Written answers

Monday, 18 January 2016

  • HM Treasury

    • Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to use any of its statutory regulatory powers to ensure that there is the reduction in the cost of car insurance referred to in...

    • Treasury: Stoke on Trent

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

      Treasury: Cardiff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, who his Ministerial private office informed of his plans to visit Cardiff on 7 January 2016; by what method they so informed those people and on what date...

      Loans: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much is outstanding of the loan to the Irish Republic given in 2010; how much of that loan has been paid back; and what estimate he has made of when the...

      Money Laundering

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the annual cost to the financial services sector of compliance with money laundering regulations in each of the...

      Revenue and Customs: Preston

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what timescales the Tax Credit Office in Preston has in place to respond to representations made by hon. Members by (a) telephone, (b) email and (c) letter;...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress his Department has made on reducing levels of tax avoidance by large corporations; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the letter of the Financial Secretary to the Treasury on making tax digital, dated 11 January 2016, for what reasons the increased revenue...

      Illegal Money Lending Team

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the future funding of illegal money lending teams.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of companies issued fines for underpayment of the minimum wage in each of the last five years; what the...

      Spirits: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Exchequer received in spirit duty between April and December (a) 2015 and (b) 2014.

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the Carbon Price Floor tax on energy intensive industries.

      European Union Solidarity Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much of the money received from the European Union Solidarity Fund has been returned to the EU in each of the last 10 years.

      European Union Solidarity Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money the UK has received from the European Union Solidarity Fund in each of the last 10 years.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to encourage people to submit their tax returns before the January deadline.

      Financial Services: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for the UK of any introduction of a financial transaction tax under the EU enhanced co-operation...

      Wines: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much HM Revenue and Customs received in wine duty between April and December (a) 2015 and (b) 2014.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will support the UK's wine and spirit industry with further duty cuts in 2016.

      Cooperative Bank

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) discussions he has had with the Cooperative Bank and (b) what representations he has received on its decision to close bank accounts belonging to...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the target of 20,000 resettled Syrian refugees is met by the end of this Parliament.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Department's press release of 1 July 2015, on tax-free childcare, how he plans to roll-out the delivery of tax-free childcare.

      Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of total household debt in the UK in the final quarter of 2015.

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on increasing the annual limit for ISA contributions.

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people currently hold ISAs worth more than £1 million.

      Fuels: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much accrued to the public purse through VAT on domestic fuel in the last year for which figures are available.

      Revenue and Customs: Middlesbrough

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the benefits of retaining the existing HM Revenue and Customs' operation in Middlesbrough.

      Air Passenger Duty: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of business lost to the Northern Ireland economy from the maintained level of air passenger duty.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the implications for his polices of the conclusion of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation report, entitled...

    • Low Incomes: Cost of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the implications for his polices of the conclusion of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation report, entitled...

      Low Incomes: Cost of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the implications for his polices of the conclusion of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation report, entitled...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of carer's allowance were in receipt of (a) attendance allowance and (b) personal independence payment in the most recent...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions his Department has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the transition to the equalised state pension for women...

      Department for Work and Pensions: UK Membership of EU

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

      National Insurance: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many national insurance numbers have been issued to migrants from Eastern European countries in the last two years; how many of those...

      Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Government plans to set a levy of at least three per cent of gross working premium on insurers to fund the Diffuse Mesothelioma...

      Families: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Prime Minister's announcement of extra funding for relationship support of 11 January 2016, how many hours of support...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of how many claimants for personal independence payment have been asked to pay for a letter from their GP explaining...

      Universal Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department gives to Jobcentre Plus staff on alerting applicants to the possibility of applying for universal credit by...

      Universal Credit: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of recipients of their first universal credit payment received an advance payment of that credit in 2015.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in each parliamentary constituency will be affected by the new benefit cap from April 2016; and what the mean amount of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2016 to Question 21337, for those claimants who will see a change, what the average weekly change will be...

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cold weather payments have been made in each constituency in each year since their introduction; and what the total value of such...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people who do not qualify to be auto-enrolled into a pension because their qualifying earnings are...

      Universal Credit: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the statement in his Department's press release of 1 November 2011, entitled Iain Duncan Smith sets out next steps for...

      Work Capability Assessment: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to enable applicants who have suffered from a stroke, heart attack or any other major health scare to access a work...

      Winter Fuel Payments: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the results were of temperature tests to determine eligibility to receive winter fuel allowance of people living abroad in 2015.

      Winter Fuel Payments: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many temperature tests there were to determine eligibility to receive winter fuel allowance of people living abroad in 2015.

      Universal Credit: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2016 to Question 21590, how many universal credit claimants his Department expects to notify.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were moved from receipt of employment and support allowance to jobseeker's allowance because they did not meet the new points...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to the public purse was of her Department's employment of interpreters for immigration purposes in 2014-15; and what the roles...

    • Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) requests were made for and (b) individuals passed Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) adult first checks in each year since...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many referrals the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) received for DBS checks from (a) local authorities, (b) keepers of statutory...

      Asylum: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refused asylum seekers with dependants have been supported in Scotland under section 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 for...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refused asylum seekers with dependants have been supported under section 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 for (a) up to...

      Asylum: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refused asylum seekers have been supported in Scotland under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 for (a) up to two...

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugees who have been admitted to the UK since 2010 (a) have since returned to their country of origin and (b) her Department is...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refused asylum seekers have been supported under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 for (a) up to two years, (b) more...

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average duration of stay in an immigration holding or removal centre was in the last year.

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the longest length of time is that a person has spent in an immigration holding or detention centre in the last five years.

      Donald Trump

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the applicability to Donald Trump of her Department's guidelines on excluding hate speakers from entering...

      US President: Candidates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential threat to minority communities in the UK of language used by US presidential election...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many terrorism-related suspects on police bail have (a) been ordered to relinquish and (b) relinquished their UK passports since January...

      Fire Services: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward legislative proposals for a statutory duty for fire and rescue services to respond to flooding.

      Asylum: Kuwait

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she estimates her Department's investigations into applications for family reunion from Kuwaiti Bidoon people will be concluded; how...

      Firearms: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many firearms and of what type have been seized at the UK border in each year since 2010.

      Immigration Controls: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on proposals by the European Commission to establish a EU border guard.

      Airports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to allow US border guards to patrol UK airports.

      Visas: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Government will adjust the points-based visa criteria to reflect differences in regional average income levels.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been granted leave to remain since 2000.

      Marriage of Convenience

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of trends in the numbers of sham (a) marriages and (b) civil partnerships since March 2015.

      Immigrants: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times limited removal directions have been used since the policy of giving such directions came into effect on 6 April 2015.

      Migration: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to encourage an increase in migration to the UK from Australia to the levels of such migration prior to 2008.

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will place in the Library a copy of the process for approving intervention providers under the Channel programme and the timetable...

      Asylum: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refused asylum seekers were granted, continued on, or were reinstated onto support under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum...

      Disclosure and Barring Service: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 18 September 2015 to Question 8917, what recent assessment she has made of the performance of the Disclosure and...

      Deportation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign national offenders were removed from Northern Ireland in the last three years.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2016 to Question 20367, what the educational basis is of adults adopting safer online behaviours; and...

      Drugs: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2015 to Question 18753, whether the assessment of the FRANK website was based solely on preventing drug use.

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answers of 6 January 2016 to Questions 21298 and 21317 on detention: centres, if she will take steps to collect the...

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average cost was to the public purse of the (a) detention and (b) deportation of each illegal immigrant in each constituency in...

      Refugees: Dunkirk

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make representations to the French government on ensuring that NGOs and volunteers are allowed continual access to the Dunkirk...

      Obesity: Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the hate mail and verbal attacks on people who are overweight.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Wolverhampton South West of 28 October 2015 on the dispersal of...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people aged 50 and over were recruited by her Department in the last two years.

    • Northern Ireland Office: UK Membership of EU

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

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent assessment her Department has made of the terrorist threat from dissident Irish Republicans to the UK mainland.

      Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent progress her Department has made on cross-border policing arrangements.

      Investigatory Powers Draft Bill Joint Select Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with the Home Secretary on the oral and written evidence provided by the Government to the Joint Committee on the...

  • Department of Health

    • Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2015 to Question 19827, which authority is overseeing the implementation of NICE Quality Standards; and what steps...

    • Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what forecast he has made of the return on spending on preventative sexual and reproductive health spending in each of the next five years.

      Muscular Dystrophy: Hydrotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will meet representatives of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Muscular Dystrophy and Muscular Dystrophy UK to discuss the provision of...

      Department of Health: UK Membership of EU

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

      Fast Food: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to establish an inquiry into the use of perfluorochemicals in fast-food packaging.

      Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness amongst healthcare professionals of complex regional pain syndrome.

      Fertility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the availability of access to fertility treatments in the NHS.

      Mastectomy: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is on the provision of precautionary mastectomies for women who have not been diagnosed with breast cancer.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people there were with epilepsy in each of the last five years.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department took to publicise the recent NHS Mandate Consultation.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidents of accident and emergency departments diverting admissions to other hospitals there were in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b)...

      Mental Health Services: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2016 to Question 20755, when the visits to clinical commissioning groups referred to in that question are planned to...

      Mental Health Services: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS patients were admitted to mental health beds in (a) Barnsley, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 2010;...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 26 November 2014 to Question 215220, what information his Department holds on further research on the use of dogs to...

      Antidepressants: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2016 to Question 21144, anti-depressants: children, when the capability referred to is expected to be introduced;...

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health trusts (a) Simon Stevens and (b) Sir Bruce Keogh have visited in each year since their appointments as Chief Executive and Medical...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2016 to Question 21142, when (a) the provisional data referred to will be finalised and (b) the next set of data...

      Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken, subsequent to its accepting recommendation 274 of the Francis report on the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spent on medical nutrition in end of life care in each of the last five years; and what estimate he has made of such spending in...

      Junior Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission a review into the working hours of junior doctors; and if he will make a statement.

      Palliative Care

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

      Viticulture: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the existing Vineyard Register is maintained in accordance with EU regulations.

      Care Homes: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will bring forward proposals to require all owners and managers of care homes to give a copy of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013...

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of finance options available to doctors to cover their training costs; and if he will make a...

      Mental Illness: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department (a) identified and (b) supported children of parents with mental illness.

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and which health (a) trusts and (b) services (i) Jane Cummings, (ii) Dame Barbara Hakin, (iii) Paul Baumann, (iv) Karen Wheeler and (v) Ian...

      Eating Disorders: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 1.86 of the Autumn Statement 2014, how much of the planned annual £30 million additional budget for services for young...

      General Practitioners: Opening Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of GP surgeries offer extended opening hours.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Pregnant Women: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what cross-departmental steps he has taken to produce a plan of action to reduce pregnancy discrimination and better support...

    • Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2015 to Question 11169, what discussions the Government has had with the devolved...

      Apprentices: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make it his policy to ensure that 15 per cent of the three million apprenticeships his Department plans to deliver...

      Adult Education: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to section 11.9 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what steps he plans to take to achieve...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many new apprenticeships have been created in the UK since the 2015 general election.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the implications for the financial position of students of offering loans to 19 to 23 year olds...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people were involved in the process of developing the care practitioner scheme which was being supported by the UK...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2015 to Question 5609, how many HM Revenue and Customs investigations that commenced on or...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what educational provision there is for offenders who are unable to read or write.

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much has been spent on the education of illiterate offenders in a prison setting in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisoners: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many non-remand prisoners are classified a illiterate; and how many such prisoners there were in each prison in each of the...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of HM Revenue and Customs' strategy to enforce the national minimum wage.

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions the Government has had with the devolved administrations on increasing social mobility since May 2015.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the implications for his polices of the conclusions of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation report,...

      Small Businesses: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information the Government holds on the proportion of small businesses that have ceased trading after experiencing flood...

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many requests for arms export licences to Saudi Arabia (a) have been made, (b) were rejected by the Export Control...

      Students: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students studying higher education in further education colleges received maintenance grants in the last year for which...

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

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

      New Businesses: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what processes are in place to ensure that people with mental health problems have applications for start-up loans considered fairly.

      Foreign Companies: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2015 to Question 10867, how many of the complaints were (a) referred to his Department's...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the apprenticeship levy will apply to charities who employ more than 250 people.

      Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether there have been any changes to the Government's policy on arms export licences since the Written Ministerial Statement...

      Arms Trade: International Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Written Statement of 25 March 2014, 9WS, whether it is still the Government's policy not to grant an arms...

      Small Businesses: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he plans to take to improve access to finance for SMEs.

      Small Businesses: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the ease by which UK SMEs can access the export market.

      Fireworks: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department plans to review its policy on the safety of private firework use in residential areas.

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what impact assessment the Government has undertaken on its decision to privatise the Green Investment Bank.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Brimstone missiles have been used in Syria since 2 December 2015.

    • Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 19 December 2006 to an oral question from the former hon. Member for North Devon, on Nuclear Weapons, Official Report,...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date the most recent stocktake between the UK and the US under the 1958 Mutual Defence Agreement took place; where that meeting was held; what...

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where Exercise Astral Climb 2015 took place; and where Exercise Astral Bend 2016 will take place.

      Armed forces: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the costs were of operating the Truck Convoy Heavy Duty in each of the last three years.

      Radioactive Materials: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the reply of 17 March 2011, Official Report, column 514W, on radioactive materials transport, whether the practice of displaying...

      Armed Forces: Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for funding by his Department of regimental museums over the next five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Australia: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Government will issue issuing an apology to the indigenous people of Australia for British nuclear tests carried out on their land in the 1950s...

      Ministry of Defence: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) total research and development spend by his Department in each of the last five years and (b) forecast...

      Bahrain: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of the establishment of the HMS Juffair naval base on the UK's ability to react to humanitarian crises in the Gulf.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's defence strategy is towards Yemen; and if he will make a statement.

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he next plans to review the limit on the number of civilian flights allowed from RAF Northolt; and if he will make a statement.

      RAF Northolt: Flybe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with Flybe about its proposal to use RAF Northolt for domestic flights; and if he will make a statement.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the security situation in the Sinai and its impact on the military capability of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

      Armed Forces: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers of the Lancashire Regiment were deployed in tackling recent flooding; how many reserve soldiers of that Regiment were involved; how...

      Armed Forces Covenant: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the Armed Forces Covenant applies to Northern Ireland.

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2016 to Question 21436, whether the UK will reconsider humanitarian assistance by air to Madaya in Syria if the...

      Minesweepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the 2010 contract for £15 million with BAE Systems for the replacement of propulsion systems in the eight Hunt-class mine countermeasures...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2016 to Question 21502, airstrikes in Syria, whether the robust process referred to includes an assessment of the...

      Bahrain: HMS Defender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was to the public purse of hosting Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Isa Al Khalifa and a Bahraini delegation aboard HMS Defender at the event...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to ensure that checks on the complement and manning limit of reservist regiments are performed regularly and on time.

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2016 to Question 21330, what estimate his Department has made of its spend on mental health specialists in each of...

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to Question 21228, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Letter of Request sent to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

      Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made on compiling a definitive central list of all service personnel who lost their lives on operations in Northern...

      Reserve Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what change there has been in the number of personnel in the Maritime Reserves Units in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2015 to Question 18551, for what reason his Department no longer holds records on trainee attendance and courses...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will request the Senior Information Officer at (a) MOD Grantown-on-Spey, (b) MOD Llanrwst, (c) MOD Fairbourne and (d) MOD Crickhowell...

      Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2016 to Question 21502, on Syria: military intervention, what the evidential basis is for the statement that there...

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to encourage recruitment of cadets.

      Russia: Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he is having with his Russian counterpart on improving collaboration on defence affairs.

      Defence Equipment: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his priorities are for the acquisition of defence equipment over the next two years.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Brimstone missiles have been used by the RAF in Syria since 2 December 2015.

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much accrued to the public purse from sales of arms to Saudi Arabia in 2015.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many press and public relations staff are employed by (a) his Department, (b) the Planning Inspectorate, (c) the Queen...

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the conclusion of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Report...

      Communities and Local Government: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his Department's revised planned expenditure is for 2015-16 following the recent transfer of responsibility for fire and...

      Communities and Local Government: UK Membership of EU

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

      Flood Control: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to update planning guidance on using money from Section 106 agreements to fund flood prevention...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many applications to buy privately-owned land for residential development were made in each year since 2009.

      Housing: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes have been built in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley, (c) South Yorkshire and (d) Yorkshire and the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he intends to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Preston dated 7 October 2015 on rents for supported housing...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to improve the time to respond to correspondence from hon. Members and Peers since the tabling of the...

      European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on the devolution of European Regional Development Fund funding to local authorities.

      Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much of his Department's budget has been allocated to addressing overcrowding in housing in each of the last five years.

      Property: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to support property level flood resilience measures.

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many £500 grants were provided to help households affected by flooding in each local authority in the Greater...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Information Officers

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

    • Scotland Office: Staff

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

      Higher Education: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Written Statement of 11 January 2016, HCWS458, what steps his Government has taken to implement the Smith Commission's recommendation...

  • Women and Equalities

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 11.10 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, how the £55 billion budget for High Speed 2 has been split...

    • Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will support a claim by (a) petroleum suppliers who supply home heating oil and (b) other petroleum suppliers for a derogation from...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department currently uses for the cost of rolling stock for High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 11.10 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, whether the figure of £55.7 billion for High Speed 2 is...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that communities and environmental mitigation is allocated sufficient funding in Phase 2 of High Speed 2.

      Great Western Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on seating capacity of the Great Western Main Line electrification project.

      London-Brighton Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2016 to Question 20630, if he will publish the initial findings of the London and South Coast Rail Corridor Study...

      Public Transport: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the accessibility of mobile broadband services and wifi on public transport was (a) on the last date for which figures are available and (b) in 2010.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2015 to Question 21125, what estimate he has made of the remaining track that will be electrified in connection...

      Railways: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the economic effect of delays to rail services into London Victoria from the Sussex coast in the last 12 months.

      Railways: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the total amount of time passengers were delayed on rail services from the Sussex coast into London Victoria...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many applicants there were to the Advanced Biofuel Demonstration Competition; how many such applicants were successful; and what funding under...

      Taxis: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has received representations from the Mayor of London on his concerns about the number of private hire vehicles being licensed each month...

      Taxis: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to provide the Mayor of London with the powers to place a cap on private hire vehicles in London.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether a further review of the tunnel boring machine advance rates for the High Speed 2 Chiltern tunnel has yet taken place.

      Tadcaster Bridge: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2016 to Question 21012, what repairs there have been to Tadcaster Bridge to date; and whether finance for any...

      Railways: South Lanarkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the full costs of repairing the Lamington Viaduct will be met by Network Rail's insurance cover.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the new Northern franchisee will take to establish a North East Business Unit for rail services.

      Department for Transport: Staff

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

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2016 to Question 21128, whether his Department plans to make additional funding available to help repair local...

      London Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment he has made of the relative economic case for expansion of Gatwick and Heathrow Airports.

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recent Aviation Environment Federation report, Aircraft Noise and Public...

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps Network Rail is taking to ensure co-ordination between its regional units for the purpose of redirecting traffic affected by the closure of...

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the gauge clearance is of routes used to divert freight services disrupted by the temporary closure of the West Coast Main Line north of Carlisle.

      Bus Services: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department collects statistics for the purposes of monitoring on the types of tickets purchased by bus passengers.

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on the conclusions of the Aviation Environment Federation report, Aircraft Noise and Public Health, published on...

      Department for Transport: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 2.1 of the briefing by the National Audit Office entitled Delivering major projects in government, published on 6 January...

      M20: Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish advice received by his Department from Highways England on the sites considered for providing off-road lorry parking to address...

      Railways: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 29 October 2015 to Question 13946, whether his Department has received the findings of the London and South Coast Rail...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2016 to Question 20831, when the DVLA plans to roll out the piloted scheme against non-payment of vehicle excise duty.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2016 to Question 20337, what steps he plans to take to improve the service offered by the DVLA to people resident...

      Aviation: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the introduction of mandatory defibrillators on aircraft.

      Transport: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the vulnerability to flooding of (a) rail and (b) road networks; and what steps his Department is...

      Seas and Oceans: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's (a) budget and (b) spend for maritime surveillance was in each of the last five years; and what the (i) names and (ii) lengths...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nepal: Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Indian government on re-opening border crossings to Nepal since discussions...

    • Donald Trump

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the US (a) government and (b) Congress on comments made by Republican presidential...

      Middle East: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to support initiative to the create an independent regional centre for security dialogue in the Middle East.

      Armed Forces: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent on Continuity of Education Allowance in independent schools in financial year (a) 2012-13, (b)...

      Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to page 3 of the HMG Strategy for Abolition of the Death Penalty 2010-2015, as revised in October 2011, what...

      Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to Appendix Four of the HMG Strategy for Abolition of the Death Penalty 2010-15, as revised in October 2011, how...

      Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Executive Summary of the HMG Strategy for Abolition of the Death Penalty 2010-2015, as revised in October...

      Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to page three of the HMG Strategy for Abolition of the Death Penalty 2010-2015, as revised in October 2011, what...

      British Overseas Territories: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to help persuade Overseas Territories leaders to make registers of beneficial ownership publicly available.

      Saudi Arabia: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what trips to Saudi Arabia government ministers plan to make in 2016.

      Burundi: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contingency plans he has to respond in the event that the Burundian government does not peacefully accept the presence of...

      Burundi: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the 5,000 peacekeepers proposed by the African Union to protect civilians...

      Democracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2016 to Question 20871, who the (a) applicants and (b) successful bidders were for the...

      British Overseas Territories: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2015 to Question 5430, for what reasons those Overseas Territories with financial centres did...

      British Overseas Territories: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to publish a timetable for those UK's Overseas Territories with financial centres producing credible plans to...

      Israel: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the humanitarian effect of the Israeli government's policy on demolition orders.

      West Bank: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Israeli government on demolitions in the Bedouin community of Abu Nuwar in...

      Ilois

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when any Ministers in his Department last met Chagossian representatives; and when they next plan to do so.

      Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to participants in the Syrian peace process to encourage them to consider a statement urging an...

      EU Countries: Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will update his Department's travel advice guidance on the safety of women travellers to (a) Germany and (b) Austria to...

      Iraq: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the extension of the term of office of the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government in...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant the Answer of 4 December 2015 to Question 18424, whether the Syrian-led negotiations under UN auspices have begun;...

      UN Secretariat: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the UN to ensure the promotion of gender parity, equality and diversity in the selection...

      UN Secretariat: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the UN to ensure a more open and transparent selection process of the next Secretary-General.

      Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons his Department has decided not to include Saudi Arabia in its Strategy for the Abolition of the Death Penalty.

      Iraq: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political, economic and security situation in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

      Iraq: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the reasons for the prolonged recess of the parliament of the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

      South China Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of China on its recent decision to land civilian planes on Fiery Cross reef...

      South China Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the decision of China to land civilian planes on Fiery Cross reef in the disputed...

      Russia: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he and the Secretary of State for Defence met in a 2 plus 2 bilateral meeting with their Russian counterparts.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Ministerial Correction of 11 January 2016 on Saudi Arabia, what work has taken place under the memorandum of...

      Bahrain: Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what statistical information his Department holds on the age, gender, ethnic group and religious identification of people in...

      USA: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the US administration on the effect on UK citizens seeking to enter the US of recent...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to publish written guidlines for British drone strikes.

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: UK Membership of EU

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

    • Developing Countries: Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, further to the Answer of 26 October 2015 to Question 12448, what criteria are used by her Department to determine the amount of aid...

      Developing Countries: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will take steps to ensure that official development assistance funding is prioritised for poverty reduction projects.

      International Climate Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the official development assistance budget was given to the International Climate Fund in (a) 2012, (b) 2013, (c)...

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will take steps to secure the agreement of all parties to permit access for food and other vital supplies to the residents of...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2015 to Question 16005, on malnutrition, how the Government plans to measure progress on its...

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure the economic empowerment of women in the developing world.

  • Department for Education

    • Children in Care: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to reduce the number of former care leavers living in unsuitable accommodation.

    • Department for Education: UK Membership of EU

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

      Mathematics: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of vacancies of mathematics teachers in funded secondary schools in each of the last five years;...

      Parents: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children of parents with mental illnesses there are in (a) pre-primary, (b) primary and (c) secondary schools in the most recent period for...

      Department for Education: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many requests her Department has received under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for documents relating to the opening of (a) academies and (b)...

      Department for Education: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department has spent on lawyers in cases relating to the release of departmental documents under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will commission research on the (a) reasons for and (b) effects of the different thresholds for investigations to be initiated under...

      Department for Education: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of her Department's performance in adhering to the statutory time limit for responding to Freedom of Information...

      Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department plans to respond to the recommendations in the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission's 2015 State of the Nation Annual Report.

      Department for Education: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 that were initially refused by her Department were subsequently granted in each year since...

      Chief Social Worker for Children and Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish the diary of engagements of the Chief Social Worker for Children since 1 January 2015.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Lotteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support lottery regulations permit to be given to gaming, live digital and other features of cultural technology.

    • Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to (a) encourage the training of new behind the scenes production staff and (b) promote Britain's...

      Sports: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the decline in the broadcast of free-to-air sport on the accessibility of sport to...

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on the Government's plans to commemorate (a) the First World War and (b) the Battle of the Somme.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the planned budget for the rural satellite broadband voucher scheme has been spent.

      Sports: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2016 to Question 21036, what funding was allocated by Sport England in each parliamentary...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many stocks for which the UK has quotas were fished (a) at and (b) below maximum sustainable yield on the last date for...

    • Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether payments made under the Flood Re insurance scheme are subject to any provisions to ensure that homes are (a) rebuilt...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of nitrogen dioxide pollution in the UK is caused by emissions from private cars.

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the carbon emissions and air pollution from diesel shipping moored (a) off...

      Flood Control: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2016 to Question 21375 on flooding control: per capita costs, what official data sets...

      Agriculture: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the value of the agricultural and horticultural industries to West Lancashire; and how many...

      Oilseed Rape: Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects the two emergency authorisations covering the use of two neonicotinoid pesticides on a small proportion of...

      Pollinators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the (a) economic contribution of pollinator activity across the UK and (b)...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Department of Energy and Climate Change: European Union

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

    • Renewable Energy: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to page 86 of her Department's publication, Review of the Feed-in Tariffs Scheme: Government response, published in...

      Chernobyl

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, which areas of the UK show recent evidence of residual radiation from the Chernobyl disaster.

      Cabinet Committees: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether she attends the Cabinet committee on flooding.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if her Department will liaise with Ofgem in taking steps to ensure that savings accrued to suppliers are returned to consumers in...

      Department for Energy and Climate Change: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what contingency arrangements her Department has made for the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the upcoming EU referendum.

      Electricity: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, which port, harbour and coastal locations in the UK have a National Grid connection enabling a power plant connection of over 300MW.

      International Climate Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much funding her Department received from the International Climate Fund in (a) 2012, (b) 2013, (c) 2014 and (d) 2015.

      International Climate Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how the methodology for prioritising which countries receive funding from the International Climate Fund has been set; and what plans...

      International Climate Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many projects her Department is currently managing that have been developed with funding from the International Climate Fund.

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on reforming the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will ensure that any exploitation of shale gas in the UK is (a) a substitute for, and not in addition to, imported gas and (b)...

      Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many days of gas supply are available from the gas storage facilities.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether developers of carbon capture and storage projects can access funding through the Levy Control Framework.

      Coal Fired Power Stations: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, which coal-fired power stations her Department expects to close before 2020.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to fund the development of clean energy sources.

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will publish the methodologies and assumptions behind the projected overspend of levy control framework spending through to 2020.

      Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps the Government is taking to phase out the use of coal-fired power stations by 2025.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the removal of eligibility for Renewables Obligations Certificates for onshore...

      Mobile Homes: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how her Department plans to ensure that residents of park homes have access to smart meters; and if she will make a statement.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions she has had with the European Commission on the future of the White Rose Carbon Capture and Storage project.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 15 September 2015 to Question 9021 and with reference to the Oxford Research Group, Remote Control project...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent estimate her Department has made of the square mileage of the UK which has (a) permanent wind farms installed, (b) has...

  • Attorney General

    • Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many people have been prosecuted under the (a) Communications Act 2003, (b) Malicious Communications Act 1988 and (c) Protection from Harassment Act 1997 for...

    • Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many people have been prosecuted under the (a) Communications Act 2003, (b) Malicious Communications Act 1988 and (c) Protection from Harassment Act 1997 in each...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Attorney General, if he will review Norman James' case as raised in the letter from the hon. Member for Torfaen of 15 June 2015 to take account of recent developments in that case.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Information Officers

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

    • Wales Office: UK Membership of EU

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

      Welsh Language: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will meet the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to discuss access to Welsh subtitling for learners and people with accessibility needs.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Service: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the time spent on paperwork by prison officers.

    • Civil Law: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the second bullet point of page 26 of the report, entitled Getting it right in social welfare law, published by the Low Commission in...

      Civil Law: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the feasibility of the recommendation of the Low Commission to establish a national advice and legal support...

      Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he plans to take to ensure new litigants in person as a result of changes to personal injury laws and procedures announced in the Spending...

      Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department last audited the management of Northumbria Probation Service by Sodexo.

      Bristol Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to close HM Prison Bristol.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions for human trafficking resulted in a conviction between 1 August 2015 and 1 January 2016; and how many orders made for victim...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to introduce a Victims' Law since May 2015.

      Medway Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to his contribution during the Urgent Question on 11 January 2016, Official Report, column 1573, when he was first made aware of the...

      Contact Orders: Grandparents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications by grandparents for permission to apply for a child arrangement order were active in the final quarter of 2015.

      Prisons: Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times pest controllers have been called to each prison and youth estate in each of the last five years.

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been (a) prosecuted, (b) convicted and (c) given a prison sentence for money laundering in each of the last five years.

      Aiding and Abetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government plans to review legislation on joint enterprise.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which community rehabilitation companies have been placed on a formal remedial plan under their contract in each year since 2010; and what the outcome...

      Prisons: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much funding was allocated to the (a) gold command and (b) Tornado Team in (i) 2010, (ii) 2014 and (iii) 2015; and what he expects such budgets to...

      Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2015 to Question 19715, what proportion of defendants in criminal cases (a) plead guilty before trial and (b)...

      Medway Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will use his powers under clause 2, section 10 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 to appoint a crown servant to act as governor of...

      Special Educational Needs: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many appeals were heard by the First-Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) in each year since 2009-10; how many such appeals...

      Prison Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times has a prison governor (a) resigned, (b) been sacked and (c) left their position for any other reason in each year since 2010.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Advisory Services: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the evaluation and recommendations of the Law Commission on the Advice Services...

    • Advisory Services: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department plans to introduce a pilot scheme to evaluate the potential use of social impact bonds for the provision of advice services.

      Cabinet Office: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what contingency arrangements his Department has made for the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the upcoming EU referendum.

      Cabinet Office: Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Autumn Statement and Summer Budget 2015, paragraph 2.172, what estimate he has made of the rent that the Cabinet Office will need...

      Government Property Unit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Autumn Statement and Summer Budget 2015, paragraph 2.172, what the (a) annual income and (b) running costs of the Government...

      Government: Debt Collection

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what bids were received for the Debt Market Integrator contract.

      Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many employees were on zero-hours contracts in each financial quarter since May 2010 in each (a) constituency and (b) region.

      Death: Children

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

      Suicide: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) men and (b) women took their own life in each London borough in each year since 2010.

      Population: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what forecast he has made of the change in population in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley, (c) South Yorkshire and (d) Yorkshire and the...

      Cabinet Office: G4S

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which contracts with his Department G4S are currently bidding for.

      Older Workers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people aged 65 and over have continued to work in each of the last two years.

      Window Blinds: Safety

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many children have died due to accidents related to blind cords in each of the last five years.

      Suicide: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many recorded suicides there were by (a) men of black and minority ethnic background and (b) women of black and minority ethnic background in each...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, what contingency arrangements the House of Commons Commission has made for the eventuality of a...

  • Home Office

    • Health Services: Police Custody

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in transferring healthcare in police custody to the NHS from April 2015; why that transfer has been delayed; what plans they...

    • Health Services: Police Custody

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when and by which ministerial department the decision was taken to cancel the transfer of police custody healthcare services to the NHS; when that...

      Marriage: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to collect data on the number of underage girls who marry overseas and subsequently return to the UK.

      Police: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase diversity in police forces, in particular to close the gap between the percentage of applicants and percentage of...

      Islam

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 11 January (HL4752 and HL4753), whether they regard the preaching and teaching of Wahhabism in...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Oil: Exploration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what pre-application due diligence checks are made on companies which apply for petroleum exploration licences, or are associated with such applications,...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Honours

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prevent future Honours Lists being prematurely disclosed.

    • Charities: Freedom of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the review of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, charities not in receipt of grants from public funds will be subject to freedom...

      Government Departments: Historic Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed economic rent charges will be applied to historic government buildings in Whitehall; and if so, on what basis the economic rent for...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the likely impact of the apprenticeship levy on wage growth over the next five years.

    • Universities: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are responsible for any aspects of the finance and operation of the two universities in Northern Ireland, and if not, who is.

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