Written answers

Friday, 20 November 2015

  • HM Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government plans to take in response to the Sixth Report of the Public Accounts Committee, HM Revenue and Customs performance in 2014-15, HC 393.

    • Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the staff budget for HM Revenue and Customs was in each year since 1997-98.

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the budget was for staff answering calls to tax offices in each year since 2007-08.

      Taxation: International Cooperation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to support international efforts to improve tax transparency and accountability.

      Taxation: Child Benefit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the number of people that will be subject to the provisions of the High Income Child Benefit Tax Charge as a result of Clause 24 of the...

      Banks: Closures

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to prevent local high street bank branches from closing.

      Councillors: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the taxation of travel expenses for councillors in Northern Ireland.

      Infrastructure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what value of projects received guarantees through the UK Guarantees Scheme (a) in 2015 and (b) since that scheme's launch.

      Living Wage: Young People

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the annual change in tax revenue from extending the national living wage to those aged between 18 and 25.

      Productivity

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the document, Fixing the Foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation, Cm 9098, published in July 2015, if he will publish his...

      Universal Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to sign off in full the business case for universal credit.

      Productivity

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the document, Fixing the Foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation, Cm 9098, published in July 2015, if he will publish his...

      Treasury: Families

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to embed the family test into its policy making.

      Infrastructure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what value of projects received investment through the Infrastructure Investment Forum (a) in 2015 and (b) since the Forum's launch.

  • Prime Minister

    • Russia: Syria

      To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he had with representatives of the Russian government at the recent G20 meeting on Syria.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the cumulative effect of the Pensions Act 1995 and the Pensions Act 2011 on women born in the 1950s.

    • State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will provide support for women who have been affected financially as a result of changes brought about by the Pension Act 2011.

      State Retirement Pensions: Foreign Nationals

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

      Disability: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have (a) sight loss and (b) hearing loss in (i) Barnsley East, (ii) Barnsley, (iii) South Yorkshire and (iv) Yorkshire and the...

      Long Term Unemployed People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment the Government has made of the effect on the likelihood of people's reemployment of their prior length of absence from work;...

      Universal Credit: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what reports he has received of claimants receiving overlapping payments of both universal credit and housing benefit; and if he will make a...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects the business case for universal credit to be signed off in full.

      Disability Living Allowance: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of disability living allowance applications for children diagnosed with ADHD have been rejected in each of the...

      Disability Living Allowance: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children in each parliamentary constituency and in receipt of disability living allowance are diagnosed with hyperkinetic syndrome.

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the Freedom of Information Request, CTS reference M12288/15, submitted by the hon. Member for Preston and...

    • Home Office: Public Expenditure

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

      Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of online child abuse were referred from the National Crime Agency to individual police forces in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much she expects to be top-sliced from the (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17 police grant; and from what areas that funding will be top-sliced.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures her Department has established to safeguard 16 and 17 year olds who are victims of sexual exploitation.

      Police: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of her Department's miscalculation of the amount of funding available for West Midlands Police on...

      Business: Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to paragraph 8.1 of Transparency in Supply Chains etc: A practical guide, published by her Department on 29 October 2015, if...

      Home Office: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to embed the Family Test into its policy making.

      M20: Road Traffic

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

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Department of Health

    • Dementia: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to introduce a standard dementia test for all people aged between 65 and 70.

    • Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of still births; and what steps he is taking to improve communication between coroners and...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the incentives for defendants in clinical negligence cases to encourage early admissions and settlements.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what modelling his Department has undertaken of the effect on adult social care of different funding allocations for such services.

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has considered referring the junior doctors' contract dispute to ACAS.

      Health Services: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether British expatriates who pay income tax in the UK will be charged for medical treatment in the UK.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent review his Department has conducted into the adequacy of suicide prevention support for (a) men and (b) women; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in (a) St Helens North constituency, (b) Merseyside and (c) the UK were admitted to mental health hospitals outside of their local...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer given by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Care Quality during Oral Questions on 17 November 2015 on the...

      Hyperactivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children in each parliamentary constituency are diagnosed with ADHD.

      National Suicide Prevention Alliance: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial support his Department has provided to the National Suicide Prevention Alliance in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

      Department of Health: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to embed the Family Test into its policy making.

      Mental Health Services: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that men make use of mental health services when they need them; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on implementing the aspirations in NHS England's report entitled, The Future in Mind, published in October 2012.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Department of Education on the provision of specialist mental health services for children and young...

      Mental Health: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Department for Work and Pensions on the effect of sanctions on the mental health of people who have...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in preparation for the introduction of waiting time targets for child and adolescent mental health services; and when he...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received from further education colleges on withdrawal of ESOL Plus Mandation Funding.

    • Employment Schemes: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of the total number of Employment Support Fund claimants were claimants with dyslexia in...

      Disabled Students' Allowances: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of changes to disabled students' allowances on students with dyslexia.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, for what reasons the matters within his Department's responsibility in Schedule 1 of the draft Wales Bill have been designated...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many times he has (a) met and (b) corresponded with a minister of the Welsh Government on the draft Wales Bill in the last...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, by what process his Department identified the areas of policy within its responsibility proposed for reservation in Annex B of...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the implications are for the (a) PEACE and (b) INTERREG IVA programmes in (i) the UK and (ii) Northern Ireland of a UK...

      Stocks and Shares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will encourage the International Organisation of Securities Commissions to bring global listing rules in line with those...

      Accountancy: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what progress he has made in transposing the European Non-Financial Reporting Directive into UK law; and whether there will be...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether businesses will be permitted to allocate their apprenticeship-levied funds to small and medium-sized enterprises and...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Veterans: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to provide additional support for ex-servicemen and women and their families.

    • Veterans: Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will review compensation payments to armed forces veterans who served prior to 1987 and have contracted mesothelioma as a result of being exposed...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the NATO Members User Group for MQ-9 Reaper drones last met; and whether he attended that meeting.

      Clyde Naval Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent health and safety checks for civilian personnel have been carried out at Faslane Naval Base.

      Ministry of Defence: Public Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the files held at Swadlincote that are subject to the Public Records Act 1958 have been (a) assessed by and (b) released to the...

      Public Records: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many files held at Swadlincote his Department has made available to the (a) Historical Enquiries Team and (b) Da Silva Review.

      Public Records: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on declassifying and transferring historical files relating to Northern Ireland held at Swadlincote to the National Archive under the...

      Defence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department expects to know how much of the Joint Security Fund announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in July 2015 will be allocated to...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure the routine use by his Department of the family test; and if he will make a statement.

    • Royal Hospital Haslar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what planning consents have been granted for the site of the Royal Hospital Haslar; and if he will make a statement.

      Aerials: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many planning applications for the erection of telephone masts have been rejected by local authorities in (a) the UK, (b)...

      Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning.

      Fire Services: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the rate of suicide among members of the fire service; and what steps his Department...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the level of financial reserves of local authorities.

      Quarrying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the need for increased quarrying capacity to meet the stone demand for new house building.

      Property Development: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Ministry of Justice press release, Prison building revolution announced by Chancellor and Justice...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much each (a) county council, (b) Metropolitan district, (c) London borough and (d) unitary authority (i) spent on (A)...

      Bedfordshire and Luton 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 Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2013-14.

      Private Rented Housing: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, through what channels his Department plans to disburse the £3.2 million payment from the Fire and Rescue Authorities to...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to appoint the Chair of the review of the localisation of council tax benefit; and by what process he plans for...

      Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library the minutes of the meeting of the Council Tax Partnership Forum in June 2015.

      Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library a copy of the terms of reference of the Council Tax Partnership Forum.

      Homelessness: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much his Department provided in Homelessness Prevention Grant to each local authority in London in (a) 2012-13, (b)...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Bill: Lords Amendments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether the Government plans to table amendments to the Scotland Bill in the House of Lords.

  • Department for Transport

    • Taxis: Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of (a) Uber vehicles, (b) black cabs and (c) private hire vehicles are wheelchair accessible.

    • Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he intends to implement a single consolidated legislative framework for taxis throughout England and Wales.

      London Airports: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what penalties there are for London airports which breach the noise quota count designated in the Civil Aviation Act 1982.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of people who (a) died and (b) were injured on the road who were vulnerable road users.

      London Airports: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how often have the noise quotas for London airports been reviewed or updated since their designation in the Civil Aviation Act 1982.

      Transport: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the projected transport budget per capita in Greater Manchester after the devolution agreement comes into effect.

      A17: Dual Carriageways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the economic benefits of (a) dualling the A17 in its entirety and (b) dualling its single carriageway sections.

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2015 to Question 14459, whether the Civil Aviation Authority plans to make the conclusions of the review into...

      Department for Transport: Families

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

      Great Western Railway Line: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many delays on the Great Western mainline have qualified for schedule 4 compensation payments since work to electrify that line commenced.

      Department for Transport: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to implement the family test.

      Bus Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of households in rural areas meet the minimum criteria for the bus availability indicator.

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of households are able to reach a (a) hospital, (b) GP, (c) jobcentre, (d) primary school, (e) secondary school and (f) place of...

      Intercity Express Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the procurement contract for the new Hitachi Intercity Express Programme specifies the internal layout and specification of rolling stock.

      Railways: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to deal with overcrowding on Bolton's commuter trains.

      Level Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he and Network Rail have to remove level crossings on the mainline between Plymouth and Reading.

      Department for Transport: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what effect the spending reductions agreed between his Department and HM Treasury will have on investment in (a) road, (b) rail, (c) air, (d) ports...

      Department for Transport: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to introduce or increase any revenue raising streams to complement the departmental spending reductions agreed with HM...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons section 80 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 has not been brought into force.

      Transport: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what investment in transport services the Government plans to make in (a) St Helens North constituency and (b) Merseyside as part of the Northern...

      Transport for London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations his Department received from the Mayor of London on the Transport for London Bill.

      Ports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether a security review has been initiated for the purpose of strengthening port security between Northern Ireland and Scotland.

      Railways: Wifi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the total annual consumption of wifi data on trains operated by each franchise; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Telecommunications Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the Quicksilver project to build out wifi and mobile infrastructure alongside rail lines; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Atrocities Prevention Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contact his Department has had with the US Atrocity Prevention Board.

    • Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many named people from which countries have been subject to UK targeted sanctions in each of the last 10 years.

      Anguilla: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the time taken for Anguilla to respond to his Department's consultation on a public register of...

      Crimes Against Humanity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which Minister in his Department is responsible for atrocity prevention; and if he will make a statement.

      Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2014 to Question 219424, what financial support the Government has (a) provided since 1...

      Morocco: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will (a) discuss with the Moroccan Ambassador to the UK and (b) instruct the British Ambassador to Morocco to investigate...

      Western Sahara: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the options that were agreed by the UK, Morocco and the Saharawi under the 1990-91 ceasefire agreement for a referendum...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Public Expenditure

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

      Gulf Cooperation Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the governments of the Gulf Co-operation Council on improving bilateral trade and security.

      Egypt: Fish Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has provided support for the fish farming industry in Egypt.

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on the human rights of the Bahai community in Iran.

      India: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to raise with the Prime Minister of India during his forthcoming visit the recent death of Sikh protestors in...

      Golan Heights: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the resolution of discussions on the sovereignty of oil reserves in the Golan...

      Nigeria: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has held with the government of Nigeria on the situation in Biafra.

      Nigeria: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the Nigerian government on returning displaced people to areas previously in the...

      Nigeria: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the Nigerian government combat (a) Boko Haram and (b) other terrorist groups.

      Nigeria: Boko Haram

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the threat posed by Boko Haram in Nigeria.

      Egypt: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to (a) assess and (b) help improve security at Sharm el-Sheikh airport; and what assessment...

      India: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's aims are for the visit of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent increase in migrants from Haiti to the Turks and Caicos Islands on...

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to help tackle the (a) recent increase in illegal transport of weapons from Haiti to the Turks and...

      Egypt: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to cooperate with his Egyptian counterpart on measures to (a) counter security threats and (b) ensure...

      Egypt: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to support the Russian government since the crash of Airbus 321 in Egypt.

      Egypt: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he or his Ministers have had with their Egyptian counterparts on (a) the reconstruction and repair of churches...

      Caribbean and Central America: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the UK's contribution to the EU Strategy on Citizen Security in Central America and the Caribbean is for 2014-15.

      Equatorial Guinea: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of Equitorial Guinea on human rights and freedom of speech in that country.

      Burma: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to raise the security, humanitarian access, freedom of movement and citizenship...

      North Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Development on contributing to the European...

      Central African Republic: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the conflict in Central African Republic.

      India: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise the issue of minority rights during the visit of Prime Minister Modi of India; and if he will specifically...

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department plans to take to facilitate a transition in Burma from dictatorship to democracy.

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help prevent people migrating illegally from Haiti to the Turks & Caicos islands.

      Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to use the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to prioritise the strengthening of...

      Burma: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of steps taken by (a) his Department and (b) the Burmese government to stop...

      Burma: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the freedom of elections in Burma in November 2015 and the fairness of the outcome of that...

      Burma: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of steps taken by (a) his Department and (b) the Burmese government to prevent...

      Burma: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of (a) disqualifications of parliamentary candidates, (b) disenfranchisement of ethnic groups and...

      Burma: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance his Department has provided to the EU election observation mission overseeing elections in Burma in November 2015.

      Burma: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to meet the new President of Burma; and if he will raise the issue of human rights abuses of ethnic groups in...

      Bangladesh: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of freedom of religion and belief in Bangladesh; and if he will make a statement.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how the Government plans to use its position on the UN Security Council to facilitate diplomatic negotiations on protecting...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to embed the Family Test into its policy making.

  • Department for International Development

    • Nepal: Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of protests at border crossings between Nepal and India on the supply of (a) fuel, (b)...

    • Africa and Asia: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to improve the reliability and collection of data on nutrition in countries in Asia and Africa.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support the Syrian people in establishing a framework for post-conflict reconstruction.

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is providing to aid agencies and international partners to prepare Syrian refugee camps for winter.

      Election Observers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on election observation (a) in real terms and (b) as a proportion of her Department's budget since 2010.

      Department for International Development: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to embed the Family Test into its policy making.

      Iran: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support refugees from Iran; and what recent assessment she has made of the safety of Iranian...

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent representations she has received from heads of special educational needs schools on the increase in costs from national insurance and...

    • Digital Technology: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to take steps to promote the STEAM agenda in schools to support the development of skills for careers in creative...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2015 to Question 15281, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the number of teachers trained in the...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church of England: Land

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, for what reason the Church Commissioners have not released land for the construction of a primary school, in...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Diwali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which Diwali celebrations he, his predecessor or Ministers in his Department attended in 2014 and 2015.

    • Arts: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding his Department has provided to support the arts in the West Midlands in each of the last five years; and if he will...

      Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the value to tourism and to the national economy of the UK coastline.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with industry representatives on the Universal Service Obligation announced by the Prime Minister on 7...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Prime Minister's announcement of 7 November 2015 on broadband access, what discussions he has had with Ofcom on a...

      Broadband: Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the provision of high-speed broadband infrastructure on productivity.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish a financial assessment and analysis of the effectiveness of badger culling in the first three quarters...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the cost benefit analysis of the year 1 and 2 badger cull pilots; for what reasons the roll-out to...

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with HM Treasury on the removal of the fuel duty escalator for liquefied petroleum...

      Foxes: Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to publish her Department's new code of practice on the use of fox snares.

      Birds of Prey: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will publish the Joint Hen Harrier Recovery Plan.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Renewable Energy: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effect on investor confidence in the UK electricity generation market following the recent...

    • Housing: Fuel Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department is taking to support the development of domestic oil purchasing syndicates.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what representations she has made to energy companies to ensure they pass on reductions in the wholesale price of gas and electricity...

      Energy: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department has taken in response to the provisional report of the Competition and Markets Authority's findings on the...

  • Attorney General

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Expenditure

      To ask the Attorney General, what estimate he has made of Crown Prosecution Service expenditure on (a) victim liaison units and (b) witness care units in real terms in each year since 2010-11.

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Staff

      To ask the Attorney General, how many (a) victim liaison officers and (b) witness care officers were employed by the Crown Prosecution Service in each year since 2010-11.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps his Department is taking to implement the family test.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Reoffenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answers of 21 July 2015 to Questions 6745, 6746, 6747, 6748, 6749 and 6750, what the length was of each custodial sentence handed down;...

    • National Probation Service for England and Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what number of cases is handled by the National Probation Service in (a) each region of England and (b) each month in each such region.

      National Probation Service for England and Wales: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many probation officers have been employed by the National Probation Service since its establishment in each month in that period, and for each such...

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2015 to Question 14066, what accountability mechanisms are in place for the Criminal Cases Review Commission; and...

      New Roads and Street Works Act 1991

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions and convictions have been obtained under sections 60 and 79 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 since that Act came into force.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to tackle cyber attacks originating in Russia and China.

    • Public Sector: Mutual Societies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress the Government has made on developing a right to mutualise within the public sector; and if he will make a statement.

      Commissioning Academy: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has for the funding of the Commissioning Academy over the next five years.

      Business: Human Rights

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will include a commitment to extend the Open Contracting Principles to cover climate and development finance in the third National Action Plan.

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress the Government has made on increasing the level of employment in (a) North Lincolnshire, (b) East Yorkshire and (c) England since 2010.

      Cabinet Office: Public Expenditure

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

      Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of a fundraising preference service on the work of the charity sector.

      Electronic Government: Data Protection

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to protect the personal details of those registered with the Government Gateway service from hacking; and if he will make a...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament: ICT

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, how many incidents of (a) hacking, (b) viruses and (c) data breaches were reported to the...

    • Members' Constituency Work: Data Protection

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps the Parliamentary Digital Service is taking to protect constituency casework data.

      Parliament: Security

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will provide an update on whether there are plans for a review of security protocols for...

  • Department for Transport

    • Hurst Green-Uckfield Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of modern Class 170 diesel trains that would be released for re-deployment if the route from Hurst Green to...

    • Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the scope of the deep alliance between Abellio ScotRail and Network Rail, and what are the expected financial benefits of that alliance.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Turkey: Press Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Turkey about the arrests of the senior editors of Nokta, and of journalists from Bugun and Milliyet.

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with negotiating parties in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement to ensure that the provisions relating to copyright, trade...

      Maldives: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider imposing travel bans on, and freezing the assets of, senior figures in the Maldives who have been involved in the suspension of...

      Maldives: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions will take place at the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference in Malta about the recent state of emergency declared in the...

      Maldives: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will raise with Prime Minister Modi, during his visit to the United Kingdom, the role of India in brokering talks between the government and...

      Mohamed Nasheed

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made about the health and wellbeing of, and the prison conditions being experienced by, former President of the Maldives...

      India: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of  whether pre-planned lynchings, immolations, and attacks on Muslim burial grounds have taken place during the term of...

      Egypt and Turkey: Freedom of Expression

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the action that could be taken to assist freedom of expression in Egypt and Turkey; and what assessment they have made of...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Small Businesses: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific steps they are taking to help SMEs to move online.

    • Construction: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report by KPMG Skills to Build?, stating that housebuilding capacity could be restricted by a construction skills...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Immigration: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government based on closed matters, what was (1) the total number of immigration cases (not including asylum) involving children under 18, and (2) the total civil legal...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implications for social policy of (1) the February 2014 report Household Food Security in the UK: A Review of Food Aid;...

    • Food: Waste

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are encouraging supermarkets to abandon strict cosmetic specifications for farm products that result in edible food being wasted.

      Agriculture: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the average wage increase of agricultural workers since the abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board.

      Non-native Species

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a list of invasive non-native species arriving on UK shores that they wish to eradicate, and if so, whether Japanese knotweed is on that list.

  • Home Office

    • Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many visa applications were made by visitors from (1) Pakistan, (2) India, (3) Bangladesh, and (4) China, in each of the last two years, and what was the...

    • Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of visitor visas from (1) Pakistan, (2) India, (3) Bangladesh, and (4) China, were rejected in each of the last two years.

      Immigration: Statistics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which of the 34 current OECD countries include international students within their national immigration statistics, and which do not.

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