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Written answers

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will introduce regulations to monitor the sale of drones for private and commercial use.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) homes and (b) businesses that will need to be demolished in Eddisbury constituency to construct phase...

      Driving Tests: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will take steps to communicate to learner drivers that their tests have been cancelled in the event of strike action.

      Cycling and Walking: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has put in place to fund walking and cycling infrastructure once the Local Sustainable Transport Fund ends in March 2016.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will take steps to ensure that all rail users have access to rail fares data which can help them find the cheapest split-ticket fares.

      Transport: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many suicides were recorded as having taken place on (a) roads, (b) rail lines and (c) underground rail systems in each of the last five years.

      Road Traffic Offences: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many prosecutions there have been for tachograph violations in each year since 2010.

      East Anglia Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policy and guidance of the 13 day closure of the Sudbury to Marks Tey railway line in...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that (a) lorry drivers from outside the UK have the appropriate licences and skills to drive on roads...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations have been made to his Department on fraud involving the tax status of lorry drivers.

  • Home Office

    • UK Border Force: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral contribution of 16 November 2015, Official Report, column 393, on the Paris terrorist attacks, what capabilities for...

    • Internet: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps she has taken to tackle online fraud.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department takes to (a) supervise foreign prisoners and (b) contact the relevant foreign justice ministries when such...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether victims of crime are informed when foreign prisoners are (a) deported and (b) expected to be released.

      Organised Crime: Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what level of co-operation there is between the National Crime Agency and authorities in the Republic of Ireland on combatting organised...

      Home Office: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's target is for time taken to respond to letters and emails from hon. Members; what the average time taken by her...

      Vetting: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, (a) what the average waiting time was for checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service to be completed and (b) how long on average the...

      Fraud: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many serious fraud cases are under investigation by Merseyside Police Force; and if she will make a statement.

      Firearms: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests have been made in connection with gun crime in the West Midlands metropolitan area in (a) each of the last 10 years and (b)...

      Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle gang-related gun crime.

      Fraud: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions resulted from reports to Action Fraud in each year since it was set up.

      Cybercrime: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the page on the National Crime Agency website entitled, Cyber crime: Preventing young people from getting involved, what...

      Visas: Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how UK citizens living in the UK can apply for a visa for relatives living in Yemen.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many immigration detainees were held in each prison establishment in each of the last 12 months.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: EU Foreign Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions on Yemen took place at the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 17 November 2015.

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with representatives of the shipping industry on the proposed referendum on membership of the EU.

      Turkey: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Turkish government about the use of curfew, martial law and the deployment of the...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's plans are for making progress on the UK's renegotiation with the EU before the next EU summit.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress he has made in his renegotiation with the EU on achieving migration restrictions without requiring treaty change.

      West Africa: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of progress in building security in Nigeria and the neighbouring countries which are often entered...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the UK has provided to interfaith peace-building initiatives in Nigeria; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to reply to the letter of 26 November 2015 from the hon. Member for Rutherglen and Hamilton West regarding mass...

      Diplomatic Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which UK embassies have a human rights adviser on their staff.

      Dogs: Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has received from diplomatic representatives in the UK of states where the trade of dog...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Self-employed: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make representations to the Office for National Statistics to include earnings from self-employment in its weekly earnings series.

    • Proof of Identity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the population can the Verify identity assurance system assure the identity of.

  • Attorney General

    • Human Trafficking: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many alleged human traffickers have been prosecuted by the CPS as a result of calls made to the NSPCC human trafficking and modern slavery helpline between July...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK: Redcar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he made prior to the closure of SSI Redcar of the (a) opportunity to produce foundry coke at Redcar coke ovens...

    • Small Businesses: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the level of growth of small and medium-sized enterprises across West Yorkshire since 2010.

      Partnerships: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies on tackling fraud and money laundering of the findings by...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the rationale is for setting the interest rate on the repayment of student loans under the new system at three per cent.

      Latin America: Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many UK students attend universities in Latin America.

      Research: Dundee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what financial support the Government has provided for academic research in Dundee in each year since 2010.

      Internet: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the proportion of small businesses which do not have an online presence.

      Higher Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the costs of implementing the Teaching Excellence Framework.

      Students: Loans

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

      Science: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to maintain current spending levels on the core elements of the science budget in real terms...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what modelling his Department conducted on the effect of the Apprenticeship Levy prior to its announcement.

      Institute for Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what consultations he or officials in his Department have had with (a) further education college representatives, (b) further...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff made up the BIS Automotive sector team in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the apprenticeship targets for public sector organisations announced in the report, English Apprenticeships: Our 2020...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received from the Automotive Council on the long-term sustainability of automotive manufacturing in...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Mckinsey and Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the cost to the public purse was of the internal review commissioned by his Department from McKinsey.

      Higher Education: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Independent Adjudicator can monitor the implementation by higher...

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to encourage business start-ups and entrepreneurship.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent progress he has made on reducing the proportion of 16 to 24 year olds not in education, employment or training.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will ensure that the Green Investment Bank continues to pursue its principal objectives after its privatisation.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to increase the number of apprentices.

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans the Government has to support the rebuilding of Syria after the end of the conflict in that country.

    • Refugees: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what preparations the Government is making to provide food and shelter to refugees overseas during the winter.

      Middle East: Refugee Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which refugee camps in (a) Turkey, (b) Jordan, (c) Iraq and (d) Lebanon have received financial and material support from her...

      Poliomyelitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to eradicate polio worldwide.

      Nigeria: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance the UK has provided to the government of Nigeria for (a) development of the education system in that country and (b)...

      Ghana: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the extent of electoral fraud in Ghana; and whether her Department has participated in election...

      Disease Control: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how the £1 billion Ross Fund will be spent.

      Disease Control: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of the £1 billion over five years for use by the Ross Fund in conjunction with the Gates Foundation is UK Aid funded.

      Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the potential contribution of aid to Syria to strengthening the moderate opposition's capacity to...

      Eritrea: Droughts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of (a) the effect of the drought in the Horn of Africa on Eritrea and (b) the response of the...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to respond to the Children's Commissioner's report, Protecting Children from Harm, published in November 2015.

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will publish the guidance it has issued to schools and colleges for the implementation of Prevent strategy activities for all age groups.

      Mental Health: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to help prevent loneliness and social isolation among younger people.

      Food: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that children and young people acquire the skills necessary to make healthy food choice.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Cremation: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans to launch its consultation on amending regulations on crematoriums.

    • Environment Protection: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of his proposals to increase the cost cap for environmental legal challenges to £10,000 for...

      Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether victims of crime are informed (a) when prisoners appeal against their sentences and (b) the progress of such appeals.

      Prisoners: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on allowing female prisoners with young children access to those children.

      Prisoners: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what research his Department has conducted on the effect on children of the imprisonment of their mothers.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been convicted and given mandatory sentences for two knife crime convictions in the last three years.

      Maghaberry Prison: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recent Inspectorate report of HM Prison Maghaberry.

      Manchester Prison: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his plans are for the future ownership of HM Prison Manchester; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which prisons he intends to close; and what consultation is taking place or is planned to take place on those closures.

      Fraud: Solicitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to raise awareness amongst solicitors of the risks of their clients being targeted in scams by people purporting to operate in...

      Prisoners: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the number of children in England and Wales who have a parent in custody.

      Prisons: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many visits have been made by one or more children to a parent in custody in each of the last five years.

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners are employed in prisons in (a) the most recent period for which figures are available and (b) each of the last five years.

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison workshops have (a) opened, (b) closed and (c) changed function in each of the last seven years.

      Prisons: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average waiting time is on prison visit booking lines (a) in each prison and (b) overall.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many new criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) proposed since May 2015; and if he will make an assessment of the (i) effect on and (b)cost...

      Prison Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officer grade staff were employed by NOMS on 31 March in each year since 2010; and how many such people were employed on the latest day...

  • Prime Minister

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he has received from (a) the hon. Member for Islington North and (b) the Labour Party on his renegotiation of the terms of UK membership of the EU...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister, when he plans to reply to the letter of 26 November 2015 from the hon. Member for Rutherglen and Hamilton West regarding mass executions in Saudi Arabia.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sportsgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing safe-standing facilities at higher tier sports stadia.

    • National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish National Lottery income statistics for each region in England.

      Internet: Classification Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to encourage more online platforms to carry prominent age ratings and content advice for music videos...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will reintroduce the Super Highway Broadband Voucher Scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Labour Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many civil servants in his Department are in the redeployment pool.

      Video Games: Dundee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what financial support the Government has provided to video games development companies in Dundee since 2010.

      Digital Technology: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent progress his Department has made in helping improve digital skills in the workforce.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to his Department's rural satellite broadband voucher scheme, what estimate he has made of the average cost of (a)...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the planned budget is for the rural satellite broadband voucher scheme; and from which of his Department's funding headings that...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which suppliers will accept rural satellite broadband vouchers.

      Sports: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to work with sports clubs to discourage young people from taking performance enhancing drugs.

      Sports: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to ensure that the Deaflympics are recognised as equal to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

      West Ham United Football Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had discussions with the London Legacy Development Corporation about EU state aid rules and West Ham United Football...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to assist bookmakers in reducing (a) crime on their premises and (b) the incidence of malicious damage to fixed...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with regard to fixed odds betting terminals, what steps are being taken to (a) ensure that the player protection measures introduced...

      Telecommunications: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will commission research on the proportion of public and private service providers which offer access to their services through...

      Communication Service Providers: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with (a) Talk Talk and (b) other internet service providers on measures that can be taken to prevent...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2015 to Question 12462, when he expects to announce further policy details of the Youth Obligation.

    • Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on women with a mental function problem of the different assessment recommended for them...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to increase the number of disabled people in work in (a) Dorset and (b) the South West.

      Universal Credit: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures his Department has put in place to ensure that conditionality requirements for jobseekers who are in receipt of universal...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2015 to Question 17647, if he will carry out a survey of women's attitudes to state pension equalisation.

      Housing Benefit: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to make decisions about changes to housing benefit entitlements for tenants of supported accommodation before the completion...

      Personal Independence Payment: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether injured army veterans are exempt from personal independence payment assessments.

      Housing Benefit: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the level of change of housing benefit for tenants in supported accommodation as a result of changes to housing...

      Pensioners: Salford and Eccles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Salford and Eccles constituency are in receipt of (a) pension credit and (b) the carer addition.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) jobseekers' allowance and (b) universal credit claimants have been (i) referred for an assessment of the their English language...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who his Department has consulted on the development of the UK's Air Power Doctrine; and when he expects to publish that doctrine.

    • HMS Ocean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when HMS Ocean was last refitted; how much that refit cost; and what the intended out-of-service date was stated to be at the time of that refit.

      HMS Ocean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which individual ships will fulfil the roles currently carried out by HMS Ocean when she is withdrawn from service; and what numbers of (a) amphibious...

      Navy: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's planned expenditure is on television recruitment campaigns for the (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Navy Reserve in (i) 2015-16, (ii)...

      Syria: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the UK Reaper supporting the US drone strike on Mohammad Emwazi in Syria on 12 November 2015 (a) used its laser designator capability to...

      Defence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations the UK has made to other NATO member states on committing two per cent of their gross domestic product to defence.

      Ministry of Defence: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 4.62 in the Strategic Defence and Security Review, published on 23 November 2015, what projection he has made of the savings...

      Ministry of Defence: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 4.62 in the Strategic Defence and Security Review, published on 23 November 2015, what estimate he has made of the revenue...

      Armed Forces: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 4.98 in the Strategic Defence and Security Review, published on 23 November 2015; how many of the 10,000 military personnel...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Parliament will be asked to vote on a decision to replace the warheads used for the successor nuclear weapon programme.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Strategic Defence and Security Review, if he will publish the membership of the team set up to deal with the Trident successor...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many remotely piloted aircraft system pilots are employed in the RAF; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Attaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2015 to Question 12325, whether encouraging UK military exports to that country form part of the Defence...

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he is negotiating for a UK support element within the contact negotiations for the P8; and if he will make a statement.

      Rivet Joint Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what level of UK support has been negotiated for the Rivetjoint platforms; and if he will make a statement.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the air to air refuelling capability is of the P8 MPA with the UK Voyager fleet; and if he will make a statement.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) stormshadow and (b) stingray will be utilised on the P8 MPA; and if he will make a statement.

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many support jobs were lost when the Nimrod MRA4 was decommissioned; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2015 to Question 18406, whether his Department assesses the cost of any training courses undertaken by (a) RAF, (b)...

      British Overseas Territories: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to monitor unauthorised entry into British territorial waters around British Overseas Territories.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many single people under the age of 35 with no dependent children were accepted by local authorities as (a) homeless and...

    • Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 1.149 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what steps his Department plans to take to...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress he has made on plans to allow local councils to retain business rates.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the number of (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations which had planned,...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what help his Department will provide to assist local authorities to resettle Syrian refugees over the next five years.

      Housing: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent steps his Department has taken to help councils to house refugees.

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2015 from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government, on...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what financial support his Department plans to provide to local authorities to resettle Syrian refugees in years two to five of...

      Roads: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what encouragement he has given local authorities to switch street lighting to LED light sources since May 2015.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his Department's target is for time taken to respond to letters and emails from hon. Members; what the average time taken...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the level of Government spending will be on the Disabled Facilities Grant for each year until 2020.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the accessibility requirements will be for the 8,000 new accessible homes announced in the Spending Review and Autumn...

  • HM Treasury

    • EU Law: Government Assistance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from (a) the hon. Member for Hayes and Harlington and (b) the Labour Party on reform of EU state aid rules; and if he...

    • EU Budget: Reform

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from (a) the hon. Member for Hayes and Harlington and (b) the Labour Party on reform of the EU budget; and if he will...

      Child Tax Credits: North East

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received child tax credits in (a) Houghton and Sunderland South constituency and (b) the North East in each year for which figures are...

      Luxembourg: McDonalds Restaurants

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will request that the European Commissioner for Competition investigate whether McDonald's has reduced its UK tax liability through an unlawful state...

      Gun Sports: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress HM Revenue and Customs has made in recovering VAT and business rates from the shooting industry in the last five years.

      Working Tax Credit: Salford and Eccles

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average award of working tax credits is in Salford and Eccles constituency.

      Investment Trusts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information the Financial Conduct Authority holds on (a) the reasons for which Mourant Fund Services Ltd did not complete its transaction to take over...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to reduce waiting times for the HMRC public service helpline.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Oral statement of 25 November 2015, Official Report, column 1369, on the Spending Review and Autumn Statement, what the evidential basis is...

      Pay: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps HM Revenue and Customs is talking to ensure that payroll taxes are collected from employers who pay wages in cash; what recent estimate he has...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that lorry drivers have the correct status for the purposes of tax payment.

      Government Departments: Assets

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what were the total receipts from the sale of Government assets (a) from 1 January to 7 May 2015 and (b) from 8 May 2015 to date; and whether any further...

      Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 4.2 of the Government response to the 49th Report from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2014-15, for the effective...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will make an estimate of the number of UK jobs that would be created if contracts in the energy sector supply chain were...

    • Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she plans to publish her Department's response to the consultation on a review of the feed-in tariff scheme.

      Electricity Generation: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assumptions her Department relied on to produce the information on expenditure on Contracts for Difference in respect of each...

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment the Government has made of the potential contribution of carbon capture and storage to the UK meeting its 2020 carbon...

      Carbon Sequestration: North Sea Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effect of cancelling the carbon capture and storage on oil recovery from the North Sea oil field...

      Carbon Sequestration: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether carbon capture and storage plants that become operational with the assistance of support not provided by her Department will...

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether she plans to produce an updated version of her Department's carbon capture and storage roadmap.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether she plans to produce an updated version of her Department's carbon capture and storage scoping document.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans she has for her Department's Office of Carbon Capture and Storage.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of investor confidence in the carbon capture and storage industry following the CCS competition.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she expects the Carbon Capture and Storage Development Forum sponsored by her Department to meet next.

      Carbon Sequestration: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent discussions her Department has had with the Canadian Department of Natural Resources on the joint Statement of...

      Solar Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what support her Department provides for community solar projects.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what criteria will need to be satisfied for sites to qualify for inclusion in a list of potential new build nuclear sites for the...

      Energy: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the announcement by the Prime Minister at the UN climate change conference in Paris on 30 November, how much from...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many legal challenges have been made against her Department related to renewable energy policy in the last year.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether the feed-in tariff scheme will be paused in January 2015; and if she will make a statement.

      Solar Power: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the change in the number of jobs in the UK solar industry has been since the Summer Budget 2015; and if she will make a statement.

      Solar Power: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether she has written to the European Commissioner for Trade on ending the minimum import price on Chinese solar panels.

      Energy: Summertime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on consumer energy bills of using daylight saving time all year.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Bombardier: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions she has had with Bombardier about that company's plans for the number of jobs it provides in Northern Ireland.

    • Welfare State: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether financial penalties related to welfare reform have been ceased since legislation on that subject was agreed by the Northern Ireland...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rivers: North East 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 progress her Department has made on restoring physical...

    • National Wildlife Crime Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Written Answers of 16 November 2015 to Question 16305 and of 23 November 2015 to Question 17205, whether...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of current progress against the air quality target of 40 microgrammes of NO2 per...

      Regional Planning and Development: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to encourage economic development in rural areas within English metropolitan counties.

      Beaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will meet (a) Surfers Against Sewage and (b) other charities and non-governmental organisations to discuss measures...

      Cucumbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to (a) maintain and (b) increase the proportion of land used for growing cucumbers.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to encourage coppicing of woodland.

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people participated in hunting with fox hounds in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015.

      Bees: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what incentives her Department provides to farmers to increase bee habitats.

      Countryside: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Education on ensuring that children have access to the...

      Zoonoses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the risk to the UK of (a) rabies, (b) the Echinococcus multilocularis tapeworm and...

      Flood Control: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what review her Department has conducted on flood protection measures since the recent floods in Cumbria and Lancashire.

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to require enforcers of the Pet Travel Scheme to carry out visual checks on...

      Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will review sentencing guidelines for serious animal cruelty offences to ensure that the gravity of offences is...

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Pet Travel Scheme Regulations.

      Dogs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the efficacy of existing legislation to stop the illegal importation of puppies into...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the cost of disallowance penalties relating to the Common Agricultural Policy as a result of...

  • Department of Health

    • Baby Care Units: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure there are enough neonatal nurses who have completed accredited training in specialised neonatal care to...

    • Dementia: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of whether local provision through clinical commissioning groups and local authorities is ensuring that...

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account will be taken of NICE's clinical guidelines on levels of patient access in setting the budgets devolved by NHS England to clinical...

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when NHS England's Clinical Reference Group for Severe and Complex Obesity will publish its proposed template for clinical commissioning groups on access...

      Mental Health Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reasons are for the change in the publication date of the Mental Health Taskforce report to January 2016.

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on patient outcomes of the planned transfer of obesity surgery commissioning responsibilities to...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to (a) increase the rate of consent to deceased organ donation and (b) measure changes in attitudes towards deceased organ...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on incorporating discussion of organ donation and transplantation into the school...

      Mental Health Services: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that all parents with a child admitted to a neonatal unit have access to psychological and bereavement support.

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to reduce the incidence of disability and long-term health problems among children born prematurely.

      Doctors: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the implementation of European Professional Cards for doctors does not inhibit his Department's ability to perform...

      NHS: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from (a) the hon. Member for Hayes and Harlington and (b) the hon. Member for Lewisham East on the effects of EU...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to exempt people with long-term serious conditions from prescription charges for repeated renewals of their medication.

      NHS: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plan to respond to the Accelerated Access Review: Interim Report, published in October 2015; and if he will make a statement.

      Leukaemia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that the new Cancer Drugs Fund will increase patient access to medicines for acute myeloid leukaemia.

      Cystic Fibrosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects Orkambi to be appraised by NICE.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on reforming of NICE's procedure for appraisal of medicines.

      Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to strengthen regulation of marketing of alcoholic drinks; and what the Government's policy is on introducing minimum...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish his Department's contingency plans for provider failure in the social care market.

      Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to encourage people to walk for up to 30 minutes a day.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that local NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups improve (a) screening, (b) vaccination and (b)...

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce a standardised baseline measure for children's fitness.

      Health and Social Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the integrated health and social care system in Northern Ireland in formulating policy on how to better...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of NHS hospitals in coordinating with private or third sector care providers to optimise...

      Social Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings he has had with homecare providers to discuss how to improve recruitment and retention rates in the care sector.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what formal guidance exists on the role of social care providers in helping to formulate discharge procedures within NHS hospitals.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of finance options available to student nurses; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Illness: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons he has not yet announced funding for the Time to Change campaigns beyond March 2016.

      Mental Health Services: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to report on the progress of the pilot being run in conjunction with the Department for Education to give schools access to a single point...

      Carers: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve the mental health of young carers and young adult carers as part of the Future in Mind policy.

      Zero Hours Contracts: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the effects of zero-hour and uncertain hour contracts on the mental health of people holding such contracts.

      Mental Health Services: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish details of his proposal to introduce Ofsted-style ratings for clinical commissioning groups' mental health services.

      Heart Diseases: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department plans to take to (a) identify and (b) support young people at risk of cardiac problems.

      Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received (a) since his appointment as Secretary of State and (b) since the appointment of his predecessor in that...

      Social Services: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on making additional funding available to local authorities to help fund the introduction of the...

      General Practitioners: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of GP surgeries which will pay increased rental charges for their premises after NHS Property Services Ltd moves...

      Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust received for treating people from outside the EU in (a) 2011, (b) 2012, (c) 2013 and (d) 2014.

      Health Centres: Harrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions Ministers of his Department have had with Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group about providing a polyclinic in the eastern part of the...

      Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the performance of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust services.

      Prisons: Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prisoners are taking part in drug and alcohol treatment programmes (a) in total and (b) in each prison in England and Wales.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence Equipment: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the MoD’s book, transfer, target or purchase price for the defence lamp holder and cap assembly component, NATO stock number 9ACR6210 99 5622;...

    • Iraq: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the financial cost to date of UK air strikes against Daesh in Iraq.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the projected financial cost for this financial year of UK air strikes against Daesh in Syria.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Vigilant motorised gliders are presently available for training RAF Cadets and potential aircrews.

  • Home Office

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms exist to scrutinise the Channel programme and Prevent strategy, and what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of those mechanisms.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment the Ministry of Justice has made of whether there is a correlation between alcohol consumption and criminal activity.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government with which local authorities in England they are discussing an arrangement for the settlement of refugees from Syria.

      Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to produce an update to the 2010 Drug Strategy, and if so, what is the timetable.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships were created in the last Parliament (1) nationally, and (2) in North Lincolnshire, and how many they...

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have suspended or revoked any extant arms licences to Saudi Arabia, or refused any new requests for licences for bombs, missiles, or other...

      Trade Fairs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) what was the budget for the Trade Show Access Programme (TAP) from 1 April to 30 March in (a) 2014–15, and (b) 2015–16; (2) what they expect...

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Reconstruction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to spend the £1 billion pledged for post-war reconstruction in Syria.

    • Zimbabwe: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made regarding the government of Zimbabwe's attempt to access external funding from multilateral financial institutions...

  • Department for Education

    • Regional Schools Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the powers, duties and responsibilities of Regional School Commissioners.

    • Secondary Education: Audit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost per pupil of auditing the accounts of a 1,000-pupil secondary school, in (1) the maintained sector, and (2) the academy sector.

      Academies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Nash on 1 December (HL Deb, col 1054), what is the role of the Charity Commission in scrutinising academies.

      Vocational Guidance: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in developing their plans for improving the careers service for young people up to the age of 18, they have consulted the National Careers Service...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role local authorities and school governors have in agreeing annual school budgets.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of prisoners' access to course-specific books and study materials to support their studies towards recognised further or...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Public Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which instruments have been used to grant exemptions from deposit in the National Archives under the Public Records Act 1958 since the introduction of the...

    • Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual value of tourism to the UK economy.

      Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the annual spending by inbound tourists to the UK and which countries are the 10 largest source markets from which those...

      Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the total annual spending of visitors and tourists in the domestic tourism sector in the UK.

      Broadcasting: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how a child is defined within the Ofcom Broadcasting Code.

      Broadcasting: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how Ofcom is ensuring that persons under the age of 18 are protected from inappropriate content in television and radio services.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Lead Ammunition Group

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the report of the Lead Ammunition Group, which was submitted on 3 June, and their response.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Religious Hatred: Islam

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Islamophobia on Muslim communities in the UK.

    • Devolution: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which devolution from central government to the North of England should be based on devolving decision-making...

      Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to introduce planning and building regulations to ensure that within public and private buildings the concentrations of atmospheric...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • District Heating

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any assessment of the cost of energy bills to people served by District Heating Networks.

  • Department of Health

    • Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in 2015 towards ensuring that people with mental health issues are not detained in police cells because no hospital bed is...

    • Prisoners: Hepatitis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what incentives and performance targets exist to encourage HM Prison Service to improve rates of testing for hepatitis C among prisoners.

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