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Written answers

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Transport: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost to the economy of disruption to travel as a result of snowfall in the last 12 months; and if he will make a...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what campaigns he plans to implement over the Christmas period in 2015 to draw public attention to the dangers of drinking and driving.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ring-fence revenue raised from the HGV Levy for investment in transport infrastructure.

      Cycling and Walking: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ring-fence funding for walking and cycling.

      Bus Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the traffic commissioners in enforcing bus service reliability and punctuality.

      Bus Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the trends in the number of bus reliability public inquiries held by the traffic commissioners since 2010.

      Driving: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress the traffic commissioners have made on reviewing and modernising the regulation of commercial vehicle drivers.

      Parking: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward proposals to amend the Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions (England) Representations and Appeals Regulations 2007 to...

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what timetable he has set for the sale of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency testing station in Ennerdale Road, Shrewsbury.

      Immobilisation of Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cars the DVLA clamped in each month of each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make contingency plans for delivery by bodies other than Network Rail of Control Period 5 projects that the Hendy Review determines to be...

      London Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent comparative assessment he has made of the cost to the public purse of expanding (a) Heathrow and (b) Gatwick airports.

      Public Transport: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many assaults there have been on staff working for (a) London Underground, (b) London Overground, (c) London buses, (d) Docklands Light Railway...

      Thameslink Railway Line: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 2.82, page 94 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what progress his Department has made on introducing...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what work his Department is undertaking with local authorities to ensure that (a) provision of women's refuges is increased to...

    • Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will amend the Local Government Pension Scheme to permit boycott, divestment and sanctions policies; and if he will make...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the ministerial working group on preventing and tackling homelessness will next meet; and what the membership of that group is.

      Sussex Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) labour and (b) materials data used to calculate the area cost adjustment...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has for the future of the homelessness prevention grant.

      Social Rented Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding the Government plans to make available (a) to housing associations, (b) to local authorities and (c) in total...

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of social rented homes that will be completed in (a) 2015-16 and (b) each of the...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many new social rented homes he plans will be funded by the resources identified for housing in the Spending Review and...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many new homes of each type of tenure he plans will be funded by measures announced in the Spending Review and Autumn...

      Government Property Unit: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people are employed in the Property Asset Management Unit; and how many such people are (a) civil servants and (b)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Norfolk Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will urge his Australian counterparts, on the grounds of the right to democratic self determination, to return Norfolk...

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications of UN Security Council Resolution 2249 (2015) for the legality of airstrikes...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Israeli government on the prevention of attacks by Palestinians...

      Afghanistan: Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Afghan government on sexual abuse of and physical attacks on young boys and girls in...

      Ashraf Fayadh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Saudi Arabian counterpart calling for the release of Mr Ashraf Fayadh who was sentenced...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2015 to Question 10566, what recent steps he has taken to encourage all parties in the...

      Pakistan: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Pakistani counterpart on the persecution of Christians in that country.

      Pakistan: Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Pakistani counterpart on the reported abduction of girls for arranged marriages in...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the role of the Free Syrian Army in the conflict in Syria.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to paragraph 4.79 of the National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, what...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received from the government of Argentina on the status of the Falkland Islands.

      Middle East: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2015 to Question 2798, what recent steps he has taken to support Christians who are being...

      Yemen: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons the UK did not support a draft UN resolution calling for an international inquiry into human rights abuses by...

      Sierra Leone: Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the effectiveness of Government's response to the Ebola...

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department plans to spend on specialist kidnap negotiation and hostage rescue capabilities in British consulates...

      BBC World Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what funding his Department has provided to the BBC World Service in each year since 2010.

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the size of his Department's Rapid Deployment Teams in terms of personnel was in each year since 2010.

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department has spent on Rapid Deployment Teams in each year since 2010.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Tourism: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will publish the television advertising schedule and list the television channels being used for the Great Britain...

    • Fossil Fuels: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent support the Government has provided to Egypt for oil and shale gas development.

      Overseas Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the value of trade was between the UK and Israel in each of the last five years.

      Manufacturing Industries: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps he has taken to prevent the loss of UK manufacturing sector jobs.

      Postgraduate Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the timescale is for the availability of postgraduate masters degree loans as announced in the Autumn Statement 2014; and...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many (a) foreign direct investment projects were developed in the UK which originated from other EU countries in (i)...

      Business: North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the Government plans to hold or collect any information on the number of UK businesses operating in or contracting with...

      Biofuels: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to promote the development of a bio-plastics industry within a UK circular economy; and what the...

      Biofuels: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the finding in the report, The future potential economic...

      Universities: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of universities make unconditional offers to 18 year olds applying to study at those universities; and if he...

      Apprentices: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans for the new business-led body to set standards for apprenticeships as announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer...

      Students: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what consultation his Department carried out with (a) students and their representative bodies and (b) other people and bodies...

      Students: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on what timetable he plans to abolish university maintenance grants, including the timetable for laying associated regulations.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of replacing maintenance grants with loans on students from faith backgrounds which...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is giving to strengthening water, sanitation and hygiene services in countries affected by Ebola.

  • Department for Education

    • Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that schools provide support and guidance to pupils who are victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

    • Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2015 to Question 15557, on what date her Department plans to publish updated information on free school projects...

      Mental Health Services: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the (a) quantity and (b) quality of mental health services available to children and young people in the care system.

      Department for Education: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what modelling her Department has undertaken of the potential effect of freezing her Department's budget in cash terms on (a) educational outcomes and...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to enable more looked-after children to go on to further and higher education.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of 16 to 19 year old students studying GCSE mathematics and English in further education and sixth form colleges.

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the quality of education at university technical colleges.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children were (a) enrolled and (b) funded at each free school at the start of the 2015-16 academic year.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2015 to Question 13645, (a) how and (b) by whom each head teacher was selected to work with her Department on...

      Health Education: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to educate children at schools about the health implications of excessive alcohol consumption.

      Mental Health Services: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing automatic mental health assessments by qualified professionals for all children...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of the (a) level of provision of spaces in SEN schools and (b) rising number of children with SEN...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason the Final version of the Specification for Mandatory Qualifications for specialist teachers of children and young people who are deaf...

      Voluntary Organisations: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish the findings of the independent review panel overseeing the VCS Transitions Grant Programme which made its report in February 2011.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what (a) number of suicides took place and (b) what this number is as a proportion of the total by individuals who were not on the Assessment, Care in...

    • Prisoners: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many case conferences have resulted in the reallocation of transgender prisoners to a prison which corresponds with the gender with which they...

      Prisoners: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many transgender prisoners received into prison in the last 12 months have been held in the segregation unit.

  • Prime Minister

    • India: Religious Buildings

      To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he had with his Indian counterpart during his recent visit on the death of Sikh people at the Golden Temple in Amritsar in June 1984.

    • Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Prime Minister, what the evidential basis is for his estimate that there are about 70,000 Syrian opposition fighters on the ground who do not belong to extremist groups; whether he has...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Employment Agencies

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

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the £10 million investment for better broadband infrastructure in the South West announced in the Spending Review and...

      Public Libraries: Opening Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate the proportion of libraries which have reduced their opening hours in the last five years; and what assessment he...

      Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of reduction to local government spending announced in the Spending Review and...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of sanctions on employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

    • Welfare to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what timetable his Department has set for drawing up contracts for new welfare to work schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2015 to Question 228147, by when his Department plans to complete its detailed consideration of the policy...

      Housing Benefit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people in the social housing sector in Scotland will be affected by changes to the levels of housing benefit; and what the...

      Jobcentre Plus: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what procedure his Department has for responding to whistle-blowing reports from staff at Jobcentre Plus.

      Occupational Pensions: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress he has made on pensions auto-enrolment to small and micro businesses; and if he plans to complete that auto-enrolment for those...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is his policy that a claimant of employment and support allowance (ESA) in the Support Group who transfers to the Work Related...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will establish a team in his Department to champion the interests of universal credit claimants as recommended in the report entitled...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the potential effect on the income of a family with one earner and two children that starts a claim for universal...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of the use of alternative currencies for benefits payments.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how long it takes for the average claimant to receive a first payment of universal credit from the time they became unemployed in those areas...

      Housing Benefit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the reductions in housing benefit announced in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 on...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Butterflies: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to (a) measure the number of butterflies and (b) restore butterfly habitats.

    • Coastal Areas: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what long-term plans the Government has to protect and maintain the English coast.

      National Wildlife Crime Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the National Wildlife Crime Unit in preventing wildlife crime in the UK...

      Rural Areas: Community Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the (a) cost effectiveness and (b) value for money of Rural Community Councils.

      Rural Areas: Community Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding for Rural Community Councils.

      Village Halls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will provide financial support to village halls to ensure that they are able to continue to operate after the closure...

      Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on the European Food Safety Authority's review on the evidence on the impact of neonicotinoids; and what...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to ensure UK fishing quotas are not transferred to other EU countries; and if she will make a statement.

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the confidence of farmers operating in the dairy sector; and if she will make a statement.

      Dairy Products: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) volume and (b) value of (i) raw milk, (ii) butter, (iii) cheese, (iv) cream and (v) condensed milk was imported in...

  • Home Office

    • Universities: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Prime Minister's press release, PM's Extremism Taskforce: tackling extremism in universities and colleges top of the...

    • Universities: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Government's press release of 17 September 2015, entitled PM's Extremism Taskforce: tackling extremism in universities...

      EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) child and (b) adult EU nationals were (i) identified as potential victims of trafficking and (ii) returned to their country of...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29 October 2015 to Question 12956, how many of the suspicious activity reports received under the provisions of...

      Mobile Phones: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to improve the security of mobile devices that are used to access internet banking.

      Driving under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were charged with drink-driving in each of the last three years.

      Counter-terrorism: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many counter-terrorism personnel were employed in the West Midlands in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received on the introduction of a 10 year firearms licence.

      Detainees: Rendition and Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on whether there are any police investigations into the involvement of the (a) UK intelligence and...

      Visas: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2015 to Question 15161, whether native speaker language fluency is classified as a skill for the...

      Road Traffic Offences: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to establish Road Justice Scrutiny Panels to scrutinise investigations of road crime.

      Nature Conservation: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions her Department has had with Police and Crime Commissioners on the priority afforded to the enforcement of wildlife crime.

      Cross Border Cooperation: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what cooperation arrangements are in place to tackle the potential utilisation of the land border between Northern Ireland and the Irish...

      Hate Crime: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of disability hate crime offences committed in each of the last five years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to procure ships for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary; and if he will make a statement.

    • Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the location in the UK is of each army regiment.

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) civilian personnel, (b) uniformed personnel and (c) civil servants were employed at (i) MOD Grantown-on-Spey, (ii) MOD Llanwrst, (iii) MOD...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to answer the letters from the hon. Member for Tewkesbury dated 20 July and 21 October 2015.

      Ministry of Defence: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what training his Department has provided to staff on the family test; what other steps he has taken to raise awareness of the family test among staff...

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 33 of the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, how many posts he plans to lose in each section of his Department.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of how many serving members of each branch of the armed forces are likely to be affected by the phasing out of the commitment...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how he plans to reinvest the savings achieved by phasing out the commitment bonus for members of the armed forces in the armed forces.

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by when he plans for his Department to achieve its target strength for the Army Reserve.

  • HM Treasury

    • Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people making use of new pension freedoms have sought professional, regulated financial advice since April 2015.

    • Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make representations to Concentrix on introducing a liaison unit for hon. Members to raise constituents' tax credit cases.

      Financial Services: ICT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions the Financial Conduct Authority has had with the Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority on the use of the financial...

      Financial Services: ICT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions the Financial Conduct Authority has had with the New York State Department of Financial Services on the use of the financial...

      Financial Services: ICT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations the Financial Conduct Authority has received from (a) other financial services authorities and (b) banks on the use of the financial...

      Financial Services: ICT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Financial Conduct Authority has made of the regulatory implications of use of the financial services messaging system Symphony.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit claims have been stopped as a result of checks by Concentrix since they took on the contract; and how many such claims were restored...

      Property: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will undertake an analysis of the feasibility of devolving property taxes to London linked to specific infrastructure projects.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) undertakes monitoring or verification of the decisions of Concentrix in terminating tax credit payments to claimants;...

      Small Businesses: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the bank referral scheme announced in the 2015 Budget in providing accessible finance to small and...

      Revenue and Customs: Payments

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much HM Revenue and Customs spent on discretionary payments in respect of administrative errors in each financial year since 2010-11.

      Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to increase (a) income tax and (b) corporation tax receipts; and if he will make a statement.

      Devolution: Greater London

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will undertake analysis of the feasibility of devolving skills and employment powers to London.

      Devolution: Greater London

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will undertake an analysis of the feasibility of further financial devolution to London.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he made the decision to close 170 local tax offices and replace them with 13 regional centres.

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.251 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what the 26 new Enterprise Zones are; and which local enterprise...

      Infrastructure: Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Government's spending on infrastructure since 2010.

      Economic Situation: Young People

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the cumulative effect of the Government's spending policies on the economic prospects of young people.

      Productivity

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent comparative assessment he has made of the rate of productivity in the UK and other G7 countries.

      Infrastructure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the UK Guarantees scheme.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps he is taking to ensure regular publication of his Department's quarterly accounts.

    • Scotland Office: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2015 to Question 14206, when he first saw draft copies of his Department's accounts for (a) July to September...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what her policy is on the future of the Warm Home scheme; and if she will make a statement.

    • Nuclear Power: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she expects to notify the European Commission of draft agreement with the People's Republic of China and the China General...

      Energy: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions she has had with the National Infrastructure Commission on ensuring it helps deliver a future-proof energy...

      National Grid: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when the decision was made to connect the monitoring and control of the National Grid to the internet; and what risk analysis was...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Warm Home Discount Scheme; and what plans she has to extend that scheme to...

      Energy: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the value of compensation given for delayed switches in the energy market in the last 12 months for...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether the Government will require the parts and equipment used in the construction of the Hinckley Point C nuclear power station to...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to prohibit hydraulic fracturing from being conducted from wells that are...

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much has been paid into the Exchequer from surpluses accrued by the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme since privatisation of the coal...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Statistics of Trade Act 1947

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what datasets are collected under the provisions of the Statistics of Trade Act 1947.

    • Fraud: Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on the number of people who have lost money through telephone scams (a) in each region and (b) in each of the...

      Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what responsibilities the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has which relate to the Duchy of Lancaster.

      Cabinet Office: Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many positions are being created within his Extended Ministerial Office in each pay grade.

  • Department of Health

    • Health Services: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of progress in the urgent and emergency care vanguard run by South Devon and Torbay System Resilience Group.

    • Health Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to develop a strategy for rural healthcare.

      Health Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether there are any vanguards in rural areas.

      Health Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will change the criteria for primary and acute care provision better benefit rural communities.

      Health: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to maintain the in-year budget for public health provision allocated by Southampton City Council.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has conducted on the disincentives to prescribing off-patent repurposed drugs.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to consult clinicians on his policy on access to off-patent drugs.

      Driving: Sleep Apnoea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that vocational drivers with obstructive sleep apnoea are treated within four weeks from first referral.

      Off-patent Drugs Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the contribution of 6 November 2015 by the Minister for Community and Social Care, Official Report, column 1307, what the evidential basis is...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) men and (b) women in each age group have been diagnosed with HIV in each of the last five years.

      Ovarian Cancer: Blood Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce blood tests for the detection of ovarian cancer on the NHS.

      Antibiotics: Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges on the effect of macrolide antibiotics on the risk of heart failure.

      Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges on the potential merits of making available on the NHS radioactive dye to diagnose cancer.

      Cataracts: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful cataract operations in each age group there were in each of the last three years.

      Social Services: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the (a) implications for his policies of the recent decision by the European Court of Justice on travel from home to work...

      Naloxone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2015 to Question 15636, if he will make it his policy to collect data on which local areas are providing take-home...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department's Accelerated Access Review will consider issues relating to the routine availability of off-patent, repurposed drugs.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to make available on the NHS the treatment of lymph nodes to ease the pain of women with breast cancer.

      Kidney Diseases: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges on the treatment of kidney disease caused by diabetes.

      Mental Health: Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges on a link between social media and mental health problems.

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the usefulness of self-testing kits for (a) sexually transmitted diseases, (b) fertility, (c) human papilloma virus, (d)...

      Doctors: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of trained doctors; and if he will make a statement.

      Fertility: Aspirin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges on research into the use of aspirin to improve fertility.

      Sugar: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Government has to introduce a tax relating to the sugar content of food.

      Dementia: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment the Government has made of potential links between alcohol intake by middle-aged people and the incidence of dementia; and whether the...

      Alopecia: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women have suffered from hair loss in each of the last five years.

      Mental Health Services: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve mental health support and services for looked-after children.

      Junior Doctors: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to prepare for the junior doctors' strikes due to commence on 1 December 2015; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Department of Health: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many applications his Department has received for the (a) Innovation Excellence and Strategic Development Fund and (b) Health and Social Care...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions his Department has had with health bodies on ensuring timely treatment for people with alcohol-related illnesses.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of children and adolescents admitted to hospital for alcohol-related illnesses and injuries.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Government will take steps at EU level to encourage better labelling of alcoholic drinks by providing (a) uniform information about strength and...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to promote alcohol treatment and counselling options that will help to prevent alcohol-related crime.

      Pregnant Women: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to improve awareness of the health implications of drinking during pregnancy.

      Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received about funding allocated by his Department to the organisation Action on Smoking and Health.

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual budget of the tobacco policy team in his Department is; and what proportion of that budget was spent on external grants or contracts in...

      Bone Marrow and Stem Cells: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to encourage higher donor registration among (a) all people and (b) mixed ethnicity donors to the UK stem cell and bone marrow...

      Prisoners: Alcoholism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of prisoners are identified as having an alcoholic disorder.

      Hostels: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the £40 million his Department has allocated to refurbish homeless hostels to support health improvement in 2015-16 (a) has been spent...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 12 September 2014 to Question 208785, how much of the £17 million budget for the NHS England Children and Young...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to support children and young people who are referred to NHS Mental Health services but do not receive treatment as they did not...

      Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many attendances at emergency departments for self-harm per 100,000 people there were in each year since that data has been collected; and how many...

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the NHS vanguard sires are supporting the needs of people with inflammatory arthritis.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of how long it would take on average for a nurse to pay off a student loan.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of student nurses had already studied for a degree before training as a nurse in each of the last five years; and what estimate he has...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate the Government has made of the number of training places for nurses required by the NHS in each of the next five years.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect on student numbers of abolishing grants and maintenance allowances and introducing...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses' training places were available in each region in each year since 2009; how many (a) agency nurses and (b) nurses from outside the UK...

      Junior Doctors: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Written Statement of 4 November 2015, HCWS288, whether all current junior doctors will receive an 11 per cent pay rise under the proposed...

      General Practitioners: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2015 to Question 17025, what plans he has to increase the borrowing and investing powers of clinical commissioning...

  • Home Office

    • Police: Convictions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in respect of each police force, they will give details of serving police officers who have been convicted of criminal offences and given custodial...

    • British Nationals Abroad: Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to follow the example of the government of Belgium which has passed a law to arrest all suspected extremists who have returned to Belgium...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Prime Minister's recent assertions at the CBI Annual Conference on 9 November that the UK's security is provided through membership of...

    • Bahrain: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recommendation by Human Rights Watch in its report on the treatment of detainees in Bahrain, The Blood of People Who Don't...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the UK members of the British–Irish Parliamentary Assembly; and to which political group each member belongs.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Higher Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to bring forward any legislative proposals, following the current consultation, to give effect to the green paper on higher education...

  • Department for International Development

    • Asbestos

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the last five years, what proportion of the UK’s aid budget was allocated to research into mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

  • Department for Education

    • Castes: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the feasibility study of 2014 on caste discrimination.

    • European Union: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action, if any, they plan to take to ensure that sections 406 and 407 of the Education Act 1996 are complied with between now and 2017 to ensure that...

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made in the Comprehensive Spending Review of the number of schools in which asbestos is present in the constituencies covered by...

      ICT: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to promote the availability of computer-making and robot-making kits for children.

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Mesothelioma

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

    • Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the occupations most at risk from mesothelioma.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will release data relevant to the assessment of whether Work Capability Assessment tests are connected to the incidence of suicide or mental...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Supported Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) local authority, and (2) housing association, supported housing schemes there are in England, and how many residents participate in each type of...

    • River Thames

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the changes there have been to structures on the River Thames in the last 10 years.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the phasing out of Revenue Support Grant to local authorities includes, or otherwise affects, the New Homes Bonus.

  • HM Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the press release by HMRC on 25 June, what initiatives HMRC have put in place to improve performance in respect of relieving public...

    • Tax Avoidance: Self-employed

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have, and on what timetable, for changes to IR35 assessments for employees and contractors.

      Public Sector: Redundancy Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of how many public sector employees will be affected by the proposed £95,000 public sector exit cap.

  • Cabinet Office

  • Department of Health

    • Exercise

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of a recent report by UKactive that lack of exercise is estimated to cause 37,000 deaths annually and cost the UK economy £20 billion a...

    • Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the rates of flu vaccination so far this winter, and how that compares to previous years.

      Mental Health Services: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 12 November (HL3373), what they intend to do to prevent discriminatory treatment of BME mental...

      Atrial Fibrillation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to increase the proportion of people with atrial fibrillation who are treated with anticoagulation therapy in order to prevent stroke.

      Charles Bonnet Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to raise awareness of Charles Bonnet syndrome.

      Department of Health: Grants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the job titles of the officials and other individuals on the Department of Health’s Voluntary Sector Grants Hub.

      NHS: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what policy the NHS has about protecting the mental health of its workforce.

      NHS: Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how many NHS employees have attempted, or committed, suicide in each year between 2009 and 2014.

      NHS: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to address the stigma of mental health problems amongst healthcare workers.

      NHS: Sick Leave

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many days were lost through the sickness of healthcare workers in each year between 2009 and 2014.

      Antibiotics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they have drawn from the recent findings of Antibiotic Research UK about the possibility of a significant surge in winter antibiotic...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to ensure equality of treatment for mental and physical illness.

      Macular Degeneration: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of bevacizumab in the treatment of age-related macular degeneration.

      Macular Degeneration: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken in the light of the recommendations of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in 2011 that NICE and the Medicines and Healthcare...

      Macular Degeneration: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency can license the drug bevacizumab in the treatment of age-related macular degeneration in the...

      Macular Degeneration: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken in the light of any representations they have received from Clinical Commissioning Groups about removing current barriers...

      Macular Degeneration: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential savings to the budgets of Clinical Commissioning Groups from the use of the drug bevacizumab in the treatment...

      NHS: National Insurance Contributions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the additional costs to the NHS of the introduction of the single state pension in April 2016, which will remove the...

      Home Care Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of the impact in England of the exemption of a main home from the calculation of assets on the charges that would be payable...

      Exercise

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding they provide for (1) research and development in new technologies to monitor inactivity, and (2) evaluating the impact of local programmes...

      Mesothelioma: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made in the Comprehensive Spending Review of the needs of mesothelioma patients in the constituencies covered by the Northern...

      Mesothelioma: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made in the Comprehensive Spending Review of the incidence of mesothelioma in the constituencies covered by the Northern Powerhouse.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Conflict of Interests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the joint investigation by the British Medical Journal and The Times which found that contracts made by the Clinical...

      Muscular Dystrophy: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect NICE to publish its opinion about the availability of Translarna for the treatment of patients with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, following...

      Care Homes: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 23 November (HL3565), in discharging their oversight function, about which care homes the Care...

      Care Quality Commission: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to make regulations under section 85 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 in relation to the change in fees proposed by the Care...

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