Written answers

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving Tests: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average waiting time for the driving theory test is in each region of England.

    • Driving Tests: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) average waiting time for a practical driving test and (b) number of staffing opportunities at test centres not yet filled was in each...

      Driving Instruction: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on developing a scheme to publish pass rates of instructors as set out in his Department's Motoring Services...

      Transport: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 73 of the background document to the Queen's Speech 2016, published on 18 May 2016, what the £15 billion for transport...

      London-Brighton Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, by what date he plans to make a decision on upgrading the Brighton Main Line.

      Driving Tests: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 18 of the Motoring Services Strategy consultation, what (a) criteria, (b) process and (c) timeframe his Department plans to use...

      Vauxhall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the vehicle safety recalls of Vauxhall Zafira B models, what assurances he has received from Vauxhall that all blower motors will be...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost to his Department was of hotel bookings made for (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials of his...

    • EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 4 May 2016 to Question 33530, on EU law, if he will place in the Library a list of those...

      EU Staff: British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK nationals have been on the staff of the European Parliament in each year since 2010; and what proportion of such...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Burmese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aung San Suu Kyi, on human rights for the Rohingya.

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his (a) Japanese and (b) South Korean counterparts on North Korea's nuclear weapons...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Common Travel Area

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on the Common Travel Area of the UK voting to leave the EU.

    • Northern Ireland Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average hourly earnings were of her Department's (a) BME and (b) non-BME employees in (i) 2015 and (ii) 2016.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether it is his policy that the proposed public register of beneficial owners of companies will provide details of the names...

    • Property: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the press release, PM holds major summit as part of global drive to expose, punish and drive out corruption,...

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the annual budget is for food produced for her Department's offices; and what proportion of food produced for her Department was...

    • Sri Lanka: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department is providing to people affected by flooding in Sri Lanka.

      Developing Countries: Explosives

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a commitment at the World Humanitarian Summit 2016 to work to prevent harm from the use of wide-area explosive...

      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...

  • Leader of the House

    • Leader of the House of Commons: Food

      To ask the Leader of the House, what the annual budget is for food produced for his Office; and what proportion of food produced for his Office was sourced from British producers in the last...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Falkland Islands: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) helicopters, (b) Royal Navy ships and (c) Royal Air Force aircraft are stationed in the Falkland Islands.

    • Falkland Islands: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force personnel are stationed in the Falkland Islands.

      Falkland Islands: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what facilities are available in the Falkland Islands for the repair of (a) helicopters, (b) ships and (c) aircraft; and on how many occasions military...

      Ministry of Defence: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's target is for the proportion of its properties that are classified as void.

      Ministry of Defence: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of his Department's properties classified as void.

      Ministry of Defence: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of his Department's properties classified as void have been empty for over 12 months.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was for (a) management of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation estate of Service Family Accommodation (SFA), (b) the maintenance of SFA...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information he holds on the airstrike that hit a Médecins Sans Frontières Hospital in Aleppo on 28 April 2016.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian deaths have been recorded from UK airstrikes in Syria since the UK military campaign started.

      Warships: South Atlantic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to deploy a Type 23 Frigate or Type 45 Destroyer as part of the South Atlantic Patrol Tasking.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of the use of UK-supplied BL-755 cluster munitions by the Saudi Arabian-led coalition on the civilian...

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the strength of full-time members of the (a) army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force was on 1 January 2016.

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who pays for the services of the Ministry of Defence Police when they work on US bases in the UK.

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, to whom Ministry of Defence Police working on US bases in the UK are directly accountable.

      RAF Croughton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the proposed redevelopment of USAF Croughton by the US has been confirmed to him.

      Defence Equipment: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of military equipment procurement was from UK suppliers in each of the last 10 years.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Whooping Cough: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) claims and (b) payments were made following claim approval for vaccine damage for whooping cough in each year since 2003.

    • Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) employment and support allowance and (b) personal independence payment appeals his Department conceded prior to their being heard...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a jobseeker's allowance claimant can be sanctioned for failing to attend an interview at an unspecified time.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 3 May 2016 to Question 35165, on Personal Independence Payments, what steps his Department is taking better to...

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data Jobcentre Plus sets down against a claimant who does not attend a non-mandatory group information session.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people (a) successfully made an application for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) and (b) were unsuccessful in an application for JSA...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidelines his Department issues to its staff on carrying out Genuine Prospect of Work assessments.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 28 April 2016 to Question 34944, on Employment and Support Allowance, if he will publish the guidance on all...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department issues on ensuring that correspondence issued by Jobcentre Plus complies with the provisions of the Jobseeker's...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average hourly earnings were of his Department's (a) BME and (b) non-BME employees in (i) 2015 and (ii) 2016.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 24 May 2016 to Question 37321, on healthy life expectancy, what specific assessment he has made of what account is...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Birds: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to protect and help encourage curlew and lapwing habitats.

    • Cats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many kittens and cats entered the UK under the EU Pet Travel Scheme in (a) 2015 and (b) each previous year since that...

      Glyphosate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of glyphosate usage in farming and crop production; and what her policy is...

      Pigmeat: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress her Department has made on developing the pork export accreditation protocol.

      Nature Conservation: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the status is of the draft Control of Trade in Endangered Species (Enforcement) Regulations; and when those regulations...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Temporary Accommodation: Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 18 April 2016 to Question 33117, which programmes the reprioritisation of £100 million in...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the annual budget is for food produced for his Department's offices; and what proportion of food produced for his Department was sourced from British...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Department for Energy and Climate Change: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the annual budget is for food produced for her Department's offices; and what proportion of food produced for her Department was...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Food

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much is spent from the public purse on food procured for (a) his Department and (b) the Prime Minister's Office; and what proportion of food...

    • Census: Armed Forces

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps with the Office for National Statistics to ensure that questions on the armed forces are better included in the next national census.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gender Recognition

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she plans to publish a response to the First Report from the Women and Equalities Committee, Session 2015-16, HC 390, on Transgender equality;...

    • Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Home Affairs on the number of pregnant women who have been detained for immigration...

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Leader of the House how many Questions for Written Answer were put to each Government department and answered within the target 10 working days in each month in the 2015–16...

    • Select Committee Reports

      To ask the Leader of the House what was the average time in (1) the 2015–16 Session, and (2) each of the last five Sessions before that, between the publication of a select committee report...

  • Department for International Development

    • Ethiopia: Floods

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are providing to the government of Ethiopia in dealing with the displacement of people as a result of the recent flash flooding in...

    • Ethiopia: Food Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the current gap in donor funding to tackle the food shortages in Ethiopia, and what steps they are taking to encourage other...

      Zimbabwe: International Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their representatives at the IMF and other international financial institutions will make clear that international financial assistance should not be...

      Zimbabwe: International Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the likely efficacy of international financial assistance to the government of Zimbabwe in the light of the decision by the...

      Zimbabwe: International Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the signals that would be sent to the government of Zimbabwe were the IMF and other international financial institutions to...

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to become a founding donor of the Education Cannot Wait fund for education in emergencies at its launch at the World Humanitarian Summit,...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of cuts in the number of welfare rights officers and to legal aid, they will provide resources to Citizens Advice Bureaux, local mental...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Radioactive Waste

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in identifying the most geologically suitable site for the future storage of nuclear waste.

    • Radioactive Waste

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in identifying the most appropriate means for the short- and medium-term storage of lethal and hazardous nuclear waste.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that women in safe houses and refuges who need to keep their address anonymous are not prevented from voting.

    • Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that central government procurement policies are used whenever possible to create jobs with training for people from disadvantaged...

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