Written answers

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: UK Membership of EU

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

    • Reading Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the outturn cost was of the Reading Station Area Redevelopment project.

      Great Western Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on (a) the peak seat capacity (b) demand for rail services between Reading to London Paddington during each peak...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Highways Act 1835 to allow for the use of self-balancing scooters, segways and z-boards on...

      Parking Offences: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the profile of applications to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency for access to vehicle ownership data for the purpose of enforcing parking...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what measures the Government plans to take to reduce (a) carbon emissions and (b) air pollution from shipping moored (i) off Enderby Wharf and (ii) in...

      Transport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to reduce (a) carbon emissions and (b) air pollution from maritime transport and air transport.

      Railways: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of passengers forecast to use the rail network in each of the next 10 years; and if he will make a...

      Railways: Okehampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to extend railway network services between London and Okehampton.

      London Airports: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has conducted a comparative assessment of the loss of life as a result of an aircraft crashing on approach or arrival at...

      Bus Service Operators Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to take account of lower fuel costs in its reform of the Bus Service Operators Grant.

      Southeastern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Southeastern trains and Network Rail have contingency plans in the event of a rail line being closed due to unforeseen circumstances in order...

      Bexleyheath Railway Line: Landslips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects repairs to the Bexleyheath line to be completed; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Landslips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether railway verges are surveyed to identify locations where there is a danger that landslides may occur; and if he will make a statement.

      Stratford Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the maximum number is of (a) trains and (b) international trains which are able to stop at Stratford International station in each hour.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Chesham and Amersham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many applications for the High Speed 2 (a) need to sell scheme and (b) exceptional hardship scheme have been received from constituents in Chesham...

      Railways: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many trains were reported as delayed due to winter sunlight since 4 January 2016; and if he will make a statement.

      Bexleyheath Railway Line: Landslips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what explanation he has received for the cause of recent landslides on the Bexleyheath rail line; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Office

    • Extremism Analysis Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the annual budget for the Extremism Analysis Unit is.

    • Air Displays: Shoreham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will consider issuing guidance restricting the taking of photos and videos following the Shoreham air show crash.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications in which (a) towns, (b) cities and (c) regions for Tier 2 (General) restricted Certificate of Sponsorship have been...

      Internet: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that internet service providers and social media organisations co-operate with the police to combat...

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will increase the licensing enforcement powers available to local authorities to ensure that pubs do not act as clubs without permission.

      Drugs: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what she has allocated to the Strategic Communications Plan supporting the Psychoactive Substances Bill.

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to encourage volunteers to monitor CCTV to help the police service.

      Firearms: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on reducing the illegal movement and sale of high-powered semi-automatic weapons.

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure the target of 20,000 resettled Syrian refugees is met by the end of this Parliament.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2016 to Question 21066, if she will provide matching data for each other region of the UK.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2016 to 21399, what steps she has taken related to migrants in France who wish to seek international...

      Police: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of crowd control guidelines issued to local police forces for large sporting events;...

      Home Office: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many defibrillators are provided in each building her Department manages.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what conditions the Government considers need to be met for the UK to divest itself of nuclear weapons through international...

    • Netherlands: EU Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Dutch government ahead of the publication of the Programme of the Netherlands...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Membership of EU

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

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will ensure that his (a) Department will not enter into negotiations with Argentina without the full consent of the...

      Saudi Arabia: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on Saudi Arabia's use of counter-terrorism laws; and whether such laws are being used legitimately...

      Saudi Arabia: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Saudi Arabian authorities on the cases of (a) Raif Badaw, (b) Waleed Abu...

      Government Departments: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the (a) title and (b) date is of each memorandum of understanding signed by a Government department with another country...

      North Korea: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of sanctions measures imposed on North Korea in the last five years; and if he...

      Kurds: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has discussed with his Kurdish counterparts the detention of Esa Barzani and other critics in Kurdistan.

      Iraq: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Kurdistan counterpart on the current status of the parliament of the Kurdistan region...

      Iraq: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on whether the speaker of the parliament of the Kurdistan region of Iraq is being impeded...

      Winter Sports: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guidance his Department has issued for holidaymakers to advise them to take out appropriate winter sports insurance cover.

      Afghanistan and Pakistan: Taliban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Afghan and (b) Pakistani government on reducing the influence of the Taliban in...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the UN and other agencies on (a) encouraging the establishment of an...

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received any reports of any potential breaches of international humanitarian law from UK personnel working with...

      Abdullah Hasan al-Zaher

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Saudi Arabia about the death sentence of Abdullah al-Zaher.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to publish the next quarterly progress report to the House on Syria.

      Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the UN and the International Criminal Court to ensure they take action in cases in which...

      British Overseas Territories: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) number and (b) quality of Overseas Territories' adoptions of public registers of...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will (a) take steps to ensure that Saudi Arabia works for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen and (b) support the...

      Yemen: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that UK-made arms are not being used to commit human rights abuses in Yemen.

      Central African Republic: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the conduct of the first round of the general elections in the Central African Republic.

      Islamic State: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government is providing to the Kurdish Peshmerga in their efforts against Daesh.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what planning for post-conflict stabilisation and reconstruction in Syria the Government has undertaken.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent bilateral discussions he has had with members of the International Syria Support Group on achieving a ceasefire in...

      Islamic State: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of what the primary sources of finance for Daesh are; and what steps the Government is...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 18 December 2015 to Question 19717, which were the 28 communities in Syria supported by the Conflict,...

      Mauritania: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Mauritanian government of the death sentence imposed for apostasy on Mohamed...

      Mauritania: Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the evidence his Department holds or is otherwise aware of on the existence of slavery in Mauritania.

      Mauritania: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Mauritania on the imprisonment of Biram Dah Abeid in that country.

      Syria: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether there will be discussion of long-term support for the countries bordering Syria at the Syria Donors Conference 2016.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Palestinian Authority on recent comments related to the practice of honouring...

      Colombia: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise with his Colombian counterpart (a) the deteriorating health of many former combatant prisoners, (b) the...

      Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2016 to Question 21764, whether the government of Saudi Arabia (a) responded formally, (b)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Yorkshire and the Humber

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

    • Lord Barker of Battle

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what advice his Department issued to Baron Barker of Battle about his appointment to the British Photovoltaic Association.

      Cabinet Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason Cabinet Office spend over £25,000 has not been updated beyond December 2014.

      Tax Yields

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that government procurement helps to increase tax receipts.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if the Government will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing penalties levied on employers who do not pay...

    • Overseas Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect on UK businesses of the Berry Amendment to US legislation on...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2015 to Question 14108, which projects are part of the Green Investment Bank's forward...

      Insolvency Service: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the total annual saving to the public purse has been of the closure of the Hull office of the Insolvency Service.

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2015 to Question 14108, if he will place in the Library a copy of the preliminary feedback...

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding and other support her Department has given for UN agencies, non-governmental agencies and civil society to (a) identify...

    • Yemen: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support the access of (a) all children in Yemen and (b) children displaced by the conflict in...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken with the UN and others to establish a regular, scheduled UN-facilitated cargo flight service into...

      Syria: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which countries were invited to the Syria Donors Conference; and which of those countries she expects to attend.

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how aid disbursed by her Department's Palestinian Programme tackles anti-Israeli incitement.

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps UK is taking to support the education of Syrian refugees in (a) Lebanon, (b) Jordan, (c) Iraq and (d) Turkey.

  • Department for Education

    • Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of (a) GCSE, (b) AS and (c) A-level exam results have been appealed against in each of the last five years.

    • Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make representations to exam boards to remove the five per cent marking for spelling and grammar for dyslexic students.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to ensure that decisions of the Independent Appeals Panel do not allocate places in excess of a school's planned admission numbers.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of (a) morale in the teaching profession, (b) long-term prospects for teacher recruitment and retention and (c)...

      Science: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to increase retention levels of science teachers in funded secondary schools; and if she will make a statement.

      Education: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the conclusions of the Social Market Foundation report, published in January...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the amount of funding for each (a) primary age and (b) secondary age pupil in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b)...

      Extracurricular Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many responses her Department has received (a) through its online response form and (b) by email to its Out-of-school education settings:...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the target was for new entrants on to Religious Education initial teacher training courses in each of the last five years.

      Educational Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure schools in deprived areas have adequate money in their budgets to take children on school trips...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of employment tribunal fees on the ability of individuals to bring forward discrimination claims.

    • Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many deaths in prison were caused by the use of legal highs in each of the last five years.

      Medway Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will launch an independent investigation of the circumstances of the abuse that has been reported at Medway Secure Training Centre.

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what date he last met insurance company representatives to discuss issues relating to personal injury claims; who was present at that meeting; and if...

      Prisons: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many members of (a) the National Tactical Response Group and (b) Tornado Teams have been injured during a callout in each of the last three years.

      Medway Secure Training Centre: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2015 to Question 12035, what teaching agency G4S contacted; and what level of security clearance that member of...

      Medway Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Ministers in his Department have visited G4S Medway in the last five years.

      Ministry of Justice: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many defibrillators are provided in each building his Department manages.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to reduce the level of violence in prisons.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church Commissioners: Land

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what recent progress has been made on (a) residential development and (b) infrastructure planning on Church...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, after how long it is his policy to take action when a local planning authority has not produced a playing pitch strategy; and what...

    • Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to improve access to Welsh subtitling for learners and people with accessibility needs.

      Concert Halls: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the need for a new concert hall in London.

      BBC: Royal Charters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects (a) the public responses and (b) the Government's response to the Government consultation on the BBC Charter Review to...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on the continuation of payments for legacy benefits to claimants being transferred to universal credit until a first...

    • Christmas Bonus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who were eligible to receive a Christmas bonus on their benefits had not received it on 24 December 2015.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of staff working in his Department are employees on fixed-term contracts.

      Universal Credit: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many lone parent households that are in receipt of housing benefit will be affected by changes to universal credit work allowances in (a)...

      Housing Benefit: Burnley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Burnley receive housing benefit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit claimants who are considered by his Department to have a limited capability to work are in receipt of universal credit in (a)...

      Universal Credit: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit switch centres there are in (a) Burnley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West.

      Jobcentre Plus: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many computers each jobcentre in (a) Burnley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West has available for recipients of universal credit to...

      Universal Credit: Burnley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Burnley are in receipt of universal credit.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's legal costs were in Ashley Hurley, Mary Jarrett and Lee Palmer v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, CO/2717/2014...

      Personal Independence Payment: Disability Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people no longer receive the disability premium following their transfer from receipt of disability living allowance to personal...

      Universal Credit: Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether universal credit applicants who are housing association tenants are informed upon application of the need for a letter from their...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the estimated cost is of payments of universal credit to (a) people already in receipt of universal credit on 1 April 2016 and (b) other...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the spending reduction in 2016-17 that will result from (a) the changes in universal credit work allowances and...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the number of people in work who will be in receipt of universal credit in (a) 2016-17, (b)...

      Jobcentre Plus: Wallasey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the savings accrued by the closure of the Wallasey Jobcentre Plus in Liscard.

      Universal Credit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many potential overlapping payments between those processed through the universal credit live service and those processed for housing...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of women born in the 1950s who have been affected by the changes to pension terms made in...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the final version of the Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy was agreed within his Department.

      Christmas Bonus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were paid their Christmas bonus on their benefits in the first week of December 2015.

      Universal Credit: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what advice his Department gives to universal credit applicants on their eligibility for council tax reduction.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Anaerobic Digestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will discuss with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (a) providing more funding through and (b)...

    • Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to support the development of small-scale on-site renewable solutions in the agri-food sector, based...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to ban bio-degradable food processing and farm residues from disposal to...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department plans to publish a full impact assessment of the Government's proposal for clean air zones.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason passenger cars have been exempted from the proposed clean air zones in her Department's plan to reduce...

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

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

      Cosmetics: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will introduce a ban on plastic microbeads in cosmetic products similar to that introduced in the US.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of particulate matter pollution; and what account her Department...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to issue guidance on the maximum length of time that a charging Clean Air Zone could be...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding will be allocated to local authorities to undertake scoping studies related to the establishment of Clean...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will set standards for the implementation of a low emission strategy in those areas currently exceeding EU nitrogen...

      Angling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will simplify the fishing licence regime to expand fishing as a sport.

      Ash Dieback Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to reduce the occurrence of ash dieback disease.

      Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's policy is on the use of neonicotinoids, when that policy was last updated; and what plans she has to...

      Flood Control: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department has allocated to (a) capital investment in and (b) maintenance flood protection schemes in (i)...

      Flood Control: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of her Department's budget for (a) capital investment and (b) maintenance flood protection...

      Livestock: Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what financial support her Department provides to livestock farmers to mitigate the development of antibiotic resistance;...

      Milk: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to encourage the grocery code adjudicator to investigate milk prices paid by Meadow Foods.

      Anaerobic Digestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to incentivise small-scale on-farm anaerobic digestion systems.

      Waste and Resources Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November 2015 to Question 14627, what estimate her Department has made of the total funding...

      Dogs: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to ban the online sale of puppies; and if she will make a statement.

      Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the conclusions of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's assessment of the...

      Nature Conservation: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the 28 measures identified on pages four to six of her Department's publication, Report of the Habitats...

      Nature Conservation: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Written Statement of 12 January 2016, HCWS 462, on December Environment Council, what steps she plans to...

      Thames Flood Barrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions the Thames Barrier has been used in each of the last 30 years.

      Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information her Department holds on research taking place to find alternatives to neonicotinoid pesticides.

      Livestock: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2016 to Question 20502, if she will make it her policy to update the Veterinary Medicine...

      Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hectares of trees have been (a) felled and (b) replanted on Forestry Commission land in England in each year since 2000.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Greater Manchester Combined Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals on the introduction of (a) call-in and (b) scrutiny arrangements for the Greater...

    • Ethnic Groups: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions his Department has had with its counterparts in Northern Ireland on the integration of minority communities.

      Shopping Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to combat the (a) decline in the use of local shopping centres and (b) fall in employment rates by...

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to establish an independent body to monitor the salaries of council staff.

      Floods: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the total paid out by his Department in flood compensation grants to households who were not...

      Caravans: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many motorhome-friendly parking sites there are in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Lancashire.

      Playgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much his Department spent on children's playgrounds in each year since 2008.

      Sleeping Rough: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of people under the age of (a) 16 and (b) 18 sleeping rough in Greater Manchester in...

      Funerals: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many public health funerals were there in each London borough in each year since 2010.

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how his Department is working with the voluntary sector to reduce the level of rough sleeping.

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of levels of rough sleeping in town centres on the use of town centres by the general...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Asylum: Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse has been of housing and supporting migrants who arrived (a) in October 1998 and (b) on 21 October 2015 in the RAF...

    • USS Ronald Reagan: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the purpose was of the visit of his officials to the USS Ronald Reagan on 8 January 2016; and what the rank of the visiting officials was.

      Ministry of Defence: UK Membership of EU

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

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF missions have been flown over Syria.

      Iraq: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian casualties have been recorded in Iraq as a result of RAF military intervention since 2 December 2015.

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to ensure that (a) the armed policing of civilian-staffed MOD establishments will continue to be undertaken by units which...

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the advantages of (a) expertise, (b) experience and (c) continuity in the use of specialist MOD civilian police in...

      Ministry of Defence: Industrial Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the four desks allocated in his Department's main building to the Defence Police Federation are being withdrawn; whether those allocated...

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the (a) advantages and (b) disadvantages of replacing civilian Ministry of Defence police by soldiers.

  • HM Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many full-time equivalent members of staff were employed by HM Revenue and Customs in each year since 2005.

    • Flood Control: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to provide tax reliefs similar to those provided to businesses that contribute to flood defence schemes to landowners and...

      Multinational Companies: Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of progress in implementing the OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Action Plan.

      Business: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of savings that will accrue to UK businesses from his Department's plans to introduce quarterly tax returns for business by 2020.

      Construction: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will reduce the level of VAT applicable to construction companies involved in the conversion of non-residential buildings to residential use.

      Revenue and Customs: ICT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many IT contractors engaged by HM Revenue and Customs work through a personal service company.

      Tobacco: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library HM Revenue and Customs' full workings, including the methodology, modelling and assumptions, which underpinned the figures...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people had supporting documents confirming identity and finances lost by the Tax Credit Office in each month in 2015; and how much was paid in...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many changes in household circumstances have been processed relating to claimants (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit in the last 12 months...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many existing tax credit claimants had their payments stopped in the most recent 12 months for which data is available.

      Bank Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps he has taken to widen access to basic bank accounts.

      HSBC

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the Financial Conduct Authority's decision to end its review into HSBC.

      Small Businesses: Exports

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take fiscal steps to support exports by SMEs.

      Financial Services: Advisory Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to widen access to financial advice.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Renewable Energy: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what cross-departmental structures her Department has established with the Department for Communities and Local Government and the...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Information Officers

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

  • Department of Health

    • Suicide: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people aged between 15 and 18 took their own lives in each of the last three years.

    • Health Services: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2015 to Question 902116, how much additional financial support in winter resilience money the NHS received in each...

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce waiting times for colonoscopy to detect bowel cancer.

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the (a) frequency of false (i) positives and (ii) negatives from the National Screening Programme for bowel cancer and (b)...

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 9 December 2015 to Question 18808, what assessment he made of the conclusion by the Independent Cancer Taskforce in its 2015...

      Baby Care Units: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answers of 15 December 2015 to Questions 18901 and 18902, what the source is of the statement that 71 of the 131 neonatal critical care...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many medical negligence cases with a value of damages less than £25,000 there have been in each of the last five years in which (a) costs...

      NHS Litigation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to Recommendation 8 of his Department's Triennial Review of the NHS Litigation Authority (NHS LA), published in July 2015, when he expects...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were treated by gamma knife radiosurgery machines (a) in England and (b) at each hospital in the last three years.

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will introduce a ban on unstaffed tanning salons in England similar to that introduced in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with (a) anxiety and (b) depression in each of the last five years.

      Independent Mental Health Advocates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to promote independent mental health advocacy.

      Mental Health Services: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospitals in (a) Devon and (b) Cornwall have round the clock mental health support.

      Embryology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to recruit and retain embryologists in the NHS.

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2016 to Question 21919, whether the £290 million announced for perinatal mental health, funded from the...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2016 to Question 21922, which organisations other than CCGs have been allocated funding from the £173 million...

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on research being undertaken to assist those severely affected by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) junior doctors and (b) consultants were employed by the NHS in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Females: Directors

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions she has had with businesses on increasing the gender balance on corporate boards.

    • Females: Directors

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will take steps to increase the reporting of gender balance on corporate boards.

      Health: Young People

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how the PSHE Association guidance on body image is distributed to teachers.

      Health: Young People

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Oral Answer to the hon. Member for Litchfield of 14 January 2016, how the media-smart literacy resources regarding body image are...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of Iraqi and Syrian Christians and other religious minorities who have been murdered or displaced from their...

    • Syria: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals, if any, they have made, and what further action they will take, to ensure that the voices of women are heard in all future negotiations about...

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the ceasefire in Yemen has been extended beyond 28 December 2015.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia about the repeated bombing of facilities of Médecins Sans Frontières.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations have they made to the Palestinian Authority following the seizure by Israeli customs of 4,000 incitement dolls, allegedly designed to...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas over recent reports that he said that violence by Palestinians...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health following its description of Nashat Milhem as "one of the dearest...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent representations they have made to the Palestinian Authority over reports that it has provided millions in monthly salaries to convicted...

  • Department for Education

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ports: Alderney

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 7 July 2009 (WA 122), why the Background briefing on the Crown Dependencies on the Ministry of...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Warships: Helicopters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 18 December 2015 (HL4511), how they define "command" in that answer; and whether command of helicopters in all...

    • Aircraft Carriers: Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 18 December 2015 (HL4510), which part of the Strategic Headquarters in the Ministry of Defence will make the...

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 8 December 2015 (HL4049), whether HMS Astute was laid down on 31 January 2001, launched on 8 June 2007 and...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 8 December 2015 (HL4047), whether the build time of HMS Vanguard from beginning of whole boat construction to...

      Aircraft Carriers: Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 5 January (HL4757), at what range from an airbase could UK land-based fighter aircraft provide constant air...

      Ulster Defence Regiment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have compensated those members of the Ulster Defence Regiment who underwent target practice without ear muffs; and if not, why not.

      Aircraft Carriers: Harrier Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 16 December 2015 (HL4512 and HL4513), how long RAF Joint Force Harrier squadrons had to stay on board...

      Aircraft Carriers: Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 18 December 2015 (HL4511), whether embarked United States Marine Corps F-35B aircraft will abide by the US...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times in the last year the Access to Work scheme has contributed to funding (1) the installation of a disabled toilet in a workplace, and (2)...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Private Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review the operation of property guardianship schemes, and if so, whether that review will include the level of charges, standard of...

    • Housing Estates: Regeneration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they calculated the amount of funding required for the 100 "sink estates" that they have identified for regeneration projects, and how they plan to...

  • Department of Health

    • Health Services: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the membership and terms of reference of the investigation commissioned by NHS England into the circumstances leading up to the termination of the...

    • Health Services: Staffordshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the awarding of the Staffordshire Cancer and End of Life Services Contract will be delayed pending publication of the investigation commissioned by...

      Tomography

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the awarding of the second phase of the National PET-CT contract for England will be delayed pending publication of the investigationcommissioned by...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what costs have been incurred by the NHS Commissioning Board, Commissioning Support Units and Clinical Commissioning Groups in conducting the Lead Provider...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what benefits aside from the 10 per cent price reduction that policy required have accrued from conducting the Lead Provider Framework procurement process to...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements have been put in place for independent external evaluation of the Lead Provider Framework process, and when that evaluation will report.

      Commissioning Support Units: Management Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what costs Commissioning Support Units have incurred in spending, or have committed to spend, on external management consultancies in 2015–16, for (1)...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are ensuring that the Lead Provider Framework procurement process is not used to continue employing expensive management consultants.

      Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what molecular testing takes place in the UK in mesothelioma and other rare cancers; and how that compares to more common cancers such as breast, lung or...

      Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment the National Institute for Health Research Horizon Scanning Research and Intelligence Centre and Genomic England have made of the potential...

      Pathology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress the Chief Scientific Officer of NHS England is making towards the introduction of a national molecular pathology service.

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