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Written answers

Thursday, 3 March 2016

  • Prime Minister

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Prime Minister, what value and proportion of cross-departmental spending on official development assistance overseen by the National Security Council was subject to the Independent...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department provides to (a) claimants of universal credit while the benefit is assessed and dispatched and (b) people becoming...

    • Employment and Support Allowance: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to employment and support allowance for new claimants in the work-related activity group...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of how many disabled people will move into work as a result of changes to the employment and allowance work-related...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Halifax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Halifax constituency will be affected by changes to employment and support allowance for new claimants in the work-related...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to support disabled people affected by the changes to employment and support allowance work-related activity group.

      Universal Credit: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is possible for prisoners to start their universal credit application so that it is processed and ready to be applied when they are...

      Universal Credit: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will review entitlement to universal credit of people whose wages are paid two weeks in arrears after their temporary employment...

      Social Security Benefits: Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2016 to Question 21498, on social security benefits: personal injury, whether the estimated effect of the...

      Personal Independence Payment: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what account is taken when assessing people for personal independence payments of the need for aids and appliances as a proxy of the condition...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many requests were made to her Department for a change of conditions of leave lifting the condition of no recourse to public funds in...

    • Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many requests were made to her Department for a change of conditions of leave were approved in lifting the no recourse to public funds...

      Terrorism: Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many social media accounts promoting extremist content were recommended for closure by her Department in each of the last 12 months; and...

      Home Office: Cleaning Services

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

      Home Office: Employment Tribunals Service

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

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2016 to Questions 20212, 20253, 20254 and 20256, how many age disputes were (a) raised, (b) resolved...

      Immigration Controls: Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what checks the UK Border Agency makes to determine whether a person who is not a UK citizen has any overseas criminal convictions at the...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether a Minister of her Department plans to attend the UNHRC high-level meeting on global responsibility sharing through pathways for...

      Immigration: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many immigration advisers were registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) in each year since 2009-10;...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many export extradition requests her Department received from Category 2 territories in each year since 2009-10; how many such requests...

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21 September 2015 to Question HL1937, on visas: overseas students, to provide the data by quarter from 2009-10 to...

      Refugees: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contribution she made at the meeting of EU interior ministers on the refugee crisis on 25 February 2016; and if she will make a statement.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding the Government has allocated to the NSPCC's Modern Slavery helpline in financial year (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16; how many...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2016 to Question 26579, what financial assistance her Department provided to charities who support...

      Home Office: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many hours were logged as lost by officials in her Department due to delayed rail transportation in 2015.

      Marriage Certificates: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress she has made on the inclusion of mother's names on marriage certificates.

      Schools: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of weapons which have been recovered from school premises by the police in each year...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the implications are of her Department breaching its Resource Annually Managed expenditure for the funding of other policies in her Department.

    • Northern Ireland Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the implications are of her Department exceeding its Capital Departmental Expenditure Limit for the funding of other policies in her...

  • Department of Health

    • Department of Health: Overseas Aid

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

    • Surrogate Motherhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on the proposals contained in the report, Surrogacy in the UK: Myth Busting and Reform, published in November 2015.

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 2 of Delivering the Forward View: NHS Planning Guidance, published in December 2015, how much of the £8.4 billion real...

      NHS 111: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what training staff in (a) Lancashire and (b) the North West who handle NHS 111 calls receive other that the mandatory training covered by the NHS 111...

      NHS 111: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many ambulances were called out as a result of NHS 111 calls made in 2015 in (a) Lancashire and (b) Burnley.

      Health Services: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the Alzheimer's Society's Fix Dementia Care campaign.

      Colorectal Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department is having with NHS England on ensuring patients continuing access established precision treatments for colorectal cancer.

      Bury Clinical Commissioning Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much Bury Clinical Commissioning Group received in grants in the last three years.

      Department of Health: Consultants

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

      Alcoholic Drinks: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Chief Medical Officer's new alcohol consumption guidelines on future levels of heavy alcohol...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the national trend in the consumption of alcohol (a) in total, (b) by men and (c) by women since 2005; and what estimate...

      Tobacco: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department is taking steps to increase awareness amongst small retailers of EU directive 2014/40/EU, section 14, regulating packet sizes for...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) adequacy and (b) availability of meningitis B vaccine stocks across the UK; and if he will make a...

      Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on A&E attendance, performance and emergency admission statistics for the Royal Free London NHS Foundation...

      Mental Health Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many graduates have begun the Think Ahead programme in each year since its formation; and how many have been enrolled to start in 2016.

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the NHS of (a) furniture, (b) crutches and (c) other equipment given to people with short-term need was in each of the last three years.

      Stem Cells: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much public funding for stem cell research was allocated to the British Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation in each year since 2003-04.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent progress his Department has made on the (a) composition and (b) operation of the individual funding requests screening process; and if he...

      NHS: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many medical staff left the NHS before reaching the pension age.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 29 June 2015 to Question 4049, when he expects the review of the Autism Awareness project to be published.

      Junior Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the minimum number of hours off-duty is that his Department uses to define a day off for a junior doctor.

      Soft Drinks: Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Kantar Worldpanel 2014 dataset on sales-weighted average sugar content in soft...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve transparency of (a) spending and (b) outcomes in the NHS on mental health.

      Mental Health Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have read the NHS England Mental Health Taskforce report.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) number and (b) proportion of GP practice nurses has received training in mental health.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mental health social workers have been employed in each year since 2009-10.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of Public Health England's social marketing budget for 2015-16 has been allocated to mental health.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government plans to take during the present Parliament to reduce the number of people dying as a result of smoking.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Innovate UK: UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of co-ordinating the objectives of Innovate UK and UKTI in order to increase...

    • Sunday Trading: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will publish in full the responses to Question 3 of the Government's consultation, Devolving Sunday trading rules,...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the implications for his Department's policies on devolving Sunday trading regulations are of the findings of the report...

      Sunday Trading: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of Sunday trading devolution on the premium pay of shop workers...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the number of apprentices at each of the apprenticeship educational levels 2 to 6 whom the...

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans his Department has to publish a national strategy for English for speakers of other languages for England.

      Apprentices: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2016 to Question 25652, whether people resident in Northern Ireland are able to apply for...

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the effect of a result in favour of leaving the EU at the EU referendum would be on the UK's membership of the (a) European...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the findings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on page 5 of its report, Engineered in Britain,...

      Apprentices: Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which universities have (a) introduced and (b) committed to introduce degree apprenticeships since September 2015; how many such...

      Olympic Games 2012: Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment the Government made of the effect on (a) high streets, (b) small businesses and (c) post offices of the...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the implementation of the Prime Minister's commitment of...

      Further Education: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with the heads of further education colleges about the implications for recruitment and retention of...

      Working Hours: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to amend the working time regulations; and if he will make a statement.

      Sunday Trading: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his proposals for the extension of Sunday trading hours has passed the family test.

      Business: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2015 to Question 17357, when in 2016 he plans to introduce the new reporting requirement...

      UK Trade and Investment: Vince Cable

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many times the former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the former hon. Member for Twickenham, held...

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 16 February 2016 to Question 26010, when he expects to establish a reading room for hon. Members to...

      Royal Mail: Shareholders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people owned shares in Royal Mail at (a) the launch of the share offer and (b) 1 January 2016.

      UK Trade and Investment: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2016 to Question 27903, which countries were visited in each of the overseas visits...

      Basic Skills: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether he plans to ring-fence funding for adult basic skills within the adult skills budget for 2016-17.

      Basic Skills: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with Ofsted on assessing the quality of teaching English and mathematics in adult basic skills...

      Sector Skills Councils: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will hold discussions with individual sector skills councils on the proportion of the three million new apprenticeships...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Nuclear Power: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidance is issued to households on dealing with a nuclear incident.

    • Defence Assistance Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse of the Defence Assistance Fund was in 2014-15.

      Ministry of Defence: Employment Tribunals Service

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

      Iran: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 February 2016 to Question 26667, whether HMS Defender tracked the Iranian UAV that was reported to have flown in close...

      Ministry of Defence: Human Rights Act 1998

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civil law suits have been brought against his Department based either wholly or partially on grounds provided by the Human Rights Act 1998; how...

      Navy: Baltic Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the role is of the five additional UK Royal Naval vessels situated in the Baltic.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the military threat to the UK posed by Russia.

      Reserve Forces: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of new recruits to the reserve forces in each of the last 24 months were from BME communities.

      War Widows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 February 2016 to Question 27234, how many of the 135 women referred to in that Answer became widows after 31 March 1973.

      Ministry of Defence: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of senior civil servants in his Department are women.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK armed forces personnel have been committed to NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force.

      Frigates: Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2016 to Question 22740, what steps his Department is taking to encourage and facilitate the supply of steel from UK...

      Eastern Europe: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK armed forces personnel are currently deployed in (a) the Baltic states and (b) Poland as part of the Transatlantic Capability Enhancement...

      Ukraine: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK armed forces personnel are currently deployed in Ukraine; and from which units they are drawn.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the UK's (a) direct and (b) indirect funding was to NATO in each of the last five years.

      Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment his Department has made of the operational readiness of UK-based tanks; and if he will make a statement.

      Tanks: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment his Department has made of the serviceability and spares situation of the UK-based tank fleet; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what criteria his Department uses to determine the level of supplementary funding provided to local authorities as part of the...

    • Ministerial Working Group on Preventing and Tackling Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what work the Ministerial Working Group for Homelessness has conducted since its last meeting.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make a comparative assessment of the effectiveness of the powers available to the devolved administrations and local...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his Department's definition is of a homeless person.

      Mayors: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his assessment is of the latest date on which the process of organising an election in May 2017 for a Regional Mayor in...

      Mayors: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his Department's timetable is for the legislative process for election of a Regional Mayor in the north east of England.

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential risk of legal proceedings against his Department as a result of non-implementation...

      Communities and Local Government: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of senior civil servants in his Department are women.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2016 to Question 28259, what estimate he has made of the potential cost to people who pay...

      Communities and Local Government: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of senior civil servants in his Department are based in London.

      Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, by when he expects the review into council tax support schemes to be published.

      Councillors: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the implications for his policies are of the effect of the Localism Act 2011 on the discretion of parish councils and...

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2016 to Question 26579, what estimate he has made of the total cost of the Troubled...

  • HM Treasury

    • Capital Gains Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the maintenance of entrepreneurial relief over the course of this Parliament.

    • Married People: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the uptake of the marriage tax allowance is; what steps he is taking to increase uptake of that allowance; and if he will make a statement.

      Treasury: UK Membership of EU

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

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether death duties apply to mineral estates; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average yearly reduction in a household's tax credit award was when repaying an overpayment from the previous financial year for each financial...

      Treasury: Complaints

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints about (a) his Department and (b) HM Revenue and Customs were received from members of the public by his Department so far in 2015-16.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish an updated timeline for the delivery of tax-free childcare.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 2.205 of Budget 2014, HC 1104, when he plans to bring forward draft legislation to implement the increase in the rate of tax...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: Redundancy Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2016 to Question 27757, whether he plans to take steps to mitigate the potential effect of the public sector exit cap...

      Taxation: Domicil

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people (a) successfully and (b) unsuccessfully applied for non-domicile tax status in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Disability: Young People

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to encourage body confidence in young disabled people.

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycling: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 February 2016 to Question 26407, what funding for cycling in London is included within the (a) £925 million of...

    • Large Goods Vehicles: Design

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2016 to Question 25199, what steps he is taking to encourage the development and implementation of improved HGV...

      Bus Service Operators Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the relationship between the bus service operators grant and the cost of bus fares.

      Bus Service Operators Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 February 2016 to Question 26406, how much is included in the Business Rate Retention Scheme funding stream to reflect the...

      Bus Services: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to maintain a strong commercial bus market in northern regions of the UK.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills about the effect of bus franchising in the vehicle...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that bus operators have an incentive to invest in new vehicles when franchising is an option open to...

      River Thames: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the data used to predict traffic flow at the proposed new Lower Thames Crossing - Option C was generated; and whether that data is publicly available.

      Roads: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to ensure that (a) Shropshire Council, (b) Telford and Wrekin Council and (c) Highways England put in place road safety...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what safeguards are in place to protect information held by the DVLA on those who use its services.

      Department for Transport: Human Rights Act 1998

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many civil law suits have been brought against his Department based either wholly or partially on grounds provided by the Human Rights Act 1998;...

      Department for Transport: Overtime

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

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if it will make it his policy to require bus operators to install audio-visual announcements of bus stops on all public buses.

      Department for Transport: Cleaning Services

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

      Department for Transport: Employment Tribunals Service

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

      Department for Transport: Publications

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

      Department for Transport: Consultants

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

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to bring forward legislative proposals to enable the construction of the Eastern Leg of High Speed 2.

      Pupils: Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the walk to school programme on (a) children's health and (b) reducing traffic congestion.

      Pupils: Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department plans to take to increase the number of children walking to school once the Local Sustainable Transport Fund ends.

      Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Department of Health to encourage more people to walk.

      Pupils: Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the walk to school programme on the Government's objective to increase the proportion of children aged...

      Railways: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many incidents of laser pen attacks were recorded on trains in the last five years.

      Motor Vehicles: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many incidents of laser pen attacks were recorded on road vehicles in the last five years.

      Taxis: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which local authorities do not require Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for taxis and private hire vehicles; and what representations his...

      Roads: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the latest estimated costs or final costs are for each of the road projects referred to in the Government's announcement entitled Major Roads...

      Trolleybuses: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to reach a decision on the Leeds New Generation Transport Trolley Bus scheme.

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) projects and (b) funding was allocated to the Civil Aviation Authority for research on noise trunks in each of the last five years.

      Driving Tests: Wrexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to maintain funding for a Driving Test Centre in Wrexham.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many members of staff are currently working in the South East Flexible Ticketing programme's central delivery team from (a) his Department and (b)...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department's South East Flexible Ticketing programme's Strategic Business Case was completed; and if he will place a copy of that document in...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2016 to Question 27898, whether the Association of Train Operating Companies objected to his Department...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department's South East Flexible Ticketing Programme Definition Document was last updated; and if he will place a copy of the latest version...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • EU Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK nationals work at administrator grade staff level in the General Secretariat of the European Council; and what...

    • EU Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK nationals work for the European External Action Service; and what proportion of the total number of employees in...

      EU Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK nationals work at administrator grade staff level in the European Parliament; and what proportion of the total...

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the agreement reached at the February European Council is not amended by the...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make ithis policy to assess the potential merits of the pledge by the Austrian government set out in the report by...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many officials of his Department undertook language classes at (a) his Department and (b) post in (i) 2001 and (ii) 2010.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) Arabic speakers with an operational level (C1) examination pass and (b) Mandarin Cantonese speakers were employed...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many officials of his Department had an operational level (C1) examination pass in which languages in (a) 2001 and (b) 2010.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Consultants

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

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Employment Tribunals Service

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

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the compatibility with international law of the arrest and transfer of children from the...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 35, on the European Council,...

      North Korea: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many North Korean refugees have approached the British Embassy or Consulate in China for safe passage or asylum in each of...

      North Korea: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of (a) defections from North Korea and (b) unsuccessful defection attempts...

      North Korea: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to (a) China, (b) Laos, (c) Vietnam and (d) Myanmar on the repatriation of North...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department has paid to staff in overtime in each of the last 24 months.

      Hong Kong: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2016 to Question 24423, what recent reports he has received on the disappearance of Mr Lee...

      Ibrahim Sharif

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Bahrainian counterpart on the arrest and sentencing of Ebrahim Sharif by that government.

      Masaud Jahromi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Bahrainian counterpart on the removal of citizenship and proposed deportation of...

      Ascension Island: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the Ascension Island government's annual financial statements for (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Primary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if the new national curriculum can be taught in primary schools to mixed-age classes.

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many spaces have been set aside on initial teacher training courses for the 2016-17 cohort of the future teaching scholars programme.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which higher education institution providers of initial teacher education have reduced their allocation for PGCE secondary training in (a) history,...

      Department for Education: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on how many occasions a special adviser of her Department has accompanied a Minister on a foreign trip since 1 October 2015; and what the cost of that...

      Teachers: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of the supply of newly-qualified mathematics teachers in Stoke-on-Trent.

      National Baccalaureate Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) senior officials of her Department have had with representatives from the National...

      Department for Education: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what official foreign visits she has undertaken since 1 October 2015; and what the cost to the public purse was of those visits.

      Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2016 to Question 27540, under whose jurisdiction objections citing provisions relating to the Armed Forces...

      Children: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to tackle the level of mental illness among primary and secondary school children.

      Department for Education: Employment Tribunals Service

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

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the performance of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services with regard to the health, wellbeing and performance of...

      Pupils: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the work experience provision for 14 to 19 year-olds in education.

      Social Workers: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Prime Minister's announcement of 14 December 2015, We will not stand by - failing children's services will be taken over, how...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on schools providing opportunities for competitive inter-school sport; and if she will make a statement.

      Teachers: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the progress of the Troops to Teachers scheme.

      Teachers: Overseas Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the effect of teachers leaving the UK to work abroad on the education system.

      Social Workers: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many graduates began the Frontline programme in each year since its establishment; and how many have been enrolled to start in 2016.

      Social Workers: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local authorities take Frontline participants on placement; and what plans she has to expand the number of local authorities involved in the...

      Social Workers: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether Frontline has any formal partners in the private sector which give participants priority for their entry schemes.

      Social Workers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to encourage more people to train as children's social workers.

  • Leader of the House

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many BDUK funded (a) ducts and (b) poles are currently being accessed by communications providers other than BT.

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Consultants

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

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: UK Membership of EU

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

      Film and Television: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the role of international sales agents on diversity in film and television production.

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the greatest possible engagement by children and young people in the commemoration of the...

      BBC: Political Impartiality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that the BBC upholds its obligations under the charter relating to impartiality during the EU...

      Arts: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Government has to support the Northern Powerhouse through funding for the arts.

      Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress he has made on replacing the current horserace betting levy.

      Digital Broadcasting: Scots Gaelic Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on Scottish sport of changes to the funding of BBC Alba.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will introduce post-mortem TB testing of badgers culled as part of the Government's bovine TB strategy.

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2016 to Question 27250, what assessment has she made of the reasons for the 34 per...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Written Ministerial Statement of 17 December 2015 HCWS 409, what budget she has allocated for her...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2016 to Question 27251, what estimate she has made of the cost of testing badgers in...

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the UK remaining in the EU on the farming industry.

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of a UK withdrawal from the EU on the UK farming industry.

      Dogs: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps she has taken to increase awareness of the impending legal requirement for dogs to be microchipped.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in what proportion of (a) men's and (b) women's prisons are prisoners eligible for release on temporary licence.

    • Medway Secure Training Centre: G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times G4S has been in breach of its contract at Medway STC since it was awarded that contract; for what reasons each such breach occurred; and...

      Young Offenders: Fractures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in which custodial institutions and on what dates a child has sustained a fracture or broken bone in an incident involving (a) physical restraint by...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of time between application to initial decision was for awards issued by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in (a)...

      Probate: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with (a) members of the public and (b) law professionals on proposed changes to the system of probate fees charged to...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to respond to Question 18949, tabled by the hon. Member for Halifax on 7 December 2015.

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to paragraph 3.103 of the Autumn Statement and Spending Review 2015, what discussions he has had with the judiciary on the potential...

      Ministry of Justice: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of senior civil servants in his Department are women.

  • Scotland Office

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the rate of pay is for cleaners in his Department.

    • Lobbying

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what representations he has received outlining concerns related to his Department's new anti-lobbying policy.

      Cabinet Office: Health

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his Department's wellness strategy is.

      Senior Civil Servants: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of Senior Civil Servants were based in London in each year since 2010.

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many special advisers from which departments have notified the Prime Minister's Parliamentary Private Secretary that they will be campaigning...

      Public Sector: Personation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the scale of fraud carried out against the public sector by (a) individuals and (b) serious and organised criminals by...

      Liver Diseases: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people died from liver disease in (a) England and (b) each parliamentary constituency in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Proof of Identity: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate has been made of uptake of the gov.uk Verify programme for each socioeconomic group.

      Public Sector: Oldham

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answers of 5 and 16 February 2016 to Questions 25342 and 26658, by when he expects the land and property for disposals to be...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Broadcasting Programmes

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, what the Commission's policy is on the use of House broadcast footage in programmes of a...

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the minimum number of bids for rail franchises they require to create the necessary competitive tension to ensure value for money for the travelling...

    • Southern: Tickets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Southern Rail does not close ticket offices until it installs ticket machines that make it possible for customers...

      Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the requirements on airlines using UK airports for frequently changing air filters in all cabins and what is the maximum permitted interval between...

      Railway Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, if they privatise or lease railway stations, they will ensure that convenient facilities are maintained on such stations for their primary purpose...

      Road Traffic: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the average speeds of traffic flows recorded in central London for the years 2008 to 2015 inclusive.

      Road Works: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many miles of public road in central London for which they are responsible are (1) completely closed, and (2) only partially open, to vehicles due to...

  • Home Office

    • Habitual Residence Test

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 29 June 2015 (HL541), what action they have taken to make it easier for human trafficking victims whose...

    • Offences against Children: South Yorkshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current performance and practices of South Yorkshire Police regarding investigations of sexual exploitation of children.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many seized dogs are being held by police services across the UK, and how many of those have been held for over one year.

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of those who started with Teach First in August 2013 were still teaching in state-funded schools in England in September 2015.

    • Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what general steps they plan to take to ensure that all schools change their admission arrangements in line with recommendations by the Office of the Schools...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, of all the schools that have had their admission arrangements objected to in (1) 2014, and (2) 2015, what percentage were found not to have violated the...

      School Meals: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which schools will no longer receive the extra £2,300 per school per year to help provide hot meals.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the regulations relating to frozen state pensions.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Community Engagement Forum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how often they hold community engagement forum meetings, and what the criteria are for selecting participants.

    • English Language: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 28 January (HL5140), which six projects are to receive some of the £20 million in...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to support Bite the Ballot’s National Voter Registration Drive 2016, as well as the efforts by other organisations to...

    • Charities: Lobbying

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which, if any, ministers and officials have met representatives of the Institute of Economic Affairs since May 2012 to discuss proposals that resulted in the...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make any changes to freedom of information legislation, in particular on the use of false names when seeking disclosure; and if so, what...

      Civil Servants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total number of civil servants; and what percentage are based outside London and the south-east of England.

      Urban Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average growth in Gross Value Added for (1) the English Core Cities, and (2) Liverpool, from 2009 to 2014.

  • Department of Health

    • UK Stem Cell Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 11 February (HL5647), whether the UK Stem Cell Bank holds appropriately detailed records on the...

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cancer medicines launched since June 2015 are available via the Cancer Drugs Fund.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had discussions with NHS England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence about whether new medicines not accessible...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on patients of the pause in listing new drugs accessible through the Cancer Drugs Fund introduced in June 2015.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how many more cancer medicines will be available to patients as a result of the proposals for a revised Cancer Drugs Fund...

      Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Prior of Brampton on 4 February (HL5344) and on 11 February (HL5970), how many of the 8,000 expected...

      Health Professions: Working Hours

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the numbers of medical and diagnostic staff working (1) Monday to Friday, and (2) Saturdays and Sundays.

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to make the Meningitis B vaccine available on the NHS to children born before 1 May 2015.

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what legal power the Secretary of State for Health is able to impose junior doctors' contracts on NHS Foundation Trusts.

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what authority the chief executive of NHS Improvement is able to instruct NHS Foundation Trusts to enforce the junior doctors' contract consistently.

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what pressure, if any, they have placed on Health Education England to penalise NHS Foundation Trusts in respect of the funding of training places if they do...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider suspending their consultation on how to implement grants and tuition fees for nursing, midwives and allied health professional...

      Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish their strategy to tackle obesity in the UK.

      Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the renewal of accreditation has been granted to the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

      Pain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence will produce quality standards based on the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network...

      NHS Trusts: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 27 January (HL5282), what were the sources and total cost of the "non-recurrent deficit support...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cancer medicines are expected to be given a conditional approval by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in the first year of...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, under the new Cancer Drugs Fund, what steps will be taken to secure early patient access to cancer medicines with Promising Innovative Medicines designation...

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