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Written answers

Friday, 18 March 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people in his Department have been entitled to use the Government Car Service in each year since 2009-10.

    • M54: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will commission a cost-benefit analysis on the potential benefit of extending the M54 to Shrewsbury on Shrewsbury and the...

      Transport: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the consolidated local transport budget for Greater Manchester after implementation of the devolution deal (a) in total...

      A64

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make representations to Highways England and Transport for the North on extending the A64 dual carriageway to Barton Hill.

      Aviation: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Le Bureau d'Enguetes et d'Analyses report into Andreas Lubitz, published on 13 March 2016, if his Department will bring forward...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much funding from UK sources is estimated to become available to Iran following the signing of the nuclear deal and...

    • Chevening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who has (a) visited and (b) stayed at Chevening House since 7 May 2015.

      Marshall Islands: Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has received in the case brought at the International Court of Justice in the Hague from 8...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Lasers: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has to regulate the power level of laser pens offered for sale in Britain.

    • Scholarships: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many university scholarships have been taken up by Syrian refugees in the last five years.

      Pubs Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will publish the actual or potential conflicts of interest declared by the Pubs Code Adjudicator, Mr Paul Newby, prior to...

      Pubs Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many applicants to the Pubs Code Adjudicator role declared actual or potential conflicts of interest.

      Pubs Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions his Department or its employment agency adviser had with Mr Paul Newby about actual and potential conflicts of...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Saxton Bampfylde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, for how long Saxton Bampfylde Ltd has acted as an employment adviser to his Department.

      Pubs Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department or Saxton Bampfylde Ltd approached any person to apply for the Pubs Code Adjudicator vacancy.

      Pubs Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations were (a) made by his Department to pub companies and (b) received from such companies on the recruitment of...

      Pubs Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, who was on the interview panels for the recruitment of the Pubs Code Adjudicator.

      Pubs Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions his Department had with Mr Paul Newby's employer on his contributions to the draft Pubs Code.

      Pubs Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what role Ministers played in the recruitment process for the Pubs Code Adjudicator.

      Pubs Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many applicants to the Pubs Code Adjudicator vacancy were subject to departmental clearance checks; and how many applicants...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with the Pubs Code Adjudicator on (a) the length of leases given to pub tenants by owners of pubs,...

      Pubs Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the nature of the contribution of Mr Paul Newby was to the drafting of and consultation process for the Pubs Code; and when...

      Employment: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 15 February 2016 to Question 26567, how many (a) calls and (b) enquiries the Pay and Work Rights...

      Acas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many enquires Acas received from (a) employees and (b) employers (i) from each employment sector and (ii) relating to each...

      ACAS: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many referrals Acas made to each public body relating to each (a) employment sector and (b) topic on its database in each...

      Parental Leave and Parental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people have (a) taken shared parental leave and (b) made a claim for shared parental pay since April 2015; and what...

      Higher Education: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions he has had with universities on the wide implementation of the Race Equality Charter Mark.

  • Department for International Development

    • South Sudan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to protect and support the rights of women and girls in South Sudan.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support the academies risk protection arrangement is providing to schools affected by the recent floods.

    • Burnley Road Academy: Risk Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, within what timescale the Risk Protection Arrangement will cover (a) the costs of temporary accommodation while the original building is reinstated...

      Academies: Risk Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will update the actuarial analysis used for the Risk Protection Arrangement to include the effect of the recent storms in the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many concerted indiscipline incidents of each type have occurred in each prison establishment in each month since May 2005.

    • Young Offenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of young offenders previously sentenced to (a) up to five, (b) between five and 10 and (c) more than 10 Youth...

      Just Solutions International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether recent representations have been made to his Department about the extent to which former employees of Just Solutions International (JSI)...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department has made reforming the Electronic Communications Code.

    • Arts: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding his Department has allocated to arts groups in Romford in the last 12 months.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Overtime

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

    • Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what modelling his Department used to propose the new transitional benefit arrangements for EU migrants; when benefit payments under those...

      Private Rented Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to help people with disabilities with the cost of housing in the private rented sector.

      Respiratory System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what public awareness campaigns his Department has planned to improve awareness of work-related respiratory illness.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Security Guards

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

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that absent parents financially support their children.

      Personal Independence Payment: Secure Psychiatric Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many patients in (a) Ashworth, (b) Broadmoor and (c) Rampton high security psychiatric hospitals received personal independence payment...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been migrated from disability living allowance to personal independence payments in (a) the UK (b) London and (c) Hornsey...

      Disability Living Allowance: Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to update the document, Medical guidance for DLA decision makers (child cases): staff guide, last updated on 8 December...

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to prepare for the administration of changes to migrant benefits proposed under the planned emergency...

      Families: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will ensure that the Government publishes a family impact test in respect of all future primary and secondary legislation.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and which family test assessments he has seen in the last six months.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress she has made in setting out and implementing a national strategy for areas of outstanding natural beauty; and...

    • Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the recommendations of the Pitt Review on the 2007 floods, whether her Department plans to (a) change...

  • Home Office

    • Anorexia: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle websites which promote and encourage anorexia; and what assessment she has made of the...

    • Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has sought advice on the re-classification of powerful handheld lasers as offensive weapons since 14 February 2016; whether she...

  • HM Treasury

    • Financial Services: EU Law

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to UK firms of implementing Capital Requirement Directive IV.

    • Whisky: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the level of duty on Scotch whisky on the export of that product.

      Revenue and Customs: Buildings

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date the leases for HM Revenue and Customs offices Abbey House and Parkside Court will end.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she plans to take to ensure that suppliers that are awarded smart meter derogations relating to in-home displays provide...

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of making all smart meter derogations subject to randomised control trials.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2016 to Question 23417, whether she plans to issue a direction to hold a Contracts for Difference...

      Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans the Government has in place to protect the UK from widespread electricity failure.

      Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many officials of her Department are working on contingency plans for widespread electricity failure.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential for windfarms to reduce energy costs during the winter months.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the contribution of the Prime Minister on 17 October 2012, Official Report, column 316, what steps the Government...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to paragraph 36 of the Competition and Markets Authority report on energy market investigation published on 10 March...

      Natural Gas: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of gas produced in the UK was exported to Western Europe in each of the last three years.

      Natural Gas: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the competitiveness of the UK gas industry compared to its European counterparts.

      Fuel Poverty: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent estimate she has made of the number of households affected by fuel poverty in (a) Torridge and West Devon constituency and...

      Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of which fuel source is the most efficient for national electricity grid re-starts following...

      Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information her Department holds on the number of ultra-super critical coal-fired power stations in other countries that are (a)...

  • Department of Health

    • Learning Disability: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy that there should be a learning disability liaison nurse in every acute hospital in England.

    • Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital trusts employ 1.5 full time equivalent inflammatory bowel disease nurses per 250,000 population.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Arts: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to permit exemptions to the proposed immigration skills charge for companies in the creative industries where such companies contribute...

    • Small Businesses: Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding will be available to firms which are too small to pay the Apprenticeship Levy when it is introduced in 2017 to enable them to continue to offer,...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, after the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, incentive payments will continue to be made available for (1) small firms offering...

      Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering introducing a more streamlined process to become a registered training organisation in order to encourage more employers to...

  • Department of Health

    • Liverpool Women's Hospital

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of building the Liverpool Women’s Hospital, and whether it was built under a private finance initiative scheme.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Natural Gas: EU Action

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 24 February (HL6131) concerning a proposal by the EU to requisition member states' gas...

    • Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 10 March (HL Deb, col 1406), whether the 60 per cent of jobs guaranteed in the supply chain for...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of the recommendations of the Report from the Science and Technology Committee Nuclear Research and Development Capabilities (3rd Report, Session...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by the Prime Minister on 9 March that "we have to make sure that we get cost-effective electricity and that we go green at the lowest...

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