Written answers

Friday, 12 February 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Egypt: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to publish the listed dates for flights to Sharm el Sheikh airport on which his Department advised against all travel to the...

    • Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) officials, (b) other staff and (c) contracted workers in his Department are working on taxi and private hire vehicle policy.

      Railways: South of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve rail infrastructure and service in the south of England.

      Motor Vehicles: Brakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of autonomous emergency braking systems in reducing the number of road traffic accidents.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many holders of full driving licences in Wealden constituency are people aged over 70 who have renewed their licence.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people in Wealden constituency have a full driving licence.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government Finance: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to protect the rural services delivery grant.

    • Tenancy Deposit Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what metrics his Department uses to measure the effectiveness of deposit protection schemes.

      Tenancy Agreements: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to exempt victims of domestic abuse who move home to escape violence from the provisions on fixed...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether the 119 Saudi-led coalition sorties documented in the Final Report of the UN Panel of...

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Saudi Arabia following receipt of the Final Report of the UN Panel of...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether there have been any unintentional violations of international humanitarian law carried...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether there have been any unintentional violations of international humanitarian law carried...

      China: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on Chinese market economy status.

  • Attorney General

    • Offences against Children

      To ask the Attorney General, how many people have been charged with paying for sexual services of a child under section 47 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 where (a) the victim was under 18, and...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Work Experience: Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to inform businesses about the effect that (a) paid and (b) unpaid internships have on...

    • Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many Post Office Crown branches have closed or merged since the end of the last formal Crown Transformation Programme.

      New Businesses: Wealden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many new businesses have been set up in Wealden constituency since May 2010.

  • Department for Education

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Suspended Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many suspended sentences were given for people with (a) one, (b) between one and 10 and (c) more than 10 previous convictions in each of the last...

    • Divorce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people (a) applied for and (b) were granted divorce in each of the last five years.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been paid in compensation to prison staff in relation to prisoner attacks in each year since 2010.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on advertising, marketing and external communications in each year since 2010.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Visual Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the economic value of the visual arts sector was in the last five years.

    • MG Alba: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2016 to Question 19385, for what reasons his Department does not plan to pay another grant to MG Alba.

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the evidential basis is for clearing the 700 MHz band of spectrum requiring £600 million in funding; and what discussions his...

      Tourism: Keswick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate the cost to the tourist industry in Keswick, Cumbria, of the closure of the A591 due to recent flooding.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of (a) small businesses, (b) large corporations and (c) Government departments and agencies reported breaches of cyber...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) small and medium-sized enterprises and (b) other businesses have signed up to the Cyber Essentials Scheme.

      BBC: Royal Charters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish the outcome of the consultation on the BBC Charter Renewal process.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps his Department has taken to tackle disparities in broadband coverage in (a) London and (b) the UK.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to (a) encourage innovation and competition amongst broadband network providers and (b) reduce...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of people had their passports checked on exiting the UK at (a) Dover and (b) all UK airports, seaports and ferry ports in...

    • Home Office: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department plans to take to implement the recommendations of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman in its Insights...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which electoral wards in England have exceeded a one in 200 saturation level for asylum placements; and by what percentage each such ward...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of establishment of safe and legal routes for asylum seekers wishing to enter the UK on...

  • HM Treasury

    • Financial Services: Islam

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the rental income generated for investors in his Department's sukuk bond scheme is equivalent to that of the coupon paid from a June 2014 Government...

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of businesses and other organisations in (a) Wiltshire and (b) the UK that will be required to pay the...

      Banks

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the timetable is for his Department's plans to separate retail and investment banking arms.

      Connaught Asset Management

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information he holds on the reasons why the Financial Conduct Authority has not sought a restitution order against (a) Capita, (b) Blue Gate and (c)...

      Financial Services: Apprentices

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress officials in his Department have made on incorporating the proceeds of the £227 million fine imposed on Deutsche Bank in relation to...

      Financial Services and Markets Act 2000

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information he holds on the reasons why the Financial Conduct Authority has not made use of the powers granted to it under sections 382 and 384 of the...

      Overseas Trade

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of trade statistics collected by the Government on identifying trade flows through second countries (a) in...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what metrics his Department plans to use to measure the effects of tax-free childcare on attainment in early years' education.

      Revenue and Customs: Debt Collection

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the policy of HM Revenue and Customs is on using debt collection agencies to retrieve outstanding tax payments from (a) individuals and (b) businesses.

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many letters to HM Revenue and Customs from members of the public remained unanswered after (a) four, (b) eight and (c) 12 weeks in the last 12 months...

      Revenue and Customs: Cheques

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many cheques sent to HM Revenue and Customs from members of the public remained uncashed for (a) four, (b) eight and (c) 12 weeks in the most recent...

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the incidence of members of the public receiving multiple letters from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) conveying conflicting...

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to improve HM Revenue and Customs' response times to written correspondence from members of the public.

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the efficiency of HM Revenue and Customs in handling written correspondence from members of the public.

      Dividend Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with small and medium-sized enterprises on the proposed change to the dividend tax.

      Trident Submarines

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Defence Procurement on 24 November 2015, Official Report, column 1254, in what ways his...

      Multinational Companies: Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress the Government has made on the implementation of the OECD's Base Erosion and Profit Shifting programme; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Regional Planning and Development: North of England

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many publicly-funded jobs related directly to the Northern Powerhouse are located in (a) Cumbria, (b) Northern England, (c) London and (d) other parts...

      EDF Energy: Loan Guarantee Scheme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the loan guarantee facility offered by his Department to EDF Energy for construction of the twin Hinkley Point C nuclear power plants will be...

      Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to assist middle-income families with their pension planning.

      Students: Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how the Government determines the Scottish Government's allocation of non-cash departmental expenditure budget for student loans.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity Generation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what criteria her Department uses to designate technologies as less established for the purpose of Contract for Difference auctions.

    • Electricity Generation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she plans to publish further details of the next Contract for Difference auction; and which technologies she plans will be...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the spare capacity is in each of the national electricity grid systems from which the UK buys electricity through interconnectors.

      Energy: West Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the amount of energy that would be generated in West Cumbria as a result of the (a) Moorside Nuclear...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to promote domestic solar photovoltaic installations.

      Solar Power: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effect on uptake of renewable energy production of increasing VAT on domestic solar photovoltaic...

      Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much funding the Government has allocated to the continued assessment of options for plutonium management in the financial years...

      Sellafield: Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether her Department plans to begin a procurement process for a technology to reuse plutonium stored at Sellafield before 2020.

      Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of the coal burnt in UK coal-fired power stations originated in the USA in the first nine months of 2015.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Charities: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that charities report surplus funds awarded to them by the Government.

    • Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent progress he has made in reducing the rate of unemployment.

  • Department of Health

    • Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many young people aged 17 or under of each age were sectioned under the Mental Health Act in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

    • Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many young people aged 17 or under of each age were held in police custody as a place of safety in each of the last 10 years for which figures are...

      Dental Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many three year olds received a free NHS dental check in (a) Nottingham North constituency, (b) Nottingham and (c) the UK; and if he will make a...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of how many men who have sex with men (MSM) are expected to receive the HPV vaccine each year as a result of the...

      Visual Impairment: Wealden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Wealden constituency are registered as (a) blind and (b) partially sighted.

      General Practitioners: Wealden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent GPs were employed in general practices in Wealden constituency in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13 and...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of (a) children and (b) adults in (i) Wealden constituency, (ii) East Sussex and (iii) England were classified as (A) overweight and (B)...

      Health Services: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of non-emergency care in the NHS for non-EEA seafarers employed on UK registered...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has made an assessment of (a) the number of potential closures of and (b) the reduction in community pharmacies as a result of...

      General Practitioners: Wealden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients are registered at each GP surgery in Wealden constituency; what the capacity of each such surgery is; and how many such surgeries are...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of adults in (a) Wealden constituency, (b) East Sussex and (c) England have been diagnosed with dementia in each of the last 10 years.

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the public purse was of the campaign to encourage (a) young people and (b) first-year university students to take up the Men ACWY vaccine.

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has for implementing a meningitis vaccination programme for older adults.

      Down's Syndrome: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to implement the recommendation of the National Screening Committee, made in January 2016, on making non-invasive prenatal...

      Department of Health: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the ownership of (a) Richmond House and (b) Wellington House under an Islamic bond has affected any activity of his Department.

      Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has been provided for (a) set-up costs and (b) ongong running costs of the Operational Delivery Networks established to support access to...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to (a) measure and (b) evaluate the effect of the men who have sex with men human papillomavirus vaccination programme on...

      East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust: Junior Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many junior doctors are employed by East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.

      East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses are employed by East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many ambulances waited more than 30 minutes to offload their patients in (a) England, (b) London and (c) each health trust area in London in each...

      Vaccination: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ask the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to conduct an equality impact assessment as part of its decision-making process on the...

      Health Services: Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of social enterprises in delivering high quality healthcare services.

      Muscular Dystrophy: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent progress has been made on access to Translarna in discussions between NICE, NHS England and the relevant pharmaceutical company.

      Babies: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce deaths of premature babies.

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the new treatment for ovarian cancer is likely to be available on the NHS.

      Prisoners: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times a prisoner from each prison has been airlifted to receive medical attention in each of the last five years.

      Urinary System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the cost to the NHS of antibiotics used to treat urinary tract infections in each of the last three years.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Paint

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage innovation in paint products to make better use of resources, and what steps they are taking to reduce the amount of...

    • Toner Cartridges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the UK competition authorities have made an assessment of the UK market in printer cartridges; and if so, what conclusions were reached.

  • Department for Education

    • Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define "vexatious" in relation to the objections submitted to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator by secularist campaigning groups over the last...

    • Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact that preventing groups and organisations from objecting to school admissions arrangements will have on overall...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how many breaches of the School Admissions Code there have been as a consequence of groups and organisations being able to...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support objections to a school’s admissions arrangements if those objections have been upheld.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to comments by Professor Ted Cantle of the iCoCo Foundation regarding their proposals to prevent organisations from...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their recent proposal to prevent groups and organisations from objecting to the admissions arrangements of schools, what assessment they...

      Schools: Crimes of Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action, if any, they plan to take as a result of the recent report of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers that 40 per cent of teachers in the UK...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage larger companies to form partnerships with creative entrepreneurs.

    • Digital Technology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to be able to publish a UK-wide digital strategy.

      Piers: Grants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many English piers have received government grants in (1) 2013, (2) 2014 and (3) 2015.

      Sports: Television

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of which national sporting events are listed for terrestrial broadcasting, and whether they plan to take steps to help expand...

      Public Service Broadcasting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 23 July 2015 (HL1549), when they expect to publish proposals regarding the repeal of section 73...

  • Home Office

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Patina Rail, the owners of Eurostar, about human trafficking and the creation of a commuter route between St Pancras and...

    • Private Rented Housing: Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to better inform all landlords of the new rules that oblige them to check new tenants’ immigration status.

      Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will meet the British Red Cross to discuss improvements in the existing processes for the reunion of refugees' families.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many potential female genital mutilation victims were interviewed in UK airports at the beginning and end of the school summer holidays in 2015.

      National Wildlife Crime Unit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support the National Wildlife Crime Unit with further funding and through changes in legislation.

      Undocumented Workers: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many business establishments in Northern Ireland have been fined for employing illegal national workers in each of the last four years.

      France: Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with the government of France about refugees and migrants near Calais and Dunkirk; whether those discussions include the...

      Migration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have initiated any discussions in the past decade on global migration issues.

      Immigration Rules: EEA Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an EEA national residing in the UK who wished to bring a non-EU spouse into the country would, under the draft Decision by the European Council...

  • HM Treasury

    • Companies: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many companies have made special arrangements with HMRC to pay tax owed, and how the arrangements are assessed as reasonable and fair to the taxpayer in...

  • Department of Health

    • Zika Virus: Pregnant Women

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department of Health has begun to carry out a survey of pregnant women where either partner has been to Brazil or other neighbouring countries...

    • Human Embryo Experiments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 27 January (HL5039), what specific recommendations the Human Fertilisation and Embryology...

      Human Embryo Experiments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 27 January (HL5039), what evidence the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has received...

      General Practitioners: Working Hours

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage GPs to undertake out-of-hours shifts in primary care.

      NHS: Per Capita Costs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the figures, in real terms, for spending per head of the population on the NHS in 1997–98 and 2014–15.

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