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Written answers

Friday, 18 December 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • National Air Traffic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his plans are for the Government's 49 per cent stake in NATS; and if he will make a statement.

    • Transport: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 2 of the Government response to the Fifth Report from the Transport Committee, Session 2013-14, on Access to transport for...

      Liverpool Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will estimate the number of passengers from North Wales and Cheshire who are projected to use Liverpool Airport in (a) 2015, (b)...

      Cycling: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to include a commitment to constructing safe paths alongside busy roads in rural areas in the forthcoming National Road...

      Newmarket Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what upgrades are planned for Newmarket railway station.

      Newmarket Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Network Rail and Suffolk County Council on increasing the number of services stopping at Newmarket railway station.

      Cycling: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department plans to allocate to (a) increasing the number of journeys undertaken by bicycle and (b) reducing the number of cyclists...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to encourage an increase in the number of HGV drivers in the UK to meet demand for such drivers.

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to give local authorities the power to enforce moving traffic contraventions under the provisions of the Traffic Management Act 2004.

      National Air Traffic Services: Prestwick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Government has to hold a consultation with the Scottish Government on the future of the NATS centre at Prestwick.

      Railways: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on extension of the Unizone reduced fares rail scheme to the University of Brighton's Hastings campus; if he will...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to assess the condition and future requirements for maintenance of the local roads network.

      Government Car Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the makes and models of cars bought by the Government Car Service in each of the last five years; and what the carbon dioxide output...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Highways Act 1835 to allow the use of hoverboards and segways.

      Cycling: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2015 to Question 18104, how much funding will be allocated to the (a) Cycling Ambition City programme, (b)...

      Railway Stations: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the economic benefits to Todmorden and Hebden Bridge following the planned improvements to the railway stations in both...

      A628: Tunnels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the construction of a road tunnel to replace the A628 which connects Barnsley to Manchester.

      A1: Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many crossings there are on the A1.

      Tunnels: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the options for a transport tunnel connecting Sheffield and Manchester city regions.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what costs his Department has incurred as a result of delays to the TransPennine Midland Main Line, and Great Western Main Line electrification project.

      Railways: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effect of changes to the use of the Young Persons Railcard for peak time services on people holding that card.

      Roads: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding (a) in total and (b) by region of Road User Satisfaction Report was paid to AECOM from the public purse for those reports published by...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment he has made of the potential economic benefit to the north of England of faster rail links between north and south and...

      Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make representations to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to implement the review of staffing and deployment agreed with trades...

      Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) staff are working temporarily at a higher grade to cover a vacancy; and what assessment he has...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the extent of financial and operational links between the social housing sector in Scotland and...

    • Parking: Private Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will establish a standards setting body with a code of practice and an appeals service for all accredited trade...

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department's policy remit on off-street parking includes parking for healthcare facilities, railway stations and...

      Owner Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to increase the level of home ownership relative to other EU countries.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the legal position is on the use of prefixes or styles granted by virtue of honours in Commonwealth realms in the UK to...

    • Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the rules and regulations are on the use, style and designation in the UK accorded to dual nationals or nationals of...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to paragraph 19 of the Prime Minister's written response to the Foreign Affairs Committee's report on British...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to prevent the inadvertent use of Libyan financial assets for the funding of militias in...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for future Government policy of the suspension of the Temporary...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department made of the potential effect on Libya of the suspension of the Temporary Financial Mechanism...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been allocated to Syria under the (a) Conflict, Stability and Security Fund and (b) Conflict Pool in (i) 2015-16...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the potential change in numbers of Syrian refugees arriving in Europe as a result of...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK Minister attending the Summit Conference on the future Governance of Libya in Rome on 12 and 13 December 2015...

      Islamic State: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2015 to Question 18970, what measures are being taken to prevent Daesh from receiving...

      Islamic State: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2015 to Question 18970, what measures are being taken to stop the Daesh trade in oil and...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the Government has had with the UNHCR about the de-registration of Syrian refugees in Lebanon; what assessment...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Consumer Protection Measures in the Ticket Resale Market Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2015 to Question 15298, on Consumer Protection Measures in the Ticket Resale Market...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on steps to improve competition in...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of employers in Wales that will be affected by the apprenticeship levy.

      Apprentices: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his most recent estimate is of the proportion of people in apprenticeships who have a disability.

      Living Wage: Calder Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of the National Living Wage on wage growth in Calder Valley.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of poverty and inequalities on entrepreneurialism and economic growth.

      Service Industries: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the implications for implementing his Department's policies for combatting climate change and...

      Small Businesses: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on Small Business Saturday and its benefits...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether apprentices are required to achieve a Level 2 Qualification including mathematics and English in order to be entered for...

      Apprentices: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to increase inclusivity for disabled people of the Approved Apprenticeship programmes.

  • Department for Education

    • Brockhampton Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she intends to meet the hon. Member for North Herefordshire to discuss Brockhampton school.

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many people in the UK were registered on a UK Parliamentary electoral register...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the maintenance, improvement and development costs of (a) MOD Grantown-on-Spey, (b) MOD Llanwrst, (c) MOD Fairbourne and (d) MOD Crickhowell were...

    • Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the sources of (a) arms and (b) armed vehicles obtained by Daesh.

      Arms Trade: Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has made an assessment of the accuracy of reports by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch that a UK-produced bomb was...

      Air Force: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to reduce shortages in the number of trained air warfare personnel; and what assessment he has made of the effect of...

      Middle East: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Reaper drones are currently deployed in (a) Iraq and (b) Syria.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department takes to ensure that people divorced from serving officers are not evicted from serviced housing before they have found...

      Warships: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Type (a) 45 Destroyers and (b) 23 Frigates will be used to host training programmes for Royal Navy personnel in 2015-16.

      Veterans: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on the veterans' accommodation fund in each year since 2010.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff were employed at the Joint Service Housing Advice Office in each year since 2010.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff were employed at the Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex-Services in each year since 2010.

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many serving members of the regular Army have been transferred to the staff and personnel support branch in each year since 2010.

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the UK contributed to the European Defence Agency (EDA) during 2014-15; and what the benefit is to the armed forces of membership of the EDA...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received from his French, US and German counterparts on the UK's decision to extend airstrikes to Syria.

      Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times army technical officers have been deployed to incidents in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Military Aid: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will offer military resources to assist with the refugee crisis (a) in Lesbos and (b) elsewhere.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to support parents of babies who spend time in neonatal care; if he will take steps to extend the statutory maternity...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to correct the computer error in the child maintenance system on the collection of arrears.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how agreement was sought on how to amend the investment regulations as recommended in the report by the Law Commission, Fiduciary Duties of...

  • Home Office

    • Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will issue a response to Early Day Motion 676, British Women and the New British Passport.

    • Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will assess the practicality of putting in place standard blocks to child pornography on the internet similar to those obtained by...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress her Department has made on the evaluation of the Child Trafficking Advocates Trial.

      Human Trafficking: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many victims of human trafficking have been identified and their identities subsequently forwarded to the police as a result of people...

      Asylum: Wigan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when officials of her Department last visited the asylum seekers staying at the Britannia Hotel in Wigan.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the number of lorries travelling through Calais to the UK were scanned by lorry body scanners in each month of 2015.

      Refugees: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which Government Ministers or officials have visited the Calais refugee camp.

      Refugees: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has made to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees with regards to the Calais refugee camp.

      Refugees: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugees have (a) died and (b) been injured during an attempt to reach Britain from the Calais refugee camp.

      Refugees: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what humanitarian support the Government is offering in refugee camps in (a) Lesbos, (b) Idomeni, (c) Calais, (d) Dunkirk and (e) other...

  • HM Treasury

    • Fuels: Smuggling

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the Exchequer was of disposing of illegal fuel in each of the last three years.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change Convention: Paris

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what resources were committed by the UK at the COP21 climate conference in Paris to help developing countries pay for repairing damage...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Data Protection

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment has been made of people's attitudes towards public bodies using and sharing their data with other parts of the public sector as...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of making penalties for data breaches a criminal act in which negligence is involved.

  • Department of Health

    • Parkinson's Disease: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on improving access to high-quality services for people affected by...

    • Pensioners: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of Britain's exit from the EU on access to healthcare for older British citizens who are resident in...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Independent Cancer Taskforce's report entitled, Achieving world-class cancer outcomes, a strategy for England 2015 to 2020,...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the level of (a) current imaging capacity within the NHS and (b) imaging capacity required to meet the Independent Cancer...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to NHS England's document, Commissioning Intentions 2016/2017 for Prescribed Specialist Services, published in September 2015, what plans...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2015 to Question 16399, whether the Accelerated Access Review team has provided any information on how biosimilar...

      Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which local authorities reported an underspend on their public health budget in the last financial year; how much that underspend was for each of those...

      Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the NICE Quality Standard for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis treatment is implemented in all NHS bodies.

      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people of each gender and age group were diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder in each of the last five years.

      Hearing Impaired: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy for the NHS to screen all people over the age of 55 for hearing loss.

      Macular Degeneration: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of when lens implants to prevent age-related macular degeneration will be available on the NHS.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of clinical commissioning group transformation plans address the mental health needs of (a) children who have experienced...

      Tomography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) MRI scanners and (b) computerised tomography scanners there are in England; where each such scanner is; and how old each such scanner is.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place to enable priority access to child and adolescent mental health services for (a) all vulnerable groups of young people and...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Government is doing to encourage the equal treatment of mental and physical health within the NHS; and if he will introduce waiting time targets...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department gives to mental health trusts on (a) reducing did not attend cases and (b) ensuring risk assessments are carried out when...

      Mental Health: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to collect data on the needs of (a) looked after children, (b) children in need, (c) victims of abuse and (d) children living in poverty...

      Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place greater emphasis on improving cancer diagnosis rates when forming his Department's policies in future.

      Premenstrual Syndrome: Hypertension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for NHS diagnosis and treatment services of the findings of research indicating that women who have...

      Heart Diseases: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce and treat irregular heartbeats in infants that can lead to premature death.

      Childbirth: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Scottish Government on strategies to prevent premature births.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress his Department has made on implementing the plan for community pharmacists to access Summary Care Records; and if he will make a statement.

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department is encouraging the use of medical nutrition as a integral part of healthcare where there is an identified clinical need; and if he...

      DiGeorge Syndrome: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of medication given to patients with 22q11 syndrome; and if he will make a statement.

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) investment, (b) infrastructure and (c) measurement of implantation will be put in place to enforce (i) the recent NHS England Commissioning...

      Nutrition: Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to mandate that nutrition is written into all national care pathways for long-term conditions.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of global demographic change in which almost 24 per cent of women globally are aged 50 and over, what steps they are taking to ensure that...

    • Independent Commission for Aid Impact

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Commissioners of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact receive funding to cover travel and hotel expenses ahead of visits, or whether they are...

  • Department for Education

    • Classroom Assistants and Teachers: Males

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 4 December (HL3456), what urgent action they are taking to remedy the shortage of male teachers and teaching...

    • Family Rights Group: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to provide support for the Family Rights Group advice service when its current funding expires in March 2016.

      Academies Enterprise Trust

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many formal notices have been issued to the Academies Enterprise Trust or individual schools within that Trust; and what discussions they have had with...

      Education: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 9 December (HL3996), what assessment is being made of the impact on the provision of child and adolescent...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers: Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who will decide when Sea Lightning squadrons are embarked or disembarked on the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.

    • Aircraft Carriers: Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the embarked carrier air wing of Sea Lightnings, Merlins, Crowsnest aircraft, and Wildcats will be under Maritime Task Force command.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 and the revised time and cost estimates to the Trident programme, when the next major orders will...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Directors: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce measures to set quotas for women on boards.

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