Written answers

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Offshore Industry: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on the safety of helicopter operations in the UK offshore...

    • Railways: Tendring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to ensure that the next East Anglia franchise provides more frequent train services to Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze.

      European Rail Traffic Management System: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of the European Rail Traffic Management System on rail services in East Anglia.

      Railways: Tendring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to ensure that the next East Anglia franchise delivers greater punctuality and fewer cancellations on train services to...

      Railways: Tendring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to ensure that the next East Anglia franchise introduces new rolling stock on routes to Clacton-on-Sea and...

      East Anglia Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to announce the new East Anglia franchise operator.

      South West Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the invitation to tender to be issued for the franchise currently held by South West trains.

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the funding available for capital projects in the Wessex area during Control Period 6 of the Network Rail plan.

      London Underground: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to change fire safety regulations governing staffing levels and other procedures on London Underground.

      London Underground: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment the Government has made of the adequacy of the fire safety regulations governing staffing levels and other procedures on London...

      London Underground: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with London Underground on fire safety regulations governing staffing levels and other procedures on those...

      London Underground: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with London Fire Brigade on fire safety regulations governing staffing levels and other procedures on London...

      Helicopters: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons and in what roles Air Accident Investigation Branch officials are attending the scene of the fatal crash of an EC225L Super Puma...

      Railways: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the potential effect of the latest version of the Fourth Railway Package would be on the ability of his Department to directly award passenger...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2016 to Question 25870, how many (a) officials and (b) other staff are working on the Government's response to...

      Taxis: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport of 4 May 2016, Official Report, column 286,...

  • Home Office

    • Sergei Magnitsky

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to prohibit individuals involved in the death of Sergei Magnitsky from entering the UK and...

    • Terrorism: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what sentences were handed down to people convicted of each type of terrorist offence in the last year for which information is held.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2015 to Question 19060, if she will estimate how much quicker a Disclosure and Barring Service check...

      Psychoactive Substances Act 2016

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 13 April 2016 to Question 33406, when the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 will come into force in its entirety.

      Vetting: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2015 to Question 19309, if she will publish a summary of the recovery plan drawn up for Dorset Police.

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the value was of assets (a) subject to restraint orders and (b) recovered using confiscation orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of forced marriage the police investigated in England as that offence in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015.

      Passports: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will issue a response to Early Day Motion 660, Legal recognition for people who do not associate with a particular gender.

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers the police have to obtain information on the beneficial ownership of companies when considering whether to impose restraint...

      Violent and Sex Offender Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people on the dangerous persons database are (a) missing and (b) wanted; and for what offence or reason those people are on that...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress her Department has made on rolling out independent child trafficking advocates.

      Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many harassment warnings each police force in England issued in the most recent financial year for which figures are available.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Burma: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Burmese counterpart on the arrest and imprisonment of human rights activist U Gambira;...

    • Indonesia: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has provided assistance to the Indonesian government on reforming discriminatory legislation against (a)...

      Indonesia: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Indonesian government on the Gerakan Fajar Nusantara Gafatar religious community in...

      Indonesia: Corporal Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of Indonesia on the case of a Christian woman sentenced to caning in Aceh...

      Weapons: Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what financial contributions his Department has made to the activities of (a) the International Atomic Energy Agency, (b) the...

      Open Doors UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will provide funding to support the work of the charity Open Doors in tackling the persecution of Christians...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to help achieve a two-state solution that is acceptable to the people of both Israel...

      British Overseas Territories: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, under what circumstances the Government can take ships up from trade which are registered with flags of British Overseas...

      Tibet: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to Freedom in the World 2016, published by Freedom House in January 2016, what assessment he has made of the...

      Bangladesh: Assassination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Bangladesh on the increase in and alleged official toleration of...

      Tibet: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what occasions ministers of his Department raised the issue of Tibet during visits to China since May 2015.

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the outcome of the last round of the UK-China human rights dialogue; and if he will make a statement.

      Tibet: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential consequences for native Tibetans of the planned railway expansion from China into...

      Tibet: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what benefits for Tibet have been achieved by the change of the Government's position on its status.

      China: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK officials are based in China; and how many were based in that country in (a) 2010, (b) 2005 and (c) 1997.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Dairy Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of dairy products procured for his Department was sourced from British producers in the latest period for which...

      Nigeria: Boko Haram

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage Nigeria to tackle Fulani militia attacks on non-Muslim villagers in the...

      Nigeria: Boko Haram

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of a possible relationship between the activities of Boko Haram and those of armed Fulani herders...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to his oral statement of 19 April 2016, Official Report, column 782, how much of the £10 million in support...

      Dag Hammarskjold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK has released all the information it has in its possession relating to the death of Dag Hammarskjold to the...

  • Attorney General

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will extend the protective award to employees made redundant at a company which dismisses more than 20 people across the...

    • Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the proposed TTIP agreement provides equality of competition for US and EU companies in the tendering of public service...

      Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to discourage employers from cutting staff benefits on the grounds that implementing the national living...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure that nationals of other EU member states who have taken out student loans but do not reside or...

      Skilled Workers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans his Department has to help fill potential skills shortages resulting from the £35,000 income requirement for...

      Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he has taken to support (a) peer-to-peer lending and (b) challenger banks.

      Tobacco: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of introduction of a tobacco licensing regime on small retailers and...

      Scottish Power: Misrepresentation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department plans to respond formally to (a) the recommendations relating to corporate dishonesty and regulatory...

      Minimum Wage: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 15 February 2016 to Question 26319, what the total amount of arrears recovered by HM Revenue and...

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to increase inward investment to the commercial satellite communications and space industry.

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what role his Department has played in the negotiation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP); and what...

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether (a) the Government will be able to bring cases to Investor State Dispute Settlements tribunals and (b) UK companies will...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the decision-making process followed by local enterprise partnerships is...

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her Department's policies on funding the UN Relief and Works Agency of the use...

    • Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how her Department measures the effectiveness of spending in the Palestinian territories by UN agencies to which her Department...

      Disaster Relief: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the recommendations of the report of the Public Accounts Committee, Department for International Development:...

      Bangladesh: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the UK has provided in development aid to Bangladesh in each year since 2000; and what information her Department holds on...

      Bangladesh: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of UK development aid on increasing primary school attendance in Bangladesh since 2000.

  • Department for Education

    • Extended Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 24 March 2015, to Question 31427, whether her Department plans to provide additional funding to enable 25 per cent of...

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether local authorities will retain responsibility for school deficits under the proposals in her Department's White Paper, Educational excellence...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of immigration from (a) EEA member states and (b) states from outside the EEA on the level of...

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of the academisation of all schools on the provision of sex and relationship education...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to mitigate the cost to local authorities of schools that are in deficit transferring to academy status.

      Pupil Premium: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the total amount paid in pupil premium funding to schools in Coventry in each year since the beginning of such funding;...

      Further Education: Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she has taken to promote career colleges; and if she will make a statement.

      King David School Manchester: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason the school specific factors and historic grant factors elements of the payment by the Education Funding Authority to the King David...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Remand in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the most common reasons are why people who are remanded in custody do not go on to receive subsequent prison sentences.

    • Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders have participated in an out-of-court restorative justice resolution on more than one occasion.

      Pre-trial Procedures: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of offenders were (a) remanded in custody and (b) released on court bail after being charged with an offence of (i) common...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of participation in out-of-court restorative justice on re-offending rates.

      Police National Computer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to place the offences committed by offenders who participate in out-of-court restorative justice on the Police National Computer...

      Forced Marriage Protection Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many forced marriage protection orders were issued in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make available quarterly data on the (a) number of prisoners who have received sentences of imprisonment for public protection who are on...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to increase the level of resources provided to enable those detained to meet the current test for release.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will commission an independent review into the sentencing regime for imprisonment for public protection which will involve those criminal justice...

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of (a) male and (b) female offenders pleaded guilty to each category of offence in the latest year for which figures are...

      Racially Aggravated Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) offenders and (b) victims from each ethnic group involved in racially aggravated offences in the last...

      Religiously Aggravated Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) offenders and (b) victims of each religious belief involved in religiously aggravated offences in the...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many violent incidents per 100 prisoners were committed by prisoners of each ethnic group in the last year for which figures are available.

      Magistrates' Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average cost to the public purse was of (a) a district judge and (b) bench of magistrates hearing (i) a guilty plea case, (ii) a summary trial...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to publish his review of employment tribunal fees.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) out-of-court restorative justice resolutions and (b) cautions were given to (i) people on suspended prison sentences and (ii) prisoners...

  • Prime Minister

    • Pharmacy: Rural Areas

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral contribution of 20 April 2016, Official Report, column 915, in response to the Question from the hon. Member for Workington, and with reference to...

    • Radicalism

      To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to the Government's Counter-Extremism Strategy, published in October 2015, whether in his official capacity he has shared a speaking platform with people...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Unmanned Marine Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has (a) invested in and (b) made an assessment of the potential merits of acquiring unmanned underwater vehicles.

    • Ministry of Defence: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what dates reviews have been carried out of his Department's Complaints Protocol written in 2005; and what alterations have been made to that...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral evidence given to the Committees on Arms Export Controls on 27 April 2016, if he will publish the reports the Saudi Arabian...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of disability benefits for which disabled refugees in the UK are eligible.

    • Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many requests from his Department for evidence to inform a work capability assessment were (a) made and (b) responded to by GPs and other...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many requests from his Department for evidence to inform a personal independence payment assessment were (a) made and (b) responded to by...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 13 April 2016 to Question 32963, how many people who have personal independence payments with enhanced mobility...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 13 April 2016 to Question 32963, how many people have been allocated personal independence payments with enhanced...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 13 April 2016 to Question 32963, how many personal independence payment awards were made without a face-to-face...

      Pension Service: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people found a lost pension scheme through the Pension Tracing Service in each of the last five years.

      Social Rented Housing: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many social housing tenants with spare bedrooms have had their housing benefit reduced due to the removal of the under-occupancy penalty...

      Electromagnetic Fields: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government has taken to implement the health and safety requirements set out in EU Directive 2013/35/EU on the exposure of...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reasons the triennial review of (a) stake and (b) prize limits in fixed-odds betting terminals has not yet been published; and...

    • Eurovision Song Contest: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has made to the organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest on their refusal to allow the display of the Red...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department has provided to local authorities on assessing the social and economic value of a pub to the local...

    • Community Assets: Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many pubs in England have asset of community value status.

      Community Assets: Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the assets of community value scheme in protecting community pubs in (a)...

      Community Assets: Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information he holds on the number of community pubs with assets of community value status that have been closed or that...

      Community Assets: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what processes are in place to enable a community to appeal against the rejection of an asset of community value application.

      Public Houses: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received from Sheffield City Council on protecting community pubs.

      Community Assets: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with Sheffield City Council on the assets of community value scheme.

      Social Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the national living wage on the provision of adult care services by private...

      Non-domestic Rates and Revenue Support Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to compensate local authorities for the potential loss of business rate revenue arising from...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the Government's plans are for consultation on the top-up and tariffs system that is set to operate once business rates...

      Non-domestic Rates: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to maintain the current level of tariff applied to Greater London when the planned devolution of...

      Non-domestic Rates: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much business rate revenue was allocated from Greater London to other local authorities in England through top-ups and...

  • HM Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 26 April 2016 to Question 34460, how many concerns have been captured centrally under the HM Revenue and Customs Whistleblowing...

    • Motor Vehicles: Insurance Premium Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to exempt drivers between the ages of 17 and 25 who have telematics black box car insurance from insurance premium tax to...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance Premium Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to exempt telematics car insurance policies from insurance premium tax or reduce that tax for those policies.

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Base Case Conditions for EU approval of state aid for Hinkley Point C, whether there have been modifications to the (a) date of 31...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Department's news story of 21 September 2015, on £2 billion support for Hinkley Point, what documentation has since been agreed...

      Tobacco: Licensing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what research his Department has conducted or commissioned on the effectiveness of tobacco licensing schemes in tackling the illicit market in tobacco; and...

      PAYE: Universal Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what advice his Department provides to employers on how to respond when advised by an employee that the Department for Work and Pensions has determined that...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential cost of the apprenticeship levy to (a) schools and (b) Multi-Academy Trusts in (i) 2017-18, (ii) 2018-19 and...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Heating: Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the potential of solar thermal hot water heating to tackle fuel poverty.

    • Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 27 April 2016 to Question 35137, what estimate she has made of the proportion of fuel poor households needed...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Telecommunications

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will update guidance on the use of personal electronic communications to conduct official Government business to include the use of WhatsApp and...

    • Anti-corruption Summit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the budget is for the Anti-Corruption Summit on 12 May 2016.

      Shops: Closures

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information he holds on the average number of small independent retail shops that closed in each (a) week, (b) month and (c) year of the most...

      Cabinet Office: Dairy Products

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of dairy products procured for (a) his Department and (b) 10 Downing Street was sourced from British producers in the latest period for...

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many children under 16 have been diagnosed with brain tumours in each of the last ten years; and how many such children died from those tumours in...

      Council of Data Science Ethics

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that the membership of the Council of Data Science Ethics includes non-public sector experts and other...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Electoral Commission's 2013 recommendation that political parties that receive...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • White Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what has been the change in sea bass stocks available to the UK fishing industry since the Council of European Fisheries...

    • Neonicotinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to refuse the applications to use neonicotinoid pesticides on British fields this year.

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to require supermarkets to donate food to food banks and other charities.

  • Department of Health

    • UK Vaccines Research and Development Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the remit is of the UK Vaccines Research and Development Network.

    • Pharmacy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework has accrued to the public purse through Category M savings since 2005.

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with severe and enduring mental health problems are (a) eligible for and (b) receiving social care.

      Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions officials in his Department have had with Public Health England on the potential effects of minimum unit pricing of alcohol on liver...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department and NHS England plan to take to improve birth outcomes for women (a) from ethnic minority groups, (b) of lower socio-economic...

      Maternity Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions NHS England has had with Health Education England, the Nursing Midwifery Council and the Royal College of Obstetricians on delivery of...

      General Practitioners: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many bursaries have been offered (a) in total and (b) in each of the seven most hard to recruit areas as part of NHS England's Targeted Enhanced...

      Junior Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average rota gap is for junior doctors in NHS foundation trusts in the most recent period for which figures are available; and what assessment...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether data other than the most recent National Diet and Nutrition Survey data is being used in the development of the childhood obesity strategy.

      Tobacco: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cumulative effect of tobacco control measures on small retailers over the last 10 years.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the costs to the NHS Litigation Authority of late release of medical records where those records reveal a case to be...

      Autism: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce waiting times for autism diagnosis.

      Electromagnetic Fields: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government has taken in response to Resolution 1815 of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on measures to reduce exposure,...

      Mobile Phones: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government took in response to the report of the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones, chaired by Sir William Stewart, published in...

      General Practitioners: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has given to NHS England - South (South East) on consulting local authorities on housing growth and other demographic change when...

      Maternity Services: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress the Government has made on improving safety in maternity care.

      Dental Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed increase in charges for NHS dentistry on people's ability and inclination to visit a...

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of recent trends in life expectancy.

      NHS: Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department monitors implementation of price caps for agency staff.

      Doctors: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Government has for future changes in doctors' remuneration.

      Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on approving the business case for rebuilding the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

      North Devon Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that the Success Regime review at North Devon District Hospital does not lead to a reduction in services provided at that...

      NHS Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of NHS trusts were in deficit at the end of 2015-16; and what the total size of that deficit was.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Burma: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps the UK is taking in Burma to ensure that the three objectives of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative are met.

    • UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any precedent for an invitation to the leader of a foreign country to visit the UK in order to campaign on an internal national issue such...

      Abdullah Öcalan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discuss with the government of Turkey the early release of Abdullah Öcalan, in the light of his long solitary imprisonment, so as to...

      Turkey: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are analysing the criticisms by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights and the European Christian Political Movement of the...

      Royal Commonwealth Society: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the support provided by the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) to events celebrating the Commonwealth, and its wider role in addressing...

      USA: Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of the US regarding the implementation of HR158 under the Visa Waiver Programme Improvement and...

      USA: Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they keep statistics of how many British citizens have been excluded from travelling to the US under HR158 of the Visa Waiver Programme Improvement...

      EU Countries: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with other EU member states about whether, in the event of the UK leaving the EU, British citizens settled in EU member states...

      Nigeria: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria on the promotion of freedom of religion and belief in Nigeria.

      Nigeria: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria regarding the investigation of human rights violations in northern Nigeria.

      Zimbabwe: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the human rights situation in Zimbabwe.

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.

      Ivory Coast: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the human rights situation in the Ivory Coast.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 27 April (HL7738), what assessment they have made of the impact of their representations on...

      Saudi Arabia: Saudi Binladin Group

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are making representations to the government of Saudi Arabia for full payment of arrears of wages to employees of the Saudi Binladin Group.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the use of the roof of the Hebron Emergency Health Centre as a military base and...

      Israel: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the destruction by Israeli forces of the Bedouin village of Khirbet Taha in the...

      Israel: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the ban on the import of cement into Gaza for the private sector since 3 April.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 18 April (HL7718), what action they will now take to protect land designated as a future...

      Gaza: Energy Supply

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 18 April (HL7720), what representations they now intend to make to the government of Israel...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding reports of gunfire by Israeli forces at farmers trying to access their land near...

      EU Countries: Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of which of the 27 other EU member states have not legalised same-sex marriage.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the legislation protecting creditors in the event of business failure.

    • Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent data from Begbies Traynor showing that the number of British manufacturers that are struggling financially has...

      British Home Stores: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Statement by the Business Minister, Anna Soubry, on 25 April (HC Deb, col 1174), what assistance they plan to offer BHS or Retail Acquisitions.

      Overseas Trade: Poland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 21 April (HL7530), what is their assessment of the state of trade relations between the UK...

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement will be subject to ratification by both Houses of Parliament and the US Congress.

      Small Businesses: Intellectual Property

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have carried out research to ascertain the degree of awareness of small businesses about intellectual property rights.

      Small Businesses: Intellectual Property

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to better inform small businesses about all aspects of intellectual property rights, including action that such businesses can...

      Retail Acquisitions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will investigate the compliance of professional advisers to Retail Acquisitions with know-your-customer and money-laundering regulations.

      Trade Promotion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the UK Trade Envoys, and to which country or countries each is assigned.

  • Department for International Development

    • World Humanitarian Summit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who will represent the UK at the World Humanitarian Summit meeting to be held in Istanbul.

    • Turkey: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose that the three billion euros offered to Turkey from the EU be transferred to the UNHCR World Food Programme for work in Turkey,...

      Palestinians: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take to enable UNRWA to deliver urgent aid to Palestinian refugees trapped in Yarmouk camp in Damascus.

  • Department for Education

    • Adoption

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Movement for an Adoption Apology campaign, whether they have any plans to make a public apology to the mothers whose children were taken...

    • Teachers: Labour Turnover

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking in the light of NASUWT's finding that 74 per cent of teachers are seriously considering leaving the profession in the next two...

      Children's Centres

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent on Children’s Centres since June 2010, (1) in total, and (2) in each financial year.

      Children: Protection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether professionals who work with children, such as social workers and teachers, are legally required to leave their professions if they continue to live,...

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether their proposal to change the status of all secondary schools in England to academies would mean that maintained...

      Schools: Operating Costs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the costs of running different education systems in respect of local education authority maintained schools, academies, and...

      Academies: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Nash on 3 May (HL Deb, col 1308), what steps they plan to take to provide Parliament with a clear view of academy trusts' spending.

      Academies: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Nash on 3 May (HL Deb, col 1308), how many allegations of fraud in respect of academies and free schools were made to the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Criminal Proceedings: Legal Representation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent and impact of the number of defendants in criminal cases appearing without representation as revealed in the...

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

    • Acts: Publishing

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what are the implications of the vote in the House of Commons on 20 April in favour of retaining vellum for the printing of record copies of public Acts of...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Public Libraries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many public libraries have closed since 2010; how many are currently under threat of closure; and what action they are taking to ensure that public...

    • Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who will select members of the proposed Racing Authority, and what the selection criteria will be for the appointees.

      Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the current annual arrangements for setting the Horseracing Betting Levy will continue under the proposed new funding arrangements, or will be...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Type 26 Frigates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their programme for the development of the Type 26 Frigate.

    • Warships: Shipbuilding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to maintain warship building capability in the UK and what are their preferred locations for doing so.

      Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many allegations of sexual assault and rape were made (1) by, and (2) against, members of the armed forces in the past year.

      Armed Forces: Mental Illness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many members of the armed forces left or were discharged in the last year on mental health grounds.

      Courts Martial

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many court martials have taken place in the last year; and of those how many resulted in (1) convictions, and (2) acquittals.

      Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of recent military attacks by ISIS on the Nineveh Plain Forces (NPF) at Telliskuf; what political and military assistance they...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to protect the identity of RAF unmanned aerial vehicle operators.

  • Home Office

    • Deportation: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many unaccompanied children who were asylum seekers were deported from the UK on reaching the age of 18 in each year since 2007.

    • Asylum: Yazidis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Yazidis have been given asylum in the UK under (1) the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme, (2) the Gateway Protection Programme, and (3)...

  • HM Treasury

    • Retail Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of economic output was attributed to the retail sector in each of the last 10 years, and what estimate they have made of that sector’s...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Anaerobic Digestion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of how the carbon emissions of waste-fed anaerobic digestion plants compare to those of plants fed by energy crops.

  • Department of Health

    • General Practitioners: Brighton

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) GPs, and (2) GP practices, there were in Brighton and Hove in each year since 2010.

    • Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government under which legislative provision the Secretary of State has the power to impose junior doctors’ contracts on (1) GP practices that are not public...

      NHS: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evaluation has been undertaken to ensure that the £200 million National Transformation Fund for 2015–16 provided value for money.

      Care Homes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision they plan to make to meet the shortfall of residential care home places for elderly people in the light of home closures and increased demand...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children and teenagers in the UK were referred to NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in each of the last five years; how many children...

      Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 17 March 2015 (HL5319) and by Lord Prior of Brampton on 25 April (HL7391), how the incidence of ovarian...

      Gonorrhoea: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to prevent the spread of gonorrhoea in England.

      Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many clinicians will serve on the proposed Clinical Reference Group (CRG) for Rehabilitation and Disability; and how that number compares with the...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made, in the light of the costs and risks borne by the NHS with regard to multiple births resulting from multiple embryo transfer...

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the governance arrangements put in place to oversee the development of Sustainability and Transformation Plans will ensure appropriate accountability to...

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what form of delegation from Clinical Commissioning Groups is being made to ensure appropriate governance in relation to Sustainability and Transformation Plans.

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what formal public consultation will need to take place before Sustainability and Transformation Plans are submitted to NHS England by 30 June.

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role local authorities will play in the development of Sustainability and Transformation Plans other than through membership of Health and Wellbeing Boards.

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