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Written answers

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Large Goods Vehicles: Foreign Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many foreign-registered HGVs entered the UK in 2015.

    • Roads: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department has allocated to Plymouth City Council for pothole maintenance since 2010; and what estimate he has made of how many...

      A45

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of progress on the planned dualing of the A45 between Stanwick and Thrapston.

      A45

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of progress on the planned improvements to the Chowns Mill roundabout.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with motor vehicle insurance companies on reducing the level of insurance premiums.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to take steps to introduce more standardised taxi licensing regulations between authorities in close geographical proximity.

      Railways: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of dwell times on the (a) punctuality of and (b) number of cancellations on automated rail services.

      Bridges: Ipswich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of constructing a river crossing at Ipswich; and whether he plans that that cost will be wholly funded by his...

      Severn River Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government plans to halve the level of the Severn Bridge tolls inclusive or exclusive of VAT following the return of the Severn Bridge to...

      Severn River Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the level of the Severn Bridge tolls for each vehicle category in January (a) 2017 and (b) 2018.

      Ports: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is the Government's policy that the EU Ports Services Regulation should be subject to the 12-month review procedure to assess its...

      Ports: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received on the proposed EU Ports Services Regulation; and what proposals he plans to make to other EU member...

      Ports: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is the Government's policy to oppose the proposals of the EU Competition Directorate to introduce a block exemption from state aid...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding has been received from the EU to meet expenditure arising from or in connection with High Speed 2 since 2009.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many lorry movements there have been to remove spoil excavated in Greater London related to the construction of High Speed 2.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which road projects his Department plans to finance from the (a) £49 million previously announced to repair roads following Storms Desmond and...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many schools are located under the current Heathrow Airport final approach flight paths; and what projection he has made of the number of schools...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what timetable he has set for a consultation on the night flight operations perimeters at Heathrow Airport to replace the existing agreement after...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many reports of lasers being shone into the cockpits of passenger aircraft landing or taking off from Heathrow Airport there have been in the last...

      London Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department's work on assessing the three airport options proposed by the Airport's Commission includes a review of the safety and security...

      Bridges: Lowestoft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of constructing a river crossing at Lowestoft; and whether he plans that that cost will be wholly funded by his...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made on the effect of a potential third runway at Heathrow on insurance premiums for (a) business and (b) residential...

      Roads: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the schedule is for road works to establish a connected corridor from London to Dover; and what the projected end date is for establishing that...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received from homelessness charities in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

    • Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what statistics his Department holds on the nationality of people who are sleeping rough.

      Retail Trade: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the percentage change in high street footfall figures was in each UK region in the last two years for which figures are...

      Domestic Violence: Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of domestic violence refuges which have closed as a result of lack of...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 1.149 of the Budget 2016, how much of the increased funding available to prevent and reduce...

      Money Laundering: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of its senior civil servants who will potentially fall under the provisions...

      Starter Home Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the oral contribution of Baroness Williams of Trafford, 1 March 2016, HL Deb column 809, if he will place in...

      Communities and Local Government: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2016 to Question 30411, on grants, to which 45 bodies his Department has provided grant...

      Floods: European Union Solidarity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what engagement his Department has conducted with EU officials on the application for assistance from the EU Solidarity Fund to...

      Floods: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the total cost of damage caused by floods in winter 2015-16.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • David Haigh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the government of the United Arab Emirates on the continued imprisonment...

    • Turkey: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the political and security situation in Turkey since the recent terrorist bombing in Ankara; and...

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that China maintains its commitment to the Sino-British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong.

      United Arab Emirates: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received on alleged mistreatment and torture of British citizens in detention in the United...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the Turkish government on the security screening and monitoring processes...

      Turkey: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what mechanisms are included in the proposed EU-Turkey refugee agreement to monitor the use of funds sent to Turkey under the...

      Money Laundering: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of its senior civil servants who will potentially fall under the provisions...

      Islamic State: Crimes against Humanity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of whether Daesh has been responsible for (a) crimes against humanity and (b) ethnic...

      Islamic State: Yazidis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with US Secretary of State on the killing of Yazidis by Daesh.

      Angola: Yellow Fever

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Angolan counterparts on the current outbreak of yellow fever in Angola.

      Bahrain: Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have reported being tortured since the start of his Department's...

      Bahrain: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the government of Bahrain on the imprisonment of Zainab Al Khawaja; and whether...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2016 to Question 30592, which outsourced providers her Department uses for security services; and if she...

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she has made an assessment of the effect of the group calling itself the new IRA on the security situation in Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland Office: European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much funding her Department received from the European Social Fund (a) between 2007 and 2014 and (b) from 2014 to the last month for which...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Living Wage: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2016 to Question 24849, how much of the budget allocated for the National Living Wage...

    • National Union of Mineworkers: Membership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information the Certification Officer holds on the number of members of the National Union of Mineworkers in each year from...

      National Union of Mineworkers: Northumberland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information the Certification Officer holds on the number of members of the Northumberland branch of the National Union of...

      Pubs Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will withdraw the appointment of Paul Newby as the Pubs Code Adjudicator.

      UK Trade and Investment: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many UK Trade and Industry (UKTI) staff have direct experience of working in private sector exporting companies before...

      Science: Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will publish further information on the science and innovation audit for Edinburgh and the Lothians set out in paragraph...

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make an assessment of the extent to which recent changes to the OECD's Official Development Assistance (ODA) definition...

    • Developing Countries: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what additional revenues were achieved for developing countries as a result of the pilot scheme for Tax Inspectors Without Borders;...

      Department for International Development: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of her Department spending on issues of tax since 2010 was paid to the so-called big 4 accounting firms; and how much...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will press for an amendment of the current indicator for health within the Sustainable Development Goals, to ensure it...

      Angola: Yellow Fever

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make an assessment of the current outbreak of yellow fever in Angola and its regional implications; and whether the...

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of the distribution of teacher training places in the (a) North Staffordshire sub-region and (b) West...

    • Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Education Funding Agency takes to discover related party transactions which are not disclosed Academy Trust financial statements.

      Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the cost to the public purse was of monitoring related party transactions in Academy Trusts in the (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 financial years;...

      Pupil Referral Units: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many trainee teachers have carried out practical teaching experience at pupil referral units.

      Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how the Education Funding Agency determines whether related party transactions by Academy Trusts are made at cost in the case of payments to...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupil referral units have converted to academy status since 2013.

      Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many related party transactions by Academy Trusts were classified as irregular or improper by the Education Funding Agency in each of the last two...

      Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how the Education Funding Agency determines whether related party transactions by Academy Trusts are made at cost.

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many free schools and academies have opened as pupil referral units since 2013.

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to collect statistics on the number of children home schooled in each unitary and county council authority area.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to her financial statement of 16 March 2016, Official Report, column 963, how the £500 million funding will be used to speed up the...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people started studying for a PGCE in each year since 2010.

      Academies: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy that new academies should not join under-performing multi-academy trusts.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 1.89 of the Budget 2016, whether nursery schools are included in the plans to convert all schools to academies; how she...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will establish an awards scheme for schools that have excelled in supporting children with special educational needs and disability similar to...

      Children in Care: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many non-UK children of each nationality are currently looked after in (a) foster care and (b) residential homes.

      Disability Living Allowance: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether children who receive the higher rate of the mobility component of disability living allowance are considered to be eligible children for free...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance and training Ofsted inspectors receive on applying the criteria for a good Ofsted grading in settings involving children with special...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners were wrongly released in each of the last five years.

    • Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in how many and which courts in England and Wales court counters have closed in the last 12 months.

      EU Nationals: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many citizens of each other EU member state were convicted in the UK of (a) murder, (b) sexual offences and (c) serious violent crimes in each of...

      Prisons: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that private contractors invest in prisons throughout the length of the management contract.

      Feltham Young Offender Institution: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2016 to Question 28130, on Feltham Young Offenders Institution: education, what steps his Department is taking to...

      Claims Management Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of banning claims management companies under his proposals to increase the small claims limit in...

      Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what research his Department has conducted or commissioned on the relationship between the number of personal injury claims and the level of insurance...

      Knives: Sales

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

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) female HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) staff that work part-time and (b) other HCMTS...

      Courts: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that victims and witnesses are not subject to increased fear of intimidation from alleged perpetrators...

      Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) effect on cost and (b) security implications for (i) court staff and (ii) witnesses of using...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • North Korea: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment his Department has made of North Korea's nuclear capability in (a) general and (b) relation to claims by that country that it has...

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many defence personnel are based overseas (a) at each of Her Majesty's Armed Forces bases and (b) as part of a joint operation abroad.

      Money Laundering: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the number of its senior civil servants who will potentially fall under the provisions of the fourth EU Money...

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 22 February 2016 to Question 27079, on Victory 1744, how many such meetings, on which dates, have been held between his...

      Air Force: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will reconsider its decision to withdraw Volunteer Gliding Squadrons provision for Air Cadets in Wales.

      Ministry of Defence: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by how much he plans that his Department's contribution to public sector pensions will increase in 2019-20 and future years.

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what definition his Department uses for cyber warfare.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Formaldehyde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what controls arising from health considerations are placed on manufacturers on the use of formaldehyde.

    • Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average cost to the public purse was of a work capability assessment case that ended in appeal from the beginning of the assessment...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 14 March 2016, Official Report, on unemployment, if he will publish the Government's employer engagement...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his contribution of 14 March 2016, HC Deb, column 640, how many people he expects to be migrated on to universal credit by 2020.

      Universal Credit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will ensure that his proposals to limit 18 to 21 year olds' access to the housing element of universal credit take into account all the...

      Housing Benefit: Shared Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will review the way in which the shared accommodation rate is calculated to mitigate the effect of the housing benefit cap in the social...

      Housing Benefit: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures he is taking to mitigate the effect of the housing benefit cap in the social sector on homeless people or those at risk of...

      Personal Independence Payment: Disability Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to page 86 of the Budget 2016, how many people in each (a) region and constituent part of the UK and (b) parliamentary...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will break down the £22 million spent by his Department on recruiting presenting officers to support his Department in personal...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many appeal hearings at the (a) First-tier Tribunal (Social Security and Child Support) and (b) Upper Tribunal (Administrative Chamber)...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which is the first year in which he expects welfare spending to be contained within the welfare cap.

      Personal Independence Payment: Disability Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, further to the Government response to the consultation on aids and appliances and the daily living component of personal independence payment,...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of care leavers in receipt of jobseeker's allowance or employment and support allowance had a sanction applied in...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have had their motability cars withdrawn due to changes in disability benefits in each of the last five years.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been paid in personal independence payments to (a) UK and (b) non-UK citizens in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Litter: Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what cross-departmental working groups or structures are in place in respect of (a) litter policy and (b) marine litter at...

    • Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dogs were imported into Northern Ireland for (a) non-commercial reasons under the PETS scheme and (b) commercial...

      National Flood Resilience Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the National Flood Resilience Review will assess the (a) maintenance requirements of flood assets and (b) capacity...

      National Flood Resilience Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress the National Flood Resilience Review team has made on assessing the damage that extreme rainfall could cause...

      Food: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the net value was of food imports from Africa in the last 10 years.

      Food: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the net value was of food imports from the EU in the last 10 years.

      Money Laundering: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the number of its senior civil servants who will potentially fall under the...

      Flood Control: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to facilitate an application from Lancaster City Council and the Environment Agency for funding for...

      Sheep Dipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress her Department has made on the issues raised by the Sheep Dip Sufferers Support Group at the meeting of 19...

  • Home Office

    • HM Passport Office: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what public consultation there has been on the proposed closure of 15 HM Passport Office interview offices.

    • Undocumented Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many employers were successfully (a) prosecuted and (b) fined for employing an illegal immigrant in each of the last five years; and if...

      Undocumented Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Border Force staff have been assigned to tackle employers of illegal immigrants in each of the last five years; and if she will...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many HM Courts and Tribunals Service decisions have gone against her Department in each of the last six months; and how many such...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many replies her Department sent to hon. Members which explain that, due to an administrative error or due to an unfortunate error they...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to introduce mandatory reconsideration for visa applications where a significant change in circumstances...

      Passports: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional funding will be provided to HM Passport Office for the development of new technology for remote interview sites after the...

      Passports: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of interviews for a first-time adult passport application was conducted on a face-to-face basis in (a) England, (b) Northern...

      UK Border Force: Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many days there have been (a) five, (b) four, (c) three, (d) two, (e) one and (f) zero Border Force Cutters conducting active patrols...

      Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to clause 96 of the Investigatory Powers Bill, whether Immigration Officers carried out equipment interference before 1 March...

      Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre: GEO Group UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether GEO received full payment for its contracted services to run Harmondsworth Removal Centre for each year of that contract.

      EU Countries: Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on the introduction of citizenship by investment schemes by EU member states.

      Police: Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support her Department provided to the Sovereign Base Area police force in Cyprus for the investigation of serious crimes.

      Immigration Controls: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to amend the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006 to require nationals from other EU member states...

      Undocumented Migrants: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in immigration detention of each nationality have been convicted of a criminal offence in the UK.

      Deportation: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has instructed the deportation of any nationals of other EU member states on public protection grounds in each of the last five...

      Passports: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2016 to Question 26844, whether the maximum customer travel of one and a half hours or 65 miles for an...

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many migrant workers have entered the UK on a non-EU Tier 2 migrant visa since 2010 (a) in total and (b) to work in each sector.

      ICT: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to paragraph 6.158 of the Migration Advisory Committee's review of Tier 2 migration, published in December 2015, if she will...

      Passports: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average travel time is for customers attending a first-time passport application interview; and what she estimates the average...

      Refugee Camps: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with her French counterpart on French authorities' use of tear gas in the refugee camp in Calais.

      Refugees: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to relax the Government's position on the settlement of refugees in Calais to allow the settlement of unaccompanied...

      Human Trafficking: Albania

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Albanian women were referred to the National Referral Mechanism in each year since 2012.

      Fire Services: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of incorporating flood rescue into the statutory duties of the fire and rescue services.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there is a limit on the number of Tier 2 (ICT) visas a company can apply for each year.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what examination of job roles her Department undertakes when issuing Tier 2 (ICT) visas.

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2016 to Question 30235, in how many instances the Kingfisher Unit was used under rule (a) 40 and (b) 42...

      Migrant Workers: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice her Department has received from the Migration Advisory Committee on whether nurses should remain in the occupation shortfall...

      Motor Vehicles: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fixed penalty notices police forces have issued related to smoking in vehicles with children in each of the last three years.

  • HM Treasury

    • Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what data the Government used during the recent EU renegotiation process to assess the effect of its policy (a) to restrict the payment of child benefit to...

    • National Insurance Contributions: Actors

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of his proposals to abolish Class 2 National Insurance contributions on low-earning theatre actors and...

      Monuments: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to exempt the proposed Oaks Colliery Memorial from the requirement to pay VAT on its construction and installation.

      European Social Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department received from the European Social Fund between (a) 2007 and 2014 and (b) 2014 and the last month for which data is available.

      Child Benefit: Fraud

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many foreign nationals living in the UK have been (a) investigated and (b) prosecuted for a fraudulent child benefit claim for a child living in the EU...

      Debts: Developing Countries

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will issue a response to Early Day Motion 68, Prevention of debt crisis in developing countries.

      Sugar: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 33 of the Budget 2016, whether flavoured milks will be exempt from the sugar levy.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish a geographical analysis of the distribution of properties by rateable value.

      Sugar: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 2.157 of Budget 2016, whether he plans for premixed alcoholic drinks to fall within the scope of the proposed sugar tax.

      Government Departments: Cheques

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many cheques have been drafted by government departments and executive agencies in each year since 2010.

      Bank of Credit and Commerce International

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what independent inspectors were appointed to investigate the frauds at the Bank of Credit and Commerce International; when those inspectors reported; and...

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people he assumed would use the Lifetime ISA in order to estimate the cost to the Exchequer of that policy.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will arrange for HM Revenue and Customs to acknowledge or reply to the letter of 24 February 2016 from the hon. Member for Walsall North concerning a...

      Bitcoin: Databases

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what planning his Department is undertaking to facilitate private sector investment in the scalability of the proofs-of-work aspects of blockchain...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the guidance note on public sector pay and terms published by his Department on 5 February 2016, whether he plans to place that guidance...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • North Sea Oil: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment she has made of the availability of bank loans for oil exploration companies which operate in the North Sea.

    • Nuclear Power Stations: Hartlepool and Heysham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether Heysham and Hartlepool are being considered as sites for large nuclear or small modular reactors.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when the techno-economic assessment of small modular reactors is expected to be completed and published.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential of small modular reactors as a heat source.

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2016 to Question 30208, whether she plans to give Ministerial approval to relax the restrictions of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials of his Department are working on contingency planning for floods.

    • Third Sector: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to launch a second phase of the local sustainability fund.

      Emergencies: Industrial Accidents

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the Government's policy is on contingency planning for potential major industrial accidents.

      Government Departments: Publications

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost was of producing single departmental plans for each central government department.

      Peers: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has made an assessment of the average cost of a working peer which includes expenses, salary, necessary equipment and office space.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadcasting Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to respond to Ofcom's review of the Terms of Trade.

    • Historic Buildings: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of his Department's spend on the refurbishment of Drapers' Hall, Coventry in each of the next five years; and...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when his Department plans to publish the results of the consultation into a universal service obligation for superfast broadband.

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the UK leaving the EU on arts and culture in the UK.

      Internet: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what date his Department plans to host a round table on ad blocking; who he plans to invite to that event; and what outcomes he...

      Religious Buildings: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many places of worship have received financial support from his Department for essential roof repairs since 2015.

      Public Libraries: WiFi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his Department's planned expenditure on wi-fi provision for public libraries is for (a) 2016-17, (b) 2017-18, (c) 2018-19 and (d)...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Productivity

      To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps the Commission is taking to (a) improve the productivity of House staff and (b)...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps the Commission is taking to ensure that Members of Parliament are providing good...

      Money Laundering: EU Law

      To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate the House of Commons Commission has made of the number of senior House...

  • Department of Health

    • Hospitals: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average hospital waiting time was for NHS patients in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley, (c) South Yorkshire and (d) Yorkshire and...

    • Autism: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average amount of time taken for an autism diagnosis was in (a) Leeds, (b) Yorkshire and (c) England in each of the last three years.

      Ambulance Services: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average ambulance response times in East Lancashire were for (a) Red One and (b) Red Two emergencies in 2015.

      Kidney Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the implications for his Department's policies on people with rare forms of kidney disease are of the report of the Rare Disease Forum, Delivering...

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people waited six weeks or longer for a diagnostic test in Lancashire in 2015.

      Learning Disability: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has plans to change the workforce requirements for learning disability nurses.

      Learning Disability: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many student training places there were in England for learning disability nursing in each of the last five years.

      Learning Disability: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to encourage students to train as learning disability nurses.

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2016 to Question 27968, what the opening and closing dates are for the public consultation of the UK National Screening...

      Cancer: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cancer patients in Lancashire started treatment within 62 days of an urgent referral from a GP in 2015.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2016 to Question 25758, how much of the £1.25 billion additional Government investment for children and young...

      Counselling and Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which professional bodies provide accreditation for (a) counselling and (b) psychotherapy services for the NHS.

      Counselling and Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that all professional bodies that provide accreditation for counselling and psychotherapy services for the NHS add...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2015 to Question 23840, on cancer: drugs, whether his Department plans to undertake an impact assessment of NHS...

      Stem Cells: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding he plans to provide to stem-cell research in each of the next five years.

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will consider a de-linked model for biomedical research and development.

      Nurses: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of ending NHS bursaries on the ability of the NHS to recruit nurses from within the UK...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate the Government has made of the likely savings to the public purse of implementing the changes to financial support for people affected by...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much financial support his Department has given to people affected by HIV or hepatitis C through treatment with NHS-supplied blood or blood products...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people using cannabis in the UK for medicinal purposes; and if he will make a statement.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of Crown immunity on the ability to bring legal action on liability for the infection of patients with...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place copies of all responses received to NHS England's consultation on the new Cancer Drugs Fund in the Library.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultation his Department conducted prior to the launch of its consultation on infected blood: reform of financial and other support.

      Nabilone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of making the drug nabilone available on the NHS for people with multiple sclerosis.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which clinical speciality area had the highest drop-out rate for trainee doctors in each year since 2010.

      Mental Health Services: Agency Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many agency mental health nurses have been employed by each clinical commissioning group in each year since 2010.

      Mental Health Services: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidents of physical injury following restraint there have been in mental health services in each year since 2010.

      Mental Health Services: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidents of face-down restraint there have been in mental health services in each year since 2010.

      Mental Health: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the return on each pound invested in mental health research.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many treatments for rare and infectious diseases have been approved for use on the NHS based on a foreign laboratory test analysis.

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve the treatment on the NHS for people with Lyme disease.

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society on use of results from the European Accredited Laboratory Assay...

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve children's dental health.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to maintain the position of the UK internationally in dementia research and the design of dementia-friendly communities.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the level of variation in waiting times for GP appointments.

      Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on the rebuilding of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

  • Department for Transport

    • M4

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Welsh Government about alternative options to the M4 relief road south of Newport, including investing in additional...

    • Aviation: Lasers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they intend to take to discourage the inappropriate use of lasers with potentially damaging consequences for pilots and air passengers.

      Railways: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to improve the arrest and prosecution rates for racist attacks, abuse and graffiti on London's rail network, in the light of...

      Severn River Crossing: Tolls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 14 March, whether they intend to continue tolling the Severn Bridges at the prevailing rate at the end...

      Severn River Crossing: Tolls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 14 March, how the £63 million which will be still outstanding when the Severn Bridges return to...

      Severn River Crossing: Tolls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 14 March, how long they estimate tolling on the Severn Bridges will have to continue in order to collect...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the report of the Cross Government Working Group on Drones to be completed, and whether they intend to publish that report.

      Peers: Correspondence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to reply to the letter from Lord Stevens of Ludgate of 19 February regarding the Cycle Super Highway Route 11 in accordance with the...

      Driverless Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in relation to robotic machinery used on a highway, there is a legal distinction between ground-based robots and driverless cars, and if so, what is...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are, or are expected to be, the fastest scheduled passenger train times (1) now, (2) following the proposed electrification and other improvement works...

      Skipton-Colne Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as part of improvements to trans-Pennine railway capacity and services, they are considering the reinstatement of the railway line between Colne and...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 15 March (HL6698), how they intend to evaluate whether Govia Thameslink Railway has met its...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the risk of civilian drones being used to carry out terrorist attacks and of accidental collisions, whether they are considering (1)...

      Cycleways: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the increase in road congestion and the construction of Cycle Superhighways in London, how they will ensure that fire, ambulance, and other...

      Egypt: Aviation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what investigations they have made, or caused to be made, into security at the airport at Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, and when they expect to be able to advise...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making with the governments of the United States, Russia, and others, to stabilise Syria and to make significant progress on peace...

    • Turkey: Press Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about human rights following the government takeover of a major Turkish newspaper.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following reports of the Israeli navy opening fire on Palestinian fishing boats off...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel about why the Israel Defence Forces have been positioned behind the Green Line and on 1 March...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following raids on the Gaza Strip on 12 March, and in particular the deaths and injuries of...

      Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that chemical weapons are being used against the Turkmen community in the Kirkuk region of Iraq by ISIS.

      Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reports of  the use of chemical weapons against the Turkmen village, Taza in Southern Kirkuk, killing children and...

      Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Iraq and Kurdish Peshmerga forces in relation to defending Turkmen civilians.

      Muttahida Quami Movement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the relationship between MQM and the government of India, and of whether that party is funded by that government.

      Syria: Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are using the current ceasefires in Syria to enable British diplomats to visit and assess the situation in the three cantons of north and...

      Ali Mohammed al-Nimr

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia in the case of the death sentence by crucifixion of Ali al-Numr.

  • Department for International Development

    • Sub-Saharan Africa: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role of investment through local revenue raising in the development of sustainable health systems capable of detecting...

    • World Health Organisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made, in the aftermath of the Ebola epidemic, of the case for the reform of World Health Organisation governance structures in...

      West Africa: Ebola

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations of the report of the Harvard Global Health Institute and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine...

  • Department for Education

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Faulks on 27 October 2015 (HL2390), what steps they have taken to satisfy themselves as to the appropriateness of the...

    • Motability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of those individuals who previously claimed a motability allowance under the Disability Living Allowance and have lost that allowance after...

      Forced Labour: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Faulks on 23 February (HL6039), how many of the six cases in 2014 "knowingly requir[ing] another person to perform...

      Crime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what criteria they define a serious crime as opposed to other crimes.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aircraft: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the suitability of the length of the current UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) contract, and how the length of...

    • Military Aircraft: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many service personnel they estimate will be trained under the UK Military Flying Training System contract, and how that number compares to previous...

      Middle East: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British air strikes in (1) Syria, and (2) Iraq, have been conducted since 2 December 2015, and what assessment they have made of their effectiveness.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) regulars, and (2) reserves, joined the Armed Forces in November 2015.

      Warships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many orders for major surface warships have been made since the last General Election.

      Warships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what factors led to the change of plans about keeping a warship building capability in Portsmouth as discussed prior to the last General Election.

      Gulf War Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 15 March (HL6835), whether they accept the findings of the Boston University School of Public Health that...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Motability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many individuals who previously claimed a motability allowance under the Disability Living Allowance have (1) lost that allowance after being reassessed...

    • Food Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the percentage of food poverty or insecurity that is caused by state benefits being used for purposes other than to provide...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what involvement the Department for Work and Pensions has had with disabled people and their families to inform their thinking on the forthcoming white paper...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many disabled people who receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA) have so far been reassessed for Personal Independence Payment (PIP), and of those that...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Rugby: Museums and Galleries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support the establishment of a National Museum of Rugby League in the Northern Powerhouse area.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the one million new homes they aim to deliver during this Parliament are expected to be built by (1) housing associations, (2) local authorities,...

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the £20 billion they plan to spend on housing investment during this Parliament will be broken down between the various categories including...

  • HM Treasury

    • Multinational Companies: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Neill of Gatley on 10 February (HL5712), what other mechanisms are available to the EU to intervene on, or...

    • Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether parliamentary approval would be required for any decision to join the eurozone, and if so, why the Prime Minister has stated that the UK will never...

      Association of British Insurers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many meetings (1) Treasury ministers, and (2) Treasury officials, have had with the Association of British Insurers in each of the last three years.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Nuclear Reactors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a plan in place to rebuild the lost capacity in the UK to design and build civil nuclear reactors.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Intelligence Services: Public Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to release files held by the Cabinet Office on the activities of Anthony Blunt and other files on the intelligence services due for release...

    • Migration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the fact that the net long-term international migration figure for the year ending September 2015 was 323,000 rather than their ambition of...

  • Department of Health

    • Incontinence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS trusts are responsible for the funding or provision of incontinence pads to residents of (1) care homes for...

    • Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England is not being reviewed annually; what meetings have taken place between Public Health England and...

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show a significant rise in the number of dental extractions in children under 10 over the...

      Rheumatology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of consultant rheumatologists, and the early availability of early arthritis clinics, in England and Wales.

      National Patient Safety Agency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the cost of abolishing the National Patient Safety Agency.

      Plastics: Health Hazards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the consumption of microplastics on human health.

      NHS: Vacancies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what statistical data is kept centrally by the Department of Health on NHS staff shortages amongst doctors, nurses and ancillary staff.

      NHS: Employment Agencies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what statistical data is kept centrally by the Department of Health on the numbers and specialisations of agency staff employed and engaged by the NHS Trusts...

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many abortions took place in 2014 at 23 weeks' gestation and above.

      Prisoners: Mental Illness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the treatment of prisoners with mental health conditions, and in particular to increase the number of staff available...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Health Foundation report A Perfect Storm: an impossible climate for NHS Providers' Finances? which reports a shortfall...

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