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Written answers

Thursday, 17 December 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the procurement of bi-modal trains so that more trains can run on the West Coast Main Line and...

    • Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how Rail North will work with existing transport bodies in the area in which it operates.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the economic benefits to the Calder Valley of the award of the new Northern rail franchise.

      Recreation Spaces: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of investment in public spaces and walking infrastructure on (a) footfall in those spaces and (b)...

      A591: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the timeframe for repairing flood damage to the A591 in Cumbria.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the threat of legal action by the European Commission over UK levels of NOx on level of support required...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with colleagues and representatives from the automotive sector regarding whether the Plug-in Car Grant should prioritise...

      Roads: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the Road User Satisfaction Report to be published for (a) Northwest Area 12, covering parts of Greater Manchester and North Yorkshire,...

      Railways: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people took their own life on the rail network in each year since 2010.

      Emergency Services: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing mandatory reporting of major vehicle malfunction incidents by the emergency...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library a copy of the terms of reference of the additional air-quality analysis referred to in his Department's press release,...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department allocated to the Winter Weather Repair Fund in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15; and what funding it has allocated to that fund...

      National Air Traffic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what income his Department received in connection with its holding in NATS Holdings Ltd in each year from 2010-11 to 2014-15; and what his...

      Great Western Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 6 of Sir Peter Hendy's report on the replanning of Network Rail's Investment Programme, published on 25 November 2015, if he...

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 21 of the First Report of Session from the Environmental Audit Committee on the Airports Commission Report, HC 389, whether his...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what budget his Department has allocated for cycling-related road improvements in each of the next five years.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on creation of new unitary authorities.

    • Local Government: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress is being made on the Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal.

      Private Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to tackle landlords who knowingly rent out unsafe and substandard accommodation.

      Public Expenditure: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what effect the policies outlined in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 will have on the amount his Department plans...

      Green Belt: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of green belt land in the East Dorset District Council area has been redesignated in the last five years.

      UK Advisory Forum on Ageing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken to seek the views of pensioners on (a) his Department's policies and (b) housing for older...

      Rented Housing: Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what advice his Department gives to local authorities, housing associations and other housing providers on permitting or...

      Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will estimate the proportion of people in London who will be able to afford to (a) rent and (b) buy a home in 2016.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons school reserves are included in local authority balance sheet reserves.

      Devolution: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2015 to Question 18232, if he will make it his policy to include the monitoring of the use...

      Starter Home Initiative: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what forecast his Department has made of how much it will spend on the starter homes fund in the next financial year; and if he...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Romania: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the government of Romania on (a) improving media freedom and media pluralism in...

    • Kamal Foroughi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings officials in his Department have had with their Iranian counterparts on the detention of Kamal Foroughi in Evin...

      Colombia: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of continuing violence by paramilitaries in Colombia on the progress of peace talks...

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 5 November 2015 to Question 13962, when he most recently made representations to his Ethiopian...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on forced disappearances in Syria.

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will issue a response to Early Day Motion 846, Use of explosive weapons and human rights violations in Yemen.

      Libya: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to protect Libya from further infiltration by Daesh.

      Shaker Aamer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contacts (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with Shaker Aamer since his release from...

      Shaker Aamer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions representatives of the Government have had with Shaker Aamer (a) prior to and (b) following his release from...

      Shaker Aamer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has (a) made and (b) plans to make any payment to Shaker Aamer (i) in return for an undertaking that he...

      Business: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects to report on his review of the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights.

      Kamal Foroughi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will take steps to assist in securing the release of Kamal Foroughi from Evin Prison in Iran.

      Gambia: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what funding support the British (a) Council and (b) Embassy in The Gambia provides to civil society organisations in that country.

      Gambia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in The Gambia.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many cyber attacks have been prevented on government systems in each year from 2010 to date.

    • Government Departments: Data Protection

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions Government departments have reported an information security breach since 2010.

      Cabinet Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 10 November 2015 to Question 15020, for what reason his Department's outstanding spend data over £25,000 has not yet...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he expects applicants for payments under CAP to be able to register their identity using GOV.UK Verify as planned under the new CAP regime.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Innovation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to paragraph 1.57 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what assessment his Department has made of...

    • Students: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on satisfaction levels of (a) non-disabled and (b) disabled students of their experience...

      Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will hold discussions with manufacturers about developing antifreeze products without ethylene glycol.

      Universities: Guide Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether UK universities are required to admit support dogs for adults with autism.

      Business: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he had with small businesses and entrepreneurs on the planned closure of the Business Growth Service.

      Business: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect on the Northern powerhouse of the closure of the Business Growth Service.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the total value of student loans likely to be written off in each of the next 10 years;...

  • Department for International Development

    • Climate Change Convention: Paris

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what form of transport she used to travel to the COP21 conference in Paris in December 2015; and for what reasons she used that form...

    • New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department has given to New Alliance in respect of farming in Africa; and what criteria that organisation was...

      Pakistan: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of UK aid spending in reducing levels of illiteracy in Pakistan.

      Gambia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department's policy priorities are for supporting projects in The Gambia.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which 10 countries will receive the greatest amount of UK overseas aid in 2016.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November 2015 to Question 14345, what steps her Department takes to ensure that aid graduation is...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November 2015 to Question 14345, if her Department will publish a position proper on the criteria it uses...

  • Department for Education

    • ICT: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to promote coding as part of the curriculum or otherwise amongst young people.

    • Cybercrime: Young People

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

      Family Rights Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people in (a) Feltham and Heston constituency, (b) Houndslow, (c) London and (d) the UK sought advice from the Family Rights Group in 2015.

      Teachers: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will commission or undertake a review into whether school teachers' working hours are excessive; and if she will make a statement.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to increase the ratio of teachers to students in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools; and if she will make a...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2015 to Question 18370, on criminal proceedings, how many (a) men and (b) women make up the 9,578 figure; and what...

    • Forced Marriage: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many forced marriage prevention orders have been issued in West Yorkshire since the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 came into force.

      Just Solutions International: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2015 to Question HL2604, what the cost to the public purse is of salary, expenses and bonuses of the 3.5 full-time...

      Prisons: Deeds of Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what account the prison estates review took of the existence of restrictive covenants prior to the Government's announcement of the programme of prison...

      Sentencing: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of whether the current sentencing framework for mothers with children takes sufficient account of the needs of those children.

      Open Prisons

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

      Human Rights Act 1998: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions were brought to court under the provisions of the Human Rights Act in each year since 2005.

      National Offender Management Service: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many NOMS staff have been dismissed for corruption in each of the last five years.

      Pregnant Women: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many tribunal cases there were related to (a) section 17 of the Equalities Act 2010, non-work pregnancy and maternity discrimination and (b) section...

      Police: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that police officers are aware of the outcome of prosecutions in which they have been involved.

      Offenders: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answers of 10 December 2015 to Questions 19024, 19025 and 19026, what the average administrative costs per offender of recovering money...

      Mentally Disordered Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many psychiatric assessments have been requested by judges in each of the last 10 years.

      Ministry of Justice: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what costs his Department has incurred as a result of its policy change on (a) criminal court charges, (b) secure colleges, (c) the Saudi Arabian prison...

      Child Abuse in North Wales Judicial Inquiry Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has received the report of Lady Justice Macur on Sir Ronald Waterhouse's inquiry into the abuse of children in care in the former Gwynedd and...

  • Leader of the House

    • Ministerial Corrections

      To ask the Leader of the House, how many ministerial corrections have been issued in the current session of Parliament by each Department.

    • Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House, what plans he has to reform timetabling of private members' bills; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Families

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

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government is taking steps to promote satellite broadband access in areas where fixed line broadband is limited or...

      Working Class Movement Library: Salford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to paragraphs 1.207 to 1.212 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, whether financial support will be...

      Cybercrime: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the level of awareness among (a) micro, (b) small and (c) medium-sized enterprises of the Cyber...

      Broadband: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent progress he has made on the delivery of superfast broadband in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

      Bookmakers: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of whether the Code of Conduct for bookmakers is meeting the aims for which it was drawn up.

      Tourism: Summertime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits to tourism of using daylight saving time all year.

      Football: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many elite football hubs his Department is co-sponsoring with the Football Association in 2016.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Oral Contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions of 7 December 2015,...

    • Pensioners: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of Britain's exit from the EU on access to pensions for older British citizens who are...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of reducing the work-related activity group employment and support allowance...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will issue a response to the report entitled Halving the Gap by Lord Law of Dalton, Baroness Meacher and Baroness...

      Housing Benefit: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what transitional arrangements are being made for local authority employees who administer housing benefit when responsibility for that...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disabled people have benefitted from the Government's extension of the Access to Work scheme to cover work experience placements in...

      Jobcentre Plus: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what contingency plans his Department has put in place to support people unable to reach Jobcentre Plus appointments as a result of recent...

      Seasonal Workers: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department is giving to seasonal workers who have been affected by recent flooding.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons recipients of personal independence payments are called for reassessment.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many reassessments have been carried out for personal independent payments since the introduction of that payment.

      Guide Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure suitable training and accreditation for support dogs.

      Autism: Guide Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will extend the eligibility to apply for a registered assistance dog to adults with autism.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that landlords receive rent from tenants who are in receipt of housing benefit.

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2015 to Question 18925, which visits referred to that (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure a level transition for people moving from tax credits to universal credit in terms of the amount...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • France: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which memoranda of understanding have been agreed with the French government in support of Project Teutates.

    • France: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) joint Anglo-French and (b) solely French experiments have been conducted using (i) laser and (ii) hydrodynamics facilities at Atomic...

      AWE Aldermaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 19 June 2013, Official Report, column 718W, on AWE Aldermaston, what the final write-off costs were of the cancellation...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 26 September 2014 to Question 209770 asked by the hon. Member for Moray, how much his Department has spent on studies on...

      France: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the in-service dates are for the Technology Development Centre at the Atomic Weapons Establishment Aldermaston and the Epure facility at the CEA...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicles purchased from Thales have been handed over to the British Army.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 2 December 2015, Official Report, column 333, on ISIL in Syria, how many of the 70,000...

      Middle East: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK combat aircraft are flying combat missions against ISIS in (a) Syria and (b) Iraq.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many non-UK (a) nations and (b) planes were flying combat missions in Syria against ISIS on the last date for which figures are available.

      Ballistic Missile Defence: Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 4.16 of the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, where the ground-based Ballistic...

  • Home Office

    • Community Engagement Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many meetings of the Community Engagement Forum have taken place in 2015 to date; and how many such meetings are planned in the next 12...

    • Vetting: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the range of waiting times is for the return of Disclosure and Barring Service documentation for applications in Dorset.

      Temporary Exclusion Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many temporary exclusion orders have been issued since the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force; how many of those...

      Money Laundering: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many investigations the National Crime Agency has launched into money laundering offences in each of the last three years; and how many...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish her Department's exit checks data relating to all UK ports and airports for destination (a) within and (b) outside the EU.

      Asylum: Gambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for asylum in the UK have been (a) made by and (b) granted to citizens of The Gambia in each year since 2010.

      Intelligence Services and Police: Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK police and intelligence staff are based in (a) Europe and (b) Turkey; and if she will make a statement.

  • Scotland Office

    • Welfare State: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the effect of the Government's welfare programme on social and...

  • HM Treasury

    • Freshfields Brukhaus Deringer: Legal Costs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Freshfields Brukhaus Deringer has received in legal fees from the public purse since 2010.

    • Fuels: Seized Articles

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the practice of HM Revenue & Customs is to deal with illegal fuel seized by that body.

      Small Businesses: Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what statistical information his Department holds on small- and medium-sized enterprises which have defaulted on a loan received through the Funding for...

      Banks: Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much of the £70 billion due to be allocated under the Funding for Lending Scheme has been allocated so far.

      Lloyds Banking Group

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Written Statement of 2 June 2015, HCWS10, on the trading plan for government shares in Lloyds Banking Group, whether he set a target for the...

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints were rejected by the Financial Ombudsman Service on the grounds of failure to meet the time limits for such complaints in (a) 2013, (b)...

      Small Businesses: Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what funding criteria are set for small and medium-sized enterprises applying for a loan under the Funding for Lending Scheme.

      Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to address the level of UK household debt.

      Economic Growth

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the effect of recent increases in household debt on economic growth.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) cases of national minimum wage compliance HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) National Minimum Wage Risk Unit has investigated, (b) Notices of...

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when HM Revenue and Customs plans to respond to the letter to that body from the hon. Member for Wolverhampton South West of 22 October 2015 on Working Tax...

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when HM Revenue and Customs plans to respond to the letter to that body from the hon. Member for Wolverhampton South West of 21 October 2015 on Tax credit...

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when HM Revenue and Customs plans to respond to the letter to that body from the hon. Member for Wolverhampton South West of 5 November 2015 on child tax...

      Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will revise the eligibility criteria for first time buyers under the Help to Buy ISA scheme to £450,000 in areas outside London where the average...

      Revenue and Customs: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what HM Revenue and Customs' plans are for jobs in Northern Ireland in the next five years.

      Insurance: Travel

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the insurance industry on steps that can be taken to ensure that people with cancer can access low-cost travel insurance.

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of (a) the current proportion of total UK Air Passenger Duty (APD) revenues raised from Birmingham Airport and (b)...

      Air Passenger Duty: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment on whether businesses in Dudley North constituency will be at a competitive disadvantage to businesses in Scotland when the...

      Treasury: Cybercrime

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of employees in his Department have (a) taken the CESG Certified Cyber-Security Training Course and (b) received other cyber-security training.

      Emergency Services: Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by when the Government expects to have compiled a list of all people eligible to receive payments as a result of the decision by the Pensions Ombudsman in...

      Exports

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what change there has been in export performance in each of the English regions in the last 12 months.

      Cycling: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2015 to Question 15349, if HM Revenue and Customs will expand the tax exemption associated with the Cycle to Work...

      Investment Trusts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Financial Conduct Authority will conclude its investigation into issues relating to the Connaught fund and allow those affected to submit claims to...

      Banks: Access

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department holds on the number of communities of 5,000 people or more in England where there is no bank branch within a radius of three...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the apprenticeship levy is expected to raise in (a) 2017-18, (b) 2018-19 and (c) 2019-20.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions: China and USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what binding measures have been agreed at COP21 which commit China and the US to reducing their carbon emissions.

    • Electricity Generation: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what comparative assessment she has made of the cost of generating electricity from existing (a) conventional hydro-electric and (b)...

      Hydroelectric Power: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when calculating grants and tax incentives whether her Department assesses the levelised cost of hydro plant over the expected actual...

      Fossil Fuelled Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what percentage contribution she expects (a) coal-fired power stations and (b) West Burton and Cottam power stations to make to UK...

      Nuclear Installations: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether she has reviewed the fitness-for-purpose of the UK Nuclear Industry Malicious Capability Planning Assessment to deal with...

      Climate Change Convention: Paris

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, which form of transport she used to travel to the COP21 climate change conference in Paris; and for what reasons she travelled by that...

      Methane: Arctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions her Department has had with the Arctic Methane Emergency Group on ways to mitigate methane emissions from disruption...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what funding is being made available to the Police Service of Northern Ireland to investigate ongoing legacy issues.

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which victims' groups she plans to meet to discuss legacy issues over the next 12 months.

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of her powers contained in the Stormont House Agreement to determine what can be disclosed to...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent assessment she has made of loyalist paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland.

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what her assessment is of the implications for the peace process of recent reports of an increasing number of threats being made against...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many sectarian attacks have been carried out by dissident republicans in each of the last five years.

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans she has for pre-legislative scrutiny of proposals to implement new bodies to deal with the legacy of the past in Northern Ireland.

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many sectarian attacks have been carried out by dissident republicans in 2015-16 to date.

      UK Membership of EU: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with the Irish government on the implications for relations between the UK and the Republic of Ireland of the UK...

      UK Membership of EU: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the implications for Northern Ireland of the UK voting to leave the EU in the EU referendum.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proposals she plans to submit to the European Union Council of Fisheries Ministers on 14 and 15 December 2015 to...

    • Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much of the £1.7 billion of capital spending on flood defences between 2010 and 2015 was disbursed in each of those...

      Greyhounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information her Department holds on how many greyhounds were retired from racing on the grounds of injury in each of...

      Cats: Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information her Department holds on how many cats have been caught in snares on (a) private and (b) public land in each...

      Animal Welfare Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received in the last 12 months relating to enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

      Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will review the adequacy of the maximum sentences available to the courts for offences of cruelty to animals under...

      Productivity: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to implement the proposals in the Government's report entitled Towards a one nation economy: A...

      Pets: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an estimate of the number of (a) cats and (b) dogs killed by accidental ingestion of poisonous antifreeze...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for its policies of the report from the All-Party Parliamentary...

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to change the distribution of Common Fisheries Policy quotas for inshore fishing fleets.

      Agriculture: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of her visit to China in November 2015 on opening up new markets to British...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to promote local food and drink.

  • Department of Health

    • Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to collect information centrally on how many specialist midwives have been trained in mental health.

    • Prisoners: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to collect information centrally on how many people diagnosed with a mental health condition receive a custodial sentence.

      Speech Therapy: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with Health Education England to ensure that the number of speech and language therapy student commissions for 2016-17 is...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the spend per head of population was on mental health in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual cost is of the health needs of UK thalidomide survivors.

      Weather: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the NHS was of treating cold-related admissions to hospitals in each year since 2010.

      Social Services: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of introducing the national living wage into social care from April 2016.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the Government plans to phase increases to funding for NHS England over the next five years; and what the Barnett consequentials of decisions on such...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were (a) admitted to hospital and (b) attended A&E on grounds relating to (i) alcohol and (ii) obesity in each of the last five years.

      Department of Health: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) his Department, (b) Public Health England, (c) NHS England and (d) each non-departmental public body spent on downloading apps for...

      Sexually Transmitted Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of (a) herpes, (b) chlamydia, (c) HIV, (d) syphilis and (e) gonorrhoea were diagnosed in people of each age group in each constituent...

      Everolimus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with Solutions for Public Health on developing a draft commissioning policy for everolimus.

      Everolimus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions Solutions for Public Health has had with the European Medicines Agency and US Food and Drug Administration on developing a draft...

      Tuberous Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps NHS England is taking to develop an in-year draft commissioning policy for the use of everolimus to treat tuberous sclerosis complex.

      Solutions for Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the budget of Solutions for Public Health has been in each of the last three years.

      Solutions for Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms his Department has for quality assurance of the work of Solutions for Public Health.

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which companies have left the voluntary pharmaceutical price regulation scheme in each month since January 2014 to date; and if he will make a statement.

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued to (a) clinical commissioning groups, (b) hospital trusts and (c) health and well-being boards on BRCA gene...

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made by (a) his Department and (b) NHS commissioners to ensure NHS services in England are meeting the six inflammatory bowel...

      Department of Health: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what refurbishments have been carried out by (a) his Department and (b) each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies since May 2010; what the...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when compensation will be made available for those individuals infected by contaminated bloods.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the consultation document on contaminated bloods will be published.

      Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the incidence of (a) CRE and (b) other superbugs which are persistent to antibiotics.

      Vocal Cords: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of when vocal cord transplants will be available on the NHS.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mental health trusts (a) Simon Stevens and (b) Sir Bruce Keogh have visited in each year since their appointments as Chief Executive and Medical...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the number of people who will spend Christmas alone; and what assessment he has made of the effect of loneliness at that...

      Mental Illness: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients attending A&E departments aged 0 to 18 years in 2014-15 were diagnosed with psychiatric conditions in 2014-15.

      Antidepressants: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions for anti-depressants were dispensed by the NHS for patients aged under 18 in each year since 2010.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) rates of admission to hospital, (b) total hospital bed-days per population and (c) rates of admission to hospital from a nursing home or...

      Health Services: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when Ministers in his Department were first informed about NHS England's decision to change the data collected in the 2015-16 Winter Daily Situation...

      NHS: Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) clinical commissioning groups, (b) commission support units and (c) NHS England spent on consultancy services in 2014-15.

      Hospitals: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Care Quality Commission has any plans to reduce the number of core services it inspects at NHS hospitals as a consequence of the changes to...

      Department of Health: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) his Department, (b) Public Health England, (c) NHS England and (d) each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies spent on (i)...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) nurse consultants, (b) modern matrons and (c) community matrons were employed in the NHS in the (i) latest period for which figures are...

      NHS: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential cost to the NHS of the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in April 2017.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice (a) Monitor and (b) the Trust Development Authority has issued to NHS trusts in England about postponing elective operations and outpatient...

      Department of Health: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) NHS England, (b) Public Health England, (c) Monitor and (d) the Care Quality Commission has spent on overseas visits since 2012-13; and what...

      Department of Health: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies spent on consultancy services in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16 to date.

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that mental health services receive parity of esteem with physical health services in terms of funding.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to replace the CAMHS strategy and framework; and when he plans to publish that document.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients with a diagnosis of dementia (a) attended A&E and (b) were admitted to hospital in each of the last three years.

      Palliative Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2015 to Question 12730, what steps his Department is taking to improve palliative care for children in England.

      Veterans: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has been allocated to armed forces veterans' mental health services in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17, (c) 2017-18, (d) 2018-19, (e) 2019-20.

      Older People: Fractures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people aged 65 and over suffered a hip fracture as a result of a fall in each year since 2009-10.

      Hospitals: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residents of care homes had an emergency admission to a hospital in 2014-15.

      Hospitals: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many falls among people aged 65 and over led to a hospital admission in each year since 2009-10; and what the five most frequent types of such falls...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library the impact assessment for NHS England's consultation on proposals for a new Cancer Drugs Fund operating model from 1...

  • Prime Minister

    • NHS: Performance Standards

      To ask the Prime Minister, what NHS performance statistics were made available to him through the Number 10 Dashboard in December (a) 2015 and (b) 2014.

    • Prime Minister: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Prime Minister, which types of French cheeses have been served at events in 10 Downing Street in the last five years.

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Norwich

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the reasons for the increase in the contract target costs of the Norwich Northern Distributor Road.

    • Roads: Norwich

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what process was used to assess the value-for-money that would be achieved from the additional Department for Transport funding provided to Norfolk County...

      Roads: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions since 2010 they have provided additional funding to local authority road building schemes.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many officials within the Department for Transport are currently working on the HS2 project.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many officials within the Department for Transport they expect to be working on the HS2 project in 2016–17, 2017–18, and 2018–19.

      Traffic Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to reform or strengthen the role of Traffic Commissioner.

      Pupils: Walking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding they plan to make available to promote walking to school initiatives when the Local Sustainable Transport Fund comes to an end in March 2016.

      Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for setting the speed limit at 20 miles per hour on all minor roads in villages, towns and cities.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • India: Nepal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of India about transit issues to Nepal.

    • Turkey: EU External Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they were consulted on the EU–Turkey deal that will allow Turkish citizens visa-free access to the Schengen area and which provided for three...

      Turkey: Press Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made, at EU level or otherwise, about the cases of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül who were detained by the Turkish...

      Zimbabwe: Missing Persons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Zimbabwe regarding the disappearance of Itai Dzamara.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Zimbabwe about political violence and the political impartiality of the Zimbabwe Republic Police in...

      Cyprus: Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the UK, as one of the three guarantor powers of Cyprus, was consulted in connection with the request by Russia to the government of Cyprus for the...

      Maldives: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the freedom of Christian worship by British citizens visiting the Maldives.

      Turkey: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the freedom of Christian worship afforded to British citizens visiting Turkey.

      Syria: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy for the continued protection of Alawites, Christians and Druze in the areas of Syria now controlled by the government of President Assad.

      Syria: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of why representatives of the cantons of Rojava were not invited to the recent conference of Syrian opposition groups in...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what measures they will use to determine whether higher education institutions are delivering...

    • Electronic Equipment: Recycling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of (1) batteries, and (2) other waste electrical and electronic equipment, are recycled by (a) domestic households, (b) small and...

      Land: Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current backlog of applications for land registration at the Land Registry, and how long is the average delay in registration.

  • Department for Education

    • Academies: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the main expenditure estimates of July for the Department for Education, what is the breakdown of the £4 billion budget line "other" currently...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the monthly sales figures for (1) e-cigarettes, and (2) tobacco products, in prison shops in the past year.

    • Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in how many cases since July 2013 employment tribunal fees have been remitted, and at what cost to the public purse.

      Prison Sentences: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many women responsible for one or more young children are currently serving prison sentences in England and Wales, and what assessment they have made of...

      Internet: Bullying

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to strengthen legislation in order to prevent cyber bullying.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the annual savings to be achieved by imposing a residence test for legal aid.

      Youth Justice Board: Public Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what process Dr Tony Sewell was appointed to the Youth Justice Board.

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how many prisoners are prevented from progressing towards release because they are unable or unwilling to take specified...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were (1) the targets for recruitment, and (2) the actual number of recruits, to each of the Armed Forces for each year from 2010 to 2015; and what...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Islam

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have evidence that Saudi Arabia funds Wahhabi mosques and Wahhabi communities in the UK.

    • Change of Use

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, before 13 November, the B1 planning class remained a requirement for offices that also qualified for a residential planning designation.

      Parking Offences: Fines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what local authorities are permitted to spend profits from parking enforcement after covering enforcement costs; and what assessment they have made of how...

      Starter Home Initiative

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which are the 27 sites where successful bids for funding have been made in the first wave of Starter Home projects on brownfield sites; in which local...

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of car parking charges and their effect on the high street.

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reorganise local government in England.

      Devolution: Sheffield

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 10 December (HL4243), whether the specific power of the Mayor to veto a vote by not voting for...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Contracts: Private Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a policy on the use of public relations companies by private organisations delivering public services under government contracts.

    • Policy Development Grant

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the annual effect of the planned reductions to Policy Development Grants on political parties' funding for policy development.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated annual cost of their special advisers.

      General Elections: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to limit spending in particular constituencies during a general election campaign to prevent any imbalance in the funding available to...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had regarding the funding of youth social action projects outside National Citizen Service.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to support the #iwill campaign to meet its aim of having an additional 1.5 million young people involved in social action by 2020.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the progress made by the #iwill campaign towards meeting its aim of having an additional 1.5 million young people involved...

      Office for Civil Society: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the reduction in the Cabinet Office budget on the budget for the Office of Civil Society.

  • Department of Health

    • General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of GP surgeries that are failing to meet their obligations under regulation 15A of the National Health Service...

    • General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place to ensure that the obligations under regulation 15A of the National Health Service (Personal Medical Services Agreements)...

      Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances, if any, a resident of Northern Ireland who seeks an abortion in Great Britain is required to pay for the operation.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Mental Health Taskforce report on a new five-year national strategy for mental health will be published.

      Antibiotics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of concerns about the increase in antibiotic resistance, what assessment they have made of the recent study by researchers at King's College...

      Alcoholism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the NHS recognises alcoholism as a mental health issue.

      Medical Examiners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish implementation plans for the rollout of the system of medical examiners in the NHS now that the Spending Review has been published.

      Contraceptives

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an assessment has been undertaken of the effect on contraceptive services of reductions in the public health budget.

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pregnant women, new mothers, and children under four have applied to the Healthy Start scheme in each year since that scheme started.

      NHS 111: East Midlands

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 28 October (HL2778), what has been the outcome of the investigation into "serious...

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to reduce smoking within the NHS as part of implementing "the radical upgrade in prevention and public health" called for in NHS...

      Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role of Action on Smoking and Health in providing the secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and...

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