answers

Thursday, 12 November 2015

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government Finance: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much (a) Bolton and (b) Wigan councils received in government grants in (i) 2014-15 and (ii) 2015-16.

    • Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in the number of people sleeping rough since 2010.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • British Virgin Islands: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the length of time it is taking the British Virgin Island government to respond to its...

    • British Virgin Islands: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the steps taken by the British Virgin Islands to meet the Prime Minister's...

      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...

      Moussa Koussa: Prerogative of Mercy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Royal Prerogative of Mercy has been granted to Moussa Koussa; and if he will make a statement.

      Moussa Koussa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether Moussa Koussa's arrival in the UK by aeroplane at Farnborough in March 2011 was by prior agreement with the UK...

      Moussa Koussa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what evidence the Government holds of involvement in the Lockerbie bombing of Moussa Koussa; and if he will make a statement.

      Libya: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when Jonathan Dart commenced his duties as head of the Libyan Reconciliation Unit; when lawyers representing victims of...

      Moussa Koussa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contact there has been between Government officials and Moussa Koussa since his departure from the UK in 2011; and if he...

      Libya: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which (a) retired civil servants and (b) former Ministers travelled to Libya at public expense between 2002 and October 2011;...

      Libya: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which (a) retired civil servants and (b) former Ministers have travelled to Libya at public expense since October 2011; and if...

      Moussa Koussa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was discussed at the meeting between Sir John Scarlett and Moussa Koussa in the UK in 2001.

      Moussa Koussa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) ex gratia and (b) other payments were made to Moussa Koussa by the UK Government in 2011; and if he will make a statement.

      Moussa Koussa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what costs relating to the relocation of Moussa Koussa to Qatar in 2011 were met by the UK Government; and if he will make a...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will support the establishment of a full, international, independent investigation by the UN into claims of genocide...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent contact the Government has had with the Free Syrian Army.

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2015 to Question 5430, whether similarly effective systems for central registries of...

      Egypt: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Egypt.

      India: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Indian government on its steps to hold to account and prosecute state officials and other...

      China: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the Government had with the Chinese government during the state visit to London in October 2015 on reducing...

      Kenya: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Kenyan counterpart on steps to control terrorism in the last 12 months.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will support a UN Inquiry into human violations against the Rohingya.

      Burma: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on incidents of sexual violence committed by the Burmese army; and what representations he...

      Burma: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of reported irregularities in the run-up to the Burmese election.

      Women's League of Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government is providing to the Women's League of Burma.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Russian counterpart on recent Russian military action in Syria.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: EU Law

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

  • Cabinet Office

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the finding of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in...

    • Guide Dogs: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to investigate companies which sell improperly trained dogs as special guide dogs for disabled children.

      Iron and Steel: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the number of jobs lost in the steel industry in 2015 to date; what estimate it has...

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Self-Employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to (a) regulate freelance tutors and (b) ensure that such tutors have an enhanced DBS check in order to safeguard children.

    • Teachers: Physical Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to (a) regulate freelance sports coaches (b) ensure that such coaches have an enhanced DBS check in order to safeguard children.

      Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason it is her policy that scores attained through the Reception Assessment baseline will not be scaled for age; if she will make an...

      Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason the qualifying threshold for baseline assessment providers was set at 10 per cent of primary schools.

      Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of primary schools signed up to (a) Centre for Education and Monitoring, Durham University, (b) Early Excellence, (c) GL...

      Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department examined international comparators when developing the policy of a reception baseline assessment; and if she will make a statement.

      Education: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with her counterpart in the Northern Ireland Executive on the need for that Executive to help increase shared and...

      Department for Education: Freedom of Information

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

      Department for Education: EU Law

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

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an estimate of the number of additional teachers that will be needed to accommodate the predicted population rise over the next 25...

      Health Education: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to improve health literacy among children; and if she will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Justice

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to reform the Electronic Communications Code following the closure of the consultation on 30 April 2015.

    • Cultural Heritage: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to improve access for children in rural areas to high-quality cultural and historical exhibits.

      Broadband: Bristol West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department has taken to improve the broadband speed in the Bristol West area.

      Mass Media: Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department will assess the potential merits of arms-length funding to support community journalism and independent news...

      Mass Media: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when Ofcom plans to publish its report on measuring frameworks for media plurality.

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how the Government plans to implement Lord Leveson's recommendation that regulatory authorities should be able to impose structural...

      Broadband: East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the proportion of households in East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow constituency that have access to...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proposals for changes to legislation he plans to make concerning the buying and selling of consumers' personal data.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Freedom of Information

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

      Ofcom: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the FTE equivalent headcount figures are for Ofcom for each year for which data is available since 2009.

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will introduce for the rest of the UK equivalent powers as those proposed in the Scotland Bill on fixed odds betting terminals.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions

      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)...

    • Carer's Allowance

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

      State Retirement Pensions: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimates he has made of expenditure on the state pension for people in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) Glasgow and (d) Glasgow East...

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners who were living in countries where their pensions were frozen have moved back to the UK in each year since 2009.

      Universal Credit: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Universal Credit (Work Allowance) Amendment Regulations 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 1649) on work...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of households that will move into work as a result of moving onto universal credit by 2020.

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to fund additional support for disabled people who might require assistance to fill in job applications and to...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many social housing providers in the four pathfinder areas for universal credit have applied for trusted partner status to allow for...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average number of hours of childcare was for which claimants in receipt of the childcare element of universal credit made a claim for...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) men and (b) women were affected by the changes made in the Pension Act 2011.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Slaughterhouses: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of slaughterhouses have CCTV.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration Controls: Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will take steps to ensure that it is aware of the criminal histories of all people admitted into the UK.

    • Radicalism: Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to prevent jihadists recruiting young people through social media sites.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures her Department has in place to assess at the conclusion of any animal experiment whether the severity level expected by...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been referred by the National Crime Agency to regional police forces in (a) 2014 and (b) so far in 2015; and how many...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of recent trends in the use of legal highs.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: EU Law

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

    • Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what account his Department plans to take of the closure of steel plants in 2015 in the strategic defence and security review process.

  • HM Treasury

    • Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2015 to Question 12045, on tax credits, if he will publish that data in the form in which it is available.

    • Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many independent tribunals have been brought to challenge mandatory reconsiderations of tax credits by Concentrix in each month since that company has...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Refugees

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

      Welfare Tax Credits: Refugees

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

      Treasury: EU Law

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which regulations his Department introduced as a result of EU legislation in (a) 2013, (b) 2014 and (c) 2015 to date; which regulations his Department...

      Guardian's Allowance: Immigrants

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

      Guardian's Allowance: Refugees

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

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: EU Law

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

  • Department of Health

    • Vitamin D

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that people receive sufficient vitamin D each day.

    • Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the names are of the in-patient mother and baby units specialising in caring for women during the perinatal period that were open in 2010.

      Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many in-patient mother and baby units specialising in caring for women during the perinatal period closed between 2010 and 2015; and how many such...

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings in the report of the Office for National Statistics, Decennial Child...

      Hives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to improve the level of accurate chronic spontaneous urticaria diagnosis in primary care.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to help raise awareness of diabetes in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) the UK.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how he plans to assess whether clinical commissioning groups in England have met the NHS England planning guidance requirement to give real terms...

      Mental Health Services: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of women with perinatal mental health problems had access to specialist counselling in the last year for which figures are available.

      Mental Health Services: Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has assigned to providing mental health services for patients with stroke diagnoses for 2015-16.

      Mental Health Services: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Chief Executive of NHS England about perinatal mental health services; and what plans he has to improve such services.

      Department of Health: Freedom of Information

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

      Department of Health: EU Law

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

      Health Services: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he has any plans to inform NHS users of the actual costs of visits, treatments and prescriptions.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve children and young people's mental health services.

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2015 to Question 13135, if he will place in the Library a copy of the review described at section A7 of Schedule One...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) contracts and (b) grants have been awarded by the tobacco policy team in his Department in each of the last five years; what the (i) name of the...

      Department of Health: Trading Standards Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many secondments have taken place between his Department and the Chartered Institute of Trading Standards in the last 15 years; and in what capacity...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential efficacy of introducing restrictions on the advertising of foods high in saturated fats, sugars...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to reduce the exposure of children to alcohol marketing.

      Death: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with his European counterparts on measures to tackle avoidable winter deaths.

      Death: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what additional funding his Department is making available to local authorities to support implementation of interventions to reduce excess winter deaths.

      Mental Health Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to set additional access and waiting time standards for NHS mental health services following the introduction of standards for adult...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Females: Councillors and Members

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what plans she has to improve the representation of women among (a) hon. Members and (b) local councillors.

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • House of Lords Composition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 26 October (HL2541), whether they will publish the latest figures on the number of members of each...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 27 October (HL2879) concerning the 1998 Belfast Agreement, whether any change to the name of a town or city...

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 27 October (HL2714) concerning activity under the 1998 Belfast Agreement, whether any representatives of the...

      Enterprise Zones: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what communications they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the creation of Enterprise Zones in Northern Ireland.

      Local Government: Devolution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what communications they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the establishment of City Deals in Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what process is in place to monitor the actions of the government of the Republic of Ireland relating to the 1998 Belfast Agreement.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • STEM Subjects: Graduates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics graduates who were not in education or employment one year...

    • UK Trade With EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the United Kingdom's three largest (1) exports to, and (2) imports from, the European Union.

  • Wales Office

    • Legislation: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions since the National Assembly for Wales acquired full legislative powers (1) the Welsh Government has sought permission under Minister of...

  • Department for Education

    • Castes: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they next plan to consider the case for further consultation on caste discrimination.

    • Academies: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding has been allocated via the academy conversion grant in each of the last five financial years.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Mobility

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what definitions of social mobility are used by the new Social Mobility Commission, and whether they refer to changes in income.

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) whether the proposed new, lower benefit cap has a gendered effect, and (2) whether any such effect would be mitigated...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have to support the statement in the 2012 impact assessment Housing Benefit: Under-occupation of social housing that the introduction of...

  • Home Office

    • Police Community Support Officers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many police community support officers there were in each police force in England and Wales in each year since 2010.

    • Crime: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of (1) crime against older people, and (2) fear of crime amongst older people; and what steps they are taking to...

      Refugees: Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 22 October (HL2920), how many Iraqis have been granted refugee status in the United Kingdom in each year...

      Police: Biometrics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 2 November (HL2849) on the review of retention of custody images by police forces, what are the specific...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Orders and Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many statutory instruments were made in the first five months of (1) the 2010–15 Parliament, and (2) this Parliament.

    • Orders and Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define (1) a fatal, and (2) a non-fatal, motion, or amendment to a motion, relating to a statutory instrument.

      English Votes for English Laws

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new rules for English Votes for English Laws relating to votes on matters that have been returned from the House of Lords to the House of Commons...

  • Department of Health

    • Spina Bifida

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the lifetime direct medical costs associated with spina bifida, compared to births without spina bifida.

    • Salt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to emerging evidence relating to the appropriate level of dietary sodium intake; what meetings Ministers have had with...

      Stem Cells

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the 2014 report of the UK Stem Cell Strategy Oversight Committee on the future of...

      Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve rates of early diagnosis of cancer.

      NHS Improvement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what legislative changes they propose in order to bring together Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority within NHS Improvement.

      Mental Patients

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Prior of Brampton on 2 November (HL2863 and HL2866), and in the light of the fact that data about the detention of...

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