Written answers

Monday, 11 January 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on utilising existing airport capacity in the UK to 2030 in the last month.

    • River Thames: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will not make a decision on the choice of Thames Crossing options A and C until a decision is made on the proposed London Paramount theme park.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps are being taken to reduce congestion at the northbound entrance to the Dartford Tunnel caused by lorries carrying dangerous cargo being...

      Dartford: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government plans to build an additional bridge at Dartford.

      River Thames: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential arrangements for compensation required for people living in Thurrock and Dartford or...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to help reduce traffic congestion on the northbound approaches to the Dartford Tunnel.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential effect on congestion at the Dartford Tunnel of increasing the number of Channel Tunnel...

      Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff vacancies there are at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency; and what assessment he has made of the effect of the level of those...

      British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many British Transport Police officers he estimates will be deployed in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17, (c) 2017-18, (d) 2018-19 and (e) 2019-20.

      British Transport Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to protect spending on the British Transport Police in real terms over the Spending Review period.

      British Transport Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the planned expenditure is for the British Transport Police in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17, (c) 2017-18, (d) 2018-19 and (e) 2019-20.

      British Transport Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 2.90 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what assessment he has made of the effect of phasing out the...

      Department for Transport: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many press and public relations staff are employed by (a) the office of Rail and Road, (b) the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, (c) the Driver...

      British Transport Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) directions or (b) guidance his Department issues to the British Transport Police or the British Transport Police Authority on cost savings in...

      London-Brighton Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress has been made on the London and South Coast Rail Corridor Study covering the establishment of a Brighton Mainline 2; and if he...

      British Transport Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what directions or guidance his Department has issued to (a) Network Rail, (b) train operating companies and (c) Transport for London regarding...

      British Transport Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the British Transport Police budget was in each year from 2009-10 to 2014-15.

      British Transport Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has requested the British Transport Police Authority to set out options for a reduction in the British Transport Police budget.

      British Transport Police: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many police officers from the British Transport Police were deployed in (a) London and (b) the rest of the UK in each year from 2009-10 to 2014-15.

      British Transport Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what financial contribution Transport for London made to the British Transport Police in each of the last five financial years.

      West Coast Railway Line: WiFi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will support the increase of infrastructure for onboard wifi along the West Coast rail line.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Written Statement of 9 December 2015 HDVS 369 on rail franchising, when he expects to publish the new franchise agreements for...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2015 to Question 20054, what funding was allocated to the Winter Weather Repair Fund in 2014-15.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2016 to Question 20639, whether franchise agreements for future franchises within the South East Flexible...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2016 to Question 20640, how many miles of track will be electrified by the end of Control Period 5 under the...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) premium and (b) subsidy payments the new Northern franchisee is expected to make or receive in each year of that franchise's duration.

      Stratford Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the economic effect on (a) London and (b) the UK economy of international services stopping at Stratford...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answers of 16 December 2015 to Questions 19325 and 19326, how many staff in his Department were employed on a contract basis to...

      Southern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, under which circumstances Southern Railway's franchise would be withdrawn.

      Stratford Station: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers use Stratford station annually; and how this number is expected to change following completion of Crossrail.

      London Airports: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the potential damage to housing and infrastructure and loss of life that would result from an...

      Shipping: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's guidance is on shipping flags it considers unsafe or dangerous to sail under; and how often that guidance is updated.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the South East flexible ticketing programme to commence.

      Network Rail: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Network Rail staff are seconded to which train operating companies; and what the value is of those staff contracts.

      Manchester Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2016 to Question 20298, if he will publish the letter the Department wrote to the Office of Rail and Road in...

      Electric Vehicles: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many claims for grants have been made under the electric vehicle homecharge scheme in each year since its introduction.

      Roads: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, where repairs to (a) the Strategic Road Network and (b) other key local roads are required in each region following recent flooding; and what estimate...

      Stratford Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers have used Stratford International station in each year since 2012.

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with (a) HM Treasury and (b) other government departments on the extension of renewable transport fuels...

      London Bridge Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will request that Southeastern Trains and Network Rail explain the reasons for disruption to services at London Bridge on 4, 5 and 6 January...

  • Home Office

    • Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional steps her Department is taking to ensure that all victims of historic child abuse are encouraged to come forward with...

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on the Save the Children proposal to relocate 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children who have arrived in Europe to the UK.

      Domestic Violence: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2016 to Question 20252, how she intends to monitor incidence of convictions for offences of domestic...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases were referred to the National Referral Mechanism as potential victims of trafficking for domestic servitude in each year...

      Handguns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the British Association for Shooting and Conservation and the Countryside Alliance on the banning of...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2016 to Question 20252, how her Department assesses the effect of Government policy on domestic violence.

      Home Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people of each gender work in her Department.

      Home Office: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many jobs in (a) her Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies, executive agencies, non-ministerial departments,...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to resettle Syrian refugees.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of demand for police services.

      Human Trafficking: Mediterranean Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support the Government is providing to tackle people-smuggling in the Mediterranean.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to prevent abuse of the immigration system.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Haiti: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of allegations of electoral fraud in the recent legislative and presidential elections in Haiti.

    • Turkey: PKK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the government of Turkey about (a) statements equating the PKK with ISIS and...

      Haiti: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK Mission to the UN is taking to address the recent findings by Haiti's National Electoral Office of...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent on (a) travel, (b) first or business class flights for officials, (c) first or business class...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many press and public relations staff are employed by (a) UK Trade and Investment, (b) FCO Services, (c) Wilton Park, (d)...

      Barbados: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to participate in the 50th anniversary celebration of the independence of Barbados; and if he will...

      Government Departments: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which government departments have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with another nation since 2010; and what the date...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will request representatives of the British Embassy to attend the public hearing in the case of the imprisoned academic...

      Colombia: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Colombian authorities about reducing the practice of locating military bases in rural...

      Colombia: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Colombian authorities regarding the status of the investigation into the murder of...

      Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assurances he has received from the government of Saudi Arabia that no British-made equipment was used in recent...

      Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to its Saudi Arabian counterpart on the case of Ali Al-Nimr, Dawood Al-Marhoon and...

      Afghanistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the security and political situation in Helmand province, Afghanistan; and what support the...

      Africa: Missionaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff were employed at each civil service grade at UK missions to each African country on 1 January 2016.

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the new Argentinian government to emphasise the sovereignty of the Falkland...

      India: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Indian government on the recent attack on an Indian military facility at Pathawkof.

      Paramjeet Singh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Indian and Portuguese counterparts on the detention and potential deportation of...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to restore the full value of the UK's rebate from the EU as part of the process of renegotiating the...

      Paramjeet Singh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent developments there have been in the detention and potential deportation of Paramjeet Singh to India; and if he will...

  • Attorney General

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of medical students in England and Wales are white men from a working class background.

    • Business: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received from business groups on the closure of the Business Growth Service.

      Business: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect on small businesses and entrepreneurs of the closure of the Business Growth Service.

      Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to support the creation of painting and decorating opportunities in the construction sector.

      Post Offices: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what progress has been made in negotiations with Lloyd's Bank plc about business banking services being offered through the Post...

      Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received on the ease with which the Student Loans Company can be contacted.

      Business: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Business Growth Service.

      Manufacturing Advisory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions his Department had with manufacturers prior to its decision to close the Manufacturing Advisory Service.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many press and public relations staff are employed by (a) his Department, (b) the Competition and Markets Authority, (c)...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the effect on the public purse of replacing maintenance loans with maintenance grants.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans the Government has to change the rate of interest on student loans (a) retrospectively for recent graduates and...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which countries have not had an official visit by a Minister in his Department since May 2010.

      Inspiring Science Capital Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the timetable is for developing the business case for the Inspiring Science Capital Fund.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people of each gender work in his Department.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2015 to Question 20062, what estimate his Department has made of the total value of...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2015 to Question 1958, what the total budget of the BIS Automotive sector team was in each...

      Israel: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what export licences have been granted to UK manufacturers since 2010 to export (a) military and (b) police-related equipment to...

      Postgraduate Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, for what reason his Department sets an age limit for the receipt of funding for Masters degrees; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of climate change on forced migration and population displacement in the period...

    • Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support the collection of data on the effect of sexual and gender-based violence on women in...

      Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make an assessment of the extent to which her Department's policies prioritise the prevention of identity-based mass violence.

      Crimes against Humanity

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how her Department integrates atrocity prevention into its work (a) in at risk countries and (b) with at risk communities.

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to implement all of Sustainable Development Goal 5 to achieve gender equality and empower all women and...

      Developing Countries: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Ross Fund will include funding to tackle HIV/AIDS; and if she will make a statement.

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information her Department holds on the average life expectancy for girls aged 15 in sub-Saharan Africa between 2005 and 2015.

      Middle East: Refugee Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2016 to Question 20540, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of the...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average amount received per pupil was in primary and secondary (a) academies, (b) free schools, (c) voluntary aided schools, (d) voluntary...

    • Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether sixth form colleges that choose to become academies will be able to enter into contracts with the Skills Funding Agency.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 10 November 2015 to Question 15125, when she plans to publish draft proposals on eligibility requirements for free school...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of statutory PSHE education for the health of school pupils; and if she will make a statement.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of statutory PSHE education on lowering the level of violence against women and girls; and if she...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the pupil-teacher ratio in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools has been in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.

      Southwell Minster School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the total funding for Southwell Minster School in (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average level of funding per pupil in secondary schools in Newark constituency has been in each year since 2010.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2015 to Question 18875, in which prisons each of those mobile telephones and sim cards were detected in each of...

    • Juries: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what support he has made available to enable people with learning disabilities to serve on juries in the last five years.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the proportion of released prisoners subsequently convicted for offences committed in the first 18 days after release was in the last 12 months for...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of education on the probability of illiterate offenders reoffending.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the change has been in the amount of illegal drugs seized in prisons between 2000 and 2015.

      Prisons: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether discussions are still taking place between UK and Saudi officials under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in October 2014.

      Rights of Accused

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on proposed legislative steps to protect legally privileged communications from surveillance.

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average time was between the date of final submission of papers for an immigration appeal and the date of the hearing in the last 12 months for...

      Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2015 to Question 20011, on animal welfare: sentencing, what steps his Department has taken in response to the...

      Children: Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of enforcement powers for court orders relating to child custody.

      Ministry of Justice: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people of each gender work in his Department.

      Matrimonial Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many settlements his Department estimates have been affected by errors on his Department's Form E divorce form.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign nationals were returned to their home country up to (a) six and (b) 12 months before their prison release dates under the early removal...

  • Prime Minister

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Prime Minister, what steps the Government has taken to meet the conditions set out in the motion passed by the House on 2 December 2015 on ISIL in Syria.

    • British Nationals Abroad: Safety

      To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of creating a cross-cabinet position responsible for the protection of civilians abroad who are at risk of mass...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many official animal mascots there are in the armed forces; and what the (a) rank, (b) rations, (c) species and (d) regiment is of such mascots.

    • Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to replace the 7.62mm chain guns on Warrior infantry fighting vehicles.

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what revenue is generated through civilian aviation usage at RAF Northolt.

      Bahrain: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether further work will be required at HMS Jufair to make it capable of hosting the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier.

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether local record management instructions exist to augment paragraph 2.11.2 of JSP441 Defence Records Management Policy and Procedures at (a) MOD...

      Afghanistan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 11 of the Op HERRICK (Afghanistan) Aircraft Statistics document, published on 29 October 2015, how many of the 68 strikes made...

      Trident Submarines: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what process his Department followed in awarding the lighting contracts for the Successor submarines.

      Trident Submarines: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department conducted its most recent review of the procurement process for the Successor submarines.

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual maintenance spend by the (a) Royal Navy, (b) British Army and (c) Royal Air Force has been in each of the last five years; and if he...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the performance of Capita in the recruitment programme to the Regular and the Reserve Forces; what progress has been made...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has undertaken a programme of independent penetration testing of the Autonomous Logistics Information System on board the F35B...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on delivery of the Future Reserves 2020 programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Norway: NATO

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Norwegian Ministry of Defence on NATO maritime strategy.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government has sent a letter of request to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency for the purchase of P-8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to lease US Air Force Poseidon P-8 aircraft prior to the entry into service of the UK P-8 aircraft in 2019-20.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information he holds on whether the purchase of P-8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft through the US foreign military sales procedure will require US...

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the planned multi-role ministerial transport aircraft will have an updated livery to reflect its new purpose.

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2016 to Question 20200, what estimate his Department has made of its total spend on mental health specialists in...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many press and public relations are employed by (a) the Disabled People's Employment Corporation, (b) Health and Safety Executive, (c)...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will undertake a distributional analysis of the effect of recent changes to the work allowances within universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the forecast number of people who will (a) move into work, (b) move out of poverty, (c) have increased income and...

      22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what account is taken of 22q11.2 deletion syndrome in assessing health conditions as part of work capability assessments.

      Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with multiple sclerosis who were awarded the daily living component of personal independence payment scored all of their...

      Housing Benefit: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to planned changes to the housing benefit cap announced in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what assessment he...

      Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to allow people in receipt of the War Disablement Pension for mesothelioma to apply for the new compensation settlement...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of personal independence payment recipients the sample of 105 cases represented in his Department's Consultation on aids and...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will extend the deadline for submissions on his Department's Consultation on aids and appliances and the daily living component of...

      Universal Credit: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applicants for Universal Credit have requested split payments on the grounds of domestic abuse since the launch of universal credit...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment the Government has made of the number of additional claimants of (a) working tax credit (WTC) and (b) the universal credit...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of possible factors that would trigger a change in circumstances for a working tax credit claimant who has been...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of how many pensioners will have the assessed income periods of their pension credit end early as a result of...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what impact assessment he has made of the Government's proposal to limit housing benefit for claimants in the social housing sector to local...

      State Retirement Pensions: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women in Preston constituency who were born in November 1954 have been notified of changes in the age at which they will receive the...

      State Retirement Pensions: Eligibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) men and (b) women will not qualify for a pension under the new state pension rules.

      Universal Credit: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of the new technology required to implement universal credit was completed by 1 January in (a) 2012, (b) 2013, (c) 2014, (d)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of claimants of universal credit who will be affected by the changes to benefits taking effect from...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the average change in entitlement for existing universal credit claimants who are in work as a result of changes...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people of each gender work in his Department.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Denmark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has made to the Danish government on the death of Stephen O'Malley since the adjournment debate of 25 November 2015.

      Housing Benefit: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the likely change in the total cost of housing benefit as a result of the introduction of capping of...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Concert Halls: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much capital funding his Department has allocated to construction of a new concert hall in London led by the Barbican Centre.

    • Football: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to meet Premier League supporters clubs before his next meeting with the Executive Chair of the Premier League to...

      VisitEngland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will define what powers the Visit England Board will have over the strategic direction and decisions on the Discover England Fund.

      Discover England Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 52 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what mechanisms he plans to use to ringfence the £40...

      VisitEngland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will define the future (a) role and (b) powers of the Visit England Board.

      VisitEngland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what powers and remit the successor to the departing Chief Executive of Visit England will have in addition to being a director of...

      Business: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received from businesses on the enforcement of minor breaches of the Advertising Codes by the Advertising...

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of tickets for the Thiepval Memorial event on 1 July 2016 have been allocated to applicants from (a) England, (b)...

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what process was used for administering the ballot for tickets to the Thiepval Memorial event on 1 July 2016; whether observers were...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities have received how many Syrian refugees.

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes have been built in (a) the Ribble Valley, (b) Lancashire and (c) England and Wales since January 2009.

      Sewers: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much Lancashire County Council spent on cleaning drains and gullies in 2014-15.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on the priority that should be given to maintaining Green Belt land in Local Plans in areas where there is...

      Population: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what forecast he has made of the change in population in each London borough up to 2030.

      Communities and Local Government: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people of each gender work in his Department.

  • Wales Office

    • Railways: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if his Department will work with the Welsh Government to ensure that the views of people in England affected by Welsh rail franchises are considered...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to ban the use of electric shock and prong collars for dogs before 2020.

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many press and public relations staff are employed by (a) the Forestry Commission, (b) the Water Services Regulation...

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that new homes built on flood plains are able to access affordable home insurance through...

      White Fish: Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of (a) the effect of measures announced at the December 2015 Fisheries and Agriculture Council...

      Business: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of businesses in England and Wales without insurance in 2015.

      House Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of households in England and Wales without home insurance in 2015.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff in her Department are working on matters related to (a) European policy, (b) the future of Europe, (c) reform...

      National Flood Resilience Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the work plan of the National Resilience Review is; and how often the Review team plans to meet.

      Floods: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has for funding from the EU Solidarity Fund for relief payments for recent flooding.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with local authorities on their duties to ensure landowners clear ditches adjacent to...

      Land Drainage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the Environment Agency on the condition of the national drainage system.

      Rivers: Dredging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on river dredging as a means of reducing flood risk.

      Environment Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what projection she has made of the number of full-time equivalent staff working in the Environment Agency in each year...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the Government spent on creating flood prevention schemes since 2007.

      Flood Control: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to her article of 30 December 2015 in the Yorkshire Post, what the evidential basis is for the statement that...

      Imports: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many marketing standards conformity checks for consignments of fresh fruit and vegetables exported to the UK by Israel...

      Imports: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of goods imported into the UK labelled as products of Israel...

      Imports: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of fruit and vegetables imported into the UK have postcodes that show that the produce originated from the...

      Imports: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what marketing standards conformity checks are applied to produce from settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to prepare for the outcome of the EU referendum.

  • HM Treasury

    • VAT: Tourism

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will reduce the rate of VAT on tourism.

    • Revenue and Customs: East Kilbride

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of HM Revenue and Customs office closures on the local economy in East Kilbride.

      Social Services: Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2014 to Question 211605, how many and what proportion of initial enquiries by HM Revenue and Customs, which sought...

      Charities: Females

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.144 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, how women's charities can apply for some of the £15 million annual fund.

      National Insurance: EEA Nationals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total number is of national insurance numbers registered to EEA nationals and linked to (a) an active claim for benefits, (b) an active claim for...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answers of 6 May 2014 to Question 197359, 12 September 2014 to Questions 205613 and 218085, and pursuant to the Answer of 26 November...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of tax credit recipients had their credits withdrawn when their children progressed into post-16 education in each of the last five...

      Financial Institutions: Visas

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department had with financial institutions prior to the introduction of new rules for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visas in January 2013.

      EEA Nationals: National Insurance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many non-British EEA nationals with a National Insurance number who arrived in the UK prior to four years ago (a) paid National Insurance contributions,...

      Small Businesses: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with organisations representing small businesses on plans for introducing quarterly tax returns.

      Tax Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many evasion referrals to the HM Revenue and Customs Evasion Referral Team were made by the taskforces established to crack down on tax evasion and tax...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many evasion referrals were made to the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Evasion Referral Team in each year since 2012-13; and how many such referrals were...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many claimants of (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit have had their claims (i) stopped and (ii) suspended while HM Revenue and Customs...

      Banks

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library the unpublished 2015 reports produced by the Financial Conduct Authority in 2015 on banking culture.

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking at EU level to make sanitary products exempt from VAT.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what provision his Department has made for public sector employers to pay the (a) national living wage, (b) 3.4 per cent increase in Secondary National...

      Financial Services: Advisory Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library the report recently concluded by the Financial Conduct Authority on retail investment advice.

      Personal Savings: Interest Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will discuss with the Financial Conduct Authority the effect of the savings products offered by providers with almost zero interest rates on people...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps are being taken to ensure the maximum number of people meet the 31 January 2016 deadline for providing their tax returns.

      Non-domestic Rates: Industry

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps in the business rates review to make specific provision for energy intensive industries.

      Tax Avoidance: Self-employed

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Government will publish its response to the discussion document on Intermediaries Legislation (IR35).

      Revenue and Customs: ICT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will increase the budget for IT contractors employed by HM Revenue and Customs.

      Illegal Money Lending Team

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to maintain current levels of funding for the National Illegal Money Lending Team.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the change has been in the numbers of people who missed the 31 January deadline for making their tax return between 2010 and 2015.

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the change has been in the numbers of people contributing to stock and share ISAs in the last three years.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is the policy of the Government that a written contract of employment is prerequisite to making a claim for working tax credit; and if he will...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Department of Energy and Climate Change: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many people of each gender work in her Department.

    • Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether it is Government policy to attain technology neutrality; and what progress has been made towards that objective.

      Private Rented Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2015 to Question 19268, what financial penalties and other mechanisms are available to ensure...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Sexual Offences: Plymouth

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many sexual assault crimes have been reported in Plymouth in the last three years.

    • Cabinet Papers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish a timetable for disclosure of Cabinet papers for the 1986-1988 period.

      Age UK: Wirral

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to extend central government funding for Age UK Wirral beyond April 2016.

      Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people of each gender work in his Department.

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average life expectancy was for (a) the total population, (b) women, (c) men in (i) the UK and (ii) each London borough in each year since 2010.

      Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been employed on a zero-hours contract in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each...

      Employment: Public Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the change in the proportion of the working age population employed by the public sector in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the most recent assessment of progress in the roll-out of the universal credit programme by the Infrastructure and Project Authority is.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in England were registered to vote at the end of (a) 2014 and (b) 2015.

      Unemployment: North East

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been unemployed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East in each year since 2008.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Palace of Westminster: Offices

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, how many members of (a) the House of Commons and (b) the House of Lords have offices within the...

  • Department of Health

    • Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have started treatment under NHS England's commissioning policy for the treatment of cirrhosis in adults with hepatitis C.

    • Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on NHS England's commissioning policy for the treatment of cirrhosis in adults with hepatitis C.

      Care Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will research the causes of systemic failure at private care homes run by the same provider.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people who were infected with hepatitis C due to contaminated blood products supplied by the NHS have attained sustained virological response...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with hepatitis C have commenced treatment under the commissioning policy for the treatment of patients with cirrhosis since June 2015.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the Chief Medical Officer's recommendations that PSHE education be made a...

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether those who have suffered the loss of a child at birth under the current litigation regime will still be able to claim compensation under a fixed...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he expects to spend the £25 million funding for ex gratia payments to victims of contaminated blood in the 2015-16 financial year.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the departmental settlement for his Department for this Spending Review period included any specific allocation of funds for ex gratia payments...

      Mental Health: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2015 to Question 18011, when he plans to announce the successful bids for the Homelessness Change/Platform for Life...

      Offences against Children: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the recent review into the provision of services for children who have experienced sexual abuse in the East of England; and if he will...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many accident and emergency attendances, excluding planned attendances, with a diagnosis of a psychiatric condition had a duration to departure of...

      Railways: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2015 to Question 20083, what steps he plans to take to tackle the rise in the number of people who took their own...

      Antidepressants: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2015 to Question 20084, if he will make it his policy to collect data concerning the number of prescriptions for...

      Autism: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that NHS England's response to the Mental Health Taskforce includes securing access to timely autism diagnoses.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with NHS England on potential Clinical Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set indicators on autism.

      Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to ensure that all NHS trusts are (a) identifying patient safety incidents, (b) conducting full investigations to identify the...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the population were recorded as having HIV in (a) England and Wales and (b) each London borough in each year since 2010.

      Children: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the change has been in average levels of individual obesity of children between 2005 and 2010.

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many portions of milk have been reimbursed by his Department under the nursery milk scheme in each month of the last 10 years.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the responses received to his Department's pre-consultation on reducing legal costs in clinical negligence claims.

      Department of Health: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many senior civil servants in his Department left to take up jobs in the (a) for-profit and (b) not-for-profit healthcare sector in the last six months.

      Department of Health: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been claimed in reimbursement expenses by press officers in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's executive agencies and public bodies...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which groups were consulted in preparation of the equality impact assessment for the introduction of fixed recoverable costs in medical negligence cases.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health visitors there were in each month since May 2010.

      Anaemia: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children in England were diagnosed as anaemic or iron deficient in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidents of A&E departments diverting admissions to other hospitals there were in London in each year since 2010.

      School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the take-up of the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme by children from low-income families.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2015 to Question 20082, what the (a) dates, (b) locations and (c) organisations of the 19 visits and meetings...

      Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of (a) GPs and (b) clinical commissioning groups have plans in place to identify avoidable deaths.

      Mental Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2015 to Question 19338, how the effect of the Equality Act 2010 on service provision in the NHS is monitored.

      Mental Health Services: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November 2015 to Question 14919, what decisions have been made on how to spend the remaining funds that was allocated for...

      Clinical Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Band 7 NHS psychologists were employed in each year since 2010-11.

      Hospital Beds: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many days of (a) acute and (b) non-acute delayed transfers of care there were in each health trust in London in each month since January 2010.

      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...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the national stroke strategy in improving stroke outcomes.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his contribution of 9 September 2015, Official Report, column 88WH, when he expects the National Archives to publish those documents on...

  • Women and Equalities

  • Home Office

    • Islam

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 17 December (HL4279), whether they plan to collect information about overseas funding of...

  • Department for Education

    • Equality Advisory and Support Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) what is the cost per call of the Equality Advisory Support Service, including the wrap-up time after each call; (2) how this cost compares to benchmarked...

  • Cabinet Office

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Universities: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether non-academic employees of a UK university are considered to be public officers for the purposes of misconduct or malfeasance in public office.

    • Trade Union Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government for what reasons they have decided not to follow the guidance set out in Chapter 14 of the Cabinet Office Guide to Making Legislation in respect of the Trade...

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