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Written answers

Thursday, 14 January 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Stoke on Trent

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

    • Department for Transport: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many press and public relations staff are employed by his Department; how many of those employees are paid more than (a) £50,000 and (b)...

      Department for Transport: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many grants his Department awarded to projects for which the range of values in the Department's benefit-cost ratio assessment included negative...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many claims under the plug-in grant scheme for (a) cars and (b) vans have been accepted in each quarter since the introduction of that scheme.

      St Pancras Station: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers have used high-speed rail services from London St Pancras station in each year since such services started.

      Stratford Station: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of passengers who will (a) access Crossrail services via Stratford station and (b) pass through Stratford...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Goytre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what risk assessment has been made of the proposed centre for destitute asylum seekers in Goytre.

    • Home Office: European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff in her Department are working on matters related to (a) European policy, (b) the future of Europe, (c) reform of the EU, (d)...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of applications for Disclosure and Barring Service checks (a) nationally, (b) in London and (c) in Hampstead and Kilburn...

      Asylum: Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what documents set out current arrangements with the government of Cyprus regarding responsibility for refugees and asylum seekers arriving...

      Home Office: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to prepare for the outcome of the EU referendum.

      Immigration: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she had made of the implications for her policies of the findings on domestic violence in the report of the chief inspector...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Government's Counter-Extremism Strategy, published in October 2015, whether a religious group or individual which...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in which (a) towns, (b) cities and (c) regions were the recorded locations of exploitation of potential victims of human trafficking...

      Sexual Offences: Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to improve police responses to sexual assaults and rapes at universities.

      Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent on tackling gun crime in (a) England and (b) the West Midlands between (i) January 2010 to December 2012 and (ii) January...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent on policing in (a) England and (b) the West Midlands between (i) January 2013 and December 2015 and (ii) January 2010 and...

      Exclusion Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has a policy on US presidential candidates entering the UK who use hate speech.

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Government's publication, Call to End Violence against Women and Girls' Action Plan 2014, published in March 2014,...

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance has been issued to police forces on monitoring and recording Gypsy and Traveller status as separate ethnic categories.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many claimants have had their asylum claim rejected in each month since May 2010.

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what national guidelines her Department provides to police authorities on the closure of motorway lanes in the event of motorway traffic...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to produce further guidance on the definition of extremism used in her Department's Counter-Extremism...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many intervention providers her Department has approved as part of its Channel Programme.

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many intervention providers for the Channel Programme are pending approval.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Colombia: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Colombian government about alleged historical practices by the Colombian security...

    • Islamic State: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with Turkish authorities on the illegal trade in oil by Daesh across the Syrian-Turkish border.

      Capital Punishment: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to support EU task force on the death penalty.

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what projects in which countries his Department promotes on reducing the number of judicial killings; and how much his...

      North Korea: South Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what involvement the UK has had in discussions relating to talks between North and South Korea.

      Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions and in which countries his Department has declined to offer police, justice and security assistance to...

      Paramjeet Singh

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

      Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons his Department did not include Saudi Arabia in Appendix One of its publication entitled HMG Strategy for the...

      Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage other countries to abolish the death penalty as part of their judicial process.

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take to establish the veracity of recent reports that the North Korean government has capacity for a...

      Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason the UK no longer has a strategy on opposing the death penalty; and whether the Government plans to publish a...

      Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Answer of 7 January 2016 to Question 20867, what the response was of the government of Saudi Arabia to...

      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 his Department; how many of those employees are paid more than (a)...

      Bahrain: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has an official statement of the UK's relationship with Bahrain and the Bahraini government.

      Bahrain: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Bahrain on (a) the treatment of opposition leaders in that country and (b)...

      Bahrain: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with opposition politicians and groups in Bahrain.

      Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what resources his Department has spent on HM Government Strategy for Abolition of the Death Penalty, revised in October 2011...

      Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on HM Government Strategy for Abolition of the Death Penalty, published October 2011.

      Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department made to the Saudi Arabian government on Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr (a) prior to and (b) after his...

      Travel: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to increase public awareness of the need for holidaymakers to take out travel insurance.

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his North Korean counterpart on the recent nuclear weapons tests conducted in that...

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department is taking steps to broker negotiated ceasefires to allow the creation of aid corridors across Syria; and...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Anniversaries: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans she has to participate in events to commemorate the centenary of the (a) Easter Rising and (b) Battle of the Somme.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Attorney General, what contingency arrangements the Law Officers' Departments have made for the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the upcoming EU referendum.

    • Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent steps the CPS has taken to improve the conviction rate for violence against women and girls.

      Domestic Violence and Rape: Convictions

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent steps the Crown Prosecution Service has taken to improve the conviction rate for rape and domestic violence.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Minimum Wage: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the level of the National Minimum Wage for people aged (a) 16 to 17 years, (b) 18 to 20 years and...

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what programmes there are for companies who will not be covered by the Apprenticeship Levy to assist with the creation of...

      Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much has been spent on developing and promoting the website www.livingwage.gov.uk to date; and how much of that expenditure...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff in his Department are working on matters related to (a) European policy, (b) the future of Europe, (c) reform of...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to allow greater flexibility for the UK to develop trade agreements outside Europe as part...

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment the Government has made of whether the TTIP trade deal will make the UK more vulnerable to lawsuits; if the...

      Minimum Wage: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many businesses in (a) Warrington and (b) the North West were (i) investigated and (ii) prosecuted for failure to pay the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to provide assistance to people in Madaya, Syria; and if she will work with allies of the UK, the United...

    • Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether it is her Department's policy to support the G7 Initiative on Climate Risk Insurance.

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to provide aid to people in (a) Madaya and (b) other cities under attack by armed forces of the government of...

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment has been made of the humanitarian situation in (a) Madaya and (b) other Syrian cities under attack by armed forces of...

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made to further develop clean water programmes in sub-Saharan Africa in the last 12 months.

      Middle East: Refugee Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2016 to Question 21331, if she will publish the progress reports received to date from funded...

  • Department for Education

    • Foster Care: Private Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on the use of private companies to arrange foster care placements.

    • Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 3 December 2015 to Question 18680, for what reasons her Department does not hold information on (a) the number of academies...

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2015 to Question 19591, what alternative provision is available for bullied children who subsequently develop...

      Education: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she will re-establish the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Education Stakeholder Group; and if she will make a statement.

      Department for Education: Stoke on Trent

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

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which children's services departments have been subject to multi-agency inspections since 2010; and what the results were of each such inspection.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with her ministerial colleagues on improving the quality of sex and relationship education in schools.

      Extracurricular Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to her Department's consultation, Out-of-school education settings: call for evidence, published on 26 November 2015, what definition...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much illicitly-brewed alcohol was seized in prisons in each of the last 10 years.

    • Prison Service: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of levels of computer literacy among prison staff.

      Ministry of Justice: Stoke on Trent

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

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many serving prisoners were not in prison on 25 December 2015; what offences were committed by each such offender; and how many such offences were...

      Child Abuse in North Wales Judicial Inquiry Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2015 to Question 19906, for what reasons the Government is considering the report of Lady Justice Macur prior to...

      Ministry of Justice: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what contingency planning his Department is undertaking to prepare for the possibility of a leave vote in the forthcoming referendum on the UK's...

      Civil Law: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the recommendations of the Low Commission on formulating a national strategy for advice and legal support in...

      Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect on the operation of the new arrangements for obtaining medical reports in road traffic claims of the changes...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length was of a social security appeal heard by an appeals tribunal in each year from 2010-11 to date.

  • Prime Minister

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Prime Minister, when he last met or spoke to the head of government in each British Overseas Territory.

    • Mental Health Services

      To ask the Prime Minister, how many mental health services he has visited since May 2010; and what the (a) date and (b) location was of each such visit.

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Prime Minister, what contingency planning the Civil Service is undertaking to prepare for the possibility of a leave vote in the forthcoming referendum on the UK's membership of the EU.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Written Statement of 17 December 2015, HC WS431, on UK Embedded Forces, what the (a) rank and (b) military unit is of the UK...

    • Cyprus: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment has been made of the health and wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers who arrived at the UK Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus (a)...

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure former aircraft carrier personnel do not become deskilled before the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft...

      Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what airstrikes have been conducted by the Royal Air Force against Daesh in the last three weeks.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 21 July 2015 to Question 8367, how many UK troops are embedded in (a) Syria, (b) Lebanon, (c) Libya, (d) Yemen, (e)...

      West Africa: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the armed forces are taking in cooperation with other countries to prevent piracy off the coast of West Africa.

      Cyprus: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans the Government has to attempt to remove or deport refugees and asylum seekers at the the UK Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus to third countries.

      Ministry of Defence: Stoke on Trent

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

      Royal Regiment of Scotland: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) establishment and (b) strength personnel of (i) 6 SCOTS and (ii) 7 SCOTS have failed a medical in each year from 2012 to 2015.

      Fisheries: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which military assets provide fisheries protection within the UK's exclusive economic zone.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to build facilities to simulate the possibility of the future F35B Lightning II aircraft operating in austere operating bases.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish the UK's Future Nuclear Deterrent: 2015 Update to Parliament.

      Fisheries: Hebrides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, further to his letter referenced MSU/4/5/8 which is placed in the Library, whether and to what timescale his Department plans to commission its own...

      Burma: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information his Department holds on whether any members of the Burmese army who have received training from the Government have been involved in...

      Ministry of Defence: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2016 to Question 20602, how many of the 183 Ministry of Defence public relations staff referred to are (a) based in...

      Air Force: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has made an assessment for the implications for his policy of the merits decision by the US Air Force to extend weight restrictions of F-35...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to improve the attendance of reservists at weekly drills, training exercises and medical assessments.

      Ministry of Defence: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contingency planning his Department is undertaking to prepare for the possibility of a leave vote in the forthcoming referendum on the UK's...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Jobseeker's Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of jobseeker's allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK who have...

    • Jobseeker's Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of jobseeker's allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have received a...

      Offshore Fixed Structures: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will investigate the circumstances surrounding the leak of natural gas at the Brae Alpha platform of 26 December 2015; and what steps he...

      Social Security Benefits: Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to proposed changes in personal injury law and procedure announced in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what...

      Vetting: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the extent to which jobseekers required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to take up new...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with the Health and Safety Executive on ensuring reductions in operators' production costs do not adversely affect...

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has any plans to change the social fund funeral payment in the next 12 months.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many press and public relations staff are employed by his Department; how many of those employees are paid more than (a) £50,000 and...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that benefit claimants who are sanctioned receive a written notification of the sanction before their...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Severe Disability Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients in the (a) work related activity group and (b) support group were also in receipt of the severe disability premium in (i)...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Tennis: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding his Department provides to promote tennis for children under 10 years.

    • Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will commission independent research on the effect of fixed-odds betting terminals on the health of their users and on the...

      Gaming Machines: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of devolving to the Scottish Parliament all aspects of (a) gaming and betting...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Written Statement of 23 February 2015, HCW5292, if he will extend the anti-sock puppet clause to cover...

    • Counter-terrorism: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on responding to requests under the Freedom of Information Act...

      Local Government: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2015 to Question 16795, if he will undertake an assessment of activities by third parties...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the amount that will be raised in each local authority by the two per cent social care precept in...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on what local government services can be funded by the two per cent social care precept.

      Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent representations his Department has received about exit fees from retirement homes and villages; and if he will...

      Flood Control: Salford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what additional flood support Salford City Council is likely to receive; when such support will be granted; what such support...

      Parking Offences: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department issues to the private parking industry on the appropriate levels of penalties for motorists.

      Supported Housing: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2015 to Question 19365, on supported housing, if he will place the remit of the evidence...

      Supported Housing: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consultation his Department has undertaken with councils with statutory responsibility for vulnerable people in supported...

      Communities and Local Government: Stoke on Trent

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

      Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the likely number of (a) new tenants and (b) tenancies in supported housing in each of the next...

      Private Rented Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2015 to Question 19268, what (a) financial penalties and (b) other mechanisms are...

      Floods: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what criteria were used to determine who in South Lakeland was entitled to £500 flood compensation payments.

      Property Development: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, by what mechanism residents can challenge a local authority's assessment of the adequacy of drainage systems for a new housing...

      Property Development: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if his Department will review the guidelines on sustainable drainage system requirements under planning policy for new...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken to increase the amount of housing stock owned by councils; and if he will make a statement.

  • HM Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Sales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the sale of illegally-produced alcohol in shops.

    • Treasury: UK Membership of EU

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to prepare for the outcome of the EU referendum.

      Affordable Housing: Greater London

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to increase the affordability of homes in the Greater London area for people under the age of 30.

      Revenue and Customs: ICT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many IT contractors were employed by HM Revenue and Customs on a self-employed basis in 2015.

      Interest Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the (a) potential effect on the UK economy of the decision by the US Federal Reserve to raise US interest rates and (b)...

      Overseas Trade: Switzerland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value of trade between the UK and Switzerland was in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many courts cases HM Revenue and Customs has initiated for tax abuse under the General Anti-Abuse Rule since its introduction; and how many people or...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax avoidance schemes are registered with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) under (a) the disclosure regime for VAT and (b) the disclosure of tax...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints the Counter-Avoidance Intelligence Team has received about tax avoidance in each year since 2009-10.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many penalties have been issued by HM Revenue and Customs to (a) scheme promoters and (b) their clients for non-disclosure of tax avoidance schemes in...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have challenged HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in court following the issue of an Accelerated Payment Notice (APN) for their alleged role in...

      Treasury: Information Officers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many press and public relations staff are employed by (a) his Department, (b) the Office for Budget Responsibility, (c) the Financial Conduct Authority...

      Islamic State: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2015 to Question 20068, how many British-based individuals have breached the sanctions regime against Daesh; and how...

      Housing Benefit: Supported Housing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what organisations he has met to discuss the introduction of the capping of housing benefit for tenants in supported housing at the local rate of local...

      Banks

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the chairman of the Financial Conduct Authority on that body's decision not to undertake its planned review of banking culture.

      National Savings Bonds: Pensioners

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to introduce a further savings bond for people over 65.

      Money Lenders

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 6 January 2016 to Question 21408, when the Government plans to reach a decision on funding for the National Illegal Money Lending Team.

      Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to address the forecast rise in household debt as defined by the Office for Budget Responsibility on page 69 of its November 2015...

      Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received since September 2015 on the level of household debt; and on what dates he received those representations.

      Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received since September 2015 on (a) consumer debt and (b) personal loans.

      Treasury: Cardiff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether any of the costs associated with events that he spoke at on 7 January 2016 at (a) St David's Hotel and (b) Salt Bar were met from the public purse.

      Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of average annual pay growth in (a) 2016, (b) 2017, (c) 2018, (d) 2019 and (e) 2020.

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will remove the fuel duty escalator on liquefied petroleum gas.

      Treasury: UK Membership of EU

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what contingency planning his Department is undertaking to prepare for the possibility of a leave vote in the forthcoming referendum on the UK's membership...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity: Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will take steps to (a) end the 14 regional markets for electricity distribution and (b) introduce a national market for...

    • Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what contingency plans her Department has put in place in the event of one or more stakeholders in the Hinkley Point C project being...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Contingencies Secretariat

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will direct the civil contingencies secretariat to ensure there is liaison with the devolved nations on best practice procedures in its area of...

    • Zero Hours Contracts

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

      Civil Servants: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2015 to Question 17801, what the evidential basis is for his statement that civil service job satisfaction remains...

      Cabinet Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many times he published data relating to his Department's staff salaries in the calendar year 2015.

      Cabinet Office: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2015 to Question 18409, whether the organogram on his Department's website is now up to date.

      Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the five most common causes of deaths were in (a) England and Wales and (b) each London borough in (i) 2014, (ii) 2010, (iii) 2005 and (iv) 2000.

      Leukaemia

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people were diagnosed with primary refractory acute megakaryoblastic leukaemia in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Peat Bogs: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department has allocated for the maintenance and restoration of peatlands in 2016-17.

    • Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her ministerial colleagues on the Hunting Act 2004.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Stoke on Trent

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

      EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations her Department made to the recent meeting of the EU Fisheries and Agriculture Council; and for which...

      White Fish: Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to publish sea bass landing data by metier for 2014.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) title and (b) total cost is of each (i) ongoing and (ii) completed major risk assessment relating to her...

      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 her Department; how many of those employees are paid more than (a)...

      Flood Control: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the evidential basis that underpinned the decision on the allocation of funding to Phase 2 and Phase 3...

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will provide guidance to residents whose homes have been flooded in circumstances where the failure of a...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the purpose is of flood action groups established in areas that have experienced recurring flooding; and whether her...

      Floods: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will take steps to introduce a single point of emergency contact during incidents of flooding to improve...

      Birds: Census

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to fund co-ordination of the seabird census planned for 2016.

  • Department of Health

    • Alzheimer's Disease: Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has assessed or commissioned on potential links between prostate cancer treatment and Alzheimer's disease.

    • Fertility: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has assessed or commissioned on potential links between male infertility and diabetes or heart disease.

      Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to support the NHS recruit, retain and help the professional development of consultants specialising in (a) rare and (b)...

      Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to support cooperation between rare diseases organisations through the EU Policy Action and Information for Rare...

      Cystic Fibrosis and Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 10 of NHS England's board paper, Allocation of resources to NHS England and the commissioning sector for 2016/17 to 2020/21,...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much is available to each NHS trust to fund new drugs and treatments assessed and recommended by NICE.

      Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the devolved administrations on the implementation of the Rare Disease Strategy.

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure greater levels of genetic testing for cancer and ultra rare diseases; and if he will make a statement.

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the National Council for Care Excellence on the development of a clinical guideline for pancreatic cancer; and if...

      Department of Health: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to prepare for the outcome of the EU referendum.

      Tuberous Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS has spent on treating health problems associated with tuberculosis sclerosis in each year since 2010.

      Diseases: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase research into the causes and types of rare diseases in England.

      Medical Treatments: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish NHS England's decision making criteria for the assessment of highly specialised technologies.

      Specialised Commissioning Oversight Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many commissioning policies were developed through the NHS England Specialised Commissioning Oversight Group in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015.

      Medical Treatments: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many highly specialised technologies are awaiting assessment by NHS England which were not selected for consideration by NICE's highly specialised...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of medicines selected by NHS England Clinical Reference Groups for the development of commissioning policies have been (a) approved and...

      Medical Treatments: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many technologies have been assessed through NHS England's commissioning through evaluation process in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward proposals to require local authorities to conduct a needs assessment of local sexual health and contraceptive services before...

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will publish an accountability structure of the responsibilities regarding sexual and reproductive health for each government...

      Mental Health Services: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the £290 million that the Prime Minister announced on 11 January 2016 to help new and expectant mothers combat poor mental health is...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Prime Minister's announcement of 11 January 2016, how much of the proposed £1.4 billion mental health support funding for...

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Prime Minister's announcement of 11 January 2016, whether the £290 million of investment announced for perinatal mental health...

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Prime Minister's announcement of 11 January 2016, whether the £247 million of investment announced for liaison mental health...

      Health Professions: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nationals of members state of the European Economic Area have registered with the (a) Health and Care Professions Council, (b) General Optical...

      Social Services: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the National Living Wage on the provision of adult social care.

      Agency Nurses: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on agency nurses by each NHS trust in London in each year since 2010.

      General Practitioners: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of total health spending in (a) London and (b) each London borough was allocated to general practice in each year since 2010.

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on (a) sexual health, (b) drug and alcohol and (c) smoking public health initiatives in (i) England and Wales, (ii) London and (iii)...

      Nurses: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the nurse vacancy rate was on 1 December (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e) 2014 and (f) 2015 in (i) London and (ii) each health trust in...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Police: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions she has had with her ministerial colleagues on increasing the number of BME police officers.

    • Government Equalities Office: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what contingency arrangements the Government Equalities Office has made for the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the upcoming EU referendum.

      Suicide: Males

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the number of men who die as a result of suicide.

      Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with her ministerial colleagues on securing long-term funding for domestic violence services.

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what progress the Government is making on negotiating the removal of VAT on women's sanitary products.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how many owners of Community Rehabilitation Companies have hired public relations companies or consultants since February.

    • Knives: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children were (1) convicted of knife possession, (2) convicted of a second offence of knife possession, and (3) sentenced to custody for knife...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Overseas Trade: Crown Dependencies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conditions the FCO and UK Trade and Investment attach to providing support and assistance to companies based in the Crown Dependencies in pursuit of...

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