Written answers

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • A303: Dual Carriageways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what mitigation work is planned for Chicklade as part of the plans to dual the A303 at Stonehenge.

    • M61

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effects on traffic flow and congestion of the omission of the planned Junction 7 from the M61; and what...

      Railways: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many train services through Neston have been cancelled since August 2015; and what the reason was for the cancellation in each such case.

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will extend free bus travel for people with disabilities to include peak hours.

      Railways: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to ensure a more reliable train service is provided to Neston.

      M20: Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the set of proposals sent to his Department during the summer from local...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2015 to Question 16052, what steps he is taking to ensure that the two Skoda vehicles tested were representative...

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Financial Statement of 8 July 2015, Official Report, column 327, when the consultation on extending the...

      Bus Services: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer to Question 15214, what assessment his Department has made of reference in the Quality Contract Scheme Board's report to bus...

      Motor Vehicles: Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to encourage the take-up of liquid petroleum gas conversions by taxis and vans.

      Cardiovascular System: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effects on the cardiovascular health of local residents of continuous noise from aircraft taking off and landing.

      Motor Vehicles: Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to support the conversion of cars to run on liquefied petroleum gas.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) salary and (b) contract length is of each member of the HS2 Independent Design Panel.

      Railways: Wifi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the requirements are for the funding and delivery of wifi on existing rail franchises.

      Railways: Wifi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what requirements for wifi delivery his Department plans to put in future rail franchises; and how his Department plans to assess the quality of wifi...

      Railways: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many train services on the (a) Brighton and (b) East Grinstead line have been cancelled due to train reliability issues in each of the last six months.

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assurances he has received from Govia Thameslink Railway on the recruitment, training and in-service dates of train drivers.

      Railways: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many trains on the (a) Brighton and (b) East Grinstead line have been cancelled due to a lack of driver in each of the last six months.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the reduction in car tax for people in receipt of personal independence payments is awarded from the date of application to DVLA...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of the estimate of surface access costs associated with an expansion of Heathrow Airport produced by (a)...

      Railways: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to comments made by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport at a meeting about rail services between London and the...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: EU Law

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

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she intends to answer the letter of the hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, dated 28 September 2015, with regard to Mr Ammar Baadj.

      Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the most recent national security direction under section 94 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 was made; and what the number of UK...

      Interception Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times action has been taken against a service provider for non-compliance with a warrant served under the Regulation of...

      Firearms: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will raise the issue of transport of assault rifles and semi-automatic machine guns into and across the EU at the next Home Affairs...

      Schengen Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with her French counterpart on the possible introduction of fingerprinting at Schengen zone borders.

      Home Office: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2015 to Question 13442, what proportion of case workers in her Department received Keeping Children...

      Visas: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the number of Palestinians is who have applied for visit visas for the UK in each month since November 2013; and how many such...

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of women detained in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre in the last year have (a) attempted to or (b) inflicted harm...

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information she holds on the likely publication date for the independent review of Yarl's Wood, commissioned by Serco.

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many hon. Members have had a request to visit Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre refused in the last 12 months; and on what grounds...

      Terrorism: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of (a) arrests for and (b) successful prosecutions of individuals charged with...

      Homelessness: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from (a) EU and (b) non-EU countries who have been classified as homeless have been returned to their home countries in each...

      Counter-terrorism: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will review the number of counter-terrorism officials in the West Midlands; and if she will make a statement.

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre: Legal Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women held in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre have legal representation.

      Asylum: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of victims of human trafficking from (a) Benin, (b) Nigeria, (c) Uganda and (d) Zimbabwe who applied for asylum were...

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detainees held in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre (a) claim that they are victims of human trafficking and (b) have been...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of people held in immigration detention are (a) foreign national offenders convicted of immigration related offences, (b)...

      Visas: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the average amount people spent on visa applications before being granted entry to the UK in the last year for...

      Visas: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason her Department no longer publishes accounts of the revenue stream from visa services previously published by the UK Border...

      National Association of Retired Police Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will hold discussions with the National Association of Retired Police Officers on steps to support national security.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on accepting asylum claims from (a) Syrian refugees who have reached the UK travelling through other EU member states...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2015 to Question 15325, how any of those asylum claims resulted in a positive asylum decision.

      Police and Crime Commissioners: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the process will be for the cancellation of the Police and Crime Commissioner elections due to take place in May 2016 for areas now to...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will issue a response to Early Day Motion (a) 162, Closures of abortion clinics and (b) 172, Buffer zones around abortion centres.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Saudi Arabia: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Saudi Arabian counterpart on (a) support given by nationals of Saudi Arabia to ISIS...

    • Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 November 2015 to Question 15120, on Western Sahara: human rights, whether he discussed reports of...

      Burma: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the conduct of the recent elections in Burma.

      Sri Lanka: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations the British High Commission in Colombo has received from (a) the Tamil National Alliance and (b)...

      Sri Lanka: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Sri Lankan counterpart on the application of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 1978...

      Sri Lanka: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of reports that Tamil political prisoners have been on...

      Sri Lanka: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Sri Lankan counterpart on the detention of Tamil political prisoners in Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) human rights situation in Sri Lanka and (b) detention of Tamil political...

      India: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart on the treatment of Muslims and Christians in India.

      Burma: Election Observers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the contribution of the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the hon. Member for East...

      Overseas Companies: Natural Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22 June 2015 to Question HL381, what steps he has taken following allegations of breaches of bribery...

      Yemen: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of Saudi Arabia on the ending the restrictions on imports of fuel,...

      Yemen: International Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the establishment of an independent international body to investigate violations of...

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department plans to make an announcement regarding resettlement of the British Indian Ocean Territory by Chagos islanders.

      Darfur: Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the report by Waging Peace on the use of rape as a weapon...

      British Overseas Territories: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent progress has been made on establishing marine protection zones in British Overseas Territories; and whether each...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations against Rohingya people in Burma.

      Hong Kong: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Chinese government on the reported disappearance of Gui Haiming and...

      British Overseas Territories: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the governments of British Overseas Territories with financial centres on central...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department are engaged on work related to climate change in (a) posts around the...

      Palestinians: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the Israeli government on the Children in Military Custody report,...

      France: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his French counterpart on the ISIL attacks in Paris and the implications of those attacks for...

      Yemen: International Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take to ensure that potential breaches of international humanitarian law by the Saudi-led coalition in...

      Mediterranean Sea: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the EU, Africa and the Middle East on diplomatic steps to tackle the...

      EU Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the progress of negotiations to reform the EU and the UK's relationship with the EU.

      Somalia: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent diplomatic steps he has taken to promote peace in Somalia.

  • Cabinet Office

  • Attorney General

    • Minimum Wage: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many employers were (a) charged with and (b) convicted of a criminal offence by the Crown Prosecution Service for non-compliance with minimum wage legislation in...

    • Minimum Wage: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many Crown Prosecution Service staff worked on (a) referrals for suspected non-compliance with minimum wage legislation and (b) prosecutions for non-compliance...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing three-year funding plans for further education colleges.

    • Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department made of the financial viability of the Redcar coke ovens and blast furnace as a standalone...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what impact assessment his Department has conducted on withdrawal of ESOL Plus Mandation funding and its effects on further...

      Disabled Students' Allowances: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of dyslexic students who will receive disabled students' allowances in each of the next...

      Apprentices: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what guidance his Department gives to apprenticeship providers on supporting apprentices with dyslexia.

      Apprentices: Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if his Department will fund the NextGen Skills Academy higher apprenticeships in order better to support games employers.

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of adult education courses in helping people into work.

      Refugees: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department has taken to give refugees settled in the UK opportunities to improve their English language skills.

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect on community cohesion of the withdrawal of ESOL Plus Mandation funding.

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of the withdrawal of ESOL Plus Mandation funding on attainment levels of children...

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the skills of ESOL tutors are not lost following the withdrawal of ESOL Plus...

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent representations he has received on the Action for ESOL Manifestos.

      Migrant Workers: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assistance his Department is providing to help businesses to employ migrants with in-demand skills but poor English...

      Refugees: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of withdrawal of ESOL Plus mandated funding on the ability of refugees in the UK to...

      Funerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing statutory regulations of the funeral industry.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to promote the availability of loans to part-time students.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with the higher education sector on extending the loan book to part-time students who wish to...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many officials in his Department are working on matters relating to High Speed 2; and what the grades of those officials are.

      Apprentices: Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to paragraph 13.17 of HM Treasury's publication entitled, Fixing the Foundations: Creating a more prosperous...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer to Question 13261, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of conducting an area-based...

      Apprentices: Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what progress the Government has made on its proposed plans to introduce a degree apprenticeship in Leadership and Management as...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department is planning to publish an LGBT Theory of Change.

    • Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether (a) she or (b) another Minister from her Department plans to attend the Nutrition for Growth Summit schedules to take place...

  • Department for Education

    • Education: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to address the relative low educational attainment in coastal communities; and if she will make a statement.

    • Pupil Exclusions: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils have been suspended from school for having committed domestic assaults in each year since 2012; and if she will make a statement.

      Children in Care: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of looked-after children have received at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C in each year since 2010.

      Children's Play: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the level of support available to help families with disabled children find appropriate play opportunities.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils eligible for free school meals took up a place at each university in each year since 2005-06.

      Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 12 November to Question 14860, whether all of the providers approved by her Department to provide baseline assessment for...

      Schools: Bracknell Forest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 10 November 2015 to Question 14393, what proportion of the £4.2 billion funding to schools, local authorities, academy...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to page 28 of his Department's consultation paper, Proposal on the provision of court and tribunal services in the South East Region,...

    • Ministry of Justice: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department conducted an (a) impact assessment and (b) internal review of the effect of the transfer of responsibility for freedom of...

      Whitemoor Prison: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to reduce Islamist culture at HM Prison Whitemoor.

      Holloway Prison: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many inmates are able to access education at HM Prison Holloway each day.

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisons do not accommodate workshops.

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many workshop placements were delivered in prisons for (a) women and (b) men in each of the last three years.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many claims were taken to an employment tribunal for (a) non-payment of wages and (b) non-compliance with minimum wage legislation in each of the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Air Force: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to hold national events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the RAF in 2018.

    • Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in what instances special or additional pension provision has been made for part-time military personnel in the last 20 years.

      Ulster Defence Regiment: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a pension was provided to (a) full and (b) part-time members of the Ulster Defence Regiment who latterly served in the Home Battalions of the...

      Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2015 to Question 15947, on the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees, how long he expects the matter to be...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of redundancies in the UK steel industry on the proportion of defence procurement that arises from UK...

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the triple lock on pensions does not apply to disability war pensions.

      Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the proposed byelaw changes for the waters between the Scottish mainland and the Island of...

      Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department conducted an economic impact assessment of the proposed byelaw changes for the waters between the mainland of Scotland and the...

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the Voyager fleet has been fitted with the enhanced defensive aids suite; and what estimate he has made of the cost of fitting that...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to ensure that universal credit claimants are not sanctioned in the period between accepting an offer of employment and...

    • Employment: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is planning to enable more people aged over 50 to gain employment.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of child maintenance cases resulted in complaints in the (a) 2012 Child Maintenance Scheme, (b) 1993 legacy scheme and (c)...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2015 to Question 15934, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people in receipt of...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to page three of the document Universal Credit: increasing the childcare offer, published by his Department in December 2014,...

      Employment: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an estimate of the number of days of work lost because of bullying in the workplace in the last 12 months.

      Employment: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress his Department has made on establishing pilot schemes to support carers to stay in work in North Tyneside, Northamptonshire,...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the age-standardised mortality rate of people declared fit for work by his Department since December 2011.

      Habitual Residence Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the habitual residence test on UK citizens returning to the UK from working overseas.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 5 November 2015 to Question 15090, how much his Department spent on costs associated with the roll-out of universal...

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department last audited the amount of unused space within each Jobcentre Plus.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make transitional arrangements for women affected by changes to the state pension age introduced during the 2010 Parliament.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is his Department's policy that a jobseeker who is telephoned by a Jobcentre Plus adviser and does not answer the telephone on more...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in the number of in-work recipients of housing benefits in the last five years.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disability discrimination tribunals have been brought against his Department as an employer in each of the last five years.

      Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of households in receipt of universal credit who receive support for housing costs are also subject to all...

      Vacancies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of jobseeker's allowance claimants have used Universal Jobmatch in the last 12 months.

      ICT: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people making a new benefit claim in the last 12 months were offered training on IT literacy.

      Internet: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Jobcentre Plus offices have space in their building that is available for use by voluntary groups, social enterprises and mutuals to...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Jobcentre Plus offices host work clubs and service academies.

      Parental Pay: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to review the rate at which small businesses can recover statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave pay.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of ancient woodland is located within (a) national parks and (b) areas of outstanding natural beauty; and...

    • Peat Bogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress her Department has made towards the targets for protecting peat set out in the Natural Environment White Paper...

      Fisheries: White Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures she proposes to introduce to regulate commercial fishermen catching sea bass for the period from 1 January to...

      Horses: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many horses were exported for slaughter in each of the last 10 financial years.

      Dogs Act 1871: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people in Wales have been subject to proceedings in a magistrates' court for offences under the Dogs Act 1871 in...

      Agriculture: Permaculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of permaculture techniques; and if she will make a statement.

      Livestock: Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to reduce instances of antibiotic resistance developing in farmed animals; and if she...

      Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that the tri-partite agreement between the UK, the Republic of Ireland and France on the...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government Finance: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding his Department has allocated to each local authority in London per head of population in each year since...

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assistance his Department plans to give to local authorities to ensure that they are able to provide new affordable...

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assistance his Department provides to local authorities and housing associations for English language courses following...

      Homelessness: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what review his Department has conducted of homelessness in the West Midlands; and if he will make a statement.

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the legality of private car park companies charging for overstaying.

      Bed and Breakfast Accommodation: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) 16 to 24 year old and (b) 25 to 30 year old homeless people have been temporarily housed in bed and breakfast...

  • HM Treasury

    • Crown Estate Commissioners

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total amount received by the Treasury in profit from the Crown Estate was in each of the last five years.

    • Students: Self-employed

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential benefits of removing the obligation to register as self-employed for students in full-time...

      Low Incomes

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the number of people who are earning below the lower earnings limit and have more than one employer and do not qualify for national...

      Environment Protection: North of England

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to encourage investment in improvement of the environment as part of the Northern Powerhouse initiative.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on tax credits since 25 October.

      Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of revenue lost to the Exchequer through fuel laundering in Northern Ireland in each year since 2010.

      Revenue and Customs: West Yorkshire

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HM Revenue and Customs jobs in (a) Bradford and (b) West Yorkshire will be lost as a result of the proposed restructuring plan.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will hypothecate revenue generated from Vehicle Excise Duty to local roads maintenance from 2017.

      Local Government: Urban Areas

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost is to the Exchequer of the City Deals in each city region to date.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of households with dependents under the age of 18 that will be affected by the draft Tax Credits (Income Thresholds...

      Public Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what account his Department took when preparing the Charter for Budget Responsibility, of the effect of (a) the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and...

      Wholesale Trade: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the provisions of the Finance Act 2015 relating to penalties for late registration for the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration scheme will apply now...

      Wholesale Trade: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information has been provided to businesses to ensure that they are aware of their obligations under the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration scheme.

      Revenue and Customs: Job Creation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many jobs will be created at each of the 13 new HM Revenue and Customs regional centres by 2021.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Housing: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to ensure homes are adequately heated over the winter and protect against deaths due to the cold weather.

    • Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will specify the comparable operators whose costs would be taken into account prior to the Opex reopeners for the contract for...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what circumstances would constitute a political shutdown of the proposed Hinkley Point C power station by the EU or international...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether the agreement signed with China to fund Hinckley Point C nuclear reactor includes funding from China for (a) decommissioning...

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what her Department's expected underspend is against departmental expenditure limits in the current fiscal year; and what her...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what progress her Department has made towards its renewable energy target for 2020; and if she will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Schools: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of the funding of £500 million for shared schooling in Northern Ireland is expected to come from her Department's budget.

  • Department of Health

    • Pneumococcal Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with pneumococcal pneumonia in each of the last five years.

    • Pregnant Women: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will promulgate official advice to pregnant women not to drink alcohol.

      Eyesight: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to monitor and control eye surgery.

      Eyesight: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have had corrective laser eye surgery in each of the last five years.

      Babies: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to raise awareness of the risks of parents sharing a bed with their baby.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review NHS diabetes dietary guidelines.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) adults and (b) children undertake appropriate health checks to prevent diabetes complications.

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) an appropriate number of podiatrists work in the NHS and (b) such podiatrists are appropriately trained.

      Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans for 3D heart imaging to identify blocked arteries to be available on the NHS.

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what educational and health programmes are (a) in place and (b) planned to reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted disease.

      Care Homes: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mandatory requirements are in place to ensure that care home staff are well trained.

      Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome in each of the last five years.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission an independent five-year review of provision for diabetes.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission structural education courses to prevent diabetes, in line with NICE guidance.

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 9 January 2015 to Question 219449, what progress has been made in improving wheelchair services following the NHS England...

      Neuromuscular Disorders: Sheffield Heeley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to ensure that people with rare neuromuscular conditions in Sheffield, Heeley constituency have access to the appropriate...

      Health Services: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to enable people with limited English to access healthcare services.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of fixing recoverable costs in medical negligence cases to a maximum of £250,000 on a claimant's...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of medical negligence cases which may be affected by the Government's proposals to introduce fixed recoverable...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will promote the development of a pharmacist-led common ailments service to reduce winter pressures on A&E departments and GP practices.

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what level of funding his Department has provided for mental health services in (a) Liverpool, Walton constituency, (b) Merseyside and (c) England in the...

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors have requested a certificate of current professional status in 2015.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to implement the Infertility Network UK recommendations on access to IVF treatment.

      Ambulance Services: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had about a national job profile for Hazardous Area Response Team paramedics.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number and accessibility of pharmacy facilities; and if he will make a statement.

      Day Centres: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complaints about day centres for adults with learning disabilities his Department has received since the establishment of the Care Quality...

      Day Centres: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to extend the remit of the Care Quality Commission to include the regulation of all day centres; and if he will make a statement.

      Midwives: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total population of student midwives in England was in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost was to his Department of training student midwives in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisoners: Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of people in prison (a) as a result of and (b) with a gambling addiction.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2015 to Question 11834 to the hon. Member for Salford and Eccles, on what date he plans to announce the consultation...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has taken steps to recover costs to the NHS resulting from the actions of Hungarian journalist Ani Horvath as part of an...

      Drugs: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for which drugs he is the marketing authorisation holder; and under what circumstances he became the marketing authorisation holder for each such drug.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of infection in NHS hospitals have been attributed to antibiotic resistant infections in each of the last five years; and if he will make...

      Antibiotics: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial support his Department has provided for research into antibiotic resistance in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with NICE on conducting health technology appraisals for off-patent drugs that have been proven to be effective in new...

      Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of NHS treatment measures to deal with antibiotic resistant infections; and if he will make a statement.

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has provided for clinical commissioning groups on the commissioning of off-patent drugs for use in new indications.

      Gastrointestinal System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many permanent gastroenterologist consultants were employed in the NHS in the last six years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the number of GPs; and what steps he is taking to ensure that employment terms and conditions for GPs encourage employment...

      Medical Records: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when all NHS patients will be able to access their medical records online; and when the NHS will implement a secure unified email system.

  • Department for Transport

    • Public Transport: Greater Manchester

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect Transport for Greater Manchester to announce the new contractor for the smart-ticketing scheme previously awarded to ATOS, and when they...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • UN Mission in South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many UK troops will be deployed to the UN Mission in Sudan and South Sudan; what is the timeline for their deployment; and what will be the distribution...

    • Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government with how many Iraqi interpreters the armed forces contracted during military operations in Iraq in each year between 2003 and 2009.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the Euro-Atlantic integration process for Bosnia-Herzegovina, set out in the 2014 UN Security Council Resolution No. 2183.

    • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they proposed the use of the term "Euro-Atlantic integration" during negotiations for the 2015 UN Security Council Resolution No. 2247, and which...

      Office of the Quartet Representative

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 4 November (HL2981), what were the grades of each of the two full-time members of staff...

      Middle East Quartet

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 4 November (HL2981), what assessment they have made of the impact of the Middle East Quartet...

      Middle East Quartet

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 4 November (HL2982), what were the reasons for the decision not to appoint a new Middle East...

      Tanzania: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the elections in Tanzania, particularly with respect to the devolved assembly in Zanzibar, and what representations they have...

      Turkey: EU Enlargement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the call by the European Commission as part of the EU enlargement strategy for Turkey to lift media restrictions to improve respect...

      Terrorism: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken, and what action they plan to take, to put pressure on Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to cut off financing for terrorist...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Agriculture: Research

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote the role of women researchers in the global agriculture sector.

    • Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place to ensure that establishments and organisations that are sited close to the boundaries of two Local Enterprise Partnership...

      Airbus SAS

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what their policy is for ensuring that the UK continues to participate strongly in the design, research, manufacture and financing of Airbus products.

      Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many students completed apprenticeships in each year from 2010 to the last year for which records are available.

      Minimum Wage: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the minimum wage in sterling in each EU member state.

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid: Renewable Energy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was paid by the Department for International Development to green energy campaign groups between 2010 and 2015 (1) in the UK, and (2)...

  • Department for Education

    • Arts and Humanities: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the claim by the Secretary of State for Education that those studying solely arts and humanities subjects...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Homicide: Reoffenders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many offenders with previous convictions for homicide were convicted of homicide in 2014.

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

    • House of Lords Press Office

      To ask the Chairman of Committees how many people are employed in, and what is the annual running cost of, the House of Lords Press Office.

    • House of Lords: Living Wage

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether any staff of the House of Lords are paid less than the recommended Living Wage for London, and if so, how many and in which departments they work.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Facebook

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they had with Facebook about their recent updates to make it easier for businesses to interact with customers on that platform.

    • UK Anti-Doping: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the continued case for the 25 per cent proposed budget cuts to UK Anti-Doping in the light of reports that widespread...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the claim by telecoms company Ericsson that the UK is lagging behind other countries in rolling out 5G networks, despite...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Long Term Unemployed People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the efficacy of their measures to reduce long-term unemployment, and how many people previously classified as long-term...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Home Office

    • European Arrest Warrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for the last 12-month period for which figures are available, how many applications have been made under the European Arrest Warrant for prosecution of...

    • Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government from which refugee camps the 1,000 refugees who are to be brought to the UK by Christmas are coming.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Fire Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to replace fire authorities.

  • Department of Health

    • Health Professions: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timetable for implementing the comprehensive legislative reform of health professional regulation to which they have committed.

    • Social Services: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the real-term expenditure on local authority-brokered social care in each of the last five years for which information is available.

      Care Homes: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) care homes, and (2) home care providers, are currently registered with the Care Quality Commission, and what were the equivalent numbers for...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Conflict of Interests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the investigation by The Times and the British Medical Journal into conflicts of interest caused by Clinical Commissioning...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Conflict of Interests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to investigate potential conflicts of interest when Clinical Commissioning Groups enter into contracts with companies in which...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Conflict of Interests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the finding by The Times and the British Medical Journal that the board of a Clinical Commissioning Group in Birmingham awarded a...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Conflict of Interests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the investigation General practice commissioning: in whose interests? by The Times and the British Medical Journal, what assessment they...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Conflict of Interests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the investigation General practice commissioning: in whose interests? by The Times and the British Medical Journal, whether they have plans...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Conflict of Interests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of whether NHS England's audit of conflict of interest is sufficiently comprehensive to govern circumstances in which Clinical...

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