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Written answers

Thursday, 10 December 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

    • Cycling: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to spread the £300 million for cycling announced in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 over five or six years.

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of buses in England are (a) zero-emission capable, (b) Euro 4 or above and (c) hybrid diesel-electric.

      Public Transport: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent monitoring he has undertaken of the Accessibility Action Plan; and if he will make it his policy to publish annual updates on such monitoring.

      Motor Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what correspondence he has had with Vauxhall on Vauxhall Zafira car safety issues; and what steps he has taken to help deal with those issues.

      Thameslink Railway Line: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many trains were cancelled on the Govia Thameslink rail line due to adverse weather conditions in the most recent period for which figures are...

      Thameslink Railway Line: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions Ministers have had with Govia Thameslink on improving the punctuality and reliability of that company's train service in the last six...

      Thameslink Railway Line: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many trains were cancelled on the Govia Thameslink rail line due to driver shortage in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what each of the flag registers of vessels owned by company groups that qualified for inclusion in the tonnage scheme in 2014-15 was; and how many...

      M61

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2015 to Question 16383, what assessment his Department has made of the levels of traffic flow and congestion...

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to increase UK Ship Register fees in the next financial year.

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will introduce financial incentives for bus and coach companies to bring forward capital investment in Passenger Service Vehicles Accessibility...

      Bus Services: Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will implement a nationwide campaign asking people to make space for wheelchairs in wheelchair areas of buses.

      Bus Services: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for competition in the bus market of (a) voluntary partnership agreements and (b) statutory quality...

      Thameslink Railway Line: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many trains were cancelled on the Govia Thameslink rail line due to there being no trains available to operate services in the most recent period...

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of UK seafarer (a) ratings and (b) officers were employed on category one Red Ensign Group registered vessels that...

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of UK seafarer (a) ratings and (b) officers were employed on UK registered vessels that qualified for the tonnage tax...

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of vessels that qualified for the tonnage tax scheme were registered under each flag in category one of the Red Ensign Group in each...

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of UK seafarer (a) ratings and (b) officers were employed on non-UK registered vessels that qualified for the tonnage tax...

      Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff were employed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Newcastle Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2015 to Question 17745, whether provision was made for investments in Newcastle Station with a payback period...

      Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the average number of hours worked by Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency staff in each of the last five...

      Driving: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the exemption for light goods vehicles from tachograph and EC driver rule requirements has not been extended to passenger carrying...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that consumers can have confidence in vehicle emissions data.

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve the passenger compensation regime for train delays and cancellations.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on the motor vehicle emissions retesting programme.

      National Air Traffic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what timetable the Government plans to follow for the proposed sale of its share in NATS.

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

    • Merchant Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the National Maritime Information Centre holds live records on the range of merchant shipping that is UK-owned.

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3 December 2015 to Question 18224, how many local authorities have indicated that they wish to participate in the...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 2 December 2015 on ISIL in Syria, Official Report, column 323, what the seven...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she intends to respond to the report of the Children's Commissioner, Protecting children from harm, published in November 2015.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, from which countries the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme accepts UNHCR referrals.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether additional financial support is available to local authorities who participate in the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Seas and Oceans: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to paragraph 1.17 of the UK National Strategy for Maritime Security, published in May 2014, how many meetings...

    • Islamic State: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what non-military steps he is taking to prevent Daesh from selling oil; and what steps his Department is taking to prevent...

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2015 to Question 18323, what assessment his Department has made of progress on...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2015 to Question 18326, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the territory held...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Infrastructure: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps her Department has taken to promote use of the UK Guarantees Scheme in Northern Ireland.

  • Attorney General

    • Evidence

      To ask the Attorney General, what factors the Crown Prosecution Service takes into account when assessing the reliability of evidence which is more than 30 years old.

    • Armed Conflict: Human Rights

      To ask the Attorney General, what discussions he has had with the Secretaries of State for Defence and International Development on ensuring that full and proper account is taken of the...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Public Houses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will have discussions with pub chains on training staff to identify people with suicidal tendencies in order to stop...

    • Small Businesses: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has conducted of the adequacy of the level of financial support offered to small businesses that...

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2015 to Question 11065 and with reference to the Social Mobility and Child Poverty...

      UK Trade and Investment: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many UK Trade and Investment staff worked in each of the industrial sectors on 1 April 2015; and what the budget for each...

      UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff worked for the UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation on 1 April 2015; and what the budget of...

      Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2015 to Question 8893, when he plans to publish the impact assessment for the...

      STEM Subjects: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to increase participation in part-time higher education courses in STEM subjects.

      Neurology: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of his Department's science budget was spent on neurological research in the period from 2010 to 2014.

      Parkinson's Disease: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the proposed Dementia Research Institute will conduct research into Parkinson's dementia as an integral part of its...

  • Department for International Development

    • Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department plans to take account of the conclusions of the United Nations/World Health Organisation Second Global...

    • Pakistan: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 17 September 2015 to Question 9945, who conducted the independent evaluations of 2007 and 2013; against what...

  • Department for Education

    • Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2015 to Question 15419, and with reference to the Answer of 20 March 2015 to Question 227869, how many planning...

    • Department for Education: Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of decoupling AS Levels and A Levels on university admissions procedures.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 2.64 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, which education-related statutory duties on local authorities she...

      Mental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of poor mental health on the education outcomes of children up to 18 years old.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many children in (a) Burnley and (b) Lancashire have mothers who are serving prison sentences.

    • Criminal Proceedings: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has accrued to the public purse from criminal courts charges since their introduction.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he intends to respond to the report of the Children's Commissioner, Protecting children from harm, published in November 2015.

      Environment Protection: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of proposals to revise the costs capping scheme for environmental legal challenges on the UK's...

      Ministry of Justice: Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has spent on agency workers to cover uniformed operational support staff in each month since May 2015; how many such workers...

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many unauthorised mobile telephones and sim cards were detected in prisons in each year since 2010.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many recorded violent incidents by type there have been in the prison system in each month since May 2010.

      Witnesses: Video Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to publish his Department's evaluation of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 Section 28 pilots; and whether he plans to roll...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and (b) Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) hearing centres have closed in...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and (b) Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) hearing centres are projected...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Talktalk Group: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what information he has received from TalkTalk concerning the cause of its recent cyber-security breach and the measures it has put in...

    • Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2015 to Question 6371, when he plans that the reforms to the Electronic Communications Code will come...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment Schemes: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how he takes account of the wellbeing of children in agreeing the activities which lone parents are required to undertake as part of their...

    • Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 1.125 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what estimate he has made of the number of single...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 1.125 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, whether the cap on housing benefit for single claimants...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of tax credit claimants who will be migrated to universal credit in each year to 2020-21.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Dundee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) households and (b) people in Dundee receive winter fuel payments; and what the average value of each award will be this year.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the criteria used for determining the points allocation given to a person receiving dialysis at home for the purpose of a...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of personal independence payment (a) applications and (b) appeals were successful in (i) Hull and (ii) the UK in the latest...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many calls were made to the Child Maintenance Options Service in each month since January 2015.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many monthly Child Maintenance Service new applications from January 2015 were (a) former Child Support Agency (CSA) cases affected by...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of the total Child Maintenance Service caseload at the end of August 2015 were arrears only cases.

      Universal Credit: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to ensure that universal credit claimants are routinely asked if they require the alternative paying arrangement...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of the case groups with a current child maintenance liability within the 2012 statutory child maintenance scheme in August 2015...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of the cases groups with a current liability using the 2012 statutory child maintenance scheme in August 2015 were due to pay...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the (a) location and (b) dates of visits he has made to food banks since May 2010.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to version 4.3 of JSP 441 Defence Records Management Policy and Procedures, for what period training centres are required to maintain...

    • Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answers of 2 December 2015 to Questions 17676, 17682, 17679, 17694 and 17681, what statistical data was used in the assessment process...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2015 to Question 17682, what the cost per trainee is of the Eagle training scheme at (a) Force Development Training...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what planning he has undertaken to ensure that any UN airstrikes in Syria are (a) co-ordinated with all participating countries and (b) do not harm UN...

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assurances he sought from his French counterpart that, in providing British surveillance assistance to the French bombing of identified ISIS...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) apprentice ratings and (b) officer cadets the Royal Fleet Auxiliary has trained in each year since 2009-10.

      Military Bases: Grantown-on-Spey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2015 to Question 17679, for what reasons the maintenance costs for FDTC Grantown-on-Spey cannot be broken down; and...

      Defence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned schedule of disbursements from the Joint Security Fund is for (a) his Department and (b) the security and intelligence agencies in each...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will set out what his Department's expenditure on television recruitment campaigns was for the (a) army and (b) army reserve in each of the last...

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what expenditure has been allocated to the Ministry of Defence Police in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17, (c) 2017-18, (d) 2018-19 and (e) 2019-20.

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Ministry of Defence Police Officers he estimates will be employed by his Department in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17, (c) 2017-18, (d) 2018-19 and...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the Government will inform local authorities of the increased funding that will be available for housing Syrian refugees.

    • Fracking: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what he weight he plans to give to the views of people living close to the proposed shale gas well at Roseacre and Preston New...

      Planning Permission: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the publication, Towards a one nation economy: A 10-point plan for boosting rural productivity, how many...

  • Scotland Office

    • Universal Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he last met with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to discuss the rollout of universal credit across Scotland.

    • Iron and Steel: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on what dates since 19 October 2015 Scotland Office Ministers and officials and their counterparts at UK Trade and Investment have met to discuss the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rivers: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22 June 2015 to Question 2734, what changes to phosphate pollution levels in Hertfordshire's chalk...

    • White Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2015 to Question 16561, if she will publish her response to the European Commission's...

      Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of its ability to (a) forecast and (b) mitigate the impact of extreme weather events...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to safeguard water supplies in the event of a terrorist attack.

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions a special adviser in his Department accompanied a Minister on an overseas trip since May 2015.

    • Corporation Tax: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the Scottish economy of devolution of corporation tax to Northern Ireland.

      Defence: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what conditionality is attached to disbursements from the Joint Security Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) rural and (b) urban areas designated enterprise zones in the most recent round of bidding.

      Apprentices: Wales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue that is likely to accrue from Welsh employers as a result of the apprenticeship levy in each of the next five years.

      Capita

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Financial Conduct Authority is taking to ensure that Capita Financial Managers Ltd (a) are investigated for their role in the running of and...

      Investment Trusts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority on its investigations into the operation of the Connaught Income Fund; and if he...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 3.70 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, whether it is his policy that the new rate of stamp duty land tax on...

      Olympic Games 2012: Culture

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.271 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, how much funding has been allocated to cultural facilities at the...

      Job Creation: Midlands

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Oral Statement of 25 November 2015, Official Report, column 1358, what the evidential basis is for his statement that the Midlands is...

      Business: Investment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Oral Statement of 25 November 2015, Official Report, column 1358, what the evidential basis is for his statement that business...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to Questions 17623, 17624, 17625, 17626 and 17627, tabled on 25 November 2015 for answer on 30 November 2015.

      Economic Growth: North of England

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the evidential basis is for the reference in his oral contribution of 25 November 2015, Official Report, column 1358, to the north having grown faster...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to Questions 16853 and 16938, tabled on 18 November 2015 for answer on 23 November 2015.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Dundee

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) households and (b) people are in receipt of tax credits in Dundee; and how many children are in each such household.

      Income Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the change in tax income receipts arising from net migration being limited to tens of thousands.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what bids her Department received for the carbon capture and storage technology completion which the Government is no longer funding.

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department made of the value for money of the carbon capture and storage project bids.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions she had with bidders for the carbon capture and storage competition prior to the decision to withdraw funding...

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the Government's future plans are for carbon capture and storage.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on (a) the supply chain and (b) existing infrastructure of the Government's...

      Carbon Sequestration: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how she plans to account for the £1 billion of carbon capture and storage support reallocated at the Spending Review 2015 within...

      Climate Change Convention: Paris

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what participation the UK has had in the sustainable innovation forum hosted by the UN Environment Programme as part of the COP21...

      Nuclear Power: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether she plans to issue revised nuclear safety and security regulations.

      Carbon Sequestration: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, to what purposes the ring-fenced capital budget for the carbon capture and storage competition has been reallocated.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department is taking in response to the recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change on carbon capture storage...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she plans to take to improve home energy efficiency.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what progress her Department expects the UK to make towards its obligation to deliver 15 per cent of energy consumption from renewable...

      Energy: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to safeguard gas and electricity supplies in the event of a terrorist attack.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Lottery Fund: Dumfries and Galloway

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many community projects have benefited from monies allocated by Scotland's Big Lottery Fund in Dumfries and Galloway constituency in the last five...

    • Government Departments: Salford and Eccles

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what Government property is located in Salford and Eccles constituency.

      Productivity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what comparative assessment he has made of labour productivity in (a) the North West and (b) England.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many journeys he and his Ministers have undertaken in his Department's ministerial car in the 2015-16 session of Parliament to date.

    • Wales Office: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what official visits each of the Ministers in his Department have made since July 2014; and what the purpose of each such visit was.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with (a) his ministerial colleagues and (b) his counterpart in the Welsh Government on the operation of the apprenticeship...

  • Department of Health

    • Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the King's Fund's quarterly monitoring report, published in October...

    • Bone Marrow and Stem Cells: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to improve international cooperation on increasing the number of people on the stem cell and bone marrow registers.

      Stem Cells: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to increase the level of stem cell donations by people of mixed ethnicity.

      Bone Marrow and Stem Cells: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of recent progress in increasing the (a) number of people on and (b) quality of the stem cell and bone marrow registers; and...

      Donors: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to work with the Department for Education on increasing awareness in schools of stem cell donation.

      Department of Health: Ministerial Policy Advisors

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

      Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2015 to Question 16779, if he will assess the extent to which grants made by his Department to Action on Smoking...

      Health Professions: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors and nurses were employed by primary care trusts and clinical commissioning groups covering the West Yorkshire area in (a) 2010 and (b) 2015.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of guidance from the General Medical Council on the personal liability taken on by medical professionals when...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidence his Department holds on the prevalence of off-label prescribing among (a) specialist clinicians, (b) GPs, (c) nurses and (d) other medical...

      All Party Smoking and Health Parliamentary Group: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many items of correspondence his Department has received from (a) the Chair and (b) other members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and...

      Medical Examiners: Death Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2015 to Question 12819, if he will provide an update on plans to introduce independent medical examiners to the...

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment (a) his Department and (b) NHS England have made of the levels of preparedness among clinical commissioning groups (CCG's) for the...

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is his policy that clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will be required to meet current national service standards for the provision of...

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Government's response of February 2015 to the consultation entitled Arrangements for the Transfer of Commissioning Responsibilities...

      Midwives: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many student midwives there were in England in each of the last five years.

      Myeloma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma is not affected by the (a) delisting of treatments from the Cancer...

      NHS: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure the outcome of the consultation on the future of the Cancer Drugs Fund is co-ordinated with and complements the...

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what safeguards he plans to put in place to ensure that the proposed £22 billion NHS efficiency savings do not adversely affect the quality of...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what comparative assessment he has made of the ability of local authorities in the (a) poorest and (b) richest areas in England to meet their social...

      Muscular Dystrophy: Hydrotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to improve access for patients with muscular dystrophy to hydrotherapy services.

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) total and (b) per capita expenditure on mental health was in England in each year since 2008.

      Nurses: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses trained abroad were recruited by the NHS in each year since 2010.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of nursing posts which are currently (a) vacant and (b) filled by temporary staff in (i) the North West and (ii)...

      Doctors: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that doctors from the EU working in the NHS have adequate English skills to practice.

      Mental Health Services: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the New Medicine Service is not available to mental health patients.

      Penicillin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS has spent on penicillin in the last 12 months.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2015 to Question 11834, whether the additional £25 million transitional funding announced by the Prime Minister...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2015 to Question 11834, whether he still intends to open the consultation on reform of support for those affected by...

      Mental Health Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many representatives from the criminal justice system are on the Mental Health Taskforce; and what areas of that sector each represents.

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of in-patients in each of the last five years have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that friends and family of people who have died by suicide receive a copy of the publication Help is at...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Marriage: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions she has had with her Cabinet colleagues on the legal recognition in Northern Ireland of same-sex marriages which have been...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many ground troops they estimate would be required to defeat ISIL, and which countries they expect would provide those forces.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the statements made by representatives of the UN about breaches of international humanitarian law in Yemen by the Saudi Arabia-led Coalition, and other...

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether and how the government of President Assad in Syria threatens the national interest of the UK.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to vote in the affirmative at the 7 December plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly on (1) Resolution L13 Taking forward multilateral...

      Ashraf Fayadh

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Saudi Arabia in the case of Ashraf Fayadh.

      Argentina: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent election in Argentina and its implications for British-Argentinian relations.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Small Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in response to data published by the European Commission in its 2015 Annual Report on European SMEs, which found that access to...

    • Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the age profile of the total number of apprentices in 2013–14 and 2014–15.

      Refrigerators: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the safety of chemicals in domestic refrigerators, in the light of recent reports by Which?.

      Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the productivity levels in the UK compared with the rest of the G7 in each year since 1990.

      Innovate UK

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what key market sectors have been identified for priority assistance by Innovate UK.

      Business: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to commission a review into the obstacles that prevent more people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds from reaching senior...

  • Department for Education

    • University Technical Colleges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures University Technical Colleges are taking to increase choices for students, especially with regard to strengthening academic study with...

    • Equal Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report 2015, which found that women are being paid the average wage men earned...

      Secondary Education: Isle of Wight

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the poor performance of Isle of Wight secondary schools, and in particular the level of fixed-term...

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government where information about higher education institutions found not to be in compliance with Tier 4 licences for non-EU students is published.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • UK Sport: Qualifications

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Sport Governance and Administration will be a minimum...

    • Sports: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 on the discretionary spend of local authorities on sport and...

      Sports: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken by the World Anti-Doping Agency in Russia, Argentina, Ukraine, Bolivia, Israel and Andorra, and what assessment they have made of...

      World Anti-doping Agency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the reported exchange of emails between the President of the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Russian Anti-Doping Commission, what...

      UK Anti-doping: British Olympic Association

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 19 November (HL Deb, col 331), whether the investigation into the email exchange between the Chief...

      Film: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to promote racial diversity in the film industry.

      Mass Media: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of children's media from the UK to promoting British culture and principles in the UK and abroad.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they give local authorities on (1) the minimum desirable frequency of waste collections for (a) recyclates, (b) food waste, and (c) other...

    • Food Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have made no assessment of the number of people experiencing food insecurity.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Social Services: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made, for each local authority in the Yorkshire and Humber region, of whether the social care budget will meet future demand in the...

    • Local Government Finance: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made, for each local authority in the Yorkshire and Humber region, of the net financial impact of moving to grant reduction and 100...

      Enterprise Zones: Job Creation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of job opportunities created so far by Enterprise Zones, including how many of those opportunities are...

      Community Assets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make regulations under section 89(3) of the Localism Act 2011.

      Devolution: Sheffield

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Sheffield City Region Devolution Agreement that has been signed by the leaders and the mayor of four councils in South Yorkshire is final, and...

  • HM Treasury

  • Department of Health

    • Social Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assumptions they have made about the increase in demand for social care in calculating that the new 2 per cent council tax levy and the £1.5...

    • Prostate Gland: Surgery

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many NHS England Trusts provide prostate surgery; how many of those track their incontinence rates after prostate surgery; of those hospitals that track...

      Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the performance of the NHS England cancer genetic testing service compared to the French system run by the Institute...

      Brain: Injuries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish a National Framework for the care of (1) children, and (2) adults, who have suffered a severe brain injury and are cared for at home.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions and consultations they held with the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives and UNISON before deciding that future nursing...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research has been conducted into whether clinical teams, mentors and practice educators can support an additional 10,000 nursing and midwifery students...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reasons nursing and midwifery students have given for discontinuing their courses in each year since 2010, including financial reasons.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the capped number of nursing and midwifery students in each year since 1999.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered training nurses in England according to the approach used for trainee paramedics who receive a salary for the work they do while...

      Local HealthWatch

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action can be taken by a local authority or a successful provider when a contractor appointed to enable a local healthwatch to be established and run...

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