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Written answers

Friday, 17 June 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Southeastern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Southeastern train operating company meets its Public Performance Measure targets.

    • Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 18 April 2016 to Question 33921, on Thameslink railway line: rolling stock, what measures have been put in place...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether train operators are required in selecting new rolling stock to make an assessment of the effect of such selection on UK industry and the wider...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's policy is on taking account of the benefits of contracts to the UK economy in determining future rolling stock orders.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Philippines: Hostage Taking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Canadian counterpart on steps to secure the release of foreign hostages held by Muslim...

    • China: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2016 to Question 29803, what representations his Department made to the government of China...

      UN Secretariat: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received representations to support the candidacy of Argentine Foreign Minister Susanna Malcorra for the...

      Armed Conflict: Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role the Government is playing in UN discussions on improving mechanisms for casualty recording.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to increase the proportion of schools with access to a defibrillator.

    • Academies: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement on (a) academy chains and (b) the ability...

      Pupils: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2016 to Question 38739, whether her Department has made an estimate of the number of children who were receiving...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department takes to vet directors of multi-academy trusts; and if she will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Unpaid Fines: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many fines of what total monetary value were written off by HM Courts Service in Staffordshire in each year since 2011-12.

    • Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how the wishes of victims of a crime perpetrated by a foreign national offender are taken into account when considering whether to deport that offender...

      Prison Sentences: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many female offenders received an immediate sentence of (a) less than six months and (b) six months or more in each police force area in Wales in...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Trident Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the budget is of the Mk4A upgrade programme.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons TV Licensing is not included in the Tell Us Once service.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the affordability of the child support system for people who are self-employed.

      New Enterprise Allowance: Stafford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Stafford constituency are in receipt of the New Enterprise Allowance.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the value was of the cash commission paid to companies for clients' completion of the Work Programme in each year from 2011 to 2016.

      Attendance Allowance: Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with Parkinson's disease qualified for attendance allowance in each of the last 10 years.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Squirrels: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assurances she has received from Natural England that the system of wildlife licences provides adequate protection for...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of (a) local authority and (b) housing association homes in each English local authority area have...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2016 to Question 39272, what proportion of the cohort of Civil Service Fast Streamers who joined in April 2013 have...

    • Government Departments: Assets

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what revenue the Government has received from the sale of government-owned assets in the Newcastle upon Tyne local authority area between 2010 and 2016.

      Government Departments: Assets

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has to sell government-owned assets in the Newcastle upon Tyne local authority area.

  • Department of Health

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 3 May 2016 to Question 35936, on blood: contamination, when he plans to publish a formal response to the public consultation.

    • Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage NHS England and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to collaborate to ensure aseptic capacity is...

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing on the NHS laser-guided shoes to people with Parkinson's disease.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve uptake of cervical screening among all age groups.

      Contraception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with (a) local education and training boards, (b) Public Health England and (c) Health Education England on the...

  • Department for Transport

    • West Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many train paths an hour will be freed up on the West Coast Main Line when HS2 Phase 1 is operational according to Network Rail's West Coast Main Line...

    • East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the financial impact that the decision by the Office of Road and Rail to allow competition on the East Coast Main Line will...

      Cycling: Delivery Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to make third party insurance compulsory for all cyclists who are making deliveries for Deliveroo and other commercial bicycle...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the conclusion by the Office of Road and Rail that it will be possible, by 2021, to run 7.5 long distance trains per hour...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the Office of Road and Rail has adequately evaluated the impact of inter-city trains on the East Coast Main Line...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the Office of Road and Rail’s recent proposals for the East Coast Main Line services take fully into account...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the East Coast Main Line infrastructure is adequate to provide a robust and reliable inter-city service, and of any...

      Railways: Kent

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the disruption to rail passengers in Kent on 6 June, what action they are taking to ensure a more reliable service for rail passengers...

      Pedicabs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 8 June (HL342), what regulations are in place to ensure the health and safety of paying...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Ownership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan regularly to collect gender-disaggregated business ownership data.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the ban on referral fees in insurance claiming has taken effect, and whether they have raised concerns with the Solicitors' Regulation Authority over...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Coal Fired Power Stations: China and India

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how many new coal-fired plants are planned by China and India over the next decade.

    • International Climate Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent on the International Climate Fund in each financial year from 2011–12 to 2014–15.

      Climate Change: Developing Countries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Clean Technology Funds financial eligibility threshold of $200 per tonne of CO2 equivalent abated represents good value for UK taxpayers in the...

      Green Climate Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department of Energy and Climate Change plans to spend on the Green Climate Fund in each financial year from 2015–16 to 2017–18.

      Climate Change: Developing Countries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they still regard the risk of a funding shortfall in the Clean Technology Fund as "high", and whether contingency funds are in place in the case of...

  • Department of Health

    • Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 28 October 2013 (WA 213) and 5 December 2013 (WA 60–1), whether they will now answer the question why...

    • Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the statement in the Executive Summary of the Water fluoridation: Health monitoring report for England 2014 that there is "no evidence of a...

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