Written answers

Thursday, 28 January 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Public Transport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to co-ordinate steps to enhance public transport and accelerate the transition to ultra-low emission vehicles.

    • Bus Services: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2015 to Question 11881, if he will discuss with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency the reasons for that...

      Aviation: South China Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department is aware of any occasion since 2010 on which the government of the People's Republic of China has sought to limit or exclude...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to section 3.3 of his recently published British Road Safety Statement, how the incentive element of local roads maintenance funding...

      Manchester Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2016 to Question 20950, which routes would offer greater benefits from the additional paths referred to in that...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2016 to Question 20950, how many other rail franchises his Department has commented on to the Office of Rail and...

      Electric Vehicles: Vans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what schemes are available to commercial drivers under the plug-in van grant scheme to purchase a home charge and charge point at work.

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many more modern, safer pedestrian crossings he expects to be introduced as a consequence of the revision in 2014 of the Traffic Signs Regulations...

      Birmingham-Bristol Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the Birmingham to Bristol rail line to be electrified.

      Department for Transport: Data Protection

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

      Driving: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to promote safety among older drivers; and if he will make a statement.

      Cycling: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's British Road Safety Statement, published in December 2015, Cm 9175, when he plans to consult on legislative changes...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he had made of the progress in introducing graduated licensing for drivers in Northern Ireland; and what representations he has...

      Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what tests a person convicted of death by careless or dangerous driving is required to undertake being allowed to drive again.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what annual fee his Department will pay to (a) Ernst and Young in the UK, (b) Arup and (c) Interfleet for their advice to him on fulfilling his duties...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department's roads reform programme evaluation, An overarching, monitoring and evaluation framework, published in March 2015, has...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's scoping study for evaluating the implementation of the South East Flexible Ticketing Programme.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library a copy of the benefits realisation map and profile for each rail franchise let by his Department in the last Parliament.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which external agency is carrying out his Department's assessment of the demand and capacity outcomes of HLOS1; what the cost is to his Department of...

      Private Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will meet the hon. Member for Kettering and other interested parties to discuss how an action plan might be drawn up to speed up the adoption...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will meet his counterparts in the devolved administrations to ensure that best practice on reducing the numbers of road deaths across the UK is...

      Transport: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the capital spend on transport was per head of population in (a) Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency, (b) the North West and (c) England in...

      Cross Country Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure value for money for passengers travelling on the Cross Country rail franchise.

      Railways: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve rail links in the South East.

      Public Transport: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of recent trends in the cost of bus and rail travel.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on its plans to reform ticketing arrangements for rail passengers.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress his Department has made on its rail electrification programme.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress his Department has made on its rail electrification programme

      Fuel Cells: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department is giving to encourage the use of hydrogen fuel cells in transport.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Floods: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2016 to Question 22026, what proportion of the £47 million paid to local authorities...

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward plans to (a) require all local authorities to measure the level of single non-priority homelessness in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will disclose a summary of his Department's legal advice to the (a) Joint Committee on Human Rights and (b) Intelligence...

    • Israel: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK Embassy in Israel has taken to monitor attacks on Christian places of worship.

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proposal the Government plans to put to the second UN open-ended working group on nuclear disarmament.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Data Protection

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

      Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade: Hanoi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which Ministers and staff of his Department will be attending the Hanoi Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade in November...

      South China Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made a formal request for the Government of the People's Republic of China to state the legal basis for its...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on the case of the Hares Boys; what discussions he has had with the Israeli authorities on...

      Iran: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2016 to Question 22858, on the basis of the evidence seen by the Government, what...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to publish the Human Rights and Democracy Report 2015.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to use the criteria for identifying human rights countries of concern first published in the 2012...

      Burundi: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Burundian counterparts on its government (a) halting violence involving its security...

      British Overseas Territories: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the written statement by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 15 December 2015, HLWS393, what elements constitute a...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason the county of concern category was removed from his Department's annual human rights report.

      Goa: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress he has been made with his EU counterparts on resolving the issue of the confiscation of property held by EU...

      Goa: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will hold further discussions with the Indian government on the confiscation of property held by UK nationals in Goa.

      Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the blog item on his Department's website, entitled FCO - Abolition of the death penalty remains a high...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Parental Pay: Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many claims for statutory shared parental pay have been linked to adoption leave since 1 April 2015.

    • Skills Funding Agency: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the National Apprenticeship Service will continue to be (a) administered and (b) funded through the Skills Funding...

      Freight: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what value of freight was imported by sea into the UK in each of the last five years.

      Small Businesses: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to reduce export costs for businesses to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises to...

      Motor Vehicles: Trade Competitiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department has made an assessment of the impact of its policies on the automotive sector on the competitiveness of...

      Small Businesses: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to encourage larger companies to make payments to small and medium-sized enterprises on time.

      Skills Funding Agency: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what contingency plans the Skills Funding Agency has in place to launch tenders for training contracts in 2017 open to all...

      New Businesses: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many Start-up loans the Government has issued in Brighton and Hove since that scheme started.

      New Businesses: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many businesses in Brighton and Hove which received a loan from the Start-up loans scheme are still in operation.

      New Businesses: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much was awarded to businesses in Brighton and Hove under the Government Start-Up Loans scheme; and how much of that has...

      Manufacturing Advisory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, for what reasons the Government took the decision to close the Manufacturing Advisory Service.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2015 to Question 16005, what steps her Department is taking to promote water and sanitation...

    • Sierra Leone: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2015 to Question 17479, what recent steps her Department has taken to work with the government...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that adequate clean water is provided in refugee camps near the Syrian border.

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the three most common causes of global child mortality were in each of the last five years.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that all children and young people affected by the Syrian conflict are in school and...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with the UN Relief and Work Agency of the potential effect of financial shortfalls in (a) 2015-16...

      Developing Countries: Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information her Department holds on the number of child mortalities attributable to infections caused by (a) lack of access to...

      Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what research her Department has conducted or commissioned on the link between poor sanitation and associated hygiene practices and...

      Burundi: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department is providing to those Burundians who have fled the country due to recent violence; and if she will make...

      Developing Countries: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of (a) funding and (b) other support for global mental healthcare.

      Developing Countries: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make it her policy to make global mental health a priority of her Department.

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2016 to Question 21501, how much of the Operational Plan budget relates to funding to assist with...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that (a) refugee teachers and (b) other teachers are paid liveable wages and receive...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support the provision of non-formal education opportunities by NGOs for Syrian refugees in...

      Syria: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her priorities and preferred outcomes are for the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference in February 2016.

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what amount of additional funding her Department has allocated to Ofsted to carry out local area inspections of provisions for children with special...

    • High Arcal School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of sports facilities at the High Arcal Academy in Dudley.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many childcare places there were in each London borough on 1 January of each year from 2010 to 2016.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average (a) monthly and (b) annual cost of childcare per household was in (i) England and Wales, (ii) London and (iii) each London borough in...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to publish her review of children's centres; and for what reasons that review was not published in 2015.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on which dates the relevant (a) regional schools commissioner and (b) chief executive of the local enterprise partnership have attended steering group...

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the regional schools commissioners have oversight of performance of sixth forms in academies; and if she will make a statement.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many complaints of each type her Department (a) received and (b) upheld against childcare providers in (i) England and Wales, (ii) London and...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Supreme Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to his oral evidence to the House of Lords Constitution Committee of 2 December 2015, Question 9, what his definition is of a constitutional...

    • Housing: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of ex-offenders leaving prison who were provided (i) settled and (ii) temporary...

      Ministry of Justice: Data Protection

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

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what special measures exist for survivors of domestic abuse in the family courts in child contact proceedings.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that judges and other decision-makers have appropriate knowledge and training on issues relating to child arrangements...

      Advocacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much (a) the Legal Aid Agency and (b) HM Courts and Tribunal Service spent on intermediaries in each of the last four years.

      Advocacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of intermediaries were used for (a) witnesses, (b) victims and (c) defendants in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the trends in the prison population for (a) white and (b) non-white prisoners over the last 10 years; and if he will make...

      Parc Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what investigation his Department is making into the concerns recently raised by assistant coroner Christopher Wooley with regards to failures at HM...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in how many employment tribunals mental health was a contributing factor in each year since 2010.

      Prisoners: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners diagnosed with a mental health illness are being held with another prisoner in a cell designed for one person.

      Child Abuse in North Wales Judicial Inquiry Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2016 to Question 21819, what progress has been made on establishing a date of publication for the Macur report.

      Bill of Rights: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans for the consultation on the repeal of the Human Rights Act and replacement with a British Bill of Rights to (a) begin and (b) end.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many civil partnerships have been (a) conducted, (b) terminated and (c) converted to marriage status since such partnerships were established.

  • Leader of the House

    • Trident

      To ask the Leader of the House, with reference to his oral contribution of 21 January 2016, Official Report, column 1556, whether he has since been advised of the date on which the House will...

    • Privy Council

      To ask the Leader of the House, what the order of precedence is for induction to the Privy Council.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will detail what accommodation has been available for trainees at (a) MOD Grantown-on-Spey, (b) MOD Llanwrst, (c) MOD Fairbourne and (d) MOD...

    • Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of providing adventurous training in Bavaria to each branch of the armed forces was in each of the last 10 years; how many personnel in...

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what working definition of imminence his Department uses in the application of article 51 of the UN Charter.

      Rescue Services: Mediterranean Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2015 to Question 8772, how many people have been rescued from the Mediterranean Sea each week since then by (a)...

      Trident Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the most recent estimate is that his Department has made of the (a) civilian public sector, (b) civilian private sector and (c) military personnel...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the written statement of 20 July 2015, HCWS 149, whether his Department has completed its collation of information on UK personnel embedded...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) market value and (b) weight of UK steel has been used in the manufacture of the TIDE Class Royal Fleet Auxiliary tankers.

      RAF Northolt: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2016 to Question 22034, whether he plans that any further investment will take place at RAF Northolt (a) on the...

      Shipping: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Government plans to publish its shipbuilding strategy.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2015 to Question 16318, what recent progress he has made on discussions with stakeholders on proposals...

    • Medical Treatments Abroad: Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for which countries that the UK has reimbursement arrangements with under the European Health Insurance Card regulations his Department has...

      Universal Credit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the likely average change in the amount received by workless 18 to 21 year olds as a result of the removal of...

      Universal Credit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the removal of housing allowance for 18 to 21 year-olds who receive universal credit in...

      Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the gross working premium of insurers which was required to fund the Diffuse Mesothelioma...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to enable special circumstances to be taken into account when making the decision to withhold housing benefit...

      Income Support: Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of whether paragraph 20 of Schedule 9 of the Income Support (General) Regulations 1987 accurately reflects the...

      State Retirement Pensions: Airdrie and Shotts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women in Airdrie and Shotts constituency will be affected by changes in the State Pension Age introduced under the (a) Pensions Act...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to enable special circumstances to be taken into account when making the decision to withhold pension credit to...

      Temporary Accommodation: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of households in temporary accommodation which will be affected by the introduction of the lower...

      Housing Benefit: Cardiff South and Penarth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been affected by the under-occupancy penalty in Cardiff South and Penarth constituency in each of the last 12 months.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland will receive a reply to his letter of 14 December 2015 addressed to Robert Devereux, Permanent...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what modelling his Department has undertaken on potential transitional arrangements for women born in the period 1951 to 1953 who are affected...

      Employment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of adults with autism are in full-time employment; and what steps his Department is taking to help adults on the autism...

      Supported Housing: Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what savings to the Exchequer are expected by capping the cost of Local Housing Allowance for people living in sheltered and supported housing.

      Supported Housing: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of what proportion of the difference between the local housing allowance rate and the actual cost of rent and...

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department makes available for people who are returning to work after a period of ill health.

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department plans to implement the Pension Protection Fund capping change set out in the Pension Act 2014.

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to publish statistics on national food bank usage.

      Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people received a payment from the diffuse mesothelioma payments scheme in (a) July 2012 to March 2014 and (b) 2014-15.

      Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the total compensation expected to be paid by insurers to people with mesothelioma who were exposed...

      Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has made any revisions to (a) the amount his Department forecasts will be required for the diffuse mesothelioma...

      Universal Credit: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the implementation of universal credit on the level of rent arrears in council homes.

      Social Security Benefits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the case for a free telephone number for those using a pay-as-you-go mobile telephone to resolve...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2015 to Question 17647, how many of the 650,000 women who will receive an average of £8 per week...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • MG Alba: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the contribution of the Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy of 3 December 2015, Official Report,...

    • Sportsgrounds: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what requirements are placed on sports stadia to provide wheelchair access.

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much of the £50 million fund established for First World War commemorations has been allocated to or spent in Northern Ireland.

      Music: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his policy is on the number of spaces which should be available for disabled people in music venues across the UK; and if he will...

      Local Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to maintain the diversity of the local newspaper sector in the UK.

  • Home Office

    • Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was to the public purse of immigration holding and removal centres in each of the last three years.

    • Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) sexual harm prevention orders and (b) sexual risk orders have been made by courts in England; and how many people subject to...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21 September 2015 to Question HC 1906, on Asylum, what recent progress has been made on resuming the Detained Fast...

      UK Border Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times UK Border Force staff employed in ports were redeployed to airports in 2015.

      Migrant Workers: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people she expects to leave the UK in April 2016 because the term of their Tier 2 visa will expire.

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the rationale is for people on spousal visas resident in the UK being required to pay a health surcharge as part of their visa.

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of illegal immigrants in residence in each constituent region and nation of the UK in each of the...

      Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average cost was to the public purse of police investigations into suspicious deaths over the last three years.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the implications for her policies are of the decision by other countries to confiscate the belongings of Syrian refugees over a certain...

      Visas: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people (a) have applied for and (b) were issued with a (i) Domestic Workers in a Private Household visa and (ii) the Private...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the effect on victims of her Department not having information about the status and supervision of...

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to ensure that Intra Company Transfer Tier 2 visas cannot be used to replace a UK worker who has been made redundant.

      Migrant Workers: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on what the average salary of a Tier 2 worker on an Intra Company Transfer visa is in the IT industry;...

      Home Office: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which parliamentary constituencies she has visited in her official capacity since the May 2015 general election; and on which dates and for...

      Refugees: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to implement the joint programme referred to in paragraph 21 of the joint ministerial declaration,...

      Psychoactive Substances Bill (HL)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will suspend the powers of enforcement contained in the Psychoactive Substances Bill in relation to alkyl nitrates pending the...

      Migrant Workers: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential for Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer visas to be used to replace UK workers with outsourced...

      Drugs: Decriminalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to decriminalise drug use and encourage the implementation and enforcement of...

      Police: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made by the College of Policing in its review of the operation of Police Information Notices.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which local authorities have contacted their local regional strategic migration partnerships to provide support for Syrian refugees.

  • Wales Office

    • Tata Steel: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on Tata Steel's recent announcement on job losses.

  • HM Treasury

    • Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the Government has to review the amount of compensation for losses paid to Equitable Life policy holders over the course of the current Parliament.

    • Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government plans to increase the compensation available to Equitable Life pensioners.

      Arts: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the Government's tax reliefs on (a) the film and (b) other creative industries.

      Manufacturing Industries: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will remove plant and machinery from business rate calculations.

      Redundancy Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of trends in the levels of exit payments in the (a) private sector and (b) public sector in the last 20 years.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps HM Revenue and Customs has taken to reduce the number of people receiving inaccurate correspondence on the status of their tax return.

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has taken to reduce the number of unnecessary customer calls to HMRC telephone lines.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average time taken was to resolve enquiries from hon. Members about tax credit cases; and what steps his Department is taking to reduce that time.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the (a) potential merits and (b) cost to the public purse of extending the class 1 secondary national insurance...

      Banks: Computer Software

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Economic Secretary to the Treasury of 19 January 2016, Official Report, column 1254, what the nature and scope is...

      Minimum Wage: Enforcement

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2015 to Question 16853, what responsibilities were allocated to the additional staff added to national minimum wage...

      Mortgages

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2016 to Question 21322, what advice has been issued to UK banks and building societies offering second charge mortgages...

      Investment Income: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on micro-businesses of changes included in the Finance Bill in relation to dividend taxation.

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made representations to the Bank of England regarding the regulation of any specific bank since May 2015.

      Debt Collection

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by when he expects to publish the outcome of HM Treasury's consultation on the recommendation made in the review by Christine Farnish of the Money Advice...

      Landfill Communities Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from environmental bodies about the future of the Landfill Communities Fund.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Sequestration: Peterhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the cost to the public purse was of developing proposals for a new carbon capture and storage project at Peterhead.

    • Carbon Sequestration: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the cost to the public purse was of developing proposals for a new carbon capture and storage project in Yorkshire.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information her Department holds on (a) how much methane gas an average shale gas drilling site releases into the atmosphere and...

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what progress has been made on the White Rose Carbon Capture and Storage Project; and if she will make a statement.

      Climate Change Convention: Paris

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the cost per household of implementing measures agreed at the Paris Climate Conference.

      Environment Protection: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effects of (a) termination of the Green Deal, (b) changes to tax exemptions for low carbon...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she expects the Government's response to the impact assessment of reductions to feed-in tariffs to be published.

      Fossil Fuels: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the level of investment in UK oil and gas production until May 2020.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she plans to take to address the practice of energy companies charging for the installation of prepayment meters in cases...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will estimate the annual cost of providing places on the National Citizen Service for all children aged 16 and 17.

    • Government Departments: Public Consultation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance his Department issues on conducting public consultations during the summer recess.

      Civil Servants: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the public sector exit payments cap on morale in the Civil Service.

      Cabinet Office: Directors

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, who the Deputy Director for Transparency is in his Department.

      Government Departments: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effect that changes to procurement rules for Government contracts announced on 30 October 2015 are having on (a) the...

      Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many unmarried civil servants had a deduction made from their civil service pensions in each of the last 10 years under the scheme to meet the...

      National Security Council: Meetings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 16 September 2015 to Question 9748, on counter-terrorism, on what date the meeting of the most senior members of the National...

      Zero Hours Contracts: Ellesmere Port and Neston

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been employed on a zero hours contract in Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency in each of the last five years for which figures...

      Government: Debt Collection

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2016 to Question 21746, what estimate has been made of the value of the contract to provide Debt Market Integrator...

      Civil Servants: Re-employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants made redundant have been hired back in each year from 2011.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • International Animal Welfare Ministerial Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2015 to Question 11026, whether the Inter-Ministerial Group on International Animal...

    • Supermarkets: Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to support farmers in obtaining fair production contracts with supermarkets.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of vaccinations that have been administered in each region to prevent the spread of...

      Environment Agency: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects a new Chair for the Environment Agency to be appointed.

      Territorial Waters: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, by how much levels of pollution have changed in the UK territorial seas in the last five years.

      Air Pollution: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, at which locations in London air pollution levels in 2014 exceeded the EU limit on (a) NO2, (b) Ozone, (c) PM10 particles...

      Floods: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2016 to Question 21517, whether funding for the Farming Recovery Fund has been...

  • Department of Health

    • HIV Infection: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has conducted or commissioned on the effectiveness of pre-exposure prophylaxis in preventing HIV infection in men who have...

    • Department of Health: Data Protection

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

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many admissions there were to accident and emergency departments of children requiring tooth extraction in each of the last five years.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that the men who have sex with men population is aware of the availability of the HPV vaccination at...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to reduce levels of obesity.

      Bell's Palsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with Bell's Palsy in each of the last five years; and how many such people were (a) women and (b) men aged (i) under...

      Passive Smoking: Menopause

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal College of Nursing on whether there may be a connection between passive smoking and the menopause.

      Social Networking: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential link between social media and self-harm among young people.

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures and regulations are in place to ensure that clinical drug tests are low-risk and safe.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that pharmacists are trained to understand autism.

      Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department issues on safeguards in hospitals for patients who are heavily medicated while they eat.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to help prevent bleach and other ineffective treatments advertised as miracle cures being used to treat autism.

      Food: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to improve access to food hygiene score information in England.

      Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve access to specialist care for people with muscular dystrophy.

      Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the (a) cost to the economy and (b) number of deaths attributable to antimicrobial resistance in the last 12 months for...

      Learning Disability: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the age at which the death of people with learning disabilities is classified as premature has been set at 60 in the draft NHS Outcomes...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of alcohol misuse in each of the last five years.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on public health of rising levels of alcohol consumption in England.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2015 to Question 20039, on cancer drugs, if he will place in the Library a copy of the draft impact assessment for...

      Medical Examiners: Death Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2015 to Question 12819, what progress he has made on introducing independent medical examiners to the death...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Prime Minister's press release, Prime Minister pledges a revolution in mental health treatment, published on 11 January 2016,...

      Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to support the implementation of the UK Chief Medical Officer's proposed new alcohol guidelines, published in January 2016.

      Self-Harm: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2016 to Question 22945, what steps he plans to take to tackle the increase in the number of people under 18 who have...

      Mental Illness: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2015 to Question 19556, on mental illness: discrimination, if he will provide (a) an update on the discussions with...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill on reducing the length of time it...

      Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to provide a standardised pathway service across gender reassignment services.

      Junior Doctors: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2016 to Question 22953, on which dates and for how long on each such date ACAS meetings took place between 23...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will amend its A&E waiting times target to set a target time for patients to wait from their arrival at hospital to admission.

      Respiratory System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the National Institute for Health Research has invested in research into (a) lung cancer, (b) adult asthma, (c) pneumonia, (d) chronic...

      National Clinical Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the objectives for NHS England's National Clinical Directors post April 2016 will be agreed.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2016 to Question 21778, on genito-urinary medicine, what questions it is planned will be asked of local...

      Zika Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to ensure (a) pregnant women and (b) other people intending to visit South America and the Caribbean are aware of the risks...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to hold NHS bodies accountable to the recommendations of the Accelerated Access Review.

  • Prime Minister

    • Prime Minister: World Economic Forum

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether he visited the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2016, in his official capacity.

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether he plans to commission any review of the drone strike against Reyaad Khan on 21 August 2015 aside from the review being undertaken by the Intelligence and...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Prime Minister, 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 for purposes...

  • Home Office

    • Repatriation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current procedures for processing official documents of homeless people wishing to return to their country of origin,...

    • Hate Crime: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Faulks on 10 December 2015 (HLWS380), whether they will continue to oppose common EU standards relating to online...

      Visas: Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to expanding the new Chinese two-year visit visa to include Commonwealth nations which require (1) a tourist visa, and (2)...

      Welfare in Detention of Vulnerable Persons Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to respond in detail to the recommendations in the report of the Shaw review into the welfare in detention of vulnerable persons.

      Undocumented Migrants: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the letter by Lord Bates to Lord Rosser on 8 January (DEP2016–0028) and the remarks by Lords Bates on 18 January (HL Deb, col 624), how...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Construction: Skilled Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to tackle the shortage of skilled workers in the construction industry, and what assessment they have made of the implications of that...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Malnutrition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the relationship between malnutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene.

    • Developing Countries: Malnutrition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that water, sanitation and hygiene are considered in all plans to tackle malnutrition.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Administration of Justice

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they intend to take in response to the Lord Chief Justice's Review of the Administration of Justice in the Courts of 2015, which found that...

    • Recovery of Costs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make provision to apply fixed recoverable costs across the range of fast-track cases, and in the lower reaches of the multi-track, as...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army: Officers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) SO1, and (2) SO2, staff appointments are established at the British Army Headquarters, and of those, how many are gapped or unfilled, excluding...

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Thales Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicle to come into full service.

      Bomb Disposal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in Project Starter to acquire explosive ordnance disposal unmanned ground vehicles.

      Ukraine: Military Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Earl Howe on 18 January concerning a gifting package to Ukraine (HLWS463), whether this gift will be financed from the...

      Warships: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether steel produced in Britain will be used for the construction of the Type 26 Frigates and other vessels announced in the recent Strategic Security and...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the requirements for a city which decides to return from a mayoral form of governance to a Leader of the Council model, when the decision to have a...

    • Muslims: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of language classes for Muslim women in respect of radicalisation.

      Muslims: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what formal mechanisms they have in place to consult Muslim women.

      Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of Gypsies and Travellers in the UK.

      Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Archbishop of Canterbury on the recent communiqué from Anglican Primates about homosexuality and same-sex...

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers they have, if any, to overrule local authorities that grant planning permission that allows residential or commercial properties to be built on...

      English Language: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the £20 million of funding for providing English tuition for speakers of other languages announced by the Prime Minister is new money, and if...

  • HM Treasury

    • Health Professions: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to extending the Nursing Agencies' VAT concession to all healthcare workers in the UK.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Third Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current status of the Big Society programme; which department and Minister is responsible for it; what projects are currently active; what is the...

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