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Written answers

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Volkswagen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the distinctions between Volkswagen's practices (a) on the use of defeat devices and (b) in mitigating...

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on measures to improve air quality; and what discussions he...

      Ports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which Government policies on ensuring the (a) security of UK ports and (b) identification and checking of containers for contraband, trafficked...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of drivers potentially affected by the extension of the radius from 50km to 100km from base within...

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of people applying for a Blue Badge affected by (a) Alzheimer's disease, (b) myalgic encephalomyelitis and (c) autism were successful...

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will widen the Blue Badge criteria to allow for cognitive as well as physical disabilities.

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the premium and subsidy profile of the new TransPennine Express franchise will be in each year of that franchise's operation.

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if the Prime Minister will make an assessment of the potential merits of each proposal on noise mitigation from aviation in the letter to him of 18...

      Aviation: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his future policies of the Sharm el Sheikh air crash in October 2015; and what recent reports he...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2016 to Question 22830, whether the Warnings Index Checks system has been affected by high-priority...

    • Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on the possibility of establishing third...

      Alcoholic Drinks: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the implications for her policies on harm caused by alcohol are of the finding in the Balance report, The second hand harm of alcohol...

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the current average waiting time is for an application for leave to remain.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people with dependants who have been granted leave to remain in the UK had a no recourse to public funds condition attached to...

      Immigration: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people under the age of 18 were dependants of adults who had been granted leave to remain in the UK and had also had a no recourse...

      Asylum: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers claiming to be under the age of 18 have been charged with a criminal offence in the last year; and what proportion...

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which Fire and Rescue Services have trained staff who can act as first responders; how many such staff have received training.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the Government expects to accrue to the public purse from the planned annual charge on Australian and New Zealand citizens for use...

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Government will reverse its decision to impose an annual charge to Australian and New Zealand citizens for use of the NHS.

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2016 to Question 19716 and 18 February 2016 to Question 26688, what estimate her Department has made of...

      Home Office: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's wellness strategy is.

      Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that failed asylum claimants who have spoken out against the government of their country of...

      Calais: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect on children whose refugee shelters in Calais are due to be demolished by the French government.

      Police Stations: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions custody nurses were not available in police stations when required in each year since 2010.

      Immigration Controls: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional funding she plans to commit to tackling illegal immigration; and if she will make a statement.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications of the findings of the report by Europol, Migrant Smuggling in the EU, published in...

      Asylum: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department was informed of plans by Clearsprings to expand asylum accommodation into East Cardiff.

      Asylum: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what direct funding has been provided to local authorities in Greater Manchester to manage the community impact of asylum placements in...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2016 to Question 23729, what the Government's policy is on the confiscation of the belongings of Syrian...

      Harassment: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what account the police takes of mental health conditions when deciding whether to prosecute people under the Protection from Harassment Act...

      Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to reply to the letters dated 11 December 2015, 14 January and 10 February 2016 from the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner...

      Visas: Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what financial savings she expects to result from the transfer of processing Bangladeshi visa applications to New Delhi.

      Migrant Workers: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential effect on the number of people employed in Northern Ireland who are from non-EU countries of...

      Home Office: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) publications, (b) consultation documents and (c) circulars her Department has issued since August 2012; and what the title was...

      Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police forces in England operate a neighbourhood policing model.

      Asylum: North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's policy is on where unsuccessful asylum applicants from North Korea are deported to.

      Harassment: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle cyber harassment.

      Home Office: Human Rights Act 1998

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many civil law suits have been brought against her Department based either wholly or partially on grounds provided by the Human Rights...

      Vetting

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

      Vetting: Dulwich and West Norwood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications to the Disclosure and Barring Service from people living in Dulwich and West Norwood constituency have taken more than...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of Syrian refugees resettled under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme is included within the Government's...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of Syrian refugees resettled under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme were previously resident in another country...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of Syrian refugees in each local authority in the UK.

      Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessments she has made of the potential effect of planned future budget reductions on the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times the UK has voted against an EU proposal at final adoption since 8 May 2015.

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the rights of British citizens...

      Business: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2015 to Question 19830, when he plans to report on his review of the UK National Action...

      Austria: Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from the Austrian government on a person suspected of rape in Linz, Austria, who is now...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers of his Department have had with (i) arms manufacturers, (ii) tobacco manufacturers and...

      South China Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the installation by China of missile launchers on Woody Island in the South China Sea; what...

      Embassies: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much UK embassies spent on official hospitality in 2014-15; and what estimate he has made of the level of such spending in...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government plans to introduce legislative proposals related to the agreement reached on the UK's relationship with...

      UN Secretariat: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the European Council on the use of EU funds to support travel by candidates for the post of...

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on (a) geopolitical stability and (b)...

      European Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Decision of the Heads of State or Government, meeting within the European Council, on 18 and 19 February 2016 will...

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the commitments by the UK not to create obstacles to, but facilitate such deepening of the Eurozone, to sincere...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2016 to Question 27033, which governments within the EU support further political integration.

      UK membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Decision of the Heads of State or Government, meeting within the European Council, on 18 and 19 February 2016, is...

  • Wales Office

    • UK Membership of EU: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for the completion of projects funded in Wales by EU structural funds in the event of the UK...

    • Wales Office: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what his Department's wellness strategy is.

      Wales Office: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the (a) policy and (b) other responsibilities are of each special adviser in his Department.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Staff

      To ask the Attorney General, how many full-time equivalent staff his Department provided to assist with (a) Home Office immigration and asylum cases and (b) other Home Office legal cases in reach...

    • Trials

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps the CPS has taken to ensure that administrative errors do not prevent victims from giving evidence at trial.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Further Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the end of year budget surplus or deficit was for each further education college in London in each financial year since 2010-11.

    • Small Businesses: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what grants and schemes his Department offers to small and medium-sized businesses to encourage innovation.

      Universities: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to increase the number of BME young people in university education.

      Further Education: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much Government funding further education colleges in (a) East Lancashire and (b) Burnley received in (i) 2014, (ii) 2015...

      Disabled Students' Allowances: Hampstead and Kilburn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many disabled students allowance awards were made by the Student Loans Company to students (a) studying at higher education...

      Disabled Students' Allowances: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what mechanisms (a) are available and (b) will be available from 2016-17 for applicants for disabled students' allowance (DSA)...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many assessments for disabled students' allowance (DSA) were carried out by an independent needs assessor in each year since...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of applicants for disabled students' allowance (DSA) used supporting notes from (a) medical professionals...

      Construction: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what work his Department is undertaking to assist small and medium-sized enterprises in the construction industry to expand and...

      Higher Education: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to increase representation of BME students in leading universities.

      Post Offices: Haringey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the staff costs are for (a) Crouch End Crown Post Office and (b) Muswell Hill Crown Post Office in 2015-16.

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2016 to Question 26010, when the Departmental Reading Room for access to consolidated...

      Sunday Trading: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many successful prosecutions there have been against employers who have taken action against workers who have refused to...

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will place in the Library the most recent submissions made by the parties involved in the Transatlantic Trade and...

      Sunday Trading: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what research has been commissioned by his Department into the effects of the extension of Sunday opening hours in each year for...

      Nicole Mather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what restrictions are in place on Dr Nicole Mather in her role as Director of the Office for Life Sciences in relation to her...

      Nicole Mather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the salary of Dr Nicole Mather is for her role as Director of the Office for Life Sciences.

      Nicole Mather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much has been claimed in reimbursement expenses by Dr Nicole Mather in her role as Director of the Office for Life Sciences...

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department's wellness strategy is.

    • Developing Countries: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what metrics she uses in monitoring human rights abuse (a) by governments and (b) in countries in receipt of UK aid.

      Papua: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make an assessment of the effect on poverty reduction in West Papua, Indonesia, of the reported ban on non-governmental...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential effect of the change in the OECD definition of foreign aid to include...

      Fiji: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if the Government will contribute emergency aid to Fiji and its surrounding islands following the recent cyclone.

      Middle East: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 15 February 2016 to Question 26161, how will the funds raised as result of the Supporting Syria Conference...

      Afghanistan: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what political engagement her Department had with the Afghan government on extractives governance in 2015.

      Afghanistan: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the UK is intending to take steps to ensure that effective benchmarks for extractive-sector governance are included on the...

      Afghanistan: Minerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that the Afghan Minerals Law includes the strongest possible measures to strengthen...

      Afghanistan: Minerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what political representations UK officials have made to the Afghan government with respect to the Afghan Minerals Law and amendments...

  • Department for Education

    • Basic Skills: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the effect on teachers' workloads of the new system for assessment of pupils' achievement in reading,...

    • Basic Skills: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason her Department did not give one year's notice of the new system for assessment of pupils' achievement in reading, writing and...

      Academies: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on the exemption of academy school staff from the one per cent public sector pay rise limit.

      Academies: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons staff of academy chains are not considered as public servants.

      Teachers: Length of Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary full-time teachers have completed (i) three, (ii) five, (iii) 10, (iv) 15 and (v) 20 years of...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the budget is for prison libraries in (a) total and (b) each prison in 2015; and what the cost was in each of the last five years.

    • Prisons: Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which prisons have libraries; and which organisations (a) run and (b) fund each such library.

      Prisons: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions, in which prisons and for what incidents the (a) Tornado Team called into prisons, (b) Gold Command was opened and (c) National...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to paragraph 1.26 of the National Audit Office report, Implementing reforms to civil legal aid reports, published in November 2014, what...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many family courts have special access measures in place for victims of domestic violence attending the court for child contact cases.

      Immigration: Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many consent orders have been signed by courts for the settlement of judicial review cases for asylum and immigration applications in each year...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) conducted on the potential effect of a UK withdrawal from the EU on (a) relationships between...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of people appealing their ineligibility for the enhanced rate of mobility under personal independent payment have been...

      Ministry of Justice: Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) policy and (b) other responsibilities are of each special adviser in his Department.

      Secure Training Centres: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the annual cost was of the Youth Justice Board monitoring carried out at each secure training centre in each of the last five years for which...

      Medway Secure Training Centre: Advocacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether Barnardo's advocates are permitted to speak to children confidentially without G4S staff in attendance at Medway Secure Training Centre.

      European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2016 to Question 27179, whether the requirement in the Lisbon Treaty that the EU shall accede to the European...

      Amnesty International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to respond to the findings of Amnesty International UK's Annual Report, published on 24 February 2016.

  • Leader of the House

    • House of Commons: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Leader of the House, what discussions he has had with the House of Commons Commission on the potential effect on staffing and other costs and expenditure on repair and maintenance...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost is of subsidising satellite broadband to a further one per cent of premises; and how much of that cost will be borne by...

    • BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make representations to the BBC on increasing the provision of voice-overs for BBC programmes.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the (a) policy and (b) other responsibilities are of each special adviser in his Department.

      Theatre: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what criteria Arts Council England uses to allocate funding to theatre companies; and how much such funding has been disbursed to...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether benefits for people with disabilities will be exempt from the freeze on working-age benefits.

    • Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the provisions of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill on social mobility.

      Social Security Benefits: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people living with the long-term effects of cancer can access appropriate financial support...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of employment and support allowance are (a) undergoing treatment for and (b) recovering from cancer.

      Work Capability Assessment: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) junior doctors, (b) consultants, (c) nurses and (d) healthcare assistants have been employed to undertake work capability...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people currently in the work-related activity group of employment and support allowance...

      Personal Independence Payment: Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will carry out an impact assessment of the effect that the replacement of disability living allowance by personal independence payment...

      Universal Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department provides to its staff on proactively making callers claiming universal credit or seeking advice by telephone...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) policy and (b) other responsibilities are of each special adviser in his Department.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) publications, (b) consultation documents and (c) circulars his Department has issued since August 2012; and what the title was of...

      Universal Credit: Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2016 to Question 24803, whether Jobcentre work coaches are able to advise universal credit claimants of...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many one-month reminder letters of CSA case closure have been issued in each month since November 2014 for cases in (a) segment 1, (b)...

      Work Programme: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with identified mental health needs have been (a) on the Work Programme and (b) helped into employment by that programme in...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many calls were made to the Child Maintenance Options Service in each month since November 2015.

      Help to Work Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many long-term unemployed people have been helped back into work through the Help to Work scheme in each of the last five years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers of his Department have had with (i) arms manufacturers, (ii) tobacco manufacturers and (iii) representatives of...

    • Libya: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) date and (b) remit was of his authorisation to use RAF Lakenheath as a base to carry out airstrikes in Libya.

      United Nations: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK (a) military and (b) civilian personnel are deployed on UN peacekeeping operations in each operational theatre.

      Type 23 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects each of the Royal Navy's Type 23 frigates to be withdrawn from service.

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2016 to Question 25153, on which Type 45 Destroyers all 16 recommendations of the Independent Power and Propulsion...

      Aircraft Carriers: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the amount spent was from the public purse was on decommissioning and disposal of (a) HMS Ark Royal and (b) HMS Illustrious.

      Aircraft Carriers: Littoral Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 4.47 of the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence Review 2015, Cm 9161, which of the two Queen Elizabeth class...

      Armed Forces: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence Review 2015, when he expects to announce further details of the Government's...

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 4.45 of the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence Review 2015, when he expects to announce further details of the...

      HMS Ocean: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2016 to Question 24278, how much has been set aside in his Department's budget for potential costs associated with...

      Ministry of Defence: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's wellness strategy is.

      Veterans: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to accommodate the Blind Veterans Association based at the Braeholm Centre in Helensburgh when that facility closes in June 2016.

      Clyde Naval Base: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is on the provision of accommodation for naval personnel and their families visiting (a) HMNB Clyde and (b) RNAD Coulport.

      Ministry of Defence: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's spending was on Overseas Development Aid in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) the first 10 months of 2015-16; and what the...

      War Pensions: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Written Statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence of 9 December 2015, HCWS372, on War Pension Scheme -...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 3.58 of the 44th Report of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body, published in March 2015, when the review of military commitment...

      Afghanistan: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the existence of links between the Taliban and Islamic State movements in Afghanistan and the abusive...

      Ministry of Defence: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) publications, (b) consultation documents and (c) circulars his Department has issued since August 2012; and what the title was of each such...

      Ministry of Defence: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the rate of pay is for cleaners in his Department.

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the next three stages are in the investment programme announced in the Strategic Defence and Security Review for the Successor programme; and when...

      Nuclear Enterprise Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who the members of the nuclear enterprise board are; what the terms of reference are of that board; how many times that board has met since January...

      NATO: Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's press release, UK to step up NATO maritime commitment, of 10 February 2016, which Type 45 Destroyers he expects will...

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the elements of the Successor programme have commenced Stage 2; and when he expects all elements of that programme to have commenced...

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the forecast expenditure is on the Successor programme within his Department's 10 year equipment plan.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Occupational Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people were employed as occupational therapists in each of the last five years; what information his Department holds...

    • Flood Control: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many £5,000 flood protection grants have been paid to (a) households and (b) businesses by local authorities.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of Syrian nationals resettled under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme since March 2014 were housed under...

      Ministerial Committee for Syrian Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many times the Ministerial Committee for Syrian Refugees has met.

      Building Alterations: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his Answer of 9 February 2016 to Question 26570, on planning permission, which local authority made each of those...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if the Government will bring forward proposals to review the needs-based formula for local government.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the balances held by all English local authorities.

      European Union Solidarity Fund: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to make available to the Welsh Government funds received as a result of the application to the EU...

      European Union Solidarity Fund: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received from the Welsh Government on applying to the EU Solidarity Fund as a result of flooding in...

  • Scotland Office

  • HM Treasury

    • Social Services: Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 24 February 2015 to Question 224081, on social services: pay, whether HM Revenue and Customs has completed its...

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on stakeholders of the proposed changes to the Transactions in Securities rules.

      Small Businesses: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on stakeholders of the proposed changes to entrepreneurial tax relief.

      Food: Imports

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what revenue was received by the Exchequer from the total amount of food imported by the UK from other member states of the EU in the last 10 years.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who did not meet the 31 January 2016 deadline for submitting tax returns.

      Income Tax: Wales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of what the most appropriate fiscal framework mechanism would be to accompany the devolution of income tax powers of Wales.

      Gaming Machines

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the economic impact of fixed odds betting terminals; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit claims have been (a) identified as potentially fraudulent and (b) reviewed by Concentrix in each local authority area.

      Self-employed: Construction

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on levels of self-employment in the construction industry of his proposed changes to tax relief for...

      Rents: Greater London

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to reduce domestic rent prices in London.

      Independent Living Fund: Wales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the Government has to provide funding to the Welsh Government until the end of the Parliament for payments under the Independent Living Fund.

      Money Laundering

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the FCA on its making guidance available to banks which are seeking to comply with money laundering rules in relation to...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average change in tax credit awards was as a result of an increase in yearly household income above the income rise disregard in each financial...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2016 to Question 20332, if he will place in the Library all case studies his Department undertook for the purpose of...

      Academies: Redundancy Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed public sector exit payments cap on the flexibility of academy chains to restructure their workforce.

      Income Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to increase the personal allowance during this Parliament.

      Fiscal Policy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to create a fiscal surplus by the end of this Parliament.

      Tax Evasion: Prosecutions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of successful prosecutions for tax evasion.

      Economic Situation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the findings of the most recent OECD Interim Economic Outlook.

      Financial Services: Advisory Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to widen access to financial advice.

      Fiscal Policy: Females

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of his Department's fiscal policies on the financial position of women.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans she has to promote a global goal on adaptation to climate change.

    • Department of Energy and Climate Change: Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the (a) policy and (b) other responsibilities are of each special adviser in her Department.

      Coal Fired Power Stations: Blyth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will assess the suitability of the hinterland of the Port of Blyth as a location for an ultra-super critical coal fired power...

      Sellafield: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of the Sellafield Workforce Reform programme on the Sellafield workforce.

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will ensure that all standards explicitly linked to the Renewable Heat Incentive are non-commercialised and publicly available...

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether her Department is assessing potential alternatives to the Microgeneration Certification Scheme to which the Renewable Heat...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she has taken to ensure that all renewables can compete on equal terms in the additional rounds of renewable subsidy...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what capacity of existing Capacity Market Units were awarded Capacity Market contracts in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of existing capacity of existing Capacity Market Units that were awarded Capacity Market contracts did not place an...

  • Cabinet Office

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what meetings (a) she and (b) Ministers of her Department have had with (i) arms manufacturers, (ii) tobacco manufacturers...

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's wellness strategy is.

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has for the UK to participate in the revised European School Milk Scheme due to be implemented...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to promote collaboration between farmers by setting up producer organisations in the dairy sector.

      Dairy Farming: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to help dairy farmers better manage market volatility.

      Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many applications for emergency authorisation for the use of neonicotinoids have been received in 2016; and how many of...

      Fly-tipping: Smeltwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Environment Agency has taken to identify those responsible for the fly-tipping of plastic and other rubbish...

      Waste Disposal: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy that waste disposal licences are not issued by the Environment Agency to individuals with...

      Pheasants: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to introduce measures to (a) improve the welfare of pheasants reared in the UK and (b) reduce...

  • Department of Health

    • Health Professions: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nationals of (a) the EEA, excluding the UK and (b) non-EEA countries who are (i) doctors, (ii) dentists, (iii) other dental care professionals...

    • NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2016 to Question 25882, if he will list the (a) 27 categories of information held in the Asset Management data set,...

      NHS: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to prepare for RansomWare attacks on NHS facilities.

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on whether the resource impact assessment that NICE plans to publish alongside its guidance following its review of...

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of staff retention in the NHS of his decision to impose a new contract on junior doctors.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if NHS England will issue a consultation on a new Prioritisation Framework for making decisions on investment in specialised services and highly...

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans NHS England has to involve NICE in the specialised commissioning policy development process.

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if NHS England will publish a list of the commissioning policies scheduled to be developed in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library copies of the local blueprint submissions for the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan.

      NHS 111

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many members of staff aged under 18 have been employed by NHS 111 in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if NHS England will publish the (a) agendas and (b) minutes of all future meetings of the (i) Clinical Advisory Group and (ii) Specialised Commissioning...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the £1.25 billion funding for children and young people's mental health services announced in the 2015 Budget, published in March...

      General Practitioners: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of GPs working in the NHS were over 50 in (a) 2012 and (b) 2015.

      NHS 111

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of NHS 111 staff are clinically trained.

      Health Professions: Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of clinical staff have suffered from work-related stress in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Medical Examiners: Death Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of whether the nine pilot schemes for a proposed national medical examiner system improved the accuracy of death certification.

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the introduction of a learning disabilities commissioner with a statutory duty to promote and protect the rights of all people with...

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what budget he plans to allocate to each clinical commissioning group in England to support the effective transfer of obesity surgery in April in a...

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2015 to Question 18621, what further assessment he has made of levels of preparedness among clinical commissioning...

      Department of Health: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's wellness strategy is.

      Community Hospitals: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many community hospitals have closed in each year since 2005.

      Junior Doctors: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department expects hospitals to catch up with any backlog caused by the junior doctors' strike on 12 January 2016.

      Department of Health: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many meetings he or other Ministers of his Department have had with representatives of Care UK, BUPA, Virgin Care, The Practice, United Health/Optum,...

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support NHS England plans to provide clinical commissioning groups relating to the transfer of obesity surgery commissioning responsibilities from...

      British Medical Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many meetings he or other Ministers of his Department have had with representatives of the British Medical Association in each month of (a) 2010, (b)...

      Pathology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the (a) scale of the difficulty experienced by trusts in recruiting to consultant posts and (b) effect of that difficulty...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what security arrangements are in place to protect patient data.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effects of proposed changes to the way in which drugs are assessed for inclusion in the Cancer Drugs Fund on cancer...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to encourage routine use of NHS medicines throughout the NHS.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department, NHS England and NICE will publish work undertaken to analyse variation between areas in treatment for patients during the transition...

      Rickets: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of rickets there were among children and young people in each of the last 10 years.

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the report by Sir Stephen Bubb, Time for Change: the challenge ahead, published in February 2016, what assessment he has made of the...

      Cancer: Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to develop cancer clinical alliances across the country.

      Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the national bed occupancy rate average was for (a) adult and (b) child and adolescent inpatient psychiatric wards in each year since 2010.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which regions in England had the (a) longest and (b) shortest average waiting times for patients to access improving Access to Psychological Therapies...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether any national guidance has been issued relating to the use of opt in letters sent by health trusts to patients on mental health service waiting lists.

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in England with severe mental illness are registered with a GP; and how many such people had an annual physical health check in each year...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans (a) his Department and (b) NICE has to reform the process for the appraisal of cancer drugs.

      Prescription Drugs: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children aged (a) up to 12, (b) 12 to 15 and (c) 16 to 18 were prescribed (i) fluoxetine, (ii) fluvoxamine, (iii) sertraline, (iv) paroxetine,...

      Gambling: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been referred to mental health services in (a) London and (b) each London NHS trust for gambling addiction in each year since 2010.

      Mental Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people who were admitted for treatment by mental health trusts in London since 2010 had no previous contact with mental health services.

      Mental Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many acute beds there were in each mental health trust in London since 2010.

  • Prime Minister

    • Prime Minister: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister, what the (a) policy and (b) other responsibilities are of each special adviser in 10 Downing Street.

    • Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister, what recent representations he has made to officials working on the Chilcot Inquiry; and if he will make a statement.

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make representations to bodies campaigning on the EU referendum to ensure that members of the Royal Family are not referred to in the debate on that...

      10 Downing Street: Security

      To ask the Prime Minister, which hon. Members have security clearance for access to 10 Downing Street.

      Prime Minister: Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Prime Minister, how many times his ministerial office has been decorated in the last five years.

      Chevening

      To ask the Prime Minister, which Government Ministers have had use of Chevening House since May 2015.

      Prime Minister: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to his Oral Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 35, on the European Council, whether his Office is undertaking planning in the...

  • Department for Transport

    • Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to establish targets in the UK to reduce carbon emissions produced by road and rail transport by 2020.

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the minimum amount of special educational needs teaching required to fulfil the Teacher Standards of having "a clear understanding of the needs of...

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times since 2006 government-commissioned reports have recommended that more teacher training is necessary in the field of special educational needs...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Burma: Army

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Burmese Army soldiers from Infantry Battalions 213 or 217 have received any form of training from the UK.

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to acquire Zephyr high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicles, and if so, for what purpose.

      Affinity Flying Training Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the contract with Affinity Flying Services Limited to provide fixed-wing flying training will be fully operational.

  • Home Office

    • Vetting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to introduce a scheme for the registration, regulation, accreditation and vetting by the Disclosure and Barring Service of...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will use their membership of UN agencies to establish relevant targets for reducing carbon emissions in (1) civil aviation, (2) shipping, and...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Equality: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 27 January (HL5017) concerning equality and parity of esteem, whether terrorists and members of the security...

    • Church Services: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether under the human rights arrangements within the Belfast Agreement 1998, they have raised or will raise the decision by the authorities in the Republic...

      British Irish Intergovernmental Conference

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why there have been no meetings of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference since 26 February 2007.

      British Irish Intergovernmental Conference

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 23 February (HL6044), why the answer did not answer parts 2, 3 and 4 of the question; and whether they will...

      British Irish Intergovernmental Conference

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 23 February (HL6044), whether they will clarify whether the Conference held in 2007 was the final meeting of...

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