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Written answers

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the change was in the level of government reimbursement to local authorities for the cost of the English National Concessionary Transport Scheme...

    • Taxis: Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2016 to Question 23178, what recent progress the Government has made on planning to enact section 165 of the...

      Driving: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to apply for an extension to the exemption to the European Regulation 181/2011/EU for drivers from the requirement for disability...

      Bus Services: Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with bus companies on priority wheelchair spaces on buses.

      Taxis: Assistance Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations his Department has received on the incidence of refusals by taxi drivers to carry assistance dogs; and if he will introduce...

      Railway Stations: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from (a) consumer groups and (b) railway franchise holders on the level of staffing at small railway stations;...

      Cycling: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) deaths and (b) injuries to cyclists in London were caused by (i) buses, (ii) lorries and (iii) other vehicles in each of the last three years.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to ensure that Highways England (HE) has agreed contingency plans with each local authority for the management of major...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the average increase in rail fares over the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Pedestrians: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department has allocated to improve pavements and crossings for pedestrians in London in the last two years.

      Roads: Accidents

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

      Cycleways: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the total funding allocated for the construction of cycle superhighways in London.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consultation he plans to undertake before any rail freight sites owned by Network Rail are sold.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of freight capacity in freight sites owned by Network Rail.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has agreed the terms of the Remedial Plan with Govia Thameslink Railway since the issue of a Remedial Plan Notice in December 2015; and if...

      Roads: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to The Northern Transport Strategy: Spring 2016 Report, published on 7 March 2016, how many road projects in (a) Ellesmere Port and...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to The Northern Transport Strategy: Spring 2016 Report, published on 7 March 2016, how many rail projects in (a) Ellesmere Port and...

      Transport: Ellesmere Port and Neston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to The Northern Transport Strategy: Spring 2016 Report, published on 7 March 2016, what assessment he has made of the economic benefit...

      Transport: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to The Northern Transport Strategy: Spring 2016 Report, published on 7 March 2016, what estimate his Department has made of public...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Cycle to Work scheme on (a) levels of participation in cycling and (b) the bicycle industry.

      Public Transport: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to implement the installation and use of audio-visual displays on public transport...

      London, Tilbury and Southend Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason a number of the Committed Obligations agreed between NXET Trains Limited and his Department on 15 July 2014 regarding the Essex...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to improve roads to ensure that they are safe for both motorists and cyclists.

      Bingham Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information he holds on whether Network Rail plans to release a contribution to the cost of a disabled access footbridge at Bingham railway...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the Cross Government Working Group on Drones to finish its work; and when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if the Cross Government Working Group on Drones will conduct a detailed examination of the security threats posed by drones as part of its work.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if the Cross Government Working Group on Drones will examine the feasibility of introducing a system of registration for drones, including an element...

      Bingham Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to ensure disabled access on all platforms at Bingham railway station.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to introduce annual early-intervention top-ups for local authorities after the revenue support grant has been...

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 17 February 2016 to Question 26660, on housing: construction, if he will place in the Library any...

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to (a) create a business-friendly environment and (b) expand their...

      Local Government: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to encourage local authorities to offer apprenticeships.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the cost to local authorities of the English National Concessionary Transport Scheme (ENCTS); and...

      Local Government: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the (a) administrative and (b) staff cost to local authorities of implementing the National Living...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will estimate the average rise in business rates in (a) Havering and (b) the UK since the reduction of Small Business...

      Communities and Local Government: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of officials of his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in each of the last...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Transcaucasus: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which projects in (a) Georgia, (b) Armenia and (c) Azerbaijan have received funds from the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund.

    • Burundi: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government plans to take in the event of a continued deterioration in the political and security situation in...

      Kosovo: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which projects in Kosovo have received funds from the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund.

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the threat posed to minority religious groups with refugee camps Syria within...

      Maldives: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on progress of democratic reforms in the Maldives since 2008.

      Aegean Sea: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the remit is of the NATO operation in the Aegean Sea relating to the refugee crisis.

      Aegean Sea: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the compatibility with international law of NATO ships operating in the Aegean Sea returning...

      Honduras: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will take steps to protect and improve the security of women human rights defenders in Honduras to take...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of his Department's (a) Senior Civil Servants and (b) core policy civil servants are based in London.

      Zimbabwe: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of Zimbabwe on (a) the provision of information on Itai Dzamara and (b) the...

      Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterparts in countries that are members of the International Syria Support Group on...

      Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the extent of Russian support for Kurdish forces in Syria and that support's effect...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what proportion of officials of his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in each of the last...

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what further consultation he plans to hold before a final decision is made on possible resettlement of the Chagos Islanders;...

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which overseas territories and crown dependencies have published registries of the beneficial ownership of the legally...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps her Department is taking in response to the attempted murder of a prison officer in East Belfast by a group calling itself the New IRA.

    • Northern Ireland Office: Security Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much security guards in her Department are paid.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what funding his Department allocated in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2015-16 to reduce the number of people who were classified as not...

    • Apprentices: Calder Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the number of new apprenticeships in Calder Valley constituency in each of the next...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of 16 to 24 year olds not in education, employment or training.

      Engineering: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many employees in the UK engineering sector are from other EU member states; and if he will estimate the total contribution...

  • Wales Office

    • Bank Notes: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will meet the Chancellor of the Exchequer to discuss the possibility of issuing Welsh bank notes; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Education

    • Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what transitional arrangements her Department has made for learners currently on the Youth Contract which is set to come to an end in March 2016.

    • Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support her Department offers to third-sector training providers and local authorities in reducing the number of young people not in education,...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what data her Department collects on the location of young people classified as not in education, employment or training.

      Social Workers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children's social worker vacancies remained unfilled in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015.

      Higher Education: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to increase the number of looked-after children who apply to attend university.

      Pupils: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to encourage provision of public sector work experience placements for 14 to 19 year-olds in education.

      Schools: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that staff in state-funded schools receive Prevent awareness training.

      Education Funding Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the budget will be for the Education Funding Agency in each of the next five years.

      Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government plans to take in response to the findings of the Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education project by the...

      Department for Education: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2016 to Question 26338, on EU grants and loans, what assessment she has made of the effect of the £71...

      Department for Education: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2016 to Question 26338, on EU grants and loans, on what the £71 million European Social Fund monies have...

      Department for Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of her Departments (a) Senior Civil Servants and (b) core policy civil servants are based in London.

      Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential benefits of extending the 50 per cent cap on religious selection in free schools to all state-funded...

      Faith schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of religious selection on the availability of school places and the number of parents who are unable...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2016 to Question 24532, which secondary schools took part in the 2015 summer school programme.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2016 to Question 24532, how much funding from the pupil premium her Department plans to make available to support...

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it is her policy that a school should be rated as requiring improvement by Ofsted if it does not teach sex and relationships education.

      Pupils: Anorexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to encourage schools to provide (a) support, (b) guidance and (c) information for pupils with anorexia nervosa.

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for how many pupils the pupil premium has been paid in each year since its introduction; and how many pupils from which countries are eligible for the...

      Design and Technology: English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations her Department has received from businesses on the inclusion of design technology within the EBacc qualification.

      Literacy: Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the contribution of nurseries to improving literacy rates.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policy on extending 30 hour free childcare to three and four year olds of the findings of...

      Social Workers: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children's social workers were employed by London local authorities in each year since 2010.

      Social Workers: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support her Department provides for local authorities to share best practice on children's social work.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Cafcass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the performance of the Cafcass in (a) domestic abuse cases and (b) other private law cases.

    • Prisoners: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to reduce self-harm among female prison inmates.

      Prison Service: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that prison officers complete Prevent awareness training.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether juvenile victims of incestuous sexual abuse are eligible to claim criminal injury compensation; and what limitations apply to that eligibility.

      Aviation: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions there have been under Article 222 of the Air Navigation Order 2009 in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners' Release: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that more prisoners obtain employment on release.

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to remove foreign national offenders from prisons to their home countries.

      Prison Service: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much the Prison Service paid in compensation in the last 12 months; and what estimate he has made of the amount the service will pay in compensation...

      Family Courts: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many criminal offences were committed on family court premises in each year since 2010.

      Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which family courts have a designated safe space for victims of domestic abuse and other vulnerable individuals.

      Ministry of Justice: Security Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much security guards in his Department are paid.

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people under the age of 18 have been convicted under section 141A of the Criminal Justice Act 1998 since that Act's implementation; and what...

  • Prime Minister

    • Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he had with the President of the French Republic on Anglo-French co-operation on nuclear weapons during his visit to France on 3 March 2016.

    • UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Prime Minister, if he will issue guidance to civil servants on how to proceed in cases where departmental ministers have yet to declare a position on the referendum on the EU on their...

      John Longworth

      To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish all correspondence, emails and records dated between 3 and 7 March 2016 involving special advisers and civil servants concerning the conduct of the...

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Prime Minister, how many special advisers have (a) requested and (b) been granted the Prime Minister's approval for working part or full-time for a Leave campaign in the EU referendum.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Arts: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on access to the arts in Yorkshire and Humber region between (a) May 2015 and February 2016 and (b) May...

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the average hourly earnings of (a) female, (b) male, (c) full-time and (d) part-time employees of his Department were in each of...

      Nuisance Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce nuisance telephone calls.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of his Department's (a) Senior Civil Servants and (b) core policy civil servants are based in London.

      BBC: Royal Charters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which areas of the BBC Charter he will seek to reform in upcoming negotiations with the BBC Trust.

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people learn to swim.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Habitual Residence Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the residence test for disability living allowance and personal independence payment on people...

    • State Retirement Pensions: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of raising the state pension age on people paying into personal pension schemes.

      State Retirement Pensions: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of raising the state pension age on income inequality between men and women of the same age.

      State Retirement Pensions: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on raising of the state pension age.

      Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what notification was given to women affected by the Pensions Act 1995.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department takes into account successful challenges to benefit sanctions retrospectively in benefit off-flow statistics.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who had been classified as unfit to work because of a mental health problem were issued with a benefit sanction in each year...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent on sending letters in each of the last three years.

      Universal Credit: Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the risk register for the universal credit programme.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 March 2016 to Question 29762, on universal credit, how long it took to complete the reset.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions his Department has had with (a) disability charities and other third sector groups, (b) disabled people, their families and...

      Funeral Payments: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people using the Chorlton Benefit Delivery Centre applied for funeral payments in each month in 2015; how many of those applications...

      Funeral Payments: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people using the Chorlton Benefit Delivery Centre required a mandatory reconsideration of funeral payments in each month in 2015; and...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • British Overseas Territories: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the British armed forces are currently stationed in each of the UK's overseas territories.

    • British Overseas Territories: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how often he reviews the level of threat to each of the UK's overseas territories.

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of his Department's (a) Senior Civil Servants and (b) core policy civil servants are based in London.

      Ministry of Defence: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions his Department has not provided substantive answers to written parliamentary questions on the grounds of national security since...

      Tornado Aircraft: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Tornado collision service enquiry report, whether COSPAS-SARSAT compatible Personal Locator Beacons that operate automatically...

      Ministry of Defence: Security Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much security guards in his Department are paid.

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answers of 21 July 2015 to Question 7583 and 9 September 2014 to Question 207819, how many (a) military, (b) civilian and (c) liaison...

  • Home Office

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 8 February 2016 on behalf of a constituent concerning...

    • Home Office: Motorola

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many contracts the Home Office holds with Motorola Solutions.

      UK Border Force: Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of whether the diversion of Border Force Cutters to support Frontex's Operation Triton had an effect on the...

      Asylum: Nigeria

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

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to address the issues raised in the Independent Investigation into conditions at Yarl's Wood in January 2016; and...

      Disclosure and Barring Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff have been employed to process Disclosure and Barring Service checks in each year since 2010.

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detainees have been held in the Kingfisher Isolation Unit in Yarl's Wood in each year since 2010.

      Sailing Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements are in place to (a) record and (b) inspect small yachts arriving from Europe at marinas on the UK coastline.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to increase the proportion of domestic abuse perpetrators who receive specialist intervention to change their behaviour.

      Asylum: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to exercise her powers under section 101(3) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 only with the agreement of Ministers of...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department takes to investigate complaints about outsourced asylum accommodation centres; and whether she has received...

      Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the 168 posts advertised for the National Crime Agency in 2015 were allocated to Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command.

      National Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which police forces in England have had investigative assistance from the National Crime Agency.

      Asylum: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has held with her French counterpart on the processing of asylum applications for people in Calais.

      Immigration Controls: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether border controls between the UK and France are based upon a bilateral agreement between the two countries.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from (a) Syria, (b) Afghanistan, (c) Iraq, (d) Kosovo, (e) Albania, (f) Pakistan, (g) Eritrea, (h) Nigeria and (i) Iran have...

      Immigration Controls: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the total financial contribution made by the UK to improving security at the port of Calais in each of the...

      Home Office: Security Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much security guards in her Department are paid.

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who will represent the Government at the UNHCR conference on the Syrian refugee crisis on 30 March 2016.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) unaccompanied children and (b) partners of refugees who had already been granted asylum in the UK (i) applied for and (ii) were...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to review the policy limiting the reuniting of refugee families to children under the age of 18 and partners of refugees...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answers of 23 February 2016 to Questions 27190, 27129, 27130 and 27131, what the nature and scope of the review of the...

      Human Trafficking: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria she plans to use for determining which non-governmental organisations will collaborate with Polaris on providing helpline...

      Domestic Violence: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to develop a strategy to support BAME specialist domestic violence charities.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of immigration cases were designated as complex in (a) 2015, (b) 2014 and (c) 2013.

      Emergency Services: Mobile Radios

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions her Department has had with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on the tendering process for masts for the...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people with a criminal conviction have been deported in each year since 2010.

      Emergency Services: Mobile Radios

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to announce new mast sites for the Emergency Service Mobile Communications Programme's Extended Areas Service...

      Visas: Ministers of Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2016 to Question 29595, what the reasons were for refusal of the Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) Visas.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) fraud and (b) financial error in his Department in each of the last five years.

    • Foreign Investment in UK: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent estimate he has made of the level of inward investment to Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Economic Growth: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the Scottish Government on the economic development of Scotland and steps to attract inward...

      Scotland Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many Instant Rewards of what value were given to his Department's officials in each of the last five financial years.

      Scotland Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what proportion of his Department's (a) Senior Civil Servants and (b) core policy civil servants are based in London.

  • HM Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of raising the state pension age on levels of tax avoidance.

    • Fossil Fuels: Tax Yields

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the revenues received from all taxes on all fossil fuels for each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish contingency plans that have been made by his Department in the event of a UK exit from the EU.

      Oil: Prices

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the potential savings for Government departments due to the falling price of oil over the course of this Parliament.

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made to date on negotiating with the European institutions for permission to apply a zero-rate of VAT on women's sanitary products.

      Tobacco: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of when the tax optimisation for cigarettes will be reached.

      VAT: EU Action

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the European Commission to publish the VAT Action Plan; and what plans he has to respond to that plan.

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) Government's net contribution to EU institutions and (b) UK's current account balance with those...

      Multinational Companies: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential costs and benefits of making available to the public country-by-country taxation reports submitted to HM...

      Credit Reference Agencies

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the activities of credit reference agencies benefit consumers.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2016 to Question 26458, how much the Government invested in home insulation in the last Parliament.

    • Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether she plans to discuss progress on the Bonfield review with (a) the Bath and North East Somerset Energy at Home scheme and (b)...

      Department for Energy and Climate Change: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of her Department's (a) Senior Civil Servants and (b) core policy civil servants are based in London.

      Sizewell C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the timeline is for construction of the proposed Sizewell C nuclear plant.

      Nuclear Power

      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, dated 3...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will assess the progress all Government Departments are making on meeting the Government's carbon reduction targets and what...

      Department for Energy and Climate Change: Security Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much security guards in her Department are paid.

      Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of the 9 March 2016 to Question 29687, what the timetable is for the completion of the independent review on...

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2016 to Question 28603, how many cleaners working in her Department are paid at the rate of (a)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many billboard and poster sites have been procured for each campaign advertising Government policy since May 2015.

    • Ombudsman

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to introduce a Bill for the reform and modernisation of the public service ombudsman sector as provided for in the 2015 Queen's Speech.

      Cabinet Office and Treasury: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, who is responsible for authorising pay rises of more than one per cent in (a) his Department and (b) HM Treasury; and what procedure is followed when...

      Cabinet Office: Security Guards

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much security guards in his Department are paid.

      Epilepsy: Children

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many deaths of children aged under 18 resulting directly from epilepsy have been recorded in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

      EU Nationals: Childbirth

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many nationals of other EU member states have given birth in the UK in each of the last 10 years.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dairy Products: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what value of dairy produce was imported from each country of origin in each of the last five years.

    • Environment Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the salaries were of the five highest-paid people at the Environment Agency in the last financial year.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of her Department's (a) Senior Civil Servants and (b) core policy civil servants are based in London.

      Motor Vehicles: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people have been charged under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 for selling private vehicles on...

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with her (a) ministerial colleagues and (b) the European Commission on the potential effects of...

      Anaerobic Digestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of crop fed anaerobic digestion on food production and land rents.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons waste reduction, improved resource efficiency and increasing recycling rates were not included in her...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of officials of her Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in each of the...

      Recycling: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations were made by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs at the EU...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish her Department's Spending Review Settlement letter from HM Treasury.

      Environment Agency: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what expenses were claimed by the five most senior people at the Environment Agency during the last financial year.

  • Department of Health

    • Food: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many food safety officers were employed by local authorities in each year from 2012 to 2015.

    • Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals have revised their policy on car parking since the issue of his Department's updated guidance in October 2015.

      Care Homes: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) registered care home and (b) nursing home places there were in (i) Calderdale and (ii) West Yorkshire in the current year and each of the...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from patient groups on the contaminated blood compensation consultation.

      Tuberous Sclerosis: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department gives to children with tuberous sclerosis complex.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the reductions in the number of people who use Stop Smoking Services in the last five years.

      Tobacco: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to undertake consumer information campaigns in preparation for the introduction of the EU Tobacco Products Directive.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children's mental health beds there are (a) in each local authority or clinical commissioning group region and (b) per head of population in...

      Health Services: Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the role of social enterprises in delivering high-quality healthcare services.

      General Practitioners: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with NHS England on the agreement of a long-term arrangement to control the cost of medical indemnity cover for...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department plans to increase the understanding and use of social value in the design of healthcare services.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the (a) cost to GPs of and (b) average time taken per week by GPs for administration of the new Capita patient note transfer...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he expects the revised Carr-Hill formula to be applied to GP contracts in 2017-18.

      NHS Trusts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reflecting NHS Trust fines in remuneration packages of the managers responsible for the Trust at...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost to small GP practices of providing data they are required to provide to the Government.

      General Practitioners: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the merits of bringing forward proposals to extend crown indemnity to GPs.

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to introduce inflammatory arthritis clinics across the UK.

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Care Quality Commission has conducted an impact assessment of the proposed changes to the contract of Experts by Experience.

      Out-patients: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve the systems for capturing, coding and integrating data from NHS outpatient clinics.

      Lipoedema

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will implement a treatment pathway for people who suffer from lipoedema to allow such people to receive liposuction on the NHS.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will conduct an equality impact assessment on the removal of nursing bursaries.

      Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy in each of the last five years; and how many such people were (a) women and (b)...

      Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve access to specialist health facilities for people with progressive supranuclear palsy.

      Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to support research into new treatments to relieve symptoms for people with progressive supranuclear palsy.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with epilepsy in each of the last ten years; and if he will make a statement.

      Stem Cells: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2016 to Question 28970, how much public funding for stem cell research has been allocated through the National...

      Mental Illness: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the 2014 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey to be published.

      Mental Health Services: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of women accessing mental health services experienced sexual or domestic abuse in each of the last five years.

      Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) children and (b) adults of each gender have experienced (a) sexual and (b) physical abuse in each of the last five years.

      Mental Illness: Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was to the NHS of prescriptions dispensed for psychopharmaceutical drugs in each year since 2010.

      Social Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department provides for local authorities to share best practice on adult social work.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines are issued to providers of NHS services on marketing of NHS services alongside private services.

      Lip Reading: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of lipreading and managing hearing loss classes available; and if he will ask Public Health...

  • Department for Transport

    • Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 3 March (HL6266), whether they consider that the changes to the opening hours of ticketing...

    • Southeastern

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received in the last three years about the Go-Ahead Group and its operation of the Southeastern rail franchise in respect of...

      Southeastern

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many meetings they have had in the last three years with the Chief Executive of the Go-Ahead Group about its operation of its Southeastern rail franchise...

      Southeastern

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they next plan to meet the Chief Executive of the Go-Ahead Group in order to discuss its Southeastern rail franchise and (1) health and safety, (2)...

      Driverless Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any controls exist over the operation of unmanned ground vehicles (1) on highways, and (2) in other public spaces; whether controls exist over the...

      Road Works: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 3 March (HL6554), whether they have assessed the impact of having red routes managed by...

      Cycleways: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the London cycle superhighways (1) under construction, and (2) proposed and out for consultation, are being built on red routes.

      Cycleways: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the London Cycle superhighways on the number of cyclists.

      Cycleways: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the London Cycle superhighways on the journey times of buses whose routes run parallel to or intersect with...

  • Home Office

    • Slavery: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many child victims of modern slavery referred to the National Referral Mechanism have passed through Calais.

    • Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Save the Children about identifying whether any of the unaccompanied children found at the "Jungle" camp in Calais were...

      Asylum: France

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms are in place to ensure that take charge requests relating to the transfer of asylum claims from French to British authorities under the...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in immigration cases, who decides whether a case is "exceptional".

      Asylum: France

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the rationale behind their decision to appeal the judgment in R (on the application of ZAT and Others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department...

      Police: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by the Minister of State for Policing, Crime and Criminal Justice, Mr Mike Penning, on 17 December 2015 (HCWS426), when...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Thailand: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the conditions faced by Pakistani refugees who have been incarcerated in detention centres in Thailand, and (2) the...

    • Turkey: Kurds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Turkey about compensation for the inhabitants of Cizre whose close relatives have died, or whose...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

  • Department for International Development

    • World Humanitarian Summit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 25 February (HL6190), when they will take the decision about who will represent them at the World...

    • Ethiopia: Food Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how, and to what extent, they are working with other donor governments to address the current food shortages in Ethiopia.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 25 February (HL5719), whether an NGO can assist individual parents, or groups of parents, to challenge the...

    • Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how many new school places will be required over the next ten years.

      Academies: Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in the light of the concerns raised by the National Children’s Bureau that academy schools are refusing to take children...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of identified violations of the School Admissions Code since 2012 related to failure to make clear how children with statements of special...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the finding of the Chief Schools Adjudicator concerning the clarity of schools’ admission arrangements, and what...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they ensure that schools comply with their admission policies, and what action they take when a school is found to be admitting pupils in contravention...

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce their response to the consultation Implementing the English Baccalaureate.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • European Arrest Warrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many years’ worth in sentences have been handed out to offenders brought back to the UK under a European Arrest Warrant.

    • Homicide: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether relatives of British nationals murdered abroad are entitled to financial compensation from them, and if so, how much compensation they have paid...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect the tribunal charge is having on claims before industrial tribunals, with particular reference to discrimination and equal pay claims.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • National Security

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the results of the review of the UK's National Security Through Technology strategy.

    • Minesweepers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role they are considering for the use of off-board systems as part of the UK's Mine Counter Measures capability.

      Gulf War Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the finding in the report from the Boston University School of Public Health in Cortex that research "clearly and...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 22 October 2015 (HL2638), whether the study into the remuneration package for officers has been completed, and...

      Human Trafficking: Aegean Sea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the commander of the NATO operation against people smuggling in the Aegean Sea will have a liaison officer from Frontex with the fleet, and if not,...

      Human Trafficking: Aegean Sea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action will be taken by the captain of any British ship operating under the auspices of NATO in the Aegean Sea if they identify a migrant or refugee...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government Ombudsman

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish their response to the consultation on extending the role of the Local Government Ombudsman to larger parish councils.

    • Community Engagement Forum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their definition of "community" in relation to the Community Engagement Forum.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are in need of affordable homes and whether those homes are for rent or to buy.

  • HM Treasury

    • NHS: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money has been passed to the Scottish Government under the Barnett formula for NHS Services in each year since that Government was established; and...

    • Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the decision of the European Council concerning a new settlement for the UK within the EU, which states that "not all member states have the euro as...

      Money Laundering

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the Financial Conduct Authority's oversight of anti-money-laundering regulations in the light of consumer complaints about enforced,...

      Financial Services: Islam

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide an update on their policy on Islamic finance in the UK.

      Financial Services: Islam

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what submissions they have made to the Bank of England's consultation Establishing Shari'ah compliant central bank liquidity facilities.

      Financial Services: Islam

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Parliament will be involved in the scrutiny of any proposals for changes to systems of Islamic finance in the UK following the outcome of the Bank of...

      Public Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to have balanced the structural deficit excluding capital expenditure.

      Tobacco: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risk that HMRC's current pilot of the Codentify system would give tobacco companies an unfair advantage in any future...

      Exchange Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any assessment of the report from UBS predicting that, if the UK left the EU, sterling could hit parity with the euro.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Local Government: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give guidance to local authorities about the limits on their powers to engage in political boycotts overseas.

    • Lobbying: Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many lobbying consultancies would need to sign up to the Government's Register of Consultant Lobbyists in order for the Register to be self-funding.

      Lobbying

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to amend the meaning of consultant lobbying to include communications with special advisers, as allowed for in section 2(5) of...

      Lobbying

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to meet the objectives outlined in the Impact Assessment of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union...

  • Department of Health

    • Organs: Donors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many organ donors are registered in each local authority and Parliamentary constituency.

    • Autism: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of recent public concerns, they will ask NHS England to review the number and distribution of specialised secure facilities for...

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