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Written answers

Monday, 16 November 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has had discussions with the car insurance sector regarding (a) the cost of premiums and (b) the variations in that cost around...

    • Department for Transport: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) the amount of any underspend expected against departmental expenditure limits in the current fiscal year and (b) his Department's latest...

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the likely effect on (a) passenger and (b) freight traffic on the West Coast Mainline following completion of Phase 1...

      Transport: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the type approval regime is for (a) aircraft used at UK airports and (b) ships used at UK ports; and whether there are any emissions standard...

      Manston Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on funding the independent review on the future of the Manston airfield.

      Department for Transport: Public Expenditure

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

      M20: Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with freight and haulier representatives on ensuring better access to food, drink and sanitation facilities as part of his...

      M20: Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assistance the Government has given to (a) Kent Police, (b) Kent County Council, (c) other operational organisations and (d) businesses to cover...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance Premium Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on the ability of young drivers to gain insurance cover of the recent increase in the insurance premium tax.

      Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department has allocated to reducing light pollution in the next five financial years.

      Transport: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much capital spending per head of population was spent on transport projects in (a) Warrington and (b) Cheshire in each of the past five years.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Statement of 10 November 2015, HCWS301, (a) how many Volkswagon vehicles have been retested to date, (b) how many such vehicles he...

  • Home Office

    • Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Wilson Doctrine has been consistently applied to the communications of the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion; and whether she...

    • Members: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure whistleblowers and hon. Members can communicate with each other without their communications being...

      Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Wilson Doctrine has been consistently applied to the communications of the hon. Member for Nottingham North; and whether that...

      Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Wilson Doctrine has been consistently applied to the communications of the hon. Member for South Down; and whether that Member...

      Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Wilson Doctrine has been consistently applied to the communications of the hon. Member for Bridgend; and whether she has been...

      Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Wilson Doctrine has been consistently applied to the communications of the hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden; and whether...

      Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Wilson Doctrine has been consistently applied to the communications of the hon. Member for Rotherham; and whether that hon....

      Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Wilson Doctrine has been consistently applied to the communications of the hon. Member for Walsall South; and whether that hon....

      Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Wilson Doctrine has been consistently applied to the parliamentary communications of the hon. Member for Birmingham, Hall Green;...

      Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Wilson Doctrine has been consistently applied to the communications of the hon. Member for Leeds North West; and whether that...

      Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Wilson Doctrine has been consistently applied to the communications of the hon. Member for Lincoln since his election; and...

      Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Wilson Doctrine has been consistently applied to the communications of the hon. Member for Washington and Sunderland West; and...

      Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Wilson Doctrine has been consistently applied to the communications of the hon. Member for Dulwich and West Norwood; and whether...

      Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Wilson Doctrine has been consistently applied to the communication of the hon. Member for Warrington North since her election;...

      Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Wilson Doctrine has been consistently applied to the parliamentary communications of the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland...

      Employment: Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to page 8 of the consultation document Tackling Exploitation in the Labour Market, published in October 2015, if she will publish...

      Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against...

      Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) arrests and (b) safeguarding interventions arose from Operation Notarise.

      Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many verified images are currently on the National Hash Set Database; and how many police forces have direct access to that database.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department takes to help protect 16 and 17 year olds who are victims of child sexual exploitation.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Syrian refugees selected for resettlement from UN camps to the UK had previously been selected for resettlement in the US.

      Police: Hammersmith and Fulham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the change in the number of police officers in Hammersmith and Fulham as a result of her proposed changes to...

      Human Trafficking: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to ascertain the extent of human trafficking into the fishing industry; and if she will make a statement.

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November 2015 to Question 14454, what (a) funding and (b) other support the Government has offered UNHCR to...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support she is providing to 16 and 17 year olds who have been victims of child sexual exploitation.

      Counter-terrorism: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make available the name, date and description of each counter-terrorism operation in the UK which has resulted in one or more...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of domestic violence were recorded in each county and constituent part of the UK in each of the last five years.

      Demonstrations: Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to ban the wearing of masks at demonstrations in public spaces.

      Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to publish an updated action plan on violence against women and girls.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November 2015 to Question 14380, what (a) number or (b) proportion of referrals under the UNHCR VPR scheme...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the average cost to a local authority of taking in a Syrian refugee under the UNHCR VPR scheme in year (a)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Bermuda: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of Bermuda's progress in introducing a public register of beneficial ownership since June 2013.

    • Bermuda: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take in response to Bermuda's decision to (a) reject the Prime Minister's request to introduce a public...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to implement the family test.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of his Department's policies have been assessed against the family test; what steps he has taken to publish the...

      Zimbabwe: Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2015 to Question 13950, what the estimated annual shortfall is in the payment of pensions...

      Iraq: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the number of Christians who have left Iraq in the last 12 months; and if he will make a...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his estimate is of the number of human rights activists and community leaders killed in Colombia during the first eight...

      Central African Republic: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) security and (b) political situation in the Central Africa Republic.

      Afghanistan: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met (a) the Afghan ambassador to the UK or (b) other representatives of the Afghan government.

      Kurds: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Kurdistan and the effect this situation has on the threat from...

      Nepal: Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Indian government on steps to lift the fuel blockade on Nepal and...

      Luaty Beirão

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the Government had with the Angolan government on the case of Luaty Beirão while he was on hunger strike...

      Angola: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action the Government is taking to support the Angolan government in building capacity to support civil society and...

      Burma: Human Rights

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

      India: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many full-time equivalent consular staff were based in (a) India and (b) Gujarat in each of the last five years; and if he...

      Qatar: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will provide a list of diplomats at Minister-Counsellor rank serving in the Qatar embassy to the United Kingdom (a)...

      Faisal Arefin Dipon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Bangladesh on the murder of Faisal Arefin Dipon.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Cross Border Cooperation: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of the UK's withdrawal from the EU on the functioning of the cross-border...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Families

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps his Department has taken to embed the family test into its policy making.

    • Attorney General: Families

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps his Department is taking to implement the family test; and if he will make a statement.

      Attorney General: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Attorney General, what estimate he has made of the amount of expected underspend for his office against departmental expenditure limits in 2015-16.

      Trials: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2015 to Question 11888, for what reason the (a) prosecution cost per defendant and (b) overall spend per completed case has...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Gratuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what meetings he has had with (a) the Low Pay Commission, (b) Which? and (c) members of the Trade Union Congress to discuss the...

    • Consumer Protection Measures in the Ticket Resale Market Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 30 October 2015 to Question 12304, on consumer protection measure, what the names are of the main...

      Consumer Protection Measures in the Ticket Resale Market Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 30 October 2015 to Question 12304, what the names are of the main stakeholders who the Government...

      Pregnant Women: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which organisations he has met to discuss the findings of the research study into pregnancy discrimination in the workplace...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to promote Small Business Saturday.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the (a) Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and (b) Trade in Services Agreement will be subject to a vote in...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what level of spending will be required from (a) the Government, (b) other public sector bodies and (c) private employers to...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to publish the report of the Cutting Red Tape programme.

      UK Trade and Investment: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many full-time equivalent UKTI staff in his Department were based in (a) India and (b) Gujarat in each of the last five...

      Further Education: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when post-16 education in Warrington is planned to be reviewed under the area review process; and if he will make a statement.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what targets he has set for the creation of numbers of apprenticeships between now and 2020.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of further restrictions on the use and sale of fireworks.

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many different (a) GCSE, (b) A-level and (c) NVQ subjects are available for prisoners to study through the Prison Service.

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to (a) increase the provision of humanitarian aid in Yemen and (b) ensure that that aid gets to...

    • Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the reasons why only 37 per cent of the millennium development goals in the UK's 28 priority countries...

      Developing Countries: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance and support her Department is providing to food sovereignty movements in developing countries; and if she will make a...

      Asian Development Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which funding proposals were approved (a) in general and (b) for Sri Lanka by the Asian Development Bank in each of the last three...

      World Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which funding proposals have been approved by the World Bank in each of the last three years; whether the Government voted against any...

      Indonesia: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's summary of its work in Indonesia 2011-15, published in June 2013, how many hectares of natural...

      World Food Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November 2015 to Question 14770, when she plans to publish the contribution the UK will make to the World...

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many of her Department's policies have been assessed against the family test; what steps she has taken to publish the outcome of such assessments...

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 5 November 2015 to Question 14021, how many new teachers were trained in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a...

      Schools

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

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent representations she has received from local authorities on the time taken to implement Education Health Care Plans.

      Schools: Building Alterations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that local education authorities do not specify the designs of building extensions when attributing funding from...

      Department for Education: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure the routine use by her Department of the family test; and if she will make a statement.

      Department for Education: Public Expenditure

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

      Department for Education: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's forecast expenditure against Departmental Expenditure Limits is in 2015-16; and what her Department's forecast Annually Managed...

      Truancy: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many parents in Ashfield have been fined for a child's unauthorised absence from school in each of the last three years.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what involvement her Department has had in the grant originally made available to the Pioneer Communities Project that was administered through her...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what account his Department took of the experience of attempting to exclude illegal drugs from prisons when formulating its ban on tobacco in prisons.

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to answer Question 12150, on HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Procurement, tabled by the hon. Member for Hammersmith on 15 October 2015.

      Taxis: Guide Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many taxi and private hire drivers have been fined for refusing to take an assistance dog in each quarter of the last five years.

      Trials: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the average cost to the public purse of a vacated trial in (a) Magistrates' courts and (b) the Crown Court.

      Criminal Proceedings: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November 2015 to Question 14487, whether revenue received from the criminal courts charge have exceeded the cost to the...

      Trials: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2015 to Question 11884, what estimate he has made of the total cost to the public purse of vacated trials due to...

      Prisons: Drones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many drones carrying contraband goods have been seized within prison grounds in each of the last three years.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to reduce the time taken for a disability benefit appeal to reach a tribunal in Birmingham.

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Electoral Register: Freedom of Information

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what guidance the Electoral Commission has issued to returning officers on...

    • Electoral Register: Freedom of Information

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what guidance the Electoral Commission has received from the Government on providing...

  • Prime Minister

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Bookmakers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will undertake an evaluation of the effectiveness of the self-exclusion pilot schemes introduced by bookmakers in Medway and Glasgow.

    • Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has held with the Senet Group on gambling addiction; and if he will make a statement.

      Gambling: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to secure a fair contribution from offshore digital betting operators to the 55th levy scheme.

      Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress he has made on and what the timescale is for implementation of a Horserace Betting Right as a replacement for the...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of £100 a spin fixed odds betting terminal gaming machines on areas of social...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many of his Department's policies have been assessed against the family test; what steps he has taken to publish the outcome of...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to implement the family test.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department has taken to embed the family test into its policy making.

      ICT: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of whether the UK has enough qualified IT specialists to meet the IT requirements of businesses in the UK.

      Digital Technology: Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish a Digital Transformation Plan.

      Sports: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to increase the accessibility of defibrillators for sports clubs.

      Broadband: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of homes and businesses that will not benefit from the roll-out of superfast broadband in each...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department has taken to implement the family test; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how changes made as a result of the Pension Act 2011 were communicated to people affected.

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what facilities are available to enable staff based at the Carer's Allowance Unit in Preston to pay money from their wages into the Guild...

      Disadvantaged: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Government has received from the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived in each of the last two years.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's complaints resolution procedure is when an external disability benefit assessor such as Atos or Capita submits an...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on tackling benefit fraud and error in each of the last five financial years.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to work with credit reference agencies on addressing benefit fraud and error.

      Housing Benefit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to transfer housing benefit fraud investigation powers from local authorities to national investigation service.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse was of benefit fraud in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2013-14; and what proportion of total expenditure on housing...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the reasons for increased benefit fraud in the last financial year.

      Jobcentre Plus: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what policy his Department has in place to protect the confidentiality of data disclosed to JCP systems by jobseekers.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect on his policies of the family test; and if he will make a statement.

      Unemployed People: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what additional support and training his Department offers to unemployed people in order for them to fill long-term vacancies in (a) the UK,...

      Vacancies: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that job vacancy statistics do not double-count jobs advertised through multiple agencies on the job vacancy...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Debts Written Off

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2015 to Question 13612, what the total monetary value is of the debts written off since 2010.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people who made a claim for support for mortgage interest in each year between 1995 and 2009 went into arrears...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people who made a claim for support for mortgage interest in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d)...

      Jobcentre Plus: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how his Department has used benefit off-flow data in the last three years to calculate remuneration for jobcentre (a) managers and (b) advisers.

      Jobcentre Plus: Plaistow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) advisers and (b) managers were interviewed during the course of the investigation which led to the dismissal of two advisers at...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of an increase in the universal credit taper rate on (a) work incentives and (b) progression incentives.

      Jobcentre Plus: Plaistow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many advisers worked at Plaistow Jobcentre in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014.

      Jobcentre Plus: Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to roll-out the placement of Jobcentre Plus advisers in food banks.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2015 to Question 10742, what proportion of people in the work-related activity group of employment and...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the contribution of the provision of free childcare to UK productivity in (a) 2005-2010, (b) 2010-2015 and (c)...

      Social Security Benefits: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent from the public purse on the payment of social security benefits to non-UK citizens in each non-European Economic Area...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the increase in state pension age in the Pensions Act 2011 on women born in the 1950s; and if he...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of (a) the number of people in receipt of the carer's credit and (b) the total cost of the carer's...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of (a) the number of people in receipt of the Carer's Allowance and (b) the total cost of the Carer's...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for material changes to safety cases covering oil and gas installations were submitted to the Health and Safety...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many operators in the North Sea have yet to submit a safety case assessment to the Health and Safety Executive for the purposes of...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have flowed off employment and support allowance with a work capability assessment decision of fit for work since 2011; and...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cumulative loss of pension income to women born in the 1950s following the increase in state pension age in...

      Welfare State: Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the document Fixing the Foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation, Cm 9098, if he will publish his Department's...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of women in (a) Warrington and (b) Warrington North constituency who were born in the 1950s and will...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions Health and Safety Executive inspectors from the Energy Division and predecessor divisions issued improvement notices to...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many safety case assessments the Health and Safety Executive has received from installation operators in the oil and gas sector in each of...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many improvement notices have been issued by Health and Safety Executive inspectors to operators of offshore oil and gas installations in...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff in the Health and Safety Executive have worked on processing safety case assessments from installation operators in the oil and...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy that people who increase their earnings from work should always be financially better off as a result.

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the regulatory requirements of the EU Directive on the safety of offshore oil and gas operations have been fully implemented; and...

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been recipients of the new enterprise allowance in (a) St Helens North, (b) Merseyside and (c) the UK since it began.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many aircraft owned by each service branch of the armed forces are leased to private businesses; and how much is paid to each such branch in respect...

    • Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2015 to Question 13951, which foreign military awards have been approved for members of the UK armed forces to...

      Ministry of Defence: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 30 October 2015 to Question 14252, what estimate he has made of his Department's likely strength of civilian personnel based...

      United Nations: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK personnel have served in UN peacekeeping missions in each of the last 10 years.

      HMS Artful

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on HMS Artful.

      HMS Artful

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when HMS Artful is planned to be in active service.

      Trafalgar Class Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans the Government has for the decommissioning of (a) HMS Torbay, (b) HMS Trenchant, (c) HMS Talent and (d) HMS Triumph.

      Spratly Islands: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Royal Navy plans to adhere to the 12-nautical mile territorial limit proclaimed by China around the Subi and Mischief reefs in the Spratly...

      Ministry of Defence: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of his Department's policies have been assessed against the family test; what steps he has taken to publish the outcome of such assessments...

      Trafalgar Class Submarines: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on maintenance aboard HMS (a) Torbay, (b) Trenchant, (c) Talent and (d) Triumph in each of the last five years.

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the seaworthiness is of HMS (a) Astute and (b) Ambush.

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many faults have been found aboard HMS (a) Astute, (b) Ambush and (c) Artful since it left dry dock.

      Ministry of Defence: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) contracts and (b) sub-contracts (i) his Department and (ii) agencies of his Department have awarded (A) Netcracker Technology and (B) Computer...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Government's policy is on the provision of incremental annual pay rises for personnel of the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Bahrain: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how the construction of a new Royal Navy facility in Bahrain will further assist UK forces operating in the Middle East to resolve the conflicts there...

      Peacekeeping Operations: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost of overseas military operations was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      RAF Akrotiri: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 29 October 2015 to Question 13126, how many of the refugees who have arrived at RAF Akrotiri have (a) claimed asylum, (b) had...

      RAF Akrotiri: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the physical and mental health of refugees arriving by boat at RAF Akrotiri; and what steps he plans to take to ensure...

      Ministry of Defence: Listed Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) Grade I listed buildings, (b) Grade II* listed buildings, (c) Grade II listed buildings and (d) scheduled monuments his Department owns; under...

      Royal Hospital Haslar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department retains any formal interest in the site of the Royal Hospital Haslar.

      Ministry of Defence: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) the amount of any underspend expected against departmental expenditure limits in the current fiscal year and (b) his Department's latest...

      Ministry of Defence: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent (a) in real terms and (b) as a share of departmental spending on (i) temporary agency staff, (ii) consultants, (iii)...

      Submarines: North Atlantic Ocean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has received notification of, or has itself noted, any unusual submarine activity in the vicinity of internet and telephony...

      World War I

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information his Department holds on how many sets of British brothers were killed in the First World War.

      Veterans: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that British veterans who develop cancer through exposure to asbestos are entitled to the same level of compensation...

      Defence Equipment: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November 2015 to Question 14296, where in Europe Tata Steel is licensed and has an exclusive right to manufacture Super...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether General Sir Nicholas Houghton sought permission under departmental directive 2014DIN03-024 on Contact with the media and communicating in public...

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the reliability of the power and propulsion systems of the Type 45 Destroyer.

      Armed Forces: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there has been any recent change to the guidance given to senior personnel in the armed forces on the public comments on political matters which...

      Air Force: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the prevalence of (a) the indicators of mental disorders including stress, depression, fatigue and post traumatic...

      Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to table a new statutory instrument relating to the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees and to change their title to reflect their...

      MOD Donnington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many L86A1-SA-80 light support weapons have been returned from the Middlesex North West London Army cadet force to his Department's Donnington...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what obligation there is on local authorities to publish online a property asset register; and to what timetable such an...

    • Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many firefighters in each fire and rescue authority are qualified trauma technicians.

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment the Government has made of the potential for efficiencies from closer working between the ambulance and fire...

      Fireworks: Fire Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information the Government holds on the number of (a) domestic and (b) forest or woodland fires caused by the use of...

      Tenancy Deposit Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of assured shorthold tenancies registered with each of the three tenancy...

      Homelessness: Croydon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much his Department provided to Croydon Council in Homeless Prevention Grant in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15 and...

      Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many families with children living in bed and breakfast have been so accommodated for more than six weeks; and how many...

      Rates and Rating: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on reviewing the Valuation Office Agency process for considering rating...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will meet providers of (a) supported housing and (b) specified housing to discuss the effect of the proposed change to...

      Communities and Local Government: Diwali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which Diwali celebrations he, his predecessor or Ministers in his Department attended in 2014 and 2015.

      County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service: Staff

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

      Communities and Local Government: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many of his Department's policies have been assessed against the family test; what steps he has taken to publish the...

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of references of families to the Troubled Families programme have been the result of...

      Housing: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether local planning authorities can limit community housing developments proposed in the dispersal policies of a local plan...

      Housing: Cooperatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will exempt housing co-operatives from the right to buy scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing: Cooperatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to increase the number of housing co-operatives; and if he will make a statement.

      Change of Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he expects to publish his review of the residential conversion threshold for agricultural buildings.

      Mayors: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proposals he has received from local and regional government on directly electing mayors; and if hewill make a statement.

      Owner Occupation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of the total number of households have been owner occupiers in each of the last 10 years...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the proportion of new replacement homes for housing association homes to be sold under the...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the residence requirements are for (a) existing right-to-buy entitlements and (b) the proposed extension of right-to-buy...

      First Time Buyers: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the average cost of a home bought by a first-time buyer in each of the last 10 years for each...

      First Time Buyers: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of first time buyers there were in each London (a) borough and (b) constituency in each of the...

      Small Businesses: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of small firms likely to be affected by the expiry of the Small Business Rate Relief...

      Homelessness: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many hostel places for the homeless there were in (a) London and (b) each London borough on 1 October in each year since 2008.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent on returning people from (a) other countries and (b) non-EU countries who were deemed homeless to their home...

      Local Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the document, Fixing the Foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation, Cm 9098, when he will intervene in...

      Homelessness: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many children have been registered as homeless in (a) Ashfield and (b) Broxtowe in each of the last five years.

      Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in which towns and cities the Government intends to create pocket parks; and what the estimated cost will be to (a) his...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November 2015 to Question 14925, on publications, what deadlines his Department places on its publication of transparency...

    • Local Government: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on City Deals for (a) Aberdeen, (b) Edinburgh and (c) Inverness.

      Abortion: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he had with women's organisations in Scotland prior to his proposal to devolve responsibility for abortion legislation to the Scottish...

  • HM Treasury

    • Rates and Rating: Appeals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average time taken was for a rating assessment appeal to be considered by the Valuation Office Agency in the last 12 months.

    • Rates and Rating: Appeals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many rating assessment appeals are outstanding with the Valuation Office Agency.

      Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the change in tax revenue as a result of the introduction of new pension freedoms.

      Banks

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the vulnerability of the UK banking system to a Russian debt default; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much is owed in overpaid tax credits.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2015 to Question 13969, what information his Department has to help inform policy development on the payment of child...

      Paye

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the (a) number of employees paying tax through PAYE and (b) amount paid by such employees on service charges, tips, cover...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many reports his Department has received of HM Revenue and Customs' online renewal system failing to record and register information and supporting...

      Revenue and Customs: Cumbernauld

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will visit the HM Revenue and Customs workforce in Cumbernauld to discuss their long-term employment at the tax centre there.

      Revenue and Customs: Preston

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 30 October 2015 to Question 13346, if he will make it his policy to introduce a dedicated team at the tax credit office in Preston...

      Concentrix

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many representations he has received from (a) hon. Members and (b) members of the public on the activities of Concentrix on behalf of HM Revenue and Customs.

      Productivity

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of increasing the provision of export finance in productivity.

      Productivity

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how the British Business Bank will support UK productivity.

      Economic Situation: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he and his Cabinet colleagues have had with their counterparts in the Irish government on the potential effect of the UK's withdrawal from...

      World Economy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2015 to Question 14136, what work the Government has undertaken to implement the commitments made in paragraphs (a) 1,...

      Slavery

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2015 to Question 13786, what (a) arrears, (b) compensation and (c) other remedies have been issued to victims of modern...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of tax credit claimants who will be eligible for the Government's planned 30 hours of free childcare per week; and...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Families

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November 2015 to Question 14749, if his Department will estimate the number of families whose income will be reduced as a result...

      National Infrastructure Commission

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how the Government decided on the priorities for the National Infrastructure Commission; and for what reason digital connectivity was not chosen as one of...

      Energy: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of business energy taxation on productivity between (a) 2005 and 2010, (b) 2010 and 2015 and (c) 2015 and 2020.

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the illegal trade of cigarettes in Northern Ireland.

      Infrastructure: Easington

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Government spent on each infrastructure project in Easington constituency in each of the last five years.

      UK Membership of EU: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government plans to take to ensure that uncertainty about the outcome of the EU referendum does not affect inward investment in Northern Ireland.

      Gift Aid

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in cases where a person has registered a donation to a charity for gift aid but ended the year below the income threshold for income tax, whether it is the...

      Offences against Children

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department agreed a grant to the Wave Trust to fund the Pioneer Communities Project; and how much that grant was for.

      Treasury: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) complaints and (b) investigations into complaints made by civil servants against special advisers in his Department (i) have been made in each...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Environment Protection: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to support the creation of jobs through low carbon growth (a) within and (b) outside the UK.

    • Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether she plans to close the feed-in tariff scheme in January 2016; and if she will make a statement.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many responses her Department received to the recent consultation on a review of the feed-in tariff scheme.

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will establish an examination of objections to her departmental minute of 21 October 2015 including the entering into contracts...

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many of her Department's policies have been assessed against the family test; what steps she has taken to publish the outcome of...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she plans to publish the Government's response to the consultation on a review of the feed-in tariff scheme.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2015 to Question 11089, what statistical analysis or impact assessment her Department has made of...

      Local Authorities: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what guidance her Department provides to local authorities on reducing energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many domestic customers (a) Scottish Power, (b) SSE, (c) E.on, (d) British Gas, (e) EDF, (f) Npower, (g) First Utility, (h) Ovo...

      Local Authorities: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the progress of local authorities in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the average annual energy bill for domestic customers of (a) Scottish Power, (b) SSE, (c) Eon, (d)...

      Oil: Refineries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that oil produced in UK waters is sent to oil refineries in the UK.

      Energy: Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the contribution of the energy sector to productivity between (a) 2005 and 2010, (b) 2010 and 2015 and...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November 2015 to Question 13387, what information her Department holds on the number of sites approved for...

      Electricity: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will list the average wholesale price for electricity in (a) nominal and (b) real pounds sterling for each year from 2000 to 2015.

      Electricity: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what difference there is between the wholesale price for electricity and the representative market price for baseload electricity...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information her Department holds on the date when EDF ordered the pressure vessel heads for Hinkley Point C; and how many...

      Nuclear Power: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the cost per megawatt hour of electricity is from the (a) Hunterston B, (b) Heysham 1&2, (c) Torness, (d) Hatlepool, (e)...

      Sizewell C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she expects to make a decision to proceed with an order for a European pressurised reactor at Sizewell C.

      Bradwell Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she will make a decision to proceed with the order for a Chinese-designed reactor at Bradwell.

      Hinkley Point C Power Station: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether the amount of £4 to £19 billion referred to in her Departmental Minute of 21 October 2015 as the total support to...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of households are with their home, regional incumbent, supplier for electricity and gas in each electricity supply region.

      Wind Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what provisions she plans to make for onshore wind projects that have achieved everything technically, been granted planning...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she plans to (a) launch a public consultation on her Strategy to Maximise Economic Recovery of North Sea oil and gas reserves,...

      Solar Power: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the change in the number of jobs in the solar sector that will be lost as a result of the Government...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department has taken to assess the impact of hydraulic fracturing in (a) national parks and (b) other environmentally...

      Nuclear Reactors: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2015 to Question 13044, what assessment she has made of reasons for the delays in constructing...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the evidential basis is for the Prime Minister's statement to the press of 21 October 2015 that Hinkley Point nuclear power...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will bring forward proposals to add the (a) Surveillance Camera Commissioner and (b) Office of the Biometrics Commissioner to Schedule 1 of the...

    • Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how he plans to implement his policy on local authority procurement policies in relation to boycotts, divestments and sanctions against other countries...

      Cabinet Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent in (a) real terms and (b) as a proportion of departmental spending on (i) temporary agency staff, (ii) consultants, (iii)...

      Cabinet Office: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what (a) contracts and (b) sub-contracts (i) his Department and (ii) agencies of his Department have awarded (A) Netcracker Technology and (B) Computer...

      Cabinet Office: Families

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department has taken to embed the family test into its policy making.

      Proof of Identity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many users are on the Verify identity verification system.

      Ministers: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Prime Minister has had discussions with (a) the UN Secretary General, (b) the President of the International Criminal Court and (c) the...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what data is collected on the number of people who have primary breast cancer twice.

      Civil Servants: Performance Related Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to end civil service performance quotas.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many of her Department's policies have been assessed against the family test; what steps she has taken to publish the...

    • Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November to Question 14627, what estimate her Department has made of the total funding that will...

      Pets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to extend the provisions of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 to include pet shops.

      Pets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to amend the licensing schedule under the Pet Animals Act 1951 to make it species specific.

      Boats: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to respond to recommendation 2015/105 from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch in its 2/2015...

      Shellfish: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that crustaceans being sold in UK retail or wholesale premises are not still...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department spent on (a) temporary agency staff, (b) consultants, (c) non-payroll staff, (d) administration and...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's forecast expenditure against Departmental Expenditure Limits is in 2015-16; and what her Department's...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with European counterparts on progress they have made in tackling the waste of imperfect food.

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with supermarkets on reducing the amount of food that is wasted because it is not...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much (a) her Department and (b) each of its arm's length bodies has spent on staff redundancies in each of the last five...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the recent figures on household food waste published by...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 November 2015 to Question 14616, what estimate her Department has made of the number of...

      Water Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the report by the National Audit Office, The economic...

      Animal Welfare: Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of a ban on snares.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish a cost to benefit analysis of the badger cull.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the Government has spent in England on (a) cattle testing for TB, (b) compensation as a result of a test for bovine...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department has spent on measures to improve air quality in each year since 2010-11; how much funding has been...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the cost of maintaining flood defences in each year of this Parliament.

      Flood Control: Dartford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent on flood defences in Dartford in the last 12 months; and what such spending is planned in the next...

      Japanese Knotweed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with (a) the property and mortgage industries and (b) local authorities on the effect of...

      Nature Conservation: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to assist African governments in reversing the number of animals thought to be at risk of extinction.

  • Department of Health

    • Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on the availability of comparative information on and screening for prostate cancer.

    • Department of Health: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of his Department's policies have been assessed against the family test; what steps he has taken to publish the outcome of such assessments that...

      Offenders: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been screened by the NHS England Liaison and Diversion Service to see if they have mental health issues, learning disabilities,...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mental health places of safety for detention under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 accept under 18 year olds; and what that figure is...

      Mental Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2015 to Question 12902, what policies for improvement he is developing as a result of the Care Quality Commission's...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that providers of care are funded at a sustainable rate; and if he will make it his policy to implement the...

      Naloxone: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of national programmes which provide naloxone for at-risk prisoners on their release.

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to support and promote Self Care Week; and what promotional materials he is disseminating in the NHS to support that...

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the training programme fill rates were for doctors entering core and further speciality training in each (a) speciality and (b) training region or...

      Hospital Beds: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many delayed discharges in West Sussex related to people with brain injuries in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Palliative Care: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the amount of choice and quality of care people available to those with terminal illnesses, their families and...

      Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to (a) reduce the effects of and (b) improve outcomes for (i) coronary heart disease and (ii) cardiovascular disease.

      Mental Health Services: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) furthest and (b) average distance was which patients travelled to in-patient mother and baby units specialising in psychiatric care during...

      Mental Health Services: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many perinatal mental health admissions there were in 2014-15.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the number and proportion of people receiving consultant-led mental health treatment within 18 weeks of referral is not recorded...

      Autism: Northumberland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps (a) his Department and (b) NHS England is taking to ensure that autism diagnosis waiting times for (i) children and (ii) adults in...

      Leukaemia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will intervene on behalf of Khalid Younis so that he receives drugs needed to treat his chronic myeloid leukaemia condition.

      Department of Health: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's expenditure against Departmental Expenditure Limits is in 2015-16; and what his Department's Annually Forecast Managed Expenditure...

      Mental Health Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ask NHS England to undertake a further review of clinical commissioning groups' spending on mental health in 2015-16.

      Mental Health Services: Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of whether there has been an increase in the use of mental health services by chemsex drug users in the last 12 months.

      Department of Health: Public Expenditure

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

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that it provides its staff with sufficient guidance to ensure that sanctions are not placed on universal...

      Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many female inpatient mental health beds there were on (a) Saturday 7 November 2015 and (b) Sunday 8 November 2015.

      Cancer: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to improve cancer outcomes for men.

      Mental Health Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time for access to talking therapies is in (a) Warrington and (b) the North West; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2015 to Question 11782, what discussions he has had with the professional regulators regarding the level of mental...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the review of national radiotherapy capacity commissioned by NHS England.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of claims management companies on the number of unmeritorious claims brought forward in clinical negligence cases.

      National Institute for Health Research: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) amount and (b) proportion of the grants awarded by the National Institute for Health Research have been related to mental health in each of the...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a comparative assessment of the number of recorded MRSA infections recorded in (a) Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, (b)...

      Hospital Beds: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions bed occupancy rates were (a) 85, (b) 90, (c) 95 and (d) 100 per cent in each hospital trust in Nottinghamshire in each of the last...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Opening Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the possible effect of reductions in accident and emergency opening hours on public health and medical treatment standards.

      Community Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the effectiveness of arrangements for delivering community health services to patients who reside outside the clinical commissioning...

      National Institute for Health Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the National Institute for Health Research.

      Abortion: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges on the devolution of abortion legislation to the Scottish Parliament.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November 2015 to Question 14774, what data his Department holds on the number of voluntary carers in the UK; and if he will...

  • Home Office

    • Police: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date they first discovered that the funding formula for police forces in England and Wales was based on incorrect data.

    • Police Community Support Officers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the future of the Police Community Support Officer role.

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • House of Lords: Government Defeats

      To ask the Leader of the House what percentage of House of Lords divisions resulted in Government defeats (1) in the 2001–2005 Parliament; (2) in the 2005–2010 Parliament; (3) in the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iraq: Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made, if any, of who was responsible for the recent heavy missile attack on Camp Liberty.

    • Iraq: Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the recent attack on Camp Liberty, whether they have joined the United States and the UNHCR in condemning the attack, and calling for an...

      North Korea: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of North Korea about the comments by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in North...

      North Korea: International Criminal Court

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the call by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in North Korea for the Kim regime in North Korea to be...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the findings in reports by Yale Law School and Queen Mary University of London, and an investigation by Al-Jazeera, as well as...

      Eritrea: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent UN Commission of Inquiry report on human rights abuses in Eritrea under President Isaias Afwerki.

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent missile attacks on Camp Liberty in Iraq.

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Iraq to ensure that the residents of Camp Liberty are protected from attacks and receive supplies of...

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking in co-operation with the UN and other allies to ensure that a long-term solution is found to protect the residents of Camp Liberty.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations have been made to the government of Israel concerning their use of live ammunition for crowd control.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the new Israel Defence Forces rules of engagement with Palestinian stone-throwers, and the Israeli sentencing policy...

      West Bank: Arson

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in bringing to justice those responsible for the arson attack on the Dawabsheh family in Duma.

      West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning the case for ensuring accountability for violence both by Israeli settlers and by the...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the demolition of the homes of Palestinian suspects as an act of collective punishment...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Israeli ministers over the prosecution of settlers for acts of violence against Palestinians.

      Burma: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of public threats made in Burma against the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Burma.

      EU Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Germany to discourage them from creating a "pull factor" for migrants and refugees to enter the...

      Balkans: Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the influx of refugees and migrants into the Western Balkans on the security situation in that region, and...

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of Bosnia-Herzegovina about the refugee and migrant crisis in the Western Balkans, and what...

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the capacity of institutions in Bosnia-Herzegovina to cope with a potential influx of refugees and migrants, in the light...

      Turkey: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Turkey about the release of mayors, party officials, lawyers and journalists who have been arrested...

      Turkey: Kurds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have asked, or will ask, the government of Turkey to hold an independent inquiry into the closures and curfews imposed on the districts of Cizre...

      Saudi Arabia: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current state of relations between the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.

      Tunisia: Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last reviewed the security situation in Tunisia in respect of Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice.

      EU Reform

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what criteria, following negotiations, they will assess whether the European Union has been reformed.

  • Department for International Development

    • Natural Disasters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support low- and middle-income countries to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030.

    • Natural Disasters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the potential contribution of British scientists and institutions to the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Playing Fields

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the sale of the playing fields of over 100 schools since 2010 on the physical fitness of young people.

    • Grammar Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether children from low socioeconomic status backgrounds with lower 11-plus test scores are more or less likely to be...

      Maternity Leave: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the research on maternity discrimination, Pregnancy and Maternity – Related Discrimination and Disadvantage: First Findings, whether...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) how many decisions to grant release on temporary licence were made, and (2) what type of licence was granted in each prison establishment, in each month...

    • Immigration: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Faulks on 2 November (HL2703), what duty they have, if any, to enable First Tier Tribunals to deal with asylum and...

      Council Tax: Unpaid Taxes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) men, and (2) women, were imprisoned for non-payment of council tax in (a) 2012, (b) 2013, and (c) 2014.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Electronic Surveillance: USA

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 3 November (HL2678), what steps they propose to take following the European Court of Justice's...

    • Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the progress being made in achieving their target of establishing superfast broadband coverage to 90 per cent of the UK by...

      Football

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote walking football.

      Broadband: Small Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve broadband networks in the UK to support small businesses.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the badgers culled in the pilots undertaken in 2013 and 2014 had tuberculosis.

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to release the value-for-money assessment on the badger cull pilots undertaken in 2013 and 2014.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 27 October (HL2665), how much of the 2015 Common Agricultural Policy budget has been, or will...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Right to Buy Scheme: Housing Associations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in implementing the proposed voluntary agreement with housing associations regarding the extended right to buy, how they will safeguard the land interests...

  • HM Treasury

    • Smuggling: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent of cross-border smuggling between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and how many prosecutions for...

  • Department of Health

    • Congenital Abnormalities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implications of research published by Obeid et al on preventable spina bifida and anencephaly in Europe for the...

    • Congenital Abnormalities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the average prevalence of births affected by neural tube defects in countries applying food fortification with folic acid...

      Care Quality Commission: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the costs to the National Health Service of the proposed increases in fees set out in the consultation paper published by...

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