Written answers

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

  • Home Office

    • Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to take account in its policies of the conclusions of the Muslim Brotherhood Review, HC 679, published on 17...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Privy Council Office Judicial Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 2 February 2016 to Question 24086, how many cases were referred to the Judicial Committee of the...

    • Taiwan: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance the UK is providing to Taiwan since the recent earthquake in that country; and if he will make a statement.

      Turkey: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the situation in the Kurdish town of Cizre.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the proposed outcomes of the renegotiation of the UK's membership of the EU would require the approval of the European...

      Colombia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the Colombian government's ability to guarantee safety for (a) social activists and (b) human...

      Colombia: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Colombian counterpart on the 24 trade unionists killed in Colombia in 2015.

      North Korea: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made on the test launch by North Korea of a long-range ballistic missile on 7 February 2016; and...

      India: Sikhs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart on the treatment of Sikhs campaigning for human rights in that...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Hospitality Guild: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on how many people attended the Hospitality Guild's centres of excellence in Asian cookery...

    • Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students from England who have studied for higher education qualifications at (a) higher education institutions and (b)...

      Students: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many higher education students from England were in receipt of maintenance grants for each of the last five years in (a)...

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the introduction of a mentoring scheme for businesses who wish to export...

      UK Trade and Investment: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of benchmarking UKTI's performance against that of other countries' export...

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2015 to Question 10523, whether hon. Members of both Houses have the same levels of access...

  • Department for International Development

    • New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will issue a response to EDM 337, G7 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.

    • Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of the recent fighting around Aleppo on refugee numbers.

  • Department for Education

    • Hackney New Primary School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the cost to the public purse was of the purchase of the Kingsland Fire Station site for use by the Hackney New Primary School; and what the gain...

    • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to make it compulsory for primary schools to teach (a) the correct names for genitalia, (b) that genitals are private to the...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to update the Sex and Relationship Education Guidance that was published in 2000.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to ensure consistency of GCSE grades across the UK after changes to the grading system.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of pupils who achieved five A* to C grades at GCSE in 2015 received no higher than a C grade in any subject.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of pupils achieved a A* to C grade at GCSE in (a) a modern foreign language and (b) science in each of the last five years.

      Harperbury Free School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the performance of the Education Funding Agency on the case of Harperbury Free School; and what the cost to the public...

      Harperbury Free School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the reasons were for the time taken for her Department and the Department of Health to reach an agreement on the site for Harperbury Free School.

      Free Schools: Luton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what payments her Department has provided to Luton Girl's Academy or people associated with its application to achieve free school status since 2013;...

      Horticulture: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to increase the number of (a) special needs students and (b) higher skills learners in horticultural training.

      Schools: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional funding her Department is providing to Bradford Council to help schools with essential repairs.

      Primary Education: Christchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the proposed location is for the new primary academy to be opened in West Christchurch from September 2016 by Twynham Learning Foundation; and...

      Academies: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2016 to Question 25400, which academies and free schools made those applications to her Department to vary...

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she plans to take to ensure that (a) LGBT-inclusive sex and relationships education and (b) sexually transmitted infections and HIV...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Civil Proceedings: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on access to justice for people on low incomes of the Government's proposals to (a) increase the...

    • Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offences of each type were committed by (a) sentenced female prisoners and (b) female prisoners held on remand who had their children with them...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the (a) demonstration phase and (b) manufacture phase of the Successor submarine programme to begin.

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there are Reaper Ground Control Stations available for use by UK Reaper Squadrons 13 and 39 in North Africa.

      USA: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any personnel from Reaper Squadrons 39 or 13 are currently embedded with US forces.

      Libya: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, within what timeframe his Department is able to deploy Reaper drones to Libya.

      Cyprus: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many refugee applications from migrants living in the Sovereign Base Areas started before 1 December 2008 had not been determined on 8 August 2014;...

      USA: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which UK assets were supporting the USS Harry S. Truman in the Persian Gulf on 12 January 2016.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Reaper drones have been used in operations in Syria.

      Military Exercises: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether an assessment was made of the (a) decontamination, (b) environmental and (c) other costs was before each Astral exercise between February 2011...

      Military Exercises: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) atmospheric stability class was assumed for the downwind dispersion and deposition of the release fall-out; and what the assumed distribution...

      Nuclear Submarines: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral statement of 6 March 2014, Official Report, column 1077, on nuclear submarines, how much his Department set aside for...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been subject to benefit sanctions in (a) Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency and (b) Wales in the most recent period...

    • Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to cap the number of times a person in receipt of benefits can be sanctioned in a month.

      Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the reasons are for the time taken to announce the successful bidders of his Department's Trusted Partner Pilot programme.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to facilitate full statistical recording of the employment (a) rate and (b) gap for people with disabilities.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Taste of Ulster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to support the work of Taste of Ulster; and if she will introduce similar organisations throughout...

    • Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has had discussions with her EU counterparts during the renegotiation of the terms of UK membership of the EU on...

      Horse Racing: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to ban the use of whips for encouragement in horse racing.

      Lead Ammunition Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to publish the Lead Ammunition Group's final report; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of derelict and abandoned buildings.

    • Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has accrued to the public purse from the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in each of the last five complete...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding the Government is providing to local authorities for each refugee for housing under the Syrian resettlement...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will apply EU Directive 41/2003 on Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision to the Local Government Pension...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to prevent the use of fraudulent roofing materials in the building of new houses.

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if his Department will conduct an assessment of the appropriateness of the definition of houses in multiple occupation; and if...

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received from local councils on the application of (a) mandatory and (b) additional licensing for...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if his Department will introduce a requirement that Local Government Pension Scheme funds be invested in infrastructure projects.

      Social Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if officials in his Department will have discussions with officials in the Department of Health on the establishment of a...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will ensure that all proposed Local Government Pension Scheme asset pool governance structures have an equal number of...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to ensure the powers of intervention over Local Government Pension Scheme funds' non-financial...

      Disability: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will introduce a nationwide disabled Vehicle Excise Duty parking exemption list to ensure that disabled people are not...

  • HM Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs: Procurement

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assurances HM Revenue and Customs seeks from its contractors and suppliers that they are fully compliant with their UK tax obligations.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Digital Service: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assurances the Government Digital Service seeks from its contractors and suppliers that they are fully compliant with their UK tax obligations.

    • Public Sector: Oldham

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what land and property in Oldham his Department has identified for disposal as part of the One Public Estate programme over the next five years.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with the Big Lottery Fund on the renewal of the lottery licence.

  • Department of Health

    • Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the potential future savings to the public purse of reducing (a) hepatitis C related end-stage liver disease and (c) liver...

    • Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the proposed hepatitis C improvement framework has not been published.

      Health Services: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to prevent EU health tourism.

      NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS trusts are running a deficit.

      General Practitioners: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to encourage GPs to undertake out-of-hours shifts in primary care.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to develop the model of co-location of urgent and emergency primary care services with A&E.

      Mental Health Services: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance NHS England provides for prescribing therapeutic support for children in care; and what funding is available within the Government's mental...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to ensure that all patients who are subject to the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983 have all their rights discussed...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure (a) more efficient use by the NHS of funding from the public purse and (b) support for investment in the...

  • Attorney General

    • Sexual Offences: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that the recommendation by Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate in its Thematic Review of the...

    • Sexual Offences: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take in the light of the finding by Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate in its Thematic Review of the CPS Rape...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the response made by human rights groups to figures released by the UK that it sold Saudi Arabia over £1 billion of...

    • Living Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total cost of the advertising campaign for the National Living Wage.

      Living Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much is being spent on (1) billboards and poster sites, (2) television and radio advertising, (3) digital advertising, and (4) other forms of...

      Living Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the billboards and other poster sites used in the National Living Wage campaign are (1) in London, and (2) in each other region of the UK.

      Students: Prescriptions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of changes to maintenance grants on low-income students' ability to afford prescription charges.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will launch an independent inquiry into the reported power failures on Type 45 destroyers, and the case for increasing their power capacity by...

    • Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Type 45 destroyers will have additional generating capacity installed, and what is the estimated cost of that work.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Lead: Ammunition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the levels of compliance with the Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999, as...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect all valid claims from farmers in 2015 to the Rural Payments Agency to be paid.

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Payments Agency will receive a bonus payment this year.

  • Home Office

    • Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Eurostar about child trafficking.

    • Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether, were the UK to leave the EU, they would be obliged to consider the case of an applicant for asylum who was known...

  • HM Treasury

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the analysis by Credit Suisse that Britain leaving the EU could cause a snap recession and reduce GDP by up to two per cent.

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