Written answers

Monday, 30 November 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what role he plans for Rail North in (a) assessing bids for the Northern and TransPennine Express rail franchises and (b) drafting the agreements for...

    • Railways: Telecommunications Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2015 to Question 16679, on railways: telecommunications systems, how much was spent from the public purse on the...

      Department for Transport: Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of using external agencies for recruitment to Senior Civil Service posts in his Department in each of the last...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that a sufficient supply of large goods vehicles drivers is available for the road haulage industry.

      Railways: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 29 October 2015 to Question 13496, when his Department expects to receive the findings of the London and South Coast Rail study.

      Newcastle Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the decision was taken to transfer Newcastle Central Station to Virgin East Coast rather than to Network Rail.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to encourage zero carbon housing.

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how he plans for the two per cent council tax precept to fund care services to be monitored to ensure funds raised are used for...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, from what date his Department has been advertising the Right to Buy scheme for housing association tenants; and how much has...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Russia: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) staff of which grades and (b) desk teams were working on Russia in his Department in (i) 2011, (ii) 2012, (iii)...

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps the Government has taken to advance peace talks in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

      Iraq: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Iraqi counterpart on the autonomy of the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq; and if...

      Bahrain: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what funding the Government has committed to provide to (a) projects and (b) the government in Bahrain in each financial year...

      Bahrain: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish a response to the Human Rights Watch report, The Blood of People Who Don't Cooperate: Continuing Torture and...

      Ashraf Fayadh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Saudi Arabian counterparts about Ashraf Fayadh.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he or officials of his Department have had with Dr Salim Munayer and Musalah on prospects for reconciliation...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what UN initiatives the UK is supporting that aim to promote reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians and establishment...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Veterans: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland of 18 November 2015, Official Report,...

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much of the Stormont Agreement's financial package of £2 billion in extra spending power to the Northern Ireland Executive is a loan...

      Human Rights Act 1998: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the effect of potential reforms of the Human Rights Act 1998 on the Good Friday Agreement; and if she will make...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what ability the Government plans to retain to ensure that the Green Investment Bank operates according to its original purposes...

    • Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what action can be taken within state aid rules to secure assets of national strategic significance to the British economy.

      Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will list (a) his Department's correspondence and (b) meetings with the former hon. Member for Redcar between May 2010 and...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the number of people who would be worse off financially if the threshold for student loan repayments were...

      Nuclear Power: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will assess the effect on the ability of the Office for Nuclear Regulations to carry out its functions of the provisions...

      Cleveland Potash: Redundancy

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

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the privatisation of the Green Investment Bank will be by asset sale or as a going concern.

      Acas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many early conciliation cases processed by Acas in each quarter since October 2013 related to disputes regarding (a)...

      Iron and Steel: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential threat to national security of the involvement of Chinese government companies in...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of government funding for translational research programmes; and if he...

      Universities: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what safeguards his Department is putting in place to ensure the quality of university specialist mental health mentoring...

      Business: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Prompt Payment Code on (a) UK businesses in the FinTech sector and (b) other...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his strategy is for maximising the economic contribution of (a) the steel industry and (b) other industries vital to the...

      Iron and Steel: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the reliance of the UK economy on imports of steel from countries outside the EU.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students are supported by universities through the Student Opportunity Allocation fund.

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she has taken to ensure that the additional £40 million of aid her Department allocated in June 2015 to Yemen benefits...

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how her Department plans to ensure that data is collected on stateless children so that such children can be taken into account in...

      Yemen: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of the security situation in Yemen on the ability of non-governmental organisations to...

      Yemen: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment the Government has made of (a) the condition of the port infrastructure at Hodeida in Yemen and (b) Hodeida's ability...

      Department for International Development: Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the cost of using external agencies for recruitment to Senior Civil Service posts in her Department in...

  • Department for Education

    • Primary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department is undertaking of the effect on children's (a) attainment, (b) health and (c) attendance of the universal infant free...

    • Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of the Government's proposed reductions in tax credits on the pupil premium.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to encourage families with disabled children to access the full free childcare offer.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many new undergraduate and postgraduate entrants to initial teacher training there were (a) including and (b) excluding Teach First to teach (i)...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's combined target for postgraduate and undergraduate trainees was for initial teacher training (a) including and (b) excluding...

      Children in Care: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many looked-after children have committed criminal offences in the last three years; what the (a) age and (b) gender was of each such child; what...

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much (a) pupil premium and (b) pupil premium plus funding each local authority (i) received in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what changes she plans to make to funding for the education and training of 16 to 19 year-olds outside the national base rate per student in each of...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much Dedicated Schools Grant each English local authority will receive in 2015-16; and what the (a) Schools Block, (b) High Needs and (c) Early...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how the educational needs of young people in mental health facilities are assessed; and what system is in place to ensure that the needs of those...

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to improve schools in rural areas.

      Schools: Pudsey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans the Government has to meet demand for school places in Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough.

      Sixth Form Colleges: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that sixth form colleges provide students with a high quality education.

      Schools: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to promote mental health education in schools.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress her Department is making on early intervention programmes to reduce educational inequality.

      Schools: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to tackle religious intolerance in schools.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Witnesses: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many remote sites are operational to enable witnesses to give evidence away from court; in which areas such sites are located; how many such sites...

    • Ministry of Justice: Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost of using external agencies for recruitment to Senior Civil Service posts in his Department in each of the last...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what account he has taken of trends in reports of pregnancy discrimination as in his review into employment tribunal fees.

      James Thompson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make representations to the Criminal Cases Review Commission to open an investigation into the case of James Thompson.

      Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will clarify the definitions of careless driving and dangerous driving during his review of driving offences and penalties.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many homophobic assaults were recorded in (a) male and (b) female prisons in the last 12 months.

      Courts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which (a) magistrates and (b) crown courts in the North West and London ask for wage slips, P60s, certified accounts or letters confirming benefit...

      Prisoners: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners undergoing a transition from male to female gender have been placed in the female estate prior to receiving legal recognition of that...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many assaults in which the victims was transgender were recorded in prisons in the last 12 months.

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent from the public purse on providing legal aid for asylum seekers who wish to pursue immigration appeals in each of the last five...

  • Prime Minister

    • Detainees: Rendition and Torture

      To ask the Prime Minister, what recent discussions he has had with the Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee on the progress of its inquiry into the role of the Government and...

    • Prime Minister: Travel

      To ask the Prime Minister, (a) whether the RAF Voyager aircraft being refitted for ministerial travel has been leased to the Government, (b) what the capacity of that aircraft was before it was...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department of Culture, Media and Sport: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was paid in (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses to officials of his Department in each of the last three years.

    • Broadband: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2015 to Question 15873, on broadband: Cheshire, if he will take steps to bring the planned...

      Sports: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with his Russian counterpart on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport.

      BBC: Local Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had discussions with the BBC Trust on making BBC regional production requirements relate to the number of (a) residents...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what open data requirements apply to the BBC (a) generally and (b) to the publication of or making available licence fee payment...

      Big Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department plans to reduce the Big Lottery Fund budget.

      Radio: Illegal Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many pirate radio broadcasting installations have been taken off air by enforcement action in each of the last five years.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent progress he has made on superfast broadband delivery in each region of the UK.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans the Government has to improve employment support for people with disabilities who are in receipt of the support component of...

    • Jobcentre Plus: Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2015 to Question 16265, what procedures jobcentre advisers follow when their clients request a referral...

      Apprentices: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that disabled people are supported to participate in apprenticeship schemes.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how his Department plans to monitor the Government's progress on halving the disability employment gap; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to ensure that there will be sufficient childcare places in place by April 2017 for pre-school aged children of...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claiming which benefit have been referred to Help to Work since April 2014.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's policy is on the maximum travelling time for applicants to personal independence payment assessments; and what...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many hours each week Jobcentre Plus work coaches are expected to spend with each participant in the Mandatory Intervention Regime under...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether participants in Daily Work Search Review under the Help to Work scheme are set quotas for completing a minimum number of job applications.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what organisations are providers of Community Work Placements under the Help to Work scheme.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of participants in (a) the Mandatory Intervention Regime, (b) Community Work Placements and (c) Daily Work Search...

      Employment Schemes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) start fees, (b) short placement completion fees, (c) long placement completion fees and (d) job outcome fees have been paid to...

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Government plans to maintain a separate programme of employment support for people with disabilities after the end of the current...

      Work Programme: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of (a) referrals to the Work Programme since 2011 and (b) current participants in the Work Programme had no...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people referred to Help to Work since April 2014 who have participated in (a) Community Work Placements and...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people referred to Help to Work since April 2014 have left the scheme after opening a claim for working tax credit.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people referred to Help to Work scheme since April 2014 have left the scheme after a job outcome fee was paid...

      Social Security Benefits: Alcoholism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people with alcohol-related problems who would be affected by the Government's proposals to...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria his Department has set for referral to (a) Community Work Placements and (b) Daily Work Search Review once a claimant has joined...

      Universal Credit: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the new rules for free prescriptions for Universal Credit claimants on incentives for work...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to ensure that every young person covered by the youth obligation receives appropriate financial advice, education and...

      State Retirement Pensions: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department is doing to deliver the full pension entitlement for those people in Northern Ireland who started work at the age of 14.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost of using external agencies for recruitment to Senior Civil Service posts in his Department in each of...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether, where there is a Direct Pay arrangement for child maintenance between parents but the liabilities required by the Child Maintenance...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will review the application allocation of winter fuel payments criteria to ensure that all eligible people living in buildings with a...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the value is of outstanding child maintenance arrears owed in respect of cases using the 2012 statutory maintenance scheme where the...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what proportion of Child Maintenance Service cases was a contribution made to their current liability (a) in full, (b) in part or (c) not...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases using the 2012 statutory child maintenance scheme are being dealt with by the legal enforcement team.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Deduction from Earnings Orders (a) have been issued and (b) are in place in respect of cases using the 2012 statutory maintenance scheme.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new state pension statements have been returned due to being sent to the wrong address since May 2014.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to update the Pension Service leaflet entitled, A detailed guide to State Pensions to include the introduction of the new State...

      Jobcentre Plus: Plaistow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason the finance officer at Plaistow Jobcentre until December 2013 was not interviewed in the investigation which led to the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Radar: Hebrides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken to communicate to local authorities and developers of onshore wind renewables projects the effect of the time taken...

    • Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what consultations he has had with the chief ministers of the UK Overseas Territories on the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR); if he will...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department holds on the number of British military personnel embedded with foreign armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 7.6 of the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence Review 2015, how he plans to meet the £11 billion of...

      Ministry of Defence: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times Minsters in his Department visited defence establishments in Northern Ireland in 2014.

      Bomb Disposal: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times explosive ordinance officers were deployed to deal with incidents in Northern Ireland between 1 January 2015 and 1 July 2015.

      Ministry of Defence: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the savings to his Department from planned reductions in travel expenditure in each of the next five years.

      Ministry of Defence: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of savings to the public purse expected through the reduction in professional fees paid out by his Department in the 2015-16...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the projected savings for his Department arising from military pay restraint in the 2015-16 financial year and in each of...

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the planned reductions in current staff numbers in the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, how many of those job reductions...

      Ministry of Defence: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost of redundancy payments arising from meeting the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 target of reducing...

      Ministry of Defence: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of projected savings in his Department arising from the imposition of civilian pay restraint in the 2015-16 financial year and...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to change the payment of annual increments to military staff between 2015-16 and 2020-21.

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Civilian Manpower Capitation rates for 2015-16.

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the assessment procedure to close (a) MOD Fairbourne and (b) MOD Llanrwst followed investment appraisal on project evaluation policy JSP507; and...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many training courses have been completed at (a) MOD Greytown-on-Spey, (b) MOD Llanwrst, (c) MOD Fairbourne and (d) MOD Crickhowell in each year...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library all documents relating to the delivery of a system of force development and adventurous training with a contingent whole...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 4.34 of the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence Review 2015 and to his Department's press release dated 23...

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the feasibility of retaining the Vanguard submarines in service for approximately five years longer than...

      Iraq: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF aircraft are conducting military operations against ISIS in Iraq.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on steps to tackle ISIS in Iraq of UK involvement in military operations in Syria.

      Guided Weapons: European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by when he plans for Stormshadow and Brimstone missile systems to be integrated with Typhoon aircraft.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what cost savings his Department plans to make from phasing out the commitment bonus for members of the armed forces.

      Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has had with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on that organisation's pension scheme; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugee families she expects to be relocated to Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross constituency; where such families will be...

    • Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to provide further financial support to police forces that have been rated as outstanding for efficiency by...

      Home Office: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times Minsters in her Department (a) visited and (b) met personnel at national security establishments in Northern Ireland in 2014.

      National Wildlife Crime Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has for the funding of the National Wildlife Crime Unit.

      Religious Hatred: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Muslim women reported being the victim of abuse or hate crime in each police authority area in England and Wales in (a) 2013, (b)...

      Home Office: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what training her Department has provided to staff on the family test; what other steps she has taken to raise awareness of the family test...

  • HM Treasury

    • Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons expenditure on personal tax credits has increased since 2009.

    • Rangers Football Club: Employee Benefit Trusts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps HM Revenue and Customs is taking to recover money owed by people who benefited from the employee benefit trust scheme used by Glasgow Rangers...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the change in expenditure has been on working tax credits between 2013 and 2015.

      First Time Buyers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have received funding from government schemes to assist first-time home buyers in (a) Peterborough and (b) England in each year since 2010;...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit claimants lost their entitlement as a result of action taken by Concentrix in the last financial year.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints about Concentrix HM Revenue and Customs received from tax credit claimants in the last financial year.

      Revenue and Customs: Liverpool

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of capacity on travel routes from Wrexham to Liverpool for HM Revenue and Customs staff redeployed from Wrexham...

      Revenue and Customs: Welsh Language

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people from each constituent part of the UK used the Welsh Language Unit of HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last five years; and if he will...

      Local Government: Edinburgh

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Spending Review 2015, what steps he plans to take on the proposed Edinburgh City Region Deal.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church of England: Cinemas

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what investment the Church of England has in cinemas and buildings housing cinemas.

    • Church of England: Newspaper Press

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, in which (a) local and (b) national newspapers the Church of England plans to place advertisements with the text...

      Cemeteries: Vandalism

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, how many graves in each church yard in each diocese in England were vandalised in 2014.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of in-home displays need to remain in operation after installation for the smart metering implementation programme to...

    • Electricity Generation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she plans for the next contracts for difference auction to take place; and whether she plans to make any amendments to how that...

      Carbon Emissions: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what her objectives are for the UN Climate Change Summit in Paris relating to (a) emissions and (b) monitoring emissions performance...

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether the amount in the Levy Control Framework increased when the Carbon Price Floor was frozen in the 2014 Budget.

      Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the implications for her policies on support for community-based renewable generation projects are of the proposed changes to the...

      Nuclear Power: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the evidential basis is for the statement in her speech on energy policy at the Institute of Civil Engineers on 18 November 2015...

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the cost of using external agencies for recruitment to Senior Civil Service posts in her Department in...

      Electricity Generation: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to ensure that the Capacity Market does not favour any class of generators.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Infrastructure: Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the vulnerability of the UK's critical infrastructure from cyber attack; and what investment his Department is making to...

    • Foreign Companies: North Korea

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many North Korean owned or financed businesses operate in the UK.

      Government Departments: Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the expenditure of each Government department in the last 12 months has related to the payment of trades union officials for...

      Government Departments: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information he holds on the average time taken by each Government department to respond to a request by a current or former employee for a job...

      Government Departments: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what percentage pay award was made to employees of each Government department in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Cabinet Office: Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2015 to Question 10866, when he will next publish the job titles and pay grades of appointments to extended...

      Civil Servants: Deployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants in each Department are in the redeployment pool.

      Government Departments: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure regular publication of departmental transparency data.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people were diagnosed with melanoma in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of people aged (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18 there will be in England in (i) 2016, (ii) 2017, (iii) 2018, (iv) 2019...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2015 to Question 13072, for what reasons the Prime Minister decided to transfer responsibility for the Freedom of...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Water Supply: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with water companies on using the proposed High Speed 2 corridor as a route for transferring...

    • Reservoirs: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the proposals to site a new reservoir at Abingdon in order to deal with projected population increases in the south...

      Angling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will discuss with the Environment Agency (EA) the proposal by angling bodies of marking the centenary of the birth of...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to ensure that water companies build sufficient capacity and tolerance into their infrastructure to cope...

      EU External Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to (a) enforce the European Commission Interpretative Notice, C2015 7834 final, on the...

      Public Footpaths: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the funding required to complete the Coastal Path around England by the target date of 2020;...

      National Wildlife Crime Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Spending Review 2015, what plans she has for the funding of the National Wildlife Crime Unit.

  • Department of Health

    • Hospitals: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the oral reply by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Quality of 17 November 2015, Official Report, column 519, what specific...

    • NHS: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department made of the effect of the Innovation Health and Wealth report, published in December 2011, on innovation in the NHS.

      Department of Health: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what effect the sunset review of NHS and his Department funded or sponsored innovation bodies, set out in the Innovation, Health and Wealth report,...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) the Government's policy is and (b) guidance his Department has issued on the use of e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking; and if he will...

      Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department is making preparations to plan for widespread resistance to known antibiotics.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent clinical assessments his Department has made of the potential medical benefits of cannabis.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his oral contribution of 21 October 2014, Official Report, column 754, whether he has received a copy of the OECD study of the four NHS...

      Cardiovascular System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answers of 16 November 2015 to Questions 15277 and 15193, what the outputs are from the NHS England expert forum which were originally...

      Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the budget is for implementation of the UK Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Ophthalmic Services: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the level of provision of eye clinic liaison officers is in eye clinics and hospitals in (a) Greater Manchester and (b) Hazel Grove constituency.

      Infectious Diseases: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what tests are used in UK microbiology laboratories that are deemed equivalent to the UK SMI B58.

      Antibiotics: Drug Resistence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2015 to Question 17021, what the number of methicillin resistant (a) staphylococcus aureus, (b) clostridium...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mental health services he has visited since March 2015; and what the date was of each such visit.

      Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of NHS psychological therapists are Improving Access to Psychological Therapies practitioners.

      Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies patients who have dropped out of their treatment before...

      Mental Health Services: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of provisions in place to provide psychological treatments for victims of FGM.

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the £600 million additional funding for mental health announced in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 will be allocated in...

      Four Seasons Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is making an assessment of the financial sustainability of Four Seasons Health Care under section 55 of the...

      Care Homes: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Care Quality Commission is taking to ensure that nursing homes in Lancashire (a) assist registered nurses in complying with revalidation...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the funding arrangements are in (a) England and (b) West Yorkshire hospitals for the use of Docetaxel chemotherapy medication.

      Better Care Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the £1.5 billion for the Better Care Fund by 2019-20 announced in the Autumn Statement 2015 is in addition to existing NHS financial...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the additional £1.25 billion allocated in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 for funding for child and adolescent mental...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether Docetaxel chemotherapy medication is available from the Cancer Drugs Fund.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications of coroners recording narrative verdicts in cases of suicide on the provision of accurate suicide statistics.

  • Women and Equalities

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to amend road traffic legislation to make it compulsory for drivers who run over a cat to report it to the police.

    • Bus Services: Greater Manchester

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of congestion in urban areas on the number of buses that have to remain in service, in particular in Manchester.

      Shrewsbury-Chester Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the causes of delays to work on doubling the rail line between Rossett Junction and Saltney Junction, and when they expect...

  • Home Office

    • Rights of Accused

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons interviewed by police, but not charged, have had their names released on the decision of a senior police officer because of the threat to...

    • Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to broaden the remit of Police and Crime Commissioners.

      Police National Computer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the direct read-only access to the Police National Computer (PNC) available to the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) is...

      Police National Computer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to limit the access of charities and other non-governmental bodies to the Police National Computer.

      Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to improve the effectiveness of national and global measures to counter internet fraud and other online crime.

      Police

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many police officers there are in the UK per million of population; and what the comparable figures are for (1) France, (2) Germany, and (3) Italy.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • North Korea: Broadcasting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 4 November (HL2885), what assessment they have made, if any, of the reach and impact of...

    • North Korea: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with EU member states and other European countries about the implementation of targeted human rights sanctions against named...

      North Korea: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the North Korean population of implementing targeted human rights sanctions against named North Korean...

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the humanitarian conditions inside Camp Liberty.

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: EU Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 5 November (HL3049), what representations they have made to the European Commission...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the Human Rights Watch report that some Saudi Arabian air strikes in Yemen violated international humanitarian law.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding the undercover raid by Israeli armed forces on a hospital in Hebron, resulting in...

      Israel: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about its decision to approve the construction of Israeli settlement units in Bethlehem and...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following reports that Palestinian families living in the Humsa al Buqai’a herding...

      Israel: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the construction of solar farms in the West Bank on settlement land, and the protection...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the arrest and interrogation by Israeli police of Palestinian children in East...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports of the use of white phosphorus weapons in civilian areas by Russian forces in Syria and of the level of harm done...

      Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the UN Security Council decisions on Women, Peace and Security, whether they have made representations to the UN that future peace...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, FCO, Tobias Ellwood MP on 20 July (HC6867), what assessment they have made of...

      France: Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make further changes to the FCO travel advice for France following the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November.

      National Security

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the recent atrocities committed by ISIL in France, Egypt and the Lebanon, whether they have reconsidered the statement by the Foreign Secretary on...

      Russia: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to co-operate with Russia in the fight against ISIL.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received from the UN or other independent sources about the number of (1) deaths of, and (2) injuries to, (a) Palestinians, and...

      Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many representatives were present at the recent meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL in London.

      Palestinians: Universities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the value of Palestinian universities as a human resource for Palestine and the wider Middle East; and what additional...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take to minimise the restrictions and difficulties experienced by Palestinians both inside the Occupied Territories and in adjoining...

      Burundi: Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are assisting Burundi and its neighbours to prevent further sectarian violence.

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering recognising Palestine as a state.

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the likely impact of the outcomes of the Valletta Conference on Migration in reducing youth unemployment in Sub-Saharan Africa.

      Ashraf Fayadh

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia concerning the death sentence imposed on the Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh.

      UN Committee on Disarmament and International Security

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government at what level the UK will be represented in the Open Ended Working Group established on 5 November by the First Committee of the United Nations General...

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Bahrain following the arrest of Issa Al-Tajer, the father of the president of Lawyers for Human Rights.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Aviation: Government Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to the aviation industry in the UK.

    • Arts: Higher Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of cutting the funding at higher education level of arts subjects on (1) the choice available to students, and...

      Erasmus+ Programme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support and promote the Erasmus+ programme, which aims to boost skills and employability through education, training and sport.

  • Department for International Development

    • Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the incidence of mesothelioma worldwide, and of which countries are most at risk from it.

    • Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of recent comments by European Council President Donald Tusk that Russian military action in Syria is increasing the number of...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Secretary of State has now formally withdrawn the commitment made in The importance of teaching: the schools white paper 2010 concerning the role...

    • Castes: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the compatibility of their decision to delay the publication of their feasibility study regarding establishing baseline...

      Home Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children were being home educated in each of the years 2010 to 2014 inclusive.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sports: Policy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the debate in the House of Lords on 5 November (HL Deb, cols 1811–40) on the regeneration legacy of the London Olympic and Paralympic...

    • World Anti-doping Agency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the work of the World Anti-Doping Agency, in particular in setting regulatory standards against doping and educating...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 9 November (HL3057), whether they will now answer the additional questions asked about whether...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Supported Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of the changes proposed in the Housing and Planning Bill on supported housing schemes.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 29 October (HL2879) concerning the 1998 Belfast Agreement, whether the answer applies to changes in the...

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what dates in the last 24 months the government of the Republic of Ireland attended in any capacity meetings held under section 1 of the 1998 Belfast...

  • Department of Health

    • Diabetes: Health Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the number of people living with diabetes who receive structured education courses to help them self-manage their diabetes,...

    • Radiation Exposure: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of research on the links between the risk of cancer and radiation spikes during the refuelling of nuclear power plants, whether they plan to...

      Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations on public funding to match charitable support for a National Mesothelioma Centre have been received by (1) HM Treasury, (2) the...

      Mesothelioma: Research

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to secure funding for research into mesothelioma over the last two years.

      Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their most recent assessment of the annual cost of mesothelioma to the NHS.

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