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Written answers

Thursday, 2 June 2016

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: Coventry

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

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much his Department has spent on tackling homelessness in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Growth Deals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 25 April 2016 to Question 34445, if he will publish on his Department's website the basis on...

      Islam: Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on the foreign-funding of Islamic cultural centres in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Qatar Charity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what (a) financial support and (b) other support the Government has given to Qatar Charity in the last five years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Bomb Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will produce resources, equipment, personnel and training to Yemeni organisations to assist in the de-mining...

    • Iran: Human Rights

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

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of Iran on the imprisonment in 2008 of seven Bahá' í leaders in...

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the human rights situation in Camp Liberty, Iraq.

      Colombia: State Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what parts of the UK the President of Colombia will visit during his state visit in November 2016.

      Colombia: State Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information he holds on which members of the Colombian government will accompany President Santos on his state visit to...

      Colombia: State Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information he holds on the (a) military representation that will accompany President Santos of Colombia on his state...

      Syria: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information he holds on the number of Christians in Aleppo.

      Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will raise the link between religious freedom and the degree of broader political liberalisation and...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to tackle (a) all the root causes of the conflict and (b) religious persecution of minority...

      Belgium: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential link between the foreign funding of Islamic cultural centres in...

      Far East: 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 the development of nuclear...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answer of 20 April 2016 to Question 34012, what estimate he has made of the average time the new...

    • Universities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to reduce the reliance of universities on funding from the public purse.

  • Department for Education

    • Audenshaw School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 23 May 2016 to Question 37377, whether she has seen the report commissioned by Audenshaw School as part of an Ofsted...

    • Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what data her Department collects on incidents of peer-to-peer bullying (a) in schools and (b) online.

      Schools: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 23 May 2016 to Question 37395, if she will estimate the number of cases of sexual assault recorded in schools in England in...

      Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the Active Movement programme implemented by Public Health Berkshire; and if she will roll that...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Civil Proceedings: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department will conduct a review of the effect of civil court fee increases on people's ability to enforce their legal rights.

    • Prison Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what criteria was used to select the prisons to take part in the planned pilot scheme on further autonomy for prison governors.

      Young Offenders: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that education and training is available to young offenders to help them access the digital economy.

      Prisoners: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people of each ethnicity were sent to prison in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much of £530 million his Department allocated to Broadband Delivery UK remained unspent at the end of the Phase 1 broadband...

    • Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what mechanisms the Information Commissioner's Office has in place to ensure decisions of staff of that Office are compliant with...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will bring forward legislative proposals to apply provisions equivalent to those of the British Sign Language (Scotland) Act...

    • Work and Health Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his oral evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee of 11 May 2016, when his Department plans to publish its Green Paper on...

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with which individuals and organisations his Department is consulting to inform the life chances strategy.

      Work Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much funding his Department (a) has allocated since 2011 and (b) plans to allocate by 2020 to the Work Programme.

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the life chances strategy will be published.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the (a) army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force were deployed to which countries on (i) 1 May 2016 and (ii) during 2015.

    • Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of UK allies providing maritime patrol aircraft for use in the UK in advance of the delivery of new...

      Army: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people have (a) joined and (b) left the army reserve force in each year since 2010.

  • Home Office

    • Sergei Magnitsky

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the Government permits the 35 people named under the US Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 to (a) hold...

  • HM Treasury

    • EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the UK's reste à liquider payments were in each of the last 10 years; and if he will estimate the value of those payments in each of the next 10 years.

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many officials of his Department were involved in the research, writing and production of his Department's document entitled HM Treasury analysis: the...

      Treasury: Pay

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

      Immigration: Economic Growth

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of economic growth generated as a direct result of immigration in the last five years; and what...

      Revenue and Customs: West Yorkshire

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average cost of floor space (a) will be at the planned HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) office in Leeds and (b) is at the HMRC offices in Bradford.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many officials of his Department were involved in the research, writing and production of his Department's recent analysis of the effect of Britain...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Passports

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people resident in the UK hold an EU non-British passport and previously held a non-EU country passport.

  • Department of Health

    • Endometriosis: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 9 May 2016 to Question 36175, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the length of time from the onset of...

    • HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to advance the development of a cure for HIV; what assessment he has made of the development by the US government of...

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that outsourced hospital food providers and the places they source their ingredients are monitored...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to ensure equality of access to heart valve replacements.

      Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 9 May 2016 to Question 36176, what steps his Department is taking to increase awareness of endometriosis among (a)...

      Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 9 May 2016 to Question 36176, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the increase in the count of...

      Epilepsy: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons people in Plymouth who have epilepsy are waiting six months from having a seizure to see a consultant of specialist nurse.

      HIV Infection: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has assessed the effect on HIV infection amongst men in sexual contact with unvaccinated...

      Infectious Diseases: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 28 April 2016 to Question 36036, for what reason the awareness campaign on the symptoms of serious infections in children...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will direct the NHS to review its decision on the expansion of access to pre-exposure prophylaxis treatment for people most at risk of contracting HIV.

      Nutrition: Surveys

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

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent progress his Department has made in replacing Linear Accelerators that are older than 10 years old; and if he will make a statement.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department holds information on the number of boys receiving HPV vaccinations through private provision.

      Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the effect of antimicrobial resistance on hospital budgets.

      Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the potential number of deaths due to drug-resistant bacteria in the UK in each of the next three years.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the equality impact assessment on the proposed HPV vaccination programme for men who have sex with men.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans for the HPV vaccination programme at sexual health clinics for men who have sex with men to be rolled out nationally at the earliest...

      Neuromuscular Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the health benefits of (a) regular supported activity for people with long-term neurological conditions and...

      Department of Health: Pay

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

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what additional funding his Department plans to make available for implementation of the recommendations of the Independent Cancer Taskforce.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps have been taken by NHS England to commission access to molecular diagnostic tests for (a) melanoma, (b) lung cancer, (c) colorectal cancer,...

      Zika Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to prevent the spread of the Zika virus to the UK following travel to South America for the 2016 Olympic and...

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Fuels

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding is available for research and development into sustainable aviation fuels.

    • Railway Track

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 11 May (HL8205), whether they hold information on the number of single line tracks on passenger...

      Rapid Transit Systems: South Yorkshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the reasons are for the delay in the start of operation of the South Yorkshire Tram Train service.

      Bus Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what types of data they envisage bus companies outside London will have to make available under the provisions of the Bus Services Bill.

      Bus Services: Fuels

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to require bus operators to use greener fuel.

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to require bus operators to make buses disability friendly.

      Bus Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to require bus operators to collaborate to make bus journeys more integrated.

      Fuels

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to increase the percentage of fuel made from used cooking oil and other waste products.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Andargachew Tsege

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to ask the government of Ethiopia to release Andy Tsege following his alleged torture and sentencing to death without a court hearing, and...

    • Iran: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what have been the practical benefits to the UK of the July 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, and of the Foreign Secretary’s visit to...

      Iran: Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Iranians have been executed since the visit of the Foreign Secretary to Iran and the re-opening of the UK embassy in Tehran last year, and what...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the destruction of crops and olive trees on Palestinian-owned agricultural lands...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel concerning the banning of two Palestinians from accessing Al Aqsa Mosque on the grounds of...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding the closure of all commercial crossings in the West Bank on 11 and 12 May,...

      Israel: Bedouin

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding the demolition by Israeli forces on 16 May of seven donor-funded residential...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding the targeting of Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza strip, including the sinking...

      Yemen: Banks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are providing support to the central bank of Yemen to avert financial collapse.

      Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to publish a strategic plan and five-year road map for the implementation of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, and if so, when.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to assist the International Criminal Court to bring to justice those who have been indicted for genocide or crimes against...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Trade: Statistics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to improve trade data for the next calendar quarter.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Education

      to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that the new Education Cannot Wait fund will focus on the most marginalised children, including girls and children with...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the annual saving in legal aid costs as a result of the withdrawal of legal and advice in relation to benefits appeals.

    • Probation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the percentage of short-term prisoners in receipt of satisfactory probation supervision; and how that is being assessed.

  • Ministry of Defence

  • HM Treasury

    • Block Grant: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have agreed the reduction to the Block Grant for the Northern Ireland Executive as a result of the decision to introduce a lower rate of...

    • Social Security Benefits and Taxation: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Neill of Gatley on 18 February (HL5912), when information about taxes paid by and benefits paid to EU migrants...

      London Stock Exchange: Deutsche Borse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they or the Financial Conduct Authority have commenced reviewing the regulatory conditions to be applied to the takeover of the London Stock Exchange...

      Financial Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for prohibiting full transparency in transaction costs in fund management reporting.

      Insurance Fraud Taskforce

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to report on the progress of the Insurance Fraud Taskforce and its role in dealing with fraudulent claims and the operation of claims...

      Claims Management Services: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their target date for the operation of a regulatory regime for claims management companies.

      Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage better customer service in insurance companies that allow for consumers to make free claims.

  • Cabinet Office

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the remarks by the Prime Minister on 9 May regarding the “risk” to “peace and stability on our continent” should the...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with ministers in the devolved administrations about improving the levels of voter registration.

      Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to review the number of types of identification documents with which a person may register to vote.

      Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking to ensure that victims of domestic abuse and other victims of serious violence are aware that they can reregister to vote...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to reallocating public funds presently allocated to (1) candidate and party election addresses, and (2) government...

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