Written answers

Monday, 1 February 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • London Underground: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans are in place to provide more step-free access at London Underground stations.

    • Flood Control: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that water companies and local authorities have sufficient capacity to keep water gulleys clear of blockages since...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase cycling among (a) women and (b) older people.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent analysis his Department has made of levels of cycling among different age and gender groups.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what data his Department holds on the correlation between cycle usage and household income.

      Air Passenger Duty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Scottish Government on the transfer of air passenger duty to that government.

      M60: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Topical Transport Question to him on 10 December 2015, Official Report, column 1129, on traffic noise on the M60 effecting the...

      Bus Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2015 to Question 17180, how many discussions he has had each year since 2010 with the Senior Traffic Commissioner...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to monitor and evaluate levels of cycling and attitudes to cycling in (a) London, (b) the Cycle Cities and (c) the rest of the UK.

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will undertake a survey of existing cycling and walking infrastructure in English local authorities.

      Cycling: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's press release of 13 January 2016, entitled Transport sector all geared up for winter weather, what plans his...

      Pedestrians: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce accidents involving pedestrians and (a) cyclists, (b) motorcyclists, (c) cars and (d) heavy goods vehicles.

      Roads: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to use the (a) £175 million cycling, safety and integration fund and (b) £75 million air quality investment...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what savings have been made as a result of the seven-year contract awarded to the Post Office by the DVLA on 1 April 2013 in each financial year.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many occasions vehicle owners have been fined for failing to pay for their vehicle tax since October 2014.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much vehicle owners have been fined for failing to pay for their vehicle tax since October 2014.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what savings his Department has made from ending the paper vehicle tax disc.

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2016 to Question 22808, what Network Rail maintenance, renewal or enhancement works that were planned to be...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the value is of refunds unclaimed by people who sold their vehicles but then failed to apply for a refund of vehicle tax since 2010.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many railway stations in Great Britain were equipped with ITSO-compliant smartcard readers on the most recent date for which figures are...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the oral contribution of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of 19 January 2016, Official Report, column...

      Rescue Services: Irish Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on staffing levels at coastguard stations in the Irish Sea.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to tackle racist and discriminating behaviour.

    • Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, from which budgets in his Department funding for expenditure on the right to buy pilots will be reallocated.

      Housing Associations: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take further steps to hold to account housing associations which do not provide adequate maintenance and repair...

      Supported Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will set out a timetable for identifying a long-term secure funding model for the supported housing sector.

      Private Rented Housing: Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to introduce mandatory electrical safety checks for private rented sector properties.

      Tenancy Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress his Department has made on improving tenants' access to longer-term family friendly tenancies.

      Affordable Housing: Ellesmere Port and Neston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many affordable housing completions there were in Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency for each of the last 10 years for...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he expects to report on the findings of his Department's consultation on changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme.

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had on the effective stewardship of local government pension schemes.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Armed Conflict: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government plans to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration; and whether it plans to encourage other states to endorse...

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to support an independent inquiry into alleged breaches of international humanitarian law in...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral Answer of 12 January 2016, Official Report, column 697, on how many occasions the Government has used...

      British Overseas Territories: Marine Conservation Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress the Government has made on putting in place a blue belt to protect marine habitats and species in the UK's...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of whether (a) cluster munitions have been used in the Yemen conflict and (b) there is a...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of her Department's expenditure on education was incurred on (a) projects directly targeting disabled children and (b)...

    • Developing Countries: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) financial and (b) material support her Department is providing to facilitate the provision of education for children in...

      Libya: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on rebuilding projects in Libya since 2011; and if she will make a statement.

      UNICEF: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the financial support her Department has provided to the United Nations Childrens' Fund in each of the...

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will discuss with the Secretary of State for Defence the possibility of using RAF pilots to assist in the delivery of...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2016 to Question 22005, on developing countries: space technology, if she will publish the...

      Libya: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate her Department has made of the value of funding her Department has allocated to Libya which has been spent in the city...

      Developing Countries: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress her Department has made on implementing its response to the Eleventh Report from the International Development...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the sustainable development goals on the UK's aid spending on health...

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's spending on (a) temporary agency staff and (b) consultants was as a proportion of her Department's total budget in each year...

    • Further Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with education providers in (a) Lambeth and (b) Southwark on FE area reviews.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to ensure that all higher education institutions are able to fill their teacher training course places.

      Teachers: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much of her Department's budget has been spent on the Troops to Teachers scheme to date; and on what that budget was spent.

      Teachers: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers have been recruited through the Troops to Teachers scheme.

      Teachers: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the retention rate is of teachers recruited through the Troops to Teachers scheme.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to publish the findings of the review into children's residential care undertaken by Sir Martin Norey.

      Schools: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations she has received in the last year from (a) Christian, (b) Jewish and (c) Muslim faith schools on the Counter Extremism Strategy...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Medway Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2016 to Question 22665, which ministers visited Medway Secure Training Centre on which dates.

    • Prison Service: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers have taken severance and redundancy packages in each month since May 2015.

      Prisons: Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many knives have been confiscated in prisons in each year since 2010.

      Mental Health: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Law Society mental health panel accredited representatives there were on the Law Society panel available for First Tier Tribunal (mental...

      Mental Health: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) First Tier Tribunal (mental health) hearings in England and (b) Mental Health Review Tribunal hearings in Wales there have been in each...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department has taken to ensure the maximum level of engagement by children and young people with the commemoration of...

    • UNESCO City of Music: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to support Liverpool's status as a City of Music as declared by UNESCO.

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussion his Department has had since May 2015 on limiting the maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals; and if he will...

      Big Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what timetable has been set for the repayment of the reallocation of Big Lottery funding which was diverted to the Olympics in 2012.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish draft regulations on housing benefit for 18 to 21 year olds.

    • Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by how much the disability employment gap has been reduced since 7 May 2015.

      Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been allocated to the Work and Health Innovation Fund; and what evaluation measures will be in place to monitor initiatives...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department has made available to women born in the 1950s who are affected by recent changes in the age at which they become...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 26 January 2016 to Question 23063, on universal credit, when his Department plans to provide that notification to...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases have come before the Court of Appeal challenging the lawfulness of the under-occupancy penalty on the grounds of the effect of...

      Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what circumstances the housing element of advance payments of universal credit can be paid directly to a landlord.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people took part in the Access to Work programme in each year from 2010 to 2013.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether (a) new or existing Housing Benefit claimants and (b) those in supported accommodation will have their allowance cut to Local Housing...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that jobcentres help younger jobseekers plan for the future.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of proposed changes to the employment and support allowance work-related activity group on...

      Occupational Pensions: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that small and micro-employers are able to comply with automatic enrolment for workplace pensions.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Trident: Employment

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

    • Clyde Naval Base: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian police are involved in guarding HM Naval Base Clyde.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times personnel from UK Reaper Squadrons 39 and 13 have used the red card system in 2015 in joint operations.

      Trident Submarines: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of jobs which will be created at Barrow shipyards by the Successor submarine project; and...

      Gulf War Syndrome: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2016 to Question 22430, what plans his Department has to communicate those developments in domestic and...

      Ministry of Defence: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many employees working on the Trident submarine are paid (a) the National Minimum Wage, (b) above £26,500 and (c) above £40,000.

      Armed Forces: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of accidental fatalities in the armed forces which occur during training exercises.

      Armed Forces: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measurements he has made of the UK armed forces' carbon emissions for (a) 2015 and (b) any previous years for which data is held; and what plans...

      Military Alliances: Eastern Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assistance the UK has given to the Ministries of Defence and armed forces of Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine to help set up a joint multinational brigade.

      Navy: Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 6.55 of the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence Review 2015, what assessment he has made of the Royal Navy's...

      European Fighter Aircraft: Warnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 27 January 2015 to Question 221410, when he expects the concept phase of the development of a collision warning system...

      HMS Ocean: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his current estimate is of the cost of decommissioning HMS Ocean.

      Defence Equipment: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much income his Department has received from the sale of surplus equipment in each of the last six years.

      Military Aircraft: Damage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Tornado and (b) Typhoon aircraft have been temporarily taken out of service as a result of weather damage sustained during (i) combat...

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Strategic Defence and Security Review, which improvements in performance in the delivery of the Successor submarine programme (a)...

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there is an approved Outline Business Case for the investment proposals for the next phase of work on the Successor submarine programme.

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated completion and entry into service dates are for each of the proposed Successor Trident submarines.

      Armed Forces: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel who have taken Mefloquine have been treated for psychiatric problems in the last 12 months.

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has an insurance policy in place for civilian residents on the land around RAF Northolt to cover possible damage to their properties.

      Rolls-Royce Marine Power Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions his Department has had with Rolls-Royce on the future direction of its nuclear submarine power plant business; and if he will...

      Army: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the target strength of army reservists to be met.

  • Home Office

    • Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to prevent the supply of guns and ammunition at a neighbourhood level.

    • Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times the biometric passport chip reading facilities have been deactivated (a) in the UK, (b) at each port and (c) at each airport...

      Vetting: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of applications for Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks (a) nationally, (b) in London and (c) in Dulwich and West...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2016 to Question 21044, how many applicants who applied for both a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)...

      UK Border Force: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the budget was for the UK Border Force and its predecessor in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13, (e) 2013-14, (f)...

      Visas: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many standard visitor visas granted on appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum) have been issued by UK Visas and...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2016 to Question 21066 on vetting, if she will provide equivalent data for each constituent region of...

      Radicalism: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle extremism in British young people.

      Home Office: Cybercrime

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

      Racially Aggravated Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of trends in the rate of race-related crimes in England and Wales over the last five years.

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect Tier 2 migration is having on the (a) pay and (b) terms and conditions of UK employees.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to ensure that police forces have sufficient numbers and adequate powers to deal with incidents similar to which...

      Refugees: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Refugees of 6 January 2016, Official Report,...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the delivery standards and criteria her Department sets for housing providers in the provision of housing to asylum seekers.

      Clearsprings Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been accommodated by Clearsprings on behalf of her Department in (a) Cardiff, (b) Wales and (c) the UK in each...

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugees were referred to her Department by the UN High Commission for Refugees under (a) the Gateway Protection Programme, (b) the...

      Radicalism: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many websites encouraging recruitment to Daesh or al Qaeda her Department has helped close down in the last six months.

      Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what response she has made to the recent letter from the Chair of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire and Rescue Authority detailing...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average end-to-end time was for applications to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) processed by the Metropolitan Police Force...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much revenue from (a) CRB checks and (b) Disclosure and Barring Service checks has been raised for the public purse in each of the last...

  • HM Treasury

    • Financial Services: Crime

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people who work in the City of London have been prosecuted for a crime relating to financial misconduct since 2008.

    • Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the (a) cost to and (b) effect on small businesses and self-employed workers of the Government's plans to move from annual to...

      Gaming Machines: Tax Yields

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what revenue has accrued to the Exchequer from the use of fixed odds betting terminals in each of the last four complete financial years; and if he will...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the reasons are for the different criteria for emissions applying to cars than to motorcycles when road tax values are applied.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of full-time equivalent staff at HM Revenue and Customs on 31 March (a) 2016 and (b) 2017.

      Welfare State

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what feasibility studies or other assessments of basic income schemes have been carried out by HM Treasury officials since 1990; and if he will place copies...

      Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to extend the rural fuel duty rebate scheme to parts of Northern Ireland where cheaper fuel is readily available from the...

      Pensions: Fees and Charges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department has taken to measure the annual cost of commission and other charges levied on individual private pension plans by financial...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Members for East Worthing and Shoreham and Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle on the British Mercantile...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the proportion of available gas reserves that need to be left in the ground to ensure that...

    • Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she has taken to protect recipients of Green Deal funding from companies whose work is not of an acceptable standard.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential contribution to energy efficiency and low carbon energy from buildings markets to (a)...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will issue a call for evidence from industry and other stakeholders seeking suggestions on Government interventions and...

      Hydroelectric Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment has been made of the effects of the reduction in the feed-in tariff on 14 January 2016 on small scale hydro producers.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Foreign Companies: Property

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to launch its planned consultation on increasing the transparency of property ownership by foreign companies.

    • Government: Debt Collection

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the decision to transfer a stake in the Debt Market Integrator to a private sector partner was announced.

      Government Departments: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the findings were of the Commercial Capability Review conducted by Bain & Company for the Efficiency and Reform Group.

      Cabinet Office: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of savings to his Department as a result of (a) ISSC1 and (b) ISSC2 in each year since 2013.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to issue a revised Procurement Policy Note to public authorities on the relationship of their procurement policies to UK foreign policy.

      Shared Services Connected: Pricewaterhouse Coopers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many consultants employed by Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP provided consultancy support for independent shared service centres; for how long those...

      Migration: EU Countries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his most recent estimate is of the number of migrants entering the EU; and what the proportion is of those migrants who are entering the UK.

      Public Appointments: Females

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment the Government has made of the gender balance of public appointments to (a) executive non-departmental public bodies, (b) advisory...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Hill Farming: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to incentivise the use of hedges, field margins and ditches in farmed uplands in order to...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department has spent on badger culling to date; and what estimate she has made of spending on badger culling in...

      Meat Products: New Zealand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate she has made of the number of part-carcasses that are imported from New Zealand.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many copies of the Agra-Europe report on Brexit her Department has.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Rural Payments Agency will inform all farmers who are expecting payments of the specific timings that those payments...

      Non-native Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of grant allocations to local authorities in England in...

  • Department of Health

    • Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department plans to take to monitor and evaluate the effect of the men who have sex with men human papilloma virus vaccination programme.

    • Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when human papilloma virus vaccinations will be available to men who have sex with men through genito-urinary medicine clinics; and what steps his...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to extend the age group entitled to receive the human papilloma virus vaccinations for women.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to carry out an equality impact assessment of the tender decision on the universal girls vaccination programme for the human...

      Older People: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what resources his Department has allocated to tackle loneliness amongst older people in the last 12 months.

      National Clinical Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many National Clinical Directors will be appointed; and what areas those National Clinical Directors will cover after April 2016.

      All Party Smoking and Health Parlt Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answers of 10 December 2015 to Questions 18458 and 18543, what assessment he has made of the compatibility with the conditions applicable...

      Doctors: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors were working in hospitals in the West Midlands in (a) the first quarter of 2010 and (b) the latest period for which figures are available.

      Social Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to amend current charging rules for veterans injured in service before 5 April 2015 on compensation awarded under the War Pensions...

      Social Services: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2016 to Question 23722, what estimate his Department has made of the additional cost to social care providers of...

      Agency Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the financial monitoring and accounts returns submitted to his Department, what the planned agency costs are forecast to be as a...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what forecast his Department has made of the budget of his Department's consultation, entitled Infected blood: reform of financial and other support; and...

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to support earlier diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis to allow people with that condition to stay in work for...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been infected with HIV and hepatitis C through treatment with NHS-supplied blood or blood products; how much his Department has...

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve pancreatic cancer survival rates.

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2016 to Question 21839, what steps he is taking to ensure that engagement with the National Bowel Screening...

      Diseases: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase public awareness of rare diseases.

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2016 to Question 21838, what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) training and (b) funding the extra 250...

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make changes to the clinical guidelines for motor neurone disease to improve diagnosis and treatment.

      Bread: Folic Acid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on introducing fortification of bread with folic acid.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical commissioning groups in England have published recovery plans in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many adults were recorded as obese in (a) England, (b) London, (c) each primary care trust in London and (d) each London borough in each year since 2010.

      Mental Health Services: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to increase access to specialist community perinatal mental health care.

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure people affected by historical hepatitis C and HIV-infected NHS blood treatments have their views adequately...

      Magnetic Resonance Imagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of open MRI scanners available to the NHS in each region.

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve early diagnosis rates of pancreatic cancer.

      NHS: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many units of (a) housing and (b) affordable housing have been built on each parcel of NHS land sold in London since 2010.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant the Answer of 18 December 2015 to Question 20074, on mental health services: children, when he expects that the thematic review will be (a)...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2016 to Question 23217, which clinical commissioning groups have provided details of where their plans are...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Females: Directors

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many meetings she has had with businesses since May 2015 on increasing the number of women on company boards; and who those meetings were with.

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by the Earl of Courtown on 12 January (HL Deb, col 137), whether they will place a copy of the details of the £1 million...

    • Level Crossings: Eaglescliffe

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reasons there are for the recent and proposed closures to road traffic at Allen's West Level Crossing at Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, and what action...

      Manchester-Blackpool Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether steel produced in Britain will be used for the electrification of the Manchester to Blackpool train route.

      Railways: South West

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Neill of Gatley on 8 January (HL4766), what is their assessment of the adequacy of railway links between...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Astute Class Submarines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 8 December 2015 (HL4047 and HL4049) and on 19 January (HL4886 and HL4885), what assessment they have made of...

    • Aircraft Carriers: Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales will operate east of Suez without a F35B Sea Lightning squadron embarked.

      Aircraft Carriers: Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the days at sea by HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales post commissioning will be without F35B Sea Lightning squadrons embarked.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Palestinian Authority concerning incitement to violence in the light of the Palestinian Ministry of Health...

    • EU Integration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the statement made by the former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, advocating further EU integration, including the creation of an EU...

      Iraq: Minority Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why no safe haven has been established for Yazidis and Assyrian Christians, Mandaeans, and Shabaks; when they last raised the failure to make such provision...

      Yazidis: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking on behalf of enslaved Yazidi women who have been sold on to other Islamic countries; what assessment they have made of the...

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the consequences for the proliferation of nuclear weapons of the underground test of a nuclear device by North Korea on 6...

      Turkey: Kurds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent deaths of Kurdish men and youths in Van and other parts of south-east Turkey since 1 January; and whether they have...

      Turkey: Kurds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the ability of Kurds in south-east Turkey to live in secular, democratic and gender-equal communities.

      Iraq: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been their contribution to the current battle for Ramadi; what is their estimate of the resident population of Ramadi in (1) 2004, (2) 2009, (3)...

      Iraq: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of (1) the percentage of the buildings in Ramadi that are (a) unharmed by the violence in Iraq, (b) damaged, but still usable, and...

      COE Parliamentary Assembly

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the members and the associate members of the UK delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and to which UK political party...

      Gaza: Energy Supply

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any restrictions on the supply of gas or electricity to Gaza, and if so, what representations have been made to the government of Israel by...

      Cyprus: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to ceasing to be a guarantor power in Cyprus to facilitate a political settlement on the island.

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the legal opinion recently commissioned by Amnesty International and Saferworld, which claims that they are breaking the...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of claims that Saudi Arabia has bombed several hospitals in Yemen, including Médecins Sans Frontières clinics.

      Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to protect women and girls from sexual violence when fleeing conflict zones.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with their adult apprenticeship schemes.

    • Basic Skills

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what resources and schemes are being targeted at those who lack the basic levels of literacy and numeracy.

      Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of Muslim students who have been unable to progress to higher education because their religious principles do not...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the Department for International Development’s spending currently goes towards water, sanitation and hygiene programmes.

    • Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures the Department for International Development is taking to reach rural communities with water, sanitation and hygiene programmes, as well as...

  • Department for Education

    • Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they collect any statistics on the number of children being educated at home who are the subject of abuse inquiries, or where the parents or guardian...

    • Equal Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 7 December 2015 (HL3817), what assessment they have made of the fact that, in relation to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Freedom of Expression

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will undertake a review of extant legislation that could be undermining the principle of free speech in the UK or rendering it conditional in...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sports: Betting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice exempts sports betting around televised sporting events from the 9pm television watershed.

    • USA: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the consequences that would follow if negotiations between the EU and the USA on the renewal of the Safe Harbour agreement...

      Public Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 13 January (HL4703 and HL4074), by what means they give public access to the grounds for...

      BBC: Royal Charters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that the BBC Charter is debated by both House of Parliament before it is brought into effect.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bees: Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are undertaking, both nationally and internationally, to reverse the global decline in the bee population.

    • Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the effect of the reduction of the budget of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on activity and staffing in relation to air...

      Pigs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is being done to support British pig farmers who are affected by Russia’s ban on European food imports and cheap imports into the UK.

      Squirrels: Pest Control

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Forestry Commission refuses to allow the use of air rifles by experienced, trained, and insured volunteers as part of an integrated programme for...

      Paint

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that departments assist projects such as the British Coatings Federation’s PaintCare project.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Circle Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 8 December 2015 (HL4002), whether they will instruct the Social Housing Regulator to...

  • HM Treasury

    • Government Departments: Cheques

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cheques were issued by each government department, including their agencies and public bodies, in (1) 2015, (2) 2014, (3) 2013, and (4) 2012, and...

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures exist, or are planned, to ensure that audit and accountancy firms accused of devising unlawful tax-avoidance schemes are investigated and...

      Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Financial Conduct Authority’s thematic review Quality of debt management advice.

      Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) how many people have sought debt management advice in each year since 2010, and (2) how many of those were already in debt.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Sequestration: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they removed the £1 billion funding of carbon capture and storage, as announced to the London Stock Exchange on 25 November 2015; and how they plan...

    • Fracking: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money they have spent in this Parliamentary Session on support for fracking activities.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many 18 to 21-year olds in England are (1) in full-time education, and (a) employed, (b) unemployed, and (c) economically inactive, and (2) not in...

    • UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether charities in receipt of donations from the Government, or other public institutions and bodies financed wholly or partly by taxpayers, will be...

      Church and State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to set up a commission to look at the question of the disestablishment of the Church of England, in the light of the communiqué from...

      EU Nationals: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people from other EU countries have been admitted to (1) work, and (2) live, in Northern Ireland in each year since 2010.

  • Department of Health

    • Artificial Insemination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the public policy implications arising from the recent reports that one 41-year old man has fathered up to 800 children by...

    • Tomography

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish a progress report on the 10-year PET-CT NHS England contract awarded to Alliance Medical in January 2015.

      Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce fluoride into the water of the North West of England.

      Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on safe staffing levels for qualified nurses in the NHS and other health and care establishments subject to Care Quality Commission or...

      Learning Disability: Mortality Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will link GP registers of people with learning disabilities and ONS mortality data to enable comparisons of age and cause of death between...

      Learning Disability: Death

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for requiring NHS Trusts to conduct reviews of deaths of people with learning disabilities as part of...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is an expectation that an area with a population of over 400,000 should be served by a fully-equipped accident and emergency service.

      Mental Health: Research

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the importance of mental health research and its contribution to improved mental health nationally.

      Strategic Oversight Board

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which stakeholders were invited to the first meeting of the new Strategic Oversight Board.

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