Written answers

Monday, 23 May 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Rail North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with the Rail North Board.

    • Rail North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how frequent the partnership meetings between his Department and Rail North are; and who represents his Department at those meetings.

      Rail North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who funds arrangements for the DFT Rail North Board meetings.

      Rail North: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding the Government provides to Rail North.

      Railways: Harrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on bringing Crossrail 2 through Harrow and Wealdstone station; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 12 May to Question 36842, on railways: franchises, whether the partnership referred to in that Answer has provided his...

      Diesel Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 9 May 2016 to Question 36052, on diesel vehicles: exhaust emissions, what estimate his Department has made of the cost...

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what changes his Department has made to Govia Thameslink Railway Ltd's performance benchmarks under Schedule 7.1 of the Thameslink Southern and Great...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 27 October 2015 to Question 13105, on cycling, if he will (a) update the table provided in that Answer to include the...

      River Thames: Tunnels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of tunnelling between Darenth and South Ockenden as an option for the Lower Thames Crossing.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • 14 Tothill Street: Flags

      To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will take steps to ensure that the Union flag is regularly flown from the...

    • Palace of Westminster: Access

      To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, when the Commission plans to reopen the main doors at St Stephen's Entrance; and if he will...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: Bedouin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to Israeli authorities about reports of further demolitions of EU-funded structures in Jabal...

    • Egypt: Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Egyptian government on the disconnection of power lines providing electricity to...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 19 April 2016 to Question 34085, whether any UK discussions with the Saudi Arabian authorities...

      Egypt: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Egyptian government on the death penalty imposed on Ibrahim Mohammed Helal and other...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the detention of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Iran; and if he will make a statement.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on whether the Assad government's military is targeting medical facilities in opposition-held...

      Israel: Bedouin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in other EU countries and the EU Commission on the demolition of EU-funded...

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made representations to the Iranian government on the continued detention of seven Bahá'í...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he intends to reply to the letter of 8 April 2016 on the death of Claire Martin in Italy from the hon. Member for Ashfield.

      Israel: Bedouin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the demolition of Bedouin homes at Jabal Al-Baba in East Jerusalem.

      Sri Lanka: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the President of Sri Lanka on (a) the implementation of UN Human Rights Council...

      Ni Yulan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of China on the case of the disabled rights lawyer Ni Yulan who has recently...

      Libya: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from the Libyan government on UK military training and mentoring for Libyan authorities;...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Education: Muslims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to improve access to further and higher education for young Muslims.

    • Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the value was of (a) private and (b) public sector investment in the British steel industry in each of the last 10 years.

      HSBC: Offshoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether he had discussions with HSBC before its announcement of 16 May 2016 on moving offshore 490 roles currently based in...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answer of 4 May 2016 to Question 36124, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of the...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what funding his Department has provided for (a) scientific excellence, (b) renewable energy in the Humber, (c) food production...

      Small Businesses: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much new funding has been given to SMEs across the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to develop their workforces since the...

      Further Education: Mergers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has undertaken of the potential (a) costs and benefits and (b) effect on equality of merging...

      Arms Trade: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what military equipment has been licenced for export to Egypt in each of the last three years.

  • Department for International Development

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent representations her Department has made to the Israeli government on the demolition of Palestinian homes and property...

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Government plans to become a founding donor of the Education Cannot Wait fund for education in emergencies when it is...

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department plans to take to help ensure that the Education Cannot Wait fund for education in emergencies focuses on (a)...

      Gaza: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with (a) Egyptian authorities and (b) other stakeholders on the implications for UK aid projects in Gaza...

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the (a) timescale and (b) terms of reference are of the review referred to in paragraph 6.69 of the Educational excellence everywhere White...

    • Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many free schools were closed in each year since 2011.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much was spent on free school projects that did not result in the establishment of a school in each year since 2011.

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what monitoring her Department undertakes of the (a) allocation, (b) spending and (c) outcomes of pupil premium funding at (i) maintained schools and...

      Science: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on trends in the number of vacancies for science teachers in secondary schools in (a) Coventry, (b) the West...

      Schools: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many cases of sexual assault have been recorded in schools in Cumbria in the last five years.

      Supply Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much has been spent on supply teacher pay by state-funded schools in England in the last five years.

      Department for Education: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 28 April 2016 to Question 35059, how many requests to meet with hon. Members she has received from each of the...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many successful applicants to the Schools Direct scheme there were in each of the last five years; and what the cost of that scheme was to her...

      Academies: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 18 April 2016 to Question 33136, on how many occasions has a child's admission been directed by (a) the Schools...

      Academies: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many applicants there were for the Northern fund for academy sponsors by the deadline of 22 February 2016; and if she will list the trusts which...

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information she holds on trends in recruitment of teachers of priority subjects in secondary schools across the UK in each of the last five...

      Educational Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the effect of a vote to leave the EU on the cost of school trips abroad.

      Academies: Land Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many applications she has received from academy trusts wishing to use land for purposes other than education in each year since 2011.

      Educational Exchanges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she made of the effect of a vote to leave the EU on school language exchange programmes.

      Science: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information she holds on the number of science graduates hired by secondary schools as teachers across the UK in each of the last five years; and...

      Academies: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 9 May 2016 to Question 36326, what representations she has received from (a) schools and (b) union representatives about the...

      Regional Schools Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many funding agreements have been terminated by each regional schools commissioner.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much funding has been awarded to the UK from the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme for the period 2014 to 2020; what action grants have...

    • Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average cost is of a personal independence payment tribunal hearing.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • World War I: Sikhs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department will consider securing a suitable site in central London for a permanent monument to the death of Sikh people in the...

    • Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to paragraph 3.2 of his Department's document, Implementing the replacement for the Horserace Betting Levy, published in...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many households in Northern Ireland held black and white television licences in (a) 2005 and (b) 2015.

      BBC: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the proposals in his Department's White Paper, A BBC for the future, published in May 2016, if he will take steps to...

      BBC: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had discussions with the BBC on levels of accessibility to online archived BBC content.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government's proposal to ensure that those who watch BBC iPlayer services are subject to the requirement to pay the license...

      Royal Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Royal Parks about the Plantation and the Royal Park Estate Yard in Hyde Park.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what account his Department is taking of the substance of responses to Question 11 in the Government's consultation on the future of...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total size was of the core defence capability training budget in each of the last six years.

    • NATO: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK military personnel were deployed on NATO training exercises in each of the last six years.

      Military Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Order of Battle is of the Royal Military Police.

      Armed Forces: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many apprentices there are (a) at each level and (b) by age of apprentice in each of the armed forces.

      Armed Forces Day: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what Armed Forces Day events in Northern Ireland during June 2016 his Department plans to support.

      Armed Forces: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 25 April 2016 to Question 34910, what qualifications are required by his Department for English and mathematics tutors...

      Armed Forces: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what opportunities his Department offers to trainee soldiers aged under 18 to resit GCSEs as part of their elective personal development.

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's definition is of a cyber act of war.

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel are not registered to vote in the EU referendum; and what steps his Department is taking to improve accessibility to...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Enterprise Zones: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with local enterprise partnerships in Yorkshire about the creation of new enterprise zones.

  • HM Treasury

    • Public Sector: Redundancy Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his most recent estimate is of when the public sector exit payments cap will be introduced in (a) England and (b) Wales; and if he will make a statement.

    • Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to ensure that importers of soft drinks from outside the UK are subject to the soft drinks industry levy.

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the effect of the introduction of the new soft drinks industry levy on the level of the consumer prices index.

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the cost of (a) collecting and (b) enforcing the soft drinks industry levy in each of the next five years; and from which of his...

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding he plans to allocate to (a) HM Revenue and Customs and (b) relevant regulatory bodies to ensure importers of soft drinks from outside the...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers of his Department have had with officials of his Department in which withdrawal of the valuation check service by HM...

      Corporation Tax: Taxis

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 28 April 2016 to Question 35452, on corporation tax: taxis, in which table of the document referred to in that Answer...

      Companies: Registration

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 19 April 2016 to Question 33646, what conditions of access have been placed by (a) Jersey and (b) the Cayman Islands on...

      General Anti-abuse Rule Advisory Panel

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax avoidance cases the General Anti-Abuse Rule Advisory Panel made decisions on in (a) 2013, (b) 2014, (c) 2015 and (d) 2016 to date.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information HM Revenue and Customs holds on the number of people engaged in employment through an umbrella company in each year since 2008.

      Financial Institutions: Conduct

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 11 March 2016 to Question 30254, what penalty and enforcement options are currently available to the Financial Conduct...

      Financial Services: Fraud

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions the Financial Conduct Authority has reported fraudulent activity in the financial services sector to the police or prosecuting...

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government's policy on the soft drinks levy will lead to a higher rate of tax per volume of product levied on some soft drinks than on some...

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the aim of the Government's policy on the new soft drinks levy is to persuade manufacturers to stop selling the regular full sugar versions of their...

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the potential effect of the introduction of the soft drinks industry levy on the cost of the average weekly shop in real terms in each...

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, at what threshold importers of soft drinks from outside the UK would be liable for the soft drinks industry levy.

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, who he plans to consult about the soft drinks industry levy; and when that consultation will be launched.

      Economic Growth: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made in increasing the long-term growth rate of Yorkshire to at least the long-term growth rate of the whole of the UK in accordance...

      Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent payday loan companies from advertising financial services from third party companies to customers...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Nuclear Reactors: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions her Department has had with other government departments on the potential for the construction of new nuclear...

    • Nuclear Power Stations: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what representations the Government has received from (a) the Chinese government and (b) Chinese energy companies on the use of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • ATOS Healthcare

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress his Department has made in its review of Atos contracts.

    • Public Sector: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what change there was in the proportion of the working age population employed by the public sector in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d)...

      Apprentices: Technology

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has to encourage apprenticeships in cyber studies.

      Job Creation: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will estimate how many jobs have been created in Yorkshire since May 2015.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rural Payments Agency: Performance Related Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will direct the Rural Payments Agency not to make any bonus payments to its Chief Executive until payments to...

    • Seas and Oceans: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of microplastics entering the sea on protected species in UK waters.

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which flood insurance providers have joined the Flood Re re-insurance scheme; and what proportion of the domestic flood...

  • Department of Health

    • School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which bodies are responsible for maintaining food hygiene standards in state funded primary and secondary schools; and what steps he is taking to support...

    • Health Professions: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that non-medical scientists and technicians working in the health sector are registered with the Science Council or...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many students studying (a) nursing and (b) psychiatric nursing at the University of Hull received NHS bursaries in each of the last five years.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce geographic variation in access to surgical and transcatheter interventions for heart valve disease.

      Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on ensuring that all science-related government contracts and outsourced activities are awarded to organisations that demonstrate a...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nursing students who enrolled on pre-registration nurse education courses in each region held a prior degree-level qualification in any subject...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his Department's news story of 13 September 2015, From 2020 people with suspected cancer will be diagnosed faster, when his Department...

      Drugs and Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department ensures that the delivery of drug and alcohol treatment by local authorities conforms to the NHS constitution.

      Hospitals: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued to hospital trusts on the discharge of frail elderly patients.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many adults on GP registers had been diagnosed with diabetes in (a) 2000 and (b) 2015.

      Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many never events have been recorded in (a) Furness General Hospital and (b) Westmorland General Hospital in the last five years.

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to ask NHS England to publish the initial Sustainability and Transformation plans submitted on 15 April 2016 to permit scrutiny of those...

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to assess the extent to which Sustainability and Transformation plans address (a) mental health provision in a locality and (b) the case...

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that engagement and consultation with key stakeholders, communities and local voluntary sector organisations is...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to ensure uniformity of data available from different mental health service providers.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of clinical commissioning groups increased their spending on children and young people's mental health as a proportion of...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether there is a team within his Department with specific responsibility for children and young people's mental health.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 1 February 2016 to Question 24630, for what reasons the thematic review of how the mental health needs of children and...

      Department of Health: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on staff away days in each of the last six years.

      North Middlesex Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the letter to him of 22 March 2016 from the hon. Member for Tottenham, whether he plans to meet with the hon. Member to discuss North...

      North Middlesex Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the provision of A&E services at North Middlesex Hospital.

      NHS Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the criteria is for which hospitals are listed as being supported by the Emergency Care Intensive Support Team.

      NHS Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospitals are listed as being supported by the Emergency Care Intensive Support Team.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the changes to junior doctors' contracts and NHS working patterns on hospices and other institutions...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department provides to clinical commissioning groups on the storage and disposal of embryonic waste following IVF treatment.

      Nurses: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of agency costs as a proportion of the total nursing costs in each NHS (a) trust and (b) foundation trust in 2015-16.

      NHS Trusts: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much each NHS trust spent on cleaning services in the last year for which figures are available.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much each (a) NHS trust and (b) foundation trust has paid to his Department in repayment of public dividend capital of £25,000 or more provided...

      Fertility: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has conducted on the level of compliance with NICE guidelines on fertility treatment by each clinical commissioning group in...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much each (a) NHS trust and (b) foundation trust has paid to his Department in repayment of loans of £25,000 or more issued by his Department in...

  • Home Office

    • Police: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 10 most recently appointed Chief Constables in the UK were not internal candidates from the appointing police force, and over what period of...

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all employees at British airports with access to aircraft are being vetted to ensure that they do not constitute a...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Universities: Antisemitism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the comments by the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, quoted in The Sunday Times on 8 May, that...

    • Universities: Hate Crime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park on 4 May (HL8001), whether they have requested that the taskforce set up by Universities UK...

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