Written answers

Friday, 22 January 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a comparative assessment of the (a) cost of construction, (b) environmental effects and (c) construction time of High Speed 2 and a...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many expressions of interest his Department has received from organisations other than HM Treasury or private investors in funding the...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his most recent estimate is of the cost of tunnel boring for the High Speed 2 Chiltern tunnel.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Promoter's response to the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Committee's First Special Report of Session 2014-15, June 2015,...

      Taxis: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has conducted research on the average hourly pay after business expenses of private hire vehicle drivers in London.

      Taxis: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2016 to Question 22143, for what reasons the Government has decided not to amend primary legislation to allow the...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons drivers resident in Northern Ireland are unable to use the online facility to change address on their driving licence.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what tests were undertaken by (a) the Vehicle Certification Agency, (b) the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and (c) any other testing authority as...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether any action was taken by (a) the Vehicle Certification Agency, (b) the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and (c) any other testing authority...

      Roads: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of damage to (a) local roads and (b) the strategic road network caused by recent flooding; and from which cost...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of adopting the recommendation of the cycling charity CTC that part of the £15 billion road...

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if the Government will review its aircraft noise policy after the updated WHO guidelines are published in summer 2016.

      Mersey Tunnel: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2015 to Question 2544, what progress is being made on reviewing the Mersey Tunnel tolls.

      Public Transport: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will review the affordability of public transport for people in full-time education; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2015 to Question 12356, when he expects Network Rail to publish an update to its industry electrification strategy.

  • Home Office

    • National Crime Agency: European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions the National Crime Agency has used the European Arrest Warrant system in the last two years.

    • Cedars Pre-departure Accommodation Facility: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have been accommodated in Cedars pre-departure accommodation in Crawley in each month since its establishment.

      Undocumented Migrants: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures are in place to ensure that illegal migrants to the UK are returned to their country of origin; and whether people deemed by...

      Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Registration of Births and Deaths Regulations 1987 to include a...

      International Sikh Youth Federation: Proscribed Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to lay before Parliament an Order removing the International Sikh Youth Federation from the list of proscribed organisations.

      Visas: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the recommendations of James Ewins' review of the overseas domestic workers visa.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Colombian government in the last three months on the security situation for human rights...

    • Pu Zhiqiang

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Chinese authorities on the reported arrest of Pu Zhiqiang.

      Colombia: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2016 to Question 20989, what information his Department holds on how many cases of murder...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Defibrillators

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

      Indonesia: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support Indonesia in dealing with the terrorist bombings in Jakarta in January 2016.

      Indonesia: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Indonesian counterpart on the (a) ISIL attacks in Jakarta in January 2016 and (b)...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's policy is on its officials engaging in secondary employment.

      Indonesia: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how the Government plans to respond to the terrorist bombings in Jakarta in January 2016.

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the next UK-China Human Rights Dialogue is planned.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the transfer of protected persons from the West Bank to prisons...

      Kamal Foroughi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what further representations his Department plans to make to the Iranian government on securing the release of Kamal Foroughi...

      Turkey: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Turkish government on the arrest of academics (a) in general and (b) at the Kocaeli...

      Arab Partnership Participation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost to the public purse was of the promotion of democracy and human rights through the Arab Partnership Fund in 2014-15.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department were employed to work on human rights in 2014-15; and what the cost of...

      Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether trade union groups based abroad will be eligible to bid for funding from the Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Defibrillators

      To ask the Attorney General, how many defibrillators are provided in each building the Law Officers' Departments manage.

    • Crime: Victims

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps he plans to take in response to the findings of the report, entitled Communicating with victims, published by HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate in...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Stoke on Trent

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

    • English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much the Skills Funding Agency has provided for ESOL Plus Mandation courses in each year since 2009-10.

      Employment: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the total number of FTE positions supported by funding from Research Councils UK; and...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2016 to Question 20474, what proportion of businesses which have been in receipt of funding...

      Small Businesses: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of changing Innovate UK funding from grants to loans.

      Universities: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what support his Department is providing universities to increase collaboration with Chinese research institutions; and if he...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2016 to Question 20474, which businesses have been in receipt of funding from the...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2016 to Question 20474, whether any businesses in receipt of funding from the...

      Holiday Leave: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answer of 15 December 2014 to Question 218111, what conclusions were reached by the Taskforce of business...

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent representations he has received on the proposed privatisation of the Green Investment Bank.

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions he has had with the Office for National Statistics on the issuing of special shares in the Green...

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the privatisation of the Green Investment Bank on the level of investment...

      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, whether the Government has imposed binding conditions in previous...

      Agriculture and Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will take steps to ensure that best practice is shared with each of the devolved institutions on development among...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the cost and benefits of using (a) Green ISAs and Citizen Finance, (b) UK Pension...

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what options were considered during the decision-making process of privatisation of the Green Investment Bank.

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the proposed sale of the Green Investment Bank will include all assets of the bank.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Defibrillators

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

    • Iron and Steel: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the potential effect of Government policy towards reform of...

      Iron and Steel: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the potential effect of current policy on compensation to...

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations she has received on local authority non-compliance with statutory requirements in relation to (a) education, health and care...

    • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools teach sex education and consent in PSHE lessons.

      Department for Education: Defibrillators

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

      Internet: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to keep children safe on the internet at school and at home; and if she will make a statement.

      Asylum and Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she last met the Home Secretary to discuss support for unaccompanied asylum seeking children and trafficked children; and if she will make a...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to improve personal social health and economic education in schools.

      Teachers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of teaching vacancies at the start of September 2016.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many higher education institutions have had their funding allocated by the National College of Teaching and Leadership reduced as a consequence of...

      Teachers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what records her Department keeps of the number of unfilled teaching positions at secondary schools (a) nationally and (b) in each local authority area.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many places were available on teacher training courses at higher education institutions in each academic year since 2009-10.

      GCSE: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will discuss with the Secretary of State for Defence how the best examples of literacy and numeracy education carried out in initial basic...

      Schools: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent representations she has received on changing the way school performance data is published so that data on children in designation...

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to improve teacher recruitment in local education authority areas with poor educational attainment; and if she will make a...

      Parents: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2016 to Question 22307, on parents: mental illness, if she will make it her policy to collect such data.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the insurance industry provided to his Department an estimate of by how much motor insurance premiums would reduce before they took effect as a...

    • Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions there have been for motor insurance fraud in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoner suicides there were in each prison in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015.

      Ranby Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when a Minister in his Department (a) last visited, (b) met the Governor of and (c) met the Independent Monitoring Board of HM Prison Ranby.

      Ranby Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of staff numbers and skills at HM Prison Ranby.

      Ministry of Justice: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy that employees in (a) his Department, (b) National Offender Management Service and (c) all relevant contractors are paid...

      Young Offenders: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost per day is of accommodation for a young person in a (a) young offender institution, (b) secure training centre and (c) secure children's...

      Courts: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost of enabling works required at receiving courts for them to take on additional work arising from planned court...

      Courts and Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the responses to HM Courts and Tribunals Service's proposal on the provision of Courts and Tribunal Estate in England and Wales will be published.

      Youth Custody: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of staff employed in each (a) young offender institution and (b) secure training centre are (i) qualified social workers and (ii)...

      Medway Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people are currently held at Medway Secure Training College.

      Medway Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many beds are (a) funded for and (b) provided by the Youth Justice Board at Medway Secure Training College.

      Medway Secure Training Centre: G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of whether G4S is currently in breach of its contract for services at Medway Secure Training College.

      Medway Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recruitment campaigns and job vacancies there are at Medway Secure Training College.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners were wrongly released in each of the last five years; what crime each such prisoner had been convicted of; from which prison each...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Navy: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many women were recruited to the Royal Navy in each of the last three years.

    • Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to provide cold weather clothing and equipment to progressive anti-Daesh forces.

      Russia: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times unsanctioned Russian military aircraft have been detected entering UK airspace in the last 12 months.

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Caroline principles are applied to any further targeted killing carried out in self-defence of the UK.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Jobcentre Plus: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many work coaches are employed by job centres in (a) Burnley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West.

    • Income Support: Burnley

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

      Jobcentre Plus: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training jobcentre work coaches receive.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what provision there is for ICT training for recipients of universal credit.

      Jobcentre Plus: Wallasey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of Jobcentre Plus operating a smaller client facing office within Liscard Town Centre.

      Jobcentre Plus: Wallasey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff who work at Wallasey Jobcentre Plus in Liscard live within two miles of that office; and how many of those staff will be (a)...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Defibrillators

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

      Health and Work Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what projects his Department plans to fund through the £40 million allocated to the Health and Work Innovation Fund.

      Work and Health Programme: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what specialist support will be available for disabled people under the new Work and Health Programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Jobcentre Plus: Wallasey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to reimburse claimants who use the Wallasey Jobcentre Plus in Liscard for the additional cost of travel to an...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to page 136 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts, if he will publish a breakdown of the full cost figure for the...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) six month notices, (b) three month closure notices and (c) final closure notices of case closure have been sent to Child Support...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has met with representatives of the Citizens Advice Bureau to discuss feedback they have received from universal credit claimants.

      Universal Credit: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support is provided to universal credit claimants who do not have (a) online access or (b) the capability to apply online.

      Personal Independence Payment: Eligibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the five options set out in pages nine to 12 of his Department's Consultation on aids and appliances and the daily living...

      Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a universal credit applicant who does not receive the housing part in their first payment due to lack of evidence provided in their...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • White Fish: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effects of the ban on fishing for bass on the North Devon fishing industry.

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which local authorities received funding from her Department's air quality grant scheme in each year of the last 10 years.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many defibrillators are provided in each building her Department manages.

      Floods: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to ensure that flood maps clearly show landfill sites to aid in the assessment of risk to public...

      Floods: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will take steps to educate local flood resilience groups on the dangers of toxins in flood water.

      Floods: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will review the National Adaption Plan in order to reflect the risk to public health from toxins in flood...

      Floods: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will work with insurers to ensure an accurate risk assessment is carried out on the threat to public...

      Land Drainage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of (a) the potential economic merits of water attenuation and retention by sustainable...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she plans to increase tree-planting as a method of flood prevention.

      Birds: Census

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2016 to Question 21765, on birds: census, when she plans to publish her Department's...

      Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade: Hanoi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which Ministers and staff of her Department will be attending the Hanoi Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade in November...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is her policy to make funding available for woodland planting to help with water retention during times of flooding.

      Farms: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what government funding is available to pay farmers to allow parts of their land to flood to avoid flooding elsewhere.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Retail Trade: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to promote local high street retail businesses.

    • Housing Estates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Government's press release of 10 January 2016, entitled Prime Minister pledges to transform sink estates,...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many houses he expects to be built in the UK in 2016.

      Local Government: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the national living wage and the apprenticeships levy on (a) contracted-out...

      Communities and Local Government: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what research his Department has commissioned on the (a) age profile of rural counties and (b) ability of older residents to...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the overall effect of changes to housing legislation and housing-related benefits which have...

      Foster Care: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities offer a council tax (a) exemption and (b) discount to foster carers within their area.

      Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of changes in the level of services provided by housing associations to...

      Housing Associations: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many disabled housing association residents moved out of their property in each year since 2009-10.

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Prime Minister's announcement of 18 January 2016, Passive tolerance of separate communities must end, how the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has allocated to promoting freedom of worship in 2015-16; and how much her Department has spent on assisting...

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the effects of its spending on the education of disabled children in developing countries...

  • HM Treasury

    • Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on public sector and charitable provision of consumer debt advice services.

    • Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made on analysis of responses to the pension transfers and early exit charges consultation, launched by his Department in July 2015;...

      Energy: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on classification of capacity payments as an environmental levy.

      Treasury: Defibrillators

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many defibrillators are provided in each building his Department manages.

      Better Care Fund: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Barnett consequentials are for Scotland of the additional £1.5 billion allocated to the Better Care Fund in the Spending Review and Autumn...

      Landfill Communities Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the financial effects of removing contributory third party funding from the Landfill Communities Fund.

      Import Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much of the UK's contribution to the EU budget through customs duties related to each (a) product type and (b) country in 2014-15.

      Landfill Communities Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with waste operators on the effect of planned changes to the Landfill Communities Fund.

      Landfill Communities Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on waste operators of planned changes to the Landfill Communities Fund.

      Money Laundering: EU Law

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how he plans to assess the effectiveness of the implementation in the UK of the EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive.

      Small Businesses: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the new electronic system of quarterly income tax reporting will allow small businesses to align their reporting with VAT returns.

      Capital Investment: Greater Manchester

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what Government capital projects (a) have been carried out in the last and (b) are planned over the next five years in Greater Manchester; and what the (i)...

      Landfill Communities Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likely change in the number of projects being funded through the Landfill Communities Fund if the Contributory Third...

      Landfill Communities Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will publish the results of its consultation into the Reform of the Landfill Communities Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Sector: Borrowing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether (a) all and (b) part of the funding for universal technology schools count as public sector borrowing for the purposes of calculating the national debt.

      National Insurance Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of how much has been lost to the National Insurance Fund from salary sacrifice schemes for occupational pensions in each of the...

      Holiday Accommodation: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to (a) make provision for non-EU furnished holiday let owners to benefit from the ability to offset finance costs, but not the...

      Taxis: Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has conducted research on the total cost to the public purse of tax credits paid to private hire vehicle drivers in London in each of...

      Landfill Communities Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number and value of projects funded by the Landfill Communities Fund in each of the last five years.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Low Pay: North West

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many employees in (a) Burnley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West are earning less than the national minimum wage rate which will apply from 1...

    • National Income

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of per capita GDP in each of the nations of the UK in each of the last five years.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people who voted in the 2015 General Election are not on the latest electoral register.

      Clean Growth Ministerial Group

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many times the inter-ministerial group on clean growth has met since 7 May 2015.

  • Department of Health

    • Cancer: Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to help people with cancer who are also suffering from depression.

    • Stem Cells: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase the number of mixed race stem cell donors; what discussions he has had with the Anthony Nolan Trust and others on...

      Neuromuscular Disorders: Norwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress he has made on the creation of a new role for a part-time neuromuscular psychologist at the Colman Centre in Norwich.

      Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to deal with antimicrobial resistance to antibiotics.

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received on regional variations on the availability of treatment for arthritis.

      Generic Prescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to substitute the prescribing of high volume branded medicine with generic equivalents.

      Generic Prescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the potential annual savings to the NHS through greater generic substitution compared to using their reference originator...

      Generic Prescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency about the requirement for some generic medicines to be given a...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission an inquiry into contaminated blood in England and Wales.

      Generic Prescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to include generic medicines which are required to have a brand name by the MHRA and are already subject to market competition...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ask NHS England to publish a case study of the revised Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) patient journey and give examples for how people are initiated...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2015 to Question 10658, if he will ensure that the national improvement framework for hepatitis C services contain...

      Department of Health: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the amount it will spend on (a) television, (b) print, (c) online and (d) billing advertising in the next 12 months.

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to support people with cystic fibrosis.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2015 to Question 19788, in how many cases liability has been established for people infected by contaminated blood.

      Vaccination: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the effect of individual funding requests for palivizumab on premature babies at risk of severe complications from respiratory...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2016 to Question 21111, if he will make an assessment of the effect of delays in the publication of the hepatitis C...

      Department of Health: Defibrillators

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

      Medical Treatments: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6 January 2016 to Question 20580, how long he expects the analysis phase of NHS England's Commissioning through Evaluation...

      Medical Treatments: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6 January 2016 to Question 20580, if his Department will ask NHS England to allow patient access to technologies assessed...

      Swine Flu: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doses of pandemic H1N1 vaccine were administered in the UK in the 2010-11 influenza season.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of pension freedoms policy on the cost to local authorities of residential care.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2016 to Question 21142, what steps he is taking to reduce waiting times.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2016 to Question 21142, if he will make it his policy to make mandatory the recording of the diagnosis code in the...

      Psychiatric Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2016 to Question 21586, if he will make it his policy to collect figures on the number of psychiatric nurses in each...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical commissioning group local transformation plans are available online.

      Social Services: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the National Living Wage on the level of provision of adult social care in (a) 2016-17, (b)...

      Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that young people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis are made aware of their possible suitability for lung...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department will take to ensure that (a) NHS patients across England benefit equally from access to NICE-recommended molecular diagnostic...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his oral contribution of 5 January 2016, Official Report, column 18, what the evidential basis is for the statement that changes to nurses'...

      NHS: Mutual Societies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the report on the Mutuals in Health Pathfinder Programme.

  • Women and Equalities

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent representations they have received about the interpretation and implementation of the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime...

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations, if any, they have made to the government of Russia about civilian casualties resulting from its aerial bombing in Syria.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding measures taken by that government against Palestinian herding communities in Area C...

      Commonwealth: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 9 December 2015 (HL4410), whether any other Commonwealth countries prohibit the public...

      Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their representatives in any UK embassies are banned from making representations concerning capital punishment in any country or countries.

      Iraq: Dams

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are consulting the governments of Iraq, the United States and Italy about the Mosul Dam on the Tigris River, and in particular about the case...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure that the government of Israel complies with the UN General Assembly resolution adopted on 22 December 2015 regarding unilateral...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding its plan to strip Jerusalem residency rights from Palestinians in the wake of...

      Israel: Bedouin

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the demolitions in the Bedouin community of Abu Nuwar that are reported to have...

      Syria: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contact, if any, they have had with the Assad regime in Syria over the last two months.

      Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it remains their policy that the UK does not support the death penalty under any circumstances, and in any country; and if so, what action they have...

  • Wales Office

  • Department for Education

    • Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Ofsted report highlighting a 60 per cent increase in the number of children who have died as a result of abuse and...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Pay Television: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to requiring Sky, Virgin Media, and other suppliers of televisual media to provide their services free of charge to those...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Hong Kong: Veterans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Armed Forces Covenant extends to former members of the Hong Kong Military Service Corps and the Hong Kong Royal Naval Service.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what dates since the Belfast Agreement in 1998 they have discussed with the government of the Republic of Ireland (1) human rights in the UK, and (2)...

    • Equality: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 27 November 2015 (HL3723) concerning parity of esteem in Northern Ireland, whether they believe in parity of...

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