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Written answers

Thursday, 7 January 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicles were identified and impounded solely on the basis of non-payment of vehicle excise duty as part of the pilot enforcement action...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Owner Occupation: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if his Department will undertake an analysis of the benefits of owner-occupied retirement housing to residents of that housing;...

    • Homelessness: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of children who will be homeless between 1 December 2015 and 1 January 2016.

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many affordable rent-to-buy houses are being constructed.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Saudi Arabian government on the recent execution of 47 people in that country.

    • Former Ministers: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions former Ministers stayed overnight at official residences overseas for (a) one night, (b) two nights and...

      Democracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much funding his Department has allocated to promoting democracy abroad in each year to 2020; and what criteria are used...

      Iran: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Saudi Arabian government on future relationships with Iran following recent developments...

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the level of protection of the civil and economic rights of the Bahá'í...

      Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will discuss with the Afghan government the importance of the recognition of women's rights during the negotiations...

  • Attorney General

    • Human Trafficking: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2015 to Question 19543, how many of those prosecutions for human trafficking resulted in a conviction.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Overseas Trade: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the likely value of increased trade between the UK and Canada as a result of the EU Transatlantic...

    • Manufacturing Industries: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to encourage manufacturers to introduce sustainable manufacturing processes.

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2015 to Question 19712, how much such funding her Department provided to (a) Jordan, (b) Iraq...

    • World Health Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to attend the World Health Organisation meeting in March 2016; and what her policy is on proposals to be discussed...

      Barbados: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make it her policy to provide aid to Barbados; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Education

    • English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to consult the teaching profession before implementation of the English Baccalaureate.

    • Department for Education: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many press and public relations staff are employed by (a) her Department, (b) Ofqual, (c) Ofsted, (d) the National College for Teaching and...

      Pupils: Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much parents and guardians have been fined for taking their children on term-time holidays in the academic year 2013-14.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Higher Education Funding Council for England plans to permit universities and higher education providers to re-offer a place to applicants...

      Pupil Exclusions: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils were expelled from schools for violent conduct in West Yorkshire in each of the last five years.

      Gujarati: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to support the recruitment of examiners for Gujarati GCSE and A level examinations; and if she will make a statement.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of pupils achieved five A* to C GCSEs in (a) community schools and (b) state-funded academy converter mainstream and foundation...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • National Tactical Response Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what budget his Department has allocated to the National Tactical Response Group for each of the last five years.

    • Prisoners: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that its review of the care and management of trans prisoners consults trans stakeholders; and which trans...

      National Tactical Response Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was allocated to the National Tactical Response Group in (a) 2010, (b) 2014 and (c) 2015; and what he expects that budget to be in 2016.

      Prisons: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times the Prison Service Gold Command opened in each month since May 2010; and what the nature was of each incident that caused it to be opened.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what process his Department uses to estimate the number of civilians killed by the UK's bombing programme in Syria since 3 December 2015.

    • Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Part 1 of the Education and Skills Act 2008, what assessment he has made of whether all armed forces personnel aged 16 and 17 are able...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 4.47 of the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, what the timetable is for procurement...

      Defence Infrastructure Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what expenditure his Department was on (a) temporary agency staff, (b) consultants, (c) non-payroll staff, (d) administration and (e) marketing and...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many senior officers have attended at least one week of training at force development training centres.

      Ministry of Defence: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many press and public relations staff are employed by (a) his Department, (b) the Defence Electronics and Components Agency, (c) the Defence Science...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether fact sheets have been prepared providing (a) supporting detail and (b) timetables for implementation of the proposals set out in the Strategic...

      Warships: Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 9 December 2015 to Question 19431, when in 2016 he expects the national shipbuilding strategy to be published.

      Navy: US Coast Guard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many US Coast Guards are currently serving in the Royal Navy in a permanent position.

      Army: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who each (a) Colonel of the Regiment and (b) Colonel-in-Chief is in the armed forces.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) total cost and (b) cost per sortie mission flown has been of UK military action in Syria since 2 December 2015.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make and publish an assessment of the availability of flood insurance for small businesses in areas of high...

    • Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to collect data on the loss of ancient woodland to development.

      Animal Welfare: Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2015 to Questions 18146, 18163 and 18178, when she plans to announce the options being...

      National Wildlife Crime Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answers of 19 November 2015 to Question 16305 and 26 November 2015 to Question 18647, if her Department will...

  • Home Office

    • Weapons: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many weapons have been seized at the UK border by (a) type of weapon and (b) port of entry in each year since 2010.

    • National Cyber Crime Unit and Regional Organised Crime Units: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff have been employed in (a) the National Crime Agency's National Cyber Crime Unit and (b) each of the nine Regional Organised...

      Asylum: Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's fact sheet on the Syrian Resettlement Programme, what the evidential basis is for the Statement that...

      Asylum: Wigan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many properties have been bought by Serco for the purpose of housing asylum seekers in each parliamentary constituency in the Wigan...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will review the funding received by police forces operating in areas where crime levels are rising.

      Containers: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's policy is on monitoring the contents of (a) imported and (b) exported containers for security purposes; and what...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made on implementing the recommendations of her Department's Review of the National Referral Mechanism for victims of...

  • HM Treasury

    • EU Budget

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the amount of direct private sector receipts from the EU was in 2014; and what the expected amount of direct private sector receipts from the EU is for...

    • Office for Tax Simplification: Directors

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what remuneration is provider to the Chair of the Office for Tax Simplification.

      Rupert Murdoch

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish minutes of his meetings with Rupert Murdoch in June and September 2015.

      Treasury: Corporate Hospitality

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish minutes or a statement of the topics of discussion at the dinner attended by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury hosted by Tolley in...

      Energy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish minutes of the meeting of the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury with Oil and Gas UK, BP, Schlumberger UK, Northern Europe AMEC Foster...

      Ben Goldsmith

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he has (a) had a meeting or (b) had a telephone conversation with Ben Goldsmith in his Ministerial capacity since 1 October 2015; and what was...

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people invested the maximum ISA amount in the financial year ending 31 March 2015.

      Revenue and Customs: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what account his Department plans to take of the need to ensure religious balance when decisions are reached regarding potential forthcoming closures and...

      Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Northern Ireland were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted for their part in offences connected with fuel laundering between 1 January and 30...

      Energy: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to make business expenditure on resource and energy efficiency measures tax deductible.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Green Climate Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the total UK financial commitment to the Green Climate Fund until 2030.

    • Energy: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the whole system costs of different energy technologies; and when that information will be...

      Energy: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department is taking to take account of the whole system costs of different energy technologies when formulating future...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of whether the policies outlined in her speech at the Institution of Civil Engineers on 18...

      Energy: Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether an impact assessment has been carried out by her Department on the policies outlined in her speech at the Institution of Civil...

      Nuclear Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to support the development of additional new nuclear reactors.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she has taken to ensure that the National Infrastructure Commission gives priority to energy efficiency programmes in its...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to increase parliamentary engagement in the implementation of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions.

      Pre-payment: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions she has had with energy suppliers on the effect of pre-payment meter tariffs on low-income households' energy costs.

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to ensure that the UK meets its EU renewable heat target for 2020.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to reduce the level of fuel poverty.

  • Department of Health

    • Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding is earmarked to support treatment for hepatitis C in 2016.

    • Fibromyalgia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve research into the causes of and a cure for fibromyalgia.

      Mental Health Services: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps (a) his Department and (b) NHS England is taking to ensure that mental health diagnostic and other services are (i) accessible and (ii) meet...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure the long-term viability of the care home sector; and if he will reassess the contribution that could...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the longest a patient waited for discharge from hospital after being declared fit to leave was in (a) England and Wales, (b) London and (c) each...

      Pancreatic Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department plans to make a decision on whether to refer for consideration by NICE PRRNT treatment for pancreatic cancers.

  • Department for Transport

    • London-Exeter Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 14 December (HL4088), what proposals they have also to consult travellers who use the railway...

    • Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why their representatives at the Technical Committee on Motor Vehicles voted on 28 October to weaken and delay the introduction of real driving emissions...

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 14 December (HL4061), what checks are in place to ensure that Regulation 6 of the Local...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in making their decision about how to vote on the implementation of real driving emissions tests at the 28 October meeting of the Technical Committee on...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the failure of London, Leeds, and Birmingham to maintain nitrogen dioxide levels within legal limits over the past five years, what...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they made to the October 2014 findings by the International Council on Clean Transportation that some vehicles were producing emissions at...

  • Home Office

    • Electronic Surveillance: USA

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the decision of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal in the case of children A and B in relation to Prism, heard on 10 December.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Small Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any two-way secondment programmes in place in the Department for International Development to foster a comprehensive understanding of small...

    • Developing Countries: Small Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of those staff at the Department for International Development involved in small business grant funding have hands-on experience of business...

  • Department for Education

    • Academies: Performance Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under the proposed definition of a coasting school in the Education and Adoption Bill, an academy cannot be found to be coasting until the fourth...

    • Schools: Performance Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the validated results for 2016 (1) Key Stage 2 assessments, and (2) GCSE and equivalent qualifications, to be available in order to...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Social Services: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the expenditure of each local authority with adult and children's social care functions (1) in total, (2) on adult social care, and (3) on...

    • Regeneration: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 8 December (HL3999), when they expect to publish the Savills report on the regeneration of...

      Regeneration: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 8 December (HL4006), how much Savills has been paid for its report on the regeneration of...

      Regeneration: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 8 December (HL4000), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the...

      Local Council Tax Support Schemes Independent Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many candidates were interviewed for the post of chair of the independent review of the localisation of Council Tax support schemes.

      Floods: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many homes have been built on flood plains in each of the last five years; and how many homes have been granted planning permission for building on flood...

      Social Services: Living Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 19 November (HL3563), what provision was made in the 2015 Spending Review in the Department for...

  • HM Treasury

    • EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total payment made by the UK to the EU in 2014, and what was the total payment by the EU to the UK agricultural industry in that year.

  • Department of Health

    • Learning Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the remit and funding of the National Learning Disabilities Mortality Review of premature deaths in people with learning disabilities includes a...

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