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Written answers

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what contribution the Road Investment Strategy has made to increasing the housing supply.

    • Railway Stations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what contribution the New Stations Fund has made towards increasing the housing supply.

      Roads: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what contribution the Local Pinch Point Fund has made towards increasing the housing supply.

      SS Richard Montgomery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to monitor the security of the SS Richard Montgomery and prevent terror attacks on it.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the level of awareness among drivers who do not normally use the Dartford Crossing that a charge is made...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many penalty charge notices have been issued since the introduction of the free-flowing element at the Dartford Crossing.

      Driving: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will impose interim driving bans between arrest and the outcome of a court case on drivers involved in fatal or serious injury collisions where...

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential for the UK to be a world leader in (a) production of, (b) use of and (c) research into autonomous vehicle...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with insurance companies on the potential effect on models of motor insurance of increases in the number of autonomous...

      Manchester-Burnley Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the economic benefits to local communities on the reopening of the Todmorden Curve rail link.

      Great Western Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the benefits of extending rail electrification from Bristol to Taunton.

      Transport: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with his ministerial counterparts on ensuring that road and rail links through Somerset are protected by stronger...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Hinckley Point C nuclear power station project is served by a road and rail network resilient...

      Bus Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which scheduled bus journeys have had subsidies (a) withdrawn and (b) introduced in each (i) county and (ii) unitary council in the North West of...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2015 to Question 10866, when he plans to publish the job titles and pay grades of...

    • Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that women's refuge services (a) take steps to improve the level of reporting and...

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much of his Department's funding allocated in the Spending Review 2015 will be for research and development expenditure up...

      Shared Ownership Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to extend schemes of shared ownership for existing housing stock.

      Right to Acquire Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to make the level of discount received for tenants who exercise the Right to Acquire the same as...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Business: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how the Government implements the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

    • Overseas Companies: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information the Government holds on UK-linked companies committing human rights abuses abroad.

      Terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to trace the sources of financial support for (a) ISIS and (b) other terrorist networks.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2015 to Question 16933, how many representations he has received from his (a) Iranian and...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the likelihood of a possible deal to unify Cyprus.

      Egypt: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Russian government on the aircraft from that country which crashed in Egypt on...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much of his Department's funding allocated in the Spending Review 2015 will be for research and development expenditure up...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Rio Tinto Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what diplomatic support British Embassies have provided to Rio Tinto in locations where Rio Tinto invests or plans to invest.

    • Apprentices: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will fund training costs of disabled apprentices aged 18 to 24 in accordance with the recommendations of Creating an...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to promote apprenticeships in the road haulage industry.

      Apprentices: Large Goods Vehicle Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if his Department will make provision for large goods vehicles driving apprenticeships; and if he will make a statement.

      Postgraduate Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on his proposal in the Autumn Statement of 2014 to offer a...

      Apprentices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, by how much the Government plans to increase the funding per...

  • Department for International Development

    • Ethiopia: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support communities affected by land grabs being in the Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of costs arising from a school becoming an academy on (a) school budgets and (b)...

    • Department for Education: Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2015 to Question 10866, when she next plans to publish the job titles and pay grades of appointments to extended...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect on the academic performance of sixth form students of the use of unconditional offers of places by universities.

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many inspections were carried out under section 97 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 in each of the last 24 calendar months; which schools were...

      STEM Subjects: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of the introduction of statutory PHSE on the uptake of STEM subjects by girls.

      Department for Education: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much of her Department's funding allocated in the Spending Review 2015 will be for research and development expenditure up to 2020.

      Schools: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many state-funded schools require pupils to wear a burqa or jilbab as part of their uniform.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to provide parents of summer-born children with flexibility to decide in which year group their children start school.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Driving Offences: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made on the Sentencing Guidelines Council's review of sentencing guidelines for driving offences.

    • Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effects of court closures between 2010 and 2015 on access to justice.

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the effect of proposed courts and tribunal closures on (a) staff with caring responsibilities, (b)...

      Ministry of Justice: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with (i) insurance companies, (ii) claimant personal injury solicitors and...

      Magistrates: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of magistrates has resigned in each month since May 2010.

      Magistrates: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many magistrates have been recruited in each month since May 2015.

      European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent representations he has received from (a) the Council of Europe, (b) the UN and (c) other international bodies on the UK's membership of the...

  • Women and Equalities

  • Leader of the House

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Newton Abbot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate the number of businesses in Newton Abbot constituency which have download speeds of 10Mb/s.

    • Broadband: Newton Abbot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate the number of businesses in Newton Abbot constituency which have superfast broadband of 24Mb/s.

      Lord Coe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much UK Sport spent in support of the campaign of Lord Coe becoming President of the IAAF on (a) fees to consultancies, (b) direct...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2015 to Question 13392, if he will make an estimate of the number of people with cancer who will be...

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to publish responses to the Government's consultation entitled, Changes to the Investment Regulations following the Law...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in how many cases qualifying information on child maintenance non-compliance has been supplied to a credit reference agency, pursuant to...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much of his Department's funding allocated in the Spending Review 2015 will be for research and development expenditure up to 2020.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 4.66 of the National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, what criteria he has for...

    • Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which (a) organisations and (b) individuals responded to the public online consultation his Department held on the National Security Strategy and the...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 3.3 of National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence Review 2015, published by the Government in November 2015, which...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what sustainability impact assessment was conducted of the measures in the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what strategic environmental impact assessment was conducted of the measures in the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what account was taken of the analysis in his Department's 2014 report Global Strategic Trends, published by the Development, Concepts and Doctrine...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what specialist skills and opportunities were available to trainees at (a) MOD Grantown-on-Spey, (b) MOD Llanwrst, (c) MOD Fairbourne, (d) MOD...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the aims are of the Eagle training scheme; when that scheme was developed; how many service personnel and reservists from each service have...

      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 much his Department plans to save by reducing the civil service...

      Ministry of Defence: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of his Department's receipts from land sales in each year until 2020.

      Ministry of Defence: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which sites owned by his Department he plans to sell in 2015-16.

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which bases he plans to close as a result of the outcome of the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015.

      Armed Forces: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much money his Department gave to support armed forces charities in each region in 2014-15.

      Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much he plans to spend on defence engagement functions in each year from 2015 to 2020.

      Defence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Joint Security Fund; and how much his Department may draw from that fund in each...

      Military Aid: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many training places have been made available for the UK's international partners in his Department's military training facilities in each year...

      NATO: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on contributions to NATO training exercises in each year since 2010.

      NATO: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department plans to spend on contributions to NATO training exercises in each year from 2016 to 2020.

      Ministry of Defence Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2015 to Question 9672, when he expects the investigation by the Ministry of Defence Police Professional Standards...

      HMS Queen Elizabeth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what modifications his Department is making to the flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth to allow the safe landing of F35 aircraft.

  • Home Office

    • Overseas Students: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what regulations on prior knowledge of English apply to applicants for Tier 4 visas where the student's principal purpose in entering the UK...

    • Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provisions are in place to safeguard the welfare of pregnant women in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre.

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women taken to hospital from Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre have been handcuffed in transit in each of the last six months.

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre: Hunger Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women detained in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre went on hunger strike in 2015.

      Counter-terrorism: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with her Irish counterpart on steps to counter terrorist threats.

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre: Hunger Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women held in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre have refused to eat for one or more consecutive days in 2015.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to amend the Act which results from the Investigative Powers Bill in the event of repeal of the Human Rights...

      Immigration Controls: Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with her counterparts in other European countries on the imposition of tighter border controls across...

      UK Visas and Immigration: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason callers to the International Enquiry Service of UK Visas and Immigration are charged £1.37 per minute.

      UK Visas and Immigration: Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy for the free email service offered by the International Enquiry Service automatically to acknowledge safe...

      UK Visas and Immigration: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy not to levy telephone charges for enquirers to the International Enquiry Service in addition to the standard...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward proposals to introduce stricter UK border controls similar to those introduced by the French government following...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the Syrian resettlement scheme is funded through (a) Official Development Assistance and (b) funds from the EU.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugees from Syrian have been accepted into the UK under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme to date.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK police forces have a dedicated unit dealing with the prosecution and identification of (a) sexual offences against children and...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of reductions in funding made between 2010 and 2015 on police forces that have been rated as outstanding for...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2015 to Question 10915, what the longest recorded time is for which a woman without any outstanding...

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre: Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) average and (b) longest recorded waiting time was between a detainee at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre sounding the...

      EU Nationals: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on the removal from the UK of a jobseeker who is a citizen of another EU country who has been in the UK for more than six...

      Transport: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the Irish government on security at airport and ferry ports in the Republic of Ireland.

      Immigration: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions the Government has had with the Irish government on the control of foreign nationals entering the Irish Republic who seek...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures are in place to ensure that animals sent from the UK for use in experiments in laboratories abroad were not subject to a...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of animals that had been used in experiments and were classed as re-homed in government statistics in the last three years...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of animals that had been used in experiments and were classed as re-homed in government statistics in the last three years...

      Home Office: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much of her Department's funding allocated in the Spending Review 2015 will be for research and development expenditure up to 2020.

      Hate Crime: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle disability hate crime.

      Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the report, Four Nations: How evidence based are alcohol policies across the UK, published by the Alliance for Useful...

      Police: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the effect of changes to the policing budget on the number of police negotiators in (a) Burnley, (b)...

      Shares: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the police has taken to tackle suspected boiler-room operations in the City of London.

      Police: Abu Dhabi

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what dates officers of the Metropolitan Police Service trained officers of the Security Support Department of the Abu Dhabi Police; how...

      Firearms: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with her counterparts in EU member states on the effect of proposed EU legislation on firearms on shooting...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons Dr Nahida Al Arja and four of her colleagues were denied permission to enter the UK to attend a recent academic conference...

  • HM Treasury

    • Insurance: Fraud

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that people aged over 50 are protected from (a) household and (b) vehicle insurance scams.

    • Financial Services: ICT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority on the use of the financials service messaging platform Symphony.

      Financial Markets: EU Law

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Financial Conduct Authority is taking to enforce the 2014 revisions to the 2003 EU market abuse directive.

      Credit Cards: Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to reduce the level of charges imposed on credit card debt; and if he will make a statement.

      Consumer Goods: Instalment Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many rent-to-own firms have applied to the Financial Conduct Authority for authorisation; and how many such firms have been so authorised.

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph DISP 2.8.4 of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Handbook, if he will direct the FCA to amend its policy on the application...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to IR35 tax regulations on (a) self-employed people and (b) people who own small businesses.

      Foreign Relations: Africa

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to improve the UK's economic ties with developing African economies.

      Enterprise Zones: West Yorkshire

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department has taken to encourage the development of enterprise zones in West Yorkshire.

      Financial Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to (a) contribute to the delivery of the Financial Capability Strategy for the UK and (b) ensure that vulnerable young people have the...

      Treasury: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, who the special advisers to his Department are; what the salary is of each of those advisers; and which of those advisers are on the Council of Economic...

      Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Barnett consequentials are for Northern Ireland of the measures announced in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015.

      Broadband: Competition

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an estimate of the amount of financial provision required to affect the level of competition between broadband providers by means of the...

      Insurance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times he has met (a) insurance companies and (b) personal injury law firms in the last five years.

      Insurance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings he, his Ministers or officials have had since the 2015 General Election with (a) insurance companies, (b) claimant personal injury solicitors...

      Open Banking Working Group

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consumer organisations have been involved in the work of the Open Banking Working Group; and when that group is expected to report.

      Revenue and Customs: Preston

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many full time equivalent staff were employed at the tax credit office in Preston in each year from 2010 to 2015; and what estimate he has made of the...

      UK Debt Management Office

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to improve the transparency and accountability to (a) Government and (b) Parliament of the UK Debt Management Office.

      Aviation: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what amount of taxation was levied on air travel in each of the last five years per (a) passenger and (b) tonne of cargo carried.

      Treasury: Research

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much of his Department's funding allocated in the Spending Review 2015 will be for research and development expenditure up to 2020.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Economic Secretary to the Treasury plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland dated 12 November 2015.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Department of Energy and Climate Change: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much of her Department's funding allocated in the Spending Review 2015 will be for research and development expenditure up to 2020.

    • Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many households in Preston constituency have gained income under the feed-in tariff in the last four years for which figures are...

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Families

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

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the benefits to the construction industry of rectifying the six calculation errors made in the home...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will take action to correct the six calculation errors made in the home energy efficiency calculation software known as SAP...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on the six calculation errors made in the home energy efficiency calculation...

      Renewable Energy: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how her Department took into account the planned Chinese government involvement in the construction of new nuclear energy facilities...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will take steps to develop and fund a new home energy efficiency programme.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Senior Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to publish information on the socio-economic status of appointees to the Senior Civil Service in 2015.

    • Cabinet Office: Research

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much of his Department's funding allocated in the Spending Review 2015 will be for research and development expenditure up to 2020.

      Cabinet Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the planned operational budget is for the (a) Government Innovation Group and (b) Efficiency and Reform Group announced in the Departmental...

      Government Departments: Listed Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which listed properties owned in London by the Government are leased out; and to whom and on what terms such properties are leased.

      Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has to bring forward new regulations or guidance on divestment or boycott policies pursued by local authorities.

      Productivity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what comparative assessment he has made of labour productivity in the South West and England.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment her Department has made of trends in the proportion of waste sent to landfill by local authorities.

    • Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to work with local authorities to reduce the level of fly-tipping.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the cost of using external agencies for recruitment to Senior Civil Service posts in her...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2015 to Question 10866, when she next plans to publish the job titles and pay grades of...

      Flood Control: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the contribution that fully implementing the Somerset Flood Action Plan will have...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much of her Department's funding allocated in the Spending Review 2015 will be for research and development expenditure...

      Animal Welfare: Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent progress has been made in (a) reviewing the effectiveness of her Department's Code of Practice on the use of...

  • Department of Health

    • Mental Health Services: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much NHS England spent per head on mental health in each year since 2008.

    • Recreation Spaces: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase access to defibrillators near (a) community parks, (b) playing fields and (c) other open public spaces.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential savings to the public purse offered by biosimilars.

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what forecast his Department has made of (a) the reduction in cases of and deaths from infection with meningococcal disease caused by groups A, C, W, and...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the (a) reduction in cases of and deaths from human pappillomavirus (HPV) as a result of the introduction of the HPV vaccine...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the (a) forecast reduction in cases of and deaths from infection by influenza as a result of the nasal flu vaccine in 2015,...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the (a) forecast reduction in cases of and deaths from infection by Group B meningococcal disease as a result of the...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the (a) forecast reduction in cases of and deaths from infection by Group C meningococcal disease as a result of the...

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of academic health science networks on uptake of medical technology.

      NHS: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of Innovation Health and Wealth on patient access to innovative new medicines and technologies.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for disparities between clinical commissioning groups in achieving the recovery target for mental...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2015 to Question 13471, whether the Government's proposed standardised packaging of tobacco policy will now be...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the grants awarded by the tobacco policy team in his Department are so awarded only after competitive bids have been invited.

      Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the direct and indirect cost to the UK economy of disability through blindness and visual disorders.

      Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of levels of blindness and low vision are classifiable as preventable.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to page 13 of the NHS' Five Year Forward View, what progress NHS England has made on the commitment to give patients choice over where and...

      Social Services: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the implementation of the National Living Wage on (a) the financial position of...

      Social Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of regulation of the quality of social care paid for through Direct Payments.

      Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many step down beds are under contract to Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; what the location of each such bed is; and what the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to answer the letter from the Right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton to her dated 19 October 2015 on Mr Z. Hussain.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to reclaim the costs to the NHS of treatment of people from other countries who use NHS services while visiting the UK.

  • Prime Minister

    • Syria: Islamic State

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Oral Statement of 26 November 2015, Official Report, columns 1489-94, what representations he has received from members of the International Syria...

    • Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Oral Statement of 26 November 2015, Official Report, columns 1489-94, what assessment he has made of the reliability of the 70,000 ground forces...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Oral Statement of 26 November 2015, Official Report, columns 1489-94, what assessment the Government has made of the potential increased displacement of...

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Oral Statement of 26 November 2015, Official Report, columns 1489-94, what additional humanitarian support the Government plans to provide to countries...

  • Department for Transport

    • Road Traffic: Urban Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to deal with traffic congestion in towns and cities.

    • Road Traffic: Cardiff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there has been any research into the effect of the introduction of the Traffic Management Act 2004 on congestion in Cardiff, as opposed to other cities.

      Bus Services: Urban Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect that congestion in urban areas is having on the cost and attractiveness of bus travel to travellers.

      Epsom Station

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Govia Thameslink Railway about whether it still intends to activate the Oyster card reader installed at Epsom station,...

      Shared Spaces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they encourage local authorities and other interested organisations to share best practice regarding the introduction and operation of shared space for...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what part of the defence budget is allocated for military action in Syria.

    • Warships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the outcome of the Strategic Defence and Security Review, whether they plan for the Royal Navy to have a two-tier escort force in the future.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what non-disclosure agreements the FCO made in 2003–04, and on what date each agreement was made.

    • Sub-Saharan Africa: Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of (1) the role of law enforcement in Sub-Saharan Africa in deterring and apprehending people smugglers, and (2) the capacity of...

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Migration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the resources allocated by the EU to address the root causes of informal migration in Sub-Saharan Africa.

      Burma: War Crimes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports from the Shan Human Rights Foundation that between 9 and 12 November the Burmese Army carried out shelling and...

      North Korea: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of China about not returning to North Korea nine refugees transferred to China from Vietnam; what...

      Namibia: Germany

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the steps taken by the government of Germany in respect of acts committed by their colonial troops against the Herero and...

      Turkey: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Turkey about the arrest and charging of Figen Yüksekdag, co-chair of the HDP Party; and...

      Egypt: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Egypt about the alleged involvement of Egyptian forces in the death at sea of Firas Miqdad, a...

      Iraq: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are making representations to the Kurdistan Regional Government about the case of Niaz Aziz Saleh.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following the Decision adopted by the IPU's Governing Council meeting on 21 October...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the draft bill setting up the Historical Investigations Unit and other legacy bodies that was presented to political parties at the...

    • Northern Ireland (Elections) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2015

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the decision was taken to lay the Northern Ireland (Elections) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2015 on 2 November, and which Ministers were involved in taking...

      Biometrics: Databases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 4 November (HL3009), why investigation of historic crime in Northern Ireland, including the retention of...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Tickets: Sales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 2 November (HL2909) regarding breaches of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 by ticket resale websites,...

    • Tickets: Sales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many actions have been taken by the police and trading standards regarding breaches of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 in relation to ticket resale websites.

      Rolls-Royce

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take, if any, to help Britain’s aerospace and defence industry in the light of Rolls-Royce’s fifth profit warning in 21...

  • Department for Education

    • Children in Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to continue the operation of the Care Leaver Strategy, and what plans they have to ensure that cross-departmental work to support care...

    • London Metropolitan University

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have purchased 41–71 Commercial Road, Aldgate, which is currently part of the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, from...

      Faith Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how the religious character of a faith school will be maintained if the school is converted into an academy.

      Students: Per Capita Costs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current level of per capita funding for students in (1) school sixth forms in schools, (2) sixth form colleges, and (3) further education colleges.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many transgender prisoners are gaoled in a prison for people of their previous gender designation.

    • Youth Offending Teams

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many youth offending teams have dyslexic accreditation.

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

    • Public Acts

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what consultation there has been about the proposals for record copies of public acts to be printed on paper rather than vellum.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Imperial War Museum: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money has been (1) provided, and (2) committed through to 2018–19, from the LIBOR fines to support the Imperial War Museum's educational work;...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Coastal Areas: Access

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on completing the coastal path in England.

    • Countryside: Access

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the land in England is open access land, and what plans they have to increase that amount.

      Litter

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they plan to give to the Clean For The Queen campaign, which aims to conduct a nationwide litter cleaning campaign next year to celebrate Her...

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Carers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to relaxing visa restrictions for those seeking to come to Britain as carers in order tackle nursing and care home...

    • Undocumented Migrants: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times the joint central and local government working group referred to in paragraph 3.3 of their response to the consultation on reforming support...

      Human Trafficking: Sub-Saharan Africa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures were adopted at the Valetta Conference to strengthen law enforcement action against people smugglers in Sub-Saharan Africa, and to increase...

      Undocumented Migrants: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of respondents supported each of the proposals in the consultation Reforming support for failed asylum seekers and other illegal migrants.

      Religious Hatred: Islam

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are being taken in the UK to safeguard moderate Muslims from Islamophobic crime, in the light of the recent terrorist attacks around the world.

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the final evaluation report of the trial of specialist advocates for trafficked children will be published.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 25 November (HL3549), how many of the family reunion visas scheduled were granted on the basis of exceptional...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Bates on 25 November (HL Deb, col 691), whether they plan to introduce primary legislation in relation to extraterritorial...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of (1) the number of unaccompanied refugee children who are waiting at or near Calais and other Channel ports on the European mainland...

  • HM Treasury

    • Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to use the forthcoming spending review to act on the findings of the Institute for Government report Managing with Less, in particularly...

    • Living Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the additional anticipated receipts for HM Treasury as a result of the implementation of the National Living Wage in each...

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average time it takes HMRC to respond to written communications from (1) small businesses, and (2) personal taxpayers.

      Government Departments: Telephone Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of what is an acceptable average period for (1) small businesses, and (2) personal taxpayers, to wait for their calls to a...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce HMRC’s delays in answering telephone enquiries.

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the cost to (1) small businesses, and (2) personal taxpayers, of HMRC’s delays in answering telephone enquiries in...

      Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was deducted from the Northern Ireland Executive’s budget in 2014–15 and 2015–16 due to its failure to implement welfare reforms.

  • Cabinet Office

  • Department of Health

    • Tobacco

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to take steps to ensure that all grants awarded by the tobacco policy team in the Department of Health are awarded on a competitive basis.

    • Social Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the viability of (1) the care home sector, and (2) the private home care provider sector, in the light of local...

      Health Professions: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reform the legislation regarding health professional regulation, and whether they will publish a timetable for the implementation of...

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