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Written answers

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will estimate the number of deaths and serious injuries of cyclists that were attributable to poorly-maintained local roads since 2010.

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2015 to Question 19489, when the Buses Bill will be introduced into Parliament.

      Midland Main Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the extent and effectiveness of wifi and telephone signal coverage on the Midland Mainline route.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress his Department has made on implementing plans for new Intercity Express Programme and Thameslink rolling stock.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effect of changes in local authority funding announced in the Autumn Statement and Spending Review 2015 on road...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding for cycling (a) London and (b) each of the cities which received Cycle City Ambition Grants received in 2014-15; and what the average...

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 66 of his Department's Road Investment Strategy Investment Plan, how much of the five ring-fenced investment funds totalling...

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to transfer services operated by Govia Thameslink Railway to Transport for London.

      Railways: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department's financial contribution is to Transport for London related to its decision to raise the cost of regulated rail fares in...

      Manchester Metrolink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will meet the hon. Member for Oldham West and Royton and local authority officials to discuss the proposal for an Ashton Loop Line and Middleton...

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the statement on page 1 of Network Rail's report, Replanning the Investment Programme, published on 25 November 2015, that there...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many rough sleepers have been helped by the No Second Night Out Across England programme; and what proportion of those...

    • English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the £20 million funding for English language tuition to isolated women announced by the Prime Minister on 18...

      Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of the £3 million fund to increase provision of safe accommodation with specialist support for victims of...

      Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to monitor whether the number of refugee places for victims of domestic violence is...

      Floods: European Union Solidarity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government intends to apply to the EU Solidarity Fund to help support those affected by the recent flooding.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Cybercrime

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

    • India: MV Seaman Guard Ohio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Indian government on the case of Nick Dunn, Billy Irving, Ray Tindall, Paul...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: World Economic Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he visited the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2016, in his official capacity.

      Bahrain: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support the extension of democracy in Bahrain.

      Hasan Mushaima

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Bahraini government on Mr Hassan Mushaima receiving appropriate medical treatment while...

      Bahrain: Human Rights

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

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether any person or body has sought disclosure of documents relevant to the decision to target Reyaad Khan by drone strike in...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Spanish counterpart on recent illegal entry into Gibraltarean waters by Spanish vessels.

      Afghanistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) security situation in Afghanistan, (b) extent of the Deash presence in...

      Privy Council Office Judicial Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost to the public purse was of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council acting as final court of appeal for...

      Privy Council Office Judicial Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many cases were referred to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council as the final court of appeal by Commonwealth realms...

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of political prisoners in Bahrain; and if he will make a statement.

      Bahrain: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the perceptions of the Shia in Bahrain as to the legitimacy of the Alkhalifa...

      Hasan Mushaima

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Bahraini government on ensuring the health of Mr Hassan Mushiema; and if he will make a...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the views of Britain's Overseas Territories are represented during his renegotiation of...

      Bahrain: Shia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of recent trends in the relative size of the Shia population in Bahrain; and if he will...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking with his EU counterparts to persuade Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states to (a) accept a similar number...

      Bahrain: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on support for the self-determination movement in Bahrain; and if he will make a statement.

      Bahrain: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the report of Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain on the Bahraini...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Government first received the Final Report of the UN Panel of Experts on Yemen.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Russian government following the Russian airstrike in Hazzano, Syria, which...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress is being made through the British-Irish Council on tackling alcohol misuse throughout the British Isles.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Trade Promotion: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what formal assessments UKTI has made of potential risks to human rights of the Tradeshow Access Programme; and what guidelines...

    • Trade Promotion: United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which companies received funding under the Tradeshow Access Programme to attend the Dubai security fair.

      Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how long on average the Office of the Independent Adjudicator took to close a case in 2015.

      Leisure and Retail Trade: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an assessment of the prevalence of the practice in the retail and leisure sectors of sending employees home...

      Sheffield Forgemasters: Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions his Department has had with the Ministry of Defence on the future of Sheffield Forgemasters and the successor...

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of differences in the ability of the Green Investment Bank to promote the (a) reduction of...

      Green Investment Bank: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of differences in the ability of the Green Investment Bank to secure investment in (a) offshore wind...

      Immigration: STEM Subjects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to promote opportunities for study and work in the UK to highly-skilled migrants with...

      Renewable Energy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on the effect of government policy on the...

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps he has taken to support the steel industry.

      Overseas Companies: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if the Government will bring forward proposals to enable the prosecution of UK businesses through the UK courts for breaches of...

      Small Businesses: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many small businesses have received financial assistance from (a) peer to peer lenders and (b) other sources in the last 12...

  • Department for International Development

    • Latin America: Zika Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department offers to countries affected by the Zika virus.

    • Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what programmes her Department has in place to facilitate access to wells and water in developing countries.

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with her Northern Ireland counterpart about the provision of England-based teaching jobs for unemployed teachers in...

    • GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she expects A-Levels in (a) French, (b) German, (c) Spanish, (d) Religious Studies and (e) Geography to be approved by awarding bodies for...

      Students: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason statutory guidance Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years (2015) does not apply to higher education...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if protocols are in place for the sharing of information between officials in her Department and Ofsted on the outcome of Ofsted inspections of...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress she has made in Beckenham on implementing the Government's proposal for 30 hours' free child care for working parents.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will list in descending order the proportion of schools in each local authority in England which have converted to academies.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will take steps to ensure that attachment theory is understood by teachers across schools in England to help readiness for learning.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to improve children's character and resilience.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will issue a notice to improve to local authorities where Ofsted identify significant concerns over provision for children with...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of increasing the number of nurture groups to help raise attainment and improve child...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of short school inspections carried out last term were converted into a full section 5 inspection; and if she will list...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what prison training his Department has provided to prison services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    • Solicitors: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Attorney General on increasing the number of solicitors participating in pro bono activities.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reasons he ended the insolvency exemption from the 2012 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act on 17 December 2015.

      Secure Accommodation: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of staff employed in each secure children's home are qualified speech and language therapists.

      Young Offender Institutions: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of staff employed in each young offender institution is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

      Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2016 to Question 21777, if he will publish or summarise the outcome of the operational assurance audit of...

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2016 to Question 22251, which (a) community rehabilitation companies have been issued with informal remedial action...

      Drugs: Decriminalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to provide alternatives to criminalization and incarceration of people with drug-use disorders and to encourage...

      Probation: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what monitoring his Department conducts of staffing levels at all probation services and community rehabilitation companies.

      Tribunals: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many data protection breaches there have been by HM Courts and Tribunals Service when dealing with non-devolved tribunals in Scotland since April 2013.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many employment tribunal (ET) cases involved employees and employers from the maritime industry in each year since 2008-09; and what proportion of...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what costs in each category of expenditure his Department incurred in relation to the proposed tender of criminal legal aid contracts.

      South Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will place in the Library the improvement plan developed by South Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company in response to the audit conducted by...

      Mediation: Family Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in how many cases funding has been provided for the first single session of family mediation where one of the participants qualifies for legal aid in...

      Ministry of Justice: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to review his Department's priorities in the next six months.

      Prisons: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many weapons have been confiscated in prisons in each year since 2010; and what the (a) number and (b) proportion of such weapons were firearms.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in which prisons the 4,568 assaults on staff took place, set out in the Safety in Custody Summary Statistics, England and Wales, deaths to 12 months...

  • Prime Minister

    • Cabinet: Wales

      To ask the Prime Minister, when the Cabinet will next hold a meeting in Wales.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the comments made by a spokesperson of his Department made in an article published in the Herald newspaper on 10 January 2016, and...

    • Immigration: Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in dealing with the migrants who arrived (a) in October 1998 and (b) on 21 October 2015 in the RAF Dhekelia and RAF Akrotiri...

      Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his letter of 16 January 2016 to Chris Woods, leader of Airwars, whether British aircraft participated in any of the eight incidents...

      HMS Ocean: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times HMS Ocean has been deployed in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      AWE: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) permanent staff, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors are employed at the Atomic Weapons Establishment; and how many such staff he...

      AWE: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) AWE personnel and (b) contractors are working on legacy decommissioning projects at the Atomic Weapons Establishment.

      Warships: Crew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total crew complement by rank and specialisation was of each of the Royal Navy's (a) Type 45 Destroyers and (b) Type 23 Frigates on their most...

      RAF Lossiemouth: Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many nations have Maritime Patrol Aircraft based at RAF Lossiemouth; how many Maritime Patrol Aircraft are based at RAF Lossiemouth; and which...

      South China Sea: Navigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26 January 2016 to Question 23285, by what mechanisms the UK strongly asserts its right, and supports that of all States, to...

      Russia: NATO

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with NATO on monitoring Russian manoeuvres along its borders with NATO member states.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions his Department has had with NATO on progress with NATO's Force Integration Units.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent steps his Department has taken in conjunction with NATO to ensure flexibility in NATO's capacity to respond to hostile actions.

      Ministry of Defence: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2016 to Question 23346, how many of the breaches referred to related to documents categorised before April 2014 as...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the United States Department of Defense about safety of the F-35 ejection system.

      Armed Forces: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 4.57 of the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, in which month of 2016 his Department...

      Russia: NATO

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has had with NATO on tackling negative reporting on NATO and its member states from Russian media outlets.

      Balkans: NATO

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with (a) NATO and (b) the Balkan states on increasing the number of NATO troops and amount of materiel in those states.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many missions have been flown by UK military forces in Syria to provide direct humanitarian aid to civilians; where those missions took place; what...

      Armed Forces: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the (a) Army Reserve, (b) Royal Auxiliary Air Force and (c) Royal Navy Reserve have signed terms and conditions of service under the...

      Poland: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Polish government on the allocation of UK or NATO forces to Poland to counter any threats to that country from Russia.

      Veterans: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what protections exist for British veterans of the Iraq War who are subject to prosecutions for alleged crimes committed while undertaking their service.

      Social Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Veterans Welfare Service staff are permitted to represent ex-servicemen and women at tribunal hearings to contest War Pension Scheme decisions...

      Military Bases: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how his Department responds to and investigates the death of non-combatant employees on military bases.

      RAF Lossiemouth: Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) UK and (b) other maritime patrol aircraft are currently based at RAF Lossiemouth; and how much longer he anticipates this will be the case.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) range and (b) maximum flying time of the Boeing P-8A Maritime Patrol Aircraft is.

      Trident Submarines: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the contingency fund for the new generation of Successor Trident submarines has been calculated in...

      Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information his Department holds on the number of casualties that have resulted from the UK's use of (a) Brimstone missiles, (b) Hellfire missiles...

      Iraq Historic Allegations Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the government has initiated legal action against any law firms for abuse of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team inquiry.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Burnley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Burnley who are in receipt of employment and support allowance and incapacity benefits are also in receipt of housing benefit.

    • Supported Housing: Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of people who will no longer be able to live in supported accommodation as a result of the application of the...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many venues where assessments for personal independence payments or employment and support allowance are carried out do not have (a)...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2016 to Question 23428, whether the prognosis statements issued after assessments for employment and...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria are used by healthcare professionals conducting employment and support allowance assessments to determine whether people with...

      Universal Credit: Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer 27 January 2016 to Question 23759, whether there is scope for the Work Coach to pass on details of the claimant's...

      Government Departments: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department has prepared for government departments on implementing the Family Test.

      Jobcentre Plus: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Jobcentre Plus advisers were employed in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e) 2014 and (f) 2015.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to require GP surgeries to provide his Department with details of all the Med 3 fit notes they issue in respect...

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has, when removing housing benefit entitlement from young people, to protect the entitlement of those who are (a) leaving care,...

      Universal Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether unsuccessful universal credit applicants have access to a telephone helpline to allow them to query the decision not to allow them...

      Personal Independence Payment: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 22 July 2014 to Question 205815, what progress he has made on providing a secure and accessible on-line...

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which categories of young people will be exempt from the new restrictions to housing benefit eligibility.

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time to wait is for a reconsideration of a decision by (a) his Department and (b) a tribunal hearing in (i)...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Products: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to prohibit the importation of trophies secured from the killing of (a) lions, (b)...

    • Rivers: Dredging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what capital dredging programmes are in place for the five principal river systems in the North East of England between from...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department spent (a) in real terms and (b) as a share of departmental spending on (i) temporary agency staff,...

      China: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with the Chinese government on the sale of wildlife from Zimbabwe.

      China: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with Ministers of the Northern Ireland Executive on steps to increase exports of food from...

      Productivity: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the rural productivity plan published by her Department in August 2015, when she will publish the calls...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to assist businesses in areas which are prone to flooding to obtain flood insurance.

      Flood Control: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2016 to Question 21375, what information her Department holds on the population...

      Bluetongue Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will discuss with the European Commission the need for co-operation throughout the EU on tackling the spread of...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with her ministerial colleagues on distributing UK fines for air quality breaches to individual...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, within what timescale she expects the Common Fisheries Policy objectives to be met.

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Tier 2 visas were made by people holding job offers to become chefs in each year since such visas were introduced;...

    • Asylum: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether contractors have housed asylum seekers in properties with doors that are all uniform or nearly uniform in colour in regions other...

      Ferries: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to increase border security at ferry ports.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2016 to Question 22948, whether her Department has recorded all EU countries other than Greece as...

      Sexual Offences: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle the increase in sexual offences on Teesside.

      Extradition: Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been extradited from Bangladesh to the UK in each of the last five years.

      Extradition: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been extradited from India to the UK in each of the last five years.

      Visas: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made on the effect of the visa refund fee scheme on the number of Chinese people visiting the UK.

      Right of Abode: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to grant right of abode in this country to former British-Hong Kong servicemen.

      Home Office: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department has issued to support the implementation of the Family Test.

  • Scotland Office

    • Local Government: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent steps the Government has taken on approving the City Deal proposals for the (a) Inverness, (b) Aberdeen and (c) Edinburgh city regions; and...

    • Citizens Advice Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when Ministers in his Department last met Citizens Advice Scotland; what was discussed at that meeting; and if he will make a statement.

      Domestic Visits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which local authorities in Scotland on what dates he (a) has visited and (b) plans to visit.

      Scotland Office: Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many recruitment and employment agencies his Department has used to source staff in each year since 2010-11.

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 21 July 2015 to Question 7427, what discussions he has had with Ministers of the Scottish Government on the implications of...

  • HM Treasury

    • Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department submitted a formal application to the European Commission for state aid clearance to enlarge the scheme for social interest tax relief;...

    • Revenue and Customs: Greater London

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of (a) calls attempts to HM Revenue and Customs customer helplines were handled and (b) post to HM Revenue and Customs was handled within 15...

      Community Amateur Sports Club Scheme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment Treasury and Revenue and Customs officials have made of the effect on multi-sports clubs of the changes to Community Amateur Sport Club...

      Treasury: World Economic Forum

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he visited the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2016, in his official capacity.

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of people aged (a) 21 to 64 and (b) 65 and over who pay income tax pay tax at the higher rate.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to table 2.7 on page 85 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, which Departments will fund the cross-government overseas...

      Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the evidential basis is for tax relief on pension contributions encouraging savings in pension schemes.

      Married People: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have claimed the marriage allowance introduced in April 2015 to date; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure that eligible people...

      Public Sector: Redundancy Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government's proposals to cap public sector exit payments will explicitly exclude those workers who are retiring due to ill-health.

      Public Sector: Redundancy Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to implement automatic indexing of the proposed public sector exit payment cap.

      Landfill Communities Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the capacity of landfill operators to pay 10 per cent of qualifying contributions under the Landfill Communities Fund; and if...

      Landfill Communities Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of the proposed changes to the Landfill Communities Fund on the number of community projects supported by that...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Environment Protection: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the amount of (a) public and (b) private sector investment needed to fulfil Government...

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she plans to take to increase renewable energy generation when the renewables obligation scheme ends in 2017.

      Climate Change: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the impact of the Energy Bill on Northern Ireland's ability to contribute to the achievement of the...

      Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of electricity in the UK was generated by UK coal-fired power stations in 2015.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent discussions she has had with energy companies on the progress of building new nuclear power stations.

      Coal Fired Power Stations: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions she has had with her German counterparts on the building of new coal power stations in that country.

      Renewable Energy: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2015 to Question 18516, what assessment she has made of the effect of the removal of eligibility...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she plans to take to support feasibility studies into local renewable energy projects beyond 2017, following the end of the...

      Fossil Fuels: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what criteria were applied when determining the boundaries of blocks offered in the 14th Onshore Oil and Gas Licensing Round by the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the overall cost was of residential training for civil servants in each of the last three years.

    • Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy that comprehensive statistics are collated on the incidence of deaths and hospitalisations as a result of carbon monoxide...

      Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 26 January 2016 to Question 23621, which (a) charitable trusts and foundations, (b) institutional investors and (c) dedicated...

      Prescription Drugs: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, in how many deaths in the last two years consumption of an excess of prescription drugs was the primary cause.

      Public Sector: Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which 100 constituencies have the highest proportion of public sector employees.

      Social Problems

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2016 to Question 23474, when the detailed criteria for the Life Chances Fund will be published.

  • Department of Health

    • Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that records of the training history of the nurses convicted at Nursing and Midwifery Council hearings are kept on the same basis as...

    • Mental Health Services: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress is being made on conducting antenatal mental health assessments.

      Mental Health Services: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that mental health services take account of the experiences and needs of women (a) in general and (b) who...

      Bone Marrow Disorders: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps his Department has taken to increase the number of bone marrow donors in the UK.

      Health: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the What About YOUth survey, published 8 December 2015, what assessment he has made of the findings of that survey; and if he will...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government has taken to increase the number of BAME (a) executive and (b) non-executive staff of (i) NHS trusts, (ii) clinical...

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the criteria are for making a ministerial directive against the closure or downsizing of a hospital.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of nurse training places in each of the next five years.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions the Minister for Public Health has had with mental health charities on the importance of public mental health interventions.

      Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the budget was for the Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory in each of the last five years.

      Care Homes: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what regulations there are on the ratio of staff to patients in care homes.

      Zika Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what monitoring is in place for people returning from countries where the Zika virus has been found to detect the presence of that virus.

      Zika Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what additional training has been provided to (a) NHS England and (b) Public Health England personnel on the Zika virus.

      Mental Health Services: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2016 to Question 23676, how much funding has been allocated to the HEE Perinatal Mental Health programme in each...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to support local authorities in dealing with loneliness as a public health issue.

      General Practitioners: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GPs were aged (a) 50 or younger, (b) between 50 and 60 and (c) over 60 in (i) London, (ii) each London borough and (iii) each trust in London in...

      General Practitioners: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GPs retired in (a) London, (b) each London borough and (c) each trust in London in each year since 2010.

      Department of Health: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued to support the implementation of the Family Test.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of (a) children and (b) adults were Type 2 diabetic in (i) each primary care trust in London, (ii) each London borough, (iii) London and...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health of 21 January 2016, Official Report, column 1634, when his...

      Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve care for people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2016 to Question 23220, when he expects the project to which he referred to publish its recommendations.

      Care Homes: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contingency plans the Government has in the event a major care provider is in a financial position where it is no longer able to continue to provide...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Females: Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many meetings she has had on increasing the number of women receiving public appointments since May 2015.

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the Government's timetable is for introducing measures to place a duty on larger employers to publish information about bonuses paid to men and...

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether steel produced in Britain will be used for the HS2 project.

    • Railways: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timetable for the Transport for London and Department for Transport partnership to take control of the suburban rail routes in London.

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Yazidis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why none of the Yazidi women who have escaped following enslavement by ISIS have been given refuge in the UK.

    • Immigration: Proceeds of Crime

      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), which...

      Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have the power or ability to refer Operation Midland to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

      National Crime Agency: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the overall performance of the National Crime Agency during its first year of total operation in Northern Ireland.

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will intervene in the case of Momand Qais, an interpreter for the UK armed forces in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2009, whose application for asylum...

      Prostitution: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been charged under section 53A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 by each police force in England and Wales in each year since 2012.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the category of visa held by a departing person is recorded when exit checks are undertaken at UK borders; and, if that data are collected, whether...

      Visas: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will respond to the Migration Advisory Committee's review of Tier 2 migration published on 19 January.

      National Wildlife Crime Unit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the future of the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit.

      Territorial Waters: Surveillance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Maritime Intelligence Centre is providing a detailed surface picture of contacts approaching the Territorial Waters of the UK in order...

      Police

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made regarding Chief Constable David Shaw’s Use of Force Data Review.

      Slavery

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to issue statutory guidance for identifying and supporting victims, as set out in section 49 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

      Refugee Camps: Dunkirk

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to lift the ban on aid entering the Grande-Synthe refugee camps.

      Asylum: Calais

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the measures that are in place to ensure that asylum seekers in refugee camps in Calais have access to the Family...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how long asylum seekers have to wait before they receive financial support upon arrival in the UK.

      Police: Biometrics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 21 January (HL4964) on police facial recognition technology, whether the outcome of their review of that...

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 26 January (HL5218), what guidance they have issued to local Chief Executives in their role as Monitoring...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of any correlation between the non-enforcement of low-level road user penalties and the rate of serious offences.

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • House of Lords: Parliamentary Procedure

      To ask the Leader of the House whether she will set up a working party to consider the combining of the contents of the Companion to the Standing Orders with those parts of Erskine May that refer...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • North Korea: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will increase funding for human rights projects in North Korea, and what was the total UK funding for such work between 30 September 2013 and 8...

    • North Korea: Telecommunications

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for providing unmonitored mobile and internet communications to the people of North Korea as a contribution to...

      Kamal Foroughi

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 30 December 2015 (HL4621), whether they consider the four prisoners, including Jason...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the evidence available regarding human rights violations committed by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen.

      Syria: UN Agencies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the action they and their allies can take to enable the UN agencies in Syria to carry out their mandates fully and freely.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning the students from Birzeit university who are currently in prison; and what assessment...

      Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the remarks by Sheikh Abu Taqi Al-Din Al-Dari delivered at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and posted online on 16...

  • Attorney General

    • Police Interrogation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the implications of the police indicating to a person being interviewed under caution that no further action will be taken due to insufficient, or a...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Nurses: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the planned replacement of student bursaries by loans, how many grants for higher cost students will be made to universities in respect of...

    • Timber: Smuggling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what sanctions the National Measurement Office can take against companies that trade in illegally imported timber.

      Horticulture: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many horticulture training places on further education courses were available in each of the last five academic years.

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action the Department for International Development is taking to use its influence with countries hosting Syrian refugees in the region to allow NGOs to...

    • Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking to persuade countries hosting Syrian refugees in the region to allow NGOs to provide non-formal education opportunities.

  • Department for Education

    • Home Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the legal responsibilities of those parents who choose to teach their children at home.

    • Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many academy sponsors are waiting for approval.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Outdoor Recreation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the role of (1) the Department for Culture, Media And Sport, (2) the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (3) the Department of...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Unmanned Systems

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on the 20 January (HL4935), (1) what is the timeline for the development of the written policy for future...

    • Reserve Forces: Discharges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of reservists leaving the (1) army, (2) Royal Navy, and (3) Royal Air Force, in 2015.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the retention of reservists in the Armed Forces.

      Reserve Forces: Length of Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the average time that reservists are members of the Armed Forces.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to operate from the UK Boeing P-8 Poseidon aircraft belonging to (1) the US Navy, or (2) other allied nations, with British crews prior...

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many UK service personnel embedded with allied nations maritime patrol capabilities under the Seedcorn Initiative are flying the Boeing P-8 Poseidon; and...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions in the last 12 months and from which airfields aircraft of the Quick Reaction Alert have been scrambled, and for what purpose on every...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last undertook an assessment of the long-term educational and welfare needs of Travellers and Gypsies in the UK.

  • HM Treasury

    • Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for a mandatory fee model whereby Financial Conduct Authority authorised debt management firms charge a set fee...

    • Financial Services: North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether any North Korean banks or businesses have direct or indirect access to the UK’s financial system, and whether...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether HMRC are undertaking any other pilots on product authentication other than that with the tobacco industry's Codentify system; and whether they plan...

      Tobacco: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the terms of reference are for the HMRC pilot of the tobacco industry's Codentify system for product authentication; how long that pilot will last; on...

      Tobacco: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what independent analysis of different systems for tobacco control and product authentication HMRC is proposing to undertake.

      Tobacco: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether there is a conflict between HMRC piloting the tobacco industry's Codentify system and its legal action against...

      Debts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to take forward the consultation on the legal framework for debt administration proposed by the 2015 Farnish Review of the Money Advice...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much tax revenue they have collected directly from fixed-odds betting terminals in each of the years from 2010–11 to 2014–15 inclusive.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of research from the University of East Anglia forecasting that the introduction of Individual Voter Registration will...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ascertain how many people shown as having voted on the marked register for the General Election on 7 May 2015 were on the...

      Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to gather data from Electoral Registration Officers about levels of electoral registration as at 1 December 2015, and whether that...

      Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish data showing the number of entries on the electoral register as at 1 December 2015; and if so, whether they will break down that...

      Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the completeness of the electoral register as at 1 December 2015, broken down by (1) the UK in total, (2) country, (3)...

  • Department of Health

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there has been an increase in the rate of abortions among women over the age of 24 since 2010, and if so, what assessment they have made of the cause.

    • Health: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the actual expenditure on public health in (1) 1996–97, (2) 2000–01, (3) 2009–10, and (4) 2014–15; and what percentage of...

      Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what public health requirements were included in NHS England's mandate for 2014–15, and which of those were achieved.

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