Written answers

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to update its 2013 aviation demand forecasts before publishing an updated version of the 2013 Aviation Policy Framework.

    • Gatwick Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average number of (a) seats available and (b) passengers is on train services running from Gatwick Airport to London Bridge during the 0700...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his consultation on drones expected to be published before summer will include options on the classification of drones generally; and whether...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential economic benefit of High Speed 2 to Easington constituency.

      Gatwick Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effects of expansion of Gatwick Airport on seat capacity on northbound trains into London terminals in...

      London-Brighton Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of improvements to the Brighton Mainline in Control Period 5 on seat capacity on northbound trains at (a)...

      Gatwick Airport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what forecast he has made of the number of households within the 55 day-evening-night equivalent level noise contour of aircraft arriving and taking...

      Gatwick Airport: Night Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) night period and (b) night quota period aircraft movements there were at Gatwick Airport for each International Air Transport Association...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of regulations relating to drones and public safety.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration Controls: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will undertake a review to establish the reasons for the Government underestimating the numbers of migrants from A2 countries when...

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reunite refugee minors with their families in the UK.

      Asylum: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many further submissions under rule 353 of the Immigration Rules were made in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases are (a) awaiting a decision and (b) dormant at the Complex Casework Directorate in Liverpool.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Written Statement of 18 April 2016, on immigration detention, HCWS679, how many pregnant women (a) are detained and (b) have...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many interventions by the Forced Marriages Unit led to criminal prosecutions of people perpetrating forced marriages.

      Police: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to deploy British police officers to popular holiday resorts abroad as a result of the outcome of the pilot scheme in...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the current average waiting time is for the completion of pre-employment checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service; and if she will...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Written Statement of 18 April 2016, on immigration detention, HCWS679, in what ways the policy to end the routine detention...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Written Statement of 18 April 2016, on immigration detention, HCWS679, whether notice will be given to pregnant women who...

      Marriage: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14 April 2016 to Question 33257, what the Government's policy is on (a) granting residency to and (b) possible...

      Students: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to improve support resources available to students who have been victims of sexual assault.

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to raise awareness of the seriousness of stalking (a) through social media and (b) otherwise.

      Police: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the level of suicide among police officers in each of the last five years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Kashmir: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with other Commonwealth countries on recent unrest in the Handwara and Kupwara districts of Kashmir.

    • Kashmir: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Indian government on the need to de-escalate tensions between the Indian army and...

      Kashmir: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Kashmir.

      Foreign Affairs Select Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times he has attended public meetings of the Foreign Affairs Committee since his appointment.

      Russia: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to counter Russian disinformation against western countries and NATO.

      Nagorno Karabakh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh.

      Nagorno Karabakh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of the Russian Federation on tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh.

      Russia: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) the Russian business community and (b) other Russian citizens living in the UK on Russian...

      Saudi Arabia: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to Ministers: quarterly return October to December 2015, published on 24 March 2016, whom he met during the...

      Kuwait: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to Ministers: quarterly return October to December 2015, published on 24 March 2016, whom he met during the...

      Indonesia: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the President of Indonesia on the protection of religious minorities in that country.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of Israel on the planned demolition of the Bedouin villages of Susiya and Um...

      Iran: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Iran on the imprisonment of Kamal Foroughi and Roya Nobakht.

  • Attorney General

    • Hate Crime: Disability

      To ask the Attorney General, what progress his Department has made on providing disability hate crime training for all prosecutors; and what improvements this training will bring to conviction rates.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on what occasions officials of his Department have received hospitality from the government of China in the last three years.

    • Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the reasons are for the reduction in the proportion of his Department's budget spent with small and medium-sized...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 20 April 2016 to Question 33961, what estimate he has made of cashable savings from reduced overnight...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many civil servants were employed at each location at (a) Business, Innovation and Skills Core, (b) the Office for Fair...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to his oral contribution of 18 April 2016, Official Report, column 712, on the national minimum wage, how many of the...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to his oral contribution of 18 April 2016, Official Report, column 712, on the national minimum wage, what...

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to increase take-up of government-funded adult learning courses; and if he will make a statement.

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many adult learners participated in government-funded (a) mathematics and (b) English courses in each of the last three years.

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many adult learners participated in government-funded further education courses in each of the last three years.

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much his Department spent on adult education courses in each of the last three years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has received a reply to his letter of 4 April 2016 to the European...

  • Department for International Development

    • Companies: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if her Department will support a change to legislation to require UK registered companies to publish a full list of their suppliers...

    • International Development Select Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many times she has attended public meetings of the International Development Committee since her appointment.

  • Department for Education

    • Children in Care: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to improve the quality of data that it holds about the mental health of looked-after children.

    • Beacon Multi-Academy Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations her Department has received on the financial management of (a) Beacon Multi-Academy Trust and (b) schools under the management of...

      Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to bring forward legislative proposals to make terminal illness a protected characteristic in order to ensure that...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to assess the potential benefits of applying school food standards to all schools as part of the Government's...

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons the Government decided to reduce the allocation of top-up funding for provision for children with special needs.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the level of need for therapeutic support for children following abuse or neglect referred to in her Department's...

      Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of children in households whose income is below the threshold for receiving free school meals; and how many...

      Schools: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how her Department intends to support and mentor weaker schools as part of the Northern Powerhouse schools strategy.

      Academies: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department plans to take to facilitate new academy sponsors in the North as part of the Northern Powerhouse Schools Strategy.

      Schools: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding she plans to make available for turnaround activity as part of the Northern Powerhouse Schools Strategy; and what formula or method...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department plans to take to improve the performance of schools in parts of the country where there has been persistent underperformance.

      Teachers: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to assist teachers in managing their workload.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • New Hall Prison: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners from HMP New Hall attended accident and emergency departments as a consequence of the use of psychoactive substances in each of the...

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been convicted for an offence relating to a use of a drone; and what the average sentence is for such an offence.

      Wills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department will bring forward proposals for a national register of wills similar to that used in Spain.

      Forced Marriage Protection Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people (a) are protected and (b) have previously been protected but no longer are by a Forced Marriage Protection Order.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, against the Boards of which community rehabilitation companies he has exercised his powers of written consent since 1 February 2015; and against what...

      Community Rehabilitation Companies: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many employees there were in each Community Rehabilitation Company on (a) 31 January and (b) 31 December 2015.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether community rehabilitation companies (CRCs) have current information sharing agreements in place with their local police forces; and which CRCs do...

      South Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the outcome was of the National Offender Management Service Authority Audit of South Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company in September 2015...

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of proposals to deny parole or release to people incarcerated for charges of murder for as long as...

      Justice Select Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times he has attended public meetings of the Justice Committee since his appointment.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether it is the Government's policy to provide legal aid to enable victims of modern slavery and trafficking to bring compensation claims against...

      Prisons: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make a reassessment of the evidence used by the Harris Review in forming its recommendation 20, on benchmarking of staffing levels in prisons.

      Prisoners: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to support prisoners with mental health problems.

      Sexual Offences: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to review access to compensation for victims of familial sexual abuse before 1979.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what work his Department has commissioned to identify the profile of customers with exchange-only lines on the telecom network that are...

    • Digital Technology: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will issue a response to the Federation of Small Businesses report, entitled Reassured, optimised, transformed: driving digital...

      Small Businesses: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the level of take-up by (a) micro, (b) small and (c) medium-sized enterprises has been of the cyber essentials programme.

      Irish Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the UK's ratification of the European Charter for Minority or Regional Languages, what steps the Government is taking...

      Arts: Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much central government funding has been allocated to (a) the London Local Enterprise Partnership and (b) all Local Enterprise...

      Internet: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate the cost to the economy of unreliable internet connectivity and speeds in 2014-15.

      BBC: Royal Charters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of full-time equivalent officials in his Department working on the BBC Charter Renewal...

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 8 of the Culture White Paper, published in March 2016, when his Department will require funded bodies in the...

      Nuisance Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to prevent scam and nuisance calls exploiting unknowing consumers.

      Libraries: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessments he has made of the role of libraries in reducing digital exclusion.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) homes and (b) business premises in the UK do not have access to (i) fixed and (ii) any broadband internet service over (A)...

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department has made against its targets set out in the Government's Digital Inclusion Strategy of April 2014 on...

      Newspaper Press: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the newspaper industry on ad-blocking and platform regulation.

      Internet: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the loss caused to businesses by ad-blocking technology.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission on ad-blocking and platform regulation.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: Dupuytren's Contracture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria his Department is using to determine whether Dupuytren's Contracture should be included on the list of prescribed diseases...

    • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what average time has been taken for the Governemnt to determine whether an illness or disease should be included on the list of prescribed...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the Government's planned increase in the number of presenting officers at...

      Housing Benefit: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse of housing benefit for (a) council, (b) social, (c) supported housing and (d) private sector tenants was in...

      Independent Case Examiner for the Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average waiting time is for the Independent Case Examiner to review accepted cases; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on the proportion of people who have been diagnosed with autism or Asperger's syndrome and who have been...

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has considered measures to expedite the current five to six week processing time for applications to the Department for Work and...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees there were in the Social Fund and Specialist Benefits Team on 1 April (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e) 2014, (f)...

      Jobcentres: Oldham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to reduce staffing levels in the Jobcentre Plus facility in Oldham in the next five years.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment assessment appointments were cancelled by Capita in (a) Corby, (b) East Northamptonshire and (c) the UK...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army Reserve: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the number and location of overseas deployments of Army Reserve personnel were in the last 12 months; and what assessment he has made of potential...

    • Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department's capital programme prepared for Budget 2016 included revised estimates for the Trident Successor project.

      Military Intelligence: Russian Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Russian language (a) speakers, (b) interpreters and (c) translators are employed in the intelligence department of his Department; and what...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has made to the government of Saudi Arabia on the designation of the Yemeni cities Sa'da and Marran as military targets by the...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2016 to Question 6002, when the liaison personnel in Saudi coalition headquarters were first deployed; how many...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Floods: European Union Solidarity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent progress has been made on the Government's application to the EU Solidarity Fund to help flood affected areas.

    • Floods: European Union Solidarity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which areas of the UK are covered by his Department's application for assistance from the EU Solidarity Fund to help...

      Floods: European Union Solidarity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what date an application was submitted for assistance from the EU Solidarity Fund to help communities affected by recent floods.

      Floods: European Union Solidarity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding his Department has applied for from the EU Solidarity Fund to help communities affected by recent floods.

      Sleeping Rough: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the potential benefits of supported housing in helping people to make the transition...

      Public Houses: Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to apply the agent of change principle to pubs which play live music.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment the Government has made of the current level of housing provisions; and what steps he is taking to ensure that...

      Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of the time taken to conduct its Supported Accommodation Review on the...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the quality of local assurance frameworks prepared by local enterprise partnerships.

      Mayors: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much his Department provided in start-up costs for the Greater Manchester City Region Mayor.

      Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the proportion of local government procurements that have been spent on small and medium-sized...

      Combined Authorities: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether there are any circumstances under which a devolution deal with a combined authority will be undertaken without an...

      Mayors: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many public consultations his Department has conducted on the subject of mayors in Cheshire and Warrington since 2010.

      Mayors: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received in favour of elected mayors in Cheshire and Warrington.

  • Wales Office

    • Commonwealth Games: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government about the possibility of Wales hosting the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

  • HM Treasury

    • Child Benefit: EU Countries

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the number of child benefit claims made for children living in each other EU member state in each of the last 10 years; and what the...

    • Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what investments his Department plans to be (a) permitted and (b) excluded under a lifetime ISA.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions in the last five years HM Revenue and Customs officials have raised concerns internally that UK taxpayers who are customers of the (a)...

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) cost of labour and (b) other expenses incurred by his Department was in producing its analysis of costs if the UK were to leave the EU; and how...

      Revenue and Customs: Bircham Dyson Bell

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions between 2006 and 2011 HM Revenue and Customs officials (a) met and (b) communicated with Peter Twiddy, a consultant who worked at...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, who the tax assurance commissioner is in HM Revenue and Customs.

      Employee Ownership

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Revenue and Customs plans to withdraw the valuation check services for the validation of valuation estimates of works of art and antiques as part...

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 34 of his Department's paper, Budget 2016: Policy Costings, published in March 2016, what the source is of the £425 million...

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.95 of the Budget 2016, whether his Department plans to maintain the same level of funding for sports activities, breakfast...

      Infrastructure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.97 of the Budget 2016, what progress his Department is making on proposals for using the UK Guarantees Scheme for...

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount which the soft drinks industry levy will raise for public expenditure in Scotland.

      Government: Assets

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total receipts from Government asset sales were in each financial year from 1986 to 2009.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to ensure that people in receipt of Government administered free cavity wall insulation schemes do not suffer...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 15 April 2016 to Question 32701, if his Department will publish findings of its review into the consistency of Government...

    • Electoral Register: Students

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department plans to work with universities, colleges and further education providers to integrate electoral registration into academic...

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials in his Department are working on research relating to the EU Referendum; and what estimate he has made of the total (a) number of...

      Cabinet Office: Syria

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many desk officers within the Joint Intelligence Organisation's Assessments Staff work on Syria-related issues; and how many such desk officers had...

      National Security Secretariat

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which directorates of the National Security Secretariat have experienced greater than average turnover in staff since May 2010.

      Manufactured Goods: Exports

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of goods manufactured in the UK were exported in each of the last five years.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the feasibility of introducing a centralised, national electoral register.

      Immigrants: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many nationals of other EEA member states migrated to the UK with dependants of school age in each of the last 10 years; and how many school-aged...

      Lobbying

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether an equality impact assessment has been undertaken in respect of the policy of including an anti-lobbying clause in government grant agreements.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what amount her Department expects to pay in penalties and disallowances required by the EU Commission in relation to air...

    • Climate Change: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has for public communications on the need to prepare for the effects of climate change.

      Food: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to encourage schools to procure their food from local producers and suppliers.

      Environment Protection: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of banning micro beads.

      Food: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made in implementing the British Food Plan across all Government departments; and if she will make a...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect on farmers of late payments under the Basic Payment Scheme by the Rural Payments...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of herds had bovine TB breakdowns in 2015 which had also had such breakdowns in the previous...

  • Department of Health

    • General Practitioners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the cost of medical indemnity insurance premiums on the number of female GPs returning to work after...

    • Disability Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many days patients in (a) England, (b) Morecambe Bay and (c) Blackpool spent in hospital waiting for equipment or support aids to be made available...

      Fertility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued to clinical commissioning groups on the provision and availability of fertility treatments.

      Hospitals: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reports he has received on the NHS investigation into the performance of the non-urgent transport service provided by Coperforma in Sussex; who will...

      Dentistry: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether a timetable has been agreed for the review of the General Dental Practitioners contract.

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve dental standards amongst primary school age children.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase capacity in UK medical schools to enable an increase in the number of UK-trained doctors entering the NHS.

      General Practitioners: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department provides to GPs to assist with the cost of insuring work undertaken outside of normal working hours.

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average level of funding for GPs in (a) Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group, (b) comparator clinical commissioning groups and (c)...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the scope is of the current consultation on the Government National Carers Strategy.

      Junior Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many junior doctors work in the NHS.

      General Practitioners: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on demand for GP surgery places of immigration (a) in general and (b) from nationals of other EEA countries in...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to address the effect of loneliness on health.

      Cancer: Asprin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with clinical bodies on research into the use of aspirin to reduce incidents of cancer.

      NHS 111: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical negligence claims were issued against NHS111 providers in each month since that service was launched.

      Health Services: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has undertaken or commissioned research on the effect on NHS services of immigration (a) in general and (b) from nationals of...

      Children: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children have died in (a) NHS and (b) private inpatient mental health units in each year since 2010.

      Children: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what requirements there are to hold an independent investigation into the unexpected death of a child (a) in a prison, (b) in an NHS-funded inpatient...

      Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children who are NHS (a) mental health and (b) learning disability inpatients are in the care of private providers commissioned by the NHS.

      Learning Disability: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on the University of Bristol study of the mortality rates of people with learning disabilities in NHS care, commissioned by...

      Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what communication his Department has had with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust since the warning notice issued to that trust by the Care Quality...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Business: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to encourage big businesses to promote gender equality and provide models for small and medium-sized enterprises...

    • Business: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions has the Government had with businesses on reducing discrimination and promoting equal opportunities.

      Women's Business Council

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether the Government has incorporated any research recommendations from the Women's Business Council into government policy or legislative proposals.

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they estimate will be the net gain in social housing from the planned route for HS2.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • North Korea: Crimes against Humanity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether North Korea is seen as a priority country by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the light of the findings of the UN Commission of Inquiry...

    • Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what conditions they would refer an incident or a series of incidents of suspected mass killings or alleged human rights abuses to the UN Security...

      Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 5 April (HL7332), what financial assistance they have given to human rights defenders in...

      Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 5 April (HL7332), what assessment they have made of the documentation work undertaken by the...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Young Offenders: Literacy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many young offenders in prison have been recorded as improving their standard of literacy during their sentence in each of the last five years.

    • Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect negotiations between the EU and the US will conclude a new EU–US Trade Agreement.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what penalties are in place for higher education institutions that knowingly accept UK student fee status for students who hold British passports, but whose...

      Science

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the concerns highlighted by Fellows of the Royal Society and Cambridge academics about the impact on science if the UK were...

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid, on 11 April (HC Deb, col 50) on the steel industry that...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the cost and headcount implications of moving the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills office from Sheffield to...

  • Department for International Development

    • Africa: EU Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the decision to offer a £100 million aid package which will be implemented under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for...

    • Bangladesh: Drinking Water

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the findings of Human Rights Watch in its recent report Nepotism and Neglect, which identifies the failure of the...

      Bangladesh: Working Conditions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have taken place with the government of Bangladesh about toxic, insanitary and unsafe working conditions in Hazaribagh, Dhaka.

      Iraq: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 1 April (HL7307), what steps they are taking with their international allies and partners to redress the...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how closely they monitor the weekly UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs statistics of death, injuries and house demolitions in East...

      Gaza: Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the action being taken, and by whom, to prevent life-threatening consequences arising from the closure of the Gaza power plant.

      Gaza: Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the closure of the Gaza power station in April, what assessment they have made of whether an electricity generating ship is still available...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what modelling they have done to establish the scale of gains and losses that are likely to result from the introduction of the National Funding Formula for...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Young Offenders: Sports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hours on average a young offender in prison spent playing competitive sport in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sports: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how long the washout time is for meldonium and whether UK Anti-Doping consider that an athlete who took meldonium when it was not considered a...

    • Merchant Navy Day: Flags

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the flying of the Red Ensign on Merchant Navy Day on 3 September will be added to the list of mandatory days for flag flying in the UK.

      Battle of Jutland: Flags

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage the flying of the White Ensign from public and private buildings to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Jutland on 31 May.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Swine Flu: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the publication in SLEEP on 1 February of the epidemiological study into the association between the 2009 pandemic H1N1 vaccine and...

    • Occupational Pensions: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to protect people against fraud as they are automatically enrolled into a pension scheme, in the light of the recent cuts to the pensions...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost, per successfully trained recruit, of (1) Phase One and Two training at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick, (2) Phase One...

    • Defence Sixth Form College

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual operating cost of the Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College.

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the planned life of the new T26 frigates.

  • HM Treasury

    • Sugar: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether HM Treasury is working with the Department of Health on the implementation of the sugar levy, and if so, how.

    • Fruit Juices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the associated health benefits of some sweetened fruit juices, and of the impact of the sugar levy on sweetened fruit...

      London Stock Exchange: Deutsche Borse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they will take to ensure that arrangements for post-trade collateral management consequent on the takeover of the London Stock Exchange by...

      Married People: Tax Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Neill of Gatley on 7 April (HL7284), what was the initial budget agreed for the advertising campaign for the...

      Embassies: Home Country Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what tools are available to the Inland Revenue to ensure that local employees at foreign embassies in London pay their tax, apart from individuals...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Acts: Publishing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the comment by the Paymaster General, Matthew Hancock MP, reported in The Daily Telegraph on 15 February, whether the Cabinet Office has...

    • Charities: Lobbying

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what meetings or other communications took place between Cabinet Office ministers and Mr Chris Snowdon of the Institute of Economic Affairs relating to...

      Charities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the fact that donations to the Jewish National Fund are tax deductible, and that one of its primary activities has been the creation of...

      Social Mobility

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be the most accurate way of measuring social mobility in the UK.

  • Department of Health

    • Human Embryo Experiments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 23 March (HL7118) and the letter from the Chief Executive of the Human Fertilisation and...

    • Human Embryo Experiments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Prior of Brampton on 23 March (HL6930 and HL6954), how the patient information and consent forms originally submitted...

      Dental Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Health will conduct an assessment of the potential effects of the recent increase in patient charges for NHS dental services in...

      Dental Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much revenue was raised from patient charges for NHS dental services in each of the last ten years.

      Pneumococcal Diseases: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 21 March (HL7044), why the current section 7a public health functions agreement does not include...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to prevent mental health services from turning away children who seek help.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the database created by the Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Act 2016 is intended to supersede the Medicines and Healthcare products...

      Health Services: Cambridgeshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the gateway reviews undertaken during the work on the Uniting Care Partnership Contract in the light of the review by David Stout...

      Strategic Projects Team

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask NHS England to disband the Special Projects Team in the light of the review by David Stout into the causes of the termination of the...

      Strategic Projects Team

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many employees of (1) NHS England, and (2) Arden GEM Commissioning Support Unit, were seconded to the Special Projects Team in (a) 2014, and (b) 2015,...

      NHS: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list by name and contract value the contracts that are currently being reviewed in the light of the review by David Stout into the causes...

      Palliative Care: Staffordshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the review of the Staffordshire Transforming End of Life Care procurement, the patient consent and information governance aspects will be...

      Health Services: Warwickshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group is going ahead with its proposals to tender out its £227 million Out of Hospital Programme in...

      NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to procure independent advice for whistleblowers in the NHS, in the light of the recommendation in the Freedom to Speak Up report by Sir...

      NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to establish a new whistleblowing reporting line for NHS professionals who wish to report abuse, neglect or safeguarding concerns.

      NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will retender the existing NHS Whistleblowing Helpline; and if so, on what basis, and when.

      NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis the contract for the existing NHS Whistleblowing Helpline has been extended, and whether they plan to further extend that contract.

      NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence the Department of Health has on the effectiveness of the existing NHS Whistleblowing Helpline.

      Out-patients: Attendance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many post-surgery follow-up appointments were missed by patients in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

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