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Written answers

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to bring the date at which a motor vehicle is treated by the Government as historic for MOT purposes into line with the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iraq: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the further development of democratic non-sectarian governance in Iraq.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on how many free trade negotiations involving the EU have been both initiated and...

    • Tata Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with Tata UK on that company's sale of carbon credits and its pension fund deficit; and if he will...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with the devolved administrations on implementation of the Apprenticeship Levy.

      Broadband: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to improve broadband access for small businesses.

      Manufacturing Industries: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to support British steelmaking.

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his plans are for the future of the Land Registry.

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that customers are able to receive utility and other bills in paper form on request.

      Consumers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to facilitate customers switching suppliers in consumer markets.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the Government's strategy is for increasing the number of apprenticeships.

      Post Offices: Paisley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much the Post Office has spent on refurbishing the Crown Post Office premises in Paisley since January 2010.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to promote LGBT rights in developing countries in this Parliament.

    • Ethiopia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with the Ethiopian government on the situation in the Oromia region.

      Ethiopia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Ethiopian government on the implications for her Department's supported programmes in Oromia of...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Domestic Violence: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost to the public purse was of the case in the Court of Appeal (civil division) on appeal from High Court Queen's Bench Division, Divisional...

    • Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans his Department has for training the judiciary on the implementation of problem-solving courts.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what training and logistical support the armed forces have provided to Iraqi forces to combat the threat from Daesh in Iraq in the last 12 months.

    • Armed Forces: General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent guidelines he has issued to members of the armed forces on registering with a doctor.

      Burma: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assistance, education and training the Government is providing to the Burmese Army; and whether the Government provides training on human rights...

      EU Battlegroups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what involvement UK armed forces have had with EU battle groups in the last three years; and how many UK armed forces personnel the Government has...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that armed forces recruits aged between 16 and 19 without a GCSE in mathematics or English are prepared...

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the upgrade of a Voyager aircraft for transporting senior Ministers; and if he will make a statement.

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department considers that the use of cluster munitions is always unlawful under international humanitarian law because of their...

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which of the UK's allies has aircraft which are capable of refuelling P-8 Poseidon aircraft to be procured by the UK.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether P-8 Poseidon aircraft to be procured by the UK are capable of being refuelled by the RAF's Voyager K2/K3 aerial refuelling tanker aircraft.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the P-8 Poseidon programme.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the contract to be signed between his Department and Boeing to deliver the UK's P-8 Poseidon aircraft.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the P-8 Poseidon programme is covered by the US International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK (a) flight crew, (b) ground crew and (c) intelligence analysts have served on US P-8 Poseidon aircraft under the Seedcorn exchange...

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost of training UK crew and maintenance personnel for the P-8 Poseidon aircraft to be procured by the UK; and where he...

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where the engines for the P-8 Poseidon aircraft to be procured by the UK will be manufactured.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what future ground surveillance capabilities his Department plans to develop for the P-8 Poseidon programme.

      Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the use of Archer type naval vessels to augment the coast guard.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he holds information by parliamentary constituency on the number of people affected by transitional arrangements for women born after...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Angling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 19 January 2016 to Question 22080, when the Environment Agency will be consulting on the...

    • Animal Products: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will bring forward legislative proposals to ban the bringing into the UK of hunting trophies from...

      Food: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress the Government has made on implementing the recommendations of the report by Dr Peter Bonfield on a plan for...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Wiltshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of badgers exterminated through culling in Wiltshire were found to carry bovine TB in all instances in which...

      Pollution: River Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to reduce (a) plastic packaging consumer waste and (b) other forms of pollution in the...

      Soil: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the current health and status of earthworm populations in English arable soils;...

      Soil: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) title of, (b) name of contractors used for, (c) budget of and (d) location on her Department's website of each...

  • Home Office

    • Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to (a) monitor and (b) improve the performance of police forces in completing applications to the Disclosure and...

    • Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to conduct telephone surveys of British Muslims on views of extremism; how many such surveys her Department...

      Supermarkets: Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department holds statistics on the prosecution of motorists for (a) speeding and (b) other motoring offences in supermarket car...

      Passports: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the HM Passport Office's target is for identifying fraudulently obtained genuine passports.

      Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's factsheet on the Investigatory Powers Bill, dated 30 October 2015, on what date and through what process...

      Detention Centres: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of (a) rape and (b) sexual abuse have been reported in detention centres in each of the last three years.

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many pregnant women are in detention at Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Video on Demand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will issue guidance to (a) content providers, (b) platform operators and (c) other participants in the video on demand supply...

    • Video on Demand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what objectives his Department has set Ofcom for the provision of access services on video on demand content.

      Video on Demand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the obstacles to the increased provision of access services on video on demand content.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will hold discussions with gambling license holders to encourage those licensees to increase annual contributions for the...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Estate: Access

      To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, whether any pedestrian entry points to the Parliamentary Estate are restricted to particular...

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 28 April 2016 to Question 35252, when he expects data to be published on the number of off-payroll staff within the scope...

    • NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance (a) his Department and (b) NHS England have provided to Sustainability and Transformation footprint teams on involving university providers...

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 May 2016 to Question 37279, if he will make it his policy to ensure there is a formal public consultation on every...

      Vaccination: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2016 to Question 22462, if he will place in the Library a copy of NHS England's report on individual funding...

      Care Homes: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what correspondence his Department has received about data on adjusted deaths per beds rates in care homes since January 2014.

      NHS Protect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prosecutions have been instigated by NHS Protect in each year since 2010.

      Incontinence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual cost to NHS services is of purchasing products used in the management of continence care.

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving under Influence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect that data relating to the reduction in the maximum legal blood alcohol concentration levels for drivers in Scotland will be sufficient to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 13 June (HL424), whether another country’s failure to recognise dual citizenship...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Soil: Science

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many undergraduate courses leading to a formal qualification are provided in (1) soil biology, (2) soil chemistry, and (3) combined soil biology and...

  • Department for International Development

    • St Helena: Airports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who was responsible for the delay in opening the St Helena airport for commercial air services.

    • St Helena: Airports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to consider compensation claims from those who can prove they have incurred losses due to the delay in the St Helena airport...

      St Helena: Airports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect regular commercial air services to operate from St Helena airport.

      RMS St Helena

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to reinstate RMS St Helena for passenger services, and if so, when and for how long.

      Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the investment case prepared by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria ahead of its replenishment...

  • Department for Education

    • Grammar Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to ensure that 11-plus examinations for entry to existing and proposed grammar schools are free from any bias that would...

    • Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) 14-year-olds, and (2) 15-year-olds, are enrolled full-time at (a) general further education colleges, and (b) university technology colleges,...

      School Leaving

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the latest estimate of how many 17-year-olds in England are failing to meet the duty to participate in education and training.

      Social Services: Birmingham

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 9 June (HL350), what discussions they have had with Birmingham City Council about the consequences if it...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 9 June (HL351), what consideration they are giving to (1) the issuing of guidance on the establishment of...

      Social Services: Birmingham

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 9 June (HL353), whether Birmingham City Council could continue with an updated Improvement Plan after 2017 if...

      Social Services: Birmingham

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the current Commissioner for Birmingham City Council's children's social care services started work; how long his appointment is for; what progress...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Watchkeeper Programme to achieve Initial Operating Capability 2, previously expected to be achieved by April, and when they now expect...

  • Home Office

    • Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether female genital mutilation campaigns are reaching communities outside London.

    • Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the EU–Turkey deal on the safety and security of Syrian refugees.

      Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of asylum applications were accepted over the past 12 months.

  • Department of Health

    • Stem Cells

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 31 March 2011 (WA 298–9) and by Lord Prior of Brampton on 24 March (HL7011), whether it is a condition...

    • Kidney Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how England compares with other European countries in (1) one, (2) five, and (3) 10-year survival rates for patients...

      Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether procurement exercises have taken place to reduce the prices paid by the NHS for new hepatitis C medicines.

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