Written answers

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the proposed timescales are for the completion of the business case work for the electrification of the Southport to Salford Crescent and Kirkby...

    • Road Traffic Offences: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2015 to Question 19163, what assessment his Department has made of reasons for changes in the level of...

      Bexleyheath Railway Line: Landslips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2016 to Question 22575, whether failure to inspect equipment or buildings situated adjacent to Bexleyheath rail...

      Bexleyheath Railway Line: Landslips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2016 to Question 22574, for what reasons, during the closure of the Bexleyheath rail line during the week...

  • Home Office

    • Abduction: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many child abduction warning notices were served by police forces in England in the last 12 months; and how many such notices related to...

    • Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugees from the Syrian conflict relocated in the UK to date are (a) adults with a vulnerable characteristic, (b) adults in a...

      Legal Systems: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to publish her Department's review of Sharia courts; and if she will make a statement.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what requirement there is for a person to reveal their identity when requested to do so by a police officer.

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) longest, (b) shortest and (c) average time serving police borough commanders have been in post in London boroughs.

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Government will hold a formal public consultation on proposed extremism disruption orders which makes reference to issues of free...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to consult farmers and the agricultural sector on its firearms policy.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the number of Syrian refugees brought to the UK under the Private Sponsorship Scheme will be in addition to the Government's...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Private Sponsorship Scheme for Syrian refugees; and what estimate she has made of...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if police forces will be required to provide information to the Disclosure and Barring Service where a person has been arrested and bailed...

      Police: Stun Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers in (a) Burnley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West are trained to use tasers.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that refugees admitted to the UK from Syria are provided with the necessary support to enable them to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Commonwealth: Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether a distinction is made by the Government between Commonwealth Realm Orders and decorations where Her Majesty the Queen...

    • Commonwealth: Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the distinction is between the Sovereign's formal and informal permission in his Department's rules and regulations on the...

      Commonwealth: Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether UK nationals who are also nationals of other Commonwealth realms are required to renounce their UK citizenship if they...

      Western Sahara: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2015 to Question 1543, on Western Sahara: referendum, whether any referendum would put...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK has agreed to fund particular EU projects as a result of discussions with his EU counterparts as part of the...

      Mauritania: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Mauritania.

      Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guidance (a) has been issued and (b) his Department plans to issue in 2016 to UK diplomats in states with the death...

      Hassam Mushiema

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Bahraini government on the provision of medical treatment to Mr Hassam Mushiema.

      Kurds: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on the refusal of the Kurdistan Regional Government to pay tuition fees and living...

      Somaliland: Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of progress in electoral registration in Somaliland; and what support the UK is providing for that...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2016 to Question 19992, what the reason was for the time taken to answer that Question.

  • Attorney General

    • Treason

      To ask the Attorney General, what his policy is on use of the charge of treason; and what is his Department's guidance on sentencing those charged and convicted of that offence.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of current and past students who it expects will be able to pay off...

    • Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answers of 12 January 2016 to Questions 19955 and 19954, (a) how much funding was allocated to and (b) how many...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2016 to Question 20474, how his Department works with businesses in the (a) construction,...

      Catering: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of apprentices working in the curry industry.

      Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to support the curry industry.

      Iron and Steel: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations the Government has received from the Welsh Government on the steel industry in the last five years.

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department plans to include an undertaking to retain the staff of the Green Investment Bank as a condition when...

      Green Investment Bank: Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much funding the Green Investment Bank has invested in fracking projects in the UK.

      Business: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many businesses were compensated for the indirect costs of the (a) EU Emissions Trading System and (b) carbon price floor;...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the proportion of (a) public and (b) private investment was in each project in which the Green Investment Bank has invested.

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the timescale is for privatisation of the Green Investment Bank; and whether he has made contingency plans to extend that...

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the Government's proposal to sell the Green Investment Bank (GIB) will include provision for the (a) sale of all GIB...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what consultation process took place in respect of the (a) establishment and (b) proposed privatisation of the Green Investment Bank.

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will place in the Library any external advice given to his Department on green reporting to be undertaken by the...

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2016 to Question 22689, when his Department plans to report to Parliament its detailed...

      Arms Trade: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how his Department monitors the use of UK-manufactured arms by those countries to which they are sold.

  • Department for International Development

    • Nepal: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support the Government has given to the Government of Nepal for (a) rebuilding, (b) supply of food and (c) energy supply.

    • East Africa: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what baseline data collection her Department plans to undertake in Somalia and Zimbabwe to measure progress against the Sustainable...

      Developing Countries: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what procedures her Department has to determine which countries are at risk of becoming fragile states in order that such risks can be...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of school places that will be needed in Leeds in each of the next five years; and how many schools she...

    • Educational Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has made an assessment of the number of secondary school pupils who have been unable to participate in a school trip directly...

      Education: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the implication for her policies of the conclusion of the Social Market Foundation report, Educational Inequalities in...

      Mathematics: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2016 to Question 22118, what steps her Department is taking to tackle shortfalls of mathematics teachers in...

      Sugar: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to encourage schools and students to use Public Health England's Sugar Smart app.

      Commonwealth: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to increase schoolchildren's understanding of the Commonwealth by increasing the proportion of the national curriculum...

      Children: Hyperactivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to support the academic and socio-emotional needs of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to (a) include understanding of the signs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in teacher training and (b) encourage...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will assess the potential merits of enabling or compelling local authorities to use housing and council tax benefit data to (a) identify...

      Schools: Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it is a requirement for schools built through the Priority School Buildings programme to be tested for compliance with acoustic regulations...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of (a) secondary and (b) primary schools are academies.

      Schools: Solihull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that demand for school places in Solihull is met.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the affordability of childcare in (a) Lambeth, (b) Southwark and (c) London.

      GCE A-level: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many deaf students achieved three A* to A grades or better in their A-levels in 2015.

      High Arcal School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will meet representatives of High Arcal Academy in Dudley to discuss its Condition Improvement Fund bid for a new sports hall.

      Teachers: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) college teachers there were in (i) Leeds, (ii) Leeds city region and (iii) Yorkshire in each of the last...

      Free School Meals: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many school pupils were eligible for free school meals in each London borough in December 2015.

      Offensive Weapons: Educational Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on how many occasions (a) knives, (b) guns and (c) other offensive weapons were found in schools and colleges in each London borough in (i) 2010 and...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Judges: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will ensure that family court judges receive training on the new offence of coercive and controlling behaviour created by the Serious Crime Act 2015.

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that Practice Direction 12J: Child Arrangement and Contact Orders: Domestic Violence and Harm is properly implemented...

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners on day release have absconded in the last 12 months.

      Medway Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many members of staff of Medway Secure Training College have (a) been suspended, (b) received an official warning and (c) been dismissed since 30...

      Bill of Rights: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the (a) timing of the consultation on the proposed Bill of Rights and associated measures and (b)...

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offences were committed by (a) escaped or (b) absconded prisoners in each year since 2010; and what those offences were.

      Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what process there is for updating victims on the progress of a prisoner's appeal.

      Oakwood Prison: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2016 to Question 22284, how many members of (a) the National Tactical Response Group and (b) Tornado Teams have...

      Prison Service: Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison staff from which prisons were dismissed for conducting inappropriate relationships with prisoners in (a) 2010, (b) 2013, (c) 2014 and...

      Prisons: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the five items most commonly recorded by the Incident Report System are; and how many of each such item were recorded in the last year for which...

      Prisoners: Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times police cells were used to hold prisoners overnight in each month in 2014 and 2015.

      Armed Forces: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Defence ways by which vexatious claims against soldiers who have served on operations overseas can be...

      Human Rights Act 1998: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans the Government has to seek legislative consent from the Scottish Parliament for the proposed repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Government plans to publish the findings of its review of employment tribunal fees.

      Human Rights Act 1998: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans the Government has to seek legislative consent from the Scottish Parliament for the proposed repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Royal Regiment of Scotland: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel from (a) 6 SCOTS and (b) 7 SCOTS did not attend the minimum number of training days in each year since 2012.

    • Army: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to improve (a) training for army reservists and (b) social cohesiveness between reservists and full-time soldiers.

      Marines: Defence Equipment and Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is his Department's policy that Royal Marines are required to contribute towards the cost of their uniform or equipment.

      Iraq: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the number of fraudulent compensation claims against Armed Forces personnel in Iraq.

      Lebanon: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effect equipment gifted to the Lebanese armed forces between 2012 and 2015 on that country's ability to...

      Veterans: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans in (a) Pendle, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West have been helped by Veterans UK since 2010.

      Veterans UK: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much Veterans UK has spent on providing support to veterans in (a) Pendle, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West since 2010.

      Navy: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to ensure that harbours can accommodate any new vessels built for use by the Royal Navy.

      Armed Forces: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what training his Department provides for women to enable them to serve in combat on the front line.

      Libya: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assistance the Government has given to the Libyan government for training Libyan army personnel.

      Rolls-Royce Marine Power Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent representations he has received in favour of Government involvement in any part of the running of departments or divisions of Rolls Royce...

      Rolls-Royce Marine Power Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of whether Rolls Royce will complete the Nuclear Reactor Component of the Successor Programme on schedule; and if he will...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in how many countries UK Reapers are currently operational.

      Alexander Blackman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information his Department holds on whether there has been an application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission in respect of the case of...

      France: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions his Department held with its French counterpart on the potential effect on Anglo-French defence contracts of a British exit from...

      Military Aircraft: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military pilots have sought medical assistance and been stood down after a laser pen attack.

      Military Aircraft: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many incidents of laser pen attacks on military aircraft were recorded in (a) the UK and (b) overseas in the last five years.

      Air Force: South China Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any aircraft of the Royal Air Force have exercised or sought to exercise freedom of navigation or passage rights over disputed areas of the...

      Ministry of Defence: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of steel used in projects and in equipment procured by his Department in each of the last six years was manufactured in the UK.

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister of 20 January 2016, Official Report, column 1411, if he will set out the specific activities...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to reply to the letters to him from the hon. Member for Tewkesbury dated 20 July 2015 and 21 October 2015 on the treatment of veterans...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the value is of the personal independence payment assessment contract with ATOS; what the main key performance indicators (KPIs) are...

    • Universal Credit: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2016 to Question 21059, on universal credit: domestic violence, for what reasons that information is not...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who were in receipt of disability benefits re-joined the workforce in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e) 2014 and...

      Jobcentre Plus: Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he had with foodbank providers on the planned introduction of Jobcentre staff in foodbanks.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he intends to answer the letter to him dated 14 December 2015 with regard to Ms A Sharif.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he intends to answer the letter to him dated 9 December 2015 with regard to Mr S Faulkner.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees who were dismissed from employment by his Department or its executive agencies since 2010 were on long-term sickness...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department expects to notify all claimants expected to be directly affected by the change to universal credit taking effect from...

      Universal Credit: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit applications in 2015 were initially rejected as the result of a computer system error and subsequently accepted.

      Pensioners: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the average change in income for an individual as of the result of the delay in qualifying for pension credit...

      Medical Treatments Abroad: Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many reimbursement claims his Department has received from UK citizens for health treatment in other European countries for each of the...

      Medical Treatments Abroad: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the UK's arrangements with French authorities for processing reimbursement claims from UK...

      Medical Treatments Abroad: Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what arrangements are in place to enable UK citizens to submit reimbursement claims under the European Health Insurance Card regulations; and...

      Medical Treatments Abroad: Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidelines are in place on the amount of time that should be taken to process reimbursement claims from UK citizens for health treatment...

      Universal Credit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of workless 18 to 21-year olds who will be enrolled on universal credit in (a) 2016-17, (b) 2017-18,...

      Schools: Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress he has made with providing Jobcentre Plus advisor support in schools.

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2016 to Question 22115, why information on the number and value of cold weather payments has not been (a)...

      Proof of Identity: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department is developing alternative online identity authentication for people unable to use the Verify system developed by the...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many calls to his Department's helpline in 2015 related to universal credit; and what proportion such calls were of the total number of calls.

      Universal Credit: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of the new technology required to deliver universal credit has been completed to date.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect on working families of his proposed reductions to the work allowance of universal credit.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Publishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the reasons are for the delay in transferring his Department's Transactional Bulk Print Services contract to Williams Lea from the...

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the monetary value was of each type of benefits withdrawn in (a) Dundee and (b) Scotland as a result of benefit sanctions in each month...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claimants of personal independence payments at the time of the introduction of the Centre for Health and Disability...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what use is made of correspondence from GPs in undertaking personal independence payments assessments.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Mass Media: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2016 to Question 21973, on mass media: finance, how much was paid to each recipient.

    • Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what restrictions exist for local authorities in respect of charging for membership of public libraries.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment (a) his Department and (b) Ofcom have made of the effectiveness of the gaining provider-led notification of transfer...

      Video on Demand: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if the Government will set out for broadcasters the level of progress it expects to see on the provision of subtitles and...

      Mobile Phones: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the continued delivery of essential mobile telephone infrastructure to rural areas after...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Owner Occupation: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of young people who own their own home since 2010.

    • Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many children in England have lived in overcrowded homes in each of the last five years.

      Council Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many council homes were built in England in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Asian Restaurant Skills Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the work of the Asian Restaurant Skills Board.

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to require six-monthly inspections of all licensed houses in multiple occupation and bed and...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what mechanisms his Department plans to put in place to ensure that all the revenue raised from the social care precept will be...

      Supported Housing: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2016 to Question 21572, on supported housing: housing benefit, for what reason the...

      Local Government Finance: Kirklees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the unallocated financial reserves level was of Kirklees Council in the most recent local authority data outtrun held by...

      Bellwin Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities have recovered their costs for (a) flood prevention measures and (b) sandbags under the Bellwin Scheme...

  • Scotland Office

    • EU Nationals: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many citizens of other EU countries are resident in Scotland.

    • EU Trade: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the annual value is of exports from Scotland to the EU.

  • HM Treasury

    • Vat

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much HM Revenue and Customs has paid out in supplements following late payment of VAT returns in (a) 2015-16 and (b) each of the previous 10 years; and...

    • Solar Power: Industry

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the financial contribution of the solar power industry to the UK economy in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e) 2014...

      World Economy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions his Department has had with Andrew Roberts from the Royal Bank of Scotland to discuss the state of the world economy.

      Stock Market: China

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the recent fall in Chinese stocks on Government plans to explore connecting the UK and Chinese markets.

      Stock Market: China

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to protect UK businesses, the economy and the City from turbulence in Chinese stock markets.

      Financial Markets

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government has taken to prevent predatory high-frequency trading.

      Revenue and Customs: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of HM Revenue and Customs staff in Scotland are deemed to be within reasonable daily travel distance of the two proposed regional centres;...

      Stock Market: China

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the feasibility study on the possibility of connecting UK and Chinese stock markets will be completed.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2016 to Question 20785, what proportion of tax credit recipients had their credits erroneously withdrawn when their...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on proposals made by his German counterpart that an EU-wide petrol tax be levied to fund aid for Syrian refugees; and if he will make a...

      Economic Situation: China

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implementation of the recent economic slowdown in China on his Department's policy on bilateral trade and investment with...

      Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his policy to change the rate of fuel duty applied to certain isolated and rural areas in response to changes in oil price.

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to reduce beer duty by one per cent.

      Video Games: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses benefited from video games tax relief in 2014-15; what the cost of that relief was to his Department in that year; and what the return...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public purse has been of the extension of the Class 1 Secondary National Insurance Contributions exemption for employees aged under 21...

      Carers: Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that parents who are the sole carer for disabled children aged over 18 will not lose out on vital income as a result of the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Paper

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to ensure a reduction in the use of paper in departments.

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of people removed from the electoral register since December 2015 are (a) men and (b) women.

      Cabinet Office: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of ministerial letters have been signed on behalf of Ministers in their absence in the last 12 months.

      Public Sector: Oldham

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will commission an assessment of the potential economic impact on Oldham of the reduction in Oldham's public estate.

      Emergencies: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how his Department calculated the risk of antimicrobial resistance for the National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies published in 2015.

      Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech of 11 January 2016, on life chances, what the sources of the £60 million of social investment for...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Israel: Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what changes she plans to make to advice on her Department's website relating to (a) goods for which an origin is indicated...

    • Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of vehicles transporting livestock through UK ports were inspected by the Animal Health and Veterinary...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers who were on the Higher Level Scheme and Entry Level Scheme have joined the Countryside Stewardship Scheme;...

      Meat: Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to increase the amount of British meat sold in supermarkets.

      Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy that there will be no further emergency authorisations of the use of neonicotinoid pesticides.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the merits of refunding money lost by farmers under the modulation scheme to farmers who...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Bourne Report on the incidence of bovine TB in badger cull areas been updated since 2014.

      Pheasants: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many pheasant (a) eggs for hatching, (b) chicks and (c) poults were imported into England from each EU country in the...

      Dogs: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she plans to take to ensure that local authorities which find a dog dead or injured scan the dog's microchip and...

  • Department of Health

    • Fertility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines NICE issues for (a) NHS trusts and (b) patients on changes to funding of fertility treatments.

    • Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Royal College of Anaesthetists' report entitled, Core Standards for Pain Management Services in the UK, published in October 2015,...

      Dental Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in (a) Burnley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West had an appointment with an NHS dentist in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012, (iv)...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy that bottles and cans containing alcoholic drinks should display the calorie count of the drink.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much Public Health England (PHE) plans to spend on HIV prevention in 2016-17; and which HIV-prevention projects PHE plans to support financially in...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2016 to Question 22318, what estimate his Department has made of the total value of NHS Bursaries issued to medical...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to respond to the letter of 27 October 2015 from the hon. Member for Leeds North West about the It's Personal campaign.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to simplify and make more accessible the diagnostic pathway in order to improve speed of diagnosis and access to support.

      Lung Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he made of the number of lung cancer patients in England who have accessed the immuno-oncology drug nivolumab via private healthcare...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what amount was spent on each category of medical research by the (a) National Institute for Health Research and (b) Medical Research Council in the last...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department offers to women who decide to have a baby later in life.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve end of life care and the account taken of the needs of patients with regard to (a) hydration and (b)...

      Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on treatment for drug and alcohol addiction in (a) each year since 2010 and (b) each month of 2015.

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS bodies which carry out surgery to repair work performed by outsourcing companies are able to claim back the costs of carrying out that work.

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much compensation the NHS has paid to patients who were injured by healthcare carried out by private contractors in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether there is any requirement for NHS bodies which outsource health services to ensure that companies with which they contract are fully insured.

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether private outsourcing companies which take on NHS contracts and obtain insurance by paying into the NHS insurance scheme are required to contribute...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to promote awareness across NHS trusts in England of preventative measures to reduce the risk of atrial...

      Mental Health Services: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of additional perinatal specialist mental health practitioners that will be needed to meet the additional...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the funding for health measures and services referred to by the Prime Minister in his speech of 11 January 2016, on life chances, will be derived...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2016 to Question 22946, what action he will take to deal with clinical commissioning groups found not to have...

      Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the NHS of (a) fixing eye operations contracted out by Musgrove Park Hospital which had a high...

  • Department for Transport

    • Shopping

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 17 December 2015 (HL4437), whether any independent research has been undertaken recently...

    • Public Transport: Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of buses, taxis, and other public transport road vehicles are wholly electrically powered.

      Railways: WiFi

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the proportion of the rail network in England and Wales that has a reliable wireless internet signal.

      Railways: WiFi

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the wireless internet signal on the train network, in particular between London and Sheffield.

      WiFi: Railways

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the effect on UK businesses, and (2) the cost to the UK economy, of inadequate internet connections on trains.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many road traffic accidents in which a dog was injured were reported to the police in each of the last three years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • North Korea: Crimes against Humanity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they and the EU will place targeted human rights sanctions on individuals suspected of crimes against humanity in North Korea.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Human Rights: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of the Republic of Ireland concerning the human rights section of the Belfast Agreement 1998, in which...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Students: Plagiarism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what safeguards are in place to prevent students using paid-for commercial essay-writing services advertised on the internet.

    • Students: Plagiarism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether universities keep and make available statistics regarding the number of students who are caught having someone else write their work for them, broken...

      Students: Plagiarism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what strategies are in place to assist universities to monitor companies providing paid essay-writing services.

      Students: Plagiarism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are legal implications for a business that advertises on the internet to write a student’s essay or dissertation, which the student then...

  • Department for International Development

    • International Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what core and non-core contributions were made by the Department for International Development to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria,...

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the £240,000,074 cost of the Department for International Development's 2014–16 Programme Partnership Arrangement extension is to be...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are arrangements in place to prevent funding from the Department for International Development's 2014–16 Programme Partnership...

      International Climate Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of any changes in agricultural yields due to sustainable agricultural projects funded, in whole or in part, by the UK...

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Labour Turnover

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the written answers by Lord Nash on 26 and 27 October 2015 (HL2579 and 2580), and the oral response by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park on 4 November...

    • Reading: Primary Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what instructions, guidance, or other advice, they are giving to primary schools about the promotion of silent reading, reading for pleasure, and reading...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to address the shortfall of trainee teachers in business studies, social science, and design and technology.

      Pupil Premium

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why pupils not attending school due to health needs are not entitled to the pupil premium.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the majority of secondary schools meet the objective of instilling self-confidence and social and emotional skills...

      Schools: Vending Machines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what regulations are in place to prevent schools installing vending machines on their premises which allow children to buy sugary drinks.

      Academies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers local authorities have to intervene regarding safeguarding concerns at an academy school.

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the legal requirements to have a governing body for (1) a maintained school, and (2) an academy school, and whether a school of either kind can...

      Schools: Collective Worship

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review the legal requirements that apply to daily acts of collective worship in school assemblies.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage or require maintained secondary schools to prepare young people, whilst they are still at school, for their probable...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Reserve Forces: Labour Turnover

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the retention figures for members of the reserve forces in the UK for the last three years for which figures are available.

    • Afghanistan: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many members of HM Armed Forces are currently serving in Afghanistan; how many are female, and what roles they are fulfilling.

      Guided Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Hellfire missiles were fired (1) in training, and (2) on operations, in each year from 2008 to 2015, and what platforms they were mounted on.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what case material was examined as part of the review of 105 Personal Independence Payments (PIP) claims referenced in the DWP's consultation on PIP aids and...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Home Office

    • Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum applications have been made in each of the last five years by applicants who entered the UK on a student visa; what were the nationalities of...

    • Refugee Camps: France

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial support they are offering to French authorities and NGOs to improve hygiene conditions at the Grande-Synthe refugee camp, in the light of...

      Passports: Hong Kong

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review their policy of not offering British passports to former members of the Hong Kong Military Service Corps and the Hong Kong Royal...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Syrian Dom people will be included in the 20,000 refugees selected to be given refuge in the UK.

      Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the UNHCR to select individuals and families for resettlement in the UK on grounds of family reunion with relatives, as well as of...

      Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Home Office has received any applications from researchers at the Francis Crick Institute to study the impact on implantation or miscarriage of...

      Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the work undertaken by Thames Valley Police in their newly published review of good practice in policing local Gypsy, Roma and...

      Police: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many police forces in the UK are operating drones for intelligence purposes, or for the prevention or detection of crime; and whether such use is being...

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have made to archive the public papers of Police and Crime Commissioners following the end of their terms in May 2016.

  • Wales Office

  • HM Treasury

    • Assets: North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any North Korean assets are held in the UK; and what steps they are taking to freeze assets they suspect to be linked to weapons proliferation,...

    • Railways: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they continue to share with the Scottish Government the public finance element of the Caledonian Sleeper franchise operated by Serco Group, and if...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of recent flooding, what plans they have to re-allocate the proposed funding for HS2 to the funding of strengthened flood defences.

      Landfill Communities Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an environmental assessment has been made of the impact of the likely withdrawal of the landfill operators from the Landfill Communities Fund scheme...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent reported comments from Sir Keith Burnett of the Council of Science and Technology, and Jennifer Baxter of the Institute of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • National Flood Resilience Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the membership and terms of reference of the group established to carry out their national flood review.

    • Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest figures for the total number and percentage of incidence of cancers and total deaths excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, for (1) the top...

  • Department of Health

    • Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 6 January (HL4779), what "generally" means in that answer, and under what circumstances women...

    • Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information (1) the National Cancer Intelligence Network, (2) Public Health England, (3) the National Institute for Health Research, and (4) the NHS...

      Sugar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 13 January in response to the oral question from Lord Clinton-Davis on what plans they have to impose a...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish the Childhood Obesity Strategy.

      Hepatitis: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice and guidance has been provided by Public Health England in relation to the commissioning and performance management of prison healthcare service...

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