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Written answers

Monday, 9 May 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, by which body he plans that the Construction Commissioner for High Speed 2 will be paid; and to whom it is planned that that Commission will report.

    • Walking: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2016 to Question 33300, for what reason the objectives for walking contained in the draft Cycling and Walking...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance Premium Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on the potential merits of exempting telematics car insurance policies from insurance premium tax.

      Airports: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of security measures implemented at Israeli airports in order to inform his Department's policies.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the remit of the Cross-Government Working Group on drones is; when it has met; and who has attended each meeting of that group.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's business case for its Survey and Inspection Transformation Programme.

      Cycling: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what programmes are in place to increase the numbers of children cycling to school.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what annual reserves the Maritime and Coastguard Agency accrued in fees from ship survey and inspection work in each year since 2000-01.

      Heathrow Airport: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Assembly on increasing connectivity with Northern Ireland through expansion of Heathrow.

      River Thames: Tunnels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for (a) Highways England to make a decision on the location of the new Lower Thames Crossing and (b) construction to begin on...

      Consumer Rights Act 2015: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the exemption for the railway sector from the provisions of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 has been extended until October 2016.

      A303: Stonehenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for proposals for a tunnel on the A303 near Stonehenge of the UNESCO Advisory Mission to...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has formally accepted the recommendations made by the Airports Commission in its report published in July 2015 on night flights...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what regulations address the criminal use of drones; and what plans the Government has to bring forward further regulations related to such activity.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what regulations are (a) in place and (b) under consideration to ensure appropriate management and use of data collected from drones.

      Electric Vehicles: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research his Department has commissioned or is funding into wireless charging technology for electric vehicles.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what regulations are (a) in place and (b) under consideration to support the meteorological use of drones.

      Diesel Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a diesel scrappage scheme; and what analysis has been undertaken on...

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he next plans to review speed limits in England.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 3.1 of his Department's Single departmental plan 2015 to 2020, published on 19 February 2016, what percentage of the...

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2016 to Question 24854, on railways: repairs and maintenance, for what reasons Network Rail did not publish its...

      Office of Rail and Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for completion of the Office of Rail and Road's (a) enhancements cost adjustment and (b) civils adjustment mechanism processes;...

      Department for Transport: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's expenditure was on external room or venue hire in each year from 2010-11 to 2015-16; and what the proportion of such expenditure...

      Cycling: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to increase participation in cycling by women.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Cabinet Secretary is undertaking a review of High Speed 2.

      Department for Transport: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the membership is of his Department's Board Investment and Commercial Sub Committee.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to Minute No. 16/20 of Network Rail's Board minutes of 24 February 2016, who carried out the third pay review of Network Rail's renewal...

      Railways: Market Harborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 4 May 2016 to Question 36121, whether Network Rail plans to meet the full cost of the planned Market Harborough...

      Offshore Suppliers: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many UK seafarer (a) officers and (b) ratings employed in the offshore supply vessel sector have been made redundant in each month since June 2015.

      Offshore Suppliers: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many UK-registered offshore supply vessels have been re-flagged under open registers in each month since January 2015.

      Offshore Suppliers: Aberdeen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many UK-registered offshore supply vessels (OSVs) have been laid up in Aberdeen port since January 2015; and what the average period of inactivity...

      Driverless Vehicles: Electromagnetic Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 25 April 2016 to Question 34235, whether the UN Economic Commission for Europe Regulation 10 specifically covers the...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what account his Department has taken of the additional costs of insulating and ventilating schools and hospitals affected by the new flightpaths of a...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to source additional funding for any shortfall in funding between what Heathrow Airport Limited commits to pay for a third runway...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the outcome of the current review of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's (a) status and (b) governance; and if he will ensure that a...

      Shipping: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Recognised Organisations for the purposes of survey and inspection of international shipping were certified by the Maritime and Coastguard...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Norwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what projection he has made of the cost savings from the proposed closure of the Marine Office in Norwich in 2019.

      Department for Transport: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many members of staff in (a) his Department and (b) the Maritime and Coastguard Agency have been seconded from the private sector to work on the...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will establish an asylum programme for young Yazidi and other women who wish to relocate to the UK.

    • Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many parents have been (a) accused and (b) convicted of killing or assaulting their child or children in each of the last five years;...

      Human Trafficking: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the National Crime Agency's National Referral Mechanism Statistics - End of year summary 2015, how many of the 1104...

      Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department has provided to the Courts and Tribunal Service on obtaining and using overseas conviction data in criminal...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a minimum unit price for alcohol.

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, of the Consent Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) submitted to the National Crime Agency in each year since 2011-12, how many involved...

      Banks: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what oversight her Department has over the operation of the Financial Crime Alerts Service; and which banks have agreed to share information...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, (a) how much funding was allocated by her Department to and (b) how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by (i) Metropolitan Police...

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Written Statement of 21 April 2016 on Refugees and Resettlement, HCWS687, how many of the 75 expert personnel will be...

      Immigration Officers: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which immigration removal centres were inspected by the Office of Surveillance Commissioners related to the use of property interference by...

      Home Office: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the meeting of the Committee of Public Accounts on 3 May 2016, on confiscation orders: progress review, how many outages...

      Immigration Officers: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether changes have been made to the immigration rules in the last four years in relation to the use of property interference powers by...

      Arrests: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of arrests for each offence of people of each ethnic group resulted in (a) no further action, (b) an out of...

      Stop and Search: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of stop and searches of people of each ethnic group led to an arrest in the last year for which information is available.

      Immigration controls: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from other EU countries were refused entry to the UK in each of the years between 1990 and 2005.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Office of 26 April 2016, Official Report,...

      Police: Riot Control Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the contribution of the Minister for Policing, Fire and Criminal Justice and Victims of 24 March 2016, Official Report, column...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • MV Seaman Guard Ohio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to (a) the Indian government and (b) other parties involved on the release to its owners of...

    • Russia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government plans to impose financial sanctions on Russian individuals complicit in human rights abuses.

      MV Seaman Guard Ohio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date and in which location his Department last met with AdvanFort, the operator of the Seaman Guard Ohio; and what...

      Maghreb

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the level of threat in the Maghreb region posed by extremist, terrorist and criminal...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions his Department has requested access to post-activity operational reports of air strikes by Saudi Arabia...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the oral evidence given to the Committees on Arms Export Controls on 27 April 2016 by the Parliamentary...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the oral evidence given to the Committees on Arms Export Controls on 27 April 2016 by the Parliamentary...

      Britain Stronger in Europe: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish details of all the correspondence between his Department and the Britain Stronger in Europe Campaign since 1...

      Open Doors UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what work his Department has completed with the charity Open Doors since 2010.

      Macedonia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Macedonia.

      China: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise the murder of the Korean-Chinese pastor Han Choong Yeol on 30 April 2016 in China with his Chinese...

      Algeria: Churches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise with his Algerian counterpart threats of legal proceedings being instituted against a church in the North...

      Islamic State: Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the decision of the House of 20 April 2016, on recognition of genocide by Daesh against Yazidis, Christians...

      Brazil: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the legitimacy of the impeachment process of President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil.

      Islamic State: Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to refer to the UN Security Council the evidence being collected by his Department on potential acts of...

      China: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the People's Republic of China on that government's proposed new law on control of foreign...

      China: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the potential effects of proposed legislation in China on the management of foreign...

      Islamic State: Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to help create consensus at the UN Security Council for a referral to the International...

      Islamic State: Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on voting in favour of referring as genocide the acts committed by Daesh in Iraq and Syria to...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects the British High Commission in Barbados to respond to the email of 10 September 2015 from the right hon. Member...

      Israel: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions the Government has had with the government of Israel on political prisoners.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 April 2016 to Question 35490, if he will raise the issue of the demolition of the villages of...

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Government will announce the decision on the resettlement of the Chagos Islanders.

      Middle East: Weapons of Mass Destruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the proposed international conference on a Middle East weapons of mass destruction free zone.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) other NATO member states and (b) Russia on bilateral reductions...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the likelihood of (a) full ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty and...

      Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to encourage (a) China, (b) Egypt, (c) India, (d) Iran, (e) Israel, (f) North Korea, (g)...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to facilitate the start of negotiations on the proposed Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty in...

  • Attorney General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney General, (a) how much funding he has allocated to and (b) how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by the CPS's Proceeds of Crime Unit in each year since 2009.

    • Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney General, (a) how much funding he has allocated to and (b) how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by the (i) Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and (ii) SFO's Proceeds of...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Tata Steel: Port Talbot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on what dates Tata Steel first informed him that it (a) was considering selling the Port Talbot plant and (b) had decided to do so.

    • Foreign Companies: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to announce the results of the consultation, Property ownership and public contracting by foreign countries:...

      Foreign Companies: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to paragraph 15 of Beneficial Ownership Transparency: enhancing transparency of beneficial ownership information...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to make a final decision on the proposed closure of his Department's Sheffield office at St Paul's Place.

      Automation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the number of jobs that may be lost as a result of automation in industry over the next...

      Defence: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the (a) premium income, (b) claims paid and (c) monies at risk of UK Export Finance were relating to the defence sector in...

      Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when his Department plans to publish its Skills White Paper.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the liability of multi-academy trusts to pay the...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with the Cabinet Office on the liability of charities and voluntary organisations to pay the...

      Apprentices: Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what definition of the degree apprenticeship his Department uses in its work on that proposal.

      Institute for Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many existing staff from the Skills Funding Agency it is planned will be transferred to the new Institute for Apprenticeships.

      Post Offices: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much the Post Office has spent on refurbishing or converting premises of franchise partners for Crown post offices that were...

      Mature Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many mature students were enrolled in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he expects to publish equality impact assessments relating to area reviews of post-16 education and training.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he expects to (a) receive and (b) publish the final recommendations for wave 1 of the area reviews of post-16 education and...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Zika Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support the Government is providing to healthcare systems in countries affected by the Zika virus.

    • Developing Countries: Zika Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to support the efforts to find a cure for the Zika virus.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to end forced marriage worldwide.

      Middle East: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that women refugees in Syria and Iraq have access to adequate sanitary protection; and if she will...

      Armed Conflict: Civilians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she plans to endorse the (a) commitment on explosive weapons at the World Humanitarian Summit and (b) other core commitments...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupil Exclusions: Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children were excluded from academy schools in Halton in each year since 2010.

    • Education and Adoption Act 2016

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department spent on (a) consultancy fees, (b) legal advice, (c) civil service staffing costs and (d) all other expenditure relating to...

      Residence Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of (a) introducing a Standardised Means Test for Residence Order Payments and (b)...

      English Language: National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the Key Stage 1 spelling, punctuation and grammar test which was to be sat in May 2016 and which was subsequently cancelled was uploaded to the...

      Classroom Assistants: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teaching assistants who speak a language other than English to a native level of proficiency have a specific responsibility to provide...

      Pupils: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the number of pupils recorded in the annual school census is who do not have English listed as their first language in (a) primary, (b) secondary...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of schools that may be in deficit by 2020 as a result of changes to the schools funding formula.

      Free Schools: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons her Department acquired the land for the new Nishkam School site in West London before planning permission for that school was...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 2.30 of her Department's white paper, Educational Excellence Everywhere, published in March 2016, what evidence her...

      Teachers: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what provision academy trusts have to charge teachers for car parking services on school grounds; and if she will make a statement.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to ensure that proposed Ofsted local area inspections include a requirement that Local Offers should contain clear information...

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations her Department received on exempting the armed forces from providing recruits under the age of 18 with the minimum standards...

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of 16 and 17 year olds participated in full-time education in England in (a) 2005 and (b) 2015.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the level of regional variation in the proportion of initial teacher training places allocated to providers with an...

      Special Educational Needs: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding was allocated to schools for supporting children with learning difficulties in (a) Mid Sussex constituency and (b) West Sussex in...

      Secondary Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many secondary schools in England rated as Outstanding have a budget deficit.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that people imprisoned for stalking offences receive psychiatric or psychological support to break the cycle of offending.

    • Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have been recalled to prison in each of the last 12 months; and what steps he is taking to reduce...

      Prisoners: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to address neo-Nazi and extreme Islamist elements in prisons; and what steps he is taking to educate prisoners about democratic...

      Remand in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of (a) men and (b) women who were remanded in custody received a custodial sentence of the same or a shorter length than...

      Offences against Children: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average time taken between (a) offence commission and charge, (b) charge and first court appearance and (c) first appearance to completion was...

      Witnesses: Advocacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of quality assurance procedures for registered intermediaries.

      Witnesses: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the 2015 protocol between the association of chief police officers, the crown prosecution service...

      Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many remote sites for giving evidence in court are open in each region of England and Wales; and what the location is of each such facility.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much in interest was paid on legal aid repayments in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the findings of the Armed Forces continuous attitude survey 2015 on dissatisfaction of personnel with service life, what assessment he...

    • Military Bases: Religious Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2015 to Question 18992, on military bases: religious buildings, what recent steps his Department has taken to...

      Unmanned Marine Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implication for his policies on a future nuclear deterrent of the development of the Boeing Echo Voyager and other...

      HMS Protector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what missions HMS Protector is currently undertaking; and how many missions that ship has undertaken in the last five years.

      Air Force: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support his Department provides to air cadet units in West Sussex to participate in (a) gliding and (b) other flying activities.

      Cyprus: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the border policy is for the Sovereign Base Areas.

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons there has been no increase in the war disablement pension for 2016-17; and if he will make a statement.

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans are in receipt of war disablement pension; and what steps his Department takes to notify recipients of changes in the level of that...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Mobility Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in each parliamentary constituency who have been reassessed for personal independence payments or disability living allowance...

    • Work and Health Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the tender document for the Work and Health Programme to provide specialist support for long-term unemployed and claimants with health...

      Work and Health Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the specification for the Work and Health Programme to provide specialist support for long-term unemployed and claimants with health...

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: Dupuytren's Contracture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2016 to Question 21220, what progress has been made on deciding whether to add Dupuytren's contracture...

      Work Capability Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many work capability assessments have been cancelled or rearranged in each of the last five years; and what the (a) shortest, (b) average...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 25 April 2016 to Question 34911, which contracted employment support initiatives other than the Work Programme and...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how often parents claiming universal credit will be required to report their childcare costs to his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria his Department has set to ensure that people who carry out personal independence payment assessments for Capita are fully...

      Social Rented Housing: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 4 May 2016, to Question 35962, what estimate he has made of the number of tenants with spare rooms who have moved to...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 4 May 2016 to Question 35960, on universal credit, who the independent decision makers will be; and how those people...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 4 May 2016 to Question 35960, on universal credit, what the exclusion criteria are.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 4 May 2016 to Question 35959, if he will publish the Government Social Research Code.

      Social Security Benefits: Ehlers-danlos Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) medical and (b) other guidance his Department makes available to staff making decisions on benefit claims for people with...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the dairy crisis on (a) jobs in the industry, (b) local economies,...

    • Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will direct the Health and Safety Executive to increase transparency by publishing details of applications for...

      Meat: Ritual Slaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to bring forward legislative proposals for the labelling of ritually slaughtered meat products.

      Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the results collected to date by the study conducted for her Department by ADAS on neonicotinoid treated...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Rural Payments Agency and the Welsh Government on delays in paying Basic Payments...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) homes and (b) affordable homes have been completed under the Get Britain Building scheme to date; and what...

    • Social Rented Housing: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of nationals of other EU member states who are living in social housing in the UK.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department is taking steps to ensure the sustainability of tenant management organisations.

      Green Belt: Poole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2015 to Question 19682, how much land in Poole Unitary Authority in hectares is...

      Planning: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish the results of the consultation on proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework which...

      Local Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2015 to Question 9722, what proportion of land is now covered by a local plan.

      Coastal Communities Fund: Jaywick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding from the Coastal Communities Fund will be allocated to the Jaywick Coastal Community Team between 2017 and 2021.

      Communities and Local Government: Warrington Borough Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons only one hon. Member for a Warrington constituency was invited to his recent meeting with the leader of...

  • HM Treasury

    • Business: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value is of tax refunds to large businesses as a result of decisions from the European Court of Justice in the last 10 years.

    • Money Advice Service: Business Plans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review the proposals for long-term infrastructure and marketing spending in the Money Advice Service's 2016-17 business plan to take into account...

      Fruit Juices: Sugar

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of fruit juice a drink must contain to be considered a pure fruit juice for the purposes of the sugar levy.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance Premium Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the potential merits of exempting drivers between the ages of 17 and 25 who have telematics car insurance policies...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance Premium Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the potential merits of exempting telematics car insurance policies from insurance premium tax.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance Premium Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the potential merits of reducing the insurance premium tax paid by drivers between the ages of 17 and 25 who have...

      Taxation: Treaties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with which countries the UK has negotiated bilateral tax conventions; and how many of those conventions contain tax evasion information-sharing agreements...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of all disbursements for public sector pensions for all those in employment and...

      Sergei Magnitsky

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department holds on how many of the 35 individuals named under the US Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 currently...

      Pensioners: National Insurance Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an estimate of the amount of revenue that would have been raised in 2015-16 by levying compulsory national insurance...

      British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the net flow of income was between the UK and other EU countries except Ireland from UK citizens living and working abroad in the EU for the most...

      Paye

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate HM Revenue and Customs has made of the number of PAYE schemes whose balances do not reconcile to within £100 of their liabilities in...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how his Department plans to assess for payment of the apprenticeship levy companies whose paybill during the financial year in question varies above or...

      PAYE: Universal Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to alert employers to the potential effect of failure to report PAYE correctly and on time on employee's families with relation to...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 28 April 2016 to Question 35476, whether the apprenticeship levy will be at the rate of 0.5 per cent on employers' pay bills over...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 2.4 of the minutes of the Social Security Advisory Committee meeting held on 9 March 2016, if he will publish the impact...

  • Cabinet Office

    • House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government plans to take to reduce the size of the House of Lords.

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effectiveness of auto-enrolment onto the electoral roll for all UK citizens eligible to vote.

      Britain Stronger in Europe

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish details of all the correspondence between his Department and the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign since 1 September 2015.

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what polling and research his Department has conducted into public opinion on the EU and the EU referendum since 1 January 2015.

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of all activity related to promoting the Government's policy of remaining in the...

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to reform the current method of electing hereditary peers to the House of Lords.

      Anti-corruption Summit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the agenda for the Anti-Corruption Summit on 12 May 2016 will include the issue of reverse burden of proof as it applies to senior managers...

      Anti-corruption Summit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how the Government plans to fund, monitor and report on commitments negotiated at the Anti-Corruption Summit on 12 May 2016.

      Anti-corruption Summit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which organisations from the (a) UK and (b) international financial sector will be attending the Anti-Corruption Summit on 12 May 2016.

      Anti-corruption Summit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, who will chair the Anti-Corruption Summit on 12 May 2016.

      Anti-corruption Summit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to seek agreement on country-by-country reporting on multinational companies at the Anti-Corruption Summit on 12 May 2016.

      Anti-corruption Summit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which of the UK's Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies will be represented at the Anti-Corruption Summit on 12 May 2016.

      Anti-corruption Summit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which civil society organisations will be attending the Anti-Corruption Summit on 12 May 2016.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will raise with the responsible Minister of the Northern Ireland Executive the ways in which the National Citizen Service will be promoted in...

      Anti-corruption Summit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to answer of 25 February 2016 to Question HL6120, which political parties have been invited to attend the Anti-Corruption Summit on 12 May 2016.

      Anti-corruption Summit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Government will use the Anti-Corruption Summit on 12 May 2016 to agree a timetable to force UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies to...

      Anti-corruption Summit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether a discussion about public registers of beneficial ownership is on the agenda for the Anti-Corruption Summit on 12 May 2016.

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which government websites include a link to information on the EU referendum.

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his policy is on making it mandatory for British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies to provide a central, public register of beneficial...

      Anti-corruption Summit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to publish the objectives of the Anti-Corruption Summit in May 2016 before it starts.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost was of inserting the link to information on the EU referendum on the DVLA website.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the link on the DVLA website to information on the EU referendum will be removed when the purdah period comes into force.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Unsolicited Goods and Services: Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government has taken to regulate unsolicited emails offering free online gambling opportunities.

    • Telecommunications: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to restrict the amount that mobile telephone companies and other communication providers can charge for the...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to prevent mobile telephone providers from imposing long notice periods on customers who are out of contract...

      Broadband: Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will conduct research on the potential link between levels of productivity and the provision of high-speed data services and...

      Culture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what cultural events and organisations are directly funded by his Department, outside of funding for the Arts Councils; and where those...

      Broadband: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the Northern Ireland Executive has been allocated for the improvement of broadband delivery for 2016-17.

      Internet: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to prevent cyber bullying.

      Computer Networks: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to help small businesses benefit from cloud computing technology.

  • Department of Health

    • Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department issues on the (a) role of health visitors operating in designated children's centres and (b) ratio of health visitors to...

    • Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to include in the Government's public health and obesity strategies the recent proposal from the Local Government Association,...

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how he plans to ensure that an additional 20,000 patients a year will have their cancers genetically tested as part of the Government's Cancer Taskforce...

      Health: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that general practitioners are taught objective methods of assessing serious illness in babies.

      Congenital Abnormalities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the socio-economic groups to which those deciding to have a termination of pregnancy after the 20 week scan of a...

      Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the infrastructure cost was of installing a national emergency operations centre at the head office of Public Health England in 2011.

      Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of pregnancies that are unplanned.

      Health Services: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department's risk register assesses risks to (a) the provision of health services and (b) changes in the level of the cost of providing...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the purpose was of the HIV pre-exposure prophylaxsis stakeholder consultation in January 2016.

      Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the average length of time between a person developing endometriosis and diagnosis of that condition.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to reply to the letter of 4 April 2016 from the hon. Member for Walsall North regarding the Manor Hospital, Walsall.

      NHS: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 28 April 2016 to Question 35252, what the total amount paid to off-payroll staff was by (a) NHS trusts in 2014-15 and (b) NHS...

      Everolimus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2016 to Question 29900, on tuberous sclerosis, for what reasons the policy statement for the commissioning of...

      Colchester General Hospital and Ipswich Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department had with (a) Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, (b) NHS Improvement and (c) the Care Quality...

      Schools: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps with the Department of Education to introduce a counselling strategy for schools.

      Nutrition: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the public purse is of provision of the National Diet and Nutrition Survey; and for what reasons an updated survey has not been...

      Liver Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions officials of his Department have had with external bodies on the development of a national liver strategy or liver framework; and if he...

      Liver Diseases: National Clinical Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions officials of his Department have had with external bodies on reintroducing a national clinical director for liver disease.

      Nutrition: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the next set of National Diet and Nutrition Survey data will be published.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many claims the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) has settled within one week of the trial date in each of the last five years; and what the cost has...

      General Practitioners: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what obligations NHS England - South (South East) have to consult local councils before closing a GP list.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the Report, Nicotine without smoke: tobacco harm reduction, published by...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 4 May 2016 to Question 35736, when he expects the qualitative analysis on key themes to become available.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11 April 2016 to Question 32447, for what reasons some plans are not available online.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he received from senior nurses before the decision to replace NHS bursaries with student loans was announced in the Autumn Statement.

      NHS: Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of hospital shifts breaching the national price caps for NHS agency staff occurred on patient safety grounds in the last year for which...

  • Department for Transport

    • EU Law: Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to contest the European Commission’s decision to open an infringement case against the UK over time-based road charges for heavy...

  • Home Office

    • Freemasonry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of reports of collusion within the police forces and other agencies after the Hillsborough disaster, whether they will introduce legislation to...

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • Human Rights

      To ask the Leader of the House whether time will be made in the Parliamentary timetable for a full debate on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Human Rights and Democracy Report 2015.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • North Korea: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps the UK is taking in regard to North Korea to ensure that the three objectives of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative are met.

    • Turkey: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discuss with Amnesty International the evidence that it has collected that the government of Turkey has in Hatay Province been expelling...

      Burundi: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of relations between the UK and Burundi, and of the security situation in that country.

      USA: Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they keep statistics regarding how many British parliamentarians have visited (1) Sudan, (2) Syria, (3) Iran, and (4) Iraq, in the last five years;...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government where details of the new checks on alternative providers teaching students receiving financial support through the Student Loans Company can found; in what...

    • Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many individuals in receipt of loans from the Student Loan Company (SLC) are (1) currently out of contact, in that the SLC lacks up-to-date contact...

      Audit: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have chosen not to implement provisions relating to joint audit and increased tendering as set out in EU Directive 2014/56/EU and Regulation...

      Managers: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Executive Remuneration Working Group’s conclusions that executive pay is "not fit for purpose" and that extensive...

      Overseas Trade: USA

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent claims by the President of the United States that the UK leaving the EU could cause severe consequences to UK...

      Small Businesses: Bristol

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to promote Bristol as a location for small businesses with an eco-agenda.

      Africa: Visits Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Prime Minister last visited Africa to promote trade, investment and economic development; which countries he visited; and when he next intends to...

      Africa: Visits Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Chancellor of the Exchequer last visited Africa to promote trade, investment and economic development; which countries he visited; and when he next...

  • Department for International Development

    • Ethiopia: Private Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to the government of Ethiopia to encourage the development of a strong private sector able to sustain economic development and...

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what have been the on-costs on teachers’ salaries for the last three years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 25 April (HL7482), whether views have been expressed by non-executive members of any Service Boards to the...

    • Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many members of the armed forces were convicted by court martial or in civilian courts of sexual assault or rape in the past year.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many male and female enlistments in the armed forces there were in the past year.

      Mediterranean Sea: Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contribution they are making to Operation Sophia (EUNAVFOR MED), and what assessment they have made of the success of that operation to date.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contribution the Royal Navy has made to Operation Atalanta, and what contribution it is expected to make in the future.

      Ministry of Defence: Patents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patents have been applied for by the Ministry of Defence or its agencies in the last 10 years.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • British Home Stores: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish an estimate of the likely impact of the additional levy that will be imposed on well managed and solvent pension schemes in...

    • Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of policies and programmes aimed at tackling poverty, in the light of the study by the Joseph Rowntree...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rights of Way

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to set up a stakeholder working party with an independent chairman to make recommendations to them concerning any damage to rights of...

    • Badgers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 20 April (HL7528), whether damage caused to bulbs and plants in commercial horticultural...

      Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which plant protection products are banned for use in the UK but are currently being used in other member states of the EU.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to address the rise in levels of homelessness and rough sleeping in England.

    • Sleeping Rough: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the number of nightly rough sleepers within a quarter of a mile of New Scotland Yard.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Fracking: Ryedale

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the possible impact on the local economy and the environment of hydraulic fracturing in Ryedale, and what were the results...

    • Hinkley Point C power station

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 24 March (HL6984) concerning Hinkley Point nuclear power station, what effect the delay by...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the effectiveness of the recommendations on public sector procurement by Sir Philip Green.

    • Strokes: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children died of a stroke in England in each of the last 10 years.

      Former Prime Ministers: Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the levels of public duty costs allowance for former Prime Ministers are determined.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contingency preparations they are making across departments for managing the transition of policy in the event of the UK voting to leave the EU.

      Low Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) women, and (2) men, had jobs paid below £10,000 per annum in (a) 2013–14, and (b) 2014–15.

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