Written answers

Friday, 15 January 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the cycle to work scheme on the number of non-cyclists taking up cycling.

    • Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the costs and benefits of ending the paper vehicle tax disc.

      Parking Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many requests have been made to the DVLA for vehicle owner addresses in the last 12 months by private parking companies.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of new HGV drivers who will be required in each of the next five years.

  • Home Office

    • Rights of Accused

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to protect legally privileged communications from surveillance.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on the situation in Syria.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Copyright: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals on increasing penalties for online copyright infringement.

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to prepare for the outcome of the EU referendum.

      Transport: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to paragraph 3.22 of English Apprenticeships: Our 2020 Vision, what estimate his Department has made of the...

      Money Lenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many illegal money lenders Illegal Money Lending Units prevented from operating in 2015.

  • Leader of the House

  • Department for Education

    • Pupil Exclusions: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to address the disproportionate number of exclusions from school of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the monthly cost is of (a) each court building which has been closed but not disposed of since May 2010 and (b) the 91 courts considered for...

    • Prisoners: Voting Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department last discussed votes for prisoners with the Council of Europe.

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to announce changes to procedures to deal with motor accident claims for whiplash.

      Personal Injury: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the changes to personal injury law and procedure announced in the Spending Review and Autumn...

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will meet with representative bodies of people acting for personal injury complainants to discuss the outcome of his discussions with the...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Government plans to commence its review of driving offences; when he plans that the public consultation on that review will take place; and...

      Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken to develop protocols with (a) the Department for Work and Pensions, (b) the Home Office and (c) other government...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many recorded attacks there were against prison officers in each of the last five years.

      Prisons: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of attempted suicide there were in prisons in each of the last five years.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many deaths in prisons were caused by attacks by other prisoners in each of the last five years.

      Ministry of Justice: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what contingency arrangements his Department has made for the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the upcoming EU referendum.

      Prisons: Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many complaints have been received from prisoners of pest infestation in prisons in the last 12 months.

      G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the status is of the Serious Fraud Office's investigation into G4S over fraud in the prisoner tagging contracts.

  • Prime Minister

    • British Overseas Territories: Companies

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether he plans that company ownership transparency in the UK's Overseas Territories with financial centres be on the agenda for the forthcoming Anti-Corruption Summit.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Navy: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether training in celestial navigation is provided for new recruits to the Royal Navy.

    • Royal Regiment of Scotland: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the total strength of (a) 6 SCOTS and (b) 7 SCOTS attended (i) more than 50 per cent and (ii) more than 75 per cent of regular duties in...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date the decision was made not to proceed with developing a future theatre nuclear weapon (FTNW); and how much had been spent on (a) the vehicle...

      AWE: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) enforcement action was taken and (b) warning letters were issue against the Atomic Weapons Establishment by regulatory authorities in 2014 and...

      AWE Aldermaston: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the costs were of repairing structural defects to the A45 facility at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (Project Phoebe).

      AWE: Explosives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions since 1 January 2014 explosives stored at the Atomic Weapons Establishment have been found to be wrongly labelled; on what date it...

      Nuclear Installations: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what actions have been undertaken in response to finding reference TRF0195 of the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator's assessment of the Astral Climb 12...

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the regular army's shortfall against (a) trained strength requirement and (b) its recruitment intake target has been in each of the last 10 years.

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) assets and (b) personnel of his Department took part in Exercise Platinum Lion in collaboration with the US, Romanian and Bulgarian armed...

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will deploy the RAF to provide humanitarian support to the people of Syria through the use of air drops.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Stoke on Trent

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

    • Supported Housing: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has conducted an impact assessment of the Government's plans to cap housing benefit for tenants in supported housing at...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2015 to Question 19214 and with reference to Chapter 3 of the National Audit Office Report,...

    • Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his Department's policy is on capping exceed costs on mobile phone contracts for consumers.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to bring forward proposals to ensure service level agreement requirements incorporated into broadband supplier...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Stoke on Trent

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

      Mass Media: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 53 of the Statement of Funding Policy 2015, who the recipients of expenditure on broadcasting and media bodies...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what contingency arrangements his Department has made for the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the upcoming EU referendum.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what change there has been in the number of black and white television licences held in Northern Ireland between 1 January 2012 and 1...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what was the number of households with black and white television licences per thousand households in (a) the UK as a whole and (b) in...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • New Towns: Northstowe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he plans to take to ensure that the new town of Northstowe will be developed to schedule.

    • Vulnerable Adults: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding his Department provides for local authorities to discharge their responsibilities for vulnerable adult transport.

  • HM Treasury

    • Taxation: Crime

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted for (i) off-shore tax evasion, (ii) in-shore tax evasion, (iii) tax credit fraud, (iv) VAT fraud, (v)...

    • Revenue and Customs: ICT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much HM Revenue and Customs spent on IT contractors in 2015.

      Small Businesses: Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will prepare contingency plans for flexible funding for small and medium-sized enterprises to replace JEREMIE funding in the event of UK withdrawal...

      Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support the Financial Conduct Authority has offered to people affected by the recent administration of Brightsource Debt Management; and what steps his...

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the previously published Carbon Price Support rates of £30t/CO2 in 2020 and £70t/CO2 in 2030, at 2009 prices, remain in place.

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of how much will accrue to the Exchequer as a result of the Carbon Price Support legislation in each year until 2020.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church Commissioners: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what contingency arrangements the Church Commissioners have made for the eventuality of a majority leave vote in...

    • Churches: South West

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what grants the Church Commissioners have given to churches in (a) Devon and (b) Cornwall from the Roof Repair...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Stoke on Trent

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

    • Government: Debt Collection

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, paragraph 3.54, whether the Debt Market Integrator will take over the services...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the findings of the report by the Dogs Trust entitled, Puppy Smuggling, the Scandal Continues, published...

    • Hill Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of implementing the Natural England report, Vital Uplands, published in...

  • Department of Health

    • Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has assessed or commissioned on potential links between prevention of Alzheimer's disease and maintaining positive thinking...

    • Diabetes: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding was allocated to raising awareness of diabetes by Public Health England in each of the last three years.

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether full funding for the implementation of the new access target for early intervention in psychosis is included in the Government's commitment to an...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the processes undertaken by the NICE for approving and commissioning new medicines for cancers and...

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS doctors were employed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 2005.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS nurses were employed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 2005.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contingency plans his Department has for the event of a major care home provider ceasing operations.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage the take up of organ donor cards among South Asian and other minority ethnic communities.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nursing training places were provided in each region in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and how many such places he expects...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS beds there were in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 2005.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS GPs were working in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 2005.

      Death: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in excess winter mortality rates in North East England in the winter of 2014-15.

      Department of Health: Stoke on Trent

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

      Preventive Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average time taken by NHS England is to process (a) individual funding requests and (b) clinically critically urgent funding applications; and...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will take steps to expand the number of places in medicine courses in universities.

      Pain: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to encourage research into a cure for complex regional pain syndrome.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to make the Attiva device for the treatment of people with diabetes available on the NHS.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Nuclear Submarines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 21 December 2015 (HL4575), whether they plan to hold the debate in Parliament on the principle of Continuous...

    • Tornado Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of Tornado aircraft fully modified and available for operations in relation to the total air fleet.

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