Written answers

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will issue guidance to rail companies to ensure they publicise passenger rights for compensation for disruption caused by the recent floods in...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Cyprus: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people living in the Akrotiri and Dhekelia RAF Sovereign Base Areas have applied for asylum since October 1998; how many such applications have...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Colombia: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Colombian counterpart on the number of trade union activists who have been killed in...

    • Syria: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the effect on employment levels in the Syrian textile industry of the application of sanctions...

      Armed Conflict: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to sign the Safe Schools Declaration to protect schools from being attacked or occupied for...

      Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart on ensuring that Kurds are part of Syria peace talks.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will ensure that mechanisms are in place under the proposed draft deal with Europe to prevent the gradual transfer of...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what sanctions can be taken against the Office of the Independent Adjudicator if it misses the 90-day target in issuing...

    • Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure UK universities are closely co-ordinating their medical research.

      Antibiotics: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on how many new antibiotics are in development by UK companies.

      Higher Education: Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the implications for freedom of speech in universities of recent reports of violent protests at...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has spent on (a) temporary agency staff, (b) consultants, (c) non-payroll staff, (d) administration and (e) marketing and...

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to reply to Question 15306, tabled by the hon. Member for Hammersmith on 16 November 2015.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to answer Question 15306, tabled on 6 November 2015, on his Department's public expenditure.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the estimated value is of each prison in England and Wales.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) women and (b) men held in prison in each of the last five years had been born in a prison.

      Ministry of Justice: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has spent on external consultancy since 2010.

      Criminal Proceedings: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to give greater support to people with mental health vulnerabilities who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

      Young Offenders: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of self-harm and self-inflicted deaths among young people in custody.

      Prisoners: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been paid in compensation to prisoners in the last 12 months.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to incentivise developers to co-fund the deployment of local fibre broadband networks to properties which are...

    • Cybercrime: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to help small and medium-sized enterprises protect themselves against cyber-attack.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of private rented properties are priced above the local housing allowance in the (a) UK and (b) West Midlands.

    • Long Term Unemployed People: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what provision his Department is making to improve employment outcomes for long-term unemployed people with deaf impairment for whom British...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Floods: Calder Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the current projections used by the Environment Agency on the expected frequency of extreme flooding in the Calder...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Carbon Monoxide: Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward proposals to require private landlords to fit carbon monoxide alarms in any property that contains a...

    • Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what safeguards his Department plans to put in place to ensure that people who leave their council homes as a result of the...

      Building Alterations: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many Article 4 directions to restrict the application of permitted development rights in local areas have been made by (a)...

      Employment Schemes: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will provide support to local councils to ensure they protect deaf clubs for people seeking support and help in getting...

      Local Government Services: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that councils do not discriminate against people for whom British Sign Language...

      Fracking: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on removing from local authorities powers to veto planning applications for fracking.

      Housing: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of the Housing Investment Fund devolved to Greater Manchester Combined Authority homes over 10 years is in the...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the withdrawal of the Housing Market Renewal Initiative.

  • HM Treasury

    • Business: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax disputes with large businesses HM Revenue and Customs is engaged in; and what the value is of the tax that is being contested in those disputes.

    • Child Benefit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the amount paid in child benefit to parents of children residing outside the UK who have died since a claim was set up...

      Tax Havens

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the proposal from the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee for an extended definition of a tax haven, with...

      Minimum Wage: Enforcement

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the press release of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills of 5 February 2016, entitled New National Minimum Wage offenders...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cybercrime: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been spent by the National Cyber Security Programme in each of the last five years.

  • Department of Health

    • In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to make the new natural form of IVF treatment available on the NHS.

    • Multiple Sclerosis: Stem Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to make new stem-cell therapy available on the NHS for patients with multiple sclerosis.

      Colorectal Cancer: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in (a) the UK and (b) Bolton have been included in the Bowel Cancer Screening programme for over-60s in each of the last five years.

      Department of Health: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on external consultancy since 2010.

      Meningitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 December 2015 to Question 20280, how many cases of meningococcal disease there have been in each year since 2010; and what...

      Urinary System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential role of cranberries can play in reducing the frequency of prescribing antibiotics for simple...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House when was the most recent time that she gave guidance to the Northern Ireland Office on the importance of answering parliamentary written questions in full,...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Burundi: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have deployed, or intend to deploy, experts from the UK preventing sexual violence in conflict initiative team to help support local responses...

    • Burundi: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to engage the African Union and the East African Community in efforts to stabilise the situation in Burundi.

      North Korea: Guided Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of North Korea's rocket launch; what steps they intend to take as part of their robust response; what discussions they have...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding its latest land appropriation in the Jordan Valley.

      Mohammed al-Qeeq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the continued detention of Mohammed al-Qeeq, currently on hunger strike, without...

      Israel: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the rejection by the Knesset of the amendment proposed by MK Jamal Zahalka to...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the case of the Hares Boys.

      Israel: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps the UK Embassy in Israel has taken to monitor attacks on Christian places of worship.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the demolition of 22 structures in Khirbet Jenbah in order to create an army...

      Syria: UN Resolutions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is under way to implement UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and previous resolutions on Syria.

      Lauren Patterson

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support the British Embassy in Doha, Qatar, has given, or plans to give, the Patterson family whose daughter Lauren Patterson was murdered in Qatar in...

      Gaza: International Red Cross

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Palestine about the re-opening the Red Cross offices closed by recent violence in Gaza.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Unemployment: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in reducing the levels of youth unemployment in Northern Ireland over the last three years.

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the potential impact on Northern Ireland of the UK leaving the EU.

      Languages: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether, under the Belfast Agreement 1998, which underlined equality and parity of esteem for Irish and Ulster Scots...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

  • Department for Education

    • Regional Schools Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the budget of each Regional School Commissioner; who scrutinises and audits those budgets; how many staff are employed by each Commissioner; and...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Criminal Proceedings: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have undertaken into the number of legal practitioners who will still be able to provide criminal legal aid services in England and Wales...

    • Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reinstate legal aid for qualifying UK residents seeking to re-unite with their immediate family members from overseas; and if not, why not.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Libya: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether UK personnel have been involved in military targeting planning meetings in Libya.

    • Libya: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are bound to consult or seek the approval of Parliament before undertaking aircraft or drone air strikes in Libya.

  • Home Office

    • Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what training on UK child trafficking patterns has been provided to French border officials at St Pancras International and Ashford International to help...

    • Terrorism: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of UK nationals who have travelled to participate in terrorist-related activity in (1) Syria, (2) Iraq, (3) Libya,...

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which police forces in England and Wales have employed officers through the Direct Entry (Superintendent) Programme since its inception; how many officers...

  • HM Treasury

    • Employment: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a record is kept of persons employed in Northern Ireland whose primary addresses are in the Republic of Ireland, and what steps they have taken to...

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a list of occupational pension schemes registered in the UK as at 1 January 2011 and at 1 January 2016,...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Honours

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many newspaper journalists and publishers received awards in honours lists published between December 2011 and December 2015, broken down by individual list.

    • Statutory Instruments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many statutory instruments were laid before Parliament in each Session since the 1997 General Election.

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