Written answers

Friday, 4 December 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidelines his Department has on the maximum travel time for people who need to undergo a medical driving assessment to a centre where they can...

    • Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will introduce localised painted symbols on the highway to make motorists aware of the Dart Charge payment scheme.

      Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the (a) implications for his policies and (b) reasons for the finding of the Civil Service People Survey 2015 that...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Calder Valley Line will be used as a diversion during the electrification of the Manchester to Leeds via Stalybridge line; and what...

      Calder Valley Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2015 to Question 11117, when speed and capacity improvements will be started between Hebden Bridge and Bradford.

      Department for Transport: Research

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

      Aviation: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department has issued to the aviation industry on ensuring the safety of pilots by their avoiding the illegal use of lasers from the...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of signage for the Dart Charge in effectively informing users about that charge.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the schemes recommended for prioritisation in the report of the Rail North...

      Aviation: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what relative weight he plans to give to (a) deliverability and (b) affordability in assessing the option for increasing aviation capacity in the...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency on (a) that agency's staff survey results and (b) recent...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on the introduction of flexible rail season tickets; and if he will make a statement.

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish a statement of funds available for the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.

      London Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what account the Airports Commission took of the concern raised by its expert advisors that the failure to account for high value-added international...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on the provision of lorry parking facilities on the strategic road network; and what steps he is taking to...

      British Nationals Abroad: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2015 to Question 16092, how many UK nationals remain in Sharm el-Sheikh.

      Aviation: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the process is for return of passenger baggage surrendered by passengers in Sharm el-Sheikh; how long he expects it to take for all such baggage...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on introducing (a) flexible rail season tickets and (b) rail season tickets targeted at part-time workers.

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assistance and advice her Department is providing to UK volunteers offering assistance to refugees in Calais.

    • Refugees: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with her French counterpart on securing a long-term solution to the situation in Calais.

      Refugees: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what preparations her Department has made for the increased level of aid required in Calais when winter sets in.

      Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the definition of Designated Individual referred to in paragraph 53 of the Guide to Powers and Safeguards published in the Draft...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has been made of potential changes in local council tax required to maintain overall police spending in real terms.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has been made of the cost to police forces of (a) the apprenticeship levy and (b) a single tier pension.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, whether any reduction in the formula grant will be required for the (a)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government is doing to encourage Saudi Arabia and other parties to the conflict in Yemen to refrain from using...

    • Tunisia: Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to review his Department's advice against all but essential travel to Tunisia.

      Tunisia: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the safety of British tourists in Tunisia.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he intends to answer the letter to him from the Right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton to her dated 19 October 2015 on...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from the Libyan Council of Deputies in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a...

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the security risk posed by areas of the Mediterranean shoreline which are under the...

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is providing to the Libyan Council of Deputies to (a) tackle ungoverned regions and (b) support the...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent review his Department has conducted of the security and humanitarian situation in (a) Sirte, (b) Ajdabiya, (c)...

      Islamic State: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his foreign counterparts on preventing the sale of Daesh-controlled oil; and what steps are...

      Islamic State: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of how many barrels of oil Daesh sell on a daily basis; and which countries are involved in the...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 26 November 2015, Official Report, column 1535, what the estimated...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Research

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

    • Polling Stations: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps her Department is taking to consult people in Northern Ireland Assembly constituencies which will be affected by proposed changes in...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • UK Export Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make it his policy to eliminate UK Export Finance investments in coal plants and coal mining overseas.

    • World Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the 2013 Lough Erne G8 Leaders' Communiqué, published on 18 June 2013, what progress has been made on...

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 5 November 2015 to Question 13713, for what reasons all of Lord Green of Hustierpoint's updates on the...

      Small Businesses: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to increase the access to finance of small and medium-sized enterprises seeking to export.

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to promote British business in (a) Australia, (b) Canada and (c) New Zealand.

      Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of the National Living Wage on wage growth in (a) Peterborough and (b) England; and if...

      Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Spending Review 2015, what savings and efficiencies he will make from the adult skills budget by 2019-20;...

      Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what mechanisms are in place to ensure transparency of the ownership of limited partnerships; what plans he has to (a) improve...

      Investment: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his policy is on the European Commission's request of 18 June 2015 to five EU member states to terminate intra-EU bilateral...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 29 October 2015 to Question 12715, what steps his Department plans to take to increase the number of...

      Construction: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent support his Department has provided to building construction firms to ensure their bills are paid on time.

      UK Government Investments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the contribution of 30 November 2015 by Lord Mendelsohn, in the House of Lords, Official Report, column 937, if he...

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many Syrians are temporarily displaced within Syria; and how many such people are displaced from (a) Daesh controlled areas, (b)...

    • Syria: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her oral contribution of 26 November 2015, Official Report, column 1535, what estimate has been made of the cost of...

  • Department for Education

    • Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of school children studying foreign languages.

    • Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 30 October 2015 to Question 13838, how many schools with whom her Department is discussing its STEM international...

      Children's Centres: Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to improve integrated working between health visitors and children's centres.

      Schools: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will place in the Library a copy of the underlying local wage data used to calculate the area cost adjustment factor for the (a) West Sussex...

      Mental Illness: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made on the contribution of statutory PHSE to supporting young people with mental health issues.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to address the effect of pornography on girls' impressions of sexual relations.

      Teachers: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to improve the retention rate of newly qualified teachers; and if she will make a statement.

      Schools: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the cost of broadband access for primary and secondary schools.

      Pupils: Burnley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children are in (a) primary and (b) secondary education in Burnley.

      Mature Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support the Goverment is providing for mature students who wish to enter the teaching profession; and if she will make a statement.

      Teachers: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers in (a) Burnley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West left teaching profession in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012, (iv) 2013, (v)...

      Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether sixth form colleges participating in the first wave of area reviews will be able to apply for academy status.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the attainment gap is between pupils receiving free school meals achieving five or more GCSEs including English and mathematics and their peers...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many area reviews of further education there are which (a) have been completed, (b) are scheduled but have not yet begun, (c) are currently...

      Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Oral Contribution of the Chancellor of Exchequer of 25 November 2015, Official Report, column 1370, how sixth form colleges that (a)...

      Gambling: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to encourage educational establishments that cater for people between 16 and 18 years old to teach the dangers of problem gambling.

  • Ministry of Justice

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent from the public purse on professional fees in each of the last five years.

    • Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average accommodation and travel costs relating to training at (a) MOD Grantown-on-Spey, (b) MOD Llanwrst, (c) MOD Fairbourne (d) MOD...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what student satisfaction surveys are conducted after training at (a) MOD Grantown-on-Spey, (b) MOD Llanwrst, (c) MOD Fairbourne and (d) MOD...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many square meters of stores facilities are available at (a) MOD Grantown-on-Spey, (b) MOD Llanwrst, (c) MOD Fairbourne and (d) MOD Crickhowell;...

      Ministry of Defence: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his departmental expenditure was on travel for (a) military staff, (b) civilian staff and (c) Ministers in each of the previous five years.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, from which branches of the armed forces the 10,000 military personnel on standby to assist civil authorities in case of significant terrorist incidents...

      HMS Ocean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons it is proposed to retire HMS Ocean in 2018; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 49 of the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, in which countries he plans to locate British defence staffs in 2016.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans for the first of the Successor submarines to enter service; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many women were injured while serving in Afghanistan in each year of the UK's engagement in war in that country.

      Armed Forces: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has estimated the cost to the public purse of making payments to support military veterans who retired with fewer than 22 years'...

      Libya: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what review he has conducted of the operational capacity of Islamic State in Libya; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2015 to Question 17694, if he will place in the Library documents his Department holds on the Force Development...

      Ministry of Defence: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2015 to Question 17695, how many studies have been completed under JSP507 in each year since 2005; what the title...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how his Department assesses the cost per trainee for force development and adventure training; whether costs for force development are assessed...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 26 November 2015, Official Report, columns 1489-94, what assessment he has made of the level of...

      Armed Forces: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on interpreters working on behalf of the UK armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan who wish to seek resettlement in the UK.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 26 November 2015, Official Report, column 1535, what country is responsible for the co-ordination...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the contribution of the Minister of State for Work and Pensions of 23 November 2015, Official Report, column 467HL, what the...

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the level of staff turnover in his Department was in each of the last five years; and what steps he is taking to reduce such turnover.

      Pension Funds: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of (a) the extent to which UK pension funds are investing in fossil fuel and high carbon industries and (b) the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to ensure that all UK Pension schemes are aware of (a) the findings of the Law Commission's report on Fiduciary Duties...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of benefit fraud that led to convictions were prosecuted in (a) Wales and (b) Wrexham in each of the last five years.

      Carers: Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the number of personal assistants who provide care to people formerly in receipt of the Independent Living Fund...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people under the age of 25 are in receipt of disability benefits in (a) Burnley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of disability benefits re-joined the workforce in (a) Burnley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West in (i) 2010,...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish the White Paper on supporting people with health conditions and disabilities get into work.

      Vacancies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of vacancies in each region and nation of the UK which were advertised on Universal Jobmatch were advertised as...

      Vacancies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of vacancies advertised on Universal Jobmatch in the last three months which offered flexible working...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who stopped claiming (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) employment and support allowance in the most recent month for which...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims for (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) employment and support allowance were terminated as a result of a disallowance which...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much it cost his Department to send out winter fuel allowance payments in (a) 2013, (b) 2014 and (c) 2015.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what transitional arrangements are in place for women affected by the planned increase in the retirement age for state pension recipients.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions a special adviser in his Department accompanied a Minister on an overseas trip since May 2015.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Families

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

    • Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research her Department has recently commissioned on the effects of pesticides on UK ecosystems.

      Government Property Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which of her Department's properties will be owned and managed by the Government Property Unit; what the annual rent will...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost was of maintaining her Department's properties in (a) London and (b) nationally in 2014-15.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received from the professional zoo community in relation to the management of bovine TB in...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she plans to take to ensure that her Department's policy on the management of bovine TB in non-bovine farmed...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Fire Services: Hoaxes and False Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of using the facewatch application to reduce the number of fire engine call...

    • Emergency Services: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many incident response units for the mass decontamination of members of the public there are in England which could be used...

      First Time Buyers: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many first-time house buyers there were in (a) Burnley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West in each of the last six years.

      Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to help increase the number of disabled people who own their own home.

      Local Government: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department issues to local authorities to help them reduce the levels of sickness absence among employees.

      Motor Vehicles: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many fires involving (a) any make of vehicle and (b) Vauxhall Zafiras each fire brigade has responded to in each of the...

      Communities and Local Government: Labour Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many civil servants in his Department are in the redeployment pool.

      Change of Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many applications have been made to councils for planning permission for change of use of a shop to betting premises since...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on New Home Bonuses for district and borough councils; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what changes are planned for local government funding over the...

  • HM Treasury

    • Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2015 to Question 15239, how much of the £3.6 billion of tax credits overpayments his Department has recovered in...

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many government employees are in receipt of in-work benefits.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the benefit to the public purse was of the closing of tax loopholes in each of the last six years.

      Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what change there has been in the incidence of failure by employees to pay appropriate tax and National Insurance.

      Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of payments of (a) income tax and (b) National Insurance by employees (i) within and (ii) outside the UK were made correctly in each of the...

      Vat

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the hypothecation of revenues raised from VAT on specific products for a specific purpose.

      Annuities

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority on the conclusion of its thematic review of the annuities market as to whether consumers...

      Revenue and Customs: Liverpool

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of his plans for HM Revenue and Customs offices in Liverpool on jobs and services in that area; and if he will...

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the 26 new Enterprise Zones are which were announced in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Business: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the inclusion of renewable energy in the Climate Change Levy on incentives...

    • Climate Change Convention: Paris

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what representations she has received from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate on the Paris Climate Conference; and...

      Energy: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to paragraph 1.203 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, when the energy intensive industry exemption from...

      Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department is taking to ensure the UK's coal resources are used in the most effective manner.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the average per kwh cost of energy in each of the next five years; and if she will make a...

      Climate Change Convention: Paris

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the Paris climate change conference.

      Renewable Energy: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the effect on UK employment of (a) the early closure of renewables obligation and (b) the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electronic Warfare: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to paragraph 4.105 of the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, how much of the £1.9 billion investment in cyber defence he...

    • Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his plans are for the 2015-2020 National Cyber Security Programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the cost of establishing a National Cyber Security Centre.

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what cyber capabilities he plans to be based at the National Cyber Centre.

      Cabinet Office: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2015 to Question 17505, when he will publish the September half-yearly update on the job titles and pay grades of...

      Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to update information online on civil servants earning an annual salary of over £150,000.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the report published by Ofcom on 1 December 2015 into broadband...

  • Department of Health

    • Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of advanced melanoma there have been in each of the last five years.

    • Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve outcomes for patients with advanced melanoma.

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of implementation of the NICE quality standards for rheumatoid arthritis.

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans NHS England has to use capacity in independent sector hospitals to reduce waiting lists in 2015-16.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will include take-home naloxone in the harm reduction strategy for the penal service; and if he will make a statement.

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the future of the mandated universal elements of the Healthy Child Programme for children aged 0 to five.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to publish the results of the Government's review of alcohol consumption.

      Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) Sunderland required 24-hour care due to life-limiting or life-threatening conditions in 2014-15.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to tackle obesity in children under 11.

      Hepatitis

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

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of provision of mental health services for children who have been abused.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what change there has been in prostate cancer detection rates since publication of the Report of the Prostate Cancer Audit in November 2014.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of children who receive mental health assessments on entering care; and what assessment he has made of recent...

      Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2015 to Question 17516, how many of the 756 training places were occupied by existing NHS psychological therapists.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of local authorities have a suicide prevention strategy.

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to ensure that weekday services to the NHS are not compromised as a result of a seven day service.

      Hospitals: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultants have opted out of routine weekend working through the schedule 3 paragraph 6 of the NHS consultant contract in the last year.

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress his Department has made in achieving seven day services in the NHS which provides the same consultant assessment, diagnostic tests and...

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to ensure that emergency care is prioritised following the implementation of seven day services in the NHS.

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what extra funding will be made available to deliver seven day services in the NHS; and when such funding will be made available.

      Better Care Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Better Care Fund in reducing delayed discharges from hospitals.

      Care Homes: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of care homes which have closed in the last two years.

      Prisons: Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of prisoners seen by healthcare services on reception were referred to addiction services to help address problem gambling in each year...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Equalities Office: Research

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

  • Department for Transport

    • Gatwick Airport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reconsider expanding Gatwick airport in the light of comments by the Chief Executive of that airport.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest projection of the cost of HS2 at completion including motive power units and carriages.

      Cycling: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the possible advantages and disadvantages of licensing bicyclists.

      Cycling: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 23 November (HL Deb, col 468), whether they will consider introducing a small annual licence fee and...

      Cycleways

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to build bicycle tracks when new roads are constructed in the UK.

      Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why no Minister or senior British representative attended the second global High-Level Conference on Road Safety in Brasilia, Brazil on 18–19 November.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions are planned in the UK to fulfil the objectives of reducing deaths and injuries on the roads included in the global Sustainable Development Goals.

      Bus Service Operators Grant

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the amount of the Bus Service Operators Grant in (1) 2014–15, and (2) 2015–16.

      Biofuels

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the viability of biodiesel made from waste products in comparison to biodiesel made from virgin products.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Public Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans to release files from their Special Collections archive during this Parliament.

    • UN Committee on Disarmament and International Security

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how far they expect proposals in the report of the earlier Open Ended Working Group of 2015 in Geneva, and developed in working papers to the 2015...

  • Department for Education

    • Classroom Assistants and Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest figures available for the proportion of (1) male, and (2) female (a) teachers, and (b) teaching assistants in (i) primary, and (ii)...

    • Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many local authority schools have opened in the last five years.

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to the risks posed by asbestos in schools and the safest ways to deal with those risks.

  • Ministry of Justice

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their aim to halve the number of unemployed disabled people, whether they will conduct a review into the way the Personal Independence...

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to ensure that disabled people who used their motability car to work are able to carry on working if, after a Personal Independence Payment...

      New Businesses: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support is available for disabled entrepreneurs.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Acute Oak Decline

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the spread of Acute Oak Decline in the UK.

    • Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 16 November (HL3254), what is the UK share of the Common Agricultural Policy budget for 2015 in...

  • Home Office

    • Propaganda: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any work is underway to undermine Islamic State's propaganda on social media, and how much money has been allocated to that work.

    • Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with the Scottish Government, Welsh Government, and the Northern Ireland Executive, in order to enable the welcoming of the...

      Care Homes: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many files from children's homes in London that were previously supervised by the Home Office remain unopened because they are marked "not for opening";...

  • HM Treasury

    • Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much they estimate the budget of the Northern Ireland Executive will be reduced annually as a consequence of the decision to introduce a reduced rate...

    • Public Sector: Borrowing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the net level of borrowing by the public sector in October 2015.

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