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Written answers

Monday, 20 June 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport of 11 May 2016, Official Report, HC Deb, column 692,...

    • Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will release a copy of the modelling analysis referred to in the GTR Remedial Plan, published on 12 February 2016, on the combined impact of the...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects part-time season tickets to be available to all rail passengers.

      Network Rail: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2016 to Question 39089, on railway signals, and with reference to Network Rail's press release of 29 May 2014,...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the most recent meeting of the (a) Cycling Stakeholder Forum and (b) Cycling Safety Sub-Group was held.

      Cardiff Central Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received about plans to redevelop Cardiff Central railway station.

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 May 2016 to Question 37789, how much investment there has been in rolling stock by (a) private operators and (b) his...

      Railways: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) East Anglia franchise bidders on rolling stock and (b) rolling stock companies on the East...

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 May 2016 to Question 37807, on Thameslink railway line: rolling stock, whether he expects the Class 700 Thameslink...

      Railways: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's policy is on maintaining an intercity standard train service between (a) Norwich and London, (b) Ipswich and London, (c)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Dalai Lama

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy not to recognise any future Dalai Lama where that person has been selected by the Chinese government.

    • Asia: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 26 April 2016 to Question 35542, on Asia: climate change, if he will draw to the attention of...

      China: Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Chinese counterpart for the release of Tashi Wangchuk.

      Fiji: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of delivery of arms by Russia to Fiji.

      China: Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Chinese counterpart on releasing the Tibetan blogger Druklo.

      China: Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Chinese government on the detention and charging of Tibetan education advocate Tashi...

      Sudan: Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether the Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services had a role in the recent deaths...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the new Apprenticeship Levy on the number of apprenticeship start-ups...

    • Automation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department has made an estimate of the potential number of jobs which will be replaced by automation over the next...

  • Department for Education

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the additional cost relative to the previous system of additional entitlements to free school meals created...

    • Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the proportion of the existing 15 hours of free childcare that is provided by nurseries that are (a) private,...

      Special Educational Needs: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding for children and young people with special educational needs was allocated to East Sussex local authority area through the dedicated...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what interim milestones he has set for the armed forces to improve their response time to complaints to the target level of 90 per cent closed within 24...

    • Armed Forces: Information Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether 77th Brigade's full operating capability has been met.

      Armed Forces: Information Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what expertise on Russia is required of members of the 77th Brigade; what the operational deployment standards are of that brigade; and how many members...

      Armed Forces: Information Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Air Force are deployed to the 77th Brigade.

      Armed Forces: Information Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which languages to what level members of the 77th Brigade speak.

      Armed Forces: Information Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the doctrine and concepts are of the 77th Brigade; and how those doctrines and concepts were developed.

      Armed Forces: Information Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his (a) US counterpart and (b) other NATO counterparts on the role of the 77th Brigade.

      Armed Forces: Information Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) exercises and (b) deployments the 77th Brigade has conducted in each of the last three years.

      Ministry of Defence Police: Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to the size of the workforce of the Ministry of Defence Police on (a) public safety and (b)...

      Ministry of Defence Police: Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Ministry of Defence Police officers are employed in safeguarding the Trident nuclear deterrent.

      Saudi Arabia: Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Europe on 8 June 2016, Official Report, column 137WH, when the UK last maintained cluster...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Jobseeker's Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many mandatory reconsiderations of jobseekers' allowance sanctions there have been in each of the last five years; and what the total cost...

    • Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many winter fuel payments were delayed by administrative problems in the last year for which figures are available.

      Housing Benefit: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of housing benefit payments is made to non-British nationals in the last 12 months.

      Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of British nationals claiming pensions who live outside the UK and the European Economic...

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects Capita to respond to the right hon. Member for Delyn in relation to correspondence dated 1 February, 14 April and 10 June 2016...

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what service standard he expects of Capita for response times for correspondence from hon. Members relating to personal independence payments.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, in how many local authority areas in (a) London and (b) England broadband speeds are below the recommended speed as advised by Ofcom.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of failed asylum seekers who have been removed or voluntarily deported were (a) overstayers and (b) illegal entrants in each...

  • HM Treasury

    • Debts: China

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on the UK economy of the increase in corporate debt in China.

    • Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many enquiries have been made by hon. Members to HM Revenue and Customs on tax credits claims by (a) e-mail, (b) telephone and (c) letter in the last 12...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what her Department's definition is of unabated coal.

    • District Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans she has to extend consumer protections to customers of district heating schemes.

      Civil Nuclear Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the date and title is of all reports and assessments produced by her Department relating to the Civil Nuclear Constabulary in...

      Civil Nuclear Constabulary: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what fitness testing is carried out for Civil Nuclear Constabulary officers on active service; how many officers were tested in each...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps the Government is taking to bring the cost of pre-payment meters into line with other payment methods such as direct debit.

      Climate Change Convention: Bonn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many UK Government officials and from which departments attended the Bonn intersessional UN climate meeting in (a) May 2016, (b)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people are resident in the areas covered by each clinical commissioning group in England; and how many births were recorded in each such area...

    • Life Expectancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the life expectancy is of residents of the (a) Southampton City, (b) NHS West London, (c) NHS North Manchester and (d) West Hampshire clinical...

  • Department of Health

    • General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new GP registrations there were in (a) Southampton City, (b) NHS West London, (c) NHS North Manchester and (d) West Hampshire Clinical...

    • General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost to the public purse was of an appointment to see a GP in (a) Southampton City, (b) NHS West London, (c) NHS North Manchester and...

      Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2016 to Question 39260, what factors determine the target allocations for primary care funding.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is able to take to redistribute funding from clinical commissioning groups that are over their target allocation.

      Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of residents of the (a) Southampton City, (b) NHS West London, (c) NHS North Manchester and (d) West Hampshire clinical commissioning...

      Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients are supported by (a) NHS West London, (b) NHS North Manchester and (c) West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what decisions have been taken on the distribution of the funding that was announced in the General Practice Forward View.

      Dental Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the mechanisms in place to pursue complaints against private company owners providing dental services in...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of making the Mobetron mobile device for the delivery of radiotherapy available on the NHS.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effectiveness in delivering medicines savings in the community of the not-dispensed scheme for community...

      Liver Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 9 May 2016 to Question 36231, when he expects the liver disease framework to be published.

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total cost of fees, facilitation costs and enabling works for HS2 in each year since 2010.

    • Railways: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any studies regarding the "not primarily abstractive" test that the Office of Road and Rail makes in respect of open access...

      Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 27 April (HL7764), whether or not European Aviation Safety Agency certification standard...

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House, further to the Written Answers by Lord Dunlop on 24 March (HL7079) and 22 January (HL4982), what guidance she has given to the Northern Ireland Office about...

    • Select Committee Reports

      To ask the Leader of the House what processes she has put in place to ensure that select committee reports are debated in a timely manner.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) about reports that uranium from the DRC has been sold to...

    • North Korea: Sony Pictures Entertainment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 5 November 2015 (HL2969), whether the government of the Democratic People’s Republic...

      Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of Saddam Hussein’s elite guards and soldiers who have joined ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

  • Attorney General

    • Confiscation Orders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made, in the light of the recent Panama papers scandal, of how many of the illegal assets subject to confiscation orders they will...

    • Confiscation Orders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of engagement they have had with the private sector in pursuit of the £1.6 billion of illegal assets calculated by the National Audit Office...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • British Home Stores: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 6 June (HL Deb, col 625), what factors make it difficult to estimate the cost to the taxpayer of the...

    • Overseas Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park on 9 May (HL7499) about the Student Loan Company, what are the EU-domiciled borrower figures...

  • Department for International Development

    • North Korea: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has access to North Korean refugees in China; and what steps they have taken to address the specific matter of...

    • Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 11 May (HL8116), whether the Deloitte auditors who determine the eligible Palestinian beneficiaries under...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 25 April (HL7413), whether the independent auditor of UK payments to the Palestinian Authority that are...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 11 May (HL8116), what is their assessment of the view expressed in section 4.1.1 of the Overseas...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 11 May (HL8117) what assessment they have made of paragraph 27 of the Third Report of the House of...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 12 May (HL8117), what assessment they have made of paragraph 29 of the Third Report of the House of...

      Rwanda: Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to support the women reportedly imprisoned in Rwanda for terminating their pregnancies after rape.

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much UK aid has been given to Pakistan over the last five years; and how much of that has been used to promote human rights, the rule of law and the...

      Palestinians: Lebanon

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent survey by the American University of Beirut and UNRWA on the socioeconomic status of Palestinian refugees in...

      St Helena: Airports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Verma on 7 June (HL Deb, col 663), what is meant by the phrase "depend on securing the right aircraft".

      Middle East: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Decision on health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory adopted at the 69th World Health Assembly, whether they will bring...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • European Union: Army

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 1 June (HL345), whether they can veto any proposed EU army, or whether this could go ahead under "enhanced...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pension Protection Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the amount paid in levies to the Pension Protection Fund in each of the three years to 2012–13 due to companies using a...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • School Milk

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to develop a strategy for implementing the revised European School Milk Scheme by September 2017.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change: Developing Countries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the total investment costs per tonne of CO2 equivalent abated by the Clean Technology Fund has increased from £21.40 to £26.40 according to the...

    • Carbon Emissions: China and India

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of world atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions China and India contributed in the latest period for which records are available.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what Capacity Market auctions have been held to date under the Energy Act 2013, and what were the price and terms of the successful bids at each auction.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Fraud Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the review of electoral fraud being undertaken by Sir Eric Pickles will be completed and its recommendations published.

    • Public Sector: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to require applicants for jobs in the public sector to state whether they went to an independent school.

      Constitutional Reform Committee

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times the Cabinet Constitutional Reform Committee has met since its appointment in May 2015.

      Queen Elizabeth II: Anniversaries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost of the contract awarded to Sport and Entertainment Ltd for organising the Queen's Patron Lunch on Sunday 12 June; and why this contract did...

  • Department of Health

    • Department of Health: Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to reduce the number of nurse advisers in the Department of Health.

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