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Written answers

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to reduce the time taken for the DVLA's Drivers Medical Group department to return driving licences to applicants.

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2016 to Question 27620, in what ways the ring-fenced £100 million is being spent; and what steps his Department...

      Aviation: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 29 February to Question 27441, if he will place in the Library the report received by the Civil Aviation Authority on the...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will introduce mandatory geo-fencing technology for civilian drones.

      Volkswagen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2016 to Question 27610, for what reasons the technical solution offered by VW was accepted in the EU but not in the US.

      M6: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what objectives his Department has set for the proposed sale of the M6 toll road; and if he will make a statement.

      Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to update the Drug Driving (Specified Limits) (England and Wales) Regulations 2014, so as to reduce the amount of a drug...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2016 to Question 29041, and with reference to his Department's press release of 18 August 2015 entitled Earnings...

      Helicopters: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of a drone collision with an emergency helicopter attending a scene in a built-up area.

  • Home Office

    • Counter-terrorism: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people aged under 18 have been referred to the Channel programme in each year since 2011.

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many single destitute asylum seekers were granted accommodation and support under section 4 of the Immigration and Nationality Act in...

      Vetting: Bristol West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications to the Disclosure and Barring Service from people in Bristol West constituency have taken more than 60 days to process...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2016 to Question 28978, which Category 2 countries or territories to which her Department made (a) import...

      Immigration: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there is a maximum time her Department expects a person to travel for in order to enrol biometrics for a biometric residence permit.

      Visas: Ministers of Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what security checks are in place to verify Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa applications.

      Visas: Ministers of Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa applications have been refused in each of the last five years.

      EU Countries: Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect on the UK of the introduction of citizenship-by-investment schemes by other EU member states; and...

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many surrenders of suspects to and from the UK there have been under the European Arrest Warrant since April 2015.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on (a) border security and (b) terror threats of the UK leaving the EU.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce medical experimentation on live animals in England.

      Animal Experiments: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to reduce the number of dogs used for medical experimentation.

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of (a) men, (b) women and (c) children who have travelled to those parts of Syria and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • UK membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what notification he has received on whether there are (a) constitutional requirements and (b) potential legal proceedings in...

    • UK membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assurances or opinions has he received from the government or constitutional bodies in (a) France and (b) Germany on...

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to paragraph 2.1 of The process for withdrawing from the European Union, CM9216, what procedure will be adopted...

      Russia: BBC World Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much funding the BBC World Service's Russian language service received in each year from 2008 to date.

      European Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the legal effect is of registering the Decision of the Heads of State or Government, meeting within the European Council...

      Lebanon: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the number of people joining terrorist groups from the Palestinian camps in Lebanon in the last...

      Lebanon: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is providing to the Lebanese government to prevent recruitment to terrorist groups from the...

      Lebanon: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government has given to the Lebanese government to assist with the refugee situation in that country.

      Jordan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government has provided for the generations for peace programmes in Jordan.

      Rohingya: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps the Government has taken to tackle human rights violations against the Rohingya.

      Palestinians: Recognition of States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on recognising Palestine as a state since the House of Commons vote on...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the recognition of Palestinian statehood; and if he will make a statement.

      Libya: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from his US counterpart on the security situation in Libya; and if he will make a statement.

      Libya: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is providing to the Libyan government to assist the removal of Daesh from Sirte; and if he will...

      Egypt: Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will discuss the imprisonment of Ahmed Naji with his Egyptian counterpart; and if he will make representations on the...

      Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether areas where (a) Al Nusra and (b) other UN Security Council designated terrorist groups are mixed with the moderate...

      Burundi: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how the Government plans to use its position on the UN Security Council to help facilitate diplomatic negotiations on...

      South Africa: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's expenditure on the Bloodhound Supersonic Car project in...

      Afghanistan: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on the use of child soldiers by the Afghan local police.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the oral contribution of Lord Bridges of Headley, of 25 February 2016, Official Report, column 396, on public...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the steps that would be needed to give effect to the legal agreement signed by the...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Prime Minister's Statement of 22 February 2016, Official Report, column 23, on the European Council, when the...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people were undertaking a construction apprenticeship in the most recent period for which figures are available; and...

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people he estimates will (a) relocate to London and (b) leave his Department following the announcement to close his...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many representations he has received on the exploitation of unpaid trials in the (a) service, (b) print and (c) retail sector.

      Adult Education: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when his Department plans to publish a response to his Department's consultation, A dual mandate for adult vocational education,...

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to page 15 of the report, The process of withdrawing from the EU, published on 29 February 2016, if he will place...

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what automatic access (a) the UK would have to the markets of other WTO members and (b) other WTO members would have to the...

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March to Question 28299, on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, if he will estimate the...

      Cars: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much the Government has invested into research and development of future car technologies in each of the last three years.

      Trade Agreements: North America

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, who will take the decision on whether (a) the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and (b) the EU-US...

      Post Office: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make representations to the Post Office on providing free business banking services to small and medium-sized enterprises.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) level of tariffs which UK businesses would operate in the event of the UK...

      Minimum Wage: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2016 to Question 28094, on minimum wage: enforcement, if he will provide details of the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if the Government will make an assessment of the potential merits of developing an atrocity prevention lens framework similar to that...

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of allowing for more security-related expenditure within the definition of...

      Turkey: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make an assessment of the financial and humanitarian effect on Turkey of keeping its border with Syria open to refugees...

      Developing Countries: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has made to ensure that the safeguards on private sector instruments in the 19 February 2016 communiqué of the...

      Developing Countries: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on the stability of developing countries of the change in the OECD's Official...

      Zambia: Vedanta

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what reports she has received on alleged river and soil pollution in Zambia by the UK firm Vedanta Resources.

      Jordan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make it her policy to provide additional financial support for Jordan for the provision of (a) aid and (b) jobs for...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if her Department will consider developing an atrocity prevention lens similar to the framework used by the UN Office for the...

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what domestic programmes the Government has developed to help deliver the Global Goals for Sustainable Development which were adopted...

  • Department for Education

    • GCSE: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what she expects the pass mark to be for each one to nine grade in the new GCSE grading system in (a) English, (b) science, (c) mathematics and (d) a...

    • Department for Education: Publications

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

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many young people left school without a Grade C in GCSE English and maths in each region in each of the last five academic years.

      Teachers: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to reduce teacher workload during this Parliament.

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has consulted teachers' unions on implementation of the new assessments at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what evidence her Department holds that increasing the national expectations in writing from 4b to 5c will improve the outcomes in writing for...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has conducted a workload impact assessment in respect of the introduction of the new Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 assessments.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 29 February 2016 to Question 28207, how many and which local authorities have notified her Department about plans to dispose...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many summer school programmes there were for disadvantaged students transitioning from primary to secondary school in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015.

      Children: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many deaf children attended mainstream schools in England in each of the last 10 years; and how many such children were taught British Sign...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent representations she has received from teachers and teachers representatives on changes to assessment procedures at Key Stage 1 and Key...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential effects of the establishment of the College of Teaching on (a) continuing professional development of...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress she has made on releasing funding for the establishment of the College of Teaching.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions (a) she and (b) officials of her Department have had with the trustees of the College of Teaching.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that local authorities have the (a) financial and (b) other capacity to deliver free childcare to those...

      Children's Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of highlighting play as a key strand of the Government's policy on parenting and life chances.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will provide ring-fenced funding to local authorities to ensure they can effectively meet the Government's childcare provision targets.

      Pre-school Education: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she has taken to ensure there is adequate funding for children with special educational needs in early years education.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2016 to Question 24002, on further education, how many steering group meetings of area reviews of post-16...

      Schools: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department issues to schools on tackling the problems of traffic congestion at the school gate during school drop-off and pick-up.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she has taken to ensure that adequate ring-fenced funding is provided to local authorities so they can successfully deliver the...

      Children's Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the recommendation in the report by Sense, Making the Case for Play, for play to...

      Primary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of how many schools in (a) rural and (b) non-rural areas will be unable to provide free school meals to qualifying children...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2016 to Question 18375, on prisoners' release, what the further offences were that those offenders were charged with.

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which (a) Local Community Safety partnerships, (b) Children's Social Services and (c) Local Safeguarding Children's Boards have (i) attended...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many forced marriage protection orders (a) applied for and (b) issued have been emergency orders in each quarter since the Forced Marriage (Civil...

      Forced Marriage: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convictions there have been for breach of forced marriage protection orders in each month since section 120 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many full-time equivalent staff from (a) police, (b) probation and (c) prison services employed in multi-agency public protection arrangements work...

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to (a) reduce the number and (b) support the families of people reported as missing for more than three months; and...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to ensure that the minutes and details of any actions resulting from a Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference are shared with...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases of repeat domestic abuse were dealt with by courts in each of the last six years.

      Probation: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Community Rehabilitation Company and the National Probation Service work effectively together in dealing with...

      Probation: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of the National Probation Service on the supervision of offenders found guilty of domestic...

      Crimes of Violence: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people aged (a) under 16, (b) between 16 to 18 and (c) between 18 to 25 have been (i) tried and (ii) convicted of violent offences which...

      Crime: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people aged under 18 have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of (i) indecent exposure, (ii) public drunkenness, (iii) drug possession and...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people under the age of 18 were placed under an Alcohol Abstinence and Monitoring Requirement during the pilot scheme launched in four London...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2016 to Question 25609, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in the average time taken for...

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what average amount of time a prisoner spends on education or work-related activities at each (a) young offender institution and (b) secure training centre.

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether Government spending in support of the remain campaign for the EU referendum...

  • Prime Minister

    • Duke of Cambridge: Speeches

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether (a) he, (b) his officials or (c) advisers in his Department read the Duke of Cambridge's speech at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of 16 February 2016...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what value and proportion of spending by his Department that was counted as Official Development Assistance was subject to the...

    • Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, where the London 2012 Olympics athletics warm-up track is being stored.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has identified a venue for the installation of the London 2012 Olympics athletics warm-up track.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost per year is of storing the London 2012 Olympics athletics warm-up track.

      Museums and Galleries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many museums have closed since 7 May 2015.

      Gaming Machine (Circumstances of Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Gaming Machine Regulations 2015; and if he will take further steps to limit the...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on gambling addiction of limiting the stake on fixed odds betting terminals; and...

      BBC: Royal Charters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many responses he (a) expected to receive and (b) received to the consultation on BBC Charter Review.

      Museums and Galleries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many local authority-owned museums have closed down in each of the last three years.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new claims for universal credit have been made by people whose temporary employment contract has expired since the introduction of...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what amount of child maintenance arrears accrued on the 1993 and 2003 schemes has been transferred to the 2012 scheme for collection in...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) gives the same priority for collection to arrears owed to parent with care who transfers from the...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases on the Child Maintenance Service system have child maintenance arrears, due to be paid by the non-resident parent, which were...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Child Maintenance Service (CMS) cases groups paying (a) by direct pay and (b) via the CMS collection service have a payment schedule...

      Supported Housing: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2016 to Question 28770, on social security benefits: mental health, who has commissioned the evidence review...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of those who have not (i) attended a work capability assessment or (ii) reported to a jobcentre when...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what safeguards his Department has in place to ensure that people with mental health problems who are unable to attend a work capability...

      Universal Credit: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have registered for the payment of universal credit who are not UK citizens to date.

      Social Security Benefits: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what checks his Department carries out to ascertain the (a) immigration status and (b) nationality of benefits claimants.

      Carer's Allowance: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will uprate the income threshold for carer's allowance in line with the forthcoming increase in the minimum wage.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Italy: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 29 February 2016 to Question 27211, whether the remit of permission granted to use the Sigonella air station extends to UK (a)...

    • USA: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 February 2016 to Question 26409, what the role and location is of each of the six Reaper Force personnel embedded with the...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 February 2016 to Question 26409, what squadrons or elements other than Reaper Squadrons 39 and 13 make up the Reaper force...

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2016 to Question 27212, on what data work commenced on Joint Services Policy (JSP) 900 UK Targeting Policy - Edition 2.

      Jordan: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his Jordanian counterpart on the launch, recovery or other control of Reaper drones from that country or any other...

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the organisation and deployment of UK-based armour is.

      Cyprus: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what training his Department has given to the Cyprus National Guard in each of the last five years.

      Jordan: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the response time of the Quick Reaction Force to an emergency in Jordan.

      Cyprus: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to ensure that any underspend of the budget for Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus is allocated to projects and schemes on those...

      Cyprus: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what agreement has been reached with the government of Cyprus on repatriation of refugees that have recently arrived at Akrotiri Sovereign Base Area.

      Jordan: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what financial support his Department has committed for accommodation for the Quick Reaction Force project for Jordan.

      Lebanon: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has had with counterparts in the French government on providing (a) training and (b) logistics for the Lebanese armed forces.

      Defence Equipment: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 15 February 2016 to Question 26146, on what programmes has contingency funding for the Defence Equipment Plan been spent in...

      Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) regular RAF personnel and (b) RAF volunteer reserves have been deployed to (i) Iraq since September 2014 and (ii) Syria since December 2015.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many incidents of loss of radar or command and control networks have been attributed to interference caused by electronic warfare devices in Syria...

      Falkland Islands: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to provide funding for the modernisation of infrastructure on the Falkland Islands.

      Submarines: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost of integrating the Common Combat System onto Astute and Vanguard-class submarines.

      Armed Forces: Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what projects are being undertaken by the cyber transformation team in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force.

      Libya: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he received representations from the US military based at USAF Lakenheath before the recent use of USAF F-15s to kill an individual in Libya...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Government has taken to help enforce the recently agreed ceasefire in Syria.

      International Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria his Department uses in assessing whether an incident counts as a violation of international humanitarian law.

      Egypt: Royal Engineers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential terrorist and security threat to the corps of Royal Engineers who will be deployed in March to provide...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Playgrounds: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on ensuring disabled children are given equal access to children's...

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to local authority funding on levels of homelessness.

      Housing Act 2004: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many convictions resulted from offences under (a) Part 1 and (b) Part 2 of the Housing Act 2004 in (i) England and (ii)...

      Housing Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) environmental health officers and (b) other staff in local authorities were responsible for enforcement of...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the extension to the Right to Buy scheme for housing association tenants on the...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure private landlords do not exploit vulnerable tenants.

      Enterprise Zones: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress his Department is making on the Enterprise Zones applied for by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership; and if he...

      Floods: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2016 to Question 26199, on flooding insurance, how much of the funding provided to...

      Local Government: Public Private Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to assist local authorities renegotiating public-private partnerships.

      Local Government: Public Private Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of public-private partnerships delivering local authority services and...

      Private Rented Housing: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 17 February 2016 to Question 26467, what recent estimate he has made of the average cost of private...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  • HM Treasury

    • Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he made before his announcement in the Autumn Statement 2015 of the potential effect on revenues to the public purse of changes to personal...

    • Infrastructure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made on implementation of the National Infrastructure Plan.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the technological capacity of small businesses to move to a quarterly digital tax reporting system by 2020.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether a manual reporting option will remain available to small businesses under the proposal to move to a quarterly digital tax reporting system by 2020.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with small businesses and small business associations on the proposal to move to a quarterly digital tax reporting system...

      Corporation Tax: Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of corporate tax cases investigated by HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last 5 years involved companies with operations in (a) Crown...

      Corporation Tax: Personal Injury

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he made of the potential effect on corporation tax receipts of changes to personal injury law and procedure prior to making his announcement...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2015 to Question 8556, what progress Energy UK has made in developing the webtool...

    • Imports: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what progress her Department has made on bringing about an EU suspension of the Minimum Import Price of solar Chinese solar modules...

      Tidal Power: Lancaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what her policy is on proposals for a tidal lagoon or barrage in the Lancaster and Morecombe area.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what progress she has made on the type approval of modular nuclear reactors.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will estimate the change in the number of jobs that will be lost in the solar industry as a result of the early closure of the...

      Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will commission independent research on the (a) economic, (b) environmental and (c) technical viability of building...

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will make an assessment of the potential effect of absorbing the EU emissions trading system tax on fossil fuels into the UK's...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will place a summary of how the UK's energy interconnectors are funded in the Library.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Lobbying

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to his oral contribution of 25 February 2016, Official Report, column 486, when he plans to bring proposals for an anti-lobbying clause in...

    • Employment: Southampton

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

      Commission on Freedom of Information: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the cost: benefit ratio of the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information.

      Commission on Freedom of Information: Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse was of the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information.

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has had with Sir John Chilcot on the publication date of the Iraq Inquiry.

      Charities: Lobbying

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what representations he has received from charities on the Government's proposal to prevent charities using government grants to lobby Parliament.

      Social Enterprises: Investment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress his Department has made on developing social finance.

      Commission on Freedom of Information: Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse was of the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members: Computers

      To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, how many all-in-one computers have been issued to hon. Members and their offices since May 2015;...

    • House of Commons: Catering

      To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, how many contracted canteen and hospitality staff worked on the parliamentary estate in each...

  • Department of Health

    • Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to include group B Strep (GBS) in future work relating to the National Maternity Review.

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis have been recorded in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) Lancaster and (d) East Anglia in each of the last five years.

      Viral Diseases: Memory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges on the connection between memory loss and viral illness.

      Dementia: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that the six item cognitive impairment test is properly used to diagnose dementia.

      Genito-urinary Medicine: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that most up-to-date treatments for women with pelvic floor related urinary conditions will be available on the NHS.

      Twin-to-twin Transfusion Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome there have been in each of the last five years.

      Shingles: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make the shingles vaccination available for people over 70 years old on the NHS.

      European Health Insurance Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many UK citizens have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC); and how many such people have used their EHIC to obtain state provided healthcare in...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provisions for increased asthma care are being taken in the implementation of the Five Year Forward View.

      Asthma: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to expand access to treatments for severe asthma in the South West of England.

      NHS: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many legacy continuing health care cases are more than two years old and have payments outstanding (a) in England, (b) in the West Midlands and (c)...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was for transition of patients from child to adult mental health services in (a) England and (b) the West Midlands in each...

      Mental Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the RAND Europe evaluation of Liaison and Diversion services will be published.

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have registered as deaf in 2015.

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the revised Carr-Hill formula.

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to remove the NHS bursary made available to medical students.

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was recharged to the (a) Russian, (b) Chinese, (c) Nigerian, (d) American, (e) Indian, (f) Australian, (g) Pakistan, (h) Brazilian, (i) New...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2016 to Question 28900, on mental health services, if he will make it his policy to collect that information.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2016 to Question 28901, on nurses: training, if he will make it his policy to collect that information.

  • Department for Transport

    • Loran Navigator System

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the governments of France and Norway about their discontinuing the transmission of Enhanced Loran signals on 31...

    • Navigation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are funding research into terrestrial enhanced position navigation and timing systems.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 10 February (HL5652), what (1) proportion, and (2) volume, of excavated spoil from each of the...

  • Home Office

    • Police

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Chief Constables, or equivalent, in England and Wales are (1) female, and (2) members of the BME communities, and how those figures compare to those...

    • Stop and Search

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take in the light of the findings of Her Majesty's Chief Inspectorate of Constabulary's recent PEEL: Police legitimacy 2015...

      Asylum: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what special steps have been taken to give better effect to Dublin III's family reunion provisions in Italy and Greece, and what further steps they plan to take.

      Police: Biometrics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the report on the review of the retention of custody images will be made public.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • EU Countries: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implications of a decision by the UK to leave the EU for those UK nationals resident in other EU member states.

    • Zhang Kai

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the televised public confession of Kai Zhang prior to formal arrest, indictment or trial; what assessment they have made of...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Trade Union Bill: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Welsh Government about the (1) the Trade Union Bill in general, and (2) the Trade Union Bill’s application in Wales.

    • Trade Union Bill: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Welsh Government about its position that a number of clauses of the Trade Union Bill relate to devolved issues, and in...

      Trade Union Bill: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the National Assembly for Wales to vote against the Trade Union Bill legislative consent motion on 26 January.

      Trade Union Bill: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to making concessions on the provisions in the Trade Union Bill that the Welsh Government has argued relate to powers...

      Trade Union Bill: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions (1) the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, and (2) the...

      Trade Union Bill: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what correspondence (1) the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, and (2) the...

      EU External Trade: China

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what tariffs are applied by the EU to goods manufactured in China, including electronic components, televisions, computers, medical equipment and small...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest figures for the UK's balance of trade with the EU.

      Foreign Companies: Property

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 25 February (HL5950 and HL6117), when their consultations, if any, on amending the rules of...

  • Department for Education

    • Children's Centres

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the national consultation on the future of children’s centres will be launched, and what is the timetable for responses to be received and for...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Victim Support Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place to regulate the activities of individuals who offer support services to victims of crime.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Television: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will make an announcement regarding the future regulatory framework of the independent TV production sector, and what assessment they have made of...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Devolution: Sheffield

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the status of the Sheffield City Region Devolution Deal, in the light of the Leader of Sheffield City Council refusing to accept the current Deal;...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Political Parties: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their planned introduction of votes for life would also mean that British citizens who have lived abroad for more than 15 years could fund UK...

  • Department of Health

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the ability of NHS England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to introduce the new Cancer...

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the agreement that NHS England and the pharmaceutical industry would share the financial risks of cost over-runs in the Cancer Drugs Fund,...

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