Written answers

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many security passes giving access to his Department's premises are currently valid.

    • Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much Levy Control Framework funding has been allocated to new solar photovoltaic projects awarded a Feed-in Tariff...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's most recent estimate is of the underspend in the capped Feed-in Tariff budget for new solar...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will take steps at the UN Security Council or the UN Human Rights Council to support the creation of an...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to promote provision of resources to the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic...

      Armed Conflict: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to sign the Safe Schools Declaration.

      Burma: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Burmese counterpart on the protection and promotion of women's rights in that country.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people holding security passes for other Government Departments are granted access to his Department's premises with...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made by the Government on establishing the number of victims of IRA-Gaddifi sponsored violence in Northern Ireland; and...

    • Lough Foyle and Carlingford Lough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether legal advice has been sought by the Government to confirm the territorial jurisdiction of (a) Lough Foyle and (b) Carlingford Lough...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to establish a fund to compensate victims of IRA-Gaddafi sponsored violence in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a...

      Northern Ireland Office: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) official and (b) official sensitive documents have been recorded as lost by his Department since 8 May 2015.

      Northern Ireland Office: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people holding security passes for other Government Departments are granted access to his Department's premises with that pass, by...

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people are currently employed by his Department.

  • Department for Education

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to answer Question 60529 tabled on 18 January 2017 by the hon. Member for Manchester Central.

    • Department for Education: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department has spent on (a) hotels, (b) hospitality, (c) food and drink and (d) transport in each of the last five years for which...

      Children: Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will issue schools with sanitary products for children who may otherwise be unable to afford them.

      Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will meet her counterparts in the devolved administrations to establish how best to tackle educational under-achievement across the UK.

      Primary Education: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 27 March 2017 to Question 68369, what information she holds on the total funds included in the PE and Sport Premium...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many custodial sentences were handed out to parents for child truancy; and what the length of each such sentence was.

      STEM Subjects: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students studied for a degree in STEM subjects in each year since 2010.

      Primary Education: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 27 March 2017 to Question 68370, what plans her Department has to collect information on the number and proportion of...

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to incentivise teachers to work in non-selective schools in (a) selective and (b) non-selective local authority areas.

      Higher Education: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of students undertaking (a) full-time and (b) part-time courses at higher education institutions in (i) Scotland, (ii) England, (iii)...

      Part-time Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) female and (b) male students have undertaken part-time (i) undergraduate and (ii) postgraduate courses in the UK in each of the last 10 years.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 29 March 2017 to Question 68547, how much of the £200 million planned to be spent in (a) 2018-19 and (b) 2019-20 will...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department's policies of the finding in the research conducted by Sussex University's School...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what (a) support and (b) resources her Department provides to kinship carers.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners on Remand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many remand first receptions there were in each prison establishment in each year since 2010.

    • Prisoners: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of prisoners completed GCSE English courses in the last (a) year, (b) two years and (c) five years.

      Prison Officers: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate she has made of the average cost of employing a prison officer in bands 3 to 5 (a) this year and (b) in each year from 2018-19 to 2020-21.

      Samaritans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice of 1 March 2017, Official Report, column 101WH, on...

      Prisons: Utilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much her Department has spent on utility bills in prisons which have been officially closed in each of the last five years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Daesh militants have been killed or wounded by British forces in Iraq from 2 December 2015 to 2 December 2016 by (a) the date of each attack...

    • Military Bases: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on renovating and upgrading barracks in the City of York local authority area in the last 15 years.

      Ministry of Defence: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) official and (b) official sensitive documents have been recorded as lost by his Department since 8 May 2015.

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what mandatory education is provided to armed forces personnel aged 16 or 17-years old who are not undertaking an apprenticeship in order to ensure that...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of enlisted army recruits aged (a) under and (b) over 18-years old have a background in the care system.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of enlisted soldiers stated on their application form that one or both parents are or were in the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of soldiers who enlist under 18-years old arrive to train without Level (a) 1 and (b) 2 qualifications in both English and mathematics.

      Ministry of Defence: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many security passes giving access to his Department's premises have been issued in each year since 2010.

      Ministry of Defence: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people holding security passes for other Government Departments are granted access to his Department's premises with that pass, by Department.

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people are currently employed by his Department.

      Ministry of Defence: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many security passes giving access to his Department's premises are currently valid.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of recruits at ITC Catterick and ATC Pirbright have enrolled for an intermediate level apprenticeship study for L2 qualifications in...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether instructors at all phase 1 training sites where people aged under 18 are present are required to have disclosure and barring service clearance;...

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of new army recruits with (a) grades A* to C, (b) grades D to G and (c) without any GCSE English and mathematics qualification left the...

      Veterans: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of service leavers making use of the Career Transition Partnership were early service leavers in each of the last five years.

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of army recruits aged (a) under 18 and (b) over 18-years old were injured out of training in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many trainee soldiers appear in the Army Foundation College records as having committed self-harming behaviour in the most recent year for which...

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether data is collected on the extent of bullying in initial army training establishments.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many persons under the age of 18-years old resident in each (a) local authority area and (b) parliamentary constituency were recruited to the armed...

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many disciplinary investigations involving instructors have been conducted at each phase 1 training centre where people aged under 18 were present...

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Military Police investigations involving staff there have been at each phase 1 training centre where people aged under 18 were present in...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many residential properties managed by Annington there are in each of the City of York local authority area disposal sites referred to in a Better...

      Ministry of Defence: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to expand general aviation access to his Department's airfields as proposed in the Government's 2015 Aviation Strategy.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on claimants of jobseeker's allowance who have their entitlement stopped and...

    • Social Security Benefits: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of households in (a) Garston and Halewood constituency and (b) Liverpool City Region were subject to the benefit...

      Housing Benefit: Garston and Halewood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in Garston and Halewood constituency were (a) in receipt of housing benefit and (b) had one or more tenants receiving (i)...

      Housing Benefit: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in Liverpool City Region were (a) in receipt of housing benefit and (b) had one or more tenants receiving (i) disability...

      Employment: Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to further consult people with musculoskeletal conditions following the conclusion of the Improving Lives...

      Council Tax Benefits: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in (a) Garston and Halewood constituency and (b) Liverpool City Region were in receipt of council tax benefit subject for...

      Housing Benefit: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Garston and Halewood Constituency and (b) Liverpool City Region received housing benefit subject to a non-dependent...

      Housing Benefit: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in (a) Garston and Halewood constituency and (b) Liverpool City Region were in receipt of housing benefit subject to the...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Tour Operators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that travel companies comply with the recommendations of the 2015 independent inquiry...

    • Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on (a) access to funding for the charity sector...

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many security passes giving access to her Department's premises are currently valid.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people are currently employed by her Department.

  • Home Office

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer Question 56679, tabled on 7 December 2016, by the hon. Member for Halton.

    • Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there is any regional variation in the frequency of police cells being used as places of safety for people detained under section...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people holding security passes for other Government Departments are granted access to his Department's premises with that pass, by Department.

    • Scotland Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people are currently employed by his Department.

      Scotland Office: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many security passes giving access to his Department's premises are currently valid.

      Scotland Office: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many security passes giving access to his Department's premises have been issued in each year since 2010.

      Trade: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the contribution of the UK single market to Scotland.

      Welfare State: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent steps he has taken to transfer welfare powers to the Scottish Government.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Data Protection

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) official and (b) official sensitive documents have been recorded as lost by his Office since 8 May 2015.

    • Civil Servants: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants have received training from the Digital Academy in the last six months.

      Prime Minister: Uber

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings were held between civil servants, advisers or Ministers of 10 Downing Street and Uber between May 2010 and July 2016.

  • Department of Health

    • Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has commissioned or published reports on the use of medicinal cannabis.

    • Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consideration he has given to the development of a national plan to increase the number of people tested for hepatitis C.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the potential effect of public sector pay restraint on recruitment and retention in the NHS.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people with hepatitis C who are engaged with specialist services but have not been initiated on to...

      Hepatitis: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people in Leicestershire who (a) are estimated to be living with hepatitis C, (b) have been...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2016 to Question HL3875, on tobacco, if his Department will collect data on the use of snus and other chewed...

  • Home Office

    • Racially Aggravated Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to tackle racially motivated attacks against (1) ethnic minority women, and (2) asylum seekers and refugees.

    • Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what definition of "terrorism" they use.

      European Gendarmerie Force

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the development of the EU Gendarmerie Force.

      Police: Reorganisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the interests of economy, what recent consideration they have given to amalgamating police services in England and Wales.

      Crime: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what initiatives they are currently pursuing to tackle rural crime.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Regional Growth Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the expected £16 billion of private sector investment for the Regional Growth Fund has already been secured; and from which industry sectors...

    • Regional Growth Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the expected 550,000 jobs have been (1) safeguarded, and (2) created, to date, as a result of the Regional Growth Fund.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Local Enterprise Partnerships were unsuccessful in bids for funding from the Regional Growth Fund; and what is the breakdown of reasons for those bids...

      Unified Patent Court

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of Brexit, whether the UK will continue to participate in the Unified Patent Court; and whether the central division dealing with...

      European Union Intellectual Property Office

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the UK will continue to participate in the EU Intellectual Property Office following Brexit; and if so, what will be the mechanism by which this will...

      Energy: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment have they made of the risk to consumers from energy scams.

      Estate Agents Act 1979

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last reviewed the effectiveness of the Estate Agents Act 1979.

      Construction: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of legislation in protecting consumers from fraudulent activity by builders.

      Nuclear Power: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the decision to withdraw from Euratom, what is their timetable for implementation of alternative arrangements for the regulation of civil...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the original version of the Frontier Economics paper Whole Power System Impacts.

      Electricity: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to address rising electricity prices, in the light of data released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change showing that...

      Wind Power

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will instruct National Grid to review the system security rules specifying wind turbine Fault Ride Through, in the light of the final report by...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Egypt: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they have offered the government of Egypt to protect Egypt's Coptic population from ISIS, following reports of targeted attacks, killings,...

    • Israel and Palestinians: Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of suicides in (1) Gaza, (2) the West Bank, and (3) Israel, in the year ending 31 December 2016.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations are they making to the government of Israel following the release of a video by B’Tselem on 19 March, allegedly showing Israeli...

      Mazen Faqha

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the killing of a senior Hamas member, Mazen Faqha, in Gaza; and what assessment they have made of the repercussions of that killing.

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the decision by the government of Israel to approve the construction of a new settlement in the occupied West Bank.

      North Korea: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of reports of human rights violations committed by the government of North Korea against its exiled citizens, and of some exiled North Koreans...

      Chongryon

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of (1) members of Chongryon, formerly known as the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, entering or doing business in the...

      Turkey: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Final Report of the Third Imrali Peace Delegation published in March by the EU–Turkey Civic Commission concerning...

      Turkey: Emergency Powers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been notified that the state of emergency in Turkey has been lifted; and if not, when they expect that this will happen.

      Turkey: Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of reports of hunger strikes in Turkish prisons, what representations, if any, they have made to the government of Turkey about prison...

      Turkey: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will call on the government of Turkey to pay compensation in cases of death or serious injury caused by Turkish forces, and, in particular, to...

      MV Seaman Guard Ohio

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Somalia pirates’ hijacking of an Indian vessel on 1 April, whether they intend to further press the government of India regarding...

      Turkey: NATO

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey following reports that it has been blocking partner programmes with countries which are not...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that fighters in East Ghouta in rural Damascus, in their Worshippers of God, Remain Steadfast campaign, are...

      Syria: Chemical Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of chemical weapons attacks that have been perpetrated against the people of Syria in the present conflict.

      Zimbabwe: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the cost of proposals submitted by the Overseas Service Pension Association in December 2016 for assisting the government...

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to help solve the humanitarian and political crisis in Syria, and to help in the redevelopment of its infrastructure.

    • Refugees: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of UK aid to refugee camps in Turkey, Jordan, and the Lebanon is focused on minority communities from Syria and Iraq.

      Syria: Minority Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they have provided to religious minorities in areas of Syria (1) controlled by the Free Syrian Army, and (2) under Kurdish control.

  • Department for Education

    • Pre-school Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to safeguard the future of nursery schools in the UK and ensure that they can continue to provide the education and social skills...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the increased number of childcare staff that will be required for the implementation of the 30 hours free childcare a week...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Immigration: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of individuals pursuing appeals in (1) the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), and (2) the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate, in pounds sterling, of the difference between (1) the amount spent by each NATO member state which has failed to spend two per cent...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the understanding of Jobcentre Plus staff and work coaches of the capabilities and support needs of disabled people who...

    • Employment: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will commit to working with charities, such as Sense, to tailor employment support for disabled people to maximise their chances of successfully...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • World War II: Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report from the Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission, published in January 2015, which identified three prospective sites for the...

    • Local Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role of parish and community councils in local government.

      Council Housing: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their most recent assessment of the financial implications for London borough councils of housing families without access to public funds, and what...

      Opportunity and Integration Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what programmes are being run as a result of The Casey Review: A review into opportunity and integration, published in December 2016; and, in the light of...

  • HM Treasury

    • Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of households with an income over £100,000 per annum that have received mortgage assistance through the Help to Buy...

    • Employment: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on (1) small and medium-sized enterprises, and (2) charities, of having to comply with the requirements of the...

      Taxation: Domicil

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the announcement in the Summer Budget 2015 that non-doms who have been resident in the UK for at least 15 of the last 20 years would in...

      Business: Investment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the latest Office for Budget Responsibility figures published in its Economic and fiscal outlook March 2017, showing an annual fall in...

      Social Security: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure on social security in 2016–17; and what were the ten largest heads of expenditure.

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider advising the Bank of England to change its formal name to the Bank of England and the United Kingdom, whilst continuing to use the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to harmonise the various indices used to calculate inflation.

    • Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they assess the risk of terrorist attacks in the UK.

      Government Departments: Mobile Phones

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 21 March (HL5826), what messaging applications are specifically approved for use on Cabinet...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Missions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many trade missions they have organised since 2010; and what is their estimate of the added value to the UK economy of each one.

    • Arms Trade: Trade Fairs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that no illegal torture equipment is sold at arms fairs held in the UK; and, when such sales occur, what action they take.

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