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Written answers

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Calderdale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 75 of the Budget, how much of the £130 million announced for repairs of roads and bridges he plans will be spent in...

    • Railway Stations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the fixed cost to local authorities for submitting bids to the New Station Fund on the number of bids...

      Heavy Goods Vehicles: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage data-sharing between highway authorities, mapping providers and satellite navigation companies to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Syria: Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government is providing to ensure the completion of new security infrastructure and measures along the border...

    • EU Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of migrants expected to attempt to enter the EU from Syria and other...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he intends to answer the letter to him dated 9 February from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to...

      India: MV Seaman Guard Ohio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Indian government on the Seaman Guard Ohio since the Indian court ruling...

      Indonesia: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Indonesian counterpart on the imprisonment and shackling of people living with mental...

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what mechanisms are in place to ensure funding from her Department reaches the project for which it is intended.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Youth Custody: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents relating to safety of children in secure training centres and young offender institutions have been raised by Barnardo's advocates...

    • Non-molestation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what criteria are used to determine when a non-molestation order is the appropriate course of action.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the potential merits of the Children's House model for children who are victims of...

      Prison Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he will publish further information on his plans for increasing the autonomy of prison governors.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what research his Department is undertaking on the use and effects of psychoactive substances on the prison estate.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been prosecuted for cultivation of cannabis in each of the last five years for which records are available; in how many of those...

      Ministry of Justice: European Social Fund

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

      Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how his Department defines a vulnerable and intimidated witness; and what processes are in place to support such witnesses when giving evidence.

      Non-molestation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what provisions are in place to ensure that provision of court time for non-molestation orders between parents is dealt with as a matter of urgency.

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to ensure (a) the efficiency of the transition to new courts of cases from courts that are planned for closure and (b) minimal...

      Interviews: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what regulations govern parental consent for the recording of interviews with lone children in cases involving Cafcass.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • British Library: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support the work of the British Library during the next funding period; and if he will make a statement.

    • Telecommunications: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of Ofcom's programme to monitor and enforce the cancellation and termination arrangements of...

      Arts: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to help arts and cultural organisations apply for funding from the EU's Creative Europe programme.

      Arts: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) grants and (b) indirect funding were provided by the EU's Creative Europe programme the UK arts and cultural organisations in...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding his Department received from the European Social Fund (a) between 2007 and 2014 and (b) from 2014 to the last month...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment Schemes: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which non-governmental organisations have been involved in developing training materials for the training and accreditation of work coaches.

    • Personal Independence Payment: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in processing times for personal independence payment reassessment cases between...

      Personal Independence Payment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average duration has been of face-to-face consultations for personal independence payments in (a) Wales and (b) each postcode area in...

      Community Work: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to ensure that Community Work Placement providers are held to the standards required in their contract.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease in (a) England and (b) Wales applied for employment and support allowance in each of...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who claim employment and support allowance in (a) England and (b) Wales have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease.

      Migration: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will provide an estimate of (a) the total level of immigration from other EU member states and (b) the annual number of people coming to...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 29 February 2016 to Question 27464, how many joint investigations by the Child Maintenance Group Financial...

      Disability Living Allowance: Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of disability living allowance between the ages of 16 and 64 qualifying for each rate of (a) care and (b) mobility...

      Personal Independence Payment: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what work his Department is undertaking to support people with mental health conditions who are subject to the personal independent payments...

      Housing Benefit: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department has given to Southampton City Council on the level of funding that will be available for discretionary housing...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to improve defence capacity building.

    • Armed Forces: South China Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of whether there are circumstances under which the Government would consider deploying armed forces in the South China Sea.

      Armed Forces: Pacific

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the operations limitations are on the UK's ability to operate in the Pacific.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which military operations UK armed forces have been involved in that have (a) included other EU member states and (b) been EU-led.

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which military exercises UK armed forces have been involved in that have (a) included other EU member states and (b) been EU-led.

      Armed Forces: Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what attempts have been made to clean up contamination from bullets and shells used by UK forces in (a) Afghanistan, (b) Iraq and (c) Libya; what the...

      Somalia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) training, (b) financial and (c) materiel support his Department is providing to the Somali National Army.

      Yazidis: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) training and (b) materiel support is being provided by his Department to Yazidi militia forces.

      Ukraine: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he plans to take to monitor the location and use of the recently announced military equipment being given to Ukraine.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to Answer of 22 February 2016 to Question 26843, if he will publish the terms of reference for the Reaper User Group.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to Answer of 29 January 2016 to Question 23886, which UK representatives attended the meeting of the Reaper User Group between 14 and 18 March 2016.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Wolverhampton South West of 27 January 2016 on the local...

    • Sleeping Rough: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of rough sleepers has mental health issues; and what plans he has to address that issue.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken to encourage the development of small sites by small builders; and whether his Department...

      Local Government: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the publication Decentralisation: An account of progress, published in December 2012, what progress his...

  • HM Treasury

    • Multinational Companies: Annual Reports

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require large companies to publish a country-by-country report in their annual financial report.

    • Licensed Premises

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support the licensed hospitality sector to mitigate the effects of (a) wage rate inflation and (b) reduced demand for drink and...

      Revenue and Customs: Greater Manchester

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answers of 3 February 2016 to Question 24298 and 8 March 2016 to Question 28866, on Revenue and Customs: Greater Manchester, whether any...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the judgment in Schofield v HM Revenue and Customs [2012] EWCA Civ 927 (11 July 2012), what steps his Department has taken against...

      Business: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the European Commission about introduction of the Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will appoint an independent commission to investigate the role of PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Ernst & Young and Deloitte in designing, selling...

      Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to provide that whistleblowers whose evidence leads to a successful prosecution of tax evasion or avoidance...

      Flood Control: North of England

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 64 of the Budget 2016, how much of the £150 million announced for flood defence schemes he plans will be spent in (a) Leeds, (b)...

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much in VAT-based contributions the UK paid to the EU in each of the last 10 years; and if he will estimate the amount of such contributions in each of...

      Patents: Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies have applied for the lower rate of corporation tax under Patent Box.

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the UK's net financial contribution to the EU budget (a) was in 2006 and (b) is in 2015-16.

      Non-domestic Rates: Appeals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many non-domestic rate arrears appeals were (a) lodged and (b) heard in each of the last 10 years.

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 3.63 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 and paragraph 2.16 of the Budget 2016, for what reasons the funding to...

      Gift Aid

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to simplify the declaration of gift aid payments.

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total amount that the UK will contribute to the EU budget in each of the next five years.

      Infrastructure: Investment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much central government infrastructure investment was in each region of the UK since 2010.

      Insurance Premium Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.205 of the Budget 2016, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on insurance policy take-up of an increase in the...

      Insurance Premium Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.205 of the Budget 2016, if he will publish the calculations referred to in footnote 143 on the potential costs to consumers of...

      Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 2.159 of Budget 2016, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the freeze in petrol and diesel duty on...

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on (a) English airports and (b) aviation connectivity of the devolution of Air Passenger Duty.

      Monetary Policy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Governor of the Bank of England on the potential use of helicopter funds in the UK economy.

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he used any international systems to inform the formulation of his proposals to introduce a lifetime ISA.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Youth Work: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps is he is taking to support the youth work sector; and if he will take steps to support that sector through sustainable funding, investment...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Caves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, what her policy is on the extension of the definition of...

    • Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to encourage households to donate unused food.

      National Flood Resilience Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what work has been carried out under the National Flood Resilience Review on the costs of protecting the UK from future...

  • Department of Health

    • Motor Vehicles: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prosecutions for smoking in vehicles with children present have been carried out under the Smoke-free (Private Vehicles) Regulations 2015.

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of representations that NHS England should conduct a national autism mortality review.

      General Practitioners: Leeds East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent GPs were employed in general practices in Leeds East constituency in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13 and...

      Mental Health Services: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 17 March 2016 to Question 31709, how many incidents of face-down restraints there have been in mental health services in (a)...

      Health Services: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government plans to pursue any initiatives similar to that announced in the joint statement made by President Obama and Prime Minister Modi...

      Diabetes: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost is of the (a) DESMOND and (b) Empower structured education programmes in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to improve the care offered to people with autism in order to reduce the difference in life expectancy between people with and...

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the announced changes to the initial teacher training criteria, whether the Teacher Standards will also be changed to reflect the increased...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what savings they estimate will derive from their courts closure programme; and how much, and over what period, they plan to invest in technology to reduce...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the average time in post of Trade Ministers of Her Majesty’s Government in (1) the last five years, and (2) the five years before that.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pate de Foie Gras

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review animal welfare policy and regulations, in particular with regard to the welfare of ducks in the production of foie gras overseas...

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