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Written answers

Thursday, 16 June 2016

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Growth Deals: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will provide additional resources to the Tees Valley Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership to assist them...

    • Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of local authorities in processing and deciding planning...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Libya: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress he has made on negotiations with the Libyan government on plans to tackle human trafficking and smuggling.

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answers of 27 April 2016 to Questions 34797 and 34798, what assessment he has made of the implications...

      Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Europe of 8 June 2016, Official Report, column 136WH, when his Department...

      Yemen: Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Europe of 8 June 2016, Official Report, column 137WH, when the...

      Saudi Arabia: Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Europe on 8 June 2016, Official Report, column 137WH, what...

      Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Europe of 8 June 2016, Official Report, column 136WH, whether his...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate the Student Loans Company has provided to his Department of the costs of the preparation, introduction and...

    • Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what additional resources have been or will be made available to the Student Loans Company to enable that Company to administer...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Written Statement of 26 May 2016, HCWS30, what proportion of the 1,500 roles will have ministerial...

      Higher Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether a provider would need to achieve an Excellent rating in (a) one, (b) two or (c) three of the Teaching Quality, Learning...

      Institute for Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representation there will be on the board of the Institute for Apprenticeships from (a) business, (b) charities and (c)...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that its support for education in its target countries reaches (a) girls and (b) other...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Road Traffic Offences: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to undertake a review of the sentencing guidelines for traffic offences.

    • Legal Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent estimate he has made of the number of lawyers trained in supporting people with mental health problems.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has considered purchasing the AeroVironment Blackwing miniature tube-launched drone.

    • Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in the provision of helicopter evacuation capability for members of the armed forces injured in combat zones since 2004.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department established the Nuclear Warhead Capability Sustainment Programme at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE); who has been appointed...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what methods are used to immobilise fissile material removed from dismantled nuclear warheads withdrawn from operational service; what that cost is of...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent report he has received on seizing Saudi weapons from Syrian rebel forces.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department plans to publish the findings of its forthcoming review on personal independence payments.

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people transferred from disability living allowance to personal independence payments in each month since January 2014.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been awarded the enhanced rate mobility component of personal independence payment in each month since January 2014.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Compass contracts for asylum accommodation and paragraphs 4.4.2.6 (b), (d) and (e) of the Compass Statement of...

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Compass contracts for asylum accommodation and paragraphs 4.5.1.3(d) and (e) of the Compass Statement of Requirements,...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer to Lord Ahmad of 7 April 2016 to Question HL7297, if her Department will make it its policy to use in all...

      Home Office: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times she has visited Scotland in an official capacity since the 2015 General Election; and what meetings were held on each such visit.

      Refugees: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugees currently housed in the refugee camp in Calais are unaccompanied children; and what steps are being taken to ensure that...

      Emergency Services: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Civil Contingencies Unit has made an assessment of the implications for its CBRNE defense policies of the findings of the...

  • Scotland Office

    • Counterfeit Manufacturing: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on steps to prevent consumers purchasing counterfeit electrical goods that are being sold in...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Nuclear Fuels: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans the Government has to move the design and manufacture of specialised steel casks used to store nuclear fuels during...

    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of potential steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with domestic hot water production.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will publish a plan setting out how all government departments plan to contribute to reducing the UK's carbon emissions.

      Mining: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the Answer of 8 March 2007 to Question 125573 and paragraph 1.21 of the National Audit Office's report, HC360,...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the total (a) energy consumption and (b) amount of greenhouse gas emitted by domestic properties for...

      Carbon Sequestration: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department has taken to support the Teesside Carbon Capture Storage Collective since the announcement of the reduction...

      Civil Nuclear Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the date and title is of all reports that have been provided by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary into the Civil Nuclear...

      Climate Change: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 7 June 2016 to Question 38382, whether the European Commission's proposal of 10 June 2016 on ratification of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Commission on Freedom of Information: Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 9 March 2016 to Question 29669, what progress he has made on establishing the cost to the public purse of the...

    • Corruption

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, where the planned International Anti-Corruption Coordination Centre will be based.

      Anti-corruption Ministerial Group

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what date the Inter-Ministerial Group on Corruption last met.

      Anti-corruption Summit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential effectiveness of the agreements reached at the Anti-Corruption Summit in May 2016 in tackling corruption.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effect of the National Citizen Service on life chances.

  • Department of Health

    • Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to introduce (a) video consultations and (b) other new technology into primary care service delivery.

    • Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people under the age of 18 have died after receiving the HPV vaccination in the last three years.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to NHS England's consultation on a proposed method to support investment decisions in specialised commissioning, launched on 12 April...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans NICE has to consult on its methodology for carrying out evidence reviews and impact analyses to support NHS England's specialised...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 10 of NHS England's Strategic Framework for Specialised Services board paper, published in May 2016, what plans his...

  • Home Office

    • Electronic Surveillance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their stated intention to require both ministerial and judicial authorisation for warrants under the Investigatory Powers Bill, why they...

    • Visas: Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Iranian citizens have applied for (1) visitor, (2) student, and (3) settlement, visas since the opening of the British Embassy in Tehran; and how...

      Immigration: Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they use to decide the requirements for entry to the UK for (1) Israelis, and (2) Palestinians.

      Visas: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Home Office refused visas to two marathon runners from Palestine who were due to compete in the Derry Walled City marathon on 5 June.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to co-operate with voluntary organisations in bringing unaccompanied minors to the UK from refugee camps in Europe.

      Asylum: Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in family reunion cases, they are considering providing entry visas valid for longer than 30 days, to enable visa holders to complete all the...

      Police: Boats

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which police forces in areas with North Sea coastlines or English Channel coastlines from Norfolk south and west to Devon and Cornwall have marine or boat...

      UK Border Force: Boats

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Border Force vessels patrol UK territorial waters at any one time; and how many are needed to ensure the required levels of surveillance and...

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many illegal maritime arrivals have reached the UK in each year since 2010.

      Migrant Workers: Entry Clearances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to certificates of sponsorship used to support immigrants' entry clearance or extension of stay applications, (1) how many sponsoring employers...

      Emigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to tackle the decline in the number of UK citizens moving to live overseas.

      College of Policing: Saudi Arabia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the warnings by Reprieve that the College of Policing training programmes in Saudi Arabia could lead to the arrest and torture of human...

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many detainees have reportedly been sexually assaulted or raped inside Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre since Serco took over its operation.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • North Korea: Rape

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of North Korea on reports of widespread rape committed by its military; and whether the UK defence...

    • North Korea: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of stateless children living in China with one North Korean parent.

      North Korea: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the British Embassy in North Korea has presented a copy of the report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Colombia about the dangers faced by defenders of human rights and leaders of land restitution...

      Ivory Coast: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Ivory Coast about the number of prisoners being held for political reasons following the elections...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the property ownership laws that require a Palestinian family that has inhabited a...

      Conflict Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with other EU member states about the role of international law in conflict prevention.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take with regard to Israeli demolition notices on Palestinian water wells funded through the UN water development programme in the...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the risk that President Joseph Kabila may attempt to change the constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to remain in...

      Khurram Zaki

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have raised the recent murder of Khurram Zaki, and his campaign work, with the government of Pakistan.

      Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with the government of Iraq and the regional government of Kurdistan about the protection needs of people likely to be...

      Iraq: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the total number of Iraqi civilians killed since the start of the 2003 Iraq war.

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have gathered any evidence of Iranian fighters in Iraq.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Institute of Director’s call in February for a broadband target of 10 gigabits a second by 2030.

    • Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to change the broadband target of 10 megabits per second by 2020 to a higher one, in the light of the progress made by other countries.

      Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the UK’s future position in the league table of broadband targets in the EU and OECD countries if a target of 10...

      Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 26 January (HL Deb, col 1152), whether it is their policy that the trial of Mazher Mahmood would need to...

      Broadband: Business

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the minimum broadband speeds required to help British businesses remain competitive in a global economy.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pension Protection Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many companies required to pay levies to the Pension Protection Fund had put in place a contingent asset that replaced the Pension Protection...

    • Personal Independence Payment: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what form of evidence of incapacity is acceptable for Personal Independence Payments claims when a person suffering from severe myalgic encephalomyelitis or...

      British Home Stores: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 6 June (HL Deb, col 627), whether they have the necessary power to pursue pension contribution payments...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any provision for people claiming Personal Independence Payments who have difficulty in completing questions by hand to be able to complete...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Global Challenges Research Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the process by which Global Challenge Research Fund programmes will be agreed; and whether final decisions will be determined by reference to the...

    • Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider linking the interest rate on student loans to the Consumer Price Index rather than the Retail Price Index.

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Labour Turnover

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many civil servants within the Department for Business Innovation and Skills have (1) been recruited into the department (a) from within the civil...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Labour Turnover

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average duration of employment for civil servants within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in each of the last five years.

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