Written answers

Monday, 13 February 2017

  • HM Treasury

    • Offshore Industry: Decommissioning

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of decommissioning North Sea oil infrastructure; for what proportion of those costs the taxpayer will be liable; and...

    • National Insurance Contributions: Children in Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of abolishing employer National Insurance contributions for care leavers in 2016-17.

      Fossil Fuels: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the financial value to fossil fuel producers of tax allowances taken up in financial year 2015-16.

      Fossil Fuels: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value is of the subsidies provided for the (a) production and (b) consumption of fossil fuels in the current financial year.

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost was of starting payment vouchers for child trust funds between 1 September 2002 and 2 January 2011.

      Offshore Industry: Tax Yields

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of annual future tax revenues from the North Sea oil and gas industry up to 2030.

      Energy: Private Rented Housing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) people and (b) businesses received the Landlord's Energy Saving Allowance in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

      Income Tax: Overseas Workers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received income tax exemption of foreign service allowance paid to Crown servants abroad in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

      Premium Bonds: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received income tax exemption of premium bond prizes in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

      Land Use: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses received Land Mediation Relief in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

      Arts: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses received animation tax relief in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses received the life companies reduced rate of corporation tax on policy holders' fraction of profit in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

      Double Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) people and (b) businesses received foreign tax credits and reliefs under the double taxation agreement for income and corporation tax in (i)...

      Community Development: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) people and (b) businesses received community investment tax relief in (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15.

      Enterprise Management Incentives: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) people and (b) businesses received national insurance contributions relief for Enterprise Management Incentives in (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15.

      Fossil Fuels: Subsidies

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the G20 Leaders' Communique made at the Hangzhou Summit in September 2016, whether the Government will participate in the fossil fuel...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of (a) savings to UK consumers and (b) reductions in greenhouse gas emissions...

    • Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2017 to Question 59477, how differences in the age and gender profiles of members...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Conflict, Stability and Security Fund: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress his Department is making on supporting religious leaders to promote community cohesion and reconciliation through...

    • Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of Iranian compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

      Iran: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Iranian Government condemning the use of the death penalty in that country.

      Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent progress has been made on steps to retake Mosul from Daesh.

      Libya: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on whether President Putin has endorsed support for Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar to be the future...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the total pay bill was for (a) male and (b) female employees in his Department in 2015-16; and what the per capita spend from...

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Costs and Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 26 January 2017 to Question 61140, what estimate he has made of his Department's expenditure on consultancy...

      Low Incomes: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on low-income families.

      British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will consult British expat communities living in other EU countries on the planned negotiation on the UK leaving the EU.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what proportion of his Department's employees are from black and ethnic minority backgrounds.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Pay

      To ask the Attorney General, what the total pay bill was for (a) male and (b) female employees in the Law Officers' Departments in 2015-16; and what the per capita spend from that pay bill for...

    • Phil Shiner

      To ask the Attorney General, whether the CPS has made an assessment of the potential grounds for prosecuting Phil Shiner for the false allegations he made against members of the Armed Forces; and...

      Dangerous Driving: Sentencing

      To ask the Attorney General, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the Government's consultation on sentences for dangerous driving.

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total pay bill was for (a) male and (b) female employees in her Department in 2015-16; and what the per capita spend from...

    • Department for International Development: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many security passes into her Department are issued to people (a) not directly employed by and (b) who are not civil servants who...

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she has taken to improve nutrition outcomes for women and girls through her Department's water and sanitation programmes.

      Central African Republic: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps her Department has taken in response to the humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic; and if she will...

  • Department for Education

    • Local Government Finance: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of where in her Department's table of 151 local authority funding positions West Sussex will rank in each of the next three...

    • Primary Education: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the trends of the difference in attainment of phonics standards between boys and girls aged seven in England and Wales...

      Schools: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Written Statement of 9 January 2017, on mental health, HCWS397, what the proposed timescale is for the programme of randomised...

      Foster Care: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children aged under 16 have been placed in long-term foster care placements in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire in each year...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to reduce the attainment gaps of five A* to C GCSE grades between secondary schools in the North and the South; and if she...

      Schools: Tynemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of the school funding formula on the funding of schools in Tynemouth constituency in...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when she plans to answer Questions 56044 and 56045, tabled by the hon. Member for Liverpool, Wavertree on 1 December 2016.

    • Birmingham Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, at what time (a) G4S transferred control of HM Prison Birmingham to HM Prison Service and (b) authority over that prison was restored to G4S during the...

      Birmingham Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many West Midlands police officers were deployed under authority of the incident Gold Commander (a) inside and (b) outside the perimeter of HM...

      Birmingham Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Tornado team members were deployed to HM Prison Birmingham on 16 December 2016; and from which prisons they were so deployed.

      Maidstone Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much of the budget for HM Prison Maidstone is spent on (a) prisoner education and (b) prisoners' access to leisure activities.

      Huntercombe Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much of the budget of HM Prison Huntercombe is spent on (a) prisoner education and (b) prisoners' access to leisure activities.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate she has made of the number of self-inflicted deaths in prisons in England and Wales in each of the last five years; and if she will make a...

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the oral contribution of 24 January 2017, Official Report, column 144, on prison staff, if she will assess the effect of the reduction...

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has spent on investigations into self-inflicted deaths in each year since 2010.

      Prisoners' Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that familial relationships are maintained for prisoners that are transferred to prisons more than 100...

      Ministry of Justice: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total pay bill was for (a) male and (b) female employees in her Department in 2015-16; and what the per capita spend from that pay bill for...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases of breaches or failings of the Victims' Code have been received by her Department since 1 January 2017 by (a) text, (b) tweet, (c) e-mail...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what training is available for (a) police, (b) probation staff and (c) Crown Prosecution Service staff on the nature of and compliance with the Victims'...

      Ministry of Justice: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many security passes into her Department are issued to people (a) not directly employed by and (b) who are not civil servants who work in her Department.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total pay bill was for (a) male and (b) female employees in his Department in 2015-16; and what the per capita spend from that pay bill for...

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2017 to Question 62363, whether the current draft of Joint Doctrine Publication 0-30.2, Unmanned Aircraft Systems,...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in contracting for the new mechanised infantry vehicles as outlined in the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015,...

      Ministry of Defence: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to fill the vacancy of Chief Scientific Adviser to his Department; and what the timetable is for advertising and filling that vacancy.

      Veterans: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the debate on the Armed Forces Covenant of 2 February 2017, HC column 1270, whether Operation Banner veterans in receipt of...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Football: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions her Department has had with the Premier League to ensure that football clubs not meeting disability access criteria...

    • Football: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to help improve disability access at Football League grounds.

      Sportsgrounds: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions her Department has had with sports governing bodies on improving disability access at sports stadia.

      Digital Technology: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with representatives from the digital industries on data protection regulations since the UK's decision to...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Shared Housing: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to introduce regulatory proposals for bodies which manage shared accommodation in which vulnerable...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many security passes into his Department are issued to people (a) not directly employed by and (b) who are not civil servants who work in his Department.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the total pay bill was for (a) male and (b) female employees in his Department in 2015-16; and what the per capita spend from that pay bill for...

    • Scotland Office: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many security passes into his Department are issued to people (a) not directly employed by and (b) who are not civil servants who work in his...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total pay bill was for (a) male and (b) female employees in his Department in 2015-16; and what the per capita spend from that pay...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many security passes into his Department are issued to people (a) not directly employed by and (b) who are not civil servants who work in...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the total pay bill was for (a) male and (b) female employees in his Department in 2015-16; and what the per capita spend from that pay...

    • Fossil Fuels: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what export credits the Government granted to fossil fuel projects in 2015-16.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Birds: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to protect breeding habitats for woodcock.

  • Department of Health

    • Department of Health: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total pay bill was for (a) male and (b) female employees in his Department in 2015-16; and what the per capita spend from that pay bill for each...

    • Cardiovascular System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the updated NICE guidelines on the diagnosis and management of peripheral arterial disease will be published.

      Health Services: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in how many instances the Care Quality Commission has asked service providers to instigate fit and proper persons requirement (FPPR) investigations for...

      Paula Vasco-Knight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the Care Quality Commission closed its fit and proper persons requirement process on Paula Vasco-Knight, then Chief Executive of South...

      Heart Diseases: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the NHS is taking to prevent technological faults in equipment used in heart operations from causing harm or fatality.

      Hypertension and Sepsis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for availability on the NHS of a calcium channel blocker to tackle high blood pressure and sepsis.

      Health Services: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by what metrics the effectiveness of Regulation 5: Fit and proper persons: directors is measured; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their reported plans to subsidise power stations which provide guaranteed emergency electricity supply when needed on winter weekday...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Eritrea: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they and neighbouring states are making in stemming the exodus of people from Eritrea; and what plans they have to secure the release of the...

    • Israel: USA

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions the Prime Minister had during her recent meeting with President Trump regarding the proposed US embassy move to Jerusalem.

      Sudan: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 23 January (HL Deb, col 425) concerning recent developments in Sudan, and in the light of the...

      Sudan: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 23 January (HL Deb, col 425) concerning recent developments in Sudan, and in the light of the...

      North Korea: Forced Labour

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether staff of the British Embassy in Pyongyang have visited the Masikryong ski resort in an official capacity; and what is their assessment of reports...

      Israel: USA

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Prime Minister raised the issue of the location of the US Embassy in Israel with the government of the US during her visit to Washington on 25 to...

      Syria: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the evidence given by the Foreign Secretary to the International Relations Committee, when Foreign Office policy towards Syria changed (1)...

      USA: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether British nationals applying for new ESTAs for travel to the US under the Visa Waiver Program will be subject to additional checks and requirements,...

      USA: Immigration Controls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they were first made aware of the measures contained in the executive order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry To The United States,...

      Gambia: Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support the application of The Gambia to rejoin the Commonwealth.

      Nagorno Karabakh

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of responsibility for the massacre perpetrated against civilians in the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly on 26 February 1992.

  • Attorney General

    • Domestic Violence: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of cases in which the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS's) decisions not to initiate prosecutions in cases of domestic violence have been...

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the $12 billion pledged in February 2016 at the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference has so far been paid; and when they expect the...

    • Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of the US following President Trump's reinstatement of the global gag rule; and what assessment they...

      Palestinians: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are providing to the 560,000 Palestinian refugees who have been displaced by the crisis in Syria.

      Libya: Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will press for UN and other humanitarian agencies to be given full access to prisons and detention centres in Libya, starting with those holding...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 30 January (HL4720), how many Rohingya people are (1) receiving no assistance as a result of restrictions on...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of deaths, illness and malnutrition in camps for the Rohingya in Rakhine State, Burma, as a result of restrictions on access...

      Greece: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of UK aid to refugees in Greece is earmarked for sexual and reproductive health, including access to hospital maternity services.

      Greece: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support the procurement of essential sexual and reproductive health commodities, including modern family planning methods, for all refugees...

      Greece: Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors in Greece.

      Greece: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether  they give financial or other support to the Faros project in Greece which provides accommodation for young refugee boys who are at risk of...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will increase funding for abortion, contraception, and reproductive health information and services, in the light of the re-establishment of the...

      Palestinians: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they, the EU and other international agencies are taking steps to increase the employment opportunities available for young Palestinians in the West...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Young Offenders: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider targeted education and vocational skills interventions for Gypsy, Traveller and Roma children in youth custody in the light of the...

    • Youth Justice: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have consulted, or had representations from, the National Police Chiefs’ Council on the merits of updating the ethnicity data collection...

      Divorce

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to review the fault-based divorce system.

      Family Proceedings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to put in place a legislative procedure to enable individuals who are not parties in family law cases to have access to information that...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence Equipment: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the latest Ministry of Defence annual equipment plan has left the £5.8 billion contingency funding untouched.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Wines: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether sampling of Spanish and French wine has been increased in the light of allegations that cheap Spanish wine is being labelled as French wine.

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 25 January (HL Deb, cols 665–6) what support they have given to Europol in determining the...

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what process a permanent resident right of an EU citizen living in the United Kingdom, that has been accepted by the issue of a Certificate of Residence...

  • HM Treasury

    • Food: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to include, within the recently announced review of VAT, a consideration of the levels of customs and excise duties applied to those...

    • Housing: Sales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many residential property transactions over £1.5 million there were, and how much Stamp Duty Land Tax revenue those transactions generated, in (1)...

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the results of the HMRC consultation Tobacco Illicit Trade Protocol on sanctions to tackle the illicit tobacco market.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • European Medicines Agency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of paragraph 8.42 of the White Paper The United Kingdom's exit from and new partnership with the European Union, whether they intend to...

    • European Court of Justice

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government at what stage of the process of leaving the EU they expect the European Court of Justice to cease to have any jurisdiction in the UK.

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