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Written answers

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

    • Department for Transport: Health

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

      Railways: South of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential of Westbury to become the north-south/east-west rail hub for the central south of England.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that UK rail operators who may lose their franchise as a result of the recently announced proposals to...

      London Underground: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effect on passenger safety of reduced staff numbers on London Underground.

      London Underground: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effect on passenger safety of reducing staffing at control rooms on London Underground.

      London Underground: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with London Underground (LU) on the effect on passenger safety of reducing staffing on LU.

      Railways: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the merits of staffing (a) railway stations and (b) trains.

      Railways: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that rail companies improve their passenger safety procedures.

      Network Rail: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to reduce the amount of litter on Network Rail's land; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to reduce the amount of litter on Highways England's road network; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: WiFi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the provision of free Wi-Fi connections on board all (a) Network Rail and (b) Transport for London carriages.

      Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will support changing the Air Traffic Management in the Future Airspace Strategy to give residents a higher priority than commercial interests.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many heavy rail vehicles built before 1999 have not been refurbished to comply with (a) RVAR 10 and (b) PRM TSI regulations; and what proportion...

      Taxis: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on the effect on black taxi drivers of the operation of Uber in London.

      Regional Airports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the Regional Air Connectivity Fund has not yet been allocated.

      Transport: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what he plans his Department's policy on industrial relations with transport unions to be over the next three years.

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will direct Highways England to give evidence to the public hearing on 18 March 2016 organised by the West Midlands Police and Crime...

      Department for Transport: Overseas Aid

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

      River Thames: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons Highways England have not held consultation events on the proposals for a new Lower Thames Crossing in Stanford-le-Hope, Langdon...

      A282

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans are in place to upgrade the existing Dartford Crossing and the A282.

      River Thames: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Option A for a new Lower Thames Crossing is still (a) included in the consultation and (b) considered by his Department to be a viable option.

      Military Aircraft: Air Misses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many International Civil Aviation Organisation category (a) A and (b) B Airprox incidents there were in the (i) Scottish Flight Information...

      China: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government has made representations to the Chinese government to secure Chinese investment in transport infrastructure in Britain.

      Transport: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve (a) awareness training of staff, (b) support and advice for staff and (c) appropriate facilities and provisions for...

      Highways Agency and Network Rail: Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much (a) Network Rail and (b) the Highways Agency spent on hire cars in (i) 2014-15 and (ii) 2015-16 to date.

      London City Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the new owners of London City Airport; what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the sale of that...

      Department for Transport: Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people are employed as special advisers by his Department; and how many people were employed as special advisers by his Department on 1...

      Network Rail: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) consultants and (b) permanent staff are employed by Network Rail's Infrastructure Projects division; and how much Network Rail has spent...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse in 2016 of (a) raising regulated national rail fares by the retail price index and (b)...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Ministerial Policy Advisors

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

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was levied in respect of service credits in each key performance indicator designated met in respect of each Compass region in each...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to counter people trafficking.

      Animal Experiments: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many project licence applications under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 were (a) granted and (b) refused on the basis of...

      Home Office: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many consultants' contracts were terminated early in each of the last six years for which figures are available; and what the cost of...

      Home Office: Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has paid to staff in overtime in each of the last 24 months.

      National Wildlife Crime Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the National Wildlife Crime Unit on reducing wildlife-related crimes.

      Animal Experiments: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many inspectors appointed under section 18 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 are currently in post; what the complement...

      Nature Conservation: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce crimes against wildlife in the UK.

      Vetting: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Disclosure and Barring Service Statistics, published on 28 January 2016, what assessment she has made of the adequacy...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Al-Qaeda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the effect on national security of members of al-Qaeda (a) in Saudi Arabia, (b) in refugee...

    • Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the extent of Israeli settlement-building in the occupied territories since the...

      Papua: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Indonesian counterpart on freedom of access by journalists to West Papua.

      Papua: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will discuss with his Indonesian counterpart the restriction on non-governmental organisations working in West Papua.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to publish the next quarterly progress report to the House on Syria.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department's guidance to overseas missions on hospitality for senior UK figures was last reviewed.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's wellness strategy is.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the government of Israel on the extension of the Separation Barrier in the...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the government of Israel on the international delegation of Bishops which was...

      Israel: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the government of Israel concerning recent anti-Christian vandalism at the...

      Hungary: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Hungarian government on the sale of residency bonds through off-shore companies.

      Romania: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the government of Romania about the activities of (a) Central Media Enterprise,...

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the UN Secretary General on the supply of arms and other military equipment sales to Saudi Arabia.

      Overseas Aid

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

      European Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in which court the commitment in point 7 of Section A of the Decision of the Heads of State or Government, meeting within the...

      Middle East: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the EU, Africa and the Middle East on addressing the refugee crisis...

      Turkey: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Turkish counterpart on military action in the south east of Turkey and the consequences...

      China: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to assist UK firms to access Chinese markets.

      China: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of diplomatic and economic relations between China and the UK.

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Attorney General

    • Harassment: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, what account the CPS takes of mental health conditions when deciding whether to prosecute people under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Trade Promotion: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to promote opportunities for businesses in the South West to access high growth markets abroad.

    • Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment the Prime Minister has made of the potential effect of the investor state dispute settlement clause of the...

      Business: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department has conducted an impact assessment on the closure of the Business Growth Service.

      Employment: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2016 to Question 25610, on minimum wage, what the average call time was to the Pay and Work...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what academic research he has commissioned on the expected behavioural response of employers to the introduction of the...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether energy suppliers are obligated to report to the National Measurement and Regulation Office when a heat network is...

      Apprentices: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2016 to Question 25652, what media outlets will be used to carry advertising as part of...

      Minimum Wage: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether employers named and shamed by his Department on 5 February 2016 for non-payment of the national minimum wage and found...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the apprenticeship levy on training and skills funding for people aged...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department intends to cease any existing or planned business support mechanisms in order to implement the...

      Institute of Apprenticeships: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the estimated (a) cost of establishing and (b) annual running cost of the Institute of Apprenticeships is; whether his...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will publish his Department's impact assessment of the apprenticeship levy.

      ACAS: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2016 to Question 25610, how many national minimum wage enquiries were made to (a) the Pay...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will publish details of the Global Challenges research fund announced in the Government strategy paper, UK aid: tackling...

      Apprentices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what skills businesses in the retail and commercial enterprise sector are required to teach to apprentices to qualify for...

      Apprentices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations his Department received on the requirements to be set for businesses in the retail and commercial...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department has taken and what mechanisms are in place to ensure that apprentices in the retail and commercial...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his Department's practice in consulting manufacturers on policy of the...

      Manufacturing Industries: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policy on apprenticeships of the finding of the Institution of...

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of how much of his Department's staff expenditure was specifically related to the Transatlantic Trade...

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the likely timetable for conclusion of negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and...

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many representations he has received from (a) European and (b) American officials pertaining to the Transatlantic Trade and...

      Students: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the implications of a decision to leave the EU on the higher education fees status of EU students...

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to paragraph 2.41 of the Government's paper, The best of both worlds: the United Kingdom's special status in a...

      Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if his Department will produce a strategy on how the UK's steel requirements will be met over the next (a) 12 months and (b)...

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the UK's policy is on the resolution passed by the European Parliament in February 2016 in favour of an embargo on the sale...

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

    • Department for Education: Health

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

      Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has discussed the study, The impact of classroom design on pupils' learning, by Professor Barrett of Salford University, with her...

      Extracurricular Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to her Department's consultation on out-of-school education settings, launched on 26 November 2015, whether proposals to register...

      Academies: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made for the total exit payments for academy chain staff in each year since 2011.

      Schools: Musical Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of state (a) primary and (b) secondary students who are learning a musical instrument; and how...

      Department for Education: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 35, on the European Council, whether her Department...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Custodial Treatment: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were imprisoned for non-violent drug offences in each year since 2005.

    • Missing Persons: Guardianship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if the Government will bring forward proposals for legislation to establish guardianship provisions to assist families in managing the affairs of...

      Pathology: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many pathologists qualified to conduct post-mortems there were in (a) 2010 and (b) 2015.

      Ministry of Justice: Health

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

      Prisoners: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many compensation claims against prison staff were made by prisoners in each of the last five years.

      Surrogate Motherhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effects on children and families of the parental orders procedure following surrogacy arrangements.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average number of months has been between the tariff expiry date of prisoners (a) with life sentences and (b) imprisoned for public protection...

      Ministry of Justice: Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spent from the public purse on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken to reduce overcrowding on the prison estate in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

  • Leader of the House

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Government has to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli.

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate (a) public and (b) private sector involvement in developing ultra-fast FTTH broadband in 2014-15.

      Public Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to restart work related to his Department's pre-consultation on moving the May Bank Holiday, published in 2011.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent from the public purse on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on how many occasions he or officials of his Department have met representatives of high street bookmakers to discuss gambling since...

      Broadcasting Programmes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the extent to which the policies of broadcasters recruiting members of the public for...

      British Film Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what information his Department holds on the proportion of British Film Institute funding that was allocated to Hollywood studio films...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of businesses which are planning to pass on the increase in their National Insurance...

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Health

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

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications to the National Enterprise Allowance scheme were rejected in each of the last five years.

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to provide British pensioners living overseas with the same annual uprating of their state pension as British pensioners...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average financial cost is to an individual woman who has seen her state pension age increased by the maximum 18 months.

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training and guidance is provided to medical assessors who examine claimants for personal independence payment on the implications of (a)...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) England that will be affected by reductions in...

      Social Security Benefits: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recommendations on employment support and the housing benefit cap on...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when a copy of DCDS(MilCap)/14/06/11, dated 18 June 2014, was presented to the Procurator Fiscal.

    • Ministry of Defence: Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of email MA/DGMAA to Min(DPWV) private office 3 Dec 13 16:32.

      Ministry of Defence: Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of EC-01-19-01/20130205-Mil Cap Air Safety Management Plan 2103.

      Reserve Forces: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 4.46 of the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence Review 2015, how much additional funding the Government plans...

      Nuclear Power: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government has issued iodine tablets to households in the last five years.

      Clyde Naval Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential (a) commercial and (b) other economic benefits of the expansion of HMNB Clyde to the surrounding towns and...

      Clyde Naval Base: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2015 to Question 11029, whether assessment of the necessary infrastructure adaptations to update the facilities at...

      Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to his Department of the Export Support Team was in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15; and whether those costs have been reimbursed by the UK...

      Military Attachés

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was of maintaining the defence attaché network in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15; and what proportion of the cost of that network was...

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the elements of the Successor programme has commenced production of manufacturing drawings; and when he expects all elements of that...

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2016 to Question 25153, what the 16 recommendations are of the Independent Power and Propulsion System Performance...

      Ministry of Defence: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 35, on the European Council, whether his Department...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Significant Occurrence Notifications the Director of General Defence Safety Authority has been notified of which involved other nations'...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the statistics it produces on homelessness and rough sleeping comply with...

    • Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many Syrian nationals have resettled in each region under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme since March 2014.

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will publish as soon as possible a full analysis of responses to his Department's recent consultation on the deregulation...

      Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many organisations were affected by his Department's pilot of anti-sock puppet rules; how many exemptions were made under...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on how many occasions he has (a) revoked or (b) modified planning permission under Section 100 of the Town and Country Planning...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on how many occasions in each year since 2009-10 he has been asked to confirm a local planning authority's decision to revoke...

      Communities and Local Government: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his Department's wellness strategy is.

      Communities and Local Government: Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had on introducing new duties on local authorities to assess the level of need for wheelchair...

      Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the proportion of starter homes that will be wheelchair accessible.

      Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to increase the supply of wheelchair accessible homes in the social and affordable housing sector.

      Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of people requiring wheelchair accessible homes in (a) Easington, (b) the North East...

      Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to secure the adequate supply of accessible homes suitable for disabled people.

      Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on how many occasions in each year since 2009-10 he has directed that a planning application appeal which would otherwise be...

      Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many appeals against Local Planning Authority decisions by developers he has received under Section 78 of the Town and...

      Tenants' Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent consideration he has given to amending existing non-statutory guidelines on Residential Leasehold and Recognised...

      Community Land Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of community land trusts to increasing the supply of affordable...

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will direct local planning authorities to reassess planning permissions granted to developments on floodplains that have...

      Communities and Local Government: Publications

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

      Tenancy Deposit Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many companies responded to his Department's invitation to tender for the protection of tenancy deposit scheme; and how...

  • HM Treasury

    • Regional Planning and Development: North of England

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many publicly-funded jobs relating directly to the Northern Powerhouse there are in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley, (c) Yorkshire and the...

    • Treasury: Health

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's wellness strategy is.

      Pensions: Lump Sum Payments

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have withdrawn more than the 25 per cent tax-free allowance from their pension fund as a lump sum since 2014.

      Infrastructure: Capital Investment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much and what proportion of National Infrastructure Pipeline spending has been allocated to projects in (a) Stoke-on-Trent local authority, (b) Cheshire...

      Gin

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to support the British gin industry.

      Airbnb: Payments

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of whether payments to AirBnB constitute remittances for the purposes of financial regulation.

      Transport: North of England

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to provide additional funding for projects identified by the forthcoming Northern Transport Strategy.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Fuel Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to reduce the number of children living in fuel poverty.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Fraud Review

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he expects to receive the report and recommendations of the investigation headed by Sir Eric Pickles on electoral fraud.

    • Prime Minister: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to his officials in each of the last five years; and what the total of such bonuses was to the public purse.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers: Part-time Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how the Government plans to ensure that any special advisers working part-time for Government and part-time for a campaign do not make use of...

      Department for Transport: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will investigate whether the reported comments of 22 February 2016 by Peter Wilkinson, director of Rail Passenger Services at the Department for...

      Ministers' Private Offices: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials in the private offices group are employed on temporary contracts.

      Cabinet Office: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 35, on the European Council, whether his Department...

      Lobbying

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will issue a response to EDM 1138, Anti-lobbying Clause in Government Grant Agreements.

      Cabinet Office: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to improve the representation of employees with a disability in the Senior Civil Service in the Cabinet Office.

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the employment rate for adults in England with (a) mental health, (b) physical health and (c) no declared health conditions has been in each year...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Department of Health

    • East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much compensation the former Chairman of East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust will receive as a result of her resignation from that post.

    • Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made by his Department or NHS England of the effect of minor ailments services provided by community pharmacies on demand for...

      Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on NHS (a) services and (b) governance of NHS England's decision to discontinue the role of national clinical...

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of changes in the number of registrations of care home residents at GP surgeries since the end of retainer fees in 2015.

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) more cases of chronic lyme disease are correctly diagnosed and (b) more people with chronic lyme...

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the National Screening Committee next plans to meet to review its recommendations on group B streptococcus screening for pregnant mothers.

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5 November 2015 to Question 14463, what the timetable for the equality impact assessment referred to will be.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions the Government has had with the governments of Australia and New Zealand on the proposed introduction of an annual change to Australian...

      Social Services: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Government will provide additional financial support to providers in the care industry to support such providers affected by the introduction of...

      Social Services: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment the Government has made of the effect on the care industry of the implementation of the living wage.

      Heart Diseases: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to support the British Heart Foundations' Wear It Beat It campaign.

      Dental Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the proportion of five-year olds eligible for free school meals with severe or extensive tooth decay.

      Kidney Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) the Think Kidneys programme, (b) ongoing work relating to acute kidney injury and (c) other work programmes...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting times are for access to talking therapies in (a) the UK, (b) Yorkshire and (c) Halifax.

      Department of Health: Cleaning Services

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

      Department of Health: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, 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...

      Ambulance Services: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect on the number of people employed by ambulance services who are from non-EU countries of the salary...

      Cancer: Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress his Department has made on establishing cancer clinical alliances; and what the function of those alliances will be.

      Mental Hospitals: Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mother and baby beds are available in mental health units or hospitals in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) the East Midlands region.

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to inform families with young children who were born before the cut-off for the new meningitis B vaccination...

      Mental Health Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is his policy to accept and implement the (a) 25 recommendations made to NHS England and (b) 21 recommendations made to his Department by the...

      Colorectal Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with NHS England on funding for Erbitux from April 2016.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the recommendations on page 13, paragraph 2, of the Mental Health Taskforce report, published in February 2016, what steps he is...

      Junior Doctors: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to ensure that the pay calculator for junior doctors published by the Government is accurate; and when that calculator will be...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2016 to Question 28083, when he expects the Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies...

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has conducted or commissioned on the length of time taken by doctors to adjust to day shifts after night shifts; and whether...

      Junior Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the illustrative rotas for junior doctors, published by NHS Employers on 18 February 2016, what assessment his Department has made of...

      Junior Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the capacity within the illustrative rota for junior doctors, published by NHS Employers on 18 February 2016,...

      Junior Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the appropriateness of the length of time junior doctors will be off shift following a nine or 10 hour night...

      Junior Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by what communication channels his Department has responded to the concerns expressed by junior doctors about the illustrative rotas, published by NHS...

      Junior Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the illustrative rota number 15 for junior doctors published by NHS Employers on 18 February 2016, for what reasons that rota requires...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Education: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will take steps to ensure that there is equality of educational achievement between girls and boys in schools.

  • Ministry of Defence

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • North Korea: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that funds, financial assets or economic resources are not being made available by UK nationals, UK-owned businesses,...

    • North Korea: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what meetings have been held between the new UK Ambassador to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and that country's government, and what access the UK...

      UN Commission on the Status of Women

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to hold an event on their Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative at the sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following its decision to start building the annexation wall in the Cremisan Valley, and in...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the decision by the High Court of Israel on 1 February to dismiss the latest petitions submitted by the Salesian Sisters Convent...

      Islamic State: Occupied Territories

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the presence of Daesh in Gaza and the West Bank.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in the light of the Procurement Policy Note:Ensuring compliance with wider international obligations when letting public contracts of 17 February stating...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel on the aerial spraying of herbicides on 187 hectares of crops within the borders of Gaza in...

      Israel: Riot Control Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel on the use of untested and prohibited forms of tear gas canisters.

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to attend the UN Open Ended Working Group on nuclear disarmament which takes place from 22 to 26 February.

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their priorities for the UN Open Ended Working Group on nuclear disarmament, taking place from 22 to 26 February, and what expertise the UK can...

      Libya: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how many Daesh fighters have moved from Iraq and Syria to Libya; and what implications this has had on UK defence and...

      UN Commission on the Status of Women

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will promote their Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative at the Commission on the Status of Women meeting in March.

      Mohammed al-Qeeq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are making representations to the government of Israel about the case of Mohammed Al-Qeeq; and in particular what representations they have made...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to increase business confidence, in the light of uncertainty regarding the global economy and the EU referendum.

    • Overseas Students: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many EU-domiciled students received Student Loan Company support in each of the last three years, broken down by individual country of domicile.

      EU Grants and Loans: Cornwall

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding has been allocated to Cornwall from each of the EU programmes in the last ten years.

      Iron and Steel: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role they envisage for British-produced and British-manufactured steel in the Northern Powerhouse.

      Migrant Workers: Universities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the cost to UK universities of implementing the Immigration Skills Charge for non-EU workers recruited through the Tier 2...

      Engineering: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many employees in the UK engineering sector are from other EU member states, and what is their total contribution to (1) UK Gross Domestic Product, and...

      Engineering: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many employees in the UK engineering sector are from other countries outside the EU, and what is their total contribution to (1) UK Gross Domestic...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the written answer by Baroness Verma on 18 February (HL5913), which 17 countries their Flagship female genital mutilation (FGM) programme...

    • Middle East: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when and where they will establish application procedures for the new funds they are providing to assist the education of the children of refugees and...

      Iraq: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the conditions facing Iraqi refugees in Jordan.

      Iraq: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the Department for International Development’s humanitarian aid package for Jordan is intended to meet the needs of Iraqi refugees...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for International Development, Mr Desmond Swayne on 10 February (HC25684) on recent demolitions by...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Earl of Courtown on 26 January (HL4975), whether there has been an occasion on which they have not been satisfied with...

  • Department for Education

    • Child Rearing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to providing support for the estimated 2.5 million children being brought up by parents who are heavy alcohol drinkers.

    • Students: Travel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 9 February (HL5629), what steps they are taking to increase the number of discounts available to post-16...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the average broadband speed in (1) North Yorkshire, and (2) London.

    • Public Service Broadcasting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many responses they have received to their consultation on the repeal of section 73 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Somerset

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the badger cull has had on the number of TB cases reported in Somerset.

    • Dairy Products: Origin Marking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to introduce country of origin labels for dairy products in (1) the UK, and (2) across the EU; and if so, when.

      Government Departments: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to establish targets to reduce energy use across the government estate to reduce carbon emissions over the next five years.

      Primates: Animal Welfare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the review of the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Privately Kept Non-Human Primates will commence, and what is the proposed timetable for that review.

      School Milk

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have (1) to develop a new strategy for the implementation of the European School Milk Scheme from 2017, and (2) to involve stakeholders in...

      Dairy Products: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total export figures for dairy products over the past five years, and to which countries those export initiatives were directed.

  • Home Office

    • Iraq: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to include vulnerable Iraqi refugees in Jordan who are registered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in their resettlement...

    • Dogs: Smuggling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what training is provided to staff in the UK Border Agency to help them deal with abuses of the Pet Travel Scheme by those involved in illegal puppy...

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