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Written answers

Friday, 11 March 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Spaceflight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the consultation on the UK's first space port; and if he will make a statement.

    • Bridges: Gressingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the progress of repairs to the Loyn Bridge in Gressingham in the Lune Valley in Morecambe and Lunesdale...

      Roads: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many casualties were recorded in road traffic accidents in (a) Torridge and West Devon constituency and (b) Devon in each of the last three years...

      Roads: Torridge and West Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the standard and level of maintenance of roads in Torridge and West Devon constituency; and what steps his Department...

      Bus Services: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward proposals to give bus and coach passengers statutory rights to compensation for delays in their bus or coach service.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what changes his Department has made to the collection of data on bus fares and punctuality since 2010.

      Bus Services: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether provisions in the Buses Bill will seek to require bus operators to publish data on fares.

      Bus Services: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on trends in the prices of bus fares since 2010.

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of trunking the new M6 link road from junction 34.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for which future franchises his Department plans to specify driver-only operation.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on passenger revenues of an extension of driver-only operation on services operated by...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of the rail network that will be driver-only operated by (a) 2020 and (b) 2025.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on passenger safety and security of (a) the extension of driver-only operation on rail services...

      Department for Transport: Fringe Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2016 to Question 26826, what the job titles are of those people in receipt of travel expenses, car allowance or...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with Govia Thameslink Railways Ltd on closure or reduction in hours of ticket offices.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with Govia Thameslink Railways Ltd on extending driver-only operation on its services.

      A601m: A590

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether any recent assessment has been made of proposals to extend the connection of junction 35 (A601M) Carnforth on the M6 to the A590 in Cumbria.

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of potential increases to the port usage of Heysham after the new Heysham M6 link road is completed; and if...

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of increasing capacity on the West Coast Mainline after completion of the HS2 and...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of potential cost savings from an extension of driver-only operation on Govia Thameslink Railways services.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effects of the introduction of driver-only operation on rail services on (a) passenger...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions (a) his Department and (b) the Office of Rail Regulation have had with Govia Thameslink Railways Ltd on changes to criteria for...

      Roads: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the most recent cost estimate is for each of the road projects listed in the Government's announcement, Major roads investment in the North West,...

      Railways: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has issued guidance to public bodies on the sale of land containing disused rail lines.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2016 to Question 29383, how many (a) miles and (b) lane miles on which sections of the network Highways England...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much Network Rail paid to buy back land from rail freight owners in October 2014.

      Railways: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons Network Rail bought back rail lands in October 2014; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much money accrued to the public purse at the time of rail privatisation from land sold by British Rail to private freight companies.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what land Network Rail is considering selling which can be utilised for rail freight .

      Network Rail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 67 of Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd's Regulatory Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2015, what assessment his...

      Network Rail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 35 of Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd's Regulatory Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2015, what cash funding his...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2016 to Question 29373, what his Department's outstanding contractual obligations are under the South East Flexible...

      A595

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason a feasibility study on improving the A595 was not included in the Northern Transport Strategy Spring 2016, published on 7 March 2016.

      Horse Riding: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve safety for horses and riders on roads.

  • Home Office

    • Social Networking: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions her Department has had with social media firms on countering radicalisation.

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has made to consult stakeholders in advance on the (a) designation of reception zones and (b) determination of the...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to contribute to an international framework for the sharing of communications data; and if she will make a...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate has she made of the number of vulnerable Syrians who have not sought refuge in refugee camps owing to concerns for their own...

      Terrorism: Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2016 to Question 28422, on terrorism: social networking, how many of the cases referred to in that Answer...

      Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2016 to Question 27388, how many refused asylum claimants have been forcibly removed to (a) Somalia, (b)...

      Refugees: Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied children arrived in the UK from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2015.

      Immigration Controls: Luton Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons only four of the 10 ePassport gates at Luton Airport were in operation between 7pm and 8pm on 26 February 2016.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on individuals or groups involved in smuggling people from mainland Europe to the UK; and what...

      Asylum: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that refugees arriving in other EU member-states who have family in the UK are identified and supported...

      Refugees: Greece

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on the use of teargas against refugees and migrants at the Macedonian border.

      UK Border Force: Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many patrols of UK waters have been conducted by Border Force Cutters in each year since 2010.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of child abuse flagged by sexual offences have been investigated in each police force area in each of the last three years.

      Human Trafficking: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many warrants for the purposes of establishing whether women are being trafficked have been excluded by her Department in each local...

      Deportation: Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many former, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who were removed to Vietnam in the last three years were also classified as foreign...

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the time taken by the Independent Police Complaints Commission to resolve complaints.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Oil: Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to require all oil products sold in the UK to carry a Certificate of Origin to ensure that they do not...

    • Pakistan: Blasphemy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he will make representations to the government of Pakistan on its blasphemy laws and the potential for the death...

      Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people of each (a) ethnicity, (b) religion and (c) occupation have received an honorary knighthood in each of the last...

      Muhammad Ali: Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Honours Committee has made of the potential merits of granting an honorary knighthood to Muhammad Ali.

      Crimes against Humanity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will now consider acknowledging mass atrocity prevention or the prevention of identity-based mass violence to...

      Armed Conflict: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 February 2016 to Question 26564, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that schools in...

      Middle East: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2016 to Question 25979, what financial assistance was provided to each of the (a) 10...

      Pitcairn Islands: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will ensure that the new ship contract agreed for the Pitcairn Islands supply run will include best practice stipulations...

      Middle East: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2016 to Question 29560, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of active Daesh...

      Islamic State: Yazidis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of how many Yazidi civilians are held by Daesh forces in Iraq and Syria.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of rocket fire into Israel from Gaza.

      Diego Garcia: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects discussions to begin with the US government on extending the lease for the military base on Diego Garcia.

      Nigeria: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Nigerian government on the persecution of Christians in Nigeria.

  • Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

    • Members' Staff

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what the (a) ethnicity and (b) gender is of each staff member...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Higher Education: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to close the higher education attainment gap between BME students and other students.

    • Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of student loans provided by the Government are to students from other EU states; what proportion of those loans...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of the exploitation of unpaid trials in at-risk sectors.

      STEM Subjects: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to secure the appropriate data to monitor the progress of programmes which encourage the uptake of STEM...

      Trade Agreements: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will publish any contingency plans his Department has made on trade agreements in the event of a UK exit from the EU.

      Investment: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has made to the negotiating bodies on ensuring the Government retains its ability to make public policy...

      Labour Market: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what restrictions there are on who is allowed to access LMI for All data; and what assessment his Department or the UK...

      Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department endorses the provisions outlined in the Charter for Sustainable British Steel, published on 16 January 2015.

      UK Commission for Employment and Skills: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many webhits by visitors have been recorded accessing UKCES's (a) 2015, (b) 2014 and (c) 2013 Employer Survey.

      Labour Market: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many organisations have accessed LMI research produced by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills since 2010.

      Labour Market: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will ensure that the Employer Skills Survey and Employer Perspectives Survey will continue to be free to access.

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he expects to publish his Department's response to the consultation on the draft pubs code.

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he expects to announce the appointment of the pubs code adjudicator.

      Universities: Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with Universities UK on the number of staff employed by UK universities on zero-hours contracts.

      Universities: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what research his Department or its funded agencies has carried out on the effect on academic careers of non-permanent teaching...

      European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much funding from the European Regional Development Fund is currently committed to projects in each region of the UK.

  • Department for International Development

    • International Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will publish the memoranda of understanding between her Department and the Ministry of Defence on international humanitarian law.

    • Mediterranean: International Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what guidance her Department has issued to the (a) Ministry of Defence and (b) Home Office on international humanitarian law on UK...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children are being supported under section 17 of the Children Act 1989 where their parents have no recourse to public funds.

    • Schools: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many staff in state-funded schools have received Prevent awareness training.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 2 March 2016, Official Report, column 943, what the evidential basis is for the statement that...

      Psychiatry: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the Government plans to publish the outcomes of the review of training for educational and clinical psychologists.

      Local Safeguarding Children Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which Local Safeguarding Children's Boards have requested that a CPS representative join its board to date; and (a) how many and (b) which of those...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what criteria her Department applied in selecting the areas for the campaign, Together we can tackle child abuse.

      Children in Care: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2016 to Question 27312, what steps she has taken to reduce the proportion of children and young people entering...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2015 to Question 13645, whether she plans to include young people in her Department's direct consultation with...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to identify children who are eligible for free school meals under Pupil Premium funding who are unaware of their eligibility...

      Grammar Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to ensure that there is no reduction in the funding of grammar schools as a result of recent changes to funding for pupils aged...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the cost to school budgets of (a) pupil mobility, (b) staff turnover, (c) pupils not speaking English at home and (d)...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the decision not to make personal, social, health and economic education statutory on the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of recalls to prison have been fixed term recalls in each of the last two years.

    • Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government has taken to ensure independent verification for the evidence on which it has proposed changes to personal injury law and...

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what funding his Department provides to academic research on new prisoner rehabilitation methods.

      National Probation Service for England and Wales: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff of the National Probation Service have completed Prevent awareness training.

      Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department will conduct research on the potential effect on the cost of legal aid of encouraging early guilty pleas by defendants in serious...

      Offences against Children: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases of child abuse flagged by sexual offences have led to prosecutions in each police force area in each of the last three years.

      Wills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how he plans to assess the effectiveness of the recent campaign to encourage people to make a will.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the value to the economy of the technology sector.

    • Cyber Innovation Centre: Cheltenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support his Department is providing for the development of a cyber innovation centre in Cheltenham.

      Arts: Calder Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding his Department has allocated to arts groups in Calder Valley in each of the last three years.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Fringe Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2016 to Question 26829, what the job titles are of those people in receipt of travel expenses, paid car...

    • Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2016 to Question 29565, what extra training has been provided to Jobcentre Plus staff to enable them to...

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2016 to Question 29565, what criteria will be applied to determine whether the Jobcentre Plus support for...

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2016 to Question 29565, in which areas the Jobcentre Plus support for schools initiative will be initially...

      Universal Credit: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the maximum period is for which a back payment can be made on universal credit.

      Universal Credit: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many current claimants of universal credit who are affected by changes to work allowance his Department has written to regarding those changes.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) number and (b) nature is of (i) open risks to and (ii) open issues with the universal credit programme.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will bring forward measures to incentivise businesses to use recyclable materials in their packaging; and if she will...

    • Floods: Warnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people have registered for free flood warnings provided by the Environment Agency; and what steps she has taken to...

      Biodiversity: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department spent on biodiversity conservation in the UK Overseas Territories in each of the last five financial...

      Cosmetics: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions her Department has held with the cosmetics industry on the voluntary phasing out of micro-plastics...

      Seas and Oceans: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research her Department has funded into the effects of micro-plastics in the marine environment in the last 12 months;...

      Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Dogs Trust pilot quarantine on disrupting the illegal importation...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Mayors: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received in the last 12 months on low turnouts in certain previous elections for Mayors.

    • Regional Planning and Development: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2016 to Question 27333, which local authorities he has visited in connection with the...

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many Government-sponsored new social and council houses were built between (a) 1997 and 2010 and (b) 2010 and 2016.

      Combined Authorities: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the application for a Lancashire combined authority; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of variations in revenue generated by the social care precept on levels of...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what formula his Department used to allocated funding to local authorities from the transitional grant of £150 million per...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's weekly collection support scheme; whether that scheme is...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the potential size of any gap in adult social care funding in 2020.

      Litter: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much his Department spent on promotional material and publicity for (a) Community Clear Up Day in 2015 and (b) Clean for...

      Communities and Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the announcement of 8 July 2013 on introducing a reward scheme for civil servants in his Department, what...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the total number of military personnel supporting operations against Daesh in each month since December 2015;...

    • RAF Akrotiri: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the number of military personnel based at RAF Akrotiri in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a...

      USA: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions RAF personnel were embedded with US forces during (a) operational deployments and (b) training exercises in each of the last six...

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the value of the content of the new P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft will be sourced from UK suppliers.

      Air Force: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what current stock of Brimstone missiles are available to the RAF.

      Bulgaria: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Written Statement of 4 March 2016, HCWS581, whether the gift of 40 Land Rovers to Bulgaria counts towards (a) the target two per...

      Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2016 to Question 24285, how many times (a) Brimstone missiles, (b) Hellfire missiles and (c) Paveway IV guided...

      Libya: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the UK was party to the US collateral damage assessment relating to airstrikes in Libya carried out by US forces operating from RAF Lakenheath;...

      Libya: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any temporal or other limitations have been placed on his authorisation of the use by the US of RAF Lakenheath as a base for carrying out...

      Libya: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he consulted (a) the National Security Council, (b) the Attorney General, (c) the Foreign Secretary and (d) other Cabinet colleagues on the...

      RAF Northolt: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department last reviewed the arrangements at RAF Northolt on the safety of residents living under the flight path and nearby vicinity; and if...

  • HM Treasury

    • Child Benefit: EU Nationals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the administration costs of the proposals in which child benefit for EU migrants would be indexed to the country where the...

    • Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue the Exchequer has collected as a result of the Carbon Price Support mechanism in each of the last five years.

      Festivals and Special Occasions: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 22 September 2015 to Question 10382, what guidance the Valuation Office Agency provides to help organisations in the events...

      Revenue and Customs: Electronic Funds Transfer

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to modernise the HM Revenue and Customs payment system to allow people to make payments via BACS bank transfers.

      Festivals and Special Occasions: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 22 September 2015 to Question 10382, which festival sites have now been assessed for business rates; and to which of those...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he intends to answer the letter dated 12 January 2016 from the Right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms S. Lyons, transferred by the...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Easington

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of tax credit claimants with a disability in Easington constituency who will be affected by the...

      Oil: Prices

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the falling price of oil on consumer spending in all sectors of the economy.

      Motorcycles: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward measures for Vehicle Excise Duty rates on motorcycles to be based on carbon dioxide emissions where such data is available.

      Enterprise Zones: Coleraine

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to announce the designation of the Enterprise Zone status for the Coleraine area.

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: Redundancy Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2016 to Question 28993, whether he plans to give Ministerial approval to relax the restrictions of the public sector exit...

      Sanitary Products: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what bids his Department received for funding from the tampon tax fund by the deadline of 22 February 2016; and how such bids are being assessed.

      Money Laundering

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the personal and professional connections of the directors of UK-listed banks with domestic and overseas...

      Money Laundering: EU Law

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to consider the board members of UK banks as politically exposed persons for the purposes of the Fourth Money Laundering...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy Supply: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on energy security of the UK leaving the EU.

    • Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will make it her Department's policy to replace the Green Deal with a scheme to improve energy efficiency in able-to-pay...

      Climate Change: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect on future funding of research on (a) climate change and (b) climate...

      Electricity Generation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether the next allocation round for Contracts for Difference will be technology neutral.

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the Annex on a Comprehensive Franco-British Partnership on Civil Nuclear Energy, Franco-British Summit, on 3 March...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the Annex on a Comprehensive Franco-British Partnership on Civil Nuclear Energy, Franco-British Summit, on 3 March...

      Electricity Generation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether she plans to provide funding for demand-side-response projects in the next Contracts for Difference allocation round.

      Electricity Generation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether she plans to provide funding for energy efficiency projects in the next Contracts for Difference allocation round.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials in his Department have policy responsibility for deregulation.

  • Department of Health

    • Wheelchairs: West Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will encourage NHS England and NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group to provide a response to the letter of 24 September 2015 from the...

    • Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to review the definition of stillbirth since January 2014; and whether he has had discussions with his ministerial...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the proportion of people affected by contaminated blood likely to (a) be financially advantaged, (b) have their income unchanged and...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department's tobacco control plan will include future innovations in nicotine delivery.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what range of compensation payments is planned to be available under the Government's proposals for people who have been affected by contaminated blood...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to publish details of the submissions received to the Government's consultation on the contaminated blood compensation scheme.

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the NICE quality standards on rheumatoid arthritis, what steps he has taken to ensure patients with early inflammatory arthritis are...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account the Government took of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions in its Childhood Obesity Strategy.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with Ministers of the devolved administrations on proposals to end the statutory supervision of midwives.

      Nursing and Midwifery Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is on the abolition of the Nursing and Midwifery Council's statutory Midwifery Committee.

      Department of Health: Car Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2016 to Question 26819, what the job titles are of those people in receipt of paid car allowances.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the oral contribution of the Lord Patel of 24 February 2015, column 882HL, if he will place in the Library a copy of all correspondence...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to publish the consultation proposals to remove the NHS bursary.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many organisations have withdrawn from the Responsibility Deal since May 2015.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2016 to Question 23092, how the figure of 10,000 for the number of additional training places universities will be...

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2016 to Question 26002, on NHS: training, when Health Education England will publish the local plans.

      Children: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department plans to publish its childhood obesity strategy.

      Department of Health: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what buildings owned by his Department are empty or vacant.

      Department of Health: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of office space owned or occupied by (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies is currently unused.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of student nurses who have childcare responsibilities.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP practices have a mental health specialist.

      Mental Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of clinical commissioning groups that commission mental health services specifically for...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many designated health places of safety for under-18s there are in each clinical commissioning group.

      Psychiatry: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effects of changes to training funding on the numbers of child psychotherapists training and qualifying as...

      Schools: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many co-commissioning pilots aimed at improving clear access routes between schools and specialist mental health services have been launched in each...

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the gap is between the number of available and required trained doctors.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of gross domestic product (GDP) has been spent on health care in (a) England and (b) the UK in each year since 1997; and what estimate he...

      Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the outcome was of his Department's application of the Family Test to the decision to impose a new contract on junior doctors.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2016 to Question 29559, what average number of patients were registered at each GP surgery in each of the last 15...

      NHS 111

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on which occasions the Care Quality Commission has inspected each provider of NHS 111 since April 2013.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses commenced training in each of the last five years.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors have (a) commenced and (b) finished their training in each of the last five years.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the gender pay gap for women over 40.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Training: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure that young people gain key transferable skills in order to increase their future employment opportunities.

    • Foreign Investment in UK: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had about the work of UK Trade and Investment in promoting inward investment in Northern Ireland.

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the results of a poll of members of the Federation of Small Businesses showing that over half of respondents felt uninformed about...

      Property: Ownership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking in advance of the Global Anti-Corruption Summit in London in May to legislate to subject UK property owned by offshore companies...

  • Department for International Development

    • World Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the World Bank gender policy, and of whether the bank's inspection panel has ever been guided by a gender safeguard.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the Decision of the European Council concerning a new settlement for the UK within the EU will affect the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Aegean Sea: Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to reinforce the Royal Navy's operations in the Aegean Sea in order to save more lives and to arrest more traffickers.

  • Home Office

    • Deportation: EEA Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what processes are in place, and what action they have taken, to ensure that EEA nationals who have made applications for discretionary leave to remain (DLR)...

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage families in the UK to sponsor, foster or adopt unaccompanied refugee children who reach this country.

      Asylum: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent from the public purse on defending the case The Queen on the application ZAT, IAJ, KAM, AAM, MAT, MAJ and LAM v Secretary of State...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the difficulties that refugee children face in accessing legal advice or paying the fee required to register their...

      EU Nationals: Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Faulks on 2 March (HL Deb, col 928), whether they now plan to make an estimate of the likely impact on migration from the...

      Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Lord Bates on 2 March (HL Deb, col 824), what qualifications they consider to be adequate for persons conducting the substantive...

      Slavery: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of child labour and child domestic servitude have been recorded by the National Referral Mechanism in the last three years.

      Human Trafficking: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether anyone has been prosecuted for human trafficking offences in circumstances where the victim has been found in a cannabis factory.

  • HM Treasury

    • Credit Cards: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which particular EU directive or regulation has led to banks, credit companies and stores reviewing their loyalty schemes in order to differentiate between...

    • Child Benefit: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy with regard to the payment of child benefits to EU migrants (1) who have been resident in the UK for fewer than four years, and (2)...

      Motor Vehicles: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce changes to make motor vehicle tax proportionate to the emissions of gaseous and particulate pollutants from motor vehicle...

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