Written answers

Thursday, 21 January 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential safety implications of the mandatory introduction of dashboard cameras in (a) cars, (b) vans and...

    • Motorways: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of its methods of alleviating road congestion on motorways after an incident; and what...

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what requests for information his Department made regarding the cutting to 15 minutes the length of delay after which compensation for train...

      Railway Stations: Carno

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on rail freight movements of the re-opening of the Carno station in Powys.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what analysis his Department has undertaken of the effect of a new rail freight depot near Northampton on the local economy.

      Department for Transport: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the briefing by the National Audit Office, entitled Delivering major projects in government, published on 6 January 2016, what steps...

      Caravans: Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many motorhome owners from continental Europe visited England in each of the last five years.

      Aviation: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ban the use of laser pen technology in proximity to aircraft and airports.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department plans to take in 2016 to ensure that young people under 16 understand road safety issues from the perspectives of...

      Aviation: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what work his Department has undertaken on helping develop a common reporting standard and collection method for incidents of disruptive passengers on...

      Buses: Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the current waiting time is for a PCV driving examination at Watnall test centre; what steps his Department is taking to reduce that waiting...

      Aviation: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the use of sealed tamper-proof bags for duty-free purchases to discourage consumption of...

      Department for Transport: Defibrillators

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

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of UK railway stations have steps but no lift access.

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government has used the methodology in his Department's WebTAG guidance to assess the annual cost of aircraft noise on health in the UK...

      London Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government plans to carry out (a) a full health impact assessment for each of the airport expansion proposals under review and (b) an...

      London Airports: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what account the Government's forthcoming review of the night noise regulations for Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports will take of the WHO...

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the aircraft noise attitudes survey carried out by Ipsos Mori on his behalf; and how he plans to use the findings of that...

      Stratford Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the contribution by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on 5 November 2015,...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of ticket machines were fitted with labels advertising ticket offices of each train operating company on the most recent date for...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 7 of Directly Operated Railways Annual Report and Accounts for 2014-15, for which 10 franchises Directly Operated Railways...

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what Network Rail maintenance, renewal or enhancement works that were planned to be carried out under blockade during the 2015-16 Christmas and New...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which Highways England capital programme schemes are behind schedule.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency received from charges for accessing records in each year from 2009-10 to 2014-15; and how many such...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Tenancy Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many family-friendly tenancies have been taken up in (a) 2013, (b) 2014 and (c) 2015.

    • Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the number of planning applications which were refused on the grounds that the...

      Land Drainage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many dwellings were built as part of a development that included sustainable drainage systems in England and Wales in each...

      Local Government: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average expenditure was per head of local authorities in (a) Bolton and (b) Greater Manchester in the last 12 months...

      Communities and Local Government: Defibrillators

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

      Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2015 to Question 19817, for what reasons his Department does not produce estimates of the...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to allow local authorities to retain business rates generated by new-build nuclear power stations.

      Public Houses: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress he has made on the Pub Loan Fund; and when he expects that fund to be accessible to community groups.

      Coastal Communities Fund: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2015 to Question 18488, what amount of funding from the Coastal Communities Fund will be...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to publish its response to its consultation on the use of restrictive covenants for pubs which closed...

      Affordable Housing: Stratford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of the housing on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is affordable.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Nurseries

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps he is taking to provide crèche services for the children of hon. Members.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on Hamas' rearmament in Gaza; and if he will make an assessment of the potential effect on the...

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of the glorification by the Fatah movement of terrorists who have murdered Israelis.

      Turkey: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on fighting in Diyarbakir, Turkey, and surrounding areas.

      Pakistan: Prisoners of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Pakistan on the case of Flight Lieutenant Gurdev Sing Rai and Captain...

      Iran: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to improve accessibility and reduce costs of visas for British citizens wishing to visit Iran.

      Iran: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many diplomatic staff are based at the British Embassy in Tehran; and what change there has been in the number of such...

      Burkina Faso: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the security situation in Burkina Faso since the recent terrorist attacks in that country.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects to provide an Answer to the Written Question 19992, tabled on 14 December 2015.

      Iran: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2016 to Question 21464, what progress his Department has made on looking into reports of...

      Syria: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether a communique will be produced following the Syria donors conference in February 2016.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the change in the number of civil servants who have had their employment terminated due to absence related to their sickness record has been in...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions his Department has had with (a) the devolved administrations, (b) civic society and (c) industry on the...

    • Hoverboards: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to improve the safety of hoverboards.

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2015 to Question 8811, what projections his Department have made of the potential...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many new statutory regulations on business have been introduced since May 2015; and how many regulations on businesses have...

      Green Investment Bank: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2015 to Question 8988, whether the Government has taken a decision on the funding of the...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the level of maintenance support for undergraduate students; and if...

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the Government has undertaken an environmental impact assessment of its policy to privatise the Green Investment Bank.

      Students: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) value of maintenance grants issued in each of the last 10 years;...

      Green Investment Bank: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2015 to Question 3892, how many (a) jobs and (b) apprenticeships were created by each Green...

      Overseas Trade: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many companies based in Scotland have expressed an interest in trading with Iran; and what steps the Government is taking to...

      Iran: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps diplomatic staff based at the British Embassy in Tehran are taking to increase trade between Iran and the UK.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Poliomyelitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department has had with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on eradication of polio.

    • Palestinians: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will hold discussions with the UN on the alleged misappropriation of reconstruction building materials to Hamas in Gaza.

      Department for International Development: Defibrillators

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

      Syria: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the Government's priorities are for the Syria Donor Conference in February 2016.

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to encourage donors to increase access to accredited quality education for Syrian refugee children...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that vulnerable Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan have access to basic services such...

      Armed Conflict: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure children receive education and protection in conflict zones.

      EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much and what proportion the UK contributed to the EU humanitarian and development budget in each of the last two years.

      Burkina Faso: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what development and humanitarian support the Government has provided (a) bilaterally and (b) multilaterally to Burkina Faso in each...

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether new guidance has been issued to her Department on drafting responses to written parliamentary questions.

    • Department for Education: Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will provide the private office telephone numbers for the ministerial offices of her Department to hon. Members; and for what reasons those...

      Department for Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the equivalent Civil Service salary band was of each (a) consultant and (b) temporary staff member employed within her Department in each of the...

      Department for Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) consultants and (b) temporary staff her Department employed in each of the last five years; and what the length of contract was for each...

      Department for Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, in which directorates (a) consultants and (b) temporary staff employed by her Department worked in each of the last five years.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department plans to launch its consultation on amending the school admissions code to enable summer-born children to be admitted to reception...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Service: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spent on training prison officers to help prisoners with mental health issues in each of the last three years.

    • Medway Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2016 to Question 22204, what action he took in relation to Medway Secure Training Centre between 30 December 2015...

      Medway Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2016 to Question 22404, when the Youth Justice Board ceased placements into Medway Secure Training Centre; and how...

      Secure Training Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) internal and (b) external investigations have been undertaken into self-harm, suicide and restraint in secure training centres in the last...

      Contact Orders: Grandparents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2016 to Question 20478, how many applications by grandparents for rights of access to their grandchildren were made...

      Young Offender Institutions: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of segregation have been recorded at each youth facility in each year since 2010; how many such segregations have been for more than...

      Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the proposed increase in the small claims limit for personal injury on access to justice.

      Sexual Offences: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what support for resettlement is given to sex offenders.

      Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre: MTCnovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what arrangements his Department has in place to monitor the performance of MTCNovo's delivery of the custodial service at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre.

      Prisons: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which finds of what items were recorded by the Incident Report System in each facility in each of the last three years.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of potential savings to the public purse arising from the proposed residence test for legal aid.

      Internet: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the consistency of sentencing for people convicted of online fraud.

      Medway Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what date the Youth Justice Board was informed of the allegations of abuse at Medway Secure Training Centre; and on what date the Youth Justice Board...

      Human Rights Act 1998

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to ensure that (a) the consultation period on the proposed repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998 will not fall within the purdah...

      Supreme Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his oral evidence to the House of Lords Constitution Committee of 2 December 2015, Question 9, what progress he has made on...

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2016 to Question 21704, whether spending by the...

  • Prime Minister

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Prime Minister, if he will amend the Memorandum of Understanding of 25 November 2014 under section 2(2) of the Justice and Security Act 2013 to enable the Intelligence and Security...

    • Government Departments: Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Prime Minister, if he will take steps to ensure that the private office telephone numbers of all Government Ministers are made available to hon. Members.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to regulate advertising by payday loan companies; and if he will make a statement.

    • British Telecom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department or Ofcom has made an assessment of the cost drivers behind BT's recent 50 per cent increase in charges for...

      Outdoor Recreation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support his Department provides to outdoor recreational activities across the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy of 3 December 2015, Official Report, column 512,...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, by what date 100 per cent of residents of (a) Kettering constituency and (b) England will have access to superfast broadband.

      Music: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of spaces available for disabled people in music venues.

      Football: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to ensure that football supporters from all nations of the UK have equal free access to their national team games...

      BBC: Royal Charters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on the BBC Charter Renewal process.

      Public Service Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to improve diversity in public service broadcasting.

      Athletics: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the second report on the IAAF of the Independent...

      Football: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to ensure that football supporters from all nations of the UK have equal free access to their national team games...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he plans to take to improve broadband and mobile phone coverage in rural areas.

      Betting Shops: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with bookmakers on the single-staffing of high street betting shops.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of how many people will receive a lower pension credit entitlement as a result of the rise of the single saving...

    • Universal Credit: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what personal budgeting advice, and in what format, is provided to recipients of universal credit.

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what funding his Department has allocated for the expansion of the Fit for Work service; and if he will make a statement.

      Universal Credit: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to ensure that applicants for universal credit are made aware of appropriate debt advice services; and if he will make a...

      Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how access to pension provision at the age of 55 affects eligibility for benefits.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2016 to Question 21433, how many employees of his Department will be affected by the reduction in the...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff employed by his Department (a) receive working tax credits and (b) work part-time; and what proportion of each such group are women.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Gulf War Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will increase investment in research on rehabilitation, health and social care models that can improve quality of life for ill Gulf War veterans...

    • Army Reserve: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the Army Reserve in made up by Northern Irish soldiers.

      Iraq-Kuwait Conflict: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the start of combat operations in the First Gulf War.

      Protection of Military Remains Act 1986

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 9 February 2015 to Question 222936, when he plans to announce which of the 5,000 ships under consideration will be...

      Armed Forces: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the most recent Code of Social Conduct was issued for the armed forces; if he will place in the Library a copy of that code: what restrictions that...

      Ministry of Defence: Defibrillators

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

      Army: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people who applied to join the Army Reserve in 2015 had their applications withdrawn on medical grounds.

      Bahrain: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of potential risks to the safety and security of Royal Navy aircraft carriers being held at anchor offshore in...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many attacks by the RAF have been carried out specifically targeting the communications capacity of Daesh in Syria since Parliament authorised such...

      Burkina Faso: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support UK military personnel are providing to the (a) security services and (b) armed forces of Burkina Faso.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many failed asylum seekers have been deported in each month since May 2010.

    • Home Office: UK Membership of EU

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

      Home Office: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contingency planning her Department is undertaking to prepare for the possibility of a leave vote in the forthcoming referendum on the...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the guidance on how to make a request for revocation of a deportation order will be republished; and if she will make a statement.

      Migrant Workers: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many domestic workers were deported in each of the last five years.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the new migrant camp being built in Dunkirk does not have a negative effect on UK-bound...

      Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to support the mental welfare of officers in the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

      Greater Manchester Police: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to support the mental welfare of officers in the Greater Manchester Police Service.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of people in the UK on a tier 2 visa who will not have their visa renewed when new rules...

      Right of Abode

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to offer a discounted rate for dependents who apply for a Certificate of Entitlement for Right of Abode in the UK.

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures the Government has put in place to ensure that the resettlement programme in Lebanon and Jordan is able to identify the most...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which EU countries her Department has recorded as not complying with the Dublin Convention in their treatment of asylum seekers and other...

      Passports: Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the rules are on the use, style and designation in UK passports of UK titles of honour, such as knighthoods, granted to both UK and...

      Police: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional funds will be provided for armed response police in South Wales; and what proportion of the total additional funding those...

      Police: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police constables there were in North Wales in each year since 2010.

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects the eighth place on the Board of the Gangmasters' Licensing Authority to be filled.

      Motor Vehicles: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the scenarios and charges in the Removal, Storage and Disposal of Vehicles Regulations 2008 were last reviewed to ascertain whether...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she intends to answer the letter to her dated 10 December 2015 with regard to Mr S Akhter.

  • HM Treasury

    • Offices of Profit under the Crown

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the annual salary is of the (a) Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds and (b) Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead.

    • Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the commercial provision of consumer debt advice services.

      Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many applications for consumer credit licences for debt advice and debt adjusting on a commercial basis have been made in the last 12 months; and how...

      Revenue and Customs: East Kilbride

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effects of HM Revenue and Customs office closures on the local economy in East Kilbride in 2025-26.

      Rents: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many applications not to pay tax on income from rental properties due to the owner's overseas status were received in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2013-14, (c)...

      Revenue and Customs: Internet

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of websites using the HM Revenue and Customs logo without permission and (b) how many people have paid to use...

      Privatisation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what government assets and services have been privatised in each year since 2010; what the pre-sale valuation was of each such asset or service; and what...

      River Thames: Bridges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether donations to the proposed London Garden Bridge by corporate bodies are tax deductible.

      Income Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish an estimate of how many people in each region and parliamentary constituency will benefit from the rise in the income tax personal...

      Mortgages: Occupied Territories

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 6 January 2016 to Question 21322, which body is responsible for providing advice to UK banks and building societies offering...

      Revenue and Customs: Logos

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department provides to partner organisations on using the HM Revenue and Customs logo in such a way as to make it clear to consumers the...

      Credit Unions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to help credit unions compete in the personal loans and savings market.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Gas Fired Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that new gas-fired power stations are built in the UK.

    • Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what level of financial return the Government expects from diesel generators who will benefit from payments through the capacity market.

      Energy: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, which local authorities have sought access to funds raised through the Energy Company Obligation and other green and social levies on...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 205 to Question 19617, what level of detail would not risk potential disclosure of confidential...

      Climate Change Convention: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions she has had with her counterpart in the Northern Ireland Executive on implementing the conclusions of the COP21...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of (a) known available oil and gas reserves and (b) reserves estimated to be found as a result of fracking she plans...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much the Government plans to spend from the public purse on supporting or enabling exploratory and productive fracking in the UK.

      Department for Energy and Climate Change: Defibrillators

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

      Civil Nuclear Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what expenditure has been allocated to the Civil Nuclear Constabulary in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17, (c) 2017-18, (d) 2018-19 and (e)...

      Civil Nuclear Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many police officers of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary she estimates will be deployed in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17, (c) 2017-18,...

      Environmental Protection: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what projection she has made for the Levy Control Framework budget for renewables in each year up to 2020.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of how much fresh water will be used during each exploratory fracking operation.

      Solar Power: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many solar power companies there were in (a) Lancashire, (b) the North West and (c) Britain in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012,...

      Renewable Energy: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what impact assessment her Department has conducted of the proposed increase in the rate of VAT for solar and other renewables to 20...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Flood Control: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps her Department is taking to help review and improve sea defences in Northern Ireland.

    • Northern Ireland Office: Defibrillators

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

      Suicide: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether she has made an assessment of the potential effect of the legacy of the troubles on changes to the number of deaths by suicide in...

      Northern Ireland Assembly: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions she has held with the Chief Electoral Officer on steps to ensure that the count of the Northern Ireland Assembly...

  • Leader of the House

    • Supply Estimates: Reform

      To ask the Leader of the House, what progress the Government is making on reform of the Estimates process.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to reduce food waste.

    • Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) financial and (b) other support her Department is providing to businesses which have been affected by floods to...

      Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the number and countries of origin were of dogs imported into the UK for (a) non-commercial reasons under PETS and (b)...

      Thames Tideway Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been budgeted for compensation payments to residential and business properties affected by the construction of...

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the (a) length and (b) number of public byways open to all traffic in the UK; and...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the implications of the...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the effects of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 on the (a)...

      Thames Flood Barrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what projection her Department has made of use of the Thames Barrier in each of the next five years.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff in her Department work on air quality.

  • Department of Health

    • Hospitals: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what process was used for the appointment of Sir Jonathan Michael to lead the Independent Review to assess the potential benefits of aligning hospital...

    • Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the contribution by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health of 11 January 2016, Official Report, column 238WH, what estimate...

      Junior Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the (a) number and (b) proportion of junior doctors who work on average more than (i) 48, (ii) 56, (iii) 72 and...

      General Practitioners: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will provide additional resources to North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group to allow GP surgeries in that group's area to take...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average time was from a patient being declared fit to leave hospital to their discharge in (a) St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust, (b)...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evaluation has been carried out of commissioning plans to ensure that those plans are implementing choice of mental health provider and team since...

      Self-Harm: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people under 18 have been admitted to hospital as a result of self-harm in each year since 2010.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to respond to the letter sent to him dated 23 February 2015 on prescription charges for people with long-term conditions by the Chairs of...

      Junior Doctors: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what dates ACAS conciliation talks between his Department and the BMA on the junior doctors' dispute have taken place; at what time each such meeting...

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • House of Lords: Parliamentary Procedure

      To ask the Leader of the House whether she will initiate discussions with the usual channels as to the desirability of establishing a general principle whereby items of business with a speakers...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Public Sector: Trade Unions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation they carried out about prohibiting public sector employers from providing a check-off service.

    • Manufacturing Industries: Foreign Companies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many manufacturing companies in the UK employing more than 500 people are foreign-owned; and what is their assessment of the implications of such...

      Universities: CAGE

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take steps to ensure that the organisation CAGE is prevented from speaking at British universities.

      Universities: Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take steps to prevent the Egyptian cleric Fadel Soliman from speaking at British universities.

  • Department for International Development

    • Burundi: Bilateral Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider re-opening a bilateral development programme in Burundi, in the light of recent violence in that country.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Forensic Science: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 21 December 2015 (HL4282), how they reconcile that answer with the statement by the Parliamentary Office of...

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Royal Military Academy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many foreign nationals received training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in each year between 2005 and 2016.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Brunei Gallery

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they provided financial support to the exhibition Sand in My Eyes: Sudanese Moments at the Brunei Gallery, and what assessment they have made of...

  • Home Office

    • Vetting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Henley on 21 March 2012 (HL Deb, cols 914–6), and in the light of the fact that the number of Disclosure and Barring...

    • Police: Biometrics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 12 November 2015 (HL3286), whether the review of the retention of custody images by police forces has now...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 16 December 2015 (HL4139), what assessment they have made of whether the police have sufficient...

      Police

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 30 November 2015 (HL3832), what assessment they have made of Eurostat's figures for comparative police...

      Rights of Accused

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 30 November 2015 (HL3712), whether, in the interests of transparency, they will arrange for police forces to...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • International Climate Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any intermittency issues concerning renewable generating capacity installed using finance from the UK International Climate Fund.

    • Fossil Fuels

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they respond to the chief executive of Shell, who claims that oil and gas companies would be negatively affected in the event that the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department of Health

    • Pharmacy: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans for pharmacists who support general practitioners and Accident and Emergency departments to be trained as healthcare...

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