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Written answers

Friday, 5 February 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the third progress report on the promotion and use of energy from renewable sources for the UK, when his Department plans to consult...

    • Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to evaluate the progress of his Department's ultra-low emission vehicle communications strategy.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to publish a review of the Plugged-in Places trial.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on his evaluation of the potential for low carbon HGVs.

      East Midlands Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the East Midlands Trains Franchise Extension document to March 2018.

      Railways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents have occurred on trains involving slam doors in each of the last five years.

      Department for Transport: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2016 to Question 23487, which external consultants or other third parties were responsible for the eight breaches...

      Department for Transport: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2016 to Question 23487, of the eight breaches there identified, how many concerned documents within each of the...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department records the number of late licensing penalties issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for the non-return of V11...

      Shipping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which recommendations from the (a) skills section and (b) other sections of the Maritime Skills Study the Government plans to implement; and what the...

      Shipping: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the Maritime Apprenticeships Trailblazer Working...

      Shipping: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what changes to the annual seafarer statistics published by his Department were made as a result of his Department's methodological review of...

      Shipping: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effects of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea on the practice of nationality-based pay differentials in...

      Shipping: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will instruct the Working Group conducting the Post Implementation Review of the Equality Act 2010 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) Regulations...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many local authorities have applied for funding from the permanent pothole fund since the announcement of that fund in the Spending Review and...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on new emissions tests for cars.

      Great Western Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 5 November 2015 to Question 14462, what the benefit: cost ratio was of the Great Western Main Line electrification programme...

      British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of police officers in the British Transport Police in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17, (c) 2017-18, (d) 2018-19 and...

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when HS2 Ltd plans to update its Register of Assurances and Undertakings to include agreements made after 23 September 2015.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many camera sites that contain speed cameras there are on (a) the Strategic Roads Network, and (b) the trunk road network in England.

      Driving under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department spent on advertising to raise awareness of the dangers of drug driving in 2014-15.

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Oral Answer of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport of 28 January 2016, Official Report, columns 408-9, on rail...

  • Home Office

    • Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps she has taken to safeguard 16 and 17 year olds from child sexual exploitation.

    • Police: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the cost of policing operations for sporting events across the UK in each of the last five years;...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many grants have been issued to organisations supporting victims and survivors of child sexual exploitation as part of the £7...

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what further steps she is taking to ensure that unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in Syria can be resettled in the UK through (a) the...

      South Yorkshire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will establish an independent panel or an independent public inquiry into events at Orgreave in June 1984.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been accommodated in hostel-type accommodation provided by Compass in each Compass region in each month since 1 April...

      Police: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she last discussed funding for armed police response with each of the four Welsh police commissioners.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to paragraph 37 of the document Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation, published by the Government in March 2015, what progress...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iran: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will urge the Iranian authorities to commute immediately the death sentences of the juvenile offenders identified in the...

    • Zika Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of possible links between trafficking of women and girls and the spread of the Zika virus.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2016 to Question 23481, which commercial third party suppliers were responsible for the 57...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2016 to Question 23481, of the 57 breaches in handling secure materials there identified,...

      Kosovo: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to address increasing numbers of ISIS fighters in Kosovo; and what support the UK is offering to...

      Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking with his global counterparts to achieve global abolition of the death penalty.

      Iran: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Iran on the 15 per cent increase in its budget for the Islamic...

      Iran: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will discuss freedom of religion with his Iranian counterpart.

      Zika Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is planning to give to countries affected by the Zika virus.

      Iran: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with democratic opposition parties in Iran; and what his Department's policy is on working...

      Conscientious Objectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which of the countries listed in the Human Rights and Democracy Report have been highlighted as lacking respect for...

  • Wales Office

    • Tata Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will place in the Library the action plan produced by the current Tata Steel Task Force.

    • Mining: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will release all departmental papers relating to the role his Department allegedly played in co-ordinating and facilitating strike breaking...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Students: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people in (a) Warrington and (b) Warrington North constituency are in receipt of student maintenance grants.

    • Economic Growth: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the terms are of the Dorset Growth Deal; and how much funding from the public purse has been provided to the Dorset Local...

      Exports: Cardiff South and Penarth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the value of exports from firms based in Cardiff South and Penarth constituency to (a) the EU (b) the US and...

  • Department for International Development

    • Malawi: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has programmes to facilitate access to the internet in Malawi.

    • Nepal: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make an assessment of the effect on Nepal's recovery from the 2015 earthquake of India closing border crossings into Nepal.

      Developing Countries: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will raise with the UN the need for all member states to endorse the international campaign against female genital mutilation.

      Developing Countries: Zika Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what UK bilateral and (b) multilateral funding to support health care system strengthening in countries determined by the WHO to be...

      Developing Countries: Poliomyelitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much UK aid will be spent on the Global Polio Eradication Initiative by 2020.

      Libya: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2016 to Question 24446, what reports her Department has received from the International Committee...

  • Department for Education

    • Academies: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many multi-academy trusts do not have local governing bodies with powers comparable to those of maintained schools.

    • Academies: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on multi-academy trust governance arrangements.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to extend the mental health and schools link pilot scheme to post-16 further education establishments.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many appeals were made by civil society organisations to the Education Funding Agency and Local Government Ombudsman in relation to admissions...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to include single parents who are in full-time employment in the extension of free childcare to 30 hours per week.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many care leavers aged between 19 and 21 local authorities were in contact with in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015; and how many such care leavers were...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the number of weapons confiscated at each UK prison for each of the last five years.

    • Ministry of Justice: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2016 to Question 23485, for what reasons the information sought could only be provided at disproportionate cost;...

      Prisons: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in which prisons the eight apparent homicides referred to in the Safety in Custody Statistics, England and Wales: Deaths in prison custody to December...

      Ministry of Justice: Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice of 26 January 2016, Official Report, column 129, how many...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice of 26 January 2016, Official Report, column 129, what...

      Detainees: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will issue a response to the Dying for Justice report published by the Institute of Race Relations in March 2015.

      Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average time was between (a) a crime being committed and an offender being sentenced, (b) sentencing and an appeal hearing, (c) end of trial to...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people convicted of a terrorism offence had previously served a custodial sentence in each year since 2010.

      Aiding and Abetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been convicted under joint enterprise in each year since 2010.

      Insurance Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2016 to Question 21806, what commitment he received from insurance industries that savings from government reforms...

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what recent assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the potential effect of...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Blackburn

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, on how many occasions buildings or parts of buildings have been made available by the Diocese of Blackburn and...

  • Scotland Office

    • Asylum: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the screening of asylum seekers in Scotland.

    • Abortion: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with (a) ministers in the Scottish Government and (b) women's organisations on devolving competence for abortion...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • EU Globalisation Fund: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to apply to the EU's Globalisation Adjustment Fund for funding for the UK steel industry.

    • Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for Social Fund funerals were made in each year between 2010 and 2015; how many such applications were refused; and what...

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what contribution his Department is making to the delivery and monitoring of the Preventing Suicide in England strategy with specific...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people (a) nationally and (b) in Hull undergoing dialysis (i) applied for and (ii) were awarded personal independence payment in each...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 26 January 2016 to Question 23063, on universal credit, if he will ensure that each notification will also state the...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the contribution of the Employment Minister at 1 February 2016 Official Report: column 638, if he will make it his policy to...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disabled people have been affected by the under-occupancy deduction from housing benefit to date.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will ask Ofcom to compare the predicted and actual proportion of BT's ducts that are able to have fibre blown through them...

    • Radio Frequencies: Auctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding is available for programme making and special events licence users to encourage them to leave the 700 MHz band.

      Literature: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to promote Welsh literature in the UK.

      Broadband: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, by what date it is planned that 100 per cent of residents of (a) Calder Valley and (b) West Yorkshire will have access to superfast...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of households that will have access to superfast broadband in (a) 2016-17, (b)...

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will ensure that he consults with S4C before any future agreement is reached with any third party affecting that company's budget.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to introduce independent checks to ensure that rented properties are genuinely abandoned within the...

    • Housing: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much Northamptonshire County Council received under the New Homes Bonus in each year since 2010.

      Housing: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much East Northamptonshire Council received under the New Homes Bonus in each year since 2010.

      Reoffenders: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the success rates of the troubled families programme in reducing re-offending among young adults.

      Community Land Trusts: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of brownfield land sites in the Essex County Council area have been re-designated as community land trusts in...

      Floods: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of businesses in Leeds who (a) applied and (b) were deemed eligible for the (i)...

      Floods: European Union Solidarity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if the Government will apply for funding from the EU Solidarity Fund for relief payments for issues arising from recent flooding.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to ensure that local planning authorities maintain high homebuilding standards in large sustainable urban...

      Refuges: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many domestic violence refuge places there were in (a) London and (b) each London borough on (i) 1 January 2010 and (ii) 1...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Veterans: Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Prime Minister will take steps to speed up the legal process for cases involving ex-service personnel who have contracted mesothelioma; and if he...

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps UK forces take to avoid civilian casualties when targeting (a) oil facilities and (b) other infrastructure in Syria.

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure cyber defence capabilities and preparedness match developing threats.

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2016 to Question 23339, how many former employees of his Department applied to serve in foreign militaries under...

      Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the operational capacity of the (a) Royal Navy and (b) RAF to extend military operations against ISIL/Daesh beyond Syria...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26 January 2016 to Question 23171, to which countries RAF Reaper drones have been deployed on intelligence, surveillance and...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2016 to Question 23290, for what reasons he will not make it his policy that the House be given the opportunity to...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether British military advisers have been present in control rooms of the Saudi-led coalition engaged in conflict in Yemen.

      HMS Cambria: Cardiff Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the transfer of HMS Cambria to Cardiff Bay is expected to be completed.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2016 to Question 23435, whether it is his Department's position that the UK was a party to the armed conflict...

  • HM Treasury

    • Public Sector: Redundancy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of public sector workers who (a) have been made redundant in the last five years and (b) will be made redundant in...

    • Public Sector: Redundancy Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department will agree to Legislative Consent Motions to the devolved government on the issue of public sector exit payments.

      Public Sector: Redundancy Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed public sector exit payments cap on public sector employers' flexibility to restructure their workforce.

      Business: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the annual cost to the to the Exchequer of all subsidies and reliefs for business in the financial years 2010 to 2015.

      Aviation: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with the European Commission since the publication of the EU Aviation Strategy in December 2015; what assessment he...

      Banks: Redundancy Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons Bradford and Bingley, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Northern Rock as publicly-funded banks are exempted from the public sector exit...

      National Savings and Investments

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to increase public awareness of National Savings and Investments.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many transfer pricing experts have been employed by HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last five years.

      Uber

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many meetings Ministers and officials of his Department have had with representatives of Uber in the last 12 months.

      Internet: Fraud

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many prosecutions for VAT and customs fraud relating to online sales and imports there have been in each of the last 10 years.

      Local Government: Devolution

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish details of the fiscal devolution and retention requests made to his Department in 2015; and which such requests (a) were approved and (b)...

      Landfill Communities Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consultation his Department held on the proposal to withdraw the Contributing Third Payment element of the Landfill Communities Fund; and what...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Government Departments: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the current advertisement on the Morgan Hunt website for a post of stakeholder engagement consultant, in which...

    • Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many times a Notice of Insufficient Margin has been issued in each of the last three years.

      Hydroelectric Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what (a) modelling or (b) other assumptions her Department used to determine the export fractions for hydropower feed-in tariffs.

      Hydroelectric Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, which operating costs were included by her Department for full operation of a hydropower scheme for the purposes of modelling its...

      Hydroelectric Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what modelling was used when calculating a new rate of return of 9.2 per cent from hydropower with reduced feed-in tariff levels.

      Hydroelectric Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she last met the British Hydropower Association to discuss the calculation of feed-in tariffs for the hydropower industry; and...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many smart (a) electric and (b) gas meters have been installed in (i) London and (ii) each London borough since the smart meter...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions government departments have paid bills to private businesses more than 60 days after the date the invoice was received since 2010-11.

    • Cabinet Office: Uber

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings Ministers and officials of his Department have had with representatives of Uber in the last 12 months.

      Public Consultation: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether elections for devolved national assemblies are included within the reference to local and national elections in paragraph K of his Department's...

      Public Sector: Oldham

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what land and property in Oldham his Department has identified for disposal over the next five years as part of the One Public Estate programme; and if...

      Pregnancy and Childbirth

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many women have died (a) in pregnancy and (b) during childbirth in each of the last 10 years.

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many children have been stillborn in each region in each of the last 10 years.

      Electoral Register: Juries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effect of individual electoral registration on jury selection and composition.

      General Election 2015: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many UK citizens resident overseas registered to vote in the 2015 general election; and how many such citizens voted in that election.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department is having with (a) the Greater Manchester combined authority, (b) the metropolitan district...

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on local authority obligations...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what work her Department is doing to monitor air quality standards in (a) Greater Manchester and (b) England.

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to (a) increase the share of remanufacturing in public procurement and (b) reduce the...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the volume of (a) office equipment and (b) printer cartridges sent to landfill...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of a lack of bovine TB vaccine on the spread of bovine TB in the areas that...

      Milk: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of reduced milk prices on dairy farmers.

      White Fish: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the blanket ban on bass on the North Devon fishing industry.

      Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information her Department holds on the number of dogs put down because they could not be rehomed in each of the last...

      Bats: Churches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made by her Department on developing a toolkit for effective and safe management of bats in churches...

      Food: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the purpose was of her recent visit to Weetabix in Burton Latimer; and what progress has been made on the launch of the...

  • Department of Health

    • Hearing Impairment: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which audiology services have applied for accreditation under the Improving Quality in Physiological Diagnostic Services programme.

    • Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to work with schools and local authorities to promote awareness of mental health issues for young people.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children and young people in need of specialist mental health support as a result of (a) experiences of sexual abuse, (b) non-sexual physical...

      Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time staff have been employed at the Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory in each of the last five years.

      Paediatrics: Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve the information available on the quality of paediatric audiology services.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Kirklees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to maintain levels of access to A&E provision in Kirklees.

      Zika Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with Ministers of the Cabinet Office on the Zika virus.

      Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many diagnoses have been made or confirmed by the Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory in each of the last five years.

      Zika Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on the Zika virus.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the budget (a) allocated from central Government to and (b) awarded by the Small Business Research Initiative for healthcare was in each financial...

      Hospitals: Funerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total annual cost to the NHS was of hospital contract funerals under the Public Health Act in each year between 2010 and 2015.

      Zika Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Chief Executive of Public Health England on the Zika virus.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the Preventing Suicide in England strategy, published on 10 September 2012, is being monitored for its impact on reducing suicide; and how the...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to equalise access to IVF treatment through the NHS across the country.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has undertaken or assessed on the relationship between the distance travelled to an A&E department and the likelihood of...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether, as part of the NHS Five Year Forward View, local sustainability and transformation plans should include measures to improve children and young...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support is available for children who have been abused to avoid long-lasting psychological problems; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Services: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the £35,000 minimum income threshold on the numbers of migrant workers in the adult social care...

      In Vitro Fertilisation: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department issues to sperm banks on the grounds for rejecting donors.

      Contraceptives: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many girls under the age of 16 have been prescribed the contraceptive pill or contraceptive implants in each of the last 10 years.

      Sugar: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings (a) he, (b) the Minister for Public Health and (c) his special advisers had with representatives of the People Against Sugar Tax campaign...

      Meningitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number of meningitis cases and (b) number of fatal meningitis cases in each of the last five years; and...

      Department of Health: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what grants have been made by his Department to registered charities in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve access to specialist psychology support for people with muscle-wasting conditions.

      Infectious Diseases: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve infection control in primary health trusts.

      Zika Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what protocol is in place in the event of a person in the UK testing positive for the Zika virus.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many meetings have taken place between NHS Improvement and NHS trusts to agree plans to improve their financial position since 15 January; which...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he made of the potential merits of expanding the monitoring of healthcare-associated infections.

      William Mead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the national recommendations outlined in NHS England's report on the death of William Mead are implemented.

      Sepsis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will instigate a national public awareness campaign about sepsis.

      Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions for anti-depressants were dispensed in each region in each year since 2010.

      Supported Housing: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and (b) the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions...

      Health Professions: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provisions are in place to support and promote the mental wellbeing of psychology professionals within the NHS workforce.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of whether common system failures contributed to the deaths of Sam Morrish in Devon in December 2010 and William...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to ensure that out-of-hours GP services have access to patients' medical records.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Prime Minister has seen a draft childhood obesity strategy document.

  • Home Office

    • Slavery

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many modern slavery cases have been assessed in the past three months by the multi-disciplinary panels appointed in the National Referral Mechanism...

    • Slavery

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in implementing the reforms to the National Referral Mechanism; and whether they will publish the names of the independent...

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