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Written answers

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • London Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect of expansion at (a) Heathrow and (b) Gatwick Airport on the number of jobs that will...

    • Department for Transport: Pay

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

  • Home Office

    • Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been convicted of offences of online abuse on (a) Facebook and (b) Twitter under the Communications Act 2003 since 2010.

    • Home Office: Food

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

      Home Office: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visits (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department have made to Coventry in each of the last five years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which Ministers of his Department have raised human rights issues in an official capacity, and with whom, in the last four weeks.

    • China: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports the Government has received on involvement by the China National Nuclear Corporation in the illegal supply of...

      British Nationals Abroad: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of UK citizens in each country who are in prison and facing the death penalty.

      British Nationals Abroad: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of UK citizens imprisoned abroad in each country.

      Israel: Bedouin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is making to help prevent the displacement of Bedouin people in southern Israel; and if he will make...

      West Bank: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help prevent house demolitions in the West Bank; and if he will make a statement.

      Israel: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of house demolitions conducted by Israel in each of the last five years;...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the annual budget is for food produced for his Department's offices; and what proportion of food produced for his...

      British Nationals Abroad: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what services are provided by the Government for UK citizens who are imprisoned abroad.

      Syria: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to promote pluralism and religious freedom in Syria.

      Rwanda: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the imprisonment of Ingabire Umuhoza Victoire in Rwanda; and if he will make a statement.

      Ethiopia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what military support has been provided to the government of Ethiopia in the last five years; what such support he plans to...

      Ethiopia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to prevent human rights abuses against the Oromo people in Ethiopia; and what recent...

      Libya: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 May 2016 to Question 37106, whether the potential use of RAF aircraft to deliver airstrikes on...

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether during his recent visit to Mauritius the British Indian Ocean Territory Commissioner discussed prospects for...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the annual budget is for food produced for his Department's offices; and what proportion of food produced for his...

    • Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students received support from specialist study skills tutors in English universities in the most recent period for...

      Universities: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of students from low-income households attended Russell Group universities in the last three years.

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of proposed changes to the disabled students allowances on the number of...

      Business: Stafford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to support businesses in Stafford constituency.

      Business: Stafford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps his Department has taken to increase the level of access to credit for businesses in Stafford constituency in...

      Laboratories: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to encourage private investment in laboratories involved in research and science.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students who completed access courses secured places on nursing degrees in each of the last three years.

      Overseas Trade: Mexico

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to increase UK trade with Mexico.

  • Department for International Development

    • Ethiopia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what guarantees she has received that UK development aid for Ethiopia is not used for military or security purposes or the so-called...

    • Ethiopia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what conditions are applied under the terms of agreement with the Ethiopian government on the provision of UK aid; and what process is...

      Ethiopia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding the Government provides to the Protection of Basic Services Programme in Ethiopia.

  • Department for Education

    • Future Leaders Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding her Department has provided to The Future Leaders Trust in each of the last three years.

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of teachers who have participated in The Future Leaders Trust programmes in the last three years are now in senior leadership posts.

      Animal Welfare: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if the Government will take steps to incorporate animal welfare into the national curriculum for primary school children in England.

  • Ministry of Defence

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Food

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

    • Child Support Agency: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much expenditure was incurred by the Child Support Agency in making ex-gratia or special payments as a result of poor service or errors by...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the annual budget is for food produced for his Department's offices; and what proportion of food produced for his...

    • Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his plans are for the reform of leaseholds related to properties with two households in one building where the freehold is...

  • HM Treasury

    • Bank Services: ICT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the role of financial technology in encouraging consumers to switch their current account.

    • Treasury: Food

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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...

      Public Sector: EU Nationals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of providing public services for EU nationals who remain in the UK for less than one year.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his Department's policy to provide additional funding to local authorities for providing public services for nationals of other EU member...

      Bank Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to submit evidence to the independent review of the British Bakers Association Access to Banking Protocol led by Professor...

      Banks: Closures

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of bank branch closures on (a) affected communities, (b) local businesses and (c) customers.

      Banks: Closures

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations his Department has received from (a) Barclays, (b) HSBC, (c) Lloyds, (d) RBS, (e) Santander, (f) Halifax and (g) other retail...

      Treasury: Coventry

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many visits (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have made to Coventry in each of the last five years.

      Bank Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on competition between banks of the adoption of the recent recommendations of the Competition and Markets...

      Debts: USA

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on the economy of the UK of the recent dumping of US debt by China, Russia and Brazil.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much domestic solar PV by MWp has been deployed in quarter 2 of the new FIT scheme; and what the cap is for this quarter.

    • Coal: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what her Department's policy is on restricting the import of cheap, inferior-quality coal to the UK.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the number of job losses in the UK solar SME sector arising from the closure of the feed-in tariff...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of how many UK solar companies have gone out of business or stopped installing solar PV as a result of...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether there is any involvement of China National Nuclear Corporation as a stakeholder in the construction or ownership of the...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the Energy Technologies Institute report, published on 12 May 2016, what assessment she has made of the implications...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment she has made of the financial viability of (a) carbon capture and storage and (b) alternative options in...

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policy of the conclusion of the Energy Technologies Institute report,...

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when her Department plans to produce a forward plan for carbon capture and storage strategy in the UK.

      Department for Energy and Climate Change: Pay

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

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the performance of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.

      Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of coal burnt in UK coal-fired power stations in each of the last three years was mined in the UK.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Anti-corruption Summit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish a list of the people who attended the Anti-Corruption Summit on 12 May 2016.

  • Department of Health

    • Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the use of antibiotics.

    • Menopause

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assistance his Department provides for women going through the menopause.

      Incinerators: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent progress has been made on Public Health England's study into the health impact of incinerators.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Chief Medical Officer's revised guidelines on alcohol consumption on consumer behaviour.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to adopt the recommendations made by the Chief Medical Officer on the consumption of alcohol.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish all responses received to the Chief Medical Officer's consultation on the revised alcohol guidelines.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many EU member states have adopted guidance recommending the same level of weekly alcohol consumption for men and women.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consumers and organisations have made representations on the Chief Medical Officer's revised guidelines on alcohol consumption.

      Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how he plans to ensure that former sex workers and ex-intravenous drug users will be involved in the SaBTO blood donations review group; and if he will...

      Breastfeeding: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that the benefits of breastfeeding will be included in the upcoming obesity strategy.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 11 March 2016 to Question 29747, whether wider disclosure of the content of the personal email exchange between Professor...

      Pregnancy: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will review its policy on the provision of independent counselling for women with underlying mental health conditions with unwanted...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to reduce the financial burden on people with cancer which arises from their condition and affects their ability to recover.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the article by Marta N. Shahbazi et al, entitled Self-organisation of the human embryo in the absence of material tissues, Nature Cell...

      Coeliac Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will ensure that people with coeliac disease can continue to get prescriptions for gluten-free foods.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Religious Hatred: Islam

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and if so when, they intend to instigate an independent inquiry into Islamophobia in politics at all levels.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Institute for Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Institute for Apprenticeships will take over any of the functions carried out by Ofsted, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education or...

    • Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Price on 10 May (HL8062), whether that answer assumes that the United States Congress will accept a "fast-track"...

      Apprentices: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish the completion rates for apprentices across all apprenticeship frameworks and standards, disaggregated by gender, in the light...

      Small Businesses: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the Australian model for payment disputes could help small UK suppliers.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the proportions, by value, of British exports of goods to EU member states invoiced in (1) sterling, (2) US dollars, and (3) euro, in 2015.

      Research Councils

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Strategic Advisory Group for the Research Councils will be established, what will be its membership, and what are its terms of reference.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • European Union: Army

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the UK is committed to joining an EU army if one is formed and we are invited to do so.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Sheep Dipping

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the group led by Tom Rigby can expect a response to their question about the advice that was received by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food...

    • Lead Ammunition Group

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 15 December 2015 (HL4104), when they intend to make public the report of the Lead Ammunition...

  • Home Office

    • Deportation: Algeria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what, if any, extra security measures are being implemented, and at what cost, following the decision by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission to refuse...

    • Police: International Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they co-operate with police authorities to promote service by police personnel with the UN and other international bodies.

      European Gendarmerie Force

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the operations of the European Gendarmerie Force.

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