Written answers

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed Two: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vacancies there were for jobs with HS2 Ltd in each of the last 12 months.

    • Shipping: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with representatives of the maritime sector to improve safety in that sector.

      Merchant Shipping: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Merchant Navy on implementation of that organisation's dry ship policy.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he intends to answer the letter to him dated 23 November 2015 with regard to Ms A Gledson.

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of progress by the UK maritime sector in establishing a single promotional body.

      Offshore Industry: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many helicopter journeys in the offshore energy sector were aborted due to a mechanical problem in each quarter since Q1 2013l and what mode of...

      Maritime Growth Ministerial Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what role the Chair of the new single promotional group will play in the Ministerial Working Group for Maritime Growth on (a) the development of...

      Shipping: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the EU initiative at the International Maritime Organisation for new regulations to require mechanically operated water-tight...

      Taxis: Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to bring into force section 165 of the Equality Act 2010.

      Aviation: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of pilots operating in the UK who have sought medical assistance after a laser pen attack which...

      Air Traffic Control: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many incidents of laser pen attacks on air traffic control towers have been recorded in the last five years.

      Aviation: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of UK pilots who have been stood down after a laser pen attack occurring in the course of their work.

      Shipping: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the effect of a written objection being made by a consultation body specified in Regulation 2 of the Merchant...

      Stratford Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the number of people who live within 30 minutes' travel time of Stratford International Station by...

      Shipping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the reviews into the (a) Support for Maritime Training scheme and (b) UK maritime sector's projected requirement for...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on how many occasions in each of the last two calendar years his Department has been notified by outside consultants or other...

    • Housing: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what housing support is provided to ex-offenders on leaving prison; and if he will bring forward legislative proposals to...

      Social Rented Housing: Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that vulnerable people are prioritised in the provision of settled accommodation.

      Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on ensuring that consent is granted before a person undertakes work on...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will initiate a cross-government strategy to prevent homelessness.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish the thresholds for council homes to be taken into account when calculating the levy on councils...

      Communities and Local Government: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of employees in his Department has (a) taken the CESG Certified Cyber-Security Training Course and (b) received...

      Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of homeless families with children who are living in bed and breakfast accommodation have been in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the conclusions of the report from Open Doors, Freedom of...

    • Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much of the (a) conflict pool and (b) conflict security stability fund has been allocated to other states fighting Daesh...

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guidance his Department has provided to Europe Direct on the information it provides to people in the UK in the period...

      Larry Covington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether Law Enforcement Adviser, Larry Covington, declared any interests relevant to his employment by his Department.

      Libya: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Libyan government on tackling the spread of Daesh

      Nepal: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government has given to the government of Nepal on the conduct of elections.

      Egypt: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the Egyptian government on Libya.

      Turkey: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the treatment of democratically-elected officials in predominantly Kurdish areas of Turkey.

      Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the announcement of 19 January 2016 of the launch of the £10 million Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights...

      Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it is his policy to take steps towards repeal of the death penalty in states which hold the death penalty.

      Syria: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to protect Christians in Syria from persecution by Daesh.

      Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions he or his predecessor has given evidence to committees of the House on arms sales to (a) Saudi Arabia and...

      India: Commonwealth Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he had during the visit of President Narendra Modi to the UK in November 2015 on outstanding payments to...

      Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons his Department's strategy on the abolition of the death penalty has not yet been renewed.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions her Department has been notified by external consultants or other third parties of breaches by employees or...

  • Attorney General

    • Fraud: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, how many prosecutions have been brought under the Fraud Act 2006 in each year since 2009.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people took up ESOL Plus Mandation courses in each year such courses were available.

    • English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many funded learners there were enrolled on English for speakers of other languages further education courses in...

      Apprentices: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will take steps to ensure that UK citizens can take up apprenticeships in other EU states.

      Small Businesses: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an estimate of the collective cost to small and medium-sized enterprises to recover overdue payments in each of...

      Iron and Steel: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the potential effect of China obtaining market economy status on steel...

      Metals: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the level of security of supply of rare earth metals required by industry.

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the potential costs to (a) consumers and (b) the public purse of the privatisation of...

      Jobcentre Plus: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions officials in his Department have had with officials of the Department for Work and Pensions on JobCentre Plus...

      Apprentices: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to launch his Department's consultation for target numbers of apprenticeships in the public sector.

      Apprentices: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what additional checks on standards and quality his Department and the National Apprenticeship Service plan to introduce in...

      Iron and Steel: Antidumping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what progress the Government has made in negotiating with its EU partners about developing anti-dumping measures covering steel...

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will place in the Library any document which provide an evidential basis for the Government's decision to privatise the...

      UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will publish details of UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation meetings with Saudi Arabian officials.

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on how many occasions her Department has been notified by external consultants or other third parties of breaches by employees or...

    • Developing Countries: Poliomyelitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 6 January 2016 to Question 20675, how much of the £300 million provided to eradicate polio was spent in...

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to InsuResilience, the G7 Initiative on Climate Risk Insurance, if she will make it her policy to (a) allocate...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the financial savings to schools in (a) Pendle, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West as a result of its...

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much has been deducted from funding allocated by the National College of Teaching and Leadership to higher education institutions who have trained...

      Schools: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on school budgets of the National Living Wage.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to promote character education in schools; and if she will make a statement.

      Vocational Guidance: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans the Government has to improve employment and careers advice.

      Grandparents: Parental Responsibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children are being cared for primarily by their grandparents.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Witnesses: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases were stopped as a result of witness withdrawal or non-attendance in (a) Crown court trials and (b) hearings in magistrates' courts...

    • Aviation: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convictions have been made under Article 222 of the Air Navigation Order 2009 since that order came into force.

      Young Offenders: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the reoffending rates are of children who have resided in (a) secure children's homes, (b) secure training centres and (c) young offender institutions.

      Young Offender Institutions: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) young offenders and (b) staff the Youth Justice Board recorded as injured in each young offender institute in each of the last eight years;...

      Medway Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much G4S was paid for (a) bedding, (b) children's birthdays, (c) Christmas allowances, (d) children's sports and PE costs, (e) educational...

      Prisoners: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the number of prisoners who have converted to Islam in prisons in each of the last five years.

      Fatal Accidents Act 1976

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent representations he has received from charities and families on the effectiveness of the operation of the Fatal Accidents Act 1976.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward proposals to require the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority to compensate families of victims of criminal offences.

      Youth Courts: Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2016 to Question 22715, what monitoring is done to ensure that youth court magistrates deal fairly with those who...

      Prison Service: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 22 June 2015 to Question HL324 from Baroness Masham of Ilton, when the additional four weeks of training for prison officers...

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many community rehabilitation companies have completed his Department's risk audit; and what the results of those audits are.

      Prisoners: Miscarriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women have had miscarriages in each prison in England and Wales in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Secure Training Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions monitors have investigated and reported to him on allegations made against custody officers performing custodial duties at (a)...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Digital Technology: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the current provision of skills required by the digital economy; and what steps he is taking to ensure...

    • Music: Disability

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

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of relocation of Ofcom departments from London to other areas of the country on...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will discuss with mobile telephone companies steps to reduce and standardise the time between a provider unlocking a phone and...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pension Credit: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate he has made of the cost of reinstating the qualifying age for pension credit to its 1995 timetable.

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Energy and Climate Change on sharing data on households in receipt of welfare...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants are expected to be affected by the changes to the income thresholds in tax credits and work allowances in universal credit...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the implications for his policies are of the finding of the National Audit Office in its recent report, Contracted-out health and...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that all residual legacy benefit caseloads will move onto universal credit by 2021 as forecast in the policy...

      Council Tax Reduction Schemes and Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps Jobcentre Plus staff are taking to ensure that universal credit applicants are aware that council tax reduction should be claimed...

      Universal Credit: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants will be informed of the change in their support on the fifth birthday of their youngest child; and if he...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Merchant Shipping and Royal Fleet Auxiliary: National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the importance of the (a) Merchant Navy and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary to the security of the UK.

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any person or body has sought disclosure of documents relevant to the decision to target Reyaad Khan by drone strike in Syria on 21 August 2015...

      Armed Forces Bill: Channel Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timescale is for the extension of the provisions of the Armed Forces Bill to the Channel Islands.

      Navy: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implications of the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 for the Royal Navy's global reach.

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department keeps a record of former employees of the Ministry of Defence who are now serving in foreign militaries.

      Ministry of Defence: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions his Department has been notified by external consultants or other third parties of breaches by employees or subcontractors of...

      Navy: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the relative distribution of engineering workload across naval bases; and if he will make a statement.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy that the House be given an opportunity to debate in advance any decision to deploy UK Reaper aircraft outside Syria and Iraq.

      Navy: South China Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any vessels of the Royal Navy or the Royal Fleet Auxiliary have exercised or sought to exercise freedom of navigation or passage rights in...

      Nuclear Weapons: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Government's policy is on further developing the necessary facilities and skills for the UK to become a world centre of expertise in the...

      Ministry of Defence: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many employees in his Department have (a) taken the CESG Certified Cyber-Security Training Course and (b) received other relevant cyber-security...

      Army: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people applied to join the Army Reserve in 2015; and how many such applications were successful.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to support unaccompanied trafficked and asylum seeking children; and if she will make a statement.

    • Visas: South Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Tier 2 visas were (a) applied for and (b) awarded to (i) Bangladeshis, (ii) Indians and (iii) Pakistanis in each year since such...

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to equalise fees for spousal visas for spouses of UK citizens and such fees for spouses of EU citizens resident in the UK.

      Vetting: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make support available to trainee nurses unable to complete their courses because of delays in the processing of their...

      Gender Recognition: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have registered as transgender in each of the last five years.

      Extortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to prevent extortion cases.

      Airports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government has reached an agreement with the US government on the placement of US border guards in UK airports.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Government will take steps to assist with the backlog of Disclosure and Barring Service applications.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to increase the number of psychological and psychiatric specialist services available for Syrian refugees and asylum...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Syrian refugees and asylum seekers were informed of mental health provisions they could expect in Northern Ireland before they...

      Home Office: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions her Department has been notified by external consultants or other third parties of breaches by employees or...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provision is made for victims of crimes committed by foreign prisoners to access information about the progress of their deportation.

      Visas: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many skilled migrant visas were issued in respect of each category of industry in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e) 2014 and...

      Worker Registration Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to ensure that registration on the Worker Registration Scheme between 2009 and 2011 has no bearing on any...

      Litvinenko Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was to the public purse of the public inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko; and what the average cost was to the...

      Cleveland Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers, (b) police and staff, (c) police community support officers were in post in Cleveland in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011,...

  • Scotland Office

    • Bill of Rights: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on (a) the nature of the Government's consultation on the proposed Bill of Rights...

  • HM Treasury

    • Small Businesses: Insurance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to improve the monitoring of late payments by insurance companies to claims made by small and medium-sized enterprises.

    • Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to provide assistance to people who have purchased homes under the Help to Buy scheme in the event that interest rates...

      Property: Valuation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the number of people in the UK who own property worth over £1 million.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2016 to Question 22263, what procedures, budgets and facilities are in place to compensate tax credit claimants for the...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 24 July 2015 to Question 7618, what was factored into the budget of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in the 2015...

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made on allocating money raised from VAT on sanitary products to women's groups; where that money has been allocated; and how local...

      Balance of Payments

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings he has had on the growth of the current account deficit.

      Balance of Payments

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential consequences of the current account deficit on the UK economy; and if he will make a statement.

      Balance of Payments

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the increasing current account deficit on the UK economy.

      Balance of Payments

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessments he has made of the effect of the level of the current account deficit on the future strength of the pound sterling.

      Financial Conduct Authority

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings have taken place between officials of his Department and the Financial Conduct Authority since May 2015.

      Banks

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations his Department has made to the Financial Conduct Authority on its review of banking culture since May 2015.

      Treasury: Domestic Visits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which constituencies he has visited in an official capacity since 7 May 2015; when each such visit took place; and what the purpose was of each such visit.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effects of ending funding for Carbon Capture Storage on employment and carbon reduction targets in...

    • Climate Change Convention: Paris

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to implement the Paris climate change agreement.

      Environment Protection: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of whether there have been market failures in green and low carbon investment over the last five years;...

      Wind Power

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

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps the Government is taking to improve the process of switching suppliers for customers with prepayment meters.

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, on how many occasions in each of the last two calendar years her Department has been notified by outside consultants or other third...

      Aviation: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether all fines issued in June 2015 by the Environment Agency to aircraft operators for failure to surrender allowances under the EU...

      Iron and Steel: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what representations her Department has received from the Welsh Government on energy costs for the steel industry in the last five years.

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, for what reasons two empty armed transporter ships owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and capable of carrying fissile...

      Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will ensure that her Department's coal consultation, announced in her speech of 18 November 2015, examines how the UK...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans she has to share Government data with (a) Ofgem and (b) energy companies in relation to fuel poverty and energy efficiency.

      Renewable Energy: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effect of recent changes to wind and solar power regulations on investor confidence in the green...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when the CfD allocation round will open for applications from renewable energy developers; and what the conditions will be for...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariffs will apply to the different domestic heat and non-heat categories of the RHI scheme.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Charities: Radicalism

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will ensure that charity commissions across the UK collaborate to ensure that extremist groups are unable to obtain charitable status.

    • Civil Servants: Redundancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effect of civil service redundancies in the last 12 months on the effectiveness of departments' work.

      Dormant Assets Commission: Grants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what criteria have been set to access Dormant Assets Commission funds.

      Dormant Assets Commission: Membership

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, who is on the board of the Dormant Assets Commission, announced on 19 December 2015.

      Death: Weather

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the excess winter mortality rate was for (a) the North West and (b) Burnley in winter 2014-15.

      Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much Government funding has been allocated to help increase the number of young people on the electoral register.

  • Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

    • Members: PAYE

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many P11D forms for 2014-15 were incorrectly issued by IPSA.

    • Members: PAYE

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what discussions the Committee has had with IPSA on the...

      Members: PAYE

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what discussions the Committee has had with HM Revenue and...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Milk: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the level of milk prices paid to farmers in comparison to their costs of production.

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much compensation has been paid to farmers for loss of cattle in badger cull areas (a) in each of the three years before...

      Farms: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will make funds available to help clear up debris from the flooding of farmers' fields in cases in which...

      Fertilisers: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received from farmers on the price of fertilisers and other chemicals used on farm land and its...

  • Department of Health

    • Radiography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ask NHS England to publish the (a) work completed by, (b) current work programme of and (c) future topics that are due to be considered by the...

    • Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to raise public awareness of the risk factors for chest, heart and stroke illness.

      Calderdale Royal Hospital: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will undertake an inquiry into the value for money of the PFI deal which funded the building of Calderdale Royal Hospital.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to answer the letter to him dated 19 November 2015 with regard to Mr R Short.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2016 to Question 20185, on what date his Department plans to publish the consultation and make an announcement on...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) heart, (b) lungs, (c) liver, (d) kidney and (e) cornea transplant donations there have been in each of the last five years.

      Meningitis: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with meningitis in each of the last five years.

      Tinnitus: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with tinnitus in each of the last five years.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of food labelling on reducing the (a) calorie intake and (b) weight of people.

      Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had to ensure that chronic pain management is adequately included in the education of healthcare professionals and medical students.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal College of Nursing on a connection between worry and dementia.

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure weight-loss surgery is available to reduce the occurrence of (a) diabetes, (b) heart problems and (c) high blood pressure.

      Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to support people suffering from acute stress.

      Dementia: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in London are on the Quality and Outcomes Framework dementia register; and what the raw prevalence rate is for dementia in London.

      NHS: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of backlog maintenance for each level of assessed risk was in the NHS (a) in total and (b) for each NHS organisation in each of the last...

      Social Services: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2016 to Question 25215, if he will estimate the difference between the additional cost to social care providers of...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gender Recognition: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to tackle prejudice and discrimination towards the transsexual community.

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any part of the proposed HS2 rail line is to be built on a flood plain.

    • Aviation: Noise

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to begin consulting on the night noise regime for Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports for the period beyond 2017.

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to establish an Independent Aviation Noise Authority to participate in the planning and monitoring of proposed airport expansion in the...

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to develop specific long-term targets to protect the public from the health impacts of aircraft noise.

  • Home Office

    • Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the total cost to date of Operation Midland into allegations of historic child sex abuse.

    • Gangs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to curb gang culture across the UK.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Mexico: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether an incident of sectarian violence against Protestant families took place in Chiapas, Mexico, on 4 January; and what...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo over the continued detention of the two Filimbi activists who...

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the legal opinion issued by Philippe Sands QC concerning alleged violation of national, European and international arms transfer...

      Embassies: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) UK embassies, and (2) UK consular offices, have been closed since 6 May 2010, and where those closures took place.

      Commonwealth: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that all human rights issues, including those resulting from Boko Haram activities in Nigeria, are at the top of the...

      Kenya: Police

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent report by Saferworld Matching needs and resources: National Police Reserve and community security in Kenya's...

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many accredited diplomats from (1) Saudi Arabia, (2) the United Arab Emirates, (3) Kuwait, (4) Bahrain, (5) Qatar, (6) France, (7) Germany, (8) the...

      Diplomatic Immunity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedures are followed when a foreign national resident in the UK not previously understood to be a diplomat claims diplomatic immunity.

      Diplomatic Immunity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many claims of diplomatic immunity were advanced in UK courts, or other legal procedures, between 1 January 2010 and 1 January 2016; how many of those...

      Diplomatic Immunity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedures are followed when a citizen of a foreign state claims diplomatic immunity as the representative of a third state.

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how often between 1 January 2010 and 1 January 2016 requests for diplomatic status or immunity were refused, and on what grounds.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Exports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is being done to overcome the low level of exports contributing to the UK’s trade deficit.

    • EU External Trade: China

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the claim by Aegis Europe that granting market economy status to China could put more than one million European jobs at risk.

      Commonwealth: Trade Promotion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are (1) currently taking, (2) plan to take, to promote trade and investment opportunities between the UK and other Commonwealth countries.

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking steps to ensure that inward investment and job creation is encouraged on an equal basis across all the regions of the UK.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the value of imports from the EU in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what percentage of that amount is represented by...

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Fairtrade Initiative

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support Fairtrade Fortnight.

    • Developing Countries: Food Supply

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to eliminate food insecurity in developing countries.

      Nepal: Earthquakes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of (1) the present situation in Nepal, especially in outlying villages that cannot be reached by road, and (2) the aid that was sent...

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the situation in Madaya; and what assessment they have made of the likelihood that access will now be possible on a regular basis.

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the financial aid commitments made by them to foreign countries at the Paris Climate Summit will be met from the overseas aid budget, or from which...

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Verma on 10 December 2015 (HLWS370) concerning plans to tackle violence against women and girls overseas,...

      EU Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effectiveness of EU aid to developing countries.

      EU Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals for diverting a proportion of the EU's external aid to assist member states in receiving and caring for the current increased...

      EU Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what expertise in the design and supervision of aid and development projects, if any, is available within EU diplomatic posts outside the EU; and if none,...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupil Referral Units

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pupils in Pupil Referral Units are reintegrated into mainstream education annually, and what support is available for that to happen.

    • Schools: Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to alter the timing of school exams to accommodate Muslim children during Ramadan, and whether they have similar plans to...

      Primary Education: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how children in small rural primary schools can fully access the National Curriculum.

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are able to provide to schools in rural areas with attached swimming pools where the age weighted pupil unit is not sufficient to support...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Education, Health and Care plans are now in place.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Reserve Forces: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of reserve force recruitment was achieved in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland, in each of the last three years...

    • Reserve Forces: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of recruits to the reserve forces in the UK for the last three years for which figures are available.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual cost of the in-work benefits for EU workers, of which the Prime Minister is negotiating to delay payment.

    • Housing Benefit: Tower Hamlets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 8 December 2015 (HL3997), what has been identified as the cause of the overpayment of housing benefit to...

      Universal Credit: Tower Hamlets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets currently receive Universal Credit.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Ground Water

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the condition and capacity of naturally occurring underground aquifers in the light of the high levels of rainfall...

    • Ground Water

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimates, if any, they have made of the changes to the water table in Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lancashire as a result of rainfall over the last six weeks.

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they take into account social vulnerability and wider deprivation when making decisions about flood protection investment.

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are reviewing their decision to exclude small businesses from the Flood Re insurance package.

      Floods

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effects of the current funding levels of (1) the Environment Agency, (2) lead drainage authorities, and (3) district...

      Floods

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the role of district councils in two-tier areas in the maintenance of drainage systems, the prevention of local flooding, and...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing Estates: Regeneration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their definition of a sink estate and what criteria they are using to draw up a list of them; what discussions they have had, or will have, with...

  • HM Treasury

    • Money Laundering: EU Action

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards agreement within the EU on updating the fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive.

    • Shares: Sales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider making it an offence to lend shares for short-selling without permission of the beneficial owners.

      Public Sector Debt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what debt, if any, they have that dates from before 1 January 1901; and what are the arrangements for payment of that debt.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implications of climate change for (1) the climate and geology of West Cumbria, and (2) future nuclear developments in...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Equality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in considering policy, they regard equality and parity of esteem to be the same, and if not, why not.

    • Equality: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether parity of esteem, as outlined in the Belfast Agreement 1998, is applicable in the outworking of the law, and if so, how.

      Equality: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list all the occasions they discussed parity of esteem, as outlined in the Belfast Agreement 1998, with the government of Ireland; who...

      Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedures they apply to ensuring that all parties to the Belfast Agreement 1998 honour the terms of that agreement, and what action they can take if...

  • Department of Health

    • Human Embryo Experiments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority can confirm that a stated aim of the proposed research to perform genome editing in human embryos by...

    • Artificial Insemination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recommendations the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has made to the Department of Health in the light of recently published claims that...

      Commissioning Support Units

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as a result of the review of the NHS Commissioning Board’s policy on the autonomy of Commissioning Support Units (CSUs), CSUs that want to...

      Commissioning Support Units

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the requirement laid down by the NHS Commissioning Board for Commissioning Support Units to become autonomous by the end of 2016 is to be removed.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of evidence from many parts of the world, what evaluation has been carried out of the potential cost savings from centralising NHS procurement...

      NHS 111: East Midlands

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the outcome of the Clinical Commissioning Group review into recent allegations about the NHS 111 service in the East Midlands.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the planned replacement of student bursaries by loans, how many nurse placements will be funded by Health Education England in 2017–18.

      Chiropody

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 6 January (HL4745), on what evidence the forecast in Health Education England's (HEE)...

      Dental Services: Greater Manchester

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) children, and (2) adults, had an appointment with an NHS dentist in each of the 10 districts of Greater Manchester in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the necessity to ensure that private finance initiative hospitals retain maximum use is distorting the siting of...

      NHS Trusts: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how many NHS trusts would not have been in financial balance in financial year 2014–15 without further in-year...

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